The 10 Best Costa Rica Yoga Retreats – [2022 Reviews]

Costa Rica is a country known for its incredible beauty: lush rainforests, stunning beaches, and all kinds of flora and fauna.

If you’re a yogi (or would like to explore the world of yoga further), this is one of the most serene places to travel to! So much so, that there are various Costa Rica yoga retreats offered around the country.

However, with there being so many options available, it can be hard to choose which ones are right for you. We’ve decided to do the hard work for you, to bring you the top Costa Rica yoga retreats available!

Best Costa Rica Yoga Retreats

 7 Day Yoga Holiday for All Levels with Meditation in Tamarindo6 Day Soulful Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica5 Day Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Liberia, Guanacaste
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Day Yoga Holiday for All Levels with Meditation Near the Beaches in Tamarindo6 Day Soulful Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica5 Day Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Liberia, Guanacaste
Airport Transfers:Included from Daniel Oduber Quiros and Tamarindo AirportOffered for $52Included from Liberia International Airport
Group Size:Max 20 participants5 to 30 peopleN/A
Facilities:Swimming pool, yoga studio, tour assistance, lounge, free wi-fiSwimming pool, yoga studio, tour assistance, lounge, fitness center, free wi-fiSpa, swimming pool, wi-fi, board rental, yoga studio
Includes:Airport transfers, 6-night accommodation in single/shared double room, 3 vegetarian meals daily, 2 yoga classes a day, 3 meditation sessions, daily beach shuttle5 nights luxury accommodations in single/shared, Delicious healthy meals and snacks are prepared onsite daily with fresh local ingredients by a local chef, Montezuma Waterfall Hike4 nights accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, daily yoga, 3 local excursions

Quick Answer: The 10 Best Costa Rica Yoga Retreats For 2022

  1. 7 Day Yoga Holiday for All Levels with Meditation Near the Beaches in Tamarindo
  2. 6 Day Soulful Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica
  3. 5 Day Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Liberia, Guanacaste
  4. 8 Day Nourish Your Soul Yoga Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica
  5. 7 Day Yoga Retreat at Peace Retreat Costa Rica in Playa Negra, Guanacaste
  6. 10 Day Rainforest Yoga Holiday in El Castillo, Near Lake Arenal, Alajuela
  7. 4 Day Immersion Yoga Retreat in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon
  8. 8 Day Private Beach Yoga Retreat: Getaway in Playa Chiquita, Limón
  9. 4 Day Rainforest Yoga Holiday in Lake Arenal, Alajuela
  10. 10 Day Costa Rican Naturopathic Detox Retreat with Yoga in the Magical Arenal Rainforest

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat Reviews

1. 7 Day Yoga Holiday for All Levels with Meditation Near the Beaches in Tamarindo

Day Yoga Holiday for All Levels with Meditation Near the Beaches in Tamarindo

Yoga Retreat Highlights:

  • Airport Transfers: Included from Daniel Oduber Quiros and Tamarindo Airport
  • Group Size: Max 20 participants
  • Facilities Included: Swimming pool, yoga studio, tour assistance, lounge, free wi-fi
  • Skill Levels – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Included: Airport transfers, 6-night accommodation in single/shared double room, 3 vegetarian meals daily, 2 yoga classes a day, 3 meditation sessions, daily beach shuttle, all taxes

If you want to get away for a week to let your stress melt away and become more in-tune with your body, our first tour is an excellent choice.

The 7 Day Yoga Holiday for All Levels with Meditation Near the Beaches in Tamarindo offers all that and more. This is an experience for all skill levels, with organizers who speak English, Spanish, and German.

With a maximum of 20 participants, this yoga holiday offers personalized attention which is great for perfecting your poses and for asking any questions you may have.

Located in Guanacaste, you’re very close to the Tamarindo beaches which offers an incredible climate no matter the time of year. You’ll stay at El Sabanero Eco Lodge, which has a lot of space, along with a restaurant where you can take in fresh air and all your meals.

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Make sure you try out their hammocks and little garden areas to get away and clear your mind! All chalets feature a standard queen-sized bed, bathroom (shower included), AC, a wall safe, fridge, and a veranda with its own hammock and rocking chair.

Every day starts with a yoga session at 7:30 in the morning, followed by a delicious, fresh breakfast comprised of local fruits and other vegetarian options. Lunch is at 1:30, and then the second yoga session in the evening starts at 5:30. There are 3 in-house yoga instructors designed to suit every skill level, as well.

When you’re not in your yoga sessions, you can enjoy the outdoor swimming pool, the lounge, free wi-fi, or head to one of the 4 gorgeous beaches less than half an hour away. The daily beach shuttle will take you there, free of charge.

 

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2. 6 Day Soulful Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica

6 Day Soulful Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica

Yoga Retreat Highlights:

  • Airport Transfers: Offered for $52
  • Yoga Style(s): Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative
  • Facilities Included: Swimming pool, yoga studio, tour assistance, lounge, free wi-fi
  • Program – Starts at 7:30 AM with lunch at 1:30 and second yoga session at 5:30 PM
  • Group Size: 5 to 30 people
  • Included: Daily yoga classes, included excursions, 4-night accommodation, breakfasts and dinners

Next up, we have the 6 Day Soulful Yoga and Meditation Retreat in Costa Rica. Located just a few minutes walking from the popular beach town of Montezuma and legendary waves of Playa Grande, there are all kinds of places to visit.

With daily Vinyasa Flow and Yin yoga classes, this is an adventure perfect for all skill levels, as well. Group sizes vary from 5 people to maximum 30, so you can count on personalized instruction where you can improve your skills and form.

 

 

Unlike the retreat we just covered, the itinerary on this retreat varies each day a bit. Located on a huge, 40-acre hillside properly overlooking the ocean, it’s an excellent way to reconnect with nature.

You’ll overall have a similar schedule daily, but with different excursions so that each day is a new adventure!

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From waterfall hikes and zip lining to ATV tours and boating, it perfectly mixes the adrenaline-heavy activities with relaxing yoga sessions.

Accommodations can be either private or shared, so if you’d like to go with a significant other or friend, it’s a great option. The Deluxe Rooms come as either triple or quad bungalows, but there are also private double and single villas.

All of them feature Balinese-inspired rooflines, massive outdoor decks for getting some fresh air, kitchenettes, beautiful views, and more.

While you aren’t at an excursion or in yoga, the property also includes an incredible Pachote tree, 2 pools, a fitness center, spa rooms, and many other entertainment options.

All meals are prepared daily with fresh, locally-sourced ingredients and can accommodate just about any dietary restrictions. Water, coffee, tea, and detox juices are also included so you are always hydrated and full of energy!

 

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#3 5 Day Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Liberia, Guanacaste

5 Day Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Liberia, Guanacaste

Yoga Retreat Highlights:

  • Airport Transfers: Included from Liberia International Airport
  • Yoga Style(s): Vinyasa, Hatha, Power, Yin, Restorative, Ashtanga
  • Facilities Included: Spa, swimming pool, wi-fi, board rental, yoga studio
  • Skill Levels: Beginner and Intermediate
  • Included: Round-trip airport transportation, daily yoga classes, included excursions, 4-night accommodation, breakfasts and dinners

Our next retreat is the 5 Day Adventure and Yoga Retreat in Liberia, Guanacaste. This excursion will help you connect with Mother Nature, challenge your mind, and your body.

You’ll have plenty of time to rest and relax, but also plenty of time to explore outdoors and partake in some adrenaline-pumping adventures! This retreat is ideal if you’re just starting out, have never done yoga before, or are at an intermediate skill level.

It’s also a fantastic option if you’re not well-versed in different yoga styles or simply would like to try additional types. Here, they teach: Hatha, Power, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, and Ashtanga!

There are various kinds of accommodations to choose from. The Samadhi Suite is located on the 3rd floor of Casa Yoga, which is a studio suite.

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This suite includes a private kitchen, private rooftop deck with stunning views of the ocean, your own bathroom, and queen bed. It’s great solo or with a partner.

The Om Room has teak armor, a queen size bed, and single bed. We love the pool and jungle views from this room! The Shanti Room has a private bath, queen-size bed, single bed, and also has excellent pool and jungle views.

The Shine Room is the biggest of the bunch, located on the first floor with 3 Queen-size teak beds and a private bathroom. If you rather stay in the Jungle Cabinas than Casa Yoga, each one comes with screen-windows, a safe, stone showers, and a community washroom facility.

Every morning, you’ll wake up at 7 am for your first yoga class, followed by breakfast. After fueling up, you’ll partake in some kind of adventure like ziplining or hiking to a waterfall! After, you’ll have plenty of time to relax in the pool with some snacks, and head to the beach to watch the sunset!

The excursions do range quite a bit, too: from paddle boarding, hiking, and horseback riding, to snorkeling, surfing, and mountain biking!

 

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#4 8 Day Nourish Your Soul Yoga Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica

8 Day Nourish Your Soul Yoga Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica

Yoga Retreat Highlights:

  • Airport Transfers: Offered for $45 to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport
  • Yoga Style(s): Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Hatha, Nidra
  • Facilities Included: Swimming pool, yoga studio, lounge, garden, free wi-fi
  • Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Group Size: Max 16 people

Let’s head to a slightly longer retreat: the 8 Day Nourish Your Soul Yoga Retreat in Nosara, Costa Rica. Ideal for yogis of any skill level, it is not only a great way to perfect your form, but for simply to experience this beautiful country the way it’s meant to be.

You’ll have plenty of time to relax but also to partake in various planned excursions. This retreat is lead by a certified instructor who’s had extensive training, and uses a signature engaging style of yoga that you’re sure to love.

She loves helping you manifest mindfulness through asana, pranayama, and meditation. This combination, along with the beautiful Costa Rican rainforest, will be sure to give you a new view on things.

Taking place at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, only a maximum of 16 participants will be there. This means that you’ll have a more personalized experience, which is important for yogis of any skill level.

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Every day, you’ll wake up at around 7:30 for a morning yoga session, followed by breakfast. Between breakfast and lunch, you have some free time to relax in the 2 saltwater pools, get some fresh air on a bike, head to the beach, or partake in a planned excursion.

After lunch, you can do the same – either relaxation time or adventure time. At 4:30, you have an afternoon yoga session, followed by dinner. Then, you can partake in yoga Nidra practice or have time at your leisure.

Each room in the accommodations feature Balinese furniture and accents, spacious bathrooms, high ceilings, and large windows. This creates a very serene space perfect for relaxing the body and mind.

The open-air, rainfall showers are an absolute favorite among participants, and feel amazing after a good yoga session or excursion! Each room includes coffee and tea makers, along with wi-fi.

 

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#5 7 Day Yoga Retreat at Peace Retreat Costa Rica in Playa Negra, Guanacaste

7 Day Yoga Retreat at Peace Retreat Costa Rica in Playa Negra, Guanacaste

Yoga Retreat Highlights:

  • Airport Transfers: Offered to Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport
  • Yoga Style(s): Restorative
  • Facilities Included: Swimming pool, yoga studio, lounge, garden, free wi-fi, spa, cafe
  • Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Group Size: n/a

We bring you yet another yoga retreat ideal for all skill levels. Spend a week at the 7 Day Yoga Retreat at Peace Retreat Costa Rica in Playa Negra, Guanacaste and allow yourself all the time you need to commit to your yoga practice.

Everything in this getaway is designed to heal, and help you focus on mental and physical wellness. In such a gorgeous place, with trained professionals, there’s really no other option but to succeed.

This retreat focuses on just one type of yoga: restorative. Encouraging physical, mental, and emotional relaxation, your tension will melt away. Not only is it great for reducing musculoskeletal pain, it’s also helpful in managing stress, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders.

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This program also allows for a lot more free time than others. That’s because of what we just mentioned; relaxation rather than engaging in high-energy, high-adrenaline activities.

However, you’ll be anything but bored with a café, garden, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, spa (1-hour massage included), yoga shala, and yoga studio. Located in Playa Negra, which is known for its world-class waves, there are plenty of beaches as well!

The multilingual staff is very attentive, and tour assistance is also available! 6 breakfasts and dinners are included, which are made with all local, fresh ingredients. While they are great about accommodating dietary requirements, vegetarian options are always available. For lunch, there are various delicious restaurants within walking distance.

There are 3 different kinds of accommodations to choose from: Single Jungle Cabina, Casa Yoga Room, or Samadhi Suite. The Cabinas are made with reforested teak wood, and while simple, are airy and don’t take you away from nature.

The Casa Yoga Room has different room options, from a private single, double, to the Shine Room with 3 Queen-Size beds. The Samadhi Suite is full-on, with a studio suite decked out with a Queen bed, ensuite bathroom, and private kitchen. Did we mention the private rooftop deck?

 

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#6 10 Day Rainforest Yoga Holiday in El Castillo, Near Lake Arenal, Alajuela

10 Day Rainforest Yoga Holiday in El Castillo, Near Lake Arenal, Alajuela

Yoga Retreat Highlights:

  • Airport Transfers: Offered for $120 to Juan Santamaria International Airport
  • Yoga Style(s): Hatha
  • Facilities Included: Hot spring, Temazcal, yoga deck, jacuzzi, swimming pool, garden, free wi-fi, spa, terrace, cafe, volleyball court
  • Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Group Size: n/a

Let’s say you’re looking for a yoga retreat that’s even longer than the ones we’ve covered so far. Maybe you feel like you’re going to need even more time to really relax your mind and get the full benefits.

If that sounds like you, then check out the 10 Day Rainforest Yoga Holiday in El Castillo, Near Lake Arenal, Alajuela. As the title suggests, this is a 10-day retreat which includes 9 nights of private accommodation. Every day, you’ll have a 75-minute yoga class and 3 well-rounded, healthy vegetarian meals.

With access to the pool, jacuzzi, permaculture farm, and miles of trails, there’s plenty to do both indoors and outdoors. With 3 different yoga instructors (ideal for different skill levels), all of them teach hatha yoga. This is kind of an umbrella term, covering the most popular yoga forms in the Western world.

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You’ll likely have some familiarity with some of the poses, even if you’re an absolute beginner. If you’re an advanced yogi, you’ll be able to really hone your poses that will challenge your strength and flexibility while simultaneously relaxing.

These accommodations at Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel were very interesting, and the location is practically unbeatable. With beautiful vistas of the Arenal Volcano, Arenal Lake, and El Castillo Valley, you’ll have plenty of time to take them in.

Here, there’s unlimited access to the hot tub, swimming pool, rainforest trails, volleyball court, exercise deck, café, garden, and more. However, if you’d like, you can also participate in horse riding, kayaking, volcano crater hikes, cycling, rafting, or ziplining excursions to ramp up the adrenaline!

 

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#7 4 Day Immersion Yoga Retreat in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon

4 Day Immersion Yoga Retreat in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon

Yoga Retreat Highlights:

  • Airport Transfers: Offered for $60 to Juan Santamaria International Airport
  • Yoga Style(s): Hatha, Yin, Vinyasa
  • Facilities Included: Garden, lounge, free wi-fi, spa, bicycle rental
  • Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Group Size: n/a

Perhaps you’re on the other end of the spectrum, where you’re actually looking for a brief yet comprehensive yoga retreat. Maybe you have a long weekend and really want to get in some time to deepen your yoga practice!

If that sounds interesting to you, check out the 4 Day Immersion Yoga Retreat in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Limon. Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is a little coastal town known for its incredible surf, black sand beach aptly-named “Playa Negra”, its immense wildlife refuge, and of course, its stunning natural landscapes.

If you’d like to explore asana further in a stunning beachside town, then look no further. As this is a shorter retreat, it’s more geared towards beginner and intermediate-level yogis.

If you have basically no experience, you’ll benefit from it, as well. With daily, one-on-one yoga classes, you’ll learn quickly and be able to perfect your poses.

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Located in a Caribbean retreat house complex in the center of a thick jungle, you’ll have one double room, a private, fully-equipped kitchen, and a spacious bathroom with hot water.

The rest of the house is also a lovely place to spend time, with their cozy lounge area with views of the jungle outside.

Classes take place in their gorgeous yoga platform which is surrounded by thick trees. At 7:30 am, you’ll start your morning yoga class tailored to your goals.

Breakfast follows, and you’ll have plenty of free time to enjoy the nature around you, check out nearby shops and restaurants, or enjoy the meditation garden, bike rentals, and so on.

 

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#8 8 Day Private Beach Yoga Retreat: Getaway in Playa Chiquita, Limón

8 Day Private Beach Yoga Retreat: Getaway in Playa Chiquita, Limón

Yoga Retreat Highlights:

  • Airport Transfers: n/a
  • Yoga Style(s): Hatha
  • Facilities Included: Garden, lounge, free wi-fi, spa, bicycle rental
  • Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Group Size: Maximum of 16 people

Next, we bring you the 8 Day Private Beach Yoga Retreat: Getaway in Playa Chiquita, Limon. For those who prefer a day packed with activities, this is one of the best selections. Designed to help you reconnect and find balance within a more busy lifestyle, it can help you have more peace of mind in your daily life as well.

This is a retreat that takes your health into consideration, 360-degrees. You not only have your regular yoga classes, but infrared detox saunas, healthy and nourishing vegetarian meals, and much more.

 

There are also various wellness treatment options at the center that you can choose to add on. Your daily schedule starts out at 7:30 with some herbal tea or coffee, followed by some fresh, hot breakfast made with locally-grown ingredients.

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You’ll then move on to your Rise and Shine yoga class which is the perfect way to really ground yourself and get your body and mind ready for the day.

Next, you’ll head to lunch and have some beach time! Once you come back to the center, there’s a few house where you can partake in a group activity or take some time on your own. With free Wi-Fi, you can reach out to people back home, or relax in the garden, or other activities offered.

Next is dinner, then some more time to rest and recharge before going to sleep. Each bungalow is made with hardwood with tile mosaics, painted murals, and traditional details. All the hot showers are so wonderful, and the overhead fan combined with the large windows offer the right amount of cool breeze into your room.

Not to mention, each bed comes with mosquito net canopies which will keep you bite-free but also offer a more romantic feel to your stay. We recommend keeping your screened window open to hear the birds as you drift off to sleep!

 

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#9 4 Day Rainforest Yoga Holiday in Lake Arenal, Alajuela

4 Day Rainforest Yoga Holiday in Lake Arenal, Alajuela

Yoga Retreat Highlights:

  • Airport Transfers: Available to Juan Santamaria for $120/person
  • Yoga Style(s): Vinyasa, Yin
  • Facilities Included: Hot spring, Temazcal, yoga deck, jacuzzi, swimming pool, garden, free wi-fi, spa, terrace, cafe, volleyball court
  • Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Group Size: Maximum of 16 people

There are plenty of people who prefer the shorter yoga retreats, or don’t have as much time to get away from home.

If that sounds like something you’d be interested in, check out the 4 Day Rainforest Yoga Holiday in Lake Arenal, Alajuela. Take a long weekend to escape into the tranquil, natural beauty while improving your physical and mental state.

Designed to work with absolute beginners, and those with intermediate and advanced experience levels, this really is a retreat for anyone and everyone. The instructors teach both vinyasa and yin which are types most yogis should be at least somewhat familiar with.

 

Located in El Castillo, it’s very close to the famous Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal which are known for helping with mental energy and clarity.

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You’ll stay in beautiful private accommodations with your own bathroom at the Essence Arenal Boutique Hostel. Each room features orthopedic mattresses so you can fully relax and recover day and night. With breathtaking vistas of the nearby volcano, lake, and El Castillo Valley, you’ll instantly feel connected with nature.

Each morning, you’ll start yoga practice at 7 am followed by breakfast. After refueling, you’ll get your choice of activity. Swimming pools, jacuzzies, rainforest trails, a volleyball court, and exercise deck are just some of the activities you can choose from.

However, there’s also free wi-fi if you’d like to hang out online, as well. Make sure to check out all the different therapy and treatment options at their Temazcal sweat lodge or with their naturopathic physician.

 

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#10 10 Day Costa Rican Naturopathic Detox Retreat with Yoga in the Magical Arenal Rainforest

10 Day Costa Rican Naturopathic Detox Retreat with Yoga in the Magical Arenal Rainforest

 

Yoga Retreat Highlights:

  • Airport Transfers: Available to Juan Santamaria for $120/person
  • Yoga Style(s): Vinyasa, Yin
  • Facilities Included: Hot spring, Temazcal, yoga deck, jacuzzi, swimming pool, garden, free wi-fi, spa, terrace, cafe, volleyball court
  • Skill Levels: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Group Size: Maximum of 16 people

Following it up, we bring you a much longer retreat for those who really want to maximize their experience! The 10 Day Costa Rican Naturopathic Detox Retreat with Yoga in the Magical Arenal Rainforest is one-of-a-kind!

If you have the extra time, then we highly recommend taking advantage of this incredible experience. This retreat, as you may be able to tell from the title, is much more than just yoga.

It includes various different treatments and therapies so that when you come back home, you’re in a whole different state of mind and body.

Not only that, but you get all healthy meals and detox juices included! Made for yogis of all experience levels, it’s absolutely one of the most popular programs out there.

The instructors are clearly very skilled and well-educated, and help you beginners who want to advance quickly up to advanced veterans who really want to push things even further.

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Each morning you’ll wake up to head to your first yoga practice of the day at around 7 am. Next up is breakfast, followed by a grateful journal writing and morning meditation which will really get your mind in the right space.

Lunch follows meditation, and then you get a few hours of free time. We highly recommend checking out their permaculture farm or taking a hike in the rainforest!

If you rather stay at the retreat, you can also book a treatment in their jungle spa, which is truly incredible. After that, you’ll have dinner and then evening meditation before heading to bed early. You can of course stay up later if you choose, but it’s recommended to sleep early to fully rest.

 

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How to Choose a Yoga Retreat

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Location –

First things first, you want to make sure that the location for your yoga retreat is ideal. Make sure that it’s at least within an hour or so from a major airport with preferably direct flights from the US (or wherever you’ll be flying from). You don’t want to arrive to your retreat absolutely exhausted, right?

Costa Rica is a small country but it has plenty of rainforests, mountains, and bodies of water so make sure it’s also convenient to access with a shuttle.

Not only that, you’ll want a retreat that’s close to other points of interest. Beaches, restaurants, hiking, stores, and so on are all places you’ll probably want to visit while you’re there!

Focus Of Retreat

Some yoga retreats are just that: they offer you yoga practice and instruction and when you’re not doing yoga you have all the free time to yourself. However, there are others that have other focuses aside from just yoga.

Detox yoga retreats are increasingly common, and they usually come with included lessons on detoxing, treatments or therapies with on-site naturopathic doctors, and so on. Others focus on complete relaxation in mind and body. You may do yoga, but also partake in meditation sessions, and oftentimes these come with included massage sessions.

Duration

How long do you want to realistically be at your yoga retreat for? Most will last anywhere from 4 to 10 days. Usually the detox retreats are going to last a bit longer, as you will want to follow their guidance, juices, etc. for more days to see full benefits.

However, not everyone has the ability to take off for 10 days. If you have a long weekend and really want to improve your yoga skills or simply clear your mind, the 4-day retreats are a great option.

Level Of Accommodations

Make sure that before you book, you know what kind of accommodations to expect. Some of the more affordable retreats offer accommodations that are pretty basic. In most cases, these will be a shared double room with another participant or another person you’re traveling with.

Some offer shared “cabinas” or cabins, that have a communal bathroom. If you’d like to pay more, you can reserve a room all to yourself, with a private bathroom, full, private kitchen, and more. Some even come with your own private rooftop deck with amazing views!

Retreat Size

Obviously, the larger group sizes are going to offer you a bit less attention from your instructors than the smaller ones will. Most of them cap off at 16 participants, however, so it’s not like these are going to be massive retreats anyway.

Some people do enjoy being around more people, so if you’re one of those that feel “the more, the merrier”, then pay attention to this. Retreats usually aren’t smaller than 10 participants, but with multiple instructors, you’ll get a lot of personalized attention.

Type Of Yoga

As you can see from the retreats we already covered, each one will cover different types of yoga. Some even cover multiple types of yoga. Let’s talk about each type briefly to help you narrow down which are most ideal for you and your goals.

Vinyasa – This style is considered to be the most “athletic” of the bunch. Developed from Ashtanga yoga in the 70s, some also use “Vinyasa Flows” like Ashtanga, Power Yoga, and Prana. Most Western countries already use some type of this.

Hatha – This refers to pretty much all other types of yoga grounded in a physical practice (at least this is the case in the West). This is a very popular style and is great for beginners due to the generally slower pace than other styles.

Ashtanga – In Mysore, India, people gather to practice Ashtanga and you should know the series. As we just mentioned Vinyasa does stem from this style, with the “flow” linking breath to movement. It’s more physically demanding, and ideal for more advanced yogis.

Yin – Yin is a yoga style great for all skill levels. It’s perfect for beginners as it is more slow-paced. However, even advanced yogis can find it challenging as the seated postures are held for longer periods of time. It’s often used in conjunction with meditation sessions due to the fact that it is often known as “meditative” yoga.

Restorative – This type of yoga helps you wind down, get rid of stress, and just relax your mind and body. It’s great for all skill levels, involving fewer postures than many other yoga types. Many props are used, in an effort to help you sink even deeper into your relaxation.

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So here some mention of are there surf boards, bikes, kayaks etc available so here are some bullets points to talk about:

  • Transport From Airport – Transport from the airport is pretty important unless you want to deal with renting a car and driving yourself! However, not every retreat includes parking so that’s not the ideal option. Retreats should have this included, though some transport is free and some are available at a price.
  • Meals – Make sure that you know ahead of time if your meals are included or not. Most retreats include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, some include all of that, snacks, juices, coffee, tea, and more. Others just include breakfast and dinner so you’ll have to head to a local restaurant or store in order to cover your food.
  • Excursions – Not every retreat offers excursions, and focuses more on doing activities at the retreat like hanging out in their gardens, at the pool, jacuzzi, hiking around the area, and going to the beach. Many others do offer excursions as a group which can be a great way to balance relaxation with adventure! Some include waterfall hikes, horseback rides, ziplining, bike rentals, surf board rentals, and more!
  • Languages Spoken – Make sure that you’ll be able to effectively communicate with your yoga instructors and staff! It’s pretty much expected that the instructors and staff will speak Spanish and English. However, some speak German, Italian, and other languages as well!
  • Skill Levels Taught – If you’re an absolute beginner, you’re probably not going to get as much benefit out of an advanced yoga retreat, and vice-versa. Most of the retreats on our guide are perfect for all skill levels, but make sure you check this out before booking.
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