Monday, November 30, 2015

A place where nature is preserved & appreciated

I have been back home about two weeks but I left a part of me in Costa Rica, and pieces of my heart with my goddesses.

A location where my surroundings fed my soul and a group of women that loved me with all their being, a place of comfort, a place of natural beauty and a place of pure love.
Every shade of green
All different shapes of leaves
All sizes of trees
Flowers canopy the walkways
All different shades of pink, orange, yellow, purple and blue in a magnitude of shapes

Running water crushing the rocks
Where the mere sight just cools you
The cool moist air making everything constantly damp and calm
Butterflies roaming free

Humming birds prancing through the sky from flower to flower
Was I in a scene of a fairytale?
No it was all real!
A place where nature is preserved and appreciated
Where the sounds of nature can harmoniously create a symphony.
They begin every morning with their song
Each bird singing their song
Each chicken rising up from their sleep, rustling their feathers and letting out their morning call
The cows and horses awakening and chiming in with their deep noises
The trees waking up, swaying with the wind to greet you good morning

And the sound of the rushing spring added a consistent soothing noise to the serenade of the rainforest

Thursday, November 19, 2015

I lived in heaven for 3 weeks

I am in a bit of a shock sitting here at home after my month long trip to Costa Rica. If I had to describe it in one word, I would say magical. But no need for one word, let me tell you ALL about it.
My true purpose for this trip was to expand my yoga practice; I felt that I had to go. All the plans flowed so smoothly to plan it that I felt that this was the path I was supposed to take. It wasn’t until I was actually there and met all the women, that I knew that I was always meant to come to the ranch.
Rancho Margot is located in El Castillo in close proximity to Volcano Arenal and the city of La Fortuna. It is secluded from the world and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It is a self-sufficient organic ranch that nourishes the stomach as well as your mind and soul. Words and pictures cannot fully grasp the essence of this magical ranch. I tried my best to capture photos that will do it justice but being there, embracing the rainforest is the only true way to absorb its magnificence.
Our first day was overwhelming. I met all the women and instantly knew they were all incredible. Never in my life had I met an entire group of women that I could just instantly fall in love with. I learned more about them throughout the journey and realized this was the goddess tribe I was meant to be apart of. 
Each goddess was brought for a reason, each goddess had a beautiful story, each had pain inside, each had something so astonishing about them, and together we were mightier then any group of women I have ever met. Each of us was brought together for a reason. To say yoga training is an easy walk in the park is incredibly false. Yoga is far more than just the yoga poses; yoga is about opening up completely and releasing you from whatever is holding you back from growing or going further in your path. My amazement of these women, my admiration of them all, my love for each one of them is so outstanding that every time I looked at any of them all I could do was smile so large that my eyes had to shut from the magnitude of my grin. 
We held hands, we hugged, we sang, we danced, we hula hooped, we cried, we loved, we laughed, we had the happiest time of our lives.

Our teachers were perfect. Their styles and strategies combined to make them the best teaching duo.  With focuses on poses (asanas), meditation, anatomy, chakras and living the yoga philosophy, our days couldn’t be more information packed with all the ingredients for a well-established yoga training. We received all the components for our yoga practice and how to bring the essence of yoga into our daily lives.

The women in the tribe, the teachers, the location, and the food, combined all together for three weeks of the most enlivening, nourishing and largest growth I have had thus far. All were needed for necessary components in this transformation from student to teacher.