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The Yoga Farm – Costa Rica: Take Me Back!

I had the magnificent pleasure of staying at the Yoga Farm for the majority of the month of December 2023 for the Jungle Residency Program. It took me this long (I’m writing this at the end of February) because I needed to get a grasp onto the most proper words…

One Earth Project

Sophia Bartolini is the mind, body, and spirit that has brought the One Earth Project to life. She is a female filmmaker, with a mission to empower women by giving them a platform to share their stories on a global scale. Through her work, she aims to spread important messages…

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…

Transformative Travel: Blossoming Abroad

I always wanted to live in Europe. Ever since I was a kid studying world maps in geography class I knew I would move to Spain, specifically. It was a dream, turned into a plan, turned into reality of transformative travel. After years of wanting, wishing, and waiting, my seven-year-old…

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…

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…

Staying Open

In late September of 2022 I landed in Bali for my first trip to Indonesia’s well-known jewel of health-conscious travel, pumping surf, and yoga galore. However, I only spent a short 36 hours in Bali before departing. My real destination was a remote island in the archipelago. I had a…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Find What You Love and Love What You Find

The life of a freelance yoga instructor, self-defense teacher and adventure sports writer involves a lot of free time. I used to devote an embarrassing amount of that free time to trawling the Yoga Trade website. The secret to using the site well is to know when to daydream about…

The Yoga Trade Podcast

We are so excited to share with you our latest project: The Yoga Trade Podcast! Follow along as we travel around the world exploring spirituality, wellness, sustainability and more. Our host, Audrey Billups, Yoga Trade’s vagabond filmmaker, will be capturing the inspiring stories of wellness practitioners, yoga teachers and change…

5 Ways My Yoga Trade Experience Made Me a Better Yoga Teacher

One of the most rewarding, fulfilling, and altering experiences I have had in my journey as a yoga teacher has been the time I spent teaching abroad. For years I dreamed of the opportunity to combine my two favorite things: travel and yoga. This past year I made my dreams…

7 Mindful Reasons to Live #VanLife

#VanLife. This catchy phrase has become a worldwide sensation, and for good reason. Perfectly placed Instagram photos of cozy quarters overlooking landscapes seemingly made by the gods. The thought of whisking away on a whim at any given day to whatever location is calling, alluring, and sexy. Who wouldn’t want…

Work Trade, Travel and Yoga

Work Trade is an incredible way to experience the world. Whether you head off to an exotic destination, or simply make a new connection in place closer to home, you are opening up to growth. It can be a chance to get a little (or a lot) out of your…

10 Insights From the One Who Thought They’d Never Teach Yoga

I remember very vividly, standing on the beach with a couple of my girlfriends about to go surf. It was one of those complete cloud-free sunny mornings. Far off, the waves broke over the reef. “It looks okay, but I’m so tired and sore,” one friend complained. “I still have…

Diving In: The Yoga Trade Journey

I am not certain who introduced me to Yoga Trade, although I wish I knew so I could write them a thank you letter. It was shortly after my first 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training in Montezuma, Costa Rica at Anamaya Resort. “OMG…a website filled with yoga teaching jobs all…

Our Thirst for Experiential Travel

The very essence of travel has always been about seeking unique and memorable experiences. However, in recent years, we have become ever so dissatisfied with the same old well-trodden tourist trails. More than ever before, we are actively seeking to expand our horizons and dive deeper beyond the worn pages…

Yoga As a Mobile Career

Yoga teaches us about unity; not only of ourselves, but also of humankind. It teaches us to let go of attachments and appreciate impermanence. So does travel. My career in yoga has already taken me across North and Central America. Yoga can be a mobile career, and it’s one that…

Sustainable Yoga Travel – It’s Our Responsibility

“Surfing Macroeconomic Theory: Waves attract surfers. Surfing attracts energy. Energy attracts people. People attract capital. Investment attracts development. And so it goes. A quick survey from outer space would likely show an inordinate number of major coastal cities expanding outwards in concentric waves from a quality surf break.” — Steve…

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