300Hr Awakened Life School of Yoga Teacher Training

Awakened Life School of Yoga's 300-hour yoga teacher training takes you on a deep, satisfying dive into all things yoga. Your training is more than just learning yoga poses. Sure, you’ll learn the technical things you need to be a great teacher – anatomy, sequencing, cueing, and all that other stuff. But you’re also taking a deep, transformational journey of self-discovery, self-acceptance, and self-love. Your training takes place in a safe, supportive, and fun environment that makes it easy for you to explore your personal practice and teaching with curiosity and playfulness. Light on lecture and heavy on experiential exercises, hands-on work, and personal exploration, the training will take you into a deeper, more nuanced experience of what it means to practice, teach, and live yoga.

Your tuition package includes your program and manual, accommodations, meals, graduation celebration, and coordination of your airport transfers. As one of your key takeaways, this also includes cutting-edge self-awareness work that takes you on a deep journey of self-inquiry and personal transformation.

As one of the greatest eco-tourism destinations in the world, Nosara, Costa Rica is the perfect supportive environment for deepening your yoga practice. With its slow peaceful vibe and the exquisite physical beauty. Blue Spirit Costa Rica provides an extraordinarily peaceful setting to those dedicated to spiritual transformation, personal development, and environmental sustainability. Located on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and with its three-mile, white sand beaches protected as a turtle refuge, Blue Spirit is the ideal host for an unforgettable and fruitful teacher training.

What is included

  • Accommodation
  • Air Conditioned Room
  • Course Material
  • Meals
  • Pool
  • WiFi Internet

Syllabus

HOURS + TOPICS

This class improves and refines your theory and practice of asana, pranayama, and meditation techniques and theories. Deepen and refine your own yoga practice and find new levels of awareness and embodiment. Explore your practice with expert cues on alignment, connecting with the subtle body, and working with advanced variations. You will be given exposure to a variety of styles and forms of practice beyond Vinyasa that will expand the breadth of your knowledge and make you a truly an “advanced” teacher.

Dive deeper into the Yogic practices including Kriyas, Pranayama, and Restorative practices, as well as analyze several poses including asana benefits, alignment, contraindications, variations and modifications. You will also be able to raise the octave of your meditation practices by regular and guided practice, the exploration of varying styles, and learning accurate instruction that draws on ancient yogic and Buddhist lineages. At the end of the course, you will find more meaningful and embodied ways to embed your yogic practice and lifestyle into your daily spiritual life.

Lectures work to unify both Eastern & Western wisdom in a practical way - using ancient techniques and knowledge and applying it to a modern day setting. Further expand your knowledge and wisdom of the body through intensive Anatomy & Physiology study and directly relate how anatomy affects asana alignment, how to cue this with ease and refinement, and learn effective modifications. Deeply study differences in people and their anatomical structure to further inform how to sequence with elevated intelligence, adjust with accurate touch, and cue with accessible language.

Take a deeper dive into how the asana practice impacts our physiological systems, while also expanding wisdom of the spiritual elements on our physical being. Become more intelligent in learning the relationships of yoga on the body’s various systems, with emphasis on the nervous system, and lastly, go beyond the basics of chakras and nadis to learn of the subtle body.

This covers how to transition from a teacher to an advanced teacher, including finding your own authentic way to teach and how to use modifications, props and physical and vocal cues to teach a successful and safe class.

Advance your cueing and language that transcends the “every day” teaching langue to reflect wisdom, accuracy, clarity and precision. Rapidly expand your repertoire of cues that is informed with advanced levels of dharma, philosophy and anatomy. You will develop practical refinement of teaching qualities that includes your presence, style, energetic being, sense of space and overall awareness, while undoing habitual teaching patterns that do not serve you and replace with more present awareness. Lastly, learn to teach “off the mat” so you can move and be present in your classes.

Yogic Philosophy will be presented in a way that resonates with current modern day and practice. Ancient texts and masters will be covered and their lessons presented in a functional and understandable manner.

Demystify dharma and yogic philosophy to gain personal experience with the subject matter and find ways to live it naturally. Learn elements of authentic transmission of this wisdom to your students that is honest, truthful and vulnerable. Finally, you will also be able to practice teaching in a way that is relatable and accessible and to find greater ease in transmitting embodied dharma talks to your students with vulnerability and truthfulness.

Learn about the greatest gift you can offer to others - cultivate an authentic expression of who you are. Raise the octave of understanding compassion, empathy and honesty in your life and your teaching to become deeply embodied in your yogic, spiritual practices that goes beyond the mat. In this class, find a sense of bravery and courage to express who you are with a “realness” that is uncommon in daily living and allows you to encourage that in others.

Being a yoga teacher not only involves standing up in front of the class to teach - in his module you will focus on how to have a successful career as a teacher including how to run classes, privates, studio openings and marketing.

Explore the fears and discomforts of the “business” side of yoga and money. Uncover your personal obstacles with abundance and breakthrough to live your life more fully. Study sound and practical elements of business and operationalize your career path and set clear and identifiable steps to your career aspirations that include higher levels of business acumen and wisdom.

Teaching yoga involves working with individual anatomies, mindsets, and fitness levels. You will learn how to cater all of these factors into teaching a class.

Further develop your “eye” as an advanced teacher being able to see students for where they are. Self-observe the energetic quality of your touch and the practical alignment aspects to better serve your students in hands-on adjustments. Move beyond “one size fits all” adjustments to an understanding that is filled with compassion and wisdom. Finally, you will be able to drop any hindrances on the use of props to integrate them with your teaching of several poses, modifications and variations.

Take your teaching to the next level with intense practice, practice and more practice!

Create innovative sequences that breakthrough old habits and find new forms and levels in your teaching repertoire. Learn to fully engage your class both at an individual level and at a group level, holding space for each person and where they are at and lastly, learn how to let go of teaching from where you are, to learn to teach where your students are.

Certification

Attendance, practical and written exams are considered requirements for this course. Upon completion, you'll receive a 300-hour certification accredited by Yoga Alliance.

Daily Schedule

TIME
ACTIVITY
6:00 AM - 6:30 AM
Tea & Light Snack
6:30 AM - 7:00 AM
Meditation / Study
7:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Active Asana Practice & Workshops
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Breakfast
10:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Workshop / Classroom Session
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lunch / Free Time / Homework
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Workshop / Classroom Session
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Restorative Asana Practice & Workshop
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Dinner / Free Time / Homework
TIME OFF When you’re not in training, you can relax at the salt-water infinity pool, indulge in a spa treatment, or take advantage of the many excursions that Blue Spirit can graciously arrange for you.

Meet The Facilitators

 
Venue   Blue Spirit Retreat Center, Nosara, Costa Rica

Located in one of the world’s Blue Zones, which inspired the name Blue Spirit, and nestled amongst an area where people report the highest levels of well being, you will find your oasis. Just a little over 2 hours South of the International Airport of Liberia, through quaint villages and winding roads, you will arrive at your hilltop destination overlooking the blue depths of the vast ocean.

While visiting, you will feel the resonance of a vibrant, inspiring, and healing energy, because of the rich subtropical environment and the cultural lifestyle. Be swept away with panoramic beauty during yoga sessions in the open-air shala and immerse yourself into the natural tropical breezes of the island.

Your stay at Blue Spirit offers you a comfortable and elegant accommodation of your choice, delicious gourmet vegetarian cuisine, a salt-water infinity pool, koi pond, café, gift shop, spa and longevity services, outdoor excursions, and complimentary wireless service.


The easiest way in is via a flight to the Liberia Airport and then renting a (4 wheel drive) car, or taxi to Nosara. There is also a bus that runs from the capital and Alajuela through Nicoya and on to Nosara. Continue onto Route 160 and pass by Dolce Vita before turning right and heading on straight to reach Blue Spirit Retreat Center.

Accommodations

Food

Your stay includes three consciously-prepared vegetarian meals per day. All meals are served in the gorgeous dining hall overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The daily lunch and dinner buffet includes a Pure Food option of greens, grains, and legumes prepared without oils or seasonings, and fresh, locally caught seafood served several times per week.

Taking advantage of the abundant local produce, the vibrant and flavorsome menu can be adapted to suit specific dietary requirements, with vegetarian and vegan options available. 

For those on a less rigorous diet plan, the Blue Spirit Café offers delectable French pastries alongside raw desserts, with superfood smoothies, fresh coconuts and coffee also available throughout the day, and a full bar and relaxed evening dining experience.

The cuisine is sourced from local and organic farmers, guaranteeing freshness of the ingredients. Local Tico cuisine is naturally healthy and delicious. Avocados, plantains, gallo pinto (black beans and rice), and coconuts are common, and best enjoyed in Blue Spirit's peaceful, environmentally friendly surroundings.

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WHY YOU WILL LOVE THIS TRAINING

Awakened Life has put together the perfect training in a setting where teachers can retreat to the jungle to study topics that are highly relevant to twenty-first century western world, while still honoring the ancient yogic path.

Immerse yourself in the study of esoteric and evolving yoga arts by stepping outside of your daily routine.

Jannica Klingborg

Yovada Reviewer

  Blue Spirit Retreat Center, Nosara, Costa Rica, Costa Rica

The peaceful seaside town of Nosara is a world-class destination for surfing and eco-tourism. It is a perfect base to explore the magical coastline and hinterland of Costa Rica. Experience the joy of watching sea turtles lay their eggs, get face-to-face with exotic wildlife, try floating a kayak down a lazy river, or taking your first surf or paddle board lesson. 


The town is lined with healthy cafes and yoga studios and the community is an eclectic mix of locals and expats who have decided to call Nosara home. It is one of the few coastal towns that lacks nearly any development on the beach, meaning it is the perfect tranquil location to watch one breathtaking sunset.


The Nosara region is located on the North Pacific Coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, about 100 miles west of the capital, San Jose, and consists of five beachfront towns: Playa Nosara, Playa Garza, Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and Playa Ostional. The Ostional Wildlife Refuge borders Nosara and is the largest Olive Ridley turtle nesting site in the world. The Nosara and Montana Rivers are two of the longest in Costa Rica and are also teeming with wildlife. 


Just 100 miles west, Nosara is reachable from the San Jose International Airport and 2 hours South from Liberia International airport. You can also reach Nosara easily via shuttle, car, and buses. Once in the Nosara area there are roads and buses connecting the different beach towns.