Are you a Foodie Loving Yoga? Part 2

Check out just a couple of the delightful organic offerings we’ll enjoy while on retreat January 5-11, 2014 at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers in Costa Rica!


Spiced Rica and Black Beans sauteed bell pepper and swiss chard succulent caramelized plantains sugar snap – avocado salsa


Orange Reduction Dressed Farmer’s Market Lettuces Seasonal Strawberries, Artisan Feta, Candied Walnuts, Red Onion and Dill


Crepes a la Florentine with Creamy Mushroom Wine SauceLocal Wild Sauteed Spinach, Caramelized Onions, Rosemary Cashew Cream


Stewed Spiced Garbanzos and Wild Spinach Turmeric and black pepper brown rice, avocado-ginger salsa


Organic Leafy Greens and Roasted Beet Salad cayenne caramelized walnuts, dill, and shaved apple a sweet reduced balsamic


Vegan Banana-Coconut Pancake flax seeds-pecans-toasted almond maple syrup


Local Farmers’ Market Organic Basil and Rosemary Pesto ground nut melange with pecorino romano cheese

Costa Rica: What it's like living with Monkey's

One of our favorite things about The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica where our upcoming January 5-11, 2013 is being hosted, are the Howler Monkey’s.

The translation of some of our favorites animals are as follows:

Howler monkey – Mono congo
Spider monkey – Mono araña
White-faced capuchin – Carablanca
Coati – Pizote
Sloth – Perezoso
Squirrel – Ardilla
Kingfisher – Martín pescador
Parrot – Lora
Butterfly – Mariposa
Turtle – Tortuga
Lizard – Lagartija

Favorite Flowers of Costa Rica

We love the flowers and fauna of Costa Rica, considered by many to be modern day Eden. See for yourself. Join us at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers on a 40 acre private estate filled with waterfalls and manicured wilderness January 5-11, 2013!

The Moment You're Born, You Start Dying

I remember the first time I heard this in a Yoga class: “The moment you’re born, you start dying.”

It totally caught my attention, made me listen more closely and quite frankly scared me a little too. To be honest, I didn’t come to yoga to learn about dying. I was just trying to feel better living. Well, Dan Buettner wrote this book “Blue Zone’s” (see below from wikipedia for an easy summary) where he defines the 9 things in common that people in the 5 Blue Zones share with one another. Going on a yoga retreat, like ours to Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula August 11-18, 2012, truly encompasses almost all of these 9 things to do to live longer.

1. Move Naturally
*On retreat we will have twice daily yoga supplemented by pool yoga, swimming, surfing, hiking and more!

2. Know your Purpose
*Our retreats help give the time, support, and coaching to help people design their best lives ever! We will journal, discuss, and meditate on our personal intentions and powers of manifestation.

3. Down Shift
*This retreat will provide the time you need to unplug, destress and re-learn how to relax.

4. 80% Rule
*We will enjoy a wise vegetarian diet this week with no tv to distract us.

5. Plant Slant
*Our diet will be plant based gourmet vegetarian.

6. Wine at 5
*To be discussed further. Look at our various wine writings.

7. Family First
*While on retreat we become a healthy, accepting, supportive family.

8. Belong
*You will feel a sense of belonging, and fellowship from day one.

9. Right Tribe
*When on retreat we form a tribe of like-minded individuals coming together for the purpose of expanding into their individual greatness.

So if you want to find out for yourself the lessons of living longer and healthier lives from Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula then join us at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers August 11-18. 2012. They are 100% solar-powered, off-grid, gourmet vegetarian, jungle/ocean destination. To register for this trip contact http://www.thetravelyogi.com

According to Wikipedia a Blue Zone is defined 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.
  • The islands of Okinawa, Japan.
  • Loma Linda, California.
  • Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica.
  • Icaria, Greece.
  • Costa Rica Yoga Retreat Benefits

    There are quite a few yoga retreats to Costa Rica.

    Our Eco-Adventure stands apart because it is designed to take the adventurous yogi to a deeper level of self-awareness and is perfect for those 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 minimal mosquitos, 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!

    “Our Costa Rica Retreat includes so much more than just yoga.” – Alchemy Tours

    ALL OF THIS IS INCLUDED: Early birds save $100 until May 31st, 2012!
    • Three Delicious Gourmet Vegetarian Meals Daily
    • 6 nights Double occupancy accommodations in Tropical Zen Modern Treehouse
    • Two yoga classes per day: 1 detoxifying morning practice and 1 evening slow flow.
    • Daily meditation
    • Night Pool Yoga with underwater LED lights
    • Moonwalks led by Jacob Young
    • Dance Party
    • Fire Ceremony/Practice (ritual to remove blockages)
    • Partner Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
    • Restorative Yoga
    • Spanish language class
    • Free Internet Access
    • Safe tap water
    • Excursions to Waterfalls and Pacific Ocean Sandy Beaches
    • Snorkel and lunch on Tortuga Island (SPECIAL INCLUDED EXCURSION)
    • Time for Exploration and Relaxation
    • Eco-Friendly Goodie Bags
    • Costa Rican Taxes (13%)