Frog Lotus Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Intensive

At Goddess Garden in Costa Rica
November 17-December 1, 2018
with Jennifer Yarro director & owner of Frog Lotus Yoga and FLY staff

200 Hours, Yoga Alliance Approved

Accepting applications now!

The Frog Lotus Yoga 200 Hour Yoga Alliance Certified teacher training is a comprehensive, enriching, and high-integrity program designed to create a strong foundation from which to teach yoga. Our program focuses on anatomical awareness, safe alignment, progressive sequencing, and hands-on assisting. Graduates will have a sound understanding of how to lead an accessible, intelligent and well-rounded practice to a diverse student base.

Our program has been successfully running for 15 years and we have graduates teaching all over the world! At the end of the course, you will be a Certified Yoga Instructor, ready to teach and eligible to register with Yoga Alliance. You will be qualified to lead BOTH 'Hatha Yoga Interdisciplinary' AND 'Vinyasa Flow Yoga'. This is a rare opportunity to receive a double certification!

If you are searching for a program where you will receive full support, expert instruction, and lasting inspiration, Frog Lotus Yoga welcomes you!

Lineage & Style

We teach a safe, alignment-based yoga style that is creative, dynamic, and intelligently sequenced. It can be easily adapted to diverse levels and different tempos for a well-rounded and integrated yoga practice. The philosophy portion of the program is based on the ‘8 Limb Path’ of Patanjali and enriched by the history of the yogic tradition of India. The asana practice is inspired by Hatha Yoga and the Ashtanga system of Pattabhi Jois, where poses are linked together with the breath through the rhythm of Sun Salutations with relevant warm-up and cool-down elements in every practice.

About the Program

This two-week residential, intensive yoga teacher training is an exceptionally high-quality, fully comprehensive, and life-transforming experience. It is passionately and skillfully led by Jennifer Yarro, Lauren Harris, & Karen Ring within the guidelines of Frog Lotus Yoga given by the founder, Vidya Heisel. All of our teachers are trained in Thai Yoga Massage and have a strong anatomy background.

Over 100 poses will be covered in-depth during the training with special attention to anatomical awareness, articulate cueing, and skillful assists. At the end of the training, you will be qualified to teach Vinyasa Flow Yoga as well as various levels of Hatha Yoga Interdisciplinary classes (including 'Slow Flow' & Restorative Yoga).

We pride ourselves on our high-integrity and thorough program to comply with the requirements of Yoga Alliance. Therefore, in this two-week immersion format, you will be given ADVANCE homework as a part of the curriculum including readings, practice and online seminars to complete BEFORE our start date. Enjoy a unique opportunity to deepen your practice before you even arrive!

Course Outline

  • Deepen and further your personal yoga practice
  • Intensive study & practice of asana/postures
  • Modification & variations of poses
  • Use of props for asana
  • Hands-on assisting
  • Experiential anatomy applied to yoga asana
  • Practice Teaching & Skilled Cueing
  • History & philosophy of Yoga
  • Pranayama
  • Meditation
  • Sanskrit
  • Yogic Diet
  • The Business of Teaching Yoga

Approximate Daily Schedule

  • 6.30—7.00am Tea
  • 7.00—9.00am Meditation, Chanting and Yoga Practice
  • 9.00-10.00am Breakfast
  • 10.00am-1:30pm Training Session #1
  • 1.30—2:30pm Lunch
  • 2:30-3:30pm Training Session #2
  • 3.30—6.00pm Training Session #3
  • 6.00-7.00pm Yoga Practice
  • 7.00-8.00pm Dinner
  • 8.00-9.00pm Training Session #4

Required Books

(all available on

  • The Perfect Chaturanga by Jennilee Toner
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga: Scientific Keys, Volume 1: by Ray Long and Chris Macivor
  • Inside the Yoga Sutras by Reverend Jaganath Carrerra

**You will also be required to purchase the Frog Lotus Yoga Teacher Training Manual.

Prerequisites & Guidelines

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

*This program is for serious students as we will "eat, breath, and sleep" this immersion of yoga!

**Lastly, there will be preparation homework, required practice, and on-line seminars before the start date in order to fulfill the required hours for certification.

During the yoga training, all students are expected to eat a plant-based vegetarian diet and abstain from alcohol, smoking, and other drugs.

Except in cases of extreme illness or family crisis, students must attend all sessions and fully participate in all pre-immersion homework, practicums, exams, etc. in order to receive a certificate. In cases where absence is unavoidable, the missed time will need to be made up during the training time. If more than three sessions are missed, the student may not be certified.

*** Please note this is a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training Intensive for Certification. This is not a retreat, vacation, or detox/rehab program of any kind.

These guidelines are for the benefit and safety of the entire group. By applying for this course, you signal that you understand and comply with these requirements. Any physical or mental conditions that may adversely affect your participation must be communicated with the staff ahead of time.

Our Staff

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 16 years and running 2-4 week residential trainings for the past 10 years

Lauren Harris, E-CYT 200 & LMT, is an senior yoga teacher and licensed massage therapist living in the majestic valley of Ojai, California. She trained with Frog Lotus Yoga International in 2012 at The Goddess Garden in Costa Rica. In 2015, Lauren completed a 800-hour Massage Therapy program from East West College of the Healing Arts in Oregon and now runs a private massage practice. She leads alignment-based Vinyasa flow classes steeped in reverence and informed by anatomical awareness. She strives to make each one of her classes well-balanced, immersive, and inclusive so her students can enjoy their own experience of the interconnection of body/mind/spirit/community that is Yoga.

Karen Ring, E-RYT 200 is a seasoned yoga teacher, having taught in numerous FLY trainings in the US, Costa Rica, Spain and Bali as the Anatomy Teacher. She actively contributed to the revised FLY anatomy syllabus. She is a FLY 2013 graduate from the Costa Rica training. She has a long history of fitness as a personal trainer, Holistic Health Coach, nutrition councilor and chef. She practically applies these interrelated fields through years of self-study with multiple teachers, with an passion on proper form, body mechanics, and joint mobility. Her anatomy classes are inviting and in-depth yet accessible. She prides herself with sharing the latest information to new yoga teachers to promote safety and awareness in their teaching.

There will also be additional FLY graduates who will assist the training. There will be a minimum of 3 senior staff members and 1-3 additional support staff to ensure students can receive individual support during the immersion.

About the Retreat Center & Spa

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, colorful birds, and sloths playing in the trees. Cahuita is also known for good snorkeling in its crystal blue waters.

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. A laundry service is available for a small charge.

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 one of the best massages you have ever had!

Please keep in mind we will not have time for excursions during the training so you may choose to stay longer to explore Costa Rica as time permits.

Accommodation Options & Pricing

  • • $3095 USD for space in a comfortable six person dorm with en suite bathrooms, gourmet vegetarian meals, full tuition and transport to and from San Jose.
  • • $3295 USD 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.
  • • $3495 USD 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.

What is not included in the rates above:

Airfare, required books, night stay at the hotel in San Jose on arrival & departure (approximately $40/nt for a shared room), suggested tip for the center staff

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 either very late on the eve of the need of the training or better yet, the day after the training officially ends.

Have Questions?

Email: or call us at +1 774-257-5111

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This is an intense, amazing journey, and I cannot imagine taking in a place more beautiful than this.

—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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