Yoga in Costa Rica top tips to align your body during class

first_imgRelated posts:Inside a Costa Rican microbrewery – at the beach Planet-friendly fusion cuisine: a meal at Cala Luna How the Tamarindo Labyrinth was created The growth of the Tamarindo Diria Hotel Every year, people from around the world come to Costa Rica to practice yoga – whether they are experienced, erstwhile or brand-new practitioners. From beachfront to cityscape, Kundalini to Ashtanga, there is something for everyone. In many towns around the country, it’s easy to find a new technique or approach to yoga if you’re interested in trying something different.In that spirit, we headed to our first-ever Hatha yoga class, held at Ser Om Shanti in Tamarindo, Guanacaste. The small studio is owned by Mariel Andrea Marmorato, a certified yoga instructor with a master’s degree in therapeutic yoga who is also a math teacher. Marmorato, who hails from Argentina, focuses on personalizing her teaching to each student as she guides them throughout the class.We chose Hatha yoga because of its slow pace and emphasis on positioning the body correctly before doing more intense movements. Hatha yoga focuses on various postures that seek to align and adjust the body.Interested? Here are five basic steps for success in a Hatha yoga session that we gleaned from Marmorato’s class. Disclaimer: these tips are our interpretation based on our participation in the class; for direct guidance from yoga experts, turn to a certified teacher near you!Sit on a block with your spine very straightTo start the class, sit down with a nice, straight spine to align your back from the very beginning of the class. This also helps warm up your muscles to continue adjusting yourself for the rest of the class.Breathe in through your nose and breath out deeply through your mouthBe conscious of your breathing… breathing helps you to calm your mind. Regular, steady breathing helps keep your body well oxygenated so you can hold more difficult postures.When going downards, remember to move your feet up and downIf your legs are tight after various intense movements, while doing downward dog pose, move your feet up and down as if climbing small steps. This will keep your muscles active and prepare you for the next posture you’ll be doing.Place your hands  shoulders width apart when doing a posture in which the weight is on your hands and armsThis may sound simple, but always remember to align your hands and shoulders to avoid any injuries to your wrists. This will also help you to maintain your balance and strengthen your arms.When leaning down to reach your toes, don’t force your backAt all times when doing yoga, be sure to stop at the point where your body still feels comfortable. This applies when you’re asked to touch your toes: If you push too hard, you may hurt your back. Reach to your maximum potential, where your body is still aligning itself in a natural way.Ser Om Shanti donated a Hatha yoga lesson to The Tico Times for the purposes of this story. Ser Om Shanti has certified instructors and provides its students with personalized attention. The studio offers various classes such as power Vinyasa, gentle Hatha, Vinyasa flow, restorative yoga, and Pilates. For more information visit their website or their Facebook page. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Regional airline Air Southwest has celebrated the

first_imgRegional airline Air Southwest has celebrated the launch of flights to Plymouth and Newquay from London City Airport.The twice-daily service began yesterday (April 20th), with people in the capital now having the chance to arrive in the far south-west in little more than one hour.Peter Davies, Air Southwest’s managing director, said that the carrier is “revolutionising” air travel between London and the south-west and giving passengers “a real choice”.”These flights fit the busy working lives of our business customers and are ideal for London City passengers looking to visit friends and family or make the most of a short break in Cornwall and Devon without the high costs of the eurozone,” he commented.The airline revealed that 5,000 seats have been sold for the flights, with tickets costing from £29.Operating twice-daily on weekdays, the route will also run once a day on Sundays.VLM airlines will launch new flights to Nantes from the Docklands airport on April 27th. ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedAir Southwest to launch new flight to Newquay from London CityAir Southwest will introduce a new twice-daily flight to Plymouth and Newquay from London City Airport on April 20th.Air Southwest introduces first stage of new development planRegional airline Air Southwest is launching a new development plan as it continues to grow from its base at Plymouth City Airport.Air Southwest flights to London City proving a successIncreasing numbers of business passengers are using Air Southwest’s route to London City Airport from Newquay and Plymouthlast_img read more