Is Costa Rica on your list of places you’d like to visit? If so, I can understand why.
It’s so easy to allow our busy schedules and to-do lists to take over our lives. As a result, we often forget to allocate ourselves time to do things that give us pleasure.
Taking a yoga class is a great way to spend time with yourself. Yoga not only benefits us physically and mentally; it also brings us back to nature. Throughout your practice, your body and mind will be connected with nature through the floor, and up to the sky.
Yoga doesn’t have to be 90 minutes long or spent on your head practicing headstands.
There’s a lot of opinions about what yoga is and how it should be done. Yoga accepts you as you are.
Holding a simple asana (pose) comfortably for three minutes, or laying in child’s pose can be as beneficial as standing on your head. It’s about tuning in to your body and being open to see where your body is at that moment, and what you can do to help your body out.
Here Are 5 Reasons To Roll Out Your Yoga Mat During Your Trip To Costa Rica
1. Stopping time. In Costa Rica there’s so much to do, it’s easy to plan an adventure or book an excursion for every day of your holiday. However, it’s also important to unwind and relax. You could take a yoga class in the morning before your excursion. This will give you energy and leave you feeling nimble for your daily activity. Taking a class in the afternoon or night after an excursion is also a great idea, as practicing will help your body to relax naturally and set you up for a wonderful sleep. Yoga is not limited to the classroom. You could follow your own practice in your bedroom space, or in the outdoors on the beach, in the garden, or on a yoga deck, for example.
2. Re-connecting with nature. When I think of Costa Rica, I think of green jungles and exotic animals. There’s no need to go to sleep or to meditate with a CD playing sounds of the forest because you get the real deal here in Costa Rica. When doing yoga, you will be surrounded by the sounds, sights and smells of nature at its best.
3. Preparing for reality back home. It’s normal to feel stressed when returning home after a trip as it takes time to re-adapt to your daily routine. This transition can be made easier with the help of a yoga practice. From a physical perspective, yoga helps to release tension and stress that your body is holding. Mentally, endorphins are released, making you feel happier. Yoga can guide you to feel more relaxed and positive about re-acclimatizing to your daily life.
4. Learning about yourself. Yoga can be a reflection of yourself. When you’re holding a difficult pose and your body wants nothing more than to get out of it, ask yourself what it is that you’re trying to run from? What emotions arise through your practice? How is your breathing? These are all great questions to ask yourself. Yoga instructors are great guides to help you with your inner journey. A good teacher will correct your body alignment so you don’t injure yourself, allowing you to get the most movement out of your practice.
5. Meeting new people. Costa Rica is known to be one of the happiest places on earth. There’s a Costa Rican saying “Pura Vida” meaning pure life. This everyday term extends beyond words, it’s more a daily mantra for Costa Ricans, who use the expression in many forms – a greeting, a response, an adjective, or perhaps simply to express happiness. Take yoga classes where you can mingle with locals and learn about how they live life to the fullest. There’s also a lot of tourism in Costa Rica, you won’t struggle to make new friends!
Combine yoga and nature to enrich your Costa Rican vacation.
My own experience.
My yoga practice has been enhanced since living in the Osa Peninsula of Costa Rica. I find it easier to do my practice surrounded by nature, reminding me of simple lessons such as stillness – to remember to be still and enjoy the moment. I’ve also learnt that everything is already perfect and the way it’s meant to be. I try to see things for what they are, rather than for what we want them to be.
I love attending and teaching yoga classes here in the Osa Peninsula. I don’t have to worry about putting music on during class, since the sounds of nature outside the window provide the perfect backdrop. Monkeys, birds, the ocean, and the wind moving through the trees, its the only symphony my ears need.
“Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” -Yogi Bhajan