Infused with Vinyasa, Meditation, Mantra, Ritual, Ayurveda & Dance, the Sanctuary at Two Rivers Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica is one of the most unique and transformative anywhere in the world.
It gives you three weeks to focus on your yoga practice with other curious, interesting people from around the world. It is a time for you to enjoy life while learning about the timeless tradition of yoga, it is an opportunity to cultivate true health and happiness while making new, like minded friends.
The program draws from many traditions and emphasizes more than the physical practice of Yoga. We will explore and experience classical Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, the importance of ritual, the magic of mantra, philosophy from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, awareness of the subtle energies within and around us, and a deep connection to Nature as our teacher.
Our asana practice is Hatha Vinyasa, Vinyasa meaning the fluid and purposeful integration of breath and movement. You will gain an understanding of proper alignment for over 108 asana, sun salutations for all levels, creative and smart sequencing, core based strength exercises, enhancing postures with hands-on adjustments, how to incorporate music into a class, how to use props and how to work with special populations.
We have two group excursions that are included in your tuition. The first Saturday of our training, we adventure together to beautiful Santa Teresa where you will have the option to take a surf lesson, check out some super bohemian boutiques for bikinis, unique jewellery and sundresses, enjoy a tropical superfood smoothie and chill on the expansive beach.
The following week, we will visit Montezuma. Here, you can explore the famous Montezuma Waterfall, shop, have lunch like a local and enjoy the beautiful beach.
Another unique aspect to our training at The Sanctuary are the powerful nature rituals that are scheduled on both Sundays of the program. We hike in the rivers to secluded waterfalls with intention, connection and purpose.
The YTT schedule is very full and does not leave much unstructured time to explore on your own. Please come a few days early or plan a few days after the program to do that.
Your home for the three week training is The Sanctuary at Two Rivers in Costa Rica’s Blue Zone. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is a magical private rental property exclusively for amazing Yoga Retreats, Yoga Teacher Trainings, or any group of up to 16 people whom are interested in health and wellness.
We are one of a select few Retreat Centers in the world that was specifically designed and built by veteran yogis whose sole intention was to create a first-class Retreat Center to commune with nature, practice yoga, contemplate, meditate, detox, and become balanced through health and wellness Yoga Retreat Vacations.
Our 100% off-the-grid solar powered facility with luxury-deluxe-modern accommodations, Extensive Spa menu, and Gaia Gourmet Organic Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Cuisine is exclusively for Yoga Retreats, Yoga Teacher Trainings, Wellness Retreats, and Nature Wildlife Adventure Retreat Vacations.
The Sanctuary is also the ideal location to become a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor on any of our 200 hour 3 week Immersion Yoga Teacher Training Certification Programs.
Imagine rising with the sun and the howls of Howler Monkeys, not hearing any urban nor suburban noises, all the while infusing yoga, meditation, wellness and spiritual healing, with wildlife and bird watching. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers will rejuvenate your body, tidy up your mind, and boost your spirit.
6-9am Morning Sadhana: Yoga, Meditation, Pranayama and discussion of the practice
9-10am Organic breakfast
11am-2pm Training session
2-3pm Organic lunch
4-7pm Training session
7pm Organic dinner
We have created our three week schedule to allow for some unstructured free time over the weekends so we can explore the nearby beaches, waterfalls and hiking trails or simply relax in a hammock or by the pool while catching up on reading and writing.
1. Techniques and Training
2. Sadhana- includes meditation, pranayama, yoga, Bhakti Dance and dhuni
3. Posture Clinic- break down of each Asana & how to teach it
4. Asana Families
5. Sequencing- intelligent & creative
6. Pranayama- benefits, contraindications & teaching techniques
7. Mantra & Chanting
1. Effective Assisting, Enhancing the Asana
2. ynamic Use of Language
3. Intention Setting & Themes
5. Voice as an Instrument- tone & tempo
6. Yoga in the World Today – styles and lineage
7. Qualities of a Good Teacher
8. Business of Yoga, Marketing & Social Media
9. Options for Certified Yoga Instructors
Anatomy & Physiology:
1. Physical Body A&P
2. Subtle Body including Chakra System, Nadis, Koshas, Granthis
3. Getting out of the Head & into the Body, Awakening Intuition- Thinking v/s Sensing
Philosophy, Lifestyle & Ethics:
2. 8 limbs of Yoga
3. Yamas & Niyamas
4. Yoga Sutras
5. Yoga v/s Hinduism
6. Art of Ritual
7. Dhuni Fire Ceremony
8. Diet & Nutrition
9. Intro to Ayurveda & the 5 Elements
10. The 3 Gunas
11. 5 Rhythms
12. Karma Yoga- being of service, giving back and making the world a better place
13. YA Code of Ethics
Posture Clinic & Practice Teaching – students will be teaching Asana, Pranayama and chanting with partners and in groups, openly giving & receiving feedback. Each student must create & teach a 30 minute class to be critiqued by instructors and peers.
Required text books
Teaching Yoga by Mark Stephens
Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff (second edition)
The Heart of Yoga by TKV Desikachar
The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali by Swami Satchitananda
Liz Lindh is a licensed and board certified Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a NCCAOM diplomate in Chinese Herbal Medicine, a holistic skincare therapist and natural beauty expert, and yoga teacher and teacher trainer. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and a Masters of Oriental Medicine degree from the East West College of Natural Medicine.
She is currently the director of The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, a unique eco-conscious yoga and wellness retreat and yoga teacher training certification center in Costa Rica. Here she created Lakshmi Rising School for Yoga and Wellness through which she offers Yoga Alliance approved Yoga Teacher Training certification programs and other wellness trainings throughout the year.
Dr. Lindh has has treated Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winning actors and directors, Grammy Award winning musicians, authors, dancers and artists of all sorts to inspire creativity, beauty and focus. She has worked with professional athletes in the field of sports medicine for injury treatment and prevention and enhanced performance.
Her extensive experience in Integrative Medicine includes research and treatment of stroke patients at Health South Rehabilitation Hospital, touring with a rock band as their private acupuncturist, presentations on complementary and alternative medicine at the University of Miami.
It also includes the development and implementation of a therapeutic yoga, meditation and wellness program for cancer survivors through an international non-profit support group, the creation of a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training curriculum approved by the National Yoga Alliance, and the formulation of her own line of herbal elixirs and beauty products.
Liz’s mission is to promote personal and global healing, to enhance the expansion of love, awareness and consciousness, and to support the wellbeing of all creatures.
You will be staying in a double-occupancy lodging at the tropical modern Zen Jungle Lofts. Facilities and features include daily house keeping, weekly laundry service, super filtered high vibration pristine mountain spring water for drinking and bathing, full access to the, and concierge services.
The tropical modern Zen Jungle Lofts are sensitively green-designed to harmonize within the natural environment, providing a comfortable up-close and very personal experience with nature.
Each of the six jungle lofts places each guest at eye level with the forest canopy and her passing monkeys, singing tropical birds, and scented floral trees. Plenty of room to perch yourself on a hammock at canopy eye level with your favorite book, a pair of binoculars, digital camera, and a glass of fresh mountain spring water.
Screened-in open-faced walls allow for vintage viewing, excellent ventilation, pleasurable sun, and moonlight. Refreshingly cool slate stone supports the ambiance to relax, recharge, and reconnect. Upstairs in the bedroom mezzanine, guest beds have an unencumbered view of the jungle.
In the spacious bathroom and private dressing area, there is ample sink shelf space for each guest. Right outside, there is a tropical garden view solar hot water shower with great pressure and wide shower head.
All of these jungle lofts are of a townhouse design with two lofts side-by-side. Each accommodates two individuals with each guest in a single twin bed or combined to form a king bed.
Each side of the duplex townhouse includes 17-foot open-faced screened walls, soaring ceilings, slate stone lounge space with two lounge chairs and coffee table, bedroom mezzanine with two twin beds, private dressing room with sink with hot water, private toilet room, garden-view solar hot water shower, hammock, and 625 square feet of living space.