Such a fantastic experience! On a business trip to Vancouver this summer, I dropped in on a few of Risto's yoga classes. I was so impressed (and enjoyed his classes) that a few months later signed up for his Practice, Breathe, Surf retreat that took place in Nicaragua this past November. What a privilege it was to be a part of this experience! Risto could not have been more gracious, helpful, and welcoming to all the attendees. We had two amazing yoga sessions a day (power in the morning and yin in the evening.) The classes were challenging, but suitable to all levels. Chris really took the time to get to know each of us (there were nine.) He connected with all of us at the level we needed to improve our poses and overall practice. He is very knowledgeable and a fantastic coach/instructor. I left the week with a whole new appreciation (and improvement) of my yoga practice. The setting… One word, magical. Costa Dulce Resort could not have been a more perfect venue -- breathtaking views and the most incredible sunsets. The shala overlooked lush greenery, the blue ocean and Costa Rica in the background. In between our classes, we had sufficient time to surf, paddle board, hike, horseback ride or simply chill in our hammocks. During our stay, we witnessed over 300 baby turtles hatch and go into the sea. The daily meals were always fresh, wholesome and delicious.
The resort staff could not have been more accommodating, caring and friendly. I did not expect to meet such great people to have shared this experience with; now friends. This was also a trip for me to reset, and could not have given myself a better gift. Thank you, Risto for an amazing journey and experience. This trip changed me and am grateful. I look forward to Nicaragua again next year. No more pressure on my lower back – I am doing the bandhas like you instructed!
San Francisco, California
Dear Risto - thank you so much for a lovely weekend getaway full of good food, good company, and good waves. I look forward to the next one with anticipation!
It is always an honour and a pleasure to work with Risto. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to his heart-based practice and teaching of Yoga. A great teacher helps each student to reach their own personal best, and Risto accomplishes this beautifully. If you want to take your practice (and maybe even your life!) to the next level, this is the Yoga for you!
Yoga Teacher and Reflexologist