My Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica

Graduation Ceremony with  Amber Hagberg

Graduation Ceremony with Amber Hagberg

At the beginning of 2019, I wrote a list of goals I wanted to complete by the end of the year. Two of those goals were to become a Certified Yoga Instructor and to visit Costa Rica; in June of 2019 I completed both of those goals thanks to Gypsea Yoga School. My experience there was not only physically constructive but my emotional and spiritual state has evolved so much and shifted my life’s path onto a whole new track. So many of my friends and family wanted to know all about my trip so instead of repeating all the stories again and again; here’s a marvelous journal post. ☺️

My OMies

First and foremost, this is the most beautiful group of souls I’ve ever met. I was the only male there but they were all so welcoming, friendly, and personable that it didn’t matter. We all became so open and vulnerable with each other; a lot of tears, a lot of smiles, and a lot of hugging. A the end of the three weeks, these complete strangers from all across the globe became like family. I can’t say enough about these guys and I’ll forever be grateful of our friendship.

Gypsea Yoga School

I’m so pleased that I picked this school over all the other options! I’m quite sure they gave us more information than the 200 hour required, which goes to show how much they cared about what they were teaching us and not just selling us certifications. I learned so many things that none of my yoga teachers throughout the years never told me. All the lessons were fun and informative but it also was intense! From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. we worked our butts off meditating and doing asanas; but we were treated to amazing vegan meals 3 times a day by the wonderful Chef Alex. So whenever I’d feel burnt out, I knew there’d be a smoothie bowl waiting for me.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is such a beautiful place with beautiful people. They are extremely eco-friendly, biodiverse, and right up my ally. I felt in my element there and I can’t wait to go back. From horseback-riding and hiking to snorkeling and surfing, there’s never a lack of outdoor adventures; and for a person who lives in Flatland Florida, it was very refreshing to see some lush mountains. The locals made me feel like a local and all those years of Spanish lessons really came in handy. It’s definitely in my plans to set up shop in Costa Rica soon!


This journey was a life changing experience. I have a new outlook on the way I choose to live my life and the direction I want to take it. I went there just expecting to get better at yoga and eventually teach at studios here and there, but what I left with was something much more than that. I left with something that’s hard to put into words. I never even thought I could do something like this; it was pricey, scary, and risky but I’m so grateful that I did it and I can’t put a price on all that I’ve gained from it. I could write a novel on all I’ve gained but I’ll keep it contained to this paragraph.

If there’s a life you envision for yourself, don’t let it just be a dream. People spend a lifetime dreaming of a life they’d rather live, but never take the first step to make it happen. They find an excuse before they find a way. These days I believe if you just put that energy out into the universe, you’ll see how the stars align in your favor. “Just do it”, said the wise Shia LaBeouf.

Thank you Costa Rica and Gypseas for everything! 10 out of 10.