There are obvious reasons to take a yoga vacation in Costa Rica. It’s yoga, spa time, relaxation and adventure all in one amazing package in the happiest country in the world. Nothing about that sounds terrible! But, did you know that there is scientific evidence to prove that your yoga vacation will actually make you a happier person?
In our modern world, disconnection from our natural surroundings through urban living and immersion in technology causes distraction and a sedentary lifestyle that is strongly linked to mental and physical disease. Taking a vacation that puts you back in touch with nature and the ocean can be the best thing you do for your health and happiness all year!
Take a look at some of the ways that connecting with nature and the ocean during your time in Costa Rica will make your life better:
5. Travel Puts You Back In Touch With Nature
A marine biologist named Wallace Nichols has recently been doing extensive research on a concept called Blue Mind. Dr. Nichols argues that conservation is actually a matter of public health because our natural resources are an irreplaceable part of our physical and mental happiness as a species. It’s basically a nod to the irrefutable fact that we need our planet to be clean and healthy in order for us to thrive. After all, it’s the only planet we’ve got!
Spending time in our natural environment makes us kinder, more empathetic and connects us with our home. Humans evolved in natural settings until fairly recently in our history, so it’s no wonder we function better with nature in our lives. This is a great argument for leading sustainable lifestyles that help us support and heal our planet. Here at TGG, we understand this and believe in taking care of Mother Earth. We do our best to live in harmony with our surroundings and minimize our impact on the environment.
So not only will your yoga vacation to Costa Rica be excellent for your health, you can rest assured that your impact on the environment is minimized by staying at our eco resort.
4. Travel Improves Your Mental Health
The sound and sight of water and nature is simpler for your brain to process than all the things it is bombarded with during the course of daily life in this modern world. Being around the ocean and connecting with the Earth gives your brain a chance to rest and allows it to recuperate, which is an important part of fighting burnout and supporting your mental health.
A recent study showed that being connected with nature creates emotional positivity in a totally unique way from other things that bring us happiness like family, culture, music and friends. In other words, we actually need nature and the ocean in our lives to be fully and truly happy. I can’t think of a better excuse to take a yoga vacation in Costa Rica!
3. It Will Lower Your Stress Levels
We all know that stress is bad for us, and left unchecked, it can cause some serious mental and physical health issues. But it’s also true that stress can’t always be avoided, so it’s important you do things to counteract the effect stress has on you. Taking a yoga vacation in Costa Rica is the best way to do so.
The incredible feeling of peace and calm you experience at the beach is now being called “Blue Space,” and it has a scientific explanation behind why it happens. Studies have shown that fresh air and the ocean are good for our health and stress levels because of negative ions, or electrically charged air particles that are abundant in these settings. When they reach the bloodstream, biochemical reactions happen that increase serotonin in the body, which is an important hormone that naturally lowers stress.
2. It Makes You More Creative
Getting away from the routine and normal repetition of daily life allows you to change your perspective and look at things in a different light. Doing so in a natural setting, especially near the ocean, helps you clear your mind and reflect on life in a safe space.
When you take your yoga vacation in Costa Rica here at The Goddess Garden, you will be immersed in our naturally beautiful surroundings, allowing you to tune everything out and focus. The sights and sounds of the jungle and the ocean will put you in a meditative state so you can contemplate and approach your life back home in a fresh and creative way.
1. Your Overall Mood Improves
We have all experienced the instant burst of happiness and calm that comes from hearing or seeing the ocean or a breathtaking landscape. Being near the ocean allows your brain to enter a meditative state. This has similar benefits to mindfulness practices such as yoga and breath focus, including reduced stress, improved ability to focus and improved mood.
A study done by the Acoustical Society of America determined that natural sounds improve mood and productivity. The study was based on people who were exposed to recordings of ocean and nature noises. So if just listening to a recording can improve your mood, imagine what a week-long yoga retreat in Costa Rica could do. It’s a sensory experience you don’t want to pass up!
It’s easy to see that there are a myriad of ways that taking a yoga vacation in Costa Rica will make you a happier person. Your connection to nature and Mother Earth is an important part of your physical, mental and emotional health. We would love for you to join us on one of our upcoming retreats; it’s a pleasure for us to be a part of your journey toward being the happiest person you can be!