Looking for a relaxing, restoring and uplifting vacation? Try a yoga retreat.
A yoga retreat is not only yoga – add in getting away from it all to a beautiful and sunny place, exercise that makes you feel good, healthy and delicious cuisine prepared for you (as in, you didn’t have to cook it!), nature or cultural adventures, and connecting with other fellow travelers from all over who will be new friends by the end. The dynamic combination is what makes this kind of holiday so relaxing and revitalizing at the same time.
Whether you go by yourself, or with a friend or partner, yoga groups are always friendly and welcoming. Even if you are not a die-hard yogi or yogini, a yoga retreat is the perfect holiday to refresh your mind, body and soul.
Hotel Tropico Latino in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica is a gorgeous yoga retreat destination. They have several upcoming yoga retreats that you’ll definitely want to get in on early, since early registration not only means you are guaranteed a spot, it also means discounted prices.
Partnering with True Nature Education, an Educational Travel Company, Hotel Tropico Latino will host three upcoming yoga retreats in 2014:
- January 4–11, 2014, Las Olas: Waves of Love Yoga/Surf Retreat
- March 9–16, 2014, “Hang Zen” A Beach Yoga Retreat
- July 9–16, 2014, Shakti Power Yoga Costa Rica Retreat
Costa Rica is a tourism destination that has embraced yoga wholeheartedly. From hotels offering yoga classes to full yoga studios, yoga retreat centers and yoga instructor training schools, you can find some form of yoga practice in nearly every part of the country.
At beautiful Santa Teresa Beach on Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, Hotel Tropico Latino is a gorgeous yoga vacation destination. The 4-star resort fronts the white sands and brilliant blue Pacific Ocean of Playa Carmen at Santa Teresa on four acres of lush, tropical gardens. Tropico Latino features two shaded wooden yoga decks in gardens right on the beach. Accommodations are in comfortable, luxurious beachfront and garden rooms, bungalows and suites. Hotel facilities include a full-service beachfront spa, surfing and surf instruction, and an award-winning open-air restaurant. It’s easy to relax there with a beach-side pool and plenty of hammocks strung under a grove of coconut and almond trees; sunsets are breathtaking. Santa Teresa has been named one of the top beaches in the world for several years by TripAdvisor.
The January 2014 Las Olas: Waves of Love Yoga/Surf Retreat will be led by yoga instructors Rachel Roberts and Kristin Luna Ray. Roberts is known for her signature blend of the wisdom-steeped Ashtanga yoga system and her devotion to stillness and longer-held yin yoga postures; she specializes in therapeutic yoga. Ray is co-founder of the True Nature Education Center.
The week-long retreat focuses on daily asana and bhakti yoga practices, guided meditations, and optional surfing classes. There will be a mid-week adventure excursion and a community service project. The retreat will “allow you to tap into that calm potential that dwells in the essence of you,” states True Nature’s website.
True Nature Education encourages you to register early as they expect this retreat to fill quickly. The trip has a minimum of 10 persons and a maximum of 25 persons. A $250 deposit will get your name on their “I Want to Go to Costa Rica” list and officially reserve your spot. The deposit will be deducted from the total amount of the trip cost. The yoga retreat includes 7 nights’ accommodation, 3 meals per day, 1 spa treatment, all transportation within Costa Rica, daily yoga and meditation practice, walking meditation on the beach, surf lessons, community service project, personal retreat time, and a local indigenous cultural ceremony.
By Shannon Farley