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

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.
  • $1,375/pp for our Dynamic Duo Deal: Costa Rica Aug 11-18, 2012

      $1,375 per person ($2,750 total for 2 people) – Dynamic Duo Deal!

    This special offer applies to 2 people when one registers for both at the same time. This Dynamic Duo Deal saves a whopping $900 ($450 OFF each person!)

    Details: double occupancy, shared accommodations; all-inclusive

    • 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%)

    What Does The Press Have to Say about Costa Rica Retreat Center?

    Hey you guys it is not everyday where you fine a special place founded in love and sincerity like the hosts of our Costa Rica Summer Yoga Retreat August 11-18, 2012. The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is a unique find and we are deeply honored to be one of the first one’s to bring a group of 12 select yogis for an intimate retreat. Here is what the Press has to say about them and some Testimonials. See more at

    “…this Jewel of the Jungle.” ~ Dr. Robert Svoboda

    “…it gives me great pleasure to recommend and support Jeff in his future endeavors.” ~ Shiva Rea

    “…The stay was transformative… There is no need to go elsewhere.” ~ Terra Green Gold

    “…Jeff displayed a truly unique and compassionate approach to the business side of Yoga.” ~ Erich Schiffmann

    “…The luxurious guest houses, yoga pagoda and swimming pool are nestled deep in the natural beauty of the Costa Rican jungle..” ~ Ryan Scott Seaman

    “…The Sanctuary is a profound place for healing.” ~ Jaycee Gossett

    “…Had an extraordinary, life-changing week at the Sanctuary. Truly. This place is magical…” ~ Peter Paige

    “…A week at The Sanctuary at Two Rivers refreshed my heart, mind and body straight from my arrival…” ~ Sunnie Brook Jones

    A Favorite Testimonial:
    The Sanctuary at Two Rivers is verily a place of refuge, a haven of rest, a secure port in a stormy world, an oasis of fecundity. I have been fortunate to have visited the property on numerous occasions during the past seven years of her gestation, watching the process of her conception, development, and birth, and have personally witnessed the dedication that Perrey and Jeff have shown in their determination to develop The Sanctuary into a retreat that is worthy of the name. They, as sincere stewards of this Jewel of the Jungle, offer a warm welcome to any sincere seeker who wishes to enjoy The Sanctuary’s unique charms; and I, as a repeatedly satisfied guest, can recommend this Pearl of the Nicoya Peninsula to anyone who has a heartfelt wish to experience the true bounty of the earth, to experience life as Nature intended us to live it. ”

    Dr. Robert Svoboda
    Ayurvedic Doctor, Author, Lecturer, Teacher on the subjects of
    ayurveda, jyotish, Tantra, and Eastern religion