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The Dominican Republic

November 2, 2014

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The Dominican RepublicBetween the border with Haiti and the waters of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean lies the Dominican Republic, a place with a unique mixture of cultures and people and a pleasant tropical climate. This is the place where the first permanent European settlement was built. Throughout the centuries many warriors protected the land while others tried to occupy it.

This land was ruled by many, the Taino people since 650 AD,  the Caribs around the 15th century, the Spaniards in 1492,  than the French which was followed by many rebellions, political turmoil, threats of other invasions, the Haitian invasion, opposing political attitudes and so on. In spite of all the hardships and changes, the Fathers of the Dominican Republic Duarte, Mella and Sanchez, declared independence from Haiti 1844.

At the time Columbus arrived the Taino population was estimated at around 1 million people, however with time, mostly due to the illnesses brought by the Europeans, many people died. The immune system of the Tainos was not used to the illnesses thought of as usual back in Europe and they were reduced to only 500 people. Today this population is considered extinct but newest research has proved that around 40 % of the population carries the Taino gene because of the mixed marriages Taino women had with Europeans.

In 1503 the Europeans brought African slaves to work on the land. This also had a major influence on the population. The intense interaction of the indigenous Taino people, the Europeans and the Africans are what constitutes today’s population in the Dominican Republic. This is also valid for the culture and beliefs of the people.

This diversity of the people somehow matches the natural characteristics of the land. In the Dominican Republic you will find coastlines with crystal clear turquoise water and numerous green tall and lofty palm trees on white sandy beaches. The skies are bright and the fish and corals are very colorful making them perfect for snorkeling, surfing and simply enjoying. This is a tropical paradise with a temperarute from 19 to 34 degrees Celsius. I would say it is a hospitable tropical climate, just like the people who will make you feel more than welcomed.

If you are not into beaches that much you will sure find something according to your taste. Here you can choose from a tropical rainforest, a desert, mountain areas a waterfall and so on. You can find peace and serenity on a quiet beach under a palm tree or do yoga on a high mountain peak somewhere and just breathe in the strong energy of the place surrounding you.

The Dominican Republic is a lush tropical eco paradise which will bedazzle you with chocolates, green banana salad, cigars, rum, and the overall energy of the people. You will not only feel it in their delicious food, but also in their national dance such as merengue or bachata and you will have the opportunity to search for yourself. All this magic is the reason why this is a great place to do yoga.

From February 15th To March 16th in the heart of the Dominican Republic Multiversal Yoga is going to hold a Yoga Teacher training with a program on both Spanish and English. It is the perfect spot for finding your calmness end refreshing your energy. This is why our team also intends to reach out and develop ongoing relationships to the Spanish Speaking Community and plan future visits and cooperation.

Be inspired by the wonderful nature and incredible sites, this place will welcome you with arms wide open.

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