200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Costa Rica Yoga RetreatStruggling to uncover your purpose?

Seeking insight and understanding? Need time and space to find your truths and replenish your spirit?

Deeply studying and practicing yoga poses (asana) can be transformative for both students and teachers…

…but transformation isn’t a tentative endeavor.

costa rica Yoga classAs the tradition teaches us, your students will never receive the benefits of something you as a teacher haven’t truly mastered and experienced for yourself. And teaching something you haven’t personally experienced blocks you from stepping into that space, too.

Being uncertain about the depth of your yoga asana (posture) skills and knowledge holds you and your students in place.

Which isn’t where you want to be

— but it’s a good place to start.

“Start where you are.”
– Pema Chodron

Asana Building Stability & Structure: A 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training

Your one-month Asana Yoga Teacher training immersion at the Blue Osa Eco-Resort & Spa in Costa Rica will help you teach from a place of authenticity by equipping you with a more precise and physically rock-solid understanding of the yoga asanas.

Because if you don’t have stability, you have nothing — and that’s a literal and metaphysical truth.

Intensively studying the proper mechanics of the yoga poses will give you physical certainty and stability, the ability to accommodate and offer therapeutic sequences to students with back, knee and posture issues, and a spiritual steadiness. What you practice with your muscles, you practice with your mind (and vice versa).

Which is why teacher training in general — and your Asana immersion in particular — are such rewarding and profound experiences not just for yoga instructors but for people who are at life’s crossroads. People who are seekers, leaders, visionaries. People on a quest to go deep, get real, soften and learn.

In Your Asana 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training, You Will:

  • For teachers and students at life’s crossroads.
  • Discover your life purpose.
  • You’ll realize the full potential of your mind
  • You’ll learn how to use yoga postures therapeutically to accommodate physical limitations or heal injuries.
  • Develop a daily meditation practice.
  • Learn to accommodate for injuries and limitations with yourself and students.
  • You’ll gain the bio mechanical and energetic knowledge you need to offer better direction and adjustments to your students
  • You’ll learn specific techniques that will enable you to easily teach to several student levels simultaneously in one class
  • You’ll learn how to use asanas (postures) therapeutically to accommodate physical limitations or heal injuries
  • You’ll also learn how to sequence your asanas to create a natural, therapeutic and transformative arcs in your classes
  • You’ll practice all of these skills directly in classes you lead during your training at the Blue Osa

The specific physical and spiritual knowledge you’ll learn and practice at the Blue Osa One Month Asana Yoga Teacher Training will help you become more certain, steadfast and strong —

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— which means you’ll be truly and deeply ready to offer this space to your students. And Yourself.

Get away from the turbulence and distractions of your daily life and give yourself the time, space and focus to deepen your practice.
Expand your knowledge and accelerate your learning.

Here’s Exactly what You’ll Get in your Asana 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training Immersion

  • 28 nights of beachfront accommodations at the Blue Osa eco resort & spa in Costa Rica
  • 3 delicious, prepared-for-you, plant-based meals each day
  • Comfortable, modern eco-friendly accommodations
  • Free laundry service once a week
  • Free WiFi
  • Lessons led by an internationally renowned yoga instructor
  • Effective sequencing methods that work for building well-rounded classes
  • Opportunities to practice teaching with resort guests + community members
  • Supervised morning sadhna (yoga) practice, including ancient purification rituals
  • Built-in support network of like-minded individuals + fellow yoga teachers
  • Comprehensive Asana Yoga Teacher Training Manual
  • Upon completion you will receive your 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Certification

200-hour Yoga Teacher Training


Your Curriculum

1. Techniques Training/Practice (105.5 Hours)

Includes asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation, and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours are a mix between (1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and (2) guided practice of the techniques themselves.

2. Anatomy & Physiology (20 hours)

Includes both human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of the subject and application of its principles to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc).

3. Practicum (12.5 Hours)

Includes practice teaching, receiving feedback, observing others teaching and hearing/giving feedback. Also includes assisting students while someone else is teaching.

4. Teaching Methodology (26.5 hours)

Includes principles of demonstration, observation, assisting/correcting, instruction, teaching styles, qualities of a teacher, the student’s process of learning, and business aspects of teaching yoga.

5. Yoga Philosophy/Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers (36 hours)

Includes the study of yoga philosophies, yoga lifestyle, and ethics for yoga teachers.

Total Hours: 200.5


Meet Your Teacher

Aaron is a Master Teacher and the author of Autobiography of a Naked Yogi. He has been a student of yoga since 1991 and a teacher since 1997, studying with Alan Finger, Bryan Kest, Genny Kapuler, Rod Stryker, Swami Rama and David Swenson in yoga ashrams and retreat centers around the world. Aaron has made pilgrimages seeking to understand the Vedic tradition and Tantric path and studied closely with numerous spiritual masters during his treks throughout the Himalaya Mountains. His experience leading workshops around the world inspired him to open a retreat and cultivate an intimate yoga community in Costa Rica — and so the Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa was born.

Blue Osa welcomes 800 yogis per year and is the setting for Yogi Aaron’s fully accredited series of One-Month Immersion Teacher Trainings. As a teacher, his ultimate goal is to provide a space for people to fully realize the possibilities of their own limitless potential. Over the years, Aaron has helped countless students and seekers use yoga to fine-tune their senses, call forth their best selves, discover their life purposes, and experience the sublime, divine flow within each of us.

Your Typical Day

Time Activity
5AM – 6AM Morning Meditation
6AM – 7AM Breakfast
7:30AM – 10:30AM Practice
10:30AM – 1:30PM Lunch and Free time
1:30PM – 5:30PM Training
6:30PM – 7:30PM Dinner

* Every 6th day are “free-days.” Suggested activities include working on personal projects, receiving spa treatments, rainforest walks and adventure excursions. The above mentioned schedule is an approximation and is subject to change with variances.

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Your Investment

Save your spot now for our 2017 + 2018 trainings.

You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn our program is comparable with most local studios.

Right now, you have 3 options:

1. Shared Occupancy @ $3990*
2. Shared Occupancy @ $4490*
3. Single Occupancy @ $5990*

Asana 200 Hour Teacher Training Dates Reserve your spot
August 12 to September 9, 2017 Buy Now
October 21 to November 18, 2017 Buy Now
May 26 to June 23, 2018 Buy Now

You’ll be taken to our 100% secure shopping cart to enter your credit card information. Once we’ve received your deposit, we’ll send you a Welcome Packet with your next steps. The remaining balance is paid at check-in upon arrival at Blue Osa.

*NOTE: Prices do NOT include applicable taxes or incidentals, such as the cost of flights, shuttles, spa treatments


Risk Free Cancellation Policy

If for some reason you decide the Blue Osa Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training is not for you, simply send a written cancellation request within 12-weeks of the program start date and we will refund your deposit in full.

Please note: There will be NO refunds offered after this time. You are responsible for notifying us within the agreed upon time frame should plans change.

We’ve said it once, and we’ll say it again:

We’ve designed this program to be more than simply “learning how to teach yoga.” This is a transformative experience that WILL change your life. In large part due to the inherent magical qualities of Blue Osa. Everything from the friendly staff to the zen-like grounds to the farm-to-table meals has been carefully curated to provide a nurturing yogic experience.

Obviously, we’re biased!

So, don’t take our word for it…


Check Out what Past Students Have to Say:

  • “Blue Osa itself was amazing – from the scarlet macaws to the beach to Marie’s great cooking. But the best part was working with Aaron and the student teachers. When I went to Blue Osa for teacher training in 2011, my intent was to teach a class or two, substitute teach and grow my practice. From these experiences I now teach more, create new practices and continue to learn and grow more than I could have imagined. I now have my own studio and continue to be more passionate about yoga every day.”

    Denny Los Angeles, CA
  • “Through Yogi Aaron, yoga teacher training has helped me not only become a good teacher, but helped me grow into my most authentic self! If you’re serious about your yoga practice, whether you want to teach or not, I highly recommend you take teacher training! It’s very transformative. You’ll thank me when you’re done!”

    Hollis New York, NY
  • “We all learned so much from our training…I certainly did. Aaron, thanks for being an impetus for huge changes in my life. I couldn’t have had the strength without you and everyone there at Blue Osa.”

    Cory New York, NY
  • “I completed the Blue Osa Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training in November 2011. I can state that the course, taught exclusively by Yogi Aaron, had a strong emphasis on academics–including the scientific and philosophical foundations of hatha yoga. The reading list was comprehensive and included text reading assignments and handouts. Daily physical practice included varying types of meditation, asana and pranayama. If you are considering this training, be assured you will have challenging assignments to complete and ample opportunity for hands-on teaching to fellow students as well as guests of Blue Osa with varying levels of experience. You will also have the opportunity to teach to students with specific health concerns/challenges.

    I very much enjoyed being taught by Aaron for many reasons but most importantly, even though participating with other students, he taught to me as an individual–focusing specifically and working with me on exactly where I was at in my life as a student. In terms of the physical surroundings, Blue Osa is a paradise. The vision that Blue Osa has manifested in the tiny country of Costa Rica is to be deeply respected. The guest accommodations are beautiful and comfortable–allowing your body adequate rest, recovery and relaxation during the course. The staff were completely devoted to us as students and never hesitated to provide upon any request that I had. Without reserve or hesitation I endorse the Blue Osa Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training.”

    Margaret Pennsylvania
Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training

Relax & Let Us Take Care of You

We have a saying here in Costa Rica: Pura Vida. It means full life – and at Blue Osa, we aim to give our guests just that. Each of our rooms and bungalows is uniquely designed to deliver on comfort, convenience and relaxation. Whether it’s heightened ocean views, a serene garden setting or a spacious beachfront bungalow, at Blue Osa you’ll find purpose-built, jungle-chic rooms that create the ideal setting for a tranquil, restorative yoga teacher training.

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This Program Is Right For You If:

  • You want to ignite some seriously positive momentum in your life
  • You want to contribute to the enlightenment and well-being of others
  • You want to learn how to teach yoga safely, knowledgeably and confidently
  • You want to learn the basic principles, philosophies and teachings of yoga
  • You want to learn how to teach yoga safely, knowledgeably and confidently
  • You want to offer yourself the gift of having everything taken care of so you can focus on your journey
  • You LOVE the idea of supplementing your training experience with relaxing activities like massages, facials and nature walks

Reserve Your Spot Now

Asana 200 Hour Teacher Training Dates Reserve your spot
August 12 to September 9, 2017 Buy Now
October 21 to November 18, 2017 Buy Now
May 26 to June 23, 2018 Buy Now
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FAQ’s

Today, you can find so many shorter and cheaper yoga teacher training immersions. One of our renowned competitors in Costa Rica is offering a 14-day immersion that is a little less than what we currently charge for 28-days.

After running this immersion for 6 years, we asked our past students if they would have appreciated a shorter immersion, and this is what they said.

I think the pace was great. Getting those 200 hours in fewer days would eliminate the rest days, and those were super necessary to avoid burnout. Besides, who would want to be at blue Osa for LESS time?? I’m just about ready to run away back there forever! LolEmma
The month was a long time but it gave us s chance to bond with each other in a way that a shorter time might not have. One reason I took it was because it was condensed but I have the leisure to be away that long. Not sure how you would get 200 hours in a shorter time. Would cut into our benefitting from your knowledge. Long answer for s no.Robert
I chose Blue Osa because it was one of the longest immersions I could find-that’s what I was looking for. I think there was a good balance of free time in the afternoons/off days and work time. I also agree that we bonded so much in the last days of the training, that might not have happened if it were only 3 weeks long.Brittney
I feel like if it had been any shorter length of time I wouldn’t have gotten as much out of it. The immersion is so intense, it took me at least a week to acclimate to the schedule and get into retreat mode. It was nice to have a whole month to get used to the daily practice, study, and yet still find time to relax and unwind.Shelley
One month is the right amount of time! It allowed us to truly experience and see the benefits of daily practice. Anything shorter would have felt like we left unfinished. I should also say that going into it I had wished it was shorter because I had exactly one month off from work. BUT…I made it happen because I truly wanted to, and I’m so glad I did! People can make it work…we all did!Jess
While hatha yoga is at the core of what we do, we differentiate ourselves by offering a holistic approach to yoga that emphasizes function over form. We believe yoga should be tailored to the individual, and that a good yoga teacher knows how to facilitate a unique practice to meet unique needs. The Blue Osa YTT methodology has been influenced by multiple traditions, including Vinyasa, Iyengar and Anusara yogas.

Yogi Aaron has spent a considerable amount of time in India and has been taught directly from the Himalayn Tradition.
Aaron also has a strong background in yoga therapy and brings in therapeutic elements when appropriate.

You will have met the qualifications for becoming a 200-hr RYT and 300-hr RYT respectively upon program completion of Blue Osa’s One-Month Immersion Yoga Teacher Training. You may choose to submit yourself for recognition if you wish.

As a national credentialing organization for the yoga community, Yoga Alliance® provides a set of educational Standards for yoga schools that specify hours or study in certain educational categories.

Yoga Alliance® is recognized around the world as the authority in setting these yoga standards and your certificate will enable you to be able to teach anywhere it is required.

The Blue Osa 200-hr RYT, 300-hr RYT or 500-hr RYT Teacher Training program is a foundational yoga teacher training program recognized by the Yoga Alliance.

Our 300-hour teacher training programs are for yoga instructors who have previously completed a 200-hour certification with Blue Osa or another school. Once you have completed the 300-hour program, you’re eligible for a 500-hour RYT certification through the Yoga Alliance.

The Blue Osa 500-hour training program is intended for students who have not yet taken a 200-hour program and are interested in obtaining a 500 RYT certification through the Yoga Alliance.

Very few people ever take the opportunity to fully immerse in a yoga practice. Through experience, Yogi Aaron has experienced and see that a concentrated, intensive experience like this offers profound rewards. You accelerate the pace of your learnings and gain both spiritual insight and spiritual momentum. An immersion like this takes you on a deeper journey within yourself. Aaron is a skilled practitioner and teacher who has mastered the art of guiding students on the journey inward and each of these immersion trainings offers a fresh and often new glimpse into the deeper dimensions of yoga.
The Blue Osa One-Month Immersion Yoga Teacher Training takes you on a journey of deep yogic practice to cultivate a direct experience of these teachings. We see too many teachers teaching practices in the world who do not have this experience and giving practices the have no direct knowledge of. The One-Month Immersion at Blue Osa will not only deepen your meaning and experience of yoga, but will give you the opportunity to practice for one month practices you have only ever heard about but never had the time or freedom to do.
Absolutely! If you feel called to do this immersion again, do come back. You will be thrilled with how much more you are able to learn and receive when you return to audit an immersion. Even better: we offer a discount to those who wish to repeat a program.
The book reports need to be completed in order for us to award you the 200 hours Yoga Teacher Certification and 300 hours Yoga Teacher Certification.

The book reports are due 3 months after the end of the One-Month Immersion. For example, if the completion of the One-Month Immersion is November 16, then the book reports will be due the following February 16.

In addition to the 3 months following the One-Month Immersion, you are given a lot of time during the immersion to also complete your book reports.

You may also complete the book reports prior the the beginning of the immersion, or anytime during the immersion. Basically, you may complete the book reports the moment you register for this immersion.

Instructions for the book reports are given ONCE you have registered and not before.

Each of our yoga students each come with unique goals. Some want to get their yoga certificate to teach yoga. Others want to answer deep and meaningful questions about their life. And still, others want to live a more meaningful life through yoga.

Yogi Aaron’s approach to teaching yoga teachers is based on the principle that wisdom and knowledge are acquired through direct experience. When you participate in the Blue Osa Prana Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica, you give yourself the gift of space and intention. Fully immersing yourself in yoga for one month allows you to use yoga to ask and answer profound questions and discover what yoga can mean in your life.

We warmly welcome students of any and all backgrounds. The only commitment required is that you are willing to show up and fully participate.

Absolutely. Even if you are relatively new to yoga, these yoga teacher trainings are an excellent way to learn the art of yoga and cultivate a strong foundation for your life-long practice. One of the strengths of our approach to yoga is how adaptable it is to the student. No matter where you are, there is a practice for you. And frankly, some of the best teachers are the ones who can’t contort their bodies into pretzel shapes. Their limitations end up being an asset to their students.
NO you will NOT hold the class back. We will ALWAYS encourage you to do only what you are comfortable doing and to practice within the limitations of your own body.

Yoga is a personal practice. The first “value” we practice in yoga is non-harming.

Yogi Aaron’s background is in yoga therapy. Therefore he teaches all of his classes to be therapeutic and healing. He is also very skillful at helping those with less mobile bodies to adjust their practice.

Yes, we will spend time discussing the logistics of developing your own business as a yoga teacher. Subjects to be discussed include how to find your first customers, how much to charge, where to teach and best practices for growing your business. As a former NYC yoga studio owner and as current co-owner of Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa, Aaron has a wealth of knowledge available in this area, and will kindly field questions.
You’d love to join an immersion at Blue Osa, but not sure which one is right for you? Please email us right away and let us know:
1.What about our immersion got your attention?
2.What do you hope to receive from this immersive experience?
3.What are your goals once you leave the immersion?
Once we understand a little more about you, Yogi Aaron can help guide you into the perfect training for you.
These programs is designed to be as all-inclusive as possible. It includes ALL meals, lodgings, your teacher training, AND your certificate from Blue Osa. Some additional expenses may be yoga mat rentals (all profits made from yoga mat rentals go to support our community projects), shuttle fees, tours, spa services, beverages from the bar, and your flights.
Blue Osa’s mission is to offer programs that renew your body, mind, and spirit through nourishment, care, and a pure living. Because it’s our experience that immersions are so life-changing and powerful, we strive to make it available to as many students and seekers as possible. Since we offer this program in-house at our eco-resort in Costa Rica, we can afford to offer it at a rate that is more affordable than most yoga retreats.
Because the fee for this immersion is so low and affordable, we are not offering any work exchange opportunities or scholarships. In registering and participating in this immersion, you are also supporting the men and women who will work so hard to make your month here so memorable.
These exclusive programs are only offered a limited number of times each year and are limited to 24 people. This means, if you know you want in, don’t wait! Sign-up now.
Getting here is easy and simple. Simple go to www.blueosa.com/how-to-get-here.

The One-Month Immersion Yoga Teacher Training will officially begin the first day, Saturday, at 3:00 PM.

The One-Month Immersion will officially end on the final evening, Friday, allowing you to leave at any time the next day on Saturday morning.

We highly recommend that you plan to arrive in Costa Rica 1 or 2 days early, and plan to arrive in Puerto Jimenez on Friday so that you may arrive at Blue Osa on time. Anytime missed will require you to make up hours if you require certification.


Are You Ready For A Change

Are you ready to feel rock-solid, grounded and present to life?

Are you ready to step into the shoes of the person you know you’re meant to become?

Is something telling you that this is the opportunity you’ve been searching for?

If the answer is yes, we can’t wait to have you join us!

You’ll be taken to our 100% secure shopping cart to enter your credit card information. Once we’ve received your deposit, we’ll send you a Welcome Packet with your next steps. The remaining balance is paid at check-in upon arrival at Blue Osa.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about Blue Osa’s Yoga Teacher Training Intensives. If you still have questions, please contact us. We’re more than happy to help you determine if this program is the best fit for you.

Blessings,

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Yogi Aaron

Master Teacher and Blue Osa Co-Founder