Reflections on Becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor in Costa Rica

Reflections on Becoming a Certified Yoga Instructor in Costa Rica

This post was last updated on March 10th, 2017After one of the most beautifully demanding and rewarding months of my life, I can now officially say it: I’m a certified yoga instructor!     Last Monday was the conclusion of my 200-hour yoga teacher training immersion at Blue Osa, one of the best wellness retreat centers in Costa Rica. After a touching temple ceremony, us twenty-three women fittingly celebrated the feat with cocktails, dancing, gelato and a moonlit bioluminescent swim. It was the perfect (if bittersweet) ending to an absolutely fantastic four weeks.   I knew this month of my life would go by mind-boggling fast, yet somehow I’m still in a bit of disbelief that the training is, in fact, finished. We first solidified our plans to return to Blue Osa last January. That meant there was a period of around ten months that consisted of me trying to stay present on our travels while subconsciously counting down the days until I was back practicing yoga in paradise. Naturally I can’t help but feel a touch of shock that the training is all said and done with now.   Despite my insane excitement leading up to the teacher training, I never could have imagined just how life-changing this experience would be. I came to Blue Osa with the idea that I would learn how to be a yoga instructor and perhaps deepen my personal practice in the process. But as one of my fellow trainees put it perfectly, when I said deepen my practice, I really meant move deeper into the yoga postures (perhaps with a bit of...
Yoga Teacher Training | An Adventure Outside the Studio

Yoga Teacher Training | An Adventure Outside the Studio

This post was last updated on July 27th, 2016After I shared my yoga teacher training schedule last week, I received quite a few emails talking about what an intense schedule we have. I’m not going to lie—things are pretty busy here. After all, we only have thirty days to get up to speed on a tradition that dates back thousands of years… But just because we’re working hard in the yoga studio doesn’t mean we don’t have time for a bit of adventure, too!   Since dinner on our first night at Blue Osa, Aaron had been hinting that he had a few surprises up his sleeve for teacher training this year. Last week, the first one was revealed: we were going on a ‘field trip’. Where to he wouldn’t say, only that we were still required to wake up at 4:30, drink hot water, do our Neti pot and then be ready to leave by 5:00 on the dot. It’s been a while since any of us went on a field trip, so we couldn’t help but feel excited as we piled into a few trucks and set off down the gravel road. Of course we happened to land ourselves in the back of a rustic pick-up—a decision that would later come back to be somewhat amusing… Off The Beaten Track On The Osa Peninsula     We bounced along for thirty minutes past wild jungle and through a few low rivers, the obligatory howler monkeys calling out in the distance. The muddy roads were a testament to the torrential downpours we had received the night before, and...
A Day In The Life Of A Yogi In Training

A Day In The Life Of A Yogi In Training

This post was last updated on March 10th, 2017I’ve really been struggling with what to write about for this week’s yoga teacher training update. It’s not because I don’t have anything to say—actually, it’s quite the opposite. So much has happened in the past seven days that I simply haven’t quite figured out how to verbalize it all. My mind and body are absorbing insane amounts of new information, and I’m so excited about it all that part of me wants to ramble off every bit of it to you. But this is also a travel blog (not a yoga blog), so I understand that most of you have no interest in hearing the philosophy behind the Yoga Sutras or the energizing effects of different asanas. I’m also feeling a little bit selfish and want to keep some of the bits and pieces to myself for now.     So after starting and deleting about ten different drafts, I finally decided to start simply and dive into what the schedule of an immersion yoga teacher training program in Costa Rica looks like. Our itineraries will be changing slightly as we start to teach more, but this is at least a good introduction :-) A Typical Day At Yoga Teacher Training In Costa Rica   4:15 am:   First alarm goes off. I should really go ahead and get out of bed now, but instead, I hit snooze and cherish the next seven minutes.   4:22 am:   Second alarm goes off. Now I really do need to wake up, because putting my contacts in and stumbling around in the...
Updates from Blue Osa: The First 24 Hours of Yoga Teacher Training

Updates from Blue Osa: The First 24 Hours of Yoga Teacher Training

This post was last updated on July 30th, 2017So Yoga Teacher Training has officially begun at Blue Osa in Costa Rica. I have literally been looking forward to this moment since mid-January, and now that we’re here, it all feels a little bit surreal. It also feels pretty freaking amazing.   We felt a heavy load lifted off of our shoulders when we arrived at Blue Osa—and it wasn’t just from dropping our overflowing bags into our temporary abode. Within hours of arriving at Blue Osa, we had already heard the signature sound of howlers monkeys calling out in the distance, spotted trees full of rainbow macaws, and stuffed ourselves full with farm-to-table deliciousness. (We’re back here for the yoga, but the evening desserts are a close second.) And though we might not love the bugs or the cold-water showers, we can feel a tangible difference in our energy from being surrounded by the jungle and just steps away from the ocean.     Which brings me to yoga teacher training. It’s only been one official day of the course so far, but I can already tell that this month is going to hugely impact who I am as a person. I think that any type of yoga teacher training is incredibly special, but there is undoubtedly something really powerful about participating in an immersion program.   All outside worries, superfluous to-do lists and non-essential responsibilities have seemed to slip away. And various practices I know I wouldn’t begin at home (like waking up at dawn to use a Neti Pot) are more accessible.  But more than anything else,...