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Surfing, a Metaphor for Life

Surf therapy

Last year I read an article on MindBodyGreen that would change my life. The article was about someone’s experience interning at Bodhi Surf School in Uvita, Costa Rica. Reading that article made me want to be intern at Bodhi as well, and seeing as I was going to have a couple of months free from…

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The Creation of a Plastic-Free Tourism Destination

Plastic reduction alliance

This is the fifth post in the series “Ocean Guardians We Admire”, read the fourth post here We are stoked to say that Jay Sinha and Chantal Plamondon are this month’s featured “Ocean Guardians We Admire”! Founders of the business/online store Life Without Plastic (LWP) and winners of the 2014 My Ocean Guardian Journey Contest, Jay and Chantal are pioneers…

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Why You Should Have a Guru for Yoga and Surfing

Bodhi Surf coaching

Why can’t I just roll out my yoga mat and put on a youtube video and follow the postures they demonstrate? Or just grab a surfboard and paddle out there? How hard can it be to learn the skills on your own? Well, of course you can. Learning by doing is an old and sometimes…

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Can an Outdoor Tourism Company Be an Environmental Educator?

Learning how to be a surfer

Part four of an eight-part series that examines how Bodhi Surf School ranks as an ecotourism destination, read part three here Throughout this blog series, we have been analyzing how Bodhi Surf School has ranked in terms of ecotourism, using the template of Martha Honey’s seven essential qualities of ecotourism from her book, “Ecotourism and Sustainable…

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How Yoga and Surfing Help You to Be Present

Similarities between surfing and yoga

Gary’s friend: “What do surfing and yoga have to do with one another?” Gary: “They both connect you to… everything.” Gary’s friend: “Hah — yeah, I’m gonna go get high this weekend too.” This interaction took place just before Gary, a recent guest at Bodhi Surf School, left for his Costa Rican vacation. When his…

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How My Yoga Practice Made Me a Better Surfer

Yoga benefits for surfers

For over ten years I have been living a love story with the ocean. Every time I went out past the waves and found myself in that quiet zone, I would feel more free and light, like I could spend hours hanging out there. I still remember that first wave I caught all the way…

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Evaluating a Surf and Yoga Camp’s Environmental Impact

Surf and yoga camp sustainability

Part three of an eight-part series that examines how Bodhi Surf School ranks as an ecotourism destination, read part two here Now that we have seen the beauty and natural importance of Bahia Ballena – Uvita, let’s look at how the folks at Bodhi Surf School strive to make that beauty and abundance last. Do they…

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Finding Discipline & Devotion Through Ashtanga Self Practice

Self Practice Ashtanga Yoga

Yogas-citta-vrtti-nirodhah… When you are in a state of yoga, all mental misconceptions (vrttis) that can exist in the thoughts (citta) disappear. The statement above is the second sutra of Patanjali’s “Yoga Sutras”, which guides the way through the 8-Limb path of Ashtanga yoga. Imagine how a ripple on the surface of a pond distorts our…

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Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica: Paradise for Nature Lovers

Bahia Ballena de Osa, Costa Rica

Part two of an eight-part series that examines how Bodhi Surf + Yoga ranks as an ecotourism destination, read part one here In her book, “Ecotourism and Sustainable Development, Who Owns Paradise?,” Martha Honey lists the characteristics of real ecotourism. In other words, how to know when you have found an authentic, environmentally-conscious business, or whether…

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The Geniuses of Our Time

Yoga rock climbing parallels

One of the interns we had stay with us last year is an avid rock climber. During her time here, she was struck with the parallels between surfing, yoga, and rock climbing — not just in terms of their physical natures, but the mentalities that their practitioners seem to share.  Surfers, yogis, and rock climbers are typically…

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