Spring 2014 Yoga Surf & Yoga Wellness Retreat in Costa Rica “An experience of a lifetime”

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“An experience of a lifetime”

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Costa Rica,
The Osa Peninsula

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Amazing Lodging

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Massage
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Body Work

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Surfing for Beginners and Experts

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Delicious
Local
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Ocean Front Yoga

Two Amazing Trips to Pick From!

Join us for both weeks and get a discount! $2,788-$3,068 per person

May 4th-10th, 2014
Boca Sombrero
$1,190
per person
  • Accommodation
  • 3 incredible daily meals
  • 3 surf lessons
  • Daily yoga
  • Internal domestic flight to and from San Jose
  • Taxi to and from the hotel

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  • Retreats for everyone

  • Surfers from beginning to advanced

  • Yoga for all levels

  • Amazing quality food, accommodate all dietary restrictions


More Details

Location

Imagine being in of the most beautiful places on Earth, where the words “enchanting”, “alive”, and “magical” remain in your thoughts for years to follow.  We believe we have found it down on the Osa Peninsula in beautiful Costa Rica.  Come join us for one or two fun and healing weeks which are designed to unite your mind, body, and possibly your spirit.  We will eat amazing food from incredibly talented chefs, learn to surf from fun and professional surf instructors & practice yoga & meditation which is designed for your personal needs.  The first week we will stay at Boca Sombrero, an exclusive ocean front paradise embedded in the amazing rainforest. The second week we will stay at Luna Lodge, a pristine jungle paradise that sits on 150 acres of tropical wilderness and primary virgin rainforest high above the tree tops. The views and rare exotic birds and wildlife will amaze you!

The Osa Peninsula

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The pristine rainforest’s and rugged natural beauty of the Osa Peninsula make this region among the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica.  Declared ‘one of the most biologically intense places on earth’ by National Geographic Magazine, the Osa Peninsula has, along with Drake Bay, become the premier eco-tourism destination in the country.  The Osa
Peninsula is a secluded nature wonderland, playing home to many of the countries rare and endangered animal and bird species, including squirrel monkeys, jaguars, and other forest cats.  With a large chunk of the peninsula forming the Corcovado National Park, this area has the single largest expanse of a lowland tropical rainforest in Central America and is one of the tallest rainforest’s in the world.  The area hosts more than 375 bird species, a
Monkeys at yoga retreat fourth of Costa Rica’s tree species and more than 4000-5000 vascular plant species, many of which are found nowhere else on earth.  The rainforest is made up of 700 tree species which is the greatest diversity of tree species in all of Central America.

 

May 4th-10th Trip in Boca Sombrero

9f6dbd89e6Join us May 4th-10th for a week of surfing, yoga & adventure at Boca Sombrero!

Boca Sombrero is an exclusive ocean front paradise embedded in the amazing rainforest.  This center specializes in group events that combine yoga practice with surfing perfect waves in the lush tropical setting of their beach.  Their wide boca-sombrerorange of accommodations allows you to choose to stay in one of the beach front villas or for a bit more privacy one of the thatch roof tent platforms.  They also offer a wide variety of activities that will give you the opportunity to explore the rugged beauty of this unique part of Central America while kayaking, climbing trees, rappelling down waterfalls, or simply zip-lining through the forest canopy.  Of course you are also welcome just to relax by the pool, have a spa day, a massage, acupuncture, or one of the many other treatments offered by the therapists of their small cosmopolitan community.

a27ba53836Their highly trained chefs and kitchen staff provide an exotic blend of delicious and healthy cuisine that is sourced from local farmers and fisherman.  Their chefs take great pride in creating nutritious and fantastically tasting dishes, meeting any dietary requirements, in a beautiful setting.

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May 10th-17th in Luna Lodge


Join us May 10th-17th for a week of yoga, wellness, and relaxation at the beautiful Luna Lodge.

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Luna Lodge is truly a unique experience not found elsewhere in Costa Rica or the world!  The lodge was constructed by Costa Rican people with the issues of conservation and preservation of the rainforest a priority. The lodge has been developed with creative initiative and commitment to the ideals of educating visitors to be environmentally and culturally sensitive. The 1600 square foot, open air, yoga platform hangs high over the rainforest hillside, providing an awe inspiring view of the Pacific Ocean, rainforest, and wildlife.  Choose to stay in one of the thatched roof bungalows, a hacienda-styled room, or a completely enclosed “nature-lover tent with private bathroom and balcony overlooking the canopy of the rain forest.

Lana and her staff have created a wonderful blend of natural landscaping and organic agricultural abundance surrounding the lodge. Counted among the fruit trees are mango, water apple, papaya, banana, china fruit, mandarin orange, lemon, cacao, avocado, and cashew. The pleasant, intoxicating aromas of ylang-ylang, frangipani, and night-blooming jasmine permeate the grounds. Their talented chefs will create dishes to cleanse and heal our bodies.  We will have 2 days of raw food prepared by an incredible chef who will offer a workshop to teach us all how to create the dishes when we are in our daily lives.

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Surfing

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The perfect yoga accompaniment is surfing. Whether you’re pro or a beginner, the excitement and challenges of riding the waves can be transcended from the yoga mat to the surf board.  Warm water year-round, and rolling waves make Boca Sombrero an excellent place to learn to surf, or improve your skills if you are more experienced.  Their instructors are fun, professional, and fully qualified.

Yoga

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Our first week at Boca Sombrero we will be practicing vinyasa yoga which suited for all levels and abilities. Vinyasa Yoga is a flowing, dynamic practice that builds strength, stamina, and flexibility using the breath. Moving through yoga postures also helps to create a space that fosters steadiness, meditation, and mindfulness and allows us to find a deeper and more fulfilling connection to ourselves, others, and the world around us.

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Our second week at Luna Lodge we will practice two yoga classes a day.  In our morning classes we will be practicing vinyasa yoga which is suited for all levels and abilities and in our evening classes we will be practicing a combination of styles based on what our bodies and minds need for that day.  We will practice a combination of restorative yoga, yin yoga, pranayama, kundalini, meditation, and relaxation.  Our goal for this week is help you find your individual balance.  We will work together to make sure this happens.

What to Bring

Pack lightly!

  • Good flashlight and extra batteries…  LED headlamps are best.
  • Shoes that can get wet, like all-terrain sandals or sneakers.
  • Beach towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellant
  • Bathing suit
  • Cap or hat
  • Lightweight long pants and shirt
  • Yoga mat – We have some extra mats, blankets, straps and blocks.

Other Activities

All activities can be arranged once you arrive.

The prices are per person.

If a taxi is needed for a tour that starts in Puerto Jimenez, the price of transportation can be split between all passengers. The taxi is $30 each way and holds up to 6 people.

  • River Nature Hike – free of charge
  • Extra Surf Lessons – $45, Board rental – $25
  • Waterfall Rappel – $105
  • Tree Climb – $75
  • Dolphin Watch and Boat Tour – $65 (plus taxi to Puerto Jimenez)
  • Kayaking – $35
  • Bird Watching – $30
  • Spa services:
  • Massage – $65 one hour, $90 one and a half hours
  • Acupuncture – $65 one hour
May 4th-10th, 2014
Boca Sombrero
$1,190
per person
  • Accommodation
  • 3 incredible daily meals
  • 3 surf lessons
  • Daily yoga
  • Internal domestic flight to and from San Jose
  • Taxi to and from the hotel
Join us for both weeks and get a discount! $2,788-$3,068 per person

Reserve your spot today!

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We are happy to offer payment plans with no fees or interest to help you save for this incredible experience!  Just call or email us to set it up!
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Activists Seek to Protect Costa Rica’s Rich Marine Life by the Osa Peninsula

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Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula is renowned by scientists, explorers and nature lovers as an astounding paradise of biological diversity. The southern Pacific Ocean off the Osa Peninsula is natural wonder of marine life, home to more than 25 species of dolphins and whales, four of the world’s eight different sea turtles, along with manta rays, sailfish, marlin, tuna and sharks. The southern Pacific, and especially Golfo Dulce (Sweet Gulf), are vital breeding and reproducing areas for endangered hammerhead sharks and migrating endangered Humpback Whales.

Humpback Whale mother breaching in Golfo DulceAll of this rich marine biodiversity, however, is almost entirely unprotected, except for small areas around a few Costa Rica national parks – the Ballena Marine National Park off the coast of Uvita, the Caño Island Biological Reserve, and off the coast of the Corcovado National Park. Activists say the waters stretching along the entire coast of the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, need to be protected, and have begun a campaign to create a “Multiple Use Marine Protected Area.” Led by Sierra Goodman, the founder of Vida Marina who guides marine tours and does research off the Osa Peninsula, the MPA for OSA group (Marine Protected Area for Osa Peninsula) states that Costa Rica’s marine life is in grave danger from commercial shrimp trawlers, long line fishing, over fishing, tuna nets, and ocean pollution.

Commercial fishing techniques such as long lining, shrimping, gill netting and tuna fishing are wreaking havoc on this delicate and biologically diverse area and its marine inhabitants, and if urgent and drastic actions are not taken immediately, the world will lose this treasure forever. Costa Rica’s dolphins, whales, sea turtles and other marine flora and fauna are being decimated at alarming rates,” declares the MPA for OSA website.

Map of proposed no fishing area off Osa Peninsula, Costa RicaThe MPA for OSA group hopes that by declaring the southern Pacific Coastal waters, from the Ballena Marine National Park out to Caño Island and down the Osa Peninsula, a “Multiple Use Marine Protected Area” that private, commercial and sport fishing, as well as scientific research, tourism and marine transportation can all work together sustainably. The protected area would have a management plan, supervision and enforcement. The group also wants to create a Marine Education and Research Center.

According to the MPA for OSA, Costa Rica’s South Pacific is one of the “most biologically diverse ocean ecosystems in the world.” The reason is an immense habitat called the Costa Rican Thermal Convection Dome, where shallow warm waters lie on top of low-oxygen cold water, creating a perfect ecosystem for a great variety of marine life. The dome off the coast of Costa Rica is the only one in the world that is constant year-round, producing extraordinary ecologically-rich waters.

“Twenty years ago there were dolphins as far as the eye could see, and tuna everywhere. Today these monster factory ships have made Costa Rica’s ocean into an almost barren sea,” laments Osa Peninsula fisherman Fred Maschmeier on the MPA for OSA website.

Sea turtle off Costa Rica's southern Pacific CoastThe MPA for OSA has created a petition on Avaaz to ask the Costa Rican government to fast track the establishment of the marine protected area. The group is calling for an immediate moratorium on commercial fishing in the area while details are worked out. The group also has a crowd funding campaign to source funds to continue their research and get local communities and the government to work together.

Kayaking on Golfo Dulce by Playa Nicuesa LdogeWhen you stay at Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge on the Golfo Dulce, you can see and experience Costa Rica’s amazing marine life on one of their boat tours of the Gulf to see marine life such as dolphins, sea turtles and whales. Located on a 165-acre private preserve backing up to the Piedras Blancas National Park, Playa Nicuesa Rainforest Lodge is a unique adventure travel destination for its remote, pristine wilderness location. The eco-lodge is ideal for family vacations, honeymoon trips, nature and adventure vacations, and yoga classes and retreats.

Article by Shannon Farley
Shannon Farley writes English-language blogs and handles social media marketing forEnchanting Costa Rica and Profimercadeo in San Jose, Costa Rica.


Curcumin and Tumeric Natually Blocks Cancer Growth

30th January 2012

By Anthony Gucciardi

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

Turmeric and curcumin have been highlighted as powerful anti-cancer substances in the past, but research has now shed even more light on the amazing ability of both turmeric and curcumin to actually block cancer growth. This is due to the unique ability of a main component in turmeric that is actually able to block an enzyme that promotes the spread of head and neck cancer.

Researchers at UCLA found that curcumin — the primary component in turmeric also responsible for its color — exhibited these cancer-blocking properties during a study involving 21 participants suffering from head and neck cancers. The subjects were given two chewable curcumin tablets containing 1,000 miligrams of the substance each. After administering the chewable curcumin tablets, an independent lab in Maryland was in charge of evaluating the results.

What the lab found was that the enzymes in the patients’ mouths responsible for promoting cancer spread and growth were inhibited by the curcumin supplementation. As a result, the curcumin intake halted the spread of the malignant cells. Curcumin has previously been found to reduce tumors by 81% in similarly shocking research, which also gives credence to the natural anti-cancer benefits of turmeric and curcumin intake.

While the benefits of turmeric have not been widely publicized in the United States, turmeric is known for its widespread use in many South Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Utilized as a spice in traditional dishes, many cultures have already fully recognized the powerful health-promoting aspects of turmeric. Perhaps the best part about turmeric is the fact that it is very cheap compared to highly ineffective cancer drugs that have actually been shown to worsen tumors conditions and kill patients. As more health professionals begin to realize the attributes of turmeric and curcumin, it is very possible that it could become as popular and widespread — if not more so– than super-nutrient vitamin D.

Benefits of Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Juices

Juices

Nearly every health condition responds well to appropriate fruit and vegetable juices.  A fresh juice is a great way to start the day and optimize your health. Fruit juices taste good, are nutritious and can be beneficial for your health because they are rich in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients – natural bioactive compounds that work with other plant nutrients and dietary fiber.

The Top 5 healthiest juices overall are considered to be:

  • pomegranate
  • blueberry
  • Acai
  • Noni (doesn’t taste too good if 100%)
  • Cherry

If you are looking to boost your immune system, help reduce your blood pressure, lower your cholesterol and improve your heart, I recommend beet, carrot, celery, currant, spinach, grape, cherry and watermelon juices, with garlic and ginger added.

Other immune system-boosting juices include:

  • Kiwi
  • Cucumber
  • Wheatgrass
  • Orange
  • Lemon
  • Parsley

You can combine any of the above juices with soy or rice milk, plain yogurt, banana, blueberries and walnuts to create your own immune system-boosting smoothie.  Adding a tablespoon of lemon juice to any juice or water will also help boost your immune system.

If you are taking medication and are deficient in potassiummagnesium, or calcium, add these juices:  honeydew melon, cantaloupe, apricot, peach and broccoli.

If you have high blood pressure, I recommend three juice cocktails:

  • Carrot, parsley and celery juice
  • Lime juice and whey powders
  • Grape and carrot juice

To help reduce your cholesterol levels, I recommend these two juice cocktails:

  • Beet, blackberry, parsley and pineapple juice.
  • Carrot, apple and ginger

If you are only focusing on a healthy heart, I would recommend three juice combos:

  • Carrot, pineapple and ginger
  • Parsley, alfalfa and pineapple
  • Watercress, parsley and grape

Whey can have a lot of sodium; buy the whey with the least amount of sodium.  If you want a zesty juice cocktail, mix a cup of water, two ripe tomatoes, one tablespoon of tarragon, paprika, turmeric and cayenne.  Add some basil leaves and the juice of a half-lemon, and mix well.

Like many fruit juices, pomegranate juice contains antioxidants, especiallypolyphenols. Pomegranate juice contains antioxidants at much higher levels than other fruit juices. Antioxidants are thought to provide several heart-protecting benefits, including reducing low-density lipoprotein (LDL, or “bad”) cholesterol.  Most studies have used a daily dose of 1.5 ounces of pomegranate juice to ensure maximum benefits.

If you want to create your own juice cocktail, here’s a list of other complementary juices to provide vitality and help lower your blood pressure:

  • Juice from green leafy veggies (think kale and spinach) are excellent sources of B-complex vitamins
  • Carrot, apple, ginger, orange and strawberry juices have been known to lower bad cholesterol
  • For natural zinc, drink ginger, turnip, parsley (even though it’s bitter tasting), garlic, or carrot juice
  • If you want to increase your potassium, drink parsley, garlic, spinach, cantaloupe and banana juice together
  • For more bioflavanoids, drink grape, parsley, lemon, or lime juices
  • For more vitamin C,  drink kale, green pepper, or parsley juice
  • The best vitamin E juices for you are spinach, carrot, and asparagus
  • More magnesium could possibly raise your good cholesterol.  Those juices are beet, garlic, parsley and spinach
  • Low on copper?  Drink carrot, garlic, or ginger juice

Juices are high in calories and should be consumed in moderation.  Fresh juices should be a part of a healthy diet, and avoid juices with added sugar.  Make sure to read all labels for ingredients and choose 100% fruit juices not made from concentrate.  Extra sugar means extra calories, and it is always better to eat your calories than to drink them.

Thoughts:

  • The cloudier the juice, the more nutritious it is
  • Always buy pasteurized juice because it can significantly reduce bacteria
  • Freshly squeezed juice contains more vitamin C than concentrate, canned, or frozen juices
  • Juices that have a high fructose-to-glucose ratio and that contain sorbital can aggravate the intestines, cause diarrhea or abdominal pain
  • Prune juice delivers more iron, zinc, fiber and niacin than any other juice
  • Raw juice is always healthier than pasteurized, but we are not sure it is worth the risk of ingesting bad bacteria
  • Organic juices have higher concentrations of phytonutrients, vitamins and minerals
  • Juices from concentrate usually come from other countries, including China
  • To get the most benefits from drinking juice, seek out a wide variety of berries and other superfruits
  • Don’t trust brands, trust labels
  • Non-organic juices are likely to have trace amounts of pesticides
  • Don’t judge the quality of juice by how good it tastes because some of the healthiest juices taste bitter or not sweet
  • Eight ounces of pomegranate juice may have more than 30 grams of sugar, almost double two servings of cereal, but   these sugars do not increase blood sugar levels. as other natural fruit sugar
  • Eat a salad or high-fiber foods before consuming juice from concentrate, because it can help your diet’s glycemic rating

A great article about the benefits of Yoga

Yoga Benefits
The most important benefit of yoga is physical and mental therapy. The aging process, which is largely an artificial condition, caused mainly by autointoxication or self-poisoning, can be slowed down by practicing yoga. By keeping the body clean, flexible and well lubricated, we can significantly reduce the catabolic process of cell deterioration. To get the maximum benefits of yoga one has to combine the practices of yogasanas, pranayama and meditation.

Regular practice of asanas, pranayama and meditation can help such diverse ailments such as diabetes, blood pressure, digestive disorders, arthritis, arteriosclerosis, chronic fatigue, asthma, varicose veins and heart conditions. Laboratory tests have proved the yogi’s increased abilities of consciously controlling autonomic or involuntary functions, such as temperature, heartbeat and blood pressure. Research into the effects of yogic practices on HIV is currently underway with promising results.

According to medical scientists, yoga therapy is successful because of the balance created in the nervous and endocrine systems which directly influences all the other systems and organs of the body. Yoga acts both as a curative and preventive therapy. The very essence of yoga lies in attaining mental peace, improved concentration powers, a relaxed state of living and harmony in relationships.

Through the practice of yoga, we become aware of the interconnectedness between our emotional, mental and physical levels. Gradually this awareness leads to an understanding of the more subtle areas of existence. The ultimate goal of yoga is to make it possible for you to be able to fuse together the gross material (annamaya), physical (pranamaya), mental (manomaya), intellectual (vijnanamaya) and spiritual (anandamaya) levels within your being.

Physiological Benefits
Physicians and scientists are discovering brand new health benefits of yogaeveryday. Studies show it can relieve the symptoms of several common and potentially life-threatening illnesses such as arthritis, arteriosclerosis, chronic fatigue, diabetes, AIDS, asthma and obesity.

Asthma
Studies conducted at yoga institutions in India have reported impressive successin improving asthma. It has also been proved that asthma attacks can usually be prevented by yoga methods without resorting to drugs.

Physicians have found that the addition of improved concentration abilities and yogic meditation together with the practice of simple postures and pranayama makes treatment more effective. Yoga practice also results in greater reduction in anxiety scores than drug therapy. Doctors believe that yoga practice helps patients by enabling them to gain access to their own internal experience and increased self-awareness.

Respiration Problems
Patients who practice yoga have a better chance of gaining the ability to control their breathing problems. With the help of yogic breathing exercises, it is possible to control an attack of severe shortness of breath without having to seek medical help. Various studies have confirmed the beneficial effects of yoga for patients with respiratory problems.

High Blood Pressure
The relaxation and exercise components of yoga have a major role to play in the treatment and prevention of high blood pressure (hypertension). A combination of biofeedback and yogic breathing and relaxation techniques has been found to lower blood pressure and reduce the need for high blood pressure medication in people suffering from it.

Pain Management
Yoga is believed to reduce pain by helping the brain’s pain center regulate the gate-controlling mechanism located in the spinal cord and the secretion of natural painkillers in the body. Breathing exercises used in yogacan also reduce pain. Because muscles tend to relax when you exhale, lengthening the time of exhalation can help produce relaxation and reduce tension. Awareness of breathing helps to achieve calmer, slower respiration and aid in relaxation and pain management.

Yoga’s inclusion of relaxation techniques and meditation can also help reduce pain. Part of the effectiveness ofyoga in reducing pain is due to its focus on self-awareness. This self-awareness can have a protective effect and allow for early preventive action.

Back Pain
Back pain is the most common reason to seek medical attention. Yoga has consistently been used to cure and prevent back pain by enhancing strength and flexibility. Both acute and long-term stress can lead to muscle tension and exacerbate back problems.

Arthritis
Yoga’s gentle exercises designed to provide relief to needed joints had been Yoga’s slow-motion movements and gentle pressures reach deep into troubled joints. In addition, the easy stretches in conjunction with deep breathing exercises relieve the tension that binds up the muscles and further tightens the joints. Yoga is exercise and relaxation rolled into one – the perfect anti-arthritis formula.

Weight Reduction
Regular yoga practice can help in weight management. Firstly, some of the asanas stimulate sluggish glands to increase their hormonal secretions. The thyroid gland, especially, has a big effect on our weight because it affects body metabolism. There are several asanas, such as the shoulder stand and the fish posture, which are specific for the thyroid gland. Fat metabolism is also increased, so fat is converted to muscle and energy. This means that, as well as losing fat, you will have better muscle tone and a higher vitality level.

Yogic practices that reduce anxiety tend to reduce anxious eating. In addition, yoga deep breathing increases the oxygen intake to the body cells, including the fat cells. This causes increased oxidation or burning up of fat cells. Yogic exercises induce more continuous and deeper breathing which gradually burns, sometimes forcefully, many of the calories already ingested.

Psychological Benefits
Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness, increases body awareness, relieves chronic stresspatterns, relaxes the mind, centers attention and sharpens concentration.

Self-Awareness
Yoga strives to increase self-awareness on both a physical and psychological level. Patients who study yogalearn to induce relaxation and then to use the technique whenever pain appears. Practicing yoga can provide chronic pain sufferers with useful tools to actively cope with their pain and help counter feelings of helplessness and depression.

Mental Performance
A common technique used in yoga is breathing through one nostril at a time. Electroencephalogram (EEG) studies of the electrical impulses of the brain have shown that breathing through one nostril results in increased activity on the opposite side of the brain. Some experts suggest that the regular practice of breathing through one nostril may help improve communication between the right and left side of the brain. Studies have also shown that this increased brain activity is associated with better performance and doctors even suggest thatyoga can enhance cognitive performance.

Mood Change And Vitality
Mental health and physical energy are difficult to quantify, but virtually everyone who participates in yoga over a period of time reports a positive effect on outlook and energy level. Yogic stretching and breathing exercises have been seen to result in an invigorating effect on both mental and physical energy and improved mood.

Spiritual Benefits
When you achieve the yogic spirit, you can begin knowing yourself at peace. The value of discovering one’s self and of enjoying one’s self as is, begins a journey into being rather than doing. Life can then be lived practicing “yoga off the mat”.

Pride
Pride, and especially anxiety about pride, is something which Hatha Yoga seeks to diminish or eliminate. To one who has been dejected because he cannot do his work properly when he becomes tired, irritable, or haggard, any degree of refreshment may be accompanied by additional degrees of self-respect. Furthermore, one who has benefited from yoga may be moved to help his friends who are obviously in need, he may instruct others and be rewarded with appreciation due a to teacher.

But if one succeeds in achieving skill which provides health and self-confidence, one may justly raise his self-esteem simply by observing himself living the improved results as an achieved fact.
Knowledge
Yogic theory and practice lead to increased self-knowledge. This knowledge is not merely that of the practical kind relating to techniques, but especially of a spiritual sort pertaining to grasping something about the natureof the self at rest.

Knowing the self at rest, at peace, as a being rather than merely as an agent or doer, is a genuine kind of knowledge which usually gets lost in the rush of activities and push of desires. The value of discovering one’s self and of enjoying one’s self as it is, rather than as it is going to be, is indeed a value as well as a kind of knowledge.

 

Health Benefits of Tea

Whether you drink black, green, white, oolong, rooibos, or herbal teas they all have unique properties that enhance our health and wellbeing. Here are only a few of the health benefits shared by white, green, black & oolong tea!

Tea contains flavonoids which act as antioxidants. These antioxidants help neutralize cell damaging free-radicals which in return has a positive impact on some chronic diseases including some types of cancer (skin, oral, lung, ovarian cancer, etc.) and cardiovascular disease.
Research studies show that the theanine found in tea is a distinctive amino acid that preps the immune system to help fight infection, bacteria and viruses. This theanine helps the immune system generate higher levels of interferon. Interferon is a protein our bodies produce and one of its main functions is to build up our immune system.
It has also been noted that one 8 oz cup of tea a day can lower the risk of developing kidney stones.
Tea is a natural source of fluoride that can aid in the tooth enamel defense and these same flavonoids mentioned above are said to reduce the plaque from forming on our teeth.

Here are a few more individualized benefits:

White Tea
White tea has all the benefits listed above but because it under goes the least processing after harvesting it has the highest levels of the antioxidants making it one of the healthiest teas of all.
White tea is said to aid in weight loss by increasing your metabolism due to the high levels of antioxidants. The high levels of catechins (a type of antioxidant) in white tea helps lower the bad cholesterol while increasing the good cholesterol.

Green Tea
Preliminary studies have found that people who drink five or more cups a day of green tea had a 26% lower risk of death due to cardiovascular disease.
The antioxidant properties of green tea may help protect against atherosclerosis, mainly coronary artery disease.
Green tea also lowers bad cholesterol while raising HDL cholesterol.
Researchers believe that polyphenols in green tea help kill cancerous cells and halt their progression with breast, bladder, colorectal, esophageal, lung,ovarian, pancreatic, prostate, skin and stomach.
A study at the University of Pittsburgh states that, that although more studies are needed, the antioxidants in the green tea help protect the bladder against inflammation or injury.
According to a recent study at the University of Michigan Health System states that the ‘epigallaocatechin-3-gallate’ (EGCG) found in green tea may be beneficial to rheumatoid patients decreasing joint pain and inflammation.
Green tea contains particularly high levels of the antioxidant, polyphenol….n fact, a 1996 Boston Tufts University study concluded that one cup of green tea has antioxidant levels equivalent to 22 vegetables.
Green Tea may help reduce the inflammation in the bowels for those with irritable bowel disease.
Take a green tea moment to help lower your anxiety level.
Losing weight is a little bit easier with green tea as it increases your metabolism which in return helps burn fat.

Black Tea
Including the health benefits above it is also reported that black tea can improve cholesterol levels and blood vessel function plus the Kaempferol in tea can reduce oxidative damage.

Oolong Tea
Oolong Tea also boosts aiding in most of the ailments above; but also is attributed to helping people with Eczema & Recalcitrant Atopic Dermatology.

Rooibos Tea
Rooibos tea is different from the above teas in that it is not made from the leaves of the camellia sinensis plant but is made from the Rooibos plant (Red Bush) grown in South Africa.
Rooibos tea has a high concentrate of antioxidants and vitamins and minerals; plus it is completely caffeine-free. With the high levels of flavonoid, rooibos is considered by some to have an antispasmodic property which can be used to treat stomach cramps and other similar ailments as well as possibly helping with bronchial and anti-inflammatory conditions.
Herbal Tea
There are too many herbal teas to mention, each having their own health benefits – we have listed only a few. Please remember each individual reacts differently to different herbs and to always check with your doctor before taking any herbal treatment.

Chamomile – Helps sooth the tummy and the nerves to help you sleep

Cinnamon – Helps improve circulation, cold symptoms, stomach upsets

Echinacea – Helps cold and flu symptoms and as an immune booster

Ginger – helps with nausea, pain, inflammation, cold symptoms

Lemon – Helps clean the toxins from your blood leaving you feel more alert and active

Nettle – Helps with coughs, asthma, muscle & joint problems, allergies

Passionflower – Helps with a restful sleep, lowers blood pressure, works as a painkiller

Peppermint – Helps with indigestion, nausea , bad breath, cough & congestion caused by colds

Rosemary – Helps with headaches and fevers, poor circulation

Thyme – Reduces cough, bronchitis, sinus pressure

For more information on any of these Herbal Teas please ask at your local health food store, your pharmacist, doctor or look online.

March Yoga and Surf News

In this months newsletter see what a day in paradise looks like on our Yoga, Surf and Adventure Retreats, learn what Chia seeds are and how they are good for you, see step by step instructions to feel your own power and strength in Warrior ll, and a little surf news!  Costa Rican surfer, Carlos Munoz, took the title of the Open Champion Reef Classic, the fifth stage of the Latin American Tour right here in Santa Teresa.

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Namaste and a big hug!

Wendy’s Yoga March Newsletter

Wendys Yoga February Newsletter

 Welcome to my first Newsletter

It has been fun learning how to make this fun and informative newsletter.  Thank you to everyone who has encouraged me to create one.  This month you will learn about our Quantum Restorative Yoga, Surf, and Adventure Retreat in Costa Rica.  You will also learn that chocolate in it’s “pure” form which is called “Cacao” is a superfood.  There are many listed benefits and a recipe for raw chocolate coconut balls.  Next learn about Camel Pose (Ustrasana), a full back bending posture that opens all 7 Chakras in your body.  Learn the “how to” and the many benefits.  Finally there is a page on inspiration.

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Om Shanti

WendysYoga February Newsletter