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Wanderlust: Inspiration for Yoga Teachers

One of the worlds largest yoga and lifestyle gatherings returns to the Lake Tahoe area July 19-22, 2018!

Wanderlust Squaw Valley is a high-vibe place to unite with the international yoga community through asana and meditation classes, personal growth workshops, music, and outdoor adventure.

It is important as a yoga teacher to continue to learn, to diversify knowledge, and to stay inspired and curious. Get out of the comfort zone and take classes and workshops that you normally may not. Connect with the intelligence of the granite, the pines, and the fresh mountain air.

Evolve your practice as a teacher and a student.

Some of the teachers and presenters this year include: Elena Brower, Eoin Finn, Shiva Rea, Chelsey Korus, Light Watkins, Noah Levine, Garth Stevenson, and DJ Drez.

A wonderful experience as a YOGA TEACHER as the event is over-flowing with wisdom, creativity and inspiration. Meet new friends and reconnect with old ones in this magical setting in the Sierras. Share the spirit of WANDERLUST. See you there!

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Three Reasons to Retreat

Want to travel to some of the worlds most stunning locations around the world, guided by inspiring teachers, surrounded by a positive like-minded community, while enjoying daily wholesome foods and yoga? A yoga retreat is a magical experience. It is one of the best ways to self-nourish, gain perspective on life through an intentional ’time-out’ and possibly transform your life. While there are many benefits to a retreat (physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually) the following three reasons are what keeps me creating these sacred spaces for students:

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1. It shifts perspectives

When you physically travel to new locations (even if it is only hours away!) you step out of your comfort zone. Exploring unfamiliar or foreign places encourages you to see the world through fresh eyes and in order to adapt you will need to learn from the people and cultures around you through receptivity, humility and compassion.

2. Improves Wellness

A well-integrated retreat program will include practices for self-inquiry, along with plenty of time for rest, play and adventure. Every retreat experience is designed to aid you through healthy routine in a supportive atmosphere in body, mind and spirit — imagine 8 hours of deep sleep, healthy wholesome meals, fresh air and sunshine, along with daily yoga and meditation. Through rest and reflection you may begin to notice aspects of your life you would like to adjust in order to create more well-being. Unhealthy patterns and habits are often recognized and surface when in these environments. Your teacher(s) will be able to teach you simple practices and suggest tools to transform your life and maintain well-being once you are back home.

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3. Builds community from the Heart

During a retreat there is power in the intimacy that is created with oneself, but most importantly there is a greater sense of connection and harmony felt as you share this experience as a collective. The dynamics are always unique to the individuals and circumstances brought together, yet all are encouraged to welcome one another from a place of authenticity. There are fewer ‘masks’ worn as you only know one another from a neutral and supportive space. You have time to be present with once another, without distractions or alternative motives. Community forms quite quickly as you spend time together on and off the mat and in a foreign context. Often these authentic connections become long lasting relationships and remind you to stay open-hearted as you move through life.

 

 

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LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures.

 

 

 

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25 Quotes to Inspire Your Yoga Travel Life

Words of wisdom to inspire the yoga travel life…

1. “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” – Ibn Battuta

2. “We travel, some of us forever, to seek other places, other lives, other souls.” – Anais Nin

3. “I am not the same, having seen the moon shine on the other side of the world.” – Mary Anne Radmacher

4. “We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.” – Unknown

5. “The use of traveling is to regulate imagination with reality, and instead of thinking of how things may be, see them as they are.” – Samuel Johnson

6. “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.” – Mark Twain

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7. “Travel is the only thing you pay for that makes you richer.” – Unknown

8. “To my mind, the greatest reward and luxury of travel is to be able to experience everyday things as if for the first time, to be in a position in which almost nothing is so familiar it is taken for granted.” – Bill Bryson

9. “Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else.” — Lawrence Block

10. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

11. “The more I traveled the more I realized that fear makes strangers of people who should be friends.” – Shirley MacLaine

12. “Once in a while it really hits people that they don’t have to experience the world in the way they have been told to.” – Alan Keightley

13. “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” Mark Twain

14. “Every dreamer knows that it is entirely possible to be homesick for a place you’ve never been to, perhaps more homesick than for familiar ground.” — Judith thurman

15. “She is free in her wildness, she is a wanderess, a drop of free water. She knows nothing of borders and cares nothing for rules or customs. ‘Time’ for her isn’t something to fight against. Her life flows clean, with passion, like fresh water.” —Roman Payne

16. “We wanderers, ever seeking the lonelier way, begin no day where we have ended another day; and no sunrise finds us where sunset left us. Even while the earth sleeps we travel. We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.” — Kahlil Gibran

17. “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” — Pico Iyer

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18. “Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.” — Nicolas Bouvier

19. “A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.” — Lao Tzu

20. “I have wandered all my life, and I have also traveled; the difference between the two being this, that we wander for distraction, but we travel for fulfillment.” —Hilaire Belloc

21.“Traveling is a brutality. It forces you to trust strangers and to lose sight of all that familiar comfort of home and friends. You are constantly off balance. Nothing is yours except the essential things – air, sleep, dreams, the sea, the sky – all things tending towards the eternal or what we imagine of it.” — Cesare Pavese

22. “Adventure is a path. Real adventure – self-determined, self-motivated, often risky – forces you to have firsthand encounters with the world. The world the way it is, not the way you imagine it. Your body will collide with the earth and you will bear witness. In this way you will be compelled to grapple with the limitless kindness and bottomless cruelty of humankind – and perhaps realize that you yourself are capable of both. This will change you. Nothing will ever again be black-and-white.” — Mark Jenkins

23.“If you’re twenty-two, physically fit, hungry to learn and be better, I urge you to travel – as far and as widely as possible. Sleep on floors if you have to. Find out how other people live and eat and cook. Learn from them – wherever you go.” – Anthony Bourdain

24. “Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” – Maya Angelou

25. “It is better to travel well than to arrive.” – Buddha

 

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Naomi Zelin is a world traveler, a wanderluster, and an international yoga teacher and student. She has lived all over the globe and now calls Thailand her home. Check out her Instagram @LightOnYogaProject to keep up with her adventures.

10 Ways Traveling in Asia Changed Me

I have been dreaming of traveling in Asia since I was a student in undergraduate university because I was mesmerized by eastern culture. This was even before I became a yoga teacher — and it was a force greater than I can explain pulling me in the exact direction my life needed to go. After finishing my masters degree, I knew the time was right, I packed up and traveled out east for 7 amazing months. The following are 10 ways traveling in Asia has changed me:

1. Perspective

One of the main things you gain from traveling is perspective. You realize that coming from a western society all the privilege you have: all the things you take for granted. Toilets where you can flush toilet paper down, sleeping on mattresses, eating all different types of food at nearly any time of the year let alone any time of day. Your perspective of the world is turned around in a way to help you see what’s really important in life.

2. Sometimes no plan is the best plan

When you have months at a time of travel you move slowly and let the experiences come IMG_9711to you instead of seeking them. Planning can cause you to become too rigid instead of allowing the magic of traveling come to you. For example, while I was traveling in India, I met a lovely group of people who told me that Alt J was going to perform in Delhi in a few days. I had already been to Delhi and my plan was to travel up north, but I decided to forget about my original plans because I mean, ALT J, in India, how many opportunities in my life will I have to do that! Traveling has taught me to be open to new experiences and new opportunities whenever they fall into my lap.

3. Introspection

I was speaking to a friend of mine who is a medical doctor in America. I was discussing with her my ideas on life and how and why we are motivated to do things. She looked at me and said, “I don’t like to think that much, it makes me uncomfortable and sad.” One thing traveling does is allows you to be introspective, allows you to question yourself and the world around you. It forces you to create your own dialogue and ideas of life and what truly is happiness.

4. Independence

I grew up in a family where my mom and dad raised me, but also did nearly everything for me. I am inherently not a planner because most of my life was planned out for me and I just went along. Traveling, especially traveling alone, makes you become independent, you have to make a million decisions a day, from where your going to stay, how you are going to get there, what’s most cost effective, what you will be doing, where you will be eating. All of these seem like pretty typical decisions but when you don’t speak the language and people’s English is minimal you have to be creative.

5. Savvy

Traveling has made me much more savvy, of how to seamlessly get by on next to nothing. When money is tight backpackers know how to stretch their dollar. You quickly learn about buying in markets and making your own food instead of eating out. sleeping outside on a roof or in tents to save cost on hostels. Knowing that night busses and trains are the way to go to save time and money. You become an expert on knowing how to get the most experiences with the least amount of money.

6. Locals

One of the first things that I like to do when I arrive in a new city or town is get in with the locals. They know where all the good spots are. They will guide you away from the backpacker trail and lead you into incredibly authentic cultural experiences. Most locals are very proud and excited to share their country with you, offering to cook for you and possibly house you for a night or two. You also get to have genuine dialogue of the problems socially and economically they face. I most enjoy seeing the different family structures and values across different countries and cultures. I was able to first hand see what my life could have been like if I grew up in a different country.

7. Backpackers

This might seem redundant, but when you are not hanging out with the locals you are surrounded by other likeminded people from all over the world. I can go nearly any place in the world and have a friend to call up. While I was couch surfing in New Zealand withIMG_9089 a girlfriend we stayed with a house full of South Americans. One night they invited over some of their friends. Included were Americans, a Chilean, Argentinians, a Brazilian, and a German. We drank wine, taught each other our different languages, and collectively laughed at the inconstancies of our government’s and our historical downfalls. You realize that no one’s country is perfect and that there are people all over the world struggling and laughing about the same things you are. It makes this giant world we live in feel a lot smaller.

8. BUCKETLIST

While I traveled through Asia I was able to cross off so many things from my bucket list that have been looking at me since I was 23. I skydived, bungee jumped, hiked the Nepal Himalayas. I was able to see the festival of lights in Thailand, I was in India for Holi and so many more. I was able to do the things that I wanted to in this lifetime, I realized that I can do more and more! My bucket list gets longer and shorter at the same time the more I travel, but each experience is just as exciting and amazing as the last.

9. Home

One thing I learned while traveling was how strong the bonds I have with my friends and family back at home are. Some people you don’t keep in touch with and that’s ok, but I was able to continue so many of my amazing relationships while I was away. This taught me to appreciate the people in my life so much. As many do, I went threw a particularly challenging part of my trip emotional and psychologically. My friends and family members from home made the extra efforts to check in on me, despite the 12 hour or more time difference, they were there. There is no better feeling in the world then to come home to the people who truly deeply love you.

10. Growth

Inevitably through all these amazing experiences I grew, I grew in ways that I didn’t even think were possible. I even notice the changes 6 months being back home, as I am more understanding, more curious, more open to meeting new people and doing new things. I recently just met a girl at a coffee shop, We started talking, exchanged information, and now we go to fun events all over the city together. Before traveling, I would have never struck up a conversation to a stranger at a coffee shop, and now I welcome those interactions.

 

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Naomi Zelin is a world traveler, a wanderluster, and an international yoga teacher and student. She has lived all over the globe and now calls Thailand her home. Check out her Instagram @LightOnYogaProject to keep up with her adventures.

The Nomadic Yogi Lifestyle

I first became aware of The Yoga Nomads when I read this super resourceful article for yoga teachers. It is no secret that the nomadic yogi lifestyle is continuing to gain momentum and it is inspiration from people like this that make it just a little bit easier for some of us to take the first step toward following a dream. What is super unique about The Yoga Nomads is that they are able to live this lifestyle together. They have found a balanced flow in a way that compliments each other. Soak up this knowledge, wisdom, and brilliance. Meet Anne and Brandon:

How did you two meet?

 

We met in corporate sales selling software for Oracle just over 5 years ago! We started our jobs at the same time and ended up in the same training team. One of our very first conversations was about traveling.

 

What was the catalyst that made you quit your jobs to create a life of travel?

 

It’s safe to say not ONE thing, but many, helped us to make the shift to a location independent lifestyle. A big catalyst certainly was yoga teacher training. We both OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAcompleted 9-week programs (not at the same time) that undoubtedly helped us understand more about ourselves and what we were capable of as individuals. Just shortly after Anne graduated from her teacher training program, she lost her job for the third time in a row. Rather than settling for another unfulfilling career in corporate America, we began the conversation of traveling the world. The Yoga Nomads was born one night over pizza and beer and we bought our 1-way tickets to India soon after feeling hopeful and fearless.

 

How do you practice yoga off the mat?

 

The beauty of yoga is the ability to practice anywhere, anytime! In the last week I noticed a few great opportunities… staying calm during hour traffic, being fully present while on the phone with our parents, and even mindfully walking the dogs. Staying present and acting with intention is the goal of yoga off the mat.

 

Can you give us some tips on how to maintain healthy eating habits, sustainability, and personal practice while traveling?

 

Drinking enough water (with lemon!) is a top priority in maintaining a healthy lifestyle OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwhile traveling. If we aren’t hydrated properly, everything else doesn’t function at it’s maximum potential. On that note, we always travel with our own water bottles so we aren’t contributing to more waste. It’s incredibly easy (and cheap!) to eat local because markets are everywhere you go. This helps us to eat healthy because we fill up on fruits and vegetables for snacks.

 

Thankfully, all the space we need for a personal practice is our travel yoga mat! Even in crowded accommodations, we are easily able to roll out our mat and practice some asanas. We hold each other accountable to practicing regularly, and always seek out studios in new cities.

 

 

Do you have a home base? Or are you always on the road?

 

Our home base is Minneapolis, MN. It is where we both grew up and where our families still reside. Currently, we are in the process of launching a new venture, Shift_Space, so we are home for the meantime, but will be traveling again soon.

 

Shift_Space creates temporary communities of remote workers and entrepreneurs who live, work, and play together in exotic places. Essentially we rent out an entire resort, turn it into a modern workspace, and then fill it with like minded people.

 

When you come back to the U.S. after traveling, do you ever experience challenges integrating back into “regular” life? How do you embrace this?

 

Absolutely. Reverse culture shock is a very real thing after spending significant time away. We are comforted in knowing we have gained a wider perspective on the greaternomads2 picture and find solace in having each other for support. Together, we try to maintain habits we’ve adopted from the road and continue to connect with others who have experienced something similar.

 

Do you think you will be traveling like this 10 years from now?

 

No doubt in our minds. Travel will always be a part of our lifestyles, however the frequency will ebb and flow depending on life circumstances. But it will always be a priority.

 

What are you most passionate about right now?

 

Creating a lifestyle that allows us the flexibility and freedom to live exactly how we want to each and every day. This will come from a place of authenticity and living our highest truth.

 

 

 

 

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Anne and Brandon are an American couple who left their corporate jobs to travel and teach/practice yoga around the world. They run TheYogaNomads.com to help others do the same. They also create temporary communities of entrepreneurs and remote workers who live, work, and play together in exotic locations around the world at Shift_Space.

 

 

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The Flow of Travel

This article is being graciously shared with us by Living Yoga Ambassador, Lauren Lee. You can find more inspiration at the community project she founded, ‘Raise Your Beat’.

 

The reoccurring theme in anyone’s story is the ever present adventure and mystery of life: the constant changing states of our relationship to our environments and ourselves which is the necessary flow of life.

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Nothing is permanent. And even in times when you think you have mastered your rules and feel as if nothing can take you out of your center, the mystery will present itself. Every single second of every day is different. It always has been, and always will be.

 

Throughout travel, this ever-changing flow is amplified when you find yourself in a new environment. No longer with the safety net of our comforts, familiar faces and routines, unknown places present us with magical mysteries – often times challenges, but more often are the sensations of excitement and exploration, inner strength and courage, inspiration and connection.

Our minds and hearts are blown open by new cultures, languages, rituals and rhythms.

We take in each experience as new and as if it were the first time we ever sat for a sunset, laid in the grass or exchanged a heartfelt conversation with another human.

 

That is the beauty of travel

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In a new city, country or continent, our senses are heightened and untouched territories, untold stories, exotic experiences provide the wanderlust high of venturing into the unknown.

 

Travel teaches us to surrender and soften when things don’t go as planned.

Travel offers us simple pleasures in a whole new light and encourages awareness and gratitude.

Travel gifts us the comfort and support from another human or community, in the most unexpected times.

Travel restores our independence and activates our internal wisdom. Travel represents reality…that while world is a big and beautiful place, we are all seeking the same universal truths and qualities of connection, love, happiness and health.

 

This is the true ebb and flow of travel

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So jump in feet first and ride the waves of mystery. All you need is an open mind and to trust your intuition. The rest will fall into place sweetly, as it always does, time and time again.

 

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LAUREN LEE is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Founder of Raise Your Beat, dedicated yogini and sun seeker, she lives for creating connection and enjoying simple pleasures.

My Sweet Spot

Bali is breathtaking. The bustle of the small city of Ubud is abundant with cozy cafes offering organic food, juices, and sweets. Colorful sarongs line the streets as smiling locals appear from their shops, and ancient temples garnished with Ganesha nestled into lush gardens, seduce the Western eye.

The island is unique with roughly 90% of the population Hindu followers. The familiar (good) scents of India – the burning of sandalwood and nag champa mixed with the sultry breezes of fresh flowers follow you down the streets. As you weave around heaps of motorbikes, taxis (and unfortunately tourists) you flow throughDSC00084 the narrow sidewalks as if a video game character, avoiding the hundreds of small poojas, banana leaves with offerings for the gods. The poojas are such small, yet profound reminders of why I love the Eastern world and it’s traditions. These rituals are deeply embedded in the culture and give meaning and intention to even the simplest actions.

When you began to practice mindfulness, whether it is with a prayer, an asana practice, a meal you cook or enjoying a cappuccino with a friend – you are fully engaged and offer yourself completely to that present moment. I understand the importance of this the more I dive deeper into the path of yoga. I also realize this the more time I spend away from fast paced society in America.

During my time spent in Bali I learned philosophy behind the practices…the main objective is to find truth: how to live a life of contentment and happiness amidst reality. It is a path to liberation and freedom from suffering.

One of my mentors, Rose, often says “live your life passionately present and awake to reality, with non-attachment”. She explains the incredible sensations you experience when you can accept reality (because we will never win against it) with grace, by practicing non-attachment (because nothing is ever permanent) we allow ourselves to stay grounded internally, no matter what is happening in our external worlds, joy or pain. When we cultivate a sense of pure pleasure for people, places or an experience, without trying to hold on to them, we then enjoy them so much more, leaving us content and fulfilled.

Despite the chaos in the heart of Ubud, I noticed an elderly woman with a map of beautifully drawn wrinkles, smiling on the sidewalk, as she sells her exotic fruits, and offers samples to any curious takers. She sat in that same exact spot week after week, and that is enough for me to see her pure happiness and contentment.DSC00058 Although she was amongst many shops adorned with expensive malas, mats (and every other yoga paraphernalia under the Balinese sun) she was surrounded by Westerners with costly cameras, still she sat peacefully, completing her dharma (purpose in life) with enjoyment and sincerity. To me, that is the definition of Santosha (contentment) and is something most take a lifetime, or many, to accomplish.

As I traversed back through the rice paddies on small paths, I saw villages dispersed throughout the endless amounts of greenery. I heard chants from a not so distant temple and became consumed with the laughter of a family nearby. I saw men and women bent over in straw hats with machetes, who spend their entire lives cultivating these fields and harvesting the crops. I stopped to admire one of the many artists who create carvings from coconuts shells.

It is hard for most to imagine a life like this. It seems simple, for some – maybe too simple. Personally, I could do with more simplicity in my life. What really captured my attention is the honorable relationship between humans and nature, and humans and the divine – which is our ultimate happiness and inner peace. I felt a sense of Santosha and realize how healing a bit of purity, nature and truth can be.

Lauren-Sta-Tere_54I completely fell for this island and all it’s inspiring characters from all corners of the world. Bali’s lush terrain and stable mountains hold incredible spirituality, with a gentle sweetness exuding from its people. It is a sacred place to expand your awareness of these ancient practices, another culture and yourself.

Let go of all your expectations, growth begins with new experiences.

Lauren is passionate about holistic health, exploring the world and empowering others to live vibrant and happy lives. Follow her teachings, travels and journey through www.raiseyourbeat.com