Our Story & Inspiration

Costa Rica is synonymous with the popular phrase “Pura Vida”; the literal translation is “Pure Life”, but the real meaning is much deeper than that. Pura Vida can be walking down the street eating ice cream on a hot day or reading a great book in a hammock on a rainy one. For us here at Playa Negra Beach Yoga, Pura Vida is breathing in the ocean air and getting in touch with your body during group yoga classes at our Beach Shala in Playa Negra. Come find out for yourself what it’s like to live the Pura Vida life.

Founder Bio

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JohnE Houston first came to Playa Negra on a surf trip with his buddies when he was in his teens, just a few years later he purchased property and got to work building his own house from the ground up. For more than twenty years he has been making a life here, returning as often as he could from his home and job as a charter captain on Captiva Island, Florida.

John has been practicing yoga asana poses for most of his life, but he has been practicing a yogic lifestyle for all of it. He completed his first 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training just up the road at the Peace Retreat center with a training offered by Soma Yoga and began teaching group yoga classes near his home in Florida where he quickly became a popular and highly sought after teacher. When Rosalia Lindo was ready to pass on the classes that she had been teaching for 10 years at Hotel Playa Negra, John eagerly accepted the opportunity to live and teach full time in beautiful Costa Rica.

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