Friday, November 15, 2013

Costa Rica- Yoga with Sanga Retreats

Ola from Costa Rica!

As some of you know, I've been on a 7 night/8 day yoga retreat with Sanga Retreats since last week. It is now coming to a close and as sad as that is; I am so happy and content to have taken part in this experience.

I feel I have improved my yoga practice. I have certainly learned more yoga postures and I have relaxed; even though the relaxation part has only fully come to light in the last couple of days.

In this moment I am sitting at a wooden table and chairs in the restaurant/bar area of hotel Pelicano, directly facing the beach, feeling the ocean air on my face and in my hair and listening to nothing other than the crash of waves as they roll in onto the beach. Could there be anything more relaxing??

Our days here have been filled with morning power yoga on the deck facing the ocean. This class leaves us all dripping with sweat. The teacher is amazing and makes her self available for questions
and one-on-one sessions when and if we need. I have learned and boosted my confidence in my practice so much just by being here and learning from her. On this particular retreat, there is only a small group of us so we have really been asking lots of questions, learning new postures and taking advantage of getting in as much yoga as possible.

The remainder of the day I use as free time to do as I please. There are lots of options here and we have gone zip-lining, white-water rafting, my husband has taken 2 surf lessons, shopping, watching a surf competition, walks on the beach in search of treasures, runs on the beach for added exercise or just relaxing and laying at the beach. The chocolate beach here is completely peaceful, tranquil with hardly a person. It is the perfect retreat. The perfect getaway. A once in a lifetime experience that I would recommend to anyone.

And don't be worried about your yoga abilities, the retreat is open to any and all levels from beginners to the more advanced so don't feel intimidated if you are new. My husband had only taken 3-4 classes before he came and he is still not overly flexible but does feel a difference and also feels that what he has done and learned will help with his hockey.

There is a restorative evening yoga class as well. I found this one hard to get into at first because it is more tranquil and meditative. I have a hard time staying still and relaxing but in the last couple of classes I have certainly gotten better at it.

I wake every morning since I have been here at 6:30am and start my day either seated here or at the beach with my coffee before class. I have not felt drained or tired in the last week and the food--wow! Sanga Retreats had a special menu developed that includes all healthy meals with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. The vegetables and fruit taste so fresh, fruit smoothies are made fresh with each meal and my favourite so far; fresh pineapple and banana. Delicious! Personally the only thing I would change about the food would be the breakfast; it could use a little something extra. Oatmeal, maybe??

In closing, the retreat has been exactly what I needed at this time; what my husband and I both needed. We have a lot of stress right now with our jobs and deciding what it is exactly that we want to do with the future. Have we made any concrete decisions? Not really but we have both determined that we need a change. Mine lies heavily in the fitness industry; I just have to complete my certifications and go for it. My interest in yoga has also highly increased by being here and I may just look into getting certified to teach as well one day soon.

Until next time,
Pura Vida!!


  1. Melissa,

    Thank you for such a wonderful story about your experience on a Sanga Retreat. It is nice to see that the main objective of what we try to do was not lost...Stress Management. I am thrilled that you and your husband saw the benefit in attending the retreat together. It can be intimidating for some when they see the word YOGA, especially with all the North American imagery used around it. Kuddos to your Hubby for trying something new. Using Yoga as a tool to help people connect back into their bodies and calm there minds is a wonderful addition to our daily retreat schedule, and does wonders for Stress. It's great to hear you took advantage of the down time to do whatever you felt was relaxing, from your photos it looks like you both participated in the many activities Costa Rica has to offer!

    I can't tell you how much it means to us to know that our retreat could "Provide you the ability to Push Pause" and give both you and your husband the space to relax and have fun.


    Maybe we will see you both at our Alberta location in 2014.

    Jamie Wood

    PS. Noted about the Oatmeal ;)

  2. What a wonderful experience for you. I'd love to do something like that. The challenge is coming up with ways to create similar experiences in our everyday lives. Fun blog! I'm excited to follow you.

    1. Thanks Kimberly! It was an incredible experience for sure. Check out Sanga Retreats if you are interested in doing one of these; there is more coming up.

  3. Looks like a fun experience for you! :) Love the trips and getaways like that! :)