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Evolve your yoga practice with Rise Up

Yoga has always been an important piece of the Rise Up experience. After practicing for years, Phil deepened his practice by completing a yoga teacher training with Sivananda Yoga School in Northern India. Through his training, he learned that not only does yoga provide an immense amount of health benefits, but it is also the perfect complement to surfing. Upon starting Rise Up, he knew yoga needed to be a part of the daily plan.

We welcome experienced teachers from around the world to share the benefits of yoga with our guests. The classes at Rise Up are thoughtfully tailored to meet the needs and levels of every student. 

At each of our beautiful locations across Central America, you can look forward to practicing yoga in dreamy spaces – from stunning outdoor shalas with a view of the sea to rustic yoga decks overlooking the jungle. Whichever location you choose, a unique yoga space is sure to elevate the peace created during class.

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Our Yoga Philosophy

At Rise Up, we believe that yoga is for everyone. Whether it is your first day stepping onto the mat or your hundredth, we have a class for you. Presented in approachable and down to earth settings, our classes are designed with everybody in mind. Among its seemingly endless benefits, you can expect yoga to help build strength, improve flexibility, and increase mindfulness.

Yoga and surfing go hand-in-hand. Practicing balance, increasing strength, and developing breathing techniques are all pieces of yoga that will help you become a better surfer.

We all know surfing can be tough on our bodies, sometimes causing lower back pain, sore shoulders, and tight hips.Yoga is the perfect antidote to these common surf ailments. With the use of specific yoga poses and stretches, we can restore balance back to the body and relieve muscle tension caused by surfing.

By practicing yoga, we take care of our bodies – meaning we can surf better and surf longer.

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Daily Yoga

On a Rise Up retreat, you can expect daily yoga classes led by our certified and highly-skilled yoga teachers. Our teachers make sure to tailor classes to the needs and requests of each student’s unique goals and levels.

Throughout the week, the yoga schedule will change based on the tides; meaning you will experience yoga pre-surf and post-surf – ensuring your body gets exactly what it needs each day.

Extra Classes

Can’t get enough yoga? Be sure to ask us about additional classes or private sessions before your arrival or during your stay.

Host A Retreat

We would love to host your next yoga retreat! Whether it is purely yoga or a mix with surfing – we are excited to help create the perfect experience for you and your guests. Shoot us an email and let’s start planning.

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Yoga leads to a body that is easeful, a mind that is peaceful, which results in a life that is useful.

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We Practice Yoga at All of Our Destinations

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Nicaragua

A Tranquil and Secluded Surf Retreat in Northern Nicaragua

Costa Rica

Join Rise Up in one of our Beautiful Costa Rica Destinations

Guatemala

A Surf Experience with A Laid Back Spirit and Good Vibes

Barbados

A Paradisal Escape to A Magical Caribbean Island
Wade Hawkins
Wade Hawkins
April 3, 2024.
This was my first trip with Rise Up and my first surf trip ever. The food, coaches, and socializing was great. If you go on one of these trips you will meet some cool and dedicated staff. You will enjoy some great food and drinks and you will get a personal touch when it comes to surf coaching. Worth every penny.
Jason Stawiski
Jason Stawiski
April 3, 2024.
What a beautiful experience! The Rise Up Team is AMAZING! They took care of every detail, so that I could fully immerse myself in the experience and my vacation. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. The surf coaches were awesome and knowledgable. And the chef was world class! The food was INCREDIBLE! Rise Up's attention to detail and quality is what made this experience so magical. I recommend this experience to everyone, and I am already figuring out when I can come back again! Thank you.
David Shlachter
David Shlachter
March 28, 2024.
What can I say but, "WOW?!" This was an exceptionally unique surf trip experience that included gorgeously designed and a appointed beachfront accommodations, super cool and friendly staff, absurdly delicious food cooked by a team under Nicaragua's top celebrity chef (a well-traveled, thoughtful and articulate polymath who also serenaded us with guitar during dinner one night), a team of surf coaches who are dedicated to helping you improve (every wave is video-recorded, and you have feedback sessions several times during the week so you can apply your learnings to the next session), phenomenal surf photographers, and an ops-manager and owners who are the sweetest, most genuine folks. I've been back only a week, but have already recommended Rise Up to a ton of people.
Andrew Bickham
Andrew Bickham
March 23, 2024.
Everything about this experience exceeded my expectations. The location (in my case Nicaragua) was beautiful. The surf coaching was incredible. My wife and I were very much novices, but there were other guests at all different levels, and all of us were given great coaching to help improve and continue improving throughout the week. The restorative yoga was perfect for the activities we were doing. The food alone might be worth the trip. However, I think the best part about this surf retreat is the staff (surf coaches, yogi, kitchen, housekeeping) and the people you meet from all over the world. Everyone is very positive, friendly, helpful, and patient. If you're thinking about doing this, stop thinking and book it already. You won't regret it.
kevin bancroft
kevin bancroft
March 12, 2024.
Five stars is not enough. My hope with this trip was to improve my surfing (not easily done at 50 years old) and the coaching staff at Rise Up far surpassed any expectation I could have set. A truly world class team of humans who could not have been more talented, kind, generous, and helpful. Surf theory, video analysis of every session, and detailed demonstrations were beyond amazing. The surfing aspect alone was enough for me to come back but quickly became just a small part of this trip. The location at Mandla Hotel was private, impeccably kept and easily the most breathtaking place I've stayed. Every part of our day was carefully curated to enhance our surfing. Yoga, guided breathwork, cold water immersion, surf skate lessons, etc. made every day unforgettable. Our chef and his staff prepared incredible meals which were all served family style for guests and staff to enjoy together creating an amazing bonding experience all captured by Felipe, Rise Ups amazing photographer who was always in the perfect spot. I couldn't be more thankful for what this trip provided, most surprisingly the guided breathwork. Mitch introduced me to a completely new experience and the breathwork is something that I will be adding to my daily routine. Absolutely incredible across the board and I can't recommend enough! This trip helped my surfing immensely, introduced me to a circle of amazing humans, and surprised me in so many ways. Can't wait to come back.
Carla Kephart
Carla Kephart
March 10, 2024.
My husband and I stayed at the Luxury Escape located in Nicaragua. It was beyond amazing, from the food to the staff and lets not forget the great waves. My husband does not label himself as a " surfer", but with the yoga and the amazing breathe work he also truly benefited and learned so much about not just himself but also about ways to control stress. This is truly a holistic place.
John Simoniello
John Simoniello
March 7, 2024.
My time at Rise Up was fantastic. Even in some challenging surf conditions at El Paredon, Guatemala, Dennis, Rita, Justin, and Vendela were invaluable coaches in the water and on land. The food was amazing, and the side trips really rounded out the whole experience.
William Kephart
William Kephart
March 7, 2024.
This was so much more then a surfing trip! The experiences, memories and friend ships made will last forever. The staff was knowledgeable, energetic and always positive. You could easily tell they loved what they were doing and cared greatly about your success and enjoyment. The accommodations were fantastic. An inviting room that was freshened up everyday by an awesome cleaning staff. A beautiful pool that was always maintained and clean. A wonderful meeting area where we sat together, both staff and clients, and enjoyed each others company. The chef, a true renaissance man, created meals to die for. The smells of a great kitchen permeating the resort throughout the day. This place was truly holistic in many ways from the people, classes (yoga/ breathwork), and unforgettable surf locations which we can't wait to get back to.
Christine
Christine
March 1, 2024.
If I could give this experience more than 5 stars, I would. In addition to the beautiful and luxurious accommodations, this retreat was expertly planned down to every detail. As an intermediate surfer, I wanted to push myself. The coaching staff were incredible. While I expected that the in-water instruction would be good, the skills of the instructors surpassed my expectations. I found the video analysis to be extremely helpful. The Debis and Kira helped me to set goals daily and followed up in them in the water and during our video sessions. They were able to help me build confidence and manage fear in the water. As someone who struggles to focus on yoga, I enjoyed the breath work sessions that Mitch provided. This is not normally something that I would seek out and try. Not only did it help me find calm and manage my anxiety, but I was immediately able to put it to use in the water. I feel that I gained an invaluable tool that I will make part of my surfing practice. The food (from a truly gourmet chef!), extra activities, staff and overall vibes were perfect. I can’t wait to go on another retreat. It felt like a vacation, but I also improved my surfing!
Harrison Winder
Harrison Winder
February 22, 2024.
The Luxury Escape week was such an incredible break from reality. From the moment I was welcomed at the lobby of the Mandla Hotel I felt so comfortable. It was like I had known the Rise Up instructors for days or weeks already. Everyone, including the staff of Madla Hotel, were so kind, friendly, welcoming and accommodating with great senses of humour and relaxed laid paid energy. The week is run like a well oiled machine with all the logistics and planning taking care of. There was nothing to worry about. The days are nicely laid out and all I had to do was show up (or not if I wanted some down time by the pool or a nap instead). The food was absolutely incredible and the hotel is landscaped and appointed with such attention to detail. With the great instructors to student ratio I was able to progress quickly. I was so happy with how far I’d come by the end of the week. The yoga sessions were the perfect relaxing compliment to the physicality of the surfing. The beach locations are gorgeous and none more than a 30 min drive from the hotel and provide for a fantastic surf experience. I can’t say enough positive things about the Rise Up Luxury Escape.
Wade H
Wade H
The right way to learn to surf This was my first trip with Rise Up and my first surf trip ever. The food, coaches, and socializing was great. If you go on one of these trips you will meet some cool and dedicated staff. You will enjoy some great food and drinks and you will get a personal touch when it comes to surf coaching. Worth every penny.
Jason S
Jason S
AMAZING Experience! What a beautiful experience! The Rise Up Team is AMAZING! They took care of every detail, so that I could fully immerse myself in the experience and my vacation. The staff was so friendly and accommodating. The surf coaches were awesome and knowledgable. And the chef was world class! The food was INCREDIBLE! Rise Up's attention to detail and quality is what made this experience so magical. I recommend this experience to everyone, and I am already figuring out when I can come back again! Thank you.
dshlachter
dshlachter
Best Surf Trip Ever What can I say but, "WOW?!" This was an exceptionally unique surf trip experience that included gorgeously designed and a appointed beachfront accommodations, super cool and friendly staff, absurdly delicious food cooked by a team under Nicaragua's top celebrity chef (a well-traveled, thoughtful and articulate polymath who also serenaded us with guitar during dinner one night), a team of surf coaches who are dedicated to helping you improve (every wave is video-recorded, and you have feedback sessions several times during the week so you can apply your learnings to the next session), phenomenal surf photographers, and an ops-manager and owners who are the sweetest, most genuine folks. I've been back only a week, but have already recommended Rise Up to a ton of people.
Lauren K
Lauren K
A Once in a Lifetime Costa Rican Experience I was reluctant to try a surf retreat, but my husband and I are so glad we did. Everyone from the other guests to the on-site crew were incredibly warm, friendly people, and we instantly felt at ease. The food was incredible (I miss the fresh fruit juice already), and the daily yoga with Steph was vital because BOY did we do some surfing! From small breaks to more challenging peaks, the coaches made us feel comfortable in the water and eager to try out the new techniques we were learning. Shout out to longboard extraordinaire Kirra, whose footwork we can only dream of accomplishing, and the incredible Dennis, who led us through surf skate drills and broke down our wave videos so we could see what needed work. We're already planning our next trip. Thank you Rise Up!
Gabriela G
Gabriela G
Rise Up Nicaragua I can't say enough great things about Rise Up. This retreat in Nicaragua was my 2nd with Rise Up, the 1st one was in Costa Rica back in 2023. The team and staff are some of the most incredible humans I've met. The care and coaching is best in class. These trips are magical and there is really nothing to worry about while you're there; the team takes care of everything for you. Both times I've gone as a solo traveler and if you're on the fence....take my word and GO FOR IT! You won't regret it. I'm already thinking about booking my 3rd trip...they're THAT AMAZING!
Carla K
Carla K
Beyond Amazing My husband and I stayed at the Luxury Escape located in Nicaragua. It was beyond amazing, from the food to the staff and lets not forget the great waves. My husband does not label himself as a " surfer", but with the yoga and the amazing breath work he also truly benefited and learned so much about not just himself but also about ways to control stress. This is truly a holistic place.
William K
William K
So much more then a surf trip!!! This was so much more then a surfing trip! The experiences, memories and friend ships made will last forever. The staff was knowledgeable, energetic and always positive. You could easily tell they loved what they were doing and cared greatly about your success and enjoyment. The accommodations were fantastic. An inviting room that was freshened up everyday by an awesome cleaning staff. A beautiful pool that was always maintained and clean. A wonderful meeting area where we sat together, both staff and clients, and enjoyed each others company. The chef, a true renaissance man, created meals to die for. The smells of a great kitchen permeating the resort throughout the day. This place was truly holistic in many ways from the people, classes (yoga/ breathwork), and unforgettable surf locations which we can't wait to get back to.
Mark S
Mark S
Totally worth it! Great surf trip for surfers (beginner-intermediate) who want a safe, relaxed and fun experience with an opportunity to grow😉. The hotel (Mandla) was beautiful and located right on the beach. There were many spaces to hang out including the pool deck, hammock nook space and the common social area. The staff was very attentive and available. The meals were freshly prepared and cooked. The drinks from the bar tender were served with pride and care. The surf breaks were user friendly and the coaching to guest ratio was perfect. Other activities including yoga, breath work and surf skate made this a well rounded experience. I am a lifelong surfer who travels without boards. Rise up had a solid quiver of boards that fulfilled my needs. Highly recommended 🤙
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T8385GLelainew
Best Trip In A Long Time The Luxury Escape week was such an incredible break from reality. From the moment I was welcomed at the lobby of the Mandla Hotel I felt so comfortable. It was like I had known the Rise Up instructors for days or weeks already. Everyone, including the staff of Mandla Hotel, were so kind, friendly, welcoming and accommodating with great senses of humour and relaxed laid paid energy. The week is run like a well oiled machine with all the logistics and planning taking care of. There was nothing to worry about. The days are nicely laid out and all I had to do was show up (or not if I wanted some down time by the pool or a nap instead). The food was absolutely incredible and the hotel is landscaped and appointed with such attention to detail. With the great instructors to student ratio I was able to progress quickly. I was so happy with how far I’d come by the end of the week. The yoga sessions were the perfect relaxing compliment to the physicality of the surfing. The beach locations are gorgeous and none more than a 30 min drive from the hotel and provide for a fantastic surf experience. I can’t say enough positive things about the Rise Up Luxury Escape. Harrison
Juliet K
Juliet K
Best coaching out there I had an incredible experience at the Tranquil Bay retreat in northern Nicaragua. The surf coaching is the best out there, truly. The learning never stopped. I was so grateful I had a notebook with me so that I could write down the dozens of things I wanted to remember. I felt that I really progressed during the week. The location is really perfect because there are multiple breaks to chose from, so depending on the level of the group there's likely always something. I felt stretched on some days but not in a bad way, I always felt extremely safe and well taken care of. The food was outstanding. The chef is extremely observant of what the guests are eating and adjusts as the week goes to ensure everyone is totally satisfied. Her food was a delight! The accommodations are rustic, but very comfortable. I slept amazingly well after a night or two of orienting. Personally I prefer this kind of place over a hotel - I loved being outdoors and the fresh air, sound of the waves, etc.
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