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“A week to remember” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures

Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures
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Owner description: Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures offers private individual or group Yoga classes combined with Surf lessons, Stand Up Paddle (SUP) Yoga tours and beachfront yoga retreats in the idyllic beach town of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Plus, Yoga in Peru; the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu. All levels of experience are welcome. Please visit our website for more information.
Edmonton, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A week to remember”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013

I joined Sandra for her yoga and SUP retreat after looking long and hard for a retreat in Central America. Sandra was really helpful in sending information to prepare for the retreat, and even more helpful when I had a last minute scheduling crisis to figure out. Our retreat included 7 women who all traveled solo and we all connected really well with each other. The SUP adventures really were adventures as we were shuttled out of the town (Santa Teresa) to some more remote locations. The instruction from our guides was top notch and our abilities improved over the week. By the end of the week we were having fun trying to catch some waves. Everything about the week was positive and a lot of fun and most of all, very relaxing and worry-free. Thank you so much Sandra!!!

Visited February 2013
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Philadelphia, PA
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Pura Vida and Namaste”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

I was looking for a retreat where I could mark a special transition in my life, feel safe traveling alone, and be surrounded by peace and beauty with just the right amount of physical challenge. The reviews here on Trip Advisor settled my decision to go with Sandra and Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures - and I was not lead astray! I'm not exaggerating when I say that my week was one of the most relaxing, invigorating, beautiful experiences of my life.

I opted for pure yoga (though I hear the surfing lessons were awesome too) and the classes were easily modified so any level practitioner could get a great mind/body workout. The yoga studio, an open air shala surrounded by banana trees and looking out towards the ocean, was exquisite.

A few especially pleasant surprises: the setting was more beautiful than I ever imagined. Lots of wood, huge palms and tropical birds, plenty of open windows with bamboo shades, and impeccable housekeeping. I also couldn't believe how quickly I bonded with my fellow travelers. Everyone had an energy of openness and kindness about them that even though I was traveling by myself, I was surrounded by new friends. I was also blown away by the food. I was a little nervous about my celiac issues, but the Pranamar chefs are outstanding. Just outstanding! Not only did I dine on the freshest, healthiest, most nourishing and delicious juices, smoothies, and meals, but I was inspired to try to replicate some of the recipes back home (I’ve failed).

What I really valued the most about the retreat was that we could make our days as chill or as vigorous as we wanted. Nothing was mandatory, there were no militant itineraries we had to follow. Classes and meals were at set times, but if we wanted to stroll on the beach or nap in a hammock instead it was totally fine. The only words of caution I might offer (though please don’t let any of this deter you) is that the resort isn’t very easy to get to. The flight from San Jose to Tambor is not for the faint of heart, and the drive from Tambor to Pranamar is a bumpy one. Bring your sea bands and you should be fine! Also, because of the open-air nature of the resort, be prepared for the occasional bug or lizard to cross your path, maybe while you’re brushing your teeth. It’s all good! Pura vida!

Visited January 2013
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Irvine, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Absolutely AMAZING!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

My boyfriend and I searched high and low for a yoga retreat that satisfied both of our needs and Vajra Sol's Yoga and Surf Retreat at Pranamar, Costa Rica, was just PERFECT. Before the trip Sandra and her assistant, Maria, promptly and graciously answered our many international calls and e-mails and we felt so assured and at ease that we were able to truly feel excited about the trip. Pranamar is a wonderful establishment and we really enjoyed our two story beach view bungalow with a private outside shower. The food was absolutely delicious (and both my boyfriend and I are picky and have high food standards). The food and daily smoothies were so fresh and yummy we still talk about them and have cravings! Now, the yoga (blissful sigh) was nothing short of perfection. I did the yoga/surf option while my boyfriend did the strictly yoga option. He has been practicing for over 20 years while I have been practicing off and on for 7 years. All the yoga sessions were tailored and appropriate for all levels. Sometimes when establishments say "all levels" that's not always the case, but believe me, it really applied here. We had a woman in our group who had never taken a yoga class in all her 50 years and she thoroughly enjoyed the classes and retreat just as much as we did. Options were always offered. Sandra is one of those people who make others feel comfortable and valued. I cannot say enough about her wonderfully beautiful spirit. A group of 5 retreat-goers decided to do an ATV excursion and invited Sandra. What a fun experience! We loved how she always joined us for dinner and really loved talking to her throughout the day. My boyfriend and I are currently planning our summer and definitely will be going back!

What are you waiting for?! You MUST treat yourself to this!!!


Visited June 2012
Thank Rochelle Z
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
1 review
“Totally worth it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

The yoga and surfing retreat was amazing! The scenery was beautiful, the accommodations were wonderful, the staff was awesome, and the food was out of this world. The surfing and yoga alone were incredible, but the retreat as a whole was a truly amazing life experience. Pretty much everything was taken care of and arranged for me without much effort on my part. It was very easy to relax and enjoy the whole experience. For me this was a great way to have a peaceful and restorative vacation. Definitely worth the cost and the long trip.

Visited January 2013
Thank Amy S
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VajraSolYoga, Owner at Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures, responded to this review, February 16, 2013
We are truly thrilled to know your Yoga & Surf Retreat was a memorable experience. For a first time surfer you took to it like a fish to water. Thanks for sharing your bright spirit with us all! Pura vida - Sandra
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Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
“Relaxing and fun”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

My experience with Vajra Sol was amazing and worth every penny. Most importantly I found it incredibly relaxing and fun. In addition, the surfing and yoga classes were appropriately challenging for everyone from new-bees to more seasoned practitioners. And finally the surfing is done an a nice sandy beach so you don't have to worry about hitting reef after you inevitably fall.

Pranamar is a beautiful location for this trip with very friendly staff and delicious meals. I had no idea healthy food could taste that GOOD.

Lastly Sandra who organizes everything is wonderful. The trip days seamless with zero stress, and she helps to organize delicious dinners in town as well as arrivals/departures and other activities on our days off. I wouldn't hesitate go back.

Visited November 2012
Thank melanie c
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VajraSolYoga, Manager at Vajra Sol Yoga Adventures, responded to this review, January 8, 2013
Thanks, Melanie, we appreciate your positive and kind comments about your retreat experience. You definitely showed how quickly one can master surfing a wave! Sending you lots of pura vida from Costa Rica
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