epicself We dove into the foundation and fundamentals of the Pilates method and the 8 guiding principles, while flowing through Mat 1 and 2 exercises to build strength and flexibility from head to toe. Focus on breath, alignment, precision and flow. I think they are going to be sore tomorrow.
I LOVE what I do and am so grateful for the sweet comments and big smiles after class. It feels like I was born for this. I'm really in my element during retreats and workshops.
Joseph Pilates Quote of the day = "the pilates method of body conditioning develops the body uniformly, corrects posture, restores vitality, invigorates the mind and elevates the spirit." Did you practice today? Remember, it's in the practice that all the ah ha moments happen. Keep practicing, all else is coming.

#pilates #pilatesmat #pilatesaddict #pilatesworkshop #pilatesretreat #retreat #manuelantonio #epicliving #puravida #wellness #costarica #stretch #letgo #sixpackabs #fitspo #inspo #motivation
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epicself Phenomenal superfood raw cuisine flowing from our kitchen today hand crafted by the ever amazing @ediblegoddess. Her chia seed porridge this morning gave everyone the much needed fuel for 2.5 hours of Pilates Mat Fundamentals. Here's the run down of the outrageous ingredients:
Chia Pudding: chia seeds, local papaya, mango and bananas, Maca bliss, goji joy, lucuma berry, wild vanilla beans, wild blue green algae, vitamineral green, fresh bee pollen, raw coconut shreds, heirloom organic raw chocolate chips, dark chocolate flower extract, butterscotch stevia & sea salt with a homemade hemp seed milk made w/ vanilla, 1-2 dates.
This porridge is a wonderful substitute for oatmeal or cereal. It's packed with omega 3's and will satiate you for hours.
Want a bite?! #rawfood #rawvegan #veganfoodshare #rawfoodshare #rawfoodie #vegansofig #superfood #nutrition #chia #fitfood #eatclean #cleaneats #instafood #foodstagram #epicliving #manuelantonio #costarica
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epicself Flipping out over @ediblegoddess raw cacao superfood chips in this afternoons Superfood Nutrition workshop on the first day of our Spring Rejuvenation Retreat. Bethanne knocked everyone's socks off with her herbal tonics, superfood smoothies and ice creams.
Sometimes all we need is a little sprinkle of love!
I can't wait for more of her sublime creations during the next 7 days.
Have you ever made your own chocolate? It's super easy!
What a beautiful life and wonderful way to celebrate Easter. Friends, chocolate and lots of love.
#gratefulformylife #easter #rawfood #rawvegan #vegansofig #veganfoodshare #rawfoodshare #nutrition #superfood #retreat #epicliving #chocolate #cacao #dessert #rawfoodie
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epicself Hoop play to kick off our Full Moon Party last night. We hooped and danced for a few hours with Jose on deck, then made our way to shake it to Social Club (a Costa Rican ska + reggae) at Karolas. After party dance lounge with acroyoga + handstand play continued at the center until we fell into bed. Dance marathon nights are the best. Especially when you get to share it with your closest friends. Thanks to all the MA locals who came out to play. Just wait until next months Full Moon.
Have you hooped before? It's such a fun way to sweat and smile!
#hooping #hoolahoop #hoopdance #fullmoonparty #workout #fitfam #fitspo #inspo #inspiration #costarica #puravida #manuelantonio #retreat #epicliving #danceparty #dance #endlesssummer
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  •   ediblegoddess So much fun! Lets do it again :-) It actually looks pretty cool w/ the hoop around my neck! :-) @epicself xx 2d

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epicself Scrumptious Banana Maca Spirulina Raspberry Caramel ice cream with bee pollen sprinkle and heirloom raw cacao chips for dessert last night. @ediblegoddess Bethanne is making her magic! Is this real life?! Feeling the high vibes 24/7. TGIF everyone! Make it amazing.
#rawfood #rawvegan #vegansofig #vegan #rawfoodshare #veganfoodshare #rawfoodie #superfood #maca #cacao #retreat #workshop #costarica #puravida #manuelanonio #epicliving
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epicself Look who we ran into this afternoon! After Bethanne's first dip in the waves we caught up with @therawadvantage and Ashley on the tail end of their retreats and adventure.
I'm so glad we got to catch up in one of the most beautiful places if only for a few mins. We wish you were staying longer! Safe travels home guys and I look forward to hosting you in MA soon :) #costarica #puravida #manuelantonio #epicliving #rawfoodies #801010 #lfrv #rawvegans #vegansofig #vegan #retreat #travel #igtravel #rawfoodshare #veganfoodshare
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epicself @ediblegoddess has landed! We are blending up some ridiculously tasty green energy soup for lunch. Kale, cucumber, spirulina, tomato, garlic, onion, lemon, ginger, lime, avocado and fresh coconut water.
We are stocking the fridges and cupboards with farm fresh Organics and her amazing superfood blends for our guests next week. I can't wait to share MA with her and play in the kitchen and studio together. Stay tuned for a vast array of scrumptious #rawvegan #superfood creations. I'll share some of her recipes with ya!
#rawfood #rawfoodie #nutrition #eatclean #cleaneats #fitfood #fitspo #vegansofig #vegan #plantbased #rawretreat #rawworkshop #costarica #puravida #manuelantonio

If you'd like to drop into any of our Pilates, yoga, or raw food nutrition workshops beginning Monday email me at amber@epicself.com and I'll shoot you the schedule.
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epicself Playing in the wild with @paddle9 Matty. Beautiful places are wonderful to see and experience, but it's WAY more fun with adventurous friends. When was the last time you went outside and played with your friends? Tag a pic of you and your friends outside or traveling with #epicliving. Double tap if you love waterfalls!
#nature #play #waterfall #nauyaca #costarica #puravida #rainforest #fitspo #inspo #fitfam #fitfluential #rawvegan #vegansofig
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epicself The epic crew. My family. We live, play, and work together. We support and inspire each other to be our most authentic passionate selves everyday so that we can do more good for the world. I'm so grateful to have these superstars on my team. We dolled up last night for The Best of Manuel Antonio Awards where we won best Health and Wellness. None of this would be possible without Emily and DJ's love for our mission and their collective expertise. Emily is my executive assistant and studio manager, while DJ heads up our Organic Smoothies, Juices and Living Box program. We also have an ever expanding tribe of epic volunteers, interns and affiliates who are spreading the high vibe love all over town and the internet. Love and hugs to all of you for your continued support, energy and focus. I believe in the good things coming, coming, coming.... #family #epicliving #manuelantonio #wellness #health #rawvegans #vegans #801010 #superfood #nutrition #dance #rawfoodismyhealthcare #rawfoodies #inspo #inspiration #motivation #bethechange #stopmonsanto #organic 7d

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epicself A little taste of superfood awesomeness that the one and only @ediblegoddess will be whipping up starting this Sunday for our Pilates Yoga Superfood Detox Retreat here at the center. Organic Mango, frozen banana, fresh young coconut meat, bee pollen and raw cacao drizzle. For breakfast? Why not?! :) It's not too late to hop on a plane and join us or drop into a few of our workshops. Locals or tourists in town can easily drop into any or all sessions for $40 a pop. Message me at amber@epicself.com for the retreat week schedule and registration.
Safe travels everyone and see you soon in paradise!
All epic living retreats in 2014 can be found here: epicself.com

#costarica #manuelantonio #epicliving #puravida #rawfood #rawvegan #vegansofig #rawfoodshare #veganfoodshare #vegan #icecream #dessert #nomnom #foodporn #nutrition #fitfood #instagood #smoothie #superfood #whatrawveganseat
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epicself Last night I took the time and space to meditate and reflect on all that transpired last week during the Heroic Escape retreat with these fun guys from all over the world. I'll never forget the first night as we introduced ourselves, our businesses and set intentions for the week ahead. It was pure joy to watch the guys peel back the layers, drop the stress, reconnect with themselves and nature. To get out of their heads into their bodies. Away from the computer screen, into the jungle and ocean. To escape the 9-5 grind and experience what lifestyle design can look and feel like. To remember that they have the choice to take the best care of their mind, body and spirits every moment. Costa Rica makes this process pretty effortless due to its slower pace, warm friendly culture, natural beauty and tranquil high vibes.
Prioritizing health, happiness and self growth is essential above all else. It is the foundation of your self defined "success" in all aspects of your life.
The biggest challenge is upon return from retreat when culture shock hits and it's super tempting and easy to fall back into your old ways of being.
The beauty in it all is that you have conscious choice. We are all free. You have the power to create your dream life. Don't let anyone, including American society, take that away from you.
#costarica #wellness #retreat #manuelantonio #puravida #health #gotravel #travel #igtravel #jungle #beacj #endlesssummer #transform #yoga #pilates #epicliving #freedom
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epicself What it feels like to sit and swim under a 170 foot waterfall. I love my life... is an understatement.
We took our retreat group to the upper falls as monsoon rains dumped. Wild, raw and so much fun!
#costarica #puravida #manuelantonio #waterfall #nauyaca #lovelife #inspo #inspiration #adventure #travel #gotravel #igtravel #winning #gratefulformylife @paddle9
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epicself Busting salsa moves galore. Last night we treated the guys on our Heroic retreat to a salsa lesson and dance party at a local club. Tony and I had so much fun teaching and appreciate these guys willingness to learn something new and let loose.
Have you learned to partner dance?
It's my favorite way to work up a sweat and have fun!
#salsa #dance #epicliving #costarica #retreat #workshop #puravida #manuelantonio #inspo #fitfam #fitspo #inspiration
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epicself Mango Papaya Avo-Hummus Raw Tacos for lunch after a fabulous morning of vinyasa yoga and massage class. I've loved seeing the guys transform over the last few days.
Drinking spring water, enjoying this abundance of raw food, connecting with natures beauty daily, and living pura vida in the centers classes, has de-stressed and energized them beyond belief. I'm seeing the layers unravel and their light shine brighter. So exciting!! #gratefulformylife

#rawfood #rawvegan #801010 #vegansofig #vegan #whatveganseat #whatrawveganseat #nutrition #eatclean #cleaneats #rawfoodshare #veganfoodshare #retreat #wellness #epicliving #costarica #manuelantonio
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epicself Share the REAL you. You have no idea how many people you inspire and empower just by being authentically you. Be a humble student of life, but don't let others sway you from acting in the way that resonates most with your higher consciousness. You become your beliefs. You become who you spend the most time with. You are what you repeatedly think, say and do. If you want to change your behaviors start at the root, your thoughts.
So who are you really? You are the observer of it all. The one watching your inner and outer worlds and how they interact. Chose wisely how you interact with these worlds. All you will ever be is now.
#yoga #yogaeverywhere #yogaeverydamnday #asana #hero #sup #standuppaddleboarding #surfing #paddling #meditation #bethechange #costarica #puravida #manuelantonio #stretch #fun #adventure @paddle9
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epicself Part of our Heroic Escape retreat group getting a quick #sup lesson before hitting the water yesterday with our awesome friends @paddle9! They took us out for a fun cruise of the islands off main beach. It was an afternoon of laughs, yoga pose wipe outs and building new friendships. What a beautiful afternoon of floating bliss and core chiseling. I'm officially addicted to the #sup high. It's amazing what two hours of syncing with the ocean can do for your state of mind.
The guys were beaming ear to ear. This was a bucket list item for a few of them and @paddle9 delivered an incredible experience! Thx again @paddle9 we can't wait for Nauyaca!

#standuppaddle #paddle #costarica #manuelantonio #puravida #float #adventure #gotravel #travel #igtravel #retreat #yoga #yogaeverydamnday #epicliving
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  •   paddle9 It's gonna be goooooooood!! Can't wait! Who's jumping from 90ft!?!?! 2w
  •   epicself @paddle9 I'm scared but def doing it this time. Busting through fear barriers. 2w
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epicself An explosion of fun on my plate. Carrot and beet spiralized on top of a mountain of veggies and greens drizzled with tahini avocado dill garlic lemon dressing. Spiralize or use a veggie peeler to add fun color and texture for your eyes to feast on. Kids love playing with the noddles and using the tool. Get the family involved and create art with your food.
Our Heroic Escape retreat guests are feeling the raw high vibes and floating through their day more energized, grounded and clear. The power is in the triad: food, movement and your state of mind. Eat raw, meditate and move more mindfully. Then sit back and experience epic living from the inside out.
#rawfood #rawvegan #vegansofig #vegan #superfood #eatclean #cleaneats #nutrition #whatveganseat #whatrawveganseat #saladaday #stopmonsanto #organic #fitfood #instafood
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