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11 Days Restore Your Nervous System Yoga in Costa Rica

  • APDO #54 - 5233 Nosara, Nicoya, Guanacaste, Costa Rica 50206

Overview

Restorative Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica

Relaxing the body, concentrating the mind, we may go beyond the normal states of awareness and reach deeper levels of consciousness. The journey within ends when we reach the realization that our own consciousness is the very same endless consciousness that pervades the entire Cosmos. A feeling of complete unity with the whole of creation is the ultimate goal of a holistic experience.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga sessions
  • Choice of kayak or horseback
  • Daily organic juices / veggie blends
  • 1 holistic massage treatment and river hydrotherapy
  • All meals, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Low tide ocean pool swim
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Guided nature walk

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 10 days with instruction
  • English, Spanish
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In a wave-rich country, Nosara stands out as the surf town par excellence. Warm water, friendly locals, endless beaches, powerful river mouths, long point breaks, and virtually year-round high swells make it a veritable surfing Disneyland, without all the lines and overzealous parents. All surfers, from children getting their first taste of Pacific power to grizzled surf veterans tripping through Latin America in camper vans.

Nosarananda's homes are fully equipped for you to enjoy your vacation! On site manager is available 24/7 to help you with any questions or decisions, full kitchen complete with everything you need to cook, fine cotton sheets and towels, quiet and spacious, secure and private local away from the busy tourist area, yet close to additional amenities, as well as personal shopping and valet services.

Amenities include potable water - high grade filter on kitchen tap (hot and cold), electricity, refrigerator, stove and oven, furniture, dishes, cutlery, linens, bath towels, laundry machine, library, garbage collection, storage, parking, maid and gardener, walking distance to Pelada Beach, Guiones Beach, and the Nosara River mouth.

They do not permit towels or linens to be taken from the unit - please request a beach sarong from management or bring your own beach towel. Weekly maid service and gardener is included. They arrive at 7 a.m. and / or 8 a.m. on Fridays. Additional maid services are available at a rate of 25 USD per day.

This retreat package is designed to achieve restoration through meditation and cultivating mindfulness. Learn techniques to heal the nervous system and the brain, to deepen your yin practice.

Viparita Karani

Inverted lake posture, also known as legs up the wall pose was the first restorative posture to be brought to the west; originally only three postures were used in class. Sasha has developed an amazingly effective sequence that once learned, you can practice fully or integrate into any part of your health routine, a 20 to 90-minute commitment, to rejuvenate yourself.

Restorative testimonial by Jeff Ostheimer

The autonomic nervous system communicates with every cell in the human body, it is the control system that monitors unconscious bodily functions such as breathing, heart rate, blood supply, lymphatic functions, circulation, body temperature, cellular respiration, intestinal motility, metabolism, muscle tonus, and many other activities. It is the most fundamental system in our body. This incredible system is constantly awake giving feedback and responding to the central nervous system.

The autonomic nervous system has been chronically overtaxed in most humans due to excessively stressful lifestyles. The system is constantly bombarded by negative influences such as a toxic environment, noise, pollution, allergens, electromagnetic radiation, infectious agents, nutritional deficiencies, and a general lack of peace.

In cases of osteoarthritis of the hips, the onset and progression of virtually every case I have treated can be traced to either hip trauma or biomechanical dysfunction of the hip. In both cases, trauma and biomechanical dysfunction lead to autonomic dysfunction and vasoconstriction of blood vessels leading to the hip joint and increased muscular tightness. Simply put, autonomic dysfunction leads to reduced blood supply to the hip and thus, accelerated degeneration. Restorative yoga promotes parasympathetic dominance, this healing state. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt MD, PHD, calls this state a Yin state, a place of being where healing blood, oxygen and nutrients are delivered directly to the stressed tissue, region, or organ.

Without hesitation, Dietrich recommends Sashas restorative yoga program to all those seeking a higher level of wellness. This is certainly not limited to musculoskeletal disorders. Restorative yoga is highly beneficial for endocrine disorders, anxiety, digestive disorders, and promotes the discharge of toxins by decongesting the liver and gall bladder. In womens health, the inverted postures benefit all tissues, glands, and organs of the pelvic cavity. In short, by promoting healing of the autonomic nervous system, there is virtually no disorder or illness that would not benefit from a series of restorative yoga sessions.

There will be a guided 15 minutes walk along a nature trail, through tropical forest reserve, encountering numerous varieties of flowers, birds, butterflies, and wildlife along the way. A perfect mediation location to reflect upon the natural surroundings. Discover the famous river Mala Noche and waterfall oasis hidden in the rainforest valley, isolated from the rest of the world. Plunge into the waterfall pool and let yourself be pummeled by cascading fresh water as it restores and refreshes your soul.

Sasha Dae

Sasha is a Canadian, born in Vancouver, from an organic and holistic home, first introduced to yoga at age four, by her grandmother, who began her practice at age twenty as a Vivekananda disciple. Her summers were spent on a forty acre horse farm with lots of other animals. Her grandfather, aunt, and uncle were dressage trainers, and she started with her first pony at age four.

Sasha and her mother would practice yoga in the early morning, and then do the farm chores and work in the garden, collecting food for breakfast and dinner. Sasha lost interest in yoga as a teen but came back intensely in her early twenties after a spiritual god realization in a particular waterfall, called Mala Noche. Her family has been vacationing to Costa Rica for over twenty years, and for the past five years she has been living in here on the Pacific Coast of Central America.

Sasha opened and operated a studio, Ananda Yoga, by her own design from the ground up, dedicated to those who were new to yoga; it was the first yoga studio in a suburb of Vancouver. After three years teaching fifteen to twenty classes per week, carrying the budget and micro managing everything, she fried her nervous system and was just burnt out, so, traded the biz for life and liberty in the jungle and on the beaches of Costa Rica.

Sasha is Yoga Alliance E-RYT200 and has several certifications with over 2000 hours of teaching to all ages and levels of ability, her focus is on safely guiding clientele through physical postures with emphasis on alignment and the breath, her knowledge base is founded on practiced techniques and intuition in order to assist in the healing process of mind/body/spirit, to strengthen and lengthen, release stress, increase awareness, cultivate acceptance, and promote an enriching personal practice from the earth up.

Sasha's methodologies include Hatha, Arkaya, Kundalini, Yin, power/flow/Ashtanga, partner, restorative, laughter, Nada, Nidra, kids, applied psycho-neurobiology, mental field therapy, toning, music, massage, and Zen Zwing Inversion therapy.

Located on the coast of a blue zone (a place where a large percentage of local people live to a hundred years old or more), Nosara offers the kind of lifestyle that most surfers only dream about. It is a perennial favorite among traveling surfers of all levels for both its waves and relaxed pace of life.

Activities
  • Diving
  • Horse riding/rental
  • Kayak nearby
  • Massage
  • Night club nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Spa
General
  • Bar nearby
  • Caf nearby
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Library
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant nearby
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Baby sitting
  • Bicycle rental
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange nearby
  • Room cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Shop nearby
  • Tour assistance
  • Beach walks
  • Bird watching
  • Monkey sanctuary
  • Horseback riding
  • On shore / off shore fishing
  • River kayaking - Rio Nosara / Montana
  • Road trips
  • Sport fishing
  • Trail hikes
  • Turtle reserve
  • Zip-line canopy tour - Nosara / Samara
  • Acupressure
  • Ayurvedic massage
  • Back latissi major
  • Cranio sacral
  • Full bodyworks
  • Hands and feet
  • Head champissage
  • Lymph drainage
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai massage
  • Thai therapeutic flying
  • 1 or 2 x 60-minute Kundalini yoga session each day
  • 1 way transfer from Nosara or Liberia
  • 2-4 organic juice / veggie blends per day
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • All day access to filtered water, fruits, and herbal teas
  • Choice of daily surfing or one surf lesson with an ISA certified Instructor
  • Guided nature walk
  • Holistic massage treatment
  • Low tide ocean pool swim
  • River hydrotherapy
For information about the booking conditions, please send Nosarananda an inquiry.
  • Review by Grant Roberts from Columbus, Ohio
    9 out of 10

    "What a magical place! The vibes are so great it's painful to not be there. I had exceptional service and top-notch hospitality. Sasha is a lovely host along with the staff who gave us excellent care and catered to our needs. The food was beyond delicious, it was very wholesome and made with 100% love. The material we covered was well-rounded and highly immersive. Literally, I could not have asked for a better time. "

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  • Review by Anisah Madden from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I have known Sasha Dae for over 10 years, in the capacity of a friend, yoga teacher, and mentor. I had been practicing yoga for some time and wanted to become a teacher. She encouraged and supported me to complete my YTT and start teaching at her studio Ananda Yoga, in Coquitlam, Canada. Sasha was an incredible catalyst and great inspiration to me, and many other students in their yoga practice. Sasha's positive mindset, business savvy, and dedication to the yogic path is to be admired. She brings a fierce integrity and loving, playful spirit to her yoga teaching. Sasha and I completed the Foundation Course in Classical Yoga with Maitreyi of Arkaya Yoga in 2007. I have enormous respect and admiration for Sasha as I have seen her move through challenges with grace and optimism. She aims to bring out the very best in herself and others and that means being strong and not compromising her values in the face of adversity. Sasha brings her many years of living and teaching yoga principles to everything she does and is a real asset to the yoga community"

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  • Review by Jeff Ostheimer
    10 out of 10

    "I have been in private practice for more than eight years treating varied disorders including MS, neck and back trauma with neurological deficit, womens health issues, digestive disorders and osteoarthritis. Over these years I have come to appreciate that the one thing that all of these disorders have in common, dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system. The autonomic nervous system communicates with every cell in the human body, it is the control system that monitors unconscious bodily functions such as breathing, heart rate, blood supply, lymphatic functions, circulation, , body temperature, cellular respiration, intestinal motility, metabolism, muscle tonus and many other activities. It is the most fundamental system in our body. This incredible system is constantly awake giving feedback and responding to the central nervous system.Restorative yoga heals autonomic dysfunction. When I practice restorative yoga with Sasha utilizing the insight of my clinical experience and studies, more and more I am gaining a deep appreciation for the wisdom layered into this practice. Sasha Dae is extremely gifted and skilled in guiding the client to meet muscular tightness and resistance with conscious breathing. It is the meeting of resistance with conscious and mindful breathing that heals autonomic dysfunction. Resistance and muscular tightness equates to sympathetic dominant communication to a tissue or region. This is a stress response and the body cannot heal in this state. Restorative yoga promotes parasympathetic dominance, this a healing state. Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt MD, PHD, calls this state a yin state, a place of being where healing blood, oxygen and nutrients are delivered directly to the stressed tissue, region or organ.Without hesitation, I recommend Sashas restorative yoga program to all those seeking a higher level of wellness. This is certainly not limited to musculoskeletal disorders. Restorative yoga is highly beneficial for endocrine disorders, anxiety, digestive disorders and promotes the discharge of toxins by decongesting the liver and gall bladder. In womens health, the inverted postures benefit all tissues, glands and organs of the pelvic cavity. In short, by promoting healing of the autonomic nervous system, there is virtually no disorder or illness that would not benefit from a series of restorative yoga sessions."

    Nosarananda website, edited

  • Review by Josh Flores from Costa Rica
    9 out of 10

    "I have been friends with Sasha Dae since 2009. I am not a yogi nor do I have a consistent yoga practice, I have taken some gym yoga classes before and had several classes over the past year, with Sasha. In comparison to the yoga I have experienced previously and the yoga with Sasha, I have to say that the energy Sasha gives as a teacher and healer is far beyond standard gym yoga classes. I find her extremely beautiful to watch in practice, and know that some women here attempt to imitate her style. Her energy is very high and she is always happy and smiling. Sasha Dae is a kind, compassionate and dynamic soul, I cannot recommend her enough in helping other souls to realize their full potential."

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  • Review by Lisa Cunha from Canada
    9 out of 10

    "Sasha was my yoga teacher for over a year in Coquitlam, BC, Canada. She was a wonderful teacher, that clearly displayed her knowledge, love and appreciation for yoga. Each class brought forth a challenge for each individual, which she noted each strength and weakness of her students, helping them achieve their personal goals. Every class was a physical and spiritual journey, which is a true testament to the dedication Sasha has for yoga. I have yet to find an instructor as attentive and devoted as Sasha. I wish her continued success, happiness, and fulfillment in her yoga career."

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  • Review by Michelle Do from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Because you offer so many different styles of yoga, Arkaya, Restorative, Hatha, Kundalini, Yin, the yoga Swing, music, and laughter are the reasons why I choose your training. It was very new and scary and unknown getting there to Costa Rica and thinking how it will be and how we will fit and how the whole training will be, but as soon the training started I had a good feeling. I absolutely loved the first few days, that feeling of something so new and your style of teaching and how you incorporated the healing parts to it. How you would mention very interesting things during your class, or pointers that will help us with our teaching. Loved your closing at the end in fetal position, going back to your childhood and the part where we would think of a good memory when we were little. Loved it, when I heard it first it almost made me cry. It was quiet emotional. I love your voice and the whole experience in the class was soothing over all.Your structure of the class and how you went about it I trusted. Even though others were questioning it at first but I knew from the start why you did it, it made sense. In order to make space to open up our bodies and to prepare us for the second part, to be able to hold the poses longer and more gracefully, I did enjoy Arkaya and Restorative very much!The parts about nutrition, the parts on toxins, that are not good for us, the whole on healthier living, the whole philosophy and history of it, the sequences, the mantras, anatomy, and all the other amazing info. I very much value and appreciate your honesty and humbleness when you didnt have full info on something or if there was something that was new to you how you went about it.The whole program and the whole experience have been amazing! I am so thankful I was a part of it and my feelings havent changed since the initial decision to take my training with you, I am trying to separate the drama that happened from my experience as a whole, but at the same time I see it as a whole and I learn from it too. Overall teaching was great. I think us as students and future teachers need the most time that we can get on the mat. And it is wonderful when you are there to supervise and give pointers. I enjoyed that you were there for my class! Thank you!I think you handled the all the challenges/interruptions with a particular very well and in dealing with the very disrespectful drama that had occurred, I think it was very annoying at times when she was trying to say this and that.. it was all too much on her end, she came off being insecure and obstinate and I wonder why she signed up for your program??! I think any teacher would lose their cool long time ago. And I can see how that can interrupt your thought and the class. You did point out for any suggestions to be given to you after class, unless someone has something to share from their experience regarding that particular subject, and she never did in front of you, just behind your back, which is not very yogi like!! I respect that you kept your cool after all and kept going!!! Way to go! Thanks for sticking with us. I know that you are an amazing teacher and you have the potential to become even greater and touch many more people!"

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  • Review by Juliet Donovan from USA
    10 out of 10

    "I experienced Sashas teaching for one month in October 2010. The course was comprised of mixed abilities; one person had not done yoga before, people wanted to get into the hardcore stretch immediately, wanting, overnight to accomplish what needed to be taken steadily i.e. becoming yoga teachers. Sashas program was perfect! It started slowly, which some resented, but the buildup was just right, ending in the Hatha which was so desired by many. The Arkaya yoga was a gentle and deep way of building stamina; amazing for those starting out and great for building strength and flexibility. Sasha was amazing at leading and energizing the group, working her magic subtly. This was the perfect way to start the group on its journey to becoming yoga teachers and assisted each and every one toward healing themselves.Restorative yoga was the next part of the program; it took each individual to a relaxed and happy state of mind. Sasha was very gentle with the group during this session it was a great session to get the group ready for the much awaited Hatha. Yin was tough and somewhat darkened the mood of the group however kept us all focused. Kundalini was wonderful and furthered the healing in the group. Finally Hatha Yoga, the group was now ready physically, spiritually and emotionally to really get into the postures. The course, prepared and given by Sasha was healing informative and helpful, preparing each individual to teach. Sasha is certainly a healer, an inspiration (she is so beautiful to watch and to emanate), she is kind, patient and passionate about what she does. I cannot recommend her enough as a teacher and a healer."

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