Rosemarie Gonzales Gainza is a holistic health practitioner, a certified yoga teacher, and the founder and owner of the Vida Asana Retreat Center in Costa Rica. Her style of yoga combines principles of Ashtanga, Bikram, and Anusara yoga which is creating a strong, healthy, and happy flow.
Alejandra is from San Jose, Costa Rica. She began practicing yoga at an early age and realized she wanted to dedicate her life to this discipline. Her foundations are Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Anusara yoga. Alejandra is a passionate teacher and she enjoys teaching in the beautiful coast of Costa Rica.
Catalina is originally from the beautiful country of Costa Rica. Catalina found yoga after giving birth to her first child in 2003 which was, of course, a time of change in her life. Catalina masters types of yoga like Hatha, Ashtanga, and Vinyasa yoga.
Vera Kamaeva United Arab Emirates
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To be honest, I don't think I will have wonderful words to describe this magical place. It's not only the beauty and comfort of the place, it's mostly the ambiance and atmosphere and great energy of the place, which Shaun and Jessica together with lovely create there. If you want to get away from everything and get an amazing experience together with yoga and different activities they can organize for you, then this is the place to be!
Marty Cowan Virginia
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I loved my stay at Vida Asana. The fresh food, yoga shala, fabulous pool, and the amazing lush setting not far from the beach made it the perfect place to relax and recharge. Thank you, Jess and Sean!
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I wish I could give a 6 / 5. My wife and I stayed at Vida Asana in mid-November 2016 to celebrate our Pearl wedding anniversary. We could not have asked for anything netter, Sean, Andrea, and Heather were just superb. They made sure that we had the best. They arranged for an amazing bouquet on our anniversary. The food was phenomenal, especially if you are you a vegan or vegetarian. They did offer white meat on special days. The rooms were OK. The arranged for special yoga sessions for us. While we were there, two groups from the US was also there, one was a yoga / surfing group, and the other was a group of 3 couples with very young babies. Sean, Jess, and Heather took personal care. They made sure that the entire group was well fed and taken care of. Andrea deserves and the rest of the team deserve special mention. They were just outstanding, from making sure that we had coffee and special food catered for. I am already feeling nostalgic about the people and Vida Asana even though it has been less than a week.
If you are looking for very personalized service and not for a 5-star resort, Vida Asana is the place, perfectly located from San Jose Airport (SJO) and Jaco. They even arranged for a special dinner for us. We could not have asked for anything better for our anniversary. Happy family (including Juju) brings out the best in hospitality!
Shirley Gabriel Florida
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It was an excellent place. You are treated like a family. I was there 2 years ago and celebrated new year lights for January 1st, 2015. My best stay ever, and I have traveled to many places.
Diane Kay California
I stayed at Vida Asana for four nights in July 2016. The owners were beyond helpful and accommodating beginning with my very first inquiry about a yoga retreat during unusual dates (I did not have a full week to do a retreat because of other plans). I cannot tell you how many emails I sent to Sean regarding scheduling, transportation from the west side of the island, and special dietary requests. He was always prompt and exceedingly helpful in his replies. When I arrived at Vida Asana, I received a warm greeting and felt immediately at home and comfortable. My room was very cute, extremely clean and comfortable. They even have a mini fridge in the rooms, although I never used it as I was more than well fed during my stay at Vida Asana. The food was beyond my expectations. I am vegetarian and was very happy to find that the food was interesting, delicious and creative. Heather, who I would call the Executive Chef, was extremely kind, caring and always willing to share cooking tips with me. Everything was very fresh, with many ingredients sourced from gardens on the property. I truly felt like I was at home at Vida Asana, and would return if I find myself in Costa Rica. Thank you to Sean, Jess, Juju and Heather for welcoming me into your family!
Thank you first, Pamela Leal, for sharing your retreat, my first ever yoga retreat, and wondering as it became closer why I ever said yes! I am so thankful I did as it was a truly magical experience forged together between the amazing group of women I met (for your information, I was a solo participant) and everyone at Vida Asana, especially Kenneth who shared his future culinary dreams, Heather who I pray is soon joining her daughter for the birth of a grandchild! Thank you all at Vida Asana for an absolutely memorable journey to Costa Rica. Mario, I loved your welcome at the airport with coconut water and always being available to us. Now I wish to thank our drivers so please Sean thank them on my behalf as I'm embarrassed to not remember their important names, and they were simply amazing!
Heather Berg Florida
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From the moment we were picked up from the airport, the team from Vida Asana had everything organized for the yoga retreat. Lunch (organic, fresh, delicious!!)was waiting for us so we could go on our first adventure, zip lining. Sean and Jessica (owners and incredible hosts) have gathered a team of intelligent, laid back, yet hard working people to run the retreat center smoothly. Heather, head of the kitchen staff, created healthy, beautiful and tasty meals (3 times a day). Our air-conditioned rooms were clean (and kept clean the entire stay, thank you, domestic goddesses) with comfortable beds. The open air yoga shala had ample blocks, straps, and mats so no need to lug your own mat with you (unless you really wanted to). Each excursion was explained in detail by Sean during dinner the first night, giving us the opportunity to sign up or just take advantage of the relaxed, tranquil grounds to stay on. I will definitely return and highly recommend!
This place is a great place to sit back, relax, and just enjoy serenity. The food is amazing, all locally grown and organic. Sean and his staff were also very attentive to all my needs during my stay and made me feel like family. If you want to go out and party, Jaco is just a short drive away. I am definitely coming back here again.
Drew K. New York
I traveled to Costa Rica for a yoga retreat with a small group. I spent a full week at Vida Asana and enjoyed every minute. Sean and Jess (owners) are warm, genuine, and full of hospitality. Their staff is amazing and make you feel like you are family. I've traveled to many places and have stayed at many small eco-resorts, but Vida Asana has raised the bar. They truly want their guests to feel at home and take considerable efforts to get to know everyone. I would highly recommend you check them out when planning a yoga retreat. You will not be disappointed.
a traveler New York
I just returned from an amazing week at Vida Asana. I keep looking at pictures and wishing I were still there! If you are looking for a warm, relaxing, and lovely place in a gorgeous setting, check out Vida Asana! The owners, Jess and Sean, welcomed us like family (only we didn't have to do the dishes). The rooms are very comfortable and I loved my walk out balcony. The food was yummy in my tummy, prepared with love and served family style. The yoga shala was absolutely magical, especially at night, with candles glowing and noises from nature. I would absolutely recommend Vida Asana and hope to return in the future.
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