Sask woman runs tropical yoga retreat in Nicaragua

Welcomes visitors from all over the world to Central American home

This article was written by Trelle Burdeniuk and published by News Talk 650 CKOM of Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada. 


Sasha Friess's love of yoga has taken her from the prairies of Saskatchewan to the jungles of Nicaragua, where her workplace is now on the shores of a tropical lagoon.

"The crater was created by a volcano that imploded on itself, so it created this great big basin that filled with rain water over time and we're right along the shore of the lake," Friess said, in an interview from Nicaragua.

She said her love of yoga started after taking classes at the University of Saskatchewan while she was studying there. She decided to leave university and see where yoga could take her.

"I decided that I wanted to learn more about the philosophy of yoga," she said.

That mission took her to Bahamas where she met a woman who asked her to come teach at a studio in Nicaragua.

While teaching in Nicaragua, she met her fiance and now they both run Apoyo Lodge, where she teaches yoga and meditation classes.

"It is extremely isolated, but I think that's what makes it so special," she said. 

During the rainy season, the road is only accessible with a 4x4 and guests have to call ahead.

Friess said she has plans to expand her business in the future.

"Eventually, I would love to offer yoga teacher training," she said.

Friess said they host guests from around the world at Apoyo Lodge, but she still has a special place in her heart for Saskatchewan.

"I love Saskatchewan. After traveling, you can really appreciate the beauty of Saskatchewan, how it's so wide open and the sunsets and the skies and the colours of the seasons," she said.