21 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Calle Hermosa, Playa Hermosa, 61101 Jacó, Costa Rica

21 Days 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Calle Hermosa, Playa Hermosa, 61101 Jacó, Costa Rica

Awakening Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica

Join Vida Asana Founder Rosemarie Gonzalez Gainza and Alejandra Torres, along with Catalina Badilla for 3 weeks of immersive yoga training in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica.


  • Certification from Yoga Alliance
  • Comprehensive yoga instructor training
  • 25-hours of teaching methodology classes
  • 200-hour yoga teacher training session
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Daily lunch and snack
  • 21 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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The rooms which are all with private bathroom are available for single, double, and triple occupancies.

Included is 200 hours of Yoga Alliance certified training, including anatomy, which is going to be taught by Adriana Leiva. Adriana has 14 years of experience as a yoga teacher, physical therapist, and massage therapist, as well as Philosophy, Alignment, and Methodology.

Rosemarie, has over 25 years of experience teaching yoga and she will guide us in daily meditation and pranayama classes, every morning for the 3 weeks. She is specialized in moving us from a place of fear to a place of pure LOVE.

Alejandra will be teaching most of the classes during this 3 weeks. But there is also another surprise guest and workshop, and this is Alejandra’s soul sister Catalina Badilla who has 14 years experience practicing yoga. She will offer a special divine feminine workshop, so we can have a better understanding of the woman cycles and blessing of having a womb. This information is for everyone.

This is a comprehensive yoga instructor training, designed in accordance with the 200-hour requirements for registration with Yoga Alliance. Upon completion of this instructor training, you will be qualified in Vinyasa flow. Over a three weeks period, you will practice in the following areas:

Anatomy and physiology - 20 hours

Electives - 15 hours

Practicum - 10 hours

Teaching methodology - 25 hours

Techniques training or practice - 100 hours

Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers - 30 hours This training starts with orientation, followed by a heart opening yoga class, and family style dinner.

Sample schedule:

6:00 - 8:00 Meditation and Pranayama

8:00 -10:00 Asana class. Depending on the day or week, we will work on, standing postures, forward folds, back bending, twists, hip openers, arm balances, and/or inversions.

10:00 Breakfast

11:15 – 13:15 Workshops on Philosophy, anatomy, methodology, or alignment

13:30 Lunch

15:00 - 17:00 Workshop

5pm – 7 pm Asana class

19:00 Dinner

  • Rosemarie Gainza

    Rosemarie Gonzales Gainza is a holistic health practitioner, a certified yoga teacher, and the founder and owner of the Vida Asana Retreat Center in Costa Rica. Her style of yoga combines principles of Ashtanga, Bikram, and Anusara yoga which is creating a strong, healthy, and happy flow.

  • Alejandra Torres

    Alejandra is from San Jose, Costa Rica. She began practicing yoga at an early age and realized she wanted to dedicate her life to this discipline. Her foundations are Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Anusara yoga. Alejandra is a passionate teacher and she enjoys teaching in the beautiful coast of Costa Rica.

  • Catalina Badilla

    Catalina is originally from the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Catalina found yoga after giving birth to her first child in 2003 which was, of course, a time of change in her life. Catalina masters types of yoga like Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga.

Vida Asana is tucked away in the rainforest, less than a mile from the beach, and blends perfectly with the jungle environment of Playa Hermosa. This location allows you to enjoy some wide range of activities and to venture of the property.

Nearby places

  • Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) - 90 minutes
  • The beach towns of Jaco and Manuel Antonio, about 90 minutes south of San Jose (SJO) airport.

During the retreat, you will have daily meals including lunch and snacks. The meals provided are true jungle gourmet, with an emphasis on fresh, organic, locally sourced fruits, and vegetables. Vida Asana also serves freshly caught fish on occasion. However, you will always have a great vegan entree available. If you have any dietary restrictions, please inform Vida Asana right away.

During your free time, you are granted lots of time to relax, blend in with nature, explore, or immerse yourself in the other activities Central Americas "adventure capital" has to offer. You may also be interested in waterfall hiking, paddle boarding, spiritual experiences, National Park tours, zip lining, rappelling, or horseback riding.

Vida Asana offers a full compliment of spa treatments, Reiki treatments, Ayurvedic massages. facials, and wraps at an extra cost.

  • 3 weeks of 200-hour yoga teacher training session
  • 20 nights accommodation
  • Certification from Yoga Alliance
  • Daily meals including snacks during training
  • Optional activities
  • Transfers to and from Vida Asana

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). The private travel from the airport to the retreat location is available for about 90 USD.

Arrival by bus

The bus which is a great option is very much recommended for you to reach the retreat location. The service costs only about 10 USD.

Arrival by shuttle

The shuttle service available to the retreat location costs for about 35 USD.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Anonymous

    Yoga teacher training

    CONS Cons: As the course was new, it could have been organised a bit better in terms of timing but all in all it was wonderful.

    PROS Pros: The location, the staff, the food and the course were all absolutely wonderful. I had an incredible time at Vida Asana and left feeling happy, healthy and full of yoga knowledge.

    2017-Sep-16 17:24:51

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    Review by Sophie Hilaire from Turkey

    inspirational and transformational

    CONS Cons: as it was her first course, i think she'll make some curriculum adjustments in the future. she did great!

    PROS Pros: Very good at teaching technique and inspiring students

    Organizer response: Thank you Sophie! Hope to see you soon, and to follow your awesome adventures. Thank you for sharing this journey with us, we are forever grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your path. Namaste y Pura Vida, Sean and the Vida Asana Family

    2017-Sep-14 23:57:35

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    Review by Georgia Wilcox from United Mexican States

    200hr YTT awakenings

    PROS Pros: I loved the philosophy aspect of the course and also the challenge that came with the physical practice which really went back to foundations as well as more advanced asanas. The variety of topics covered and level of detail was at a decent level to understand concepts but not to get post in the detail. The style of asana practice with physicAL adjustments between students was super helpful. The food a Vida Asana was delightful thanks to the amazing staff and the owner and his family go out of theor way to make you feel at home. Would 100% visit again. Powerful energy, real transformation

    Organizer response: Thank you, this is wonderful to read. Absolutely lovely, we appreciate the support and kind words. We also look forward to seeing you again in this beautiful place we all call earth. Namaste and Pura Vida, Sean and the Vida Asana family

    2017-Sep-09 21:58:40

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    Review by Hayley Carlotto from United States

    A difficult place to leave!

    CONS Cons: The only downside of our 6 day retreat was that it was too short :) Please, do yourself a favor and stay a bit or a lot longer! I'm already beginning to plan my next trip to this beautiful country and Vida Asana. Pura Vida y muchas muchas gracias!

    PROS Pros: I'm not sure where to begin. It's the beginning of June (officially rainy season) and I just spent 6 days at Vida Asana for the yoga/surf retreat with my sister. A brief word on the climate during this time - I truly enjoyed the rainy season weather with mostly sunshine in the morning and refreshing showers in the late afternoon. This was my first trip to Costa Rica and it certainly will not be my last. Sean, Jess, and Juju have created a magical place of Vida Asana and brought together an incredible staff to go along with it. We were treated with such warmth and kindness by every single person at Vida Asana, especially Adrianna and Alexis. Thank you so much for all that you did for me - giving me fresh aloe from the garden for a sunburn and making me a special tea when I had an upset stomach, to name a few. I am already missing the bike rides to Playa Hermosa, the breath-taking beach next to Vida Asana, and the daily yoga sessions. For reference, I'm athletic but had little formal yoga prior to this trip. The yoga, the instructors, and other yoga-goers brought me so much peace and joy that I must make this a practice in my daily life. I strongly recommend going on the Rain Maker excursion with the tour guide Luiz. This is a guided tour through suspension brides and waterfalls in the rainforest that left my sister and I humbled by the natural beauty of Costa Rica. I cannot end this review without mentioning the expertly-crafted, healthy, and delicious food; the coffee and the distilled water, kombucha, ginger beer, nitro cold-brew coffee and beer on tap; and the amazing soap/shampoo in the rooms!

    2017-Jun-11 20:34:45


  • Review by Vera Kamaeva from United Arab Emirates
    10 out of 10

    "To be honest, I don't think I will have wonderful words to describe this magical place. It's not only the beauty and comfort of the place, it's mostly the ambiance and atmosphere and great energy of the place, which Shaun and Jessica together with lovely create there. If you want to get away from everything and get an amazing experience together with yoga and different activities they can organize for you, then this is the place to be!"

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  • Review by Marty Cowan from Virginia
    10 out of 10

    "I loved my stay at Vida Asana. The fresh food, yoga shala, fabulous pool, and the amazing lush setting not far from the beach made it the perfect place to relax and recharge. Thank you, Jess and Sean!"

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  • Review by Ram R.
    10 out of 10

    "I wish I could give a 6 / 5. My wife and I stayed at Vida Asana in mid-November 2016 to celebrate our Pearl wedding anniversary. We could not have asked for anything netter, Sean, Andrea, and Heather were just superb. They made sure that we had the best. They arranged for an amazing bouquet on our anniversary. The food was phenomenal, especially if you are you a vegan or vegetarian. They did offer white meat on special days. The rooms were OK. The arranged for special yoga sessions for us. While we were there, two groups from the US was also there, one was a yoga / surfing group, and the other was a group of 3 couples with very young babies. Sean, Jess, and Heather took personal care. They made sure that the entire group was well fed and taken care of. Andrea deserves and the rest of the team deserve special mention. They were just outstanding, from making sure that we had coffee and special food catered for. I am already feeling nostalgic about the people and Vida Asana even though it has been less than a week."

    "If you are looking for very personalized service and not for a 5-star resort, Vida Asana is the place, perfectly located from San Jose Airport (SJO) and Jaco. They even arranged for a special dinner for us. We could not have asked for anything better for our anniversary. Happy family (including Juju) brings out the best in hospitality!"

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  • Review by Shirley Gabriel from Florida
    10 out of 10

    "It was an excellent place. You are treated like a family. I was there 2 years ago and celebrated new year lights for January 1st, 2015. My best stay ever, and I have traveled to many places."

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  • Review by Diane Kay from California
    10 out of 10

    "I stayed at Vida Asana for four nights in July 2016. The owners were beyond helpful and accommodating beginning with my very first inquiry about a yoga retreat during unusual dates (I did not have a full week to do a retreat because of other plans). I cannot tell you how many emails I sent to Sean regarding scheduling, transportation from the west side of the island, and special dietary requests. He was always prompt and exceedingly helpful in his replies. When I arrived at Vida Asana, I received a warm greeting and felt immediately at home and comfortable. My room was very cute, extremely clean and comfortable. They even have a mini fridge in the rooms, although I never used it as I was more than well fed during my stay at Vida Asana. The food was beyond my expectations. I am vegetarian and was very happy to find that the food was interesting, delicious and creative. Heather, who I would call the Executive Chef, was extremely kind, caring and always willing to share cooking tips with me. Everything was very fresh, with many ingredients sourced from gardens on the property. I truly felt like I was at home at Vida Asana, and would return if I find myself in Costa Rica. Thank you to Sean, Jess, Juju and Heather for welcoming me into your family!"

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  • Review by Cynthia Bloom
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you first, Pamela Leal, for sharing your retreat, my first ever yoga retreat, and wondering as it became closer why I ever said yes! I am so thankful I did as it was a truly magical experience forged together between the amazing group of women I met (for your information, I was a solo participant) and everyone at Vida Asana, especially Kenneth who shared his future culinary dreams, Heather who I pray is soon joining her daughter for the birth of a grandchild! Thank you all at Vida Asana for an absolutely memorable journey to Costa Rica. Mario, I loved your welcome at the airport with coconut water and always being available to us. Now I wish to thank our drivers so please Sean thank them on my behalf as I'm embarrassed to not remember their important names, and they were simply amazing!"

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  • Review by Heather Berg from Florida
    10 out of 10

    "From the moment we were picked up from the airport, the team from Vida Asana had everything organized for the yoga retreat. Lunch (organic, fresh, delicious!!)was waiting for us so we could go on our first adventure, zip lining. Sean and Jessica (owners and incredible hosts) have gathered a team of intelligent, laid back, yet hard working people to run the retreat center smoothly. Heather, head of the kitchen staff, created healthy, beautiful and tasty meals (3 times a day). Our air-conditioned rooms were clean (and kept clean the entire stay, thank you, domestic goddesses) with comfortable beds. The open air yoga shala had ample blocks, straps, and mats so no need to lug your own mat with you (unless you really wanted to). Each excursion was explained in detail by Sean during dinner the first night, giving us the opportunity to sign up or just take advantage of the relaxed, tranquil grounds to stay on. I will definitely return and highly recommend!"

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  • Review by Jason M.
    10 out of 10

    " This place is a great place to sit back, relax, and just enjoy serenity. The food is amazing, all locally grown and organic. Sean and his staff were also very attentive to all my needs during my stay and made me feel like family. If you want to go out and party, Jaco is just a short drive away. I am definitely coming back here again."

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  • Review by Drew K. from New York
    10 out of 10

    "I traveled to Costa Rica for a yoga retreat with a small group. I spent a full week at Vida Asana and enjoyed every minute. Sean and Jess (owners) are warm, genuine, and full of hospitality. Their staff is amazing and make you feel like you are family. I've traveled to many places and have stayed at many small eco-resorts, but Vida Asana has raised the bar. They truly want their guests to feel at home and take considerable efforts to get to know everyone. I would highly recommend you check them out when planning a yoga retreat. You will not be disappointed."

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  • Review by a traveler from New York
    10 out of 10

    " I just returned from an amazing week at Vida Asana. I keep looking at pictures and wishing I were still there! If you are looking for a warm, relaxing, and lovely place in a gorgeous setting, check out Vida Asana! The owners, Jess and Sean, welcomed us like family (only we didn't have to do the dishes). The rooms are very comfortable and I loved my walk out balcony. The food was yummy in my tummy, prepared with love and served family style. The yoga shala was absolutely magical, especially at night, with candles glowing and noises from nature. I would absolutely recommend Vida Asana and hope to return in the future."

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