The. Beauty. Of. Traveling.

Saying goodbye is always difficult when you leave the people you love behind. You know that there will be moments you desperately want your family or friends around you; for a hug, to share a moment with or just to laugh about something or to find comfort. The other side is when you open your heart, you meet new people and get to know other culture. They tell you about their country and show you the real life.

It is interesting to see that it won’t take long before you can become really good friends or even ‘family’ with someone. The moment you open your heart you will see that there is enough room in your heart or life for other people. You can share moments with them and within an hour, day or week you have new friends from all around the world.

More intense is the experience when you’re with 30 people in an beautiful but isolated resort in the jungle for a yoga training. Throughout the training you are fully aware of your body through the practice of yoga and meditation. Beside your body you also invest time in your mind and soul so it becomes also a mentally and spiritually journey. One of the first days we had to do an exercise in pairs of two; look each other in the eye and tell the other person who you really are and how you feel at that moment. It seems easy but telling your story and keep looking them in the eye is actually quiet difficult. By doing this we trusted each other and we made a connection. My baby girl Madison will always be in my heart!

To feel the energy of a whole group of people who take care of each other is amazing. Many times I felt connected to all of them, only by holding hands or chanting “Om” you feel the energy and good vibrations. We all have our own personality and that makes a group so vibrant and beautiful. During the super moon (full moon) we had an ceremony outside around a bonfire. All these lovely people are now family and we definitely meet again.

While writing this I am on my way to Cuba and next to me a friendly girl from Costa Rica. She turn out to practice yoga too and she’s on a holiday to Cuba to find her inner peace again. The people you meet have crossed your path and all of them are precious. I wonder what Cuba will bring me this time….

Path. To. Yoga. Teacher.

The last three weeks I have been living in my yoga bubble in a beautiful Eco-resort in Cahuita, Costa Rica.   It has been an amazing time where I met my yoga family of 26 other beautiful people. We shared a lot of good times and of course the emotional moments were there too.

Our schedule was very thight by starting our meditation and yoga practica at 7 and throughout the day we had classes in anatomy, philosophy and assisting. We had a chef cooking us three vegetarian meals a day, which was SO GOOD!

The spare time we used for exploring the villages nearby, the amazing beaches surrounded by rain forest and of course the green jungle! I’m going to miss all the lovely people, the powerful bonfire, the laughs, my roomies and so much more. It has been a life changing training and I am so glad I did it!

Thanks to everyone who has been supporting me during this journey. I feel your love and I am super grateful for that! Many times I thought about you during practice, meditation or in my spare time.

My next destination is waiting for me; two months CUBA! I happy to share that I applied for a two week job as a yoga teacher at a resort in Varadero… Fingers crossed as I can hear any moment if I have the job!

Sunny kisses!

 

The. Goddess. Garden.

Close your eyes…. Imagine to stand on a quiet rocky road far away from the nearest town with on each side the most beautiful flora you can think of. The road leads you into wilderness and the further you go, the more humid it gets. Your ears catching sounds of singing birds, happy frogs, excited grasshoppers and playing monkeys. You are surrounded by the biggest trees you’ve ever seen with lianas and wild orchids growing on it. Together with banana trees, plants with one meter width leaves these tall boys make it almost impossible to see the sky. You get more calm by the pure air and good vibrations around you. This magical place is called The Goddess Garden, a eco resort in the rainforest of Costa Rica. I am fortunate to follow my yoga teacher training here.

The days are long and intense and usually the hauling monkeys wake me up around 5 AM. I try to snooze a bit longer and an hour later I’m out of bed preparing myself for the morning yoga practice of 7 o’clock. I fill my belly with an amazing breakfast afterwards and make myself ready for the following class about yoga philosophy, meditation and postures. Three hours later it is already lunch time and after eating a little too much ~ but hey it is healthy vegetarian food ~ I cool off with a dip in the swimming pool or shower. Time to study more and prepare for the interesting but difficult lecture in the afternoon: anatomy. Our diner is served at a very Dutch time, 18.30 and again it is delicious. Studying is not over yet as we have a lot of homework to do which contains reading, writing and practicing…

What did I learn so far? Many new poses and techniques, how to help someone else getting into a pose, a little teaching and I know a lot of cool stuff about the human body. Did you know we have 206 bones?! Besides that I learn to listen even more to my own body. At this moment it need sleep.

I am lucky to be in such an inspiring place where there is place for growth…. Sleep well or good morning for the Dutchies!

NAMASTE.

Pura. Vida.

When you wake up at 3 am and it’s not because of your jetlag but of the haul monkeys in the nearby rain forrest it suddenly isn’t that bad. I sneaked out the room as my roommate Cassie was still asleep, and saw the beautiful green garden and hammocks. How could I be cranky waking up this time of hour when your at a location like this!

A few hours later I set foot on the trail of the National Park to discover the forrest by myself. This despite of the rastafaris at the entrance who loved to be my guide…too bad! Along the way I met Marcos, a local painter who stopped working because it was ‘muy calor’. He loves the parks flora & fauna and without asking he turns out to be my guide and showed me sloths, monkeys, birds, lots of antz, crabs and a snake. The scout inside me (for those who don’t know; yes that’s true) is intense happy.

This village is exactly what I needed; nature, slow pace, laidback culture, reggae music and friendly people. My Yoga Teacher Training starts today and I’m so ready for it. But before the meditation, anatomy class, yoga and the vegetarian diet begins…. I enjoy my cheat meal: a chocolate crêpe.

As the Costa Ricans say: PURA VIDA

His. Name. Was. Pablo.

As you could guess this is a story about a small Costa Rican guy. I met him on my first day in San Jose, after I left the hotel with a lovely breakfast in my tummy and after I was dropped off at the wrong bus station. I was told there were no buses today to Cahuita, the place I wanted to go to…. So my new best friend offered me to help out by dropping me off at another bus station so I could still go to Cahuita. That sounded good to me!

As we drove off he told me everything about the coffee and banana plantations, the organic farms and the youth jails we were passing. I was enchated by the beautiful nature of this country ~ we just left the capital city ~ with all the misty mountains and vulcanos. Suddenly I realized we were driving into the rain forrest! Of course I could think of tons of worse places to be, but wasn’t I on my way to the nearest bus station?

Rain forrest

Yes I was, obviously Gualipes was not in or near San Jose but it is a village on 67 km distance! This friendly amigo taught me a good lesson and reminded me not to agree on anything without knowing all the details…

Palm tree

After sitting in two buses for another 4 hours, around 5 pm I was finally in the tranquilo town of Cahuita where the people are laidback and friendly. The Hakuna Matata hostel helped me to have “no worries” not even after I got scammed for 80.000 Colones ~ that’s 160 euros!

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Follow. Your. Heart.

These three words changed my world…. By listening to my heart I decided to invest in myself in all kind of ways. Not knowing what to do exactly I quitted my job and kept my eyes wide open for every opportunity that crossed my path.

After a while it was clear to me I want to do more things that really makes me happy ~ average is not enough! Getting out my daily routine and open up for new, positive and fresh ideas, people and places. Traveling is the cure!

My journey starts in Costa Rica, I will do my Yoga Teacher Training in a beautiful retreat center surrounded by nature. Curious as I am will I step in the world of yoga, anatomy and meditation…

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