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Brytta Byers, founder of Xanadu Yoga is a world traveling yoga instructor who teaches yoga teachers how to travel the world and teach yoga.
Brytta has traveled on all parts of the globe teaching yoga for the past six years. Her latest adventures include being the Yoga Teacher and Marketing Coordinator for Encantada Ocean Cottages in Costa Rica, Yoga Studio Manager for the largest YogaWorks studio in the United States, being the Lead Journalist at Envision Festival, teaching trauma informed yoga in refugee camps in Greece, teaching yoga to underserved communities in Cambodia and teaching SUP Yoga at Boom Festival in Portugal.
When she’s not traveling the world and teaching yoga, you can find her climbing a waterfall, interviewing folks from the yoga and music industries or reading poetry.
Currently, Brytta is living in Costa Rica where she is searching for land to open a yoga hostel. She is certified through LL Studio in New York City and Island Yoga Aruba with Rachel Brathen.
To connect with Brytta in Costa Rica and around the world, give her a follow @xanaduyoga.

Why do you travel and look for adventures?

Traveling gives me the opportunity to connect and create with people from around the world which reminds me why I am here. I look for adventures because I live for adventure whether it be climbing waterfalls, hiking through the jungle or climbing a mountain to watch the sunset over the ocean!

What kind of adventures do you look for when you travel?

Mountain climbing, waterfall treks and secret places to watch the sunset. I also enjoy SUP Yoga which is an adventure on its own!

What’s your go-to travel hack?

I am all about being eco friendly. I always have bamboo products on me such as bamboo toothbrushes and eating utensils. I also love saving time and money which is why I book flights through Skyscanner and purchase TSA Pre-Check so I don’t have to wait in line at the airport or unpack my bags. I can just go through airport security with no hassle!

Another favorite travel hack is supporting local women run businesses in the places I travel to. In Costa Rica I have found and worked with a female artist who paints hats, a women run spa that I love and a single mom who gives massages. Supporting women and supporting local is where it’s at in the travel industry as our money goes a long way as it’s supporting real people rather than corporations.

Got any gear you can’t travel without?

Osprey Backpacks, Cliff Hiking Boots, Lululemon Yoga Mat, and Bamboo Eating Utensils.

What destination are you eager to go back to?

Portugal. My family lives here. I miss them dearly!

How do you stay safe when you’re travelling?

I always email my travel itinerary to my family and close friends before I depart for my next adventure and email my locations, my hosts, phone numbers and emails of where I’m staying / teaching.
I also send a Whatsapp Pin Location anytime I am staying, teaching or eating somewhere new. If I go out at night I always go out and come back with friends. If you live in a rural place such as Costa Rica, creating strong friendships and professional relationships is a must to survive and thrive and saving their contact on Whatsapp is even better! For example, I now have a taxi driver who is my go-to driver as I trust them and have worked with them enough to know I can rely on them to take me somewhere safe rather than getting scammed or taken advantage of by someone I don’t know.
Lastly, TRUST YOUR GUT aka listen to your intuition. It NEVER leads you astray.

What’s the best way to experience a destination like a local?

Hang out with the locals, learn the language (even when it’s hard), go dancing, eat the delicious local food and Say YES to adventure!

What’s your favourite word in another language?

La vida es bella

When and where are you next travelling?

I’m going to the US for about a month to visit hostels, hang out with friends and snuggle my sweet cat Macha! I will be there in the Fall.