How Surfing Has Helped Me Heal My Fears and Anxiety

Learning to overcome surfing fears

Having decided to share my personal journey in dealing with fear and anxiety, I want to move to a more positive chapter. It is a subject that we talk about a lot (and from different angles) here at Bodhi Surf + Yoga. It’s one of our main gigs, after all. What am I referring to?…

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Can Anxiety Help Our Yoga Practice?

Yoga and anxiety

It has been said that the practice of yoga can highly contribute to alleviating anxiety disorders. Yet is the opposite true as well? Can anxiety help us somehow to go deeper into our yoga practice? In short, I think it can. Here are the reasons why I believe that, as well as a bit about…

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Foundational Yoga Book Recommendations

Yoga spirituality books

In the first installment of our Bodhi Surf + Yoga Book Club, we will hear from head yogini and Bodhi Surf + Yoga co-founder, Pilar Salazar, about the yoga books which have had the greatest impact on her, and have changed the course of both her yoga and life paths. Without further ado, let’s get…

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Yoga in Our Daily Lives

How to bring yoga into your daily life

As a yoga teacher, I constantly remind my students that the real yoga begins off the mat. Although many practitioners in the Western world discover yoga through asana (or the physical postures), true yoga is a philosophy of living. When we commit ourselves to the practice of yoga we must remember that it is not…

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Meaning of Anjali Mudra

Prayer hands yoga

Anjali Mudra is a large part of the culture and practice of yoga. In this blog, we will discuss the Anjali Mudra meaning and in so doing, we hope that you will walk away with knowledge of when, why, and how to use it. Learn yoga online! Discover more of the meaning, philosophy and practice…

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The Benefits of Pranayama Breathing

Osa Peninsula Plants

“When you own your breath, nobody can steal your peace.” ~Author Unknown In the great ocean of knowledge inside the science of yoga, there are many essential principles which we can learn to improve our quality of life and our relationship with the outside world. Among them, a very important one is Pranayama. It is…

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Cost vs. Value: Lessons in Discernment

Bodhi Lodge in Bahia Ballena Costa Rica

It’s been a while since I have written a blog. Although since childhood I have loved to read and write, thankfully, our team has been growing and we have much better writers among us. So I have left that blogging to those who do a better job than I. But today, I have something to…

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How to Choose a Yoga Teacher

Yoga students at Bodhi Shambala Yoga Studio

Once upon the time, there was a system that was so hard to access, that you would probably have to travel far and wide to find your yoga teacher (or guru), who would hopefully share the knowledge of an unknown and mystical practice call “yoga”. In order to receive that precious gift of knowledge, a…

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I’m Not Flexible, Is Yoga Right For Me?

Achieving flexibility in yoga

If there’s a topic I can talk about knowledgeably, it’s this one. Over the past eight years that I’ve been teaching, I have received this same question (or comment) over and over again. It has been a strong “disclaimer” from a great many students as they enter the door. Speaking from experience I started practicing…

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3 Main Reasons to Start Practicing Yoga

Family yoga class

I started practicing yoga when it was still fairly new in my country. I was curious to learn more about what was considered at that time a strange and sort of “hippie” Eastern philosophy. I was also very intrigued about the complex postures and movements and how they could actually affect my state of mind.…

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