Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

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We invite you to join us for your 15 Day Intensive Immersion ~ Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training at the amazing  Pura Vida Centre  ~ nestled in the Central Valley of Costa Rica!

Accredited with Yoga Alliancethe Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training program certifies  graduates as  200 Hour Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga Teachers.


Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training | Program Guide

The following is your guide to the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Program.   You will find detailed information to help you make an informed decision.  

Location | Pura Vida Centre
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Pura Vida ~ Surrounded by Nature

Your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training takes place at the amazing Pura Vida Centre! Beautiful, fun and healthy. Pura Vida is considered by some as a must-see Wellness & Yoga destination. It offers you a perfect balance of mind, body and spirit in an oasis of beauty, tranquility and home like intimacy.

costa rica yoga teacher trainingPura Vida is a private, 8-acre mountainside retreat in Costa Rica’s Alajuela province. It is almost 5,000 feet above sea-level.  May through November is the Green Season in Costa Rica.  To help support a natural rhythm, the sun rises all year round at 5:30am and by 6:00 am everyone is usually naturally awake. Sunset is at 6:00pm all year round.

Learn more about the Centre, and it’s amenities.

Daily Schedule

During the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training, please be prepared to focus all your energy on the training.

Review the detailed Daily Schedule for the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training.

“On Day 1 of the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training, what time will I be expected to arrive?”

Costa Rica Yoga Teacher TrainingAll Students must be on-site by 4:00pm. As we organize the Shuttle transfer from San Jose Airport for you, and the drive is approximately 35 minutes, please ensure your flight arrives no later than 2:00pm on Day 1 of the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training.

If you opt to arrive early, you are welcome to contact Pura Vida, as they would be happy to accommodate you early if space is available and if the cost is suitable to you.

Program Fees | Payment Dates | Refund Policy

Application Fee
$125 Canadian Dollars

Program Fees
$4,300 Canadian Dollars

Program Fees Include: double|shared accommodation with shared bath, meals, transport to & from
San Jose Airport on program day 1 & day 15, program tuition, all course materials, certificate & documentation administration for graduation, (due to space limitations, there is no Single Occupancy option)


Payment Dates
$1,800 Canadian Dollars

due & payable 3 days after official acceptance issued via email

$2,500 Canadian Dollars
due & payable 35 days prior to start date of 
(processed to credit card on file)

* airfare is not included in Fees

* all Fees are subject to 5% Canadian, Goods & Services Tax

* all Fees are listed & payable in Canadian Dollars Convert Your Currency


Refund & Payment Policy

Please review the full policy to ensure you understand our commitment as well as yours.  We don’t believe in “fine print”!


“What will the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training cost?”

Costa Rica Yoga Teacher TrainingThe amount charged is a total of $4,646.25 Canadian Dollars – this includes the (as listed above) & taxes.

The additional expense you will incur will be for Airfare. If you are arriving by another means of transport (example: driving), you will also incur the expense related to that. As students are coming from all over the globe, the costs for these will be relative to where you are coming from.

“Do I have to stay on-site and utilize the accommodations and meals?”

This is an Intensive, Immersion program, and the very nature of it requires that all students are fully immersed. Students are required to “live” on-site for the duration of the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training.

“Why do you request a Deposit for the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training?”

The Deposit is a payment that is required by students who are prepared to commit to the program. Once the Deposit is received, and long before the full fees are paid, we plan, prepare and incur costs associated for that student, in full anticipation of them attending the program.

Curriculum | Course Materials | Admission Requirements

costa rica yoga teacher trainingOur Need to Know section goes through each of these items in detail as they relate to your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training.  It is important that each prospective student review the details.

For the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training, course materials will be delivered to you (via courier) before the program begins. 

Number of Students Per Session

Your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training program will be capped at 14 Students!  

It is small enough to ensure an intimate environment and large enough to ensure a dynamic, engaging and holistic experience.  

Unique Benefits

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Your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training is more than simply “learning to teach yoga.” The program is designed to show our commitment to you as you entrust us with your journey.

View the Unique Benefits of our programming.

Meet Your Teachers
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Pura Vida ~ Costa Rica’s Unofficial Slogan ~ “Pure Life”

Join our Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Teachers and learn to live what you love!

Read More About Your Teachers

Common Questions

costa rica yoga teacher trainingReview the most Common Questions we receive about our Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training. They will likely answer many questions you may have.


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Are my Accommodations & Meals included?

Yes, your accommodations & meals are included in your Program Fees.


Are there official Evaluations & Examinations?

YES | All students will complete 1 Practicum (teaching a full class), 2 Multiple Choice Quizzes, 1 Final Written Exam ~ totalling 150 Marks.


I would like to bring along a family member or friend to my training ~ Is that an option?

The ONLY location that has space & allows for this is the Kalani (Hawaii) Training, as they have a large facility, & your family/friends can stay on-site in a different area from you. There is NO reduction in cost if you opt to stay in their room. The full price applies to you as the student as we book our set area based on specific numbers. You can be in touch with Kalani directly to book these additions if you choose.

At all other locations there is no allowance for this due to space limitations. If you truly want them to come along, they would have to pay the full amount of a registered student or join the program as they would be taking up that space that another could attend.

We suggest that this is a time for YOU! It is intensive program and there is little or no time to spend with people outside your peer group.


Is there time for other activities during my stay?

We suggest that you extend your stay, or arrive early if you would like to take part in other activities. During Yoga Teacher Training there is no allotted time to experience the local area.


Closest Bank Machine?

We suggest that everyone arrive with ample funds upon arrival or withdraw funds at the airport on arrival.  Often times the Bank Machines in local areas are not easily accessible, and there is no guarantee that if you are in urgent need you will be able to get to one quickly. 

Come prepared!


When does it rain the most?

Early October is the rainiest part of the year.  Of course, we can never guarantee what Mother Nature will do. :)


Are there bugs?

This is the jungle – there are bugs, and at AmaTierra they do not use any chemicals or sprays ~ only natural solutions.  They use essential oils and natural remedies to keep the bugs at bay.  BRING YOUR BUG SPRAY ~ Bugs like everyone on a different level  :-D


Is there air conditioning?

No. Their structures have been engineered in such a way that they do not require a/c.


Are special dietary needs accommodated?

Yes, with advance notice at the time of registration, we will try to arrange to have appropriate meals prepared for you.

The Chef on-site will advise what they are able to do and will try their best to accommodate requests. We cannot guarantee all requests, but we always try our best.

When applying, please provide detailed information about your specific dietary needs (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free) when registering. Dietary requests around medical issues are always priority.


Do I need Vaccinations?

Vaccinations are not mandatory, but some students do opt to have the following vaccinations a minimum of 6 weeks before the training. It is your choice and we have not experienced any issues with contamination in the past. It is best to speak to your doctor about what is best for you.

Hepatitis A
CDC recommends this vaccine because you can get hepatitis A through contaminated food or water, regardless of where you are eating or staying.

You can get typhoid through contaminated food or water. CDC recommends this vaccine for most travelers, especially if you are staying with friends or relatives, visiting smaller cities or rural areas, or if you are an adventurous eater.


Is laundry service available?

Laundry is available ~ this is an additional cost to the student & is not included in fees.

I have problems sleeping. How will this work with sharing a room?

All students are required to indicate sleeping behaviours or irregular patterns (example: restless sleepers, snoring etc.) when completing the application form.

We do our best to accommodate sleeping behaviours that match or compliment one other in order to ensure you have a good nights sleep, every night. We ask that all students bring along earplugs and eye patches for sleeping.


Wi-Fi & Cellular Service?

Wi-Fi access is available & complimentary, but limited to certain areas and the connection tends to be slow – any connection that is utilized is meant solely for quick email checks, and not live streaming or downloads. Skype will not be accessible with these connections.

Cellular Service is available depending on your service provider.

During the training sessions NO electronic devices will be allowed for use.   There is little time to use services outside of the program, so be mindful of what you really need to bring along.  When in classes, we want you to “let go” and be present!  :-)

We ask that you ensure you have a data or calling plan on your phone if you need to be in touch with family and friends.  


Do I need my Yoga Mat?

Yes, please bring along your yoga mat.


Is this just for people wanting to teach Yoga?

No, absolutely not! Anyone wishing to delve deeper into their practice is welcome to join us. The skills and tools we learn in the program can be applied to many aspects of life… Yoga does not just happen on the mat – it happens in every moment!


Why do you charge the Canadian Taxes?

We are a Canadian Company and as such are governed by the tax laws of Canada. Regardless of where the program is, we are required, by law, to charge the Goods & Services Tax as this program is considered a service.


Is the water safe to drink?

Absolutely! The water is filtered and safe to consume. Water is available to you all-day and we suggest you bring along a re-usable (NOT GLASS, and preferably not plastic) water bottle to re-fill through-out the day.

Coffee is available to everyone at breakfast. Water and tea is available throughout the balance of the day.


Will Coffee be available?

Coffee is served every morning at breakfast. After breakfast, both water and tea are available throughout the day.


Are the fees truly all inclusive?

Our Program Fees posted by program include everything listed.


Will I need an electrical adaptor?

All the locations of our abroad program (WITH THE EXCEPTION OF EUROPE & ASIA) have the same power as the United States: 110 volt, 60 cycle electricity. Plugs are typically the 2 pronged flat type outside of North America, so American or Canadian travelers will not typically need a converter or adaptor, however many outlets may only be 2 pronged so you may need an adaptor for any 3 pronged items you are bringing, particularly laptops.

If you are uncertain, please check with this Global Listing.


Is this the initial training for Yoga Teachers?

Yes, this is first program that all prospective teachers attend. There are opportunities for teachers to continue on with advanced programming thereafter.

When you complete our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training program you will be certified to teach Hatha & Vinyasa Classes.  Specific programs such as Yin or Restorative are continuing education programs that you will take after this initial training, if you choose to do so.


Is Age an issue?

Yoga knows no age and it is never too late or too early to start. All students must be a minimum of 18 Years of age to take the program, but from there on everyone is welcome in our program.

If it is any inspiration, our oldest graduate (Khatun, December 2012) was in her late 70’s!


What if I am new to Yoga?

Everyone is new to Yoga each and everyday. There is no perfection in Yoga, so everyone is welcome at the level they are at. In the program, we all start from the beginning, together!


When I leave the program, will I be able to teach public classes?

Absolutely! Rest-assured that our program is not just a cookie-cutter program designed to get students in & out the door as quickly as we can. Our focus is you, the student, and the student becoming the teacher. Your teaching will be a direct reflection of our program and our intention is based on providing you with all the tools you need to succeed. We will have failed our students if we have provided them with anything less.


Do I need to be fluent in English?

We welcome students from all backgrounds and ethnicities. Due to the intensity of the program, we require all students be fluent in the English language (reading, writing & speaking).


I am Canadian, will I receive a T2202?

No, for this program you will receive an official receipt for all payments received, however you will not receive a T2202 slip at the end of the year. Based on our current tuition structure, we are not required to be registered with PCTIA and therefore do not provide the T2202 slips.

The official receipt we provide can be used for income tax purposes against your income earned. Should you need to apply for a BC Student Loan, PCTIA programs are the only ones that can offer that additional benefit.


Policy on alcohol, smoking & drug use?

We ask that all students do their best to refrain from alcohol and drug use during the program. Prescription medication is acceptable assuming it is not being used recreationally.  

Smoking is acceptable, but only in the designated areas.  If you are a smoker, please ensure you list it on the application.  

NOTE:  Some of our Locations are NON-SMOKING Facilities.  Te Moata, New Zealand is a NON-SMOKING facility.

All that being said, when possible, we will provide some local wine during your graduation celebration for students who would like to enjoy a glass!


Arrival Logistics

costa rica yoga teacher training Travelling to your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training is not complicated.

Included in your program fees is the land shuttle from San Jose Airport on Day 1 of Program, and to San Jose Airport on Departure Day of Program.

Once we are within 8 weeks of the program we will ask you to confirm all your flight details. We will then assign you to a shuttle time ~ the shuttle will meet you at the Airport and take you to your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training! When considering flight options, please ensure your flight does not arrive later than 2pm on Day 1 of Program.

If you would like to arrive a few days earlier, you can book reservations for the extra days directly with Pura Vida by emailing them.

Your departing flight should be scheduled for after 1:00pm on Departure Day.

If you are driving yourself to the Center, please view the detailed directions.

Please DO NOT book flights for your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training until you receive the travel confirmation notice from our Group Leader.

Ready To Apply?

When you are ready to make the commitment to join us for the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training, please follow these steps:

STEP 1:  Apply On-Line

STEP 2:  Await Confirmation of Acceptance (via email within 3 days)

STEP 3:  Our Team Leader will Guide You Through the Balance


Ready to Apply?  Apply for Your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

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Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training | Practical Items

Now that you have reviewed the program details, here is some specific information on practical matters when travelling for your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training.

What To Bring

When you travel for your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training, pack smart!

Costa Rica Packing List
* laundry service is available at an additional cost 

* comfortable, loose clothing for teacher training sessions (nothing fancy required)costa rica yoga teacher training

* yoga mat * bug spray & after-bite solution

* power adapter as needed

* good walking shoes | sandals

* beach towel

* small, thin blanket for meditation

* swimsuit * sleeping eye patch

* earplugs (highly suggested – we cannot cure a snoring room-mate)

* lightweight rain poncho (just in case)

* sunscreen

* alarm clock

* camera

* copy of travel insurance

* passport & visa (if required based on your citizenship)

* flashlight & batteries (absolutely mandatory – you will need this in the evenings as it gets dark by 6pm)costa rica yoga teacher training

* 1 book reading light that you can attach to reading materials in the evening (see sample image) NOTE: this is DIFFERENT from the flashlight requirement)

* long sleeve shirts for evenings / short sleeve for day-time

* long & short pants * money (US Dollars & Costa Rican Colones) | ATM is NOT easily accessible

* $40 USD for Staff Gratuity to be paid upon check-out

* water bottle (NO GLASS BOTTLES – BPA Free Bottles or Stainless Steel Only)

* travel first aid kit

* sun-glasses

* sweatshirt or light coat for colder evenings

* writing instruments & notepad (please have at least 3 or 4 writing instruments as you are writing each and every day)

* electronic devices BUT these are not allowed for use during teacher training sessions at any time

* energy or protein bars (optional, but suggested)

* hand towel for your yoga mat (optional, but suggested, especially in warmer climates)

* Vitamin C, Zinc & Electrolytes (optional, but suggested when travelling long distances via air ~ it also helps when alcohol is not consumed during travel, and you stay hydrated along the way)

The Wonders of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a country located in Central America and is ranked as one of the most visited international destinations. Costa Rica is a democratic and peaceful country, and it has not had an army since the year 1949.

costa rica yoga teacher trainingAlthough the country is small and it covers only .03% of the surface of the globe, it proudly shelters 5% of the existing biodiversity in the entire world. 25% of the country is composed of conservation and natural protected territory.

Learn more about Pura Vida and the services and amenities they offer. If you plan to extend your stay after your Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training, the Centre can assist with tour packages and logistics.

How Can We Help?

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Our Teacher Training Centre is here to assist as you consider joining us for the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training.  Please connect with us and let us know how we can help!

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Training Dates



June 6 – 21, 2015
Co-Lead Teachers

Nancy Frohlick & Siobhan Keely

October 29 – November 12, 2016
Co-Lead Teachers

Reet Ravanelli & Alison Boons

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