The Practice of “A Little”

Small Steps I was taught that it is better to have a practice of many little things than no practice at all. I find this concept is the key to success. We have a tendency to think we need to take massive steps in order to succeed but because the steps are so huge we don’t take them at all and stand still frozen in the same patterns. We think we need to spend at least an hour at the gym and when we can’t fit that time block into our busy schedule then we don’t go at all instead of doing a 4-minute session of tabata training right at home. We try to find a yoga class that will work in our schedule and when life interferes we don’t go at all instead of taking the time to do five rounds of sun salutations at home.  We think we need a massive overhaul in our diet when replacing juices and sodas with water is actually a huge improvement. The secret to success lies in your daily routine. Find a way to take small steps forward each day. Create your own practice of “a little”.

 

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Nicaragua Yoga and Adventure Retreats!

I am so excited for these upcoming retreats in Nicaragua. This is such a fun way to make new friends, have access to a wellness expert to help answer all your questions from fitness to food to health, and travel without all the hassle of arranging tours. All you have to do is show up and enjoy!

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Dates: February 8-14th, 2015 OR February 19th-25th, 2015
Location: Granada, Nicaragua
Accommodations: Casa Lucia Granada
Double Occupancy $999 (Shared Bed)
Single Occupancy $1299 (Private Room)

Price includes accommodations, yoga classes, workshops, surf lessons, excursions, fresh prepared breakfast, and a daily superfood smoothie. Price does not included airfare, transportation to and from the airport in Managua, lunches or dinners.

Join us in Granada at the Casa Lucia boutique hotel for a week of wellness and adventure! Begin each morning with a yoga class on the open air pool side yoga platform. Take part in workshops to discover and enjoy the benefits of vegetarian, vegan and raw foods. Several excursions are booked for the week to provide you with unique and memorable experiences you will never forget! There will also be some scheduled down time for you to relax pool side or explore the city and sites of Granada.

Day One: Arrival day. Fly into Managua and enjoy the drive into Granada. Let us know if you need help arranging transportation from the airport. Get settled into your room, enjoy the pool and an evening yoga class to help you adapt into the slow and relaxing pace of Nicaragua.

 Day Two:  Mambacho Volcano and Canopy Tour! First we will drive up the volcano till we reach the top and the dense cloud forest. We will make a small hike exploring the ancient craters, learning about the flora and its fauna. After a visit to the Biological Center we drive down till we reach the coffee plantations and the ecosystem changes into Dry Tropical Forest. This is the spot where we will glide through the tree tops, from platform to platform! A total of 11 steel cables -3 hanging bridges- 17 platforms, forming together more than 2 kilometers in distance is a guarantee for lots of adrenaline and fun! The equipment and structures used in this tour are the best in the market and completely safe. Their professional tour guides will assist you on how to properly use the equipment, and provide safety guidelines and techniques on how to pass safely from one platform to the other.

Day Three: Enjoy a drive to Nicaragua’s Emerald Coast for an hour surf lesson and a hike up Giant’s Foot Mountain for one of the most beautiful views in the country.

Day Four: Kayak the Isletas. Lake Nicaragua has 365 Isletas. Kayaking is a unique way to explore them and be surrounded by the unique natural beauty and animals. This tour is over four hours where you will see monkeys, birds, an old fortress, sinking hydrofoils and more.

Day Five: Coffee & Cacao Farm Tour by Horseback: Feel the fresh breeze of the biggest fresh water lake of Central America; be amazed with the majestic view of Mombacho Volcano and the Islands of Granada; enjoy great bird watching; explore the tropical forest and organic plantations of plantain, cacao and coffee via horseback; experience the different stages of production and processing of cacao beans; refresh yourself in a natural fresh water pool; benefit from the therapeutic effects of natural thermal waters; and enjoy the mangrove swamps with all their rich flora and fauna!

Day Six: Laguna de Apoyo is only 20 minutes outside the city. The lagoon is a little cooler than the city but the water is nice and warm and creates the perfect beach day. There are kayaks and paddle boards you can take out to explore and a full bar, restaurant and wi-fi.  The crater of Apoyo was formed approximately 23,000 years ago, after a strong volcanic explosion which left a hole measuring six kilometers in diameter. Time went by and subterranean waters and rain filled the crater and the slopes became covered by vegetation. Today this crater is considered to be a sleeping volcano, in repose, with certain volcanic activity still present through a few hot springs in its interior.

Day Seven: Departure day. Finish off with a final yoga class and spend the day as you please! Many people like to stay a little longer so let us know in advance if you would like to reserve your room for more than six nights.

To book visit http://www.radhahilery.com/#!retreats/c1q0o

The Teacher Has Become The Student

I think I could write a book about the interesting yoga classes I have taught while I have been in Nicaragua the past six weeks. I can’t imagine the stories I will have by the end of six months! It has been awhile since I have taught yoga on a daily basis so I am really observing and learning a lot as I teach. I think a benefit of being at a hotel is a large population of our guests are fairly new to yoga so I get to observe the beginner’s mind and body. I am seeing that often times yoga is not completely appropriate for everyone’s body. Our posture has gotten so bad that it is impossible for many people to do the basic sun salutations. I have made it my mission to create a new method to take these postural factors into consideration when teaching yoga. I am still in the beginning stages but it is creating an interesting experience as I observe students in class. I am diving deep into my research most days and am excited to feel like a student again. I suppose I was lucky that my mom always nagged me for slouching! I don’t quite understand why people don’t understand how important posture is but I hope I can help be the change 🙂