Toby Israel

San Jose
Costa Rica
Average: 4.9 of 5 stars

18 Reviews

Toby Israel has been teaching yoga for nine years, everywhere and anywhere. From open fields in Sicily and beautiful studios in Vermont, to attics in Helsinki and rooftops on the stunning Zanzibar coast, she loves to share this practice wherever she goes. Since completing her 200-hour TTC with Tribe Yoga in Goa, India in January 2013, she has developed her own style of teaching that combines the tradition of Ashtanga sequencing and philosophy with the joy, playfulness and exploration that characterize her lifestyle. Toby currently lives in Costa Rica. (She came for a master’s degree in Media, Peace, and Conflict Studies from the UN-mandated University for Peace—and stayed for the papaya, sunshine, and conscious community.)

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Average: 4.9 of 5 stars

18 Reviews

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Very Friendly
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Frequent Adjustments
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Very Experienced
On the Wild Side
Safety Oriented
Body Focused
Very Spiritual


Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
A wonderful retreat :)

I did a fantastic retreat with Tobi in Costa Rica- her voice is so relaxing and I loved the music that accompanied our flow classes as well as her soothing guided meditations. I really trusted her to make adjustments and give me advice and she truly lives what she believes in. I only wish I was closer so could go to a regular class with her!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Ease and grace

Toby teaches a lovely flow class that is accessible, yet challenging. She teaches with a beautiful grace that instantly has students feeling peaceful and at ease. She is intuitive to individual students needs and to the general energy of the class and the world round us. She gives clear cues and instructions, making her sequences easy to follow even when they offer a bit of a physical challenge.

I recommend her class to anyone who is looking to feel comfortable diving into yoga or to seasoned practitioners--so anyone at all. She will make you feel comfortable and peaceful.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

Toby is an amazing soul I met at the university for Peace. She is so generous to share her Yoga teaching and practices among fellow students voluntarily. Her teachings are very smooth and easy to follow. I really like to practice vinyasa with her because I feel I am more focus and connect with my breath during her sessions. I am sending more power and love to share her practices with all <3

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
A complete package of a yoga class!

Over the last few months, having Toby as my weekly yoga instructor has dramatically improved my practice. I have practiced yoga on and off for as long as I can remember, but with Toby the refinement in my posture, breathing and flow has been remarkable. Toby is so obviously passionate about sharing her practice with her students - she steps in for other teachers at a moment’s notice and continues to teach even when unwell - and to me, that itself puts her head and shoulders above the rest.


This dedication is not to be undervalued. Toby is fun, cracks occasional jokes, is easygoing and comes over and corrects your stance when required. She evaluates the interest of the class, modifies her classes accordingly and is happy to take any questions that the class might have. In conclusion, you are in safe hands with Toby:)

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

I love how she practices openness and kindness to our bodies and encourages everyone to do so too. Very open to all levels and gives options for less experienced / more experienced students. Very eloquent, demonstrates natural flow, and overall one of my most soothing yet challenging teachers.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Amazing yoga teacher every time

Toby is simply a fantastic yoga teacher. I have attended many of her classes and she is always patient and helpful. I never feel pressured to perform a pose beyond my skill level but I am always encouraged to push my limits. Thank you Toby and see you in class!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Highly recommend!

I took a 3 week course at the University for Peace, and twice a week I would take a yoga class with others on campus. I had Toby a few times as a teacher, and I highly recommend her!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Creative, calming and intentional yoga practice

I have loved taking classes with Toby. Every class has a beautiful consistency of being calming, engaging and effective in aligning body and mind. Each class is unique though in the types of moves Toby brings. I have done yoga on and off for 7 years and Toby has introduced new and amazing flows and stretches that I hadn't been exposed to. She engages with the practitioners at the beginning of class to see the energy level and interest of the group. She is also open to answering questions and taking feedback at the end. Highly recommend for a spiritual and meditative yoga flow!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
It was very Nice!

I had a great opportunity to practice few times with Toby while she was staying here in Morocco, and it was really good experience for me. Toby was building our practice completely according to my level, she listened to me attentively while I described my demands and after every lesson I felt better and better. I am into calm and relaxed motion of practice, and Toby responded to it. She helped me to get back into yoga world and build small sequence for exercising on my own! After few lessons my confidence level grew up, it was nice experience.

Average: 4.0 of 5 stars
Approachable and attentive

A fantastic week at the yoga retreat with Toby as instructor.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Excellent experience with Toby

I had a fantastic six days under Toby's instruction. She is very good at dialing the class to the energy level of the group. She engaged us with different styles and kept it interesting. Really enjoyed Toby's classes, thanks!

Average: 4.0 of 5 stars
Great yoga in Zanzibar

I had the pleasant experience of doing a yoga retreat in Nungwi Zanzibar. The teacher was Toby Israel. She was a wonderful teacher. I was a bit apprehensive about doing yoga for 3 hours a day. She just had the right balance. Just enough challenging poses, breathing and more ordinary poses. She is also calm, supportive and very kind. All in all a wonderful experience.
Antonie de Beer

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
An amazing experience.

Toby was exactly the teacher I needed on my yoga retreat. She was calm and soothing in her practice - she allowed us to choose our levels and she was supportive of where we were. I never felt pushed or judged - I'm relatively new to yoga - so as mentioned - this was exactly what I needed to keep me inspired to learn more about the yoga experience. She was an integral part of my yoga retreat being the amazing spiritual experience that it was. Thank you Toby - I hope to one day see you again :)

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Great Introduction to Yoga

Toby's classes introduced me to yoga, and she was endlessly patient in explaining both the movement and concepts. I have taken many yoga classes since, but still have yet to find a teacher who has made the experience as enjoyable as Toby did.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
yoga balance by Toby

I have been very fortunate to be able to practice with Toby. She teaches a nice flow that brings me to a calm place, with her gentle voice. Toby's adjustments are firm, and my body relaxes into the pose with more ease. Toby is very respectful in allowing your body to do what it can without forcing the pose to be perfect. The soft music and neck massages during savasana is a great end to the practice. Toby is an excellent teacher.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
Yoga with Toby

The experiences I've had doing yoga in Toby's classes have been great. I'm not a yoga nut, but I've been in my fair share of classes and always enjoy participating in Toby's classes. I find that I am constantly learning in Toby's classes, whether it be through new poses, correcting old poses or gaining perspective on breathing classes. Further, I find a sense of calm in Toby's classes that I look forward to each time. I definitely recommend taking a class with her!

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars

I absolutely love going to Toby's class! I leave feeling energized, relaxed, and refreshed. Toby's class is great for anyone - from beginners to more experienced yogis.

Average: 5.0 of 5 stars
5 Stars for Toby!

I feel lucky to have found Toby. Her calm voice and gentle touch will bring a smile to your face and a sigh of relief to your body. Her ability to take requests and implement the needs of those in her class shows thoughtfulness and skill. Her adjustments are JOY and I ALWAYS leave class feeling energized, relaxed, loose, and happy. She works absolute magic during savasana, that alone is worth attending! She has soothing music playing and keeps the breath count throughout the entire class.


She has a basic structure of sun salutations that she follows but has brought in new positions every week. (I go to her Monday class at Otter Creek every week.) I truly feel like her class has helped me both emotionally and physically. It is with complete confidence and enthusiasm that I give her a full two thumbs up.