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25 Days 200-Hour Progressive Yoga Teacher Training in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Join this 200-hour progressive teacher training created with a safe and effective structured curriculum. All the students will be encouraged to build upon their unique strengths and find their individual voice as a teacher. This Costa Rica yoga teacher training supports a high standard of teaching and ethics. The in-depth training experience supports the shift towards embracing life with awareness, acceptance of oneself, oneness, and reverence for the earth.

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  • Daily yoga practices
  • Outside activities on days off
  • Daily theory and practice sessions
  • Yoga philosophy and anatomy teachings
  • Yoga Alliance official certification
  • 27 nights accommodation
  • 3 organic meals per day

Yoga styles

24 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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For this training, you will be staying at Papa Pachote. You will have the opportunity to relax your thoughts while exploring the beach, swimming in the ocean, taking long walks on our endless coastline and delving deeply into your inner and outer surroundings.


Yoga Academy International's 200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training is a thorough, and progressive program. With extensive years of yoga practice combined with decades of teaching, their faculty offers an incredible foundation for a professional yoga teacher.

This program creates safe, effective teachers through an intelligently structured curriculum. Students are encouraged to build upon their unique strengths and find their individual voice as a teacher.

This 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training supports a high standard of teaching and ethics. Their in-depth training experience supports the shift towards embracing life with awareness, acceptance of oneself, oneness, and reverence for the earth. It is for this reason that they choose stunning natural settings for all their Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Yoga Academy International’s 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training offers students an immersion in the yogic lifestyle and follows a path of teaching from the heart. Students enjoy the experience of living in a close community while being surrounded by the healing power of nature. This 200-Hour Teacher Training program promotes inner peace and transformation of mind, body, and spirit. Completing this professional curriculum is dedicated time for silent reflection and personal revitalization through sun, sea, and nature.

Bodies embrace the delicious eats and spirits will be lifted and infused by the music and song enjoyed during evenings satsangs hosted by faculty members. Yoga Academy International believes in harnessing individual strengths and turning to the support of the community in order to develop the best yoga teachers possible.

Yoga Academy International team of yoga and health professionals are amongst the most experienced and qualified in the world. They boast extremely diverse backgrounds, sharing a common passion: helping others achieve and balance in their lives by finding inner-peace and contentment, seeing beauty in the every day and appreciating life for all it has to offer. The team includes sports medicine doctors, certified nutritionists, holistic health coaches, and yoga teachers of from different lineages. This yoga training will provide the confidence needed to teach yoga skillfully with compassion, awareness, and knowledge.


Yoga Academy International's 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training program fully prepares you to teach yoga with competence and inspiration. This comprehensive curriculum fully covers the fundamentals of:

  • Yoga philosophy
  • Teaching methods
  • Injury prevention
  • Sequencing
  • Class structure
  • Specific techniques for working with a diverse population

In this 200-Hour Yoga teacher training, you will fully explore the interwoven threads of a holistic and integrated approach to their yoga practice and how to best share it with others. The respected teachers will help you expand your knowledge and self-confidence, elevate your understanding of yoga, develop your observation skills, and learn the art of improving students' practices.

This 200-Hour Yoga Alliance registered program will deliver a clear and easy-to-understand curriculum that delves deeper into:

  • Physical practice
  • Principles of practice
  • Anatomy
  • Applied yogic philosophy
  • The eight limbs of yoga
  • History
  • Pranayama
  • Mecittion
  • Mantras
  • Yoga lifestyle
  • Code of ethics
  • The business of yoga

This curriculum will enable you to formulate and nurture your own personal teachings style. Yoga Academy International offers a non-denominational style of yoga instruction, comprised with the strengths of selected yoga lineages including Yin Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Anusara Yoga, and Restorative Yoga.

Throughout your training, you will receive guidance on how to establish yourself as a professional yoga teacher. Classes on the "Business of Yoga" are included in the curriculum as is ongoing support. The curriculum includes the following:

Practice of and learning on how to teach the basics of a yoga class:

  • Asana flow class, workshops with precise alignment, addressing individual differences, prop use and assisting
  • Sun salutation series
  • Pranayama exercises: Ujjayi, alternate nostril, breath of fire, and other purification breath techniques
  • Meditation techniques: mindfulness, walking meditation, mantra, concentration, contemplation, and more

Yogic theory and philosophy:

  • The yoga Sutras, including Yamas and Niyamas, and other classical texts
  • Anatomy training provided by top professionals
  • Modern yogic psychology and theory development anatomy and physiology as they related to yoga practice
  • Satya, communication skills
  • Meditation in nature

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - Beach meditation
  • 07:30 - Morning practice of yoga flow
  • 09:00 - Breakfast of fruit, granola, oatmeal, eggs
  • 09:45 - Theory, practice, Q&A, instruction
  • 12:30 - Lunch break and an opportunity to process, relax, nap, read, practice, take a walk, have quiet time, or surf
  • 15:00 - Student practice, teaching, and workshop communication, and presentation skills (supervised by our faculty)
  • 18:30 - Dinner that features a vegetarian buffet including hardy soups, salads, and local and international-themed cuisine)
  • 19:00 - Evening Satsang, meditation, music, kirtan, yoga philosophy, and discussion


Lauren Rudick
Internationally celebrated instructor Lauren Rudick’s has let her love of yoga takes her around the world. She has studied, taught, and practiced yoga across six continents and over two-dozen countries. She has been teaching and practicing yoga for over a decade, inspiring thousands of others to live passionately with authenticity and joy. Lauren’s world renown yoga retreats have received heaps of international praise and offer her students a chance to join her on exclusive yoga adventures to exotic locations.

Retreat location

This training will be held at Santa Teresa in Costa Rica. Santa Teresa is located on the Nicoya Peninsula and is a paradise for surfers and beach seekers. Santa Teresa has endless miles of coastline for walking and some world-class surfing places to catch the waves. With the jungle bordering the beach, this place is serenely stunning.

Santa Teresa is a paradise located on what continues to be voted on Trip Advisor, one of the world's nicest beaches around the world and a melting pot of different cultures from all over the world, each trying to bring their scene to a tropical beach paradise. Argentineans, Israelis, Italians, North Americans, Brazilians, Canadians, French, and Dutch, all quickly becoming neighbors and business owners in this slice of Costa Rica.

For the best Pacific sunsets, go to Mal Pais, Santa Teresa, the famous surfer's paradise, where people from around the world gather to challenge Playa Carmen's heart pounding surf breaks and enjoy the beach and nightlife. Growing rapidly in the last ten years, it not only attracts surfers but party people and investors from around the world. Playa Hermosa, further north is more difficult to get to and has fewer facilities.

Since there are no high-rise buildings at Santa Teresa, the coastline still looks pristine, backed by jungle covered hills and with a long sweep of white sand washed by the Pacific surf. Behind the beach forest, Santa Teresa's main drag runs parallel to the coast on a potholed and dusty dirt road.

The last years the village has seen a huge spike in development and constructions now spread up the hills inland from the coast. Many tourists who had just been on a surf vacation in Costa Rica got hooked and made Santa Teresa their new home. The cross-cultural residents created a multitude of new restaurants and hotels in Santa Teresa.

The town of Santa Teresa is relaxed and, safe, and easy to get around for all the travelers. Nature, seclusion, an unspoiled sandy beach, and abundant fresh fruits and vegetables create the perfect setting for a world-class yoga teacher training.

Nearby places

  • San Jose - 6 hours
  • Tambor - 45 minutes


Yoga Academy International offers nourish, delicious, and healthy cuisine. Their gourmet meal plan always impresses and is included in the tuition of your training.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Things to do (optional)

Deep sea fishing

Get the big catch with local fisherman. The Malpais oceans are full of mahi-mahi fish, yellowfin tuna, red snapper, grouper, and seabass. Bring fresh fish to the dinner table from the grand Pacific Ocean.

Horseback riding

  • Enjoy the picturesque sunsets of Santa Teresa beach while riding horseback with a local guide in a two-hour tour.

Malpais canopy

  • Zip across the diverse eco-packed jungles of Malpais, you will see a variety of monkeys, birds, and reptiles.

Other activities

Other activities include kayak, stand up paddle board, surf, visit Moctezuma beaches and waterfalls, all-terrain vehicles rental, visit the tide pools, and visit the Cemetery Island.

Snorkeling in Tortuga Island or Curu wildlife refuge

  • Discover amazing aquatic life in one of Costa Ricas most beautiful island paradises. With a vast diversity of fish and reef illuminating the ocean waters.

Spanish lessons

  • Spanish tutors available to teach you the local language upon request.

Surfing in Santa Teresa beach

  • Take a lesson from a local surf instructor and get stoked learning to ride the waves.

What's included

  • 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day
  • 27 nights accommodations
  • Daily yoga practices
  • Complete teacher training with Yoga Alliance certificate

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

You may book your flight to arrive at the San Jose International Airport (SJO), then take a short flight to the Tambor Domestic Airport (TMU), and then take a 45-minute drive to Santa Teresa.

Arrival by shuttle

  • There are shuttle service companies that may transfer you directly from your departure location to the door step of the accommodation.

Arrival by taxi

Taxis from Tambor to Santa Teresa are available. The price is about 45 USD.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 2 days before the arrival date.
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