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Sun Lotus Hybrid Yoga Teacher Training

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Led by World Yoga Champion Joseph Encinia.

Hybrid 6-weeks Program

Online: April 6- 30, 2024 | In-person in Jaco, Costa Rica: May 5-18, 2024.


Life is too short to go through the motions and feel uninspired. By practicing yoga and living well, a new world has enlightened your passion and enthusiasm for life. You’re ready to learn, grow, and challenge yourself to go even further. At our studio, we believe finding a purpose and helping others will allow you to discover true happiness. Now is the time to transform your life and guide others to find their strength through Yoga.

Sun Lotus Yoga Hybrid Teacher Training program is an opportunity for you to embark on a transformative journey. In this program, we delve into the 26 & 2 Yoga Series with Joseph Encinia, exploring nuanced postures, principles, and the foundational philosophy of Hatha Yoga. Beyond the physical, we emphasize the balance of opposing forces, fostering harmony in both body and mind. As you apply, consider the commitment to preserving and respecting the wisdom in this training. May this journey lead you to enlightenment, personal development, and self-discovery.

This Teacher Training will be a journey to discover your power, refine your yoga practice, and ultimately start you on your path to teaching the 26 & 2 Beginners Yoga Series.

We offer a flexible, hybrid program online and two weeks on-site with posture clinics, lectures, and anatomy lessons.

200-Hours Yoga Alliance certification (approval in process).



  • Yoga Techniques & Yoga Practice | Learn to guide others through the complete execution of the Yoga Sequence, 26 postures & 2 breathing exercises.

  • Methodology, Posture Lab, & Teaching Skills | Learning topics include understanding and interpreting dialogue, connecting with diverse student populations, commanding language, and receiving feedback.

  • Yoga Anatomy | Anatomy topics cover basic principles of the body as they relate to performing asana.

  • Yoga Lifestyle, Ethics, & Philosophy | Learn the history of yoga and the ethical responsibilities of a yoga teacher including the Ghosh lineage and major yoga schools.

  • Professional Development and Practicum | Discover the important traits of a professional yoga instructor and apply understanding of dialogue and posture delivery in a real-world setting.



  • Joseph Encinia: Lead Teacher. E-RYT-500, BYCOI, OHYA Level 3, Founder Sun Lotus Yoga, World Yoga Champion.

 Other Faculty:

  • David Keil: Anatomy Course. RYT-200, YACEP.

  • Heather MacDonald: Assistant Teacher. RYT-200, OHYA-certified 26 & 2 Series.

  • Natalie Dawe: Assistant Teacher. OHYA-certified 26 & 2 Series.

  • Carolina Rivera: School Manager & Assistant Teacher. Professional Dancer & Educator. Fitness Instructor at Sun Lotus Center and Equinox.


  • Program Type: Hybrid (Online and In-Person)

  • Online Session Dates: April 6 – April 30, 2024

  • Online Schedule: M-Th 8-9:30PM / Sa 12:30-3:30PM / Su 1:30-3:30PM (ET) / Fridays off.

  • In-Person Session Dates: May 5 – 18, 2024

  • In-Person Location: Hotel DoceLunas, Jaco, Costa Rica

  • Total Duration: April 6 – May 18, 2024


  • Non-refundable Deposit: $600

    • Note: Refundable in the case of the application not being accepted.

Accommodation Choices for In-Person Module:

  1. Double-Occupancy Room: $5,995 (Includes deposit)

  2. Single-Occupancy Cabin: $6,911 (Includes deposit)

  • Note: Double-occupancy cabins are available upon request only for participants traveling together.

Pricing Includes:

  • Online Module:

    • Four weeks of live online training sessions.

    • Educational materials: Detailed manual and script.

    • Free live online classes at Sun Lotus Center for the duration of the training. And a 10-class card upon completion of the training.

    • Online yoga anatomy course.

  • In-Person Module:

    • Two weeks of in-person classes and training sessions.

  • Accommodations at Hotel DoceLunas in Jaco, Costa Rica (In-Person Module):

    • Dates: May 5 to 18th, 2024.

    • Includes breakfast and lunch every day. Dinner on the first and last day.

  • Round-Trip Airport Transportation:

    • Provided on May 5 and May 18, 2024.

    • Note: Flights are not included.

  • Certificate of Completion:

    • Yoga Alliance 200-HR YTT (Note: Approval in process)


All trainees are expected to abide by the Code of Conduct and Policies.



Graduation from our program requires the student’s attendance at all training sessions. Any absence must be approved in advance by our program director. A maximum of 6 hours may be missed if arranged in advance and approved by the program director. We will provide four make-up sessions totaling 6 hours, included in the tuition price during the in-person module.

Unapproved absences may result in dismissal from the program. In this case, graduation will be at the sole discretion of the program director.


Any student arriving over 10 minutes late for class will be docked an hour from their training hours and must attend a make-up session to complete the program. Continuous tardiness may result in the removal of the student from the program.


Upon completion of the training, every participant is expected to showcase proficiency in leading a complete 26 & 2 class and a comprehensive understanding of the training content.

We are looking forward to receiving your applications.


Journey to Freedom – Hot Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

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About this trip

This Journey will strengthen your practice & you will enter a deeper understanding of your mind-body spirit relationship all while having a great time in a private relaxed atmosphere under a rainforest canopy in Costa Rica. This week invites you to physicallyrecharge your body, bring balance to your life and freedom to your mind.

Journey to Freedom – Hot Yoga Retreat

6 Nights of Full Accommodations in a Beautiful 4 Star resort / Delicious Fresh Meals / Fresh Fruits & Coffee All Day / Daily Yoga classes in an on-site Heated Studio / Lotus Sculpt and classes / Beautiful on-site Gardens, Swimming Pool & Whirl Pool / Outdoor Activities may include Surfing, Hiking, Horseback Riding, Private Catamaran and More / Walking Distance from World-Class Surf Beach, Jaco.

Jaco, Costa Rica

Jaco is located in the center of the Pacific coast. Jaco Beach itself is about three miles long. The valley is ringed by beautiful jungle-covered mountains that rise 1,000 feet from the sea. Much of the beachfront development is residential on the south end, and the sand and the surf breaks here are wide open and uncrowded. In the center and middle, you will find more hostels and low-budget hotels and the mega-hotels in Jaco, so there are crowds if you are looking for them, but a seclusion is an option.

Jaco has long been recognized as the “surf city” of Costa Rica. There are ten more beaches and river mouth breaks within an hour’s drive. This area of the coast receives more consistent surf than most places on the planet, and with ten beaches to choose from, there is almost always something firing!

Hotel DoceLunas

Docelunas has 20 rooms spread out over five acres of landscaped jungle gardens at the edge of the rainforest. The hotel s over 30 species of trees grow here, including seven different palm species and lots of flowers, including the exotic, sweet-smelling, ylang-ylang. Birds of paradise, heliconias, orchids, and bromeliads are everywhere!

The hotel is at the base of the tallest mountain, one mile from the south end of Jaco beach. Jaco Costa Rica is the most famous surf beach town in Costa Rica. It is the most accessible beach town to get to from the San Jose airport.

Airport SJO

Airport – Juan Santamaría International  is the primary airport serving San José, the capital of Costa Rica. It’s advised to schedule roundtrips between the dates of February 4th – February 10th.  Airport transportation will be provided only during this dates. Ride from the airport to the hotel should be between 1.5 – 2 hours depending on traffic.


February: the second dry month at the beginning of Costa Rica’s Pacific side dry season. The northwestern and central regions of Costa Rica have little rain and mostly sunny weather. What little rain falls usually comes as afternoon or evening showers. High temperatures in the lowlands and and near the beaches are in the low to mid-eighties (low to mid nineties are possible) and lows in the low seventies. Dress light during the day & bring a light sweater for the evening.

Level 1 – SUN26 Yoga

SUN26 is a system of yoga synthesized from traditional hatha yoga techniques. All classes run for 90 minutes and consist of 26 postures, including two breathing exercises. Our daily classes are conducted in an on-site heated studio.

Level 2 – SUN54 Yoga

A 90 minute intermediate level class of 54 postures. This series includes postures from SUN26 with an additional 28 yoga postures.

Lotus Sculpt

A High Intensity-Low Impact full body conditioning class created by Carolina Rivera, designed to strengthen your muscles with a combination of Barre and Pilates movements, and a strong focus on form precision. This class improves your core strength, body alignment, posture and joint stability and increases endurance, all while following the rhythm of high energy and fun music!

Lotus Yin

A 1-hour restorative yoga class consisting of postures and techniques to release and restore the body’s connective tissue.


  • Participants must be 21+ by the beginning of the event.
  • Airfare, alcoholic beverages, and tips are not included.
  • Space is limited to ensure the quality of your experience. The deposit will hold your place. Half of the remaining balance is due90 days before the first day of the vacation (November 6th, 2023). The final payment is due 60 days before the first day of the retreat (December 6th, 2023).
  • Airport: Flights must be booked to Juan Santamaria International Airport, San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO).
  • The check-in date is Sunday, February 4th. Activities start on Sunday evening. The check-out date is Saturday, February 10th. If you plan to arrive earlier than the start date or stay later than the end date, we would gladly contact the hotel and help you book those extra nights of accommodation and airport transportation. This will have to be processed through the hotel and added to your room charges.
  • Airport transportation will be included only during the following dates: February 4th arrival and February 10th departure.
  • Please share your flight information with us as soon as it is booked to organize airport transportation.
  • All guests to this retreat are booked directly with Sun Lotus Retreats. All retreat activities are exclusive only for Sun Lotus Retreats guests.
  • Payments: All online payments will be processed via WeTravel and can be made with a credit card (2.9% fee) or through your bank account (free of charge). You can choose to make one full payment or a $600 deposit plus two installments (due on November 6th, 2023 & December 6th, 2023). We accept check payments; please inquire via email for the mailing address. The prices stated are per person.
  • Cancellations and Refunds: There are no refunds available. Deposits ($600) are non-refundable. Participants who cannot attend under any circumstances will be offered a credit towards the next retreat for their amount equal to the installments paid ONLY if they cancel their reservation before December 6th, 2023. Sun Lotus Retreats CAN’T offer credits or refunds for cancellation made after December 6th, 2023.
  • Travel insurance is not included in the package, but it’s recommended.
  • Sun Lotus Retreats reserves the right to accept, reject or prohibit registration for or attendance at its events at any time for any reason.


Please note: This section will be updated as each country’s requirements change.

Traveling to Costa Rica

  • As of April 1, the temporary immigration measures for entering Costa Rica – put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic – are repealed. This eliminates the requirement to complete the epidemiological form known as the Health Pass and the requirement of medical insurance for unvaccinated foreigners.
  • Please review the test requirements of the airline you are flying with.
  • Masks won’t be required on hotel premises, including the Yoga room. Please notice that masks may be required outside the hotel and to enter businesses in town. Please follow local guidelines.

Traveling from Costa Rica

  • As of June 12, 2022, air passengers will not need to get tested and show a negative COVID-19 test result or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19 prior to boarding a flight to the United States regardless of vaccination status or citizenship.  CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.
  • If you are traveling to another country, please check the local Covid guidelines.

By joining a Sun Lotus Retreats event, you agree to the following terms:

  • I recognize that yoga, fitness, workshops, retreats, and trips involve physical activities that may be strenuous and may cause injury. I understand that I must judge my capabilities concerning any activity. By participating in any action or practice taught at or by Sun Lotus Retreats in any location, I agree to assume full responsibility for any risks, injuries, or damages, known or unknown, that I may incur.
  • I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with a physician before and regarding my participation in any activity. I represent and warrant that I am physically and mentally fit and have no medical condition which would prevent my full participation in any activity. I acknowledge that it is my responsibility to inform the instructor of any injury or other illness that might affect my ability to participate in any activities and notify the instructor immediately if damage occurs.
  • I hold myself fully responsible for my participation.
  • I have carefully read this waiver and release. I agree to release and waive any claims that I have now irrevocably or hereafter may have against Sun Lotus Yoga, LLC, Sun Lotus Center, Sun Lotus Retreats, or any teacher affiliated with Sun Lotus Yoga.


I hereby grant permission to Sun Lotus Yoga, LLC and its representatives, employees, or agents to use photographs or videos taken of me during the yoga retreat for promotional, marketing, and advertising purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, the use of these materials in print, online, and social media platforms.

I understand that these photographs or videos may be used without any further compensation, and I relinquish any rights to review or approve the finished products or their use. I also understand that my participation is voluntary and that I will not receive financial compensation or any other form of compensation in connection with the use of these photographs or videos.

I hereby release Sun Lotus Yoga, LLC and its representatives, employees, or agents from any and all claims, demands, or liabilities arising out of or in connection with the use of these photographs or videos.

By submitting your registration form and deposit, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to the above Terms & Conditions. 


What’s included

  • Airport transportation
  • All meals (Saturday 4th – Sunday 10th Breakfast)
  • Daily Yoga classes including: Level 1 – SUN26, Level 2 – SUN54, and Lotus Yin.
  • Fitness classes: Lotus Sculpt class.
  • Outdoor activities may include: surf, nature walks, horseback riding, beach time, and private catamaran.

What is not included

  • Flights to/from SJO
  • Tips
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Covid Test