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Retreat to Costa Rica and Go With the Flow

May 26, 2018
It’s a practice to go with the flow. Letting go of attempting to control situations in our life isn't always easy. How does one go about doing so? Honestly, it takes daily practice. But once you release the need to control the outcome of something and relax into it, you will be surprised how quickly it comes to you.  Your mind, body and soul should work hand in hand to allow the flow to happen. In any given situation between two people, we are both the teacher and the student.  You’re in each other’s lives for a purpose and a time. We are put on this planet, in this lifetime, to learn lessons and for spiritual growth.  Once you learn your lesson with a specific situation, a new opportunity may present itself to you and off you go leaving the old behind to continue fulfilling the lessons your soul needs to learn. It’s never easy, though.  As humans, we tend to live in the future and wonder, worry, think…that darn thinking!  If we could only turn off the chatter (you actually can!). But how? There are a number of ways to attain this ranging from quieting the mind through meditation and yoga to going on walks in nature. Each of these three practices, if done on a daily or semi-daily basis, will help to nurture your soul so you can Be and live in the present moment (most of the time). At times, we also tend to cling to situations by becoming attached to certain outcomes until it's all we can see as we trudge forward with blinders on. This is fear based energy and trust me, you don’t want to be basking here. Have ever had a discussion with someone where you were attempting to recall a movie title, but no matter how hard you concentrated and thought about it, the movie title just never came? Then, five hours later, as you’re brushing your teeth for bed, BOOM…the movie title encroaches upon your brain and you feel as if you’ve hit the jackpot. We’ve all been there. Why did it come so easily to you five hours later and not in the moment when you were trying so hard to remember it? You relaxed. You were going with the flow. That is why. Put this into perspective in dealing with your life situations. If you’re having trouble focusing on daily life activities, my suggestion to you would be to occupy your mind.  Just stay busy. Take all of that energy and focus it on self-love through yoga, your career, your family, working out, writing, anything to do with creativity also works very well. Do activities and be around people that bring you joy and happiness. This is love based energy. And this is where you want to be. Remember, if things are meant to be, they will be.  Simply relax into it. Do you have the desire to tap further into your flow? Come flow with us at Selva Armonia during a Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica! There’s no better space to get back into your mindfulness practice than being surrounded by wild jungle with a stunning ocean view!   By Sarah Blanks
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Keep Your New Year Intentions Alive!

May 4, 2018
As the newness of the new year wears off and we move into May, our motivation and intentions may start to take a back seat as well. This year you planned for greatness, right? Don’t let your inspirations and goals fall to the wayside and get lost in the mix of work, family, eating, exercising, and life in general. We get it, it’s a lot to accomplish! Were you planning to sign up for a marathon, cooking classes, or a yoga retreat? Here area few tips to help you keep sight of those fresh intentions you set for the new year.   Write it all down There’s major power in putting a pen to paper! Write all of your goals and intentions down. Be as clear and specific as you can. Better yet, leave some extra pages in there so you can keep adding as you go along. Written goals and intentions have a higher percentage of actually being realized. At the end of the year, you’ll see how your life has shifted and changed through your intentions. You’ll get to appreciate and reflect on your year’s story of trials and accomplishments which continue to shape who you are each day.   Find an accountability buddy Whether you’re embarking on a cleanse, yoga practice, or making room for some self-care in your life, an accountability buddy is there to keep you on track. Share the highs and lows of whatever you’re going through together and increase the chances of sticking to your set goals. Were you thinking on skipping that workout? Not going to happen! As accountability buddies, you are there through the thick and thin to motivate, inspire, and work towards your mutual goals.   Use the power of meditation Meditation is a wonderful tool used to keep us on track with our intentions and goals. The key is to focus on the FEELINGS you wish to have through your process. How do you want to feel today, this week, or this year? Use this power to attract your goals to you. The more you meditate on those fuzzy feelings from your upcoming achievements, you’ll be closer to manifesting them into reality.   Don’t give up! If you have gone off track a bit, don’t call it quits just yet. Turn to these tips to get you through this ebb until you’re back in the flow! Pull out your notebook, read over your goals, chat with your accountability buddy, meditate, and make a plan for your week. Life is about making minor tweaks, adjustments, and changes along your journey to balance and happiness. Know that everything you want is already yours. You just need to tap into your abilities to stay on track to living the life you want! Was a Yoga Retreat on your list of intentions for this year? There’s no better time to book a Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica! Selva Armonia hosts retreats all year long. Take a step in sticking to your goals and join us in the jungle!   By Sarah Blanks
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What does Self-Love look like?

April 27, 2018
Most of us were never taught the art of loving thyself. We are so focused on the quest to find ‘the one’ that we have missed the most important one of all…ourselves. In order for you to really get the love you want and deserve, you must start with loving yourself first. Self-love is simply the regard for your own well-being and happiness. No one has control over this but you. One thing we must remember is that it is okay to put yourself first for once. Remember this, you only have me, myself and I. This is a relationship we cannot escape from, so we're continuously tested to learn the art of loving ourselves. Loving yourself first is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. But what does loving yourself look like? It is and should be different for each and every person. Self-love comes in many forms ranging from treating yourself to a massage or a spa treatment for complete relaxation and releasing the negative energies and toxins to knowing your worth and not putting up with anyone’s mistreatment of you. By mistreatment, I mean any kind of abuse from mental and emotional to spiritual and physical. What is your worth and how important is it for you to recognize how important you are? Did you know we actually teach someone in the first 6 months of any type of relationship how to treat us? If you don't set healthy boundaries within those first 6 months, you might be entering a relationship that isn't the healthiest for you. It can even become challenging to set your self-love boundaries in future relationships. Of course, don't give up hope! If you find yourself heading down a path in a relationship that may be negative, simply sit with yourself, get centered and make a decision that is for your Highest Good and best interest. When you love yourself first, you are setting a precedence for many positive relationships, situations and opportunities to come into your life. You may not realize it at first, but it will happen. Keep your self-love practice rolling each and every day. Remember to give love to your mind, body, and soul each day. This can be as simple as walking alone in nature to get grounded, giving yourself 15-minutes a day journaling and meditating, or a big gesture such as booking that yoga retreat for yourself that you’ve had your eye on! Nothing is more sacred than the love you give yourself. <3 So try it.  Be self-LESS and practice some self-LOVE.    By Sarah Blanks
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6 Items to Add to Your Sanctuary

April 3, 2018
Between morning routines, long work days, time with loved ones, and whatever else you have going on, creating a sanctuary space in your busy life is essential! Maybe you can’t immerse yourself each year in a wellness or yoga retreat, but you can take a little piece home with you to have all year long. Why are sanctuaries so important and what do we mean by them? A sanctuary is your own quiet space or area that you can turn to in order to slow down, reflect, meditate, and relax. Your sanctuary is here to remind you to pause, breathe, and take a moment for yourself. Each sanctuary will depend on the person but here’s some ideas to add to get you started…   Journal Journaling is a powerful tool to get our ideas, hopes, dreams, and fears all down on paper. Feeling overwhelmed or in total bliss mode? Journal about it and sort through these emotions by your sanctuary. As time passes, you’ll have a blueprint of your growth, challenges, and victories throughout time.   Crystal Crystals come in all shapes, sizes, and colors and compliment any sanctuary space. Pick one that you feel speaks to you. Crystals are excellent tools for healing, grounding, meditation, and setting intentions. Interested in manifesting more abundance in your life or that job promotion you’ve been waiting for? Visit your crystals, your precious little reminders of all that you can make happen in your life...   Candle Sometimes all you need is a nice candle. Scented, unscented, colored, short, tall, whatever your preference. There’s something special about a candle that can be instantly relaxing and set the beginning or end tone for your day. Journal or meditate by candlelight and get lost in the warm glow of your sanctuary.   Essential oils Essential oils come in a wide range of scents, properties, uses, and health benefits. Mix with coconut oil for a quick body rub, drop into an infuser to engage the whole room, or simply inhale to experience the benefits and properties of the oils of your choice.   Sage / Palo Santo stick A sage or palo santo stick is a must-have to clean the air around you and your space. The aromatic properties found in sage and palo santo are perfect for clearing out any lingering negative energy and can help you relax into you time. Make or pick up the herbal bundle of your choice and add extra zen to the area.   Something special Place a meaningful object or something simple that feels good to you to compliment your sanctuary. A shell from the beach, a stone, or an object from nature may just be the piece missing on your alter!   Since you can’t completely take home the magic and sanctuary provided in a yoga retreat, creating your sanctuary space to bring you back to those present moments is the next best thing you can do. Has your intention been to join the sanctuary of a wellness or yoga retreat? Immerse yourself in the sanctuary of Costa Rica and book a retreat with Selva Armonia Yoga Retreat Center in Costa Rica. We hope to see you in the jungle! Pura Vida!
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