At Bodhi Surf + Yoga, we take pride in our unique teaching style. We believe that learning extends far beyond just getting you up on a board or into a yoga pose. Our instructors take the time to explain and demonstrate theory, and give you the tools to put it all into action. Our goal is to help create responsible surfers through ocean awareness and safety, and conscientious yogis and yoginis through the yoga philosophy. All of our instructors are incredibly passionate about what they do, and with our small group sizes, they are able to help people of all skill levels in their personal goals.
Pilar was originally drawn to yoga through her fascination with anatomy of the body, movement, and exercise, and the mysteries of the conscious and unconscious mind. In 1999, she received her first teacher training at the Kapoli Yoga Center in Escazu, Costa Rica, which was followed by a second teacher certification from the YogaWorks program. In 2014, her devotion to her own practice led her to Mysore, India, where she studied at the Krishna Patthabi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. Most recently in 2017, she did a teacher training in Tulum, Mexico with Tim Miller. Pilar has a dedicated personal yoga practice which is based in the Ashtanga Yoga method.
Pilar teaches Vinyasa Flow for all levels; her students enjoy her dynamic, uplifting, and invigorating teaching style, with her main intention focusing on alignment as well as keeping the mind and breath in the present moment. Throughout her classes she weaves the elements of graceful movement, focus on personal intention, and enjoyment. Pilar is fluent in both Spanish and English, and her teaching style is a marriage of the best of many worlds: Eastern yogic philosophies such as fluid breath and inner discovery; Western values of achieving personal goals; and Costa Rica’s light-hearted Pura Vida style.
Travis has been surfing since the age of 14, and two years later became a member of La Jolla Shores Longboard Association and started competing locally. In college, he joined the NSSA (National Scholastic Surfing Association), the University of San Diego’s surf team, and became a Surf Coach for the University of San Diego High School. He also founded Evening Glass Surf School in Mission Beach-San Diego and was the head surf instructor. He now has nearly 20 years of surf experience, and over 10 years of surf instruction, and is a certified open-water lifeguard by the Costa Rican Lifeguard Association.
Travis has a deep love and respect for the ocean, and his surf and bodysurf instruction very clearly encompasses that. He also possesses a fantastic ability to get people laughing with his silliness, showing that he most definitely does not take himself too seriously. However, he also inspires confidence; he gives students the tools they need to exceed their own expectations in the water.
Adrianne first started surfing at the age of 19, she had always wanted to learn but had never found a good surf instructor. She never really considered herself an athletic person, really, until she learned to surf, proving that you don’t have to be “athletic” to become a surfer. She now has 10 years of surfing and 7 years of surf instruction under her belt.
What makes Adrianne a great surf instructor is that she remembers what it was like to be on the learning curve of surfing, and she understands that it is a tough sport to master. This makes her very capable of helping those who are unsure, lack confidence, and even scared; no one knows better than her that standing up on a board is attainable, and that the feeling is unparalleled.
Luis Moya is a proud Costa Rican and lifelong resident of the Costa Ballena area. He is certified ocean lifeguard as well as a certified ISA Level 1 surf instructor. He is also bilingual, and able to lead surf lessons in both Spanish and English.
Luis has been surfing for most of his life, and would consider himself a surf addict. He is an incredibly friendly and jovial individual that loves to share his passion for surfing through teaching others. With his infectious good vibes and “crazy surf” style, it’s hard for his students not to get stoked on surfing.
Gabrielle Guyon (“Gaby”) is originally from Quebec, Canada, though has been living in the Costa Ballena area for several years. She is a certified ISA Level 1 surf instructor. She is bilingual, and able to lead surf lessons in both French and English.
Gaby has made surfing the centerpiece of her life, and is an aficionado of the sport. She surfs both for fun as well as competitively in the Costa Rican national circuit. She is highly knowledgeable about surfing and loves to introduce others to the sport, sharing her passion and drive with everyone she teaches.
Spencer is originally from the U.S., but is stoked to have recently made Bahía Ballena his home. He is a certified ISA Level 1 surf instructor and former paddleboard instructor.
Spencer is a complete and absolute ocean lover, he enjoys “wavesliding” of all kinds, and feels a great affinity for bodysurfing. He is a former competitive athlete, and enjoys pushing himself to constantly improve his surfing. He loves to share his knowledge and passion for surfing, as well as the importance of environmental conservation (particularly ocean protection) with his students.
Hannah is a former competitive swimmer and ocean lifeguard, originally from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She has also taught swimming — both how to, and competitive level. Hannah has been surfing since childhood, but has really honed in on it since she moved to Bahia Ballena in 2016. She is able to lead surf lessons in English.
Hannah is referred to the mermaid at Bodhi. She loves everything to do with the water: swimming, bodysurfing, surfing, breath holding, and free diving, and especially “frolicking”. She loves to share her love of the ocean and how to be in it safely and successfully with others. Guests are always at ease and able to learn so much from Hannah’s teaching style!