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Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Join this Yoga Alliance registered program which includes Vinyasa flow, therapeutic alignment principles, and the path of yoga as a framework for holistic health. This program offers students in-depth skills to explore yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. Graduates of this program are prepared to teach a variety of yoga class types, including all levels of Vinyasa yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and Restorative yoga.

Meet the instructors

Liz
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Highlights

  • Daily afternoon breaks to rest or swim
  • Daily yoga classes, meditation, and pranayama
  • Eligible to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion
  • A comprehensive 200-page YTT manual will be provided
  • You will have as-needed mentoring after the program ends
  • Gain 6-month access to the 200-hour online YTT content
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 17 nights' accommodation

Yoga styles


18 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 16 participants
Airport transfer available:
Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$65 per person)
Airport transfer available:
Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$65 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala
  • Yoga studio
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet
  • Outdoor shower

Zen Spirit is a magical place that blends the rustic charm of nature with newly constructed modern amenities. The resort is just remote enough to transport you to a place where you can truly disconnect and immerse yourself in an environment of tranquil serenity for full relaxation and to reconnect with your inner spirit.

Your only distractions become the cacophony of birds, frogs, and crickets and the sounds of the crashing pulsing surf that both hypnotizes you to sleep and wakes you in synchronicity with the sunrise. Zen Spirit’s mission is to provide guests with a comfortable, peaceful environment, to experience healthy, sustainable living.

The following rooms are available:

  • Quadruple room with extra-long single beds
  • Triple room with extra-long single beds
  • Triple room with queen beds
  • Double room with extra-long single beds
  • Single room

Program

Certification

Students who complete the training are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

Curriculum highlights

  • A solid foundation in classical Hatha yoga including alignment-based Vinyasa Flow and Restorative yoga within a therapeutic framework.
  • An anatomy and biomechanically informed alignment system that helps to address common misalignments and keeps your students safe.
  • Modifications and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations such as seniors, pregnancy, and those with injuries.
  • Gain insights into your (true) nature through the wisdom of yoga and its philosophy.
  • Explore breath work, mantra, and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life.
  • Learn the art of sequencing yoga classes that honors your authentic voice and meets the needs of your student population.
  • Business of yoga and how to build your yoga community.
  • Build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment.
  • Train with highly experienced, knowledgeable, and passionate yoga teachers and yoga therapists.

Please note: This teacher training program is approved with Yoga Alliance (Y.A.) and graduates are eligible to register with Y.A. as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT-200). The therapeutic perspective and curricular components of this program are based on the instructors' registration as a "Certified Yoga Therapist" with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and not derived from their status as an E-RYT 500 with the Y.A. Registry as the Y.A. Registry does not certify therapists, solely yoga teachers.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Meditation by the ocean, pranayama, and gentle movement
  • 07:30 Breakfast
  • 08:30 Yoga asana practice plus techniques or teaching methodology
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:00 Restorative, gentle, therapeutic practice, or Yoga Nidra. Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics, anatomy, and physiology, practice teaching.
  • 16:00 Afternoon break to rest, swim, or take in the amazing sunsets of Costa Rica
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Evening session

Included excursions

There will be one full day off mid-way through the program to explore the local area.

Instructors

Liz Heffernan

Retreat location

Zen Spirit is located about 14 kilometers south of Punta Islita airport in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. It has been identified as one of the five blue zones on the planet. They are near Cabo Blanco National Park, Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve, Caletas Ario wildlife refuge.

Therefore, while visiting the tropical eco-resort, you are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered tropical dry forest inhabitants, for example, the black howler monkey, the white-headed capuchin, tropical deer, macaws, eagles, as well as sea turtles. Located at the margin of the more popular hustle and bustle tourist beaches, Zen Spirit guarantees their guests a true retreat experience and the possibility to reconnect with their inner selves.

For instance, there are no hotels or facilities other than private residences on Costa de Oro beach. Because the premise is set on a wonderful long flat gold sandy beach interrupted by river estuaries. You can enjoy world-class surfing as well as kayaking and bird watching in the mangrove, horseback riding, and hiking to waterfalls, star gazing into the dark sky, and much more. In short, it is a nature lovers paradise.

Unique features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Swimming
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Wave boarding
  • Zip lining

General

  • Beach
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • In-room safe
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Yoga shala

Services

  • Board rental
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

Food

At Zen Spirit - Costa Rica the cuisine is delicious, healthy, locally sourced, and organic when possible. Most of the fruits and vegetables are organically produced on the Zen Spirit’s farm. When purchasing outside of the estate, the chefs always privilege local organic products. Therefore, by buying locally Zen Spirit is helping the local Costa Rica community.

In brief, it is a truly farm-to-table experience. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free alternatives are provided to all students and included in the price of tuition. For those who prefer to add additional protein sources, there is the opportunity to purchase fish three times a week for a small fee (market prices apply please inquire).

Students who have special dietary requirements are encouraged to let them know in advance as they will do their best to accommodate them. The water at Zen Spirit is fresh and healthy filtered spring water, very refreshing. Fresh juice is served at lunch and dinner.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Organic
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The beach at Playa Coyote offers swimming, surfing, and other water sport activities. Alternatively, there are horseback rides on the beach, mountain bike rentals, forest hikes, and wildlife watching. Walking along the beach or in the forest, you are likely to see howler and white-faced monkeys, iguanas, snakes, vultures, pelicans, and maybe even anteaters or a wild boar. Flamingos and frigates are often seen around the estuary, and at the rocky Punta Coyote, there are several bat colony caves to explore.

On the southern side of Punta Coyote lies Playa Caletas, where you can see as many as 50 species of bird in a single day. Playa Caletas is also home to an important marine turtle rehabilitation area. Since 2002, the Costa Rican conservation organization, PRETOMA, has monitored and protected the Olive Ridley, Leatherback, and Pacific Green turtles.

Its project is run in collaboration with the local community and international volunteers, who monitor nesting activities, operate "hatcheries" to safeguard the eggs, and help ensure the turtle babies make it safely to sea.

Relatively close by, just beyond the pretty beach resorts of Santa Teresa and Malpais, there are other important conservation projects. The Cabo Blanco Nature Reserve was Costa Rica's first National Park and the reserve that encompasses 1,272 hectares of primary and secondary moist tropical forest and 1700 hectares of the surrounding ocean. It is home to hundreds of plant, animal, and bird species.

Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary and Refuge is a new reserve, created around the limits of Cabo Blanco Park. It stretches to the southeast, towards the town of Paquera. On-going projects at the refuge include the creation of a community Wildlife Refuge, extensive reforestation projects, a wildlife hospital, and an endangered species re-introduction program, for species such as the Scarlet Macaw, Great Green Macaw, Three-Toed Sloth, Spider Monkey, and Baird's Tapir. It is possible to visit the project from the small town of Cabuya, a gateway to both reserves.

Possibilities for your day off include a range of hands-on eco-adventures including zip-lining adventures, one-to-one surf lessons, kayak adventures in the mangrove, turtle nesting tours, a hike to the waterfalls, butterfly farm tour, visit the tourist towns of Santa Teresa, and Malpais, visit the nature reserves, and many other wonderful opportunities.

Spa treatments

Spa services are available on-site for an additional fee. Wonderful healing massages are available at an additional cost.

What's included

  • Full yoga teacher training tuition
  • Daily meditation by the ocean, pranayama, and gentle movement
  • Eligibility to register with Yoga Alliance upon completion of the course
  • A comprehensive 200-page YTT manual
  • 6-month access to the 200-hour online YTT content (An essential resource to support you as you move out into the world teaching yoga)
  • As-needed mentoring after the program ends
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner with drinks
  • Use of the hotel facilities
  • Day off to explore the surrounding area

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Spa treatments
  • Excursions
  • Discounted shuttle service for 65 USD (one way) from the airport
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport on the group shuttle is provided for a reduced fee (specified times only).

  • From Liberia International Airport

Arrange to fly into the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the airport at 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on arrival day and returns to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) for flights departing after 12:30 p.m. on departure day.

Shuttle from Liberia to Zen Spirit takes approximately three hours. The group shuttle charge is 65 USD per person each way. Some students choose to fly in one day early and stay near the airport in Liberia. The Hilton Garden Inn is recommended as it is very nice, convenient and good rates can often be found on booking sites such as Expedia.

  • From San Jose International Airport

Arrange to fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the Adventure Inn (15 minutes from the airport) in San Jose at 8:30 a.m. on arrival day and returns departing Zen Spirit at 7 a.m. on departure day. For flights leaving after 3:30 p.m. Shuttle from San Jose to Zen Spirit takes approximately five hours.

The group shuttle charge is 65 USD per person each way. The Adventure Inn is a great place for the first night with free airport shuttles if you are a guest and a large breakfast included in the price. You may book a room directly with them here. The shuttle will depart directly from this hotel and on the return take you directly to the SJO airport.

Airport: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport Airport transfer available: Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (US$65 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Juan Santamaría International Airport Airport transfer available: Juan Santamaría International Airport (US$65 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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