Vida Asana Yoga Retreat

Vida Asana Yoga Retreat specializes in yoga retreats, surf adventures, and a healthy sustainable lifestyle, creating a space for mindfulness and peace.

Yoga Retreats 11

Instructors 12

Rosemarie Gainza

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 Torres

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 Badilla

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.

Rachel VerValin

Rachel originally came to the mat in 2002 during her undergrad years at Rochester Institute of Technology because it was an incredible workout. Rachel has a love for travel, and every new place she visits, she tries out the local yoga class. She has practiced with Anusara, Jivamukti, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Svaroopa, and Vinyasa teachers all over the country. She created Heart Thread Yoga in May 2014. Rachel has led five successful yoga retreats in Costa Rica and the Finger Lakes Wine region. She is super excited to be sharing her love and knowledge of yoga with her teacher trainees.

Shae Sterrett

Shae came to yoga about eight years ago seeing it as a fitness routine she could work into my healthy lifestyle training for triathlons, running, biking, and general fitness. It has now become the cornerstone of her life. She has a passion for yoga and is using it as a transformational tool for personal growth, empowerment, and contentment. She has studied throughout the US, Guatemala, and India. She is now on the path to becoming a certified yoga therapist, and she leads international retreats all around the world.

Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Yoga)

Amanda Barrick

Amanda opened Ducks In a Row Yoga, Wilton, New Hampshire, a family-based studio that offers classes for students of all ages from birth to adult. Her wish is to share yoga with the community and teach students of all ages mindfulness, help them develop skills to deal with daily stress, and teach the community how to be kind to themselves and one another. Recognizing the importance of self-care, she has found a passion for facilitating wellness retreats both locally in New England as well as internationally.

Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)

Jaime Boswell

Jaime Boswell began practicing yoga in 2002 for the physical benefits but quickly realized the even more powerful benefits to the mind and spirit. She began her teaching journey in 2006 with a desire to enable others to live a more full and joyful life. Jaime aims to provide classes where students can find both challenge and ease by encouraging each student to explore their own bodies, accept their own bodies, and practice letting go of self-judgment. Jaime’s classes include a mixture of precise alignment cues along with the freedom at times to explore intuitively what the body needs.

Adriana Bolaños Dávila

Adriana is a plant-based enthusiast / yoga teacher. Adri started cooking at home at the age of 13, always playing with recipes and ingredients and developing a love for cooking that only got bigger through the years. This love took her to plant-based cooking and lifestyle, more than seven years ago. More recently she graduated from Forks Over Knives Culinary Program where along with many, she enhanced her passion for local fresh ingredients focusing on the nutrient density of the food instead of calories and using healthy cooking methods. Adriana became a certified yoga instructor in 2014.

Eric Rivkin

Eric Rivkin is an internationally recognized whole food, plant-based health chef and coach who studied with Living Light Culinary chefs and for 20 years being a primarily raw vegan after curing a host of childhood ailments by changing to this diet. His classes are inspiring and informative for both novice and the well-seasoned, with creative practices and recipes to integrate the best of nutrition and culinary arts. Eric has conducted dozens of workshops in the US, Canada, and Costa Rica, and is the first chef to teach whole, plant-based foods in public schools, retirement homes, and more.

Gareth

Gareth is one of the instructors of Vida Asana Yoga Retreat.

Kathy

Kathy is one of the instructors of Vida Asana Yoga Retreat.

Lara

Lara is an instructor at Vida Asana.

Reviews 15

Keagan Eckland

from United States, September 2018

"Recommend to anyone!"

The food that Adriana makes is totally amazing!! So much flavor you won’t even realize you’re eating vegan. Frank is very organized and is exceptional at getting any and all activities scheduled for you.

Alexis has made an impressive garden and if you go, ask him for a little tour.

Sean has a big heart and it’s very apparent. I hope to see you all again! :)

Tiffany Thexton

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.

Hayley Carlotto

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!

Anonymous

from Australia, August 2018

"Life Food Relax "

The beautiful and restful surroundings with the family of beautiful Vida Asana people made these few days a highlight in my visit for the first time to Costa Rica. The welcoming nature of everyone made me feel safe and at peace. Thanks to all at Vida Asana.

Nora Buganski

from United States, June 2018

"Perfect getaway"

Everyone was so helpful and accommodating.

Tiara Kennedy

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

Teri West

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.

Diba Mortazavi

from United States, December 2017

"Amazing Experience"

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.

Carolina Hernandez

from United States, November 2017

"Amazing Time!"

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!

Anonymous

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.

Sophie Hilaire

from Turkey, September 2017

"inspirational and transformational"

Very good at teaching technique and inspiring students

Georgia Wilcox

from Mexico, 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

Anonymous

from Costa Rica, October 2018

"one weekend"

the environment was very cozy, felt like I was sharing time with family, the room very clean, love the bath products, the food was very healthy and fresh

Testimonials 3

Vera Kamaeva United Arab Emirates

Vida Asana Yoga Retreat Facebook page

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

Vida Asana Yoga Retreat Facebook page

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!

Ram R.

Trip Advisor Website

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!

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