Yoga Teacher Training

Costa Rica School of Yoga

In this comprehensive, Yoga Alliance Approved, 200 hour program we will use the chakra system to explore 36 yoga poses, pranayama, philosophy, holistic lifestyle, 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. Our meditation classes will be held on the beach using the ocean waves to connect with our breath and heartbeat. We will use the seed syllables of the chakras and classic yoga chants to align our bodies with our breath and internal movements.

Course Objectives

  • Deepen your private practice and explore your inner landscape.
  • 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 the ancient texts of yoga: Patanjalis Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Bhagavad Gita.
  • Explore the inner landscape of the body, mind, and soul through the chakra system of yoga and Ayurveda.
  • Learn the ayurvedic daily health and cleansing practices that the yogis use to stay healthy, vibrant, and energized.
Costa Rica School of Yoga
Costa Rica School of Yoga
Costa Rica School of Yoga

According to yoga tradition, chakras are energy centers in the body. There are 7 key chakras in the body where energy flows. When one of the chakras is out of balance or blocked it triggers emotional, mental and/or spiritual unease. Yoga asanas are used to activate these energy centers and bring the body into balance. In this course we will explore the 36 asanas through the chakras. We will learn meditation and chanting of each one and explore the corresponding western anatomy. Upon completion, our students will be able to compose classes, both group and individual, to assist their students in balancing their body, heart, mind and soul. As part of the program our students will create their own 8 week beginner series based their studies to teach to their future students. Our students will be well versed in using the techniques learned that combine the wisdom of the chakras and asana to lead an effective, safe class that assists their students in finding balance in their own lives.

Along with learning the subtle energy anatomy of the chakra system our students will receive in depth teaching of western anatomy and kinesiology. The students will understand the major muscle groups and common injuries and restrictions in each group. Our students will be able not only to identify injury but also to work the opposite muscle groups to assist in healing. We will explore the contrasts and similarities of eastern and western anatomy and physiology.

Our program includes a strong foundation in alignment, anatomy, yoga philosophy, pranayama and meditation. Detailed postural analysis techniques and alignment oriented asanas will be the focus of the physical asana along with 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.

Costa Rica School of Yoga


Duration: 28 days

2018 Program Dates: June 2nd – June 30th


On Campus, Shared Accommodations: $4300
Off Campus: $3,460

For more detail please contact Admissions at (800) 770-9893 ext 1 or

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

2018 Instructors

Samantha Saladino

Samantha has studied yoga in the Iyengar and Ayurvedic style for 15 years. She is a E-500 RYT and certified to teach 500 hour yoga teacher trainings and continuing education for yoga teachers. Samantha teaches workshops on yoga and anatomy, alignment and sequencing of yoga, modification for injury, prenatal yoga, and understanding the chakras through asana, chanting, pranayama and meditation. She creates curriculum for yoga teacher training programs and healing arts school. Samantha is the lead teacher and director of education at the Costa Rica School of Yoga.

Samantha holds a Bachelors of Science degree from Colorado State University in biological science, with an emphasis on anatomy and physiology. She has been a licensed massage therapist since 2004 and is a certified E-500 RYT yoga instructor. Her passion is teaching and sharing knowledge about the human body. Her comprehensive massage training includes deep tissue, structural integration, myofascial, pre- and post-natal, lymphatic, and trigger point therapy. She recently began training in cranial sacral therapy.

Samantha has extensive experience working with injury and rehabilitation, buttressed by her clinical and sports massage training. Samantha has gained over 1500 hours of clinical experience working in an occupational health clinic, under the guidance of Dr. Karen Weisman, MD. She also spent several years working as a doula and assisting women in childbirth using massage, herbs and breathing techniques.

She has taught musculoskeletal anatomy, physiology, pathology, body mechanics, and massage technique in various massage schools, doula trainings and yoga teacher trainings.

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.

Tess McGrath

Tess is a 200- RYT yoga instructor who studied with Samantha and Peggy 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.

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