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200-hour Nature Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

  • Selva Armonia Retreat Center Uvita Costa Rica (map)

Presented by: Heidi Michelle, Heidi Grace Dietrich and Guests

Location: Selva Armonia Retreat Center in Uvita, Costa Rica

Spend 28 days in the jungle paradise of Costa Rica, immersed in the Yogic Lifestyle, while earning your 200-hour Yoga Alliance certified Teaching Certification.


Training Includes: 27 nights lodging, 3 vegetarian meals per day, round-trip airport ground transportation, waterfall and beach access 1x/week,, 200-hour YA Certified Yoga Training and Nature Yoga's Practitioners Manual, Partner Yoga Training with Heidi Michelle and taxes.

Training Does Not Include: Airfare, meals out, extra excursions.

COURSE DESCRIPTION AND CURRICULUM (as required by Yoga Alliance)

The Level I Nature Yoga Teacher Training will teach you the fundamentals of yoga asana, philosophy, anatomy, physiology, and psychology. You will learn the benefits and function of asana, meditation, mantra, and pranayama in order to teach others effectively. In these 28 days of deep jungle immersion with an exceptional team of teachers and peers, you will explore techniques, discuss and learn yoga philosophy and practice teaching. In a supportive environment, you will be encouraged to develop your own teaching style, find your voice and come to understand what the practice of yoga means to you. A teacher not only attracts students through knowledge, but also as an apparent, almost visible, expression of yoga.

  • Yoga Asana: Theory, Practice, Sequencing

  • Yogic Anatomy and Western Anatomy

  • Yoga Philosophy and Ayurvedic Fundamentals

  • Mindfulness, Meditation and Pranayama

  • Mantra, Mudra and Chakra

  • Yoga Techniques for the Modern World

  • Knowledge and Practice of Hatha, Vinyasa, Anusara & Principle-Based Partner Yoga

  • Therapeutic Uses of Yoga: Anxiety, Depression, and Chronic Stress

  • Business of Yoga: Getting started as a teacher, teaching private classes, marketing yourself

  • With BONUS Partner & Acro Yoga Foundations Training!

“If you want to learn something, read about it. If you want to understand something, write about it. If you want to master something, teach it.” – Yogi Bhajan

REQUIRED COURSE TEXTBOOKS (can usually be purchased used through Amazon)

Yoga & Ayurveda, David Frawley

Teaching Yoga, Mark Stephens

Taking the Leap, Pema Chodron

Recommended reading for your teacher training and beyond:

Yoga Anatomy, Leslie Kaminoff

Yoga Sutras, Swami Satchidananda

Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar


$1995 Nature Yoga Training Tuition
$3003 Lodging and Meals at Selva Armonia Retreat Center in Uvita, Costa Rica


ABOUT HEIDI MICHELLE: Heidi Michelle first stepped onto a yoga mat in 1998 and has been teaching yoga since 2008. Initially inspired by Kundalini yoga, she soon discovered Baron Baptiste and Power yoga. Heidi’s teachers include Rod Stryker, Shiva Rea and Anand Mehrotra. She studied extensively with Elysabeth Williamson, creator and founder of Principle-Based Partner Yoga™, and has been teaching Partner Yoga since 2009, most recently leading Partner Yoga Teacher Trainings.

As a personal development and awareness facilitator from 1995 to 2002, Heidi’s passion for empowering people emerged. She has been guiding, teaching, and leading ever since. Offering classes, SUP Yoga, retreats, workshops and trainings in the United States, India, Mexico and Costa Rica, her yogic teachings feature dharma-rich, gently demanding practices with an emphasis on yoga as a practice ground for life.

I’ve been practicing yoga for over 15 years and Heidi Michelle is one of my favorite teachers. Her style speaks to and calms my busy mind, every time—as she opens class I feel myself dropping in, effortlessly. Heidi encourages by calling my attention to aspects of a pose, maybe a subtle physical adjustment, internal sensation or state of mind, that I hadn’t ventured into before. Her instruction has, on a few occasions, helped me to find new edges and triumph over my own perceived obstacles. She has a gentle and playful style that puts me at ease, so if I choose to wiggle, touch down for balance or float unexpectedly into the fullest expression of a pose I feel supported by her mindful and caring instruction. I can’t wait for my next session with Heidi!
— Denise Dambrackas, Owner/Graphic Artist, Medulla Studio, Denver, CO

Heidi Michelle is the founder of DragonFLYoga, is a Traveling Yogini, a Health and Peace Advocate and you can find her teaching yoga at Her home, Villa Diosas, in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, at Danyasa Studio in Dominical, Costa Rica, and at Midtown Community Yoga in Reno, Nevada, United States.

 Heidi Grace Dietrich

Heidi Grace Dietrich

ABOUT HEIDI GRACE: As a yogini and an artist, Heidi Grace inspires us to explore yoga as an applied lifestyle, making art with our lives and relaxing into our Divine Self. Through the dance of balancing the body, mind and spirit she guides us toward harmonizing our inner truth with our actions and experiences.

Utilizing therapeutics, Heidi Grace’s gentle and restorative approach to the yoga practice incorporates energy work, flower essences, mantra, yantra painting, gemology, astrology, stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), as well as Yoga Nidra.

Heidi Grace received her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from Marianne Wells Yoga School in Costa Rica in 2009. She also has 108 hours of training in the heart oriented method of Anusara. In 2013, she completed her 500-hour Yoga Teacher Training with Brenna Geehan and Jean Mazzei of SriYoga in San Francisco.

It is Heidi’s vision to share the layers of yoga
that will help individuals to exist in total freedom.

“Heidi teaches yoga that works for young and old, experienced or novice.  If you can’t quite get the pose she offersan easier way.  Alternately if you are accomplished in yoga she offers a more advanced way.  The breath work and the intention add to the spiritual effect of the class. Heidi’s classes work for me especially as I age.  Her yoga classes keeps me strong and limber.  She deals with the entire body both physically and spiritually.  I have learned so much from Heidi’s yoga classes.  Not only how to assume poses with the proper alignment, but she always has useful tips for my home practice.”  Warmly, Barbara Kopitz

Heidi Grace is the founder of Dharma & Grace Yoga Retreats and Charlevoix Yoga.


 Selva Armonia Retreat Center

Selva Armonia Retreat Center

Nature Yoga Teacher Training 2019 will be returning to Selva Armonia Retreat Center, the birthplace of NYTT in Uvita, Costa Rica. Selva Armonia, or “Harmonious Jungle," provides world-class retreat space deep in the rainforest, overlooking the South Pacific Ocean. As a true eco-lodge, they combine elegance with a rustic jungle environment, exceptional service and unparalleled gourmet cuisine. A true Shangri-La!

Selva Armonia's Mission: To provide a sanctuary that rekindles a connection with nature and nourishes each guest in mind, body, and spirit.


 Epic Sunset Views from Selva Armonia Retreat Center

Epic Sunset Views from Selva Armonia Retreat Center

Teach what you love. Live what you teach. Ready for the journey?

Registration Details

Step 2:  AWAIT YOUR ACCEPTANCE (you will receive an email within 1 week of submitting your application)

Step 3:  MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT (once your acceptance letter is received via email, a deposit is required to reserve your seat)

- $1,000 Deposit required to reserve your seat
- $995 Tuition Balance due at least 60 days prior to training start date
- $1,501.50 Half Lodging and Meals due at least 30 days prior to training date
- $1,501.50 Balance Lodging and Meals (plus incidentals) due upon check-in

Payment Options
Participant's Full Name
Start Date of Training
Student's name


Contact us for more information and support in beginning your journey into teaching!

Commonly Asked Questions and Answers:


Q: I'm ready to book my flight. When and where should I fly in and out?
A: You will be flying into the city of San Jose (Airport Code: SJO). Please land at SJO no later than 1:00pm on the first date of your training, in time to catch your 3:00pm shuttle. Book your departure flight for 7:00pm or later on the final day of your training. Ground transportation details will be sent to you as your training approaches.

Q: I need to stay overnight in San Jose. Do you recommend any hotels?
A: We recommend Hotel Los Volcanes. They provide complimentary breakfast and next day shuttle to the airporthttp://hotellosvolcanes.com

Q: Is the water safe to drink at Selva Armonia?
A: Yes. Drink it from every tap and bring a non-disposable water bottle to re-fill.

Q: Do you have laundry service?
A: No, however, Selva Armonia has a clothes hand-washing station with bio-degradable soap and encourages hand-washing and drying your clothes with the heat of the tropical sun.

Q: What currency is used in Costa Rica and how do I exchange money?
A: The local currency is Costa Rican Colones. American dollars are also accepted most places, including taxis. It is easiest to exchange money at the airport.

Q: Is it buggy?
A: Yes. The location is in or close to the rain forest, humid and bio-diverse. Bring Deet/Off if you are concerned.

Q: Is there malaria in Costa Rica?
A: No.

Q: How far is the facility from San Jose (SJO)/the airport?
A: Approximately 3 hours driving time.

Q: What is the weather like?
A: Weather in Costa Rica:

Q: When are the rainy seasons?
A: May through July and October through December.

Q: Is tipping customary in Costa Rica?
A: Yes, a 10-15% gratuity is appreciated throughout the country.

Essentials for Happy Jungle People/Packing List:
• Yoga mat (we do have extras if you need one)
• Flashlight or headlamp
• ONLY biodegradable soaps, shampoos, etc.
• Slip-off shoes/flip-flops
• Hiking/walking shoes (closed-toed)
• Sunscreen (bio-degradable)
* Sun Hat
• Sarong (this has multiple purposes and we will use for yoga)
* Light jacket or wrap for the unusual chilly night
• Books, music, crafts, instruments, art projects or any other items that you love to fill your days with
• Journal/Diary and pen
• Beach gear (including a beach towel)
• Ear plugs (the jungle can be quite noisy!)
• Non-disposable water bottle (metal recommended)
• Cash (U.S. dollars are accepted in Costa Rica)
Please, NO disposable plastic bottles or bags!
* Computers and cellphones are safe to bring. Although we can never guarantee against theft, the facility is private and well protected.


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