Yoga Retreats With Our Local Teachers

Montezuma Yoga Retreats

DATES:   Jan 6-13, Jan 13-20, or Jan 20-27, 2018

PRICES:  Please have a look at our Rates & Reservations page to see our base rate options.

PACKAGES DURING YOUR STAY:  We have a yoga retreat package for everyone: Yoga & Adventure, Yoga & Rejuvenation, Yoga & Surfing, or Pure Yoga. For more information about our packages please visit Anamaya Retreat Packages (ARP). Or for those who are not totally into yoga, there’s no need to choose a yoga package at all – you can book all your activities and excursions A La Carte. We call it the Relaxation Retreat.

We are also now offering a Scuba Certification and Yoga package to our guests.

WORKSHOPS:  We are excited to offer our guests specialized workshops every week that are designed specifically for our guests. For more info on the workshops offered please see below.

Reset Your Mind and Body for 2018

Recover from the hectic Holidays and prepare yourself for the year ahead, or join us to simply escape the cold.

Our yoga classes will be taught by a variety of excellent teachers from the area. They will be leading a vigorous morning yoga flow overlooking the ocean, and a more restorative practice at sunset. You have your choice of Yoga Package to choose from PLUS we’ll be offering our guests a special meditation guided by the renowned yoga guru from New York, Paula Tursi.

We are dedicated to offering our guests a space to balance their mind, body & spirit, rejuvenate their system with clean air, organic food, & yoga, and connect with a community of likeminded people from around the world.

Guest Yoga Teachers

Mandy Lawson

Mandy Lawson, E- RYT 500 is Canadian born, but has called Costa Rica home for nearly seven years. She came to Anamaya for the very first yoga teacher training offered at the center, and fell in love in numerous ways. She followed her heart and decided to set her roots in paradise, where they continue to grow. Mandy is now married to a Tico (aka Costa Rican), and has a magical (almost) 5 year old daughter, as well as 3 equally magical step-daughters.

Mandy has over 15 years of experience in the fitness industry, and has been teaching yoga specifically for over 6 years. Prior to her focus on yoga Mandy worked as a personal trainer for individuals and groups. These days, most of her work life is spent traveling throughout North, Central and South America teaching Children’s Yoga Teacher Trainings in both English and Spanish. She loves teaching grown ups yoga too (but don’t be surprised if she breaks out some kiddie songs to shake things up once in a while!).

Working with people and feeling the connection that can be achieved through a group yoga practice is what keeps Mandy coming back for more retreats. She has a degree in Psychology and also is a certified hypnotherapist. She has always sought ways to help people achieve happiness and health on a fundamental level, and through yoga she is achieving this goal on a daily basis.

Lia Marie

Lia has a gypsy soul and loves to move. She was born and raised amongst the corn stalks in Iowa until she made her escape. She learned her Spanish in Oviedo, Spain then moved to Montezuma, Costa Rica. From 2009-2013, Lia spent many happy and tropical years teaching everything from zumba to aerial acrobatics in Montezuma.

However, Lia’s heart is yoga. In 2011, she started teaching at Anamaya as the in house yoga teacher until 2013. During that time, Lia taught what her certificate calls an “alignment based flow.” This is vinyasa yoga with a firm respect for alignment. Lia believes in the technique of talking over showing. This means that her cues immediately adapt to the students, their needs, and their understanding and is able to talk the students through their movements.

This technique is powerful because it allows the teacher to walk amidst her students and adjust each person individually. Lia does demonstrate during her classes, as well. Lia also taught free yoga classes in the park of Montezuma on Tuesdays and Thursdays. These classes used beach towels instead of yoga mats. In 2013, Lia moved to Portland, Oregon where she taught Yin yoga at Yo Yo Yogi and began her pursuit of a degree in physical therapy.

Continuing that pursuit, Lia is now in Richmond, VA where her practice has shifted from the stillness of Yin to the powerful rhythms of Ashtanga yoga. Lia is greatly looking forward to returning to Anamaya December 17-24, 2016, and maybe even seeing some of her old students!

Linea FaeryLight Ginn

Linea is a certified Yoga Alliance Instructor through Banyan Gallagher yoga. Through her 15 year journey & practice in yoga, she has developed her own unique Kundalini Flow which is Kundalini yoga mixed with small flows to accommodate every yogi in an individual way.

Linda is a mother of four, has a bachelor’s degree in Social Science and is a certified nursing consultant. In Denmark she worked in the care giving of people with special needs and sclerosis.

Yoga and body awareness has been a part of her life for 30 years, and has lead classes in Denmark, USA, and Costa Rica. In the practice Linea teaches you how to do pranayama (breath of fire) correctly with the specific intention to connect deeper with the authentic true Self within & to purify, strengthen and balance the body. In the vibration of safety and belonging, Linea invites each student to receive a strong physical experience and let go and embark on a journey within.

Devaya Bari Sue Levin Abedon

Devaya Bari Sue Levin Abedon, MA, E-RYT 500, Reiki Master, a native of Washington DC, naturalized with Costa Rican citizenship for more than 10 years and the original founder of Devaya Yoga TM, The Yoga of Color and Sound. Devaya Bari Sue has more than 25 years of experience training yoga teachers globally, Master Devaya Bari Sue Levin Abedon has a strong base of experience and advanced certifications in various styles of yoga, alternative medicine and decades of serving the population in the field of ancestral yoga and of integral well-being. Devaya Bari Sue belongs to various associations of yoga instructors, has participated in multiple media appearances and is the author of DEVAYA YOGA TM: The Yoga of Color and Sound. Being a highly intuitive guide of many potential yoga instructors, Bari Devaya is one of the most skilled instructors to train yogis on a personal, professional and conscience level.

Teal Day

Teal day is a mindful movement enthusiast with a passion for learning, exploring and challenging the wisdoms of mind-body connection.  She received her certification in her hometown, Austin, Texas at Practice Yoga Austin in 2014 with a focus on Inegar Align and Vinyasa, and has been expanding her practice and knowledge ever since. As a life long student of movement and mindfulness, Teal is dedicated to building functional strength and flexibility of the mind and body through the power of movement and self-awareness while providing a fun, engaging, and energetic atmosphere and sense of community.

Combining her background in various styles of dance, martial arts and Yoga, Teal brings you a flavor all her own that is suitable for beginners as well as challenging for the more advanced practitioners.

Whether you are seeking yoga to further your fitness, focus on your mind-body connection, cross train, or to expand your Instagram photo collection, Teal is here to get you moving and help you meet and exceed your goals from the inside out.

Janine Jordan

Janine or “Jivana” considers herself a dedicated Gaian tantrika, karma yogini, and seva specialist as she runs a nonprofit that supports various charity projects in Costa Rica. She has been practicing for over 10 years and has undergone over 500 hours of training through Ana Costa of Anahata Yoga, Peter Kaaberbol of Yogividia, and Psalm Isadora Tantra Yoga. Other major influences have been 3 years of lessons-study through the Self-Realization Fellowship set up by Paramahansa Yogananda and the reading of numerous books by the beloved Guru Rattana. Her deep passion for yogic philosophy ultimately brought her to the path of Tantra yoga and devotion to the Divine Feminine. Her classes are a mix of hatha, slow-flow alignment-based-vinyasa, kundalini and tantric breathwork, intuitive exploration, and dance. People often love her musical selection, the infusion of subtle ritualistic elements, and her magical savanna adjustments.

Erica Cohen

With a strong belief in alternative healing practices, Erica focuses on enhancing the lives of her students through yoga. Erica began her yoga training at Anamaya here in beautiful Montezuma, Costa Rica where she now resides. She studied under the inspiring Paula Tursi, founder of Reflections Yoga in NYC with a training that was based strongly on the trinity of body, mind, and spirit. Beyond her 200 hour teacher training, Erica studied the healing art of Thai Yoga massage, which has enhanced her teaching and enabled her to bring dynamic adjustments and energy work into the class. Her classes encourage students to tune into their bodies, intending that they leave feeling light, blissful, and connected to themselves and the universe. Erica’s classes are accessible and inviting to all levels of students.

Beginners surfing class at Playa Grande


Week of Jan 6 – 13

Mandy Lawson is offering two special workshops this week. The price is $45 each or $90 for both.

Meditation for Stress Relief – Learn some basic meditation techniques to help calm your mind and body in times of stress. Even if you have tried meditation before and felt like you failed to achieve the desired outcome, this workshop can help you. We will explore different positions for meditation, techniques for going from many thoughts to a clearer mind, and how to know when you need meditation most. We will also discuss ways to discover where you hold tension in your body, and how meditation can help create a habit of attention and allow you to release stress and tension more easily on a daily basis.

Maya Making – Create a yoga retreat souvenir and meditation tool all in one! Mandy will guide you through the creation of your very own mala (yoga necklace), which you can wear with pride and also use to keep you focused for meditation. During this 90 minute workshop you will make the mala (don’t worry if you’re not crafty, you’ll get it), by knotting special twine that will be provided for you. You will also learn how to use the mala for meditation and the significance behind the different parts of the mala.

Week of Jan 13 – 20

Latin Rhythms Workshop – This week our very own Ana, our Retreat Coordinator, will be leading this fun workshop for those who love to dance and move with the rhythms of Latin America! The price is $15 per person. Ana is a dancer by heart and began leading Salsa and latin rhythms classes in her early years and loves to share her passion for movement. She has taught in Costa Rica for more than 15 years and she has also taught in Switzerland and Argentina.

This workshop combines the benefits of cardiovascular exercise with learning the main Latin rhythm foundations: salsa, cumbia, bachata, cha-cha … In this way, not only physical strength and muscle tone improve, but also coordination and body control. The main goal is to have FUN while losing some weight and getting rid of stress. It is cardiovascular choreographed activity that combines various dance steps with music and training, so you will keep fit while having the best time! Come sweat it out dancing with Ana!!!

KENSANITY (H.I.I.T.) – Kensanity is High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T.) with a slight emphasis on surfing. Ken Jordan, formerly of The Crystal Method, brings the same intensity he was known for in his music to this high energy exercise class. No equipment needed, all bodyweight exercises featuring a warmup, dynamic stretching, 3 blocks of challenging exercises, abs, and a cool down stretch. All of this with high energy electronic music and a fun atmosphere make Kensanity a challenging but rewarding class! 50 minutes for $15 per person.

Week of Jan 20 – 27

This week we are excited to offer our guests a Tai Chi workshop lead by Barbara Cavalca. This workshop has two sessions that are 2 hours each. The price is $150 per person.

Tai Chi Workshop – This ancient, time-tested traditional Chinese method of self-development, is a subtle blend of the most refined Medical, Meditative and Martial knowledge combining self-discipline, graceful movement and effortless power.

Students develop increasing physical and mental skills, as awareness and understanding of all aspects of their self increases. You can learn and practise Tai Chi at your individual pace, and, as there are ever-new levels, throughout the rest of your life. These disciplines rely on a mindful re-discovery of the body to enrich and inspire one’s experience of any aspect of life.

Practitioners of yoga, dance or other martial arts often find that the internal and flowing approach of Tai Chi perfectly complements their own training.

This workshop will be lead by Barbara Cavalca. Since 1985, Barbara has been healing the body mind and spirit when she got her diploma in body work training in Switzerland. As a Taiji Quan bronze metal winner in China, she is fusing her extensive knowledge of the human body and her Devaya Yoga training to create a dynamic body work practice.

Lesson 1 Includes:

  • ”Horse standing” – grounding and the alignments
  • ”The magical 8” – moving the hips in the endless form
  • ”Silk reeling” – coordination leg-hips-uperbody

Lesson 2 Includes:

  • Exercise lesson 1
  • Hit with the fist
  • Flow “Pong-Lu-Chi-An” (push-pull-hit-cent)