Costa Rica

Highlights of Costa Rica 2012

Visiting Yoga Farm was an amazing adventure, a peaceful tropical paradise to restore the soul, energize the body and relax the mind. Yoga, surf and amazing people in Punta Banco! Every night a new dynamic, of new guests, personalities and performances, coming and going. We shared stories about past, present and future travels. Inventing games like cup-a-nut and drinking many rounds of tea before dragging my tired body to bed was an idyllic way to spend the hot breezy month…

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Kitchen is where the Hearth is

Cooking at Yoga Farm is the most fun I have had in any kitchen. We use as many ingredients directly from the farm as possible. Root vegetables, fresh ginger, starfruit and peppers graced almost every meal. As long as hot sauce was on the table, everybody was happy. Volunteers and sometimes guests help prepare the evening meal in two hour sessions. This picture shows my room-mate and fellow volunteer, Aida and Sarah (skirt in the background). An atmosphere of warmth…

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Yoga on the beach

This morning we did a photo session after yoga class. It was awesome. The other girls here are Niki, Erika (a phenomenal yoga teacher) and Sarah. Sarah’s boyfriend Marek is the photographer. He’s a professional and we are lucky to have them staying at Yoga Farm with us. Waking up at dawn, morning yoga classes, Erika is teaching some really cool warrior sequences that I will learn. We dedicated classes each day to each of the chakras last week, finishing…

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Beaches by bike

From Punta Banco to Pavones, it’s a long ride to internet and the store from which you can buy batteries or get money. Best to get off and take a swim a few times on the way back. Still making the best of the trip. Teaching a few times per week and working at Yoga Farm with gardening, harvesting and cooking. Getting ready to leave soon though!

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Bike trip to Pavones

Today is my 5th day here at yoga farm and my 15th day in Costa Rica. I have been gone from the states for two weeks now and it feels like forever! Yesterday I took a trip to Pavones because it’s the only place I can get cash and buy tea or chocolate. Setting off in the morning, I biked about 8 km to Pavones for internet and a few basic necessities. It took about 30 minutes or so to…

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Yoga Farm life

Already I have fallen into a pattern, getting up at first light, down to the kitchen for coffee and writing in my notebook. Keeping a journal of everything that comes up during this meditative stay. Yoga is at 6:30 every morning. Working in the garden or some other volunteer project in mid-morning and then lunch and a tiny siesta or heading to the beach. Tuesday and Thursday afternoons we have yoga at 3:15 in the afternoon as well. The yoga…

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Monkeys at the beach

White faced monkeys at Manuel Antonio beach early morning yoga session. Capuchin Monkeys in the trees nearby were a great distraction before the early morning yoga class on the beach. This troop was active and protective of its young. Cappuchin Monkeys on the beach, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica from kamala rose on Vimeo.  

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Yoga at Manuel Antonio beach

Monkey business in the trees nearby kept us distracted for a while before we started our yoga class, but the white faced monkey family we met was fascinating. Here’s a video of the little guys climbing in the trees nearby. Capuchin monkeys are friendly and plentiful in Costa Rica. Definitely the best place to try inversions on the soft sand. I led a multi-level class through vinyasas and we had a great time playing around at Manuel Antonio beach Thursday…

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