Mind|Body|Fitness Yoga Retreat – Ready. Set. TRANSFORM!


“The journey between what you once were and who you are now becoming is where the dance of life really takes place.” ~ Barbara Deangelis Andrea Dyer and her band of merry yogis dove right into their Annual Costa Rica Experience yoga retreat! From crossing items off bucket lists to sunrise yoga and full moons,

Mindful Travel: The Journey of Awakening


For many of us, international travel has become a homogenized, sterile experience and, for the host country, a consumptive, offensive one. We need a new model for travel — a model that allows for discovery and mutual interaction with others at a heartful level. This new model of travel could be called, “Mindful Travel.” Mindful

Luna’s Kitchen: Super Easy Dahl


True Nature Education co-founder “Luna” Kristin Ray balances her days between being a full-time mom, wife, musician and whipping up yummy and amazing recipes in her kitchen to keep her family healthy, clean and green.   Her super easy (and very yummy) dahl recipe is one you might find yourself choosing to make a staple

Making Every Moment Count


It’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle of life, the speed of the Facebook feed, the limited hours in the day and the dreams and opportunities that we sometimes feel are passing us by.  The amount of energy that we spend “thinking about being caught up” is staggering when you actually take

Six Ways to Make Your Yoga Retreat Unforgettable


Leading your own yoga retreat is a dream just about every yoga teacher has had at one time or another in their “yoga career.”  If you live in the virtual world of yoga, its difficult not to find dozens of images crossing your computer screen each day of breathtaking beaches and stunning landscapes dotted with

Peace in Myself, Peace in the World – A Meditation on Mindfulness


Finding presence in every moment is a lifelong journey.  It is one that we hope to foster and encourage in all of our actions but in that fostering, we must also be prepared to notice with compassion the the moments where we are distracted or the times when we  struggle against obstacles or uncomfortable feelings

On Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica with MBFYoga: Go to the Edge


On yoga retreat in Costa Rica Andrea Dyer of mind|body|fitness|yoga is blogging “from the road.” The group moves from Santa Teresa on the beach at Hotel Tropico Latino, to the rainforest surrounding Finca Luna Nueva Lodge today: Blue skies, sunshine and palm trees – Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, has invited us out to play. Everyone is here for

The Sound of Silence


In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in an clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth. ~Mahatma Gandhi   True Nature Retreat Leader, Jessica Caplan is taking her students on a retreat for the soul this

The True Nature of Yoga – What is the Meaning of Yoga?


  Yoga.  The word alone conjures up all sorts of meanings and images.  I bet you are thinking of someone doing a crazy yoga asana or pose right now, like standing on their hands or putting their legs behind their head.  Yes, this is yoga, too, but in fact, the real reason humans have been

Memories of Asheville Community Yoga Trip to Costa Rica


Always slow breath of the Pacific calming, Body blooms in warm moist air, Scent of Ylang Ylang perfuming the night. I am cradled by rocking warm waves Shared with whales, dolphins, turtles, birds. Over boulders a stream plunges, I float in a rain forest cold hole, Ancient Ajo trees arc above Cicadas shriek, rattling eardrums

Reflecting Through Poem on the Rhythms of Joy


Following the 2nd Annual Rhythms of Joy Retreat with Tiina Kivinen in January 2014, one of the retreat participants, Rick, shared with us this beautiful poem that he used to reflect on his experience with True Nature Education and time in Costa Rica. He spent a week on a birding expedition following his time on

On Synchronicity and "Being in the Flow"


You know when everything feels connected?  Maybe you’ve run into a long lost friend at the grocery store who you’ve been meaning to catch up with.  Perhaps your yoga class focused on the exact part of your body that needed your attention. You feel like you are in the right place at the right time,

2nd Annual Rhythms of Joy Retreat: Waking Up from Silence


During the 2nd Annual Rhythms of Joy Retreat led by Tiina Kivinen with True Nature Education, we took an opportunity to be in silence.  This activity opened space to go deeper within ourselves, disconnecting from the daily chatter we partake in.  We were to be silent throughout the night until after the following morning’s meditation.  I spent

A Journey of the Heart through Service and Adventure – Asheville Community Yoga Retreat Experience


On our third day of the Asheville Community Yoga Costa Rica Yoga Experience, we visited the village of La Florida, the home for many years of Joshua Canter and Kristin Luna Ray, TNE Co-Founders. It was a sweet reunion with some dear old friends along with the special local Costa Rica community, which represented, in