bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat Costa Rica Fall 2014 Photo Album

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Thanks to all of the amazing yogi & yogini foodies who shared with us at our Fall retreat! It truly was an inspired time! You. are. the. light. Namaste.

Photography by Bruce Dunkins & Charlene Leevongcharoen

bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat Costa Rica, November 19th-23rd

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We’re headed back for our final 2014 retreat! Join us on the stunning beaches of Tamarindo, Costa Rica at beautiful Las Mareas and Pangas Beach Club for an incredible yoga.yummy food experience!  Dive into your yoga practice, awaken your taste buds, and, of course, relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy the magnificence that is the Costa Rican culture and landscape.  Pura Vida!  Click hereto register today!

Retreat will include:

  • 4 nights, 5 days villa accommodations. All modern luxury villas have 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, full kitchens, ocean view balconies and a shared infinity pool also with ocean views. Click here to find out more about villa interior and exterior amenities
  • Morning and sunset ocean side yoga classes bytracye (All levels)
  • 3 daily ocean side meals with locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients
  • Farmer’s market visit and fresh cooking instruction
  • Excursions, activities, and spa options (additional cost)
  • Costa Rica Airport Transfers*

*Airfare not included.

Sample Daily Schedule

Pre-Yoga Early Morning Coffee/Tea/Juice/Water…

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Sweet Pumpkin Bread

Yesterday, I came home from teaching two yoga classes ready to bake. Two darling sweet pumpkins fresh from the farm were staring me in my eye so I thought “Make pumpkin bread!”.

I have to admit that I was never one for pumpkin anything, other than carving, as a kid, teenager and young adult. The taste just never appealed to me as much as other squashes and, of course, my beloved sweet potatoes. But in the past few years, sugar sweet pumpkins have become a staple in the chez bytracye kitchen. Just last week I felt bad for snapping at Bruce and Sasha for even thinking to “decorate” or carve my little lovelies for Halloween!

I usually roast the pumpkins and toast the seeds. Once roasted, I puree the pumpkin “meat” and either use right away or freeze for later. This yummy recipe is adapted from Hell Yeah It’s Vegan blog. I added and deleted a couple of things to put my stamp on it, but you could use it as is because it’s damn good!

1 3/4 c whole wheat flour
3/4 c raw sugar
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp cinnamon
½ tsp pumpkin spice
¼ tsp crushed cloves
1 c fresh pumpkin purée
½ c oil
3 Tbsp buckwheat honey (any good honey or maple syrup will do)
3 Tbsp water (If you add water to your pumpkin to puree, go easy with the water here)

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Use a knife to poke a few holes around your pumpkin. Place in a pan and roast until soft to touch. Remove from oven and cool. Slice in half and scoop out inside and seeds (Save the seeds for toasting later!).Grease and flour a loaf pan. In a large bowl, mix together flours, sugar, soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. In a small bowl, whisk together pumpkin, oil, honey, and water. Add wet mixture to dry; combine until just moistened. The batter will be very thick. Pour into prepared pan and bake 45-50 minutes or until top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool 20 minutes; use a butter knife to gently loosen bread from sides of pan, then invert onto a cooling rack.

 

bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat Costa Rica, November 19th-23rd

Las Mareas de Tamarindo & Pangas Beach Club

We’re headed back for our final 2014 retreat! Join us on the stunning beaches of Tamarindo, Costa Rica at beautiful Las Mareas and Pangas Beach Club for an incredible yoga.yummy food experience! Dive into your yoga practice, awaken your taste buds, and, of course, relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy the magnificence that is the Costa Rican culture and landscape. Pura Vida! Click here for details and to register today!

do yoga. sleep better

 

The team at Casper Mattress, a new sleep start up specializing in memory foam mattresses, asked me to share my in bed yoga poses with you. “I’m always saying in my classes “Rest is underrated. It makes us all nicer!” That said, in my house, getting good, regular sleep can be a little tricky. With varied work, school, and activity schedules there has to be a mindful commitment to getting to bed and getting that much needed rest, whatever the time of day.

Whether it’s a quick nap or a shutdown the shop, done for the night, lights out sleep, it’s pretty common for me to wind down with a few yoga poses in bed (even more common when Bruce is away or before he settles in so I can have my run of the bed). I find for me that twists, a little hip opening and a nice deep forward bend help to rinse away and let go of whatever doesn’t serve a restful sleep.

Be sure to find your own flow. Do what feels good in your body and on your bed. Happy Sleeping and Namaste!

Note: These photos were taken in the middle of the day when I usually try to get a nap. For the sake of light, we kept the blinds open. No worries, post pics, the blinds went down and off to sleep I went! Yay me!

photos by Bruce Dunkins

 

 

bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat Costa Rica, November 19th-23rd

Las Mareas de Tamarindo & Pangas Beach Club

We’re headed back for our final 2014 retreat! Join us on the stunning beaches of Tamarindo, Costa Rica at beautiful Las Mareas and Pangas Beach Club for an incredible yoga.yummy food experience! Dive into your yoga practice, awaken your taste buds, and, of course, relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy the magnificence that is the Costa Rican culture and landscape. Pura Vida! Click here for details and to register today!

bytracye yoga.yummy food retreat Costa Rica, November 19th-23rd

We’re headed back for our final 2014 retreat! Join us on the stunning beaches of Tamarindo, Costa Rica at beautiful Las Mareas and Pangas Beach Club for an incredible yoga.yummy food experience! Dive into your yoga practice, awaken your taste buds, and, of course, relax, rejuvenate, and enjoy the magnificence that is the Costa Rican culture and landscape. Pura Vida! Click here to register today!

Retreat will include:

4 nights, 5 days villa accommodations. All modern luxury villas have 3 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, full kitchens, ocean view balconies and a shared infinity pool also with ocean views. Click here to find out more about villa interior and exterior amenities
Morning and sunset ocean side yoga classes bytracye (All levels)
3 daily ocean side meals with locally sourced, farm fresh ingredients
Farmer’s market visit and fresh cooking instruction
Excursions, activities, and spa options (additional cost)
Costa Rica Airport Transfers*
*Airfare not included.

Sample Daily Schedule

Pre-Yoga Early Morning Coffee/Tea/Juice/Water & Fruit Smoothies @ Pangas
Sunrise/Early Morning Vinyasa Class (90 min) – Ocean side studio or @ Las Mareas Villas
Full Breakfast @ Pangas
Late Morning- Early Afternoon Flex time for activities, excursions, sightseeing, etc.
Lunch @ Pangas (or lunch dining excursion)
Sunset Hatha/Restorative/Meditation Class (60 min) – Ocean side studio or @ Las Mareas Villas
Dinner @ Pangas (or group dining excursion)

Retreat Investment:

Early Bird Special (ends August 8th)*

Single $1429 per person; room includes 1 king bed, and private full bathroom
Couple Share $1209 per person; room includes 1 king bed and private full bathroom
Master Suite Couple Share $1539 per person; room includes 1 king canopy bed, private full bathroom, television, and private balcony with ocean views.
Master Suite Single $2525 per person; room includes 1 king canopy bed, private full bathroom, television, and private balcony with ocean views.
*Early Bird Special registrants must pay-in-full to receive discount.

Registration after August 8th*

Single $1575 per person
Couple Share $1330 per person
Master Suite Couple Share $1695 per person
Master Suite Single $2805 per person
*$500 non-refundable deposit required in order to reserve your spot. A second payment of $500 is due no later than August 22nd. Remaining balance is due no later than September 26th.

Airport

We recommend flying into Liberia (LIR), Costa Rica. As well, and to be safe, we also recommend purchasing travel insurance with your flight.

Airport Shuttle (in Costa Rica)

Once you are confirmed for the retreat and have booked your flight, our logistics coordinator will contact you to book your shuttle from Liberia to Tamarindo, as well as your return trip. Your airport transfer is included in your package.

Cancellation Policy:

$500 is non-refundable for all registrants.
A $100 administration fee is non-refundable for all registrants.
A 50% refund will be issued for those canceling prior to July 26th.
A 30% refund will be issued for those canceling between July 27th-August 22nd.
No refunds will be issued after August 22nd.

Space is limited. Click here to register today!

Be Well and Pura Vida!