Access Your Highest Potential!

Inspired by World-Renowned Life Coach Trainer, Anna Suil

p1030097Anna Suil is a true master of how to live a vibrant, joyful and balanced life. I began training with her for purposes of personal-development, but have since found great value in integrating the tools of Life Coaching into my work as a Yoga Teacher and Retreat Leader.

I’ll be the first to admit, that the idea of a Life Coach is one I shied away from at first, and certainly never a title I sought for myself. It was the inspiring story of my teacher Suil that gave me an entirely new perspective.

As a young adult, Suil committed herself to the path of yoga & meditation, studying under an impressive list of spiritual teachers including Baba Ram Das, Goenka, and Buddhist masters in India, Nepal, Japan and Korea. She continued her formal education with a degree in Psychology, which enabled her to effectively spread the teachings of the East to a Western audience. Among the many hats she has worn in her lifetime, Suil is now a Life Coaching Trainer with an expertise in Neuro-Linguistic Programming, a technique which trains the brain to rewire itself towards positive thought patterns and behaviors in order to maximize our human potential.

In the last year, Suil’s audience has made a drastic shift from the leading corporate CEOs in Asia to a community of health and wellness practitioners at Yandara Yoga Institute, a humble training center in the desert of Mexico. Needless to say, she means it when she says that Life Coaching is a valuable tool for everyone. As Suil makes the shift into retirement, her teachings are being carried forth across a wide spectrum for personal and professional development.

So what is Life Coaching all about?

Here are a few FAQs boiled down specifically for the Yoga Trade community!


Life Coaching is a tool to access your highest potential – those hidden jewels within each and every one of us just waiting to be uncovered!

Who needs a Life Coach?

Short answer: everyone. Because of its holistic approach to well-being, the tools can be applied uniquely to each individual encompassing work, leisure time, romantic relationships, family & friends, and so forth. Having someone shed light on areas that may have been hiding in the subconscious can lead to a better understanding of how to maximize fulfillment in every moment.

How does it work?

A coach supports a client in achieving their goals by first identifying what they are and then exploring options unique to their situation in order to set a clear path moving forward. Rather than offering direct advice, clients are challenged to find solutions within themselves, thus gaining the skills to be more efficient in reaching future goals.

Why does it work?

We are multi-dimensional beings, and as our lives become more and more fragmented between work, play and relationships, the perspective of a skilled coach helps keep clients on track and most importantly, stay accountable!

Where to begin?

Coaching can take place in person, online or even involve travel experiences and retreats which facilitate the process by taking clients outside of their normal surroundings to help spark creative solutions.


If you are interested in learning more, reach out to Mary Tilson at
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“I had never thought of consulting a life coach before but was presented the opportunity at a training program I was attending and feel very lucky to have had the chance. Mary helped me realize that there are tangible steps we can take in order to live the life we want. She helped coach me into identifying what these steps were for me in a way that made me feel very comfortable as I had a big part in identifying what I was comfortable with and what I thought was possible. I loved the fact that I left the meeting with an actual list of things to do daily to help me reach my goals. It wasn’t just talking fluff. It was actually creating a realistic plan to help me achieve what I want. Mary was professional, nonjudgmental and understanding. I would recommend her life coaching services with the highest praises.”

-Erika, Yoga Teacher, USA




Mary Tilson is a world traveling Yoga Teacher, Retreat Leader, and one of Anna Suil’s certified Life Coaches. She is currently the Yoga & Wellness Director of Nihiwatu, Travel+Leisure’s “No1 Hotel in the World” on Sumba Island, Indonesia.

The Yoga of Inspiration

Yoga is not an exercise. It is a philosophy. A way of living. Yoga includes exercise (asana), but to limit it to just this part of the practice would mean missing out on Lotus-Temple-Copy-508x640everything else it has to offer. It would be like sitting down to a fabulous five-course meal and eating only the appetizer. When you incorporate all of the yogic practices—such as breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation (dhyana)—they work together to create not just a healthy physical body, but also healthy mental and emotional bodies. And it is from this steady and clear place that inspiration arises, the bud of creation.

Inspiration has two totally different definitions: 1) something that makes someone want to do something or that gives someone an idea about what to do or create, 2) the act of drawing in; specifically, the drawing of air into the lungs. But perhaps those meanings aren’t so different after all. Think about it. What do people say when someone is about to embark on a new adventure, or take on a big project, or make an important life decision? Take a deep breath! Meaning go forth, be brave, have faith to follow your heart, to be guided by your inspiration.

Inspiration springs from a well of creativity that resides deep inside all of us. Some idea, some passion arises from that murky depth, and when it has gained enough force, it Journey-to-Stillnessbegins to make itself known to us. At first it is just a whisper, like a tickle in the back of the mind. It can take some time before we even become aware of it. But once the thought bursts forth and becomes fully conscious, it starts growing like mad. At some point, it can no longer be contained in the mind, and it must blossom out into life, which it does through the channel of our creativity.

The yoga practices combined are a holistic methodology for bringing a person into a state of healthy equilibrium. This is our natural state—quiet, clear and peaceful. In this space, we hear the whisper of inspiration and are moved to create.





Laura Golden is a yoga instructor, sailor, writer & wanderer at large. She has been practicing yoga for 25 years & teaching for 15 of those. She has sailed across the Atlantic Ocean three times & the Pacific once. Her travels inspire her writing.


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Artist Photos: Kelley Morris

Everything is Possible

Every now and then we come across inspiration that really lights us up! While browsing TED Talks on a rainy day, I stumbled across one from Tao Porchon-Lynch. The now 97 years young Tao has been named the “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records. She has lived an amazing life and has a vibrancy and vitality that is so strong it can be felt through her online presence. She was gracious enough to share some words of wisdom with the Yoga Trade community. Thank you Tao for your spark, for being YOU, and for reminding us all that EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE! 


Where does your name, Tao come from?

When my family was naming me I was so full of life my Ayah kept calling me not the tao4name they had decided upon, but Tao!  “Tao she is so full of the energy and wonder of life,” my uncle said.  “That’s it. From now on, not just Andree, but Tao!”

How has yoga evolved for you over the years?

When one tunes in to our inner self, we learn that the breath of life is the pathway to oneness and the melody of the soul with each beat of the heart.

What do you remember most from your experience marching with Gandhi when you were young?

The incredible march without violence from those who were often beaten, but never retaliated, even when they were badly hurt. Gandhi inspired and created a oneness that made the crowd in touch with the power of freedom.

If time travel was possible, what would your 90 year old self tell your 30 year old self?

Truth is oneness not just in words but by living your beliefs.tao3

How do you think technology is affecting our world and what advice do you have on maintaining balance?

I think we should take more time to get rid of garbage, instead of making more and more holes in this beautiful nature that has given us so much the fruits of life.

Where is your favorite place in nature?

Wherever there are beautiful trees, then nature advertises the wonder of life.

What are you most passionate about?

The dance of yoga inside the beauty and wonder of the dance of life.

What is your most powerful mantra?

“Nothing is impossible.”


Photo credit: Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy (cover and article) & Robert Sturman (bio).




Millions across the globe have been inspired by 97-year-old Tao Porchon-Lynch–World War II French Resistance fighter, model, actress, film producer, wine connoisseur, ballroom dancer, and yoga master. She started yoga at age 8, and is considered a Grande Dame of Yoga. Her teachers were a Who’s Who of the Spiritual World–from The Maharishi to BKS Iyengar and K. Pattabhi Jois. Named “Oldest Yoga Teacher” by Guinness World Records in 2012, Tao exemplifies her mantra: There Is Nothing You Cannot Do.



5 Tips for Capturing Stunning Yoga Portraits

This post was shared to us by Angelo Regalbuto of Foto Fratelli.

Let’s face it, for yoga enthusiasts around the world, if there’s one thing we love as much as our poses, it’s striking poses! Whether it be on a beach, a mountain or a lake, capturing the essence of your practice in a single frame for all your friends to relish is as delightful as a well deserved savasana. And with all of the competition out there for yoga teachers, having professional quality yoga portraits can be the deciding factor as to whether or not you get that 9am Saturday morning class that everyone wants to teach. Here are a few tips to take your yoga clicks to the next level.



Finding the right location for your yoga portrait is essential. If you have access to nature, try to find a spot that has some of the following qualities: Expansive views, vibrant colors, dynamic terrain and contrasting elements (land and sea, river and rock, branches and sky etc.) If you’re living the city life and don’t have easy access to nature or just want to show off your urban side, look for giant murals, bright walls, rooftops, cityscapes, and architecturally significant structures to help you paint vivid images that speak to the balance between the form and the formless.

2. Timing IS Everything

When it comes to photography, timing is everything. Typically, sunrise and sunset offer the nicest light for taking photos, they even call it the golden hour. Scout your locations and figure out whether they are best suited for morning or afternoon shots. Unlessericabio2 you’re doing a silhouette, you want the light to be shining onto you and your background. Shooting in the middle of the day when the sun is high overhead can create unattractive shadows. If you’re going to shoot in the middle of the day, try and choose poses that lift your face up into the light.

3. Test Shoot

Set up a test shoot by yourself or with someone you trust. This can be done anywhere as the purpose is just for you to see what poses look best with your body and practice. Most cameras these days have self timers on them, phone cameras included. The purpose of yogaphoto1this step is to give yourself plenty of time to think of poses and try them out. Believe it or not, when the pressure is on and you need to get the shot before the light changes, just thinking of a pose can be difficult, let alone picking one that you know will look good. So do a test shoot and know beforehand whether the pose you’re thinking of is a faux pas or a fo-sho.

4. Feel Good Wardrobe

When you feel good, you look good! Bring at least three changes of wardrobe, even if you don’t wear them all, having options will help you avoid a last minute clothing crisis. And if you did your job right when you scouted your locations, you made a note of what colors are going to be in the shot and picked out your clothes accordingly. Also, bring a sweat towel. Holding poses while your photographer composes the image and tries to get the best shot possible can be more of a workout than you would think.

5. Warm Up, Relax, Be Creative, and Have Fun

The last thing you want to do is hurt yourself trying to get a yoga photo. So make sure you schedule in some time to warm up at the location before the shoot starts. Don’t pushyogaphoto3 yourself into poses you don’t belong in just for the fame and glory of a stunning photo, it’s not worth it! Remember to breathe, relax your face and neck, and roll your shoulders back. Smile from your heart up through your third eye and keep anchored in your drishti. Because when you’re holding dancer pose for a minute and a half while your photographer fiddles with his/her settings there’s only one truth to remember- it’s what’s on the inside that counts.



Angelo Regalbuto grew up in a house that doubled as a production studio run by his father, Vincent Regalbuto. He has a keen eye for beauty, light, form, and the formless. He spends most of his time between California and Costa Rica and can often be found bodysurfing among dolphins or paragliding with the pelicans. Angelo and his brother are the Founders of Foto Fratelli, a photo/video production company that offers air, water, and land based services.