through knowledge and practices not taught in Most yoga classes and teacher trainings

Expand & Elevate

In a world where yoga asana often takes the spotlight, there is a growing desire to delve deeper into the more subtle aspects of yoga.

This advanced training invites teachers and practitioners to enrich their journey with a profound exploration of meditation, mantra, yoga philosophy, and yoga nidra.


Comprehensive Curriculum: Covering meditation, mantra, yoga philosophy, and yoga nidra.

Expert Instructors: Learn from seasoned practitioners with deep knowledge and experience.

Holistic Approach: Integrating traditional wisdom with modern insights.

Interactive Learning: Engaging lectures, discussions, and practical sessions.

what to Expect: 

5 Branches of The Training

Meditation 

Explore meditation to calm the mind and cultivate inner peace. Learn how to guide others through meditative practices that are rooted in science and ancient wisdom.



Leave with essential teachings that root you in the meditative state so that you can really deepen in the practice.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Connect your breath to the body and mind to anchor in the fundamentals of calm

Explore the meditative state to develop a foundation that will give you a new benchmark

Learn the basic premise of Zen as a guide to a life-long meditation practice

Anchor in a daily practice so that you can easily access meditation

meditation

mantra & sound 

Discover the power of sound and vibration. Understand how to use mantras for healing, focus, and spiritual growth.

Practice the conscious repetition of mantras and divine names as an integral part of accessing higher frequencies, meditative states and opening the heart to God. 

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learn the relationship between musical notes that facilitate trance-like states when chanting

Understand how mantras can be used to help change our mental and emotional states

Learn the meanings and pronunciation of various mantras that open up states of higher consciousness

Re-connect with your heart and soul through devotion

Mantra& sound

yoga philosophy 

Dive into the timeless teachings of the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, and buddha dharma. Learn how these ancient texts apply to modern life and teaching.




Through simple and step-by-step introductions, we will build upon the fundamental teachings of yogic science and spirituality so that you can really practice the deeper aspects with faith in the "jnana", or higher knowledge.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

Learn the essential teachings of the yoga sutras & bhagavad gita as they apply to yoga practice

Practice the art of studying and contemplating yoga texts

Learn the map samkhya philosophy  and connect it to our understanding of neuroscience and physics

Develop a love for the masters and mystics of the Indian tradition

yoga philosophy

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Yoga Nidra 

learn the art of yogic sleep. experience deeply restorative sessions that promote healing and self-discovery.


Immerse yourself in guided meditation designed to transform your perception of rest, sleep, and overall health. Through carefully structured sessions, delve into the core principles of Yoga Nidra and learn to integrate this practice into your daily life, cultivating peace and rejuvenation. 



LEARNING OUTCOMES

Dive into the philosophy, history, and essential principles of Yoga Nidra. Learn about its stages, from initial relaxation to profound inner peace and awareness.

 Understand how Yoga Nidra intersects with modern neuroscience and the mind-body connection, enhancing neuroplasticity, sleep health, and mental wellness.

 Achieve deep relaxation and heightened mindfulness through advanced Yoga Nidra techniques, unlocking its full potential for restorative rest and well-being.

 Integrate the teachings of Yoga Nidra into your practice and teachings. Use this wisdom for personal growth, healing, and spiritual awakening.


yoga nidra

Yoga Asana 

Explore yoga postures through universal movement principles as you learn to move from the inside out

In our daily morning sadhana you will experience a holistic hatha yoga class that integrates movement, breath, chanting and meditation. 

Through thoughtful cues and somatic inquiries, you will discover a new relationship to how you move on the mat and connect with movement principles that will deepen your practice. 


LEARNING OUTCOMES

Experience what it is like to move from the inside out

Understand what it looks like to create a holistic hatha practice that integrates various branches of yoga

Familiarize yourself with the 7 moving principles of practice

Connect your breath and movement together to create a state of flow that deepens your meditation

yoga nidra

The Details

Nov 1st-15th, 2025

If you are ready to expand your horizons and elevate your practice, this training is for you. Whether you are a seasoned teacher or a dedicated practitioner, you will find immense value in this immersive experience.

  • 200hr YTT Certification Upon Completion
  • 4 Week Experience in Costa Rica
  • 4 Hours of Hatha Yoga Daily
  • Morning & Evening Meditation Practice
  • Kirtan, Raga Music, Storytelling and Dance
  • Daily 1-2 Hour Lecture or Demonstration
  • Learnings in Yoga Philosophy, Mantra, Psychology and Mythology
  • Complimentary Inner Path Deck









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2 Week Experience in Costa Rica
2 Hours of Holistic Hatha Yoga Daily
Morning & Evening Meditation Practice
Kirtan, Raga Music, Storytelling and Dance
Daily 2 Hour Lecture or Demonstration
Workshops in Yoga Philosophy, Mantra, Psychology and Meditation
Complimentary Inner Path Deck

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Katia - past YTT participant

I discovered the true meaning and depth of yoga, which inspired me to walk this path throughout life

"Today, I perceive yoga as a life path: both spiritual and practical for everyday life. What appeals to me the most is that yoga can be practiced outside of a religious context and still be a deep spiritual practice, which was lacking in my life."

India - past YTT participant

A well rounded approach to what yoga truly is in a very short amount of time

"Cultural knowledge of deep ancient wisdom of a culture that goes back thousands of years. This experience gave me a little hint of the rooted beauty on storytelling and the teachings behind it."

Sarah - past YTT participant

"This training is as much about your Self as it is about learning how to teach yoga to others.

You will learn to appreciate yoga’s ancient roots and comprehensive spiritual path. Be prepared to devote yourself wholeheartedly to an intense month. For every ounce you put in, you’ll reap ten times in return.”

Arzina - past participant

"There’s something for everyone in this training.

This is unlike most yoga teacher trainings. Zamir’s eclectic mix of knowledge and background brings a unique flavor to this training, incorporating music, poetry, yoga, philosophy, tai chi, and many other modalities.”

Eileen - past participant

"I can’t imagine any other YTT that offers all of this.

“I’ve said it before: this experience was far more beautiful than I could have dreamed. Both Zamir and Marie gave so much of yourselves. It was astonishing really. Eternally grateful and honored for this opportunity 🙏🏻”

Program Tuition

Tuition Fee

Early Bird
$1100 USD 

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We believe that yoga is for everybody, and we strive to create accessible trainings that honor the teachers and support students of different income brackets. If you are very committed to the program and need some support, please specify this when you hear back from us

Please note that accommodation and food are not included and will be booked separately.

Nov 1st —Nov 15th, 2025

(Before Sept 15th)

Regular $1300 USD 

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Accommodations & Food

We are partnering with Awake – a beautiful center for awakening in Uvita, Costa Rica, home of the magical “whale tail” - a natural phenomena where the tides recede to reveal a massive land formation in the shape of a whale tail. The property features local plant, herbs and fruit trees, secluded spots for meditation, yoga and meditation hall, organic restaurant, private river access and more.

Once you pay your tuition for the experience, you will be connected with Awake to book your room and food plan.




We have meal plan specially designed for the YTT by our chef.

Everything is vegetarian, gluten-free, organic and locally sourced. The food is pure and delicious, designed to aid in your healing and strength development.

Meals at the training

$880- Single
$922  - King


Casa Cora Rooms

You’ll be close to the heart of the action in our Casa Cora rooms - with close walking to the kitchen, lounge, shared amenities and the main Surya Yoga Shala. Thoughtfully designed to give a balance of privacy and proximity, you can choose between a double and single bed. These spacious rooms have plenty of shelf space, window lighting and a shared balcony looking out on the lush landscape.

Single Room
Single or King Beds
Shared bathroom with shower
Shared lounge space
Shared kitchen space
3 meals a day Included








$1286
$1440 w/AC

Casita

These are the most luxurious stay option on the property. Each room has a queen bed, private bathroom and private deck. Casitas literally mean “mini-homes”, so this will be your home-away-from-home during your training.

Independent Casita
Queen Bed
Private bathroom with shower
Private Kitchen
Private Deck
Shared lounge space
3 meals a day included









Meet Your Guides

Lead Instructor: Zamir Dhanji

Zamir’s hatha yoga training was influenced by a number of teachers – particularly Swami Sivananda and Donna Farhi – and he completed his 500 hr teacher training under David Goulet in Chakra Yoga. This approach provides a holistic understanding of the body-mind system rooted in modern science…which also corroborates the knowledge of ancient yogis.

He served as an instructor in yoga asana, pranayama, meditation and yoga philosophy for the Langara College yoga teacher training program, teaching both in Vancouver and internationally.

He’s trained in Compassionate Inquiry, a somatic-based psychotherapy developed by Dr. Gabor Mate, which informs his healing work as both a yoga teacher and holistic counselor.

He has co-created a program for healing attachment trauma called “Patterns to Presence”, with behavioural scientist Sabrina Lakhani.

He studied Ati-Yoga under Wisdom Master Maticintin, founder of HUMUH : Clear Mind Buddhism and his spiritual teacher for the last decade, spending extended periods in the monastery studying meditation, buddhist logic and doing karma yoga.

In 2020 he founded Mystic Yogi and published The Inner Path, a yoga philosophy practice deck with stunning art and contemporary guidance for yoga seekers looking to integrate the 8 limbs of yoga into their life.

Assistant Instructor: Kristyn Rose

Kristyn Rose is a seasoned Yoga teacher and dedicated practitioner specializing in Holistic Hatha Yoga, Restorative, Yin, and Yoga Nidra. Her journey as a compassionate guide in meditation has taken her across the globe in search of healing modalities and transformative teachings.

Kristyn's mission is to make a peaceful impact by infusing the world with mindfulness and profound rest.

Drawing from her deep well of experience and knowledge, Kristyn leads genuine, creative, and inspirational Yoga practices with authenticity and compassion. She honours her teachers and mentors for the wisdom they have imparted, recognizing that Yoga is not just a physical practice but a path to self-discovery and spiritual growth.

She is committed to supporting her students in reaching individual awakening and deep internal bliss, encouraging a remembering their Divine Truth.


Ready to join us?

Nov 1st— Nov 15th, 2025

We understand, life happens! Unless there are extenuating circumstances as determined by our  team, your fee is refundable up to 60 days before the training begins. This will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

We recommend that you apply and put your deposit down early if you are serious.

What is the refund policy if I’m unable to make it after I sign up?

Frequently Asked Questions

Anyone wanting to go deeper into yoga. If you are already a certified yoga teacher, we still highly recommend this training. Most entry level YTT’s do not cover the depth and breadth of what we offer here. Transformative yoga practice requires a deeper understanding of yoga teachings and methods that are taught in most trainings.

If you are a yoga practitioner and want to go deeper in your practice, exploring the other dimensions of yoga not practiced in studio classes, this is an amazing opportunity. 

Who is this for?

We will be practicing hatha yoga and yin yoga.  You will also learn, practice and experience practices from other paths of yoga : Jnana (knowledge) , Naad (Sound), and Raja (meditation).

What kind of Yoga will we do?

This training is by application and we do ask your experience and journey with your yoga practice to make sure you’re a good fit for this certification. If you’ve never done yoga before, we suggest that you start to take classes and develop some practice before applying to a teacher training.

Can I do this certification if I’m new to practicing yoga?

Over 2,500 years ago, the Indian sage Patanjali defined eight components, or “limbs” as the blueprint for the yoga journey. He condensed the Indian yogic tradition into an open-ended system for cultivating ethical character, training the mind and realizing the Self. Learn more about them in more depth in this program

What are the 8 Limbs?

The Inner Path Deck is a card deck and tool developed by Zamir to support you with your individual practice and to provide a deeper understanding of yogic philosophies with your students. Want to start exploring the 8 Limbs concepts and other philosophies sooner? Learn more here

What is the Inner Path Deck?

Yes, this training is an intensive and there is not adequate time to go off the property to get food or make it. 
Please indicate in your intake form if you are living locally and we will provide you the cost of the meal plan and whether a specific adjustment can be made. 

If I’m a local, do I have to eat my meals on-site?



Tuition for the program is listed above. You will also need to pay for room and board (unless you are a local) inclusive of all meals. We care about accessibility, and if some financial support is required, please email zamirdhanji@gmail.com with your situation. 

WHAT IS THE TOTAL COST OF THE EXPERIENCE?

No, if you live locally you can commute to the training. We do require that you are on-time for all the sessions, and that once you are here you do not leave the property until the sessions finish that day. 

WHAT IF I LIVE LOCALLY, DO I HAVE TO STAY ON-SITE?

Please visit Awake’s website:
www.awake.cr/accommodation

Where can I find more info about the accommodation options?