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Throughout the year at Blue Osa, we are fortunate to host a variety of yoga retreats! Leading these Costa Rica yoga retreats are exceptional yoga teachers from around the world. We invite you to join one of these renowned yoga retreats.

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Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with David Williams

March 14, 2020 - March 28, 2020

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Explore the depths of Ashtanga Yoga, the practice, with the original teacher, David Williams.

Blue Osa is really excited to have senior teacher and Ashtanga Guru David Williams come to Blue Osa and offer this retreat.


March 14 – 21, 2020


March 21 – 28, 2020

You may come one week or join both weeks.

About this Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with David Williams

David’s aim is to help each individual experience the most enjoyable, uplifting yoga practice possible. He believes the person most likely to practice tomorrow is the one who enjoys their practice the most today. Daily asana and pranayama with David will enable one to develop a practice that one can continue enjoying for life. David’s goal is for each student to leave Yoga Rocks feeling better than when they arrived, totally rested and energized. The practice of yoga should relieve pain, not become a new source of suffering. After more than 45 years of uninterrupted daily yoga practice, David’s first rule is If it hurts, you are doing it wrong!

During this yoga holiday, David will focus on a safe and enjoyable practice that will hopefully inspire one to continue daily practice for the rest of one’s life.
In the morning, David will lead the classical Ashtanga primary series, with modifications, so everyone can enjoy the practice. After the second day, one can choose to practice the primary series or the intermediate series.

In the late afternoon, David will lead the complete classical Ashtanga yoga pranayama and discussions on the history and practice of yoga.

Who Is David Williams?


David Williams Ashtanga Yoga Teacher


David Williams has been practicing yoga daily, without interruption, since 1971. In 1972, David met K. P. Manju , the son of K. Pattabhi Jois, and saw him demonstrate the Ashtanga Yoga Primary series. This was at Dr. Swami Gitananda’s Ananda Ashram in Pondicherry, South India, where David received his 6 month Yoga teachers training course certification.

In 1973, David began learning Ashtanga Yoga from K. Pattabhi Jois at his home in Mysore, India, and became the first non-Indian to be taught the complete Ashtanga Yoga system of asanas and pranayama directly from Jois. In 1974, David became one of the first non-Indians to be certified to teach the Ashtanga Yoga asanas and one of the very few people ever certified by Jois to teach the Ashtanga Yoga pranayama.


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David introduced K. Pattabhi Jois and Manju to America and the western world when he, along with Nancy Gilgoff, organized and sponsored their first visit to Encinitas, California, in 1975.

David is responsible for teaching the Ashtanga Yoga system to many of today’s leading teachers and practitioners, including David Swenson, Doug Swenson, Danny Paradise, Cliff Barber, Batiste Marceau, Bryan Kest, Jonny Kest, Clifford Sweatte, Tracy Rich, Chuck Miller, Maty Ezraty, Kathy Cooper, and Andrew Eppler.

David is 69 years old. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has lived on the island of Maui, Hawaii, since l976.


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Here’s what a typical day might look like:

7:30 Light Breakfast
9:00-10:30 David will lead and demonstrate the classical Ashtanga Yoga asana practice as taught to him by Pattabhi Jois beginning in 1973, with modifications so that everyone will be energized and feel wonderful after each session.
9:30-4:00 FREE TIME
12:00 Lunch
4:00-5:30 David will lead the complete classical Ashtanga Yoga pranayama and discussions on:
the history of yoga, the history and lineage of Ashtanga Yoga, the 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, discussions on how one can practice in a way that one is motivated to practice daily for the rest of one’s life beyond our retreat.
6:30 Dinner


What’s Included in this Yoga Retreat

  • 8-days and 7-nights, or 15 days and 14 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
  • Delicious farm-to-table meals and a snack each day, using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, and fresh bread baked daily.
  • Daily yoga classes
  • $50 Gift Certificate to the Spa
  • Taxes
  • Yoga Mats + Props
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Open-air yoga studio
  • Chemical free lap pool
  • Wi-fi
  • Airport transfer from Puerto Jimenez airport to Blue Osa and return


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What’s Not Included:
Airfare. Cost of any excursions, including the separate cost of transportation to and from the excursion. Spa services. Beer, wine, or other specialty beverages, which are available at the bar for an additional fee. Costa Rica departure tax of $29/person. (most airlines include this now in their fee)

Yoga Retreat Price:

If you would like to join this retreat, please register ASAP. David’s retreats sell out within days of announcing them.

Early Bird special until March 30, 2019
$1499/person for *shared occupancy for one weeks
$2799/person for *shared occupancy for two weeks

2799 for single occupancy for one week
$5399 for single occupancy for two weeks

Prices beginning April 1, 2019
$1699/person for *shared occupancy for one weeks
$2799/person for *shared occupancy for two weeks

$2799 for single occupancy for one week
$5999 for single occupancy for two weeks

$2799/person for the penthouse suite for one week shared occupancy (Must register with one other person for the double occupancy option.)
$4900 for the penthouse suite for one week single occupancy

Shared occupancy may mean that you will share with 1 or 2 other people. If you have a person you would like to share a room with, please indicate this when you register for this retreat. if you are traveling alone, please


An Open Letter From David Williams

Greetings and Salutations from Maui!

When I teach Yoga, I am always reminded that there are some major concepts about how Ashtanga Yoga is taught and practiced, based on my personal study, observation, and uninterrupted practice, that I feel are important to share with my classes.
First, and foremost, I hope you can learn from me that in your practice, “If it hurts, you are doing it wrong.” Through the years, I have observed that too many people are hurting themselves and hurting others. Yoga practice can be (and should be) pleasant from the beginning to the end. What is important is the mula bandha and deep breathing. With daily practice, it is inevitable that one will become more flexible.

From my own practice and observation, I learned that pushing your current limitations to get into a position could result in injury, which results in one needing to rest the injury to recover so they can resume their practice. This entire sequence of events is not only unpleasant, it is contrary to my belief that through slow, steady, daily practice one can achieve greater flexibility by generating one’s own internal heat to relax into positions, rather than being forced into a position. I have observed this slower, steadier method is not only healthier, but it allows one to develop greater flexibility of a more lasting nature, than the kind that is forced. Unfortunately, as many have found, pushing one’s current limitations can result in having to severely curtail or limit activity during recovery. This cycle can lead to unpleasant associations with one’s Yoga practice, rather than the pleasant experiences I work to instill, and that I feel are necessary for a lifelong practice.

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In my workshops and retreats, I want to show each of you how you can do the Ashtanga Yoga series in a lifelong practice that is a completely pleasant experience.
I suspect that when you first saw the practice, you said to yourself, “If I did this, it would be great for me!” So, here you are–you have observed the practice, and you want to continue it. The key is being able to continue practicing Yoga for the rest of your life. From over 40 years of observing thousands of people practicing Yoga, I realize that those who continue are the ones who are able to figure out how to make it enjoyable. They look forward to their daily practice and nothing can keep them from finding the time to do it. It becomes one of the most pleasant parts of their day. The others, consciously, subconsciously, or unconsciously, quit practicing. It is my goal to do everything I can to inspire you to establish your Yoga practice, not just for the few days we are together, but for the rest of your life.

Secondly, I hope to share with you my belief that the ultimate goal of Yoga is not to increase flexibility and strength. Increased flexibility and strength are simply the natural results and benefits of daily practice. While additional flexibility and strength are important and apparent benefits of Yoga, I believe the goals of Yoga practice are self-realization and keeping oneself balanced and healthy on a daily basis. Health is your greatest wealth. The body’s DNA knows how to heal itself; all it needs is the energy. The energizing, rejuvenating Yoga practices can be the source of this energy.

Lastly, I hope you will find that my workshop is for everyone at all levels. Occasionally I asked if someone is “good at Yoga.” I quickly respond that the best Yogi is not the one who is most flexible, but the one who is the most focused on what he or she is doing, the one most intensely doing the mula bandha and deep breathing. It is with some sadness that I have observed people “competing with their Yoga practice.” I have also observed others who are discouraged in their practice because they feel this competition and worry that they will never be able to do their practice with the flexibility and skill of others more advanced in the series. My goal is to convey the idea that the greatest Yogi is the one who enjoys his or her Yoga practice the most, not the one who can achieve the ultimate pretzel position. It is my belief, which I hope to convey to you, that in your practice of this moving meditation, what is important, is what is invisible to the observer, what is within each of you.

I believe in the Yoga. I believe that anyone who has the desire can do the Ashtanga practice, perhaps with personal modifications, in a way that is pleasant. For years, I have said, “If someone said to me, ‘You have 15 minutes, one hour, etc., do something good for yourself. You can use barbells, bicycles, or whatever,’ I would start doing the Ashtanga Yoga Salutations to the Sun and Primary Series.” If someone can show me something better, I am ready to learn it. In my more than 40 years of searching, I have learned five or six systems of Yoga practice. For myself, I have not found a better physical, mental, and emotional fitness program than the Ashtanga Yoga system. I hope you will feel the same after our days together.
I look forward to sharing my practice and experience with you.

Yours in Yoga,

David Williams


March 14, 2020
March 28, 2020


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