A Yoga Retreat Blue Osa, Costa Rica

By Cacinda Maloney

“When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” – Dalai Lama 

Come along with me to a yoga retreat at Blue Osa in Costa Rica.

Birds flying high in the sky are of stunning colors.

Blue Osa Yoga, Puerto Jimenz, Costa Rica

Blue Osa Yoga, Puerto Jimenz, Costa Rica

Macaws, I think. I can’t seem for the life of me to get a photo of a single one of them as they soar. Actually, they run in pairs and someone told me if you see three of them together, that two of them are the parents and the third one is their baby. I think that is sweet.

I sit and stare on the tropical grassy grounds and wonder, “Why I am here? ‘ I find a wooden bench and stare.

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Walking out to the ocean, I find it rocky and sandy, there is no one around, except for the house dog Pete, who stares at me.  When I finally get up and go in, he follows me, but paddles so close to me that enviably I have to reach out to him and hold him. He is cute as a button, so I don’t mind sharing my ocean swim with a dog. I paddle and swim around for a while, holding the dog as he won’t let me let him go and eventually we grow tired and retire back to the beach.

Beach near Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Beach near Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Blossoms on the tree fall on the ground, so I pick up the flowers and twist them nervously in my hands. I have never been on a yoga retreat before and have quite a bit of anticipation about what it means to stay here. I have done a bit of yoga, but I am no yogi and I was anxious to see if I would be able to keep up with the group physically, as many of the attendees are younger than myself.

Blue Osa, Yoga Studio, Costa Rica

Blue Osa, Yoga Studio, Costa Rica

However, after the first yoga session, I was relieved, as much of it was instructional, and allowed for me to keep up at my own pace.
But what is a yoga retreat? Well, it is not what you think.

It is a week of clean eating “farm to table”. (No meat, except for the last day)

Blue Osa, Costa Rica Farm to Table Food

Blue Osa, Costa Rica Farm to Table Food

It is yoga, yet it is an inward reflection of who you are. (They talk about why people use yoga in their daily life)

A Yoga Retreat Blue Osa, Costa Rica

 

Yoga Studio at Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Yoga Studio at Blue Osa, Costa Rica

It is silence in the morning. (That’s right, pure silence until 7:30 am)

It is spa services for your body’s needs. (Especially after daily yoga and excursions)

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

It is adding in an adventure to your weekly routine. (They have all kinds of excursions)

Waterfall near Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Waterfall near Blue Osa, Costa Rica

It is a community. (Sort of like communal living: scheduled, eating together, camaraderie)

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

Blue Osa, Costa Rica

It is beauty.
It is stillness.

It is joy and love, yet change and repair.

It is making time for yourself. And we all need a little bit more of that!

 

And as Nina Simone says:
“It is a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new life for me… and I am feeling good.”

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5 Comments

  1. Jenna September 20, 2014 at 10:14 pm

    Oh geez, this is totally my kind of place. I haven’t been to Costa Rica (yet!), but from everything I’ve heard, I know I’ll love it. I used to go to yoga retreats, but this one looks especially nice, with the combination of excursions, healthy eating, yoga, and silence in the early morning.

  2. Shannon Entin September 29, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    You had me at Nina Simone (love her!). Sounds like a fabulous place. I’ve thought that I might go a bit nuts being forced to relax so much. Definitely want to try this sort of thing some day.

    • Cacinda Maloney September 29, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      It was worth the the relax! ha!

  3. PointsTravel Year in Review 2014 September 7, 2015 at 5:39 pm

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