Southern Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica Now a Leading Area Worldwide for Yoga – and Anamaya Resort is Keeping Up With the Demand

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The popularity of yoga has boomed over the past two decades and continues to thrive as a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide. The demand for Yoga Studios, Yoga Teachers and Yoga Retreats has steadily increased, especially in North America. This appetite for yoga has sparked a new retreat culture where many people choose to spend their vacations at a yoga retreat, or for the avid yogis a month away from home in some exotic location where they can eat, sleep and breathe yoga in order to obtain a teacher certification. The Southern Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica has seen a huge influx of yoga practitioners looking for an escape from everyday life to deepen their practice. Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center in Montezuma has just recently expanded their center in order to keep up with that influx.

Anamaya Resort & Retreat Center

Anamaya Retreat Center has a number of yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings throughout the year, but the demand has been so high they've had to expand the resort.

Yoga has been around for more than 5000 years, but the booming trend that has hit Canada and the US started to really take shape approximately 20 years ago. People who incorporate yoga into their lifestyle reap the benefits in terms of being physically, mentality, emotionally, and spiritually fit. It’s easy to see why and how the popularity of this ancient Indian practice is now a global, multi-billion dollar trend.

In Costa Rica the Southern Nicoya Peninsula is known as one of the 6 Blue Zone areas in the world, where people live the longest. Towns like Malpais, Santa Teresa, Montezuma, and Tambor are all situated in the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. Yoga and surfing are the two most popular past times for vacationers, ex-pats, and locals. The area is now scattered with a number of retreats that cater to yogis and surfers alike, and every year places are booking up well in advance of the high tourist season. For example, in Montezuma there is an Anamaya Yoga and Surf Camp that has not only been fully booked over the high season, but also during low season (or what they call “green season”).

Anamaya Retreat Center has a number of yoga retreats and yoga teacher trainings throughout the year, but the demand has been so high they’ve had to expand the resort. They added 3 new cabins, created a larger lounging area by their infinity pool, and built an extension onto their epic yoga deck – the view from this deck is really phenomenal. “Our yoga deck wasn’t big enough for everyone to practice comfortably, and we needed more rooms to keep up with the demand, so we spent the past few months making Anamaya even more comfortable for our guests,” says Joseph Mikrut Co-owner and President of Anamaya Resort.

Costa Rica in general is a true paradise here on earth where visitors not only can experience yoga or surfing, but stunning beaches, rain forests, volcanoes, incredible wildlife, rafting, a diverse culture and a country that is dedicated to Eco-tourism. It’s a place for adventure or pure relaxing bliss…or perhaps a little mixture of both.

Kelsey Matheson-McCord
Vice President/Co-Owner
Anamaya Resort & Retreat Center

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