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Integrative Yoga Teacher Training

January 9, 2017 @ 7:00 am - February 4, 2017 @ 11:00 am

Bienestar – Integrative Yoga Teacher Training

January 9 – February 4, 2017

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 class provides personal growth opportunities and assists your developing a deeper level of self-awareness.

Bienestar encourages the sacredness of teaching and an understanding of courage we need to teach. To become a teacher is to have been on 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 take a yoga teacher training. Yoga Alliance 200 hour criteria covers a broad scope including the 8 limbs of yoga, the physical, the breath, meditative practices, energy systems, philosophy and 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.

“Day by day become more and more intimate with the inner stillness, joy and love, which is the fragrance of your own pure heart.” Mooji


Intensive 24 day program, meets 6 days a week

Teacher Bios:
Lura Shopteau M.A., LPC, E-RYT-500, YACEP, C-IAYT, MBSR
E-RYT-500 is the highest designation for a certified yoga teacher. Lura is certified to train other teachers at all levels. Trained as a professional counselor (LPC), yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher, she is specially trained to apply psychotherapy, yogic, and meditation techniques to medical issues. Lura worked with integrative medical professionals helping clients with an array of medical problems. She taught in a medical school, hospitals, yoga centers, and trained other yoga teachers while maintaining a private practice in holistic counseling.
Lura’s goal is to assist others in finding a way to live their lives with peace, courage and grace. She is happy to call Uvita home, being in tune with the natural world, surrounded by its beauty and the ever-changing dynamic of nature. You will find Lura on, Yoga Trail Trip Advisor Yoga Alliance International Association of Yoga Therapist

Ananda Munoz B.A., PT, CMT, CPT, RYT- 200
Practicing yoga since early childhood, first, with 2 years at a guru kula and then continued practice as part of everyday home life has provided the gift of a very strong foundation in yoga. Ananda Muñoz developed an early interest in the body, movement mechanics, and the healing process. She has studied various forms of dance from Modern to African to Ballroom with an ever increasing interest in why injuries occur and the best way to avoid them. She practiced Physical Therapy and Massage Therapy in NY and NJ working with professional athletes in fields ranging from figure skating to football, professional dancers, musicians and singers. She has worked with major corporations (i.e. Unilever, Prudential & Liz Claiborne) as a consultant for ergonomic design of the workspace and the benefits of providing fitness facilities with access to regular massage to employees. She maintains a private practice of clients with diverse needs. Her goal is to help people focus on where they are ‘now’ with their bodies so that they may feel and perform better tomorrow.

Lisa Spano  R.N., RYT-200

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 practicum. Each student will be given several opportunities to practice teaching others.

More details on the Yoga Alliance website.

Materials provided:

Bienestar Teacher Training manual

Yoga Sutras translated by Swami Satchidananda

Moola Bandha the master key by Swami Buddhananda

All yoga props needed will be provided

Rent options can be made

Meals and food

Bienestar provides a fresh fruit breakfast after our first yoga class of the morning at all Yoga teacher training programs.  We will have a selection of local fresh seasonal fruits and juices for you to choose from and yogurt or kefir.  For $30.00 a week (6 days) we provide an optional lunch of a meal size salad from a local organic vendor.  No other meals are provided. There are many local restaurants, hotels and hostels with communal kitchens that are available to you.

Syllabus – Bienestar Integrative 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training


Everything Asana – self-exploration, alignment, function and form, cueing for safe and stable movement,
Mind- Body Connection – movement inquiry, somatic learning, psychological stress and the physical body
Asana sequencing – designing classes at different energetic levels, skill levels and creating graceful transitions
Mudras and Mantras
The Bhandas
Yoga Nidra and the body scan
Chair yoga
Creating a self guided personal practice
How to make individual modifactions specific to a client

Teaching Methodology

Being true to your self, authenticity, creating trust
Modeling and language to support, motivate and encourage
Professional organizations and their benefits, creating professional community to support your professional practice and growth
Discuss and practice of an individuals physical assessment
Distinguishing a student’s level of experience, and setting appropriate pace and skill level
Knowing the different lineages of yoga, in practice and philosophy

Anatomy and Physiology
To learn basic human anatomy of the skeletal, muscular, respitory and central nervous systems of the body
To learn the basis of the subtle body and it’s energy systems including the Koshas and the chakras
To provide a basic introduction to Ayurveda
To introduce proprioception and somatic therapies

Philosophy, Ethics and Lifestyle

To create a understanding of the personal growth and transformation available through a commitment to yoga
Teaching as both an art and a responsibility
To understand the ethics of teaching
To realize there is a limited scope to your practice as a professional teacher
To examine the origin’s and history of yoga To take a brief look at the differences with in yogic practices/styles taught to date
To look at the Yama’s and Niyama’s and understand their place in your lifestyle, in the classroom and in the practice of your students

Practicum – 3 exercises

The practicum goals are designed to: Establish a firm knowledge of individual postures
To learn constructive demonstration and verbal cues that communicates proper alignment Understand concepts of teaching versus leading
To develop awareness of individuals working within a group setting
To build a safe common sense class with in a time frame
To understand transitions
Teaching individual asana
Plan a 8 week beginners program
Design a Vinyasa flow class for students with varying yoga experience

Yoga Teacher Training Cost:

$2200 US

Payment: A $500 deposit is required to confirm registration.

Final Payment must be received 21 days before start date.

Cancelation can be made and a full refund given up to 30 days before program start date.

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

Location: Bienestar, Playa Colonia, Uvita, Costa Rica

Bienestar Yoga - Yoga Teacher Training - Upward Spirals


January 9, 2017 @ 7:00 am
February 4, 2017 @ 11:00 am
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Uvita Costa Rica
506 - 8505-1369
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Lura Shopteau
506 - 8505-1369
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