200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification Program in Costa Rica

Create Therapeutic Transformation for Yourself and Others

Next Programs: Dec 1-18, 2021 or Jan 5-22, 2022

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Gain indepth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self transformation and personal empowerment.

Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.

Therapeutic Approach

Our Therapeutic perspective explores Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, personal empowerment and total well being. We combine modern day biomechanics and research driven science with ancient teachings. You will leave with an understanding of anatomy, alignment and modifications to keep your body safe for a lifetime of practice.

Personal Transformation

Our approach explores Yoga philosophy as a practice of radical self-love uncovering perspectives that encourage body positivity, unconditional acceptance, personal empowerment and true mind-body-spirit health and wellness. Switch your view to see yourself and others from “eyes of love” and help the world heal one mindful breath at a time.

Learn to Teach with Safety, Skill and Confidence

Step confidently into the role of the teacher and share this powerful practice and help others. Not ready to teach? No problem. This course is a great immersion into yoga for those who wish to deepen their own practice. Already teaching?  This course will significantly build your repertoire and boost your confidence.

"This experience was the most epic journey I have had in my life. My experience has transformed me. It was so much more than just practicing yoga. I was able to connect to my true self, truly understand and adapt valuable practices to apply to my daily life and make genuine friendships. I am so grateful for the safe and loving space that Alison and Liz cultivated to help us grow into authentic yoga teachers. I feel so confident to take all of the knowledge I have learned and integrate it into my personal practice and teachings. Thank you for everything. 100% I recommend Soma!"

Tracey Witney, 200 Hour YTT Graduate Costa Rica

Curriculum Highlights

Certification as a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance

Train with highly experienced, knowledgeable and passionate teachers and yoga therapists with over 24 years of teaching experience

Gain a solid foundation in classical Hatha Yoga – including alignment based vinyasa flow and restorative yoga within a therapeutic framework.

Variations and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations such as seniors, pregnancy, and those with injuries

Learn the art of sequencing yoga classes that honors your authentic voice and meets the needs of your student population

Learn to share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way

Gain insights into your (true) nature through the wisdom of Yoga and its philosophy

Explore breath work, mantra and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life.

Business of Yoga & How to Build Your Yoga Community

An anatomy and biomechanically informed alignment system that helps to address common misalignments and keeps your students safe

Build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment

Daily Schedule

  • 6:15am-7:30am: Meditation by the ocean, pranayama, and gentle movement
  • 7:30am-8:30am: Breakfast
  • 8:30am-12:00noon: Yoga asana practice, anatomy, alignment plus techniques and teaching methodology
  • 12:00noon-1:00pm: Lunch
  • 1:00pm-3:00pm: Afternoon break to rest, or swim
  • 3:00-6:00pm: Restorative, gentle, therapeutic practice, or Yoga Nidra. Practice teaching.
  • 6:00-7:00pm: Sunset on the Beach and Dinner
  • 7:00-8:30pm: Evening Session includes Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, and ethics.


Program Location - Zen Spirit Yoga Retreat, Playa Coyote Costa Rica,

Zen Spirit is located about 14 km south of Punta Islita airport in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. It has been identified as one of the five blue zones on the planet.  Because the premise is set on a wonderful long flat gold sandy beach interrupted by river estuaries. You can enjoy world-class surfing as well as kayaking and bird watching in the mangrove, horseback riding and hiking to waterfalls, star gazing into the dark sky and much more. In short, it is a nature lovers paradise.

Group shuttles are arranged for students to the retreat from either the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) airport or the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica.

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What You Will Learn

Asana Techniques

Pose Study with Adaptations for ALL BODIES (includes standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, and supine)

Bio-mechanically Sound & Anatomy Informed Alignment

Art of Vinyasa & Flow Yoga

Adapting for Injuries and Common Conditions

Art of Teaching

Intentional Sequencing

Adapting Classes for Special Populations

Finding your Unique Voice

Teaching Beginners, Seniors, Level ½ Flow, Restorative, and Focused Therapeutic Classes

Practice Teaching with Feedback from your Faculty

Business of Yoga

Yoga as a Path for Holistic Health & Radical Wellbeing

Therapeutic Frameworks

Energy Body Anatomy

Exploration of the Chakras

Pancha Maya Kosha Model for Holistic Wellbeing

Applied Ayurveda

Pranayama & Meditation

We will help you establish a consistent practice of meditation and teach you wonderful breath practices specifically crafted to increase vitality and wellbeing. We have helped 100s of students who say they “can’t meditate” as well as those who report feeling “short of breath” when instructed to breathe in certain ways. We will help you adapt your approach, learn a variety of techniques, transform your inner dialog and establish your commitment to these transformative practices with ease and success.  

Restorative Yoga & Yoga Nidra

Increased levels of cortisol have been shown to be a leading cause of chronic conditions. Worry, fear, stress and anxiety are common challenges many of us face. Learn practices of Yoga that down-regulate your nervous system and restore your whole being into a state of wellbeing and homeostasis.

Yoga History, Philosophy & Mythology

Dive deep into the transformational and time tested philosophy of Yoga. The philosophy provides a road map that will help you build mindful awareness, elevate your perspectives, create radical shifts in your life, connect to the deeper aspect of yourself, and find more lived moments when you feel truly and wholly well. We will dive deep into Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, yoga history and explore Yoga Mythology through story as a way to gain insight into the human condition.

"If you are looking for a high quality teacher training, this is the one!"

Scott Cohen, 200 Hour YTT Graduate


Study with World's Leading C-IAYT Yoga Therapists and Senior Teachers

Soma Yoga Institute has a word class faculty team steeped in the traditions of Yoga.  Their excellence has been cultivated through decades of enduring dedication to their own practice and in-depth study, often in a variety of lineages.  Many of our faculty members are C-IAYT certified Yoga Therapists and recognized as “senior teachers”, having over twenty years of solid teaching experience combined with their long-term adhikara (studentship).  Each faculty holds a role in their home community as an innovator and influencer, inspiring radical change through Yoga and playing a profound role in the holistic wellness movement.  As a collective vision, we offer you an unparalleled opportunity to deepen your own practice, connect into your innermost divine nature, develop your professional credentials and teach from a place of authenticity.

Faculty Members 200 Hour YTT immersion programs may include:

  • Liz Heffernan, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
  • Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500
  • Alison Scola, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
  • Molly Masaoka, E-RYT 500
Learn More About Our Faculty

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely not.  We offer an adaptive approach that will empower you to listen to your body, explore the various pose options and make an informed choice about what is healthy for you.  There is absolutely no requirement for physical proficiency.

Absolutely yes!  The only requirement for enrollment is a deep love of yoga and a a desire to learn more.  Many students attend this program to deepen their own practice and access the profound benefits that yoga offers personally.  Others join because they know that they want to teach.  We also have yoga teachers join who have already completed a yoga teacher training program as they know they want more information and training to help their students in the best possible way.  


We are planning for a safe, healthy, and transformational program for you in Costa Rica.

Zen Spirit is a lovely location with lots of fresh air and open-air spaces. Expect healthy food, lots of vitamin D from the sun, and a positive, supportive community. Zen Spirit is a true sanctuary for you to recharge and renew.

The beautiful large Yoga Studio at Zen Spirit is surrounded by windows and has ventilation built into the ceiling as well as fans to keep the air moving. Masks are not required while practicing on your mat.


The dining area at Zen Spirit is also open air in design. At this time masks are not required while dining at Zen Spirit.


You will love our morning walking meditations and daily beach yoga practices.


Lets work together to minimize risks

The risk of contracting COVID-19 while traveling to or participating in a Soma Yoga Institute program can be reduced but not eliminated. In addition, due to the nature of the yoga teacher training program, students will be in close physical proximity to one another and/or instructors. With this in mind, please review the following safety measures in detail.



At this time, for ALL of our in-person programs, we require all participants and program faculty to be fully vaccinated prior to the course start and in addition to show a Negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken no more than 5 days before the course start date.


We ask that all students and faculty agree to the following

Regardless of vaccination status, all students must adhere to the following health practices for 14 days prior to course start:

  • Practice physical distancing when outside your household Wash or sanitize your hands frequently
  • Avoid crowded places, especially indoors
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick
  • Follow current recommended guidance and requirements from the CDC regarding vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals
  • Monitor for COVID-19 symptoms


Do not travel

Do not travel to course if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, if you have been or presumed to have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19. In these cases, please contact us immediately to work through your options.


While traveling to your course

  • Wash your hands often
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Keep six feet of distance from others
  • Wear a mask when in public
  • Carry and use sanitizing wipes to clean surfaces you come in contact with Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Avoid dine-in restaurants


Best On-Site Practices

  • Physical distancing (six feet or two meters) at all times when possible
  • Masks for when physical distancing is not possible (please bring masks with you to Costa Rica)
  • Frequent hand washing

Unexpected Symptoms or Illness

If a student develops symptoms of COVID-19, they will be isolated from the group. We will have an extra room set aside for this situation. Staff will seek medical advice and follow COVID-19 illness guidelines.

Mask Requirements

  • Masks are not required: on your yoga mat, in open air spaces including shared areas of the pool, the dining area, and the beach, and in your room.
  • Masks ARE required in shared restrooms.
  • While waiting in the buffet line in the open-air dining area please maintain a 6-foot distance or wear a mask.



  • To minimize prop sharing. Please bring your own yoga mat and a set of yoga therapy balls (tennis balls work fine.)
  • Please bring an empty duffle bag. Upon arrival we will assign each student: two blocks, one strap, one or two blankets, and a bolster. We ask that you keep your props in your duffle bag and use them throughout the program. At the end of the program, we will re-collect the props.


Traveling Home

All travelers returning to the US need to show a Negative Covid test within 3 days of arrival in the US. We will facilitate onsite COVID testing 2-3 days prior to your departure flight. There is also testing at the airport through Lab Echandi.


We are closely monitoring the guidelines by the Center for Disease Control, World Health Organization, and the Costa Rica Ministry of Health. We will keep you posted when and if these guidelines change.

There are two primary organizations to become familiar with.  Yoga Alliance and the International Association of Yoga Therapists  

Yoga Alliance is a registry that registers Yoga Teachers with the following designations RYT 200, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and E-RYT 500.  The RYT stands for Registered Yoga Teacher.  The 200 indicates that you have completed a 200 hour yoga training that meets their curriculum requirements.  The E indicates that at the 200 level the teacher has instructed over 1000 hours of classes.  The E-RYT 500 indicates that the yoga teacher has completed 200 + 300 hours of study in a program that meets their curriculum requirements and has instructed over 2000 hours.  This is the highest designation that Yoga Alliance recognizes.  Please note that Yoga Alliance is not a certifying body but just a registration. All of Soma Yoga Institute's teachers are E-RYT 500 registered.

C-IAYT is a designation authorized by the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  This organization is a certifying body.  The path to becoming a Yoga Therapist is much more in-depth and requires 1000 hours of study as well as a mentored practicum.  Many of the faculty at Soma Yoga Institute are C-IAYT certified. 


You will receive a 200 hour yoga teaching certificate through Soma Yoga Institute and be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200 Please note: Soma Yoga Institute is registered with Yoga Alliance, ID #143150.  We have graduated over 500 students and we invite you to read their direct reviews on this site: . In addition, all of our faculty are registered with Yoga Alliance at their highest level, E-RYT 500.  

Our business yoga teaching section will give you all the tools you need to get started and build a career as a yoga teacher.

Yes, definitely. Many studios and gyms ask for the RYT 200 Yoga Alliance designation.  You will also be given a certificate that indicates you completed a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as an RYT-200.  You are also able to rent space in your community centers and lead your own classes independent of another organization. In most locations worldwide and states in the USA there is no licensure program in place currently that requires you to get a certain certification.   Our business yoga teaching section will give you all the tools you need to get started and build a career as a yoga teacher.

Tuition Fee

Our 200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training tuition is $2497 USD.  This includes a 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Manual and a six month subscription to our online teacher training content to use when you get home. 

Retreat Expenses 

Retreat expenses include food, housing and access to the property and its facilities. Prices vary based on room preference:

Quad Occupancy (Extra Long Single Bed) $1709 
Triple Occupancy (Extra Long Single Bed) $1901 
Triple Occupancy (Queen Bed) $2007 
Double Occupancy (Extra Long Single Bed) $2401 
Single Occupancy $3361

We make travel safe and easy for you.

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport on the group shuttle is provided for a reduced fee (specified times only).

From Liberia International Airport:
Arrange to fly into the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the airport at 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on arrival day and returns to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) for flights departing after 12:30 p.m. on departure day. Shuttle from Liberia to Zen Spirit takes approximately 3 hours. The group shuttle charge is 65 USD per person each way. Some students choose to fly in one day early and stay near the airport in Liberia. The Hilton Garden Inn is recommended as it is very nice, convenient and good rates can often be found on booking sites such as Expedia.

From San Jose International Airport:
Arrange to fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the Adventure Inn (15 minutes from the airport) in San Jose at 8:30 a.m. on arrival day and returns departing Zen Spirit at 7:00 a.m. on departure day. for flights leaving after 3:30pm. Shuttle from San Jose to Zen Spirit takes approximately 5 hours. Group shuttle charge is $65 per person each way. The Adventure Inn is a great place for the first night with free airport shuttles if you are a guest and a large breakfast included in the price. You may book a room directly with them here: The shuttle will depart directly from this hotel and on the return take you directly to the SJO airport. 

Spaces are limited. To register just place your $500 deposit. This will ensure a space in the program.

Once we receive your deposit we will send you a Welcome Letter with all of the information you need to prepare.

A $500 USD deposit will reserve your space and will be applied to the full tuition price listed above. Retreat costs (housing and food) are due three months prior to the start date of the program or within two weeks of registering and your final tuition payment is due no later than one month prior to the program start date. If you would like to discuss alternate arrangements, please feel free to contact us directly and we would be happy to work something out.

If cancellation is necessary due to covid related travel restrictions, student’s deposit and tuition will be fully refundable. If the COVID-19 virus is an immediate threat in the country of residence of each individual or group and there is a government instruction of not traveling or if the destination (Costa Rica) has such a policy, Zen Spirit Retreat Center will refund any payment made for room and food. These late cancellations, must not be made earlier than 3 weeks prior to the event. Determination of these risks will be referenced through official government websites.

In all other circumstances, due to the logistics involved in planning residential programs in retreat settings, we regret that we are unable to issue deposit/tuition/housing refunds 60 days or less prior to program start date. In the case of an emergency, with written documentation, we will gladly apply all payments, minus the deposit, toward a future retreat/training with Soma Yoga Institute.

We would love to connect to you.  Please feel free to email us at [email protected], text us at 808-333-9591 to set up a phone appointment, make an appointment by clicking here or join one of our live Q & A calls via zoom.  Just email us for the schedule of the next live zoom chats.

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