Costa Rica – Playa Carmen and Santa Teresa

Sunset

Miya – Traveling allows one to realize what things are “not-so-important” and what things are “very-important”.  It’s become quite apparent that exercise is crucial to me for peace of mind, sense of relaxation and gratification of physically pushing the body. Spending 5 solid days taking an 1 ½ hr. yoga class overlooking the ocean was optimal.  The Horizon Yoga hotel was an adorable hotel, with a mod decorated reception area accompanied by 4 tables where you could order food from their organic run kitchen.  The vibe they created was very “holistic” and health-conscious, Buddha statues all around the property, fountains and lots of lush, green tropical plants.   In our own cabin, Paulo cooked us a number of delicious meals which we ate out on the deck (also cool ocean view). The air was warm both day and night.  We had a memorable first night.  Yoav, the hotel owner, led a mediation session for the guests.  It was quite nerve racking because minutes before we head up to the open-air studio, the city’s electricity cut and then began a torrential downpour of rain. We battled the drops and made it to the studio, joining the candle lit mediation hour.  Despite the darkness and rain, Yoav maintained his meditative chanting, guiding us through visualization exercises.  But I found it extremely difficult to concentrate.  There were huge powerful strikes of thunder that would shake the floors.  The rain kept steady.  There were moments of me wondering if this mountain top room was going to collapse.  Ironically, just as Yoav was closing the mediation session, the lights flipped on and the rain stopped. Paulo and I looked at each other with wide eyes “Woa, that was a crazy energy, all forces of nature at once” I said.  Loved my Costa Rican Yoga Retreat!

My Favorite Foods

1 – Horizon Yoga Hotel’s Tea House – Fruit Shake (Yogurt, Coconut, Mango and Banana)

2 – Café in town – best French Fries – crunchy

*****

Paulo – Após me machucar mais uma vez no ultimo dia de surf no México, cheguei na Costa Rica com o pé enfaixado e muita decepção por não poder surfar e aproveitar esse país que a muito tempo eu queria conhecer. Decidimos então ficar em uma pousada bem legal na praia de Santa Teresa que oferecia aulas de yoga para que a Miya pudesse treinar todo dia de manhã. Logo na primeira noite, estava rolando uma sessão de meditação na sala de yoga. Além de uma tempestade muito forte, todas as luzes da cidade se apagaram e quando chegamos na sala, iluminada por algumas velas, começamos a meditar. Foi então que começaram a rolar uns trovões e raios muito fortes… Parecia que eles estavam caindo do nosso lado! O deck de madeira chegava a tremer a cada raio e o corpo também. Foi difícil me concentrar, mas mesmo assim foi uma experiencia única sentir a força da natureza tão perto. Quando a sessão acabou, a chuva foi parando e as luzes voltaram. Simples coincidência ou não? Se um dia eu descobrir eu conto…

Yoga

Yoga with ocean view. Miya was stoked!

Lines

Lines coming into Playa Carmen

Kitchen

Our kitchen saved us from the expensive Costa Rica tourist prices

Ferry View

View from the ferry boat

~ by The Local Way on June 17, 2010.

One Response to “Costa Rica – Playa Carmen and Santa Teresa”

  1. Que vida dificil heim?! Mas uma viagem merecida e bem planejada. Gostei da historia da meditação. Agora tão no frio do Chile ou ainda no Peru? Tô com saudades, nos vemos em Buenos Aires

    Silvia

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