4 Weeks Full-Time Tuition is $4,397

  • Your tuition fee is $4,397Yoga Paradise
  • Your tuition fee includes onsite course materials, mentoring and support, daily yoga needs (mats and towels), classes and workshops.
  • Your tuition fees also include all this:
    • All onsite course materials
    • Mentoring and support
    • Daily yoga needs (mats and towels and of course a hot yoga room!)
    • Classes
    • Yoga workshops (to discover poses, philosophy, lifestyle and so much more)
    • Yoga teaching workshops and supervised teaching practice (plenty of it!)
    • One copy of the Hot Yoga MasterClass 304 page hard cover manual. You MUST bring your copy with you to Costa Rica. You may own a copy already so see below.
    • One set of Yoga Anatomy DVDs to give you a grounding in practical anatomy. These must be viewed before you arrive. The Hot Yoga Doctor approach to anatomy is extremely practical and doesn’t involve lots of anatomical terms. It’s more movement and functionally based. It will all come together beautifully when we discover the poses and approach practical and pose anatomy and physiology during the program.

How It Works

  • Once your application is accepted we’ll send you your Yoga Anatomy DVDs.
  • Once we are notified by Pura Vida that you have contacted them to arrange your accommodation we’ll send you your own copy of the Hot Yoga MasterClass manual.
  • If you already own the Hot Yoga MasterClass manual, you could use your second copy for marking or making notes in, while we’re together. However if you don’t want a second copy we’ll send you a special pack of Pose Tutorials instead. The packs are comprised of 5+ in depth Pose Tutorials that have a retail value of around $175.
  • Once your application is accepted, your $600 deposit becomes non-refundable. The Anatomy DVDs and Manual (or Pose Tutorial) bonuses are non-returnable and non-refundable.

Accommodation & Organic Meals

Prices start at $2,299 for 4 weeks, twin share!

  • You’ll enjoy the pool, jazuzzi and watsu (water/shiatsu) tubs, pleasant rejuvenating strolls in the landscaped gardens with district views of Alajuela, coffee plantations and rainforests
  • Twin share rooms range from $2,299 to $3,499 to Deluxe Level
  • Suites and single accommodation available for slightly more.
  • You’ll be nurtured with 3 healthy organic delicious meals freshly prepared daily with love and the finest ingredients!

Total Course Cost

Outside of your travel, the total cost of your 4 week 200 Hour Course, with all meals and onsite materials starts from $6,696! Remember ALL your food (organic, healthy and so delicious I can’t wait to get back) is included. There are even free in between meals food and drink included. That’s an enormous weight and expense already handled. You’ll only need pocket money.

Pura Vida Dining

Here’s how to secure your place:

  1. To Apply please pay $600 and your Application fee.
  2. Then fill out your Application form (link will be delivered to your Inbox!)
  3. Your application fee remains completely refundable until you are accepted on the course.

Apply Now!

Would you like more information? Please visit the home page and the FAQ page.
Or send us a question using the form on the Contact Us page!

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Kacey Lutton May 12, 2011 at 9:28 pm

Hello! I am contacting you for a fun thought of “Thinking outside the box” I am an owner of a studio called hot fitness and we do cross training in the heat and humidity. We do 4 types of Yoga. I am trying to get my numbers up in the club and thought that it would be amazing to offer an adventure such as yours. I know we are to late on the May – June, but when would your next one be? It would be awesome to get more info on this journey.

Kacey Lutton


Gabrielle September 26, 2011 at 7:49 am

Hi Kacey

If you’re on my mailing list, then I hope you know now that there is a new training May 19, 2012. You contacted me while I was in transit on the way to Costa Rica. I am free to answer any questions you have for me… Lay it on me

Warm wishes
Gabrielle 🙂


Kathie December 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Hi Gabrielle,
How does the “Twin share rooms” (range from $2,299 to $3,499 to Deluxe Level) work?
Is that per person pricing or per couple?
Also, what is the best way to contact Pura Vida regarding accommodations? email or phone? Where can I find that information?


Kathie December 19, 2011 at 5:54 pm

I found the website for the resort 🙂 … now just curious about the “twin share” pricing.


Gabrielle December 19, 2011 at 9:45 pm

Hi Kathie

Feel free to write me directly! Firstly, twin share is always quoted as a per person figure. Remember that it includes everything you eat and all drinks (non alcoholic and special orders of course 😉 ). If you go to the PV website it will have higher prices. So please remember that I have negotiated better prices for you and when you do book, you’ll be dealing with directly with the resort (cutting out the middle man).

Thanks for the message

Warm wishes
Gabrielle 🙂


Charneva January 20, 2012 at 12:36 am

Hi Gabrielle,
I am a 200hr RYT, I am interested in your 500hr RYT training. When does that start and where can I find information in regards.

Thanks 🙂


Gabrielle January 20, 2012 at 1:55 am

Hi Charneva, I am sending you an email with the information!
Gabrielle 🙂


Juliet Gutierrez January 25, 2012 at 4:49 pm


I had a question in regards to when the next training will be offered? I serendipitously found your amazing program during my teacher training certification search. I unfortunately stumbled upon it past the scholarship application date. I would definitely not be able to attend with scholarship assistance. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thank You,


Gabrielle January 26, 2012 at 1:41 am

Hi Juliet

I just sent you an email inviting more conversation regarding your request. Please write to me by replying to that message. As it turns out we are judging the scholarship entries today.

Looking forward to your email

Gabrielle 🙂


Anyta February 2, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Hi Gabrielle,

Just wondering if the costs are in U.S. currency?



Gabrielle February 2, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Hi Anyta

Yes, the costs are in US dollars

Warm wishes
Gabrielle 🙂


angela February 7, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Hi, Ive been practicing Bikrim Yoga at a Hot Yoga studio in Long Island ,New York. I was wondering what type of certificate do you receive after completion? Would it enable me to work at a Hot Yoga studio? Or perhaps open my own studio? What type of test do you take? Also what is the agenda for the day usually. Im 51 and want to make sure Im up to the task. Thanks Angela


Gabrielle February 8, 2012 at 12:19 am

Hello Angela 🙂

Thanks for asking your questions!

The Hot Yoga Doctor Pro Teacher Training Pro is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga School for 200 and 500 hour programs so your teaching certification is recognised internationally. It will enable you to work at Hot Yoga studios anywhere. I have many graduates working at all types of studios (of different styles including bikram and hot). Everyone so far has reported ease in finding a place to teach.

You will certainly be ready to teach and you will be able to open your own studio.

Tests? Actually they’re assessments. You have constant mentoring and assessments (peer and teacher driven) for your ability to teach well and incorporate all your knowledge of the poses and the body. On the first full day you’ll be given a fantastic feedback tool that I guarantee you will enjoy using both at training and in all situations in life with your friends, colleagues and family after you leave the program. Sit down exams on anatomy (for example) are really irrelevant because what’s really useful is how you incorporate your knowledge of the body into your teaching. That’s what counts.

Angela, I just sent out an email about the typical working day. Here’s the link to the blog where I posted it too. You’ll see it is a full schedule but I purposely create a very good proportion of rest and recovery time so that you can be ‘on the task’ when you have to be. There are plenty of days off to keep you energised.

PS There are people of all ages coming and currently you would not be the oldest. Last year we had 3 in their 60s!

Thank you for your questions
Gabrielle 🙂


sally walker March 1, 2012 at 11:06 am

Do you offer scholarships? I so badly want to do bikram training but their scholarships have closed. this hot yoga sounds amazing…… scholarships available!!???


Gabrielle March 1, 2012 at 11:11 am

Hi Sally

Thanks so much for your enquiry! We do have a scholarship program that has closed a month ago. We can still talk about what it would take to get you to Costa Rica!

Have a great day
Gabrielle 😉


Ashley Marshall March 30, 2012 at 4:44 am

Hello! I am a 200hr certified yoga instructor looking for 500hr courses. Could you please send me your information on the 500 hrs and also any scholarship information? Thank you!


Gabrielle March 30, 2012 at 5:03 am

Hi Ashley

I will send you a personal email with the information you need.

Warm wishes
Gabrielle 🙂


Jessica June 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Hi Gabrielle,
I am very interested in this program, however, I will be a mother of two children under three years old by the time I am able to attend. Is it possible to reserve a nearby location to the Hot Yoga Teaching location in Costa Rica where my family can come and stay with me? On-site would be best, but I realize that this might not be possible.

Thank you for your help and time!



Gabrielle June 11, 2012 at 10:28 pm

Hello Jessica

Thanks so much for your question. As I am onsite for the next few days I SHOULD be able to find out a little more for you.

Would you please help me by telling me who would be coming with you. Can you tell me the exact ages of any children and also if a partner or S.O. or caregiver would be coming?

Warm wishes
Gabrielle 🙂


Jessica June 19, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Hi Gabrielle,

My son would be 2.5 years old, and my daughter would be 1 years old next year during this training. I would also want my husband, and possibly my mother and father to join us, as well (built-in babysitters are a must!:). So this would be four adults and two children under 3 years old to accommodate (myself included).

Thank you again for your help!



Elizabeth July 13, 2012 at 9:56 pm

Hi I am thinking of taking a 200 hr training
My question is the process of interview audition and getting hired and getting paid.
Can you provide a basic class rate and time line framework for what to expect?

As a new yoga teacher with a 200 Hr training certificate,
What can I expect to get paid per class and when can I expect to be paid?
Do I intern; if so how long? And is the internship paid or free for a specific period of time, etc?
Once I have “time” in the room what can I expect my pay class rate to be?
How much time is required to get a regular class and at what rate?


Gabrielle July 15, 2012 at 12:59 am

Hi Elizabeth

Thank you very much for your questions. The answers are a little different depending on where you are in the world. I know that people in the US can be paid from $35 up to $100 per 90 min class. I know that people in Australia get paid $70-$100 for the same class.

Then there are many differences between styles of yoga and sizes of studios (and the cities they’re in). The busier the studios the more students then it’s more likely to be paid more. That’s a generalised rule.

I started writing this response yesterday but somehow forgot to press ‘submit’. Now that I see you have posted in the forum, I will ‘meet’ you over there as I will now find it easier to ask for clarification.

Kind wishes,
Gabrielle 🙂


Tammy July 17, 2012 at 5:19 am

Hi there. We are interested in the 2013 teacher course, we have 7 yr old twins who will be 8 next year and they as well as hubby would need to be en tow. Just wondering if you found any info on that scenario yet? Thank you!


Gabrielle July 18, 2012 at 4:45 am

Hi Tammy

If you don’t mind I will write to you by email! I have a feeling we will be going back and forth a little. I do have information on that scenario and we can ask each other questions ‘over there’

Warm wishes
Gabrielle 🙂


Cindy July 18, 2012 at 9:58 pm

Hi Gabrielle,
I am also interested in the 2013 teacher course and would love any info that you might have at this point. I will need to plan ahead as I don’t actually have four weeks of vacation available, but could probably make it work.
best wishes,


Gabrielle July 18, 2012 at 10:10 pm

Hi CIndy

Long time no type! Welcome back. I saw your forum post yesterday (and haven’t got around to it just yet!). We are still finalising dates etc. It looks as though it would be similar timing. You broached a lot in your forum post. So if it’s OK with you I will meet you ‘over there’.

However if it’s the dates you need first and foremost, then it’s VERY similar timing that we’re working on.

Warm wishes
Gabrielle 🙂


Jessica September 26, 2012 at 3:39 pm

Hi Gabrielle 🙂
I am a 200 hr certified yoga teacher. Do you have any 500 hr trainings scheduled in 2013?


Gabrielle October 9, 2012 at 2:40 am

Hi Jessica

I will be ready to make an announcement soon about the trainings for the coming 2 years! 🙂

Thank you for enquiring

Gabrielle 🙂


Renee November 17, 2012 at 9:46 pm

Can a husband a wife team come at te same time?


Renee November 17, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Can a husband and wife come and train at the same time?


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