Yoga Maya

About us

We at Yoga Maya have ERYT-500's with decades of experience teaching your YTT's.  We have your best interests at heart and love what we do.  Under a caring and loving environment we will guide you through a trainign that is life-changing.  You will learn how to teach yoga, make like minded friends and expand your yoga.  

We look forward to your questions so feel free to contact us via the website and lets set up a skype session to make sure we are just what you need!  

Our center is in a lovely are of Costa Rica on a beach front property with some of the best food you have ever eaten. We start our days with the sunrise on teh beach (weather permiting) and things just get better as teh day moves along.

Here's some more information:


AUGUST 23, – SEPTEMBER 7, 2018 ....BOOK EARLY CHICOS, Because we sell this one out.

Instructors: Debbie Krejci E-RYT 500,  Willis Johnston E-RYT 500.

Where: Iguana Lodge, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica (Southern Pacific side)

Tuition only: $2200 USD

Tuition INCLUDES room and board: $3799 USD

All-inclusive pricing includes; most awesome manual, three healthy organic meals a day, possible shared room accommodations, Wi-Fi. Transportation to and from the local airport or the local water taxi port.  Which-ever way you chose to arrive.  Arrange via Iguana Lodge.  Guaranteed private room @ $4999.  More likely than not we will all have private rooms at the shared room price due to low season but this depends on the lodge and their bookings.  Please ask for more details or opt for guaranteed private room at the 4999 rate if private is what you must have.

Not included: yoga books for studies, air or ground transportation (other than airport transfer from the Puerto Jimenez airport to the Iguana Lodge), Costa Rica departure tax, travel insurance.                          

We offer after training support of Several Skype Sessions and one full year of business support!  

We appreciate your business.  We are here for you!

Daily Schedule (may vary)

6 - 8 am Practice, Meditation, Beach time.  

8 - 9 am Breakfast

9 - 1 pm Lecture and Discussion

1 - 2 pm Lunch

2 - 4 pm Lecture and Fun Yoga Stuff

4 - 6pm Practice

7 - 8pm Dinner (Most days)

Most days will be from 6 am - 6/8pm But may change due to weather and other circumstances.  

Whether you are interested in learning to teach yoga or simply deepen your own practice, expand your self-awareness and transform your life, this Yoga Teacher Training is committed to the personal success of every participant. The participants will be immersed in a program rich in the full spectrum of all that is yoga: vibrant, purposeful, authentic, conscious, joyful, balanced, sacred, spiritual and transformative.

This training will have you certified in the most popular and in-demand styles of teaching. Vinyasa and Yin mostly.  You will learn to develop your own sequences based on the needs of your students and based on what is authentic to you. You will have the foundation to lead others confidently, knowledgeably and safely.


Vinyasa (flow) + Yin + a little Hatha


  • Study of asana (proper alignment, benefits, modifications, muscles stretched and strengthened)
  • Principles (and more) of anatomy
  • Pranayama Energy and Breath
  •  Meditation
  • Bandhas and how they affect asana and energy
  • Mantra
  • Art of sequencing classes (Willis is a professional choreographer; formerly employed by Cirque du Soleil~ yup, I'm serious!!!!)
  • Hands-on assists
  • Prop usage
  • Chakras 
  • Ayurveda 101
  • Tons of practicum
  • Yoga history and philosophy (yoga scriptures, the 8 Limbs and more)
  • Yamas and Niyamas in depth
  • Sanskrit
  • The Business of Yoga and Ethics
  • How to actually teach yoga
  • Yoga Nidra
  • More, please see curriculum page on our website....


  • Minimum one (preferred two or more) years of a strong personal Vinyasa yoga practice of 3-5x a week.
  • Energetic and Enthusiastic attitude towards this experience.
  • We require prerequisite work.  This is fun, interesting, pertinent and will help you immensely to prepare for your yoga journey.

At the end of the course, students that successfully fulfill all the requirements will receive a 200-hour certification of Yoga Training recognized internationally by the Yoga Alliance USA.



  • Travel to San Jose no later than Thursday, August 23, 2018 spend the night if you wish and travel to Puerto Jiminez the next morning.
  • We highly recommend you have some fun and discover Costa Rica after the YTT!  Dude.  Do this.  Don't be silly.  Enjoy life a little mas!
  • Check out day is Friday, September 7, 2018.
Debbie is an absolutely wonderful yoga teacher!!! I had the honor of studying with her for my YTT 200. Not only is she hilarious and intelligent, but she is great at explaining and breaking things down, teaches a phenomenal yoga class (she can make you sweat, laugh, relax, and feel at home in your body all in one class), and she’s a tough cookie who don’t mess around! Her classes and style of teaching are just fabulous. Great for anyone wanting to learn how to teach an A+ class. Debbie’s knowledge on anatomy and alignment is something that really stood out to me. She definitely spends time to make sure her students understand how the body moves and how asana works

Venue Highlights

At Yoga Maya we put together retreats and trainings that are fun, afordable and at exotic locations. This one in particular is wonderful. We love the Osa Peninsula and return every year to a sold out venue.

Please join us and expand your yoga, learn about teaching and enjoy some Ayurveda. Debbie and Willis are anxious to share their love of yoga and experiences teaching worldwide in this International YTT.

We are a Yoga Alliance Approved 200, 300 hour school. Dedicated to you!


  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Includes Meat
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Breakfast consists of fruit, rice + beans, eggs or basically whatever you want. Just ask the Lovely Matcha and she will be happy to make it for you.

Lunches are at the restaurant on site and your order during breakfast and it is brought to you by the Wonderful Galan (with a smile) as you sit at the table. Most dinners are a huge Buffet style. Some of the best food I have EVER had at any center or restaurant anywhere for that matter.

Dinner. AMAZING. Not much more to say about that other than you won't believe how great it is. Buffet style. Best meals I have ever had in my life.


This YTT is at the Iguana Lodge in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. Rich in the lush jungle you will not believe the property, owners, and nature that make this an extra special place.

And yes, the monkeys love to peak their heads in from the roof of the yoga shala to watch us during class.


Puerto Jimenez Airport is less than 15 minutes. We provide the taxi which will be waiting for you as you land.

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