Yoga Teacher Training

Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

In this comprehensive, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica Certification Program, we will explore 36 yoga poses, pranayama, philosophy, anatomy, holistic lifestyle, the chakra system and meditation. Whether your desire is to deepen your private practice or teach others, this program will enrich your knowledge of the entirety of hatha yoga. Taught by instructors with decades of experience and extensive education, this program will give the student a strong foundation in western and eastern anatomy, physiology, and philosophy. We incorporate the beautiful landscape of Costa Rica into our program by offering some of the classes out in nature and hosting field trips to foster the connection with the natural world.

Our yoga teacher training in Costa Rica includes a strong foundation in alignment, anatomy, yoga philosophy, pranayama and meditation. The physical practice will focus on detailed postural analysis techniques, alignment-oriented asanas and strict sequencing to ensure the safety of the individual. Our students will have the building blocks to continue a lifelong study of yoga and understand how to spread and share that knowledge with clarity and simplicity.

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Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica Course Objectives

Our 200 Hour Certification Program in Costa Rica offers a diverse and exciting curriculum.

  • Deepen your private practice and explore your inner landscape.
  • Break down yoga asana in order to gain a deep understanding of each pose.
  • Learn to create a yoga class with proper sequencing and learn how to instruct with clarity and confidence.
  • Explore the 12 systems of the human body and how yoga poses can positively affect the health of the individual systems thereby affecting the daily routines and cleansing practices of the body, mind and soul.
  • Explore the rich history and philosophy of yoga and how they became what they are today.
  • Examine and discuss the ancient texts of yoga
  • Explore the inner landscape of the body, mind, and soul through the chakra system and Ayurveda.
  • Learn the ayurvedic daily health and cleansing practices that the yogis use to stay healthy, vibrant, and energized.

Our Instructors

Peggy Kelley Yoga in Costa Rica

Peggy Kelley

Peggy is a E-500 RYT and the founder of the Austin Yoga Institute. She began her study of Yoga in the late 60’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts, having since studied with Senior Yoga teachers in Europe, Canada, and the US. In India, Peggy has studied with B.K.S., Geeta, and Prashant Iyengar, and other Yoga masters.

She began teaching yoga in British Columbia over 30 years ago and has taught in Mexico, Europe, and the southwest United States. She was a founding member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of the US and served from 1990-1994.

She is certified to teach and to recommend teachers for certification. In addition to her yoga training, Peggy has studied insight Meditation with Rodney Smith and Ayurveda with Bri. Maya Tiwari, David Frawley and The American Institute of Ayurveda, where she received her certificate in 2003.

Krista Baldini Yoga teacher Trainer in Costa Rica

Krista Kamborian Baldini

Krista was internally driven towards yoga after 20 years in the corporate world. She began taking regular yoga classes in 1996.  After a few years of practice, Krista studied an an 800-hour Teacher Training Course in Mexico City with Herta Rogg at the Iyengar Yoga Center, and was then certified as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher.

Krista has extensive experience in teaching and she has helped students with injuries in the musculoskeletal system, pregnancies, chronic conditions.  She has taught children, adolescents, adults, senior citizens, private and public classes.  Krista had the great honor to teach a public class in Mexico City with 1,500 students in attendance.

In addition to teaching at Yoga Institute, Texcoco, State of Mexico,  she teaches private classes and workshops nationally and internationally. She leads a teacher training course (endorsed by AMYI) and is a mentor to students and teachers who want to continue in their professional development in the Iyengar style.

She is currently an IYENGAR ® certified yoga teacher at the current Level 2 and former level, Senior Intermediate  I ,in the method developed by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar, India.  In addition, Krista is certified as a Yoga Therapist by The International Association of Yoga Therapists, USA, since September 2017.

Krista continues her professional development by attending yoga workshops, intensives and courses with advanced senior international teachers in the Iyengar method. She regularly studies at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute, (RIMYI), Pune, India, with Prashant Iyengar, Abhijata Sridar Iyengar and other teachers at the Institute.  She was fortunate to have also studied several times with the late Geeta Iyengar.

In her classes, she takes the students from the external to their internal being to a state of peace and tranquility.

tess mcgrath yoga teacher training in costa rica

Tess McGrath

Tess is a 200- RYT yoga instructor who studied with Peggy Kelley and completed her yoga teacher training in Costa Rica at the CR School of Yoga. She served first as a teaching assistant for the program. She teaches yoga classes at the massage school in Samara as well as to the local youth. Tess is also a licensed massage therapist who is passionate about body movement and leading an active life.

Tess is also the Director of Operations at CRSMT.  After graduating from Lehigh University, where she studied Accounting and Finance and was the captain of the women’s lacrosse team, Tess traveled extensively throughout the United States, New Zealand and Kenya for nearly a year and half. While in Kenya, she worked for a micro-finance organization helping to launch small businesses. Tess first came to Samara to work for Asociacion CREAR, a local non-profit organization, in June of 2012 as a continuation of her Master’s thesis work in Kenya. In December of 2012 she graduated from SUNY Albany with a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management and quickly returned to Samara to pick up where she left off.  In January of 2014 Tess joined the CRSMT team, excited and ready to put her unique set of skills to work. She is an integral part of the staff providing support to both instructors and students as they embark upon a new chapter of their lives. She also continues to work closely with CREAR as a program leader and board member. She is passionate about holistic living, traveling, and working with children. She also loves to be outdoors, hiking, playing soccer or surfing.

Playa Samara Location



Playa Samara is a perfect paradise for yoga teacher training in Costa Rica. The town is nestled in the beautiful green hills of the famous Nicoya Blue Zone on the Pacific Coast of the peaceful Central American nation.


Enjoy strolling the streets of the small downtown area and visiting the many local and international restaurants, bars and discos, and cute gift shops. The beautiful and tranquil Samara Bay is surrounded by miles of palm tree lined white sand beaches and provides a perfect and safe location for kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, SUP, and swimming as well.

Samara Costa Rica



Course fee includes tuition, course manual, airport pickup/dropoff, and shared room in our on-campus accommodations.

Single rooms in shared houses and private studios are also available at an additional fee.

2023 DATES

Future dates to be announced.


Enjoy simple and comfortable accommodations in our Costa Rican style bungalows tucked away in the heart of Playa Samara just seconds from the beach. Each 2 or 3 bedroom bungalow is fully furnished with a fully equipped kitchen, bathrooms and living room. Single or double bedrooms are available as well as studio apartments. Enjoy the swimming pool, lush gardens, WiFi access, hot water showers, and fans. A/C is available at an additional charge. Learn More

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What’s Included

  • 200 Hours Yoga Alliance Approved instruction
  • Airport pickup and dropoff from Liberia airport (LIR)
  • 28 days lodging on campus in shared accommodations- fully appointed cabins with complete kitchens in the heart of Playa Samara
  • Kayak trip to Isla Chora
  • CRSY’s yoga teacher training manual

What’s Not Included

  • Airfare
  • Food/meals
  • Textbooks

Why do Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica?

  • 200 hours of instruction from instructors with 25+ years of experience
  • Learning the basics of the 12 systems of the body
  • Immersion into the world and practice of yoga
  • Learn the chakra system and how it relates to western anatomy and yoga
  • Kayak trip to Isla Chora
  • Pranayama on a cliff overlooking the ocean
  • Floating meditation in the Pacific Ocean
  • Silent walking meditations through beautiful landscapes of Costa Rica
  • Delving into the ancient texts and philosophy of yoga
  • Practicing sun salutations on the beach to the rising sun
  • Deepening your asana, meditation, and pranayama practice

Sample Daily Schedule

7:00-9:00 Technique, Training, and Practice – Beginner Sequence
9:00-9:30 Snack/Breakfast
9:30-11:15 Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics – Introduction to the yoga path, history, styles, yamas and niyamas.
11:15-12:45 Teaching Methodology – Round Robin Teaching Practice
12:45-1:45 Break for Lunch
1:45-3:15 Anatomy and Physiology – Movements, planes and regions of the body.
3:15-3:45 Technique, Training and Practice – Cloud Meditation

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