Picture waking up to the sound of the ocean’s waves breaking on the shore.  You open your eyes to a villa decorated with colorful fabrics and Indonesian furniture, you look out your window to lush gardens, pools and bamboo structures.  You have chosen well, a retreat not just to practice yoga, but also to disconnect from technology and reconnect with yourself, in a sustainable environment in tune with Nature.

Balinese inspired architecture

Pranamar Villas offers different types of yoga retreats throughout the year, with styles ranging from Vinyasa, or Flow Yoga, which are fluid and intensive, to Tantric-based Hatha yoga practices, to help align not just your body but also your mind.  Optional daily meditations and mantra practices inspire connection and serenity.  The Balinese inspired open-air studio is said to be one of the most beautiful in Costa Rica.

Open-air Yoga Studio at Pranamar Villas

Santa Teresa beach is also known as a surfer’s paradise, and some retreats take advantage of perfect waves by adding surf lessons to their highlights.

Most retreats include all three meals, focusing on organic and local produce. Buddha Eyes Restaurant accommodates to vegetarian cooking and any dietary needs and uses only the freshest ingredients.

Buddha Eyes Restaurant

Excursions in the area such as horseback riding or stand up paddle boarding will often be included, and scheduled free time will allow you to explore the area on your own or relax by the pool or at the beach at your leisure.

So browse options and choose a retreat that work best for you, and remember, you don’t have to be an experienced yogi to attend.  It’s not just about the yoga, it’s a new experience, in a new place, new people, all factors which will allow you to open yourself up and make the most of your holiday in paradise.

Santa Teresa beach

Article by Katie Widdowson

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