The COVID-19 global health crisis is tragically affecting the whole world. Here is an update on how it will affect future Nomad Yoga teacher trainings and events.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

A Yoga Alliance certified course in Hatha, Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin Yoga

Discover it all

Exploring aspects of yin and yang yoga, you’ll discover how to both fire the body up and how to slow it down. Practicing anatomically-informed hatha and vinyasa flow each morning and restorative and yin yoga each evening, you’ll explore these complementary practices and all the elements necessary to be able to confidently teach both.

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Gain confidence

Extensive study of asana, alignment, anatomy, assists and adjustments, the philosophy and history of yoga, teaching methodology, intelligent sequencing, and the business of yoga will prepare you to teach with confidence and poise. You'll learn a multidisciplinary approach so that you can graduate with the ability to effectively teach multiple styles of yoga and meditation.

Go deeper

Whether you’re looking to deepen your personal practice or to teach professionally, this course will provide you with everything you need to take your yoga to the next level. This training is designed to move you deeper into your own personal practice while simultaneously preparing you to offer your teachings to the world.

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Course Dates

Mark "paradise" in your calendar!

Why Study With Us?

We cap our trainings to keep them personal and intimate so you will have an individualized experience with lots of direct contact and guidance from your teacher

Our teachers are highly experienced, professional, and knowledgeable with extensive work within the yoga industry and all hold the highest level of certification

We extensively study teaching methodology and the physical practice so you’ll graduate feeling confident and ready to teach immediately

Our school is accredited by Yoga Alliance®, so you’ll graduate with the ability to register as an RYT 200 and teach internationally with your certification

Course Syllabus

Throughout the duration of the course, we will extensively study

Training Schedule

Daily from Monday through Saturday with Sundays off

Training Schedule

Daily from Monday through Saturday with Sundays off
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6:30 - 7:00am

Meditation

7:00 - 8:30am

Morning Hatha/Vinyasa Asana Practice

8:30 - 9:30am

Breakfast

9:30 - 1:15pm

Training Sessions

1:15 - 3:15pm

Lunch & Personal Time

3:15 - 5:00pm

Training Sessions

5:00 - 6:30pm

Evening Yin/Restorative Asana Practice

6:30 - 7:30pm

Dinner

*Schedule is subject to change

Your Teacher

Dedicated, knowledgeable, and passionate instructor

Leah Sugerman

Leah Sugerman is a yoga teacher, writer, and passionate world traveler. An eternally grateful student, she has trained in countless schools and traditions of the practice and teaches a fusion of the styles she has studied with a strong emphasis on breath, awareness, and anatomical integrity. Leah teaches workshops, retreats, and trainings both internationally and online.

Leah Sugerman

Leah Sugerman is a yoga teacher, writer, and passionate world traveler. An eternally grateful student, she has trained in countless schools and traditions of the practice and teaches a fusion of the styles she has studied with a strong emphasis on breath, awareness, and anatomical integrity. Leah teaches workshops, retreats, and trainings both internationally and online.

Location

Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
Aerial view of turquoise blue water and black sand beach in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica

The retreat center is located on the magical coastline of Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. A beautiful, untamed paradise, Costa Rica is home to pristine beaches, lush jungle, warm ocean waters, and diverse wildlife.

Filled with all the natural beauty of Costa Rica and the warmth of its people, Playa Hermosa is the perfect place to escape for a transformational spiritual journey through yoga. Fall asleep to the melody of crashing waves and wake up to the sounds of howler monkeys echoing through the jungle.

A booming tourist destination, Costa Rica offers picturesque beaches, world-class surf breaks, endless jungle, cascading waterfalls, delectable cuisine, towering volcanoes, flourishing wildlife, and so much more. It's the perfect place to relax, unwind, and focus within.

The retreat center is located in the heart of the jungle with a beautiful pool. It's just a short bike ride from an epic, black sand beach and bikes are available for your use at the property!

Food

Healthy & Nourishing
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Healthy food nourishes the body and the soul, which is exactly why we love it. So, we serve only the best and healthiest vegetarian and vegan options for full-spread breakfasts, lunches, and dinners.

Every menu item is made from scratch using whole, and as often as possible, organic ingredients.

Created with a healthy lifestyle as inspiration and utilizing on-site permaculture gardens and edible landscaping, we serve only energizing, nutritious, nourishing, and wholesome meals.

All allergies and dietary needs can easily be accommodated.

Housing

Peaceful Jungle Sanctuary
Golden Buddha statue in a yoga studio overlooking the jungle in Costa Rica

We know that different people appreciate different living conditions, which is why we give you the option to choose what you like best and what best fits your budget.

Situated between the lush tropical beauty of the jungle and the world-famous beach of Playa Hermosa, the location is beautiful and picturesque, and the experience provided is priceless and life-altering.

There are a few different accommodation options to choose from with different amenities and price ranges. 

All housing options are equipped with air conditioning, ceiling fans, private bathrooms, hot water, organic hair and body care products, and free WiFi. Some rooms also feature a mini fridge and a balcony.

Rooms and Pricing

A $500 deposit is required to reserve your space in the training

SOLD OUT

Shared Triple Room

Shared Room with 3 Queen Beds
& Ensuite Bathroom

$2,999

All prices are in USD.

SOLD OUT

Shared Twin Room

Shared Room with 2 Twin Beds
& Ensuite Bathroom

$3,399

All prices are in USD.

SOLD OUT

Private Queen Room

Private Room with a Queen Bed
& Ensuite Bathroom

$3,799

All prices are in USD.

Frequently Asked Questions

You have questions, we have answers :)

What is included in the training?

The course tuition includes all of the following:

› 21 days of yoga teacher training course with individualized attention from your teacher

› 21 nights of accommodation at the beautiful jungle sanctuary retreat center

› Daily, abundant vegetarian and vegan meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner)

› Detailed 200 hour yoga teacher training manual

› Airport group shuttle pick-up and drop-off at a scheduled time at the start and end of the course

› Unlimited drinking water available all day

› Yoga props for use during the course

› Free access to public yoga classes at the retreat center during your time off

› Unlimited use of retreat center facilities including swimming pool, sun deck with lounge chairs, hammocks, and more

› Unlimited use of bicycles for transportation to and from the beach

What is not included in the cost?

The following is not included in the course tuition:

› Airfare

› Costa Rican visa (depending on your nationality, is either exempt, can be purchased on arrival, or must be applied for before arrival) 

› Travel and medical insurance (highly recommended)

What about COVID-19?

The COVID-19 global health crisis is tragically affecting the whole world and we are constantly monitoring its status. Here is an update about how it will affect future Nomad Yoga teacher trainings and events.

The retreat center is fully sanitized and taking all necessary health precautions. All classes will take place outdoors in an open-air yoga shala. Meals will also be served in an open-air dining area.

We understand that these are uncertain times, so if travel restrictions make it so that you unable to attend the course, you will be offered the option to transfer your payments to a future course or to be refunded in full.

At this time, to enter Costa Rica, there are no entry restrictions or requirements due to COVID-19. Although the use of a mask is not mandatory, it is recommended to maintain the protocol of hand washing and temperature taking, as well as comply with health protocols. Of course, wearing a mask is a personal choice and you are more than welcome to do so throughout the training if you choose to do so.

You can find more information about entry requirements here.

What language is the training taught in?

The course will be entirely taught in English, so proficiency in English is essential.

What style(s) of yoga will be taught?

While anatomically-informed hatha, vinyasa, yin, and restorative yoga are at the core of our teachings, our methodology is also influenced by the Ashtanga, Iyengar, Anusara, and Kundalini traditions. We will also briefly cover essential aspects of prenatal yoga.

What are the prerequisites for the course?

It is highly recommended that you have a dedicated and consistent yoga practice for at least 6 months to 1 year before joining the course. The only other prerequisites are a genuine interest in yoga, coming with an open mind, and being prepared to learn :)

What are the requirements for the course?

This is an intensive, three-week yoga teacher training program, so full attendance and completion of all homework and assignments is mandatory in order to successfully graduate from the course.

After completing your registration, we will send you an official welcome packet by email. This will include your pre-course required readings to prepare you for the training.

When should I make travel arrangements? And where should I fly to?

The first and last day of the course dates are used as travel days so please schedule your arrival and departure accordingly.

The nearest airport is Juan Santamaría International, in San José (airport code: SJO).

From here, you can take our scheduled airport shuttle to the retreat center with a stop at the famous Tarcoles Bridge to see crocodiles in their natural habitat. The drive takes about one and a half hours.

We will schedule the airport shuttle pick-up at a time when the majority of students are able to take it. If your flight arrival time makes you unable to make the scheduled departure time for the airport shuttle, we can help you to arrange travel to the retreat center. There are public buses, small shuttles, and private taxis available for the journey.

How do I know if I'm good enough at yoga to be able to teach it?

Yoga is a practice, not something to be perfected. Wherever you are in your yoga journey, you are good enough. You do not need to be an asana master to teach effectively or to impact your students in a positive way. You do not need to be able to hold handstand free-floating to offer meaningful classes to your community.

Perfectly practicing asana does not create a good teacher. Teaching is a completely separate skill that we will extensively study and practice in this training. You will learn the art of communication and how to empower your students. Your asana skills are unrelated to your teaching skills.

If you love yoga and want to share its teachings, then you are undoubtedly "good enough" and ready to teach yoga!

How do I pay for the course?

We accept either bank transfers or major credit cards for the deposit and remaining course tuition fees. A $500 USD deposit is required to secure your space in the training and the remaining balance of your tuition is due by July 31, 2022. Payment plans are available upon request.

Is Costa Rica safe? Can I travel there alone?

Costa Rica is one of the most advanced developing countries in the world and it is visited by many tourists yearly. The central Pacific coast is one of the most frequently visited areas in Costa Rica and wholeheartedly welcomes international tourism. Visiting Playa Hermosa either as a solo traveler or with a group is definitely safe, although you should always exercise common sense and vigilance while traveling.

Do I need a visa to travel to Costa Rica?

Depending on what passport you hold, most countries are visa exempt for a free 90-day entry into Costa Rica. Select countries need to apply for a visa in advance. Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the day of your arrival and have at least one blank page for a stamp or visa sticker. More visa information can be found here.

What if I want to share a bed or room with my partner or friend?

Please email us at yttc@nomadyogaschool.com so that we can discuss your situation and, hopefully, accommodate you.

What if I have more questions?

Feel free to reach out to us and ask us all of your questions at yttc@nomadyogaschool.com

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Jessica, New Zealand
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Leah has developed such an amazing yoga teacher training. In a short amount of time we delved deeply into the history of yoga, teaching methodologies and sequencing (and many more). I now feel ready and equipped to teach what I love! Her stunning leadership skills also helped to set a warm and nourishing environment for all of us students to flourish in unison and build strong life long connections with each other. This time has been a pivotal moment in my life and I’m forever grateful. Don’t get me wrong, we all had to WORK our minds, our bodies and our spirits. We were tested and challenged but I wouldn’t have it any other way. In a market so saturated of teacher trainings, just stop at Leah and let her take you on this beautiful journey to transition from student to teacher.
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John, USA
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This was my third YTT and by far the best. Leah is an excellent teacher and communicator and she prepared every part of the course with perfection.
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Renee, Greece
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Leah is the most inspiring teacher I’ve ever met. I am really so grateful that I met such an amazing person and that such a beautiful soul exists in this world. I had the honor to take Leah’s 200hr online yoga teacher training and it was one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had. Leah has created a dynamic space of safety, community, trust and love and every part of this training was wholeheartedly vibrant in its interactivity. She was always so eager to help and guide me through the process of this life changing experience. She speaks from her heart to every student and makes everyone feel so truly unique and special. I hope that every person that wants to take a yoga teacher training chooses Leah’s training that, in my honest opinion, has everything that a new yoga teacher must know when starting its long journey as a teacher. This training is truly a journey of self growth and transformation.
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Jenny, Scotland
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Not only is Leah a fantastically gifted teacher, she is a beautiful person too. Her knowledge, passion and patience are utterly inspiring. If you can study in any way with Leah, do it, you won't regret it!
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Aurore, Belgium
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There aren't enough words to describe the emotions that arise when I think about this experience. It has been at the same time the hardest and most wonderful 3 weeks I've had in my life. I have learned so much about every aspect of yoga: its philosophy, history, and physical practice but mainly I've learned so much about myself and the person I am or want to be. This training made me feel as an open door to a whole new world to discover and I'm so eager to continue on this pathway and discover much more of it. Thank you for this life-changing experience.
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Jeanne, France
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Leah’s teaching style is a combination of strength and grace, of high technicality and beautiful spirituality. Leah shares her knowledge selflessly and with great kindness...I feel so grateful to have met her, and would recommend her classes and trainings 100%!
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Felicity, USA
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It was the best experience of my life. Leah has to be the best teacher I've ever met and I feel so honored to have had the chance to be trained by her.
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Will, USA
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I have tried several times but when it comes to putting the words down, I’m getting lost. What I owe you is so much more than a “thank you” because I feel that what you taught me is the most valuable lesson I have learned in life. And for that, I am grateful. I opened myself up to the lessons you had to teach and what you taught has had a deep impact on me as a person. It is not something that I really understand, but I feel it happening. Thank you for everything you showed me and every lesson you gave. Thank you for being such a profound light in the world. And thank you for shining a little of that light on me. And thank you so much for having such a huge impact on me that I find myself tearing up as I try to write you a message of gratitude. Thank you so, so much for reaching into me in ways I don’t even understand.
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Julia, Germany
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I honestly had the feeling that Leah thought the 200hr teacher training course through from A to Z. It exceeded my expectations by far and I am actually sad that it is over already and most certainly will sign up for further training with Leah. I was a student of Leah in Hong Kong many years ago. I honestly forgot over the years exactly why I had the feeling I needed to learn more from her. During Day 1 of my 200 hour teacher training it all came back: she teaches with kindness, openness, clarity, and her cues for asana practice are as sharp as a chef’s knife. I can’t wait to continue on—on this life-long journey of practicing yoga and I hope to cross paths with Leah online and in person as a student of hers many more times. THANK YOU. From the bottom of my heart.
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Hibo, UAE
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Leah was an incredible teacher who guided and held space for 24 different and diverse students. At the start of the course I was unable to imagine a future as a teacher; by the end of the course, we were all confidently teaching our peers and I am now planning my own yoga classes. INCREDIBLE!
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Mark, England
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Leah is a complete force of total goodness and she has a massive presence. Her classes flow with consummate ease and, as a new yoga teacher myself, I now appreciate that her cueing is super world class. Never once did I find myself wondering what to do with my body. No class was ever the same. She always taught who was in the room and gave us all the confidence to attempt more difficult postures through her skill and compassion. Whilst she is light-hearted, there is a beautiful spirituality underlining her purpose on the mat. It makes you think on a deeper level when you leave the mat and return to “life.” Every class is a journey. World class teacher, world class person. I have yet to come across a better teacher on many levels.
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Ana, Croatia
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Thank you Leah for being such a dedicated, insightful, and lovely teacher—I still can't believe how much I learned from you.
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Estela, Costa Rica
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Leah has this natural gift to kindly and professionally lead you toward and within yourself during the whole practice.
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Michelle, Jersey Channel Island
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Leah, my flow is forever changed thanks to your teachings.
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Gassig, Lebanon
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Leah is such an inspiring person with a deep knowledge of yoga as a science and a philosophy. She always knew how to encourage us with her creative and motivating teaching techniques. Her classes are super enjoyable and she's the sweetest teacher ever! <3