Meet The Instructors At Our Costa Rica Yoga Resort
Before Andrea Borja went into the field of health, yoga and fitness, she was very successful in the field of Finance, working for Fortune 500 companies such as Pepsi, KFC, Polaroid, and Disney. Ten years ago, after struggling with some health issues, she decided to take the first step on the journey to becoming who she is today and moved to Nosara, and now after 6 different Teacher Trainings Andrea has already been teaching with us for over 5 years, both Yoga and HIIT.
Her classes reflect her personality, playful, active and excited to be alive. She will lead you through a strong vinyasa flow or a very powerful HIIT class but also always allow you to listen to your body and be creative in your practice.
Join Andrea for a class and let’s explore “La Pura Vida” and Yoga together.
Andrés practiced the discipline of aerial yoga for more than 5 years before deciding to become a certified Aerial Yoga Teacher. The benefits of this practice changed his life in the aspect of new challenges, supported stretches and emotional wellbeing. His passion is to share his experience and to motivate people to explore and learn aerial yoga in a fun supportive way.
In his classes, he encourages individuals to trust their own capacities, while feeling more free and happy.
With a background in Sustainable Tourism Management and Business Administration, he is able to complement his experience as an Aerial Yoga Teacher.Andrés enjoys teaching both children and adults.
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.”
Cory has been a fitness and spin advocate for over 15 years. His passion for helping individuals reach their fitness goals and create healthy lifestyle changes lead him to developing the spin program at the Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort in Nosara, Costa Rica. Cory teaches daily high intensity, low impact spin classes that will leave you feeling like you’re ready to conquer the 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.
With a strong belief that yoga is a moving meditation of love, Duncan seamlessly weaves positivity, fluidity, and light-hearted playfulness throughout his classes.
His charismatic teaching style focuses on breath work and emphasizes tapping into innate primal instincts, allowing students to gaze internally while actively
building core and stabilizing muscles. This approach fosters spiritual and physical growth and evolution, with each pose flowing mindfully to the next.
A diverse background of martial arts and general athletics as well as Acro yoga and yin training allows him to lead a unique and dynamic class. Each class with Duncan incorporates movement and stillness, strength and lightness, and focus and laughter.
He completed his 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Semperviva and has spent extended periods of time teaching yoga, surfing, and living in Abroad. He
skillfully blends the sunshine and loving vibes of Central America with his personal beliefs and technical skills
Hayley has been in the healing arts industry for over 30 years. First as a multi disciplined yoga teacher and Bodyrolling instructor and then obtained her DTCM in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. In 2009 she brought the unique style of Aerial Yoga to Costa Rica and has been the Aerial Yoga Master teacher in Nosara ever since.
Hayley teaches all levels of Aerial yoga to all walks of life. “Any healthy person – any shape, age or size will be able to participate in Aerial yoga”. It is unique, fun and exhilarating and something most people have not tried yet. Find Hayley at one of either of the two aerial yoga studios on the Bodhi Tree Resort property teaching group or private.
Lauri is trained in Kundaliniyoga by the Kundalini Research Institute. With experience for over a decade she teaches in the original style as taught by the KRI.
The bodily systems are affected in a positive way. The glandular system, the nervous systems, the organs, the tissues and the cells are all stimulated to increase health within the body and mind.
Dynamic movement, conscious powerful breathing techniques, high frequency mantras and meditations all work together to get beyond the habitual critical mind into a deeper state of presence with ourselves and our environment.
Kundaliniyoga is a technology that supports us in releasing stress and negativity so that we have more vitality and energy in the body. Resulting in a brighter mind and a lighter heart.
Marck Jansen loves life. He loves animals. He loves to have fun. He loves the yoga practice. He is grateful for everything in his life.
He is grateful for all of the teachers and students that he has been able to learn beautiful things from.. He loves being silly and serious.
He loves the ocean, the mountains and the rivers. He loves his family. He loves living in Costa Rica. He loves to find the perfection and beauty in everything. He loves daydreaming and drinking coconuts. He loves being vegan and supporting the freedom of animals.
He is grateful for the past, the present, and the future. He loves sparkly things.
Marck loves to love.
Maria Eugenia Garré
MEd, CAP, CAYT, CIAYT, ERYT500
Maria brings an integrative, embodied approach to life and teaching. She blends the wisdom of Yoga, Ayurveda and Mindfulness to offer an integrated approach to her classes, certifications and lifestyle programming. A student of 30+ years traveling to India and undergoing formal study from Kripalu, Vasant Lad and Robert Svoboda, alongside Shiva Rea and Krishnamacharya-based teachers, she offers a practical, modern approach, s rooted in Vedic lineage.
A lover of nature, the ocean and waves she brings a Pura Vida vibe to all her sessions to welcome every being just as they are. Professionally she’s aligned with National Ayurveda Medical Association, International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance and trains professionals world-wide.
RYT 500 E-RYT 200 Psychologist
Melany has dedicated herself to the practice, study and teaching of yoga since 2010. She trained in the disciplines of Hatha Vinyasa, Restorative and Yin yoga, Mindfulness meditation and Yoga Nidra combining elements of these styles and her experience as a psychologist into a mindful and inspiring alignment-based flow.
In her classes she encourages growth of the physical and spiritual self, creating a space where you can learn how to honor your body through the yoga practice.
She has been based in Nosara for the past 7 years dedicated to teach yoga for the community and managing all the yoga retreats at the very well-known Bodhi Tree hotel in Playa Guiones.
“Yoga is the Devotion, Art and Science of my Soul. I thrive on sharing Yoga’s teachings and wisdom in innovative, creative and dynamic ways, meeting my students, clients and participants where they are, just as they are.
My invitation to you is to dive deep and go in to the flow of your evolving practice. We do this by co-creating an environment of community within the pristine beach paradise of Nosara, Costa Rica.”
Yali’s offerings infuse an Ashtanga Vinyasa foundation with inquiry-based moving meditations serving up an innovative, dynamic teaching style seamlessly merging tradition with a careful application to contemporary influences and forms. Her ability to clearly educate many levels from beginner to advanced though intelligent sequencing make her classes accessible yet challenging.
Joining a class with Yali will bring you back to your breath and your centre, by transmitting the teachings and lineages she has practiced for almost 20 years in her own body/mind, will allow you to align and connect at a deeper level to your intention for practicing the art and science of Yoga. Bridging the gap from practice (sadhana) to lifestyle.
Yali currently works exclusively as the Senior Yoga Educator at Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort and oversees the Yoga classes and teachers. She previously was on the primary faculty at the internationally renowned Nosara Yoga Institute working as Posture Technique Director on more than twelve 200 hour Teacher Training programs. She is the founder of Evolving Sadhana School of Yoga Studies which currently runs two 100 hour trainings, with a foundational 200 our training on offer in 2017.
To learn more about Yali please visit yaliyoga.com
Zac is a 500hr YTT graduate of the Nosara Yoga Institute. He received his 200hr training certification in Vinyasa yoga and his 300hr advanced training in Restorative yoga, Self-Awakening yoga, and Inner Quest of the Yoga Guide. He continually practices Bhakti and Karma yoga; the yoga of love and selfless service, going into his eighth year studying with his foremost teacher, Rose Ma Sincevich.️️
Zac’s commitment to openness and inspiration enables him to pass on his teachings directly and indirectly to all who are in his presence. As a teacher, he invites students to connect with their will power and strength with a firm emphasis on core and breath. He innately understands that you are your best guide and is passionately devoted to serving you on your journey.
Zac’s teaching skills include: vinyasa, yin, core development and awareness, restorative, restorative with props, restorative for arthritic bodies, pranayama, heart meditation, and self-awakening yoga.
We make it easy for you to enjoy delicious, healthy meals without stepping off the resort property. Bodhi Tree Yoga Resort strives to use natural, fresh ingredients to promote a healthy lifestyle.
Relax. Renew. Restore.
Allow us to bring you back to your natural rhythms. Our experienced therapist will help you sink in into that healing mood and facilitate your body and soul transformation.
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