About The Teacher

Explore, deepen, and enrich your yoga practice with Dori Thomsen, founder of Your Zen Yoga. Dori is a Florida native and is passionate about traveling and teaching. She is a 200-hr E-RYT, Yoga Instructor living in Jacksonville, FL. She first entered a yoga class over a decade ago but found her true calling to teach yoga while living in Costa Rica the past 5 years and gained the certification in 2010 with the Yoga Alliance. She studied under the guidance of her guru Paula Tursi of Reflections Yoga in Guatemala with whom she continues her studies with. Dori is passionate about teaching all styles of yoga from Restorative Yoga and Prenatal Yoga to Vinyasa Flow Yoga, but also specializes in teaching Meditation & Pranayama. She incorporates this multi-style form of yoga in her classes, encouraging her students to always explore yoga in its entirety and to find a practice that works for them. Her motto is “It’s your practice, your space of zen in this busy beautiful world.” Dori is also one of the leading instructors of Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga and is considered a pioneer of SUP Yoga in Central America, while living and teaching there. She has now returned to Jacksonville with her husband, baby, and dog and is excited to unite with the community through the grace of peace, love, and yoga. Dori teaches classes and workshops in Jax and leads Yoga Retreats in Costa Rica.

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Why Retreat?

We asked people why they go on retreat, here's what they said:

My inspiration is to find some very much needed solace away from the stress of raising 4 children, working (as a dietitian) and trying to get my private nutrition counseling practice launched. I am a registered yoga instructor and have practiced for over 10 yrs, and have always dreamed of taking a yoga retreat just for my own inner well being. Linda

Retreat Guru's Vision

We believe human beings are innately wise, strong and kind. This wisdom, although not always experienced, is always present. Going on retreat is a beautiful way to reconnect to our basic sanity and health. Our aspiration at Retreat Guru is to inspire people to experience authentic retreats and reconnect with their innate wisdom, strength and kindness.

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