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Malayka Retreat Center has been founded by the Darby Family.  Costa Rica is known worldwide for its beautiful landscapes and busting biodiversity as well as for its wonderful people and their happy lifestyle. Peninsula de Nicoya is the home of many beautiful beaches that still remain untouched and away from the touristic crowds. All this made it so easy for the Darbys to make their decision to open a retreat in this small paradise along the coast so they could share this piece of happiness with others.
 
Darby and Joanne have been been practicing Ashtanga Yoga for over 35 years. They began their practice with Sri K Pattabhi Jois, the creator of Ashtanga Yoga, in 1979 when they spent four years in Mysore, India. They are a part of the few teachers worldwide who have attained the highest level of Ashtanga Yoga teaching accreditation and are certified by Pattabhi Jois to teach the original Asthanga method.
 
Darby's teaching is dynamic and direct while giving students the essence of the energy of this yoga. His wisdom and warmth attract a vibrant community of students who are drawn to his humor, attentive nature and his steadfast commitment to improving each students physical aligment.
 
Joanne is a source of inspiration to many yoga students around the world. For her, yoga goes beyond the asana practice.... it is a way of life. After so many years of practice she truly believes in the power, benefits and the transformative effect of the Asthanga Yoga method.