"Pura vida" is a common expression used throughout Costa Rica, which directly translates to “pure life” in english. On a recent yoga retreat to the sands of Sámara, Guanacaste I took the time to discover what it means to live like the locals and focus on purity. Over the course of a week, I took the time to slow down and appreciate all that the beautiful country had to offer. I surrendered to deep meditation to calm my mind. I climbed the rocky cliffs to see a spectactular view. I surfed the most pristine waves until sunset. I played fetch with the local dogs on the beach. I felt the sun kissing my face and warming every inch of my skin. I supplied my body with local fruits and vegetable to fuel my energy. I reflected on those two words and the way that Costa Ricans are so happy in living such simple lives a lot throughout the trip.
Well, after a week of yoga, sunshine, and ocean I knew the Ticos and Ticas of Costa Rica had certainly gotten at least one thing right. "La pura vida" is one of the best ways you can aim to live your life. It means that you take time to enjoy the little things and that everyday you focusing on caring for your mind and body. Most importantly it means that you strive for a life that solely focusing on making you and everyone around you happy.
Sometimes being enveloped by a different way of life is a chance to learn something new. Experiencing how a culture's views can translate to my own life has always been my favorite part of traveling abroad. ¡Pura vida mis amigos!