Review for Yoga Teacher Training with Liz Lindh /Sanctuary at Two River
Completing a YTT at the Sanctuary at Two Rivers with Liz Lindh has no doubt has changed my life for the better. In addition to Liz’s phenomenal depth of experience and equally kind demeanor, the Sanctuary's immersion in wild nature combines with the dedicated yogic lifestyle practiced by the staff and the artfully delicious menu to create an authentically transformative experience.
I came to the training with 20 years of background in yoga and a recent breast cancer diagnosis. I was looking to compliment my holistic healing plan by setting myself up for a healthier lifestyle as a yoga leader, re-committing to my own personal practice, and releasing negative life patterns that I had accumulated working a very stressful job. The Sanctuary was fertile ground to find all that I was looking for and much that I didn’t realize was missing. I reclaimed my dormant meditation practice, found a lot of space for spiritual reflection, and was soothed by a menu that met all the nutritional needs for holistic cancer recovery. It is testament to the training that back home in Alaska I have been able to maintain my personal yoga and meditation practice, will start teaching in my community, and am trying new nutrient-dense vegetarian recipes inspired by Chef Naga. (When we say the food is good at the Sanctuary, we’re not joking - we could not get through a meal without pressuring staff to hurry up and publish their cookbook so we could buy it and give it to everyone we love!)
The Sanctuary’s accommodations are simple, comfortable, and allow for a full nature immersion experience. We could lay in bed and watch monkeys swing through the tropical forest out the screens that composed the walls of our house! Many students enjoyed the pool area for relaxing between classes, but I found myself heading to the onsite waterfall, which was almost always fluttering with butterflies and tropical birds and provided a sweet place to find solitude and cool waters amid the heat and activity of the yoga training.
I would imagine the Sanctuary staff’s commitment to exemplifying and fully living the yogic lifestyle taught in their courses sets it apart from many YTTs. I also liked that Liz and Naga’s curriculum gently highlights the aspects of yogic philosophy that support living an environmentally and politically conscious life. I would highly recommend the Sanctuary’s YTT for people like me who are looking not just for a certification, but also for spiritual growth, transformation, space for reflection, and a holistic yoga practice that strengthens and illuminates personal values and ethics.
A few caveats:
I would recommend that people with quick metabolisms like me bring good personal snacks, as the Sanctuary does not provide substantive snacks between their excellent meals. For those with regular/slower metabolisms or for folks looking to push themselves physically, bringing snacks is unnecessary and would conflict with the Sanctuary’s Ayurvedic goal of enhancing digestion by fasting between meals.
Liz’s yoga style is super fast-paced and energy intensive, which ended up being a little tiring for me because I was already depleted from dealing with cancer. At the end of the day I’m grateful for the immersive experience and how much stronger I am coming out of the training that when I went in, and I think it’s always good to practice and be exposed to different styles of yoga, just be warned that Liz’s classes require a lot of energy!
Overall, I feel lucky and blessed to have had this experience - I see it as an integral step along my healing path, and would especially encourage everyone to seek out the healing patterns that a course like this one helps you to create.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Unique Boutique Private Yoga Retreat & Yoga Teacher Training Wellness Center in Costa Rica. Our 40 acres are located directly across from the beach yet hidden 1000 yards in the jungle. Designed with the intention to commune with nature, practice yoga, contemplate, meditate, and become balanced through a Health and Wellness Yoga Retreat Vacation. Our 100% off-the-grid solar powered facility with luxury-deluxe-modern accommodations, Extensive Spa menu, and Tropical Fusion Gourmet Organic Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Cuisine is exclusively for Yoga Retreats, Yoga Teacher Trainings, Wellness Retreats, and Nature Wildlife Adventure Retreat Vacations. Become a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor in Paradise. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Sanctuary At Two Rivers Costa Rica/Cabuya