One of my more unique photo commissions from my time in Costa Rica was the Nosara Yoga Institute. Driving up to the Yoga Institute, which is basically a 5 star resort with a yoga school built into it, you can get 25 meters from the massive front entrance and still not even realize it’s there because of the massive old growth teak that it is set amongst. Designed by Salagnac Arquitectos, this substantial building feels like a traditional Balinese building fled Polynesia and hid itself in the thickest Costa Rican forest it could find.
The various one room cabanas are strewn across the property, linked by an elaborate river and waterfall system. Capturing all the details of this property was incredibly challenging, because it is built into mature landscaping which prevents sections of it from being visible in all but super-close up images.
The center of this Yoga Resort is the 25m salt water lap pool, which is located beside the main building on top of a 100+ step staircase from the main road. This is part of what keeps the resort hidden from passerby’s. I was unable to capture the whole staircase, but when you look at the main image (1st image), keep in mind that I am already 50+ stairs up, and standing on three stories of scaffolding we erected in order to capture the front of this building.
Truly a one of a kind building, especially for Costa Rica, and super fun to photograph. This is one of those jobs where I had to pinch myself in disbelief that I actually get to do this for a living.
More shoots coming soon…stay tuned