Advanced 95 Hour Kids Yoga Teacher Training: Costa Rica, January 2021

Advanced 95 Hour Kids Yoga Teacher Training | Cabuya Lodge, Costa Rica

Dates: January 8 – January 16, 2021
Location: Cabuya Lodge, Costa Rica

Join us for our advanced training in Cabuya Lodge, Costa Rica from January 8 – January 16, 2021. Although this fabulous program has been developed with the 95-hour RCYT trainee in mind, anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge and skill set of Kids Yoga can benefit from this comprehensive training.

Certification & Requirement Details

Breakdown of Certification Hours

  • 2-Day Training (15 contact hrs)
  • Advanced Training at Cabuya Lodge (72 contact hrs)
  • Online Kidding Around Yoga OKAY (8 non-contact hrs)

TOTAL: 95 hours

Yoga Alliance Certification and Requirements

Yoga Alliance registration is not the same as “certification.” If you have completed our basic 2-day KAY training, you are fully certified to teach yoga to children in any capacity and are not required to complete further training or to join the Yoga Alliance.

How to register as a RCYT with the Yoga Alliance

There is no time frame in which you are to fulfill all of your 95 hour requirements with YA. You do not need to be a 200 hour certified teacher when you begin the process. However, you must be 200 hour certified if and when you register with the Yoga Alliance for your RYT and subsequently for your RCYT. Click here to learn more about the current guidelines from Yoga Alliance for teaching yoga to children which are outlined below.

  • Complete 200 hr Yoga Teacher Training
  • Complete 95 hour advanced Children’s Yoga Teacher Training
  • Submit 30 teaching hours in Kids Yoga that take place AFTER you get your 95 hour advanced Children’s Yoga Teacher Training certificate

Alternative Certification Paths

It is preferred that you take a 2-day training before the advanced training. However, you can attend the advanced training first if need be. Or, have you taken a basic Kids Yoga certification program other than KAY? You can still attend our advanced training and be eligible to receive your 95 hour certificate. Here’s how…

“I haven’t taken an initial Kids Yoga training yet.”

  1. Complete your registration form and submit your initial payment.
  2. Commit to attend a 2-day training in the near future by registering and paying (regular discounts apply).


If you do not register for the 2-day training before the 95-hr program start date, you will need to pay a $150 fee to gain access to your online coursework. Details of how to make this payment will be sent to you after your registration is complete. This course will need to be completed in its entirety before attending the advanced 95 hour training you register for. 

*Note that you are not eligible to receive your advanced 95 hour certificate until you have completed the live 2-day training.

“I have completed my initial Kids Yoga training with another school (RCYS).”

  1. Submit your initial Kids Yoga training certificate to us for approval on your registration form.
  2. Make your initial payment for the training.
  3. Pay a $150 fee to gain access to the online coursework that will need to be completed in its entirety before attending the advanced 95 hour training you register for. Details of how to make this payment will be sent to you after your registration is complete.




Curriculum and Expectations


Here are the topics we will be covering:

  • Asanas, activities, games, pranayama, chanting
  • Classroom techniques, communication with children
  • Anatomy, changes in childhood development, contraindications, benefits, body systems, organs, etc.
  • Philosophy and ethics
  • Developmental stages
  • Yoga for children with disabilities
  • Teen Yoga
  • Yoga in schools
  • Yoga for toddlers and babies
  • Business and marketing



  • Observing the children in all activities and yoga classes
  • Participating in teaching different aspects of Kidding Around Yoga
  • Attend lectures
  • Shared living quarters, making friends for life
  • Teach and engage in peace, love, sharing, caring, compassion, non-violence, karma, co-existence, kindness, spirituality, and tolerance

Your Trainer

Mandy Lawson: E-RYT 500, RCYT, YACEP

KAY teacher, licensee, trainer and Training Coordinator is Canadian born, and now resides in Costa Rica. She is a passionate lover of life and has found that the richness and beauty of a balanced life ultimately always includes yoga on some level.

With over 15 years experience in the fitness industry, Mandy has offered personal fitness and yoga classes to both individuals and in class settings. She is also the owner of Costa Yoga, a Yoga school located in Costa Rica at her Retreat Center Cabuya Lodge, where she offers 200 and 300 hour Teacher Trainings.

Mandy is a devoted mother, and finds joy in spending time with her family. Having the responsibility and privilege to influence young people has helped Mandy grow into a calm, adaptable and present person. She has found that even the smallest lessons learned in daily life can be applied to the big picture, and that everything happens for a reason. Mandy is endlessly grateful to Kidding Around Yoga for giving her the tools to share the amazing science of Yoga with children from all corners of the world.

Mandy is very excited to be a trainer for KAY and to guide other teachers into the world of children’s yoga.



Accommodations & Transportation

Check out what your shared accommodations for the week will look like by clicking on one of the images below to enlarge and see the rest of the photo gallery.
  • Sleeping arrangements will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • We will do our best to consider special requests on an individual basis and fulfil them if possible.
  • Please pack anything to make your living space more comfortable.
  • Housekeeping is available to do laundry at $6 per load.


Flights & Transportation


We recommend that you purchase your flight to Costa Rica early to avoid paying higher prices as the dates get closer. Please book your flight into SJO (Juan Santamaria International Airport) if you wish to take advantage of our group shuttle. The shuttle will depart the SJO area (airport or hotels nearby) the morning of Friday, January 8, 2021 at about 7:00 am. We recommend that you fly in on Thursday, January 7 and spend that night at a hotel. We will recommend 2 options for hotels near the airport. The shuttle will pick you up directly from the hotel. The shuttle takes about 6 hours and you will arrive to Cabuya Lodge at about 2 pm on Friday. The cost of the shuttle is $60 and we will put the shuttle on your bill at Cabuya Lodge.

If you are unable to get into the SJO airport before 7 am on January 8, you will miss your option to take our group shuttle. If you must fly in later in the morning on January 8, you can MAYBE get an afternoon shuttle (we cannot promise that this will be available), or you can fly to our local airport. 

If you would rather not take the 6 hour shuttle, or you are unable to fly in on time to catch it, you also have the option to fly to our smaller, closer airport in Tambor (TMU). We recommend Costa Rica Green for this flight into Tambor. Flights are about $100 each way, and a taxi from the Tambor airport to Cabuya Lodge is $50. Mandy will be happy to guide you to book the flights, and she can arrange the taxi pick up for you as well.


Check-out from Cabuya Lodge is on Saturday, January 16. We recommend that you use that day to get back to the airport and spend that night at an airport area hotel prior to flying home on the morning of Sunday, January 17, 2021. If you must fly home on Jan. 16, you need to make sure your departure from SJO is later in the afternoon or evening. You will not be able to get back to the airport before 2:30 pm (meaning the earliest flight you could catch would be 4:30 pm), if you take the shuttle. If you book one of the regional flights from Tambor to SJO you can get there earlier in order to catch an earlier flight from SJO home. It’s very important to leave at least 2 hours between your arrival time into SJO with the flight from Tambor, and your departure from SJO on your flight home.

Mandy is available to help guide you when it comes time to make your flight bookings. Please email her at with your proposed flights PRIOR to booking to make sure they make sense with the travel options.


Thursday, January 7

Fly Into SJO (Juan Santamaria International Airport)

Friday, January 8

Check-In to Cabuya Lodge

Saturday-Friday, Jan. 9 – Jan. 15

Full Training Days (8 nights)

Saturday, Jan. 16

Check-Out from Cabuya Lodge

Sunday, Jan. 17

Fly Out of SJO (Juan Santamaria International Airport)


Registration & Payment

Follow these steps to complete your registration:

  1. Complete the registration form below.
  2. Select from one of the payment options below.
  3. Make your payment.

Your registration is NOT final until you have made a payment.

Cancellation Policy

25% of the total payment is non-refundable. The remainder is fully refundable before December 9, 2020, 30 days prior to the first day of the training. After that, the full fee is non-refundable

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