Jivani Yoga Level 1 Teacher Training

  • Hotel El Sabanero, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica
  • Nov 3 - 29, 2019 (27 days)

About This Event

This 4-week residential training at breathtaking jungle retreat, El Sabanero Eco Lodge, is led by Emma Warmington and supporting teachers.

There are 7 billion types of yoga in the world. We will help you find what is appropriate for you and train you to do the same for your students. Nothing is one size fits all; different periods in our lives require different practices and our training reflects that with both powerful, strengthening yang and deeply nurturing yin forms of yoga asana and other techniques so you have many tools to practice and share with your students. Our teachers pass forward the lineage of Krishnamacharya, Desikachar & Mark Whitwell and all asana practices have a strong focus on breath, felt sense awareness and safe structural alignment.

Our daily practice includes asana, pranayama, bandha & mantra. You will have anatomy & posture clinics twice per week with lots of opportunities for Q & A. We continuously coach you in clear, effective cueing so you can direct your classes in an articulate and effective way.

Consistent deep self-enquiry, philosophical discussion and encouragement to find the true power of your unique voice will help you connect deeply with yourself, each other and your students and give you the skills to weave meaningful themes through your classes.

As always with Jivani Yoga, teaching practicums begin in week one. You will be teaching your peers from the first few days of the training and you will be nurtured, guided & supported with useful feedback, encouragement and leadership skills that will steadily increase your self-confidence and empower you be a great teacher. We have a method, but there is nothing formulaic about the way we train our teachers. Each trainee receives individualized support that is dependent upon their particular needs. Upon graduation, you will be ready to start teaching in your community.

In addition to the standard requirements given by Yoga Alliance, you will learn a wide variety of tools and techniques to support your personal evolution. We will help you establish a personal practice that is appropriate for you and give you tools for conscious & compassionate communication, EFT, vocal empowerment and leadership skills that can bring transformation to all areas of your life.

If you are ready to embark on a truly extraordinary adventure of self-discovery, personal growth and profound transformation, this training is for you.

A required reading list and pre-training assignments will be presented upon registration. We would like trainees to have at least one year of regular yoga practice behind them to begin this training but trainees with less experience are still welcome to apply and their application will be considered on it's own merit.

When I think back of the Costa Rica Jivani Yoga Teacher Training 2017, I have in some aspects started to divide my life into pre-training and post-training. When I decided to take the training I knew it would be challenging – and I was right, but in other ways than I´d expected. It ended up being revolutionary for not only me as a teacher, but also for me as a person. Emma is a very charismatic and knowledgable teacher. Together with her well chosen team she provided support, new insights, space for personal growth and many, many laughs. I appreciated their ”down to earth” attitude towards yoga. Yoga isn’t about being fancy, yoga is about intimacy with oneself and the capability of being intimate with others and life itself. The asana practices felt safe and so did the rest of our gatherings, whether we were having sharing circles, sang together or danced. Today, I’m out teaching real yoga. Only a couple days after the training was finished I held my first class and it was a (shaky) success. One beautiful thing with this trainings is that you get to practice actual teaching and not just how to teach without putting it in action. I could never have done it without all the love and help from Emma, the team and all the other students. I’ve had the privilege to still have them with me on my continuing journey, even though our Costa Rica month is over they still function as a great support for me with endless of wisdom and encouragement . Looking back at it, the training might be the best investment I’ve ever made for myself. I’m forever thankful for my participation and so happy that I took the risk of going, even though the idea of a teacher training really frightened me. As I’ve already told my friends: If you get the chance – just go! — Elina, Level 1 Graduate, Sweden

Event Highlights

  • Everyone living on-site together means that powerful connections are made.
  • We have weekly kirtan, dance, film nights.


Sample Schedule (Subject to change)

07.00 - 10.00 Morning Practice. Meditation, Mantra, Pranayama, Bandha, Asana

10.00 - 11.00 Breakfast & morning swim

11.00 - 13.00 Lectures, Theory, Methodology

13.00 - 16.00 Lunch, Reading, Homework, Integration

16.00 - 18.30 Afternoon Asana, Teaching Practice, Personal Development

We will meet some evenings for yin practice, kirtan, group meals and movies.

Venue Highlights

The venue is stunning. The bungalows are on the side of a hill overlooking a dormant volcano.
Our pool, shala and restaurant look out over the same view.
We are just a short walk from the bus stop, 10 minutes journey away from the famous Tamarindo Beach. A beautiful surf beach town with plenty of vegan cafes, shops and personality.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Pool
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat

Tags: costarica healing meditation paradise wellness yoga

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