George Chavez suggested that I write an article about the lack of interest men have in yoga. As a yoga practitioner I agree that in the multitude of classes to which I have gone the men are few and far between.
The Caribbean was our next stop. It’s probably one of our favorite areas in Costa Rica. In addition to the laid-back vibe, lots of local artisans and clear Caribbean waters, you’re bound to see a sloth up close if you just stop and look around. To Miles’ surprise, a mama sloth with a baby visited us at Hotel Atlantida where we were staying for a night. What a treat! We are excited to be holding our next two Yoga retreats Mal Pais in Costa Rica at the Goddess Garden in Cahuita as our guests will get such an authentic flavor of Costa Rica on the Caribbean coast and no doubt see abundant wildlife.
Take the certification course. It doesn’t have to mean you will be a teacher but you will know yoga more intimately than the average student. There are smaller weekend courses for the hobby yoga student that will give you a better understanding of your chosen practice, without the two year commitment!
S is for Sister Scrapbookers. Scrapbooking is a sisterhood. Even if we have nothing else in common, we can share our scrapbooks and immediately feel connected, or start talking about the benefits of rotary versus blade paper trimmers. Scrapbookers unite!
After picking up a place the next decision to be made is for the stay – Resort or Retreat? It is entirely up to you to choose between casual classes held in resorts with plush amenities or month long, deep training sessions held in retreats. You will find it retreats in Goa to be amongst the best in the world, in terms of yoga teaching and lifestyle. They are open from October till May every year and mostly are located in North Goa . Not only do they provide good environment, great yoga experience and comfortable stay, they are economical too.
There are many styles of yoga. Take a look online on a site like Wikipedia to familiarize yourself with the different paths. Next, either by a book or look for online instruction and try out some poses or sequences. Don’t try to twist yourself in to a pretzel on your first try! Chances are, your form will be all wrong but that’s okay. We all have to start somewhere.
If you feel any kind of pain, stress or uneasiness, while practicing yoga with your instructor or at an yoga retreat, immediately stop the exercise and consult your doctor.