Yoga Teacher Training

*** ongoing ***

Are you feeling the call to go deeper?

A five-month intensive studies program. Meant to give you time and space between training sessions to assimilate what you are learning.

Yoga is an ancient practice of exploration and personal growth. Be ready to delve deep into the meaning of yoga.

January - May 2017

Pura Vida Yoga Teacher Training
200-Hour Yoga Alliance Certified

Program Application

For immediate consideration, please complete the application below.

Weekend # Date Start Time End Time
#1 Friday January 13 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Saturday January 14 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
Sunday January 15 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
#2 Friday February 3 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Saturday February 4 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
Sunday February 5 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
#3 Friday February 17 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Saturday February 18 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
Sunday February 19 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
Monday February 20* 9:00 AM 6:00 PM
#4 Friday March 3 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Saturday March 4 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
Sunday March 5 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
#5 Friday March 17 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Saturday March 18 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
Sunday March 19 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
#6 Friday April 7 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Saturday April 8 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
Sunday April 9 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
#7 Friday April 21 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Saturday April 22 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
Sunday April 23 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
#8 Friday May 5 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Saturday May 6 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
Sunday May 7 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
#9 Friday May 26 6:00 PM 8:00 PM
Saturday May 27 9:30 AM 6:30 PM
Sunday May 28 8:30 AM 5:30 PM
Monday May 29* 9:00 AM 6:00 PM


Registration Period

September 13 - December 13, 2016

November 13, 2016 – Half of your total balance is due (optional).

December 13, 2016 – The remaining balance is due.


$2,450 (Early registration for full payment received by 10/13/16)

$2,650 (Regular registration for full payment received by 12/13/16)

Tuition includes a comprehensive teacher training manual and unlimited yoga at Pura Vida during enrollment.


A non-refundable and non-transferable $500 deposit is due (by check or cash) once your application is accepted. This deposit will be subtracted from the total tuition.


Members get an automatic $300 savings on YTT regular tuition. Members are students who have been on the unlimited membership for longer than three months. YTT includes unlimited access to yoga classes.

  • Yoga Philosophy/Life Style Ethics
      • History of Yoga and Yoga Philosophy
        • An overview of the history of yoga. Study of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, and the Eight Limbs of Yoga.
      • Mythology and Yoga
      • Pranayama and meditation
      • Yoga as a lifestyle. Bringing yogic principles into our Modern Western Lifestyle.
  • Techniques, Training and Practice 
    • Teaching Asana
      • Learn how to appropriately teach asana and how to modify for all-levels group classes.
    • The Art of Sequencing
    • The Art of Assisting
    • Teaching Asana - Beyond the Physical Body
      • Anybody can guide students through Sun Salutations. It takes a qualified teacher to teach the poses and speak to the subtle energies beyond the physical body.
  • Teaching Methodology 
    • An overview of the different styles of yoga
    • What makes a great yoga teacher
    • Understanding the principles and methods used for teaching yoga: presentation, verbal cues, demonstration, assisting, connection, use of Sanskrit, following a format, use of music.
    • Using inspirational themes in Yoga Class
  • Anatomy & Physiology
    • Asana & Anatomy
  • Practicum
    • Practice Teach

The lead teacher for this program is Xenia Guido, founder of Pura Vida Yoga.
We will also have guest teachers sharing in their area of expertise.

  • Trainees will be prepared to sequence and teach vinyasa classes for beginner and intermediate students.
  • Trainees will know energetic and physical alignment cuing.
  • Trainees will have an understanding of yoga history and philosophy.
  • Trainees will be able to effectively integrate music into their classes.
  • Trainees will be prepared to use dynamic languagee
  • Trainees will have the tools to incorporate inspirational themes into their classes.
For many students of yoga, there will come a time when they will want to delve deeper. A Yoga Teacher Training program offers the opportunity to go there. But, with so many options nowadays, how do you know where to start? Not all YTT programs are created equal. Ask the following questions:

1. Do you know the studio and lead teacher?

You are going to spend several hours in this space, and learning from this teacher. It's a good idea to do research on them. Take classes there. Check online reviews and teacher's bio.

2. What style of yoga will you learn to teach?

Ashtanga, vinyasa, yin, restorative? Some YTT programs will be very specific and will teach you a set sequence that you will memorize and know very well. Other programs will teach you strategies for sequencing and keep the door open so you can adapt. What do you like to practice? Where would you like to teach?

3. How is the training program structured?

Two weeks, five months, three years? Find the balance between something that works in your schedule and gives you the best chance at assimilating 200 hours of training.

4. Is there a maximum number of trainees in the program?

Obviously, smaller groups equal more personalized attention and feedback. Having more attention means you have a better chance at developing yourself as the best teacher you can possibly be. Classes will be capped in a genuine effort to ensure all participants receive the instruction that they require to receive maximum results.

5. Is the school and teacher registered with the Yoga Alliance®?

Anyone can put up a sign that reads "YTT, sign up now." Currently, The Yoga Alliance® is the one umbrella association that promotes and supports the integrity of teaching of yoga. When a school is approved by the YA, it means they are agreeing to offer a curriculum that covers the minimum standards set by the YA. This no guarantee you will get high quality training, but it's a step in the right direction.

6. How experienced are the lead teachers?

Many people can come into yoga from a dance or gymnastics background and immediately display an "advanced" practice. Many teachers can accumulate 500+ hours of training and teaching in one year. It takes years of teaching and seeing people come and go through yoga to have an idea of what works and what doesn't. It takes years of showing up to teach to room full of people, one person, nobody, to know dedication. It takes years of studies and practice to hone the skill of teaching yoga in a way that is accessible, without diluting its essence.

7. Is the program price fair and transparent? Are there any hidden fees?

On average, most YTT programs costs range from $2,500 – $4,000. Some schools have additional costs for required workshops, makeups, manuals, retreats, mentoring, graduation or any other extras. Find out all fees associated with completing the program. Are there any books required? Hopefully, but how much?

8. Are there any requirements to join the program?

Must I be vegan? Should I give up coffee? Do I have to be able to touch my toes? Can I join if I am completely new to yoga? In my humble opinion, YTT programs should cater to students who are serious about yoga. You don't have to be able to touch your toes, but you have been practicing for at least 6-months to a year, you love it, and are thirsty for more.

Beware of programs that don't ask for any requirements and will take as many students as want to sign in. Do your research.

And, once you are in, keep in mind, the value of this program will be relative to the amount of effort you put into.

Xenia wrote this article for Elephant Journal in 2015

  • Assist students in a full length regular class at Pura Vida (2-4 classes)
  • Observe class and take notes (2-4 classes at Pura Vida)
  • Personal sadhana: This is your own personal practice to solidify your own commitment to yoga. You will report on at least 10 personal sadhana sessions during YTT.
  • Seva project: Give back to our community
  • Teach at least 4 community classes at Pura Vida (this may extend beyond the last day of YTT 5/29/17).
  • Eligibility for Yoga Alliance certification
  • Five months unlimited yoga at Pura Vida Yoga
  • Small group and one-on-one attention
  • Skill-building to teach, adjust, and sequence inspired asana
  • Assist at Pura Vida during regular group classes
  • Teach community classes at Pura Vida