200hrs Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training

200-Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Traning Program in Playa Coyote, Costa Rica -- Includes vinyasa flow, therapeutic alignment principles, & the path of Yoga as a framework for holistic health 

WHAT IS THERAPEUTIC YOGA? 

This teacher training 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.  

MEET SAMANTHA & PEGGY

Samantha Akers, CMT, E-RYT 500


Certified Yoga Therapist - C-IAYT
Faculty for the February Program

Samantha Akers began practicing yoga in 2000, after being diagnosed with Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia. She credits Restorative Yoga and meditation, to her healing. She began teaching yoga in 2002, receiving her first certification in Hatha and Kundalini with Karuna Yoga in Los Angeles. She went on to graduate from her 500-hour program in 2009. She became increasingly interested in the Therapeutic Style of Iyengar Yoga and studied Therapeutics with Judith Lasater, Leeann Carey, and Russ Pfeiffer. Samantha is also a massage therapist, specializing in combining mindfulness with bodywork, earning her certification from one of the only 1000 hour programs in Los Angeles, in 2009. She sees over 50 private students a month, mixing modalities of yoga, meditation, and bodywork.

She began studying meditation with Pema Chodron in 2000. Her current teachers are Shinzen Young and George Haas at Against the Stream in LA. She just completed an 11-month training in Developing Meaningful Relationships through Meditation with George, in 2014. In 2012, she opened TheraYoga Studio in Los Angeles, bringing the TheraYoga Method (TM) to the community.

Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500
Senior Faculty Member, Soma Yoga Institute
Faculty for the December and February Program

Peggy Profant, E-RYT 500, and Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, is a playful, passionate and adventurous spirit who is on a lifelong path of Yoga. She first discovered Kripalu yoga as a teenager and changed the course of her life in 1980.  Yoga was her refuge during her academic years in college. Post graduating and working in the world as a Naturalist and Wilderness Therapy Guide, she dreamt of traveling in  India to learn more about yoga from it's source. In 1994 she met her teacher, BNS Iyengar in Mysore, India who taught her the traditional forms of Ashtanga yoga. She returned from India with a new romantic interest in a traveling German man and soon started a family.

 

They put roots in Arcata, California in 1997 when Peggy finally began to teach yoga. In 2001 she became interested in a more therapeutic approach to help her heal from injuries. She found Anusara Yoga and delighted in it's poetic yet scientific style of weaving meaningful heart themes into therapeutically aligned sequences. Peggy became a 500 hour Certified Anusara Teacher in 2004 and continues to study yoga therapy. A strong believer in the benefits of meditation, she volunteers to lead meditations after most classes.

 

As a Certified Yoga Life Coach, Peggy is a thoughtful  and encouraging mentor to many students and yoga teachers in her community helping them to bring the benefits of yoga into all areas of life.  In addition to Yoga and traveling, being in her garden, in nature and with her family is where she finds her deepest joy and peace. Peggy founded and operated Om Shala Yoga for 10 years, and co-founded World Family Yoga leading family yoga retreats in Costa Rica. She has been leading workshops, retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2004. 

WHAT WILL I LEARN

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 application of clear, anatomy-informed 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. Expect to practice asana from all category of poses including standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, backward bends, twists, inversions, balancing, supine, seated and prone.  Modifications for all levels of practitioners are provided and all levels of abilities are welcome to attend.    

Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each yoga teacher to adopt 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, Yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and restorative.

Our 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Curriculum Guide & Course Prospectus has complete program information including full course descriptions with learning objectives and a frequently asked question list.  Please request a copy via the form at the bottom of this page.  

Please note: This yoga teacher training program is approved with Yoga Alliance and graduates are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT-200).  The therapeutic perspective & curricular components of this program are based on Liz's registration as a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and not derived from her status as an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance Registry as the Yoga Alliance Registry does not certify yoga therapists, solely yoga teachers.

LOCATION

Zen Spirit resort is set on a small hilltop overlooking the pristine beach of Costa de Oro in Costa Rica.  The beachfront, eco-resort specializes in wellness and provides a tranquil, healing Zen atmosphere enhanced by the rhythm of the waves and the ebb and flow of the tides. The elegant retreat was built with sustainable and bioclimatic principals in mind. It is beautifully designed and surrounded by lush medicinal tropical gardens.  Zen Spirit’s mission is to provide guests with a comfortable, peaceful environment, to experience healthy, sustainable living.

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. They are near Cabo Blanco National Park, Karen Mogensen Nature Reserve, Caletas Ario wildlife refuge. Therefore, while visiting the tropical eco-resort you are likely to spot some of Costa Rica’s shyest and most endangered tropical dry forest inhabitants, for example, the black howler monkey, the white-headed capuchin, tropical deer, macaws, eagles as well as sea turtles.

 

Located at the margin of the more popular hustle and bustle tourist beaches, Zen Spirit guarantees their guests a true retreat experience and the possibility to reconnect with their inner self. For instance, there are no hotels or facilities other than private residences on Costa de Oro beach. 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.

ACCOMMODATION & FOOD

At Zen Spirit - Costa Rica the cuisine is delicious, healthy, locally sourced and organic when possible. Most of the fruits and vegetables are organically produced on the Zen Spirit’s farm.  When purchasing outside of the estate, the chefs always privilege local organic products. Therefore, by buying locally Zen Spirit is helping the local Costa Rica community. In brief, it is a truly farm to table experience. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free alternatives are provided to all students and included in the price of tuition. For those who prefer to add additional protein sources, there is the opportunity to purchase fish and chicken by preorder three times a week for a small fee (between $5.00 - 8.00 per serving).  Students who have special dietary requirements are encouraged to let us know in advance as we will do our best to accommodate them.

COURSE DATE

February 12-29, 2020

COST

Price includes yoga teacher training program tuition, a 200-page yoga teacher training manual, three delicious meals a day, lodging at Zen Spirit, Costa Rica and use of the facilities including the pool.

Triple Occupancy (Extra Long Single Bed) $3400, 3042.49€

Triple Occupancy (Queen Bed) $3499, 3131.08€

Double Occupancy (Extra Long Single Bed) $3775, 3378.06€

Single Occupancy $5475, 4,883.31€

 

 

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