A Costa Rica Retreat Yoga experience

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Yoga meaning:

The word “Yoga” comes from Sanskrit and has its origin in the word “yuj” which means “union, connect, relate.”

If we apply this meaning to its practice and philosophy, it could be said that its goal is to develop and strengthen the union between the human being, the universe, and the divine.


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Costa Rica Retreat Yoga experience is more than just a physical practice. Learn about the spiritual and mental benefits of this powerful practice.


Yoga originated in India over 5000 years B.C. and involves a philosophy of life and practice, whose ultimate goal is to achieve a state of consciousness (samadhi) that unites the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the body with the whole (universe).  

Yoga is:

  • A discipline originating from India.
  • One of the 6 doctrines (dárshanas) of Hinduism.
  • A way to connect mind, body, and spirit with the universe.
  • A method that allows calming the mind, toning the body, gaining flexibility, and finding inner peace.
  • A philosophy to find balance of mind, body, and spirit through various techniques: asanas, breathing, mantras, and mudras.
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The roots of Yoga:

The first texts that mention Yoga date back over 2000 years B.C. The Rigveda is one of the oldest collections of sacred texts found in Hinduism.

It is difficult to specify its exact origin since these teachings were originally transmitted orally and later recorded on paper. The texts poetically discuss many aspects such as cosmology, rituals, how to pray to the gods, philosophical speculations, the origin of the universe, and the nature of the divine.

We can find Yoga in other texts written later, such as the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, and Patanjali’s Yoga Sutra. It is in the latter where we can glimpse the 8 limbs of Yoga as we know them today: 1. Yama – attitudes towards our environment, 2. Niyama – positive duties, 3. Asana – posture, 4. Pranayama – breathing techniques, 5. Pratyahara – turning the senses inward, 6. Dharana – focused attention, 7. Dhyana – meditation perfected, 8. Samadhi – bliss/enlightenment.

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“We all wish for world peace, but world peace will never be achieved unless we first establish peace within our own minds”

Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

Yoga as we know it today:

While we can find a brief description of asanas (postures) as one of the 8 limbs of yoga in the previously mentioned texts, it wasn’t until the 15th century CE and the emergence of the Hathapradipika and the Gheranda Samhita in the 18th century CE that these postures were described and instructions were given on how to practice them and their health benefits.


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Today, Yoga postures are practiced by millions of people around the world. They can be found in yoga studios, gyms, community halls, festivals, and many other places.


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.The introduction of Yoga to the West, specifically in Europe and America, underwent explosive development. Demystification and accessibility led this discipline to transition from the ascetic world to Western culture and modernity, allowing individuals to develop a practice while continuing with their modern lives.

As we can see from the above, yoga has evolved and will continue to evolve in relation to the times and culture in which it is practiced.



There are different styles of yoga, each with a particular focus. Among the fundamental styles, we can mention Raja yoga, Gñana yoga, and Karma yoga.

We can also find other denominations of yoga considered non-fundamental. Some of them derive from the three styles presented above.

Among them, we identify the following styles: Hatha yoga (the most widely practiced style of yoga in the world, centered on asanas and the physical aspect), Bhakti yoga, Ashtanga vinyasa yoga, Kriya yoga, Kundalini yoga and Yoga Nidra.

Today, numerous styles of yoga have emerged, many of which are modern adaptations or combinations of other disciplines. Throughout this century, yoga has gained significant popularity and will continue to expand, evolve, and discover new ways of expression and forms of practice.

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What is Kundalini Yoga?

Kundalini Yoga is a form of yoga that focuses on the spiritual and mental aspects of the practice, in addition to the physical postures. It is often referred to as the “yoga of awareness” because it aims to awaken the dormant energy at the base of the spine, known as the Kundalini energy.

This energy is believed to be the source of our life force and can be harnessed through the practice of Kundalini Yoga.

The practice involves a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, meditation, and chanting, all designed to awaken and activate the Kundalini energy.

It is a holistic approach to yoga that aims to balance the chakras, or energy centers, in the body. The physical postures, or asanas, are designed to stimulate the nervous system and increase flexibility, while the breathing exercises, or pranayama, help to calm the mind and increase oxygen flow to the body. Meditation and chanting are also important components of Kundalini Yoga, as they help to focus the mind and connect with the divine.


The physical postures in Kundalini Yoga are often repetitive and involve holding poses for longer periods of time than in other styles of yoga. This helps to build strength and endurance, as well as increase flexibility. The breathing exercises are also unique to Kundalini Yoga, and are designed to help regulate the flow of energy through the body. During a Costa Rica Retreat Yoga at our center, participants find inner serenity while surrounded by the stunning natural beauty of the forest.

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“Just as the body cannot exist without blood, the soul needs the unparalleled and pure strength of faith”

Mahatma Gandhi

The Benefits of Kundalini Yoga

Kundalini Yoga is a powerful practice that offers numerous benefits for both the mind and body. Physically, the practice can improve flexibility, strength, and balance, while also boosting the immune system. Mentally, Kundalini Yoga can help reduce stress and anxiety, improve cognitive function, and promote overall mental health. Additionally, the chanting and meditation involved in the practice can help calm the mind and promote a sense of inner peace and well-being. Overall, Kundalini Yoga offers a holistic approach to health and wellness, addressing both the physical and mental aspects of our being.

One of the key benefits of Kundalini Yoga is its ability to reduce stress and anxiety. The practice involves a combination of physical postures, breathing exercises, and meditation, all of which work together to calm the nervous system and promote relaxation. This can be especially helpful for those who suffer from chronic stress or anxiety disorders. Additionally, Kundalini Yoga can improve cognitive function, including memory and concentration, which can be beneficial for individuals of all ages.

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The practice also promotes overall mental health, helping to alleviate symptoms of depression and other mood disorders. Physically, Kundalini Yoga can improve flexibility, strength, and balance, while also boosting the immune system.

The practice is suitable for individuals of all fitness levels and can be adapted to meet the needs of each individual practitioner. Overall, Kundalini Yoga offers a powerful tool for promoting health and wellness, both physically and mentally.

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