Costa Rica Yoga and Wellness in the Rainforest

Replenish Your Vitality with Costa Rica Yoga

Playa Nicuesa Lodge prides itself on our Year Round Rotational Resident Yoga Instructor-Massage Therapist Program. Hosting a highly qualified practitioner to live at the lodge allows us the opportunity to provide our guests with both a daily morning and afternoon yoga practice, as well as a variety of massage options to balance out an overall heightened sense of well-being during their stay at Nicuesa.

Our covered yoga platform is located just at the edge of the Golfo Dulce and the lull of its rolling waves complement both a restorative as well as invigorating practice alike.

Yoga classes at Nicuesa are specifically designed by the host teacher of the month based on their trainings, certification and yogic influence. Whether beginner or advanced, private or group session, each guest is catered to on a personal and transformative level during the practice. We invite you to explore not just our preserve, but your own body during your time with us. Enrich your experience through this cultivation of breath and movement and luxuriate in the sublime pleasure of being at one with nature.

Participation fee varies according to format:

» $15 Group Sessions

» $30 Individual Sessions

Therapeutic massage may be arranged upon request in the privacy of your cabin or on the beach; making it a perfect reward after a challenging day of exploration and activities.

» Fee per massage: 50 minutes – $75

» 80 minutes – $105

Peaceful Meditation. In between classes, peaceful meditation is encouraged both at our yoga platform as well as high above from our tree top sanctuary. A quick and engaging hike through one of our most exciting trails leads you to the perfect location to find your inner bliss. Be mindful, be silent, reap the rewards of the powerful rainforest energy as you travel inward while protected by the jungle around you.


» See our special Yoga Bliss Vacation Package  

» Interested in Hosting or Participating In an Unforgettable and Transformative Yoga-Wellness Retreat…? Visit our “Retreats page

Current Yoga Instructors & Massage Therapists at Nicuesa Lodge


Alejandra Montoya (February 1, 2015 – March 30, 2015)  

Alejandra was born in northern Mexico and grew up in Guadalajara. After more than one year of practicing Hatha Yoga by 2008 Alejandra felt the need to improve her quality of life. So, she travelled to Philadelphia, PA, and started to study Swedish massage and was introduce to other massage techniques such as, deep tissue, shiatsu, prenatal massage, hot stones and Thai Yoga Massage. By 2010 she took a Vinyasa Yoga & Meditation teacher’s training in Baja California Sur, Mexico. She continued to study Thai Yoga Massage with Rich Varney from London. She lived for two years in Sayulita, Nayarit Mexico where she was able to share her massage and yoga practice at a yoga retreat. She took a second Thai Yoga Massage certification at Yoga Mandir in San Jose Costa Rica with Hitzak Hellman and continued to share her practice at the same yoga retreat in Sayulita. She also started to be an apprentice of Ayurveda therapies and spent the summer of 2014 as a massage therapist and Yoga teacher on a cruise ship in northern Europe.


Her Yoga style is Vinyasa and slow Hata, suitable for all levels . For massage techniques she offers a mix of Swedish massage, deep tissue, gentle stretches and acupressure, including aromatherapy (hot stones can be added). Also, a full session of Thai Yoga Massage. Studying all these different modalities of holistic body work have helped Alejandra to understand, better care for, respect, and accept her body, her mind and her spirit.


Ana Lucia Farina (April 1 – June 15)

Ana Lucia FarinaAna Lucía Farina is a Costa Rican from San Jose. She has been teaching yoga, healing and meditation since 2009. She is a registered RYT-500 yoga instructor and a certified massage therapist. She studied Yoga at Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica, where she received her certifications in Interdisciplinary Hatha yoga, Children’s yoga, Inner Quest, and Yoga Dance. She also studied Aerial Yoga in Boulder, Colorado, and Tai massage at Yoga Mandir in CR.

She likes teaching a variety of classes from energetic vinyasa power flows, yoga dance and yin yoga to fun children’s classes. Analu believes one has to find the yoga that works best for oneself. She encourages you to listen to your body, connect with it, and always trust your inner wisdom. Ask her what you want, need and prefer and she is super flexible to adapt the class based on your needs! Analu likes sharing her music & meditation in classes, so you can expect some singing and / or meditation as well!


From June 15, 2015 – September 30, 2015 

Holly McCallum grew up in a small city called London,in Ontario, Canada.  She became a Reiki Master in Toronto and started delving into her yoga practice soon after. In 2013, Holly became certified as an Aroma Hot Stone Massage Therapist and started to practice Chinese Cupping as well.

Most recently, Holly travelled to Rishikesh, India, where she received her yoga teacher training from the Ajarya Yoga Academy.  Holly is certified as an Ashtanga Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher and likes to challenge her students, but also enjoys providing gentle hatha classes for relaxation after a long day of tours.  She likes to add to her classes with pranayama, meditation, reiki, aromatherapy and relaxation adjustments during shavasna, to ensure her students have the full experience.



During her stay in India, she learned Ayurveda massage and spa services.  She uses Ayurveda and Thai techniques in all of her massage sessions according to her client’s needs.
Her favourite therapy to provide is a combination of reiki healing with massage.  During her reiki sessions, she uses crystal and aromatherapy for grounding work, where you slip into a deep meditative state.



Recent Yoga Instructors & Massage Therapists

Molly Lindo

Molly LindoMolly Lindo is a native Costa Rican from Puerto Viejo, Limon. Molly is an amazing yoga teacher and massage therapist who is inspired by the beauty of her country. She is excited to share her talents and love of the Costa Rican natral world with all who pass through Nicuesa again this season!

Here’s a guest review about Molly’s Yoga class: “We also took yoga on the coolest yoga deck on the beach amongst the palm trees. The instructor, Molly, was so fun and challenging. We did all kinds of special things and she took her time and made sure it was right for our level.” I.Umango, Saint Louis, Missouri review on Trip Advisor.




Nati Soto

Yoga Instructor - Naty SotoNatalia Soto is a native Costa Rican, and proud to be part of one of the families who first settled in Puerto Jimenez, a neighboring town of Nicuesa

Nati has a degree in physical therapy from the University of Costa Rica. Passionate about human beings from an integral perspective, she has ventured into different fields of study. From the innermost of the soul, spirituality, through the physical body and its presence in the world around us, in the now. Thus Nati combines her physical therapy practice with studios in promoting wellness, functional training of the human body, relaxing massage, Thai massage, reflexology, yoga and reiki.

“I hope the magic and beauty of all nature that one can experience at Nicuesa can help us find our inner divinity. I think the physical practices open the soul and mind, makes us more humble, give us strength but also soothes the spirit. I am very grateful and very excited to share this time at Nicuesa. I am sure I will learn a lot from everyone I relate to.”


Catherine Jane Paulson

Yoga Instructor - Catherine Jane Paulson Catherine Jane Paulson has been studying and practicing Hatha yoga and Ayurveda since 1990. She is a professional level Kripalu Yoga teacher and Nationally Certified Licensed Massage Therapist. On the mat, her style blends both in a Yin sequence of long held poses to enhance the marma and organ systems, combined with a flow or Yang practice, which is influenced by Kripalu, Kundalini, and Iyengar teachings. On the massage table, Catherine offers a unique blend of acupressure, marma and meridian work, Reiki, stretching and massage. She shares her love of yoga and bodywork with people of all ages in private session and group classes on Cape Cod, and in Costa Rica, with an intention of bringing health and vitality to each client.

Catherine is known for her ability to understand and meet the requests, abilities/limitations, and needs of our clients. She has been sharing these amazing practices with us at Nicuesa for 7 years. Catherine’s classes and bodywork sessions are created for the individual, based on your needs and level of receptivity. Your experience with Catherine, on the mat or on the table, will be one of a kind – healing & rejuvenating For those new to yoga, her sessions help to enhance the days’ activities in a manner approachable to all. The seasoned practitioners have an opportunity to deepen their practices through Catherine’s comprehensive and compassionate teachings of asana, pranayama, mantra and meditation. Catherine offers everybody the opportunity to cultivate inner and outer clarity, balance and personal growth.