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Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge, Punta Nicuesa, Puerto Jimenez, Osa Peninsula 60701
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Feel At One with Nature in Nicuesa

Playa Nicuesa Lodge prides itself on our Year Round Resident Yoga Instructor-Massage Therapist Program (view our Teacher Schedule further below). Hosting a highly qualified certified 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
  • $40 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.

Current Yoga Instructor & Massage Therapist

C I N D Y   E S Q U I V E L
April 14, 2018 | May 31, 2018 Cindy Esquivel - Yoga Instructor Cindy Esquivel is an Holistic Coach. She studied at Jauregui Holistic Medicine Clinic in San José, Costa Rica where she get trained in energetic balancing techniques as Reiki Usui, Chraniosacral Therapy and Flower Remedies. 
All this experience motivated her to deepen in the holistic world, so she completed her training at Yoga Lamat Studio where she certificated in different natural and healing techniques including Aromatherapy, Digit Pressure, Shiatsu Massage, Sound Therapy and Holistic Massage. She ended up studying Yoga Philosophy and the therapeutic benefits of Asanas, at Ra Yoga Integral recognized by International Yoga Alliance.
She provides preventing and natural tools to manage stress and anxiety, emotional freedom techniques and aryurvedic practices to guide you to a healthier life. She looks forward to a session with you!

M A R I A   S A B I N A   A R A Y A
June 1, 2018 | July 15, 2018 Maria Sabina Araya - Yoga Instructor According to Iyengar Yoga School the mind disolves in conciousnes and counciousness in the Soul, then we become One with us and with Everything. Yoga allows us to go deeper into ourselfes so we can build a harmonious relationship with the World that surrounds us. This has been one of the biggest quests for Sabina, not only as a teacher, but as a student and as a human being.
Maria's approach to Yoga will be spiritual, pragmatic, grounded but a lot of playing in unexpected moments of the class (sometimes). We like to have fun and learn and let ourselfs be.
She likes to play Acroyoga with a lot of caution. She likes alignment and the differents kinds of energy (Anusara School). Currently studying sutras and singing Mantras.
Her YTT .300hours. Traditional Thai Massage Training and Elemental Acroyoga Org. Inmersion (2014). She has been teaching in touristic areas and in cities beetween Nicaragua and Costa Rica where she is happy to be from.

S E L V A   G A R C I A   P A C H E C O
July 15, 2018 | Aug. 21, 2018 Selva Garcia Pacheco - Yoga Instructor Born in California, raised in Costa Rica with more than 15 years of experience in teaching yoga, meditation and practicing holistic therapies as a psychologist. Graduated in 2005 as a holistic instructor at holistic Institute Gaia when she started her own place "Yoga Morfo Azul". Also she is part of Finca Agroecolocic La Flor in Cartago, Costa Rica where besides yoga and therapies she works with sustainable issues, organic, farming and healthy conscious lifestyles working with people from all over the world.
Now she feels happy to share her knowledge, and make you feel connected with nature, relaxed and happy through the union of body, mind, emotions and spirit. NAMASTE !!
Yoga Morfo Azul - Is a combination of Hatha, Sufi and Gaia yoga for advanced or beginners. Is designed specially for you at your own pace, easy going, slow, relaxing your body, mind and heart. Centering yourself, promoting the state of meditation or deep relaxation, creating harmony, peace, love and happiness, so you can enjoy the most of your vacations here and now in Paradise.

A R I A N N E   P E Ñ A
Aug. 21, 2018 | Sep. 30, 2018 Arianne Pena - Yoga Instructor Arianne Peña is a certified Yoga Instructor, Holistic therapist and Psychologist. With 800 hours certified by Yoga Alliance and 4 years of experience teaching yoga.
She works with a program of classes designed to help people to learn to take conscious of their body incorporating different techniques of meditation and breathing exercises, improving the physical and psychological health and promoting a better quality of life.
Her classes incorporate different styles and techniques of Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga and Vinyasa Flow. Yoga lessons will be adapted to beginners and advanced people.
Her massages includes different principles of Shiatsu (Japanese massage), Tai Massage, Holistic Massage, Reiki, sound therapy and aromatherapy.

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I couldn't imagine a more idyllic setting for my first stab at yoga. To my right, I see the Pacific Ocean crashing onto a black-rock beach, while above, I am entertained by two white-faced capuchin monkeys frolicking in the palms. ... The most indelible memory is forged on my final day at Playa Nicuesa. After a second sunrise yoga session - easier this time - I join a couple of young Bostonians for a kayak trip through the mangrove channels along the coast. Towing the kayaks by motorboat toward the put-in point, we encounter a school of bottlenose dolphins. Read the Full Article >

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Guest Comments about enjoying Yoga Practice at Nicuesa 

“A Wonderful Paradise for Our Yoga Vacation”
This is the second time I have organized a group of like minded Yoginis to this fabulous ' Where Rain forest meets ocean Retreat. The boat ride there and back is a high light. The staff, guides, bar man and chef excellent. Accommodation very special. Some improvements even from our last visit. Food very healthy and plentiful. Read full review >

“Let your stress melt away!”
The minute you land in Puerto Jimenez and take the boat across the magical Golfo Dulce, you'll notice that your stresses melt away. Only to be replaced by the exhilarating anticipation for the 'dock on the bay'. My husband and me have been to Nicuesa three times -- each time as part of a yoga retreat. While we are not outdoorsy-inclined, we can't help but be in awe of the flora, fauna and healthy food available. We love that there is no internet and that we can honestly unplug. Read full review > 

“Memorable vacation at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge”
...In the afternoon, we relaxed by the beach and went to several yoga classes, which are set in the most amazing spot: overlooking the gulf and surrounded by the Rain Forest! Can’t get more Zen than that! Read full review >

“Yoga, relaxation, adventure - you'll find it all at Nicuesa!”
This past March marked my second trip to Nicuesa in the past two years, each time as part of a yoga retreat. I absolutely LOVE Nicuesa and can't wait to go back again! The lush jungle setting is both tranquil and adventurous; it is by far the most perfect setting for a yoga retreat and the large yoga deck overlooking the beautiful ocean is every yoga practitioner's dream come true! Read full review >

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