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To retreat - to move away from your routine - is to see life with new eyes, to shine a light on dark corners and never before seen spaces. This retreat is the ultimate gift of self-love. JJ and Ryan are excited to be putting together their first retreat at the Costa Rica Yoga Spa where the atmosphere is truly magical. Yoga with Ryan would love you to experience the beauty that Costa Rica has to offer and join them for a life-changing experience. It's all happening and they would love you to be a part of it.
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Costa Rica Yoga Spa beautiful jungle lodge is located at the top of a mountain with views of Ostional, jungle and surrounding ranchland. Costa Rica Yoga Spa can accommodate up to 26 guests comfortably in their eight guest rooms. The private upstairs suites offer spacious covered patio balconies with spectacular views. It will be a perfect place to sip your fresh morning coffee, tea, or smoothie and greet the day. The accommodation is completed with amazing Pacific Ocean view and dipping pool on site.
The jungle lodge complex includes hiking trails, a delightful dipping pool overlooking the ocean and jungle canopy, a poolside lounge area and plenty of hammocks for down time. Services include laundry service, free internet / Wi-Fi, maid service and other amenities to make your stay even more enjoyable.
The private suite single occupancy room can accommodate one person in one room. It has a private bathroom with private balcony with hammocks and is located on the top (second) floor of the lodge.
The private suite double occupancy room can accommodate up to two persons in one room. It has a private bathroom with private balcony with hammocks and is located on the top (second) floor of the lodge.
The private suite triple occupancy room can accommodate up to three persons in one room. It has a private bathroom with private balcony with hammocks and is located on the top (second) floor of the lodge.
The quad-shared room is located on the main floor. The comfortable quad-shared accommodations have two bunk beds each, a separate desk and a sitting area with separate closets for each guest. This first-floor shared room has a shared bathroom and a shared balcony with hammocks.
Thai massage and yoga go hand in hand. You will be working the lines of the body to flush out negative energies and bring in the positive as well as increasing range of motion, circulation and overall the bodies ability to move and perform. One more active, one more passive, both essential arts to a well-rounded body and soul. Yoga "flows" and Thai massage also "flows".
Smooth transitions will define both of these arts and so you will learn not only the flows of yoga but the flows of Thai massage whether you are giving or receiving. Wonderful skills will be learned in the arts of Thai massage to supplement your yoga practice and life whether you are massaging someone else or just yourself. You will know the blueprint for these ancient and wonderful systems of care.
Your days will begin with a daily morning yoga practice with JJ and Ryan followed by a breakfast prepared with local organic ingredients. The day times are yours to enjoy however you want; relax with a massage, go to the beach, hang out by the pool. You may explore the surroundings with an excursion like zip lining, jungle tours, etc. Afternoons will be filled with guided Thai massage sessions. The sessions are like following a yoga class where JJ and Ryan demonstrate techniques and guide through actions as well as words.
The week will begin with simple sequences for lying on the back / stomach and will progress to more advanced techniques through the week. After your guided Thai massage workshops, dinner will be served. Practitioners will work with each other to give and receive a massage each and every day. If you plan to come with someone specific, you can work with them the whole week. If you come alone, you can choose your partner each day. It is recommended to switch to a new partner each day.
In this retreat, you will escape into a world of relaxation, rejuvenation, and magic. Thai massage will add a new level to your current practice and does wonders for longevity and endurance of your practice. You will open a new path of healing for yourself. You will have a week of amazing self-care through mindfulness, yoga, and amazing food balanced with the compassionate work of Thai massage. All levels welcome whether you are coming solo or with a massage partner.
CorePower Yoga (Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga)
Ryan was introduced to Bikram yoga and has been addicted to yoga as well as body work since getting injured in a car accident in 2011. He has experienced the healing powers of yoga first hand. Ryan believes the true practice of yoga extends far beyond our mat and expands throughout our daily life. He is forever grateful to the teachers and students who shared their knowledge of yoga. Ryan loves to travel and experience other cultures and is forever a student of life.
John James "JJ" Pepper
University of Texas (Kinesiology)
John James Pepper is a yoga instructor, Thai massage therapist, kinesiologist and trainer with a degree from the University of Texas. It was there he fell in love with movement as he played collegiate sports and studied. That brought about untimely injuries that turned out to be extremely fortunate. Through these injuries, JJ realized the importance of training not just the body and mind but the spirit as well. He dove into meditation and this led him to pursue healing arts to supplement his training background, the two most namely being yoga and Thai massage.
This retreat will take place in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. It is one of the only six blue zones in the world where people consistently live to over 100 years.
You will be served three healthy meals a day which are primarily vegetarian, organic, locally produced, and gourmet. This includes dinner on the day of arrival and breakfast on the day of departure. This does not include one night out when Yoga with Ryan will provide transportation to a local restaurant as well as with alcohol and specialty drinks.
Please book your flight to arrive at Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) or Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR).
If flying into Liberia, Costa Rica Yoga Spa recommends a ground shuttle to the Costa Rica Yoga Spa (two-half hours). If flying into San Jose, Costa Rica Yoga Spa recommends a transfer by air to Nosara. Also, if you fly into San Jose, Yoga with Ryan recommends Nature Air for a quick and scenic flight to Nosara. Nature Air flies into Nosara from San Jose in just 40 minutes and is recommended over a taxi. However, The Costa Rica Yoga Spa also offers free local (Nosara) pick-up and drop-off at the airport or other hotels in town.
There is a bus that runs from San Jose to Nosara daily, leaving the city at 5.30 a.m. and arriving in Nosara at 12 p.m. (Alfaro Bus, costs 10 USD).
Costa Rica Yoga Spa recommends CR Terratour for shuttle service from Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) and Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO) for their reliability, professionalism and proven experience. If you are flying into Liberia, CR Terratour costs 50 USD for the shared shuttle each way and leaves Liberia at 2 p.m. Private shuttles for up to five people cost 130 USD. CR Terratour also has shuttles returning to the Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) daily at 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.
It is always best to confirm your pick-up or drop-off times with shuttle companies directly as they may vary. If you want a private shuttle from San Jose, they start at 240 USD each way and take about six hours. Shuttles and private taxis coming from Liberia and San Jose are not included and are the responsibility of the guest to reserve.
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