Soma Yoga Institute - Costa Rica


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NPS Score 9.5/10

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Playa Coyote, Provincia de Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Alignment-Oriented Yoga

Spiritually-Oriented Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Specialty Yoga

Trainings Formats

usually intensive/immersion

spread out over time

Weekends only

several, shorter immersions

trainees stay on-site

trainees commute to the program

Destination / retreat



Other Locations

A. Soma Yoga Institute ONLINE & In Person in California
101 H Street
Arcata, CA, USA

Soma Yoga Institute Greece
Okreblue Yoga Center
Naousa Paros, Greece

Soma Yoga Institute Peru
Samadhi Sacred Valley, Huayllabamba, Peru

About Soma Yoga Institute

Dedicated to a Therapeutic Approach, High Quality Content, and Accessible Practices Rooted in Tradition Backed by Science Soma Yoga Institute has a world-class faculty team steeped in the traditions of Yoga. Their excellence has been cultivated through decades of enduring...

Dedicated to a Therapeutic Approach, High Quality Content, and Accessible Practices Rooted in Tradition Backed by Science

Soma Yoga Institute has a world-class faculty team steeped in the traditions of Yoga. Their excellence has been cultivated through decades of enduring dedication to their own practice and in-depth study, often in a variety of lineages. We are comprised of master-level Yoga teachers, Certified C-IAYT Yoga Therapists, and those who have been teaching for over 25 years.

We are now enrolling for both LIVE IN-PERSON IMMERSIONS AND ONLINE 200 Hour AND 300 Hour Yoga Teacher Trainings.

Next 200 Hour Immersion Dates

May 23-June 16, 2024 Greece
August 1-18, 2024 Costa Rica
November 14-December 2, 2024 Peru
January 5-22, 2025 Costa Rica
February 15-March 5, 2025 Costa Rica

Next 300 HOUR Immersion Dates
May 23-June 16, 2024 Greece

Next ONLINE 200 Hour Program Start Dates:

June 15, 2024
September 1, 2024
October 15, 2024

**Complete in 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 16 weeks or up to 8 months. Register as an RYT-200 upon graduation.

Next 300 HOUR ONLINE Dates
Starting in September 2024


Offering the 200 Hour ONLINE Yoga Teacher Training. Deepen your practice and/ or Become an RYT 200 certified to teach yoga.

Program includes Online Live Zoom Group Calls + One to One Faculty Mentoring + Pre-recorded Content + Lifetime Access 

Learn more about our 200 Hour Online YTT program and meet the teachers.  Sign Up For the Free Webinar Here

You may also get in touch with us by visiting our website here, calling us at 808-333-9591, emailing us at or setting up a meeting via phone, zoom or facetime here.

Upon successful completion, you will be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200. Please email us at for more information). Our program has personalized one-to-one teacher mentoring and live zoom calls as well as prerecorded content.  

Please visit our website:

Soma Yoga Institute offers 200 hour and 300 hour Yoga Teacher Training Programs. 

The 200 Hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training includes vinyasa flow, bio-mechanically sound alignment principles and the path of Yoga as a framework for Holistic Health. This program offers students in-depth skills to explore Yoga as a vehicle for vibrant health, self-transformation, and personal empowerment. Our curriculum includes a unique blend of alignment based vinyasa flow, a solid foundation in Hatha Yoga and 200 hours of instruction offered within a holistic wellness framework. The instruction will cover a wide range of yoga techniques including yoga postures, anatomy, relaxation, breath awareness, pranayama, meditations to calm the mind, contemplations to transform limiting tendencies into life affirming thought patterns, and the application of clear principles of alignment to create safety, balance and freedom in yoga poses. Students explore concepts from Ayurveda, the Upanishads, Patanjali and the Chakra System as frameworks for the application of yoga as a journey towards radiant health and wellbeing. The asana emphasis includes both level one/two alignment based vinyasa flow sequencing as well as gentler and restorative variations. Rather than offer standard sequencing or rigid methodologies, students are exposed to frameworks that inspire each trainee to adapt the practices, awaken their creativity and find their own authentic voice as a teacher. Graduates of this program feel empowered to teach a variety of yoga class types, including: all levels vinyasa yoga, alignment-based classes, yoga foundations, senior, gentle, and restorative.

The 300 hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training course is designed specifically for those who are ready to deepen their knowledge base, teach with more authenticity, expand their repertoire and increase their efficacy in offering yoga as a vehicle for positive personal and planetary transformation and change. The program is open to yoga teachers from all disciplines with six months or more teaching experience (or by permission).

First Registered May 2014

Upcoming Training Dates

RYS® 200

Feb 15, 2025—Mar 4, 2025
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Jan 5, 2025—Jan 22, 2025
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Dec 1, 2024—Dec 18, 2024
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Aug 1, 2024—Aug 18, 2024
200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training
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Financial Assistance


Soma Yoga Institute is dedicated to celebrating diversity across cultures, race, ethnicities, belief systems, sexual orientations, ages, abilities, and body types. We acknowledge a lack of diverse representation in yoga classes in the West and commit to doing what we can to increase access to yoga’s healing potential in communities of need and throughout marginalized populations. As a training institution, the best way we can commit to increasing diversity in yoga spaces, is helping to grow a teaching community that is represented by people of diverse backgrounds and ethnicities. We aim to foster more diverse representation in our student body and ultimately, in our program staff. Additionally, we are dedicated to training teachers who promote inclusivity, accessibility, and value racial equity. · We have two programs available for our online Yoga Teacher Training Programs (Diversity Scholarship Program and the Partial Support Scholarship program). For our Diversity Scholarship Program we offer: · Full Support Scholarship. 100% Tuition and Fees for the online programs only. ($2497 tuition scholarship. Students are responsible for purchasing their own books/supplies.) · Substantial Support Scholarship at 90% of tuition costs covered for the online programs only. ($2248 tuition scholarship provided. Participant responsible for $249 of tuition fees and purchasing their own books/supplies. Payment plans available.) · Substantial Support Scholarship at 85% of tuition costs covered for the online programs only. ($2122 tuition scholarship provided. Participant responsible for $375 of tuition fees and purchasing their own books/supplies. Payment plans available.) · Substantial Support Scholarship at 80% of tuition costs covered for the online programs only. ($1997 tuition scholarship provided. Participant responsible for $500 of tuition fees and purchasing their own books/supplies. Payment plans available.) PARTIAL SUPORT SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM Soma Yoga Institute invites all those with financial need to request a partial support scholarship. Scholarships in varying amounts will be granted for up to 60% of tuition costs for all of our online programs in our continuing education programs and 200 Hour and 300 Hour Online Yoga Teacher Training.

Work Exchange Programs

Soma Yoga Institute has a limited ability to offer partial work-trade scholarships to cover tuition expenses for the residential yoga teacher training programs. Projects can be completed remotely via the internet or in person. Work trade positions will vary based on the interest and skills of the applicant and often include assistance with social media during the program and/or blog writing, although other tasks are sometimes assigned. The amount of scholarship and specific work trade projects will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Typical scholarships range between $500 - $700 off the program tuition price. If you are interested in applying for a work trade scholarship, please apply in writing via a formal email request sent to: In this request, please clearly indicate in the subject line that you would like to apply for a work-trade scholarship. In the body of your email, please answer the following questions: 1. Name, Pronouns (optional), Address, Phone, Email, Ethnicity (optional) 2. What program you are interested in attending (include program dates and location). 2. Please tell us more about your story/ life experience and interest in yoga. 3. Please let us know the amount of scholarship support you are requesting. Please describe your financial situation and include details that explain your scholarship request. 4. What in particular attracted you to the Soma Yoga Institute 200-hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training specifically and what would you like to receive from this opportunity? 6. Do you feel committed to your personal and spiritual growth at this time and how do you express this? 7. Please list and describe your skillset skills you have to offer? In the past, students have completed administrative work, written blogs about their experience, performed cleaning at the yoga studio, and worked on other projects such as advertising, graphic design, website support, video, camerawork, and even building projects. If you have computer skills please include on your resume or in the email what types of programs you are skilled in using (facebook, twitter, Microsoft word, excel, graphic design programs, conducting Google searches, etc). 8. Attach a resume or CV if you have one.

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First Registered May 2014

School Reviews

Total Reviews: 506

By Donita Harris RYT® 200

Jun 12, 2024

I learned so much about several aspects of the practice of yoga. This is definitely enhancing my practice and will be extremely beneficial for teaching. I now understand so much more about how the body works in poses and about sequencing. The many different types of yoga that I learned about sparked my interest in teaching different types. It is enlightening to see how yoga can reflect on the rest of our lives off the mat.The teachers were wonderful and I love being able to go back and review the classes. Overall, the layout and organization was easy to follow and conductive to learning.- Donita Full Review

By Ben Ravani RYT® 200

May 29, 2024

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Teaching Staff

Samantha Akers

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Liz Heffernan

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Molly Masaoka

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Peggy Profant

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

Alison Scola C-IAYT

E-RYT® 500, YACEP®

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