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Many of the questions that I get have to do with Costa Rica. .
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WHY did we move here?
HOW did we move here?
Can ANYONE move there?
What do we do for WORK?
Are there...like..BUGS and stuff?
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For the sake of education and also my own efficiency (no one likes answering the same question 500 times), I've decided that every so often (maybe once a week), I will do an informational post about our journey to the jungle and life in it. .
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You'll be able to search the posts via the hashtag... #ChasingLaVidaPura . Don't look yet...this is the 1st one.
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So where do we start? How about the WHY?
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WHY COSTA RICA? .
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I could write a paper about this, but suffice it to say that Costa Rica was the best choice for our realistic dreams. .
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About a decade ago, both Ben and I did some medical work in Central America (together and on our own). I grew up really enjoying the small tastes of my Latin heritage, and this re-immersion sealed the deal. .
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I wanted to live there. At first, THERE was Nicaragua, where we had spent most of our time. But after many years of exploration and travel in a variety of places, we settled on Costa Rica. .
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Costa Rica felt the most viable for our combined passions - yoga, wellness, fitness, functional medicine. .
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It is a peaceful country that generally welcomes expats who follow the rules (which we do). It has fairly strict eco preservation laws (hooray), it has semi-reliable wifi (which is necessary when you do most of your work online), and it has a reasonable residency process. .
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It's gorgeous, there are a variety of climates, it has the right vibe and draw for opening a retreat center (our current construction project), there is a decent market for organic product, and life is just...slower here...in the best way. .
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Sure, there is some corruption, heavy poverty, and lots of petty theft in some areas. The power goes out like 10x a day, sometimes the wifi speed is 0.01 mb/s, and right now I'm engaged in a fierce battle with the wasps about who rules our house. .
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It's all worth it, and I wouldn't trade life here for anything in the world.

These reverse hand to hand to L-sit's kill me every time! 😫
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I honestly can't quite figure out why it is so dang difficult to nail that move but yeah... we barely made this!!🙈
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All the clothes @aloyoga 🤙🏽
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🎼: Bahamas kick...

Sunset movements 🌤🙌🏼✨
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Loving these new @bangsshoes in the London Fog color, and of course I had to coordinate with my favorite @aloyoga outfit! 😋👌🏼
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@nearlyoratorio 🎶

Day 9 of #GymYogaDance is a #LotusPose and I decided to gymnastify mine by doing it upside down 🙃 .
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Check with my beautiful co-hosts @leighemily and @elena_miss_yoga for their variations too 👯 .
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Well waking up in Dubai is definitely not as nice as waking up in the Kenyan bush! I am beyond excited to get on my mat later for a nice stretchy energetic flow. .
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Outfit: @mandukayoga @kataandasana

Even in Paradise I missed my passion ❤️ Happy to be back to my second home @polefitdubai

Day 7 of #AnatomyAsanas:
CORE. This variation of vasisthasana will forever be a work in progress for me. Always thinking to myself "lift your hips lift your hips!!" But it always looks the same 😹. -
Your hosts:
@woodspine
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Sponsors:
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How to participate:
1. Follow all hosts and sponsors.
2. Repost this flyer and tag 3 friends to join
3. Post a photo of the daily pose and tag hosts and sponsors using the tag #AnatomyAsanas
4. Have fun!! 🕊

One more backbend transformation, this time for #transformationtuesday. #wheelpose aka #urdhvadhanurasana is such an iconic pose, and a frustrating one because we all used to do it so well when we were kids right?! The 'then' pic was taken in Sep'15, so 9 months after I started yoga. I could barely lift off the floor when I began. The 'now' pic is 19 months later. Breathing easy and holding steady. It takes time. But it happens. Just keep practicing. A little bit, as often as you can, as consistently as you can. That's when the magic happens ✨

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Darlings! Welcome to day 3 Cobra &/or upwardfacing dog post a flow or a picture.
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We will provide a pose option and transition each day. You can either post a video flow or picture.
Pose line up:
1. Half Frog Pose &/or Full frog pose
2. Low Lunge &/or high lunge
3. Cobra &/or upwardfacing dog
4. Puppy pose &/or child pose
5. Pigeon sitting &/or lying pigeon
6. Half split &/or full split
7. Bridge &/or Wheel
8. Yogis choice
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Almost a year apart between these two pictures. One before my teacher training in India and the second one last month in Costa Rica.
So many changes in my body, my mind, my life for which I am sograteful for.
Practice and all is coming. Walk your talk. Never stop trying to improve yourself, but still be content about who you are and where you are 😉🙏💙. .
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Today is Day 4 of #GetGroundedWithMotherEarth and we are sharing #malasana or #garlandpose One of my very favorite poses and it feels very connecting to Mother Earth 🌏 .
We live on this strong and beautiful, yet delicate planet called EARTH. Starting on Earth Day 🌏 we thought we'd celebrate and show our thanks by kicking off #GetGroundedWithMotherEarth! We've gathered an eco-friendly and environmentally conscious group of yogis to lead us through an Earth Day challenge as we spread awareness through asanas and provide tips on how we can make a difference if we all join together! Unite with us for this 10 day celebration of Mother Earth starting on April 22nd as we Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Strike a Pose or two.
To join & be eligible for the wonderful prizes be sure to follow all 4 of us hosts and the vet so gracious sponsors! Feel Mother Earth 🌏 above, below and all around you while having fun and always being conscious of this beautiful place we call home ❤❤❤
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Okay, this incredible Yogini promises me that I can use whatever the props I want to, to get into that darn, mother of all inversions..pincha..So let me warn you, there is going to be a lot of props and lots and lots of falling..Because #pinchaisabitcha 😁Who wanna join me in my journey to pincha!? @sakshiguptayoga @twistedgalpal @missgongz wanna join?? Repostes": "Pincha Mayurasana is one heck of an #inversion, requiring hefty doses of flexibility, strength, and... humor, because we all gotta have some falls, and let's get #yogaeverydamnday #yogachallenge @igyogachallenges how else do you pick yourself up after that and keep at it, except with a good laugh! 😜😂 Laughs are even better when shared w #PinchaIsABitcha
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.1. Repost this flyer and tag your friends! The more, the merrier!
2. Post a video or photo for all ten days. Tag all hosts and sponsors. Follow us all too.
3. Be a good sport and show each other some sweetness. Support each other. Love each other.
4. Keep it light and keep it safe, kids 😘 .
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.💐Hosts:💐
🌷@amyyogamomof3
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🌷@mintyogini
🌷@mjoyogini .
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❓DO YOU COMPENSATE IN HEAD TO KNEE POSE❓
#doyoucompensateinasanas
I know the first thing that any of us would think about when it comes to compensation in this pose is hunching the back but I wanted you to look at it from a different angle to be more aware of one other thing that can happen 😉
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❓HOW DO WE COMPENSATE IN HEAD TO KNEE POSE❓
This kind of compeensation happens weather we can or can't grab the foot, but it is a result of us wanting to go deeper no matter what. Since one of our legs is bent when we get into the pose, it is far more easier to grab the leg withthe same hand and we go for it, reach for the leg and let that hand be the boss and lead us deeper in the pose. As a result we lean our torso to that side and our bent knee lifts, and uaually our pelvis tilts back.
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❓ WHY DO WE COMPENSATE IN HEAD TO KNEE POSE❓
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🚫 90% of the time this compensation happens as a result of us wanting to go deeper when our hips are just not ready for it.
➿ Lack of flexibility external rotators of the hip.
➿ Lack of flexibility in our thights.
➿ Lack of flexibility in our hamstrings.
➿ Lack of flexibility in our back.
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COMPENSATIONS ARE SHORTCUTS IN YOGA PRACTICE, THEY ARE NOT WRONG NOR RIGHT. WE ALL DID THEM, AND ARE STILL DOING THEM, DUE TO MANY DIFFERENT REASONS. COMPENSATIONS ARE PART OF YOGA PRACTICE AND THEY ARE HERE TO MAKE US MORE AWARE OF OUR BODY AND OURSELVES. IF YOU SEE THAT YOU ARE COMPENSATING YOU ARE ON THE RIGHT PATH, YOU ARE AWARE 🙌🙏
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Mat: @gurugrid is helping me work on my alignment.
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