What is a Blue zone and why does it matter?
The Costa Rica Yoga Spa finds itself in the heart of the Nicoya peninsula, one of the world’s 5 known “Blue Zones.” The term Blue Zone was coined around 2007 and refers to areas of the world where people live the longest, and healthiest lives.
Nicoya, Costa Rica, along with regions in Japan, Greece, and Italy stand out. Of course we wanted to find out what makes these places so special, that people live longer and have less diseases.
What is it about the Pura Vida lifestyle that contributes to living happy, healthy, and long lives? Well, we’re no scientists, but we have a few guesses:
1-It’s in the water. The water in Nicoya is hard water, which means it has a high amount of calcium. This can mean your soap lathers less well, but after some time, it contributes to bone strength. Not to mention living in proximity to the beach, where salt water is cleansing of both the body and spirit.
2-The sunshine. Vitamin D is also known as a happy vitamin. Those of us who have known long winters in dark climates understand first-hand how much a deficiency of this important nutrient can affect us. One can understand that day to day happiness and sunshine contributes to less stress, and promotes health.
3- Work. Most Nicoyans work physically, and enjoy that work. Keeping a body moving seems to be the best way to keep it working long term.
4-Connections to family, friends, and spirituality. Most Nicoyans are very close to their family, cousins and grandparents, and harbor lifelong friendships. They see each other daily, and this seems to contribute to overall, long term happiness. Having great neighbours makes all the difference, so it’s easy to see why having people you love around you makes a big difference in your quality of life.
5-No Stress. This is purely anecdotal, but in my experience ticos don’t stress much. For myself, who comes from a big city, big busy, big stress lifestyle the pura vida nature of accepting situations as they are, and moving forward with solutions is a great lesson for me. No point in stressing over what can’t be changed.
Get a taste of the pura vida lifestyle and see how it contributes to your health and happiness even in a short time by joining us for one of our awesome retreats!!
Last week a massive storm rocked the entire country, and swallowed Nosara almost whole! Hurricane Nate, The rains flooded several areas of downtown Nosara, and the communities of Santa Marta and Ostional were inaccessible. Power was lost for a few days, and more than 200 people had to be relocated, helped out of their homes with kayaks and large vehicles. Shelters were coordinated by the local emergency committee, and people opened up their homes and their hearts to those affected by the situation.
This was a tragedy of epic proportions, and as is so often the case, those who have the least are affected most by these 'acts of nature'. Fortunately relief workers and volunteers all over the country were able to work quickly and minimize tragedies. Many people are slowly working on recovering from the storm.
Amidst this tragedy the shining light has been the strength of our community. Immediately people communicated via Facebook and email to mobilize and offer their assistance. Groups formed quickly and aid was brought to people who had lost their homes and their belongings, as well as a group to aid misplaced pets.
As of Monday night, more than 500 families have been supported. Those wishing to donate can drop off items at the ADIN office, located next to the Kitson Library. The food, clothing and household items are still needed.
Thank you to all who have donated!
Moving towards the holiday season, donations are being collected for Christmas gifts for the affected families, as well as requests for any visitors to bring with them toys, clothes, or other items that would make nice gifts.
Please contact us so we may put you in touch with the appropriate people to support the relief effort in Nosara!