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Bienestar Uvita Yoga Shala

Bienestar Integrative Yoga believes yoga is practiced to blossom into being your best and most authentic self.

Yoga Teacher Training (1)

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Instructors (1)

Lura Shopteau

Founder Lura Shopteau has been registered as an ERYT500 since 2004 and is the only certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) living in Costa Rica at this time. Lura's dedication​ ​to yoga and wellbeing have been the focus of her path for the last 17 years studying with teachers in the U.S., Costa Rica and India. She has deep experience in patient work teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (meditation), working as a counselor and yoga therapist with chronically ill and terminally ill clients. After 12 years of working in Integrative Medicine, she returned to live in Costa Rica full time.

Reviews (4)

Shannon Drury

from United States, February 2018

"Amazing Experience!"

Lura has created a teacher training program to set you up to be an extremely successful teacher. Each day we learn a different part of the teaching process from the asanas to breathing and the philosophical teachings.

We started from the beginning by reviewing all of the poses and alignment. I learned immediately how much better my own practice will become by taking a step back from my years of practicing yoga and relearning the basics. During the free time we were given, Lura encouraged us to play on our mats and work with each other on the things we've learned to date. I left the training feel confident in my practice and in teaching beginner yogis to intermediate/advanced yogis. I'd recommend this program to anyone!

Emily Strickler

from United States, February 2018

"Love! Experience of a lifetime!"

The people! Lura was so accommodating and my fellow yogi students are now good friends. On top of that, Uvita is a beautiful location with a great community. I felt we learned so much over the course of the month from history, anatomy and of course the yoga practice of postures and breath but also how to practice yoga in your daily life by living with loving kindness. I grew as a person, for the better , over this program with Lura. Very grateful.

Larissa Van Der Wel

from United States, February 2018

"A very special month "

I had a great time in Uvita at the bienestar teacher training. Lura is very welcoming and really takes care of everything. She has a lot of experience with teaching yoga. I learned a lot and feel really comfortabele to start teaching. We had a great group and we felt like a yoga family. I'm really thankfull for the experience.


from United States, December 2017

"200 hour retreat...not as advertised"

The cabinas we stayed in were great Shaun & Jen are great host. The wildlife and short walk to the beach were amazing. Kirk, our anatomy instructor was a ray of sunshine in our day! Lura was able to provide me with a comfortable pillow!

Testimonials (3)

Chandler Arthur

Bienestar Uvita Yoga Shala website

This experience was one I will never forget. I gained such a wealth of knowledge, not just about yoga, but about life. I am incredibly grateful to have had such a wonderful instructor and cannot wait to share with others all that I have learned. I would highly recommend this school to others hoping to complete their YTT.

Baffo CA, USA

Tripadvisor Website

I met Lura, the owner recently during my six month stay in Uvita. I had been curious about trying her yoga classes and when I saw she was doing a six week of combo classes, I couldn't resist! I'm currently in my second week and loving every minute. She is very devoted to helping each student reach their potential in their practice. I would highly recommend her classes!

Sean Gallagher Colombia

Facebook website

After years of sports and injuries my body and mind finally listened to a very close friend who kept telling me to try yoga. I went several teachers and classes but never made a connection or had a teacher who not only taught classes but actually listened to my issues and concerns. I was taught to breath again. Sounds silly but few people actually know how to do it right, to bring the mind to rest and experience your body and soul. We started at square one because that's where I needed to be. As weeks go by we have progressed into rapid learning. Core, flexibility, balance, focus, meditation. I grow stronger and more connected to myself. Doing things I thought were impossible. Lura is an amazing teacher and I have watched her teach other classes and doing things she tells me I will be doing in time. I am just beginning but excited that I can progress with her to amazing levels. I love that I am not just a paying student, and she gives me extra time to handle my shortcomings. No mater what level you are or if you want to expand your horizons to the next teaching level Lura is amazing. As I sit here with a freshly broken leg, she contacted me to start my healing process so I don't let what I learned go to waste. And that I keep the parts that I can use right now strong and flexible. Breath, relax, let go, calm. Thank you Lura.

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