Yogi Aaron’s greatest desire is for people to realize the fragility of life and savor every precious moment. He believes too many of us live in the shadows afraid to embrace the abundance that will deliver us to our destiny.
His mission is to hold space for those curious enough to become still and discover their own unique brilliance within.
Yogi Aaron is a liberator, a change initiator. He is a Master Teacher of Yoga, an International Retreat Leader, the author of ‘Autobiography of a Naked Yogi’, the founder of Blue Osa Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica, a born-adventurer and an avid animal lover.
His message is one of conquering fear and saying yes! to life with courage, faith and grace. His intention is to inspire all of us to realize our inner strength and cultivate indomitable will, so we’re able to reveal our best self and shine bright.
His is a story of becoming unbound.
Like many contemporary teachers Aaron wasn’t born into yoga, it chose him.
A product of the 70’s Aaron grew up in British Columbia, Canada. A confrontational childhood and brutal boarding school education set him on an altogether different trajectory.
Instilled with steely determination and love for the great outdoors he strove to understand himself in untamed landscapes. The wilds of northern Canada, the underwater wonderland of the Caribbean and the Holy Himalayas all provided a rich playground for his unraveling. Lost in nature he found his true nature.
It was Aaron’s natural inquisitiveness, the influence of his new-age mother and an interest in maintaining good health that delivered him to yoga at just 18. It sparked a flame that he could not quell.
Aaron felt called to yoga. It kept him awake at night until he made a lifetime commitment to become a devoted student of yoga.
He started to travel the world in search of the most highly regarded spiritual masters of his time (something he still does today). He made pilgrimages to ashrams and retreat centers in order to understand the Vedic tradition and Tantric path. Driven by his desire to help others he went to great lengths to explore the wisdom passed to him.
There is no denying his own life experience has molded him into the charismatic man and compassionate teacher he is today. Yogi Aaron’s students observe how he has a special way of stripping yoga down to it’s bare roots and packaging it’s pearls of wisdom in a way that makes it easy to connect with, practice and apply to life in this modern day.
He began instructing students in yoga asana, pranayama and philosophy in 1997. By 2001 Yogi Aaron notoriously exploded onto the New York yoga scene and became an overnight sensation. By creating a haven for people to come, practice and be themselves he became a prominent figure in the yoga community. That recognition lead him to start leading workshops and retreats internationally.
In Yogi Aaron’s signature style of always striving to contribute more he felt passionately compelled to open a retreat and cultivate a yoga community in Costa Rica. Fueled by a dream to share the leanings of his life's work ‘Blue Osa Yoga Retreat and Spa’ was born.
Blue Osa is a picture perfect, ocean kissed sanctuary tucked away on the Osa Peninsula. It provides people with a space to recharge and re-connect, free from everyday distraction and stress.
Blue Osa welcomes 800 yogis per year and is the setting for Yogi Aaron’s own fully accredited One-Month Immersion Teacher Training. Thanks to his investment in professional development he offers comprehensive trainings for new and advanced teachers with 200hr and 500hr residential programs.
Yogi Aaron says ‘Yoga is a way for us to tap into the reservoir of greatness, of unlimited potential, within us that would otherwise remain hidden and dormant.’
When Yogi Aaron isn’t teaching or studying he can be found making homemade jam for his students or surfing with his dogs in Costa Rica.
“Yogi Aaron was a joy to be around, from his contagious laugh to his pure love and dedication to his beautiful dogs. The lessons he taught us everyday just kept getting better. The last week of asana practices completely blew my mind. He has no specific teaching style yet such a specific style at the same time. He is open to humor and fun in the classes and yet can bring a serious, sophisticated tone to others. I never wanted the practices to end and left each class wanting more.
If you are high-maintenance and looking to be babysat, this place is not for you. But if you want to dig deeper within yourself mentally and physically arriving with an open heart for learning to be a better person, then I highly recommend going to learn from Yogi Aaron. ”
"I spent 30 days at Blue Osa for the Yoga Teacher Training. My time at Blue Osa really was life-changing. I am very grateful for all Yogi Aaron taught us and for the beautiful space they have created for people to come to in order to relax, learn and have fun. The area is simply beautiful. I have so many memories from my time there and it will always hold a special place in my heart."
"I was here for the Yoga Teacher Training program in Oct-Nov and it was probably the best thing I've done for myself. The training was intense, but totally do-able and educational. If you're thinking about attending, I would highly recommend it! Aaron is a great teacher with years of experience and offers so much to his students."
" I was so lucky to have had the chance to spend a month doing the yoga teacher training at Blue Osa. The training provided by Aaron was indescribable and perfect, I will leave it at that."