200hr Sacred Paths Pura Vida Yoga Teacher Training

With highly experienced facilitators and an integrative approach, this immersive training experience is designed to deepen your personal experience and knowledge of yoga and to help transform all aspects of your life. 

Sacred Paths Yoga Teacher Training Program guides students to become empowered practitioners and to step into their own voice as teachers. The training meets and exceeds the requirements of Yoga Alliance for anatomy, techniques, philosophy, lifestyle, ethics, teaching methodology and practicum while creating a container for self-inquiry and personal growth. While honoring the traditional forms of this practice, you will explore the expansive nature of yoga and spirituality in all forms. Whether it is your intention to step into your calling as a yoga teacher or to learn the foundations of yoga and deepen your practice, this program will be equally informative and transformative.

Sacred Paths Yoga offers a mindful vinyasa flow based practice that allows one to find connection and embark upon an insightful journey within. Breath and movement is linked to emphasize the meditative nature of the practice and to find stillness in motion. The practice becomes a sacred prayer which stills the mind and offers a connection to spirit. The sequence is rooted in traditional Hatha and Ashtanga Vinyasa practices but has evolved to meet the needs of the modern yogi. Sacred Paths Yoga offers a holistic and well-rounded approach to yoga, balancing the Yin and Yang, the passive and active, the lunar and solar, the feminine and masculine energies to leave one feeling centered and harmonious. Not only does this practice offer physical benefits, but it works on the energetic and spiritual forms as well, tapping into the wisdom of ancient yogic teachings while connecting to Earth Medicine and exploring the Elements as a path to transformation and Union with all that is.

Each day will start in a beautiful location, connecting with nature and yourself through sunrise meditation, pranayama and asana practice, honoring silence in this sacred time. The experience of the day is one of learning and living yogic theory and healing practices through interactive workshops, classes and dynamic group discussions. Each evening will close with Satsang, a sacred community gathering, which may be meditation, kirtan, chanting, sacred ceremony or a sharing circle to connect and release the day’s challenges, triumphs, insights and joys.

The team build a solid foundation for all students to then expand upon as they find their voice as teachers or in their own personal practice. The course emphasises an embodied understanding of poses and alignment, intelligent sequencing and transitions while embracing grace, ease and fluidity. Throughout this process you will explore different paths to Union including movement, song, dance, chanting, ceremony and more. You will embody yogic living, fully immersing yourself in the experience of living and breathing this practice on and off the mat. For many, this becomes a life-changing experiencing.

This yoga teacher training program in Costa Rica offers the unique opportunity to explore ancient yogic wisdom while the close proximity to the ocean offers the opportunity to explore the art of surfing, another flow-based spiritual practice. The spirit of Costa Rica embraces the Pura Vida lifestyle. You will explore yogic purification techniques and feast on the abundance of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables in this beautiful land. Find inner peace, find your true purpose and open your heart with this training with Sacred Path Yoga.

Requirements

This program is open to practitioners of all levels and abilities, from beginner to advanced. Modifications and variations so you can cultivate a practice that fits your needs and so that you can teach classes that are accessible to all populations. You are encouraged to establish your own personal yoga practice by attending classes or workshops leading up to the program. You are also recommended to practice along with Sacred Paths online videos several times per weeks to prepare the body and mind for the journey ahead. This course is not only developed for those who are called to become yoga teachers, but also for those who have intention to deepen their own practice and knowledge, to become embodied yoga practitioners, to step into a spiritual journey of soul and to heal, reveal and awaken. Required reading will also be sent to you upon joining the program.

What is included

  • Accommodation
  • Air Conditioned Room
  • Course Material
  • Equipment
  • Excursion
  • Meals
  • Mats
  • Pool
  • WiFi Internet
  • Yoga Props

Syllabus

HOURS + TOPICS

In this category you will explore techniques as well as practice and teach: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga practices. We will emphasis both guided practice of the techniques themselves as well as analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques.

Trainees will deepen their knowledge of poses including beginner and more advanced variations. Benefits, risks and contraindications will be explored as well as safe transitions, intelligent sequencing, alignment and hands on assists. The five main categories of poses will be covered including standing/ balancing poses, forward bends, backbends, twists and inversions.

Students will practice, experience and learn how to guide several pranayama techniques. They will learn the benefits and effects of such practices as well as how and when to incorporate them into a class. Pranayamas covered in depth will include: abdominal breathing, three-part yogic breath, ujjai pranayama, nadi shodhana, anuloma viloma, and kapalabhati.

Yogic cleansing and purification techniques will be taught and practiced in the form of Jal neti, kapalabhati, agni sara, and tratak. Trainees will be guided on the benefits and how to incorporate these techniques into their personal practice.

You will explore mantra as a path to connection, to invoke spirit and to create sacred space. Trainees will experience, practice and learn mantras to share in class such as Om, the Gayatri Mantra, the Bija mantras for chakra clearing and others.

Various forms of guided meditation will be shared including breath focus, sensory withdrawal. visualization, mantra, chakra. Emphasis will be on quieting the mind and experiencing divine union on this path of yoga.

In this category, you will learn how to refine and apply your skills as a teacher. You will discuss the principles of demonstrating asanas as well as how to effectively observe, use verbal cues and incorporate hands on assist in a class. You will explore the use of language and voice: active vs. passive language and the effective use of each; positive and conscious communication, and habitual speech and communication patterns. This category will prepare trainees to be transformational spaceholders.

Topics in this category will include anatomical terms and basic overview of the physical body, classes and discussion on the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems as well as how these systems are benefited by yoga. Trainees will gain knowledge of the cardiovascular system and the heart and the digestive system and the yogic diet. This category will also include subtle energetic anatomy and physiology, including studies on the chakras and nadis. Trainees will be guided in studying both anatomy/ physiology along with its application to the yoga practice including benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.

This program emphasizes a whole lifestyle approach to yoga as a practice and offers guidance on how to live this practice on and off the mat. In this category, we will cover the study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts, in particularly Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. You will explore this 8-fold path as a means to quieting the mind to reach liberation. This study will include group-work, discussion and application to our practice and daily life. This category will also include the transformational framework in which trainees can practice self-inquiry and develop themselves as embodied practitioners and embodied guides.

In this category, trainees will actively practice teaching as the lead instructor. They will also observe others teaching, receive and give feedback and assist students while someone else is teaching. Trainees will begin peer teaching from day one as they gradually learn and practice teaching the poses and mini sequences in the Sacred Flow that is practiced in the morning and studied in depth in the Art of Teaching/ Touch classes throughout the first half of the training. They will teach this set 90 minute flow in full to a peer, observed by a facilitator. In the second half of the training, students will create their own full sequence from the tools provided, share a 90 minute class through peer teaching and receive feedback from their peers and facilitators.

Certification

Upon completion of the coursework, peer teaching and evaluation, participants will receive a certification of completion which will then enable you to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT-200).

Schedule

TIME
ACTIVITY
6:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Meditation, Pranayama, Asana
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Breakfast
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Daily Intention/ Spiritual Lesson
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Yoga Philosophy or Anatomy
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Special Topic
1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lunch and Break
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Art of Teaching/ Art of Touch
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Dinner
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Satsang (evening gathering)
TIME OFF The Sacred Paths Yoga 200hr YTT is a 21 day journey divided into four cycles of 4 days with a day off in between each. Throughout each cycle, we will use one of the four elements Earth, Water, Fire and Air as our guide and as the foundation of our experience for lessons, insights, ceremony and healing. Costa Rica offers a variety of landscapes, microclimates and something for everyone. Whether it is adventure, surfing, hiking or relaxation that you are seeking, this path is sure to lead to a wildly wonderful experience. Visit waterfalls, tide pools and beautiful beaches, go hiking, ziplining and embrace adventure! There is surfing and beach time built into the schedule and a daily shuttle to the surf breaks. There is also opportunity to experience Stand Up Paddleboarding in Mal Pais.

Meet The Facilitators

 
Venue   Indigo Yoga Resort

Indigo Boutique Hotel is a truly unique experience, offering contemporary tropical accommodations while embracing traditional Costa Rican ambience and culture. Located in Mal Pais, Costa Rica, just 1 hour south of the Tambor airport, you will arrive at your nest in a lush green setting with an abundance of beautiful tropical flowers, trees, and native wildlife.

Situated in a biodiversity hotspot, perfect for the nature enthusiast, Indigo's concept is inspired by living a healthy and natural lifestyle. Indigo offers the perfect setting to enjoy many activities such as yoga, stand up paddle board and surf retreats. Perhaps luxuriating in Spa treatments within the resort can be for a day of ultimate relaxation. Indulge in what Indigo has to offer in your stay and take a dip in the pool and refresh with a juice made from organic ingredients. Adventure further into the wild with optional excursions, such as kayaking, hiking and canopy tours for the thrill seekers.

This is a fantastic tropical escape, for families, couples, and friends to get together and celebrate life! Beautifully set amongst the rainforest and coconut palms at the foot of the Pacific Ocean, this property offers spectacular ocean views and unforgettable sunsets.

All of the rooms include A/C, ceiling fans, private bathrooms with hot water & “open-sky” showers, hammocks and a room safe box.

You can reach the centre via plane, bus or shuttle from San Jose. There are two different airlines that offer their services within the country: Sansa and Nature Air. The flight from San Jose takes about 25 minutes and a taxi can be arranged to transfer you to Indigo Yoga Resort.

Accommodations

Food

Throughout the course of the training you will be served 3 delicious organic vegetarian meals daily. All meals are prepared with the freshest local ingredients and served with love. Rest assured you will enjoy healthy nourishing cuisine that will keep you energised and fuelled throughout the course.

Costa Rica is known for its abundance of fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, hearty bean and rice dishes, and lots of tasty spices and exotic flavours. Expect fresh salads, balanced with tasty cooked meals and maybe a treat every now and then also!

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 Insights

WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS TRAINING

Sacred Paths Yoga offer so much more than a training in yoga teaching. They offer you an insight into life at its fullest. Reconnect to your self, your inner dreams and ambitions, and the natural world around you as you embark on a training that will carry you to places you cannot even begin to imagine until you arrive and begin. Deepen your practice on the mat, and learn how to stay connected, inspired, balanced and in your truth and center when off the mat. Feel endlessly uplifted and inspired by the practice and by your guides whose love and passion for what they offer makes this course the very unique and special offering that it is. This is the course you have been waiting for. 

Kelly Fielding

Yovada Nomad

  Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica

Imagine a sea that radiates with wildlife and is almost perfect when it comes to shape, color and temperature. Located on the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, Mal Pais offers tasty waves, creative kitchens and surfers galore. This surfing zone is known for its year round consistent waves, with the average swell running in the 3-5 foot range, breaking over beautiful sandy beaches.

Mal Pais has become one of Costa Rica's most life-affirming destinations full of Surf, SUP, and Yoga classes. The quiet surf village of Mal Pais provides a great opportunity for visitors to escape the hustle and bustle of more crowded destinations. It is an excellent place to enjoy the incredible natural surroundings in relative peace. Reflecting this relaxed attitude, the village of Mal Pais offers relatively few services with regards to tours. However, canopy tours are available and one can also take horseback rides along the beach.

Alternating between long stretches of sand and large patches of rock, the Mal Pais beach divides the ocean and the green jungle full of mischievous monkeys. The entire area unfurls along one coastal road that rambles from Santa Teresa in the north to Playa El Carmen, the area's commercial heartbeat, and then terminates in the quiet village of Mal País.

Juan Santa Maria International airport, in San Jose, is a 75-minute trip by land along the Pacific Coast to the Puntarenas ferry dock. From there, a 1.5-hour crossing of the Gulf of Nicoya to Paquera is meant to be a peaceful journey. Once you’ve soothed your soul with ocean breeze travel, you will need to journey through land again for 1.5 hours, passing through Tambor and Cobano, before arriving at your remote destination of Mal Pais. Flights from San Jose to Tambor are also available and are a short 40min drive from Tambor to Mal Pais.