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.
from United States, September 2018
"Recommend to anyone!"
The food that Adriana makes is totally amazing!! So much flavor you won’t even realize you’re eating vegan. Frank is very organized and is exceptional at getting any and all activities scheduled for you.
Alexis has made an impressive garden and if you go, ask him for a little tour.
Sean has a big heart and it’s very apparent. I hope to see you all again! :)
from Costa Rica, November 2017
"Vida Asana Amazing"
This place was everything that I was looking for and more. I booked it while on a 3 month vacation in Costa Rica and I didn't want to leave. The owners were amazing, helpful and made me feel a part of their family. The food was excellent. So much nutritious food to eat and beautiful coffee to drink. I went surfing, yoga, the sweat lodge, biking, hiking, Rainmaker and also had a great night of live music in Playa Hermosa. They were all about the details to even the nicest soaps for the shower. for the five nights I was there, I was relaxed, rejuvenated and inspired.
from United States, June 2017
"A difficult place to leave!"
I'm not sure where to begin. It's the beginning of June (officially rainy season) and I just spent 6 days at Vida Asana for the yoga/surf retreat with my sister. A brief word on the climate during this time - I truly enjoyed the rainy season weather with mostly sunshine in the morning and refreshing showers in the late afternoon. This was my first trip to Costa Rica and it certainly will not be my last.
Sean, Jess, and Juju have created a magical place of Vida Asana and brought together an incredible staff to go along with it. We were treated with such warmth and kindness by every single person at Vida Asana, especially Adrianna and Alexis. Thank you so much for all that you did for me - giving me fresh aloe from the garden for a sunburn and making me a special tea when I had an upset stomach, to name a few.
I am already missing the bike rides to Playa Hermosa, the breath-taking beach next to Vida Asana, and the daily yoga sessions. For reference, I'm athletic but had little formal yoga prior to this trip. The yoga, the instructors, and other yoga-goers brought me so much peace and joy that I must make this a practice in my daily life.
I strongly recommend going on the Rain Maker excursion with the tour guide Luiz. This is a guided tour through suspension brides and waterfalls in the rainforest that left my sister and I humbled by the natural beauty of Costa Rica.
I cannot end this review without mentioning the expertly-crafted, healthy, and delicious food; the coffee and the distilled water, kombucha, ginger beer, nitro cold-brew coffee and beer on tap; and the amazing soap/shampoo in the rooms!
from Australia, August 2018
"Life Food Relax "
The beautiful and restful surroundings with the family of beautiful Vida Asana people made these few days a highlight in my visit for the first time to Costa Rica. The welcoming nature of everyone made me feel safe and at peace. Thanks to all at Vida Asana.
from United States, June 2018
Everyone was so helpful and accommodating.
from United States, February 2018
" Better than expected"
Excursions were amazing, the location is short bike ride to the beach, the food was amazingly good and made fresh every day. Very very glad I went
from United States, January 2018
"Didn't want to leave"
Vida Asana is a welcoming, comfortable environment. The room was clean, and the grounds were well kept. There were places to go off and be by myself or hang out with others if I wanted. Everything was very laid back and relaxing. Sean is extremely helpful and facilitated whatever activities I wanted to do. Everyone there was warm and friendly. The food was delicious and plentiful.
from United States, December 2017
I was so amazed at everything we experienced at this retreat. Lovely people and wonderful activities. There's a strong sense of family between everyone who works or visits there, which makes it feel like home. I cannot recommend it enough.
from United States, November 2017
Is not easy to put into words what this short retreat meant for me. Vida Asana is such a magical place, it makes you feel at home and well taken care of. Food was amazing!!! Highly recommended!
from Australia, September 2017
"Yoga teacher training"
The location, the staff, the food and the course were all absolutely wonderful. I had an incredible time at Vida Asana and left feeling happy, healthy and full of yoga knowledge.
from Turkey, September 2017
"inspirational and transformational"
Very good at teaching technique and inspiring students
from Mexico, September 2017
"200hr YTT awakenings"
I loved the philosophy aspect of the course and also the challenge that came with the physical practice which really went back to foundations as well as more advanced asanas.
The variety of topics covered and level of detail was at a decent level to understand concepts but not to get post in the detail.
The style of asana practice with physicAL adjustments between students was super helpful.
The food a Vida Asana was delightful thanks to the amazing staff and the owner and his family go out of theor way to make you feel at home.
Would 100% visit again.
Powerful energy, real transformation
from Costa Rica, October 2018
the environment was very cozy, felt like I was sharing time with family, the room very clean, love the bath products, the food was very healthy and fresh
Vera Kamaeva United Arab Emirates
Vida Asana Yoga Retreat Facebook page
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
Vida Asana Yoga Retreat Facebook page
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!
Trip Advisor Website
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!