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Style: Vinyasa, Hatha, Aerial, Yin, Restorative…
International Airport: Liberia – 60 minutes away
Distance to San Jose: 258 KM, 4-5 hour drive
Costa Rica is the epicenter of Latin America’s yoga community. Having been a country of “retreat” since the Spanish conquered Central America, Costa Rica’s riches reside in an abundance of culture and hospitality. It makes perfect sense that Costa Rica is now a destination where yogis flock to for tropical retreats for the body, mind and soul.
Holistic tourism has grown considerably in Costa Rica during the 21st century, and yoga is at the center of this trend. Holistic travelers seek places where they can relax, detoxify and get away from the stressors of modern life. Yoga retreats in Costa Rica are often sought for this purpose, and not just by foreign visitors: Many residents of San Jose are known to travel to Guanacaste in search of yoga. Tamarindo yoga has become quite popular with yoga practiced on the beaches to private homes and of course studios throughout town.
For those of you who are not familiar with “blue zones”, Costa Rica is one of five countries around the world that is home to some of the world’s oldest and healthiest people. The environmental and lifestyle influences of Costa Rica play a huge role in extending the longevity and quality of life of locals here, one of the many reasons why Costa Rica is such an attractive destination for yoga retreats.
As of 2020, Book Retreats has named some of the top locations for yoga retreats in Costa Rica that include, but are not limited to, El Sabanero Eco Lodge in Tamarindo, Blissful Mind Yoga Retreat in the Osa Peninsula (defined by National Geographic as biologically the most intense place on earth), Harmony Hotel in Nosara, Ahki Retreat, and so many more.
The variety of yoga retreats offered in Costa Rica range from Hatha to Vinyasa and do an extraordinary job of incorporating different style practices to cater to all types of bodies. The yoga community of Costa Rica is composed of many tourists seeking out retreats and getaways, but there is also a number of independent yoga teachers in the area that offer private lessons and run their own practices.
In our local town Tamarindo yoga has many popular studios and instructors. One of the favorites is Ser Om Shanti where many international yogis seek to deepen their practice. Ser Om Shanti has sat in the heart of Tamarindo since 2002, offering beginner to advanced bilingual classes in a space of wellbeing and evolution. Botella de Leche Hostel offers diverse classes like aerial yoga, if you are looking for a more exotic and transformative style practice, but also standard weekly classes.
It is certain that you will meet a number of private instructors in and around the area, and all of them have their own style of teaching and movement methods that make for a unique experience.
Whether you are just beginning your spiritual journey into yoga or are looking to improve your advanced study, the options for yoga in Costa Rica almost seem endless.
Costa Rica is without a doubt one of the most valued places in the world to practice yoga, as the pura vida lifestyle attributes to all that you can do with your body, mind, and soul in this magical environment.
Links for yoga in Tamarindo, Costa Rica:
Yoga class in Tamarindo Botella de Leche
Yoga class in Tamarindo Ser Om Shanti
26 best yoga retreats in Costa Rica
Top 5 retreats from travel mag
Top 5 retreats from travel and leisure
We hope that this information was useful in planning your yoga retreat while (nama)staying in Costa Rica, Pura Vida!
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