Take a week away from your to-do lists, deadlines, busyness, and the everyday depletion to rejuvenate your energy. After the very challenging period that the whole world has been through, our spirits, bodies and minds need a reset. True, sustainable, long-lasting personal and collective change – what we call “total wellness” – is possible. We simply need to discover the practices that help us become the best versions of ourselves and then choose to lean into and live into those practices. This starts with letting go of physical and mental stress and tuning into self-care. Our Costa Rica retreat will help you start and continue that process.
Our Costa Rica retreat will incorporate well-planned, mindful, yet enjoyable yoga sequences that are tailored to improve strength, stability, balance, and functionality, followed by soothing pranayama and meditation. No one-size-fits-all instruction here! Beginners, seasoned practitioners, and everyone in-between will receive the kind of personal attention and instruction that catalyzes personal breakthroughs and supports lasting change. Each morning we will begin with the yoga practice in a beautiful, serene setting, then enjoy different excursions in-site and off-site, and end the day with a chance to slow down in restorative poses, Yoga Nidra and meditation.
Style of Yoga
The style of yoga that I teach is Iyengar inspired; an approach to yoga firmly based on a disciplined and deeply research system developed over 75 years by Yogacharya BKS Iyengar who practiced daily for many hours at a time during his 96 years – exploring, studying, writing and teaching.
What is unique about Iyengar Yoga is that it is characterized in the practice of asana (poses) and pranayama (breath-work) with the innovative approach emphasizing precision and alignment, planned sequencing, timing and the use of props. This approach has allowed people of varying ages, levels of health and fitness to enjoy the benefits which a sustained practice can bring – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.
What to expect from this method of yoga?
• A safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each participant’s ability.
• Sequencing that develops strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration, and body alignment.
• Individual adjustment suited to each participant.
• Precise use of language.
• Demonstration and teaching of specific points to develop understanding and intelligent action.
• Integration of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asana.
• Incorporation and relevance of practice into daily life.
• Ways to use yoga to ease various ailments and stress.
• Use of props, such as blankets, blocks, and straps, to facilitate learning, enhance individual experiences of the poses and adjust the poses to individual needs.
Hatha (Iyengar Inspired), Therapeutic, Restorative, Meditation
Every retreat is unique and, as such, the itineraries are ever-changing! We finalize the itineraries about 3-6 weeks before the retreat, but after 10 years of hosting retreats, we do have a general idea of what most schedules look like.
Most retreats include one-to-two daily yoga classes. One class takes place in the morning, either just before or just after breakfast. After the first class and meal, you have free time to explore, relax, or take part in optional add-on activities. Lunch (if included in your retreat) will take place midday, during this free time. There is then, usually, an afternoon class followed by dinner. Occasionally some teachers choose to offer an evening restorative class or group gathering after dinner as well.
In addition, there is usually one dedicated “excursion day” in which we do not have scheduled yoga classes. This is a day for people to take advantage of some of the more involved tour and excursion offerings and is always a lot of fun!
Again, this is a very general look at what your retreat schedule could be. We work closely with the teachers to design unique itineraries that reflect their style and the group that’s traveling with them. Once your specific retreat itinerary is complete, we will send it out via email, usually two or more weeks before the retreat starts. Please keep in mind all retreat itineraries are subject to change.
- 6 Nights Accommodations
- 3 meals per day starting with dinner on the first night and ending with breakfast on the last day
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
You will stay at a sustainable, rainforest eco-lodge hotel providing comfortable accommodations amidst acres of lush gardens, hiking trails, and a secluded jungle. The atmosphere at the retreat center is simple, healthy, and relaxed. Rooms are single, double, or triple occupancy with fans and hot water. The eco-lodge has a beautiful chlorine-free swimming pool and jacuzzi. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are prepared daily and include healthy vegetarian options. The food is organic and local when available, prepared with nourishing ingredients and lots of love. We do our best to honor your registration type. If enrollment pairings are such that we cannot honor the occupancy type you have selected, we will contact you 90 days prior to your trip. Feel free to contact us in the meantime if you have concerns.
Wanjira Njenga is a bodyworker and yoga educator. She has been a student of yoga for over 30 years, and now celebrating her 12th year as a yoga educator in Montreal: www.wanjira.com. She originally trained as a Sivananda Teacher in Madurai, India -200hrs then went on to train in the Iyengar Inspired yoga with Hart Lazer, in Montreal – 300hrs. Wanjira continues her training in Therapeutic yoga – currently over 600 hours with various teachers. She is a trained Massage Therapist, Structural Myofascial Release Therapist, Reiki practitioner, Reflexologist and Reflexology teacher. Her yoga classes are unique as she brings a deep understanding of anatomy and alignment into my teaching and hands-on adjustments. Her toolbox is wide and rich!
Wanjira teaches all level of classes – Beginner, Intermediate, Gentle/Restorative, and Therapeutic. She loves teaching yoga in a way that is accessible to all.
Training and Influences:
Hart Lazer, Doug Keller, Michael Bridge-Dickson, Leslie Kaminoff, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Melanie Roche.
“After searching for a good yoga teacher and practice for many years, I finally meet Wanjira Njenga almost 4 years ago, and I can honestly say she is the very best yoga teacher I have ever had. Wanjira is extremely knowledgeable, well learned, and passionate not only in Iyengar yoga, but in the anatomy, the body, and what it needs. (Among many other disciplines). She is only too happy to share her extensive knowledge with all of her students, giving us examples of how to take our practice off of our mats and into everyday life and how to safely practice at home. She even gifts us with a yoga ‘tip of the week’ which is a detailed description and photo or drawing of a yoga pose to better enable us to understand and practice. Safety is something that is always at the forefront of this great teacher’s mind. She is extremely aware of all the students in her classes and their struggles or needs. Wanjira is a natural teacher and always encourages us to ask questions about any of the poses. A good teacher helps you push your boundaries in yoga, but a great teacher helps you awaken in yoga. This is Wanjira Njenga!”~Giovanna Daniele, Student
“Initially, I was dragged to yoga by my good friend and I had no intention of going back. As soon as I entered Wanjira’s class I knew that it was going to be very different from all my previous yoga experiences. The difference was careful instruction regarding how to get in and out of poses safely, a small class setting where there is a great deal of individual attention, and a class where laughter and smiling are encouraged. My goal in continuing with Wanjira’s classes was to improve upon my ability to manage stress and to relax my body. What I learned from Wanjira taught me so much more; how to breathe, dealing with fears, not being too hard on yourself, and how to live and be in the present moment. As her classes have evolved over the past 3 years, my flexibility and strength have greatly improved and this transformation has happened on physical, emotional and spiritual levels. If you are willing to embrace to your full benefit her teachings, Wanjira’s yoga classes will offer you the opportunity to learn how to become a calmer, stronger individual with better control and care of your body and mind. ” ~April Rehel, Student
While on your retreat you will also have the opportunity to take part in adventure activities and wonderful excursions. Some of the possible options include:
- Horseback Riding
- Volcano Hike
- Hotsprings Excursion
- Nighttime Rainforest Hike
- Hanging Bridges
- Waterfall Tour
- Sacred Seed & Plant Tour
*Price of Activities are not included in tuition
Bring balance and harmony to your spirit at the Rain Forest Spa. Spa treatments include a variety of massages, therapeutic body treatments, skin care services, and aromatherapy sessions using only the highest quality organic oils and extracts derived from fruits, herbs, flowers, and botanicals.
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