200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training

& Yoga Intensive


Family Friendly Yoga Teacher Training

Upcoming Sessions: 

Nov. 2-23, 2019 (21 days)

July 4-25, 2020 (21 days)

Nov. 7-28, 2020 (21 days)

Jan. 9-30, 2021 (21 days)

Trainer: Mandy Lawson E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP

Costa Rica is a rich paradise where you can experience nature at its finest. On the property it’s common to see both howler and white faced monkeys, iguanas, many species of birds and so much more. Even from the Yoga deck we see guatusas, red squirrels, blue morpho butterflies and pizotes!

For Certification students, this training will fulfill the requirements of the Yoga Alliance (YA) for a 200 hour training. Costa Yoga is a Registered Yoga School with the Yoga Alliance. With this certification you will be able to register as a RYT-200 with the YA, and teach anywhere in the world!

In this training we will focus on both gentle Vinyasa Flow and Restorative Yoga styles. As a Certification student, you will learn to teach effectively in both of these styles and will be able to use your new skills to put together other types of classes as well. You will be provided with outlines for both of these types of classes and will practice teaching each during the training. Yoga Intensive students will delve deeply into both of these styles, but will not participate in the practicum portion of the training.

This isn't an acrobatic Yoga training. We will not study how to do headstands or handstands, or other physically "complicated' postures. We WILL focus on around 50 postures (asanas) that can be offered in yoga classes of any level. Using breath, internal focus, increased body awareness and mindfulness to increase the level of difficulty when desired.

Our philosophy is that Yoga is an individual practice, and that we must meet each student (and ourselves) where they/we are. We will study and learn a complete Yoga practice including all of the 8 limbs. This includes, but is not limited to; meditation, pranayama (breathing practice), Yoga philosophy, lifestyle, anatomy and more.

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Who is this training for?:

Anyone who is interested in learning more about the art and science of Yoga in a well rounded way. In addition to the study of the physical postures of Yoga, we will spend time talking about philosophy, pushing our personal boundaries when it comes to our beliefs about ourselves and the world around us, exploring our minds and any patterns that are impeding our progress towards our goals and forming a connection with one another. If you're looking for connection, inspiration, and a deepening of understanding of your own spirituality, mind and body, this is the training for you. We will also gain an understanding of what is happening below the skin in a Yoga (asana) practice. Mandy is passionate about studying anatomy and loves to share this with her students.

We do not have a minimum requirement in terms of length of time or level of practice. For those coming with less experience and looking for certification, we will work together to determine if you're ready to teach upon leaving the training. For those not wishing to teach after the program, you will follow the Yoga Intensive track.

Each person is different and comes with different experiences, qualifications, motivations and goals. If you're unsure about your readiness to attend this training, please feel free to email us at info@cabuyalodge.com to speak with Mandy.


Host and teacher: Mandy Lawson

Mandy Lawson, E-RYT 500, RYCT, YACEP is Canadian born, but has called Costa Rica home for nine years.  Mandy has more than 19 years of experience in the fitness industry, and has been teaching yoga specifically for over 8 years. Mandy has taken numerous yoga trainings as a student, and has lead over 35 Kids Yoga trainings around the world. She has lead four 200 hour YTT sessions with her school, Costa Yoga, in addition to assisting in trainings with other teachers.  Prior to her focus on yoga, Mandy worked as a personal trainer for individuals and groups. Mandy also holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and is a certified Hypnotherapist.

“Mandy is a fabulous teacher. She truly understands what it means to guide and teach rather than ‘tell’. She doesn’t work to just impart her own knowledge - she holds space for her students to find their own path, starting from where they are” ~ Previous student



You will be with us for 21 days. Checking in on a Saturday and checking out on a Saturday. We will have 2 days off (Saturdays) during the training, for a total of 18 class days.

We will be starting at 6:30 am daily and most days we will go until 6 pm.

We will have a break for breakfast and lunch and we will finish up for the day just before dinner. Yoga Intensive students will have the opportunity to participate in offsite activities (not included in price) while certification students are doing practicum classes.

Certification students will fulfill 180 contact hours during these 3 weeks (10 hours per class day), so as you can imagine, we will be very busy!! Please be ready to learn and work!

The additional 20 non-contact hours will be fulfilled by doing some assignments and reading required texts prior to coming to live training.

Required Reading:

1. Happiness Now! - Robert Holden Ph.D

2. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali - Swami Satchidananda

3. The Heart of Yoga: Developing a Personal Practice - T. K. V. Desikachar

4. Yoga Anatomy: 2nd Edition - Leslie Kaminoff

Suggested (not required) Reading:

Autobiography of a Yogi - Paramahansa Yogananda

The Power of Now - Eckhart Tolle

“To someone considering the training: If you’re looking for a well-rounded yoga teacher training that actually prepares you to teach, take your training with Costa Yoga! This ytt is strong on up to date anatomy knowledge and what you need to know about it to teach yoga, as well as in meditation and philosophy that is rooted in tradition but also practical for modern lives. The syllabus and structure are well thought out and whilst it’s an intensive with long days, the time flies by. My experience here as part of this little family that gathered has been life changing. If it feels right, don’t hesitate - do it!” ~ Previous student


Bring your family!!

We are welcoming you to bring your spouse/friend and/or child(ren) with you to Cabuya Resort for these 3 weeks. Of course only students will take part in, and be present in the training classes, however for some activities we will be able to include our families.

We welcome children of all ages, however children under 3 years of age will likely need a one on one care provider, which may increase the cost. Please speak to us directly so we can see what works best for you and your family.

*Please note that children will be on the property and will participate in some family friendly activities during this training. If you feel that may lessen your experience it may not be the training for you.



Accommodations will be provided in one of our five cabins or in a room in a villa. All trainees will be paired with a room mate of the same gender unless they are coming with their family.

“Accommodations at Cabuya Lodge were perfect - comfy beds, lots of space, hot showers, it’s all great! I was very comfortable for my stay and staff were attentive to any issues that came up.” ~ Previous student


Each yoga teacher training package includes breakfast, lunch and dinner daily (even on days off). Dietary restrictions can be accommodated when requested in advance. Meals will be healthy and nutritious. It’s not required to eat a vegetarian or vegan diet during the training, however those options are certainly available.

If you have particular snacks for you or your children that you’d like to have on hand, please bring them with you. Each room/cabin has access to a fridge for storage. There are also supermarkets close by to stock up if needed!

“The food at Cabuya Lodge is fantastic. I honestly don’t think I’ve ever eaten better in my life than these last three weeks. I like that it is balanced and with no judgement about personal dietary requirements. From the pancakes to the fresh fruit, nachos, and so much more. It’s made with love and pretty much everything is just delicious.” ~ Previous student


All prices are in US Dollars. If you use a different currency please note that the rate in your currency will depend on the exchange rate when you make your payments.

*Please note that the price of books and transportation to and from Cabuya Resort are NOT included in these prices.

Total for one person coming solo and taking the training = $3180

This rate includes: Tuition, Meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner each day), and Accommodations in a shared room.

For Family Members:

Children under 6 stay and eat for free!!

Children from ages 6 - 12, add $840 per child for meals and accommodations (for all 3 weeks). 

Additional adult or child over 12 years, add $1680 for meals and accommodations (for all 3 weeks).


We require a 50% deposit at the time of booking (but can be flexible with this. If you don’t have 50% and you want to book a spot, please email us).

US residents are asked to pay with a check (instructions on where to send will be provided).

Canadians or people from other countries will be asked to pay via PayPal or bank transfer to our Costa Rican account.

The remaining balance will be due 2 weeks prior to your arrival or when you arrive if you can pay in cash.

Cancellation Policy

  • If you must cancel with more than 60 days notice you will receive your deposit back minus a $100 service fee.

  • If you must cancel within 60 days of the training starting we will refund your deposit IF we are able to find another person to take your place in the training. IF we are unable to find someone to take your place the deposit will be retained by Cabuya Lodge. If your full balance has been paid in full, we will transfer your payment to a later training date.

Child Care / Programs for Children

Childcare program is available for $25 per day (18 class days = $450 USD), for children ages 3+. For younger children please reach out to us to determine the cost based on your child’s needs. Your child will enjoy arts and crafts, nature exploration, swimming and much more with our responsible caregivers. All children are required to participate in the childcare program unless accompanied by an adult that is not participating in the training. 

It is required that an adult is with all children at all times. Do not leave children unattended in the cabins during meal breaks or at night for any reason. If you require additional care please reach out to us to set this up.


You can fly into either San Jose or Liberia, both are international airports. We will be happy to help you arrange to get to us from either airport. As we get closer we can coordinate your arrival with the others so that you can travel together.

Flights and transportation to Cabuya Lodge are not included in the price of the training package.


Check out our FAQ page for more information and the answers to your questions! Of course you are always welcome to email us with any queries that you have: info@cabuyalodge.com