Pure Vida

pura vidaLately, I have been reflecting on how amazing life is. This past summer I have strengthened bonds with my best friends and came into contact with beautiful people who showed me what love truly is. They showed me that life is a great adventure that we all should cherish and experience together. Each of us grows, learns and rejoices together as a family; we are all connected and understand the way that each of us thinks and feels about the world, society, and wellbeing of others. Through inner thoughts and journeys, I have reflected on what makes me happy and what I should do to better my future.

This realization came about when I began understanding and appreciating the art of Yoga. I give credit to the multiple teachers I have worked with for guiding me on the path to harmony. It is hard to choose just one that has inspired me because all have done their part in different ways. Some teachers have shared with me stories about their life journeys to peace that have inspired my own day to day routine; others have helped me perfect my poses by working and guiding my body to make sure each position is correctly executed.

I want to become a Yoga teacher so that I can spread peace, hope and love to every person I encounter. When people come to me to vent about a stressful situation, I tell them to take a Yoga class so they can close their eyes and breath in the warm, healing power that Yoga brings. I promise them they will leave the class happier and calmer than when they entered. I love when I walk into a Yoga class and the instructor says, “Close your eyes, leave this day and its stresses behind you and start anew as we begin our Ujjayi breathing.” I believe this can bring great peace to someone who feels stuck in a rough patch.

The world we live in seems to be headed in a downhill spiral. I don’t want to have to raise my future family in an environment filled with negative energy; I want to raise a family in a beautiful, loving, and supportive environment, just like the one I have found for myself. I want to impact the world and become a part of a movement to change the way people think and feel about one another. The people in our lives are almost all we have and they are certainly what bring us the most happiness, so we must respect and love each and every one of them. “Pura Vida” translates from Spanish into “pure life”, “full of life”, or “this is living!”

Pura Vida is the Costa Rican way of life and learning how to instruct Yoga in this environment will strengthen my belief that through Yoga and meditation, we can become a happier world with a healthy future to look forward too. I want to promote this blissful outlook on life and all of life’s beauties. I am ready to use my gifts and talents to help the world in a positive way. I hope to do that through learning at the Anamaya Resort and Retreat Center in Montezuma, Costa Rica, to then return home with a new found understanding of life and all that is possible.

2012 Yoga Scholarship Essay

By: Niki Kleinberger

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  1. Ita Duran says:

    very inspirational, wishing you the best!

  2. emmy says:

    Niki that was so beautiful! I hope your dream can come true and that u can achieve all of your goals! U are such a great person and you deserve it!

  3. Piper says:

    So amazing! Can’t wait to learn from you! Best of luck to you!

  4. Ron says:

    good luck Niki! your the bees knees

  5. lynn says:

    NIKI THIS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL IT MADE ME CRY I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!!! you’re such a hard worker you deserve this!!

  6. Marcus Gandy says:

    I’m pretty sure you can do anything! Break a leg!

  7. Jessica says:


  8. Anna says:

    This is such an accurate reflection of you! So proud always wishing you the best

  9. patty says:

    yay niki 😀 goodluck!

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  11. Cindy Mathis Lewis says:

    Niki, Montezuma is THE place for you! You will love it!

  12. Dalvin says:

    Very Positive message, Best of luck

  13. Ben says:

    Sounds like this one should win. I need a back rub

  14. Anna says:

    Niki your so amazing you deserve this!!

  15. Catherine says:

    Good luck Niki!

  16. B says:

    Aww yeeaah im proud of you. keep spreading love hope Im fuel for your journey

  17. Michelle says:

    Nikki, that was an awesome essay. I am so glad that Yoga has helped you to become more peaceful and appreciate life in a new way! Good luck with this!

    -michelle fazende

  18. Rachel says:

    Niki you deserve this! I’m rooting for ya!!!!!!!!!! 😉

  19. Will says:

    go baby go! you deserve this! i love you!

  20. Marissa says:

    Amazing essay Niki! You would be such a good yoga teacher!

  21. Kelly says:

    How beautiful!! Your light is very bright Niki and you are a natural at inspiring those around you. May you have an amazing time in Costa Rica! Best wishes on your journey girl.

  22. Margaret says:

    GO NIKI!!! you are amazing :)

  23. kaitlin guerin says:

    Niki that was absolutely breathtaking you definitely deserve this. Good luck!

  24. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful! This paper is so amazing

  25. Meghan says:

    Niki, you’re beautiful! Best of luck to you on your journey. Costa Rica is ahMAZING! You really deserve to go!!

  26. Reeves says:

    Niki is such a loving and caring person and she totally deserves this! You should pick her!

  27. Katie says:

    Wow! amazing! good luck Niki!:)

  28. DGood says:

    What a sincere girl. This must be what Yoga is about. Good luck!

  29. Katie says:

    that was so well written and so awesome… good luck niki!

  30. Devyn Baron says:

    So inspirational! Wishing you the very best of luck! Namaste

  31. Hallye says:

    Great essay, Niki!

  32. Sarah Donaldson says:

    If anyone should get this, it’s you!! Good luck :)

  33. Emily Constance says:

    That was so great. And what an awesome lifestyle to pursue – sounds like your calling alright. Best of luck and I definitely hope you make it out to Costa Rica! Be careful :)

  34. Scarlett Rayner says:

    You really deserve to win. I can’t wait for you to bring back all of your positive energy!

  35. Lauren Fedor says:

    Routing for ya, Niki! Sending you good vibes :)

  36. Brittni says:

    Niki, that is beautiful! I’m so excited for you! This is the perfect position for you! I love youuu!!!

  37. Niki says:

    thank you everyone so far, your words have touched my heart and brought tears to my eyes!!! lets keep this ball rolling! respond it upppp!!!!

  38. Jen whiddon says:

    You are such a beautiful and inspirational spirit and would make an unbelievable yoga teacher. Great essay! Good luck!! Love!! Jen

  39. Millie Shamburger says:

    Good luck to you Niki, sounds amazing. Namaste.

  40. Jen says:

    Good luck Niki!! This is amazing and you would be perfect for it!

  41. Mara says:

    Good luck!

  42. Natalie says:

    Niki, you are so amazing and I hope that this opportunity gives you the chance to explore everything you want to! Best of luck!

  43. Lamar Howard says:

    Niki as beautiful and elegant as the person jotted this down. Good job!

  44. Megan says:

    This is so inspirational, Niki, i hope you win!

  45. Catherine says:


  46. Sarah Duax says:

    I’m proud of you!

  47. Trista says:

    You completely deserve this

  48. George Molaison says:

    Awesome essay! Best of luck!

  49. Liz A says:

    I think you will be great at this! Good Luck!!!

  50. Kimberly says:

    This is so inspiring. Thankyou for your beautiful and heartfelt words. Yoga is truly a blessing in our world. I hope to share it’s peace with others as well. Namaste

  51. Michaela says:

    Thank you for your essay!

  52. Shea says:

    i wish you all of luck! you deserve it

  53. Melissa says:

    this is beautiful! best of luck!

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  56. Cody says:

    Way to go!

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  58. steven dey says:

    have imports and textiles

  59. Dada says:

    Good luck baby! I love you with all my heart!! You’re beautiful and would be incredible as a yoga teacher!

  60. Janet says:

    you are beautiful and i love you!

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