I have been thinking about doing my yoga teacher training in Mexico ever since I moved here almost three years ago. Is there anything dreamier than learning to be a yoga teacher in a warm place while also enjoying a peaceful time by the ocean?
I’ve considered doing yoga teacher training in Costa Rica and even back in the US, but when it comes to price sensitivity, I’ve found that you can get a course of the same quality for a much lower price, especially if you are happy to skip out on the popular spots like Tulum or Puerto Vallarta.
I also think, for those that don’t visit Mexico often or perhaps have only been to the big resort areas, that these retreats are an amazing way to get to know lesser-known places around Mexico in a safe environment.
After checking the prices and listings on different websites, I have found Book Yoga Retreats to have the largest selection of courses in Mexico.
Best Yoga Teacher Training Mexico
I have ordered the courses from least to most expensive and have only included courses that have a minimum of 4.5 out of 5 stars. All of the courses are either the 100 or 200-hour courses which are the standard for building towards your 500-hour certification and then being able to go back to your home country and begin your career as a yoga instructor.
I have added a few “extra” courses at the bottom of the list that are only a few days long and allow you to further your knowledge on a particular yoga practice. They are still instructional courses and you receive a certificate once you complete these courses, too.
All of the courses that I’ve listed are taught in English.
100-Hour Advanced Yin Yoga Teacher Training, Baja California Sur
This 100-hour advanced yoga teacher training is located in Baja California Sur, focuses on Yin yoga and restorative yoga practices. It’s located at the Yandara Yoga Institute near Los Cabos, so you can enjoy the beauty of this beach town as well as grow your yin yoga practice.
The cost of the 100-hour course is $1,475 USD if you bring your own tent. If you would prefer to use their slightly more luxurious tents, which include a real mattress and all of the bedding, the cost is $1,550. This includes 11 days, 10 nights, all of your meals, and all of the yoga training and practices over the length of the course.
200-Hour Vinyasa OM Yoga Teacher Training in Chiapas
This 200-hour Vinyasa Om yoga teacher training is located in the beautiful colonial town of San Cristobal de Las Casas. It’s offered by the Ananda Healing Center, which also offers regular yoga classes most days of the week and different courses throughout the year.
The price of the course is $1,691 USD and includes 35 days of accommodation and all of the classes and instruction required to complete the certification. Food is not included.
The course introduces you to Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Karma yoga practices as well as yoga-related anatomy and physiology. You will also learn about the yogic diet. You must have been practicing yoga for several years in order to apply for the course. They actually ask that you send a video of yourself practicing yoga in order to apply for the teacher training.
100-Hour Chinese Meridians and Yin Yoga Training in Sayulita
Sayulita is perhaps along one of the most beautiful strips of the Mexican coast. I love the Pacific-side of Mexico and Sayulita has become popular with the hippie-surfer crowd over the years, making it a great place to practice yoga and relax.
This 100-Hour Chinese meridian and Yin Yoga Teacher Training is 12 days/11 nights and costs $1,599 USD if you want to share a room with three other people. If you would prefer to share a room with only one other person, the cost is $1,899. If you want your own private room, the cost is $2,299.
This price includes 11 nights of accommodation, vegetarian meals for the length of your stay, 100 hours of yoga teacher training, guided meditations, daily yin yoga classes, and lessons in traditional Chinese medicine.
200-Hour VIP Immersion Yoga Teacher Training in La Paz
This course located in La Paz, is perhaps one of the most stunning locations on the list. If you are looking for a peaceful escape with turquoise waters and a fully immersive yoga training, then this is definitely worth checking out.
The retreat is organized by 11Exhale Yoga, which is normally based in San Diego, California. The training will take place at The Sanctuary in La Paz and costs $1,888 USD if you are happy to stay in a shared dorm room. If you would prefer your own room, the cost is $4,997.
These prices include accommodation for 14 nights, daily yoga practices, daily meditation sessions, all of your required reading books, lessons on how to create a yoga business, and a daily healthy breakfast.
200-Hour Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training in Tulum
This 200-hour Hatha and Vinyasa teacher training course is located in the beautiful beach town of Tulum. If you’re not familiar with Tulum, it’s a boutique beach town about two hours south of Cancun. It’s easy to get to by bus or organized transfer straight from Cancun airport.
This course is 20 days long and costs $2,500 USD. This is the only price option and it includes 20 nights of accommodation in a shared room with three twin beds. It also includes daily classes in Asana, yoga theory, Ayurvedic self-care, and daily meditation practices. Food is not included in the price, however, there is a kitchen on-site so you can keep costs down and cook for yourself.
200-Hour International Yoga Teacher Training in Puerto Vallarta
This international yoga teacher training course teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, and restorative yoga practices. It’s located at the Davannayoga school in Puerto Vallarta, making it incredibly easy to get to from most major cities in the US and Canada.
It is 19 days long and costs $3,450 USD. This price includes 18 nights of accommodation, daily yoga classes, mantra and mudra practices, daily meditation sessions, anatomy and history of yoga classes, and classes on different teaching methods to help you as your grow your teaching career.
The price does not include food, but like many of the other places listed above, the houses you’ll be staying in all have kitchens. There is also a pool on-site where you can swim and relax if you don’t want to head to the nearby beach.
200-Hour Tantra & Vinyasa Teacher Training in Cancun
Located in one of the most famous Mexican beach towns (which means it’s also very easy and cheap to get to from most major cities in the US, Canada, and the UK). This course focuses on Hatha and Vinyasa yoga styles and is 14 days long.
The cost of this course is $2,890 USD which is a shared double room. This price includes 13 nights of accommodation and daily vegan and vegetarian meals. It also includes daily yoga classes, daily meditation sessions, classes on the study of Prana Vidya, and the theories and practices of Kashmir Shaivism.
Short Yoga Courses
- 20-Hour Yin and Restorative Yoga Training in Los Cabos. This course costs $775 USD for a private tent (more for room inside the retreat center) and is four days long. It is a great way to either dip your toes into the teacher training courses or as a way to increase your knowledge of Yin Yoga.
- 30-Hour Continuing Education Course in Isla Mujeres. This is a wonderful place to improve your yoga and to simply enjoy a few days at the beach. This course is 6-days long and costs $1,750 for a three person room.
- 5-Day Revitalizing Yoga and Barre Retreat in Isla Mujeres. Also located on Isla Mujeres, a beautiful beach destination a short ferry ride from Cancun, this 5-day course includes daily yoga workshops and tips on how to do inversions. If you want to take your yoga practice to the next level, this is a good place to start. The retreat costs $2,242 for a shared room.
Packing for Yoga Training in Mexico
Figuring out what to wear in Mexico depends largely on what location you plan to do your yoga teacher training in.
In some places like Chiapas, especially in winter, comfortable yoga pants are your best option.
However, if you plan to do a course by the beach in Tulum or Baja, there’s no way you’re going to want to bring pants. Instead, you’ll want to consider practicing yoga in yoga shorts or looser linen pieces.
I highly recommend, before packing for your trip, that you ask the school where you’ll be training what they recommend and what the temperatures will be like where you’re going.
While some of these places are luxurious and have air conditioning and comfortable rooms, others are incredibly basic and will simply have fans. You’ll likely spend most of your time outside, so you want to make sure you’re comfortable.
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