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This yoga teacher training at Anamaya is an intensive program, by the end of which each participant will be certified and inspired to teach yoga as recognized by Yoga Alliance. The focus of your work together will be the art of teaching, or the manner in which you share what you learn about yourselves with others. You will build a strong foundation in breathwork, energy locks, mantra, and yoga philosophy to support you on this journey.
During the training you will be accommodated at Anamaya Resort.Their rooms and cabinas are elegantly designed with every detail focusing on protecting the environment. Most of the rooms have breathtaking ocean views and they are proud to have used non-toxic building materials, organic fabrics, and local artisans to complete the stylish and intimate accommodations.
All rooms have organic cotton sheets on all the beds, with pillows, blankets, etc. They also have organic or non-toxic soap and shampoo, a couple of hair dryers, and an iron that you can use if you need it. The rooms don't have a TV, but there is one in the media room, along with a digital projector. Anamaya does not have have cable signal as they don't want it, but they do have a DVD player and sometimes they show movies.
There are two kitchens, one outside that the staff uses for 80% of the food prep, and a "show kitchen" in the main hall to do the final touches on the meals. The guests can use that kitchen too, as well as the refrigerator. They also have an ice maker, coffee makers, blender, pots and pans and all that stuff, plus a water filter.
There is a very fast internet connection and Wi-Fi throughout Anamaya Resort, and you don't need a password to access it. Because they live in a remote area, the connection can go out at times. Many of the guests arrive with laptops, iphones, ipads, etc., and use them frequently, especially to take photos and video of Anamaya to send back home or post on Facebook to make their friends and family envious.
The Ananda cabin is the most spectacular accommodation, with the most amazing ocean views, great privacy, a large beautiful bathtub, and a sleeping loft.
Like most of the rooms at anamaya, the Ananda has two single beds that are an extra 10 centimeters long for adults, being the same length as a king size bed, and when put together, they can make a king bed for couples. On the superior floor there is a sleeping loft that also has an extra-long single mattress. The cabin can accommodate three people and it features ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, deck, desk, hammock, and a bathtub.
The Ananda has panoramic ocean views with glass walls on three sides. There’s also a small desk for two people.The view from the Ananda’s bathroom is one of the best in Costa Rica and will surprise and amaze you. One of the most beautiful bathrooms at Anamaya, it has a beautiful sculpted tub.
The glass walls on the left side all slide open, and in the front it’s open to the air and view. The Ananda cabina has a small zen garden in the back with a buddha, helping to create a very peaceful environment. Built on the hillside, the Ananda has many walls of glass to let in maximum light and airflow. Although it has air conditioning, it’s really not needed because of the excellent, eco-friendly design.
The Bali cabin is the most popular and romantic cabina at Anamaya, and is usually the first booked. It was actually designed and made in Bali, then disassembled and shipped here to Costa Rica. It can accommodate two people and features ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, garden bathroom, bathtub, deck, and hammock.
The Bali cabin is probably the favorite of all the rooms at Anamaya. It was designed and built in Bali, Indonesia, then disassembled, shipped to Costa Rica, and re-assembled here. The garden bathroom and deck were built in Costa Rica to finish the cabin.
The color theme of the Bali cabin is red. The floor is locally-grown melina wood, which is naturally impervious to termites and other wood-eating bugs, and was stained with red to help create the very exotic look.
The Bali cabin has a single hammock with a spectacular view of the waves breaking on rocks below. From here you can also see the mainland of Costa Rica, all the way down towards Jaco and Quepos. On a lucky day, you may see whales or dolphins, and most of the time you can hear Montezuma Falls to the north, which is only a five minute walk from a private path that starts behind this cabina.
The garden-style bathroom is a favorite part of tropical architecture and design, and not something that guests usually have in their home. The garden bathroom in the Bali house is the largest of the bathrooms at Anamaya, with a very large tiled bathtub.
The Casita was the first house build on the Anamaya property, and it’s one of the cutest little houses in Montezuma. It has a huge deck with hammocks, overlooking the gardens and ocean. It can accommodate up to five people and features ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan,deck, hammocks, and two bathrooms.
The house was the first structure to be built on the property by Geoff and Karen McCabe, two of Anamaya’s owners. It is an extremely well designed house for the tropics, with lots of light and airflow, and a large deck with views of the jungle and ocean.
The Casita is set apart from the other cabins, offers the most privacy and the most space, and is surrounded by gardens, and the jungle too. It has in front an organic herb and vegetable garden.
Like most of the constructions at Anamaya, it’s designed to be very beautiful at night. Costa Rica’s skies are extremely clear, and when there are no clouds, you’ll be able to clearly see the milky way and other astronomical features. The interior of the casita has an arched door and arched window connecting the bedroom with the sala.
The Gaia house is one of the favorites among the visitors. There are two lofts, each with its own ladder to access it, and there are two small, but beautiful bathrooms and two showers. The house can accommodate up to five people, three in single beds and two in separate lofts. It has ocean view, air conditioning, and ceiling fan.
The entire front of the Gaia house is sliding glass and screen doors, that can all be opened up for maximum breeze and light. The Gaia house is simultaneously very modern and rustic, because of the combination of smooth white concrete, polished stucco, and organic materials such as the rough wood posts.
Ganesh beautiful ocean view cabin can accommodate one to two people and it has an ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and a hammock. This is one of the smallest cabins, but has a great ocean view, and a private rooftop deck, making it a very popular cabin. It’s ideal for solo travelers or couples.
The bathroom is very special as well, as its fully open to the view and elements on one side. All the furniture in Ganesh was made in Costa Rica and was designed especially to fit this room. The Ganesh room has lots of light due to the large windows and beautiful view in the southern direction.
Garuda's Nest accommodates two to four people and it is build high on a tower, featuring ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and hammocks. The cabin has expansive views of the ocean and jungle canopy. Because it’s so high, it sways a bit like a tree house when the wind blows or people walk around in it. So don’t book the Garuda’s Nest if you find that idea unnerving or you’re afraid of heights. This one is for the most adventurous guests only.
This cabin has two single beds in the main room, or the option of a king size bed, and there’s an additional queen bed in the loft above. Below the cabin is a large five on five meters wood deck with a hammock.
Hanuman has an ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, and a hammock, and it can accommodate two to four people.
The cabin was named after the monkeys one can frequently see in the canopy in front of it. The Hanuman has a beautiful view of the ocean, and an open-air designer bathroom. One of the beds is built into a very unique niche, very queen-like. This cabina is ideal for two people, each with their own luxurious bed, but also works for three or four friends or a family.
The Jungle cabin, or jungle room as it is sometimes called, is the favorite among the Anamaya staff, even though it doesn’t have the ocean views. It’s one of the largest cabinas and the design, decor, and lighting are all very unique and beautiful.
But what really makes it stand out is that the bedroom section is build high above a steep slope, making you feel like you’re in a tree house high up in the jungle canopy. This section has three walls of glass to really connect you with the outside. Even if you’re not staying here, be sure to come check it out because it’s amazing. The jungle house can accommodate up to two people and it features three house view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, a desk, a loft, and a garden bathroom.
The Lotus is one of the most popular cabinas because of its ocean views to the east and south. It can accommodate two people and has ocean view, air conditioning, ceiling fan, a balcony, and a hammock.
The room is located underneath the lower yoga deck, and it has the most privacy. It has a queen size bed and a private bathroom, with a view of the ocean, and a tree in front that’s a favorite of the monkeys. The room accommodates up to two people, and it also has air conditioning, ceiling fan, and hammock.
The Master suite occupies the top of the main building at Anamaya. It has vaulted ceilings, a balcony with an incredible eastward ocean view, and an internal balcony looking over the main sala or living area of Anamaya. The suite also has gorgeous interior architecture and design. From the deck, one can enjoy the spectacular view, facing towards the east. You can even see Tortuga Island from here. The suite can accommodate three people in a king bed and a single bed, or in three single beds. The features of the room are air conditioning, ceiling fan, desk, and balconies.
Prana is one of the coziest cabins at Anamaya resort. Despite it’s small size, the prana room has everything you might need and is a favorite of couples who come for retreats at Anamaya. The open closet has a small desk with an ocean view, and there is also a private deck with a hammock.
The prana room is one of the most eco-friendly cabinas built in Costa Rica. All the materials are non-toxic, even the stucco was specially made without the usual fungicides. Mildew and fungus are defeated instead with good airflow, lots of light, and eco-friendly cleaning supplies.
The deck has a hammock offering a gorgeous view of the ocean and the southern tip of the Nicoya peninsula. On a good day, you may see whales or dolphins in the ocean below in front of the Rio Montezuma rivermouth. The prana room has two Buddha statues built into niches on its sides, to help create a feeling of peace and tranquility.
The prana room faces nearly directly south, with a view of both the sunrise and the sunset. The prana room’s view includes a distant vista of Cabo Blanco national park, located at the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. On a very rare day, you may see a rainbow down inside the valley, spawned off a waterfall hidden there. The room accommodates two persons and also features air conditioning, ceiling fan, and a desk, together with the deck and hammock with ocean view.
Serafina can only accommodate one person and features jungle and ocean view, air conditioning,ceiling fan, and a balcony. It is a small room next to the master suite. It has a custom-made bed with an oversized single mattresses designed for adults. The style is of a Balinese daybed. The Serafina room shares a designer bathroom with the master suite.
Anamaya’s temple cabina is an incredibly beautiful wood structure, with tons of intricate detail. The Temple cabin can be set up with two twin beds, or they can be put together to make a king sized bed for couples, therefore it can accommodate two people. It also has two small rooms on each end, and a bathroom shared between them, for another two people occupancy.
The room faces out towards the jungle, with a wall of glass on one side. The Temple is made primarily from melina wood, which is a wood that’s farmed in the local area. Melina wood has a natural insect repellent, so no poisons or toxins are used to treat it. This room also has air conditioning and ceiling fan.
The yoga deck is a huge draw for Anamaya, and probably the number one reason that people say they visit the resort. When they ask their guests how they made their decision of where to stay, most of them answer that they wanted to do yoga on that deck! High above the jungle and ocean below, it is an unforgettable experience that is a dream-come-true for many.
The process of learning to teach also encompasses diving deep into your own practice and your own hopes and fears, perhaps deeper than you’ve ever gone before. For this ritual to work, it is important that you use your time and energy wisely. During the breaks and days off, you will be encouraged to study, practice teach, and spend time in silence to help you digest the work you do as a group.
There is a lot of material to cover in just 21 days, so coming rested, prepared, and committed will be essential to completing the course. You’ll be asked to keep a journal privately during the course and will need to complete assignments and miss no more than one day of the whole training. Get started on your reading and journal today in preparation.
Reading and practice assignments, as well as a teaching demo, reviewed, and final evaluation will round out the program. In addition, karma service hours will be required for completion during or after the training.
Remember, yoga is a journey of self-discovery and building our sensitivity to the surrounding world. You will be discovering and releasing attachments to that which is familiar and constricting in order to build your light to shine brighter than ever. In order not to disrupt each other’s process, you will, as a group, abstain from drinking alcohol, smoking, or using drugs for the duration of the course.
This training is not a time to vacation and party; think of it more as an intensive or cleanse dedicated to honest self-reflection, purification, and clarity. On the evenings and days off, you are welcome to do what you wish as long as it does not disrupt the group’s energy. After the last day of class, you will have a celebration party with maybe a special performance and prepare for reintegration into the real world.
By the end of this training, you will probably be in the best shape of your life. Expect to leave more relaxed, physically stronger, invigorated, and with more mental clarity on how to live life to the fullest.
Yoga Alliance requires 120 contact hours with the teacher, to get a 200-hr certificate. The 80 hours can be done by the student in their own time. In this case, the program includes 140 contact hours with Banyan, as follows:
This requires that you have practiced yoga for at least 40 hours before attending this yoga teacher training. Most students of course have done hundreds of hours. You will need to prove that you’ve done this, in order to get awarded a certificate. There are several methods of proving. You can give a hand written list of dates and classes, with the studios or teachers, a photocopy of your records from your yoga studio, a note signed by your teacher, or a printout from MindBodyOnline studio software.
Each day’s sessions will begin at 07:00 a.m. and end at 08:30 p.m. Sessions will be held for five days and then you will take the sixth day off. Depending on the needs of the group, this schedule may change.
Prepare for the course now by reading the above mentioned books. Please bring Ray Long’s anatomy book to the training.
Yoga Alliance E-RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Banyan is clearly an old soul, sent to earth to teach and bring joy to all who know him. Since a very young age he has traveled East and West, studied, and taught. Banyan was at one time a semi-professional athlete, a circus clown, a fire dancer, and a motorcycle racer. He now excels at instructing others in the art of teaching yoga skillfully. His classes have a deep presence and a playful touch, with lots of smiles and laughter, and his forte as a yoga teacher is instructing others how to step into their roles as entertainers in their own classes.
Anamaya Resort is located at one of the highest points in Montezuma overlooking some of the best ocean views in the area. Anamaya resort is only five minutes from downtown and several beautiful beaches. Montezuma is in the Puntarenas province, located at the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, and it began as a small fishing village.
The area began to attract tourists in the 1980s because of its natural beauty, waterfalls, variety of activities, and opportunity to relax. Montezuma is also known for its yoga community as well as its creative and healing arts.
The closest beach is in Montezuma, which is a five -minute drive or 20-minute walk. You can also walk to Playa Las Manchas, which is cleaner, and spectacularly beautiful, with the best snorkeling in the area. That's about seven minutes by car or 30 minutes by foot. Playa Los Cedros, the famous Montezuma and Cabuya surf spot, is nine minutes by car. The beaches of Santa Teresa and Malpais are 30 minutes by car.
You can walk down in about 20 minutes, and the walk back up the hill is a great workout to get to the beach. You can also take a taxi back for around 4-6 USD (green / high season). There are two grocery stores, and the smaller one is actually better. You will find many fancy imported food products, due to the fact that many gourmets have lived in the Montezuma for over 20 years so this small store (Pachi's) caters to them. There's also a bank machine but no bank.
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Included in the price you have thee daily organic meals. Anamaya resort grow some of their produce on their own own farm at Rancho Delicioso, and are working to increase the percentage of their own crops. They have rules in the kitchen that require the chefs not to use anything from cans and jars, although they allow a few gourmet ingredients like capers or olives that do not come fresh.
The chefs do not work from a set menu. One does not know what they are going to make every day, and it is a wonderful surprise each night for dinner. As far as they can tell, they never make the same meal twice.
You can book a relaxing, Reiki, cranio-sacral, hot stone, deep tissue, Thai, Oriental, or organic massage as well as a facial, back body, abdominal, head, hand or foot massage at the organic Montezuma Spa, for an additional cost. The participants in the yoga teacher training have a 15% discount on the spa services they book.
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) in San Jose.
From San Jose, it's only a 30-minute flight to Tambor Airport (TMU), the local airport. This costs 75-105 USD each way. Anamaya can arrange a taxi ride from Tambor to the resort for you, at an additional cost. From there to Anamaya it's about a 30 minute scenic ride, which costs 35 USD for a regular taxi (max four people) or 55 USD for a van (max nine people). If you don't get a chance to arrange one with us, there is almost always one there waiting and they should know where Anamaya resort is located.
The two airlines that fly SJ-Tambor are Sansa and Nature Air. Nature Air flies from the Pavas Airport (SYQ) in downtown San Jose, about 20 minutes from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). It is a 20-minute taxi ride, or you can take the Nature Air shuttle for eight dollars.
For flying with Sansa, the ticket office and departure area is right next door to Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). You just go outside of the main airport to the street and turn left. It's about a five-minute walk.
There is a direct bus service from San Jose to Montezuma. This bus leaves every day from the parada de San Carlos in downtown San Jose at 6:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The cost is 12 USD. The bus station is a 20 minutes, 20 USD taxi ride from the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). The bus trip takes about five hours and 50 minutes total. There is one rest stop between San Jose and Puntarenas. In Puntarenas you must get off the bus and the driver will hand you a ferry ticket and a laminated card that you need to get back on the bus. Follow the bus crowd onto the ferry for a beautiful one and a half hour ferry ride. Upon crossing the gulf you will disembark in Paquera. Follow the passengers to the other side of the ferry terminal to re-board the bus and continue the journey to Cobano. In Cobano all passengers going to Montezuma switch to another bus, which takes you the final 20-30 minutes to downtown Montezuma. From Montezuma, Anamaya Resort can arrange a taxi service for you at an additional cost.
When driving from San Jose to Montezuma or back, you will need to take the ferry unless you are coming from Tambor Airport (TMU). It takes about one hour and 50 minutes in total. It's about 800 COL per person plus about 1,300 COL per car.
The ferries have an air-conditioned passenger deck complete with snack shop and restrooms, as well as a large outside viewing area. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased.It is recommended getting to the ferry about 30 minutes before it is scheduled to leave to help make sure your vehicle gets a space on the boat. Taking the bigger ferry, Tambor Dos also helps ensure there is space.
This is the more economic route to Anamaya Resort that they are happy to book for you. It is also a way to meet other retreat guests with whom you will be spending the week (or month, depending on the retreat ). To take advantage of this shuttle, it is recommended you booking your international flight to arrive no later than 1 p.m.
The company Anamaya Resort uses is called Montezuma Expeditions. This company is timely, professional, and they are thankful to have them as their friends. To sign up for this group shuttle, please send an email to the reservations manager with your arrival time at the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) and, of course, a request to be signed up. She will then respond with a confirmation email detailing the exact cost and cancellation procedure. This service differs quite a bit depending on if it is the green season (June to November) or high season (December to May).
For green season, there is a regular shuttle that departs at 8 a.m. Often guests are not able to arrive so early so the reservations manager coordinates a shuttle to pick up between 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. at the latest. This shuttle costs between 50 and 60 USD each, depending on the amount of people signed up. The reservations manager will send a confirmation email for the time and cost the week prior to your arrival. For high season, the regular shuttle departs the international airport at 6 a.m. and at 2 p.m. This shuttle costs 45 USD. These charges are put on your bill.
It takes one and a half hours from the airport to the ferry in Puntarenas. The shuttle driver will buy your tickets and help you board the ferry. You carry all your luggage on the boat with you. The ferry takes one and a half hours. Enjoy a beautiful boat ride with views of the sunset over the mountains. You will board another shuttle on the other side in Paquera, which welcomes you to the lovely Nicoya Peninsula. From Paquera, the ride is another one and a half hours to the door at Anamaya.
To return on the following Saturday to the airport, the shuttle will pick up from Anamaya Resort at 7 a.m. (high season) or 9 a.m. (green season) and arrive at the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) between 12 p.m. and 12:30 p.m. or 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. respectively. Your departure flight must be no earlier than 3:30 p.m.