This article is intended for yoga instructors who are passionate about sharing the practice and lifestyle of yoga. Are you looking to create an immersive and transformative experience for students who are eager for connection, self-discovery, empowerment, health and well-being?
Then keep reading, because this unique location in Costa Rica might be the perfect place for your first or next yoga retreat.
Setting is everything
Think about it. Yoga is one of the six orthodox schools of Hindu philosophical traditions. It combines physical, mental, and spiritual practices which originated in ancient India… very different from how most people practice in today’s trendy and materialistic society… but you already knew that, didn’t you?
So, you probably see the importance in taking time away from the typical office building with bright fluorescents and traffic noises piercing through the thin walls so that your students can have an authentic experience of what yoga can and should feel like.
Escaping the classroom setting to experience an authentic and visceral journey with like-minded souls is something that hundreds of thousands of yogis are after. It’s incredible what the power of a retreat can do for your students and yourself.
In addition to setting and location, there are several things to keep in mind when planning your first or next yoga retreat. Read below to see what your students will likely expect and desire when planning to attend your retreat.
What your students expect
1. Traveling to exotic destinations
Natural beauty is undoubtedly a top priority for any quality yoga retreat. The ability to relax your mind, body, and soul in mother nature’s backyard provides a sense of rejuvenation, peace, and togetherness that people never forget.
2. Healthy food that is congruent with the culture and overall experience
With exotic destinations come exotic cuisine, right? Well, most yoga retreats provide food choices that are healthy, but oftentimes bland and undesirable. If you host a class in a special part of the world, take advantage of the local cuisine and add cultural flavor that will make the experience more rich and memorable.
3. A change in lifestyle
Students expect to leave with a deeper understanding of the practice. This poses a powerful opportunity to provide insight into the all-encompassing benefits of yoga, which can guide your students toward a yogic lifestyle. Let your retreat be a welcoming opportunity for people to step out of their comfort zones and indulge in the traditional yogic philosophies.
4. Digital detox
Now more than ever, we are dependant on our mobile devices. The average smartphone owner unlocks his or her phone 150 times a day, (Source: Internet Trends, Kleiner Perkins). This makes yoga retreats the perfect opportunity to digitally detox and calm the mind. Disconnecting with the fast-paced world is made easier in an environment with natural beauty and structured, soul-satisfying activities that keep your students physically and mentally engaged.
5. Create meaningful relationships
One of the most attractive aspects of yoga retreats are the connections that are formed. Connecting a group of like-minded souls that are eager for connection, self-discovery, empowerment, health and well-being is essential for a quality yoga retreat. Make sure to attract the right group of people so that their relationships continue to strengthen after everyone returns home, (eager for your next retreat).
6. Experience breakthroughs and positive transformations
Positive transformations are ultimately what participants are after. Try to incorporate the above aspects without distracting from your authentic wisdom of breathing techniques, meditation, and postures that enhance the mind, body, and soul. This is what ultimately creates breakthroughs and transformations that your students desire.
7. Continue to grow from the retreat
Though the setting and community will be unique to your retreat, make sure your participants feel as if they can continue on this journey when they leave. Help them return home with tools and skills to continue a healthy yogic lifestyle.
A great location for your first or next yoga retreat
When it comes to choosing a location to host your very own yoga retreat, you’ll want to pick a place that has all of the above components, especially #1.
That’s why Nosara, Costa Rica, is one of the most desirable places in the world for instructors who are passionate about sharing the practice and lifestyle of yoga.
Nosara is a breathtaking destination full of lush jungles and preserved beaches. Located in a “Blue Zone,” and known for its inhabitants living longer, healthier, happier lives than any other area in the world, it’s the perfect complimentary atmosphere for yoga retreats.
The unparalleled beauty of Nosara has long been a source of pride amongst its inhabitants. More than seventy percent of the surrounding beaches are designated wildlife reserves, making Nosara one of the best preserved regions in Costa Rica. The last decade has seen this beautiful and pristine area quietly evolving into one of the world’s foremost destinations for seekers of a holistic and healthy lifestyle. Abundant wildlife, breathtaking beauty and mind-blowing sunsets are just a few of the many reasons that yoga enthusiasts return time and time again.
The Living Hotel is located on one of the most stunning and well protected beaches in the world. The hotel is surrounded by lush tropical gardens and is just a 3-minute walk from the beach.
You and your students will feel welcome at the serene jungle oasis, well-equipped with a state-of-the-art yoga studio in the upstairs Rancho.