Learning to be a Yoga Teacher in the Costa Rican Jungle
I spent 19d doing Yoga Teacher Training at the The Sanctuary and in short it was life changing.
For me personally, my greatest takeaway staying in the Costa Rican jungle was this idea that I was more connected to the people around me and the environment than I had realized.
The Sanctuary is a gorgeous space. On the one hand you're in a beautiful, well maintained environment. Surrounded by diverse wildlife; capuchin and howler monkeys, exotic butterflies and other insects, natural bamboo, starfruit trees, and so many other varieties!
Jeff is a great host, really friendly, knows his stuff and makes sure guests are well looked after. While we were there he also organized massages for us, transport for all of us into the local town (Montezuma), restaurant tips, etc. Michelle is the chef and her food is kind of miraculous. You're eating healthy but you'd never know it. 3 course vegetarian meals (gluten and lactose free options) and phenomenal desserts to boot: chocolate cake, macaroons, dairy free mousse, and lots more (lots of pictures online!).
The Sanctuary is designed to have a close to zero carbon footprint. The accommodations are impressive wooden structures, that extend above the jungle canopy. Hot running water,
Massage rooms, a swimming pool to cool off in, a beautiful pagoda for yoga and meditation and every faucet in the sanctuary runs filtered drinkable water. All solar powered!
If you are visiting, I highly recommend going on the river hiking trail. First time I went with a small group. The second time I went alone. It was my first time walking through a river. The water is gorgeous, clear, and shallow. You skip between river rocks, and the bank, dodging around vegetation, listening to amazing sounds, knowing it's just you and the environment and knowing you're safe. After a 30-40 minute walk you arrive at a waterfall with small lagoon beneath it. The water is that gorgeous aqua marine colour, and you can just hang out, swim and reflect.
Perspective is probably the single best word to describe what The Sanctuary gave me. I've been back in Toronto for a little while now, but that perspective is still there (I just miss the buzz of the jungle :) )
Raj Kotecha (RYT200 Training - Aug 2013)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A Unique Boutique Private Yoga Retreat & Yoga Teacher Training Wellness Center in Costa Rica. Our 40 acres are located directly across from the beach yet hidden 1000 yards in the jungle. Designed with the intention to commune with nature, practice yoga, contemplate, meditate, and become balanced through a Health and Wellness Yoga Retreat Vacation. Our 100% off-the-grid solar powered facility with luxury-deluxe-modern accommodations, Extensive Spa menu, and Tropical Fusion Gourmet Organic Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Cuisine is exclusively for Yoga Retreats, Yoga Teacher Trainings, Wellness Retreats, and Nature Wildlife Adventure Retreat Vacations. Become a Yoga Alliance Certified Yoga Instructor in Paradise. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- The Sanctuary At Two Rivers Costa Rica/Cabuya