25 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Iguana Lodge & Spa Beach Resort, Calle a Calle Platanares, Puerto Jiménez 8203, Costa Rica


Certified Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

  • 21 days with instruction
  • Shades of Yoga invites you to live a once in a lifetime opportunity to be involved in a deep immersion yoga teacher training in the jungles of Costa Rica. This registered 200-hour course will be centered on the themes of finding and connecting to your deep inner level of consciousness and using the pristine and peaceful environment to return to that which matters, conscious awareness.


    • Daily yoga asana classes
    • Theoretical and practical teaching
    • Yoga Alliance certificate upon completion
    • Introduction to pranayama and meditation
    • Anatomy and physiology lessons
    • Yoga lifestyle and philosophy
    • 24 nights accommodation
    • Daily healthy meals


      • Instruction language: English
      • Spoken languages: English
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    During this training, you will stay in a shared twin room. All the rooms are located on the edge of a beautiful swimming beach, and are designed with the concepts of outdoor living in mind. You can expect beautiful balconies, porches, and hammocks along with clean, spacious rooms and comfortable beds.

    The accommodations include orthopedic beds, 100% egyptian cotton sheets, bunches of fluffy towels and robes, organic shampoos, soaps, and other goodies for the

    global traveler, batik beach sarongs, fresh tropical flowers, free Wi-Fi, and ocean breezes backed up by quiet, cooling fans.

    This registered 200-hour teacher training is Yoga Alliance accredited and internationally recognized. By completion of this course, you will have the tools to transform your own life and deepen your personal yoga practice while simultaneously being a catalyst of transformation for people worldwide through the medium of yoga. The course is designed as a life-skill course that takes yoga beyond the physical practice of asana.

    This course addresses many elements of healthy-living and well-being. Shades of Yoga incorporates all the elements that make yoga such a highly effective tool for maximizing your own potential. During this intensive 200-hour course, the highly skilled Shades of Yoga team members provide a dynamic, nurturing, and safe environment for students to delve deeply into their physical practice while discovering emotional transformation and heightened spiritual awareness.

    They also explore the effect of the diet on the yoga practice and encourage you to adhere to a simple and balanced diet during the course. You will leave the course with tools to continue living an empowered, balanced, and healthy life. This course is designed not only for aspiring teachers, but for anyone with a desire to immerse in a month of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual transformation through yoga.


    • Adjusting skills
    • Anatomy and physiology (eastern and western styles)
    • Correct alignment of postures
    • Extensive Vinyasa sequence training
    • Intensive practice of asana
    • Introduction to pranayama and meditation
    • Practical teaching
    • Self-inquiry
    • Sequencing skills
    • Teaching skills
    • Yoga philosophy
    • Yogic lifestyle and diet

    Sample daily schedule

    • 07:30 - 09:30 Vinyasa flow, meditation, and pranayama
    • 10:30 - 12:30 Philosophy and self-inquiry
    • 14:30 - 16:00 Adjustments, teaching techniques, and anatomy
    • 16:00 - 17:30 Vinyasa flow, meditation, and pranayama

    The course starts on a Monday morning and ends on a Wednesday afternoon. Please ensure that you arrive at Iguana Lodge on Sunday for the 16:00 meeting. You will be introduced with the group and discuss the schedule, assignments, and other logistics. The meeting will be followed by a dinner and the course will commence the following morning.

    • Restuning Sandini

      Restuning Sandini brings a wealth of knowledge from her years of yoga practice and trainings with international teachers around the world. Her formal education background is architecture engineering and a master of science degree in urban environmental management from Wageningen University in The Netherlands. She had worked in Kenya with the United Nations and then as urban designer in Amsterdam.

    • Tracey Rohan Irwin

      Tracey has an extensive background in fitness training and holistic living, having worked in the field of fitness and health since her early twenties. She began her career as a personal trainer for private and corporate clients. As she continued her own journey of personal growth through the study of yoga and other spiritual disciplines and exploring the connection between food and health, her work has continued to evolve.

    • Louisa Sear

      Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Yoga)

      Louisa is a world renowned 500-hour registered yoga teacher leading yoga teacher trainings, retreats, and workshops around the globe. Louisa has dedicated her life to the practice and teaching of yoga and is passionate in guiding people to find their true nature and freedom through the application of yoga principles in their daily lives.

    • Diana Azavedo

      Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Hatha Yoga)

      Diana Azavedo developed an interest in yoga while growing up in India under the guidance of her mother who was a spiritual teacher and yoga master. Having been raised in such an environment, Diana chose to pursue yoga as her life path. Diana completed her 200-hour teacher training in Hatha yoga and level two in Vinyasa flow, Yin yoga, and prenatal and postnatal yoga.

    • Michelle Tessaro

      Michelle has had a long career in the business world working in a number of senior executive roles and as a result, first-hand experience of the imbalances that can result from a life that focuses too much on getting ahead on the material level. She was initially attracted to yoga as a way to help her deal with her own personal stresses and discovered it to be a powerful tool to support growth and balance not only on a physical level but also to attain spiritual, mental, and emotional well-being.

    This training will be held at Iguana Lodge & Spa Beach Resort in Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica. Costa Rica represents less than 0.3% of the world’s landmass but contains over 5% of global biodiversity. Within this very small geographic area, the Osa Peninsula contains 2.5% of the earths biodiversity, including many species found nowhere else on the planet. Osa is described by National Geographic as one of the most biologically intense places on earth.

    The peninsula offers the best of both worlds, lush tropical rainforest and beautiful wide beaches. Iguana Lodge is a cool, contemporary, and tropical beachfront resort. Iguana Lodge’s contemporary mix of comfort with a dash of the eclectic attracts visitors from all over the world to its beachfront shores.

    In tune with its pristine natural location, the creators of Iguana Lodge take the concept of sustainability very seriously and thereby follow both the Costa Rican and global tourism sustainability guidelines. For years Iguana Lodge has been providing exceptional service and lifetime memories to an array of guests from around the world.

    • Cycling nearby
    • Fishing nearby
    • Hiking nearby
    • Horse riding / rental nearby
    • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
    • Kayaking nearby
    • Massage
    • Mountain biking nearby
    • Mountain walking/trekking nearby
    • Outdoor swimming pool
    • Spa
    • Stand up paddle boarding nearby
    • Surfing nearby
    • Swimming nearby
    • Whale watching nearby
    • Bar
    • Beach
    • Dining area
    • Garden
    • Hammock
    • Restaurant
    • Yoga deck
    • Bicycle rental nearby
    • Board rental
    • Car rental nearby
    • Free Wi-Fi
    • Tour assistance

    During this training you will be served three daily healthy, vegetarian, and organic meals per day. Iguana Lodge and their chefs use local ingredients to create meals that will nourish you and keep you feeling with energy throughout the training.

    The food is fresh and eclectic, sourced as much as possible from local organic farms and created with love by the local Costa Rican staff. Iguana Lodge is devoted to serve the freshest ingredients possible that are delivered daily to their kitchen. You may also enjoy other meal services at Iguana Lodge in their restaurants The Iguana Rancho dinner and The Pearl of the Osa Beach Bar & Grill for an additional cost.


    Costa Rica has around 400 bird species to watch. Many of the tropical plants at the local gardens in Iguana Lodge have been selected with the purpose of attracting birds, such as the papaya tree which toucans love. Fabulous birding tours are hiking with Abraham near Rio Tigre and the Rio Esquinas Mangrove boat tour which is tide dependent.

    Boogie boarding and stand up paddle boarding

    Iguana Lodge has the best boogie boarding on the peninsula. There are great stand up paddle boarding opportunities as well.

    Canopy zip lines

    Zip lining through the rainforest canopy is hard to beat.

    Chocolate tour

    Visit Finca Kobo where you will learn how cacao goes from being grown on the Osa to being sold in Switzerland.

    Community service

    There are a variety of ways to make a difference.

    Cooking classes

    Learn how to make tortillas, coconut oil, and other local delicacies on a nearby farm.


    Learn to dance the salsa, the cumbia, the bachata, and the merengue. Use your skills on Friday night salsa parties.

    Enjoy walks to botanical gardens

    Hop on a boat to Casa Orquideas botanical gardens, famous throughout Central America, or you may just walk around Iguana Lodge.


    Many people come to Costa Rica just for the sport fishing. Fishing vacations in Costa Rica are epic. There are several fishing companies offering all levels of the sport, from the Rolls Royce of boats and equipment, to local Tico shore fishing.

    Gold mining

    Head into the hills and mine gold, you get to keep what you find. Osa gold is famous for its purity.

    Horseback riding

    Horseback riding is very popular and heavy duty trail riding can be arranged. At certain times of year, you can also participate in the traditional Cabalgatas, which are local horseback rides with dozens of Costa Ricans.

    Jungle hikes

    There are many different hikes offered on the Osa. Some people want a vigorous eight hour hike, others want to quietly stroll through primary rainforest, amassing rainforest information while appreciating the fine sights and sounds in a calm fashion.


    Kayaking up the rivers, through the mangroves, or in the gulf is an unforgettable experience.

    Mangrove exploration

    Check out some of Central Americas largest mangrove systems.

    Marathon hiking

    Hike through Corcovado National Park on a one day epic thirty mile journey.

    Mountain biking

    If you are up for a wild time, you may jump on a mountain bike and experience some incredible trails.

    Night hikes

    Night hikes to nearby refuge are offered, as well as up the Rio Nuevo. You may see all sorts of animals, reptiles, insects, and other things that crawl around in the night.

    Party boats

    Celebrate an event with your friends and family on one of the two large party boats that reside in the Golfo Dulce.

    River trips

    Discover the wonders of lowland Costa Rican rivers and all the wildlife that resolves there.

    Scuba diving and snorkeling

    Snorkel in the Golfo Dulce on a good day with whale sharks or head to Cao Island for scuba diving.


    The Osa Peninsula offers some of the best surfing in the country for all levels, from experts to beginners.

    Tree climbing

    With over seven hundred species of trees on the Osa Peninsula, tree climbing is epic.

    Turtle nesting

    Turtle nesting is available from May to November, where you may spot three different species of turtles nesting on the deserted beach.

    Visit Corcovado National Park

    Corcovado National Park has numerous trails to explore. Within the canopy tour you may see four kinds of monkeys, tyras, anteaters, sloths, and many exotic birds. On the ground, if you are very lucky, you may see some jaguars, pumas, ocelots, jaguarundis, and margay cats. Also near the river mouth at high tide, you may see large bull sharks swimming up the Sirena River mixed with American crocodiles.

    Visit local churches, schools, and the library

    Costa Ricans are always delighted when you choose to learn more about them and their lives.

    Visit Puerto Jimenez

    Enjoy Puerto Jimenez and its waterfront. Check out a couple small gift shops and support the community.

    Visit the local organic farm

    Visit a local farmer, meet his family, and learn how he grows cacao, papayas, pineapples, and other tropical foods.

    Visit the Osa wildlife sanctuary

    The Osa wildlife sanctuary is located in one of the most remote area of the Golfo Dulce and is accessible only by boat. Here, injured and rescued animals and birds of all sorts, are cared for and groomed for release back into the jungle, some cannot return to the jungle and the sanctuary is now their home.

    Whale and dolphin safari

    During the whale and dolphin safari you may see the three species of dolphins living in the Golfo Dulce, as well as whales, and turtles journeying into the Gulf. The viewing opportunities are endless.

    Waterfall and cliff rappelling

    Rappel down a series of two waterfalls or slippery cliffs into a tropical lagoon.

    Facials (100 USD for 60 minutes)

    • Tropical organic facial treatment

    Massages (100 USD for 60 minutes or 150 USD for 90 minutes)

    • Back and head massage
    • Customized massage for specific areas
    • Deep tissue massage
    • Hot stone neck massage
    • Reflexology massage
    • Swedish massage

    Scrubs and wraps (85 USD for 45 minutes or 125 USD for 60 minutes)

    • Coconut vanilla scrub
    • Mountain coffee scrub
    • Osa magic mud wrap
    • Sea salt with green tea scrub
    • Soothing aloe wrap

    Three hour deluxe spa experience (225 USD for three hours)

    This package includes one customized scrub, one facial and massage, and one body wrap.

    • 3 daily organic and vegetarian meals
    • 24 nights accommodation
    • Airport transfer from Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM) to Iguana Lodge
    • All tuition costs for the training
    • Daily yoga classes
    • Full yoga program
    • Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
    • Additional activities
    • Additional transportation
    • Airfare
    • Spa treatments

    Arrival by airplane

    Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). Upon arrival at the airport, you will need to make a connection to Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM). Shades of Yoga will pick you up from Puerto Jiménez Airport (PJM). The pick-up is included in the price.

    Arrival by bus

    The bus ride takes approximately nine hours and costs approximately 8 USD per person, each way. The bus line is called Transportes Blanco Lobo and has daily bus services that leave from San Jose to Puerto Jimenez at noon and depart for San Jose from Puerto Jimenez at 17:00 and 11:00.

    Arrival by ferry

    Passenger ferry boats depart from Golfito to Puerto Jimenez several times a day and vice versa. The last ferry of the day is around 15:00. You can also hire a local boat driver to bring you over to Puerto Jimenez for around 60 USD.

    For information about the booking conditions, please send Shades of Yoga an inquiry.


    • Review by Tanja

      "You will feel tremendous progress on a physical level and if you take enough time to incorporate the information after the end of the course, also on a mental level. I have learned a lot and would recommend the education to everyone. It was worth every cent!"

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    • Review by Ana

      "The classes are held in a paradise like shala, in an open area surrounded by nature, so you can feel the wind and listen to the birds as you meditate. I am very grateful for this life-changing experience."

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    • Review by Katrin Goldberger from Germany

      "The course has changed my body and spirit. It was a unique experience. The teachers cater to the individual needs and body. The classes are demanding and one grows beyond yourself. Despite my little knowledge of english, I could follow the course well. It was an unforgettable time which has helped me physically and mentally."

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    • Review by Nickie from Jamaica

      "Shades of Yoga will guide you to the path of becoming the best you can be and if you are already on it then it takes you further. The course not only improved my breathing and my knowledge of yoga, the theory, and the practice, it also challenged me to be a better me. For this I am thankful."

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    • Review by Tammy Lewis from South Africa

      "I was always a little intimidated to do a yoga teacher training certification but the spirit in which this course is facilitated allowed me to relax, to be fully present, and to get the most out of the learning. I can’t believe how much we learnt, discussed, laughed about, cried about, and grappled with in 200 hours."

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    • Review by Carly Rose from Alaska

      "The course has inspired true lifestyle changes and has given me the skills to offer my personal knowledge to my students. I would recommend this course for future teachers, or anyone who wants to go deeper into their own yoga or spiritual practice. For me, Shades of Yoga sparked the passion of seeking knowledge in healing, yoga, and mind-body integration."

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    • Review by Caroline Pajewski from South Africa

      "I thoroughly enjoyed the teacher training with Shades Of Yoga. I really appreciate Tracey’s policy of keeping her class sizes smaller as this allows for more intimacy among the students and more one on one time with the teachers. I learned more than I ever expected and feel inspired to continue on the path of yoga with the strong foundation I have received from my training."

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    • Review by Sara Mohammadi from Dubai

      "Thank you for teaching me about the "shades of yoga" and making the past four weeks one of the most elevating experiences of my life. When the time is right, I can’t wait to come back for my 500-hour training. I would highly recommend this to any one interested in learning about yoga and more about themselves."

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    • Review by Miya

      "The teachers are extremely knowledgeable about yoga and not only the physical aspects but the yoga philosophy as well. It was especially helpful to learn how to recruit different muscles to achieve optimal yoga postures and how to have a fun and meaningful sequences. During the course, I also had opportunities to teach classes and to receive feed backs from the teachers and fellow students that gave me insight about how to improve my teaching skills. The venue was fantastic with tasty breakfast and kind staff."

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    Shades of Yoga is an international yoga teacher training school offering level one RYT 200, and level two RYT 300 yoga teacher training courses accredited by the Yoga Alliance.

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    Arrival: Monday May 15, 2017
    Departure: Thursday June 8, 2017

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