National Geographic has called the Osa Peninsula "the most abundant ecosystem and biologically diverse and intense place on Earth," and one of the few "blue zones" in the world. Join Bindu and Ashana for an 8 day magical inner and outer journey into the heart of chanting and yoga.
Relax and reinvigorate your personal practice in this high-end eco friendly resort with a Ganesh temple, beautifully designed elevated yoga deck, garden, private beach
The expansive ocean, lush green mountains, rain forest air, monkeys and birds await you!We will practice Prajna yoga with Bindu in the mornings and Ecstatic chant and Kundalini yoga at sunset with Ashana. Lovely friends, you will be served the most delicious food, swim in the ocean, sit silently, have philosophical discussions, and
make new connections.
We all need to unplug, and, sometimes we need to immerse ourselves into the beauty of nature to reset our nervous systems for real change to happen.
Meet Your Hosts
We all want to express ourselves: to be heard and received with sincerity.Your voice is the gateway between your heart and mind.
As we sing the kirtans, our energetic frequencies become stronger; as the sound penetrates our beings, vibrating within us, we feel satisfied and connected.
As our hearts call out for the Divine, we bring forth our sacred song. We become open—free from the ego's exhausting self-consciousness—and our lives can take on new meaning.
Ashana Sophia, sacred chant artist, yoga teacher, founder of Agua de Flora perfumery and herbalist was introduced to plants, yoga, music, and spiritual practice at an early age. Schooled in music and yoga, she cultivated the devotion and skills that have allowed her to blossom into a compelling teacher and musical artist. Ashana lives and teaches in Louisiana and abroad, performing prayers and chants, and teaching yoga retreats. Her recordings include Sundara, Lumiere, Heart Notes on the Bayou, and her forthcoming album, Ancient Songs.
"Ashana and her equally gifted percussion accompanist guided all 40 of us–both long-time and newer Yoga of the Voice practitioners–on a journey of song, chant, poetry, meditation, individual and group reflection, humor, and story-telling. Ashana has the natural insight and capacity to offer each person what they need in the present moment of their unique personal transformation and spiritual growth, in a safe, fun atmosphere infused with humility and respect. To hear her sing–and to hear one’s self and others sing with her–is to be graced with a soulful experience."
Kundalini yoga teacher (Louisiana)
“I am a fan of Ashana Sophia. When I experience her singing, I immediately feel the love and devotion pouring from her soul. I get chills. She not only sings with such beauty and grace, but her energy is something so pure that the whole room transforms in her presence. Her music is transcendent and takes me to my soul.
She is a singer and artist in the truest sense.”
Musician/World Chant Artist (California)
Join me on a journey so that together we can Spread our Wings to a vast openness of space within our body, citta (mind) and atma (soul). The alignment based asana practice is open to all levels.
I teach from a place of compassion and it is my firm belief that everyone no matter their experience or physical abilities can practice yoga together.
My aim is to help people build confidence and find inner peace. Strength and flexibility are other beautiful by products of the practice. Sharing yoga with others is such an honor and brings me much joy.
Bindu's first yoga class was in 2000 by chance and out of curiosity for something she knew nothing about that is linked to her heritage. And to be honest, also because she hated to exercise and needed to lose weight after the birth of her third child! That one class led to a passion for a lifelong study and sharing of yoga. She is registered with Yoga Alliance as an ERYT200, RYT500 and RYS200. In 2009 she began to teach yoga and has led a 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training.
"Bindu, I am so grateful because when I took your class—I thought to myself, now that is a new level of yoga discipline and professionalism! Your energy actually really prepared me for my training in Rishikesh. You are such a gift to the world and to Lafayette bringing your practice. Thank you for all your love, energy and support. You totally inspire me."
"Bindu YTT has changed my life and perspective on finding a true passion. Bindu's dedication and commitment to her students learning anatomy (modifications), philosophy, ethics and sanskrit was apparent. I'm eternally grateful that I decided to take Yoga Teacher Training with her."
May 12-19, 2018
Blue Osa Spa & Retreat Center
Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica
8–days and 7–nights of eco-friendly accommodations at a premier Costa Rican Eco Resort
Miles of secluded jungle beach front along which to walk, run, surf or swim
3 farm-to-table meals and 1 snack daily (vegan, vegetarian and fish menus)
Coffee & tea available all day
Daily yoga and meditation
Workshop sessions and group discussions
Daily housekeeping service
Open-air yoga studio
Chemical free lap pool
Airport transfer from Puerto Jimenez airport to Blue Osa and return
Airfare to Costa Rica
* Beer, wine, and other specialty beverages are available at the bar for an additional fee. Cash is recommended.
Gratuities (cash only) for the Blue Osa staff: $20 – $40 per day ($140 – $280 total).
Visa to travel to Costa Rica if you are a U.S. Citizen is not required. Please make sure you have a valid passport. Please check your passport to make sure you have at least 6 months validity from the time you enter Costa Rica.
*Alternatively, 11–5 can be used as free time for longer excursions.
*Attendance is not required for the yoga or chanting. We invite you to take care of yourself, and do not require your attendance at all practices.
Quiet time & a light breakfast
Free time or adventuring
Kundalini Yoga & Ecstatic Chanting
Socializing, walks, quiet time