Bruce in kayak.

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Brilliant CombinationJanuary 21st, 2010

I’ve returned from the Jan ’10 KaYoga trip a couple of days ago and still can’t stop thinking about it.

Combining kayaking and yoga is brilliant. The two practices build on each other philosophically, making the whole experience richer than the sum of its parts. And there is a more earthly benefit, too: Because of the yoga, I felt no pain or stiffness at all from the paddling.

Bruce is an extraordinarily knowledgeable and devoted instructor and guide. His deep love of the sea—and of the natural world in general—is infectious. And he is the most patient teacher I have ever met, answering the same questions over and over, never exhibiting even a hint of annoyance. He pays close attention to each individual and his/her needs, which made us all, regardless of our level of experience or ability, feel comfortable and relaxed on the water and on land from beginning to end. He’s also a terrific cook!

Lauri’s yoga instruction is warm and supportive. She also pays an extraordinary amount of attention to each individual, tailoring every pose to each person’s needs and abilities. But her caring doesn’t end when the yoga practice closes. She’s always watching, always caring, always supporting. Ahhh. “It’s all good,” she says. And it really is.

Logistically, every step of the trip was beautifully executed. All the connections were flawless, and every single person we dealt with was friendly, professional, and helpful.

In closing, I want to express my appreciation for your ability, Bruce, to convey a sense of place during the trip. On the plane home I sat with a couple who’d been on the Windstar when we were there. They had a nice enough time, I think, but they knew nothing of the places they’d been, not even the names. They did not recognize the word “Curú.” And when I asked about the highlights of their trip, they said vague things about seeing a lot of crocodiles in one place and monkeys in another. Sensing the superficiality of their experience made me realize and appreciate anew just how deep mine was. Muchas gracias, again.

I came home with a profound appreciation for the deep and outrageously positive experience I had. Muchas gracias to Frances, Bruce, Lauri, and todos mis amigos del mar.

-Sharon AvRutick, Pleasantville, NY, El Espiritu del Mar, 5-day Yoga and Kayaking in Costa Rica


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

 

 


Touch the earth and the seaMarch 27th, 2009

As mentioned in the previous entry, the yoga and kayaking expedition was a life changing experience.

The combination of yoga and paddling in a beautiful warm, natural environment allowed participants to focus on the important things in life… fellowship, personal health, spirituality and taking care of mother earth.

Yoga trip paddle

These experiences are essential ingredients for personal growth. It is important that we reflect on the lessons learned and incorporate these into our everyday lives….

Yoga dancers

Remember the glow of the candle, the brilliant stars, the sound of the surf, the dolphins, the pelicans and most importantly the overwhelming sense of peace.

Touch the earth and the sea.

Bruce

Water babies

Click on "Check out our videos" at the top of any page to see three special paddling moments captured by El Espiritu del Mar participant Gregory Kofsky. Thank you, Greg, for sharing.