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Come rediscover yourself and press pause in paradise between the ocean and the jungle. Enjoy 5 nights and 6 days of being immersed in your yoga practice and nature at Vida Asana Retreat Center & Eco-Resort in Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. Enjoy the mornings of yoga practice, afternoons on exploring, and evenings watching the sunset on the Pacific Ocean. Come get lost between the ocean and the jungle and Soluna Yoga & Spa will take care of the rest.
Vida Asana is a beautiful retreat center and eco-resort, that provides a combination of lodging, fresh meals, as well as yoga, surfing, and mountain biking. They encourage their guests to soak up the sounds, smells, and visually appealing landscape while letting go and allowing their soul room to breathe. Their open-air jungle yoga shala allows nature’s symphony and natural beauty to create the perfect meditative backdrop to your practice.
Vida Asana is also dedicated to the local community: both guests and full-time residents often engage in garden building and other sustainable community-building programs. Their current primary causes are BJJ Jaco and Costas Verdes. BJJ Jaco teaches children the joys of physical fitness, discipline, and mindfulness, while Costas Verdes ensures this beautiful land is there to enjoy when they are older. Vida Asana is deeply committed to community involvement and support. While engaging in many activities that support and unite the community at large, they directly support Waves of Hope, an organization affiliated with the 501c Yoga 4 Bee.
All rooms have a private bathroom, hot water, AC, ceiling fan, and organic soap, shampoo, and conditioner. It also has a spacious open-air jungle yoga shala, with mats, blocks, straps, and bolsters.
In addition, there's also a pool, sun deck with lounge chairs, hammocks, and covered lounge area. Bicycles for transportation to and from the beach are offered. Vida Asana also offers concierge services (booking of tours, adventures, massages, transportation, general information).
With each morning salute the rising sun in an invigorating Vinyasa yoga and meditation practice. Afternoons are for exploring the beaches, surfing, going on any additional excursion of your choice, or simply relaxing in the art of doing nothing by the pool or in a hammock. Retreaters will enjoy a Rainmaker Conservation Project excursion, a true rainforest experience, complete with hanging bridges, rushing rivers, waterfalls, and clear fresh-water swimming pools. The option to partake in a Cacao Ceremony, led by a trained shamanic practitioner, is also weaved into the fundamental shaping of this retreat. All 3 home-cooked meals daily of breakfast, lunch, and dinner made from fresh, local ingredients are included. Evenings will be spent watching the sunset into the Pacific Ocean followed by an early evening Restorative yoga and yoga Nidra practice to help ease into a restful sleep.
Led by a trained shamanic practitioner. Cacao ceremonies are a centuries-old ritual seen as the ultimate heart-opener. In addition to being packed full of vitamins and minerals, cacao increases blood flow to the brain which helps to strengthen awareness and focus. It helps the body to heal, detoxify, and give your immune system a good boost. The experience of raw chocolate can also assist in energetic healing and receiving clarity in the areas of love, purpose, intuitive abilities, career, and personal growth.
Rainmaker Park is the best of both worlds as it feels like a national park, yet is relatively unheard of, a hidden gem! The gorgeous shade-making tree canopy and clear waters keep this hike super fresh even on the hottest of days. One of Soluna Yoga & Spa's favorite guides will take you on this adventure, ensuring that you see as much wildlife as possible while educating the group about the inner workings of the rainforest and her plant and animal life. It is a true rainforest experience, complete with hanging bridges, rushing rivers, waterfalls, and clear fresh-water swimming pools. The tour finishes up with a home-cooked traditional lunch. The difficulty level is easy to medium, some steep climbs, but the paths and steps are well maintained and often made of stone or recycled tires. People with knee problems or those with a legitimate fear of heights are cautioned.
You can wear your swimsuit under your clothes making it easy to jump right in the beautiful waterfall-fed pool! Wear sneakers or hiking sandals and bring a small daypack with a towel, water bottle, bug spray, flip-flops, and change of clothes for the ride home (flip-flops are for the last part of the hike after the swim).
Florida native Dori Thomsen, is a 500-hour experienced yoga teacher, co-founder of Soluna Yoga & Spa in Jacksonville, FL with her husband, Christian. She first entered a yoga class in 2000 but found her true calling to teach yoga while living in Costa Rica. She completed the 200-hr training in 2010 and continued her studies earning a certificate in Prenatal yoga, Restorative yoga, and Stand Up Paddleboard yoga while living in Central America. In 2016, Dori fulfilled the 500-hr advanced training in Kerala, India, and in 2017 completed the Yoga Therapy Teacher Training with the Amrit Yoga.
Vida Asana is tucked away in the rainforest, less than a mile from the beach, and blends perfectly with the jungle environment. Playa Hermosa is a quiet surfing community, located between the beach towns of Jaco and Manuel Antonio. This location allows the guests to enjoy a wide range of activities if they choose to venture off of the property. Vida Asana is conveniently located 90 minutes from San Jose Airport (SJO), just outside of Jacó in beautiful Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica. Situated between the lush tropical beauty of the jungle and the world-famous beaches of Playa Hermosa, the location provides easy access to a variety of activities, excursions, restaurants, and shopping, yet offers a peaceful jungle setting to repose.
Included in your stay are three meals daily during the retreat, a welcome snack upon arrival, and one sangria night. The food at Vida Asana was created with a healthy lifestyle as the inspiration. Every menu item is made from scratch using whole, and as often as possible, organic ingredients–mostly gluten-free, and vegan-centric, with eggs and yogurt at breakfast, and fish served at dinner every second night. All allergies or dietary needs are easily accommodated. Additionally, they are continuing to install more permaculture gardens and edible landscaping to increase the onsite organic harvest.
Vida Asana is located in Playa Hermosa, the adventure capital of Central America. There is something for everyone here! They have narrowed down the many options to include favorites that coincide well with group schedules.
Soluna Yoga & Spa work with several independent therapists that offer a variety of bodywork. Once your group arrives, they will work with each interested person to schedule treatments during available times within your schedule. Prices range from 70-200 USD depending on the treatment.
Juan Santamaría International Airport
Arrive around 2 p.m. for the retreat group shuttle airport transportation. You will want to fly into the San Jose, Costa Rica International Airport (SJO). There will be one airport transfer each way that is pre-arranged for our group and is included in the retreat. The driver will stop at the famous Tarcoles Bridge, to see crocodiles in their natural habitat and will provide fresh coconut water for each guest, either at the airport or upon stopping at the bridge. Often an extra transfer is required for very early or late arrivals. If you require extra transfers or are an individual coming to Vida Asana, they can arrange transportation for you with one of their trusted drivers. The price generally runs 90-150 USD each way. Some exceptions apply.
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