Yoga Journal Magazine

Perrey Reeves, actress, vegetarian, and owner of The Sanctuary at Two Rivers yoga retreat in Costa Rica interview by Dana Meltzer Zepeda.

An ex-boyfriend got me started with yoga in 1993. I was really into vinyasa flow before they called it that. At my first class, somebody injured me; he hyperextended my knee. It made me very, very cautious, and it made me realize that you can't just let anyone touch you. And you really need to know your body. So I educated mydelf and did some very intense Ana Forrest workshops, and later, teacher trainings with Eric Schiffmann and Rod Stryker.

When I started doing yoga, I was really athletic. I still am, but it's never been about the workout for me. It's usually about my state of mind. I have a ton of energy, and to be able to focus on what I need to focus on without distractions, to really become grounded, is a big benefit of yoga for me.

I moved to Costa Rica while I was filming [the HBO TV series] Entourage, so I'd work on the show for four months, then I'd live in Costa Rica the other eight. I bought a 40-acre property between two rivers, and my dream was to open a yoga retreat center. So I set about building The Sanctuary at Two Rivers, and it was not easy in the middle of the jungle. It turned out better than I'd envisioned. You feel like you're outside: the open-air pavillion and guesthouses are right in the trees, we filter our water from a waterfall, you eat with the seasons, and you get up when the sun rises...