Backpacking around Central America in hopes of diving into your yoga practice? Here is our list of the best 200-hour yoga teacher trainings in Central America!
The Yoga Forest, San Marcos, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
The Yoga Forest is one of the best yoga teacher trainings in Central America, combining hatha yoga, ashtanga yoga, yin yoga, along with sound healing and shamanistic healing. It is the perfect combination of East vs. West as it combines several indigenous spiritual methods with yoga. Located in the peaceful town of San Marcos, on Lake Atitlan, one of the most sacred bodies of water in the world. Dive into your sadhana in this energy vortex in the jungles of Guatemala in this yoga alliance certified teacher training for 26 nights.
Style: Hatha, Ashtanga, Shamanistic healing
Tuition: $2600 + $1200-$1500 for accommodation
The Mystical Yoga Farm, San Marcos, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Also in the energy vortex of Lake Atitlan, the Mystical Yoga Farm has a 200-hour ttc has an emphasis on Bhakti yoga, the yoga of devotion. The course includes a daily class on the art of touch, learning to give adjustments with the breath, as well as time for self-reflection and fasting. In a world of industrialized yoga, this is the choice for yogis who are more interested in all 8 limbs of yoga, rather than only asana. This yoga alliance certified teacher training course lasts for 21 days, giving the student ample time to create a spiritual practice.
Style: Bhakti Yoga
Tuition: $2,600 + $1,100 for accommodation
Annie Au Yin-Yang 200 hour Teacher Training, Sayulita, Mexico
For those looking for a course on yoga that includes qigong, the meridian lines and Chinese medicine, and how it applies in both yin and yang (vinyasa) yoga, look no further. Annie Au combines Indian and Chinese philosophies in this unique 22-day long teacher training in Mexico. This yoga alliance certified yoga teacher training is amazing if you are looking to incorporate Chinese medicines and philosophy of healing with traditional yoga.
Style: Yin, Vinyasa, Qi Gong, Chinese Medicine
Tuition: Early Bird is $3975, afterwards it is $4475
Communidad Om Shanti, Mazute, Oaxaca, Mexico
Although this school is not certified by yoga alliance, it is certified by Yoga Bihar Bharathi, which was later on led by Swami Sivananda. Comunidad Om Shanti is an ashram like setting in which yogis can deepen their practice through hatha yoga, karma yoga, and meditation, all while getting certified to teach. As well, part of their curriculum is life coaching. This 30-day course is great for those looking to deepen their sadhana and their understanding of themselves, and aren’t fussed by not being yoga alliance certified.
Style: Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga
Mahadevi Ashram, San Marcos, Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
There are several amazing yoga teacher trainings located on this sacred energy vortex in Guatemala, but this ashram is a bit different from the others. Mahadevi Ashram is a functioning ashram, holding kirtans, meditation retreats, and more. The teacher training is in Tantric Yoga, and each 30 day course includes either a permaculture workshop, a meditation retreat, or a Bhakti yoga retreat at the end. For those interested in tantra and fully immersing into the yogic lifestyle, Mahadevi Ashram is what you are looking for.
The Yoga Farm, Punta Banco, Costa Rica
The Yoga Farm is a rustic yoga shala on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, offering a 200-hour teacher training in hatha yoga, Tibetan sutras, Chinese medicine, Tai Chi, and Qi Gong. This training covers all the bases in Eastern Medicine and Philosophy, in the comfort of a beautiful Oceanside shala. For those interested in combining Chinese techniques with traditional yoga, this 4-week long course is the choice for you.
Style: Hatha, Chinese Medicine, Tai Chi, Qi Gong
Alchemy of Yoga, Nosara, Costa Rica
The Alchemy of Yoga offers a 1-3 week long 200-hour yoga teacher training that includes holistic health, happiness coaching, and of course, asana in the form of vinyasa flow. This course is likely more geared to readers of mindbodygreen.com, and holistic health blogs of the like. Built for the busy worker, taking 1-3 weeks off and flying down to this luxurious teacher training might be the best way for you to realign your chakras!
Style: Vinyasa Flow
Tuition: $1600 without accommodation, $3800-$5800 with accommodation
Zen Yoga Nicaragua, San Juan Del Sur, Nicaragua
The 200 hour Shanti Yoga Teacher Training in San Juan Del Sur has a mixture of traditional Hatha and vinyasa styles of yoga, all in the direct lineage of Krishnamacharya. This 17-day long course is great for those who prefer accelerated learning. Most of the teachers have studied under his disciples, and all of the teachers have thousands of hours of experience, making this a credible choice for yogis.
Style: Hatha, Vinyasa
Tuition: $2240 USD +$1990-2995 USD for accommodation
Radiant Life Yoga School, Nicaragua
Radiant Life Yoga School is one of the most rounded 200-hour yoga teacher training programs in that it includes courses on the business or yoga and seva (volunteering), both important in this age. The balance of traditional practice with seva, with the understanding of the industry standard, along with anatomy, philosophy, asana, and pranamaya make this an amazing course. If you are looking for both eastern and western aspects of modern yoga, this is the school for you!
Style: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin Yoga
Yandara Yoga School, Baja, Mexico
Yandara Yoga School holds several different continuing education trainings in yin yoga, kundalini yoga, life coaching, reiki, and more, however 200-hour yoga teacher training in Baja, Mexico is the one we love the most! This training is perfect for those who prefer loyalty to their school, because they have locations around Hawaii, Sweden, Mexico, and Bali, making it easy to add on those continuing education trainings with your favorite teachers. The location in Mexico has two options, a 16 day accelerated course, and a 26 day all immersive yogic lifestyle course. Both courses dive deep into the teachings of hatha yoga, vinyasa yoga, yin, restorative, kundalini yoga and qigong, however, the 26-day course fully allows the student to immersive into a yogic lifestyle that the 16-day course may not have enough time for. If you aren’t able to get more than two weeks off, or if you want to fully immerse yourself into a multi-stylee yoga teacher training, this is the course for you!
Style: Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Kundalini, Qi Gong
Tuition: 16 Day Course – $2,690, 26 Day Course – $2970