Overcoming Self Sabotage

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-I love positive “self” compound words: self-love, self-confidence, self-awareness, self-esteem, self-acceptance and so on. I appreciate these because of the experience I’ve had with that other self word: self-sabotage.

New York Times #1 best-selling author Debbie Ford wrote, “Overcoming self-sabotage…is one of the most important conversations you’ll ever have with yourself. Honor it and know that it will change your life.” The question is, are you ready to change your life and grow your happiness? Will you choose your best life by being the best person you can be?

Living a spiritual life means understanding that in spite of our best intentions, each of us will sometimes sabotage ourselves. When this happens, it is important to remember that growth is not always orderly and even; sometimes you take a couple steps back before taking three forward.

Time on the yoga mat and in meditation opens our eyes to see that which holds us back. –

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10 Reasons to Develop a Gratitude Habit

Happy people actively exercise gratitude, choosing to live with an attitude of gratitude. They don’t buy into what geneticists say, that we have an unmovable “happiness set-point.”

The happiest people can move beyond that biological set point through practices like yoga and meditation. In fact, research suggests that gratitude can be learned by anyone to transform our lives for the better. By actively practicing gratitude, we can actually raise our “happiness set-point,” regardless of the situation and no matter what the circumstance.

Appreciation makes us aware of the blessings present in our life, from moment to moment. There is always something to be grateful for if you are fully engaged in what’s happening in the now, instead of replaying the past or worrying about the future.

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Prana Del Mar Yoga Retreat Video!

Please enjoy a taste of our amazing adventure to Prana Del Mar! We can’t wait to return this year to discover more of what Baja has to offer. Our week includes but is not limited to-

  • Yoga
  • Surfing
  • Hiking
  • Kayaking
  • Horseback riding
  • Spanish Classes
  • Tequila Tasting

Join us November 29-December 6!

 

Interview with Silvia Mordini: Part 1 & 2!

Have you been considering going on a yoga retreat or doing a yoga teacher training program? It’s important to know you connect with the teachers and guides involved so you can have the best experience possible!

Interview with Silvia Mordini Part 1 from christina russo on Vimeo.

Interview with Silvia Mordini Part 2 from christina russo on Vimeo.

Costa Rica RYT 200 hour Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training Preview Trailer Part 2!

Costa Rica Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training Part 2 from christina russo on Vimeo.

Please enjoy Part 2 of our Costa Rica Teacher Training video!

Learn More:

Apply now at SilviaMordini.com

Read about Blue Spirit Retreat Center

Download a complete pack of information about the program, Silvia Mordini, and Blue Spirit here: Costa Rica Alchemy of Yoga Teacher Training 2015

All About Thai Massage

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Thai massage stimulates the acupressure points in relation to the concept of energy lines in the body.  This stretches and loosens tightened muscles, releases tension and relieves joint pain. Thai massage leaves you feeling both relaxed and energized. In addition, Thai massage uses the technique of blocking and releasing the blood flow by applying sustained pressure for around 30 seconds to the areas where legs and arms meet the torso. This is a real circulation booster and helps fresh, oxygenated blood flow to the muscles.

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Meridians and pressure points

The Thai masseuse uses full yoga poses as well as his or her thumbs, elbows, and palms to put pressure along the meridian lines. It is unique in its energetic and physical reputation based on Ayurveda and yoga. This ancient massage technique stimulates energy flow by increasing blood circulation, lowering blood pressure and dispersing tension. It is ideal for muscle relaxation, increasing flexibility in your muscles and increasing mobility.

Thai massage is an intense, spiritual, and meditative process that is best enjoyed in the land of its origin. One of the reasons we chose Samahita Retreat for our Thailand trip this year is the skilled team of therapists and nurses.  Their programs combine the wisdom of ancient ayurvedic and yogic teachings along with a full modern understanding of nutrition and physiology.

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Check out Samahita’s Spa Therapies Menu and consider joining us in Thailand October 11-18 2015!
Respectfully submitted by Christina Russo
Read more from me at Littlewindmillyoga.com

Play Transform Evolve 2014

Do YOU need a SUNSHINE Break?
Do you CHOOSE to make 2014 the happiest ever? Come to #CostaRica with me Jan 5-11, 2014, 3 last spots in our New Years tribe of 12 for the time of your life!

Our 2013 holiday gift to you is 13% OFF!

“We are never more fully alive, more completely ourselves, or more deeply engrossed in anything, than when we are at play.” ― Charles Schaefer

INVESTMENT:
DOUBLE $1700
SINGLE $2200

This retreat is designed to take the adventurous yogi to a deeper level of self-awareness and is perfect for sanctuarystudiopeepsthose who want to unblock all mental & physical barriers to live the best life ever! Throughout this week, we will embark on a transformative process of mind and body detoxification using a combination of dynamic poses, meditation, journaling and community for an experience of deep connection and awakening. Join us at Costa Rica’s premier 100% Off-The-Grid, Solar Powered, Gourmet Vegetarian Retreat Center where you will live and learn the lessons of one of the Earth’s only five “Blue Zones: places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives” according to author Dan Buettner.

Yoga in paradise means we will awaken each morning and end each day with a yoga practice designed to bring awareness and balance. Come unplug in a modern Zen tree house where you have time to relax, read, journal, set mindful goals, rest and renew your entire sense of well-being in between morning yoga, pool yoga, restorative yoga and incredible vegetarian meals. In the afternoon, wander through the Jurassic jungle enjoying adjacent secluded waterfalls or walk 1000 yards to a glorious surf and swimming beach. In many ways, attending a yoga retreat is always a type of overall collaborative experience because it provides you an opportunity to share, have fun and connect with other like-minded people.

Furthermore, as your guides and life coaches with a combined twelve years experience organizing group travel adventures, we are 100% committed to helping you reach your full potential in a friendly, unpretentious, and supportive environment. Join us at this private 40-acre eco-estate exclusive for only 12 guests with comfortable breezes that provides a magical place where you deepen your yoga practice, relax, refresh, detox your body, transform your mind and catalyze change for living a LIFE-inspired!

This trip embodies the vision of transformation. In 7 days you will:
*Integrate Spirit and Nature as you enjoy exceptional yoga, hiking, eco-adventures to a waterfall, horseback riding, connecting with pristine beaches, organic food, and relaxing jungle spa treatments.
*Enjoy camaraderie as you yoga, play and meditate with a group dedicated to doing the same.
*Recharge, refresh and renew, leaving totally more inspired about your life!

TYPICAL DAILY ITINERARY
8:00-9:30am Morning Practice with Detox Flow Yoga
9:30am Morning Meal
10:30am-2:00pm Exploration/Relaxation/Free Time
2:00pm MidDay Meal
2:30-5:00pm Exploration/Relaxation/Free Time
5:30-7:00pm Restorative Yoga, Moving Meditation, & dharma talks
7:30pm Evening Meal
9:00pm Om Out

WHAT’S INCLUDED?
• Three Delicious Gourmet Vegetarian Meals Daily
• 6 nights/7 days Double occupancy accommodations in Tropical Zen Modern Treehouse
• Two yoga classes per day: 1 detoxifying morning practice and evening slow flow
• Daily meditation
• Night Pool with underwater LED lights
• Riverwalks led by Jacob Young
• Movie Night and (optional) Dance Party
• Partner Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
• Restorative Yoga
• Spanish language basics class
• Free Internet Access
• Delicious, quadruple filtered drinking water
• Excursions to Waterfalls and Pacific Ocean Sandy Beaches
• Surfing Hermosa Beach
• Time for Exploration and Relaxation
• Eco-Friendly Goodie Bags
• Costa Rican Taxes (13%)

NOT INCLUDED?
Airfare to and from the trip, spa treatments, additional (optional) excursions and gratuities for your guides.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

How do I get there?
The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is perched in the mountain jungle of Cabuya at the southernmost tip of the Nicoya Peninsula, only 3 miles from Costa Rica’s first National Nature Preserve, Reserva Cabo Blanco. All guests must arrive at The Sanctuary no later than 3:00pm on arrival day; please schedule your travel accordingly.

Flying In and Out of Costa Rica at San Jose International Airport

Of the two international airports in Costa Rica, San Jose International Airport (SJO) is the most convenient airport to The Sanctuary. Frequent international flights are available at this modern airport.

CRCollagebeachstudiohomeFor your homebound travel plan at least two hours between local air and international travel.
IMPORTANT: There is a departure tax of approximately $26 at San Jose airport when you leave Costa Rica. It needs to be paid in cash (US$ or Costa Rican Colones) or with a Visa credit card at the airport on your departure day.

Traveling In and Out from San Jose to The Sanctuary

Once you have arrived in San Jose, your flight schedule may allow you to connect with a local plane to Tambor for a 25 minute flight and then a 40 minute taxi ride to The Sanctuary.
The other option is to arrange to be driven approximately 5 hours by road and ferry from San Jose to The Sanctuary.

By Air to Tambor, then Taxi to The Sanctuary
Two local airlines offer scheduled flights and charter services to Tambor at comparable rates. The flight time is approximately 25 minutes. Sansa Airlines is conveniently located adjacent to the San Jose International Airport. Nature Air is approximately 10 miles at Pavas Airport.
Sansa Air http://www.flysansa.com
Nature Air http://www.natureair.com

After landing in Tambor, a 40 minute taxi ride will take you from the Tambor Airport to The Sanctuary at Two Rivers.