As the dust from Envision's festival season starts to settle, the start of spring brings a return to "retreat mode" with another busy month of growth, yoga, spirituality, and adventure to look forward to here at Selva Armonia! Keep reading to learn about the upcoming yoga retreats we're hosting in March 2020 and the unique offerings each one brings to guests.
"Learn to manifest your journey using the chakra system with Allie van Fossen, aka The Journey Junkie! We’ll spend six transformative days learning, mapping, and embodying the manifestation current of the chakra system – a framework that brings your dreams from consciousness down to the earth plane.
The manifestation journey begins in consciousness where we open ourselves to new ideas, set intentions, and upgrade our belief system. It then descends through six energetic layers that involve seeing, speaking, connecting, doing, feeling, and having our dream. You will leave this retreat with a clear understanding of what to do at each energetic level and how to successfully manifest your dreams!
When you’re not manifesting in Selva Armonia's open-air yoga studio, you can relax and rejuvenate by the infinity pool, read in a hammock, book a spa service, or take a mid-day siesta in your bedroom. You get to do you, while also being fully taken care of by myself, the chakra system, and your retreat community."
Dates: March 15-21, 2020 Hosted by: Kate Nicholson & Mae Corwin
"Hit pause on the pressures of daily life to immerse yourself in the rich and diverse natural wonders of Costa Rica. This retreat will be an opportunity to connect with a supportive community of women while living artfully in nature, exploring inner and outer landscapes with fresh eyes and renewed energy.
We will use the eastern philosophy of the five elements in our daily practices to cultivate a deeper connection in Presence, Pleasure & Purpose. Less doing and more being; transplant yourself into a lush and therapeutic environment where you will have ample time and space to rest, relax, play, explore, and just sit with the bigger questions that stir within you. "
She Thrives: Women's Yoga & Self-Empowerment Retreat
Dates: March 25-30, 2020 Hosted by: Kim Wenger-Hall & Toby Israel
"Love to laugh? Want to reconnect with your inborn optimism and treat yourself and the planet with loving-kindness? Ready to own the ease and self-acceptance that are your birthright?
Press the reset button on your daily grind and enter a space of empowerment, fun and regenerative service. This retreat is for women who want to THRIVE—and not just survive! Journey with us to receive...
Clarity: Guided inquiry, meditation and ceremony to peel away layers of anger, shame and fear to see clearly what is aligned and true for you and reclaim the magic of your ancestral wisdom.
Strength: Empowerment Self-Defense: fun, dynamic, and incredibly effective tools created by women for physical self-defense as well as setting and maintaining strong boundaries.
Balance: Vinyasa yoga to wring out stale energy and fire up the heat of transformation. Restorative yoga to soothe the nervous system and assist the integration of healing.
Joy: Soul-healing connections with other Earth-centered women and generous time for play in the sun and surf.
Satisfaction: Work side by side with residents of Uvita on service projects to help our home Planet heal herself, re-membering there is no true inner sanctuary if we are not also healing the outer sanctuary that is our Mother Earth."
With the new year right around the corner, retreat season is officially upon us, and our team at Selva Armonia is so excited for a year full of growth, fun, and fulfillment! We love sharing our space with people from all around the world, giving them a chance to reconnect back to nature and their inner selves. Every retreat offers something special and unique to its attendees, and we're so grateful to be able to facilitate those once-in-a-lifetime experiences in our jungle home. Keep reading to preview some of the amazing Costa Rica retreats we have in store for January 2020!
Wide Open Writing
January 19-25, 2020 Hosted by: Dulcie Whitman & Nancy Coleman
"Writing is a path to the creative genius in all of us. Whether you call yourself a writer or not, we know the transformational power of putting yourself in a nurturing environment with permission to notice what you notice and then write about it.
Come be part of a writing community that is devoted to co-creating magic in a place well-known for its magnificent scenery, gourmet vegetarian food, and deep connection to the natural world. Join us for 7 days/6 nights as we settle our body mind and spirit into the magical bounty of the Costa Rican Rainforest."
January 29- February 4, 2020 Hosted by: Erin Ward-Williams & Victoria Hegedus
"Join yoga and movement educators, Erin Ward-Williams and Victoria Hegedus, on a one-week feel-your-best retreat in beautiful Uvita, Costa Rica. Think yoga, mindful movement, and fueling your body with nature's most nutritious foods.
Enjoy morning vinyasa yoga practices as well as offerings of functional movement that get you feeling your muscles and building true body awareness. This is your chance to experience yoga and Costa Rica's natural beauty all in one laid-back and inclusive setting... explore waterfalls, lounge by the pool, or head down to the beach for a peaceful retreat. Join us for a tropical adventure as we zip-line through the treetops and dance with the waves of the Pacific!"
Founded in 2006, Selva Armonia was built on 6 integral pillars: Community, Health, Permaculture, Spirituality, Sustainability, andMovement. Our Pillars Series explores each one a little more closely, bringing forth the beliefs of our community and center. Bringing forth our expressions that make up the foundation of our harmonious jungle home. Plato once stated that
‘lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it.’
This is why one of the fundamental pillars of Selva Armonia is Movement, because we believe that a conscious mind and body is the most appropriate vessel for your soul. With this comes longevity and functionality in your day to day life, and we can’t find a downside to that! Our personal favourite methodical exercise is Yoga: the perfect combination of grace, strength and endurance - it’s principles and practices have incredible health benefits when implemented intentionally into ones life. Our space is a sanctuary for those who choose to fill their lives with this life-changing practice. It is why we see so many world-class leaders and their passionate students flock to our home in the jungle to experience movement at it’s finest. But it’s not the only reason why we feel a resonance with Movement everywhere we are on our grounds. Our stunning hanging deck draws the desire to practice any kind of movement. Whether it’s asanas, roundhouse kicks, the flow of sound waves, or the simple expansion of our rib cages when we breathe in and out, Selva Armonia makes space.
And our space is infinite and ever-changing. There are no limits to the types of movement that occur here. And we owe that to our little spot here on Pacha Mama (mother earth) that provides new life and forms every day. You could witness a leaf bug doing a dance to their own beat, or hear the sounds of cicadas calling out their love. The earth is moving when we are sleeping, and life is changing around us at every moment.
We also make space for the movement of our minds. Embracing a lifestyle that encourages growth and exploration. We make time for finding deeper understanding of our many layers, peeling them away and discovering new depths. Up in the mountains, our paradise gives us many reasons to take moments to explore within. And of course, best of all, we practice and encourage the movement of our cheeks! Smiles and laughter every day.
Come MOVE with us - whatever that might mean for you, we are here to support the Movement
Kundalini Yoga: How you can tap into the unlimited potential of your spiritual energy
October 20, 2016
What if you could connect directly with your very own divine energy lying dormant inside of you through an ancient conscious yoga practice? Many seek practice in Kundalini yoga, also called the “yoga of awareness” due to it’s challenging workout and fulfilling integration of the body, mind, and soul. For starters, Kundalini yoga focuses on moving energy through the Chakra system from the root all the way up to the crown to ultimately achieve spiritual enlightenment. Various spiritual traditions teach seekers different methods of “awakening” the kundalini for spiritual growth. Kundalini yoga is one method that continues to gain popularity among the masses to awaken to their higher selves and bring further balance to their body, mind, and soul.
We’ve highlighted the basic principals, history, benefits, differences of Kundalini yoga to help you get started in awakening the sleeping serpent within!
“Kundalini” is the untapped energy that coils at the root chakra, which is located at the base of the spine. This sacred and divine energy is often described as a coiled serpent or sleeping Goddess waiting to be awakened. The purpose of Kundalini yoga practice is to tap into this sacred energy and open the gates to access its unlimited potential for spiritual growth and uplifting the soul. This unique yoga practice places a huge emphasis on combining breath, mudra, eye-focus, mantra chanting, body locks, meditation, and holding postures. Many end their practices feeling completely stimulated by the primal energy and vibrate with new found spiritual expansion. While combining these techniques, the goal is to move energy upwards and journey into the soul through this ancient and sacred practice.
Kundalini yoga has a long history of practice running for thousands of years. However, this practice was only introduced to the Western world from the East by Sikh leader, Yogi Bhajan. For centuries, the ancient teachings of Kundalini were kept hidden as the public were believed to not be prepared for the power of this knowledge. As a result, it was only taught among the Indian elite. Kundalini science remained a secret until Yogi Bhajan brought this life changing practice to the United States in 1969 with the hopes to help those who desperately wished to connect with their higher selves through a pure channel. He established the 3HO organization, which is an acronym for Happy, Healthy, Holy Organization. From there on, leaders, teachers, and fellow students have paved the way and made history in spreading the practice of Kundalini in the West. Today we have Yogi Bhajan to thank for firmly proclaiming that, “It is everyone’s birthright to be healthy, happy, and holy, and the practice of Kundalini Yoga is the way to claim that birthright.”
The benefits of Kundalini yoga encompass many of the benefits of other yoga practices. Continued practice brings harmony and balanced resonance to the body, mind, and soul. Yoga can lead to healthy circulation, increased sense of intuition, calmer mind, lessened anxiety, strong immune system and much more! In addition to the well known physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits, Kundalini yoga allows space for practitioners to incorporate their own personal meaning within their own practice. Yogis often experience feeling energetically light, clear minded, and an increased connection to their higher selves!
How is Kundalini Different?
There are some key factors that differentiate Kundalini yoga with Hatha yoga (interchangeable with the word Yoga). Kundalini yoga focuses on the internal energy rather than placing more direct attention on specific alignments within poses. In a Kundalini class one can expect to tune in through a wide variety of mantras that originate from the Gurmukhi language, instead of Hatha yoga’s use of mostly Sanskrit mantras. While practicing, yogis tap into their breath of fire as another method to energize and activate the mother energy which lies within. Common sequences in Kundalini yoga may be different at times but quite challenging. Meditation is also heavily incorporated into the Kundalini practice as a means to cultivate the movement of primal energy throughout the energy centers. It’s ancient belief that by uncoiling the snake, we are able to connect directly with the divine.
Where to start?
Selva Armonia, our retreat center located in the harmonious jungle of Costa Rica, is hosting an Inner Light Awareness Yoga Retreat in November for those who are ready to explore Kundalini on a deeper level. Starting a journey into Kundalini yoga could unlock the key to incorporating deeper levels of healing into your practice and unimaginable depths of consciousness into your life. Those who are wishing to explore this yoga practice on an intimate level may also be able to seek a Kundalini teacher in their local area or connect with one through a yoga studio. Kundalini yoga can be practiced alongside other yoga practices and may even add more depth and awareness to traditional practices of choice. One may also want to highly consider a yoga retreat that contains Kundalini practice to fully live, breathe, and absorb this powerful, ancient practice.
Written by Sarah Blanks