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.
Live jazz lights up the nights at Pranamar Villas in Santa Teresa
“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life.” — Art Blakey
“Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world.” — Ahmad Alaadeen
The Buddha Eyes Restaurant at Pranamar Villas is presenting Jazz Nights every Wednesday from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Local musicians David Walker, a saxophonist from California, and trumpet player Luciano from Argentina accompany the sounds of the waves with their own mix of jazz and pop music. Their repertoire ranges from original compositions to covers of jazz legends like Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.
“Pranamar is a great space for a jazz listening evening,” commented Walker.
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!
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