There’s nothing better than a mobile job, a skillset that you can take with you anywhere you go, something you can roll out without too much equipment, that you can do anywhere; something that means something.

shadesgroup4Enter yoga; one of the most popular health and wellness offerings today. The benefits of yoga are well known. It’s an excellent stress reliever, great for physical conditioning and has therapeutic benefits aplenty. A 2012 study by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health found that in the US alone 21 million Americans practiced yoga. That’s nearly 10% of the population, making it an industry worth tens of billions of dollars.


There are, of course, well-documented downsides to the commercialization of yoga, but what it does mean is that there are plenty of opportunities to make a living as a yoga teacher and, in an exciting twist, to do so travelling.

To do this you need to be competitive in an already competitive market and so it’s important to get as much training and experience under your belt as possible. That’s why Shades of Yoga offers  yoga teacher training programs in beautiful locations around the world with start dates year-round. This is to ensure you can access a good quality yoga teacher training program whenever you can fit it into your busy schedule.

Our latest offering is in Costa Rica, at the Iguana Lodge on the Osa Peninsula. Iguana Lodge is nestled between the Costa Rican jungle on one side and sparkling six mile long beach on the other – just for you. It’s rare to have the opportunity to spend a month in a place like Costa Rica, and also the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in your yoga practice. To combine the two is pretty special.

On your yoga teacher training program you’ll learn all about yoga’s history, philosophy, poses, anatomy, teaching techniques and more. Then, on your days off you can go tree climbing, waterfall rappelling, hiking, dolphin and whale watching, kayaking and bird watching, surfing or snorkeling. When you come home tired after the excitement of exploring, or after a long day of yoga, you can relax in the spa or get a massage as your cares float away on the ocean breeze. In addition to this Iguana Lodge has two restaurants. The owners are as passionate about food as we are about yoga and are happy to cater to any and all dietary requirements. They even have their own cookbook!

And, at the end of your month in the jungle paradise that is the Iguana Lodge you’ll walk away with a yoga teaching certification and the opportunity to continue your journey, sharing your passion for yoga with students around the world!

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