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We're working on dates for 2025!

Self-Awakening Yoga® has been called a miraculous returning home to the wisdom of the body. In this 100-hour all-level immersion you will learn the fundamentals of Self-Awakening Yoga, from accessible movement, to mindful awareness. You will experience a non-authoritarian approach to unravel muscle tension, experience new ranges of motion, recover natural movement, and connection with inner felt sense.

What will I learn?

Whether new to yoga, a seasoned practitioner, teacher, or healing professional, this training will certify you as a Self-Awakening Yoga Teacher, able to guide others in movement inquiries layered with mindfulness techniques aimed at accessing interoceptive awareness (inner felt sense). Evidence-based research focused on the process of reconnection with the wisdom of the body. Self-Awakening Yoga, is a profound stand-alone practice, as well as a preparation for traditional yoga poses, starting from a place of awareness and natural alignment.   

The Self-Awakening Yoga® methodology balances experiential learning with theoretical grounding. The course includes daily workshops, demonstrations, small group exercises, practice sessions with partners, learning psychology, and skills for designing progressive sequences of natural movement that have sometimes not been felt since childhood.


In the process of Self-Awakening Yoga®, the depth a students body-based wisdom is allowed new space for expression. By traveling to the place where the urge to move originates, Self-Awakening Yoga® hones the capacity for intuitive knowing through the language of sensation.

About the Director

The philosophy and techniques of Self-Awakening Yoga profoundly changed Janel's life, inspiring her post-graduate research and continued inquiry. Janel has facilitated Self-Awakening Yoga Training Programs alongside it's founder, Don Stapleton, Ph.D. since 2007.

Required Reading:

Self-Awakening Yoga: The Expansion of Consciousness through the Body's Own Wisdom, by Don Stapleton Ph.D., Healing Arts Press, 2004.

Training Schedule

The Self-Awakening Yoga® Teacher Training is an immersive program consisting of 20 non-contact hours and 80 contact hours in a family-style dedicated training environment.

7:30–9:00 • Morning Yoga Practice

10:00–12:30 • Morning Session

12:30–2:00 • Lunch 

2:00–4:00 • Afternoon Session

6:30–8:00 • Some evening sessions 

What's Included

• Choice of on-site accommodations or commuter option

• Optional Costa Rican lunch plan

• Option for one-day early check-in 

• Comprehensive Training Manual
• Daily yoga classes
• Advanced asana training
• Evidence-Based Research

• Yogic Philosophy and Practice
• Professional Development and Branding
• Yoga Lifestyle Immersion

• 500-hour Yoga Alliance Advanced Yoga Teacher Accreditation

• 400 steps to miles of sandy beaches, tide pools, and surf breaks
• 300 steps to restaurants, organic markets, juice bars, and shops
• Friendships that will last a lifetime


Nexus Institute's private residence is located a few steps from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Nosara, Costa Rica. Casa Nexus features an expansive canopy-level vaulted ceiling yoga studio, two kitchens, yoga library, and salt-water pool. You will be within easy walking distance to beaches, tidal pools, shops, markets, and restaurants. Orientation will include a full tour of local dining and organic grocery options. Take part in our catered Costa Rican with gluten free options; explore local restaurants; or build your own tropical meals in three well-equipped kitchens. Horace and Janel are present on site throughout the training.

Accommodations Options

Tuition-only Commuter: $1,850

Tuition + Bunk Room: $2,650

Tuition + Double Room: $2,950
Tuition + Private Room: $3,350

Tuition + Private Room with Bath: $3,950

Optional Gourmet Vegan Lunch Plan: $280

This training is limited to 20 participants. It generally fills two months prior to the start date. Register early to ensure a place.A $500 deposit will hold your spot. 

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