Yoga has always been central to the culture and daily routine at Florblanca, ever since we first opened. In fact, our seaside, open-air dojo is a centerpiece of the property. We offer daily yoga practice for all our guests with a variety of classes for all skill levels.
At the heart of our yoga program is Stefano, our resident Yoga Master. We spoke with Stefano in an earlier interview about practicing with nature. Now, we wanted to provide a a more detailed introduction to his background and philosophy of practicing yoga.
Stefano Allegri began the deep exploration of “mind body” years ago through the world of marital arts. Stefano studied for more than ten years with Enzo Montanari, a legendary Sensei of Karate-Do. He received the second degree black belt of Karate-Do Shotokan style and became an international instructor of this ancient practice.
Stefano’s love of nature, and respect for a country that had no army, moved him to Costa Rica where he took the first steps in Asana Yoga. The passion for union between opposite energies brought Stefano to Bali in 2003 to explore his first teacher training in Ubud. For two months, he practiced morning, noon and night with master Luise Serss. In 2005, he travelled to India where his Mysore and Ashtanga studies unfolded with Sre. K. P. Jois. In the last decade, he has spent time in California and Colorado practicing and learning from Master Tim Miller and Master Richard Freeman. In 2013, Stefano returned to India, and was eager to go deeper with one of the most recognized yoga masters in the world, Mathew Sweeney. This year, he will return in October to study again with Matthew in Bali.
Stefano loves working with the anatomy and alignment of the body. His yoga practice is both on and off the mat; Stefano lives yoga. His classes are a journey of the mind and the body and he always teaches with passion, joy and a fabulous sense of humor. In his own words, “The expression of your face, is the expression of your practice…keep always the sense of humor.”
Visit our website to learn more about the yoga classes at Florblanca and find information on booking a Costa Rica Yoga Retreat at beautiful Florblanca Resort in Santa Teresa. You can also read about one person’s experience holding her yoga retreat here in Awakening – A Story of Yoga and Rebirth.