Posted on September 1st, 2014 by admin
Why you should take your yoga off the mat and on the water.
5 reasons to incorporate SUP Yoga into your lifestyle by Marissa Rose
Posted on September 1st, 2014 by admin
5 reasons to incorporate SUP Yoga into your lifestyle by Marissa Rose
Posted on August 20th, 2014 by admin
What else can I say?! I just love Costa Rica. Its food, its people, its vegetation, its landscapes, and of course its waves.
Nothing of this would have been possible without Bob and realsurftrips who brought us to uncrowded and amazing surf spots. We scored!
With Bob, dawn patrol is at 5am which means 4.30am wake up call, coffee and banana bread. Sunrise sessions are priceless!
First in, last out, sunset surf sessions are as beautiful as sunrise ones, we just can’t get enough of it!
So many surf spots and trip to do in Guanacaste!
After couple days we did a boat trip to “Witches Rock “. Early-birds be prepared! this is a super early wake up call. But it’s all worthwhile.
Witches rock and Olli’s point are the popular surf spots from the movie “Endless summer”, so we were super stoked to go there by boat and shred some waves even tho if the waves were a bit smaller than we expected at Olli’s point. But still fun, always fun to play in the ocean,
Definitely an experience to try!
“Surf, eat and sleep” was definitely our daily routine. What a life!
Although, I couldn’t get going without my daily meditation and Yoga. Both helps me to stay focus, flexible, prevent from injuries, and perform better in the water and bigger waves.
Jumping from my O’Neill365 bikini to my awesome O’Neill leggings and I even get to tried some aerial yoga with Alora Ashlie. Alora is a great artist, musician, singer but she is also an amazing massage therapist and awesome photographer. Get in touch with her if you need a massage or a photographer.
Nothing better than aerial yoga to loosing up the hips, shoulder and back after 3 surf sessions!
Costa Rica, has it all. Guanacaste, the perfect place to clean your mind, eat healthy and enjoy what Mother Nature hast to offer. The perfect place for a Blossom Retreat. Who’s joining me?
Would you like to experiment the Costa Rican ocean and lifestyle we love? Contact us at Blossom and we’ll create the perfect Yoga & Ocean Blossom Retreat for you.
All levels welcome: from beginners to intermediate yogis, surfers, paddle boarders; with plenty of modifications so no one is left out.
Our next Blossom Retreat is taking place in the Dominican Republic (DR) from October 10th – 13rd 2014, still some place left to join. Don’t miss it!
- Big Thank you to Bob Witty from RealSurfTrips
- O’Neill for supporting me with some workout apparel so I can do what I love with style and performance from the land to the water.
- MauiJim for keeping my eyes protected in the sun while enjoying my days on the beach.
Posted on August 7th, 2014 by admin
What an amazing event! The 2014 Butterfly Effect was a huge success one more time in Cabarete.
The BE is a non competitive event where women are joining beauty and strength to empower each other through water sports (windsurfing, kiteboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking and surfing). The event is designed to give every Butterfly more confidence, joy, and skill in her board riding, as well as her navigation through everyday life.
Thanks to Patricia Dumont & Thierry Montreuil for this great video of the day. Enjoy!
The day started with a beautiful sunrise surf in playa Encuentro, one of the most famous surfing beach on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. From left to right, Sara (from OceanAir Sports), Sam (Tour Director at American Windsurfing Tour), Meghan (Guest Service Manager at Millennium Resort & Spa), Tatianna Howard (Founder at The Butterfly Effect) and Audrey Meyer (Owner of BlossomRetreat).
We all loved the chocolate from the Chocolate bar in Cabarete. A place you definitely want to go and visit! Thank you Corinna.
The day of the event, all butterfly migrated to the beautiful Millennium Resort & SPA where everyone received a stunning Cabrinha rashguard, and a hawaiian lei.
From there, everyone was welcome to get together for a beach cleanup. The kids from the Dream Project did an excellent job. The Butterfly Effect is also about giving back to the community. Environmental awareness, education, and community give-back activities has a big part of each Butterfly Effect event.
Hula Dance with Tatiana around the pool to spread the Aloha vibes in the air and on the ocean. Thank you Fred from the TheBeachBoxBoutique for the stunning sarongs.
Then there was no better way to jump in the pool and do some AquaFit with Audrey.
Safety talk before heading for a 6 miles downwinder to playa Encuentro.
The Butterfly Effect brings women together for noncompetitive ocean sport gatherings. The aim is to instill self-confidence and a love for the ocean in women of all skill levels by providing one-day downwind events.
Gear Set up and SUP/ Kayak / Kite / Windsurfing lauch in Cabarete Bay.
The arrival, at Playa Encuentro. The guys were on the beach waiting for the Butterfly and helping them to land their kites, catch their Kayak, SUP, and/or windsurfing equipment.
The aim is to instill self-confidence and a love for the ocean in women of all skill levels. Big High 5 to all the beautiful butterflies who made this day amazing!
Huge thumbs-up to Tatiana and Michelle Bourdeau (owner at the Andari SPA) from bringing all those women together every years.
Thanks to Gael Brunhes, Sarah Son and Patricia & Thierry Montreuil for the great pictures.
Great job on the video Patricia Dumont & Thierry Montreuil, thank you really much, this is a great souvenir.
Posted on July 28th, 2014 by admin
The Butterfly Effect is a non competitive event where women are joining beauty and strength to empower each other through water sports (windsurfing, kiteboarding, paddle boarding, kayaking and surfing). The event is designed to give every Butterfly more confidence, joy, and skill in her board riding, as well as her navigation through everyday life.
The Butterfly Effect began in Hawaii in 2007 by water women, Tatiana Howard. Since then Tatiana have flown to organize the event in Brazil, New Zealand, France, United States (Oregon and Hawaii), Germany, Tahiti, Fiji, Israel, Australia AND Dominican Republic.
The paddle board makes a fine yoga mat and the extra balance required by being on the water intensifies the yoga routine. The peacefulness of floating on the water combines nicely with the meditative nature of yoga.
No knowledge of Stand Up Paddle boarding or Yoga required! Anyone can do this fun, empowering class.
IMPORTANT: Let us know you are coming and reserve your board at +1. (809).863.65.15 or sign up online on www.Yoga4SUP.com
Hurry up, place are feeling up quick.
See you this Wednesday then!
Posted on May 28th, 2014 by admin
Audrey Meyer brought her expertise and lead the group of women through a full body workout with focus on core, strength and balance. The goal is to get everyone ready for the ocean and try some Yoga poses on the paddle board.
The best way to perform from the land to the water when merging fashion and function! Wearing the high performance O’Neill 365 workout apparel. We just love it!
SUP boarding provides the formula for fitness with the basic 3F’s…Fitness, Fresh Air, and Fun!
The peacefulness of floating on the water combines nicely with the meditative nature of yoga.
There is something magical about savasana on the water …
Afterwards, we were able to enjoy a well-deserved luxurious treat. Bellow, one of Blossom’s favorite place: the Chocolate bar in Cabarete. The name just said it all!
Alita, the owner of Raiz Herbal Remedies, prepared a detox workshop where she taught us how food and plants can help to clean and balance our organism but also prevent from illnesses and dysfunctions. “Healing through Earth” this is her motus. We loved it !
Vela Cabarete, the windsurf/ SUP Resort was great for hosting this amazing event. We also had a delicious breakfast over there. Voyvoy (their restaurant) offers some of the most amazing healthy omelette or fruity pancakes. you gotta try them !
After an amazing morning with glassy and peaceful ocean, perfect for paddle boarding, the wind slowly pickup in the early afternoon. It was time for some kiteboarding action!
Kiteboarding is the most exciting and thrilling water sport that will get your heart pound! A synergy of wind and water forces. Bellow, Stephanie learning to fly a kite under the professional eye of Jennifer, certified Kite instructor at the Dare2Fly Cabarete Kite School.
Equipped with the Cabrinha kites and boards – top quality products -, Dare2fly is the perfect place to learn in a safe and fun way. “We make it easy enough for almost anyone to learn. The perfect introduction for women! ”
By the end of the retreat, everyone was doing so well on the paddle board, that Audrey decided to bring them to waves. Getting to see the girls catching their first wave on a SUP board was probably the most rewarding experience at the Blossom Retreat in cabarete. The waves were just perfect for this. So happy!!!
We were super lucky and got to see a circus show that just came to town. It was really nice and entertaining.
Sunshine, Smiles, Laugh and friendship were definitely at the rendezvous during this Ocean Fitness and SUP retreat!Vela Cabarete (wind/SUP Resort) for equipping us with the paddle boards. - The Chocolate Bar for hosting one of our delicious Breakfast and offering us some delicious treats in our Goodies bags. - Raiz Herbal Remedies for the amazing Detox lecture. We learn so much !!! Thank you Alita. That was great. - Huge Thank you to Robert Englebright Photography - O’Neill for supporting me with some workout apparel so I can perform with style and performance from the land to the water. - MauiJim for keeping me eyes protected in the sun while enjoying my days on the beach.
Posted on May 5th, 2014 by admin
With only two ingredients, it’s almost too good to be true! Naturally sweetened and dairy-free, this ice cream can be made ahead of time and stored in the freezer for a quick, frozen treat! We just love it!
Ingredients:(makes 4 servings)
Break the frozen bananas into chunks and toss them into a food processor. Add the almond butter and blend until the bananas break down into a soft-serve consistency.
I add some coconut water (from the coconuts from my garden) to help facilitate blending. You can add just regular water if you don’t have coconuts trees in your garden
I get my almond butter from my good friend Maria but you can make your own as well.
Posted on April 18th, 2014 by admin
Why and how to detox your body
Posted on April 6th, 2014 by admin
Come live the Healthy Lifestyle of Yoga, fitness, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Kiteboarding in harmony with Dominican Republic: island of natural treasures.
Leave your worries behind and let us take of all the details.
if this link doesn’t work, please click here: http://www.blossomretreat.com/contact-yoga-for-sup-in-cabarete
Posted on March 26th, 2014 by admin
At Blossom, we all love eating chocolate (especially dark chocolate) and now there’s even more reason for it to put a smile on our face.
Ever wonder why everyone in the fitness world uses dark chocolate in recipes? Dark chocolate has been discovered to have a number of healthy benefits.
While eating dark chocolate can lead to the health benefits described below, remember that chocolate is also high in fat, so moderation is KEY! Think of dark chocolate as a good alternative to use when a recipe calls for milk or white, but don’t justify eating it every day!
Eating a small amount of dark chocolate two or three times each week can help lower your blood pressure, improves blood flow and may help prevent the formation of blood clots and may also prevent arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
Dark chocolate increases blood flow to the brain as well as to the heart, so it can help improve cognitive function.
Dark chocolate helps keep your blood vessels healthy and your circulation unimpaired to protect against type 2 diabetes. Dark chocolate also has a low glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause huge spikes in blood sugar levels.
Dark chocolate is loaded with antioxidants, which help free your body of free radicals, which cause oxidative damage to cells.
ark chocolate contains theobromine, which has been shown to harden tooth enamel. This means that unlike most other sweets, it can lower your risk of getting cavities if you practice proper dental hygiene.
Dark chocolate contains a number of vitamins and minerals that can support your health, some of which include: Potassium, Copper, Magnesium , and Iron.
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Posted on March 24th, 2014 by admin
Do you have cats or dogs? If you answered yes, then you know all to well the nuisance of fleas and ticks that can carry and transfer bacteria and disease such as Lyme disease.
At Blossom, we love pets, so we want to make sure they stay protected, ticks and fleas free.
But what’s the best way to protect our precious pet from nasty pests like fleas and ticks without putting toxic chemicals all over ?
We hate chemicals. So we are making our own safe, non toxic flea/tics repellents and collars. Most of retail products, high-priced and full of chemical are no more effective than a simple homemade solution.
So you will need to fill a spray bottle with:- 1 cup of water
You can also make a flea/tick collar by rubbing a few drops of essential oils to your pet’s collar or with a decorative bandana. We used lavender oil on a bandana.
You can also use eucalyptus oil, tea tree oil, citronella or geranium. Lavender Essential Oil and Tea Tree Oil Spray are for dogs only. Cats are more sensitive to essential oils since they metabolize the oils differently.
Don’t they look Happy?
Do you know what for we are using some lavender essential oil?
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