Rosemarie Gonzales Gainza is a holistic health practitioner, a certified yoga teacher, and the founder and owner of the Vida Asana Retreat Center in Costa Rica. Her style of yoga combines principles of Ashtanga, Bikram, and Anusara yoga which is creating a strong, healthy, and happy flow.
Alejandra is from San Jose, Costa Rica. She began practicing yoga at an early age and realized she wanted to dedicate her life to this discipline. Her foundations are Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Anusara yoga. Alejandra is a passionate teacher and she enjoys teaching in the beautiful coast of Costa Rica.
Catalina is originally from the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Catalina found yoga after giving birth to her first child in 2003 which was, of course, a time of change in her life. Catalina masters types of yoga like Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga.
Laura found yoga in 2005 after experiencing years of chronic back pain and has been practicing ever since. In 2008 she received her 200-hour yoga teacher certification from YogaWorks Studios. A forever student, she enjoys practicing various styles of yoga and continues her studies with an open mind and heart. Laura teaches a Vinyasa style class with a blend of teachings from the classical Ashtanga and Iyengar traditions with an emphasis on thoughtful sequencing. The foundation of her class is linking the breath with movement while incorporating yogic philosophy.
Jenny Cribbs is a certified Tibetan singing bowl healer, a 200-hour RYT Vinyasa yoga teacher and she is also certified in Reiki level I and Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai massage. Jenny uses all of these healing arts in her yoga classes and daily life. As a teacher, she is committed to sharing a practice that heals the body and lets one start to listen to their “inner self”. She combine the movements of the body with the breath, and once you start to connect with your breath, you start to connect to a higher source and your ancient knowledge and wisdom.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)
from Australia, September 2017
"Yoga teacher training"
The location, the staff, the food and the course were all absolutely wonderful. I had an incredible time at Vida Asana and left feeling happy, healthy and full of yoga knowledge.
from Turkey, September 2017
"inspirational and transformational"
Very good at teaching technique and inspiring students
from United Mexican States, September 2017
"200hr YTT awakenings"
I loved the philosophy aspect of the course and also the challenge that came with the physical practice which really went back to foundations as well as more advanced asanas.
The variety of topics covered and level of detail was at a decent level to understand concepts but not to get post in the detail.
The style of asana practice with physicAL adjustments between students was super helpful.
The food a Vida Asana was delightful thanks to the amazing staff and the owner and his family go out of theor way to make you feel at home.
Would 100% visit again.
Powerful energy, real transformation
from United States, February 2018
" Better than expected"
Excursions were amazing, the location is short bike ride to the beach, the food was amazingly good and made fresh every day. Very very glad I went
from United States, January 2018
"Didn't want to leave"
Vida Asana is a welcoming, comfortable environment. The room was clean, and the grounds were well kept. There were places to go off and be by myself or hang out with others if I wanted. Everything was very laid back and relaxing. Sean is extremely helpful and facilitated whatever activities I wanted to do. Everyone there was warm and friendly. The food was delicious and plentiful.
from United States, December 2017
I was so amazed at everything we experienced at this retreat. Lovely people and wonderful activities. There's a strong sense of family between everyone who works or visits there, which makes it feel like home. I cannot recommend it enough.
from Costa Rica, November 2017
"Vida Asana Amazing"
This place was everything that I was looking for and more. I booked it while on a 3 month vacation in Costa Rica and I didn't want to leave. The owners were amazing, helpful and made me feel a part of their family. The food was excellent. So much nutritious food to eat and beautiful coffee to drink. I went surfing, yoga, the sweat lodge, biking, hiking, Rainmaker and also had a great night of live music in Playa Hermosa. They were all about the details to even the nicest soaps for the shower. for the five nights I was there, I was relaxed, rejuvenated and inspired.
from United States, November 2017
Is not easy to put into words what this short retreat meant for me. Vida Asana is such a magical place, it makes you feel at home and well taken care of. Food was amazing!!! Highly recommended!
from United States, June 2017
"A difficult place to leave!"
I'm not sure where to begin. It's the beginning of June (officially rainy season) and I just spent 6 days at Vida Asana for the yoga/surf retreat with my sister. A brief word on the climate during this time - I truly enjoyed the rainy season weather with mostly sunshine in the morning and refreshing showers in the late afternoon. This was my first trip to Costa Rica and it certainly will not be my last.
Sean, Jess, and Juju have created a magical place of Vida Asana and brought together an incredible staff to go along with it. We were treated with such warmth and kindness by every single person at Vida Asana, especially Adrianna and Alexis. Thank you so much for all that you did for me - giving me fresh aloe from the garden for a sunburn and making me a special tea when I had an upset stomach, to name a few.
I am already missing the bike rides to Playa Hermosa, the breath-taking beach next to Vida Asana, and the daily yoga sessions. For reference, I'm athletic but had little formal yoga prior to this trip. The yoga, the instructors, and other yoga-goers brought me so much peace and joy that I must make this a practice in my daily life.
I strongly recommend going on the Rain Maker excursion with the tour guide Luiz. This is a guided tour through suspension brides and waterfalls in the rainforest that left my sister and I humbled by the natural beauty of Costa Rica.
I cannot end this review without mentioning the expertly-crafted, healthy, and delicious food; the coffee and the distilled water, kombucha, ginger beer, nitro cold-brew coffee and beer on tap; and the amazing soap/shampoo in the rooms!
Vera Kamaeva United Arab Emirates
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To be honest, I don't think I will have wonderful words to describe this magical place. It's not only the beauty and comfort of the place, it's mostly the ambiance and atmosphere and great energy of the place, which Shaun and Jessica together with lovely create there. If you want to get away from everything and get an amazing experience together with yoga and different activities they can organize for you, then this is the place to be!
Marty Cowan Virginia
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I loved my stay at Vida Asana. The fresh food, yoga shala, fabulous pool, and the amazing lush setting not far from the beach made it the perfect place to relax and recharge. Thank you, Jess and Sean!
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I wish I could give a 6 / 5. My wife and I stayed at Vida Asana in mid-November 2016 to celebrate our Pearl wedding anniversary. We could not have asked for anything netter, Sean, Andrea, and Heather were just superb. They made sure that we had the best. They arranged for an amazing bouquet on our anniversary. The food was phenomenal, especially if you are you a vegan or vegetarian. They did offer white meat on special days. The rooms were OK. The arranged for special yoga sessions for us. While we were there, two groups from the US was also there, one was a yoga / surfing group, and the other was a group of 3 couples with very young babies. Sean, Jess, and Heather took personal care. They made sure that the entire group was well fed and taken care of. Andrea deserves and the rest of the team deserve special mention. They were just outstanding, from making sure that we had coffee and special food catered for. I am already feeling nostalgic about the people and Vida Asana even though it has been less than a week.
If you are looking for very personalized service and not for a 5-star resort, Vida Asana is the place, perfectly located from San Jose Airport (SJO) and Jaco. They even arranged for a special dinner for us. We could not have asked for anything better for our anniversary. Happy family (including Juju) brings out the best in hospitality!
Shirley Gabriel Florida
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It was an excellent place. You are treated like a family. I was there 2 years ago and celebrated new year lights for January 1st, 2015. My best stay ever, and I have traveled to many places.
Diane Kay California
I stayed at Vida Asana for four nights in July 2016. The owners were beyond helpful and accommodating beginning with my very first inquiry about a yoga retreat during unusual dates (I did not have a full week to do a retreat because of other plans). I cannot tell you how many emails I sent to Sean regarding scheduling, transportation from the west side of the island, and special dietary requests. He was always prompt and exceedingly helpful in his replies. When I arrived at Vida Asana, I received a warm greeting and felt immediately at home and comfortable. My room was very cute, extremely clean and comfortable. They even have a mini fridge in the rooms, although I never used it as I was more than well fed during my stay at Vida Asana. The food was beyond my expectations. I am vegetarian and was very happy to find that the food was interesting, delicious and creative. Heather, who I would call the Executive Chef, was extremely kind, caring and always willing to share cooking tips with me. Everything was very fresh, with many ingredients sourced from gardens on the property. I truly felt like I was at home at Vida Asana, and would return if I find myself in Costa Rica. Thank you to Sean, Jess, Juju and Heather for welcoming me into your family!