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Returning rhythmsApril 26th, 2009

Today’s guest blogger is Sandra Jayne Taylor, who participated in the recent yoga and paddling trip: El Espiritu del Mar. The trip will run again January 9-17 and May 14-22 of 2010.

SandyEstuarySANDY PADDLING QUIETLY IN CURU WILDLIFE REFUGE’S MANGROVE ESTUARY.

On my recent trip to Costa Rica, camping on Playa Quesera, paddling in Curu Reserve on El Espiritu del Mar, I felt the comforting, soothing rhythms of my life return. 

 

In the last year, grief and stress were the rhythms I lived.  

 

But nothing could prevent me from feeling all the glorious natural rhythms of Costa Rica:

 

The crash of the tide riding to the shore.

 

The dramatic red fall of the sunset to immediate nightfall.

 

The noisy stealth of the gazillion hermit crabs whose precise footprints in the morning sand looked like a miniature Los Angeles freeway system.

 

Never-ending waves originating in the graceful Pacific swells.

 

The warm peach color of sunrise that blushed the surrounding cliffs of our gorgeous beach.

 

The breaths that came fast and excited as another view gave me such beauty.

 

The breaths that came deep and full while lying in the yoga pose of relaxation on warm sand.

 

The quiet stir of the kayak paddle, its rhythm that gained strength and efficiency and also, to my amazement, gained a rhythm similar to those of the other beach nuts of my great group.

 

BeachNutsSANDY SET UP HER TRIPOD TO PHOTOGRAPH HER GROUP AT EVERY MEAL ON THE TRIP. LEFT TO RIGHT, SHOWN HERE ARE WENDY, LAURI, BRUCE, GREG, FRANCES AND SANDY.

 

All of these and more wonderful rhythms gently returned to me my own way of being, my own rhythm, the wave that begins and ends on its own but constantly connects with the world.   

 

My photo of the brown pelicans gliding on the warm air currents at sunrise is my own reminder to be always present to the rhythms, of the grace and beauty and strength in all rhythms.

 

Thank you so much Bruce and Lauri with a heart full.

 

Sandy

 

PelicanPathPELICAN PATH BY SANDRA JAYNE TAYLOR

 

 


Union of earth, sea, sky and spiritApril 19th, 2009

Today’s blog comes from Laurice D. Nemetz, MA, ADTR, E-RYT, LCAT, who works as a yoga teacher and dance/movement therapist throughout Westchester County in New York. Lauri was the instructor on our recent El Espiritu del Mar, Seacape’s pilot yoga and paddling trip. We are planning future yoga and sea kayaking trips with her in both Canada (July) and Costa Rica (next January and May).

Palm practiceLAURI LEADS HER STUDENTS ON THE COSTA RICA PADDLING TRIP IN GENTLE PRACTICE UNDER THE PALM TREES AFTER KAYAKING.

 

Since returning to the states from Costa Rica, I’ve experienced hail in New York, hugged my boys countless times, have seen many, many students, worked in several therapeutic settings and led my college class of movement and anatomy students through the BODIES exhibit in NYC. 

 

As your guest blogger, I wanted to share a few of my reflections on the trip from the yogic perspective. Like Bruce, I never take for granted the work we get to do, or where we get to share that. As a yoga teacher just outside of the big city of New York, I am near lovely trees and the deep blue Hudson River, but I also spend quite a bit of time in the city itself, both teaching and taking classes. I have enjoyed many an inversion in the studios of New York, but I also enjoyed the experience of my own practice on the sandy shores of Costa Rica, looking at the ocean and sky together reversed.  

 

TEACHING YOGAAFTER A LONG PADDLE, LAURI GUIDES THE GROUP IN EXERCISES THAT WORK OPPOSING MUSCLES FROM THOSE USED IN KAYAKING.

 

When I teach yoga, I consider myself a guide. I share my knowledge and can point towards a path, but ultimately the work is self-initiated. Each person on this trip made such lovely positive changes and I believe that those changes ripple into all life. It is my privilege to teach yoga and share its wonderful gifts. The environment of Costa Rica allowed for this process to be quite deep and meaningful.

 

Kayaking is about connection as well. Whenever I am on the water I gain a sense of how small we are, but also how connected we are to everything else. That is the essence of yoga practice – the idea of union, of linking one thing to another. What we do to any other creature and to the environment matters deeply. When someone leaves a piece of trash, it may not seem like a large amount in the grand scheme of things, but that garbage can multiply and turn a beautiful beach into something else. However, I’m an optimist by nature, and I feel that while life isn’t always easy, our own ease can create something beautiful in an ocean far away.

 

HeadstandLAURI ENGAGING IN HER PRIVATE YOGA PRACTICE ON PLAYA QUESERA IN CURU WILDLIFE REFUGE, BASECAMP FOR THE PADDLING TRIP.

 

The Costa Rican days were full of brilliant sunshine, wildlife and colors, but I also enjoyed the Costa Rican nights. I loved watching the stars, so bright and beautiful, and the last morning of our camping, I woke up watching the stars before greeting the day with an extra early morning yoga practice. 

 

As many of you know, the constellation Orion, known as the Huntsman, is easy to spot in the evening sky, whether in New York, or far south in Costa Rica. For years, I carried a favorite poem about the constellation with me, a small part which l give to you here: 

 

The choice is always ours. Then, let me choose

The longest art, the hard Promethean way

Cherishingly to tend and feed and fan

That inward fire, whose small precarious flame,

Kindled or quenched, creates

The noble or the ignoble men we are,

The worlds we live in and the very fates,

Our bright or muddy star.

Up from among the emblems of the wind

Into its heart of power,

The Huntsman climbs, and all his living stars

Are bright, and all are mine.

From "Orion"

by Aldous Huxley, 1931

 

 

Shanti (Peace),

Lauri

 

 

 


Inuksuit in Costa RicaApril 16th, 2009

The inukshuk (plural inuksuit) has long been used by Inuit peoples to guide hunters and travelers safely through barren landscape. These stone landmarks, usually in human form, suggest a spiritual nature, and perhaps even signify how our very existence requires a strong, solid connection to the earth.

InuksuitINUKSUIT MAY HAVE BEEN USED FOR NAVIGATION OR A MARKER FOR HUNTING GROUNDS OR A FOOD CACHE.

 

Rosi Jory, an eclectic artist from Canada, created three Inuksuit in the center of our base camp on Playa Quesera. The figures seemed to all look carefully out to sea. At first glance, the inuksuit seemed out of place situated beneath a coconut palm. However, on further reflection, their significance became appropriate.

 

David and Rosi had engaged a Canadian based company to guide them safely through various experiences in Costa Rica. Following our brief stay at Bella Vista mountain retreat in Turrialba, we traveled by ferry to the Nicoya Peninsula, where the paddling would begin. On the ferry, Rosi enthusiastically practiced her Spanish with local women who were traveling to Montezuma to visit with family during Easter week or Semana Santa. She carried with her a laminated cross-language chart that helped to facilitate conversations between non-Spanish and non-English speakers. 

 

Ferry GalsROSI JORY SHARES A MOMENT OF LAUGHTER WITH A LOCAL WOMAN ON THE FERRY FROM PUNTARENAS TO PAQUERA.

 

The weather was absolutely perfect for the five-day paddling experience. Calm conditions prevailed and allowed us to explore the Tortuga Islands, Bahia Organos and the passageway to Isla Negritos. The wind freshened on day four so we decided to switch our paddles for hiking boots and ventured into the tropical dry forest to observe wildlife. We were rewarded with sightings of numerous birds: Trogons, Motmots and a Laughing Falcon. Howler Monkeys also appeared trailside.

 

WernerWORLD TRAVELERS, THE JORYS ARE OPEN TO ANY NEW EXPERIENCE THAT INVOLVES PADDLING.

 

Following our paddling and hiking excursions we always returned to our home and base camp on Playa Quesera. It is fitting that Rosi placed the Inuksuit in the center of the campsite. We were greeted by the quiet sentinels each time we arrived.

 

Safe passage is granted if we are patient and we listen carefully to Mother Earth. We must also follow her moods very carefully.

 

Pura vida,

Bruce