13 Day 200 Hour Yoga Alliance - Approved Yoga Teacher Training

Event Highlights

  • Trip to Samara
  • Together, the group will take off for an afternoon of exploration in a local town. Try out local cuisine, shop or stroll on the beach!
  • Waterfall hike
  • Hike to a gorgeous, off-the-beaten-path waterfall, through the jungle. Dive into freshwater pools and enjoy the natural beauty!
  • Daily trip to the beach (10-minute drive)
  • It's almost like your own secluded beach with very few people and beautiful location and sunsets!


06:00 Meditation and asana practice
07:30 Sequencing
08:30 Breakfast
09:00 Manual
11:30 Pose breakdown and practice teaching
13:00 Lunch
13:30 Self-study
14:30 Yoga for trauma / Art therapy
15:30 Restorative yoga
16:30 Beach
18:30 Dinner
19:00 Self-study

About This Event


Students who complete their subsequent trainings are eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®)

In this Yoga Alliance approved yoga teacher training, you will tap into your inner goddess, uncover your confidence, and learn the skills you need to teach amazing classes to all types of students that leave will your clients feeling great.

You'll learn how to cue effectively, modify poses, sequence and plan classes, talk about proper alignment, and find your niche.

Yoga is for everyone and every body.

You don't need to be stick thin, young, or flexible to do or teach yoga. Crystal is on a mission to guide new yoga teachers, just like you, so the power of yoga reaches everyone.

Not only will you learn how to be a unique and highly knowledgeable yoga teacher, but you'll also discover so much about yourself and your practice. You'll grow in ways you didn't know was possible! Crystal will show you how to become the woman you were born to be.

If you've been searching for something to change your life, this is it. Your future awaits in Costa Rica.


Each day you'll enjoy a nice, long morning yoga practice designed to help you feel the benefits of yoga in your own body so you can more deeply help your students. Delicious, nourishing food will be served throughout the day to keep you at optimal wellness for learning and practicing. After breakfast, you'll dive into the manual then get into a few poses each day which you'll then start practice teaching right away to build confidence and find your voice.

After lunch, the heat is in full effect. Take this time to take a dip in the pool, hang out in the tree house shala or take a nap. Follow that up with some coffee then digging into your assigned reading homework in the comfort of your own air-conditioned room or by the pool. At 2:45 p.m., you'll reconvene for an art therapy session to help you digest what is coming up for you in training as well as teach you how to bring art into your workshops or private sessions.

After working hard all day, you'll head down to the beach. There's nothing better than finishing off the day with warm waves running over your tired body! It really washes away any stress from the day. Head back to the retreat center, shower up and it's time for a beautiful dinner followed by finishing up some homework either solo or with a group. You'll be sure to sleep well after that!

In this training, you'll get way more than you ever thought possible. You'll not only learn so much more about your personal practice and how to teach yoga extremely well, but you'll also uncover a lot of what is holding you back from really stepping into your full potential. This is an investment in you and your growth, not just a certificate.

Art therapy

With Stephanie, you will learn how art is a way to allow integration and processing of information on a deeper level. Throughout the yoga teacher training you will be able to participate in an art experiential daily. The art is focused on the process of art and not the product, although every piece of art is unique and beautiful in its own way. No experience is necessary to create art, and many find it fun and relaxing. The art experiential’s will coincide with the training topics to assist in deepening the understanding of certain concepts, poses and mudras.

As a yoga teacher, these are techniques that you could incorporate into your practice either one-on-one or at a workshop. The time for art allows a deepening of the relationship to self and builds rapport among students. Many times, people will talk 2-3 times more while creating art unless instructed to make it a meditate practice which is another great way to use art. Many people have not created art since childhood and this brings back a sense of playfulness and joy. During yoga emotions can arise and art can be another way for participants to release and process the emotions that might have come up.

Each day an art directive will be introduced, an intention set, a short-guided meditation and with some directives mudras and poses will be introduced along with the art. This is a time of self-care during the training with art focused on giving back to self and others.

Grounding object

Body map/chakra learning

Soul-collage cards

Mandala drawings

Personal symbol using clay

Making a small pillow

Gratitude journal

Positivity boxes

Goddess dolls

Trading cards

Expressing inner voice

Appreciation cards

Creating images of feelings

You will leave the yoga teacher training with a small collection of art created daily during the training, these art pieces can help you remember your time during training, help access the learning that is stored in the body in order to assist in remembering what you have learned, the relationships you built with yourself and others during the yoga teacher training. The art pieces can be used as a focus for meditation, journal prompts and further creation of art.

Restorative yoga

Restorative yoga has many benefits. The major one is that it gives the body and mind an opportunity to completely relax. This is important as we are always going, going, going - spending a lot of our time in "fight or flight" mode. When our bodies have the chance to tap into the parasympathetic nervous system, it can heal. Restorative yoga is an amazing class on its own or a great way to end a more physical practice.

Yoga for trauma

Tami will teach restorative yoga and how to work with students who have suffered through trauma. She will show you how to use a variety of props to assist the student to fully relax. She will teach how to observe the body. You will learn how to sequence a full length restorative class as well as how to bring some restorative yoga into your weekly classes.

As an advocate for women who have experienced extensive trauma, you will learn how to use language in a way to that supports the student. Specific sequencing will be provided.

Sample daily schedule

06:00 Meditation and asana practice

07:30 Sequencing

08:30 Breakfast

09:00 Manual

11:30 Pose breakdown and practice teaching

13:00 Lunch

13:30 Self-study

14:30 Yoga for trauma / Art therapy

15:30 Restorative yoga

16:30 Beach

18:30 Dinner

19:00 Self-study

Difficulty levels

All levels welcome. You do not need to be able to do advanced poses to be in this training. You must have a willingness to learn the course material.

This experience was one in a million. The retreat centre was beautiful. Maria and Scanda are wonderful hosts. The food is delicious. The yoga itself was amazing and Crystal is a wonderful instructor. I learned so much and would do it all over again!

What's Included

  • Daily yoga teacher training
  • Accommodation at Malayka Retreat Center
  • Ground transportation to Hilton Garden Inn from the airport
  • Ground transportation to Malayka Retreat Center from Hilton Garden Inn
  • Ground transportation for all activities off-site
  • Ground transportation to the airport for return flight
  • All meals on the property (3 per day plus fresh fruit and coffee)
  • Towels
  • Daily trips to the beach
  • Laundry services
  • All classes
  • PDF of manual
  • Trip to Samara
  • Waterfall hke
  • Dependable Wi-Fi
  • Maid service
  • Swimming pools
  • Air conditioning
  • Certificate upon completion
  • Hammock
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Room cleaning
  • Tour assistance

What's Not Included


We recommend that you fly in the day before, on January 4th, and get a room at the Hilton Garden Inn near the Liberia (LIR), Costa Rica, airport. This room isn't included though we can assist in finding a roommate to cut costs.

Spending money for Samara.

Venue Highlights

- Luxurious Accommodation
- Infinity Pool & Swimming Pool
- 3 x daily meals
- Yoga Deck
- Kitchen
- Garden
-View of Ocean from Yoga Deck and Dining Room


- Quadruple Studio Apartment
- Double Rooms
- Twin Rooms
- Single Rooms
- 2 x Single Apartments
- 2 x Deluxe Villas
- Shared or private bathroom depending on booking.
- A/C
- Towels
- Wifi


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

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Pescetarian
  • Includes Meat
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


The food served at Malayka has been the highlight of many of our guests! The food is incredible and they cater to many dietary needs. Meat can be added as needed though most is vegetarian with gluten free options at all meals.

Example Breakfasts:
Smoothie Bowls
Toasts with peanut butter and jams
Gallo pinto (traditional Costa Rica dish)

Example Lunches:
Lentil soup
Chop suey
Gallo pinto
Black bean chili

Example Dinners:
Zucchini pasta with pecan sauce and Carrot soup
Coconut Thai soup with rice
California veggie burger and baked fries
Lentil soup and mango ceviche

Example Desserts (served most nights):
Vanilla bean cheesecake (raw, nuts))
Lemon tarts
Pineapple cheesecake (raw, nuts)
Banana split


Malayka Retreat Centre is approximately 2 hours drive from Liberia International Airport.
Airport transfers are included.
It is recommended that you fly in the day before and stay at the Hilton Garden Inn. Shuttles will pick up at the hotel or airport at 9am.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

After having just completed my RYT 200 I have been inspired to further my yoga journey and my own personal journey inward. I have fallen in love with yoga and how it has changed my life and I just want to continue to explore so I can share this beautiful gift with as many as possible. Jessica

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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