Jacqueline Chiodo: YTT in the World’s Happiest Country!


200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training in Costa Rica with Jacqueline Chiodo, ERYT 500

May 23 – June 13, 2020

Immerse yourself in sacred study and practice in Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation. This is an opportunity to deepen your practice and transform your life. Our sessions will begin each morning with a 90 min.

Vinyasa flow asana class which will challenge you out of your comfort zone, each of these classes have a theme which will tie in with the afternoon lecture, giving you a chance to practice the fullness of yoga, combining philosophy and science with physical movement.

Breath work and concentration techniques, as well as yin postures and guided relaxation will be included to create balance with the mind and nervous system in order to prepare for a seated meditation at the end of each practice. Each session will encompass the complete system of yoga, Raja Yoga, which is based on the 8 limbs of Patanjali’s yoga sutras. All levels are welcome and modifications will be given. One year of yoga experience is preferred.

One who only practices hatha yoga (physical postures) is blind, and one who only practices meditation is lame. One must practice both to get anywhere.” ~ Swami Rama

After breakfast, we will discuss alignment and anatomy of key asanas from the morning practice. Hands on partner work will be included in this segment as well as practice teaching of the poses and points of alignment along with modifications and assists.

There will be a 2-hour break for lunch, allowing time to integrate the material from the morning session and time to rest.

Our afternoons will be a combination of lecture and practice of various aspects of yoga philosophy: Chakra system, Gunas, Ayurveda, Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Koshas, pranayama, meditation and more. Discussions will be held on how to translate the mystical into the practical and how to weave the sacred into the mundane. Yoga can only take us so far when confined to the mat; we must bring yoga into daily life in order to awaken the power it has to transform every aspect of our being. A practical approach is offered during these lectures and self- reflection is necessary in order to grasp this material.

After dinner we will spend an hour or so with one of the philosophical texts and have time to share as a group what issues arise in daily life and how can these ancient teachings be applied to modern day life. This will also be a time for students to share their personal experience with the program and any challenges they may be facing with their studies and practice.

How Will You Spend Your Time?

The daily schedule will run from 7am – 9pm. We will hold sessions for 5 days and have the 6th day off; this is subject to change depending on the needs of the group. It is recommended to use your time off to study and practice teach, as well as spend time in silence and solitude. This is necessary in order to assimilate and digest the work we will be doing together, there is a lot to cover in just 3 weeks and it will require a steadfast commitment on your part in order to complete the course. There will be time for study and practice teaching in order to prepare you for the final. You will be required to keep a journal throughout the program and will need to complete reading assignments on time.

Keep in mind, this is a journey of self-discovery, a time to release attachments to what is familiar and constricting. In order not to disrupt each other’s process, we will, as a group, abstain from the following during the course: sexual activity, drinking alcohol, smoking or drug use. This is not a time to vacation and party; it is a time for purification and clarity. On the evenings/days you have off, you are welcome to do what you wish as long as it does not disrupt the energy of the group. After the final testing is over, we will have a celebration party and prepare for integration into the real world. A follow up assignment will be given for completion after the training.

Required Reading List

  • The Heart of Yoga: TKV Desikachar
  • Eastern Body, Western Mind: Anodea Judith
  • Perfect Health: Deepak Chopra
  • Anatomy of Yoga: Dr. Abigail Ellsworth

Upon approval of your application and registration, I will email you reading assignments to be completed prior to our program start date, this will prepare you for the work we will be doing together.

You will need to bring some of the books with you. Many of these books are available electronically and this is recommended to reduce weight in travel, it is also more cost effective.

A few handouts will be emailed to you, along with an Ayurveda consultation questionnaire, please print these out and bring with you, we will review these during lecture and will be helpful for you to use as review sheets for the final.

I look forward to taking this journey together!

~ Namaste


Bio: Jacqueline Chiodo, ERYT 200, 500; Ayurvedic Practitioner

Jacqueline ChiodoJacqueline began her yoga practice in 1995, after suffering a neck injury in a car accident. What started out as physical therapy, quickly morphed into a practice of emotional, mental and spiritual awakening. At the age of 22, Jacqueline entered the corporate world as a financial advisor, and came to realize the impact of stress and the toll it took on her. Yoga helped her make a transition from a world of finance to her full time career as a yoga instructor and Ayurvedic practitioner. Jacqueline graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Religious studies, with an emphasis on eastern philosophy and spirituality with leading professor Edwin Bryant.

Since 1995, Jacqueline has had the honor of studying with the best modern day teachers in yoga and Ayurveda and has a deep respect for all spiritual paths. Her style is a blend of each system she has worked with over the years and combines precise alignment of the physical body with a breath based Vinyasa flow to link each pose in an effortless way. As an Ayurvedic practitioner, Jacqueline tunes into the elements through the seasons, time of day and constitution (dosha) of each student to ensure they receive not just what they want but what they actually need for balance and transformation. Her non-dogmatic approach honors the concept that within the realm of yoga and Ayurveda there is no one practice that will be perfect for everyone, and in this way takes the “it depends” approach in order to determine what is nourishing and balancing vs. toxic and depleting. She practices and teaches the classical path of Raja yoga, which is based on Patanjali’s eight limbed approach, the royal path of yoga, encompassing all levels of asana, modified to meet the needs of students, conscious living, breath work, mantra, and meditation. She believes in the complete system of yoga, which includes everything from the physical to the subtle, creating balance on the mat and in your life.

Jacqueline is passionate about the power of yoga to transform ones life and continues to dedicate herself as a student through regular practice and study. One can only teach from a place of experience, so she continues to motivate and inspire her fellow students by doing her best to lead by example.

Jacqueline has received over 2000 hours in certifications from teachers of various styles, primarily inspired by: Charles and Lisa Matkin (Yoga zone, NYC), Yogi Hari, Dharma Mittra, Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Tias Little, Aadil Pakhilvala, and most recently completed her 500 hour with the Himalayan Institute, founded by great Yoga Master Swami Rama.

Jacqueline has influenced thousands of students in her 10 years of teaching and currently leads classes, workshops, retreats and trainings in her family studio in SW Florida, Joyful Yoga, as well as internationally in Costa Rica and Peru.

The Anamaya Transformation

By the end of this month, if you meet the requirements, you will be certified to teach yoga AND you’ll be in the best shape of your life, both physically and biochemically because of Anamaya’s ultra-healthy diet. Our luxurious accommodations, healthy organic food, and Anamaya family creates an intimate and unforgettable experience that you will rave to your friends about. Just check out our Trip Advisor reviews to see what our guests have been saying about us: Anamaya Reviews.

Your Yoga Teacher Training Includes:

  • Three weeks accommodation (several options to fit your budget)
  • All classes needed for your teaching certificate
  • 3 organic meals per day
  • Beach and other special excursions
  • Waterfall Hikes
  • Dance Party and Circus Performance
  • Includes everything but your travel (and books)!

EXTRA DISCOUNT OFFER! Bring a friend (or friends) with you and receive $200 off (per friend) of the price of your yoga teacher training!

In addition, we’ll take you to the most amazing white sand beaches around, which were chosen to be in the top-10 most beautiful in the world by Forbes magazine. We will be doing our utmost to make sure that you have the best and most memorable training of your life in Costa Rica.

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