What is a "Blue Zone"?

From August 11 through August 18, 2012 we will be living on retreat with a group of 12 other yogi guests in one of the 5 “Blue Zone’s” of the world. Where is this? Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula.

We will be staying at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers (http://www.thesanctuarycostarica.com) eating a plant based diet, living in community, working on intention (our purpose, dharma), moving through yoga, hiking, surfing. Of the nine common characteristics of all the world’s long-lived people identified by Dan Buettner in Blue Zone’s we will be living 6 of them. Come join us and Detox, Transform, Evolve! Here below is more information about Blue Zone’s.

Register now http://www.alchemytours.com or email me hello@alchemytours.com

According to Wikipedia a Blue Zone is define as:
“Blue Zone is concept used to identify a demographic and/or geographic area of the world where people live measurably longer lives, as described in Dan Buettner’s book, “The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from people who lived the longest.” The concept grew out of demographic work done by Gianni Pes and Michel Poulain[1], who identified Sardinia’s Nuoro province as the region with the highest concentration of male centenarians. As the two men zeroed in on the cluster of villages with the highest longevity, they drew concentric blue circles on the map and began referring to the area inside the circle as the Blue Zone. Buettner identifies longevity hotspots in Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Nicoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and among the Seventh Day Adventists in Loma Linda, California, and offers an explanation, based on empirical data and first hand observations, as to why these populations live healthier and longer lives.”

Five Blue Zones have been identified by Dan Buettner:

  • Sardinia, Italy: One team of demographers found a hot spot of longevity in mountain villages where men reach the age of 100 years at an amazing rate.
  • The islands of Okinawa, Japan: Another team examined a group that is among the longest lived on Earth.
  • Loma Linda, California: Researchers studied a group of Seventh-day Adventists who rank among America’s longevity all-stars.
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica: The Nicoya Peninsula was the subject of research on a Quest Network expedition which began on January 29, 2007.
  • Icaria, Greece: The April ’09 expedition to the island of Ikaria uncovered the location with the highest percentage of 90 year-olds on the planet – nearly 1 out of 3 people make it to their 90s. Furthermore, Ikarians “have about 20 percent lower rates of cancer, 50 percent lower rates of heart disease and almost no dementia”.
  • *Residents of the first three places produce a high rate of centenarians, suffer a fraction of the diseases that commonly kill people in other parts of the developed world, and enjoy more healthy years of life.

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