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24 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • RipJack Inn, 50 meters to the south of Oficina de Minae, Playa Grande, Costa Rica


Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

Do you ever wonder what yoga really is? If it is more than just fitness? More than a modern hippy fad? Do you have a desire to know what it is really all about? If so, then this yoga teacher training course is the place for you. Join Sadhana Yoga School and their amazing teachers in Costa Rica for this Yoga Alliance certified teacher training that will teach you what yoga really is all about.


  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • Daily pranayama sessions
  • Daily meditation and chanting sessions
  • Daily teaching workshops and lectures
  • 23 nights accommodation
  • All meals
  • 24 days with instruction
  • English
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Accommodations are at The RipJack Inn in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. You will be sleeping in individual beds in either shared double or triple rooms. The hotel offers 21 guest rooms in bungalows and suites.

Standard room

There are six standard rooms that are located in the main building with a small patio and hammock hanging out front and that's great to lounge in. The rooms have one queen size bed, one single bed, and a completely remodeled bathroom.

Deluxe room

There are 12 deluxe rooms throughout the property. You can choose from one king size bed, two double beds, or one queen and single bed. Deluxe rooms offer more space and finer amenities than our basic standard rooms. They are great for couples or families traveling with children.

Deluxe pool room

This new deluxe room is located pool side next to the suites. It has one king size bed and a patio just like our suites. It is perfect for couples.

The bungalow

The bungalow has two queen size beds in a room that is separated by French doors. The front room has a leather sofa that can be used as a third bed and a lazy boy recliner. The bathroom is brand new and has an open spa type shower with smooth river rocks on the floor to gently massage your feet after a day at the beach.

Family suites

There are two large family suites at the the hotel. Both have one large bedroom and a large living room with kitchenette. Each room has a flat screen cable television, air conditioning unit, and ceiling fan. These rooms were designed with families in mind who like to prepare snacks in the room. Each suite has a nice patio that overlooks one or the two swimming pools.

Sadhana Yoga School will journey to Playa Grande in Costa Rica where you will live and immerse yourself into the teachings of yoga for 24 days. Costa Rica is an adventurers paradise, offering a wide array of activities and sites to explore and enjoy on days off. The RipJack Inn offers surfing, diving, sailing, and snorkeling, as well as beautiful beaches and a great restaurant. With Sadhana Yoga School you will delve deeper into the practices of yoga and learn to integrate yoga as a lifestyle while enjoying all of the bounty this area has to offer. The course will cover chanting, meditation, pranayama, and asana, in addition to yogic philosophy, physical and energetic anatomy, ethics, and the business of yoga. Cleansing practices of kriyas will be incorporated throughout the program, including fasting and silence.


Sadhana yoga means yoga as a spiritual practice. Two variations of asana practice are offered that are a blend of various traditions. The Vinyasa flow practice is derived mainly from Ashtanga yoga and is a fast-paced flow.

The second is a Hatha practice derived from Sivananda tradition, which is more meditative with longer held poses. Both sequences together provide you with a great foundation to build any type of yoga class upon. After graduation, you will receive a 200-hour yoga teacher certificate, will be able to register with Yoga Alliance, and teach anywhere in the world.


  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Chakras and energetic body (yoga philosophy)
  • Chanting
  • Karma and reincarnation (yoga philosophy)
  • Kriyas
  • Meditation
  • Pranayama
  • Yoga asana
  • Yoga business
  • Yoga diet (yoga philosophy)
  • Yoga in daily life
  • Yoga sutras

Typical day

You will begin the day with chanting, breathing practices, and meditation, followed by an asana class. You will then have a break for brunch and karma yoga. The afternoon will be composed of a light lunch, lectures, and teaching workshops. You will share family style vegetarian dinner and end the day with satsang, a community gathering.

At Jiwa Damai, you will share nutritious and organic Balinese meals family style, you will meditate together in the gardens, practice yoga together in an open air lounge, engage in meaningful philosophical discussion in a conscious way, allowing you to explore the depth of mind and emotion, and you will explore the physical and energetic bodies, finding ways to connect your inner and outer world. By incorporating yoga in its totality, you will learn to teach through your own daily practice.

Reading recommendations

  • Anatomy of the Spirit by Caroline Myss
  • Autobiography of a Yoga by Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Light on Yoga by BKS Iyenger
  • Means to Liberation by Dennis Hill
  • The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle
  • The Wheels of Light by Anodea Judith

Required reading

  • Sadhana Yoga Schools teacher training manual by dedicated yogis
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff
  • Yoga Sutras: The Secret Power of Yoga by Nischala Joy Devi

Anita Sundaram

Anitas life mission is living and cultivating a life of balance while inspiring others to do the same. The fabric that makes up her lifestyle teaching is infused by the magic of her birthplace, Mysore in India. Anita continues to draw inspiration from the spiritual healing lineage of her family most importantly her mother and spiritual teacher Swamini Srividyananda who resides at Arsha Vidya Gurukulum in Pennsylvania.

Anitas professional career in the luxury spa industry began as a founding member of Aveda. She went on to work as a global educator for other European luxury lines before feeling called to stick closer to home with her husband and dog, Hula, creating their lifestyle company Satyam Healing Arts.

Their mission is supporting the needs of individuals seeking a holistic and complementary approach to health, wellness, and lifestyle through yoga and Ayurveda. In addition to private sessions they offer unique educational and eco-lifestyle retreats, immersions, and teacher trainings at some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Anita has always connected with sacred mystic rituals and believes the elements to lasting beauty are more than skin deep.

This retreat will take place at RipJak Inn in Playa Grande, Costa Rica. The RipJack Inn Hotel offers surfing, yoga, beautiful beaches, and a great restaurant. The hotel has 21 unique rooms from standard to suites.

  • Boating nearby
  • Diving
  • Fishing
  • Horse riding / rental nearby
  • Kayaking nearby
  • Massage nearby
  • Sailing nearby
  • Scuba diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Spa nearby
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming Pool
  • Zip lining nearby
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Beach nearby
  • In-room safe
  • Restaurant
  • Baby sitting
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Free toiletries
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

All meals are included in this retreat and consist of fresh and organic vegetarian food. There will be two main meals and one mid-day snack or light lunch. The open-air restaurant is located on the second floor and offers a unique treetop dining experience. Breakfast is served from 08:00 to 11:00, lunch is served from 11:00 to 17:00, and dinner is served from 17:00 to 21:00.

Canopy tour

Strap yourself in and sail through the treetops on a canopy zip lining tour. See the beach, waterfalls, and local flora and fauna as youre moving from tree to tree. With 23 platforms and two suspension bridges to get your adrenaline pumping, you can see the Costa Rican jungle like never before. These excursions last all day, so pack sunscreen, hats, and the appropriate apparel.


Certified scuba divers can explore the depths of the Pacific by booking a charter to the famous Las Catalinas Islands or other popular sites. Swim among schools of colorful fish, spotted rays, and other invertebrates. Local dive shops offer certification courses that include your very first open water dive.

Estuary tour

Climb aboard a local fishermans boat and spend a few hours floating down the Playa Grande estuary. Listen for the howler monkeys in the trees and keep an eye out for caiman floating in the Rio Mata Palo. Should you want explore on your own, rent a kayak and be adventurous.

Guided surf trips

Guided surf trips take place in Avellanas, Marbella, Playa Negra, Little Hawaii, and othersecret spots. These trips are based on availability so book ahead. Private guided surf trips can accommodate anywhere from three to 45 people and include a five hour trip with two to three hours of surf time depending on the destination. The furthest point away is Marbella and takes a little over an hour to get there. With this time frame, you are looking at almost three hours of water time. Door to door transportation is included, as well as a surf guide to help you maximize your wave count, a cooler with ice, water, juice, fresh pineapple, spare wax, spare leashes, and spare fins in case you break your own.

Horseback riding

Saddle up and giddy up. See the beautiful terrain of Playa Grande and the adjacent area with a horseback tour. You can book daytime and sunset rides along the neighboring beach Playa Brasalito. Playa Grande beachfront is a protected zone for the Leatherback Turtles, so no horses are allowed.

Leatherback turtles

Playa Grande is famous its Leatherback turtles. Visitors from all over the world come to witness these 800-pound creatures coming ashore and laying their eggs. Guests can take guided tours to see the turtle hatchlings make their way towards the Pacific. Turtle season officially spans October 15 through February 15, though turtles can be spotted all year long off the coast.


After a long day of play or months of buildup from work stress, treat yourself to one of the best massages youve ever had. The area masseuses can accommodate a variety of needs. Whether you need gentle hands to work out daily stress or an intense sports massage, local masseuses are sure to make you feel your best.

Rincon de la Vieja

Playa Grande is just a short drive to some of the best hiking in all of Costa Rica. Adventurers can pack up their car for the day and make their way to Rincon de la Vieja or Tenorio National Parks. Trek to volcanic craters and secluded waterfalls. Be advised that parks are closed on Mondays.

Sport fishing

Book your charter with the most experienced captains on the coast. Guests can choose from either a full or half day sport fishing charter out in the open Pacific. Troll for sailfish, yellow fin tuna, dorado, snapper, and more. Playa Grande visitors must drive to Tamarindo and Playa Flamingo to catch the boats.

Sunset sail snorkeling

Set off in the early afternoon on a beautiful catamaran into the deep blue sea. Spend the day sailing, snorkeling, and eating aboard some of the best boats in the Pacific. Explore secluded beaches, islands, and coves and snorkel in some of the best spots around. Equipment is provided and you will have the opportunity to spot colorful fish, turtles, octopus, coral reef and much more. On the way back, enjoy the sound of live music as you watch the sun sink slowly into the horizon. It is definitely the best seat in town. Food and drinks are provided.

Witchs Rock and Ollie - world class surf

Experienced surfers can hop aboard a chartered boat for a surf adventure like none other. Accessible by boat only, Witchs Rock enjoys endless offshore winds and fast barrels. Ollies Point is a right point-break with rides that seem to last forever.

  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 24 nights shared accommodation with individual beds
  • Daily fresh and organic vegetarian meals
  • Daily meditation and chanting sessions
  • Daily pranayama sessions
  • Daily teaching workshops and lectures
  • Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training certification
  • Spending money for outings, healing treatments, day trips, surfing, etc.
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Travel expenses including airfare and airport transfers

Driving direction from Liberia

From the airport, turn right when you get to the main road.

Shortly after passing through Filadelfia, make a right turn toward Tamarindo and Playa Grande.

After about 20 minutes, you will go over a steep hill and come to a crossroads town calles Huacas.

The sings will say to turn left to go to Tamarindo, but you will continue straight for another five to eight minutes until you reach a small town with a soccer field called Matapalo.

Following the signs to Playa Grande, you will turn left immediately after passing the soccer field (this road will bring you directly into Playa Grande).

When you arrive in Playa Grande follow the signs towards RipJack Inn.

The specific location is 100 meters to the south of the Minae office (there is a big turtle statue and a stop sign).

This is where you turn left. It is the first building on the left after making the turn, about 100 meters.

Driving directions from San Jose

From the airport, get on the Pan American highway (highway 1) north for approximately two hours toward Liberia and Penas Blancas (follow the road signs).

You can follow signs for Tamarindo starting almost right away.

Just after passing Matapalo (may or may not be apparent), turn left toward the Tempisque Bridge (also called Puente Amistad de Taiwan).

Once you cross the bridge, you continue going straight until you come to a T intersection, at which you turn right, toward Nicoya and Tamarindo.

Now heading north, continue until Belen, where you turn left toward Tamarindo and Playa Grande.

After about 20 minutes, you will go over a steep hill and come to a cross-roads town called Huacas.

The signs will say to turn left to go to Tamarindo, but you will continue straight for another five to eight minutes until you reach a small town with a soccer field called Matapalo.

Following the signs to Playa Grande, you will turn left immediately after passing the soccer field (this road will bring you directly into Playa Grande).

When you arrive in Playa Grande, follow the signs towards RipJack Inn. The specific location is 100 meters to the south of the Minae office (there is a big turtle statue and a stop sign).

This is where you turn left. It is the first building on the left after making the turn, at about 100 meters.

Driving direction from Tamarindo

Leaving the airport, turn left on the main road.

When you come to the intersection, turn left towards Playa Grande and Huacas.

When you come to the intersection in Huacas, turn left towards Playa Grandeand Matapalo.

After five to eight minutes, you will get to a small town with a soccer field called Matapalo.

Following the signs to Playa Grande, you will turn left immediately after passing the soccer field (his road will bring you directly into Playa Grande).

When you arrive in Playa Grande follow the signs towards Rip Jack Inn. The specific location is 100 meters to the south of the Minae office (there is a big turtle statue and a stop sign).

This is where you turn left. It is the first building on the left after making the turn, about 100 meters.

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Liberia International Airport (LIR), Tamarindo Airport (TNO), or Juan Santamara International Airport (SJO).

Arrival by bus

If you are flying into San Jose International Airport (SJO) and would rather catch a bus you can book your tickets with Grayline Cost Rica. The public bus only comes into Playa Grande twice a day at 07:00 and 14:00.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Sadhana Yoga School an inquiry.
  • Review by Andrea
    10 out of 10

    "Sadhana Yoga School is truly is a well-rounded way to learn and understand not only what yoga does for you physically but spiritually, consciously, and wholly for the complete mind, body, soul experience. I recommend this course for anyone embarking on the path of wanting to not only learn how to teach yoga, but also develop a compelling understanding of the ancient principles of yoga that make it what it is today."

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  • Review by Sarah
    10 out of 10

    "I am half-way through my eight-month teacher training program and I can already say it has been life-changing. Each monthly weekend is so rich and full of inspiration, knowledge, and peace. I love seeing the path that lies ahead begin to unfold and thanks to this program and the wonderful facilitators, I am inspired on a daily basis. Namaste."

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  • Review by Alexandra Carvache

    "This program is, without a doubt, life-changing. Not only do you leave with an immense awareness and new understanding of a yogic lifestyle, but also you yourself are positively and spiritually transformed. I expected the anatomy course and the asana workshops but I was unaware how much of a supportive and therapeutic community I was entering. I will forever feel connected to the sangha we created, to Bethel Farms for being a true haven, and to Sadhana Yoga School for giving me the skills to further pursue my dreams. It's by far the best thing I have ever done."

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  • Review by Jeanine Talento

    "Getting my 200-hour certification with Sadhana Yoga School was the best decision I ever made. It was a life-changing experience that introduced me to my true potential. I am forever grateful for the knowledge I gained from the facilitators and the lifelong friendships I made!"

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  • Review by a traveler

    "I came in looking for more spirituality and I found it, it was inside of me, I just wasn't looking. I am finding out all sorts of things about myself, and with theses new findings, I feel I am becoming much more authentic, much more at peace with who I am. I feel like my yoga classes are much more alive, have more energy, and it feels good!"

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  • Review by Emily Rendinaro

    "For me, it has been an on-going cycle of learning, changing, and growing. I'm learning one lesson after another and without yoga, I would be lost from my path. My body craves the breath, the practice. Yoga and meditation have shown me many different worlds, but the most beautiful part is we are all connected are all one."

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Arrival: Thursday June 1, 2017
Departure: Saturday June 24, 2017

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