PLANNING YOUR YOGA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING IN COSTA RICA
If you have always wanted to participate in a yoga teacher training course, Costa Rica might just be the perfect place for you.
Costa Rica has quickly gained a reputation for forming some of the best yoga instructors. Each practice will allow you to live moments of well-being, surrounded by a rich biodiverse environment that will help you to find balance between your mind and body and feel the energy flowing in you and around you.
The jungle, the wonderful landscapes, the sounds of the ocean or the forest will create a magical atmosphere perfect for the practice of this art.
BENEFITS OF A YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE
Yoga teacher training courses have the amazing capability to not only provide a new career option- but also in embodying a lifestyle that renews the body and energizes the soul. You get to bring the familiarity of basic asanas to a whole new level, gaining a much deeper perspective and approach to even the smallest movement. This experience of yoga under the guidance of seasoned teachers can transform your entire being.
You are removed from the everyday patterns of life. This resets your perspective about yourself and the world around you. A yoga teacher training course has the capability to remove unwanted stress and negative habits that are no longer serving you. And since the day-to-day routine of life can cloud how to do this, yoga teacher training courses can be a way to discover the best version of yourself in a really enjoyable way.
Plus, yoga teacher training courses offer:
- A chance to connect with other incredible yogis.
- Opportunities to explore new parts of the world in the safety of a group.
- New ways to enhance your personal life and practice.
- An infusion of positive energy into your life.
- More clarity about your purpose and direction, and
- Some down time to simply relax and rejuvenate.
CHOOSING COSTA RICA FOR A YOGA LOCATION
Costa Rica has become an extremely popular destination for yoga enthusiasts. We believe a big part of the appeal is the overall friendly people and the eco vibe throughout the country. Plus, it doesn’t get much better than listening to the sound of the jungle while practicing mindfulness or listening to the waves crash to shore during your downward dog.
The motto for life in Costa Rica is Pura Vida which directly translates to “pure life.” People throughout the country take this mantra seriously and embrace an overall relaxed and happy lifestyle. This makes it the perfect place to relax and realign yourself.
WHICH TYPE OF YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE IS BEST FOR YOU
While “yang” yoga focuses on your muscles, yin yoga targets your deep connective tissues, like your fascia, ligaments, joints, and bones. It is slower and more meditative, giving you space to turn inward and tune into both your mind and the physical sensations of your body. Because you’re holding poses for a longer period of time than you would in other traditional types of yoga, yin yoga helps you stretch and lengthen those rarely used tissues while also teaching you how to breathe through discomfort and sit with your thoughts.
The practice of yin yoga is based on ancient Chinese philosophies and Taoist principles which believe there are pathways of Qi (energy) that run through our bodies. By stretching and deepening into poses, we are opening up any blockages and releasing that energy to flow freely.
Ideal for people looking for a more energetic yoga session, Vinyasa combines movement and meditation. This fairly fast-paced style requires you to move continuously throughout the class with a series of basic poses (sun salutation) and breathing exercises. You will develop strength, flexibility, and balance.
Way more dynamic than the two mentioned before, Ashtanga is recommended for people wishing to sculpt their body and improve their endurance. This type of yoga aims to synchronize your breath and movement. It requires a certain flexibility. You will work on your strength and sooth away stress and tiredness.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT BEACH AND YOGA TEACHER TRAINING CENTRE FOR YOU
Although it is possible to participate in yoga throughout the country, there are few places which really just capture the yoga feels.
Cahuita is one of them! This beautiful village is located in Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, near the border with Panama. It’s a gateway to Cahuita National Park, which has coral reefs and the white-sand beach of Playa Blanca, making it a great place to enjoy some relaxed beach yoga. The park’s rainforest shelters toucans, monkeys and turtles. The black-sand beach of Playa Negra, known for its strong waves, is north of the village. Farther north, the Sloth Sanctuary cares for injured and orphaned sloths.
When assessing different options for your yoga teacher training centre, some important questions you will need to ask include:
- Does the centre provide all the facilities you may need to focus on your course?
- Does the centre have a conducive environment for peaceful practice?
- Does the centre provide fresh, sattvic food to support your yoga lifestyle?
- Are your living quarters comfortable, spacious and eco-friendly?
- Are your teachers highly experienced and knowledgeable in all aspects of the yoga practice?
We would highly suggest looking for a mindfully-designed yoga training center where you can enjoy the enchanted Caribbean Sea and the magic of Costa Rica’s rainforest, and experience a true paradise for nature lovers and yoga practitioners. It must be designed to help you remember your true nature, your essence, as well as appeal to your desire to experience transformation and exploration of self through yoga, nourishing food and stunning surroundings.
COSTA RICA YOGA TIPS
The rainy season is during September through to early December. Keep in mind that you will likely have rain every day for a few hours, but there is a beauty of practicing yoga with the rain pounding in the background. The peak season is generally from December until May. However, the rest of the year is just as beautiful, with the most stunning weather you will experience.
Your trip does not need to be limited to yoga as a way of rejuvenating your body and mind. It is also possible to find guided meditations, Reiki healing sessions, organic cooking classes, herbal retreats, and more! If it isn’t offered in the yoga teacher training centre, you will find it around the area nearby.
For a yoga teacher training course on the beach, consider packing a lightweight dress and cardigan for the evenings.
RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR YOGA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE
Take this travel time as an opportunity to relax. Make sure you plan for a balanced mix of activities and downtime. You will most likely be spending a lot of time on yoga during your trip but be sure that you don’t jam-pack your itinerary so that you’ll barely have any time to actually relax.
Set aside some free time to lounge around at the beach or perhaps book yourself an indulgent spa day. Connect with your mind, body and soul for a truly once in a lifetime experience practicing yoga in Costa Rica.