Nicaragua, Los Clavos Surf Resort

Julia is the resident Yoga Teacher at Los Clavos Surf Resort, Chinandega, Nicaragua.  The resort is situated on a deserted Pacific Beach, away from hustle and bustle and provides excellent opportunities to reconnect with yourself and your yoga practice.  Surf beaches are just around the corner.

Julia teaches morning Vinyasa Flows/Ashtanga Yoga and afternoon Release/Restore classes.  Morning classes are designed to build strength for your practice with weekly workshops looking at key yoga postures.  Afternoon classes will stretch you out, leaving you restored and ready to relax for the evening.  Julia is a keen Ashtanga practitioner and her classes include a flavour of this traditional practice.

All classes will incorporate meditation in order to improve concentration.  This will encourage you to be totally present in your daily life, whether surfing or doing something slightly more mundane.  This ensures that our physical practice is truly supported by the spiritual nature of yoga.

All classes accommodate mixed abilities and beginners are welcome.  Whether you are at Los Clavos Surf Resort to surf or just for yoga, the stunning setting really is a key feature of your holiday.  Join her for a Yoga Holiday; Yoga Intensive Week; An Introduction To Ashtanga Yoga and Meditation; Ashtanga Yoga Development Program.  Groups are kept small (maximum 4 people) to ensure personalised attention.

Join Julia each morning for sunrise chanting meditation.


The Los Clavos Surf Resort has 4 comfortable beachfront bungalows, all with private bathroom and large beds. Each of them has their ocean view deck to relax in privacy. We offer shared accommodation with 4 people sharing. Single bungalows are sometimes available on request with a supplement charge.  The decor is simple and in keeping with the environment. The bungalows have been built for comfort and coolness. They are made of wood and palm trees, in keeping with the surrounding nature.

The resort is French run and so flavours of French cuisine are mixed with local Nicaraguan products. Mealtimes are a key feature at Los Clavos and the aim is to provide a family atmosphere with food served 3 times a day in the ocean view restaurant.

All food is freshly prepared from local seasonal produce and will provide you with healthy sustenance to supplement your yoga practice. Being so close to a fishing village, we often serve grilled fresh fish accompanied by seasonal vegetables along side a selection of salads with many vegetarian/vegan options. There is an abundance of fresh fruit and juices for everyone.  The fridge is always full of cold juices and you can ask anytime for a cup of Nicaraguan coffee. Here is a typical daily menu.

Breakfast: Overnight oats with chia seeds, granola, fresh fruit, yogurt, eggs, toast, juice, tea and coffee
Lunch: Stuffed peppers/courgettes, rice and veg bowl, mixed salad, fresh fruit salad, tamarind juice
Dinner: Grilled fish/chicken, pumpkin bake, sautéed potatoes with herbs, cucumber salad, coleslaw, French apple tart, coffee

Yoga Holiday $999 (all levels)
This is ideal if you are looking to advance your practice but have time to relax or take part in activities during the day. The holiday includes:

2 daily yoga classes including pranayama
Unlimited use of yoga space
7 nights shared accommodation in Los Clavos Surf Resort
3 nutritious meals per day
Tea, coffee and juice throughout the day
1 massage
Boat trip
Transfers to and from Managua airport

Yoga Intensive Week $1099 (beginners/intermediate)
This course is ideal if you are new to yoga or would like to simply deepen your practice.  The course will give you an overview of what yoga is and how it can enhance your wellbeing on a daily basis, both on a physical and spiritual level.  The package includes all of the above plus a daily alignment class/workshop showing you key postures of Ashtanga Yoga/Vinyasa Flow.  This course is very much tailored to your needs that will be communicated prior to the start of the course.

Introduction to Ashtanga Yoga, Meditation and Pranayama $1099 (beginners/intermediate)
This course is ideal if you are totally new to yoga or are practicing a different style of yoga and would like to know more about the traditional Ashtanga Yoga practice.   This package includes:

Morning Ashtanga Led Class with Pranayama
Sunrise beach meditation
Afternoon Release/Restorative Class
Daily alignment class to explore The Primary Series
Theory of meditation class
Unlimited use of yoga space
7 nights accommodation in Los Clavos Surf Resort
3 nutritious meals per day
Tea, coffee and juice throughout the day
1 massage
Boat trip
Transfers to and from Managua airport


Ashtanga Yoga Development Program (intermediate/advanced program) $1199
This package includes is ideal if you are already practicing Ashtanga Yoga and are looking to further your practice through afternoon Myofascia Release Classes.  The course is suitable for yoga teachers as it will deliver lots of new ideas and myofascia release techniques to for you to share with your own students.  The program includes:

Sunrise beach meditation and chanting
Morning Ashtanga Led or Mysore Style Class
Afternoon Myofascia Release Class (different release technique taught each day)
Sunset meditation
Unlimited use of yoga space
7 nights accommodation in Los Clavos Surf Resort
3 nutritious meals per day
Tea, coffee and juice throughout the day
1 massage
Boat trip
Transfers to and from Managua airport

If you would like to surf also, this can be arranged at an additional cost to any of the above packages.

To make a reservation, please email for deposit payment details (40% needed to secure a place and there is a $25 bank charge fee.)  Please do not hesitate to email for any further information about the retreat.


Things to do nearby
Horseback riding (1.5 hour – 3 pers min) $ 20
Extra massage (45 min) $ 30
Fishing trip (3 hours) $ 90
Volcano hiking – Cosigüina (4 pers min) $ 20
Volcano boarding – Cerro Negro (5 pers min) $ 40

About Nicaragua
Nicaragua is a little north of Panama, Central America.  It is the skinniest part of Central America and only a few hundred kilometres wide.  It is a unique place to travel in that you have both Pacific and Caribbean coastline within one country.


Getting there
You can fly there directly  from Miami, Atlantis, Dallas, Houston, Toronto, Montreal and Panama City.  Many flights come from Europe via Panama City.

Los Clavos Surf Resort
Los Clavos is the resort of Parisian Romain and Claire.  For further details of the venue, visit their website:

Photos by

Yoga Alliance registered Yoga Teacher Teacher Training (YTTC) November 2017

Do you want to develop your self-practice?
We have a a special guide with the best tips to improve your yoga practice at home.