200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training - Costa Rica
200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training
Transform Your Life - Immerse Yourself in Yoga
Explore vinyasa flow, therapeutic alignment principles and the path of yoga as a framework for holistic health. Learn to share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way.
Type of Event
- Teacher Training
This program offers students in-depth 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. The instruction will cover a wide range of yoga techniques including yoga postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life-affirming thought patterns, and the instruction of clear principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in yoga poses. Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing. The asana emphasis includes both level one/two alignment based vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each trainee to adapt the practices, awaken their creativity and find their own authentic voice as a teacher. Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of yoga class types, including all levels vinyasa yoga, alignment-based classes, beginners, senior, gentle, and restorative.
If you have a love and passion for yoga, then you are welcome to participate, whether it is with the desire to deepen your own personal yoga practice or with the intention to teach yoga to others.
Join us and expect to:
• Deepen your practice and transform your life through yoga!
• Bring balance and clarity into your life.
• Fine-tune your asana through a deeper understanding of biomechanical alignment principles.
• 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.
• Build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment.
At the Goddess Garden, the magic of the Costa Rican Rainforest and the dance of the Caribbean Sea combine to create a wonderful and peaceful place for yoga, meditation, and transformation. The Goddess Garden Retreat’s spiritual center is designed to put you in touch with nature as its views of the rainforest expand to almost 360 degrees. It is located just steps away from a beautiful white sand beach just outside the town of Cahuita, a small diverse community in the south of Costa Rica, 40 km south of Puerto Limon. The nearby Cahuita National Park offers ecotourists many opportunities to explore the tremendous biodiversity of Costa Rica, visitors enjoy viewings of White Faced & Howler monkeys, sloths, iguanas and much, much more.
Once you decide you would like to join us please complete the registration form and place your $500 deposit. This will ensure that your room preference is secured as well as your spot in the program. Fifty percent of your tuition payment is due three months prior to program start date. Final tuition payment is due one month prior to start date of the program.
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Tuition, Lodging, and Meals: Tuition, Lodging and Meals: Price includes yoga teacher training program tuition, three delicious meals a day, lodging and facility use at the Goddess Garden, and group round-trip airport transfer to and from San Jose International Airport (SJO).
Dorm Room (4 -6 people): $3300 Triple Occupancy: $3495 Double Occupancy: $3949 Private Occupancy: $4800 **All rooms have an in-suite bathroom.
GROUP AIRPORT TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION
There is one group shuttle that departs on January 4 promptly at 1:00 pm and returns on January 20, departing the Goddess Garden at 6:00 am and arriving SJO airport by 12:00noon. Please book your flights to leave after 1:30 pm on this day to ensure enough time to clear security and account for any unexpected delays. Please note that students wishing to arrive or depart at different times are responsible for covering their own costs for transportation to and from the Goddess Garden.
Liz Heffernan, MA, E-RYT 500 & C-IAYT Yoga Therapist
Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, is a recognized international yoga teacher with over two decades of personal practice and 20 years of teaching. She trained extensively in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga, and Anusara and works as an Integrative Yoga Therapist. Liz currently directs and leads yoga teacher trainings and workshops in worldwide locations, provides one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers, instructs daily yoga classes, and offers private therapeutic sessions. Liz is known for her ability to bridge the gap between the ancient perspectives of yoga and contemporary daily life. Her teaching weaves together philosophy, creative sequencing, clear alignment, mindful breathing, and compassionate self-inquiry to form a tapestry that reflects her heartfelt commitment to this transformative path.
Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500
Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500, and Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher is on a lifelong path of yoga and taking its insightful teachings into all areas of her life. She first discovered the practice in 1980 and began teaching it to others in 1997. Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Anusara are the schools in which have influenced her practice. As one who lives courageously from her heart, she passionately teaches her classes with meaningful yogic themes while keeping a keen attention to alignment. In addition to yoga, being in nature and with her family is where she finds her deepest joy and peace. Peggy is owner and director of Om Shala Yoga in Arcata and has been leading workshops, retreats, and trainings since 2003.
Absolutely brilliant in every aspect! Oddly and entirely out of character for myself I can not think of anything that would have made this program better. I loved it all, especially the philosophy and how to deal with the workings of the mind. All the different kinds, sizes, and ages of people who participated was also part of the education. I say thank you in more ways than I know how. - Elizabeth S.
I really enjoyed all of the program, and especially the history, philosophy, and spirituality. This training has given me the tools to begin to teach and fostered a deep interest in continuing to learn about all aspects of Yoga, this I expect to be a lifelong journey. -Kendra
Both Liz and Peggy are extraordinary sources of knowledge and inspirations. I also found that the differences in their personality created a perfect balance. I was deeply moved by the wisdom of the yogic teachings and how the principles I apply on the mat apply to my life off the mat as well. I found the chakra study to be deeply revealing, the anatomy filled me with awe for all of our bodies and the five elements in every pose is a great teaching. I highly recommend I loved learning from Liz and Peggy, I am so grateful. - Emanuela
I highly recommend this 200-hour yoga teacher training program, it was very informative and well planned. The location at the Goddess Garden is fantastic and the food great. I really enjoyed the chakra yoga lecture and meditation. I loved the sense of community, team spirit. I feel much more confident now. - Katrina
I enjoyed everything about this program. The sense of community, the Goddess Garden, the mixture of different subjects was so perfect. Liz and Peggy were the best, I couldn't think of better teachers to have. They make everyone comfortable and feel good about themselves. This experience has given me confidence in all areas of my life, belief in myself physically and mentally. My understanding of yoga has grown to a whole new level I did not know possible. I feel so educated in terms of alignment, philosophy, asana, practice and all the other mental aspects of Yoga. My personal strength has improved beyond belief, the friendships I have gained are very special and I never actually thought I would have the confidence to teach but I do! - Susanna
I really enjoyed working with both of the teachers and appreciate all the time, effort and wisdom that Liz and Peggy brought to the program. I feel so very grateful for the whole experience and the opportunity to learn so much. The Goddess Garden was spectacular, and the food was so tasty. I feel as though my understanding of yoga both as a physical and spiritual practice has been deepened, which is exactly what I had hoped for. Taking this course has motivated me to be more devoted to my practice which is a great shift in my life. The emphasis on alignment throughout was definitely the most valuable and exciting thing I learned, as was sequencing and anatomy. These topics made me feel much more empowered.
Liz and Peggy did a wonderful job teaching, I could not have asked for better teachers. The structure of the course was have gained incredible insight into my own body and my own practice. I have learned to be more compassionate with myself, both doing yoga and in my life. I also feel that this course has opened my eyes to so many new thoughts, concepts, teachings, and ideas. I can't wait to continue my journey as a yogi. Thank you so much for this amazing journey. - Elina
I feel like I received a first class training that has given me the confidence to develop my practice, eventually, teach and feel like I have a solid foundation to know what I am talking about while I continue to develop and learn. I got exactly what I came here for, an amazing foundation to understand and practice Yoga with correct alignment. I enjoyed the yoga Nidra and the philosophy too. One thing I was not expecting was to develop a desire to do more of my own home practice. I feel like a seed was planted in me that I am excited to nurture - Stephanie
I loved the instructors, the curriculum and the setting at the Goddess Garden. The depth of information provided set a solid and broad foundation to further build upon as I step into the role of teacher. The alignment studies helped me in my own practice, I will be more mindful and I am finally ready to build my home practice. I am leaving with an incredibly different level of understanding into the power of Yoga to change lives. – Karen.
I loved that we not only learned to teach students but also to love ourselves. The supportive community we formed together was amazing, there were no judgments in the air. I definitely learned a lot about myself and how to be aware/accepting of my thoughts. I am very excited to teach and spread my love of yoga. – Victoria Fath
Amazing training! It was so mindfully put together, a perfect balance of meditating, asana, lecture and hands-on. Our teachers, Liz and Peggy, are both incredible, inspiring people that really hold space for a wonderful learning experience. I loved the silent mornings, the walks to the beach and starting the day with meditation. My personal practice has changed dramatically – no more hyperextension and in general much more integrity in my body. I have really taken in the grounding/expanding principles to apply to my practice and to my daily life – creating more boundaries and also remembering the big picture. I have learned so much about all aspects of Yoga, gained a ton of confidence just from the first to the second practice teach and all kinds of seeds have been planted. – Sophi
Alignment based therapeutic yoga has opened my eyes to a whole new world and love of yoga. I was nervous coming into this, not knowing the teachers, however, my expectations were far exceeded. Liz and Peggy are so wonderful; beautiful inside and out! Thank you for this amazing training, everything was BLISS. I feel so much better in my own practice and I am super excited and ready to share my new love of Yoga with the world. – Nicole
Inspirational! I really enjoyed the broad array of topics that we covered during the course. I enjoyed learning about the anatomy of yoga, safety in alignment, and the doshas in Ayurveda. The location was absolutely amazing – I loved being at the Goddess Garden. This experience has really led me to self-reflect, to see the big picture and address the parts of my life that I need to work on. Before this course, I was dealing with a lot of anxiety that I did not know how to manage. Now I feel like I have a way to ground myself through Yoga practices. I now feel a lot more confident in my practice, I can’t wait to continue and teach others. - Erin
I truly felt this was a life changing experience, it has made a transformative impact on my life professionally as a therapist and personally. Learning about the alignment and muscle engagement made a huge difference in my body and personal practice ;my own practice will be much more powerful and transformative. Learning the Ayurveda perspective of the doshas helped me to understand my self and others as did the posture assessment. I also greatly appreciated learning the philosophy, the teaching to various classes like seniors or restorative and the different forms of meditation. Liz and Peggy are talented and gifted beyond understanding. If you get a chance to do a training with them, I highly recommend it. – Trista
The location, quality, teachers, support and training far exceeded my expectations. I honestly cannot thank Liz and Peggy enough for this life changing experience. Their integrity and ability in everything they do is unsurpassed. I loved the mix of topics that were covered, the opportunities that were given that accommodated different learning styles. The teaching was clear, reinforced and always positive. The feedback that was given was supportive and relevant as well as consistent. I loved the philosophy study, the Yoga Sutras are filled with so much wisdom, the teachers and the students brought them to life and gave them fresh relevance. The Chakras were incredibly beautiful and eye opening. The senior and pregnancy yoga topics were also favorites. I am leaving here with more knowledge than I could have imagined, I am eager to continue learning and I now have confidence that my health, relationships and awareness will be significantly improved. I absolutely recommend this program. - Sandra
I am honored to have been a part of this experience. I learned so much about alignment that I never knew before. I loved the beach meditation rituals, all the classes, anatomy, chakras, and breathing principles. Liz and Peggy are amazing teachers and their sincerity of helping us to become the best yoga teachers possible was very evident. They were always there if we had any questions and worked very hard to offer their assistance. I loved the food and getting know the other students, each was so unique and special. I give a 100% recommendation for this program.
The level of knowledge that Liz brought to the table was vast. -Melissa
This experience gave me the confidence to really be a yoga teacher and share Yoga with others. Alignment was my favorite topic because it is fundamental for a safe practice. I also learned to be more present during my practice and how to be more patient with myself and other people. I highly recommend this program. – Anabel
Everything about this training exceeded every expectation I had. I learned more about my body in these last two weeks than I have in my last 25 years! My lower back pain is gone and I feel strong in an authentic way! Peggy and Liz are some of the greatest teachers I’ve ever had. I am honored to have learned from such wise and radiant women. This experience taught me to honor my body and really tune within. Alignment based yoga has taught me about keeping integrity in an asana, honoring the process rather than trying to get to the destination. My confidence in everyday life has gone up as well as my strength as a future yoga teacher. I’m already planning out my 300-hour training with Soma Yoga Institute! – Kawtar
This program was a real life changer. It has opened my eyes to a new path that I’m so excited to follow. I feel confident that I can and will continue to learn and practice and hold space for yoga in my life. I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with others and grow my home yoga practice! I feel like I know myself better and more confident and comfortable with who I am. Liz and Peggy lead me to new found passions and paths within yoga. I had the most amazing and wonderful time and want to do it again next year! – Elise
I really enjoyed the great teachers. I’ve discovered another part of me, of my feelings, future, patience, skills and thoughts. This teacher training brought the best out of me and is the first part of a never ending yoga training. I found the anatomy presentations to be incredible and the chakra themes to be so interesting. The mix of Peggy and Liz is PERFECT! – Rocio
I really loved this teacher training. I thought the space that Liz and Peggy heal for learning was beautiful. This course will stay with me for the rest of my life. This experience helped me connect with my body and tune in. I had a few very powerful meditations, which allowed me to discover the strength of my energy. I have gained a deepened level of interest in the practice of yoga both on and off the mat. I have more conviction than ever to lead with kindness. I really enjoyed the diversity of the lessons and learning the history of yoga, chants and how to teach to beginners, seniors, prenatal and restorative classes. I would absolutely recommend this training to others! – Mari