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Bienestar Yoga

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Camino a Playa Chamán, Uvita, Costa Rica

Types of Yoga Taught

Flow Yoga

Alignment-Oriented Yoga

Spiritually-Oriented Yoga

Gentle Yoga

Specialty Yoga

Trainings Formats

Full-time
usually intensive/immersion

Part-time
spread out over time

Non-residential
trainees commute to the program

Destination / retreat

Languages

english

About Bienestar - Uvita Yoga Shala

We offer classes in Yoga that focus on basic postures, breathe, awareness and meditation techniques in order to develop strength, flexibility of the body, mental clarity and a general sense of wellbeing. We respect the differences and needs of each individual in-group...

We offer classes in Yoga that focus on basic postures, breathe, awareness and meditation techniques in order to develop strength, flexibility of the body, mental clarity and a general sense of wellbeing. We respect the differences and needs of each individual in-group or private practice. Yoga is an ever deepening and expanding discipline, which through regular practice unite body, breathe and mind. You are never to out of shape, overweight, to old or to ill to benefit from yoga that is taught specifically for your conditions.
We offer 200 Yoga Teacher Training programs and Continuing Education Classes for yoga teachers at all levels.
So we gather on a wooden platform under the rainforest trees, surrounded by nature, a short walk to the beach, to offer you yoga, meditation, mindfulness, serenity and at times, crazy joy and allot of laughter.                                                                                   www.bienestarlife.com

First Registered August 2014

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  • 3.5 out of 5
    By: Abigail Martinez Aug 16, 2022
    Training Program held on Jul 11, 2022—Aug 06, 2022

    My 200 hour teacher training with Lura was an overall good one. She is very knowledgeable and was always there to answer any questions. The training started as if we were all absolute beginners. At first it felt slow, but as time progressed I realized the importance of taking that extra time. I learned special adjustments and modifications that will help me provide that attention to detail with my students. I appreciated having a small group where we could all get the attention we needed and the opportunities to teach a few times. Lura encourages everyone to bring their own personality to their practice which allowed everyone to get creative and have fun. Moving forward, I see where there could be improvement in the organization of the training and scheduling. She also made very opinionated, personal comments that were not related to the training and at times inappropriate. All in all, I'm grateful for my experience and training at Bienestar.

    • General Comments

      My 200 hour teacher training with Lura was an overall good one. She is very knowledgeable and was always there to answer any questions. The training started as if we were all absolute beginners. At first it felt slow, but as time progressed I realized the importance of taking that extra time. I learned special adjustments and modifications that will help me provide that attention to detail with my students. I appreciated having a small group where we could all get the attention we needed and the opportunities to teach a few times. Lura encourages everyone to bring their own personality to their practice which allowed everyone to get creative and have fun. Moving forward, I see where there could be improvement in the organization of the training and scheduling. She also made very opinionated, personal comments that were not related to the training and at times inappropriate. All in all, I'm grateful for my experience and training at Bienestar.
    School response
    Bienestar - Uvita Yoga Shala
    Aug 27, 2022
    Thank you for taking the time to post your review. You were a great group and I certainly enjoyed the diversity of participants,  I think it added a richness to the program.  I can only apologize for the breaks in our schedule the last week, all based on matters of urgency.  Living in a rural community, I can't always get a quick fix or staff replacement (a broken tooth, a broken water line & an absent chef).  I realize that threw our schedule off balance in making accommodations to fix each issue. And I apologize again if you felt I was inappropriate at any time. I ask for feedback repeatedly and if I offended I would have accepted a conversation. This has never arisen before and I do know my scope of practice but I do not just wear the yoga teacher badge, but engage all my other professional trainings when working with students & clients.  I spend some meals and free time with you all also, so I would like to think that our discussions here are open and free to all opinions.  You are going to be a very good teacher and I hope you are already moving toward your goals.      Lura
  • 4.5 out of 5
    By: Nour Kayali Jun 10, 2022

    Lura has much knowledge and wisdom that she is passionate about sharing. During my YTT, most of the teaching was with Lura, with different teachers and physiotherapists for the anatomy module who were excellent. Bienestar as a yoga school has some exciting developments coming up which I am keen to go back and see. Overall i am grateful for all that I learnt, my experience and the wonderful mix of people I met along the way.

    • General Comments

      Lura has much knowledge and wisdom that she is passionate about sharing. During my YTT, most of the teaching was with Lura, with different teachers and physiotherapists for the anatomy module who were excellent. Bienestar as a yoga school has some exciting developments coming up which I am keen to go back and see. Overall i am grateful for all that I learnt, my experience and the wonderful mix of people I met along the way.
    School response
    Bienestar - Uvita Yoga Shala
    Jun 10, 2022
    Thank you Kaya Lin, Committed and engaged students make all the difference to any class. I know you will be an attentive and engaged teacher. You have opened the door to learning that will continue your exploration of all things yogic. I am looking forward to see what you do next. Lura
  • By: Kristin Bartosik Apr 25, 2022
    Training Program held on Mar 07, 2022—Apr 02, 2022

    *This review may appear all over the place, but I am placing my experiences concerning my timeline at this school. Before signing up with Bienestar – Uvita Yoga Shala, I was discussing with Lura through Yovada where she was able to answer questions I had regarding her experiences as a psychotherapist and yoga therapist, and what I am to expect from this YTT program. She explained that there will be brand new accommodation and this group of students (the one I was to be a part of) will be the first ones to stay in these rooms. Then I continued my research on her school through her website. It was written that students will have the opportunity to enjoy a “comfortable lounge area with a yoga library and DVDs for relaxing and socializing. [There are also] … plenty of outside hammocks for resting between or after classes”. The photos looked beautiful as the “school” was surrounded by trees, there was a beautiful pool with a waterslide, and colourful hammocks on posts that overlooked the lush greenery of Costa Rica’s rainforest. We also spoke over the phone where she mentioned how beautiful the accommodations are going to be, and overall romanticized how beautiful the location of her school is. After speaking with her, she requested my email so she could send me the registration and information package. Upon reading her email, I asked her how I can proceed with registration. She replied saying I can send her the money directly through a wire transfer in USD to her Costa Rican account. I sent through the requested amount in Canadian dollars. Unfortunately, there was an error with the beneficiary’s name which was the bank’s fault; as a result, the bank collected a large fee. I called Lura to explain the issue and she seemed to be understanding of the situation as she offered to pay half the cost of the fee if the bank did not reimburse the money. I explained that I was traveling before I arrived in Costa Rica and my only opportunity to send money was that day (it was the last business day before my departure). I suggested that I send her a portion of the total cost to ensure she receives some sort of payment and will send her the rest once I return to Canada to file a complaint to my bank – she agreed. The shuttle picked us up from the airport and drove us to Bienestar. However, when we got off the bus, it was absolutely nothing like what we were told. To our surprise, we arrived at a construction site. Men were working on the building, construction equipment scattered on the second floor, concrete dust EVERYWHERE, and a building that was an incomplete project (unfinished drywalls, no railings, etc.). Instead of arriving at a beautiful yoga school as promised, it was quite the opposite. She attempted to fluff up the excuses with laughter claiming, “Oh, you know how it is in Costa Rica!”, instead of addressing the real situation at hand – we were lied to. There was no green/lush rainforest, the pool was entirely different than the pictures, the library was simply cardboard boxes of musty-smelling books in her room, and there were certainly no hammocks. Where we arrived, was a completely different location than what was advertised on her website and other third-party booking platforms (Yovada & BookRetreats). The only “lounge” area we had were our bedrooms and the yoga deck. We spent the first week of classes listening to power tools from the construction, we were being watched by the construction workers on-site while practicing and walking around, and breathing in concrete dust. The bedrooms were especially covered in this dust, which is completely toxic to breathe in. I had to take my sheets and shake them out outside due to how much there was in my bedroom. Two of us students sat her down and displayed our concern for the fact we invested quite a bit of money into this school and the project is far from being complete. Instead of taking responsibility for her lack of transparency, she continued to fluff up her excuses laughing it off and claiming she thought it would be done by the time we had arrived with no discussion of compensation. In her teachings, she was very adamant that we teachers need to avoid oversharing and gossiping. This took me by surprise because on the first night she spent the entire evening talking poorly about other YTT schools in the area, the teachers themselves, and why she was better than all the other yoga schools. After the first week, I was extremely taken aback when Lura pulled me aside to ask for my payment saying “I didn’t think it was going to take a fu*king month!”. I was extremely confused as I was under the impression I was okay to pay her the remainder when I return back to Canada. Immediately, I started to panic as I was being threatened, that I would not receive my diploma nor be registered on Yoga Alliance until she received her payment. I find this completely understandable, however, it was in the manner she demanded it which gave me quite an uncomfortable feeling. I began to calculate how much I owed her and put the money through PayPal for it to be processed. I told her how much I had put aside but was confused once again as she was saying I was required to pay a random amount that was not listed on her site, third-party booking sites, or with the early bird discount. The following day, she pulled me into her office/bedroom/library, and she told me she has not received any form of payment. I immediately burst into tears as this freaked me out – there was no way my CAD 4,000 disappeared into thin air. On the date of my deposit in her account (I saw her banking statements), she had my deposit written as a future student. Instead of asking for that future student’s transaction receipt OR mine, she accused me of not paying. Her bank does not allow her to see the account name of where the money is coming from so, she guesses which student provided her money rather than looking at financial records. I was sitting in her office bawling my eyes out and instead of providing me any form of support (considering she was a trained psychotherapist), she was sitting there watching me cry saying, “I don’t really know what to tell you”. I felt lost, alone, and extremely anxious. Once I was able to gather my thoughts, I asked her if she was able to take my transaction receipt into her bank so they can look into the matter further. She replied with a simple, “Yeah, I guess I can do that”. I think it was throughout the start of the third week that I honestly didn’t think my experience could get any worse. As Lura is an experienced psychotherapist, I was baffled at what I was hearing in my class. We were discussing our third practicum and Lura began to gossip about her previous students and their submissions. She then began to mock one of her students who struggled with alcohol addiction. As a recent graduate with a psychology degree, and with respect for those who struggle with mental disorders, I know for a fact this behaviour is unacceptable… let alone from a mental health professional! It wasn’t until after 15 minutes of her mocking this poor student, that one of the students in class broke the discussion so we could continue learning about yoga teaching. As the final week approached, I couldn’t wait to get myself out of this horrible place. Lura pulled me into her office/bedroom/library and suggested we just “assume” the deposit in her account was from me and not that future student. She then told me that Yovada is threatening to kick her off the site because she was poaching students from their site (exactly what she did with me) and I must pay the remainder to Yovada instead of her PayPal account. She followed by saying she will write me up something that I can send to Yovada and will blame the initial bank transfer issue as the reason why the money was not sent to Yovada in the first place. She mentioned she will also send a message from her personal account explaining ‘what happened’. I was feeling vulnerable as a student and felt it was necessary to be compliant with her demands as my yoga teacher. Twenty minutes after speaking with her, I realized that this was very wrong, and I didn’t feel comfortable with what she was telling me to do. I sent her a message asking if we could discuss it in further detail. She replied saying she was unavailable that day and would let me know when a good time is. It wasn’t until a few days before I was leaving to head back home that I asked her to talk about our previous discussion. Surprisingly, she had a new amount that was different than what was listed on the sites and different than her second request. Again, I was compliant and agreed to it. I also asked if I was able to contact Yovada myself and she was very against this idea as it may spoil her coverup story. Upon leaving the school (it’s been almost 4 weeks now), I have been asking to send her the remainder of the amount to her personal PayPal but she consistently disregards my request as it appears she’s waiting to hear back from Yovada. Considering all the inconsistencies pertaining to my financial situation, I requested to have an invoice that should have the cost breakdown of what has been paid and what is owed. She still hasn’t sent me this nor told me what to do with the amount owed. As I am completely fed up dealing with one horrible experience after the other, I am left with no choice other than to write this review.

    • General Comments

      *This review may appear all over the place, but I am placing my experiences concerning my timeline at this school. Before signing up with Bienestar – Uvita Yoga Shala, I was discussing with Lura through Yovada where she was able to answer questions I had regarding her experiences as a psychotherapist and yoga therapist, and what I am to expect from this YTT program. She explained that there will be brand new accommodation and this group of students (the one I was to be a part of) will be the first ones to stay in these rooms. Then I continued my research on her school through her website. It was written that students will have the opportunity to enjoy a “comfortable lounge area with a yoga library and DVDs for relaxing and socializing. [There are also] … plenty of outside hammocks for resting between or after classes”. The photos looked beautiful as the “school” was surrounded by trees, there was a beautiful pool with a waterslide, and colourful hammocks on posts that overlooked the lush greenery of Costa Rica’s rainforest. We also spoke over the phone where she mentioned how beautiful the accommodations are going to be, and overall romanticized how beautiful the location of her school is. After speaking with her, she requested my email so she could send me the registration and information package. Upon reading her email, I asked her how I can proceed with registration. She replied saying I can send her the money directly through a wire transfer in USD to her Costa Rican account. I sent through the requested amount in Canadian dollars. Unfortunately, there was an error with the beneficiary’s name which was the bank’s fault; as a result, the bank collected a large fee. I called Lura to explain the issue and she seemed to be understanding of the situation as she offered to pay half the cost of the fee if the bank did not reimburse the money. I explained that I was traveling before I arrived in Costa Rica and my only opportunity to send money was that day (it was the last business day before my departure). I suggested that I send her a portion of the total cost to ensure she receives some sort of payment and will send her the rest once I return to Canada to file a complaint to my bank – she agreed. The shuttle picked us up from the airport and drove us to Bienestar. However, when we got off the bus, it was absolutely nothing like what we were told. To our surprise, we arrived at a construction site. Men were working on the building, construction equipment scattered on the second floor, concrete dust EVERYWHERE, and a building that was an incomplete project (unfinished drywalls, no railings, etc.). Instead of arriving at a beautiful yoga school as promised, it was quite the opposite. She attempted to fluff up the excuses with laughter claiming, “Oh, you know how it is in Costa Rica!”, instead of addressing the real situation at hand – we were lied to. There was no green/lush rainforest, the pool was entirely different than the pictures, the library was simply cardboard boxes of musty-smelling books in her room, and there were certainly no hammocks. Where we arrived, was a completely different location than what was advertised on her website and other third-party booking platforms (Yovada & BookRetreats). The only “lounge” area we had were our bedrooms and the yoga deck. We spent the first week of classes listening to power tools from the construction, we were being watched by the construction workers on-site while practicing and walking around, and breathing in concrete dust. The bedrooms were especially covered in this dust, which is completely toxic to breathe in. I had to take my sheets and shake them out outside due to how much there was in my bedroom. Two of us students sat her down and displayed our concern for the fact we invested quite a bit of money into this school and the project is far from being complete. Instead of taking responsibility for her lack of transparency, she continued to fluff up her excuses laughing it off and claiming she thought it would be done by the time we had arrived with no discussion of compensation. In her teachings, she was very adamant that we teachers need to avoid oversharing and gossiping. This took me by surprise because on the first night she spent the entire evening talking poorly about other YTT schools in the area, the teachers themselves, and why she was better than all the other yoga schools. After the first week, I was extremely taken aback when Lura pulled me aside to ask for my payment saying “I didn’t think it was going to take a fu*king month!”. I was extremely confused as I was under the impression I was okay to pay her the remainder when I return back to Canada. Immediately, I started to panic as I was being threatened, that I would not receive my diploma nor be registered on Yoga Alliance until she received her payment. I find this completely understandable, however, it was in the manner she demanded it which gave me quite an uncomfortable feeling. I began to calculate how much I owed her and put the money through PayPal for it to be processed. I told her how much I had put aside but was confused once again as she was saying I was required to pay a random amount that was not listed on her site, third-party booking sites, or with the early bird discount. The following day, she pulled me into her office/bedroom/library, and she told me she has not received any form of payment. I immediately burst into tears as this freaked me out – there was no way my CAD 4,000 disappeared into thin air. On the date of my deposit in her account (I saw her banking statements), she had my deposit written as a future student. Instead of asking for that future student’s transaction receipt OR mine, she accused me of not paying. Her bank does not allow her to see the account name of where the money is coming from so, she guesses which student provided her money rather than looking at financial records. I was sitting in her office bawling my eyes out and instead of providing me any form of support (considering she was a trained psychotherapist), she was sitting there watching me cry saying, “I don’t really know what to tell you”. I felt lost, alone, and extremely anxious. Once I was able to gather my thoughts, I asked her if she was able to take my transaction receipt into her bank so they can look into the matter further. She replied with a simple, “Yeah, I guess I can do that”. I think it was throughout the start of the third week that I honestly didn’t think my experience could get any worse. As Lura is an experienced psychotherapist, I was baffled at what I was hearing in my class. We were discussing our third practicum and Lura began to gossip about her previous students and their submissions. She then began to mock one of her students who struggled with alcohol addiction. As a recent graduate with a psychology degree, and with respect for those who struggle with mental disorders, I know for a fact this behaviour is unacceptable… let alone from a mental health professional! It wasn’t until after 15 minutes of her mocking this poor student, that one of the students in class broke the discussion so we could continue learning about yoga teaching. As the final week approached, I couldn’t wait to get myself out of this horrible place. Lura pulled me into her office/bedroom/library and suggested we just “assume” the deposit in her account was from me and not that future student. She then told me that Yovada is threatening to kick her off the site because she was poaching students from their site (exactly what she did with me) and I must pay the remainder to Yovada instead of her PayPal account. She followed by saying she will write me up something that I can send to Yovada and will blame the initial bank transfer issue as the reason why the money was not sent to Yovada in the first place. She mentioned she will also send a message from her personal account explaining ‘what happened’. I was feeling vulnerable as a student and felt it was necessary to be compliant with her demands as my yoga teacher. Twenty minutes after speaking with her, I realized that this was very wrong, and I didn’t feel comfortable with what she was telling me to do. I sent her a message asking if we could discuss it in further detail. She replied saying she was unavailable that day and would let me know when a good time is. It wasn’t until a few days before I was leaving to head back home that I asked her to talk about our previous discussion. Surprisingly, she had a new amount that was different than what was listed on the sites and different than her second request. Again, I was compliant and agreed to it. I also asked if I was able to contact Yovada myself and she was very against this idea as it may spoil her coverup story. Upon leaving the school (it’s been almost 4 weeks now), I have been asking to send her the remainder of the amount to her personal PayPal but she consistently disregards my request as it appears she’s waiting to hear back from Yovada. Considering all the inconsistencies pertaining to my financial situation, I requested to have an invoice that should have the cost breakdown of what has been paid and what is owed. She still hasn’t sent me this nor told me what to do with the amount owed. As I am completely fed up dealing with one horrible experience after the other, I am left with no choice other than to write this review.
    School response
    Bienestar - Uvita Yoga Shala
    Jul 03, 2022
    Dear Kristin: Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. I’m sorry your experience wasn’t what you expected. The construction was an unusual situation that I had hoped to have completed before your arrival and will be fixed for students coming in the future. With the pandemic affecting the global supply chain, especially in countries like Costa Rica, construction on the additional shower and living space I had hoped to have completed before your training began was delayed. I determined that it was better to allow construction for those few days of your 30-day training so your group would have an additional shower to use, rather than wait and not have that option for you, but I understand that was not preferable for you and the plumbing and tiling disturbed your experience. Likewise, the furniture for the second floor lounge was delivered late and was only available for your use half-way through the program. Your pictures of additional storage spaces are outside of the teaching and living areas for students and I’m sorry those were still a construction zone and disturbed your training. We have daily housekeeping and so I am distressed to know that your concerns about dust went unaddressed. I will use your feedback to make improvements. I was concerned that a group dinner conversation about the yoga alliance school policies was understood as criticism of other yoga schools. As a yoga practitioner and mental health professional, I seek to maintain a positive attitude and relationship with all members of my community and I respect the privacy of all my clients and students. The price is $3980 for the 200-hour YTT for one person for the training, private room, three meals a day on class days, and transportation to and from the airport. Payment is due in full prior to the start of training. Because Costa Rican banks do not identify the sender of bank transfers, I request all students send me their bank transfer receipt so I can properly identify who has paid. Thank you for your feedback about the booking process. Students who book through Yovada or Book Yoga Retreats have a three-step process that includes: 1) register and pay the booking fee required by Yovada or Book Yoga Retreats, 2) complete your Bienestar YTT application, and upon acceptance to the program, 3) complete your registration and pay the tuition balance to me. As you can see from other reviews, I seek to build positive relationships with my students. Please accept my sincere apology that your experience did not meet your expectations.
  • 4 out of 5
    By: Cherie Davignon Feb 25, 2022

  • 5 out of 5
    By: Jessie Reiff Aug 25, 2021
    Training Program held on Apr 05, 2021—May 02, 2021

    My training at Uvita Yoga Shala was everything I expected and more. I am so grateful to have been taught and mentored by Lura. The experience was truly life changing. I really loved Lura's philosophy on Yoga, I left feeling more than prepared and confident to teach.

    • General Comments

      My training at Uvita Yoga Shala was everything I expected and more. I am so grateful to have been taught and mentored by Lura. The experience was truly life changing. I really loved Lura's philosophy on Yoga, I left feeling more than prepared and confident to teach.
    School response
    Bienestar - Uvita Yoga Shala
    Aug 25, 2021
    Thank you Jessie. Your were a a great group, you all worked hard and stayed focused on both your self work and your teaching skills. I know you are starting school again and I hope the yoga will become a part of your new endeavors. I will see you again here or in the US.
  • 4 out of 5
    By: Kellen Stutes Jun 24, 2021
    Training Program held on May 24, 2021—Jun 19, 2021

  • 5 out of 5
    By: Kelly Berkley Jun 22, 2021
    Training Program held on May 24, 2021—Jun 19, 2021

    Lura really dedicates herself to her yoga teacher trainings and provides an environment that allows you to fully focus on the program and learning. She is rooted in science, sharing evidence-based information, and takes care to attribute all information provided to credible resources. She values teaching more traditional yoga while adding in any modifications brought about by modern science. She values the teaching process and teaching asanas safely. This is evidenced in many ways but perhaps the most obvious and telling is by the fact that she keeps her yoga teacher trainings to 6 people or fewer so that she can truly teach each individual. By doing this, she is also teaching you how to teach each asana in a safe way. You'll be able to provide people with better instruction on how to do each asana as well as recognize when someone needs a modification because everyone's body is different. Her yoga teacher training is also 28 days which is longer than most in the Americas (from what I saw when I was researching yoga teacher trainings in the west) which I think shows her commitment to doing the training justice. She is a yoga therapist and places a high emphasis on well-being over being able to twist yourself into a pretzel. She also taught yoga history in a way that I finally understood all the different schools of thought and how it all fits together (what came first, what grew out of what, where different ideas and approaches came from, etc). I also appreciated that she addressed the fact that guru's/teachers can lose their way and not to follow blindly. Because of the small class size we were able to ask all the questions we wanted and get truly individualized feedback and attention. Even with the pranayama, she was observing how we were each breathing and provide feedback. I don't see how that type of thing would have been possible with a large class. The anatomy teacher, Julie, is a physical therapist who is new to teaching anatomy to yoga students but she was a total natural at it. We all looked forward to her class. I was grateful to learn anatomy from her. She really cared to make sure you understood the material and took care to make it digestible for a beginner. If she saw a confused look on my face she would stop her lecture and, in a caring way, ask me if I had a question. She made it a very comfortable and effective learning environment. I learned so much from her. As a fun aside, she evaluated each of us for our stance, our feet, the state of our shoe treads and let us know if we each wore the right type of shoe for our individual physical needs. I feel really good about what I learned from her and found it all very interesting! I would have enjoyed having even more than the required 20 hours of anatomy. Stephanie made the delicious breakfasts and lunches and has really good energy! She was a pleasure! I am vegan and celiac and another girl in the program had a nut and banana allergy so we really put them to the test but they handled it all with ease and I really enjoyed the food! It is important to Lura to provide her students with whole foods (no processed foods) and mostly organic meals. It felt great and I learned some new recipes. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any further questions about my experience at Bienestar.

    • General Comments

      Lura really dedicates herself to her yoga teacher trainings and provides an environment that allows you to fully focus on the program and learning. She is rooted in science, sharing evidence-based information, and takes care to attribute all information provided to credible resources. She values teaching more traditional yoga while adding in any modifications brought about by modern science. She values the teaching process and teaching asanas safely. This is evidenced in many ways but perhaps the most obvious and telling is by the fact that she keeps her yoga teacher trainings to 6 people or fewer so that she can truly teach each individual. By doing this, she is also teaching you how to teach each asana in a safe way. You'll be able to provide people with better instruction on how to do each asana as well as recognize when someone needs a modification because everyone's body is different. Her yoga teacher training is also 28 days which is longer than most in the Americas (from what I saw when I was researching yoga teacher trainings in the west) which I think shows her commitment to doing the training justice. She is a yoga therapist and places a high emphasis on well-being over being able to twist yourself into a pretzel. She also taught yoga history in a way that I finally understood all the different schools of thought and how it all fits together (what came first, what grew out of what, where different ideas and approaches came from, etc). I also appreciated that she addressed the fact that guru's/teachers can lose their way and not to follow blindly. Because of the small class size we were able to ask all the questions we wanted and get truly individualized feedback and attention. Even with the pranayama, she was observing how we were each breathing and provide feedback. I don't see how that type of thing would have been possible with a large class. The anatomy teacher, Julie, is a physical therapist who is new to teaching anatomy to yoga students but she was a total natural at it. We all looked forward to her class. I was grateful to learn anatomy from her. She really cared to make sure you understood the material and took care to make it digestible for a beginner. If she saw a confused look on my face she would stop her lecture and, in a caring way, ask me if I had a question. She made it a very comfortable and effective learning environment. I learned so much from her. As a fun aside, she evaluated each of us for our stance, our feet, the state of our shoe treads and let us know if we each wore the right type of shoe for our individual physical needs. I feel really good about what I learned from her and found it all very interesting! I would have enjoyed having even more than the required 20 hours of anatomy. Stephanie made the delicious breakfasts and lunches and has really good energy! She was a pleasure! I am vegan and celiac and another girl in the program had a nut and banana allergy so we really put them to the test but they handled it all with ease and I really enjoyed the food! It is important to Lura to provide her students with whole foods (no processed foods) and mostly organic meals. It felt great and I learned some new recipes. Feel free to reach out to me if you have any further questions about my experience at Bienestar.
    School response
    Bienestar - Uvita Yoga Shala
    Jul 18, 2021
    Kelly, I thank you for being so thorough. I always appreciate a positive review but you really laid out the whole experience for others to see here. Thats incredibly valuable to me and to others looking at the program. It was kind and thoughtful of you to take as much time as you must have to look at the whole experience. It was a pleasure to have you here and I hope I will see you here or in the U.S. for continuing education. Lura
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Martha Tingle Jun 14, 2021
    Training Program held on Apr 05, 2021—May 02, 2021

    My experience with Lura at Bienestar in Uvita, Costa Rica was incredible! There were only 5 students total, so each of us got plenty of personal attention, which is often not the case in teacher trainings. Lura was very knowledgeable, highly qualified, trustworthy, kind, thoughtful, energetic, down to earth, and a great story-teller! She was always available to answer questions and very approachable and warm. I learned a lot about breathing techniques, the history of yoga, anatomy, proper alignment, and so much more. I would absolutely recommend Bienestar Uvita Yoga Shala to anyone interested in becoming a yoga teacher!

    • General Comments

      My experience with Lura at Bienestar in Uvita, Costa Rica was incredible! There were only 5 students total, so each of us got plenty of personal attention, which is often not the case in teacher trainings. Lura was very knowledgeable, highly qualified, trustworthy, kind, thoughtful, energetic, down to earth, and a great story-teller! She was always available to answer questions and very approachable and warm. I learned a lot about breathing techniques, the history of yoga, anatomy, proper alignment, and so much more. I would absolutely recommend Bienestar Uvita Yoga Shala to anyone interested in becoming a yoga teacher!
    School response
    Bienestar - Uvita Yoga Shala
    Jun 16, 2021
    Thank you Martha, You were part of a lovely group, interested in the depth of yoga, and involved in deepen the experience. It was your dedication to learning that made the experience so rich. I know you are already teaching and I look forward to watching your growth. Lura
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Gabriela Gutierrez Jun 10, 2021
    Training Program held on Apr 05, 2021—May 02, 2021

    Lura Shopteau, the owner of and teacher at Bienestar, is everything you would want in a yoga teacher. Authentic, experienced, kind, and generous, she is truly an embodiment of the yogic philosophy and way of being. Her background as a licensed psychotherapist and yoga therapist confer her with skills that set her apart from most modern-day teachers. She's basically a walking encyclopedia, and can recall many rich details of her experiences learning, teaching, and practicing yoga across the world. Witnessing her resilience and adaptability are lessons in and of themselves. I can't recommend Bienestar enough, and I can't wait to see Lura's vision for her growing studio come to life!

    • General Comments

      Lura Shopteau, the owner of and teacher at Bienestar, is everything you would want in a yoga teacher. Authentic, experienced, kind, and generous, she is truly an embodiment of the yogic philosophy and way of being. Her background as a licensed psychotherapist and yoga therapist confer her with skills that set her apart from most modern-day teachers. She's basically a walking encyclopedia, and can recall many rich details of her experiences learning, teaching, and practicing yoga across the world. Witnessing her resilience and adaptability are lessons in and of themselves. I can't recommend Bienestar enough, and I can't wait to see Lura's vision for her growing studio come to life!
    School response
    Bienestar - Uvita Yoga Shala
    Jun 13, 2021
    Thank you Gaby it was a joy having here and I look forward to watching your career in Integrative Medicine over the coming years. Yoga will help you be a force in patient lifestyle awareness and change to help create healthy populations everywhere. Thank you for pursuing a career serving others.
  • 5 out of 5
    By: Laura McCormack May 18, 2021
    Training Program held on Apr 05, 2021—May 02, 2021

    Lura pours her heart and soul into the teacher trainings. Her traditional yoga studies and the depth of her related industry knowledge will be invaluable to me as I now begin my own yoga teacher journey. I look forward to returning to Bienestar for continuing education classes sometime in the future!

    • General Comments

      Lura pours her heart and soul into the teacher trainings. Her traditional yoga studies and the depth of her related industry knowledge will be invaluable to me as I now begin my own yoga teacher journey. I look forward to returning to Bienestar for continuing education classes sometime in the future!
    School response
    Bienestar - Uvita Yoga Shala
    Jul 18, 2021
    Laura, Thank you for your reviews. It is so nice to see you online already at work to create a teaching platform. You have the yoga knowledge, skills, the savvy and fortitude to make this happen. And I will look forward to seeing you somewhere on the yoga journey in the future. Lura
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School Reviews

Total Reviews: 35

By Abigail Martinez RYT® 200

Aug 16, 2022

My 200 hour teacher training with Lura was an overall good one. She is very knowledgeable and was always there to answer any questions. The training started as if we were all absolute beginners. At first it felt slow, but as time progressed I realized the importance of taking that extra time. I learned special adjustments and modifications that will help me provide that attention to detail with my students. I appreciated having a small group where we could all get the attention we needed and the opportunities to teach a few times. Lura encourages everyone to bring their own personality to their practice which allowed everyone to get creative and have fun. Moving forward, I see where there could be improvement in the organization of the training and scheduling. She also made very opinionated, personal comments that were not related to the training and at times inappropriate. All in all, I'm grateful for my experience and training at Bienestar. Full Review

By Nour Kayali RYT® 200

Jun 10, 2022

Lura has much knowledge and wisdom that she is passionate about sharing. During my YTT, most of the teaching was with Lura, with different teachers and physiotherapists for the anatomy module who were excellent. Bienestar as a yoga school has some exciting developments coming up which I am keen to go back and see. Overall i am grateful for all that I learnt, my experience and the wonderful mix of people I met along the way. Full Review

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