Costa Rica Training & Retreat

100hr Training / 10 day intensive with International teachers of 30 years: Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy

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Deepening your meditation & asana practice intensive

12 - 24 April, 2020

Possibility to follow 5 day intensive or take a retreat option:

12 - 18 or 18 - 24 April, 2019


The Art Of Integration: Spanning The 8 Limbs

This Intensive training program is designed to provide you with a framework of experience of the scope of internal practices that lie underneath the surface of the physical yoga practice. In Patanjali’s yoga sutra’s, he speaks about 8 limbs.  The first 4 are external limbs, while the last 4 are internal limbs. If you are an existing teacher or someone who is interested in going deeper into the realms of more meditative practices, this training will help you find the skills to bring that meditative experience and perspective to your own practice, your own teaching, and to enhance the quality of your own sadhana, or spiritual practice, as well as deepen your experience of “asana”, or posture, both on the mat, and off the mat into life itself!
For practitioners it is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of the practice, for teachers, this program can be an add on to your 200 hr TT., and would be considered an elective as part of our 300-Hour Advanced Yoga Teacher Training Certification. Downward Dog Yoga Center has been a teaching school since 1999, and is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200-hour, 300-hour, and 500-hour levels.

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Who is this for?

For any teacher or practitioner who wants to refine their practice, as well as advance in their practice. This training is for you if you have:

  • A consistent practice of at least 3 years

  • A desire to hone in and refine your teaching skills.

  • A wish to learn about living, practicing and teaching the 8-limbed yoga path towards cultivating a centred, grounded and purposeful life.

  • An inclination to learn how to bringing sequencing themes and yoga philosophy to your classes or how to build up to a more challenging pose in your personal practice.

  • An aspiration to bring yoga practice off the mat and awaken the “living yoga” to transform your life.


Program Highlights

65 Hours during the training, 35 Hours homework after the training. In this training you will learn:

  • 1st and 2nd limbs: a general overview of the Ethical Disciplines that free the atmosphere of our minds for deeper practice

  • 3rd limb: Asana: Self-Practice (Mysore) to strengthen self-discipline and inner sensitivity for practice that is strengthening, developmental and ultimately healing.

  • 4th limb: Pranayama: Working with breathing techniques to strengthen the energetic body and prepare us for meditation.

  • 5th limb: Pratyahara (Sense withdrawal) Deepening our experience of “going inward’s” with the sublime practice of Yoga Nidra (The “yogi’s sleep”).

  • 6th limb: Dharana (Concentration): Techniques to bring about concentration, as a preparation for meditation practice.

  • 7th limb: Dhyana (Meditation)Tools and techniques for cultivating a daily practice of Meditation, as well as teaching techniques.

  • 8th limb: Samadhi (Total Integration).  Costa Rica is the perfect environment to dive deep into integrating the mind, body and spirit and leaves each practitioner transformed by the atmosphere of nature in its purest form.

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About the Teachers

Since 1999, Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy have been leaders in Teacher Training/Workshops/Intensives in Canada at their centre ( as well as around the globe.
Their background and foundation is Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, and the Vinyasa style of practice as a general theme weaves its way through their non-dogmatic and informative style, providing both inspiration to the practice as well as an all-encompassing portrait of yoga as a whole. The “8-limbed” practice is what they live by and teach by, and encourage the study and practice of all 8 limbs to each and every student. Infused with over 30 years of
experience and practice, Ron and Marla bring a depth of insight to the yoga practice, along with a light-hearted, kind, and open teaching style. They are also Kirtan singers, and have composed over 5 CD’s.