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E m i l a  A r e n a s

6 day Ashtanga Yoga Immersion

September 15th - September 20th 2023

The Retreat

This 6 day retreat is to better understand and enrich your practice while offering to yourself the precious gift of self care.

During this retreat we will start the day with a Mysore class followed by guided pranayama and meditation. All guests will be self-led into the practice under the watchful guidance and supportive instruction of Emilia Arenas.

The evening workshops will be focused on asana technique as well as yoga philosophy with a practical approach that can be integrated into daily life. 

This will be an exciting opportunity to become more profoundly grounded and immersed in the practice within the beautiful natural setting of  Costa Rica while sharing this experience with others who share the same love for Ashtanga yoga.

 This retreat is appropriate for all levels.


08.00 Free meditation
08.30 Mysore practice
11.00 Brunch
16.00 Workshop on selected afternoons
19.00 Dinner

Check-in on Friday at 3pm
Check-out on Wednesday at 12pm

There will be practice from Saturday to Wednesday.


This retreat will be held at the beautiful Vida Nova Casa Beach Villa. Wide open spaces, secrets green paths and quiet corners to relax and hide, gardens and pools, lush greenery all around, indoors merging with outdoors, secluded yet in the heart of town, steps from the white beach of Santa Teresa.

About Emilia Arenas

Emilia, born and raised in Colombia, originally moved to Miami to teach spinning and pilates.  She was immediately drawn when her mother invited her to her yoga first class. She was fascinated by the use of the breath to move the body in such awareness that would wake up even the most unknown cells of the body. Very soon after she found herself on her way to Mysore where she had the opportunity to practice with Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath Jois. 

She is very grateful to have found her teachers Tim Feldman, Kino MagGregor and Greg Nardi in Miami. She completed the apprenticeship program that taught her how to hold space for both the traditional mysore classes and led primary & intermediate series. She taught at their studio Miami Life Center for several years after. 

Emilia has been practising Ashtanga yoga for over 25 years, she now teaches at her own studio in Miami beach on a personal level. Her main passion is to help her students cultivate their own version of the practice and develop a path for self-observing which will lead to create space for healthy communication with themselves  and others. She believes that by helping her students integrate their practice into their daily lives, they will use the Ashtanga Yoga tradition as a true path for self transformation.



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This Beach side property is located only steps from the beautiful white beach of Santa Teresa. There, awaits your magical oasis in the jungle. beautiful serene spaces to hang and relax surrounded by lush greenery and turquoise pools.

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A luxury experience with full service to keep you pampered and make your stay unforgettable.

Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

Known for it's wild palm-tree-lined beaches and surrounded by lush rain forest. One of the world’s five Blue Zones makes Santa Teresa an off-the-beaten-path escape from the buzz of the modern world. This coastal paradise is located on the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica

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During the retreat we will serve delicious and fresh meals prepared with love by talented Alma frutal, who  finds the best, organic and locally grown ingredients.



We prepare a balance menu to support your practice and nourish your body, adapting it to personal needs and dietary requirements.

What's Included

  • Morning yoga classes and afternoon workshops

  • 5 night accommodation at Vida Nova

  • All meals prepared with love by our talented chefs

  • Coffee/tea, snacks and fruits throughout the day

  • Yoga mats, so you can travel light 

What you need

  • Your best energy

  • A notebook/journal and a pen. You may feel inspired to journal during the retreat

  • Yoga clothes and a yoga towel

  • Comfortable shoes to walk in nature

  • Beach clothes 

  • Rain jacket

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Travel insurance

What's not Included

  • Airplane tickets

  • Pick up from the airport

  • Transport during the week. The Villa is located steps away from the beach and centrally located in town so you don't have to rent a car and can easily walk around.

  • Alcoholic beverages

Other Information

  • Airport of arrival: San Jose (SJO)/ Liberia (LIR)

  • There are a few different options to travel to Santa Teresa from the airports;            Rent a car and drive, taking a shared shuttle or catching a domestic flight to Tambor and then a taxi from there.

  • Ask us about flights, shuttles or car rentals, we are here to help.

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