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Join this new year's integrative detox cleansing and yoga retreat in Costa Rica with Dr. Barak MD to help you dispose of toxins and calm both your body and mind. In this detox and yoga retreat, you will nourish yourself with fresh organic vegetables and fruits, rich in useful natural substances to aid your cleansing process of the body. Take this chance and transform yourself to a completely healthier life.
The maximum participants in the group is 15.
Alya Retreat Center welcomes guests in their 19-acre sanctuary. Whether you join for a personal retreat, a group retreat, or just want a place to enjoy a quiet getaway in the natural beauty of Costa Rica, Alya Retreat Center offers flexible lodging options. They have five casitas which are suitable for up to three people. Two casitas have a full kitchen, while the other three have a cold kitchen.
All casitas have a private bathroom and shower. For those who enjoy being in nature or are budget conscious, Alya Retreat Center offers camping locations with outdoor shower and toilet. No matter which accommodation you choose, you are guaranteed spectacular views of the jungle.
This yoga retreat is not an ordinary yoga program as it also features detox retreat for your maximum result of wellness and well-being, accompanied by the famous yoga teacher, Anat Zahor, and an integrative organic nutrition chef, Maria Laura Quintero.
In daily life, people collect toxins and poisons. You breathe, drink, eat, hear, and think them. Modern life surrounds you with its advantages and drawbacks. The air you breathe is contaminated and polluted, your food and beverages are processed and adulterated, you are exposed to radiation from all around you, and stress leaves its mark on every inch of your spirit and body.
Although your body knows how to dispose of toxins spontaneously on a regular basis, it sometimes cannot cope with all that is accumulated. A detoxification retreat is an ideal time to allow and aid your body to go into a deeper cleansing. In this detox retreat, you will take control on the incomings and outgoings of your bodies by nourishing it only with fresh organic vegetables and fruits rich in antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, and minerals
The detox meals will aid the process through cleansing techniques that were adopted from ancient and sage cultures applied to both your body and mind. Besides supplying your body with raw green nutrition, you will help the process with various available healing techniques from traditional Chinese medicines (acupuncture, moxibustion, cupping, or gua-sha).
You will undergo a sweat-lodge ceremony and guided yoga and meditation practices to gather energies and fluids within your body, that will be disposing of the toxins and soothing your body and mind. During the process of detoxification, you are also encouraged to take proper rest and take calm walks in the beautiful nature that surround you for the optimum detoxification process.
Seven or more days before the fast, please abstain from alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, sugar, dairy, wheat, animal meat, fish, and eggs. Try to consume mainly organic fruits, vegetables, and beans. Breaking of the fast will be initiated on the last day and a half of the retreat, but you are advised to resume normal eating slowly and gradually for another week. The customary program is as follows:
Pregnant or nursing women, people with diabetes, low blood sugar, eating disorders, kidney disease, liver disease, malnutrition, addictions, underweight, anemia, impaired immune function, infection, nutritional deficiency, low blood pressure, ulcerative colitis, cancer, terminal illness, epilepsy, or other chronic conditions.
People should not try a juice fast before or after surgical procedures. A juice fasting can reduce blood proteins and change the way prescription drugs react in the body. People taking prescription medications should inform Alya Retreat Center before enlisting into the retreat, and in case they participate, they should never discontinue or reduce their medications on their own.
Anat Zahor is the founder of yoga Dharma School in Israel where she teaches yoga and meditation. She conducts teachers training courses and certifies her students to teach yoga Dharma. Anat has been practicing yoga, Tai Chi-Chuan, Chi Kung, Taoism, and Buddhism from the early 80's. In the early 90's, she joined her first S.N Goenka, Vipassana meditation retreat, and since then Buddhism has become her way of life.
Reuven Barak is a physician with over 30 years of experience, a graduate from the Hebrew University-Hadassah Medical School of Jerusalem in 1982. He specialized and practiced general and pediatric surgery for 10 years. Since 1992, he learned traditional Chinese medicine, traveling also to mainland China for this purpose, and has had advanced studies under the guidance of several renown teachers from all over the world.
Born in Venezuela, chef Maria Laura Quintero obtained her culinary arts diploma at The Institute of Culinary Education of New York and is a certified health coach from The Institute of Integrative Nutrition of New York. Seven years ago, chef Maria Laura moved from New York City to the town of Amenia in upstate New York where she has been growing her organic vegetable garden to supply her private catering business.
Nested amongst the unspoiled jungle, Alya retreat center is a peaceful sanctuary to relax, heal, and rejuvenate. You can fully experience Costa Rica in a natural and beautiful way. Alya Retreat Center offers a natural and serene location amidst the many travel highlights of Costa Rica. With its 19 acres land area, Alya Retreat Center is a tropical oasis in Guanacaste.
With sun-splashed beaches and great Pacific surf, Costa Rica's northwestern province of Guanacaste is full of visitors from around the globe. The region's dry tropical climate encompasses a varied landscape. Popular white-sand beaches line the coast, and to the east, the Guanacaste Mountains feature fascinating national parks and caldera volcanoes. Travelers of every type can enjoy Guanacaste's myriad of activities.
Among the many activities and adventures available in Costa Rica, the list below is a few of the highlights nearby Alya Retreat Center that can be reached by foot or a short drive.
This is an extensive and wide beach that is perfect for hiking, horseback riding, sunbathing, and surfing for its adequate waves. Close to this beach and other beaches toward the north, you can find a variety of services for tourists.
This beach has a beautiful estuary and a large mangrove (Nosara River) that can be navigated by boat and kayak to observe its flora and fauna, especially birds. In the town of Nosara and surrounding areas, there are all kinds of tourist services, including horseback riding, paddle boarding, and kayaking.
This beach is internationally known because of San Rosa National Park, the largest number of Olive Ridley sea turtles come to nest, especially from July to November. That is why this beach and the entire coast to the south until Punta Guiones belong to the Ostional Wildlife Refuge. The most scenic part of this beach is located toward the north along the rocky coast.
Playa Pelada is at the far north end of Punta Nosara. This place is a great spot for hiking and relaxing. At the southern end, there is a rocky point, where you can catch a beautiful panoramic view of the beach and Playa Guiones in the south. At Playa Pelada, you can go hiking, horseback riding, sunbathing, fishing, and snorkeling.
These small little inlets are abundant with coastal vegetation. Both are linked by a rocky surface that joins Punta Trinidad and Punta Plato. The later, on its far southern end, has a small bend, which is ideal for swimming. On the other hand, San Juanillo has a unique little tip (Trinidad), which has waves of fine sand that form a small cove with calm waves. It extends south several hundred feet creating Cocal Beach. Hiking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, boat rides, and horseback riding are all available.
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During the retreat, you will be served four daily juice meals made of a variety of healthy organic green vegetables, fruits, and pure water, according to your personal plan. Detoxification will include organic juice, spring water, and if necessary, a psyllium husks or flax seed oil to aid in toxic elimination.
Enjoy one complementary acupuncture and oil pulling therapy (non-invasive detoxifier) sessions as part of the program. Bodyworks, such as massage treatments, are available at additional cost and upon request.
Please book your flight to arrive at Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport (LIR) or Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO). From these airports, you can rent a car, take a private taxi, book a shuttle, or use other public transportation. Private transfers from and to these airports are also available upon request.