The best yoga retreats in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the lucky proprietor to some of the planet’s best natural scenery, a Central American nation enveloped in a boundless rainforest, crashing shores and calls of the wild. As biodiverse as it is affordable, Costa Rica is the perfect place to rejuvenate your spirit all within a budget. And in amongst all that forest and foliage live an enthusiastic population of yogis, many of whom are trained to instruct classes for full immersion in the Pura Vida lifestyle. Passionate about holistic living in the least pretentious of ways, Costa Ricans are the perfect folk to guide you on your journey to a purer, healthier and more toned version of your daily self. So without further ado, let us introduce you to the best yoga retreats in Costa Rica.

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Located on a hilltop just moments from Playa Garza, Blue Spirit Retreat Center comes complete with saltwater infinity pool and wide yoga deck overlooking the entirety of Playa Guiones

1. The Harmony Hotel

Much more than your average hotel is The Harmony Hotel, a classy yoga resort cum eco-lodge offering its guests sustainable stays and yoga retreat options, such as the popular “Restoration Week” package which covers yoga routines, massage sessions and consultations at their very own healing centre. Based in the health-conscious beach town of Nosara Costa Rica, The Harmony Hotel combines a stunning studio space with a jungle backdrop and beach views, where guests have the opportunity to master aerial yoga or simply take some meditative time off with their 3 to 6-day packages.

2. Blue Spirit Retreat Center

Another fabulous Costa Rica yoga retreat is to be had at the Blue Spirit Retreat Center where sustainability is a way of life. Align yourself with nature on one of the centre’s regular yoga retreats or challenge yourself by undertaking one of their yoga teacher training. Located on a hilltop just moments from Playa Garza, Blue Spirit Retreat Center comes complete with saltwater infinity pool and wide yoga deck overlooking the entirety of Playa Guiones, while eco-cottages offer guests both privacy and comfort. As well as a full vegetarian menu and globally-sourced yoga professionals, the centre also boasts a full-service spa for those days when only a total body massage will do.

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3. Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa

Costa Rica yoga retreats don’t get much better than those offered at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa, a paradise resort offering tailor-made packages for guests to enjoy eco-spa therapies and jungle excursions while lodging in utmost luxury. As well as its world-class yoga studio overlooking the ocean, Blue Osa is dedicated to healthy living, with a chlorine-free pool and fresh farm-to-table cuisine from its own organic garden. Men’s Week during the summer months at Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa is one for the diary; when the resort organises a men’s-only nude yoga retreat for inner exploration and community building with men from across the globe. Bond with other guests through yoga and social events, within a safe space, nurturing unforgettable yoga vacations filled with brotherly support and positive energy under the guidance of Yogi Aaron.

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Anamaya’s various yoga packages include one exclusively for couples, keeping everyone entertained with other activities such as surfing and circus training

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4. Anamaya Resort

Next we have Anamaya Resort, a renowned surf and yoga retreat Costa Rica has hidden in plain sight on a hilltop above the very chill (read: stoned) beach town of Montezuma. Full-on luxury with an expansive yoga deck and infinity pool, Anamaya serves both organic fare and majestic coastal views. Anamaya’s various yoga packages include one exclusively for couples, keeping everyone entertained with other activities such as surfing and circus training. One of its most popular choices is the Yoga & Adventure package splitting guests’ time between yoga classes, guided jungle treks and salty-skinned beach days.

5. Luna Lodge

Over on the southern edge of the country nearing the Panama border lies Luna Lodge, one of the top yoga retreats in Costa Rica within the Osa Peninsula. The region, renowned for its ecotourism, is home to Corcovado National Park, making Luna Lodge the dream location for wildlife adventurers and those who wish to escape into nature. Based high up in the hills within 60 acres of unspoiled rainforest, Luna Lodge is a tranquil oasis with views all the way out to the Pacific Ocean. Luna Lodge runs seasonal retreats, offering everything from evolutionary yoga to “Five Koshas” exploration leaving you more in touch with your body and spirit. Vegan and other diet restrictions are catered for in addition to offering hiking excursions and spa services.

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6. Drift Away Eco Lodge

One more beautiful yoga retreat Costa Rica has to offer is the Drift Away Eco Lodge, an intimate all-inclusive getaway just five minutes from the beach. Find peace and serenity on-site with a flexible schedule of twice-daily yoga sessions in the garden yoga shala. Catering for beginners and experienced yogis, Drift Away Eco Lodge also provides other ways to relax, including professional massage, poolside cocktails and spontaneous bike tours of the Playa Avellanas area.

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Alternative to a yoga retreat in Costa Rica, consider our selection of the best wellness retreats in Costa Rica, allowing for vacations geared more towards rest and relaxation. If you’re looking for more ways to make memories while in Costa Rica, sandwich your yoga retreat in amongst a full Costa Rica 7 day itinerary with trip planning tips from yours truly, Mr Hudson.

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