Enjoying Transitions

My time in Nicaragua is coming to an end and I just can’t sleep tonight. Perhaps it is the music blasting in the streets but after four months I have learned to tune that out quite well! Life is always interesting during a period of transition. This will be my last week working with Pure and it makes me a little sad. It has been nice to share my knowledge with a group of personal trainers and instructors. When I leave clients behind as I move around they often “drop the ball” and don’t continue with the routine that has helped them so much. The ones that continue to train online are awesome with sticking to their routine but I often see a facebook photo months later of other clients that have gained all the weight back and it is sad and disappointing. Educating professionals means the message will carry on to more and more people which is really exciting, but I am enjoying it so much it makes me sad to go.

Next week is the Nicaragua Adventure & Yoga Retreat I am hosting which will be the perfect end to my time in Nicaragua. Hiking volcanoes, zip lining, horseback riding, and surfing before I head off for some quiet time at the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in the Bahamas for a couple months. It is this strange transition of happiness and excitement of what is to come, enjoying what is, and letting go of what is ending. A push and pull of different emotions and trying to enjoy all of them at the same time.

An interesting thing about transitions is that there is often a slight change in identity. Most life transitions take you from single to married, wife to mother, student to professional, and you have to grasp a whole new role in life. I am not really into the traditional roles in life but each contract I take tends to be completely different so I go from personal trainer to yoga instructor to boot camp instructor to volunteer to retreat leader. I enjoy it because I get to immerse myself in a new identity trying to learn more in each role that I fill in an effort to help those I am involved with. I think transition is always a period of personal growth but it is really important to not get self absorbed and think about the people you are leaving behind and the new ones you are about to embrace.

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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