Yoga takes a tropical holiday

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A yoga retreat for men and women.

A yoga retreat for men and women.

Those who seek a holistic, alternative approach to health have long favored the ancient practice of yoga. Many eco-conscious travelers are aware of yoga-retreat packages that have grown in popularity in neighboring Costa Rica. Yoga Retreats in Panama (YOREPA), a company founded by two friends, Sofia Arias and Katherine Costron, is helping to bring the trend to the Isthmus.

Both Sofia and Katherine are Panamanian Health Coach and Yoga Instructors. “We chose this beautiful country because its magical landscapes and still-virgin areas are perfect for people to retreat,” said Katherine.

“We don’t have a yoga studio per sé,” added Sofia. “We like to visit different locations and hold events, workshops, yoga tastings and get-togethers. On our brand new website, Yorepa.com, our schedule is always updated.”

The women´s retreat in Eco-Venao.

The women´s retreat in Eco-Venao.

In July, they will be offering two such classes. Friday, July 11 to Sunday, July 13, they will host “The Art of Joy,” a women’s weekend retreat in Eco-Venao resort in Azuero. This gathering is tailored for “women looking to reconnect and detox physically, emotinally and mentally.” Along with yoga workshops, organic meals will be served.

For those who want to dive deeper into their practice, an advanced “So-Hum Retreat” will take place in San Blas from Friday, July 18 to Sunday, July 20. This is open to men and women, involves chanting and meditations and is “a great experience for singles and couples.”

Sofia exhorts: “Just come. Showing up for yourself says so much about you. We take care of the rest. There are still spots available for all retreats. We have people coming from Shaghai, Canada, the U.S.A and Ecuador, just to name a few places. It is incredible.”

After the San Blas trip, a “Yoga and Surf Retreat” will take be held in Venao November 23 – 28.

Learn more about the yoga retreats organized by YOREPA on their website or write

YogaRetreatsInPanama@gmail.com.

A striking asana in a striking garden

A striking asana in a striking garden

Men and women both benefit from the gentle stretching and breathing techniques.

Men and women both benefit from the gentle stretching and breathing techniques.

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