pura vida! the food and the yoga
I couldn’t have asked for anything better foodwise. I fell in love with every meal I ate, and practically licked my plate clean after each meal. Vida Asana strives on using local food. Most of the ingredients came from their own garden. Fresh food, mostly vegetarian, and so many amazing flavors. No lie, I was obsessed with everything I ate.
Breakfast every morning was served at 7AM. Fresh fruit including pinapple, bananas, papaya, and watermelon were options every morning. Toast, eggs, and my favorite of all, gallo pinto was also served. Gallo Pinto is Costa Rica’s signature dish. Rice and beans, but so much more than that. The flavor was incredible, and I didn’t go a day without it.
Fresh fish caught that morning, curried cauliflower and broccoli, salads at every meal, the most amazing garlic bread, and barley.
This was the first time i’ve eaten barley as a side dish. I’ve only ever had it sometimes in soups. I LOVE it. I’m going to the grocery store today to buy some, I enjoyed how it was a little crunchy and had some bite to it. An amazing grain.
Barley cakes from the leftover barley, brown rice, these sesame crunchy things, meatless meatballs, salad
FLAN! i pretty much just ate the dulce de leche on top. Their caramel is out of this world.
Couscous with veggies, salad, more delicious garlic bread, and some vegetable soup that was to die for.
Sauteed green papaya, roasted garlic potatoes, yucca cakes, grilled PLANTAINS (HEAVEN) cabbage salad, brown rice
Their type of pad thai, tofu skewers
tacos! Everything was so fresh and delicious. The pico de gallo I could have eaten by the tubfull.
barleyyy, cheesy potatoes, veggies, garlic bread, grilled plantains with cheese!
Pasta night. marinara, and pesto pasta and ceviche. Couldn’t get fresher than fish caught that day.
Not once after eating any of this food did my stomach hurt. Eating whole foods, fresh foods, and local foods was an amazing addition to this trip. Each meal lasted me through the day to the next without feeling like I was starving. I also bought a half gallon of coconut water at the store for $3 which was perfect for keeping me hydrated through all of our activities.
Now onto the yoga….
Yoga was twice a day usually, 10 AM and 6PM. The class was either taught my Camille or Heather. I’d never been to one of Heather’s classes before, but Camille told me they had similar styles…. which meant that it was going to be an intense week.
I would definitely have to say I was probably one of the least experienced yogis there. I haven’t been doing yoga for that long, but I felt like thats what made it even more special to me. It showed me a whole level of yoga that i’ve never known before. It showed me how practicing could make me feel amazing, powerful, and strong. I tried postures i’ve never even considered trying before. Falling is the worst that can happen, so when you do, you just pick yourself up and try it again. I learned how to go from crow into a headstand, that was a huge accomplishment for me. There were times when I literally thought my body could do no more, and I wouldn’t be able to have a successful class, but somehow… my body adjusted and I got through the 90 minutes of class and felt better than when I started. After 6 days in Costa Rica my body now craves yoga. I want to go through the postures, I want to develop my practice, it just makes me feel good. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. I grew as a person while I was there. I learned that I can be thrown into a new situation, with new faces, and I can thrive. I can make new friends, new relationships, and in turn it helps me strengthen the ones I already have. I couldn’t recommend enough that you do something like this for yourself at least once in your life. You deserve it, you deserve to be selfish and do something for you and you alone.
Thank you Camille and Heather for leading me on the trip of a lifetime ❤