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Costa Rica is a rugged, rainforested country with stunning coastlines, beaches and immense biodiversity.
It is known for its ecology, natural landscapes and wildlife.
There is a wide range of beautiful places to practice and learn to teach yoga here.
Costa Rica stretches from the Pacific on one side to the Caribbean on the other in Central America, as such it is a convenient direct flight from all of the Americas; over the years has become a very popular destination for those in North America to visit.
Get Certified in Costa Rica
There is a strong and large American community here, including a ton of yogis, teachers and practitioners all living near to the main retreat centers which act as a hub for a variety of classes and activities that draw thousands of students year after year.
Yoga teacher training courses can be mainly found next to Costa Rica's beautiful beaches and nearby mountains all along its Pacific coastline.
The retreat centers are a huge draw card for those from the US looking to complete a training.
With the Pura Vida sense of gratitude it's no surprise Costa Rica has become the Yoga Course hotspot of the Americas.
Pura Vida is a phrase that epitomises the lifestyle of Costa Rica, a way of saying that things are going well and giving thanks.
Pura Vida means different things to different people, but it essentially embodies the Tico(Costa Rican) philosophy of enjoying life slowly with a strong community, an element of simplicity and an appreciation of one's natural surroundings.
Costa Rica has no real winter period, and enjoys a lovely temperature year-round. This means a lot of retreat centers run programs all year round too, making it super easy and convenient for you to match your schedule to getaway with theirs.
The rainy season lasts from May to November, with the months of December through April having little to no rain on the Pacific coast. This is what you would call the dry high season, December until April. Very similar to the Thailand climate. And the opposite to that in Bali where it's mostly rainy at this time.
The ocean is the lifeblood of the area, a slice of heaven on Costa Rica's southwest coast that is renowned for its consistent surf and well established yoga schools.
The most popular location on the peninsula is the quiet village of Nosara which is home to arguably the most popular retreat centers in the country, offering a wide range of programs and content; covering every yoga style from traditional Hatha to modern Vinyasa flow, and all those in-between.
There are exciting specialist course components to choose from here, even mixed surfing TTC's to make the most of the big wave beaches along this incredibly beautiful coastline.
Its great climate and gorgeous beaches make Guanacaste the most popular area in Costa Rica. It is the busiest tourist area of the country so getting around and the level of services make life very easy and convenient. There are many Yoga teacher training courses here to choose from.
Every course listed here is Yoga Alliance certified. The school will provide you with your yoga certification at the end of the course.
The first level to attend is the 200 hour yoga training, of which there are many in Costa Rica, then after that if you wish to continue you can further your education with the next step which is completing a 300-hour intensive course.
What are the types of Certification programs?
There are the whole array of all yoga styles taught - Vinyasa flow, Hatha, Restorative Yoga , Yin, Yoga
Nidra and everything else besides - and with an expansive list of specialisms available such
as Meditation, Anatomy, Yoga therapy and Therapeutic Teacher Training.
There is a good range of health focused courses too, enabling you to expand your knowledge and
practice in disciplines such as holistic Ayurveda and Anatomy based courses.
It's a good idea to try out different yoga styles and teachers first to find out what you are most comfortable with.
To attend a yoga certification course a minimum period of practice is usually asked for, at least 6 months or a year.
For yourself if you are looking to go deeper into your practice and expanding your knowledge then this desire is the only thing you need.
There are a range of courses offering different pricing depending on accommodation choices.
It is generally the same cost as other locations in the tropics in south east asia, if you would like to
review less expensive options then India is the place to check out for it's large range of super
Top Retreat Centers in Costa Rica
So the big question is which yoga teacher training in Costa Rica to attend.
To make your life easier here are the most popular trending schools which regularly top the charts for reviews and testimonials from past yogi graduates.
You can research each course content to further review what's on offer.
1. Nexus Institute for Yoga and Wellness
A school which offers wide ranging courses in a great atmosphere and a comfortable, beautiful setting.
2. Sacred Paths Yoga
This Yoga Alliance school really offers something different, their deeply spiritual approach means all participants learn and grow through this enthralling and all-encompassing courses.
3. The Sanctuary Costa Rica