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Yoga Writing and Slow Travel: Ely Bakouche

We connected with Ely Bakouche several years ago through the platform she helped co found; Shut Up & Yoga. We continue to be super inspired by the approach and creativity of this digital magazine and love Ely’s perspective on yoga writing, travel, and life. Here, with catch up with Ely…

Creatrix Spotlight: SunseekCo Saanti

We met Saanti (founder of SunseekCo) this year in Costa Rica while she was working with Surf With Amigas. We love her enthusiasm for life, her handmade swimwear, and the serendipitous moment of learning that she has been a  Yoga Trade member for years. Here we catch up with Saanti…

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…

Mask of Light and Ho’oponopono

Lately my sister will call me on a video chat while she’s driving home in the evening, phone is in the hands free stand on her dash, and as the sun is setting the light that hits her face with the visor down, illuminates only her mouth, cheeks and nose,…

How To (Actually) Make Money As A Yoga Instructor

Let’s face it, nobody goes into yoga teaching to become rich. But yoga instructors can make money!  It’s true. There are dozens of yoga teacher millionaires and countless more that earn enough money to live comfortably in a first world country… …which, compared to many yoga teaching gigs right now,…

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…

International Yoga Teachers: Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy

Here we get an inside glimpse into the lives of international yoga teachers, Ron Reid and Marla Meenakshi Joy. Join them in Costa Rica this April! How many yoga trainings and retreats have you led? We started teaching internationally in 2001….in Europe…before many other American yoga teachers hit the scene…

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…

Authenticity in Yoga Teaching

Before starting to talk about authenticity in teaching yoga, let’s look first at what is personal authenticity? Authentic, that is something genuine… Authenticity; being real, being true to yourself… “Be yourself, everyone else is taken.”  ~Oscar Wilde The root of the word “authenticity” in Latin language is “author”, so being…

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…

Wellness and Healing at Home

Winter is often a hard time of year for many people with its grey skies and overabundance of darkness. The cold and precipitation can easily keep you from venturing outside, but that shouldn’t prevent you from maintaining your personal wellbeing. It is during this time of year that we look…

Raw Vegan Blissed Out Brownies

With holiday festivities in full gear, along comes plenty of opportunities to make and share food. Feel good about indulging and create these raw vegan brownies. Let’s start with dessert first because it’s like the most important meal EVER. Most humans on the planet love chocolate, and the best way…

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