Foundational morning asana and mediation practice
Experienced yoga teachers from around the world
Are you looking for some space in your life to transform — to kick old habits and reclaim a feeling of personal empowerment?
Have you ever considered becoming a yoga teacher?
If the answer is YES! We invite you to join our next Blue Osa 14-Day Yoga Teacher Training Intensive in Costa Rica, 200-Hour Certification.
Blue Osa has created one of the most transformative life-changing yoga teacher trainings.
Because of the daily routine of meditation and yoga, you will leave this two-week immersion full of energy and a sense of renewed vision for your life. Additionally, being in the Tropics and eating fresh food will give you an abundance of energy so that you are ready to take on your next challenge.
Foundational morning asana and mediation practice
Experienced yoga teachers from around the world
Yoga Alliance Certification
Yoga Teacher Training Manual
Hands-on teaching experience
Intentionally designed beachfront eco-friendly rooms with ocean views and the use of the chemical-free pool.
Delicious farm-to-table meals and snacks using homegrown, organic ingredients.
Not included: applicable taxes or incidentals, such as the cost of flights, airport shuttles, spa treatments + laundry service. During our online checkout, there is an option to include a weekly laundry service, gratuities + our airport shuttle for a nominal fee. If you are registering for the triple occupancy option, please expect to be sleeping in a king, queen, full or twin bed.
Yogi Aaron is a Master Yoga Teacher and the yoga director of Blue Osa. 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 was born.... more
Karina Ayn Mirsky, MA, ERYT is a widely-respected Yoga & Meditation Educator and Self-Development Coach. She is the director of Sangha Yoga Institute in Kalamazoo MI and an adjunct professor of Yoga Studies at Antioch University. Karina presents in yoga teacher training programs across the USA and abroad. ... more
John Thurman, is a Washington, DC based yoga instructor who teaches vinyasa flow power yoga classes. He teaches in a style that focuses on providing a challenging and fun environment for all levels of students to learn and practice their yoga asana. John believes in encouraging students to find their boundaries and mindfully push their limits. ... more
Working with Yogi Hollis is a transformative experience. Hollis is a Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500 hr) with Yoga Alliance. He received his 500 hour Yoga certification from Yoga Works in New York City. His studies and teachings emphasize detail and precision of alignment in asanas. He continues to intensely study the following lineages of Yoga: Iyengar, Asthanga, Dharma Mittra, Restorative and Vinyasa Flow.... more
What style(s) of yoga will we be covering?
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 Himalayan Tradition. Aaron also has a strong background in yoga therapy and brings in therapeutic elements when appropriate.
Does this program meet Yoga Alliance's international certification standards?
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 or 14-day Yoga Teacher Training programs. 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.
What is the difference between the 200, 300 and 500 hour programs?
Blue Osa is a recognized yoga school by Yoga Alliance.
The 200-hour yoga teacher training by Blue Osa is a foundational training that is recognized baby Yoga Alliance. Once you have completed your 200-hour yoga teacher training, you will be a certified yoga teacher and can teach anywhere in the world. The goal of the 200-hour yoga teacher training is to give essentially give you the skills and knowledge to teach a yoga class safely.
The 300-hour yoga teacher training by Blue Osa is an advanced yoga teacher training for those who have previously completed a 200-hour certification with Blue Osa or another school. The 300-hour gives you the opportunity to dive deeper into yoga, giving you knowledge of the more sublime practice of yoga, and the skills to develop you as a leader.
Any yoga instructor who wants to become a yoga trainer to new yoga teachers must have completed the 300-hour, and thereby be certified as a 500-RYT.
The 500-hour yoga teacher training means that you have completed your 200-hour + 300-Hour certification course, OR have completed a 500-hour certification course. Because very few yoga schools offer a straight-up 500-hour program and people don’t have the time to do both back to back, most people do the 200-hour and then 300-hour at separate times.
For more information on the differences, please read this article.
I have already completed my 200 hour / 300 hour / 500 hour. Why should I consider one of your immersions?
Very few people ever take the opportunity to fully immerse in a yoga practice. Through experience, Yogi Aaron has seen 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, be it 14 days or 28 days, takes you on a more profound 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.
If you had a YTT experience in the past, it is doubtful you have ever had a yoga experience this profound. Why do we know this? Because any one who has has taken a YTT before and then taken ours has told us.
These teacher training immersions takes you on a journey of deep yogic practice to cultivate a direct experience of these teachings. We see too many teachers teaching methods in the world who do not have this experience and giving practices the have no direct knowledge of.
The Blue Osa Yoga Teacher Training 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.
I have already taken the Blue Osa Teacher Training. Should I / Can I take it again?
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. Please contact Aaron for more information.
When are the book reports and assignments due?
To award you the Yoga Teacher Certification, you must complete the book reports.
The book reports are due 3 months after the end of the Yoga Teacher Training Immersion. For example, if the completion of the Immersion is November 16, then the book reports will be due the following February 16.
Besides the 3 months following the yoga teacher training, we give you plenty of time during the immersion.
You may also complete the book reports before the beginning of the Immersion.
Once registered, you may begin working on your assignments. We give you instructions for the book reports ONCE you have registered.
Is alcohol served during YTT immersions?
We do service and provide (organic) wines and farm to table cocktails at Blue Osa. During the immersions, we do typically shut the bar down for the first 11 days and expect participants to be alcohol free. We have found that this creates the best experience for all participants.
How many times a year do you offer this? How many people attend these 14-day immersions?
These exclusive programs are only offered a limited number of times each year and are limited to 25 people. This means, if you know you want in, don’t wait! Sign-up now.
I do not want to teach yoga. Why should I consider this 14-Day Immersion Yoga Teacher Training?
Each of our yoga students each come with unique goals. Some students want to get their yoga certificate to teach yoga. Other people 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.
The Yoga Teacher Training with Yogi Aaron will provide the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in a practice for 2 weeks, allowing 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 of race, orientation, spiritual tradition or practice. Yoga welcomes all people. The ONLY commitment required is that you are willing to show up and fully participate.
Why is Blue Osa offering this 14-day training?
While we think that the best option is for people to invest 28 days into an immersion that will genuinely transform them at every level, we have had too many requests to make this 14-day option available in the past.
While we believe that a 28-day immersion is the best option to completely transform at every level, not every person can make that kind of commitment.
Our intention in offering this 14-day immersion is to provide this practice to as many people as we possibly can.
Our 28-day immersions focus on helping you to fully understand yourself at ever level and to gain greater clarity around your life’s ultimate purpose.
The 14-day immersion was designed to give you access to a foundational practice in yoga and to give you the essential tools to teach a class.
What kind of food is served?
Since we are committed to a smaller carbon footprint, healthy meals made with ingredients from our own farm at Blue Osa are mainly vegetarian. We rely on our garden and those other local and regional farms to provide us with what is seasonally available. Our cooks make a variety of VEGAN recipes using this food form the Blue Osa harvest or received from our fellow farmers.
We do provide eggs for breakfast and meat options 2 times a week at dinner.
If you think that you will be hungry at other times during the day, please bring extra snacks.
PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
We DO NOT provide individually cooked meals, and we DO NOT provide kosher meals. You should also remember that while we can serve some gluten-free options, we are not a gluten-free kitchen.
How do I get to Blue Osa? When do the immersions begin and finish?
Getting here is easy and straightforward. Simple go to blueosa.com/how-to-get-here
The Yoga Teacher Training Immersions officially begin the first day, Saturday, at 3:00 PM.
They officially end on the final evening, Friday, allowing you to leave at any time the next day on Saturday morning.
We 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 arrive at Blue Osa on time. Anytime missed will require you to make up hours to receive certification.
Why is this immersion so affordable?
We strive to make these immersions available to as many students and seekers as possible because it’s our experience that immersions are so life-changing and powerful.
For the reason that we offer these immersions in-house at our eco-resort in Costa Rica, we are able to offer it at a rate that is more affordable than most yoga retreats.
I am on a really strict budget. What other costs are associated with these programs? What is NOT included?
These programs are 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 shuttle fees, tours, spa services, beverages from the bar, and your flights.
I am not sure which training is right for me. What should I do?
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:
Once we understand a little more about you, Yogi Aaron can help guide you into the perfect training for you.
Will this program cover the "business" aspects of becoming a yoga teacher?
Yes, we will spend some 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.
I have an injury and/or need to adjust my practice. Will I hold the class back?
NO, you will NOT hold the class back. We will ALWAYS encourage you to only do 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 and the creator of Applied Anatomy. 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.
I don't have a strong yoga practice. Can I still participate in this program?
Absolutely! Even if you are relatively new to yoga, our yoga teacher training immersions 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.
I don't want to teach yoga. Why should I consider this Yoga Teacher Training Immersion?
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.
Yoga teachers acquire real knowledge through direct experience. For this reason, this YTT will take you on the path of acquiring direct experience.
An Immersion allows you the time to steep into a yoga practice. You will receive answers to profound life questions and discover what yoga can mean in your life.
We welcome students of any and all backgrounds of race, orientation, spiritual tradition, or practice. Yoga welcomes all people. The ONLY commitment required is that you are willing to show up and fully participate.
Are scholarships and work exchanges offered in this immersion?
Blue Osa is committed to creating access to underserved populations.
People within these populations need to have skilled helpers and healers representing, and actively serving these groups.
Each Blue Osa Online Yoga Teacher Training Program includes two 50% Equity Scholarships.
These are available for applicants who belong to one of the groups above.
You might be wondering why two scholarships at 50%? Why not one full-ride scholarship instead?
Research shows that humans value what we invest something monetary into. We show up to get our money’s worth. This investment of attention yields the best results –and we want you to succeed! Karina is also committed to leading by example. By charging something for her time and energy, she teaches us to value our own, and know it’s okay to be paid for our investments and labor. Most people don’t want a hand out anyway. They genuinely want to contribute something in exchange. So we think 50% give and 50% receive makes it an equitable partnership.
To apply for a scholarship, please complete this form at least ten days before the start of any program.