Soma Yoga Institute offers 200-hr, 300-hr yoga teacher training, retreats, and continuing education for yoga teachers and students worldwide and online.

Yoga Retreats (6)

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Instructors (6)

Liz Heffernan

Molly Masaoka

Peggy Profant

Samantha Akers

Alison Scola

Jessica Trudeau

Reviews (42)

Heather Kramer

from United States, March 2020

I am richer for having been here. I am in awe of the knowledge and heart of Peggy and Sam. I went there to be certified as a yoga instructor, and I left with so much more than that, it has given my life a new direction, and I can’t wait to continue to learn more.

Sophie Bonidan

from Guatemala, February 2020

"Absolutely perfect !"

My favorite components were the alignments, therapeutics, and philosophy especially the Chakra study. I also loved the meditation mornings and chanting. I enjoyed the organization of the training and appreciated the quality of the teachers and content. The training changed my perspective on yoga especially regarding safety and the encouragement to not push into the poses to try to obtain an outer form. I realized that you don’t need to be super flexible to teach, I almost didn’t take the training because I was afraid I would not be able to follow the physical practices. I am so glad I did come! Everything was great, the accommodations, food, the teachers and the teachings!- Sophie

Olivia Lindstrom

from United States, January 2020

"The best decision I have ever made"

My confidence is much higher now. I learned a lot about my body and my individual practice. I know now how to keep myself safe during my practice. I am leaving the program with the feeling that I can hold energetic and kind space as a teacher and know modifications to give to students. Anatomy was one of my favorite subjects because I love the body in all its forms. I also loved the flow classes and the Yoga Nidra. Liz and Alison are phenomenal teachers and complemented each others teaching styles and personalities perfectly. The location at Zen Spirit was amazing. Food was great. The weather in January was perfect, 90 degrees and sunny everyday. Yes, I highly recommend this 200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training with Soma Yoga Institute. -Olivia

Shelby Campo

from United States, January 2020

"Do it!"

I can’t imagine life without doing this! My understanding of yoga has developed - from the history to the the Yoga Sutras and the actual asana practice with alignment and engagement. My personal practice is much better. I really focus on my movement and breathing now its so much more of an inward journey of getting to know myself. The skillset of Liz and Alison was so amazing to be around. I love them as a team so much! They bring a Yin/Yang complement. Alison brought so much enthusiasm and Liz brought her serene presence and a long, dedicated, thoughtful practice. It was an honor learning from both of them. Its an experience I'll treasure for the rest of my yogi life.

Cameron Breslin

from Costa Rica, January 2020

"Expert instructors cater to all kinds of students"

This was the perfect Yoga Teacher Training for me. I really wanted a yoga teacher training that was careful and considerate of all bodies. I found this and more! The quality of our instructors far exceeded my expectations, Liz and Alison were truly top of the line. They are beautiful examples of ways to give yoga to the world and ways to lead. I have also grown as a person being here. I have been guided through the teachings of yoga to feel more peaceful in the face of challenges. For this, I am eternally thankful. My goal was to deepen my own personal practice and this program did just that. Additionally, I was previously interested in asana practice but now this training has deepened my interest in many other components of yoga. I feel more grounded after this training and I look forward to lifetime of yoga.

Simone Hugi

from Switzerland, January 2020

The diversity of the program was perfect to gain an overall knowledge of teaching yoga and it was a joy to learn from such amazing teachers as Liz and Alison. I learned all about anatomy and pose foundations. What was most important to me was to be safe in the poses and the ability to teach this to others. Through this knowledge I will be perfectly prepared to teach asana in a safe way back home. It was absolutely great and I am grateful to have completed the program with Soma Yoga Institute.

Mona Sampath

from United States, December 2019

"Experience of a Lifetime!"

The quality of the course is top notch! Liz and Peggy are exceptional teachers and their experience and love for yoga shines right through when they teach. The location is spectacular and I absolutely loved the diversity of our group. The curriculum is so comprehensive and i have returned from the course enriched with knowledge and a deeper gratitude for yoga in my life!

Coline Glatin

from Malta, August 2019

"Life changing YTT "

I really enjoyed doing my yoga teacher training with Soma Yoga Institute. Day after day my intuition confirmed I was right about this decision. I felt that I was in the right place, with the right people and the right moment of my life. I feel that I grew so much and gained more confidence than expected as a yoga teacher. I loved the chakras, Ayurveda, and the yoga philosophy. I also really appreciated how the days were built. I will keep this YTT strongly in my heart and memory. The chakra learning confirmed that I want to continue to embrace yoga and my healing path as well as offer yoga professionally in order to help as many people as possible. Thank you. Coline

Lee Metz

from United States, August 2019

"Soma Yoga Institute Costa Rica YTT 200 - August 2019"

This was an amazing intensive YTT. I came away with a better understanding of alignment and yoga philosophy and now know how to properly sequence a class. The anatomy and alignment course work in particular were excellent. Additionally, I enjoyed learning about the anatomy of the body and corresponding issues that may arise in certain parts of the body and how these can be addressed by yoga. I also enjoyed the group chanting and singing sessions and learning more about the business of yoga including how to begin a career as a yoga teacher. I really benefited from the deep experience and knowledge of all facets of a holistic yoga practice that both Liz and Peggy brought to the training. They are wonderful yogis and teachers. - Lee

Julia Kavanagh

from Canada, August 2019


My experience with Soma Yoga Institute at Zen Spirit in Costa Rica was truly amazing. The curriculum was incredibly comprehensive, and after only being there for two and a half weeks, I've left feeling like I know SO much about yoga, alignment, anatomy, and more. It was challenging and demanding, but extremely rewarding! I would not hesitate to choose a training with Soma. Liz and Peggy were both super knowledgeable and their friendship was so sweet! We had a lot of fun chanting, listening to MC Yogi, and practicing yoga. Liz and Peggy provided a safe space for my fellow yogis and I to explore our bodies and minds through yoga, and I am now more motivated than ever to deepen my practice. The trip was also the perfect length, and Zen Spirit was a beautiful location.


from United States, August 2019

"Student "

Peggy and Liz were both kind, enthusiastic, and helpful during the entire learning process!


from United States, February 2019

"The most perfect yoga teacher training for me"

This training could not have been better suited to what I was looking for from my education. The location and food alone were enough to raise the vibrational energy of the group, and Liz and Peggy were so patient, devoted, understanding, thoughtful, and knowledgeable in their teaching. The education covered so many different topics and took the time to dive deep into each of them and loop them back into the discussion day after day. Liz and Peggy have put so much effort and love into their program, and it showed through every moment of the training. If you are considering a therapeutic yoga teacher training, you would be hard pressed to find a better one.

Katie Fielding

from Great Britain, January 2019

"Excellent teaching, amazing food, beautiful location"

Peggy and Liz, have such an amazing depth of knowledge. They created a learning environment that was so supportive, I am more ready to teach than I was expecting.

In addition to learning how to teach I am taking away teachings from Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras that I will integrate into my life.

I also had a break through in my meditation practice.

I would definitely recommend this training. - Katie


from United States, August 2019

"The quality of education and of people was excellent ."

The history and philosophy was very clear but my favorite part was the alignment series. I feel like that’s the main reason I came here is to learn how to safely take care of my students.

Julie Pae

from United States, August 2019

"A life changing experience!"

Overall this has been most rewarding. I loved all the sequences, understanding the true meaning of Yoga, and the self-discovery. Learning how to breathe and what it does for my body is awakening. The meditation and breathing help me focus. I really appreciated Liz as an instructor for her knowledge, experience, sweet voice, and calm presence and Molly for her firecracker fun personality which I loved to be around on and off the mat. Thank you both so much from the bottom of my heart! - Julie Pae

Jenae Dunlop

from Canada, July 2019

"YTT July 2019 Bliss "

Thank you to our teachers, Liz and Molly, for sharing your knowledge, skill, insights, and expertise with grace, fun and professionalism. Thank you for your compassion and grounding presence, and for securing a safe place emotionally and energetically from which to journey deeper into myself. I really liked that the unique backgrounds, strengths, and personalities of all students were continually and consistently considered in relation to lecture material, to hold space for our growth and development as practitioners and teachers. My understanding of yoga deepened a lot; this experience strengthened my understanding of how absolutely essential yoga is for my mental, emotional, and energetic wellbeing. -Jenae

Brittni Genovese

from United States, July 2019

"True Bliss"

I absolutely recommend this program! This experience has truly changed my life! Our teachers, Molly and Liz have a very special gift. My experience has changed my outlook on many different aspects of my life. I feel that I have a deeper connection with my practice and my inner self. My confidence in my own yoga practice is higher than it’s ever been. My favorite topics were the contraindications, alignment, Ayurveda, and chakras because I can apply these into my life and teachings. My relationships are more genuine and I have the knowledge to launch me into a new adventure. Thank you, I am so grateful for everything you shared. - Brittni Genovese

Hannah Holly

from United States, July 2019

"A wonderful experience "

The past 17 days have been some of the best of my life. I feel so grateful to have grown and learned so much alongside such wonderful people. The most important thing I learned through this teacher training is that yoga is more than just a physical practice you might do a few times a week, its a mindset and a way of living. I have learned not only how to sequence and teach yoga classes, I have also learned practices that I can take with me in my own day to day life. Getting to see the variety of personalities and teaching styles inspired me to be myself and implement things I am passionate about into my teaching.

I am so excited and looking forward to this next chapter in my life as a yoga teacher.


Ami Sandlin

from United States, June 2019

"Book with Confidence!"

I really enjoyed the patient and encouraging teaching, the close friendships that were formed, and the gorgeous location (The Okreblue Retreat in Paros, Greece) of this 200-hour yoga teacher training program! I will definitely be recommending this program and hope to train with Soma Yoga Institute again in the future. This experience affected my life in so many unexpected ways. All of them positive. I came away with more self-acceptance, skills I am certain will be of benefit to my own health as well as the health and lives of others and a much broader worldview.

Soma Yoga Institute expertly takes care of all the details so your sole focus can be embracing this life changing experience. I would confidently put my trust in Soma Yoga Institute again.

--Ami Sandlin

Patrizia Trojani Poggi

from United States, June 2019


Becca Freer

from United States, June 2019

"Incredible YTT in Greece"

The most amazing 18 days. Liz and Molly were the two perfect teachers to further my yoga practice and become certified at the 200 hour level. They were inviting and compassionate and so well studied and experienced. Okreblue, the accommodation, was great. Rooms were cleaned everyday and just steps away from the beach. The kitchen staff was amazing, as well as the food. Liz and Molly were always receptive to new ideas and schedule requests. Overall, an incredible experience that I would recommend to all.

Madison Fowler

from United States, September 2018

"The perfect transition from student to teacher! "

Overall this program went above and beyond my expectations. Liz and Molly were exemplary teachers with such a profound wealth of knowledge and experience! The most useful aspect was the complete immersion into the teaching. It wasn’t just learning, it was hands-on experience as well as actual teaching experience. It can be extremely overwhelming to even stand in front of a group of people. However, they have designed a program that provides you with a wealth of information, understanding, and experience to ease you into the instructors position. It was the perfect transition from yoga student, into yoga instructor! -Madison

Aurélie Azazga

from Belgium, August 2018

"A life-changing experience "

My 200 hours YTT with Soma Institute was beyond my expectations. The program gave me a deeper knowledge of yoga, both theoretical and practical.

I particularly appreciated the focus on alignement, the poses study and the introduction to work therapeutically with yoga. Liz underlined the fact that each body is unique and that we need to take that in consideration during each yoga class.

The sequencing part was also very useful. After each yoga class, we took the time to analyze the sequence. We learned how to create our own sequence and how to teach it.

Beside alignement, sequencing and the art of teaching, we had an really good introduction on meditation, chanting, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, pranayama and the energy body.

Liz and Molly are two authentic teachers that love sharing their passion for yoga with their students. They are very complimentary and form a perfect duo.

From the first day, the atmosphere in the group was very pleasant, trustful and fun. I felt like a member of a loving community very quickly.

The program is designed in a way that you learn a lot everyday without even realize it (I taught my first sun salutation after only two 2 days). It impacted my personal practice and changed my perspective on teaching yoga. Today, I’m feeling confident to teach really soon my first Vinyasa or Restorative yoga class.

After attending this YTT, nothing’s changed, but everything has changed for me.

Elizabeth DeAngelo

from United States, August 2018

"Life-Changing Experience"

Learning from Liz and Molly was fantastic. They both brought such different gifts to share with the class and worked seamlessly together to create a challenging yet enjoyable curriculum. The location was absolutely stunning, and our eighteen days flew by. My understanding of Yoga deepened considerably. I’m excited to go forth and share what I know while constantly learning more. Also, this training taught me the importance of having a personal practice, which I believe will continue to impact my life in a profound way. I definitely recommend this program and can't thank Liz and Molly enough!

Darla Chenin

from United States, August 2018

"Full of love and life long friendships "

Coming to this yoga teacher training was one of the best decisions of my life. I really enjoyed and appreciated the dedication and love poured into the training. Not only did I learn tools for practicing and teaching, I learned tools to incorporate into all aspects of my life. I loved learning about the philosophy of yoga, and although my understanding is much deeper, I have the passion to learn more and deepen my understanding. I also really appreciated the focus on alignment and safety. By the end of the training I gained so much confidence and love for teaching. I loved sharing my journey and watching all the other students grow. This program was amazing!

Thank you so much Liz and Molly! I hope to see you in the future for 300 hour training!

Megan Goldberg

from United States, April 2018

"Everything and more!"

This YTT was one of the most incredible experiences of my life - I literally liked every, single, thing. Since I had only been practicing yoga for one year, this experience was a game changer for me. It not only enhanced my personal practice and knowledge, it has prepared me to teach - and right away, no less. I absolutely loved everything about the program.

The two instructors (Liz and Molly) were beyond knowledgeable, enjoyable, attentive to the array of students they had, and fun! The coursework was incredible - I can't believe how much I didn't know about yoga. Now I feel confident about alignment principles, vinyasa techniques, asana fundamentals, chanting, pranayama, meditation techniques, how to sequence, how to teach, the history of yoga, anatomy & physiology, ethics when teaching, and the icing on the cake - the business of yoga. The yoga classes throughout the program were insanely good - we literally took next level yoga classes to understand the art of vinyasa sequencing, yin, restorative, senior, beginner, and therapeutic yoga. The therapeutics and restorative coursework was invaluable as I now understand ways to help my family and friends feel better and live healthier lives.

Last, but certainly not least, the Kalani Oceanside Retreat accommodation was beyond. Doing a YTT on the big island of Hawaii, in a rain forest, next to the ocean, only a few miles away from an active volcano was EVERYTHING!

Jessica Card

from Canada, February 2018

"Great Experience! Highly Recommended!"

Liz and Peggy were extremely positive and energetic. They are very knowledgeable and eager to share their love of yoga. Their style of yoga and background were exactly what I was looking for (I thoroughly researched various schools and instructors before deciding this course might be the best fit for me).

Although I felt info overload after the first 3 days (it is an intensive afterall), their constant reassurance and ability to put it to practice during the rest of the course made it stick. By the end of the course, I felt capable of building on the principles I had learned and teaching my own yoga classes. I loved all the people I met best of all! It really was a supportive and engaging community and team learning environment. Travelling in the area was easy and felt safe this time of year (January and I speak Spanish).

Alyssa Martinez

from United States, January 2018

" Amazing experience"

I loved everything. The people i met was the most amazing part of this trip

Betty Peel

from United States, January 2018


The total immersion experience was the key to this YTT. Liz and Peggy are such knowledgeable and caring instructors who were very aware of and responsive to group and individual needs. This experience created an awareness that yoga is so much more than practicing asanas (although that was fun, too!). The rainforest setting, delicious food, and wonderful group made for a totally moving and memorable experience; I can't imagine completing my yoga teacher training any better way.


from Germany, June 2019

"Best Yoga Teacher Training😊"

Teachers with lots of knowledge and experience.Very profound training. Variety of contents (Yoga-Practice, Philosophy, own teaching-practice, therapeutic Yoga, restorative Yoga, Vinyasayoga, Anatomy, Yoga for seniors , meditation, mantras etc. etc.). Goooood and organic food 😊 extremely nice area. Clean beach, beautiful lovely staff at retreat centre😍 Susan


from Switzerland, June 2019


I really loved this teacher training. I thought the space that Liz and Peggy held for learning was beautiful. This course will stay with me for the rest of my life. This experience helped me connect with my body and tune in. I had a few very powerful meditations, which allowed me to discover the strength of my energy. I have gained a deepened level of interest in the practice of yoga both on and off the mat. I have more conviction than ever to lead with kindness. I really enjoyed the diversity of the lessons and learning the history of yoga, chants and how to teach to beginners, seniors, prenatal and restorative classes. I would absolutely recommend this training to others!

(200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training at the Goddess Garden in Cahuita, Costa Rica)

Danielle Vaccaro

from United States,

This training was everything I hoped for and more. It definitely exceeded my expectations. The teachers were all phenomenal. The closeness formed by the teachers and their ability to together provide us with a safe and comfortable space to open up allowed us to truly become an ohana (family). I truly enjoyed the practicum experience and how beautiful each of my fellow yogis looked and felt while teaching! The way Liz set up the feedback portion following our teachings was beyond encouraging and full of optimism. I still refer back to the notec ards given to me by my fellow yogi trainees, and feel full of happiness and love each time I read them. This teacher training was even more inspiring with the view we were able to wake up to each day. I am feeling so overwhelmed with love and joy in every possible way. – Danielle V

Ashley Flohr

The asana and alignment study profoundly changed my practice for the better. I have so much more awareness and I am receiving even more benefits from my own practice than I ever imagined. My confidence as a yoga teacher is stronger than I thought it would be. Liz and Serena have an amazing balanced dynamic which helps to motivate through an intensive schedule. I always felt supported and inspired, the love and support was palpable the entire time. I have never experienced anything like this. My heart is full. - Ashley