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From January 3, 2019 - January 28, 2019


Month intensive program


Rincón, 00677, Puerto Rico

About the course


Learn to Teach Yoga on the Beaches of Puerto Rico with Jessica Bellofatto


Thursday, January 3 through Monday, January 28, 2019


The training will take place at the Rincon Surf Club, located in the heart of Puntas in Rincon. We will practice daily outdoors in the shade of the trees overlooking the property. Views of the ocean and the tropical breeze will keep us happy and comfortable throughout the day as we focus on learning. During breaks, jump less than a mile down to the ocean for a morning or mid-day surf, swim, or paddle, or simply relax in a hammock by the pool. Optional day off and free time activities include massage, surf lessons, stand up paddleboarding, waterfall tour, Spanish lessons, parasailing, horseback riding, and more! Located at the club is also the Carta Buena Juice Bar, which serves delicious food, smoothies, juices, and coffee!


  • Manorama D’Alvia teaching Sanskrit Alphabet
  • Sinead Fitzgibbon teaching Anatomy
  • Roey Ficaro teaching Restorative Yoga
  • Jessy Nees assisting
  • and other surprises!


Tuition for this training program is $3250 (does not include accommodation, please see below for details). There is a $250 early bird discount for students applying by August 15th. Tuition includes all training sessions, written and practical assignments, final assessment. A $500 application fee is required to apply. This is non-refundable if you are accepted into the program but will be applied towards your tuition. Upon acceptance, the balance of $2750 will become payable. Students wishing to pay the balance by credit card, or enroll in our payment plan option, will incur an additional $125 fee. The payment plan consists of an initial balance payment of $1000 upon acceptance, with 2 subsequent payments arranged to ensure payment is complete by February 1st, 2018


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Accommodation is not included in the tuition cost and should be arranged separately.  Click on the link below for the options available at the Rincon Surf Club. Please book early to secure your preferred room type. If you reside in Rincon or have alternate accommodations, that is absolutely fine!
Jessica  Bellofatto

Jessica Bellofatto

Just Be You: Live Your Best Life

Where would I be without yoga? I wouldn’t want to know! Yoga gives me the tools to navigate life’s ups and downs with relative ease. I fully trust the process of transformation: No matter how choppy the waters of life may be at times, I know that I will be OK. Beyond my yoga practice of 24 years and counting, I have discovered over the years that I feel the most ‘whole’ when I am moving my body, especially outside, in Nature. The power of nature is profound, and something I think many of us have sadly lost touch with in this modern, fast-paced, and very ‘insulated’ world. We turn on the air conditioner when it’s hot, we blast the heat when it’s cold. We are disconnected from the elements and from the natural world. The next time you are struggling, try this: go outside, lay down (on the ground if possible), look up at the sky, and take 5 deep breaths.  Then check in with yourself-  the problem, the anxiety, the fear, the WHATEVER may still be present, but I bet it loses its power even just a little bit… that is the power of nature.

I have been practicing yoga for 24 years. Like any mature adult, I have dealt with my fair share of challenges. So when I say that moving the body and spending more time in nature is a sacred path to rejuvenation and empowerment, I don’t speak lightly—I teach what I live.


I stumbled into yoga as a dance student at NYU. Intrigued by the way my professor incorporated yoga into her dance classes, I started practicing yoga at the original Jivamukti Yoga Studio, in NYC’s East Village. I completed my 500-hour training in 1997 at the Jivamukti Yoga School, under the guidance of Sharon Gannon and David Life. To build on and diversify my understandings, I’ve spent many hours studying Anusara, Iyengar, and Ashtanga (without certifying in these styles). I’m currently pursuing certification in Ashaya Yoga with Todd Norian, which sprouted from Anusara.

I’m the owner and director of JBYoga Studio in East Hampton, NY. All year long, I lead yoga and SUP retreats to epic locations (I’m a triathlete and an avid surfer—Adventure is practically my middle name). As the momma of three lovely beings, I’m passionate about organic food. My boyfriend is a chef, and we grow a lot of our own veggies. Our growing family of free-roaming chickens gifts us with eggs.

I hope to see you on a yoga mat or paddleboard with me soon, and I’d love for you to join me on a retreat adventure.

‘Til then, I wish you much happiness. In the words of Howard Thurman: “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

Om Shantih Om Peace.


What style of Yoga is the JBYoga Teacher Training?

Jessica has studied extensively over the past 25 years in styles ranging from Ashtanga to Iyengar to Anusara. Jessica was originally certified in 1996 in Jivamukti Yoga, which is a vinyasa style, and has also completed her certification in Ashaya Yoga, an alignment based system. The JBYoga teacher training is not a ‘branded’ style of Yoga—I teach you biomechanically sound principles of alignment woven into a flowing vinyasa sequence and allow you to take the teachings and uniquely and creatively find your voice as a teacher.

How proficient in Yoga do I need to be to apply?

We do not expect you to be a master in Yoga. A minimum of 6 months of study is required, along with a  passion to learn. Many, many people come to a yoga teacher training program with no intention of teaching Yoga, but rather a desire to deepen their practice and understanding. Whichever is the case for you, at the end of this 200 hour program you will be equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to teach a yoga class.

Is the JBYoga Teacher Training a Yoga Alliance Certified Program?


Who are the teachers and what will they be teaching?

  • Jessica Bellofatto: Yoga, Philosophy, History, Methodology, Chanting, Pranayama, Meditation, Physical Adjustments, Sequencing, Subtle Body Anatomy.
  • Roey Ficaro: Restorative Yoga, Meditation, Aromatherapy
  • Sinead Fitzgibbon: Anatomy
  • Manorama (Thea) D’Alvia: Sanskrit, Chanting

What is the breakdown of course work? 

As per Yoga Alliance requirements, the course work breaks down as follows:

1. Techniques, Training and Practice (100 hours)

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, chanting, mantra, meditation and other traditional yoga techniques. These hours are a mix between: 1) analytical training in how to teach and practice the techniques, and 2) guided practice of the techniques themselves. Both areas will receive substantial emphasis.

2. Teaching Methodology (25 hours)

The Teaching Methodology category covers a broad overview and analysis of teaching methods, rather than how to practice or teach specific techniques.

3. Anatomy and Physiology (20 hours)

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to: human physical anatomy and physiology (bodily systems, organs, etc.) and may also include energy anatomy and physiology (chakras, nadis, etc.). Includes both the study of anatomy and physiology along with its application to yoga practice (benefits, contraindications, healthy movement patterns, etc.).

4. Yoga Philosophy, Lifestyle and Ethics for Yoga Teachers (30 hours)

Topics in this category could include, but would not be limited to:

– The study of yoga philosophies and traditional texts (such as the Yoga Sutras, Hatha Yoga Pradipika or Bhagavad Gita)

– Yoga lifestyle, such as the precept of non-violence (ahimsa), and the concepts of dharma and karma

– Ethics for yoga teachers, such as those involving teacher—student relationships and community

– Understanding the value of teaching yoga as a service and being of service to others (seva)

5. Practicum (10 hours)

Topics in this category include:

– Practice teaching as the lead instructor (does not include assisting, observing or giving feedback)*

– Receiving and giving feedback

– Observing others teaching**

– Assisting students while someone else is teaching

Is there homework and required reading?

There will be some required reading and homework before the training begins.  Throughout the course of our month together, there will be a small amount of nightly homework, review, practice etc, but I will absolutely keep in mind our long days and the intensive nature of a month long training and the need for downtime and sleep!

What if I need to miss a day? (or session)

You may miss a day or session due to illness or other circumstances, provided that you get all missed material from another trainee.

Are books and materials included in the training?

A JBYoga/AYCY Teacher Training Manual is included in the training. Books and any other materials are not included.

“I cannot tell you what a difference starting this practice has made in my life. I’ve always felt like my body was a very loosely held-together bag of bones that never quite worked together the right way with no strength, no unity, even back when I was a teenager dancing 6-8 hours a week. Since starting the practice my body is becoming a strong and working whole. To get to walk around in it is really becoming a pleasure. The chance to focus in that way, to remain calm in the face of exertion, to have my mind and body so completely engaged in the same action, my time in that room is gift. And for once I don’t hate myself for my body’s shortcomings and can meet the challenging parts of the practice with gratitude for the opportunity it gives me. I see how I’ve progressed and the sense of accomplishment has been so important for me. Jessica, I’m sure you know, but you are such a gifted teacher. Your instruction is so deep, so thorough, so focused, so smart. I’m so grateful that I was led to the opportunity to work with you. The work you offer is nothing short of a blessing. Thank you for making the space for me and welcoming me to the practice… See you in class!” - SIGRID BENEDETTI
“I had been going on a yearly yoga retreat with Jessica (and Lois the first year) for a few years. Each time, I emerged with a rising feeling of power, a clarity in my heart and an unmistakable sense that I WISHED I didn’t have to wait until next year to experience this again…. When an email arrived in August of 2012 announcing a teacher training in East Hampton with Jessica & Lois. My first reaction was, “I don’t want to be a teacher, but 10 weekends of instruction and hands-on practice, now that may be even better than a one week retreat!” I knew I wanted to invest in the deepening of my practice, because as anyone who commits to yoga can say—it is the answer. I can not compare my time spent on my mat to anything else, and now with the knowledge I have gained—bringing it into my daily life—driving the kids around, washing the dishes, dealing with people—has made all my interactions and life work so much better. If you are considering this teacher training, go with your gut, trust yourself, invest in yourself. Doing so will take you to new heights. Trust Jess & Lois. Don’t underestimate you.” - SHIRA BARZILAY
“I had thought about doing a yoga teacher training program for several years, but I always found reasons to not go for it. I kept making excuses, either money concerns or it wasn’t the right time. Then a friend of mine told me about the program that she just did at KamaDeva Yoga and encouraged me to look into it. After doing a bit of research on other programs around Long Island I decided on KamaDeva because of the weekend schedule and the amazing teachers I was so eager to learn from. What I have learned from this program has been so beneficial in helping me grow on and off my mat. I cannot speak highly enough about the teachers. Jessica and Lois make an amazing team, perfectly complementing each other with their strengths and areas of expertise. It’s incredible how knowledgeable they both are! The program really focuses on proper alignment and understanding the anatomy that goes into each pose. I think differently about my approach to every pose now. Rather than just going through the motions they teach us the fundamental alignment principles to get the most out of each pose. They also have really highlighted the philosophical and historical background of yoga which has given me a broader understanding of yoga as a whole practice, not just exercise. In addition to the poses and history, they teach us how to teach, which is probably most important of all. The balance in teaching about the physical as well as philosophical and academic areas of yoga has given me a rich and well-rounded education. I highly recommend this program and would take it again in a heart beat.” - CAROLINE O’NEILL
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