Eastern Wisdom to Get Through Difficult Times

If you are in difficult times now, I feel your heart and my prayer goes to you. In Indonesia, we grow up seeing these hard times as part of life and it is called “cobaan” or can be translated as as “exam” or “trial” times. We see this is necessary for our soul to grow...

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The Various Shades of a Yoga Life Style

When people hear that I am a yoga teacher, many times they casually inform me that the reason they are not practicing yoga is because they are not flexible enough to do “yoga”. I would ask them then, “What do you think “yoga” is?”. Usually they will laugh and say something like “putting your legs behind your head”.

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My Shade of Yoga

My Shade of Yoga We are all individuals, but interconnected. We are all unique, but share so many things. We are all on a journey; moving, flowing, evolving. We all have our own Shade of Yoga, many shades, evolving shades.   Shade 1 - Beach Body My first Shade of...

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The Path of Yoga: Spiritual or Physical?

Spiritual or Physical? Yoga means to “yoke” and to put it simply, the purpose of yoga is to connect back with the Divine, to experience oneness with the Divine. So yoga is a spiritual practice. In the Yoga Sutra, Patanjali describes 8 steps to reach the...

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Mindful Travel to Transform Yourself

Travel and Discover "The world is flat", said Thomas L Friedman in his book "The World is Flat". I like the book because the first time I read it, I was travelling during a break from studying in The Netherlands, thousands of miles away from my home. We are all...

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The Costa Rican Experience

Yoga is a growing industry in Costa Rica. The beautiful landscapes which are relatively unspoiled make for a serene place to practice or to attend a Yoga Teacher Training. Unlike some other countries in Central America, there is beautiful accommodation with many of...

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Yoga, more than just an asana practice

Yoga seems to have gained tremendous popularity over the past few years. Everyone seems to have embraced this wonderful bodily experience and has a copy of their favorite yoga studio and teacher schedule stuck on their fridge door. What is interesting is very few...

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Five Sanskrit Words to Live By

Sanskrit is the sacred language of Hinduism and is used in the spiritual texts of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Through the practice of yoga many of us have come to know some Sanskrit words like namaste, a Hindu greeting,  asana, which refers to the physical...

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Pura Vida!

The term has been part of the Costa Rican dialect for over 50 years. The literal translation for Pura Vida, pronounced POO-rah VEE-dah, is very simple, it's "Pure Life". However, these two words have a much deeper meaning and significance to the Costa Rican people, or...

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