Yoga in Costa Rica

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Costa Rica’s gorgeous scenery is ideal for unwinding, relaxing, and refocusing. From the tropical rainforest to the calming ocean, the natural surroundings in Costa Rica make it easy to get in touch with nature — and in touch with your own thoughts and emotions.

Yoga classes and, more popularly — yoga retreats — are becoming an increasingly popular way for visitors to embrace the relaxing pura vida (pure life) lifestyle in Costa Rica. Whether you enjoy high-intensity yoga in fitness classes or view yoga as a spiritual journey, you’re sure to find a yoga experience in Costa Rica that will satisfy your longing for relaxation and rejuvenation.

What is a Yoga Retreat?

Yoga in Costa Rica

You might be familiar with daily yoga classes at a fitness center or studio back home, but chances are, you’ve never heard of a yoga retreat. Yoga retreats focus on learning new yoga techniques and practices that will push the limits of what your body is capable of and will leave you feeling strong and empowered (and, hopefully, relaxed!).

Yoga retreats are usually held in relaxing settings surrounded by natural beauty — which explains why Costa Rica is such a popular destination for yoga retreats. This helps participants remove themselves from the day-to-day demands of a hectic life and busy routines to truly relax, unwind, and get in touch with nature and their own mind, body, and spirit.

Best Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

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There are dozens of Costa Rica yoga retreats popping up all across the country. However, these are a few of Costa Rica’s most popular places to attend yoga retreats — read through them all to choose the best one for you!


Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort is one of the best yoga retreats in Costa Rica, located on the Nicoya Peninsula in Nosara. This luxurious yoga getaway is inspired by the lush rainforest in Bali and offers daily classes, a full-service spa, a gym, a fresh juice bar, and an in-house surf school.

Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort offers community classes for pilates, spin, and, of course, yoga, as well as fabulous spa treatments, including massage, acupuncture, and cupping.


Pranamar Villas & Yoga Retreat

Pranamar Villas & Yoga Retreat, like Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort, is located on the Nicoya Peninsula, but this hotel is situated on the gorgeous beaches of Santa Teresa — a popular surfing destination along the Pacific Ocean in Costa Rica.

Pranamar Villas has its own yoga shala (meaning place of yoga) that offers daily yoga and surf lessons for all skill levels. Visitors can also enjoy bodywork treatments at the wellness center, including massage, detoxification, and reflexology.


The Retreat

The Retreat in Costa Rica is a gorgeous wellness center in the Central Valley that focuses on wellness, nutrition, and nature.

The Retreat offers hatha yoga each morning and restorative yoga in the afternoons, as well as cooking classes, farm-to-table dining experiences, and wellness packages at the Vida Mia Spa. The spa features a sauna and steam room and offers services to promote rest, emotional healing, disease prevention, or detoxification. Visitors can focus on their health in the fitness room or embark on nature hikes to soak up the stunning natural surroundings.


Doce Lunas Hotel

Doce Lunas Hotel is a yoga retreat located an hour and a half from San Jose in the Puntarenas Province along the Pacific Coast. It’s an excellent option for travelers who don’t want to journey far to practice yoga but also want to enjoy fun amenities like a swimming pool, an international fusion restaurant, and activities on the nearby Jaco Beach, like surfing

The Doce Lunas Hotel offers a package that includes two daily yoga classes, three meals, and excursions to the nearby Manuel Antonio National Park, where travelers can enjoy other fun activities, like horseback riding, ziplining, and canopy tours. The private rooms include air conditioning and Wi-Fi and can accommodate families with children and dogs.

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Luna Lodge

Luna Lodge overlooks Corcovado National Park in the Osa Peninsula — one of the most sought-after ecotourism destinations in Costa Rica. This yoga retreat offers bungalows, guest rooms, and safari tents for guests, and yoga equipment and meals are provided (including gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian meals).

Luna Lodge offers more than just hatha yoga — guests can participate in unique experiences like forest bathing, chocolate therapy, tarot card readings, and even a cacao ceremony.


Anamaya Resort

Anamaya Resort offers so much more than just yoga — guests can indulge in farm-fresh meals from the local farm, float in the saltwater infinity pool, swim under a waterfall, or enjoy birdwatching.

Anamaya Resort also offers sunrise and sunset yoga, so guests have plenty of opportunities to fine-tune their yoga practice. This yoga retreat is also only a five-minute walk from the famous Montezuma Falls and three pools — so be sure to plan a visit here!


Samasati Yoga & Wellness Retreat

Unlike the other yoga retreats on this list, the Samasati Yoga & Wellness Center is located in Puerto Viejo on the Caribbean Coast. This award-winning ecolodge is located just a short drive from world-class surfing beaches — but also offers plenty to do at this retreat..

Guests can purchase the private yoga retreat package, which includes a Thai yoga massage, guided nature hikes, delicious meals, and combined surfing and yoga classes. Though the rooms do not have air conditioning, each one offers gorgeous rainforest views.

Extend Your Vacation After Your Costa Rica Yoga Retreat with Special Places of Costa Rica

Yoga retreats are a great way to relax, unwind, and get in touch with nature in Costa Rica. However, after a few days of rejuvenation, we recommend spending a few more days in Costa Rica to enjoy the beautiful natural attractions and adventurous activities our country has to offer.

Special Places of Costa Rica offers several vacation rentals, from luxurious beachfront properties to quaint condos, in Costa Rica’s Guanacaste Province. Browse through our rentals to find the perfect place to stay after your yoga retreat in Costa Rica.


Yoga In Costa Rica

Nosara is widely recognized as the yoga capital of Costa Rica — and perhaps all of Central America. Many of the most popular yoga retreats in Costa Rica are located in Nosara because of its relaxing setting in the rainforest but close proximity to the beautiful coast.

Costa Rica yoga retreats are welcome to all skill levels — whether you’re a self-proclaimed “newbie” or a yoga enthusiast. Most retreats offer plenty of other activities besides yoga, including hiking, surfing, and wellness treatments, so if you need a break from yoga, you’ll have no problem finding something to do.

People wear tight-fitting clothes to yoga, like spandex leggings, fitted tank tops, or yoga pants, to ensure their clothes don’t get caught up in the yoga flow. Most people also practice yoga barefoot.

Besides clothing, most yoga retreats provide all the equipment you’ll need, so you won’t have to worry about packing a bulky yoga mat.

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