Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center

Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center is Costa Rica's leader in yoga retreats, surfing, and teacher training in Montezuma. It is truly an exotic boutique hotel, built on a cliff edge.

Instructors 5

Peter Kaaberbol

Peter Kaaberbøl Kristensen is the founder of the LagoCph school of yoga in Copenhagen, Denmark, and the X-Pand Me body stretching system. He is a master practitioner of yoga, martial arts, meditation, and bodywork and for the last fifteen years has devoted his life to the education of yoga teachers worldwide. Peter has a special gift for breaking down complex yogic principles into simple guidance that helps student yogis investigate the body’s subtle energies. By bringing trainees’ awareness to their inner worlds, Peter helps them deepen their practice from the inside out.

Jacqueline Chiodo

Jacqueline began her yoga practice in 1995, after suffering a neck injury in a car accident. What started out as physical therapy, quickly morphed into a practice of emotional, mental and spiritual awakening. When not in Costa Rica at Anamaya, Jacqueline has her own family-run yoga studio in Florida. Her specialty is teaching the Ayurvedic system along with the yoga, and in addition to this spiritual side, her program is very physically challenging. She’s a very inspiring speaker and her students quickly become big fans.

Himalayan Institute (Yoga)

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Yoga)

Antoine Tinawi

Antoine owns and runs two successful yoga studios in Montreal, Canada. Having studied yoga for 24 years with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, one of the world’s most renowned masters of yoga, meditation, and spirituality, Antoine has a vast knowledge of yoga that goes far and wide beyond the physical aspects of postures. He is a firm believer that yoga teachers need to have a skillful balance and equal knowledge of both the classical traditional yoga from India as well as the modern one.

Pamela Gooria

Pamela is skilled at bringing out the spiritual and authentic dimensions of yoga into the practice. Her radiance and wisdom are enough to move you and to allow you to connect with yourself on a deeper level. She brings silence and depth to a yoga practice like very few people have ever experienced before. Pamela is a former robotics engineer and has been teaching yoga for over a decade.

Michelle Carroll

Michelle is an athlete who understands the art of asana like very few people do. Having been on the provincial gymnastics team and on the federal diving team, Michelle understands the importance of alignment and of utilizing our body’s potential to its full expression. With a Pd.D. in Pharmacology, Michelle is extremely skilled at explaining yoga anatomy and the physiological effects of the practice.

Reviews 5

Heather Stamer

from United States, April 2018

"Anamaya stay 2018"

EVERYTHING! The staff was wonderful, the chef was wonderful, and all the guests that I met were awesome! Our Instructor Natasha was simply magical. I couldn't have asked for a more perfect stay!

Katie Smith

from United States, March 2018

"Anamaya is perfection in paradise"

I came here to heal and I saw a profound impact. Janet Dailey was the instructor for the week, and she was amazing. The staff treats you like family guests. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. I love Anamaya and hope to return someday.

Karin Leitner

from Austria, February 2018

Kaleki Witte

from Germany, June 2017

Amazing Food! Everything was very nice and clean, very beautiful structures and accommodations, breathtaking view. Great YTT, I couldn't be happier with my decision to go with Banyan Gallagher. He is an awesome and wildly funny teacher.

Cristina Dinatale

from Canada, May 2017

"Great first time experience"

The atmosphere at Anamaya was all aroun spectacular would do this again though pricey it's worth every last penny! The service was impeccable I work in fine dining and everyone was on point remembering specifics and making us feel at home. It was amazing to be a part of a family and stay at someone's home :)

Testimonials 5

Joy Taylor North Carolina, USA

Anamaya Resort website

After this training with Banyan I feel the desire to project not only my voice but also my character.

Andrea Costa Rica

Anamaya Resort website

Banyan has wonderful and precious knowledge to share; he swings seamlessly from the detailed, anatomic, and structural asana breakdown to a full submersion in yoga’s spiritual roots. From years of yoga practice and deep studies, and a humble, eloquent, and playful personality, he can distill workshops full of ease, thought provoking debates, and lots of smiles.

a traveler

Anamaya Resort website

I learned to respect my body for what it is and where it’s at, and learned to believe in myself enough to show others the way.

Cassi Heale California, USA

Anamaya Resort website

Banyan sees the beauty in your tight hips and shoulders, and he will not allow you to be inhibited by these special features of yours. My poses look quite different from the magazines and now I feel lovely in them. Banyan taught us so much about yoga, but most importantly, he taught us how to play.

Carly Jack South Africa

Anamaya Resort website

Wow, where to start? J Banyan is an old soul that resides in the fountain of youth. His class is a perfect balance of playfulness and tradition, innovative modern practice and ancient knowledge. Somehow he manages to balance on a revolving atlas, whilst juggling fire sticks and reciting potent mantras. His energy and enthusiasm constantly brings you higher, and makes you realize everything is possible with consistency, dedication and focus, and everything is worthwhile when it is punctuated with laughter, humility, kindness, and an open heart. Banyan is a wonderful teacher - a deep source of knowledge, life experience and a truly open loving spirit. Thank you for this gift!

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