All Yoga By The Sea teachers are Yoga Alliance-certified and are experienced in teaching students of varying ability levels. We believe in non-competitive yoga and support students to approach their practice with loving-kindness while encouraging them to express the architectural foundation of each pose with clarity and strength, based on the trademarked Yoga For EveryBody® system developed by Yoga By The Sea's founder, Arielle Thomas Newman..

We draw from the power of this ancient Mayan region for our meditations, which serves as a perfect foundation for connecting with the inner-self. 





The Yoga By The Sea Teachers Training is comprehensive and in-depth. You will learn to teach both Vinyasa-Flow and Hatha Yoga classes in this course. You can view the content areas that are used for this accredited course by going to

We cover anatomy, teaching methodology, philosophy, chakras, mudras, pranayama, meditation, diet, nutrition, setting up your business – all the essentials. Once you successfully complete the Yoga By The Sea training, you then can apply for your RYT-200 certificate from the Yoga Alliance, which is internationally recognized. (Cost of the Yoga Alliance application not included in your tuition).

Acceptance into the program is based on a written application and telephone interview. Once accepted and your deposit and travel waiver/release form received, you are eligible to begin your Yoga By The Sea Home Study Module.  Advanced study-guide materials will be e-mailed to you which will include information on the major bones and muscles of the body and the key yoga asanas covered in the course.  We will begin the program assuming that you have studied and learned this important foundational material. This will insure that everyone can move directly into the Yoga By The Sea curriculum upon arrival.

The course combines experiential learning with the study of traditional texts. We recommend bringing a computer and a small printer if possible, or a USB drive to take to an internet location to get copies of your final homework projects, etc. printed. For your convenience, we suggest that you confirm that your lodging has a good internet connection prior to finalizing your living arrangements, although there are internet cafes in town.


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“Arielle is a teacher’s teacher. She focuses on alignment working from the ground up and fine tunes each pose. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and energy!”
Trisha D., Yoga Teacher, Los Angeles, CA

“The wealth of knowledge I’ve gained is invaluable. Working on postural adjustments…has brought to light my habits and complacency within my practice. I’m now able to move deeper into my practice, therefore enhance my teaching.”
Greta C., Yoga Teacher, Denver, CO.

“I realize that I can incorporate yoga into my workout régime and no longer need high intensity boot camp classes that usually cause me back pain. Through my private classes with Arielle I have recognized how beneficial yoga can be for me in life and in work.”
Kristen C., Stunt Performer, Los Angeles, CA

Payment Information

In order to secure your place in the course, a $500 USD deposit is required. Please contact Arielle for options and payment due dates.

Required Texts: (Used copies available via

Yoga The Iyengar Way

Silva MehtaMira Mehta


Living Your Yoga: Finding the Spiritual in Everyday Life

Judith Hanson Lasater


Yoga The Spirit and Practice of Moving into Stillness

Erich Schiffmann


It would be helpful to purchase your books as soon as possible in order to begin familiarizing yourself with the Sanskrit names of the poses, and to read the inspirational words of Judith Lasater and Erich Schiffmann. I will also provide a compilation of valuable hand-outs, which is included in your tuition.

Lodging Options: (Not included.)
There are other possibilities, but this is a start…

Apartment /Condominium: There are some lovely apartments and condominiums in central Playa del Carmen not far from the studio, many with pools and garden areas.

Please contact Sylvia at Vimex Condos,, Playa-Rentals,, Daniela at; Vicki Lyall at; Sandra at; and for information on lodging availability.

I will help connect you with other students who would like to share accommodations to help save on costs. Consider arriving a few days before the course starts to settle into the area. It’s also nice to book a couple of extra days at the end to savor Playa before you have to depart!

Hostels in Playa
(Prices listed in pesos.)

Hostel Playa (Near Walmart on Calle 8 between 20 and 25th Ave.) A stay in the eight-bed dorm is $145 pesos a night. (With the current exchange rate, that is like $11 USD per night). A private room is $440 a night. No discount for a long stay. Students who have stayed here  have  talked highly of it. It is comfortable and clean, very sociable, with a nice kitchen.

Colors Hostel (On 10th Ave. and Calle 2) There are four-bed dorms at $130 a night with discount for longer stays. Private single - $200, private double - $400. Small friendly and quiet hostel, fairly clean with kitchen.  

Urban Hostel (10th Ave. between Calle 6th and 4th) An eight-bed dorm is $100 a night with discount. A private is $250. This is a very good rate but not as clean as the others – a very small common area, small kitchen. It appears very friendly.

Happy Gecko Hostel (On 10th  Ave. between Calle 6 and 8) A five-bed dorm with AC and kitchen is $150 a night. The eight-bed dorm has no AC and a common kitchen. There is a $100 private with kitchen. Nice, clean hostel with AC, rooftop terrace, small and quiet. Includes free Wi-Fi & breakfast.

Geisha Hostel (On Calle 8th between 5th and 10th Ave.) A stay in the four-bed dorm is $150 a night with discount.  Private double bed is $480. A private queen bed is $500. Very clean (the cleanest hostel) but can be noisy, very social.

Flying to Mexico (Air fare not included.)

You will need a passport to visit Mexico. The Cancun International Airport (CUN) is located one-hour north via a major four-lane highway. There are taxis, shuttle vans, and a bus that run from the airport to Playa del Carmen. Another option is to fly into the international airport on the island of Cozumel. You can then take a 30-minute ferry ride to Playa. The ferry dock in Playa is near Av Juarez near a taxi stand.

Please check the FAQ page on my website for more specific information on bus and taxi transport options from the Cancun Airport:

For good airfare rates, I have found it helpful to search on

It is highly recommended that you take out travel insurance for unexpected travel or weather delays.


The daily schedule is from 7:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. We begin with morning meditation, mantra, pranayama and journaling, followed by a break. There’s a daily 8:30 am yoga technique class, another break, discussion of teaching methodology, then our lunch break. The afternoon sessions included practice teaching, philosophy, anatomy and alignment, yoga history, the study of chakras, Yoga Nidra, the business of yoga, and special topics and presentations. Classes end on Saturdays about 1:30 pm. There are normally no classes held on Sundays. There are daily reading assignments and quizzes throughout the course on anatomy, the English and Sanskrit names of postures, the history of yoga, and a final exam at the end of the course. Each student will be prepared to teach a one-hour Hatha Flow class based on a theme, using the Yoga By The Sea lesson plan structure which works well for all yoga styles and techniques.

A Final Note:

Class relaxing after a day of yoga

There are two noteworthy aspects that I’ve witnessed in the trainings and retreats I’ve offered. One is that you will really have a chance to bond with the other people who are in the course. The strength, satisfaction, (and fun) that you will gain from doing yoga, meditating, chanting, and learning about your inner self while engaged with a community of like-minded people, (known as Sangha), cannot be overestimated.

The other thing is that we are in one of the most beautiful locations in the Caribbean, if not the world. Being able to stroll down to the beach for a dip in the sea after a day of yoga or to visit Tulum on the weekend after classes end on Saturday is truly renewing to the body and soul.

As a teacher and director of the course, what I bring to the table is a depth of experience as a yoga teacher, dancer, and choreographer. My specialty is postural alignment and it’s something that I emphasize in the teacher training. I have a good eye towards seeing how someone can adjust their posture to ground their energy, lengthen their body, and find more ease in their yoga, and it’s something that I enjoy sharing with developing yoga teachers – such as you!

Let’s dance together, letting our light shine brightly and radiantly.


Arielle Thomas Newman, MA, E-RYT 500
Director/Founder, Yoga By The Sea
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Cell Playa (52) 1 984.876.2653
US Phone 816.841.3687

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