A Yoga Travel Tree yoga retreat is different. We call them yoga ‘adventures’ for good reasons. Rather than being stationed at a retreat center for days, we’ll take you out into the world, to see the sights and experience the culture of the place you chose to visit. More often than not, our adventures will travel from place to place and city to city, so you can see as much as possible during your trip. During all of our travels we offer daily yoga classes taught by wonderful, well-educated instructors so you can still find your balance, no matter where you are in the world. Think a Costa Rica yoga retreat sounds boring? Stereotypical? Cliche? Think again! This area of the world is one of the most culturally rich, and beautiful places you can visit. With that said, there are 5 things you should make sure your Costa Rica yoga retreat includes...
1. Help Out the Community
While in Costa Rica, we’ll help to maintain one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Frequently, due to high levels of ocean pollution in the region, the coast of Santa Teresa becomes littered with garbage. On every Yoga Travel Tree Adventure we plan a Seva or “selfless service” project to give back to our host communities. While in Costa Rica, we’ll spend a day returning the beaches of Santa Teresa to their natural beauty, and weather permitting, do some yoga in the newly pristine sand.
2. City and the Sea
We value the cultural experience of a destination way too much to set up camp at some remote and isolated yoga retreat center. In Costa Rica, we’ll begin our journey around the country in San Jose, the nation's capital. You’ll have a day to explore the city, see the sights, and meet some locals before we head to our first costal town, Jaco, where you’ll soak up the sun and enjoy the fresh sea air.
3. Hiking, Surfing and SUP
While in Jaco, you’ll get to learn how to surf or stand up paddleboard (SUP) with a trained instructor. We’ll maybe do some SUP yoga, play in the waves and catch some rays! The following day we’ll make the trip to Montezuma, and the physical highlight of the trip: a jungle hike to a swimming hole, complete with crystal clear water, waterfalls, and cliff jumping!
Of course, this is still a YOGA retreat! While you will do at least one yoga class each day, we don’t want to overload your bodies! We do a lot of exciting and sometimes rigorous activities, so our yoga schedule may be a little different than what you’ve seen on other retreats. When you’ve exerted yourself, we might end the day with a restorative class to calm your nerves and help you get a good rest. Our aim is to supplement the daily experiences with complimentary yoga classes, not wear you out!
5. Make Lifelong Friends
We keep our Yoga Retreats small. With a maximum of 15 yogis, you’re sure to get all of the instruction you need during yoga classes, and all of the attention you should get during the rest of the trip. This small group size allows you to form strong, lasting bonds with your fellow travelers so you depart for home with lifelong friends.
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