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Doing the Downward Facing Dog in Nicaragua

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Costa Rica, with its years on the yoga scene should be wise to take notice of its neighbor, Nicaragua, who is quickly growing a steady stream of yoga visitors from abroad.

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Nicaragua Off the Mat

Yoga is spreading over the planet. People from all parts of the world have turned to yoga as an antidote to the struggles of life that we all share, regardless of their religion, sex, culture or race. In Nicaragua, the fast growing stream of yoga visitors from abroad are sowing the seeds of yoga, hopefully awakening an interest that leads to the rooting of yoga in this country in a way that benefits Nicaraguans.

Centuries ago, Nicaragua was populated by pre-Colombian indigenous tribes that had migrated here from the north. When the Spanish arrived in the early 1600s, there were three tribes in Nicaragua, each with its own language and culture. The name Nicaragua is derived from the name of the dominant tribe, the Nicaraos, who lived on the shores of Lake Nicaragua, and the word water (agua) in Spanish, due to the presence of so many lakes and rivers, and the country’s location between two oceans.

The indigenous civilization was totally destroyed by the invading conquerors, and Nicaragua’s history has been characterized by instability ever since; turbulent times of dictatorships, civil wars, corruption, natural disasters, and profound poverty. It was not until recent years that the socio-economic structure in Nicaragua began to stabilize, and the rest of the world has turned its eye to this small beautiful country in Central America, filled with lakes and volcanoes.

Nicaragua needs all the positive support it can get.

Tourism is a huge industry today. Third world countries, like Nicaragua, are easy targets for exploitation and destruction by the transnational corporations that dominate global tourism businesses. As a traveler you see giant resorts that all look the same, everywhere you go in the world.
We want to travel, we want to meet and learn from each other, to broaden our horizons, our minds, and become more accepting and open to people who do not look and speak like we do. Sadly, most people have forgotten this, and the negative consequences of our visits outnumber the positive ones– even though we would like to believe the opposite.

Cash starved countries see tourism as a highway to heaven – but in reality it can be a highway to hell.

Tourism usually worsens poverty, destroys the environment and violates basic human rights. Problems with property rights are common, as big investors manage to steal land away from the local population.
Tourism is one of the most dynamic sectors…

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