A yoga studio can be a magical place. If designed well, and filled with calm energy of a good yoga instructor, entering a yoga studio can change you into a happier, more relaxed and less stressed person.
Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica has a Yoga Shala (Sanskrit for “studio”) that does just that. The beachfront Santa Teresa Costa Rica hotel specializes in yoga and yoga retreats, and the yoga space was carefully crafted to reflect the owners’ beliefs.
“We believe the practice of yoga is for people of all ages, all levels, and all intentions. Our classes will challenge you physically, but more than that they will be an opportunity to increase self-awareness, knowledge and joy,” state Pranamar’s owners.
Pranamar’s striking Yoga Shala faces the bright blue Pacific Ocean, palm trees and white sand of Santa Teresa Beach. Hand-crafted from natural tropical woods from Costa Rica and certified sustainable Costa Rica bamboo, the yoga studio is open on three sides to verdant gardens, the beach and sea, and the beautiful swimming pool designed to flow like a river. Hardwood teak floors lend a smooth stability for yoga, and energy soars skyward with vaulted ceilings. No columns or walls interrupt the flow of energy or get in the way of practicing yoga; comfortably fitting up to 40 persons at one time in a class.
“People experience a sense of peace here. There is positive good energy and a feeling of serenity,” remarked Nancy Goodfellow, resident yoga instructor and Pranamar co-owner.
The Yoga Shala features 4,000-year-old antique wood Javanese doors, imported from Indonesia along with hand-crafted Indonesian furniture that graces Pranamar’s oceanfront villas and follows the hotel’s Bali-Indonesian theme.
While doing yoga, you can gaze out at beautiful nature and the ocean, accompanied by the sound of running water from the swimming pool waterfall. The studio is fully-equipped with all of the different yoga props – mats, blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, eye pillows, and meditation cushions.
Pranamar is very busy with international yoga retreats and groups, mainly from January to May, which are all open to the public to join. They do offer daily morning yoga classes to hotel guests and the public, usually at 9:00 a.m.; depending on the season, there are also afternoon classes. Goodfellow teaches Tantric Hatha Yoga, a dynamic form of Vinyasa yoga that uses Tantric techniques of chanting, breathing exercises and meditation. Other types of yoga, such as Vinyasa Yoga or Yin Yoga, also are sometimes offered. Private and semi-private classes may be scheduled at any time.
Pranamar ensures that their yoga instructors are very experienced and provide high quality classes. Yoga sessions and retreats often focus on stretches for surfing and stand up paddling, since Pranamar also offers surfing vacation packages.
Book a visit to Pranamar Oceanfront Villas for a yoga retreat, or simply for a relaxing stay and try a yoga class or two in the magnificent yoga studio.
Article by Shannon Farley