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 teachings 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.
This program and the teachings are so beautiful, authentic and come from heart. My confidence as a yoga teacher has increased hugely. I have literally only dipped my toe into the vast ocean of Yogic knowledge but this yoga teacher training has definitely provided me with an amazing foundation to build upon. Thank you, to Liz and the teachers, for creating such a safe, supportive and nourishing environment, you have instilled so much confidence in me to grow and be the best version of myself. The curriculum suited me so well, I am very interested in Ayurveda and the alignment based pose study was very insightful, learning proper alignment in my own practice was invaluable and I definitely dug deeper into my soul over the past 18 days. – Cornelius Sheehan, Peace Retreat, 200 Hour YTT Costa Rica
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
Modifications and adaptations for all bodies, including special populations such as seniors, pregnancy, and those with injuries.
Gain insights into your (true) nature through the wisdom of Yoga and its philosophy
Explore breath work, mantra and meditation as tools to create vibrant health and wellbeing in your life
Learn the art of sequencing yoga classes that honors your authentic voice and meets the needs of your student population
Business of Yoga & How to Build Your Yoga Community
Learn to 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
JUST WOW! My understanding of yoga has changed from a more dominant physical practice to a more balanced mind-body spirituality. I loved the alignment study. This was a true learning experience focusing on the placements and foundations from the ground up and the bones out was truly eye opening. So much material was covered in these 17 days I'm truly impressed. I never felt it was overwhelming but the content and how it was delivered was truly professional and enjoyable. Our instructors Alison and Peggy immediately made us feel at home, with their warm nature and compassion. Yes, I would absolutely do another yoga teacher training with Soma and highly recommend this teacher training to others. – Allison O'Callaghan, Peace Retreat, Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training
Alison is a Trauma Informed IAYT Certified Yoga Therapist, Licensed Massage Therapist, and E-RYT 500 Yoga Teacher Trainer authorized with Yoga Alliance. 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. 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.
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.
The overall energy and feeling of this yoga school in Costa Rica was stupendous, thorough, and in-depth. Liz and Alison both have immense and lifelong knowledge and passion for yoga. My experience has taught me to be more open, thoughtful, and compassionate for all things on a daily basis. This program provided me with the tools to go out in the world as someone with not only a deep appreciation for the practice, but also as someone with the ability to share these skills with others. I will 100% be recommending this experience to others and can't wait to return to Soma Yoga Institute for my 300-hour training! I cannot thank Liz and Alison enough for guiding us on this journey that is about so much more than just yoga. Soma Yoga Institute has created something amazing and I'm so glad I was able to make the leap and partake! --Giles Smith, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Costa Rica
The Peace Retreat, Playa Negra, Costa Rica is a wellness center and eco-resort designed as a nature lovers paradise, perfect for your deep immersion into yoga and is walking distance to Playa Negra beach.
The Peace Retreat is designed intentionally to achieve the right balance of peace and rejuvenation for all its guest and includes a variety of accommodation options all with safes, ceiling fans and fresh linen service. The property includes two open air and screened yoga studios, a 10-foot deep swimming and dive pool, spa options, and Nourish at Peace, an Ayurvedically inspired restaurant.
Playa Negra is a small beach and surf community that's off the beaten track. You will find yourself surrounded by unspoiled nature, next to the most beautiful beaches of Guanacaste on the North Pacific coast of Costa Rica. It is just a 25 minute walk from Peace Retreat to Playa Negra beach through a jungle path or a 5-minute shuttle ride. The beach is large and lovely, the ocean is warm and the sunsets are magical. The beach has a surf wave and an area where you can swim safely. On your off time or for day off adventures you can enjoy all that costa rica offers; surf or paddleboard lessons, options for a variety of ceremonies, local eco-excursions, kayaking, bird watching, horseback riding and hiking to waterfalls, star gazing into the dark sky and much more.
If you have not yet had a chance to visit this tropical paradise nestled in Central America, you won't be disappointed. It is a safe travel destination for solo travelers and beckons nature enthusiasts with its unparalleled natural beauty and abundant biodiversity. Renowned for its commitment to conservation, the country boasts a plethora of national parks that showcase the richness of its ecosystems. For nature lovers, Costa Rica is a haven, offering a wildly wonderful experience with diverse wildlife and lush landscapes. The phrase "Pura Vida," meaning pure life, encapsulates the essence of this vibrant nation, where the locals embrace a laid-back and joyful lifestyle. Endless adventures await, from exploring dense rainforests to witnessing breathtaking waterfalls and pristine beaches.
Food is Medicine at the Peace Retreat - Costa Rica. The cuisine is delicious, healthy, locally sourced and organic when possible. Expect three delicious meals a day made with love from a variety of local, minimally processed ingredients and prepared with Ayurvedic food principles. Vegetarian meals are provided with vegan options and occasional protien sources. Students who have special dietary requirements are encouraged to let us know in advance as we will do our best to accommodate them. Snacks and smoothies with fresh tropical fruits options are also availble for purchase at their on-site restaurant, Nourish at Peace.
February 15-March 4, 2025
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 Yoga Teacher Training Packages Include:
🍃Casa Verde Private Quartered Dorm | Shared Community Bath House $3997 USD
🍃Jungle Cabina Double Occupancy | Shared Community Bath House $3997 USD
🍃Double Room in Casa (Om, Samadhi, or Shanti Room) | En Suite Bathroom $4249 USD
🍃Double Bunglow | En Suite Bathroom | A/C $4547 USD
PRICES VARY BASED ON ROOM CHOICE:
Jungle Cabina Single Occupancy | Shared Community Bath House $4847 USD
Single Room in Casa (Om, Samadhi, or Shanti Room) | En Suite Bathroom $5397 USD
Single Bunglow | En Suite Bathroom | A/C $5597 USD
Accommodation options vary from double or single-shared cabinas and an open-air bath-house and single-stall bathrooms, as well as private indoor rooms with ensuite bathrooms and attached balconies - all with safes, ceiling fans, and fresh linen service.
I had high expectations for this yoga teacher training and all were surpassed! Peggy and Alison are incredible educators, yogis and inspirations. They complemented each other so beautifully and they are so talented, compassionate, and modeled so well the kind of yoga teacher I would like to be. The content and instruction was attentive to making yoga safe, accessible and trauma informed and was exactly what I wanted. This experience has been profound for me guiding me to some important internal changing of patterns. This yoga training also deepened my knowledge and understanding of the background of yoga and how it is used therapeutically. The routine of the course inspired me to dedicate myself more fully to practice. I am so moved by how loving the instructors were and how they supported all of us and made themselves completely available to us as we made our way through the training. Such a big thank you to Soma for conducting an incredible experience.-Peggy Leggat, Peace Retreat, 200 Hour YTT Costa Rica
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 3:30 p.m. on arrival day (Dec 1/Jan 5) and returns to Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) for flights departing after 12:30 p.m. on departure day (Dec 18/Jan 22). Shuttle from Liberia to Peace Retreat takes approximately 1.5 hours. The group shuttle charge is 50 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 Peace Retreat at 8:00 a.m. on departure day for flights leaving after 3:00pm. Shuttle from San Jose to Peace Retreat takes approximately 4 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.
The alchemy of this 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training and its combination of the teachers, students, and the location made it an unforgettable, life-changing, and amazingly lovely experience. I came for knowledge and what I got was so much more. I learned that without a doubt I am where I am supposed to be, doing what this world needs me to do. I feel so blessed to have met all the beautiful, magical people and I know I will hold a special place in my heart for all of them. I loved the yoga sutras, going deeper, hearing everyone's perceptions and how the yoga philosophy manifests in their life. The meditation sessions became something I cannot do without and I greatly cherish that opportunity to find my way with that. It has been an honor and a blessing to spend time with two amazing teachers. Thank you, this has been such a magical journey.
– -Nicole Yarbrough, 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Graduate
Our instructors were wonderful! They helped us build a supportive loving little community that became the foundation for the whole experience of this yoga teacher training program. I'm going back to normal life equipped with so many new tools and resources to make a positive change in my life supported by my personal yoga practice. This training also gave me the confidence in my ability to grow into a strong yoga teacher!-
– Paige Angne, Peace Retreat, Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training
I really enjoyed everything about this yoga teacher training program – the asana practice, history, Ayurveda, chakras, Yoga sutras, chanting, and especially the instructors. Peggy and Alison are amazing teachers!! Keep them as long as you can.
-Jon Sirney, Peace Retreat, Costa Rica 200 YTT
I truly enjoyed the balance between physical activity, spiritual/philosophical learning and the more technical topics. I loved (and needed) the alignment classes! Instead of thinking about an alignment for each pose I am taking away an alignment framework that works with any posture. Alison and Peggy are fantastic teachers and each of them brings their own touch to the yoga classes. I recommend this yoga teacher training to any Yogi looking to learn to teach others in a safe way.
-Aïda El Malti EL, Peace Retreat, Costa Rica
Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this great and unforgettable experience. This yoga teacher training deepened my ability to be more mindful to myself, others and everything. It opened up a dimension of spirituality and inspiration to take care of myself more, to honor myself more. Alison’s yoga classes gave me a deep understanding of self-love, appreciation and love for this planet and they were also very calming and grounding. I truly valued Peggy’s huge knowledge of alignment and assists in asana. My body feels so much better now compared to when I arrived. I've also learned so much and I'm surprised that I can already sequence a yoga lesson! I enjoyed absolutely everything about this yoga teacher training program, especially the perfect mix of our instructors Peggy and Allison!
-Annette Frueh, 200 hour YTT, Peace Retreat, Costa Rica
This training was so much more than just about becoming a teacher. It transformed my life, and I feel so connected to myself and empowered to express myself unapologetically in an authentic way. Not only am I walking away prepared to teach many different cases, but I also feel as though I understand who I am so much more. I feel like I found myself again through this experience, and it is something I will forever be grateful for. The location, schedule and classes were so beautifully cohesive. I would return to and recommend Soma Yoga Institute to others a million times over and can’t wait to return for my 300-hour in 2021! The universe granted me the perfect program and I now see life through a brighter and more vibrant lens.
-Brooke Langston, 200 Hour YTT Costa Rica
"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 Teacher Training
The asana and alignment study profoundly changed my practice for the better. I have so much more awareness and I am receiving even more benefits from my own practice than I ever imagined. My confidence as a yoga teacher is stronger than I thought it would be. Liz and Serena have an amazing balanced dynamic which helps to motivate through an intensive schedule. I always felt supported and inspired, the love and support was palpable the entire time. I have never experienced anything like this. My heart is full. - Ashley Flohr
-Ashley Flohr, Peace Retreat Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training