Return To The Forest
In 2012 we started a collaboration with Paso Pacifico to replant a very sensitive and unique river bench area in Ostional. Through this conservation project known as “Return To The Forest”, Paso Pacifico and partners are restoring over 1000 acres of native forest and capturing 150 000 tons of greenhouse gases. So far, as of October 1:st 2014, we have planted a total of 10 600 trees. Of those 7 000 have survived, the rest have died due to vary reasons, mostly forest fires. The idea is to recreate the native variety of different types of trees within the area to provide substantial eco system for endangered animal species like the jaguar. Due to deforestation the jaguar is threatened by extinction in Nicaragua. Our goal is to plant 10 000 trees every year in an area about 130 acres.
Green House Project
In the video Katie OBrian describes how she, together with the family of Miguel and Evangelina, started a new “Vivero’ on our farm. The soli is very fertile in Nicaragua making it easy to grow many different types of vegetables and fruits. In this particular project they have planted tomatoes, green peppers, watermelons, pumpkins and sweet chili. Organically grown fruits and vegetables that we use in the kitchen for the next yoga teacher training.
Food and Yogic Lifestyle
Eating the right food is an essential part of the yogic lifestyle. What we eat not only nourish our body but also influence our emotions and our thoughts. A sustainable yoga practice should be combined with the right food to work well. As a part of the yoga teacher training we focus a lot on the diet. Eating fresh, organic and ecologically grown food filled with vitamins and minerals from the fertile Nicaraguan soil is very important for our yoga students to fully feel the benefits of their yoga practice. The yoga students are properly nourished from food grown on our farm and also educated in how different kinds of food affect us.
In Yoga we classify food according to the effect they have on the mind. As yoga is integrated with Ayurveda these are concepts from the Ayurvedic teaching. However a personal approach to what works and don’t work for everyone is wise. Always listen to your body and test how a certain food affects you. When we look at the three categories below we probably all can agree to the non healthy consequences of the food in the Tamastic category however what is truly Rajastic might differ from one person to another. Remember there is no diet that fits everyone.
Food that should be eaten less often if at all. These are food that are hard to digest and that depletes you of energy instead of energizing you. These are processed food, sugar, left overs, overriped fruits or vegetables, fried food, alcohol and red meat. Included in this category is also overeating. Tamastic food causes negative emotions like anger and depression.
Food that can be eaten in moderation when needed because they have a stimulating effect on the body. These are foods like fish, eggs and all hot spices including garlic and onion.
These are the best source of energy for the yogi. They are considered positive food that gives much energy and a peaceful and calm mind. They are easily digested vegetarian/vegan food non stimulating without to much spices. Sattvic food is alkaline and properly cooked.
In the yoga teacher training we serve a clean diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables. No sugar, preservatives or pesticides allowed. We want to grow our own food as much as possible!