What's the Schedule Like for Costa Rica Teacher Training?

We believe that a full immersion into the study of the self benefits from ample free time to process your learning. Each day is balanced to give you space and time to rest, get some sun, have fun along with your studies. There is no Mukti – freedom without Bhukti – Fun!

So check it out, siesta time, surfing, movie nights, chilling in the lounge and so much more!

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

6:00am-7:30am Meditation + Yoga Practice
7:30am-8:30am Breakfast
8:30am-12:30pm Training Session
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-3:30pm Free Time: Beach, Siesta, Surf
3:30pm-6:30pm Training Session
6:30pm-7:30pm Dinner
8:30pm-10pm Training Session (M/W/Fri only, T/TH Free time)
10pm OM OUT

SATURDAY AND SUNDAY

7:30am-8:30am Breakfast
8:30am-12:30pm Training Session
12:30pm-1:30pm Lunch
1:30pm-4:30pm Free Time: Beach, Siesta, Surf
4:30pm-6:30pm Training Session
6:30pm-7:30pm Dinner
8:30pm-10pm Movie Night (Sat only, Sun Free time)
10pm OM OUT

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Blue Spirit Retreat Center Costa Rica

ABOUT COSTA RICA

Recently named the Happiest country in the world! This is a land of Pura Vida where Ecological Integrity really matters. The easy vibe and friendly locals welcome you like you were family.

ABOUT BLUE SPIRIT RETREAT CENTER

BS_LogoNewColorLargeBlue Spirit has been described by Trip Advisor as “Peaceful Luxury at it’s best”. It is perched on a hilltop overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is the perfect place to experience your teacher training. When you’re not in training, you can relax at the salt-water infinity pool, indulge in a spa treatment, or you’re just a short walk away from a stunning, 3-mile long, sandy white beach.

Blue Spirit Address:
Blue Spirit Costa Rica
Guiones sur, Playa Guiones
Nosara, Guanacaste
Costa Rica

NOSARA AND NICOYA PENISULA

In the last 10 years Nosara has grown quietly into one of the hip holistic hot-spots on the planet. This peaceful and vibrant international community of nature lovers, surfers, yogis, and families truly embraces the Pura Vida lifestyle.

The community resides along the coast with 3 unspoiled stunning beaches – Playa Guiones, Playa Pelada, and Playa Nosara – with private houses, little hotels, and excellent restaurants hidden into lush tropical greenery. Blue Spirit has become a vital part of this community.

The residents of Nosara are committed to preserve their natural environment. The 3 beaches are protected as a turtle refuge, and almost half of the land in the entire area is protected forest, and a moratorium on hunting animals stretches back for over 20 years.

The actual village and original settlement of Nosara is 4 miles inland, alongside the Rio Nosara. It’s a a small traditional Costa Rican town with grocery stores, typical restaurants, churches, a disco, a soccer field, and the landing strip for daily flights to and from San Jose.

Blue Spirit Lives Within a Blue Zone

The Spa and Longevity Center at Blue Spirit offers our guests the opportunity to learn and experience the multi-faceted aspects of self-care that encourage a long, healthy and vibrant life. We welcome you to experience a new way of life in a Blue Zone.

Blue Zone is a concept used to identify a geographic area of the world where more people live to be centenarians (past 100 years) than elsewhere, as described in Dan Buettner’s book, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from People who Lived the Longest.” He identifies longevity hotspots in Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Ikaria, Greece; Loma Linda, California: and Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica – where Blue Spirit is located. Scientists and demographers have classified these longevity hot-spots as having common healthy traits and life practices that result in higher-than-normal longevity.

In 2005 Costa Rican demographer Dr. Luis Rosero-Bixby revealed that Costa Ricans who survive to the age of 60 “have the longest life expectancy of anyone in the world”. National Geographic funded an expedition, which confirmed Rosero-Bixby’s findings and discovered further that in the specific region of Nicoya, in the northwestern part of Costa Rica, residents were longer-lived even than other Costa Ricans, making it the “Blue Zone” of the Americas.

Blue Spirit’s founder, Stephan Rechtschaffen MD, is teaching seminars on longevity and envisioning Blue Spirit to become in the next years one of the foremost places to learn more about longevity practices.

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Most Recommended Yoga Books for Teacher Training

With so many yoga books out there to choose from I am often asked what would you recommend I read to either prepare for a Yoga Teacher Training or simply increase my self-study. Here are my most recommended Yoga Books for serious students and teacher trainees.

MUST READ BOOKS:

1. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali,Swami Satchitananda or Secret Power of Yoga, Nichala Joy Devi Practice:
2. Yoga The Spirit and Practice of Moving Into Stillness, Eric Schiffman
3. Wheels of Light by Anodea Judith
4. The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies by Vasant Lad
5. Yoga for Wellness, Gary Kraftsow, Penquin, 1999
6. Teaching Yoga: Exploring the Teacher-Student Relationship, Donna Farhi
7. Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life, Judith Lasater
8. Muscles of Yoga Scientific Keys Volume 1 by Dr Ray Long
9. The Yamas and Niyamas Exploring Yoga’s Ethical Practice, Deborah Adele
10. How We Choose to be Happy: 9 Choices of Extremely Happy People, Rick Foster and Greg Hicks

RECOMMENDED BOOKS:

Yogi Bare by Philip Self;
The Language of Yoga by Nicolai Bachman;
Yoga from the Inside Out by Christina Sell;
A Path With Heart: A Guide through the Perils and Promises of Spiritual Life
Wherever You Go There You Are by Jack Kornfield;
Anatomy of Movement, Blandine Calais-Germain; 
The Heart of Yoga: Developing A Personal Practice, Desikachar, 
The Four Desires by Rod Stryker; 
The Art of Forgiveness,
Lovingkindness and Peace, Jack Kornfield;
Healing Mantras, Thomas Ashley-Ferrand;
Women who Run with the Wolves, Clarissa PInkola Estes;
The Four Agreements, Don Miguel Ruiz; 
Yoga & the Path of the Urban Mystic, Darren Main; 
Breathing Book, Donna Farhi,
Its Easier than you Think, Sylvia Boorstein;
Womencode, Alisa Vitti;
Daring Greatly, Brene Brown;
The Way of the Happy Woman, Sara Stover;
The Hero’s Journey, Joseph Campbell;
The Heroine’s Journey, Maureen Murdock;
Be Happy, William  Holden;
Sweat Your Prayers, Gabrielle Roth; 
Light on Life, BKS Iyengar
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Best Priced Yoga Teacher Training

There are a lot of Yoga Teacher Training programs to choose from these days. Alchemy of Yoga is offered as a destination program in Costa Rica at a reasonable price. The total investment is the total cost. The cost of lodging is NOT separate from the training cost which can double the overall investment. We pride ourselves over the last 9 years on offering the highest caliber training for the best price. It’s good karma.

YOUR INVESTMENT:

Nature Suite Double (with AC): $4950
Nature Suite Single (with AC): $5850

Hermitage Double: $4599
Hermitage Single: $4950

Eco Cottage Double (Natural Air): $4150
Eco Cottage Single (Natural Air): $4699

PAYMENT PLAN:

$500 Deposit paid to save your spot!

25% Paid  60 days before training by June 9th, 2014

50% Paid 30 days before training by July 9th, 2014

Final 15% Paid by day 1 of training by Aug 9th, 2014

 

2 OPTIONS FOR SELF-STUDY:

1. Immersion for serious students looking to deepen their practice and knowledge of yoga asana, meditation, philosophy and spirit but don’t want to teach yoga.
2. RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certification program designed for those who are interested in teaching.

STEP 1 – APPLY NOW:

Complete application and e-mail it to silvia@alchemytours.com

STEP 2 – PHONE INTERVIEW:

Arrangements will be made to talk more by phone.

TO REGISTER:

Deposit: A $500 dollar deposit will reserve your space. You can pay with check, direct bank deposit, or credit card or Paypal on line but we most prefer checks. Please send checks to Alchemy Tours | 2227 11th Ave W | Seattle, WA 98119 .

CLICK FOR RESERVATIONS

To make payment please go to book now page to put down deposit. If you have questions please email silvia@alchemytours.com or call 872-228-9642 (2AT-YOGA)


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WHAT IS INCLUDED IN YOUR INVESTMENT?

  • RYT 200 Hour Alchemy of Yoga Training
  • 200 Page Training Manual
  • On-going mentoring & teacher tools
  • Vision Board
  • 21 nights accommodation
  • 3 healthful, delicious meals per day
  • Vegan, gluten-free, and other options available
  • Organic juices, Coffees, Herbal blends, Tea
  • Delicious, quadruple filtered drinking water
  • Beautiful accommodations
  • Daily meditation
  • Spanish language basics class
  • Excursions to Waterfalls and Pacific Ocean Sandy Beaches
  • Daily Time for Exploration and Relaxation
  • 2 social hours on select evenings
  • Yoga mats and all props
  • Free wi-fi
  • A special eco friendly goodie bag with loving gifts
  • Costa Rican Taxes (13%)

NOT INCLUDED?

Airfare to and from the training, lodging before and/or after the training if you are coming early or staying later, spa treatments, extra excursions.

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How are Chakras Aligned with Yoga Teacher Training?

OVERVIEW OF YOUR ALCHEMY OF YOGA TEACHER TRAINING ADVENTURE

1. 1st Chakra: Alchemy of Yoga: Tapping into Your Potential and living in Possibility
2. 2nd Chakra: Flow: Discovering Your Optimal Performance
3. 3rd Chakra: Unlearning the Obstacles to Your Happiness
4. 4th Chakra: Express yourself! Self-love, Tapas and Healthy Habits
5. 5th Chakra: Relationship Yoga: Communication
6. 6th Chakra: 5 Elements Alchemy of Yoga (Anatomy, Ayurveda, Chakras, Muscles & Bones)
7. 7th Chakra: Awareness of Awareness: Transformation into the infinite

The Chakras are energy centers within the body that provide the blueprint to our psychology. Yoga teaches us that our natural psychology is positive. We are born to live happy. Yoga works to help us remember to remember our natural state. This yoga teacher training program relies upon the Chakras as a guiding force, not just a 2 hour presentation because to us this is the Alchemy of Yoga.

YOUR INVESTMENT COSTA RICA AUGUST 9-30, 2014 AT BLUE SPIRIT:

Nature Suite Double (with AC): $4950
Nature Suite Single (with AC): $5850

Hermitage Double: $4599
Hermitage Single: $4950

Eco Cottage Double (Natural Air): $4150
Eco Cottage Single (Natural Air): $4699

2 OPTIONS FOR SELF-STUDY:

1. Immersion for serious students looking to deepen their practice and knowledge of yoga asana, meditation, philosophy and spirit but don’t want to teach yoga.
2. RYT 200 Yoga Alliance Certification program designed for those who are interested in teaching.

STEP 1 – APPLY NOW:

Complete application and e-mail it to silvia@alchemytours.com

STEP 2 – PHONE INTERVIEW:

Arrangements will be made to talk more by phone.

TO REGISTER:

Deposit: A $500 dollar deposit will reserve your space. You can pay with check, direct bank deposit, or credit card or Paypal on line but we most prefer checks. Please send checks to Alchemy Tours | 2227 11th Ave W | Seattle, WA 98119 .

CLICK FOR RESERVATIONS

To make payment please go to book now page to put down deposit. If you have questions please email silvia@alchemytours.com or call 872-228-9642 (2AT-YOGA)

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Bucket List Adventures

If you’re a travel junkie like we are, your bucket list grows exponentially every time you log in to your twitter or pinterest account. Here are some additions to inspire you to take that next big trip!

Eat authentic italian food, in italy. There’s nothing like the real thing, made with recipes passed down by generations and graced by Italy’s charm. Pizza marguerita, Ischia’s traditional rabbit dish, and of course pasta!

Enjoy pasta in Ischia with us June 29- July 6 & in Tuscany 2015

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Take a yoga sabbatical to a beautiful place, to learn about yourself. People do teacher trainings for many reasons. To learn more about the spiritual aspects of yoga, to deepen their yoga practice, and to learn about themselves. Doing this self-exploration in a scenic, relaxing place will only allow you to see the beauty in yourself and the world around you. After all learning about yourself is as important, or more, than learning any subject!

Learn with us in Costa Rica at our RYT200 hour Alchemy of Yoga Training August 9-30 at Blue Spirit Retreat Center

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Play with monkeys! Just like dogs and cat, monkeys like to play! They are brilliant creatures (as smart as a three year old child) that are lively and curious.

Sacred Monkey Forrest, Bali

Sacred Monkey Forrest, Bali

Experience a Thai Herbal Steam bath. The people of Thailand have long known the benefits of the herbs, spices, and plants that mother earth provides us. They also understand the healing benefits of a good sweat, and have combined the two for a relaxing, detoxifying experience. You may even be lucky enough to have a view of the sunset or the ocean as you rejuvenate.

The sacred 'Samonpi' blend of herbs used in Samahita Retreat's Herbal Steam Bath.

The sacred ‘Samonpi’ blend of herbs used in Samahita Retreat’s Herbal Steam Bath

Salute the sunshine in December!
For many of us in north america, a warm, tropical day has not made an appearance in December. It’s even hard to imagine places in the world that are blessed with a sunny, blue skied christmas! Experience at least one December of your life with the sun on your face and a warm breeze in the air!

Enjoy winter sun in Mexico

Enjoy winter sun in Mexico

Check out our 2014-2015 trips to start checking things off of your bucket list!

 

Why Does AlchemyYoga RYT200 Teacher Training Change Your Life

WHY THIS PROGRAM CHANGES YOUR LIFE:

backyardSomething magical and mystical happens when a group of high-intentioned individuals make the decision to gather together for 200 hours with the purpose of uplifting their lives & expanding their consciousness into radical authenticity. The result is something beyond words. It is, as best as I can explain it, the Alchemy of Yoga at its best. Chapter 2 verse 1 of the Yoga Sutras sets forth how the Alchemy of Yoga actually works. “Tapas svadhyaya ishvara pranidhana kriya yoga.” Translated to mean that yoga helps us transform ourselves on three levels:

1. Physical Alchemy – Tapas helps us ignite the changes we want to make in our lives. It is about the getting fired up and passionate. Literally it means heating the body through moving and breathing in the vinyasa

2. Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya. While we are following the discipline of tapas and engaging in physical practice to help move our stuck energy we are watching ourselves. In yoga we study the self to learn about the self. Here the mental alchemy is through self-observation. We witness what is going on in our thoughts, what are we thinking.

3. Spiritual Alchemy – ishvara pranidahana. As we are doing and watching we let go of the ego of judgment. We move beyond wanting life to be different and begin to feel the surrender that allows what is being offered to mix together. We practice ishvara pranidhana as we trust the universal intelligence that hugs us from all directions to know what it’s doing. And once we find this trust we begin to believe that beauty and goodness are within us flowing nonstop and there is no reason to stop this flow for its natural current is to align with the current of grace that is everywhere outisde us. Beauty becomes our way of life. Happiness becomes our natural alchemy.

You see when you get together in a Teacher Training Tribe (aka Alchemy of Yoga) we are all like the Alchemist in his/her laboratory mixing ingredients. For us as yogis our laboratory is our mat and the ingredients are our bodies, our poses, our breath, our thoughts and the mixing it all together creates a different result every time. A Teacher Training Program changes your life. You wake up to the power you have to go into the laboratory of your life experience and mix the potions you want to create your best life going forward!

We believe that the Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training Program sparks the fire of transformation in everyone. Apply today! Namaskaram!

“The art of living an ordinary life in an extraordinary way.” -Tibetan proverb

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