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Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

One of the most important steps in taking a yoga teacher training program is to choose the right location and finding pure space to learn. At Tierra de Yoga the teaching environment is free from city distractions and noise. This natural environment is fundamental in learning the sacred practice of yoga and incorporating these elements in your own teaching practice once you have completed your training and are off to start your own yoga practice.

Retreat highlights

  • 200 hours of teacher training
  • Learn in a peaceful environment with sounds of nature
  • Yoga Alliance Accredited Certification upon successful completion
  • Full use of Tierra de Yoga pavilion and lodge
  • 20 lunches and 20 dinners
  • 21 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles

20 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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There are seven gorgeous hardwood ecotourism minded Costa Rican Bungalows that are set into the lush naturescape of our property. Each ecotourist-minded bungalow has a different theme expressed in the hand carved wood, tile mosaics, painted murals, and artistic details. Enjoy hot showers and cool breezes from the overhead fan and large screened windows. While staying in one of the bungalows you can experience ecotourism by getting close to nature, sleeping to the sounds of the jungle, the 100% organic toiletries, linens, cleaning products, and relaxing in the hammock on your front porch. Observe heliconias, gingers, sloths, humming birds, toucans, and much more. The bungalows are adorned with orthopedic mattresses, over 300 thread count sheets, and soft organic bamboo and cotton towels.


The standard Caribbean bungalows have space for 1 - 2 ecotourists. The hand-carved canopy beds are queen sized and just one per bungalow. Single beds are added to accommodate shared facilities throughout your stay. The canopy mosquito net on each bed not only protects you from possible mosquitoes, but adds to a rustic and romantic ecotourism experience for your stay in beautiful Costa Rica. These five bungalows all have a private bathroom and spacious front porch great for relaxing and enjoying the surrounding nature. The standard bungalows are perfect for enjoying time off from your schedule and a simple and elegant getaway.


Zen Garden, fondly known as the Casita, is two stories and can accommodate up to 4 people. This little house is perfect for guests who like to have more space and the option of cooking for themselves. The first floor of the Casita is the same as the others, with a queen bed and bathroom. The second floor has a kitchen with extra seating and a futon / pull-down sofa, making a nice living space or a place to sleep two more! This bungalow is highly recommend to honeymooners or couples looking for a particularly special experience. The second floor balcony offers fabulous views of the rain forest canopy.

Tierra de Yoga 200-Hour YTT in Costa Rica Program

Passion Yoga School Information

At Passion Yoga School, they take joy in supporting the whole practitioner, not just the physical body. They lead you through a journey to connect with your highest Self. You will learn how to bring the deepest aspects of your being into your yoga teaching, and inspire and support your students with your own unique skills.

You will learn how to sequence a healthy variety of Hatha classes. Adi Shakti's primary teaching style is a dynamic vinyasa style with a heavy focus on the philosophy, mantra, and eastern anatomy (chakras, energy lines, etc) throughout the class. You will walk away with the skills to offer an athletic vinyasa sequence for practitioners that need this to quiet the mind, as well as the skills to develop a much slower, more mindful practice for more advanced practitioners.

You will learn Western anatomy as well as Eastern energetics. Adi's original training was in a US vinyasa based program, but her deeper study was in India with her teacher, Yogirishi Vishvketu, where they focused more on the deeper layers of practice. The program is a healthy integration of those two components of practice, in addition to focusing on uncovering our shadow self and healing our own personal trauma through the practice of yoga (posture, chanting, meditation, etc).

You will be exposed to a huge variety and encouraged and empowered to draw from your own body wisdom to develop your own teaching voice. We provide you with the foundation, and you offer as you'd like.

Integral Yoga teacher training at Tierra de Yoga

Taught by Mariska van Wijngaarden and Pio with a special guest workshop taught by Hillary Damato. Introducing Dr. Gregory Damato as Tierra de Yoga new Teacher Training instructor in anatomy and physiology. This respected program has been developed and refined over 40-plus years. Its purpose goes beyond making a person a Yoga teacher; it provides an excellent foundation for an extensive knowledge of Yoga. Considerable attention is given to many other aspects of yoga so that all students have both a practical and a philosophical understanding of the full scope of its teachings and practices.

Integral Yoga Instructions and Subjects

  • Hatha Yoga postures
  • Pranayama (breathing practices)
  • Meditation and deep relaxation
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Yogic diet and nutrition
  • Karma Yoga (selfless service)
  • Sanskrit language

Curriculum for Teacher Training Program

The goal of this training program is to produce qualified and inspiring yoga teachers who are able to draw on their own practice and personal discipline in imparting the yoga experience to others. The curriculum is based on the five points of yoga understood as the practical application of the traditional four paths of yoga. The intensive daily schedule includes meditation sessions, two yoga classes, two lectures, one hour of service to the yoga community. One day a week is lecture-free.

Required Hours

  • Techniques Training/Practice - 100 hours
  • Teaching Methodology - 25 hours
  • Anatomy and Physiology - 20 hours
  • Yoga Philosophy, lifestyle and Ethics for yoga teachers - 30 hours
  • Practicum - 10 hours
  • Electives - 15 hours
  • Contact - 55 hours ( to be distributed as needed)

Asanas (Yoga Postures)

A daily teaching practice class is devoted to teaching you how to teach asanas and pranayama. A daily asana practice class gives you the opportunity to practice your own asanas and will help to build the good habit of practice. Learn daily in-depth practice with individual corrections.

Asana Practices

  • Sun salutation
  • 12 basic yoga postures
  • Over 50 asana variations, from intermediate level to advanced
  • Postural alignment
  • Deep relaxation with autosuggestion
  • Release of blocked energy
  • Training sessions for all age groups

Benefits Of Asanas

  • Control emotions
  • Improve power of concentration
  • Rid the body of excess fat
  • Enhance physical fitness
  • Relieve chronic ailments such as constipation, rheumatism, stomach complaints
  • Stimulate circulation
  • Stabilize thyroid functions
  • Keep muscles youthful and supple into old age


  • Expands capacity of the lungs
  • Relaxes the nervous system
  • Balances the two hemispheres of the brain
  • Purifies the nadis (subtle energy channels)
  • Awakens the inner spiritual energy
  • Kapalabhati (lung cleansing exercise)
  • Anuloma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing)
  • Ujjayi, Surya Bheda, Bhastrika, Sitali, Sitkari, Bhramari
  • Samanu (mental cleansing of the nadis)
  • The three bandhas: Jalandhara, Moola, Uddiyana

Yoga Anatomy and Physiology

  • Introduction to the major body systems
  • The effects of asanas and pranayama on: the cardiovascular system, respiration, digestion, skeletal and muscular systems, endocrine system
  • The eight systems of the body
  • Yoga and physical culture
  • Diet and nutrition

Teaching Practice

  • How to teach the basic postures and breathing exercises to beginners and intermediate students
  • Setting up of a proper environment for class
  • General pointers on teaching a class
  • The Basic Integral class
  • Beginners' Course
  • Advanced Postures
  • Yoga for Those needing Modifications
  • Relaxation
  • Detailed correction workshops
  • In the second half of the training course, participants will teach each other under the guidance of an experienced instructor

Yoga Nutrition with Dr. Gregory Damato

  • Nutrition for a healthy detox body and better practice
  • How diet affects the mind
  • Proper balance of the main nutrients


  • Guide to meditation
  • What is meditation
  • Why meditate
  • Physical and mental meditation
  • 12-step daily practice
  • Effects of and experiences in meditation
  • Mantras as a spiritual energy in sound
  • Mantra initiation (if desired)

Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics

  • Yoga Sutras: which includes History of Yoga and Niyamas and Yamas.
  • Bhagavad Gita: considered one of the greatest spiritual texts of the world, the Bhagavad Gita contains subtle and profound teachings and has a universality which embraces every aspect of human actions. It symbolizes the solution of the eternal struggle between the spiritual and the material in every human being. We will study both the text and Swami Sivanandas commentary
  • Karma Yoga: Seva Yoga
  • Yoga Practicum: Practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing other teachers, hearing and giving feedback, practice teaching
  • Yogic Lifestyle: Food as medicine, Benefits of a Prana-filled diet, Amazonian herbs, Ayurveda, the sister science of yoga

Retreat location

Tierra de Sueos is an ecotourism paradise located in the beach community of Playa Chiquita, 6 kilometers south of Puerto Viejo, on the southern Caribbean coast of Costa Rica. Playa Chiquita is an international neighborhood that celebrates ecotourism, nature and diversity. Some of our neighbors include several delicious restaurants, the Yoga center next door, two specialty grocers, a holistic guidance center and a massage specialist.

Our bungalows are just a three minute walk to one of the most beautiful beaches on the coast of Costa Rica. After walking down a nature trail across the road, you will find the unspoiled Playa Chiquita with reefs for snorkeling, palm tree covers for shady lounging and, depending on the time of year, either waves for surfing or the calmest waters for swimming.



  • Diving
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Kayak nearby
  • Massage
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
  • Steam room
  • Swimming pool nearby


  • Bar nearby
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant nearby


  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Bicycle rental
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • WiFi
  • Library
  • Shop
  • Tour assistance

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Meals include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They are a full 100% organic facility offering only Live Raw food menu. Meals include regular beverages like tea, coffee, water, and juices. They do not include specialty coffees, teas, detox juices, or shakes. Specialty coffees and teas and snacks are available outside of regularly schedule meal times, additional fees do apply.

Things to do (optional)

Playa Chiquita, Costa Rica is the best of both worlds because it is so easy to be a part of the lively Puerto Viejo scene yet far enough away to enjoy a peaceful ecotourism sanctuary where often the only sounds youll hear are those of the jungle. Puerto Viejo travel brings you to this laid back beach town moving to its own reggae beat. With its tranquilo vibe, friendly people and lush tropical surroundings people easily fall in love with this place. Puerto Viejo hosts a variety of excellent restaurants and fun nightlife with live music and people from all over the world.

Staying at Tierra de Sueos, you are able to enjoy Costa Rican ecotourism at its best, be removed from the action and noise yet you can easily get into Puerto Viejo with a quick bike ride or taxis that run all day and night. At Tierra de Sueos you can enjoy a relaxing and peaceful ecotourism vacation on the secluded beaches of Playa Chiquita and Punta Uva. And for those of us who enjoy a more active holiday, this area has it all: hiking, kayaking, discovering exotic flora and fauna, snorkeling, diving, surfing, biking, waterfall tours, and more.

You can even take a day trip to Panama! Relax in a hammock while reading a book from our library. Enjoy all that Costa Rica has to offer by taking advantage of the tours in the area. Discover the wild life in these natural surroundings. Hummingbirds, lizards, spiders, butterflies, sloths and toucans already share this jungle property, now we welcome you to make yourselves at home as well.

Optional tours

Animal Rescue Centre: The area is home to an animal refuge which works to protect and rehabilitate injured or orphaned animals. This can be a great rainy day activity. The Jaguar Rescue Center takes in large jungle cats, monkeys and also has a serpentarium where you learn about Costa Ricas snakes. Your visit can be combined with a visit to a indigenous chocolate production house where youll see the process of making chocolate from plant all the way to tasty treat.

Bike Riding: Pick up your wheels from us and cruise the coastal road that stretches all the way down to Manzanillo and up to Puerto Viejo. Check out the hidden beaches of Punta Uva or explore the local markets in Puerto Viejo, either way bikes are the best way to get around.

Cultural Visits: In the true spirit of ecotourism visit the Kekoldi Indigenous Reservation and experience the unique culture and tradition of Costa Ricas original inhabitants. The Bribri natives live on this reservation and welcome visitors to explore their lush environment and learn about their people.

Hiking: Indulge deeper into Ecotourism by getting out into the untouched nature this area has to offer by hiking through the rainforest or along the beaches of Gandoca-Manzanillo Wildlife Refuge or Cahuita National Park. We highly recommend spending the day with an experienced local guide for an informative and unforgettable hike through one of these spectacular areas of Costa Rica.

Horseback Riding: Enjoy the breathtaking views from atop these wonderful, gentle creatures while you make your way around the Costa Rican Rainforest. All levels welcome.

Kayaking: Paddle out to discover the hidden rainforest creeks, tropical lagoons and mighty rivers all nestled away in the Manzanillo Refuge. Whether you want a relaxing cruise through the jungle or an adrenaline-filled ride on the rolling wave of Punta Uva, we can arrange your memorable trip right here at Tierra de Sueos.

Puerto Viejo Canopy Tours: For the serious ecotourist, we will schedule your flight through the Caribbean rainforest with one of the best canopy tours in the area. The Caribbean Canopy Tour has 22 platforms with over 2km of cable distance, for an incredible 3 hour Costa Rican adventure. Trip includes round-trip transport, snacks and a guided rain forest hike. This adventure boasts some of the most knowledgeable tour guides in the Puerto Viejo area.

Puerto Viejo Rafting Tours: We arrange thrilling white-water rafting trips with the best river experts in the country. Ride the rapids on the Pacuare River (Class III-IV) or Reventazon River, Florida (Class II-III) or Pascua (Class IV-V) sections. Trip includes round trip transport and an amazing lunch on the river.

Snorkeling/Diving: Rent snorkel gear from us and explore the amazing coral reefs where youll find angelfish, parrot fish and over 500 other species in the crystal blue waters. For a closer look, dive down with experienced dive masters. We can arrange dive trips that include top of the line gear and offer open water courses for first-timers.

Surfing: The Caribbean coast is home to the world-class wave fondly known as Salsa Brava. This wave can get up to 3 times overhead and is best from January to April. Other good breaks include Playa Negra, Beach Break at Playa Cocles and depending on the day, a fun reef break across from our bungalows at Playa Chiquita. Rent boards from us or take surf lessons from experienced local surfers.

Spa treatments

Tierra de Yoga offers a variety of additional services can be booked by students upon arrival. We have many fully certified practitioners, massage therapists, and beauty experts. If you would like to include some of these services in your stay please advise and a package price will be given to you and included in your price.


  • Acupuncture
  • Cranial sacral therapy
  • Dr. Greg's full detox and digital body analysis
  • Infrared sauna treatments
  • Reiki and healing hands
  • Spa pampering services (all natural remedies right from our naturally grown products)
  • Specialty aromatherapy treatments
  • Thai massage, deep tissue, shiatsu massage

What's included

  • 21 nights' accommodations including bedding and towels.
  • 20 lunches and 20 dinners.
  • 200 hour Yoga Alliance accredited certification upon successful completion.
  • Full use of Tierra de Yoga pavilion and lodge.

What's not included

  • Cost of flight and travel insurance
  • Transportation to and from airport once you arrive
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