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200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

200 Hour Foundational Training Overview

If you are ready to take on the intense and challenging work of Self-Study and reflection, if you’ve been called to deepen your communication skills in order to share a practice that you love, if you are dedicated to living the practice of yoga and maintaining a disciplined studentship…this might be the right program for you!  

Journey deep into the heart and spirit of yoga with us in an immersive, near-to-nature experience just steps from the Caribbean Sea and snuggled into the beautiful jungle. Join the journey with us!  

This program or a Yoga Alliance registered 200 hour program is a pre-requisite for students interested in enrolling in the 300 hour advanced level modules and seeking YA certification.

What Will You Learn?

We believe in empowering our students to hear and trust the voice within!

Our unique program goes above and beyond its’ Yoga Alliance standards to provide you a truly in-depth transformational experience. Dive deep into asana, history, philosophy, anatomy, mythology, mantra, mudra, energy anatomy, teaching methodology, pranayama, and spiritual practices.

50 Hours Above Yoga Alliance Standard

Caribe Yoga Academy students receive 50 hours of instruction above and beyond the 200 hour Yoga Alliance Standard for the foundational level certification. Therefore, it’s a 250 hour foundational training.

Foundational Training Curriculum

The Caribe Yoga Academy offers the unique opportunity to complete your 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in an immersive, one-of-a-kind experience in the beautiful jungle of Puerto Viejo. Program cost includes three incredibly delicious and healthy meals per day and lodging in our jungle cabanas. Start your journey!

 

The curriculum for 250 Hour Foundational Programming is:

  • Module #1 Ganesha:  Recognizing obstacles, setting foundations and intention, at the threshold of our experience, self-empowerment, history 

  • Module #2 Hanuman:  Finding our Bhakti practice, Devotion, Tapas, Remembrance of Inner Divinity, Taking Leaps of Faith, Lengthening our Stride

  • Module #3 Shiva/Shakti:  Duality and Paradox.  Becoming the teacher, remaining the student. Putting the pieces together to remember wholeness.

  • Module #4 Durga & Kali: Completion, play, fierceness, celebration. Finding your Warrior’s Voice.  

Sample Daily Schedule

6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. : Morning Sadhana

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. : Silent Breakfast

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. : History, Philosophy, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy etc.

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. : History, Philosophy, Teaching Methodology, Anatomy etc.

12:45 p.m. : Lunch

12:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. : Afternoon break, study and leisure

4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. : Teaching Practice and Techniques, Alignment, Sequencing, Sadhana etc.

6:15 p.m. : Dinner

7:15 to 9:00 p.m. : Evening Practice, Meditation, play shop, Review Session or film

There will be 3 days off and 2 half days off throughout the course of the 25 night program. Note that there are still (minimal) required contact hours on the half days and days off.

Why Should You Choose Caribe Yoga Academy?

We support students from all over the globe in graduating with an understanding of the foundations of yoga and in-depth studies on their niche of choice! Graduates of our programs can be found in most corners of the world and in a variety of different settings!

 

  • The coupling of modern science’ findings with a depth of spiritual practice
  • Functional alignment practices
  • Inclusivity, safety, accessibility, and approachable sequencing
  • A grounded, well-rounded and in-depth program
  • An 8 limbs approach to the practice
  • Encouragement, on-going communication and mentorship structures
  • Exploration of what yoga off-the-mat and out in the world looks like
  • Time for Self-Study

Testimonials From 250 Hour Graduates

Avani and the incredible team at OM at Cashew Hill create an unforgettable journey of self discovery and empowerment, that happens to also prepare you to be a kick ass 200 RYT. I had no idea how much growth and self discovery I would experience on this training, and the family I would gain. It is so much more than an education in becoming a teacher, the OM team instills the values of being compassionate, aware, and present as a teacher and human being, and I am honored to say I received my training in such a grounded, special place. I would recommend it 10X over to anyone looking to do their training here.

- Sasha 
- Sasha

This training was been above and beyond what I would have ever imagined. There’s so much love in Cashew Hill. There are wonderful angels protecting this place. [Avani] embodies the definition of a mother helping others connect to their higher self and unveil layers of conditioning to re-connect and rise together!

- Cishel 
- Cishel

This YTT somehow transformed me. During the YTT, I have experienced and received so much love from everyone around the world... I felt genuine kindness and positivity from everyone everywhere. In addition, I had chances to release. I've never felt stronger emotionally. I was not really a spiritual person but this YTT has opened my views to things I was constantly in denial of. I am glad I participated. It has offered me more than what I came for and a chance to see my life differently.

- Joyce 
- Joyce

250 Hour Teacher Training Schedule & Cost

See all available trainings for both the 300-Hour Training and 250-Hour Foundational Training programs at our Trainings Schedule page.

2020 Training Dates:

January 4 to 29, 2020 – 250 Hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training Immersion

July 10 to August 4, 2020 – 250 Hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training Immersion

October 16 to November 10, 2020 – 250 Hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training Immersion

 

Cost:

  • $3,399 USD (Regular Registration Rate)

 

Includes:

  • 25 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • Transport from SJO airport to OM at Cashew Hill 
  • CYA goody bag
  • CYA shirt
  • Professional manual and workbook

2021 Training Dates:

REGISTRATION OPEN

February 15 to March 12, 2021  –  250 Hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training Immersion

June 18 to July 13, 2021 – 250 Hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training Immersion

October 15 to November 9, 2021 –  250 Hour Yoga Alliance Yoga Teacher Training Immersion

 

Cost:

  • $3,399 USD (Regular Registration Rate)

 

Includes:

  • 25 nights accommodation
  • 3 vegetarian meals daily
  • Transport from SJO airport to OM at Cashew Hill 
  • CYA goody bag
  • CYA shirt
  • Professional manual and workbook

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I graduate? Is there an ongoing relationship/support with the Caribe Yoga Academy?

The Caribe Yoga Academy seeks to maintain an on-going support system and connection with all graduates and students.  
Be sure to get added to any Facebook groups, blogs and mailing lists.  Also check in about future opportunities to  
assist or guest teach.  We look forward to hearing about and being involved in our student’s present and future yogic path.

Will I have the opportunity to actually practice teaching classes?

Yes!  In fact, it is a requirement of the Yoga Alliance that you should gain hours with actual  
live teaching experience one-on-one, in smaller groups and with the entire group.  We will do our  
absolute best to prepare you to be a competent and confident yoga teacher before you head off into the world  
with your certificate!

 

How can I make my payment?

Payment can be made via PayPal (+3%), US or CR bank transfer, US or CR check, cash or credit card (+13%)

How much time off will I have?

There will be 2 full days (on which we still have morning and evening practice) and 2 half days off during the course of your 24 day journey.  We recommending staying extra time in Costa Rica if you desire to have a vacation built in.  The teacher training schedule is intensive and we expect hard work and focus.  For a glimpse at the schedule, please see here.

What will I learn during the YTT?

For our full curriculum, and to explore whether or not this is the right program for you, please go here.

 

What is the style of yoga offered?

The main style that you will study and acquire proficiency to teach is a vinyasa style of practice.  We title it “Karuna Flow’. Karuna is one of the Sanskrit words meaning compassion.  This style has a firm foundation in functional anatomy, prop usage and allowance for adaptation so that each student can make the class right for their unique body and practice.

What is the average age of participants?

The majority of participants fall between 25 and 40 years of age though we have trained with students as young as 18 and up to 65 years of age.  It is important to keep in mind that independent international travel is required to participate in our programs and so we request a high level of maturity, a willingness to work hard and somewhat of a sense of worldliness.

 

What are the class sizes? 

250 hour trainings are usually 24 to 28 students.  The advanced level modules tend to be a bit smaller at 12 to 18 students per course.

Will I be qualified to teach yoga once I have completed the training?

Yes.  With successful completion of all program requirements and the final exam you will receive a  
Yoga Alliance recognized 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training Certificate which qualifies you, according to the  
Yoga Alliance standards, to lead group Asana classes.  However, feeling in your heart that you are ready to teach is  
the most important factor!  Many students continue to take training courses over the span of a long and healthy yogic path.

What is the Yoga Alliance?

Yoga Alliance was formed in 1999 as a way to create a nationally recognized standard in the field of yoga.  
These standards are for individual teachers as well as for teacher training programs.  Many studios worldwide  
require affiliation with the Yoga Alliance before permitting employment, but as of this date it is not a legal  
requirement to be registered with YA.

 

 

Will I be camping? What is the housing like?

The housing that is provided is shared (3 to 4 people per house / per bathroom) and in enclosed jungle lodges. They all have screening, shelves for storage, a hotpot and mugs for tea/coffee, fans, electric outlets, lights, hot water shower, bathroom, seating area (some indoor, some outdoor) etc. Think of a simple lake camp…only in the jungle! They are simple but comfortable and beautiful. Each lodge has a view out into the thick jungle or out over the Caribbean sea. Housekeeping is provided daily.

What about the safety of Costa Rica?

The retreat center at OM at Cashew Hill is an enclosed and guarded site with dogs. It is very safe and tranquil. It is, however, important to remember that Costa Rica is part of Central America and is considered a developing country. If you have travelled internationally before you will need to follow all of the standard safety regulations: don’t walk or run after dark, don’t carry valuable belongings to the beach, don’t go with people you don’t know, avoid getting intoxicated and therefore unaware of your surroundings, don’t hitchhike or get in unmarked taxis etc. In particular women traveling in Latin America will want to move in groups when possible, particularly when it is dark. One of the biggest safety issues here is ocean safety (rip currents), jungle critters (stinging leaves, thorns, jellyfish, ants) and petty theft like bicycles. We’re in the jungle in a developing country. Please be prepared for that and take necessary precautions.

What is your cancellation policy?

All deposits are non-refundable within three months of any training. With cancellation 6 weeks in advance the deposit may be transferable to another CYA training. This is on a case-by-case basis to be discussed with Avani. Final payments on all programs are due 21 days in advance upon arrival and are therefore non-refundable.

Do you offer scholarships or work exchange?

On occasion (not often) partial work-trades are offered for marketing, videography and photography. We do offer a few scholarship spots per program which you can read about and apply for here.

What’s included in the training price?

Opening dinner, three meals a day, departure day breakfast, your shared accommodation for 23 nights (upgrades for housing may be available for some programs at an additional fee), an in-depth workbook and manual, expert incoming support, mentorship groups, built-in experiences and adventures of the area, frequent communication, on-going support post graduation and an incredible faculty.

What makes Caribe Yoga Academy different?

At Caribe Yoga Academy we have a commitment to exploring our inner nature through exploring and developing a relationship with the exotic nature all around us in the Caribbean jungles of Costa Rica. We commit to not hi-jacking your own inner experience and your unique authentic truth through false claims of having all the answers or being the “healer” that you need. We are all here to dive deep into yoga as explorers and seekers…TOGETHER. We believe that each person’s greatest teacher is their deepest, inner Divine Self and we commit to journeying and excavating with you to reveal that in your own time and without force. We respect that personal transformational practices are just that…personal. We honor that each student has their own voice and our hope is for you to emerge as a teacher wiling to share from your own truth and experience rather than as replicates of our faculty or cookie cutters of the CYA system.

We offer a variety of learning tools to suit the reality that varied learning styles and types of intelligence exist. You will experience lecture, group work, mentorship, art, movement, breath, asana, space for meditation and contemplation as well as rests for stillness and restoration. You will also receive verbal and written feedback, regular assessment and projects that are not founded in the need for short-term memorization, but rather a true connection with the material and also your ability to lean into your resources and your kula when needed.

The CYA training is supported by:

  • Karuna: Compassion and Ahimsa: Non-Violence
  • Connection to Nature
  • Yoga, Ayurveda and Bhakti
  • Traditional Hindu mythology and modern Archetypes
  • Western science’s contributions to the the Spiritual practices of the East.
  • A deep comprehension of functional anatomy and acceptance that bodies and bones are shaped differently and therefore the practice of modification and adaption is vital for optimizing the yoga practice experience to fit different shapes.

What if I don’t plan to teach yoga?

It is not uncommon for students to come in and not plan to ever teach yoga. This is a deeply personal exploration and there is absolutely no requirement to go out into the world and teach. However, you will be required to teach practicum classes during the training in order to gain your Yoga Alliance certificate. What is often surprising is that many students at the end of the program feel a spirited enthusiasm to go out into the world and share the practice of yoga!

Can I take this training if I have a preexisting condition or injury?

This will depend on what the condition or injury is.  It is always best to seek advice from your principle medical care provider in this case.  Written permission may be required as well as an additional waiver.  This will be explored on a case-by-case basis.

What are the room/housing options?

All pricing is based on standard shared housing.  This means anywhere from 3 to 6 people per house. Some houses are 1 bedroom / 1 bath, some are 2 bed / 2 bath.  On occasion we have the option for upgrades to single or double room at an additional cost.  These will be announced via email and availability depends on the size of each program.