New Year, new beginnings! Indeed, I ushered in 2018 with a bang as I decided to attend a Yoga retreat in Costa Rica. I wanted to do something to mark to the start of the New Year, do something to elevate my body, mind and more importantly my soul. I decided to a yoga retreat in an exotic location namely Costa Rica as the good mix for a Yoga retreat seems to be sunshine and vegetarian food and this country has plenty of it!
There is a saying that says that the journey is part of the gift. It was indeed a long journey. Starting first with a 10-hours flight from Amsterdam to San Jose, plus hoping on a 6:00 am flight the next day onboard a Cessna aircraft towards Nosara on the west coast of Costa Rica. On this very bumpy flight, I had the opportunity to enjoy beautiful landscapes, mix of jungle, beaches and Pacific Ocean. Such a breathtaking view! Right there, I already felt humble and grateful to be able to do this trip!
A Yoga retreat consists of daily classes generally scheduled early in the morning and late in the afternoon. In between, you have the possibility to do some excursions or just meditate by the pool, contemplating Mother Nature. At the Costa Rica Yoga Spa, there was a number of resourcing possibilities from beach excursions, surfing, paddle boarding, hiking in the jungle or zip lining through the mangrove.
But what I enjoyed the most was the connections I made. I got to meet amazing people from different nationalities, different professions and also different backgrounds. Like minded individuals that share the same goal of being healthy and spiritual.
I appreciated this trip as a very welcome break in my routine that allowed me to take a step back and see things with a different perspective.
A phrase that you will hear everywhere in Costa Rica is “Pura Vida”. Translated in English it means “pure life”, it’s more than a saying it’s a way of life. No worries, no fuss, no stress, just being thankful for what you have.
Now, I’m back and continue to live by this saying. I gained a new perspective on things. What is yours?