iLa Yoga – Light Your Life
The time is now, to light your life. Step into the fullest version of yourself as we embark into a week of transformation, connection, relaxation and exploration. Join our tribe of seekers on a mission to elevate ourselves and the world.
Too often in today’s modern world, leisure and self-care get labeled as selfish or lazy. Well we’re pushing back. Taking time to recreate and care for yourself is more important than ever. We get that time is tight and life is busy, which is why we have curated our week long Costa Rica retreat. This 8th annual iLa retreat is a full week, balanced with relaxation, exploration, healthy activities, yoga, delicious meals, and more. A week of practicing and supporting what is light-giving to each of us; living from the center of ourselves in this magical place of sunshine, waves, and pure living.
Developed by Bridget and Dakota Shae, founders of iLa Yoga® and Directors of the Bodhi Tree Teacher Training Programs, iLa Retreat “Light Your Life” is a carefully curated week of our favorite life-giving experiences here in Nosara. Since 2008 we have explored this land and shared in this community. In 2014 we brought our first retreat to Nosara and are grateful to be sharing this Retreat with you today.
It is as simple as planting a tree. At iLa Retreats we believe in giving back. By planting trees we actively contribute to the beauty and preservation of beautiful Costa Rica. We’ll learn about the local ecosystem and efforts being made to preserve its natural state with the conservation organization Costas Verdes in partnership with Barri Guiones.
What to Expect
iLa Retreats allow for the time it takes to step out of your routine and into the magic of experience, ceremony, and intention. We have designed a week intended for you to access what needs attention in your life. We deliver the tools needed to greet that place with ease and excitement. This week is for you. We take care of the planning, yet everything is optional.
Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort
The Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort blends seamlessly into the natural landscape, with grounds designed to inspire an at home feeling in harmony with nature. The cleansing element of water is abundant; soothing fountains, tranquil waterfalls, saltwater infinity pool and outdoor showers. Stone paths guide you through the local fauna on your way to your bungalow. Open the door to find modern Balinese furnished bungalows, luxurious linens and a canopied bed that promises a well-deserved rest.
For a full list, please visit our website. In addition to our facilitated activities, there is lots of free time to relax or play hard…you choose! Playa Guiones has so much to offer. Nosara is our home, we know all the best spots, things to do, and are here to help design your perfect week.
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An innovator in the field of inquiry-based learning, Bridget is a leader in encouraging students to find their truth through the practice of yoga. Bridget co-founded iLa Yoga® in 2012 and is the Director of iLa Yoga® and Bodhi Tree Yoga schools, accredited by the Yoga Alliance. She and her partner, Dakota, lead trainings and retreats around the world.
Bridget has been a student of the practice since 2003, and began teaching in 2008 having studied with renowned teachers including Don and Amba Stapleton, Kevin Courtney, Thomas Droge and Donte Qunine. Bridget teaches a diverse array of practices, and shares her knowledge as an expansive approach to healing. Her studies and commitment to the practice have led to original inspirations, methods, and practices, delivering students with the ability to tap into their inner wisdom and find their own path through this ancient practice. Bridget has taught thousands of students from around the world including Europe, the Middle East, Central America, South America, North America, and recently led one of the first legal teacher training programs in Saudi Arabia.
Her classes invite you to step more fully into yourself with careful consideration. Infusing the energy of yoga with understanding the intelligence of prana and awareness, her teachings help to bring clarity and a heightened sense of purpose to your life.
“This practice takes me to the earth, the mat, around the world– guides me to my truest, most authentic self, and connects me with others on the path. A lifelong student to this discipline and a teacher to self-seekers for over 12 years, yoga has been the means to a contemplative life, full of wonder, awe and love. The benefits of teaching yoga, and the effects of sharing this practice proves to be vital for my existence and my efforts in creating a more beautiful world.”
With a focus on practical application, Dakota’s teachings center around a whole system approach to achieving optimal health and wellness. Dakota co-founded iLa Yoga™ in 2012 and is the Assistant Director of iLa Yoga™ and Bodhi Tree Yoga schools, alongside his partner, Bridget.
Dakota’s launch into the vast domain of yoga began in 2006 stemming from an interest in exploring peak physical performance. As a lifelong athlete, he found undeniable physical benefits from a regular practice that, over the years, has evolved into a daily discovery of what is needed to live a happy, healthy life. In addition to his yoga practice and education, studies in breathing techniques, ice therapy, meditation and endurance training have generated a diverse outlook on being well. From this approach, Dakota uses the practice of yoga as the main vehicle to awareness in discovering what practices are most beneficial on any given day. His teachings offer the opportunity to bring about radical self-care and change through the practice of awareness and consistent practice.
A calm, yet passionate demeanor, contribute to the vibrant and inspiring teacher that he is. Dakota cares deeply about equipping each of his students with the tools they need most to live their best life.