In the United States, a license or certificate is not required to teach yoga, but most professional studios will expect you to become a Registered Yoga Teacher 200 (RYT-200) through Yoga Alliance before hiring you. This means you have completed a Yoga Alliance certified course for a total of 200 hours. Taking one of these courses in the states will probably cost you $3,000 or more. If you are going to pay that kind of money, you might as well head south to Costa Rica's Tiskita Jungle Lodge where you can take a yoga teacher training course and receive your RYT-200 for $3,565 with accommodations and food included for 21 days and nights of pure luxury and spiritual awakening.
Tiskita Jungle Lodge began as a reforestation project that eventually became the ecolodge, organic orchard, and biological reserve it is today. The cabins that now serve as vacation homes were originally built for the family who owns the land and their guests. Today, vacationers can also enjoy the lush and exotic rainforest that surrounds this location while staying in triple, double, or single occupancy cabin rooms. A relaxing swimming pool overlooks the ocean which is just a short walk away. Rooms have either ocean or jungle views. You can take guided excursions into the forest to explore waterfalls and exotic wild life, relax with a massage, cool off while snorkeling, or keep your eyes peeled for colorful wings on bird watching tours.
The yoga teacher training is run by Hari-Om, an Italian based yoga school that holds various teacher training retreats and workshops both in Italy and Costa Rica. The roots of the school are in helping students incorporate spirituality into their daily lives. They invite students to find their individual paths and seek balance through various yoga, holistic, and meditative forms such as Ayurveda, Hatha yoga, and Vipassana meditation. Yoga instructors with diverse educational and experiential backgrounds lead these life changing classes that will provide you with useful skills to add to your working life. At the same time, they will improve your spiritual, mental, and physical well-being, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed.
For the $2,200 tuition fee, you will receive a teacher training manual, a certificate of attendance so you can register with Yoga Alliance, and a 200 hour training over the course of 21 days. For 21 nights, a triple occupancy room will cost you $1,365, double occupancy room-$1,575, and a single-$1,995. The first six registrants can receive a full scholarship of 50% off the tuition, and the next six can receive 25% off, providing affordable options for early birds. Mouth watering organic and vegetarian meals are also provided. If you are lucky enough to snag a 50% discount, prices could be as low as $2,465 total making this place not only affordable but cheaper than most programs in the states. The money you will save will help you buy your plane ticket. Although after spending almost a month in this rainforest retreat, you may find it hard to leave.