My 10 day adventure in Costa Rica left me a piece of lesson I will cherish for as long as I live. Each day was a grand adventure of exploring lands, jungle, unpaved roads, volcanoes and beaches. Some of those days, especially the first time spent driving on dirt road, were not too enjoyable. I kept thinking to myself, "gosh, this is just awful. We are never going to make it through this with our tiny car." But there was something about this one particular town at the end of this dirt road that captured my heart.
The town is called Nosara.
Nosara is a sleepy surfer town that magnifies the beauty of a free spirit. I immediately gravitated to the towns positive energy. Surfers and yoga instructors alike thrive in this town and there is a sense of community behind it. I remember being inside the car in the smoldering heat driving through dirt road anxiously searching for our hotel whispering to myself, "are we there yet?". And then, having this feeling of being completely excited for the new adventure I was going to embark. I can't remember the last time I was that excited!
As I explored Nosara's beauty, from beach bumming, massages to taking yoga classes once a day... I noticed that the yoga studios in this town did not contain any mirrors. I know, I know... why, right? How could you correct your alignment? I come from San Diego California and I am used to seeing mirrors because... its just the thing. But, I got this sense of the towns concept of releasing your ahamkara (ego). After the class, I felt less judgmental to people around me and to myself. It's just you and your mat in the jungle.
When I truly turned myself inward (pratyahara), my excitement in seeking new things gave me a new perspective. It placed a smile on my face even when no one was looking. It felt genuine. It was a breath of fresh air.
On my last day in Nosara, I was given the wonderful opportunity to teach yoga at this villa I was staying at. I was probably the happiest person on earth at that moment. I taught hatha mix with vinyasa flow to 3 lovely ladies and my bf. Nervous, but I managed to find that voice in me to still teach. After all, it was part of my voyage to also find my voice.
The day I left Nosara, I drove one last time on the dirt road and this time, it was different. Every minute I spent driving on that dirt road, I wished was longer. I drove slow because I was enjoying every minute of it. My eyes weren't searching anymore, they were saying goodbye and were feeling grateful to have learned so much about this town.
Marcel Proust once said, "the real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes."
My 10 day adventure in Costa Rica gave me new eyes that I wish to carry in all of my travels. New eyes for santosa (contentment). New eyes for pratyahara (turning yourself inward). New eyes for releasing your ahamkara (ego).