This 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified teacher training is a thorough and progressive yoga teacher training program. Yoga Academy International
offers an incredible foundation for a professional yoga teacher. The faculty's extensive years of yoga practice combined with nearly a decade of yoga teaching creates safe, effective teachers through an intelligently structured curriculum. Students are encouraged to build upon their unique strengths and find their individual voice as a teacher. This teacher training supports a high standard of teaching and ethics, and the richness of the experience supports a shift towards embracing life with awareness, acceptance of oneself, oneness, and reverence for the earth. It is for this reason that we have chosen such a stunning natural setting for the training.
Our Costa Rica teacher training offers you an immersion into the yogic lifestyle and the path of teaching from the heart. You will have the experience of living in a close community while being surrounded by the healing power of nature. Following the traditional yogic path, this program promotes inner peace and transformation of mind, body and spirit. Complementing our professional curriculum is dedicated time for silent reflection and personal revitalization through sun, sea, and nature. There will be opportunity to relax your thoughts while exploring the beach, swimming in the ocean, taking long walks on our endless coastline, and delving deeply into your inner and outer surroundings.
We offer nourishing, delicious, and healthy cuisine. Our gourmet meal plan provided by always impresses. Bodies embrace our delicious eats, and spirits will be lifted and infused by the music and song enjoyed during evening satsangs hosted by our faculty members.
About The Location
This yoga teacher training takes place in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, voted one of the top beaches in the world. Located on the Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Theresa is a surfer’s and beach seeker’s paradise. Endless miles of coastline for walking and some world-class surfing to catch the waves. With the jungle bordering the beach, this place is serenely stunning. The town of Santa Teresa is relaxed and quaint. It's safe, easy to get around, and traveler-friendly. Nature, seclusion, unspoiled sandy beach, and abundant fresh fruits and vegetables create the perfect setting for a world class yoga teacher training. Stroll the miles of peaceful beachfront or simply relax and meditate to the ever-present rhythm of the waves.
Included in the program are accommodations at Otro Lado Lodge
and three organic meals per day, six days per week. On your days off, enjoy discounted massage therapies and activities like surfing and SUP, horseback riding, zip lining or lunches and dinners out at some of town’s fabulous international restaurants. Surrounded by like-minded souls and breathtaking scenery, you can experience the ambiance of a retreat while learning new skills, transforming your mind, body, life, and even your career, while creating life-long friendships.
About The Curriculum
Students benefit from the emphasis placed upon practice teaching time, one-to-one mentoring, and small class sizes. On a daily basis, right from the start, you will be teaching fellow students and receiving their support and feedback along with the guidance of our instructors. Our training program allows you to learn a significant amount of information quickly; you will embody knowledge while putting it to practice every step along your training path.
In addition to learning how to teach asana, meditation, philosophy, and pranayama, you will learn the art of living and teaching from the heart. At this Costa Rica yoga teacher training, students have the opportunity to deepen a connection with their own inner wisdom and teacher. Various practices and experiences will be made available, allowing access to a place of heart-felt presence. Sharing this radiant heart-felt presence and joy with your future students, friends and family will naturally uplift and inspire them to find the same. We believe this is the true path of a yoga teacher.
The curriculum put together by Lauren Rudick and AllYouCanYoga meets and exceeds the International Yoga Alliance guidelines. Graduates of this yoga teacher training will be certified to teach yoga anywhere in the world and be eligible for registration in the International Yoga Alliance under the RYT-200 distinction.
We offer a balanced yet intensive retreat-style experience. We have thoughtfully chosen our studio classrooms to offer spaces that will inspire and encourage growth on your yogic path. The foundation of each program is based on heart-centered vinyasa flow and hatha sequences. Our curriculum focuses on sequencing, alignment, assisting, pranayama, meditation, anatomy, philosophy, mantra, and more.
Although intense, this 26 day program allows rest, rejuvenation, and integration while completing your training. Our comprehensive curriculum fully covers the fundamentals of yoga philosophy, teaching methods, injury prevention, sequencing, class structure, and specific techniques for working with diverse populations. We will fully explore the interwoven threads of a holistic and integrated approach to your yoga practice and how to best share it with others! Expand your knowledge and self-confidence. Elevate your understanding of yoga. Develop your observation skills and the art of improving students’ practices.
This 200-hour Yoga Alliance registered program will deliver a clear and easy-to-understand curriculum that delves deeper into:
- Physical practice
- Principles of practice
- Applied yogic philosophy
- The eight limbs of yoga
- Yoga lifestyle
- Code of ethics
- The business of yoga
Sample Daily Schedule (Sunday-Friday)
- 6:30-7:15am: Beach meditation
- 7:30-8:45am: Morning practice of yoga flow
- 9am: Breakfast of fruit, granola, oatmeal, eggs
- 9:45am-12:15pm: Theory, practice, Q&A, instruction
- 12:30pm-3:00pm: Lunch break (an opportunity to process, relax, nap, read, practice, take a walk, have quiet time, surf)
- 3:00-5:30pm: Student practice, teaching, and workshop communication and presentation skills (supervised by our faculty)
- 6:30-7:30pm: Dinner (a vegetarian buffet including hardy soups, salads, and local and international-themed cuisine)
- 7:30pm-9:00pm: Evening satsang, meditation, music, kirtan, yoga philosophy, and discussion
About Your Teacher Trainers
Lauren believes in harnessing individual strengths and turning to the support of community in order to develop the best yoga teacher training curriculum. She has put together a team of friends and experts to offer the highest quality training possible. Our team of yoga and health professionals are amongst the most experienced and qualified in the world. They boast extremely diverse backgrounds and all share one common passion: helping others achieve balance in their lives by finding inner-peace and contentment, seeing beauty in the everyday and appreciating life for all it has to offer, and living to the fullest! Our team includes sports medicine doctors, certified nutritionists, holistic health coaches, and yoga teachers of from different lineages. This yoga training will provide the confidence needed to teach skillfully with compassion, awareness, and knowledge.
Scroll to the bottom of the page for biographies of teachers involved with Lauren's Costa Rica trainings. Please note, however, that not every faculty member will necessarily be present at every training.
What People Are Saying
“I finally came across a teacher training that lined up perfectly with everything in my life. When I saw Lauren Rudick’s YTT in Costa Rica I knew the universe was screaming at me to go. I had to listen. So I went. While in Costa Rica I learned so much about yoga and even more about myself. Being three months out of training I still feel a large connection to Santa Teresa and my found girls (a name we gave ourselves) every time I practice. Even if it is just a small memory, it brings so much joy and I hope to hold that with me throughout life. I am now teaching at a local studio and I am continuing my education to teach wounded soldiers and soldiers with PTSD. ” – Kristin Henry, Anchored Yoga
Required Texts & Materials
- All You Can Yoga Essential Teacher’s Manual
- Yoga Mind Body and Spirit by Donna Farhi
- The Key Muscles of Yoga by Ray Long
- The Key Poses of Yoga by Ray Long
- Yoga mat
- 2 yoga blocks
- Yoga strap
Prior to arriving at the training you will be required to do 20 hours of independent study of Yoga philosophy and anatomy.