Costa Rica Yoga Teacher Training with Paula Tursi

Yoga Teacher Training with Paula & Peter

June 7th, 2012 by Joseph

200 hr Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher Training

July 26 – Aug 23, 2014 with Paula and Peter
Nov 15 – Dec 13, 2014 with Paula and Peter
Jan 10 – Feb 7, 2015 with Paula Tursi only 

Brief description or our 28 Day Intensive YTT

paula yoga teacher trainingsYou will leave this training certified to teach yoga through Yoga Alliance. During the training we will explore the body from a holistic perspective, applying the breath, and yoga therapeutic techniques.  We will learn the asanas in their classic form as well as from a developmental perspective; mature a deep understanding of why the body moves as it does.  We will experience and articulate that movement or asana can start from the inner or outer body. We will learn that movement initiated from the inner body can be an expression or lack of expression of the organs, bringing awareness and thus health to the deeper systems of the body.

When it says Paula & Peter, it will be split up among the two teachers. Paula will teach the first 2 weeks, there will be 3 teaching days of the two instructors teaching together, and then Peter will finish the training without Paula. When it doesn’t say “& Peter,” Paula will teach the whole training.

Teacher Paula Tursi

Paula Tursi is the Founder and Director of Reflections Yoga and the internationally renowned Reflections Yoga Teacher Training Program. She has been working with alternative healing practices in New York City and internationally for over twenty years. Paula developed Reflections Yoga as a way to integrate what she found most inspiring in other practices with her own personal truth. She began her training at Integral Yoga, where she studied Hatha and restorative Yoga. She went on to work with esteemed teachers such as John Friend, Rodney Yee and Angela Farmer. She has also worked extensively with Leslie Kaminoff and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in the art of yoga, breath work, anatomy, and movement awareness practices. She is certified at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance and is an affiliated Anusara teacher. Most of her current studies are in Body Mind Center with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

Paula’s work focuses on the alignment of mind and body, understanding that we move not only from our muscles and joints, but also from the support of our inner body. Movement or asana can start from the inner or outer body, however, movement initiated from the inner body can be an expression of the organs bringing awareness and health to the deeper systems of the body. Her teaching and insights are born of the ongoing study of anatomy and kinesiology with master teachers such as Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Irene Dowd, Tom Myers, and Gil Hedley for anatomical dissection.

Paula holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Education from Hunter College. She did her clinical post-graduate training at the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. Paula conducts biannual Teacher’s Trainings in New York City and Latin America, teaches workshops nationwide and in Europe. She teaches on going classes, holds corporate workshops and offers individual instruction in breath awareness, partner yoga and yoga for body ailments.

Teacher Peter Kaaberbol

IMG_4831Peter Kaaberbøl Kristensen is the founder of LagoCph yoga school in Copenhagen, Denmark, and X-Pand Me body stretching system. He is a master practitioner of yoga, meditation, martial arts, and bodywork and for the past 12 years has devoted his life to educating yoga teachers around the world. Peter has a gift for breaking down complex yogic principles into simple guidance that helps the trainee investigate the body’s subtle energies. By bringing trainees’ awareness to their inner worlds, Peter helps them deepen their practice from the inside out.
His intensive month-long teacher training programs deepen the trainees’ personal practice and guide their teaching techniques to a place where they can freely impart the body’s inner wisdom to their own students.
The training programs provide a safe environment for structured asana sequences, and even more importantly, for personal growth through mental and spiritual exercises. The programs facilitate transformation at all levels, helping trainees to be their best selves and, in turn, the best teachers they can be. Peter stays true to classical yoga in all its forms and blends those forms with the beauty and freedom of the modern Vinyasa flow. His classes are physically challenging, but rooted in alignment and the subtle energetic lines of the body. Peter brings his yoga practice into all areas of his life, and helps his trainees do the same by guiding them to the subtle wisdom within their own bodies.
Peter began practicing yoga at 18-years-old and has studied with a broad range of classical Indian teachers including Akhil Bhattacharya and massage master Rahul Bharti in Nepal. He has practiced extensively in India, Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Japan, and the United States. His interest in bodywork and movement took him to martial arts, including Aikido and Capoeira, Thai yoga therapy, and Acro yoga.
Peter runs his teacher training programs in Denmark and, in tandem with Paula Tursi, in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Honduras. He lives in Copenhagen with his wife and two daughters.

This training will prepare and certify participants to:

  • Teach a Vinyasa yoga class with precise adjustments and intelligent sequencing.
  • Understand common skeletal problems and develop an understanding of how to work preventively and therapeutically.
  • Give a 90-minute Thai Yoga Massage and be able to use these techniques while teaching.
  • Apply Anatomy & Physiology to yoga and movement.
  • Understand the breath and Instruct appropriate breathing techniques.
  • Sit in daily meditation and be able to instruct on the art of meditation from direct experience.
  • Students will read and discuss Yoga Sutras.

Written and practice assignments, as well as a final written evaluation and teaching demo, round out the program.

PLEASE NOTE: For trainings which show both names, Paula will be teaching 2 weeks of the YTT, and Peter will be teaching the other half and neither will be here for the whole 28 days.

Daily schedule will run from 6:30am- 8:30pm

paulas yoga teacher trainingWe 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 quite and even silence. This is necessary in order to assimilate and digest the work we will be doing together, there is a lot to cover in just 4 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 and there should be no more than one day of absence during the course.

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 project as well as 10 karma hours will be required for completion after the training.

A Sample Day


Meditation  6:30 am – 7:30 am
  • Asana Practice  
8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • Breakfast Break 
 9:00 am – 10:30 am
  • Massage/Anatomy
  10:30 am – 12:30 pm
  • Lunch Break
  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Therapeutics, Adjustments, Sequencing
  4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Dinner
  6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Yoga Philosophy
  7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • (This schedule is subject to change)

Required Book List

  • Please get these exact books. Condensed or abridged version will not be applicable.
  • The Key Muscles of Yoga  – Ray Long
  • The Yoga Sutra of Pantanjali – Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • The Illustrated Light on Yoga – BKS Iyengar
  • The Power of Now – Eckhart Tolle
  • The Places That Scare You – Pema Chordron

Suggested Book List

  • Yoga Mat Companion 2-4 – Ray Long
  • Anatomy for Backbends & Twists
  • Yoga The science of the soul – Osho
  • The Living Gita – Sri Swami Satchidananda
  • The Anatomy Coloring Book, 2nd Edition – Wynn Kapit
  • Anatomy Trains -Tom Myers
  • Sensing, Feeling and Action – Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen

By Joseph