Indigo Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training Welcome Packet




Welcome to Indigo Yoga Resort, a unique place located in Mal Pais, Costa Rica.


We offer contemporary tropical accommodations while embracing traditional Costa Rican ambience & culture. Indigo is nestled in a lush green setting with an abundance of beautiful tropical flowers, trees, and native wildlife. You will enjoy watching the Howler & Capuchin monkeys hang in our trees as well as a large variety of tropical birds. We are situated in a biodiversity hotspot, perfect for the nature enthusiast.


Indigo´s concept is inspired by living a healthy and natural lifestyle. Surf lessons are available nearby, or if you plan to travel wit your own board - you can surf right in front of Indigo!!



**Please put your flight information on the logistics sheet.
You can fly into San Jose (SJO) International airport. Once you arrive, it is a 4.5-hour journey to Mal Pais/Santa Teresa by bus/shuttle.
** If you fly fromSJO to Tambor Airport it is much faster (35 minutes).



Every day at 6:30am there is a bus from downtown San Jose. The bus station is called “7-10” and it's $15 each way. This bus is direct to Cobano (gets on the ferry with you and then you reboard the bus after the ferry ride). From Cobano you will need to get a bus or taxi to Mal Pais. If you take a bus to Mal Pais you will need to take a taxi to INDIGO YOGA RESORT.


Shuttle (4.5 hours)

There are many shuttle companies from/to the airport you can try: Montezuma Expeditions, Tropical Shuttles or Zuma Tours.

By Air (35 minutes)

SJO to Tambor: Costa Rica Green Airways or Sansa


Food & Water

Please let us know of any allergies or dietary restrictions. All meals are healthy and prepared by our lovely cook who knows how to make your taste buds smile. 3 Daily vegetarian meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) served as a buffet.


Do not drink the water in Costa Rica. Only drink purified water. During the day there will be purified water available in the yoga shala and at night near your accommodations.


When traveling outside of your home country it is a good idea to take the extra steps to protect your immune system. If you have never traveled outside of your country, this may make you more susceptible to getting tummy sickness because your body will be exposed to unfamiliar bacteria! Even though our retreat centers have filtered water, we recommend bringing a water filter or water purification tablets. Here are the products we recommend:


LifeStraw Personal Water Filter or LifeStraw Water Bottle

Sport Berkey Water Bottle

SteriPen Ultra Water Purifier

Water Purification Tabs



The currency in Costa Rica is Colones. US Dollars are widely accepted but you will not get the best exchange rates. We also suggest not to use the money exchange in the airport as the rates are high. The nearest ATM is in Santa Teresa, a 20 minute walk from the hotel. ATMs distribute Colones.


If you plan to join activities on your days off, make sure to bring extra cash!!

Check In

Upon arrival, we will get you settled into your room and give you a short orientation. Feel free to check in after 12 pm or to drop your bags off early. If you would like to arrive early and book extra nights, please contact Indigo at and put your arrival time on the logistics sheet. The course will begin with dinner around 6pm on the first day of training.



  • SYI Yoga Teacher Training Manual - included in tuition and will be at the course when you arrive.
  • Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff - purchase at Amazon or your local bookstore.
  • Yoga Sutras by Dennis Hill - purchase at Amazon or your local bookstore.

Yoga Teacher Training Manual

The Manual is included in the price of tuition and we will have it for you at the start of the course.


Other Course Related Items

Optionally, A neti pot and a tongue scraper are suggested to be used throughout the course, you can purchase these on your own at any health food store. Please also bring any creative tools that enable you to express your gifts such as musical instruments, painting/drawing materials, etc.


Each day we will have extra time to go to the beach (option to include surfing at an additional cost). We will be renting boards with our good friends at Nalu Surf Shop in Santa Teresa, they have a selection of boards for all levels. While Indigo is across the street from beautiful beaches the most consistent waves for all surfing levels is at Playa Carmen, is a 5-minute shuttle ride away, students choosing the surfing option share the costs of transportation to the beach.

  • Transportation to Surf Break: Approx. $5 round trip each day per person.
  • Surfboard Rentals: Rentals are Approx. $7- $10/day depending on the length of the rental and the type of board.
  • Surfing Lessons: Below are the local rates that can be arranged in town. Lessons are 1.0 - 1.5 hr including use of the board.
  • Group lesson ( up to 4 people): $60/pp

What to Pack

  • Sandals, Water Shoes
  • Refillable Water Bottle
  • Bathing suits
  • Rash guard
  • Beach towel & Sarong
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Block (suggest to bring some natural zinc oxide for face)
  • Biodegradable shampoo, soap, etc
  • All-natural bug repellent ( All Terrain, Herbal Armor and Burts Bees are great!)
  • Lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants
  • 5 yoga outfits
  • T-shirts and shorts
  • Headlamps and flashlights
  • Yoga Mat, yoga towel
  • White or other ceremonial dress
  • Any snacks/superfoods you like between meals
  • Musical Instruments
  • Art Supplies
  • Journal and pens
  • Course Textbooks

If you are bringing a surfboard:

  • Leash (extra)
  • Fins and Fin Key
  • Suncure Ding Repair
  • Tropical Temp.Water Wax (easily available in Costa)

Extra Days Off

Every 5th day is an off day. Santa Teresa/Mal Pais has a plethora of day off activities!! Make sure to bring extra cash!

  • Horseback tours
  • SUP tours
  • Zip lining
  • Waterfall tours
  • Butterfly gardens
  • Surf
  • Massage/spa services/crystal healing therapies/
  • Raw food preparation course
  • Beaches
  • Tide pools

All extra activities vary in price, most can be arranged through the hotel on arrival or day before.



Laundry is available off site and can be dropped off and picked up at Indigo. The cost is 2000 colones per kilo.


The Internet is available onsite at Indigo but we suggest to disconnect from the internet as much as possible, phones will only be allowed for photos during meal times etc.

Passport, Visa & Exit Tax

You will need a valid passport for entry into Costa Rica. US, Canada and EU citizens do not need to get a visa ahead of time.

*Immigration will give you an exit ticket upon arrival which you need to keep with you. Upon departure, you will need to pay an “Exit Tax” at the airport before you check into your flight. The “exit tax” is approx. $29 and can be paid in cash or by card at the booth in the departure terminal. (the booth is located on the right side of the building if you are facing the ticket counters.)


Sick Days/Missed Days

We will make arrangements to make up any missed days during the program. Typically, it is not a problem and you can get everything completed during the course.




At the end of the course, you will receive your 200hr Yoga Teacher Certification. This course is approved by Yoga Alliance. As a graduate of this program you will qualify to register as a teacher with the Yoga Alliance organization if you choose to.


If you have any other questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us by phone or email. We are looking forward to having you here to embark on this life-changing journey to shed away layers and become your truest self.


We encourage you to begin the practice now, by reflecting on your intentions for yourself and what brought you on this journey. Together we will create a safe and sacred space within our group that will help to reveal the wisdom within and the nature of the Self. This path will ask for self -reflection, growth, and discipline. Your journey will be greatly guided by what you chose to bring to the experience. Open yourself to what is there, leave all expectations behind and enter the clear, crisp perspective and sacred landscape of Costa Rica with an open heart.



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