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Top Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica

by Alberto G. Güitrón

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From lovely beaches to volcanic mountains and tropical rainforests, Costa Rica offers a wide variety of magnificent landscapes for a great yoga vacation. 

No matter where you go, you’ll be surrounded by the fabulous scenery of this paradise on Earth and by the Costa Rican pura vida.

Its diverse terrain makes it ideal to practice tons of different activities that will inspire you to enjoy the moment and improve your wellbeing.

You can visit the huge waterfalls and mighty rivers, surf some of the best waves in the world, try zip-lining through cloud-covered rainforests, roam around the thick jungle, admire the power of several volcanoes, sit in a hammock under a palm tree or, of course, practice yoga feeling the fine sand between your toes!

Can’t wait to strike a few asanas here? Below, you’ll find some of the very best yoga retreats in Costa Rica!

Note: BookYogaRetreats offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.

Yoga Getaway in Lake Arenal

yoga in Lake Arenal

  • Price: From 399 USD per person for 4 days
  • Location: Lake Arenal, Alajuela
  • Yoga Styles: Vinyasa & Yin

Re-connect with the beauty of nature, deepen your yoga practice and change your eating habits on this short yoga holiday.

It takes place in a boutique hostel near the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal area; the perfect setting to unplug and relax. There’s plenty of time and space for you to transform your body, mind and spirit with the guidance of a certified naturopath and yoga instructor.

The program includes 3 daily healthy vegetarian meals, a daily 75-minute yoga class and 3 nights of private accommodation. You’ll also have unlimited access to the jacuzzi, swimming pool, rainforest trails, volleyball court and yoga deck.

As optional activities, you can also pamper yourself with a spa treatment, enjoy the thermal hot springs nearby, go kayaking on Lake Arenal, visit the Arenal Volcano National Park, or go to the Butterfly Observatory.

Yoga & Detox in San Jose

yoga in San Jose

  • Price: From 1,075 USD per person for 6 days
  • Location: San Pablo De Turrubares, San Jose
  • Yoga Styles: Hatha

Embark on a path to health and wellness and kickstart a new lifestyle with this yoga and detox retreat.

It is held in a serene and natural tropical rainforest, where you’ll have the opportunity to cleanse your body with the guidance of a health professional who will design a detox program specifically for you.

The program includes a private consultation, organic raw foods and juices, herbal teas and cleansing drinks, daily yoga and meditation classes and a sound meditation session to balance your chakras.

Plus, you’ll have access to some unique body therapies, such as educational abdominal massage, aromatherapy baths, skin brushing and the unlimited use of a BioMat. This will help you to get rid of toxins, increase your circulation and soothe the nerves.

In addition, there are optional activities for you to enjoy during your free time. You can go on canopy tours, bird watching, horse riding, and many more.

>>READ MORE: The ultimate guide to Costa Rica’s best yoga destinations.

Luxury Surf & Yoga Holiday in Santa Teresa

yoga in Santa Teresa

  • Price: From 1,490 USD per person for 7 days
  • Location: Santa Teresa, Puntarenas Province
  • Yoga Styles: Hatha, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative & Ashtanga

This surf and yoga retreat takes place in Santa Teresa, a booming beach town on the western side of the Nicoya Peninsula, well-known for having some of the best surfing spots in Central America and for being a nature lover's paradise.

You’ll be staying at Hotel Nautilus, where you’ll enjoy all the benefits of world-class lodging with the comforts of a small luxury villa. The program includes daily breakfast and lunch, airport transfers and 6 nights of luxury accommodation.

Also, you’ll enjoy a one-hour full-body massage session by a certified therapist, daily yoga classes and 5 surf lessons on the white sand beaches of Santa Teresa.

Budget Yoga Holiday in Santa Teresa

yoga in Santa Teresa

  • Price: From 200 USD per person for 8 days
  • Location: Santa Teresa, Puntarenas
  • Yoga Styles: Hatha & Vinyasa

Want to have an authentic yoga experience but your budget is limited? Worry not! Here’s an affordable yoga retreat in Costa Rica that you’ll love!

Taking place in a Yoga Center located only 50 meters away from the warm waters and beautiful white sand beaches of Mal Pais and Santa Teresa, this is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in the country.

Unwind and relax in this tropical paradise with unlimited yoga classes offered daily, a fresh breakfast every morning and plenty of optional activities for adventure and tranquility.

You can explore the fantastic restaurants, supermarkets and shops in town, pamper yourself with a spa treatment or go on an adventure tour that includes canopying, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, horseback riding, snorkeling in Tortuga Island and more.

200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in Uvita

teacher training in Uvita

  • Price: From 2,999 USD per person for 17 days
  • Location: Uvita, Puntarenas
  • Yoga Styles: Hatha, Iyengar, Kundalini, Vinyasa, Yin, Acro, Nidra, Ashtanga & Chair

Maybe you want to take your practice to the next level and become a yoga instructor. Well, Costa Rica is quite famous for its excellent training courses.

This one takes place in Uvita, a small and charming village located in southern Costa Rica close to the Marino Ballena National Park (Whale Marine Park).

During this training, you’ll learn yoga philosophy, anatomy and teaching methodology, lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers and yoga sutras.

It includes daily asana and meditation practice, 16 nights of accommodation and 3 plant-based meals per day made with locally-sourced food and prepared by a private chef.

The program also includes some outdoor activities like eco-hikes, a visit to the Marino Ballena National Park beach, swimming in the river, meditation sessions, a visit to the Bamboo Forest and waterfall adventures.

The prerequisite for this course is to have at least one year of consistent and steady yoga practice. And the good news is that if you complete this training, you’ll be eligible to register with Yoga Alliance as Registered Yoga Teachers (RYT®).

>>READ MORE: Why should you do your yoga teacher training in Costa Rica?

*Cover image credit: GypSea Yoga School

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