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Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training

Pura Vida Retreat & Spa, Alajuela, Costa Rica

December 29, 2014-January 19, 2015

Pura Vida Retreat and Spa is an oasis of tranquility with a home like intimacy.  Its a place thats beautiful, fun, healthy and considered by many to be a top choice wellness destination.  The property is a private, gated, 8-acre mountainside estate in Costa Rica’s Alajuela province surrounded by coffee-draped hills and perched almost 5,000 feet above sea level with breath taking views of the valley below.  Year-round temperatures at Pura Vida range from 70 to 80 degrees during the day with mild nights in the high 50s to low 60s.  Guest enjoy an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub with pool towels, beautiful yoga studios with stunning views and a wellness center with extraordinarily gifted Healing Arts Spa Therapists.  There are areas designated for Wi-Fi and computer access on the property. For more information about Pura Vida Retreat and Spa please visit their website here.

Pura Vida is known for its outstanding gourmet , delicious, health-minded meals with vegetarian, fish and chicken options and ability to accommodate dietary needs (gluten free, wheat free, dairy free, etc). Filtered and alkaline water, coffee, tea, milk, and fresh seasonal local fruit available throughout the day.  Dinner is included on day of arrival and breakfast is included on day of departure. 





The following options are available to you:

  • Tentalows:  Hexagonal (6 sides) luxury tents that are spacious, have an inside seating area, very comfortable beds, electricity, space for your clothes and plenty of fresh mountain air. Shared bathrooms are set in lush gardens nearby.
  • Standard Room:  Standard Rooms are comfortable and cozy, surrounded by lush gardens and shared bathrooms are nearby.
  • A-Frame: A-Frame accommodations feature a private balcony with stunning views, and private bath.

**Six additional room options are available for those interested in deluxe accommodation options.  Please click here to view all of your options and email for program prices.  

Program Cost

Program cost includes: Yoga Teacher Training Tuition and a comprehensive 500 page Integrative Yoga Therapy - Yoga Teacher Training Manual round-trip airport transfer to and from San Jose International Airport, 21 night accommodations, and 3 delicious meals per day.

Prices vary base on housing preference as follows:

Early Bird Prices 
To qualify for the early bird tuition discount register and secure your space by placing a $300 deposit by 10/1/14.  Additionally, to secure the early bird rates a 40% tuition payment is due by 10/27/14.  Your remaining tuition payment is due two weeks before program start date


Tentalow Double: $4200
Standard Double: $4400
A-Frame Double: $4900


Tentalow Single: $4900 
Standard Single: $5200
A-Frame Single: $6045

Regular Program Prices

A $300 dollar deposit will secure your space in the program.  A forty percent tuition payment is due by 10/27/14.  Tuition must be paid in full two weeks before the program start date.


Tentalow Double: $4600
Standard Double: $4800
A-Frame Double: $5200


Tentalow Single: $5300
Standard Single: $5600
A-Frame Single: $6345



Program Faculty

Liz Heffernan, MA

PYT-1000, E-RYT 500, Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) Primary Faculty Member

Liz is a certified IYT Therapist and an experienced yoga instructor of over 17 years.   She brings a passion for therapeutics and extensive experience in the Hatha yoga systems of Kripalu, Ashtanga and Anusara (certified Anusara-Inspired™). Her vision is to inspire teachers to share the healing practices of yoga with those motivated to seek a path of self-discovery and self-care.  Over the years many, many wonderful yoga teachers have inspired Liz’s path these include Integrative Yoga Therapy’s Joseph and Lillian Le Page; Anusara Yoga’s Jim & Ruthie Bernaert,  Desiree Rumbaugh;  Ashtanga Yoga’s Tim Miller, and yoga philosophers and scholars Douglas Brooks and Carlos Pomeda.   Through a comprehensive application of bio-mechanical principles of alignment for deep therapeutic work, a strong focus on the breath and a heart expanding philosophy, she inspires her students toward greater degrees of freedom in body, mind and in spirit.

Serena Arora, B.Ed

E-RYT-500, Integrative Yoga Therapy (IYT) Primary Faculty Member, Ayurveda Therapist

Serena has passionately shared her knowledge and love of yoga, Ayurveda, and life through her classes, presentations, retreats and yoga teacher trainings since 2000. She is a certified Professional Yoga Therapist and Therapeutic Yoga Teacher, Wholistic Therapist, Ashtanga Yoga Instructor, Mind Body Specialist, Group Fitness Specialist, and Ayurveda & Panchakarma Therapist. She attributes her well-rounded professional development to her inspiring teachers and mentors from around the world, having trained extensively in America and India.

Serena established THRIVE!...Naturally Yoga & Wellness, a unique lakeside yoga studio retreat in Alberta, in 2006. Currently she works in collaboration with other health and yoga professionals as the only Canadian Integrative Yoga Therapy Affiliate Director for the Integrative Yoga Therapy 200 hour Therapeutic Yoga Teacher Training and THRIVE! Naturally provides a beautiful natural setting for this 21 day residential intensive.

Student Testimonials


"Phenomenal, life changing and deeply enriching educational experience. Transformative. I came here thinking I would learn a lot, but not necessarily be able to come out of training and teach yoga right away. I feel differently now, empowered and capable. Confident that I will have support from Serena, my peers, and the IYT community as I grow as a teacher. My life was deeply enriched, personally and professionally." - Anne (Chicago)


"The class was beautifully organized. Presentation was exceptional and honouring to all aspects of the teaching of yoga. The depth of teaching is beautiful. I so appreciated the structure of the 21 days. The practicum portion was of monumental value for me. The philosophy being molded into yoga postures, assignments, journalling, sharing and finally to teaching." - Linda (St. Paul)


"The learning was packed in - yet never boring! It was given with great wisdom and also an underlying acceptance to all of us, wherever we are in our journey. We were treated as family!" - Patty (New York) 

"As I took in the lectures, the experience, and how it related to my present moment, I was able to grow...this is such a gift. The ability to grow and learn which Serena offered was an experience I will cherish. The knowledge I have gained are the building blocks from which I will continue to shape the rest of my life." - Shauna (Winnipeg)

READ more of what our recent graduates shared. Past graduates had THIS to say.



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