SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy provides the tools for healing, transforming and balancing the mind, body and spirit. We use the whole person to heal the whole person.


Traditional Thai Yoga is as a dynamic and comprehensive form of yoga therapy for body, mind and spirit dating back over 2,500 years. It combines various assisted positioning (asana) into a singular flowing sequence (vinyasa), bringing energy and consciousness to the practitioner and receiver alike. 

Experience 10 days of yoga immersion within the lush Costa Rican rainforest in an intensive and supportive training environment. Daily practices in hatha yoga, meditation, pranayama and journaling frame our Thai Yoga course material, creating an atmosphere for personal growth, self-understanding and exploration throughout the training process. By the end of this training you will deeply understand this ancient and sacred modality.

This retreat will provide Certification in Levels 1 & 2 of the full Somaveda® 200HR: Fundamentals of SomaVeda™ Thai Yoga and Ayurvedic Thai Yoga, respectively. (Read more below or visit for in-depth partner program details.)

This Thai Yoga Training includes:

  • 10 days at the beautiful rainforest sanctuary Samasati in the mountains of the coastal town Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica

  • 3 delicious locally sourced vegetarian meals a day + unlimited coffee & tea

  • 70 Hours of Thai Yoga Training

  • Certification in Levels 1 & 2 SomaVeda® Thai Yoga 

  • CEU's for Massage Therapists in the USA

  • all course material including textbooks

  • daily practices in hatha yoga, meditation, pranayama and journaling

  • ample time for nature restoration, including upon beaches and within the surrounding rainforest

The Curriculum

This 10 day training will cover 150 Thai Yoga postures and techniques, certifying students in 70 contact hours. We focus on transitions that allow you as practitioner to flow from posture to posture, supporting a feeling of easeful dance rather than technical application. You will develop a general understanding of Thai Ayurvedic anatomy, EFT-BET for emotional balancing, and the History of Traditional Thai Yoga.

Level 1 - The Fundamentals of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga

  • Introduction to the SomaVeda® model of learning, called the flow technique. This technique allows students to develop muscle memory and emphasize easeful transitions, and is one of the hallmarks of the SomaVeda® System. The flow technique prepares the student for further, more advanced levels of training.
  • Complete a vinyasa incorporating the key body positions (supine, side-lying, prone, second supine/abdominal emphasis, seated) that shape a general balancing session. This vinyasa is made up of 19 key postures that flow seamlessly into a single hour general session.
  • Introduction to EFT - BET Bio Tapping Basic Training.

Level 2 - Ayurvedic Thai Yoga, The Southern (Royal) Method

  • Build on Level One teachings to efficiently learn a flowing sequence of over 150 therapeutic postures that are a direct translation of the Traditional Southern Royal Method as taught at the Wat Pho/Wat Chetupon Temple. We honor Traditional Thai Ayurvedic Therapy by teaching the Thai Healing Vinyasa in their traditional form. We explore variations from three recognized schools teaching Southern traditional methods: Buddhai Sawan, Wat Po and Anantasuk.
  • Learn the foundations for a 7 Day Therapeutic Protocol.
  • Further EFT - BET Bio Tapping Training.


Our training is a sister program to Somaveda® in which we provide half of the credit hours required to receive the full 200 HR certification. You can still practice Thai Yoga with half of the training, but it is highly encouraged to finish the full 200 HR program!

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Sample Daily Schedue:

  • 7:30-8:30 AM / Yoga, Pranayama, and Journaling Practice
  • 8:30 - 9:30 / Breakfast
  • 9:30 - 12:30 / Thai Yoga Lab
  • 12:30 - 3:00 / Lunch / Rest / Break
  • 3:00 - 7:00 / Thai Yoga Lab
  • 7:00 - 8:00 / Dinner
  • Every other night: 8:30 - 9:30 / Thai Yoga & EFT Practice

*There will be one full day off on Thursday August 24th

You can take the shuttle to town, or spend the day restoring within the rainforest sanctuary. More details upon registration


Six double occupancy casitas are available for student stay.  Sign up with a partner or friend and reserve a single casita for the two of you, or register as an individual and share a room with someone new! Casitas available as double occupancies unless there is an odd number of registered participants.

Casitas are each in a secluded area of the forest. They house two single as well as a double lofted bed for optional use, a private bathroom and are situated upon a terrace with a hammock and small tropical garden planted with local flora.

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About the Samasati Yoga Retreat Center in Costa Rica


A Rainforest Paradise Overlooking the South Caribbean Sea

Nestled on 250 acres of beautiful protected rainforest in southern Costa Rica, the Samasati Retreat Center shares with its guests one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on Earth. Students are provided with three fresh, locally sourced vegetarian meals daily, restorative accommodations, and ample space for deep immersion in nature & self care.

When you're not focusing on your yoga practice and training, you can relax in a hammock on the terrace with panoramic views of lush vegetation and the Caribbean Sea, explore the vicinity on ecological adventure excursions, or restore in the lounge or outdoor Jacuzzi. Puerto Viejo, a charming laid back town with stunning beaches, delightful local cuisine and an unspoiled environment, is just a short drive from the bottom of the mountain. After a full day of activity, the soothing sounds of the rainforest will lull you to sleep.

Whether you've come for Thai Yoga Training certification, to create balance in your life, or to simply unwind, you will find inspiration in the wonderland of flora and fauna 850 feet high above the trees overlooking the South Caribbean Sea.


What is SomaVeda® Thai yoga?

SomaVeda® Integrated Traditional Therapy is a comprehensive system of holistic healing comprised of several core practices including Traditional Thai Yoga bodywork, Thai Ayurveda, and EFT/BET Bio-Tapping.

Performed on a floor mat with both client and practitioner dressed in comfortable clothing for ease of movement, Thai Yoga (also called Thai Yoga Massage, Thai Yoga Therapy, Thai Massage, Yoga Therapy, or its traditional names Nuad Thai or Nuad Boran) is a combination of acupressure, reflexology and assisted yogic stretching. The practitioner guides the client through a series of gentle yoga postures while bringing attention and movement to the body’s energy lines (‘Sen’) and points ('Lom') to alleviate tension, stimulate metabolic processes + establish a feeling of well-being and vitality within the experiencer.

This training is a partner program to the SomaVeda® Thai Yoga 200HR Certification Course and will provide Certification in Levels 1 & 2 of the full Somaveda® 200HR: Fundamentals of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga and Ayurvedic Thai Yoga, respectively.

A Traditional Healing Art

Traditional Thai Yoga is as an dynamic and comprehensive form of yoga therapy for body, mind and spirit dating back over 2,500 years.

Thai Yoga combines various positioning (asana) into a singular flowing sequence (vinyasa) that brings energy and attention to the whole body of practitioner and receiver alike. Techniques such as joint traction and decompression, assisted stretching and guided breath work support its practitioners to experience many unique and recognizable benefits.

Thai Yoga Therapeutic benefits include (and are not limited to):

  • decompression of the skeleton and joint space
  • stimulation and healthy circulation of bodily fluids
  • increased flexibility
  • lengthening of the spine
  • detoxification of soft tissue
  • lymphatic drainage
  • reduced stress and anxiety
  • reduced pain and inflammation
  • increased energy movement
  • metabolic stimulation
  • boosted immune system

The primary outcome of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga is rooted in the Indigenous and Buddhist Philosophical concept called “Promiwiihan Sii” or the four boundless states of mind: Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. A SomaVeda® Thai Yoga session is considered successful so long as these states are conveyed. This approach to conscious yogic therapy holds the potential to change individual lives, and our modern world, dramatically.


Come Learn with us!

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About Your Instructors

Alex Ryberg and Elizabeth Gross are graduates of the 1028 HR Advanced SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Instruction Program from the SomaVeda® College of Natural Medicine and Thai Yoga Center in Brooksville, Florida, USA.

They each have over five years of hands-on private practice experience and have taught trainings in SomaVeda® Thai Yoga all over the world: Ohio, New York, California, Florida, Ecuador and now Costa Rica. They both have completed 500HR Advanced Yoga Teacher Training and regularly teach Hatha yoga courses throughout Cincinnati and New York.


Retreat Pricing Schedule

  • Normal Full-Package Rate (includes Standard Tuition, Lodging and Meals): $2,750 ($800 deposit due upon Reservation)

  • Couples Rate (15% off per student!): $2,340 ($800/student deposit due by May 20th 2017 or $4680 total up front)

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A portion of your proceeds will be donated to the Rainforest Reclamation Fund at Samasati

* All Registration rates are non-refundable and non-transferrable *

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