PREFACE: The native Costa Ricans have a lovely saying that is truly symbolic of their unique way of living: pura vida, which literally means “pure life.” It is used as a warm, friendly greeting, and as an expression of the inner joy that they feel while living their simple, natural lives--one day at a time.The natives, or “Ticos,” have an almost childlike zest for life and take time to fully appreciate and thoroughly enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Their Pura Vida philosophy was the inspiration for this book.
Like millions of others, my husband Len and I have always been drawn to the primal energy and raw, quiet beauty of rainforests. Eventually, our journey through life led us to the Monteverde Biological Reserve in Costa Rica, one of the last remaining virgin cloudforests in the world. Here, for an entire month, we were able to temporarily leave behind our busy, often hectic lives, and concentrate on taking time to collect our thoughts, while living completely and fully in the moment.
Your Pura Vida Adventure Starts Now !
Naples resident Dr. Suzy Osborne is a wealth of knowledge on all things related to holistic health and fitness. As president of Pure Life Inc., she has dedicated her life's work toward helping people live happier, healthier lives.
Growing up in West Virginia, she had a fascination with health and fitness and enjoyed outdoor activities such as white water rafting and horseback riding. As a teenager she knew she wanted to help others by pursuing a career in the medical field, but it wasn’t until a sleigh riding accident that left her with neck and back problems, that she decided to become a Doctor of Chiropractic. Dr Suzy graduated on an accelerated course with honors from Life University Chiropractic in Atlanta in 1986.
With the help of her technology expert husband, she created an information based website, a compendium of all that she has learned about holistic health and wellness over the last fifteen years. The website allows her to share what she’s learned with others on a global scale. In addition to designing ergonomic holistic health products, contributing articles in publications such as Chiropractic Wellness and Natural Awakenings, appearing on international television, and developing her own method of stretching known as “Zoga” she has authored a book called Pure Life: The Pura Vida Journey, a groundbreaking guide to a healthier and more energetic way of life. The title comes from a Costa Rican greeting meaning “Pure Life.”
As Dr. Osborne states in the introduction to her book, it is not “another miracle diet book written by a famous celebrity or supermodel,” preaching an extreme regimen, rather it’s a more practical and balanced approach to a variety of topics meant to be read and revisited at one’s own leisure. The book is as spiritual, insightful, and inspirational as the effervescent Dr. Osborne herself and it is sure to brighten your outlook on life.
Together, we experienced the exhilarating feeling that comes from breathing fresh, unpolluted, oxygen-rich air as we hiked under the canopies of ancient strangler fig trees. In the jungle bordering the mountaintop village of Monteverde, we experienced the true meaning of the Pura Vida philosophy while galloping high-spirited horses along the ridges of lush, green volcanic mountain ranges.
From its beginning, our journey seemed to be propelled and guided by a series of meaningful coincidences, with one helpful person leading to another, charting the course for an adventure that eventually took on a slow, sensual rhythm all its own. As our pura vida adventure progressed, we began to feel as if we were slowly moving back in time toward a simpler, more balanced, and healthier way of life. Certain areas seemed to possess an almost magical power to transport us to another place and time. Clearly etched in my memory is the moment that we spotted a pair of brilliant, rare quetzal birds nesting near a pristine waterfall in the cloudforest.
It truly felt as though time were standing still as we witnessed these exotic, iridescent, blue-green and crimson creatures with tail feathers close to two feet long, fluttering gracefully in one of their last refuges on earth. I will never forget the feeling of the powerful, primordial energy of ten-foot waves crashing over us while body surfing along the rugged shores of Montezuma--a wild, frontier-like town on the Gulf of Nicoya.
I will always treasure my memories of the humble, gentle people that we met in Costa Rica who changed our lives for the better and reminded us just how closely interconnected and integrally related we all are to each other and to our environment.
Our adventures and experiences in Costa Rica also helped to reaffirm our belief in the interconnection between the spiritual mind and the physical body, and the power of one to affect the other. It was during this time in the jungle that I felt compelled to begin organizing and condensing the health related information and ideas that I have collected over the course of two decades.
The end result is the book that you are holding. I sincerely hope that you will gain some useful insight from reading it and referring back to it as your personal guidebook for healthier, more energetic living.
Naples Illustrated Magazine Book Review / Pure Life: The Pura Vida Journey / By Storm Heitman
On a life-changing journey to Costa Rica, Dr. Suzanne Osborne learned the native greeting, "Pura Vida." Using this uplifing concept of "Pure Life" as her guide, she created sixteen steps to achieve a healthier and more energetic way of life. Now, in this groundbreaking text, Dr. Osborne unleashes her vast wealth of knowledge about optimal physical health and well-being to help you shed old habits, embrace your health, and dramatically change your life.
Along the Pure Life path, Dr. Osborne guides you through meditation, stress reduction, proper nutrition, and countless other strategies to optimize your health. Packed with research-based knowledge, exercises, dietary tips, and practical advice, Pure Life is a must-read for anyone with a desire to live life to its fullest, healthiest potential.
Powerful forces of change emerge when we shed old habits and liberate ourselves from the trying stresses of everyday living. Pure Life will show you the way this new and exhilarating path, through concrete fitness habits as well as health of the mind, self-love, and respect for and connection to the universe.
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Dr. Suzy in Costa Rica
Dr. Suzy is a retired Doctor of Chiropractic and active Health And Fitness Educator. The information and suggestions that she shares on this website are for reference purposes only and not intended to be diagnostic in any way nor a substitute for consultation with a physician or other licensed health-care professional. Always obtain a complete physical examination and discuss your specific conditions, limitations, and health history with the qualified health care provider of your choice before making major lifestyle changes. Information and statements regarding dietary supplements have not been evaluated by the FDA.