Yoga Teachers Training
Intensive Retreat

At Goddess Garden in Costa Rica
2 upcoming training options:
October 10-31, 2015
with Jennifer Yarro
200 Hours, Yoga Alliance Approved

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Only a few spots left!!

The style we teach is a creative, dynamic, and intelligent flow which can be easily adapted to different levels and different tempos. The philosophy is based on the ‘8 Limb Path’ of Patangli and the asana practice is inspired by the Ashtanga system of Pattabhi Jois, linking poses together with the breath through the flow of Sun Salutations. Over 100 poses will be covered in-depth during the training with special attention to anatomical sequencing and skillful assists. At the end of the training you will be fully qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga and its variations such as Power Flow or Core Flow, as well as various levels of Hatha Yoga Interdisciplinary classes.

About the Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training
This three week intensive Yoga Teacher Training is an exceptionally high quality, fully comprehensive profoundly life transforming experience. It is passionately and skillfully led by Jennifer Yarro within the guidelines of Frog Lotus Yoga given by the founder, Vidya Heisel.

Jennifer Yarro, E-RYT 500, is a practitioner and teacher of AcroYoga, Hatha/Vinyasa Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Meridian Yoga, and Thai Yoga Massage. She is the owner and director of Frog Lotus Yoga in the United States and the founder of the Triple Gem School of Thai Massage. She teaches, trains, and certifies students internationally for 200hr Hatha & Vinyasa Yoga, 300hr Advanced Yoga Trainings, and up to 500hr for Thai Yoga Massage.

Jennifer has developed a devoted following because of her unique teaching style which blends the wisdom of Hatha Yoga, vigorous Vinyasa, cleansing Kundalini, and a deep understanding of the physical and energetic body. Her lively classes bring a fresh awareness to timeless principles of the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya.

Jennifer loves to study anatomy and intelligently offers classes that support skeletal alignment and muscular engagement, that builds strength, skill, and fluidity to support one's personal practice. In addition, Jennifer’s personal meditation practice, extensive training in group facilitation, and continual commitment for self-growth fuels the depth and energetics of the group experience. Lastly, her practice of structural bodywork and Thai Yoga Massage for over 10 years influences her love for teaching 'Hands-On Adjustments for Yoga Asana' which will be an integral part of the training.

Jennifer's compassion and willingness to hold space for growth in every student has made her an accessible mentor and friend to the hundreds of yoga teachers she has trained. She has been teaching Yoga full time for over 12 years and running 3-4 week residential trainings for the past 6 years.

If you are searching for a program where you will receive full support, expert instruction, and lasting inspiration, Jennifer Yarro and Frog Lotus Yoga Staff is the place for you! In this Yoga Teacher Training you will find a safe space to push your own edge of your physical practice, expand your knowledge of the foundations of Yoga, and will emerge open-hearted, radiant with confidence, brimming with possibility, and fully prepared to teach!

** Please note this is a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training Intensive for Certification. This is not a retreat.

The trainings are assisted by Jennilee Toner, E-RYT 500 who is an exceptionally experienced and talented Yoga teacher, Yoga Anatomist, and published author of 'The Perfect Chaturanga.' Also on staff will be a carefully selected graduates of the program, whose job is to facilitate the retreat and serve and assist you in all ways so that you may have the best possible experience.

About the Spa/Retreat Center
The aptly named Goddess Garden is located near Cahuita on the Caribbean Coast in the south of Costa Rica between the towns of Puerto Viejo and Limon. Cahuita is the site of a beautiful national park, where you can see howler and white faced monkeys playing in the trees. Cahuita is also known for good snorkeling.

The retreat Center is luxurious and comfortable. You will share a large bright and spacious room with two comfortable queen beds, a beautiful en suite bathroom and a private balcony overlooking the jungle. In the room, there is a desk, shelves and closet for your belongings and a safe for your valuables. Wireless internet is available free of charge in your room. Phone-calls can be made using phone-cards. For a small charge a laundry service is available.

The retreat center is nestled in a lush and exquisite tropical garden, a few steps from a beautiful Caribbean Beach. There is an inviting and beautifully designed swimming pool to relax beside, as well as dedicated study areas and hang out lounges with couches and hammocks. You will practice in what is surely the loveliest and most spacious yoga studio in Costa Rica with a 360 degree view of the abundant tropical jungle, complete with monkeys, sloths and toucans! The environment could not be more beautiful, comfortable or fabulous!

The Goddess Garden Spa offers high quality massage. The amazing Ayurvedic Massage therapist, John Jairo Campo will give you the best massage you have ever had!

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Course Outline
History and Philosophy of Yoga
Intensive study and practice of Asanas (postures)
Sanskrit names of yoga postures
Assisting and modification of poses
Yogic diet
The Business of teaching Yoga
Class sequencing and planning
Hands on assisting
Practice teaching
Deepen and further your own yoga practice

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Schedule
6.30—7.00am Tea
7.00—9.30am Meditation and Yoga Practice
9.30—10.30am Breakfast
10.30am—1.30pm Training Session
1.30—3.30pm Lunch
3.30—6.30 pm Training Session
6.30pm Dinner

Required Books for the 200 Hour Yoga Instructor Training
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  • The Perfect Chaturanga by Jennilee Toner
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 1 by Ray Long and Chris Macivor
  • Yoga: A Yoga Journal Book by Linda Sparrowe (paperback edition)
  • Inside the Yoga Sutras ** Reverend Jaganath Carrerra
**Please read this book before coming. You will also be required to purchase the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training Manual.

What qualifies you for this training?
A minimum of one year's regular yoga practice and reasonable competence is required to qualify for this Yoga Teacher Training Course. You are also required to be in good health, physically and mentally.

Accommodation Options
$3350 for space in a comfortable six person dorm with en suite bathrooms, gourmet vegetarian meals, full tuition and transport to and from San Jose.
$3650 for luxurious shared room with en suite bathroom (shared with two other trainees), gourmet vegetarian meals, full tuition and transport to and from San Jose.
$3950 for luxurious shared room with en suite bathroom (shared with one other trainee), gourmet vegetarian meals, full tuition and transport to and from San Jose.

During the training there will be two afternoons a week free to go on fabulous excursions or to spend time on the beach. We will be offering and arranging some exciting optional excursions, to go snorkeling, to hike in the jungle, to ride horses on the beach, to do a canopy tour on zip-lines etc. There is an extra charge to participate in the excursions. This ranges from $12-$75 depending on the excursion.

Getting there
Fly into San Jose. Take a taxi to a nearby comfortable hotel, which we will book for you. You will be met at the hotel the next morning and transport to Goddess Garden will be provided. Cahuita is a 4 hour drive from San Jose. Please note you will need to arrive one day prior to start date of training and fly out the day after the training officially ends.

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—Kristy Eckhart Wagner, E. Powell, Ohio

I feel absolutely blessed to have had the opportunity to do my yoga teacher training with Vidya from Frog Lotus Yoga. I can't imagine there is anyone else with as much knowledge, passion and dedication than Vidya who shared her experience and expertise with us with such grace and in such detail. The Yoga practice was incredibly inspirational and refreshing and each day she pulled something new out of the bag to challenge us. In short, the Frog Lotus Yoga teacher training retreats are nothing short of excellent and I will definitely do my 500 hour with Vidya... Can't wait and miss the practice immensely!

—Hayley Menzies, London UK

To any Yogi's that are considering partaking in a YTT, I would highly recommend the course in Costa Rica. The location was ideal, with the best yoga studio I have ever seen! Some of the benefits I felt from this well put together course were a deeper understanding about yoga and the yogic philosophy than I could have ever imagined, the most beautiful nature that I have ever laid eyes on and a lasting feeling of deeper peace. My biggest credits to Vidya who is one of the most knowledgeable teachers that I have ever met and an inspiring Yogi.

—Mandy Pelly, Renmark, South Australia

The experience at the Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica was beautiful and unforgettable, to say the least. There was a perfect balance between the challenge of learning new things, improving our own practice and giving us the confidence to teach. Thank you again Vidya for sharing with us your knowledge, experience and energy in such a clear, pleasant and professional way. All this combined with moments of recreation, fun and relaxation in an amazing natural setting and the spectacular collaboration of the wonderful hosts of Goddess Garden, plus their friendly and helpful team and staff. Every detail was thought of to perfection making every moment flow. It was a gateway to many positive changes in our lives. Thank you to everyone who was a part of it, for such gift!

—Andrea Arredondo Zanetta, Swampscott ,MA

Crickets chirping, monkeys howling, birds calling; what a perfect environment in which to practice yoga. When I signed up for the yoga teachers training in Costa Rica, I couldn't have imagined a more beautiful setting. Goddess Garden is an oasis in an already beautiful jungle. Walking along the beach at sunrise sets the mood for meditation. Whether in down dog or triangle pose, the sights & sounds of this paradise infiltrate your senses. This backdrop of beauty and peace made it possible to fully embrace the intensive nature of this Yoga Teacher Training, perfectly orchestrated by Vidya Heisel of Frog Lotus Yoga, her staff and the staff at Goddess Garden. I came away with so much more than a certification to teach yoga. I have a new appreciation for the history of yoga, a new respect for the practice, which is so much more than perfecting poses, and a desire to continue learning and growing on my own. Thank you Vidya and Goddess Garden!

—Kim Harrelson, Hauppauge, NY

The teacher training in Costa Rica with Frog Lotus is an experience not to be missed. It is a challenging three weeks no doubt but if you go with a sense of open-mindedness, the rewards are great. The training deepened my yoga practice immensely as well as helping me to look at the world with a kinder, gentler heart. The fellow trainees were brilliant, all compassionate and unique. Vidya has so much knowledge and experience that it was truly a fantastic opportunity to train with her.

Alysha Westlake, London, England

Vidya is a mature woman with a deep dedication to her practice and this is exemplified in every area of her life and training. Her practice is strong and at the same time she has a wonderful softness that teaches the middle path. She knows her yoga and brings creativity variety spontaneity and commitment to the training.  She is intelligent, grounded, humble and has great depth and wisdom which she generously imparts. Transformation is inevitable if you’re open to learning. I learned on a physical, mental and spiritual level. Vidya creates a warm, inspiring and knowledgable training where friendship and alumni is encouraged amongst the trainees, which shows her presence, strength compassion and personal dedication to living the eight limb path. Vidya’s knowledge of Iyengar Yoga gives her great awareness about alignment that is detailed throughout her flow training and personal practice which I loved, as it protects the physical body from injury. Vidya comes highly recommended by me for all of the above reasons, plus she is warm personable and professional. The most important things I got out of the course were a deeper knowledge, intense training and a much improved practice. Most importantly I feel well equipped to start as a yoga teacher.

—Yolande Hart, Melbourne, Australia

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