200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training 

Get your yoga teacher certification amid the beauty of Costa Rica


Become a professional yoga teacher or study to deepen your individual practice and understanding of yoga.  A 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training provides a strong foundation for confidently practicing and safely teaching yoga.  We will offer you opportunities to make discoveries through self-inquiry and experimentation in connecting to mind, body and spirit.  The course provides personal growth opportunities and assists in developing a deeper level of self-awareness. We can focus on you because we limit class size to 8 students. 


Bienestar encourages the sacredness of teaching and an understanding of the courage we need to teach.  To become a teacher is to have pursued a journey of learning, to have a deep knowledge of your topic and a great desire to share it with and inspire others. 


Anyone can enroll in a yoga teacher training. Yoga Alliance 200 hour criteria covers a broad scope including the 8 limbs of yoga, the physical aspects, the breath, meditative practices, energy systems, philosophy, history, teaching methodology, general anatomy and physiology. Teacher training includes daily yoga practice, lectures, discussions, and personal experiential work. Yoga teacher training requires your attention, focus, practice, inquiry and objectivity.

Details about the 200 Hour Yoga Training Certification

Daily schedule

Class begins at 6:45 a.m. with practice every morning and finishes before sunset daily. Long breaks are given each day.  Class size is kept small to make sure we can accommodate the full scope of your needs and provide experiential opportunities to individuals within the group. 


There are days with homework, general short reading assignments or preparation for teaching practicums. Each student will be given several opportunities to practice teaching others. 


Lura Doebler Shopteau: E-RYT500, C-IAYT, LPC

​Julie J.:  Physical Therapist, Manual Therapist

Yoga Teacher Training Cost

Private room and shared bath: $3,980.

Shared room - 2 twin beds: $3,640.

Complete with airport transfers and a private room for 28 nights, during the 24 days of teacher training we provide 3 meals a day (mostly organic with vegetarian and vegan options). No meals are provided on your day off.  


A $900 deposit is required to confirm registration.

Final payment must be received 30 days before the start date.

Cancellation can be made & you may receive a refund or you may move to another training date if you have paid Bienestar directly and not used a booking agency due to Covid 19 pandemic if borders closed before program start date or in case of illness.

Payment can be made in cash, check, (in-person or mail), by bank transfer or PayPal.

If there is an emergency cancellation we will work with you to arrange another program within a year.


Materials provided

  • Bienestar Teacher Training manual

  • All yoga props needed will be provided



We are currently in the process of moving into our new location along the Uvita River on the the edge of town. We invite you to enjoy a private room in our little nest  as your home for the month. We are booking refurbished shipping containers with 2 bedrooms one shared bathroom and sitting room in each unit across the street from the school. We enjoy a communal meals in at the school as well as a comfortable lounge area with a yoga library and DVDs for relaxing and socializing. And plenty of outside hammocks for resting between or after classes. We are walking distance to town and the national park beach. I have bikes for you to ride and we are located on the Uvita river for a cool soak after class.

Meals and food provided

Fresh, Local, Organic - We live close to the land here and at Bienestar so we take advantage of the delicious bounty offered by this tropical spot.  And we take the time to accommodate your dietary needs, including vegetarian and vegan. (Raw food as well but simple uncomplicated raw foods.)

Typical menu options: Daily fresh fruit breakfast, homemade yogurt, and granola, teas, herbal beverages, coconut kefir, and kombucha. Lunch is an abundant salad with local produce, and varies daily.  Dinner changes between meals at local restaurants to home cooked ethnic veggie meals (mostly Mediterranean) or a whole food based approach to vegetarianism with the occasional optional to add fish or chicken breast.

Lunch and dinner can be eaten on campus or independent. Fruit, pipas (coconuts) and natural beverages are available all day.

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification


Intensive 24 day program, meets 6 days a week

Teacher Training located 

in the jungles of

Uvita, Costa Rica

& taught by Lura Shopteau

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training 

arrival   -  departure
January 9 - Feb 5
March 6 - April 2
July 10 - August 6