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The Sacred Paths Yoga 26 day Advanced 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica program blends traditional yogic teachings and spirituality with earth medicine to provide a holistic, synergistic, and applicable approach to living yoga while gaining advanced skills to incorporate into your teaching. This program is designed for those souls who have completed 200-hour yoga teacher training who are interested in advancing their skill set and deepening their personal connection to this practice.
The Indigo Yoga Resort is a boutique hotel in Mal Pais catering to yoga, surfing, and healthy living. It is just steps away from the Pacific Ocean and provides everything one needs in seeking relaxation and comfort. There is surfing and beach time built into the schedule, and Sacred Paths Yoga will organize a daily shuttle to the surf breaks. Located on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, the Mal Pais and Santa Teresa surfing zones are known for their year-round consistent waves. The average swell running in the 3-5 foot range breaking over beautiful sand beaches.
Playa Carmen, two kilometers from Indigo Yoga Resort, will be your most common surf spot. Depending on participant needs and abilities, you will also have opportunities to go to the surf breaks at Banana Beach, Santa Teresa, and Playa Hermosa. There is also an opportunity to experience stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) right in Mal Pais.
The color indigo represents the highest vibration. Your experience at Indigo Yoga Resort will be one of soul surfing and living in your highest sense of self. Indigo offers contemporary tropical accommodations while embracing the traditional Costa Rican ambiance and culture. Indigo is nestled in a lush green setting with an abundance of beautiful tropical flowers, trees, and native wildlife. You will enjoy watching the Howler and Capuchin monkeys hang in the trees, as well as a large variety of tropical birds. Indigo is situated in a biodiversity hotspot, perfect for the nature enthusiast.
All of the rooms include air conditioners, ceiling fans, private bathrooms with hot water and open-sky showers, hammocks, and a room safe box.
Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).
This Advanced 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica offers an opportunity for self-growth, personal development and transformation while providing more tools to expand your teaching and to empower your leadership. You will explore yoga philosophy in-depth, functional anatomy, alignment, sequencing, advanced assists, Ayurveda, Shamanism, Reiki, ceremony, healing arts, and more while embarking upon a deep soul journey. The experience will be richly informative, empowering, and inspiring.
Each training is a uniquely wonderful experience dependent upon the energy, interests, and experience of the group. The Sacred Paths Yoga Advanced 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training is guided by SPY founders Darin Lehman and Lacey Hickox, along with Collyn (Anatomy), and Trudy Collings (Ayurveda). You can trust that this course will be guided by the experience, compassion, and wisdom that these three core faculty bring to SPY. They have many years of experience facilitating YTTs and inform their teachings from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and direct connections. It is their highest honor and joy to be living this practice and to share the wisdom of yoga with others. Their intention is to share the curriculum and a deep soul journey in which to cultivate individual and group growth.
This 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica is a 26-day journey divided into five cycles of 4 days with a day off in between each. Throughout each cycle, you will use one of the five elements Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether as guidance and as the foundation of your experience for lessons, insights, ceremony, and healing. Each cycle, you go deeper into your journey of learning and revealing with this potent Earth Medicine.
You begin each day with an intention, Sankalpa, which you will weave throughout the day’s teachings and live within your own personal practice. You begin each morning in a beautiful location connecting with nature and yourselves through sunrise meditation, pranayama, and asana practice. This is followed by a yogic breakfast, nourishing your bodies and spirits with wholesome organic vegetarian food.
The experience of the day is one of learning and living yogic theory and healing practices through interactive workshops, classes, and dynamic group discussions. In the morning classes, you explore the fundamentals of yogic living, coursework for inner transformation and growth, functional anatomy, meditation techniques, advanced pranayama practices, deeper lessons on Ayurveda, and the ancient wisdom of yoga philosophy with the Yoga Sutras through engaging comprehensive lectures and discussion.
In the afternoon classes, you share workshops on Yoga Therapeutics, the Art of Teaching, Sequencing, Advanced Asanas, Assists, and Alignment. Students will develop tools to find their own authentic voice as teachers and to empower their leadership. Students will also experience and learn to guide ceremony, shamanic drum journey, kirtan, sound healing, and more!
Each evening you close with Satsang, your sacred community gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan, chanting, sacred ceremony, or a sharing circle to connect and release the day’s challenges, triumphs, insights, and joys. The day flows within a safe container, held and guided by experienced space holders in an inspiring location.
With experienced facilitators and an integrative approach, this training is designed to deepen your personal experience and knowledge of yoga and to expand your spiritual journey. Sacred Paths Yoga Advanced 300-hour Teacher Training Program guides students to become empowered leaders and to find their own voice as teachers. You will have the opportunity to dive back into the teachings you received during your 200-hour yoga teacher training with a deeper perspective as well as advance your teaching skills, philosophy understanding, anatomy knowledge, learn advanced assists and therapeutics while embodying yoga as a lifestyle and holistic healing practice. You will have the opportunity to learn and practice assists, holding sacred space, designing sequences, guiding ceremonies, sharing sound healing and shamanic journeys, designing workshops, and much more!
This 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training program is open to practitioners and teachers who have completed the Sacred Paths Yoga 200-hour yoga teacher training or another 200-hour yoga teacher training.
Lacey Hickox (E-RYT 500) views this sacred practice as a path to self-discovery, self-love and as a divine tool to deepen your connection with spirit. She infuses her offerings with many modalities including Thai massage, Reiki, sound healing, Earth medicine, and Shamanic ceremony.
Darin Jay Lehman (E-RYT 500) takes an integrative approach to his teachings, weaving modern day understandings of the world with many traditions including the yogic, shamanic and judaic paths. Darin merges the physical practice of yoga with the connection to higher Spirit, the elements and the directions while bringing the expression of Bhakti into his classes through music.
Kristen Srimati Hughes E-RYT 500 thrives in the flow of yoga. It is through deep listening of the breath and mindful awareness of body that she discovers the magic that is total union with the divine. Srimati has traveled throughout North America and Central America sharing her wisdom with people of all cultures and languages. And, it is one of her deepest joys to reach each person on a soul level within each class, training, and workshop.
Known for its beautiful beaches, volcanoes, and biodiversity; Costa Rica is a nature lover’s paradise. A quarter of the land is made up of national parks and protected jungle; the largest in the world as a percentage of the country’s territory.
Home to a rich variety of flora and fauna and diverse wildlife including spider monkeys, the quetzal bird, and the three-toed sloth; Costa Rica has only 0.03% of the world’s landmass but is estimated to contain 5% of the world’s biodiversity.
Costa Rica offers a variety of landscapes, micro-climates, and something for everyone. Whether it is an adventure, surfing, hiking, or relaxation that you are seeking; this path is sure to lead to a wildly wonderful experience.
The spirit of Costa Rica embraces the Pura Vida lifestyle. Meaning ‘Pure Life’, this mantra permeates the lifestyle and is the heart of Costa Rica’s cultural appeal. Relax into the easy-going vibes of this beautiful land and find freedom of heart.
You will explore yogic purification techniques and feast on the abundance of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables available that will provide the cleansing that your body needs. This program emphasizes the purification of mind, body, and spirit.
Your yoga teacher training program in Costa Rica offers the unique opportunity to explore ancient yogic wisdom while restoring harmony and balance into your daily existence. Your close proximity to the ocean offers the opportunity to explore the art of surfing; another flow-based spiritual practice that allows one to tap into a deep sense of connection and find oneness and peace with all that is.
The ebb and flow of the waves teach you to flow with grace in this ever-changing journey of life. You will find stillness within the movement, as peace permeates your being.
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Yogic culture and philosophy stress the importance of eating healthy energizing meals prepared with intention. Food contains the Prana (energy) that fuels the body and mind. A healthy diet will leave you feeling light, energized, and ready to immerse in this intensive 300 hours yoga teacher training. Meals are ovolacto vegetarian (most meals are vegan) and will provide a full balance of vitamins, proteins, and carbohydrates. Vegan, gluten-free, and most other food preferences and allergies can be accommodated on request. Each meal is prepared with loving care and local tropical foods
Juan Santamaría International Airport
Transfer not provided
You can book your flight and arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). From the airport, you can continue your half-day trip to Mal Pais or Santa Teresa by bus or shuttle. You can also continue your trip by airplane and arrive at Tambor Airport (TMU). Please contact Sacred Paths Yoga for information on shuttle transfers (approximately: 50 USD - 100 USD).
Every day at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m., there is a public bus from Downtown San Jose (the bus station is called “7-10”) to Santa Teresa and it costs 15 USD. This is a direct bus (it gets on the ferry with you and then you re-board the bus after the ferry ride) and will arrive at the Cruce in Santa Teresa at 12 p.m. or 8.30 p.m. From there, you will need to get a taxi to Indigo Yoga Resort (approximately: 10 USD) which is two kilometers south of the Cruce. The taxi drivers will know the way.
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