Meditation for a quiet mind and healthy life
In today’s busy world, being centered, balanced and at peace are much sought-after elements. People in seriously busy places are turning to the timeless Eastern practices of meditation and yoga to help them get there.
Yoga has become mainstream; but meditation often still meets resistance. People have different reasons for wanting to meditate – to quiet the inner chatter and find calm, reduce stress, to improve creativity, visualize goal achievement, to banish negative thinking, or to follow a faith or spiritual teaching. Those who do meditate regularly say it greatly enriches their lives.
There are probably a million different ways how to meditate, and it can be daunting to know how to begin and stick with it. Yet for each technique, the process of meditation is generally the same. Experts say meditation means: to quiet the mind; to suspend your attention on the outside world; to stop thinking long enough in order for the ego to disappear.Mantra meditation is one of the most popular meditation techniques. The powerful effect of using sound syllables on both the conscious and subconscious mind is a great help to learn how to meditate. What exactly is a mantra? It’s a word or phrase repeated over and over during meditation – generally sacred in nature, that uplifts you and helps keep you focused during meditation. Whether repeated, chanted or sung out loud or silently, mantras give your brain something to do to quiet all of the usual chatter. Mantras have a soothing, calming effect on the mind to softly but firmly focus only on one tiny simple thing.
Costa Rica summer is yoga season on Santa Teresa Beach.
Summer is yoga season in Costa Rica, and Pranamar is offering 14 outstanding yoga retreats between February and June 2014. Yoga retreats as healthy vacations will leave you feeling energized and rejuvenated, the way a vacation is supposed to do. Whether you are looking to deepen your yoga practice, or try yoga for the first time, a yoga retreat is an excellent opportunity for both. Retreats also add in fun activities like surfing or stand-up paddling.
Santa Teresa, near the southern tip of the Nicoya Peninsula on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast, has been named one of the top 10 beaches in Central America and is an idyllic yoga setting. As your host, Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat welcomes you with elaborate oceanfront villas and bungalows in lush tropical gardens, a gorgeous river-theme swimming pool, and gourmet organic cuisine in the Buddha Eyes Restaurant. Designed in exotic Bali-style, our luxury beachfront hotel gives daily in-house yoga classes, surf lessons and oceanfront spa treatments.See our selection of yoga retreats briefly described below, and visit our website for more information. We’re sure you’ll find a perfect fit just for you, and we’ll see you soon in our Yoga Shala!
Love, Grace and Gratitude at Christmastime
The specialness of the Christian and Jewish holiday season has manifested in me a sense of love, grace and gratitude. I believe that we are all One and all connected, and it matters not what we call our Consciousness, God or Supreme Being. At the delicious age of 65, I am feeling more and more optimistic that we humans will eventually find our way to peace, or at least peacefulness.
In my younger years, I imagined that I would somehow make a significant footprint on the planet, although I was not sure how or when. Now, 65 years into life, I realize that this will not happen in the way I suspected.As a hotel owner, mother of incredible yoga teacher, Nancy Goodfellow, and someone who has practiced yoga for more than 15 years, I have recognized that each of us can make a heartfelt impression around us. If we consciously practice non-violence, non-judgment, and extend love to people on a daily basis, we can change the energy vibration of the planet. I have watched guest after guest finish one of my daughter’s amazing yoga classes, and I have seen incredible transformations.
Top Reasons to Keep Traveling and Stay Young at Heart
People love things that make them feel young (or remember their youth), feel free and be happy. Traveling is usually in the top 10. Why?
1. Traveling opens up your world.
In today's world where emails and smart phones often replace face-to-face interaction, traveling makes you get out and interact with humanity. Traveling changes your scenery. When you travel, you are away from the daily routine of your life and you see new things which stimulate your mind and invite creative energy.
2. Traveling teaches you to relax.
Whether you want to or not at first, you have to chill out to really enjoy traveling. Traveling for pleasure rejuvenates you physically and mentally so you can return to your daily routine with more energy and patience. Taking a break from your routine – work, school, daily to-dos of parenthood, household chores, etc. – refreshes your mind and gives you the freedom you need to renew.
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