About Bienestar Yoga
Yoga teacher training
Private yoga classes
Mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR)
Refine your yoga practice while staying in paradise
Bienestar Yoga and Wellness is located in the heart of Bahia Ballena on Costa Rica's Pacific coast in the welcoming town of Uvita. Situated close to both the pristine beaches and thriving jungle, it's an ideal place to connect with your yoga practice and nature. With this in mind, Bienestar was built with open air yoga platforms to provide the perfect setting to appreciate all of Costa Rica's natural beauty.
Bienestar was opened by Lura Shopteau in 2013 to establish a center for yoga teacher training and focused yoga retreats, as well as creating a place of mental and physical well being for those who want to go beyond their yoga practice.
All year around Bienestar offers a host of personalized and specialized services to accommodate you on your path to learning, no matter where you are from absolute beginner to accomplished yogi.
We attract students from all over the world, so if you love travel, yoga and serenity, then Bienestar is the place for you.
Contact us for more information on our yoga teacher training, private yoga classes, yoga retreats and professional counseling services.
A word from Bienestar's founder, Lura Shopteau
Yoga is a journey and mine has led me to help others start a practice in yoga or meditation, deepen their current practice with individualized attention and promote overall wellness for those who seek it. It is a journey to inspire love, to give what I have benefited from back to others. From yoga teacher, to therapist/coach, to certified yoga therapist, I have fully invested my mind, body and time to this holistic world.
I believe in laughter, opening the heart, eliminating boundaries, finding out what we believe in, inspiring action, and just going for it. Yoga is the key piece of my holistic lifestyle, health, free spirit and love that allows me to encourage the dreams and growth of everyone.
I am grateful to be living in such a beautiful place like Uvita, Costa Rica, for my friends worldwide, the bounty's of nature, and my family.
I hope to offer you a world of yoga that will create opportunities to make discoveries through self-inquiry and experimentation in connecting to the mind, body and spirit. I want to assist you in developing a deeper level of self-awareness, inspiring your practice and solidifying your commitment to yoga, a healthy life, a generous spirit, love and kindness.
M.A., LPC, E-RYT-500, YACEP, C-IAYT, MBSR
Lura has valued the Pura Vida Costa Rica lifestyle for over 28 years and feels blessed to call this magical place home. She moved full time to Uvita in 2013 and opened her dedicated yoga school and training center, Bienestar.
With over 21 years of teaching experience, Lura has earned her E-RYT-500, in 2004 which is the highest recognized designation for a certified yoga teacher, making Lura certified to train other teachers at all levels. The practice of yoga brought her to train as a professional counselor (LPC), yoga therapist (C-IAYT) and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher. She is specially trained to apply psychotherapy, yogic, and meditation techniques to treat medical issues. With yoga, Lura has worked with integrative medical professionals helping clients with an array of health problems. She has taught in medical schools, hospitals, yoga centers, and trained other yoga teachers while maintaining a private practice in holistic counseling.
Stephanie completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training at Bienestar Yoga Shala in April 2021 after 4 years of yoga studies in San Jose and Uvita. Stephanie teachers yoga in English and Spanish. She began her studies in Heredia at Samadhi yoga for a healthier pregnancy and has continued the yogic journey, teaching adults and children in both English and Spanish.
Stephanie was originally from San Jose and has a degree in Forestry Management from Madre del divine Pastor School. She specializes in natural plant textiles and plant dyes of Costa Rica. She is passionate in all forms of healthy living, and continues to pursue studies in yoga, nutrient, cooking and baking, and all areas of holistic living.
After finishing degrees from PXL Hasselt & KUL Catholic University Leuven in Tourism and Hospitality Management - with focus on sustainable development and responsable travel - in Belgium in 2016, Renée felt the urge to travel, to see the world, and get out of the rat-race to explore alternative ways of living. Her heart was drawn to Costa Rica, a whole new world opened for her; the abundance of nature, her love for Spanish language, and experiencing an off-the-grid life. It didn't take long before she knew that this magical place would be her new home.
When Renée completed her 200 hours yoga teacher training at Bienestar Uvita Yoga Shala in March 2020, she didn't have the intentions of teaching yoga. Her goal was to immerse herself in a training to deepen her own personal practice. Her yoga mat is a place to find sense of contentment, self awareness and body-mind connection. She will be a forever student of the practice, and is deeply grateful for the loving wisdom her teachers have shared with her. After experiencing positive changes on the long term, she discovered she wanted to share her practice to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul. Renée teaches yoga & meditation at Bienestar in 5 languages; English, Spanish, Dutch, French, and German.
Renée pursues her love for both organic farming and cooking soulfood. Our nutrition can't be teased apart from the rest of our bodies, minds and lives. Thus, integrating nutrition, yoga, meditation, and mindfulness is important for her as a holistic approach to healthy living. Besides digging her hands in the dirt, Renée is a handicraftswoman who is passionately threading and weaving her own authentic journey.
A teacher and facilitator who is passionate about sharing practices that reveal our alive, interconnected and peaceful nature. His background as a physiotherapist has given him a deep knowledge of anatomy and physiology whichis a foundation that informs and guides his yoga teaching. His interest and personal practice in mindfulness meditation techniques grounds his teaching in a style that emphasises the importance of self-inquiry in the present moment.
Philippe will be teaching some daily classes and special workshops here at Bienestar during the winter of 2022.