Pura vida! - "The law of the land in Costa Rica. The expression is used in many forms, from a greeting, to a synonym for "excellent." Ticos follow this lifestyle and are some of the most wonderful people on earth. No matter how little or how much you have in life, we are all here together and life is short...so start living it "pura vida style".
I was in Costa Rican paradise for 11 days for vacation and a delicious yoga retreat. My first few days were exhausting. I didn't sleep the night before my early morning flight and the temperature difference from Chicago (70 degrees hotter) put my body in recovery mode. After a few days of resting and recouping in the warm Costa Rican air, I began to feel the tension that is frequently present in my body/mind to soften and I settled into the much slower pace of Nosara.
As I moved through the small town and met business owners, expats and locals, I repeatedly heard the phrase "pura vida". I heard it as a greeting, a goodbye, a response when something exciting is mentioned and a response when something challenging is expressed. Everyone I talked to or visited, I was reminded that life is precious and to enjoy it, even when its hard.
Since coming home, I have been reminding myself of pura vida everyday. It brings me back to the bigger picture. I remember I have been given a gift of life and I want live it and experience it fully. Its a doorway to opening my heart right now.
Two other practices have contributed to a sense of ease...
1. Practicing the principles in the practical and life changing book Outrageous Openness by Tosha Silver and I am so honored to share them with you in the next intensive.
2. Practicing the beautiful Sridaiva method of yoga also known as the bowspring method. An uplifting, bouncy, new way to be in your body that has reported feelings of lightness, joy, ease of pain, greater sense of balance and better orgasms (for real!!!)
Are you anxious, afraid, worried, stressed out?
Do you have injuries or are wanting to prevent them?
Want a sustainable way to create balance in your body mind?
What would your life be like if you had an internal way of addressing stress when it arises in your body/mind. A practical way of applying the yoga lessons of surrender, letting go and going with the flow. We all know these principles in our heads but HOW do we apply them in modern life?
Outrageous openness + bowspring = ease (Pura Vida!)
Check out workshops and classes to practice the bowspring.
Wishing for YOU the feeling of pura vida!