Live from Costa Rica; It’s International Yoga Day 2016

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    Today The Costa Rica News (TCRN) joins the United Nations-decreed in celebrating International Yoga Day with free online yoga workshops and classes for all levels.  Our vision is to make this day into an offering of yoga and possibility for people of all age groups, nationalities, religions and social background to experience yoga, meditativeness and expand their perception of life from individuality to universal consciousness.

    “When you inhale, you are taking the strength from God. When you exhale, it represents the service you are giving to the world. ” – B.K.S Iyengar

    TCRN is grateful and honored to share with you a message from our favorite yoga teachers in Costa Rica. Thank you for making yourself into an offering;
    Amber Zuckswert

    Amber Zuckswert is an international pilates and vinyasa yoga instructor, former professional contemporary dancer, and holistic nutritionist. She’s the founder of, her own online health and fitness coaching platform and produces all-inclusive Epic Living Retreats and Training Programs around the globe. Amber specializes in crafting personal lifestyle design programs and retreats featuring internationally renowned experts for stressed, overworked individuals who are eager to radically increase their health and happiness forever.

    As a contemporary ballet/modern dancer with over 25 years of technique, performance and teaching under her belt, Amber turned to the Pilates method, Vinyasa Yoga, and Plant Based Nutrition to stay in peak mind/body condition and injury free. Over the last decade she’s taught for some of the world’s most revered clubs, retreat centers, and festivals including Equinox San Francisco, Sports Club LA, YogaWorks, Rancho La Puerta, The Bali Spirit Festival, and Envision Festival. She is an adventurous entrepreneur deeply passionate about positivity shifting the world through full throttle conscious living.

    Location: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

    Upcoming events:

    Epic Awakening Retreat: Sacred Plant Medicine and Yoga Retreat

    July 20th-25th, 2016

    Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

    Epic Academy 200 Hr Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training

    January 20th – February 20th, 2017
    Yogi Aaron

    Yogi Aaron, author of “Autobiography of a Naked Yogi” is the co-owner of Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa, where he brings passion and adventure to countless students through his teachings and lectures. Inspired by his own practice, he guides students to secret and far-flung locales, empowers them to realize their own limitless potential, and makes yoga relevant and accessible for the modern world. Since 2002 he has been traveling and leading retreats worldwide. He currently serves as the yoga director leading the One-Month Immersions at Blue Osa. Follow Yogi Aaron on Instagram.

    Location: Blue Osa, Osa Peninsula

    Upcoming events:

    September 22 – October 1 – Retreat to Cambodia
    Ashleigh Sergeant

    Ashleigh is the co-founder of The Avahana School of Yoga, the Yoga and movement director for the Envision Festival in Costa Rica, spent five years as the Global Yoga Trainer for Adidas, was honored to be the youngest Certified Anusara Yoga Instructor in the world and is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT 500 level. Ashleigh’s yoga videos are featured on My Yoga Online/GAIAMTV, Grokker and ShriTV. A regular presenter at the Wanderlust Festival, Ashleigh has contributed to Mind Body Green, YOGANONYMOUS, Latin Women’s Health and German Yoga Journal.

    Location: Dominical, Matapalo

    Upcoming events:

    Superfood Civilization Retreat in Peru with Free People and YOGASCAPES

    Science of Happiness Immersion, Detroit, MI

    Yoga as Medicine 30hr Advanced Teacher Training
    Esteban Salazar

    Internationally well-known, highly qualified teacher, Esteban Salazar, teaches diverse Vinyasa classes combining a profound knowledge of human biomechanics; techniques to pump up the body’s flow of pranic energy and find the optimal blueprint for each pose, all the while creating a poetic sense of personalized teaching.  

    Mixing a wide variety of yoga styles and insight from his 13 years as a teacher, Esteban has created his own signature yoga style called “Krama Vinyasa.”   Krama Vinyasa classes draw upon Esteban’s 17+ years of practicing yoga; the teachings of many high profile yoga presenters he has hosted at his studio, as well as his in depth understanding of asana.  In a Krama Vinyasa class you will experience an inner opening, an eclectic assortment of postures, a feeling of flying, but in a very safe way, aligning your body in a very intelligent way.  Esteban’s unique Krama Vinyasa method style intrigues all level of practitioners to find inner harmony and inner connection; body openness; nourishment of the intellect; playing the edge and have an incredible, sweet and nourishing experience be ready to travel to new horizons with Esteban Salazar!

    Location: San José Costa Rica

    Upcoming events:

    Yoga retreat ¨come celebrate my birthday at Colombia, Santa Marta, Tyrona National Park, july 17-19

    Krama Yoga teacher training 200 hours Yoga Alliance certified, USA, Miami dates: july 28-august 14th.

    Yoga conference at Perú, august 26-28

    Krama Yoga Festival, Costa Rica, september 30 October 2nd

    Yoga weekend workshop, Guatemala, October 21-23rd

    November 25-27 Mexico, Yoga Conference

    Yoga retreat, Mexico, Puerto Escondido, December 2-4 
    Dagmar Spremberg

    Dagmar Spremberg is the founder and director of Montezuma Yoga in Costa Rica. While growing up in Germany all she could envision for herself was living life in the sunshine and under the palm trees. After 20 years of soul searching and many detours that let her explore city life in Los Angeles and New York, she found her dream life by the beach in the lush & tropical nature of Costa Rica . Through her own experience she believes that everybody can live their dreams and that our work is to become clear and open to receive the gifts we all deserve.

    Dagmar is a 500hr E-RYT with the Yoga Alliance and trained in Vinyasa Flow, Anusara Yoga and Yin Yoga with teachers like Elena Brower, Rod Stryker and Paula Tursi. She is also a graduate of The Institute For Integrative Nutrition in New York.Her classes are heartfelt and intuitive, gently challenging and deeply nourishing. Through creating a safe space and emphasis on softening and deepening the breath Dagmar makes her students flow with more ease and grace while deepening their practice.

    Location: Playa Montezuma

    Upcoming events:

    Iceland Yoga Retreat Sept 17-24

    Lauren Rudick

    Lauren Rudick’s love of yoga has taken her around the world. She has studied, taught and practiced yoga across 6 continents and over two-dozen countries. Lauren’s appetite for yoga and travel are insatiable! She has been teaching and practicing yoga for over a decade and continues to train with world-class and inspiring teachers whenever she can. She has solid roots in traditional Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa and Power Yoga with continued education in Ashtanga, Yin, and Anusara.

    Lauren’s dynamic and upbeat classes are infused with humor, positivity and joy helping her students build confidence on and off the mat.

    Lauren is currently based out of Costa Rica, but continues to give classes internationally at retreats, conferences and festivals including Sedona Yoga Festival, Envision FestivalWanderlust Festival. and more. She has been featured in newspapers and magazines including The daily mail,Evoke,  Get Out There, DisFunkshion, Optimyz and gives online yoga classes at Her outspoken honesty and commitment to truth have landed her as a guest on several podcasts and radio shows From Atlanta to Australia. Lauren’s world renowned yoga retreats have received heaps of international praise and offer her students a chance to join her on yoga adventures to exotic locations. She envisions, creates and flawlessly executes yoga retreats for virtually all travel styles, budgets and comfort levels from backpacker to super luxurious and everything in between.

    Location: Santa Teresa, Costa Rica

    IYD Message:  “My wish for international yoga day is that we all live our authentic truth and seek peace in the soul to create peace and compassion for the planet.”

    Upcoming events:

    “The simplest form of yoga is Namaskar. Put your hands together and unite the polarities within and without.” – Sadhguru

    Workshops in and around San José TODAY will be at:  Remember to mention The Costa Rica News for your free entrance to class.

    Yoga CentreWebsite
    IO Cultura de Yoga
    Mandalayoga Studio
    Yoga Prasanna

    “How deeply you touch another life
    is how rich your life is.” – Sadhguru** Remember to mention The Costa Rica News for your free entrance to class.

    Contact Natashia founder of Follow Your Bliss, she would be happy to assist with any questions relating this article.  Follow Your Bliss offers a variety of retreats in and around Costa Rica, they also distribute specialty drinks like kombucha, chaga tea and cold pressed juices.  Email:  [email protected]

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