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It’s a beautiful day here in San Juanillo, Costa Rica. I’m relaxing, reading, swimming in the pool and hanging out with my three dogs.

We’re two weeks into our opening season at Hacienda del Sol and as some of you may know we just finished massively renovating both our bungalows and our colema stations (which we are now calling our detox clinic). By renovations…

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Balancing the Body, Steadying the Scale

  The human body is a wonderfully precise machine that constantly seeks a state of equilibrium or homeostasis. In fact, the body’s need for balance is so great that rather than falling apart, it will bend itself backwards, and even accommodate abuse in order to survive. The greatest threat to this state of equilibrium is toxic input via disastrous dietary choices, an erratic lifestyle, chronic stress, constant stimulation of the senses and emotional trauma. And these are just a few of the things that we subject our bodies to daily and still expect to stay in good health. Contrary to popular beliefs, crash or fad diets, pill popping, calorie counting, and rigorous aerobic exercise are not required to keep body weight in check and systems ticking along like clockwork.An overweight or obese body is a body in distress. But the human body is resilient, and it is possible to reverse the processes that led to this state and re-balance the body’s biochemistry to achieve its normal, comfortable, and optimal weight.

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Kundalini Inspiration

One of the newest retreats we have on offer here at Hacienda Del Sol is the “Kundalini Retreat” with Ang Howell.  Not only does Ang facilitate this retreat on the calendar, she is also one of Hacienda’s resident yoga  teachers, and she can often be found leading our daily 7:30am practice in Buddha hall. Ang utilizes an abundance of material to inspire her students and encourage creativity, openness, and peace.  Consider this blog post your reference library for all things Kundalini class!  Here, a list of Ms. Howell’s fave books, music, and all around awesome goodies:   Books: All written by Yogi Bhajan : Physical Wisdom Infinity and Me Self Knowledge Self Experience Reaching Me in Me Kundalini Yoga for Youth and Joy Owners Manual for the Human Body Fountain of Youth Books from Gurmukh : Bountiful, Beautiful, Bliss 8 Human Talents Books from Oriah Mountain Dreamer: The Invitation The Dance The Call Music: David Newman Tina Malia Avicii Bhagavan Das Matisyahu Snatam Kaur Trever Hall Colin Hay M.C. Yogi Playing for Change Girish Steve Gold Donavon Frankenreiter Krishna Das Ingrid Michaelson Charlie Winston Eva Cassidy Moby Ben Howard Feist Fleetwood Mac Xavier Rudd The Lumineers Omkara Kundalini Mantras:  SAT […]

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Cultivate Compassion

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.”    – Dalai Lama As the Dalai Lama says, compassion creates happy.  There are few simpler ways to grow the heart than by taking a few moments to re-direct confused energy in a positive way.  The below is a simple exercise that you can do anytime that you are not feeling the most compassionate, that is sure to develop more warmth in your heart and spring in your step.

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2014: MAP your way to Wellness: 14 ways!

14 Tips from Hacienda’s Raw Food Instructor & Yoga Teacher, Meg Pearson Well, here we are already, kicking off week two of 2014!  Have you been keeping up with the promises you made yourself when the clock struck midnight on the first of the month? The start of a new year has long been known as the time to resolute change; a chance to once again recommit to improving health, reaching goals, and sometimes drastically altering our ways of living in order to achieve those things.

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