Yoga in Santa Teresa Costa Rica is magic at Pranamar’s Yoga Shala
A yoga studio can be a magical place. If designed well, and filled with calm energy of a good yoga instructor, entering a yoga studio can change you into a happier, more relaxed and less stressed person.
Pranamar Oceanfront Villas & Yoga Retreat in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica has a Yoga Shala (Sanskrit for “studio”) that does just that. The beachfront Santa Teresa Costa Rica hotel specializes in yoga and yoga retreats, and the yoga space was carefully crafted to reflect the owners’ beliefs.
“We believe the practice of yoga is for people of all ages, all levels, and all intentions. Our classes will challenge you physically, but more than that they will be an opportunity to increase self-awareness, knowledge and joy,” state Pranamar’s owners.
Visit Costa Rica’s first nature reserve, Cabo Blanco
More than 46 percent of Costa Rica’s forests were lost from 1950 to 1983, cleared for farming, ranching and lumber, according to the Costa Rica Ministry of the Environment (MINAE) and the National Forestry Financial Fund (FONAFIFO). What started Costa Rica back on the path to reforestation and protecting its natural resources was the Cabo Blanco Absolute Nature Reserve.
The tiny nature reserve at the extreme southern end of the Nicoya Peninsula in Costa Rica seems too pretty and unassuming to have changed history, though it did.
In 1960, when Swede Nicolas Wessberg (known as Olaf or Olle) and his Danish wife Karen Mogensen bought a farm near the town of Montezuma, the forest on the peninsula tip was completely cut for farming and cattle except for a small piece of primary forest.
Waterkeepers defends clean water in Santa Teresa, Costa Rica
“Without water, there can be no life. Without clean water, there can be no healthy life.”
This is the maxim of the worldwide environmental organizaation Waterkeeper. Based in the United States, the Waterkeeper Alliance aspires to protect every major watershed around the world, to advocate for every person’s right to clean water, as well as the wise and equitable use of water resources globally.
Presently, there are more than 200 Waterkeeper grassroots organizations on six continents pushing for clean water in their communities. Costa Rica is the only Central American nation with a Waterkeeper organization.
The progressive, environmentally-friendly town of Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, on the southern Nicoya Peninsula, is the lucky home of Costa Rica’s Waterkeepers. Founded in October 2012, the Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper group is focused on improving the quality of water in the Santa Teresa area, and helping the community properly deal with its residual waters.
Costa Rica national surf competition set for Santa Teresa
Famous for year-round Pacific Coast surf and a friendly, relaxed vibe, Santa Teresa and neighboring Mal Pais attract visitors from all over the world who come to surf, relax, do yoga and enjoy one of Costa Rica’s most stunning tropical beaches. Walking down the nearly white sand beaches, you see no high rises, only trees, jungle, sand and surf. Facing almost due west, the sunsets are sensational.
Halfway through the 2014 Costa Rica surfing season, there is no clear leader in any of the divisions, except perhaps for the women. Ten-time national champion Lisbeth Vindas of Jacó is on a winning streak for the season (3-1), having won the Marley Cup in Dominical in March. For the men, pro Costa Rica surfer Carlos “Cali” Muñoz swooped in from a three-month international tour to win the fourth 2014 Olympus National Surfing Circuit competition. Making national surfing history, 12-year-old Malakai Martinez of Tamarindo won first place in both the under-16 and under-18 Boys’ Division, the youngest surfer ever to do so.
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