18 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in San Ramon, Costa Rica

  • Vida Mountain Resort & Spa, Piedades Sur, Alajuela Province, San Ramon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

This 200-hour training aims at giving its students a solid foundation for teaching yoga and diving deeper into your practice as a way of finding your authentic voice and your path to being happy, healthy, and strong. Find inspiration, expand your perspective, and self-knowledge as participants are stimulated to find their own personal path among the different and numerous approaches and techniques that exist in the world of yoga.

Highlights

  • Daily 4-hour yoga lectures
  • Daily asana and meditation sessions
  • 2 hours of practice sessions, twice daily
  • Applied anatomy and yogic philosophy classes
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification upon completion
  • Excursion to waterfall and private island
  • Daily organic vegetarian meals
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 18 days with instruction
  • English
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During this training, you will stay at Vida Mountain. Tao Yoga carefully selects its venue for retreats and training aligned with the life experience that speaks of the nature and beauty of Costa Rica, delicious vegetarian and organic meals, and inspiring and lush environment, while maintaining security and modern comfort.

Vida Mountain’s facilities include modern and newly constructed houses overlooking the mountain peaks where you can watch toucans flying through the trees below. Evenings end with the sunsets that shine line gems in the sky with two large hot tubs for you to enjoy along with three heated saltwater pools, a spa where a variety of massage sessions are offered, and many trails where you can experience the forest and its magic.

There is also a medicinal organic garden where the naturalists are happy to guide you on the indigenous medicinal plants. Each room has a safe deposit box, fan, emergency light, private walk in bathroom, fiber optic high-speed internet, modern and clean design, as well as other amenities. Linens and towels are provided.

Tao simply means "the way." It says to find your way to empower yourself and others, to raise consciousness and give yourself the tools through natural methods to improve health and well-being in order to move to an open heart and oneness. Tao Yoga has created a safe, effective, and dynamic curriculum using multimedia methods of teaching and drawing wisdom from various disciplines.

All students will be encouraged to dig deep and explore in a safe space where you can open your heart, bust through, and release any self-limitations. Apart from daily practice, you will receive full support from the Tao Yoga School instructors who will facilitate your learning and answer any questions you may have. Immerse yourself in this life retreat to discover and shift toward your passion.

In this training, you will learn from Jun Lee and other experts for a solid foundation necessary to effectively super charge and deepen your own practice and spiritual development and prepare you to intelligently and confidently find your authentic voice to guide others. Discover what that means to you and how to integrate that into modern society.

Some of the topics covered in this 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training

The Yamas and Niyamas

This retreat will cover ethical rules that create the best scenario for success in your practice and in your life, which is part of 10 pillars of happiness.

Asana

  • Physical and energetic alignment
  • Verbal and physical assists and cues
  • Dynamic, efficient, intelligent, fluid, and fun sequencing
  • Sanskrit names and meaning

Pranayama

  • How to teach basic pranayama to your students
  • Develop your own home pranayama practice
  • Understand when and why you would teach different techniques
  • Discover the transformative power of the breath in your daily life and its effects on physiology, energetic body, mental state and attitude, emotions, and the release of traumas

Meditation

  • Listening in stillness: why do you do it and how do you do it?
  • Techniques for all to find a method they can continue on their own
  • Learn methods of meditation that you can take home with you
  • Guided meditations to lead your students through
  • Grounding meditations, centering, and self-healing meditation techniques
  • Breathing meditation

Sacred texts

  • Yoga Sutras
  • Bhagavad Gita
  • Tao Te Ching

Alignments

  • Physical and energetic alignment
  • Verbal and physical assists and cues
  • Dynamic, efficient, intelligent, and fluid sequencing
  • Essential cues to move your students safely and seamlessly into postures
  • Sanskrit names and meaning
  • Muscles activated, strengthened, and lengthened in each posture
  • Daily posture clinics
  • Chakra and dosha effects and imprints
  • Modifications for all levels and body types

Pranayama

  • Experience the powerful and healing effects of the breath
  • How to teach basic pranayama to your students
  • Develop your own pranayama practice
  • Understand when and why you would teach different techniques
  • Understand the scientific evidence and physiological processes involved
  • Discover the transformative power of the breath in your daily life and its effects on your physiology, energy levels, mental, and emotional states and the release of tension and stress

Teaching technique

  • Practice teaching sessions: four classes dedicated to learning to instruct essential cues for a fluid and meticulous class
  • The seat of the teacher: how to hold the seat with integrity, honesty, and grace
  • Teaching to all levels: learn modifications (beginner) and variations (advanced) of the asana
  • Logic of a simple sequence

Subtle body

  • Anatomy of the chakras: their connection to one's physiological, emotional, mental, and energetic states

Mantras

  • Chanting alone and with a group
  • Learn the sacred mantras
  • What they mean and how to use them

Mudras

  • Learn how and when they are used
  • The various mudras that fit the individual’s needs

Anatomy and physiology

  • Musculoskeletal system: which muscles are strengthened during an asana, which muscles are lengthened, contraindications, benefits, energetic, and mental effects of asana, affects on dosha
  • Digestive system: what are the factors for optimal digestion, what is the role of sugar on your system, what are the benefits of a plant based diet - ketotic diet, what are causes and remedies of indigestion and slow metabolism, what do leading clinical studies say, along with nutritional tips and guidelines from certified holistic health coach Stella Kwon, superfoods and supplements, nutrient dense foods, recipes, and more
  • Respiratory System: anatomy of the breathing body, what happens on an inhale, what happens on an exhale, what are the effects on a subtle level - and its effects on your DNA, how is energy converted from your breath down to a cellular level
  • Nervous system: what is the central nervous system’s role in your overall health and well-being, how is it affected by stress, trauma, PTSD, how can we assist in this healing holistically and with lasting effects, how can you bust through long-standing anxiety
  • Parasympathetic versus sympathetic nervous system: how to flip the switch consciously and safely in a way that keeps us grounded, centered, and clear, the role of yoga, pranayama, and meditation on the nervous system, methods to go deep into and take control of your physiology
  • The cell: cellular energy, metabolism, how your breath, diet, cardiovascular system, nervous system, activity levels all contribute to your energy levels, sleep, creativity and healing ability, fasting revealed in safe and clinically proven methods drawing from the most recent evidence-based practice led by registered burse Jun Lee.

Yoga therapy

  • Introduction: what is yoga therapy, how is it applied in a safe and effective way using the techniques of yoga, which ailments does it treat, what are the potential benefits, why are you interested in pursuing this as a passion.

Ayurveda

The holistic healing science of Ayurveda will be discussed in detail, in a way that is applicable in the modern age. Find out what your constitution is and how it is ever-evolving, yet always the same. Find out how there is always truth in paradox.

The basic foundation of daily living and this ancient science of self-healing will be outlined in a way the participants can take home, apply immediately, and see how small adjustments and tweaks to their daily routine, diet, and habits that can transform life, thoughts, and reality.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:00 Daily meditation, pranayama, and asana practice
  • 08:00 Breakfast
  • 09:30 Theory
  • 12:00 Lunch
  • 13:30 Break
  • 15:30 Theory
  • 17:00 Evening asana practice
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • Jun Lee

    Jun is the founder and director of Tao Yoga School. She named it a collective because it is a shared way to get grounded in a group while getting connected to this internal cosmos. Recognize that this terrain that you are swimming into is something that is a shared experience. All people can gain access to this world. It is not about methods, it is about the experience and then embodiment. Jun is a dedicated student of Ashtanga, Kundalini yoga, and TUMMO breathing also known as the Wim Hof Method - to illuminate and open hearts.

  • Stella Kwon

    Stella Kwon is an integral part of the Tao Yoga Collective. She began practicing yoga to relieve back pain after a car accident in 2010. Since then, she discovered many other benefits along with the healing powers of yoga. She believes yoga can help everyone find their path to well-being, growth, and fulfillment by practicing as you are in the present moment and finding connection between mind, body, and soul. She teaches an energizing free flow Vinyasa practice focusing on breath and body awareness so that each student can create their own unique experience.

This training will take place in the Central Highlands of Costa Rica. Vida Mountain is an hour and a half from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). It is atop the mountains in Alajuela. There is a tranquil and mystical quality to the resort filled with trails for you to hike and explore on your own or with a guide to experience the forest and its magic. There is a waterfall 10 minutes away, a river with five minutes' drive, and three heated saltwater pools for you to enjoy.

Nearby places

  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) - 1 hour 30 minutes
  • San Ramón - 30 minutes

During this training, you will be served three daily organic vegetarian meals.

  • Waterfall and beach excursion
  • 2 daily meditation sessions
  • 2 daily yoga classes
  • 3 daily organic meals
  • 17 nights accommodation
  • 200-hour Yoga Alliance certification
  • Applied anatomy and yogic philosophy classes
  • Daily posture and adjustment clinics
  • Daily posture clinics
  • Excursions into nature on your time off
  • Graduation dinner
  • Learn the business of yoga and set yourself up for success
  • Practice teaching yoga sessions
  • Self-care practices to stay healthy

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO).

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Testimonials

  • Review by a traveler

    "During my teacher training, Jun Lee has challenged me to see love at its highest frequency. Physically through heart-opening yoga poses and internally through her philosophy. My definition of love before I started the Tao yoga teacher training was to love another person unconditionally. This is true. Jun grew my personal definition by showing me the greatest expression of love is loving yourself. This is knowledge I will pass on and carry with me for the rest of my life."

    Jun Lee Yoga website, edited

  • Review by a traveler

    "Such an amazing place, amazing food, and AMAZING program. So. much. to. think. about. Have seen many things that can’t be unseen and I sense that life isn’t going to be the same. Namaste and thank you all for all that you do. "

    Jun Lee Yoga website, edited

  • Review by a traveler

    "Absolutely thrilled at the level and presentation of the course material and Fabulous teachers. Thank you so much Jun and Stella for your honest approach and knowledge. You both are true yogis and it shows in every element of this program and it inspires me to be more dedicated - so thank you thank you for that."

    Jun Lee Yoga website, edited

Carrollton, United States

Tao Yoga Collective teaches an approachable, deep style of Hatha Vinyasa yoga that safely challenges the body and soothes the mind.

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18 days / 17 nights

Departure:
Thursday August 10, 2017
(18 days / 17 nights)

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