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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…

Yoga Philosophy as a Path of Self-Realization in the Real World

Yoga has been my exercise, hobby, and side-gig for nearly my entire adult life.  Through cross-planet moves, falling in love and getting my heart broken, a global pandemic (say what?!), losing loved ones and jobs, career changes, and quarter life crises — yoga has been there every step of the…

4 Key Predictions for the Future of Retreat Travel

Yoga and wellness retreat offerings ground to a halt beginning in March 2020, as resorts closed worldwide and global travel came to a near stand-still. A recent study by retreat registration & payment platform WeTravel found that 50% of retreat leaders have cancelled between half and all of their scheduled…

A Non-Intentional, Intentional Community: How a YTT Fostered Community During a Crisis

In response to a few cases of COVID in Peru, the Peruvian president closed the borders to all travel entering and leaving the country. For us, this was half way into a 200 hour YTT. 20 students were from the US, Canada, and Europe. The 4 teachers were from Peru…

The Art Of Staying Put: How World Traveler Yogis Can Tap into Their Skills to Survive COVID-19 Confinement

Like a row of dominos you accidentally start, country after country around the world have made decisions we never thought possible: they are urging us to stay home for the good of all and have closed their borders. For once, those of us who usually have the privilege to travel…

This Is Where We Learn to Trust

This article was first published by Vira Bhava Yoga  The day after I returned from India, I received a text from a good friend of mine who had been in the jungle of Colombia on a vision quest. It said simply, “can you talk soon, I’m feeling like its important…

Homemade Wellness Shots

Wellness is all the rage these days and what better way to keep up with the trends than by slamming homemade wellness shots??? Heck yeah!!! In lieu of the hard stuff, swap out your trusty tequila for this majestic moonshine. Like tequila, this too will give you that warm and fuzzy…

Living in the Flow of Life: Connect to Source

Yoga. Dance. Surfing. Diving. Writing. Meditation. Running. Climbing. Swimming. Chanting. Painting. Breathwork. Hiking. While distinct in form, practices like these (and many others!) have one powerful thing in common:  – from the inside-out – with the sensuous, circadian rhythms of life. Flow experiences can catch us at any time, in…

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