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Yoga Adventure in the World

Welcome, adventurers! Today, let’s embark on an extraordinary journey together, exploring essential information for an authentic yoga adventure around the world. If you’re ready to explore new horizons while deepening your practice, this guide will be your indispensable companion. 1. TIME TRAVEL Our adventure begins in the Indus Valley, approximately…

Forgetting What You Know to Find Yourself

On vulnerability, building + breaking boundaries, and chance-taking to craft your life and become “teacher”. Those who practice yoga understand weightlessness, the equilibrium of calm and charge and the overwhelming desire to pay it forward. Teaching is no easy feat and undoubtedly evokes healthy doses of imposter syndrome and comparison…

Bhakti Fest is Back!

We are happy for the return of this beautiful event! Bhakti Fest presents, ‘Welcome Home’, September 15th – 17th, 2023 in Joshua Tree, California. This festival is a pioneering gathering known for non-stop yoga, kirtan, meditation, sound healing, vegetarian cuisine, therapeutic bodywork, conscious community, and transformation that continues to serve…

Claiming Your Identity as a Yoga Teacher

A personal story about taking action, claiming your identity as a yoga teacher, and the magic of time. From Desert Seas to Songs of the Jungle: The Sahara was once a deep and vast tropical ocean, teeming with aquatic life. Its once brazen waters, kindred to today’s equatorial oceans, now…

Interning at Grand Canyon Eco Retreat

A Story of Calling, Listening to Your Gut, Divine Timing, and Interning at Grand Canyon Eco Retreat: Calling: I wanted something more, I needed something different. At my liberal arts college, one of the things I appreciated the most was guidance by some of my professors to identify my vocation,…

Meet Yoga Teacher: Catherine Haut

This week we’re grateful to catch up with yoga teacher and beautiful human, Catherine Haut. Yoga Trade and the Yoga Farm brought us together and we love to bear witness to her blossoming and becoming! Here we get a glimpse of Catherine’s story and learn about her passion for mini…

Yoga Teacher Travels: Shruti Shah

Here we catch up with Shruti Shah, a yoga instructor from Mumbai, India, currently working at Costa Dulce in Nicaragua. Shruti has been a Yoga Trade community member for 3 years, is exploring the world sharing her gifts, and is in the process of writing a story for a newspaper in Mumbai. Learn…

How to Start a Successful Retreat Center

We established Gaia Retreat House and retreat center 5 years ago in a small village (Küchen) at the heart of Germany, with a vision, faith, and determination to fulfill our dream. Today, Gaia Retreat House, against all odds, is a successful international Retreat Center for Yoga, Meditation, and Mindful living training,…

Yoga on the Road: Maintaining Your Practice While Traveling

Let’s face it – if you are traveling minimally or living out of a backpack for more than a week, then your yoga mat may not make the cut on your packing list. While a yoga mat can help ground your practice, it is not necessary to maintain a regular…

Mammoth Yoga Festival 2022

Join us at the Mammoth Yoga Festival this year! We hope you will gather with us in the mountains June 16th – 19th, 2022 in Mammoth Lakes, California. We attended this festival in 2021 and this location, community, and experience are all super special. We are excited to announce that…

Become Your Dream: Ava Taylor

Ava Taylor is the Founder and Chief Catalyst of YAMA Talent and the GM of Bodynova North America. She is a dedicated yogi, and a tenacious + creative entrepreneur with her finger on the pulse of the rapidly expanding yoga industry. Ava is well-connected, in the ‘right place at the right time,’…

Earth Speak Magic

There are have been some amazing communities birthed online over the past decade, and Earth Speak is one of them. Earth Speak is a community honoring earth-based spirituality for connection, belonging, and renewal. This community is on a mission to help intuitive earth-loving people to know that their own magic is…

Jungle Soul Mama

I met Blakely Stein ‘jungle soul mama’ in Costa Rica many moons ago, and have been fortunate to be a witness to her growth and transformation over the years. From seeing her host community food events, to her elegant progression in surfing, to creating a successful boutique hotel business, and becoming a MOTHER,…

Getting Real About Resilience

This article was first published on the Vira Bhava Yoga blog HERE.  The opportunity to practice resilience came to me, as grace often descends, through the offering of direct experience. In June, I was offered a monumental test of my own resilience.  My father was diagnosed with end stage lung…

Kāma: Portable Platforms for Mindful Adventures

What a joy to meet Rachel Dobronyi this summer at Tahoe Outdoor Yoga at Kiva Beach!  This very special human is the founder of Kāma Surface Co. Kāma designs origami-style adventure surfaces with intention. Rachel’s roots are the mountains, the sea, yoga, and mindful adventures. She has followed her heart’s calling…

Good Medicine Confluence

Plants are magical, intelligent, and often good medicine. To even dabble in herbalism is to begin to deepen and nourish our relationships with plants and our community. If we slow down and observe with awareness we see abundant healing opportunities and resilient offerings growing in the ground all around us….

3 Benefits of Practicing Outdoor Yoga

After years of exploring the outdoors through hiking and camping trips, I started to notice that I gained so much more from nature than physical fitness and seeing beautiful views. Of course I love the snow-capped mountain landscapes and the satisfaction of finishing a good hike, but I noticed other…

A Chocolate Life

I absolutely adore living in the lush, tropical environment of the Costa Rican rainforest. Life here is filled with such exotic, intimate & fulfilling experiences – sweet morning serenades from the parakeets, the golden essence of my skin from the sun’s continuous kisses, the dance of the North Atlantic whales…

Regenerating Yoga Culture

Both yoga culture and the world at large have been changing at a dizzying rate. More often than not, this generates an exhausting, demoralizing stream of bad news. I’ve often felt anxious, disillusioned, and overwhelmed by the incessant barrage of negative headlines. In this, I know I’m not alone. Sometimes, I…

Honoring Grief

As anyone who has ever known the madness of intense grief can attest, grief has no manners. Everything about it goes against the dictates of modern culture. Messy, dark, sneaky, teeming with unknowns. Couldn’t care less about productivity and schedules. No wonder we see grief as a godawful intruder. But…

Can Yoga Lead the Way to Sustainable Tourism?

As I walk through the streets of Zurich, Switzerland, on a sunny Saturday in early June – about a month after the Swiss Covid-19 lockdown ended – I overhear two women sitting in a café talking about the summer vacation plans they had to cancel (“Well, I guess we can…

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