Nature is my teacher; “Travel brings power and love back into your life.” – Rumi
I lead my first yoga retreat in Costa Rica at the Costa Rica Spa in Nosara with my sister Dana Regan 3 weeks ago. What an amazing experience! Costa Rica is a magical place. I witnessed myself merging with nature at a high frequency. Oh Costa Rica you pushed me to my edge and I fell in love with you or rather you made fall back in love with my childlike curiosity while I was being embraced by your warmth…“Come Forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher”. ~ William Wordsworth
The first night I arrived you greeted me with all stars in the galaxy. I looked up to the night sky, planted my feet in the sand and said a prayer: “Help me to expand my Light so others won’t be afraid to allow their Light to shine forth. Help me to be an inspiration to all those I meet today. Amen” I knew that I have arrived to a sacred place. One of the days I was giving a private yoga session on the deck we experienced an earthquake and even though I felt the earth move under my feet I remained grounded, I actually felt even more connected to you. I really understood the gift of impermanence again, the rise and fall, ebb and flow. I was in awe while witnessing the monkeys swing from tree to tree it reminded me not hide my silly & playful side. I loved the sounds of the jungle! It moved my soul, it awakened the goddess in me that roars and it woke up parts of me that I have not connected with in a long time. Your breathtaking sunsets will be blazing in my heart forever. Magical moments in our sunset meditation, yoga with the most glorious amazing view. I learned how to surf for the first time in your ocean and I was scared shit but you literally swept me off my feet in your magnificence and I fell for you, I showed up like a warrior on the surf board riding your waves. Your delicious food nourished my body & mind.
Being immersed in nature with my mom, sisters, & our yoga students was truly joyful. I will forever be grateful to the people that joined us on this heart warming soul shaking adventure. Costa Rica thank you for leading me back home to the center of my heart. PURA VIDA!
Jenese Martinez is a mom, wife, lover of the arts and nature, and is a passionate Yoga teacher in Orange County, New York. She’s bringing yoga to Recovering Addicts to the Mid-Hudson Rehab clinic and is opening up her own studio ‘Lotus Yoga Loft’ in Pine Island, New York this May offering classes in Vinyasa, Restorative, Yin, and Hot yoga.