Last week I traveled to the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica. I have wanted to experience Costa Rica ever since I lived in Maui years ago. Maui is a transitive place and many of the people who chase the waves to Hawaii have great stories of other amazing places around the globe. A commonly described one is Costa Rica.
Near the end of last year, I decided to add a second retreat in 2015 and researched a few places in Costa Rica. I put it on my vision board and started telling people that I was planning to go in February. I had no idea how it was going to happen, but I felt like it was true. To make a long story short, I ended up going to Costa Rica in February and staying with a friend from high school whom I had not seen in 20 years. I couldn’t have imagined any of this ahead of time, but it all worked out amazingly.
Each of the two places that I planned to visit are gorgeous and in 2015 I will be most likely traveling back twice; once to lead a yoga retreat and once to lead my 200 hour yoga teacher training in a month long intensive format. The dates and registration will be up soon.
Costa Ricans, as you probably know, have a saying; Pura Vida (the pure life)! It is a greeting and a lifestyle. One of the most common things people say about Costa Rica is that the people are so welcoming and nice, and it’s totally true. The natural beauty of Costa Rica encourages a sense of harmony within; even the dogs are peaceful and completely mellow.
In the same way, yoga and meditation create Pura Vida within. As you breathe and move, postural and habitual patterns of tension in your body are balanced, obstructions melt, and your mind starts to ride on the slow, steady waves of your breath.
I love teaching yoga in beautiful places, and I can honestly say that the yoga practice has the ability to bring the innate beauty out of any place and any person. In my Saturday Beginner’s class, we have had over 40 people pretty steadily for the past month. 40 strangers sit in a crowded room trying to carve our their space and every time another person walks in, the mats have to move even closer together. At the beginning of class when we set up, there is sometimes a feeling of unsettledness, but as we sit and tune in, the entire room lands. It happens every time, and all month not one person has complained to me about the crowdedness or lack of space. That to me is a sign of a great connection to the beauty within. That is palpable Pura Vida in practice, and I feel so blessed that even though I love to travel, I already live and practice in a beautiful place with all of you.