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This 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training 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. Awaken to your true potential as healer, space holder, and yoga teacher.
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 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 traditional Costa Rican ambience 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.
The Sacred Paths Yoga teacher training journey is the time for self-inquiry and introspection, the time to dig deep through layers of the past and release what is no longer serving you, the time to uncover the resistance of the heart to reveal your deepest passions, inspirations and manifestations and to bring your life into full alignment. This intentional healing work will help to reveal the conduit of source that you are and ultimately guide you in sharing yoga from your authentic place, stepping into your light as healing practitioner and guide.
The form is held for students to develop a committed relationship with their practice. Sacred Paths Yoga believes that as embodied practitioners, you will become transformational teachers. Through their step-by-step approach in sharing anatomy, alignment, sequencing and adjustments as well as the subtleties of communication, space holding, energetics and connection, they will guide you in revealing the Guru within. Students will refine their offerings and leave more confident in their expanded foundation and practice to teach a variety of different styles to a broad audience in a way that is accessible, authentic, knowledgeable and connected.
This 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training is designed to build upon and deepen the trainee’s understanding of the fundamental concepts of the practice and teaching of yoga that were taught at the 200-hour level. This 300-hour advanced training prepares trainees to teach principles and techniques of yoga that are more advanced, more detailed, and / or subtler, and the program enables them to teach with greater skill and intuition. This program will guide trainees to share yoga as a spiritual practice that goes beyond the body, as a practice that has the power to transform and awaken.
Sacred Paths Yoga's 300-hour program focuses on cultivating an embodied practice, living the ancient wisdom of yoga, experiencing and sharing healing arts and advanced teaching techniques. With this approach, they feel that each individual can progress on their own unique spiritual journey as well as inform and expand their skill set to step into the calling as inspirational guide. Transform your practice, your teachings, and yourself with this thoughtful, cohesive and comprehensive curriculum.
Embodied practice: meditation, mantra, pranayama and asana informed with advanced practices, themes and intelligent sequencing.
Living yoga / ancient wisdom: study, discussion, and application of yoga philosophy through sacred texts, mystical teachings, and direct experience to cultivate personal transformation and growth.
Healing arts: sacred ceremony, sound healing, shamanic journey, Qi Gong, Ayurveda, Bhakti, Chakra cleansing, herbal healing, aromatherapy, the subtle / energetic body and holistic healing practices
Advanced teaching techniques: pranayama, adjustment and assistance, advanced asanas and alignment, sequencing and class design, theory and methodology, transitions, functional anatomy, yoga therapeutics and workshop/ retreat design
Each training is a uniquely wonderful experience dependent upon the energy, interests and experience of the group. The Sacred Paths Yoga (SPY) 300-hour advanced yoga teacher training is guided by SPY founders - Darin Lehman and Lacey Hickox, along with the inspiring and soulful Srimati. You can trust that this course will be guided with the experience, compassion, and wisdom that these three core faculties bring to SPY. They have many years of experience facilitating yoga teacher trainings 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 curriculum and a deep soul journey in which to cultivate individual and group growth.
The Sacred Paths Yoga 300-hour yoga teacher training 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 will 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 and the Bhagavad Gita through engaging comprehensive lectures.
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, 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, the trainings are designed to deepen your personal experience and knowledge of yoga and to expand your spiritual journey. Sacred Paths Yoga 300-hour advanced 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 to practice assists, holding sacred space, designing sequences, guiding ceremony, sharing sound healing and shamanic journeys, designing workshops, and much more.
Be guided by experienced, talented, knowledgeable, and dedicated facilitators
Grow, expand, and empower your teachings
Practice meditation, mantra, pranayama, and asana daily
Explore Native American Medicine Wheel Philosophy, earth medicine, and the art of ceremony
Experience and learn to guide sacred rituals, such as the full and new moon ceremonies, fire ceremony, water blessing ceremony, earth gratitude ceremony, puja (hindi offering), cacao ceremony and more
Study the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and ancient texts in depth
Deepen your understanding of functional yoga anatomy and yoga therapeutics
Explore subtle anatomy through the Chakras, Bandhas, Vayus and Koshas
Learn advanced pranayama techniques
Refine your sequencing and theme-weaving skills
Incorporate Ayurveda into your lifestyle
Live with daily intentions (Sankalpa) to deepen your personal development
Learn the art of teaching, alignment, advanced assists
Be nourished by delicious vegetarian meals
Experience sacred circle and conscious community
Practice kirtan, medicine songs and sound healing
Explore Reiki, Qi Gong, shamanic journey, and healing arts
Find your authentic voice as a yoga teacher
Learn the art of conscious business and explore your vision for bringing this practice into your community
Lacey Hickox (E-RYT 500) views this sacred practice as a path to self-discovery, self-love and as a divine tool to deepen our 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 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 wisdoms 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 yoga course. Meals are ovo-lacto 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, with many of the fruits and vegetables grown onsite on the organic farm or brought in directly from an organic farm outside of San Jose.
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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