Danyasa Eco-Retreat

Dominical, Costa Rica

Danyasa Eco-Retreat offers yoga, dance, movement workshops, teacher trainings, adventure tours, healing mentoring, and bodyworks.

Surf Camps 3

Speaks English

from US$527

Great 9.1/10

Based on 13 reviews
from US$527
Price for:

5 days / 4 nights

Great 9.1/10

Based on 13 reviews
Limited availability

Great

Based on 13 reviews

Speaks English

from US$698

Great 9.1/10

Based on 13 reviews
from US$698
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Great 9.1/10

Based on 13 reviews

Great

Based on 13 reviews

Speaks English

from US$974

Great 9.1/10

Based on 13 reviews
from US$974
Price for:

8 days / 7 nights

Great 9.1/10

Based on 13 reviews

Instructors 2

Sofiah Thom

Yoga Alliance E-RYT 200 (Anusara Yoga)

Sofiah is a creative muse and mentor, Sacred Movement artist, teacher, and trainer committed to guiding women to connect with their brilliance. Sofiah dedicates her life's work to continuously receiving, embodying, and transmuting divine creative energy through tantra yoga, sacred movement, and expressive healing arts. She is the creator of The Temple Body Arts School of Sacred Sensuality and Dance, offering in-depth immersions and teacher training on-line and in person to help women access their creative potential and live their YES.

Maite Onoiche

Maite was first introduced to yoga in her early twenties but from a young age her inquisitive mind drew her to study and explore different spiritual traditions. Born to a Nigerian father and a Spanish mother her exposure to a variety of cultures nurtured a quest for studying social anthropology, for traveling, for a deeper understanding of the humankind and the big existential questions. Maite’s style is a Hatha Flow yoga, with emphasis in heart opening asanas, in order to delve deeper into love and move out into the world, and ride the wave of life with a fearless heart.

Reviews 6

  • Marie-Pier Mailloux

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    What an amazing and fulfilling experience was to stay at the Danyasa Eco-Retreat in Dominical, Costa Rica. Not only, the place is beautiful, clean and very well located in the heart of Dominical, the personal working there was so welcoming, caring and kind. I felt already safe and comfortable. The yoga lessons were incredible and perfectly adapted to my level of proficiency. I've had the opportunity to meet with other people and they were all very satisfied with their stay. My only regret is that my travel was only for 5 days. I would have stay a lot more longer. Enjoying la Pura Vida and this beautiful location. Its a 10/10!! A special Thank you to Charlotte, Sofiah and Akayate.

  • Julie Pacheco Illinois

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    I would definitely recommend Danyasa to anyone I know who is interested in a yoga retreat. I loved the tranquil settings, the kind vibes, the yoga and the surfing classes were awesome as well. It was exactly what I was looking for. I will be back again.

  • Fay Green New York

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    I just got back from my vacation. I really enjoyed my stay in Costa Rica and the yoga & surfing retreat in Danyasa! I'm so happy that I discovered this place. I booked my stay for 6 nights and ended up extending my stay. The yoga classes were absolutely amazing, especially the power alignment classes. The surfing lessons were great too. The resort is absolutely beautiful, and the town is just so peaceful.I would definitely do the yoga retreat again. I would definitely recommend this retreat to anyone who wants to go to Costa Rica! It is Pura Vida!

  • Ambreeka

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    Our time at Danyasa was an incredible and enlightening experience. The people are all fantastic and very welcoming. We stayed 4 nights at Danyasa and did 4 yoga classes. Each class was challenging and inspiring and focused on varying elements of yoga. The accommodations are wonderful, our room was very spacious and was air conditioned. It also had an attached private bathroom which was nice. The common kitchen and bathrooms are kept very clean and really promote a community environment. Brendan and Sofiah are the owners and made an effort to meet us personally and ensure that we were having a wonderful time. I have never left a vacation feeling so elated and am already planning my next trip!

  • Michael United States

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    We stayed for 5 days and 4 nights at Danyasa's location. We had initially booked for only 3 nights and it was such an enjoyable experience we decided to forgo going back to San Jose and use that time to stay at Danyasa. Their facilities are perfect for a relaxing space in which you can keep to yourselves or also enjoy your fellow travelers company in the outdoor community kitchen and deck area. Everything you'll need is a 5 minute walk, including the beach, multiple food markets, great restaurants/bars, waterfall hikes, and local shops. All the employees were very welcoming and helpful making you feel right at home. They also have a great relationship with a local surf shop if you're looking to get some waves between yoga classes or even get your first lesson. I highly recommend staying here in Playa Dominical and look forward to returning because Brendan and Sofiah (the owners) are making this great home even better everyday!

  • a traveler United States

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    Danyasa was a wonderful place to stay! The common space and location is beautiful. The surfing was awesome and the yoga studio is an incredibly beautiful space to practice. My only complaint is a bit of a pest problem in one of the rooms.

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  • MeredithMcD Illinois

    TripAdvisor website

    This amazing retreat is like a dream, a mix of every great place I've ever stayed. Great shopping, yoga several times a day, comfortable bed in an air conditioned room, full kitchen, and best of all, incredible people. Brendan and Sofiah are so welcoming and laid back. I can't wait to go back

  • Raya N.

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    I went to Costa Rica for the first time last month and I experienced the beauty of this land and its people. I feel so humbled and grateful for spending the first 5 days in Danyasa, a place that feels like a hug to the heart. Its owners Brendan and Sofiah are two gorgeous souls that will make you feel at home just by being the very beautiful expression of themselves. If you pass by Dominical, this is THE place you should stay in. Its energy and the people you meet there will guarantee you an excellent trip. ❤

    *Very comfortable rooms (containers in the middle of nature) and bathrooms.

    *Common kitchen where you meet gorgeous people (that might invite you for smoothies because you are jet lagged or give you amazing tips for the rest of your journey within the country).

    *Yoga space where you can enjoy classes with amazing teachers.

    *Very close to the stunning Dominical beach.

    *Safe & clean.

    *Small shop selling beautiful products.

    Oh and! *A hike away from Nauyaca Waterfalls.

  • Askleba Illinois

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    To me, Danyasa is the heart of Dominical. I spent my first week there for an Aerial Yoga TT. After my retreat was over I checked out and had already arranged for an Air B&B right down the road for 10 more days. I couldn't stay away! I popped in and out for classes and to just say hi to all the amazing people that make Danyasa what it is. Had I known, i would have just stayed there for my whole trip! The owners Brendan and Sophia are so welcoming and accommodating. The teachers are diverse and knowledgeable. I can't wait to come back!

  • Keith Larson

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    Loved the atmosphere and the lounge. Yoga classes were excellent! Staff was great at facilitating other activities and excursions. Rooms are spartan but exactly as advertised. Would come back again or recommend to a friend.

  • Jasdeep Sandhu New York, USA

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    My trip to Danyasa was fabulous! The lodging is beautiful, my favorite was the gorgeous yoga studio, that I often could practice in on my own if not occupied. I was there during a relatively low census so it was often open but I imagine if there was a retreat or more people, there would be more classes. There were 1-2 classes a day, which I would classify a beginner and more restorative, but I practice a more vigorous advanced athletic practice. But the teachers are all phenomenal and compassionate and really love yoga and teaching! My eco-container was the perfect place to relax after a long day of yoga wandering the cute tiny town (it's literally less than a mile to walk through and around the whole thing) and surfing which was a fun and rewarding challenge! I was there from Monday night Dec 5th to Saturday, Dec 10th. I took a company shuttle with super shuttle which was cheap on the way in, and on the way out i paid 160$ for a private shuttle which was "arranged" by Danyasa, but there was a bit of a snafu which was partly my fault because I booked so last minute, because it was worth spending the money to spend 3 more hours in glorious dominical! Also, the food at cafe mono congo is fresh and delicious, where I would often have brunch, dinner, or just coffee or dessert!

    Overall a great trip! Would recommend for someone who can happily fill their days on the beach, practicing yoga, or if adventurous touring neighboring areas or snorkeling or hiking which is available for a price through many companies in town, and easy to book. Also, the surf and yoga combo was awesome. And the beach was always tranquil and never crowded but again I was there in December, so still 80s but with some afternoon rains. So glad I went!

    Pura Vida!

  • Sean M Costa Rica

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    I spent a long weekend at Danyasa with my wife and daughter and we loved it. They had a Yoga Teacher Training starting the day we left, and the space was alive and full of positive energy,

    The rooms were perfectly clean, the beds super comfortable, they have great sheets, hot water, cold AC, huge windows and sliding doors, and a wonderful staff. The yoga space is stunning,, the gift shop full of interesting items, the gardens serene, the outdoor space wondrous and natural, the common area inviting, the shared kitchen clean and well stocked, and the location is perfect, it is like hiding in plain sight.

    We also met the owners and they were just awesome. I highly recommend Danyasa, and can't wait to return.

    Namaste and Thank You from Sean/Jess/juju and the Vida Asana family

  • Sara O Minnesota, United States

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    Fabulous, Charlotte was great and as were the rest of the staff. They happily helped us book activities due to our limited Spanish. What a fantastic little community they have. Such a cool atmosphere and the Yoga classes were awesome as well. Very comfortable, warm showers, filtered water, a very great place to stay and enjoy. I only wish they would have a mosquito net over the bathroom. The dampness was a breeding ground for mosquitos and leaves would clog the drain. Oh yeah, MOST comfortable beds EVER! We would stay again in a heart beat. Thank you, Danyasa!

  • Kim C Ontario, Canada

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    My stay was three weeks. Danyasa was exceptionally comfortable, clean, accommodating and peaceful. the space which is roofed without walls ( yoga studio, communal sitting space.....genuine and friendly owners and staff

    The rates were very reasonable, and I was able to keep my food costs down by buying my own groceries and using the clean clean communal kitchen. That being said Dominical offers many economical and tasty places to eat. Lots of opportunity to surf!

    I would highly recommend this spot to anyone visiting Dominical.

  • Kim C Ontario, Canada

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    My stay was three weeks. Danyasa was exceptionally comfortable, clean, accommodating and peaceful. the space which is roofed without walls ( yoga studio, communal sitting space.....genuine and friendly owners and staff

    The rates were very reasonable, and I was able to keep my food costs down by buying my own groceries and using the clean clean communal kitchen. That being said Dominical offers many economical and tasty places to eat. Lots of opportunity to surf!

    I would highly recommend this spot to anyone visiting Dominical.

  • Nikki E

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    Be prepared to surround yourself by pure beauty in this eco friendly yoga retreat, and space. If your looking for peacefulness, a well rounded community of humans and to dig a little deeper, this is the spot. I stayed for a week and felt like I had developed a family by the end of my stay. Yoda (a friendly, carefree pup) was Danyasa's mascot and center of attention. Brendan, the administrator of it all, was there for our every want/need. He made us feel right at home with his welcoming smile and personality. The beautiful bamboo yoga studio was the most beautiful and warming space I have yet to practice yoga. Quality yoga mats were provided with bolsters and blocks for every practice. Eco friendly shipping containers made me feel right at home with air-conditioned rooms with beds that felt like I was laying on clouds, outside showers that were aligned with bamboo walls, and a community kitchen that seemed to bring everyone together. I can't rave enough about this beautiful and inviting space.

  • Susan United States

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    My friend follows Sophia on Instagram. After a few beers one night, she says we should go to this really fabulous resort in Costa Rica. I say, sure why not. Best snap decision I've ever made! Dominical is a TINY hippie village on the ocean. It has one main road, and there are only about 400 residents. Don't let that dissuade you, though. The restaurants are WONDERFUL and the people are top notch. It's an eclectic group of people who are perpetually chill and happy. Danyasa is the gem in Dominical's crown. Every time we told someone we were staying at Danyasa, their eyes got big and they commented on what a nice place it was. I concur a million times over. Danyasa is hard to explain, only because I've never experienced anything like it. The rooms, though just shipping containers, are comfortable and clean. The AC kept us comfortable, and the outdoor shower was awesome. We didn't use the shared kitchen, but it had everything you would need to prepare a meal for yourself and store the leftovers. The yoga studio is stunning, and the boutique exceeded my expectations - which led me to exceed my budget ;) The people who work there couldn't be any cooler or nicer, and we enjoyed spending time with them. Here are a few things you might like to know: There are no hotels directly on the beach. The town just isn't set up that way. But Danyasa is about as close as you can get, which is a 5 min walk. If you are coming from the states, don't worry about bringing a converter. The outlets are like ours, and there are even USB charging ports in the outlets :) If you are surfing (which I insist you do!), bring a rash guard. Buy Picaridin bug spray. The mosquitos aren't bad - I only got two bites in 5 days - but I saw some people pretty eaten up. My travel doc recommended Picaridin and it worked great for us. You can drink the water at Danyasa. Don't bring a towel to sit on at the beach. For 20 bucks you can buy a beautiful thin blanket from a beach vendor, and it makes a great souvenir. Speaking of beach vendors, there are some really great finds at the beach. Save a little extra room in your luggage to bring home some goodies. We loved every single thing about Danyasa and Dominical. I hope you will, too!

  • Anne United States

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    Danyasa Eco-Retreat is a stunning getaway in the small beach town of Dominical. The owners Sofiah and Brendan are so warm and welcoming to any and all! The studio offers about 20 yoga-related classes per week. The variety of classes definitely kept my interest... everything from alignment focused classes to dance inspired vinyasa, you'll learn new ways to move and groove in a gorgeous bamboo studio as you listen to the nature outside. They also offer workshops and ceremonies of all types...I took part in a cacao ceremony and an acro-yoga workshop so far. The level of instruction is incredible. The rooms are cozy but nice. AC is offered and you're surrounded by tropical plants and trees of all sorts! OH! I also love the boutique that's attached. Lots of cool clothing and accessories to choose from, that completely fit the vibe of this area. Don't miss this during your visit to Dominical and the surrounding area!

  • Billie United Kingdom

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    I had never done yoga before and took two beginner classes. The classes were great and relaxing and the yoga instructor was very helpful and welcoming! The blackboard outside the studio/shop entrance is very helpful as it lists the classes available for the week ahead.

  • a traveler California

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    After a festival where I camped for a week, it was a great relief to end up at Danyasa, where I was treated with care and felt pampered at their facilities. I stayed for several nights in the Ganesha Room. The air conditioning and really comfortable bed made it very difficult for me to leave the room. The location is a 5-minute walk to the beach and 30 seconds to any food or store. They also have a really lovely boutique with eccentric clothing as well as yummy yoga clothes from all around the world. I got to participate in some classes that they offer in the open air yoga studio in the sky. If you get a chance to meet the lovely couple that run the place Sofia and Brendon, they are extremely loving and fun people. Even the housekeepers and front desk folks are very helpful and peaceful. One of the yoga instructors carried my luggage to my room, because I was really weak from sickness when I arrived. The retreat is a beautiful sanctuary and I would recommend this place to anyone wanting a super safe refuge in Dominical.

  • Monica Israel

    Danyasa Eco-Retreat website

    Serendipity brought me to this little slice of heaven, where I realized that I not only had an amazing environment to work and play in, but the perfect guide / friend / teacher / muse who also came along with it. Sofiah was the ultimate companion - at once an imparter of wisdom, a holder of truths, and a genuinely inspired soul. Just being in her midst felt like a total honor and simultaneously calming.From the morning pre-yoga smoothie on the deck overlooking the lushness of the jungle, to the walk down to the river - each moment with Sofiah was always somehow laced with presence, play, and possibility. For me, as the ultimate freelancer who can work from anywhere, Bamboo Yoga Play was the perfect blend of comfort and sass.I could also walk to the beach and do yoga every single day, and also hanker down in my room to get some work done. The best thing about this little Dominical gem is that it provides a full-spectrum experience that combines all the best things in life: wellness, fun, joyfulness, and love. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for an integrative, holistic, and totally unique experience.

  • Liz United States

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    Exceeded expectations!!! My husband and I were looking forward to a nice vacation at the beach, complete with surfing for him and yoga for me. This is the perfect location and space. Walking distance to the beach and right on the main road in Dominical. I teach yoga in Lander, Wyoming..where it can easily be below freezing when I head to the studio in the morning to teach. The large, second-story Danyasa studio space was just what I needed to re-energize for the rest of winter in Wyoming! Love the bamboo walls and floors, the sounds of the jungle birds, and the openness of it. Ceiling fans were just enough breeze for a soothing savasana at the end. I took 6 classes while we were there with 4 different teachers, and would recommend them all! Great for all levels of students. Sofiah Thom (co-owner/founder/yogini/dancer with husband, Brendan) is SO creative and invites you to fully express yourself through her Bamboo Play Yoga, where personal movement is encouraged and welcome and there is no intimidation. You just move how you want to move. I also loved the air-conditioned Bamboutique (with free wifi!) where I bought my first pair of 'booty' shorts to sweat in during yoga and wore them to half the classes! I love hot yoga that is just naturally HOT! Big thanks to Amanda, one of the managers, for convincing me to get the short shorts.. Por que no? My husband and I are looking forward to going back, possibly even in the next few months! Definitely beats a Wyoming winter! I also look forward to leading a yoga retreat there in the future. There are so many different things to do besides yoga too, such as ziplining, surfing, touring the national parks, stand up paddleboarding, whitewater rafting, etc.! I can't wait! I'm already planning now. Who wants to join me?

  • Anne Iowa

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    Danyasa is incredible, such a beautiful, calming space, and the everyone who works there is just lovely! We had a wonderful stay, loved cooking in the kitchen, and got to sneak in two great yoga classes! Highly recommended :)

  • a traveler South Africa

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    I spent 10 days over Christmas and New year at Danyasa. It was a very special experience. Accommodation is comfortable clean and eco - friendly. Brendan and Sofia and their team were amazing. Central to the village and walking distance to the beach. Yoga every day, swimming, surfing, birding - it has it all!

  • Alice Burgin Australia

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    I spent eight days at Danyasa Eco-Retreat and I have so many positive things to say about it. The host, Nataschia, was absolutely wonderful, accommodating to my every need, reshuffling yoga classes to fit my surf lessons, and even taking me out to dinner one night to one of the town's nicest restaurants for a perfect Costa Rican sunset. A true friendship formed! In addition, the room was perfect, not fancy but clean and comfortable, with a nice little balcony. The retreat has a great kitchen and these wonderful showers that are semi-outdoors (but still very private) which I loved. The beach was less than a five minute walk away, and the town of Dominical is so cute and small that being right in the center meant I got to explore everything really easily, but it was never loud or busy (going in September helps!). The yoga studio was incredible, so peaceful and relaxing, and the classes, which were held everyday, were a great blend of restorative to the more challenging. Even the design of the garden in the retreat is absolutely wonderful, a true secluded paradise. This was such a relaxed and beautiful experience for me and I will definitely be returning.

  • Megan

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    I had a fantastic time at Danyasa. Brendan and the staff were wonderful- they made me feel right at home. Life in a shipping container is great. Clean, comfortable, and safe. I was traveling alone and felt 100% secure behind the Danysasa bamboo wall. Coming in from the street felt like you were walking into an oasis. It was a joy to take yoga at Danyasa. Nicole is an incredible teacher. I've never had someone break down the details and alignment of the poses like she did. What I learned from her changed my practice. I would recommend coming for a yoga retreat when they offer one. The vibe, the yoga studio and the town would make it a great experience. I look forward to coming back!

  • a traveler United States

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    Danyasa yoga studio is simply a must for anyone that would like to get some yoga in while in Dominical. The space is stunning and the teachers are simply excellent. I'll go back to Dominical just to practice at this place again.

  • Nicole United States

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    They have everything you may need to enjoy a wonderful yoga class. Great space surrounded by nature in tropical paradise. Huge studio to entertain yourself and have a wonderful workout! Very fun and creative!

  • Maggie United States

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    So nice to do yoga there. Great energy and good class. They had mats and pros etc. Their massage therapist was the best. I can't say enough about her. Schirin is her name. So be sure to pamper yourself if in the area!

  • Vicky Canada

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    We simply loved this place. It is near of everything in Dominical, the yoga is awesome, Nicole welcomed us very warm-fully and the staff in general is very friendly and helpful. We loved the fact that we had a kitchen and filtered water. Everything was clean, the room were comfy. I had a surf and yoga package and enjoyed every second of it. The surf lesson were given with Costa Rica Surf Camp - and were super fun and helpful. Go there!

  • Francesca C. United States

    Danyasa Eco-Retreat website

    I can say that I have not met anyone who embodies their dedication of mastery in their craft quite like Sofiah. Her presence is warm and humble with a subtle ethereal element of grace and innate power. There is something magical about the jungle and ocean in Dominical that is so raw and alive that inspires a remembrance of what life once was without so much distraction in many of our day-to-day lives. Crystal waterfalls and sunny days followed by shooting stars and bioluminescent waves at night make a perfect backdrop for exploring both internal and external worlds equally.

  • Nihal Kuar

    Danyasa Eco-Retreat website

    Amber Campion is an incredibly gifted yoga instructor. Her authentic approach to personal empowerment is profoundly uplifting. Her knowledge of the body is at the level of artistry. She leads the class through deeply healing flows that challenge and renew. I can be in the most horrible of moods, and emerge from her class inspired and feeling powerful. I havent done any coaching with her, but if her coaching is anything like the group mentoring she performs with clarity in her speech and playful humility while she teaches yoga, it must be awesome. Check her out! You will not be disappointed!

  • a traveler Georgia

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    A recent visit to Bamboo Yoga Play left me understanding that I need to visit more often. Sofiah and the team at BYP greeted me with a smile and made me instantly feel as though I was part of their family. An intense yoga session and a bit of life-counseling made me feel great, both inside and out. The team at BYP is very professional and fantastic about giving one-on-one attention. I highly recommend BYP to anyone wanting a healthier lifestyle.

  • Kristy United Kingdom

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    Bamboo Yoga is a great yoga studio, offering participants of all disciplines and levels great yoga in a calming and tranquil environment. Suitable for both yogis and holiday makers, the instructors make you feel very comfortable and welcome. The classes are well structured and help you to feel relaxed and energized at the same time.

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