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In a few words, Lola was truly an amazing teacher, and I felt that from the beginning. She was patient, wise, extremely intelligent but also caring and lovely. She held space for all of us in a unique way and taught each one of us how to grow. I seriously could not have imagined a better experience.

Thank you so much for this experience, not only was Lola amazing but Anamaya holds a special place in my heart. I hope to go back there soon and hopefully one day teach there all I have learned in this yoga journey, where both Lola and Anamaya have such special meaning.

2019 YTT Student

I enjoyed my month spent at Anamaya. Jackie is a fantastic instructor with a great depth of knowledge. She really made our time at Anamaya special.

2019 YTT Student

“Jackie is the most amazing teacher I have had the pleasure to meet. The outlay of the course is challenging but so rewarding. Jackie’s explanation of Anatomy philosophy is so practical. I loved the way she went over each of the Chakras and how they effect us. I personally don’t think any other teacher would of got to me the way she did. One of the best decisions I’ve made was taking my 300 yoga advance training at Anamaya.

I was there for a month in the jungle in the breath taking environment. From the moment you arrive to Anamaya, it’s the personal touch from all the staff, that makes you so at home and comfortable. To experience it you would understand why they call it the Anamaya family and you become a part of that.

The food is of top restaurant standard everyday. Served in the big house where everyone meets guests and teacher trainers. I highly recommend Anamaya to anyone considering yoga teacher training or if it’s a retreat you’re looking for. I will definitely return and thanks so much for the great memories.”

2019 YTT 300-HR Student

Lola is obviously very seasoned, well educated in yoga, and understands that each of her students is on their own journey.

YTT Graduate

If you seek a yoga teacher who can properly teach you the asanas with gentleness, attention to detail, patience and constant encouragement, then you will love Lola Rephann. Lola is a gifted teacher. She has introduced me to my body in a way I never knew possible. I wanted a spiritual teacher who could introduce me to the essence, the fullness, of yoga, not the fancy world that yoga has become in some circles. I found her. Lola has helped me to enter the spiritual life through my physical body.

YTT Graduate

Lola is a phenomenal teacher who truly knows how to meet you where you are regardless of your experience. She creates space for both the novice and experienced student to make the class as challenging as they like. After studying with Lola, I feel much more comfortable assessing what I want out of a yoga class and a yoga instructor. She has set my bar quite high and for that I thank her deeply. It’s helped me understand what it means to truly say you are a yoga teacher. THANK YOU LOLA 😉

YTT Graduate

I had some of the deepest experiences in classes taught by Banyan. He has such a clear and deep understanding of tantric philosophy and presents it in very inspiring and authentic ways, so everybody gets it. I left the retreat feeling inspired as a yoga teacher, and I can’t wait to study with him again. He is a person with integrity and honesty who manages to keep lecture and class light and full of joy.

Dagmar, Studio Owner, Germany

Wow, where to start? J Banyan is an old soul that resides in the fountain of youth.  His class is a perfect balance of playfulness and tradition, innovative modern practice and ancient knowledge. Somehow he manages to balance on a revolving atlas, whilst juggling firesticks and reciting potent mantras.  His energy and enthusiasm constantly brings you higher, and makes you realize everything is possible with consistency, dedication and focus…and everything is worthwhile when it is punctuated with laughter, humility, kindness, and an open heart.  Banyan is a wonderful teacher –a deep source of knowledge, life experience and a truly open loving spirt. Thank you for this gift!

Carly Jack, TT Graduate, Capetown, South Africa

I learned to respect my body for what it is and where it’s at, and learned to believe in myself enough to show others the way.

YTT Graduate

Banyan has wonderful and precious knowledge to share; he swings seamlessly from the detailed, anatomic, and structural asana breakdown to a full submersion in yoga’s spiritual roots. From years of yoga practice and deep studies, and a humble, eloquent, and playful personality, he can distill workshops full of ease, thought provoking debates, and lots of smiles.

Andrea, Studio Owner, Costa Rica

After this training with Banyan I feel the desire to project not only my voice but also my character.

Joy Taylor, TT Graduate, Gumberry, North Carolina
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Important Announcement

Dear Anamaya Guest,

We are still accepting reservations for future bookings. Yes it’s true, there is a temporary travel ban from March 18th until June 15th in Costa Rica. 

FOR ANYONE CURRENTLY IN COSTA RICA, THE HOTEL HAS ROOMS AVAILABLE.

However we know how necessary a week of recovery, rejuvenation and CONNECTION will be after this situation has stabilized. 

We will update you with more information as we receive it. In the meantime:

  • Stay in contact with family and friends.
  • Remember that kindness is everything.
  • Take your practice off the mat.

With much love,

The Anamaya Family