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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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The Sacred Side of Aging

Yoga for older adults

I recently celebrated another birthday, and I was reminded of something I learned in India that, this week especially, resonates with me greatly. It is this: in our “modern”, westernized world, we have lost the value of aging — instead of something beautiful, natural, and ultimately graceful, it has become a painful step in life…

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Santosha and Sustainability

Yoga practice in Bahia Ballena, Costa Rica

I just returned from teaching a great morning yoga class. There was a sense of calmness in the atmosphere today. I went up to the yoga platform to prepare for my class and practice my Pranayama breathing exercises. As I was breathing deeply to absorb all the life-giving force, Prana, and serenity provided by nature, a…

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How I’m an Ocean Guardian: Putting Yoga into Action

Colorful Costa Rican sunset

A few months ago I wrote an article that was published in Elephant Journal about my move to a rural Costa Rican community and how the reconnection with nature influenced my yoga practice and my life. In that article I talked about how a connection with nature nurtures my yoga practice. Now I would like to…

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Be Soft: Lessons from India

Today in my Bhagavad Gita lesson, the teacher was explaining a certain chapter and he told a story from Confucius that truly resonated with me. It is said that when Confucius was laying on his death bed, surrounded by his disciples, they requested one final lesson from him. Apparently, he simply opened his mouth very wide —…

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Namaste to Everyone!

Namaste in Costa Rica

I’ve never really been that into the concept of tattoos, but for the first time in my life, I am actually considering getting one. I want to tattoo the Sanskrit word Namaste. What does Namaste mean? Namaste is my favorite word: Namaha means “to bow” and te means “to you”. So it basically means “I…

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Why Do I Practice Yoga? Why Do I Teach?

Yoga came into my life for the first time in 1999, when I joined a class at a friend’s house. A few months later, I began attending the classes being offered at my gym, and although now I don’t consider gyms to be the best place to learn yoga (as I will explain more below),…

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