Costa Rica eco-resort combines jungle yoga with sustainable design

August 9, 2017 by  
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NALU boutique hotel in Costa Rica is a sustainable jungle retreat for exercise and relaxation. Merging sustainability with local craftsmanship, architecture firm Studio Saxe designed a series of pavilions scattered amongst the trees, offering each occupant an extra sense of privacy. The hotel is located in Nosara, a burgeoning tourist destination for health, wellness and surfing. The owners, Nomel and Mariya Libid, wanted the design of the new building to reflect this attitude by offering several tranquil spaces for various types of recreation and exercise. Dense jungle completely surrounds the individual pavilion homes. The architects determined optimal positions for each of the structures by conducting extensive analyses of wind and sun patterns. Related: 8 gorgeous green hotels to add to your bucket list The timber roofs made of recycled Teak planks protrude over each pavilion to create shade from the intense equatorial sun. Corridors lit from the pergola roofs frame views of the lush surroundings and connect separate rooms. “Our project Nalu represents the power of simple, low-key, modern tropical architecture ,” says architect Benjamin Garcia Saxe. “It has quickly become a town favorite, which shows that there is a real desire to occupy spaces that bring people closer to nature, while addressing the needs of contemporary life,” he adds. + Studio Saxe Photos by Andres Garcia Lachner

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Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat

August 16, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of Melbourne’s One Hot Yoga Uses Energy Efficient Heat Recovery to Make You Sweat Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , eco design , energy efficient design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , heat recovery ventilation , heat recovery ventilator , hot yoga , HRV , Melbourne , one hot yoga , Recycled Materials , rob mills , rob mills architect , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , yoga , Yoga Studio        

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Parents Protest Yoga Being Taught in Public Schools

January 20, 2013 by  
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Image via Shutterstock Yoga is practiced all over the world because of the health benefits it provides, but can yoga be divorced from its Hindu roots? That’s the question that parents began asking in Encinitas, California when they learned that their children were practicing Ashtanga yoga at school as part of a comprehensive fitness program. Some parents want the yoga program to be optional, so that those with concerns can remove their kids. What do you think, is yoga just another form of exercise, or is there always a spiritual element? Head over to Inhabitots to take our poll. READ MORE >   Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Ashtanga , California , child practicing yoga , encinitas , Hinduism , yoga , yoga in schools , yoga kids

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Ecopreneur Interview Series: OlovesM

April 18, 2011 by  
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Part 9 in a series where Krates Ng (co-founder of Mokugift the ecard service) interviews fellow ecopreneurs.

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Making School Lunches Healthier with Home Town Farms

April 15, 2011 by  
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Fighting childhood obesity, helping schools save money, and saving the planet with Ecopreneur Dan Gibbs. Childhood obesity is on the rise, and having a healthy school lunch is one way to fight this problem.  While many schools are working to improve their lunch programs, it’s not uncommon still to see pre-packaged and unhealthy foods piled on plates with not a fresh fruit or vegetable anywhere in sight.  Changing how kids eat is one of the most effective ways to improve their health, which is why school lunches are getting so much attention these days from people like Michelle Obama and chef Jamie Oliver, and why Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in December 2010.  As the founder and CEO of Home Town Farms , ecopreneur Dan Gibbs has a vision that can help, getting school lunches and our kids back on the right track

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Study Links Meditation to Telomerase, An Anti-Age Enzyme

January 8, 2011 by  
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Me, meditating on a dicey cliff and possibly increasing enzymatic activity? (Unknowingly, mom caught it on cam during our North Rim, Grand Canyon camp trip.) Photo via: Jess Root It’s always awesome when meditation is given a nod by science and shed of its commonly regarded view as a new-agey, inaccessible practice. In 2009 and 2010, we shared meditation’s practical application to common health ailments as studied by researchers: heart disease and

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The Hidden Dangers of the Gym: Grimmy and Downright Nasty

December 26, 2010 by  
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Photo: hotelcasavelas2 I’m not much of a fan of the gym . It’s not that I don’t like to sweat, but I’d prefer to do it outdoors, or at home atop my yoga mat

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Yoga: It’s Not About Ownership, It’s About Origins

December 7, 2010 by  
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Editor’s note: Though TreeHugger normally writes about the environmental aspects of yoga, over the weekend Jessica wondered whether a religious group can really own yoga , referring to an awareness campaign about the origins of yoga by the Hindu American Foundation . Well, HAF contacted us asking if they could reply to the Jessica’s article, which seemed only fair — even if we’re momentarily deviating from our normal green-themed content. The following is a guest post by Sheetal Shah, Senior Directo…

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MindBodyGreen Deals, the Groupon for Greenies

November 27, 2010 by  
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Image: MindBodyGreen Groupon’s pretty great for eco-bargain hunters like me– in New York City, it has offered discounts on the likes of American Apparel , the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and GustOrganics (as pictured above.) Not all of the sales stem from sustainable sources, however.

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John Friend: A Business-Yogi & Brand Guru

September 19, 2010 by  
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Me and the clean-cut Anusara master, John Friend. It was just another ordinary day, chatting with John Friend , Anusara yoga founder, over tea and lemonade at a café in Union Square, NYC…OK, not really. It was the kind of afternoon a yoga studio owner, practitioner and instructor like me only dreams of

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