This teacher training offers students in-depth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for holistic health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. 

Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment-based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga, and 200 hours of instruction offered within a therapeutic framework.

The instruction will cover a wide range of Yoga techniques including yoga postures, yoga anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life-affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear, anatomy-informed principles of alignment to create safety, balance, and freedom in Yoga poses. 

Students explore yoga's ancient knowledge and concepts from yogic philosophy including Ayurveda, Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of Yoga as a journey towards radiant health and well-being.

The physical practice emphasis includes hatha and vinyasa yoga offered through a lens of biomechanically sound and anatomy-informed alignment. Expect both mindful vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. You will practice physical postures from all categories of poses including standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, backward bends, twists, inversions, balancing, supine, seated, and prone. 

Variations for all levels of practitioners will be provided in yoga practice, all abilities and ALL bodies are welcome to attend.

Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each yoga teacher to adopt the practices, awaken their creativity, and find their own authentic voice as a teacher.

Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of yoga class types, including all levels vinyasa flow yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and restorative.

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN IN THE COSTA RICA YOGA TEACHER TRAINING

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Yoga Style: Mindful Vinyasa Yoga, Hatha, and Restorative through a Therapeutic Lens

Pose Study with Adaptations for ALL BODIES (includes standing poses, hip openers, forward bends, twists, backbends, inversions, and supine)

Alignment: Bio-mechanically sound & anatomy informed alignment

Skill Level: All levels of yoga practitioners are  welcome. Some come to deepen their practice and others to learn to teach.

Class Demographics:  Ages 17 – 70, diversity welcome. Our class sizes are typically between 18 - 24 students with 2 experienced instructors.

Certification: Soma Yoga Institute 200 Certification, Yoga Alliance RYT-200 Upon Successful Completion

Instructors: Train with C-IAYT Certified Yoga Therapists & E-RYT 500 Master Teachers with 25 + years experience

Learn to teach with safety, skill, and confidence

Salvatierra, a private eco-resort in Costa Rica, is a nature lover's paradise. It is simply a spectacular venue for yoga teacher training. Surrounded by natural beauty, it offers two yoga studios, a deck with unparalleled views, and a lovely indoor space with wood floors and windows on all sides. There are two pools on the property, oceanside cabinas, a magical beach for morning yoga, and delicious, healthy food. The retreat itself is located on the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica and has been identified as one of the five blue zones on the planet.  Costa Rica offers endless adventures, beautiful beaches, diverse wildlife, and opportunities for wildly wonderful experiences.

This magical property recently changed ownership and changed its name from Zen Spirit to Salvatierra. The name Salvatierra is both a reminder to us all to do what we can to save our beloved Mother Earth and an invitation to step into a place of refuge and reconnect with our truest, most blissful nature.

Located away from the popular hustle and bustle of tourist beaches, Salvatierra guarantees their guests a true retreat experience for living the yogic lifestyle and the possibility of immersing in unspoiled oceanside beauty. There are no hotels or facilities other than private residences on Costa de Oro beach and the premise is set on a wonderful long flat gold sandy beach interrupted by river estuaries. You can enjoy world-class surfing as well as kayaking and bird watching in the mangrove, horseback riding and hiking to waterfalls, star gazing into the dark sky and much more. In short, it is a nature lovers paradise and the perfect location for a deep immersion into yoga away from the distractions of our busy world.

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This yoga teacher training experience was the most epic life-changing experience I have had in my life. My experience has transformed me.  It was so much more than just practicing yoga.  I was able to connect to my true self, truly understand and adapt valuable practices to apply to my daily life and make genuine friendships. I am so grateful for the safe and loving space that Alison and Liz cultivated to help us grow into authentic yoga teachers.  I feel so confident to take all of the knowledge I have learned and integrate it into my personal practice and teachings.  Thank you for everything. 100% I recommend Soma!  See you for the Advanced yoga teacher training! - Tracy, Costa Rica Training Graduate

- Tracy

curriculum highlights

Please note: This teacher training program is approved with Yoga Alliance (Y.A.) and graduates are eligible to register with Y.A. as a Registered Yoga Teacher at the 200-hour level (RYT-200). The therapeutic perspective & curricular components of this program are based on the instructors' registration as a Certified Yoga Therapist with the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and not derived from their status as an E-RYT 500 with the Y.A. Registry as the Y.A. Registry does not certify therapists, solely yoga teachers.

Certification as a RYT-200 with Yoga Alliance

A solid foundation in classical Hatha Yoga – including alignment based vinyasa flow and restorative yoga within a therapeutic framework.

An anatomy and biomechanically informed alignment system that helps to address common misalignments and keeps your students safe

Variations and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations such as seniors, trauma-sensitive, and those with injuries.

Learn the art of sequencing yoga classes that honors your authentic voice and meets the needs of your student population





Explore breath work, mantra and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life

Gain insights into your (true) nature through the ancient wisdom of Yoga and its philosophy

Business of yoga training module, develop your vision and create a successful future 

Share the practices with others in a safe and powerful way

Build self-confidence and tap into your amazing potential in a supportive, nurturing environment

Train with highly experienced, knowledgeable and passionate yoga teachers and yoga therapists

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If you're considering yoga teacher training, you'll be hard pressed to find a better program than Soma. The yoga instructor team was incredibly knowledgeable, passionate and enthusiastic about everything they taught. I attended the intensive in Costa Rica, and the way it was structured fostered an immediate sense of camaraderie among what was an otherwise diverse group of people. I left the experience feeling qualified and capable of teaching yoga, and excited to begin to do just that. I plan to return to the Soma Yoga Institute for my 300 hour teacher training when I'm able. - Chase Adams, Costa Rica Teacher Training Graduate


-Chase

Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is an international yoga teacher and Integrative Yoga Therapist. She draws from decades of personal yoga practice, 25 years of teaching, and extensive training in Hatha and Vinyasa yoga through a variety of lineages including Kripalu, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Ashtanga Yoga, and Anusara. She currently directs and leads yoga teacher training programs, continuing education, and workshops in worldwide locations, provides unique one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers wishing to improve their skills and delivery, instructs daily yoga classes and offers private therapeutic sessions. 

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Liz Heffernan

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E-RYT 500, C-IAYt, MA

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Peggy Profant, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500, and Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, is a playful, passionate and adventurous spirit who is on a lifelong path of Yoga. 

Her approach blends the ancient teachings with biomechanically sound alignment to help her students become more firmly anchored in their true, radiant self. She first discovered Kripalu yoga and changed the course of her life in her formative teen years. She has been leading yoga teacher trainings since 2005.

Peggy Profant

E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

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Innately perceptive and wildly passionate, Molly applies a level of determination and delight to her yoga instruction that’s truly one of a kind. Her approach is focused and intense; a union of effort and surrender that she believes is key to unlocking one’s deepest level of awareness and joy. While the core of Molly’s teaching is alignment-based flow and restorative yoga, there is a deep level of therapeutic guidance that governs all she offers—from her public classes, workshops, and private sessions to her ongoing teacher training programs and festival courses. 

Molly Masaoka

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E-RYT 500

Liz Heffernan, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT is an international yoga teacher and Integrative Yoga Therapist. She draws from over two decades of personal yoga practice, 25 years of teaching and extensive training in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Integrative Yoga Therapy, Ashtanga and Anusara. She currently directs and leads Yoga teacher trainings and workshops in worldwide locations, provides unique one-to-one mentoring for yoga teachers wishing to improve their skills and delivery, instructs daily yoga classes and offers private therapeutic sessions. 

Liz Heffernan

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E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

August 1-18, 2024

Liz is the Founder and Director of Soma Yoga Institute, a world-wide, in-person and online yoga teacher training school that embraces a therapeutically-oriented, heart-centered approach. These programs, heralded by many as truly inspirational, combine modern day biomechanics and research driven science with ancient teachings and serve to teach adaptive Yoga for all BODIES as a practice for vibrant health, self-transformation and personal empowerment.

Liz has trained extensively in the Hatha systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga, Anusara and Integrative Yoga Therapy.

In her work as a yoga therapist, Liz specializes in working with students with musculoskeletal issues as well as helping seniors age gracefully. She is highly skilled in adapting practices to meet the complex health challenges associated with aging. In collaborative partnership with Yoga 4 Brain Health she has co-founded the Memory Maintenance Yoga Teacher Training program that certifies Yoga teachers to help their communities delay the onset of memory loss related diseases through Yoga. Liz also serves as a faculty-mentor for the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy supporting professionals on their journey to become yoga therapists.

Liz is known is for her ability to bridge the gap between the ancient perspectives of yoga and contemporary daily life. Her teaching weaves together philosophy, creative sequencing, clear alignment, mindful breathing, and compassionate self-inquiry to form a tapestry that reflects her heartfelt commitment to this transformative path.

Liz believes that the path of Yoga brings greater ease, not just to the individual, but to all beings everywhere, and ultimately uplifts planetary consciousness one conscious breath at a time.


Liz Heffernan

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It was the gift of chronic pain that brought Alison to her yoga practice in 1993. Through study & practice of all the limbs of Yoga, she found powerful tools to heal her body & mind. Inspired to help others, she trained at the acclaimed schools of White Lotus Foundation, Integrative Yoga Therapy, YogAlign at Kauai Yoga School, & Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.  

Alison is an IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500, Massage Therapist, & Reiki Master. Her perspective on yoga as a holistic healing science inspires her to teach awareness of the physical, energetic, emotional, and spiritual elements in her classes & private sessions. She views yoga as a way of life that connects us with our innate inner wisdom, compassion and true identity as Love.

"Alison and Liz are joyful teachers. They really cared about us as both individuals and new teachers. I really enjoyed the attention to detail in everything. The precise language and thoughtfulness in the design of the curriculum was spot on. I loved the idea of safety first in the asanas and understanding the anatomy, this is key. Also, I have never meditated before coming here and did not expect to like it - who knew…I have become a meditator. I leave feeling prepared to teach and this is a direct result of everything Liz and Alison taught us. Thank you, Soma Yoga Institute, for preparing us to be successful." - Becky

Alison SCola

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Peggy Profant, C-IAYT Yoga Therapist, E-RYT 500, and Certified Anusara Yoga Teacher, is a playful, passionate and adventurous spirit who is on a lifelong path of Yoga. 

Her approach blends the ancient wisdom of yoga with biomechanically sound alignment to help her students become more firmly anchored in their true, radiant self. She first discovered Kripalu yoga and changed the course of her life in her formative teen years in 1980.

Her first initiation into yoga was through Kripalu, and it gratefully changed the course of her life in her formative teen years. Yoga provided balance, self discovery, and restoration throughout her academic years in college as she completed studies in Environmental Education and Dance.  

Peggy travelled to India to immerse in the practice of Ashtanga yoga where she met her life partner. Teaching yoga coincided with settling down, raising a family and becoming a massage therapist in 1998. Later Peggy pursued the rigorous path to become a Certified Anusara Teacher in 2004 and began to delve into more studies of the therapeutic aspects of yoga. Every class she teaches is a creative expression with meaningful and uplifting heart themes partnered with skillful sequencing and therapeutic alignment. Peggy is a thoughtful and encouraging Life Coach and mentor to many students and yoga teachers in her community and around the globe. It is her wish to empower her students, friends and colleagues to overcome obstacles to self love and allow each person to joyfully offer their gifts back to humanity. Peggy founded and operated a premier yoga studio in Arcata, Om Shala Yoga, for 10 years, and co-founded World Family Yoga leading family retreats in Costa Rica. She has been leading workshops, retreats and Yoga Teacher Trainings since 2005. 

PeGGY Profant

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As a physical therapist for 20 years, I am so impressed by the attention to biomechanical alignment, yoga anatomy, and the safe, therapeutic approach of this training. The course significantly added so much to my PT framework and I will be a more effective PT because of this course. On a personal note, I am inspired to develop a consistent yoga practice and teach. This was overall a beautifully balanced course in content, instructors, activity vs downtime, fun vs academics, and philosophy. It was supportively and encouragingly designed and executed, while being reasonably challenging to help us to grow. I will absolutely recommend this yoga teacher training and return again. - Yvette Albright, Costa Rica Teacher Training Graduate

- Yvette 

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the details

At Salvatierra in Costa Rica the cuisine is delicious, healthy, locally sourced and organic when possible. Most meals include fresh tropical fruits and vegetables that are organically produced on the Salvatierra farm. When purchasing outside of the estate, the chefs always privilege local organic products. Therefore, by buying locally Salvatierra is helping the local Costa Rica community. Vegetarian meals, vegan options, gluten-free alternatives, and seafood options are provided to all students and included in the price of tuition. Students who have special dietary requirements are encouraged to let us know in advance as we will do our best to accommodate them.

HEALTHY meals

Oceanside morning meditation sessions, pranayama, and gentle movement
Breakfast
Techniques, pose study or teaching methodology
Yoga practice. Active practice includes alignment based mindful Vinyasa Flow and Hatha
Lunch
Sequencing, yoga anatomy, practice teaching
Restorative, gentle, therapeutic practice, or Yoga Nidra
Afternoon break to rest, swim or take in the amazing sunsets of Costa Rica
Dinner
Evening session. Yoga philosophy and group discussion 

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I loved EVERYTHING about this 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training program! This yoga training empowered me, and has provided me with foundational tools that I can use for the rest of my life—not only as a yogi, but also as a productive human on Earth. Perspective is everything and learning to first see myself with loving kindness has allowed me to develop a more balanced and peaceful inner world where I can listen to my deepest intuition and let it guide me. I looked far and wide and searched hard and long for yoga teacher trainings, and this was without a doubt The One. We all found a little piece of home in each other, and I could not be more grateful for having Liz and Peggy lead us through this transformational journey. Whether or not you come here to teach yoga, you will find empowerment, personal growth, and the ability within yourself to do anything and everything you hope to do. - Sierra Martin, Costa Rica Teacher Training Graduate

-Sierra

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A $500 USD deposit will reserve your space and will be applied to the full tuition price listed above. Deposits, tuition, and housing payments minus a 10% processing fee, are refundable up to 31 days prior to retreat start date. The 10% processing fee will apply to all refunds and this fee covers credit card charges and administrative processing fees.

Retreat costs (housing and food) are due three months prior to the start date of the program or within two weeks of registering and your final tuition payment is due no later than one month prior to the program start date. If you would like to discuss alternate arrangements or a payment plan, please feel free to contact us directly and we would be happy to work something out. Ask about our buy now and pay later option through Afterpay, available only in United States at this time.

Fee-free transfers for documented health/emergency situations: If cancellation is necessary prior to the first day of the program due to documented health or emergency situations, a student’s deposit and tuition will be fully transferable to a future program with Soma Yoga Institute. In all other circumstances, due to the logistics involved in planning residential programs in retreat settings, we regret that we are unable to issue deposit/tuition/housing refunds 30 days or less prior to program start date. No refunds are issued on or after the program start date for any reason.

ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE PRICES

Program Deposit & Tuition Payment Schedule

All Inclusive Yoga Teacher Training Packages Include:

✨Housing
✨Three delicious and healthy meals per day prepared for you with love
✨Yoga teacher training tuition
✨Instruction from world class C-IAYT yoga therapists/E-RYT 500 instructors with over 25 years of experience
✨A comprehensive 250 page Yoga Teacher Training Manual
✨Afternoon smoothies and snacks
✨Daily room cleaning, as needed towel changes, and weekly sheet changes
✨One load of laundry per week washed and dried for you
✨Business of yoga curriculum to help you design the teaching career of your dreams
✨As needed mentoring after the program ends 
✨Six month access to our 200 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training content, an essential resource to support you as you move out into the world teaching yoga
✨As needed mentoring after the program ends 


All inclusive prices vary based on housing choice

August (Low Season) program prices:

🌴Beach Cabina Triple Occupancy $4247 USD 
🌴Beach Cabina Double Occupancy $4547 USD 
🌴Beach Cabina Single Occupancy $5743 USD 
🌈Garden View Single (Shared bath with one other) $5143 USD 
🌈Garden View Double Occupancy $4247 USD 

January (High Season) program prices:
🌴Beach Cabina Triple Occupancy $4577 USD 
🌴Beach Cabina Double Occupancy  $4832 USD 
🌴Beach Cabina Single Occupancy  $6073 USD 
🌈Garden View Single (Shared bath with one other) $5172 USD 
🌈Garden View Double Occupancy $4577 USD 

transportation

Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). Transfer from and to the airport on the group shuttle is provided for a reduced fee (specified times only).

From Liberia International Airport:
Arrange to fly into the Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport (LIR) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the airport at 8:00am and 3:30 p.m. on arrival day (Jan 5/Aug 1/Dec 1) and returns to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) for flights departing after 9:00 am on departure day (Jan 22/Aug 18/Dec 18). Shuttle from Liberia to SalvaTierra Retreat takes approximately 3 hours. The group shuttle charge is $75 USD per person each way. 

From San Jose International Airport:
Arrange to fly into the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in Costa Rica. The group shuttle departs from the Adventure Inn (15 minutes from the airport) in San Jose at 10:00 a.m. on arrival day and returns departing SalvaTierra at 7:00 a.m. on departure day for flights leaving after 3:00pm. Shuttle from San Jose to SalvaTierra takes approximately 5 hours. Group shuttle charge is $100 per person each way. The Adventure Inn in San Jose is a great place for the first night with free airport shuttles if you are a guest and a large breakfast included in the price. You may book a room directly with them here: https://www.adventure-inn.com/. The shuttle will depart directly from this hotel and on the return take you directly to the SJO airport. 

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"Not only am I walking away from this yoga training prepared to teach many different classes, but I now see life through a brighter and more vibrant lens. I feel empowered to express myself unapologetically in an authentic way. The location was a tropical paradise, and the schedule and classes were so beautifully cohesive. I recommend Soma Yoga Institute to others a million times over and can't wait to return for my 300-hour teacher training."

-Brooke Langston, Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

"Soma Yoga Institute's 200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica was exceptional.  I really enjoyed the holistic teaching, the variation of activities and the diverse yoga topics we covered. It was great to have lectures, practice, group discussion, exercise, homework, and presentations—the variety was perfect, fun and compelling—from breath to poses, to philosophy, meditation, and history! Alignment and anatomy were particularly informative lessons that were applied to our own bodies and others.   I leave here excited to teach and to deepen my own practice, as I mindfully study how the teachings benefit and transform my life for the better. I really felt that the price, the schedule, the material, the environment, and the exceptionally wonderful instructors were definitely worth my time, money, and energy.  I also highly recommend the Costa Rica retreat location, it was stunning. If you are considering sign up for a YTT with Soma - here's my advice - JUST DO IT!"

-Lauren Kvasnicka, Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

"I loved the intense focus on alignment and loved all of my fellow classmates. The location, Salvatierra (formerly Zen Spirit) was a beachside paradise with out of this world sunsets, palm trees, bright red bougainvillea, butterflies, families of curious iguanas and cute little geckos, and a jungle and rolling green hills in the distance. The staff and faculty were so helpful, and we were given so much solid, foundational information that we can turn back to again and again as we deepen our own personal practices and develop our sequences for our yoga studios and private clients. The anatomy portion of the training was very accessible. I am so much more aware of my alignment and connected to my breath. I have great confidence that I am ready to teach and look forward to continuing to improve and grow my practice. Both Liz and Alison did an extraordinary job, and I want to say thank you for an incredible, transformative yoga teacher training program. "

-Jacqueline Fernandez, Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

"This yoga teacher training was life changing. Alison and Liz are joyful teachers who really cared about us as both individuals and new teachers. I thoroughly enjoyed their attention to detail in every aspect of yoga. The precise language and thoughtfulness in the design of the curriculum was spot on. I loved the idea of safety first in the asanas and understanding the anatomy, this is key. I left this class feeling prepared to teach and this is a direct result of everything Liz and Alison taught us. Thank you, Soma Yoga Institute, for preparing me to be successful."

-Becky Goldsmith, Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

"This yoga immersion was exactly the kind of education I longed for on this journey. Right now, I feel myself softening in the heart, open to all possibilities, yet gentle with my expectations. I also feel more confident than ever in my ability to guide movement in all forms. I loved the variety and depth of this program’s curriculum, the range of knowledge our teachers, Liz and Alison, and the authenticity of their offerings. I relished the balance of discipline and freedom and the time for self-study. I cannot wait to recommend and return to Soma Yoga Institute. I have so much gratitude for our teachers and I’m so grateful I found my way to Soma Yoga Institute."

-Jeanine McCain, Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

"I came for the purpose of learning how to safely get back into yoga after living in chronic pain for over 2 years. I am leaving with no pain in my mind, body, and heart. I was given the space to rest, recover, and to love myself.

The love and care of the instructors was amazing. Sam’s soul oozes with love and gratitude and that spills over to her students. Her zest and love for what she does makes you feel safe, loved, and excited to delve into self-study. She taught me how to calm my mind, open my heart, and know that it will be OK. Peggy gave me confidence and space to feel like I could physically practice again. Her love, patience, and direct approach is amazing. She made me feel safe on my mat and retrained me on proper alignment that has forever changed my practice. The entire experience was so magical."

-Marlo Drago, Costa Rica Yoga Training Graduate

"There are so many things I enjoyed about this training! The welcoming, non-judgmental atmosphere, the course structure, routine, delicious meals and the kindness of everyone here are things it can be hard to come by these days. I did not expect to become so in touch with myself and others during this training, but we were continuously encouraged to love ourselves and each other. I have “found myself” and have become comfortable teaching. I am now able to accept that I am enough, that it’s ok to slow down, and that everything I really need to be happy is what I already have! I loved my instructor Sam’s consistent message of looking inward and healing the self. I loved our other instructor Peggy’s asana sequences because they provided a great workout. Both Peggy and Sam teach safe, proper alignment and engagement and because of this I would hesitate to train with any school other than Soma Yoga. "

-Dena Hirliman, Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Graduate

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