Costa Rica is a truly magical place. It’s one of the most biodiverse countries on Earth and consistently ranks as one of the happiest places on the planet. So, naturally, a yoga teacher training in Costa Rica sounds like heaven!
Choosing a location to take your yoga teacher training can be difficult, to say the least. There are endless options that all seem to offer transformational experiences. But it’s hard to know where to go and which course to choose.
Luckily, Costa Rica is one destination that you can feel absolutely confident choosing for a plethora of reasons.
In reality, these seven reasons just graze the surface of why Costa Rica is the perfect place to deepen your physical and spiritual practice. But they are overflowing with the truth of the magic that this small Central American country holds.
When you think of a yoga teacher training in Costa Rica, likely the first thing that comes to mind is lush jungle or palm-tree lined coastlines. This is because Costa Rica, which literally translates to “rich coast,” is overflowing with unbelievable natural beauty.
Everywhere you look, you’ll find a natural landscape even more beautiful than the last. From steaming volcanoes to towering rainforests to crystal clear waters, Costa Rica has it all. And not only do they have it all, they’re also masters at preserving it.
A yoga teacher training is a transformational experience, which is why Costa Rica is such a profound place to do it. You can experience a physical and spiritual transformation in the depths of nature. And that is a powerful, powerful metamorphosis.
Native Costa Ricans, known as Ticos, are some of the most welcoming people you’ll ever meet. They’re friendly and warm and are often happy that you’ve come to explore their beautiful country.
It’s not uncommon for locals to strike up a conversation with you about where you’re from, what places you’re visiting in Costa Rica, and how long you’re planning to stay. They’ll often want to share a drink or a local snack or even a surf session with you to express that you’re truly welcome in their home.
The locals live by the phrase pura vida, which literally translates to “pure life.” But it means far more than just that. It’s a love and appreciation for life that is embedded in the blood of Ticos and it’s also a contagious outlook on life.
Costa Rica is home to an abundance of wildlife, living peacefully in their natural habitats. From howler monkeys to crocodiles to sloths to scarlet macaws, each unique creature will teach you various lessons.
Monkeys will inevitably show you the value of having your own troop. Crocodiles will teach you patience. Sloths will teach the value in slowing down. Scarlet macaws will show you the unwavering power of love.
Each beautiful animal will offer you invaluable lessons in life. And, sure, they can be learned from afar. But seeing them up close and personal offers another level of perspective that you might have otherwise missed if you didn’t do your yoga teacher training in Costa Rica.
Costa Rica really is a model for the world when it comes to putting yogic values into practice. Arguably the most famous tenet of yogic philosophy is the practice of ahimsa, or non-violence.
Costa Rica doesn’t just preach this value; it actually lives by it. This magnificent country hasn’t had a standing army since 1948.
Very poetically, the then Costa Rican president demilitarized the country with the powerful words: "It is time for Costa Rica to return to her traditional position of having more teachers than soldiers."
The country has also banned recreational hunting, further practicing the principle of ahimsa.
Saucha, or purity and cleanliness, is another principle tenet of yoga philosophy that Costa Rica follows with unwavering devotion.
Costa Rica has always been a pioneer in the fight for a cleaner world. And, in fact, Costa Rica is one of the “greenest” countries in the world with a whopping 98 percent of its energy stemming from renewable sources and over 53 percent of its land covered in forest.
And now, Costa Rica is stepping up more than ever to create a cleaner, purer world with a plan to cross the ultimate environmental frontier and completely decarbonize its economy by 2050.
This is both groundbreaking and so deeply important for our world. It is yoga philosophy in action on a government and country-level.
And, not only that, but if you do your yoga teacher training in Costa Rica then you truly get to benefit from all of their hard work. Take a deep breath and really clear your lungs in your pranayama practice—Costa Rica boasts some of the cleanest air on the planet.
Another key principle of classical yoga philosophy is the concept of santosha, or contentment. Yoga teaches us to find contentment as we are and where we are. And no one puts this into practice better than the Costa Rican public.
Costa Rica has claimed the top spot in the Happy Planet Index four times! Ranking as one of the happiest countries in the world, Ticos embody this happiness through their pura vida lifestyle.
Contextually meaning “full of life” or “this is living,” Costa Rican people truly appreciate the little details and celebrate the good fortune of being alive.
This is exactly why a yoga teacher training in Costa Rica is ideal—can you think of a better place to learn about and truly live yogic philosophy?
Prana is life-force energy. It exists within us and around us at all times. It is the foundation of life but also the foundation of lifelike inanimate objects.
The ocean roars wildly with prana, the jungle breathes out prana in every moment, and volcanoes erupt with explosive pranic force.
Costa Rica is teeming with prana and there is no better way to experience all that it offers than to take your yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and experience its untamed magical energy.
Costa Rica truly is a paradise on Earth. It is one of the few countries that honestly has it all: tropical weather, beautiful landscapes, pristine beaches, lush jungle, abundant wildlife, welcoming culture, and—of course—a pura vida lifestyle.
You literally cannot go wrong by taking your yoga teacher training in Costa Rica. So take the leap and jump headfirst into a transformational experience in one of the most breathtaking countries in the world. You won’t regret it!
Join Nomad Yoga for a transformative journey into the world of yoga in magical Costa Rica! Our Yoga Alliance accredited 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings in Costa Rica are designed to move you deeper into your personal practice while simultaneously preparing you to offer your teachings to the world.
Wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys echoing, practice overlooking the lush jungle, and nourish yourself on the warm Costa Rican beaches. Bring your yoga practice and a pura vida lifestyle to one of the happiest places on Earth and watch the magic that unfolds.