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Don Stapleton, PhD

Cofounder of Nosara Yoga Institute

Don Stapleton, PhD

Cofounder of Nosara Yoga Institute


Don Stapleton, PhD (Brahmanand)

Brahmanand has been designing and leading professional yoga trainings for more than 40 years. As a teacher and director at Kripalu Center for almost two decades, Brahmanand shaped Kripalu Yoga and the renowned Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training program, teaching and inspiring thousands of practitioners and teachers.

Trained in several styles of yoga‰, including Kripalu, Iyengar, and Ashtanga‰, Brahmanand cofounded and directed Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica with his wife, Amba Stapleton.

His book Self-Awakening Yoga: The Expansion of Consciousness through the Body‰’s Own Wisdom, synthesizes Don‰’s extensive experience learning about the body from the inside out, while embracing the practice of yoga as a creative, conscious-expanding process.

Don resides in Costa Rica with his wife Amba and their Labrador Pepe.

Upcoming Programs

200-hour Self-Awakening Yoga® Teacher Training

January 21-February 16, 2018
Sunday - Friday, 26 nights

Yoga is a vehicle for personal inquiry, and the technique is a bridge to consciousness itself. Yoga’s profound benefits are not in the...


Self-Awakening Yoga® Therapeutic Essentials

March 25-April 6, 2018
Sunday - Friday, 12 nights

Self-Awakening Yoga Therapeutic Essentials will restore your faith in your ability to be in communication with your body. It’s yoga you do with...


Previous Programs

Self-Awakening Yoga Retreat

August 13-18, 2017
Sunday - Friday, 5 nights

Master yoga instructors Amba Stapleton and Don Stapleton, PhD, are internationally recognized for their ability to approach yogic inquiry as a way to...