Irena and daughter

Meet Irena

Irena Bartolec is an KPJAY authorised yoga teacher, a meditation instructor, workshop and retreat facilitator, life mentor, and published author.

Irena has been teaching yoga and wellness for over 20 years. She leads annual retreats and workshops internationally, and teaches locally in Bali, Croatia, and Costa Rica.

Irena offers private instruction and group bookings upon request. She divides her time between Bali, Croatia, and Costa Rica. Irena is a devoted mother, and loves what she does.

I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Tailored Retreats

Rest, practice, and rejuvenate.

On a virgin beach in Costa Rica, surrounded by the soothing  sounds of ocean and tropical jungle, remember yourself. 

My private retreats are customized to fit your needs. 

This private service allows you the flexibility to reserve and book a retreat in accordance with the dates that are suitable for you. To have exclusive access to a mentor, and to experience peace and discretion without the social constraints or pressures of a group setting.

Be the change!

Ashtanga Yoga Mama is a 100% female owned and operated small business.
We are committed to support and provide opportunities for local female entrepreneurs here in Costa Rica.

By booking a retreat with us you are providing social and economical support to female surf coaches, drivers, chefs, photographers, masseuses, bakers, cacao farmers, natural cosmetics manufacturers, horse guides, bee keepers and cowgirls all of whom make up the core of this unique female driven entrepreneurial community.


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Costa Rica

Luxury Tailored
Private Yoga Retreat

playa Azul, Guanacaste