Foundational morning asana and mediation practice
Experienced yoga teachers from around the world
IMAGINE. What would it feel like to have no obligations to attend to? No errands to run? And no chores to get done –– for an entire month?
What would it feel like to have only one responsibility?
TO BE OPEN
Open to learning. To self-discovery. To becoming who your soul is longing to be. Open to becoming your best possible self.
Blue Osa is a secluded beach resort that is the perfect setting for yoga certification programs. Our mission is to create confident, knowledgeable, and passionate yoga teachers. You will not only acquire the practical and philosophical teachings of yoga but will also receive direct experiences of practicing and teaching.
The best yoga teacher training programs all provide their students with a safe space outside of their everyday routine. A YTT intensive immersion gives you the space to go deep, get confident and get certified. Learning is accelerated, confidence is amplified, and new habits are formed.
This life transforming program listed below helps you to deepen your practice, connect to your purpose and lead others toward greater health and wellness.
The Blue Osa Yoga Alliance® approved 28 Day 200-Hour Teacher Training You Will:
This training is only offered once a year!
The next 28-day 200-hour training on October 23 to November 20, 2021.
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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 25-meter 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
Why is this training 28 days and not shorter and cheaper while there are so many others to chose from?
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! Lol
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.
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.
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.
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!
Wait!!! But I want to do a 14-day training at Blue Osa. Do you offer one?
Blue Osa is now offering a 14-day Yoga Teacher Training Immersion.
While we think that the best option is for people to invest 28 days of their life into an immersion that will truly transform them at every level, we have had too many requests to offer this in the past.
If you do decide to do a 14-day immersion, with us or elsewhere, remember that the experience will NOT be the same as giving a month to this practice.
What style(s) of yoga will we be covering?
The Blue Osa YTT methodology has been influenced by the Himalayan Tradition of Yoga, which combines the wisdom of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and teachings passed down from a long history of yoga masters. We include a number of lineages such as Hatha, Iyengar, Vinyasa, and Kundalini.
Our holistic approach to teaching embodies the belief, “Function Over Form.”
Yoga is for everybody and we have created a teacher training that focuses on the individual. We provide you with the tools to confidently teach both private and group classes.
With the inclusion of Applied Yoga Anatomy and Muscle Activation™, you will have a signature experience that focuses on both muscle activation techniques and yoga therapy to benefit both you and your future students.
Does this program meet Yoga Alliance's international certification standards?
As a national accrediting organization for the yoga community, Yoga Alliance® provides a set of educational standards for yoga schools that specify hours or study in educational categories.
Blue Osa’s 200-hr RYT and 300-hr RYT with Yogi Aaron are accredited through Yoga Alliance®. Regardless of whether you join us for our 14 or 28-day YTT, you can register through this governing body upon receipt of your Blue Osa certification.
What is the difference between the 200, 300 and 500 hour programs?
Blue Osa is a recognized yoga school by Yoga Alliance.
Blue Osa provides a 200-hr foundational yoga teacher training that will equip you with the necessary learning to be a successful yoga teacher. This course will ensure you are confident in your alignment, cues, subtle anatomy and terminology. It’s a fantastic intro to teaching and will guarantee you success as you begin your teaching journey.
Blue Osa offers an advanced 300-hour teacher training that is available to students who have previously completed a 200-hr YTT (either through Blue Osa or another accredited school.) This course offers students the opportunity to deepen their foundational knowledge, enhance their teaching abilities and further develop their leadership skills as both a teacher and practitioner.
A 500-hr YTT would include both a 200 and 300-hr YTT or a 500-hr YTT respectively. Though many schools do not offer the latter and students cannot commit to the total time required, most teachers complete their 200 and 300 hours separately.
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?
With wisdom and experience comes mastery!
With over 30 years of teaching experience, spiritual mentorship, yogic interns, and personal practice, Yogi Aaron comes fully prepared to offer you a teacher training like nothing you’ve experienced before.
Through Applied Yoga Anatomy and Muscle Activation™, ancient yogic wisdom, practical experience and years of trial and error, Blue Osa will offer you the opportunity to take your current practice and DIVE DEEP.
Whether you’re interested in joining our 14 or 28-day immersion, Blue Osa creates the pathway for profound spiritual insight and momentum.
The Blue Osa teacher training packs three decades worth of knowledge into a relatable, practical and complete training.
No matter the learning you’ve had in the past, this immersion is for EVERYONE who is ready to take their teaching to the next level.
Don’t take our word for it! Check out the countless reviews from our grads. Let their words speak on our behalf!
I have already taken the Blue Osa Teacher Training. Should I / Can I take it again?
Absolutely! Be prepared to pick up new skills, nuances and information the second time round! We welcome former grads to join us on the mat at a discounted rate. Contact Aaron for more details.
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.
How many times a year do you offer the One-Month Immersion?
These exclusive programs are only offered once a 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 the Yoga Teacher Training?
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.
This Yoga Teacher Training with Yogi Aaron will give you the opportunity to fully immerse yourself in yoga for 2 – 4 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.
What kind of food is served?
We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and supporting local farmers. With this in mind, Blue Osa offers a variety of fresh, farm-to-table vegan meals.
In catering to the needs of a variety of guests, we do offer eggs for breakfast as well as animal protein three times per week, as well as some recipes with
Blue Osa has a skilled, local culinary team that uses seasonal ingredients to offer a wide assortment of dishes, including traditional and international fare.
Please note that while we do our best to accommodate the individual needs of our guests (including gluten-free options), we cannot customize individual meal requests or Kosher options. Additionally, We are not gluten, dairy or nut-free kitchen.
Finally, while our portion sizes are large, if you’re concerned about being hungry, we would encourage you to purchase extra snacks for your stay.
How do I get to Blue Osa? When do the immersions begin and finish?
Getting here is simple and straightforward! Head on over to www.blueosa.com/how-to-get-here for all the details.
Immersions begin on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. and commence on the final Friday evening. This will allow for the option of a Saturday morning departure.
We recommend arriving in Costa Rica one or two days prior to starting the immersion and would suggest arriving in Puerto Jimenez on Friday evening so as to settle into the space and enjoy your first sunrise on the beach.
Please note that should you miss hours for any reason, you will be required to make up the time prior to receiving your certification.
Why is this immersion so affordable?
Blue Osa was created with the intention of bringing yoga to as many people as possible and Yogi Aaron believes in welcoming anyone who is ready to experience total transformation to come join him in his little slice of paradise.
The power of a yoga-immersion cannot be overstated.
When it’s combined with a supportive community, ocean waves, tropical birds, healthy food and room to breathe, there can be no greater impact to a person’s life. And when we are all living our best life, fully aligned with our path, we stand to make a greater difference in the world.
It has been this philosophy that has inspired Aaron to offer such affordable pricing and it continues to drive him in sharing his wisdom with his students.
I am on a really strict budget. What other costs are associated with these programs? What is NOT included?
We have catered our programs to be all-inclusive. This means that all lodging, farm-to-table meals, teacher-training and course material will be included as well as your certificate, upon completion.
Additional expenses NOT included are flights, travel insurance, airport shuttle, tours, spa services and beverages from the bar.
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:
• What about our immersion got your attention?
• What do you hope to receive from this immersive experience?
• 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.
Will this program cover the "business" aspects of becoming a yoga teacher?
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.
We will also give you access to our Business and Marketing Course For Yoga Teachers. This course 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.
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?
Whether your goal is to teach yoga, deepen your personal practice, seek answers to some of life’s biggest questions, or simply find ways to live a more meaningful life, these Yoga Teacher Trainings are for YOU!
Yogi Aaron approaches every immersion with an open-heart and a desire to provide students with a safe space to explore their own personal depth.
This training is an opportunity for you to uncover truths about who you are and how yoga can help you live a more authentic life.
Surrender your worries to the soft sounds of the ocean waves. Nourish your body with farm-to-table cuisine. Get curious about yourself and your place in the world, and allow yourself to experience the peace and tranquility of Blue Osa.
We warmly welcome students of all backgrounds, races, religions, orientations, or spiritual traditions. The only requirement is that you show up authentically and ready to fully participate in this transformational training.
Learn. Teach. Expand. Allow. This journey is for everybody.
What are the rooms like? Where will I sleep?
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.
If you are registering for the triple occupancy option, please expect to be sleeping in a king, queen, full or twin bed.
If you are registering for a single room, we will be following up to request an additional $1000 deposit.
I am concerned about Covid19 while staying at Blue Osa. What are the Covid19 travel policies in Costa Rica?
Costa Rica has taken steps to ensure the safety of its residents.
In the event we have a suspected case of Covid19, we will have rooms sectioned off to quarantine individuals until they can be transferred to a medical facility to be tested.
Blue Osa is an open-air facility on the beach that enjoys continuous sea breezes. The fresh breeze, spacious grounds, and secluded private beach combined with social distancing make it a perfect place to immerse into the space of yoga.
For more information on our safety guidelines and Costa Rica travel requirements, please click here.
Blue Osa statement on discrimination, sexual harrassment, and abuse.
Blue Osa is committed to providing a safe environment for all its employees, yoga teachers and yoga students, free from discrimination on any ground and free from harassment, sexual misconduct, and abuse. Blue Osa will operate a zero-tolerance policy for any form of sexual harassment. We additionally expect participants coming to equally respect our community and staff. We treat all incidents seriously and promptly.