Thursday, August 27, 2015

New Years Yoga Retreat

"Perhaps 

we should love ourselves so fiercely

that when others see us, 

they know exactly 

how it should be done." 

This will be the theme of our New Years in the Jungle retreat. Cleansing, healing, rejuvenating, self-love yoga and excursions to push you past your fears into a place of radical acceptance. A once in a lifetime chance to explore the depths of the soul in Sayulita, Mexico and step into the new year loving yourself like the QUEEN you are. 

A New Years Retreat unlike any other -- we will literally ring in 2016 together! There's no one else I would rather create this with than my girl Jade Alectra, founder of the #womanpoetry movement and all-around beautiful goddess healer. Together, she and I will take you on an epic journey back to yourself, drawing lessons from the dark days to help shine light into new spaces of your heart. We will release fear and dive deep into the practice of true, unfiltered self-love. This will be my 10th time leading a yoga retreat in Mexico, so I'm pulling out all the stops! My favorite jungle and ocean adventures that have healed and inspired me over the years are now my offering to you. 


December 30 - January 3
wednesday - sunday
5 days, 4 nights
Sayulita, Mexico



Your Retreat Package Includes: 
  • 4 nights stay at boutique eco-luxury retreat center 
  • Round trip transport from Puerto Vallarta Airport (PVR)
  • All local taxes, fees and staff gratuity
  • Yoga classes with inspired teachers Jade Leblanc (@jadealectra) and Mandy Burstein (@zengirlmandy)
  • SUP Yoga class + ocean adventure day 
  • Organic breakfast + green smoothies every morning
  • 4 delicious group dinners, including a special New Years Eve feast on the beach with fireworks
  • One massage with Mandy's personal shaman healer -- this guy is GOOD! :)
  • The following excursions are also included in the package price:
    - one native sweat lodge temazcal ceremony to release the energy of 2015
    - one New Years Day group hike through the jungle to a sacred blue mud beach to set intentions and start 2016 from a beautiful, open, intentional place. > preview here <

What's not included?
your flight; additional spa treatments or excursions not listed above; lunch
(we leave mid-day open to explore town and show you our favorite local taco stands and beach bars)

please note: retreat deposits are non-refundable. final balance due by December 1, 2015.

Meet Your Hosts

Mandy Burstein -- Having grown up all around the world, Mandy blends her love of travel and adventure to create amazing, unforgettable yoga retreats. She has guided over 100 students on retreats to Mexico and is completely in love with the country, as it has healed her personally and challenged her professionally. Mandy teaches powerful vinyasa flow, stand-up paddleboard yoga and deeply restorative yoga, all concentrated around the theme of self-love and empowerment. 

Jade Alectra -- After finding yoga in her darkest of hours, Jade realized the healing powers of the practice and became a certified yoga instructor. A passionate runner and all-around talented athlete, Jade teaches a unique, dynamic physical asana practice. She challenges her students to go to their edge, helping them find a deeper sense of self-love and self-respect. She is excited to explore the jungles of Sayulita, Mexico and welcome 2016 with a dedicated tribe of fellow seekers. Read Mandy's entire interview with Jade here.  





Current Availability

PRIVATE ROOM - $1399 per person - SOLD OUT!
(private room with your own bathroom and kitchen. one large king bed)



SHARED ROOM - $1199 per person - SOLD OUT!
(private room with bathroom and kitchen. 2 queen beds in each room, 2 people total)



* Thank you for your interest in our New Years Yoga Retreat. As of 8/25/15, the retreat is officially at full capacity. We are overwhelmed with gratitude and so excited for this unique experience! Please email Mandy (zengirlmandy@gmail.com) if you would like to be put on a wait list or notified about future opportunities. 






Thursday, August 13, 2015

FLASH GIVEAWAY -- Temple Turmeric Gift Basket!

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Turmeric should be in everyone's diet! I'm no doctor, but I have learned one simple, irrefutable fact in my years studying yoga, nutrition and healthy living -- our typical Western diets cause massive inflammation in the body, which can cause illness and disease. Remember learning about pH balance in high school chemistry? One too many droplets in the beaker and explosion central! Our bodies are just as delicate. 

A simple formula to remember is you need to be slighlty alkaline for your body to be functioning at its highest potential. In order to do that, you need to cut back on highly acidic foods like: fatty red meats, processed/canned foods, refined carbohydrates, cow's milk, high sugar juices, etc. Introduce more alkaline-based foods into your diet like: leafy greens, whole grains, seeds, nuts, vegetables, raw manuka honey, ginger and turmeric. Affectionately referred to at the "Queen of Spices", turmeric is a natural, powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory. It's most famous for treating digestion issues, arthritis, muscles aches, and reducing inflammation in the body. It's even been used for the treatment of cancers and severe rheumatoid arthritis. 

This month, I am so proud to partner with Temple Turmeric, a conscious company that creates delicious turmeric-based nourishing beverages called elixirs using only non-GMO ingredients. The turmeric they source is grown in Hawaii and is of the highest quality on the market today. I'm so excited to give away a variety pack of Temple Turmeric elixirs so you can sample all their unique flavors, along with a special 6 pack of their new Super Tonics called PURE PRANA

This gift pack is valued at around $75 and exclusive to my amazing ZEN GIRL readers. Just enter the giveaway below and you'll be in the running! This is a flash giveaway that begins Thursday, August 13 and ends Friday night. Winner will be announced on Saturday. Good luck!

Namaste xoxo,
Mandy





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update 8/15/15: winner announced! congratulations ALYSON WRIGHT!
(please contact me via email to collect your Temple Turmeric gift basket)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Secret San Diego - Adobe Falls

When I think of the word "adventure" my mind immediately wanders to far away lands with thatched-roof palapas and turquoise waters. Only recently have I started exploring my own backyard, and am so amazed with the magical little finds you can stumble upon in San Diego.

This week, my 17 year old sister is visiting me for her last summer trip before she heads to college in the Fall. Over the last few months, we've schemed up a variety of plans for our few days together. We tried to rent a VW Bus and drive all up and down the California coast. Then, we realized neither of us drive stick. We plotted a trip to Los Angeles to hike the Hollywood sign, then her flight got delayed and re-routed so that plan was foiled. As a last-ditch effort, we even considered a road trip out to Joshua Tree, then realized that the Mojave Desert is pushing 115 degrees in August. Scratch that from the list immediately! With time running out and our viable options dwindling fast, we started googling hidden San Diego and secret San Diego adventures. We came across one that made us both wide-eyed and giddy with excitement: Adobe Creek Falls -- known as the only year-round waterfall in San Diego County. There is relatively little information online about this "secret" hiking destination, so it took us three tries to actually find it, but once we did, it was AMAZING. If you want to attempt this hike, be prepared for many twists and turns and laughs along the way, which is all part of the adventure right?!

Luckily, we found an article in the San Diego Reader, that was written in 1997 yet somehow is still extremely relevant and pointed us in the exact right direction. Adobe Falls is located in East County, near the College Avenue exit by San Diego State University. I attended SDSU and lived all 4 years on campus, yet somehow never heard of this little gem. Technically, it's illegal to go there, since it's private campus property. I've heard rumors of people getting trespassing citations, yet considering that it's August, school's out of session, and we went there on a quiet Thursday morning, I figured we were in the clear. And if not, my little sis would have a fun story to tell her friends the first week of college!  Insider tip: after you experience the waterfalls, continue hiking further another half a mile until you arrive at the secret tunnel. It's full of amazing grafitti and is a perfect photo op.

My advice: do not go on a Saturday or Sunday, especially during the college school year. Keep a low profile, be nice to the neighbors, and pick up trash on your hike back out. Be respectful of the land and hopefully we can all keep enjoying this hidden treasure for years to come!

Here is a photojournal of our "Secret San Diego" hike to Adobe Creek Falls -- 






Wednesday, August 5, 2015

This Saturday -- Join The One Love Movement!

On August 8th, we'll raise the vibration here in San Diego by connecting through yoga, meditation, and ​by giving back because we can, and by coming together as ONE. Please join us for The One Love Movement's 4th annual charity yoga event for under-served kids! 

According to event organizer, my friend Kim Bauman, "The One Love Movement is all about inspiring others to want to serve their heart in a way that fits them. We all have our own cause and our own thing that tugs at our heart. For me, it's under-privileged kids, for you it might be saving the whales, and no cause is better than the other, the intention is that we inspire a community that gives back through action."

Once a year, Kim rallies the best yoga teachers and a devoted local yoga community to throw the most amazing yoga charity event in southern California. This time last year, right before her last event, we sat down and chatted about her journey. Kim answered some very personal questions and shared her beautiful story. Read the entire interview here. 



Join us for The One Love Movement's 4th annual charity yoga event, Saturday, August 8th. For full details and to purchase tickets for this Saturday's event go to www.jointheonelovemovement.org

Use promo code: ONELOVE to save $5!  Let's come together ​and mak​e​ a difference for under privileged ​kids! Live music performance by: ​DJ Drez & Marti Nikko, featuring global yoga teachers Taylor Harkness, MacKenzie Miller, Jaysea DeVoe, Kim Bauman, Heather Peterson, Britta Rael, and Andrew Sealy. 

*This weekend at Bird Rock Yoga, we are hosting more intimate workshops with Taylor Harkness and MacKenzie Miller, in collaboration with The One Love Movement. Backbends on Friday night with Taylor, followed by Arm Balances and Inversions with MacKenzie on Sunday. It's going to be an incredible #ONELOVE weekend! Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 3, 2015

12 Hours in Tijuana

Tijuana, Mexico is a special place. Just saying its name out loud, you're bound to get an immediate reaction from people. Ranging from deathly afraid to excited and intrigued, the city's complicated past brings out fierce emotion in people. I've lived in San Diego since I was 15 years old and my high school days included frequent weekend trips down to "TJ" for family parties and quinceaƱeras. Flash forward to my 20's and Tijuana was completely off limits. Baja California, in general, became the wild wild west and only the most daring surfers were crazy enough to drive down in search of perfect, empty waves. In my mid-twenties, I found myself in a tribe of those crazed surfers who were obsessed with Baja. Strict travel warnings and horror stories of kidnappings were no match for their passion and dedication to the ocean. Still to this day, we road-trip down to Baja at least once a month for the past 7 years, and yet Tijuana remains only a pass-through, over-looked and not quite understood. 

Until now . . .


With happy, nostalgic memories of hopping around Tijuana as a teenager fresh in my mind, I felt inspired and almost compelled now as an adult to give the city another chance. Baja's wine country, Valle de Guadalupe has recently received international acclaim and now, more people than ever are venturing south of the border. I've led 3 yoga retreats to Baja in the past 12 months and am always on the look-out, scouting the up-and-coming hot spots in Mexico that haven't quite been discovered yet. This past Friday, the stars aligned and the opportunity to explore the city presented itself. A little work, and A LOT of play led to one of the best trips of my life!

 A quick break-down: we crossed the border around 2pm; went straight to Erizo Baja, a famous ceviche spot by superstar chef Javier Plascencia (everything was amazing!), followed by a stop at Cerveceria Insurgente (a tasting room & restaurant that carries tons of local and international beers on tap -- perfect for the cerveza lovers!), and then stopped into a gorgeous restaurant called Verde y Crema. Along the way, we heard that the season opener for beloved Tijuana soccer team XOLOS was kicking off at 7pm and we couldn't miss it. We grabbed a taxi over to Caliente Stadium and got the last few tickets available. At $45 a pop, the experience was worth every single pesos. Fireworks, mariachi, singing and dancing (even though we lost!) was the best way to celebrate on a Friday night. We grabbed late-night street tacos and tortas on the way back to the border and were back home in La Jolla by 2 AM. We felt 100% safe and are already planning the next trip down. 

Side Note: I should probably mention that the "we" in this adventure is myself, and my 2 very blonde girlfriends Jenny and Leslie. 3 girls running around the city, eating like queens, dancing with strangers in the stadium and absolutely loving life. Ladies and gentleman -- I'm here to tell you that TIJUANA IS BACK and better than ever!

Here is a photojournal of our 12 Hours in Tijuana -- 











my favorite part?
creativity is just ooozing from the city. beautiful street art, interesting culinary creations and the use of all fresh, locally harvested fish and meats are super inspiring. 

want to plan your own adventure in Tijuana?

bienvenida a Tijuana -- general info on the arts & culture scene
club tengo hambre -- a roving supper club with amazing guided tours
baja wine and food -- an expert in all things gastronomic, follow them on social media for the hottest spots and carefully curated experiences

Friday, July 31, 2015

30 Day Summer Yoga Challenge -- #MermaidYogis are you in?

Summer 2015 is in full swing and the ocean is calling! Grab your yoga mat or stand-up paddle board  and head outside for some salty, sandy yoga fun. This August, we challenge you to 30 days of mermaid shenanigans. Reconnect with your inner ocean goddess and learn a few new things along the way. The #mermaidyogis challenge is a great opportunity to re-dedicate yourself to your yoga practice, prioritize your personal health and well-being, and become a part of our tribe. 

We've hosted 3 month-long mermaid challenges in the past, and each one has been incredible! I've personally gotten to connect with fellow ocean-loving yoga girls all around the world. From Australia, the UK, South Africa, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada and all over the US, women who feel a deep connection to the sea are joining together for 30 days of community, support, sisterhood, growth and connection through yoga. 





HOW TO PARTICIPATE
  1. Repost the collage above on your Instagram and Facebook and tag #MermaidYogis
  2. Post once daily from August 1-30 – a video or creative photo of the pose of the day. If you miss a day, no worries. Just catch up before September 2!
  3. Tag hosts in all posts – @stoked_yogi, @zengirlmandy, @janalyn.rose, @seavibesyoga
  4. Tag sponsors – @gracedbygrit, @glidesup, @mandukayoga, @colorescience, @twistedguru, @rawelementsusa, @bodyglovegirl, @bloominglotusjewelry, @thebeautyofhandmade
  5. Be creative, have fun, and remember that this movement is meant to help you LOVE your practice, connect with the ocean, and most importantly -- LOVE yourself! Check in with us hosts daily pose instructions.

OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS





Want more?

Mermaid Meditations
 -- free guided mantras and meditations inspired by the sea. 
Themes are: Acceptance; Confidence; Self Care and Moon Meditation. Watch them here.

Mermaid Retreats -- magical things happen when we step away from technology, breathe with nature, and laugh out loud with new friends. I'm constantly designing new experiences to help women fall in love with themselves and their lives again. Check here for my upcoming retreats!


So ... are you up for the challenge? 
Comment below if you will join us August 1st for a whole month of #mermaidyogis fun! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Summer Lovin' - Zen Girl Health + Beauty Faves

Summer has arrived! Long days, late sunsets, tan lines, good times. It's truly my favorite time of year! Here are my top 3 health + beauty favorites that I'm currently summer crushing on. Each are designed to highlight your natural beauty and bring out your most vibrant self during this spectacular, sun-drenched season. 



1 -- Summer Skin Care -- TruSelf Organics.

I found an amazing face mask that is an all-natural, organic way to fight blemishes: the Detoxifying Facial Mask by a Michigan-based yogi/mama/entrepreneur. The ingredients are simple, straightforward and from the Earth. My skin loved how it felt as the mask went from cool and wet to a thick, nourishing clay. It was like a green smoothie for my skin! 

2 -- Organic Nail Polish -- Madam Glam.

Their polishes are all 5-free, Cruelty-Free and VeganWhat does this mean? Cruelty-Free means that they never test on animals. Vegan means that the polish does not contain any animal ingredients. Never. 5-Free means that all their nail polishes are made without the five sketchiest ingredients linked to toxicity. That meants they're free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and toluene - plus formaldehyde resin and camphor, too. So safer and more healthy for your nails...and for you! My favorite Madam Glam colors are the classic "So Nude" and the mermaid-inspired turquoise shade called "Like a Dream"

3 -- Eco Conscious Yoga Apparel -- Balini Sports.

Having owned a yoga clothing company myself in a past life, I personally know how hard it is to manufacture in the US and the extra costs involved with using environmentally friendly materials. When I notice a yoga apparel brand that supports keeping jobs in the US and making sustainable products with minimal waste, I am 100% on board. Balini Sports is creating some really fun designs and shaking up the yoga clothing world with its popular prints and breathable fabrics. My favorite Balini swag is their Yogini Yoga Capris, which I've been living in for the past two months.


Thanks to my friends over at Balini Sports, I'm giving away a $50 Gift Card to one of my readers. 

Winner will be announced Friday morning, July 17th. Be sure to include your instagram name and/or email address so I can contact the winner. Good Luck! Happy Summer 2015!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Zen Girl's Guide to La Jolla -- California's Jewel by the Sea

This month marks my 6th year anniversary of living in beautiful La Jolla, California. It didn't take much to lure me to this idyllically charming beach town nestled inside of the vibrant city of San Diego. While year after year, La Jolla maintains its status as one of the top food and luxury travel destinations in the world, it still retains its Old World charm. There's an air of 1960s surf culture that co-mingles gracefully with European sophistication. Having grown up in Italy, life now in La Jolla is warmly nostalgic of residing near the Amalfi Coast, where the days revolve around the sea and neighbors gather at sunset to marvel at the natural cinema occurring right before their eyes. Many a sunset gatherings end with a roaring applause. From Bird Rock to the Village to the Shores, the entire town is almost fully walk-able, from beginning to end. Unequivocally, my favorite part of La Jolla is the ability to be outdoors, highly active, and near the ocean, at all times, earning it the much-deserved nickname "The Jewel by the Sea".


Complimenting its natural beauty, La Jolla is abundant with some of the best dining experiences in the world. Farm to Table and Sea to Table are not simply buzz words here -- they are industry standard. In a town where most residents are very physically active and health conscious, restaurants respond and ensure that ingredients are locally and humanely sourced, with a consistent emphasis on seasonal pairings. From your morning coffee or green juice to a perfect date night out, here are my top picks for the best of the best in California's Jewel by the Sea:

  •  Morning Coffee -- BIRD ROCK COFFEE ROASTERS -- Arguably the best coffee in San Diego, BRCC serves up some of the most delicious brews that keep customers returning day after day. They source from all over Central America and Africa, bringing home the best coffee beans in the world to satisfy the picky palettes of La Jolla's residents. Their cozy coffee shop is a popular morning hangout, where seats get snatched up quickly, so come early, stay for a while and get to know the inner workings of this town in one of its cutest little local hideouts.
      
  • Green Juice -- FARM TO FORK JUICE -- 100% organic, cold-pressed juice bottled every morning, grab and go style. I personally know the owners and they have the highest standards for produce and select only the best, most nutrient-dense ingredients. With their recently opened 2nd location in the Village, you can get your healthy morning fix while cruising through town or at their headquarters in Bird Rock. Perfect for the yogi on the go!

  • Brunch -- MUSEUM CAFE -- My favorite Sunday brunch spot! This adorable cafe is located in the garden of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego and is just a short stroll from the beach. Chef Giuseppe Ciuffa carefully curates a seasonal menu, which has a wide variety of options that is sure to please everyone at the table, from classic egg scrambles and huevos rancheros to bountiful summer salads and hearty burgers. My personal favorite is the butternut squash panini that makes an appearance on the menu every winter. In addition to the Museum Cafe, Chef Giuseppe also has another restaurant in La Jolla Shores called Caroline's Seaside Cafe, with possibly the best view in town! (pictured below)


  • Lunch -- PUESTO -- located at 1026 Wall Street, in the heart of the Village, Puesto serves up the best vegetarian tacos I've ever eaten in my life! Inspired by the indigenous cuisine of Oaxaca, deep in the south west of  Mexico, it features a mix of cactus, zucchini, roasted corn and avocado topped with crispy melted cheese -- to die for! In fact, I'm going to take a break from writing this article and go grab one right now! Back soon . . . .

  • Casual Dinner -- EL PESCADOR FISH MARKET -- The sun just set and you're in the mood for something on the lighter side, Pescador is the way to go! From their famous fish tacos, to their fish sandwiches (get the yellowtail, add avocado) to their classic house salad topped with the grilled-up fish of your choice, there is no bad option on the menu. Everything is extremely fresh and sustainably sourced. Pescador is without question my #1 spot to take our out-of-town guests when they pass through La Jolla.

  • Fine Dining -- CATANIA -- The newest, most highly anticipated addition to the La Jolla luxury dining scene, Catania is the latest brain child of the Whisknladle Hospitality Group, who brought Whisknladle and Prepkitchen to town a few years ago. Featuring "coastal Italian cuisine", one can expect lots of fresh seafood, handmade pastas and pizzas made over their in-house wood fire oven. My personal favorite is the Black Squid Ink and Octopus Spaghetti paired with a glass of their homemade Limoncello on the rocks.

    photo by San Diego Magazine 


  • Dinner & Dancing -- Manhattan of La Jolla -- This is my absolute favorite local date night spot! Located inside of the Empress Hotel on Fay Avenue in the Village, it's pretty tucked away and definitely not a tourist trap. Stepping into the Manhattan, you feel as if you just time-traveled back to the 1960s Rat Pack era of old-school class and charisma. The pianist channels his inner Frank Sinatra and serenades the crowd with all the classics, as well as mixes in a few pop cultures favorites here and there. Put on a slinky dress and heels and be prepared to dance the night away!
Aside from food and drinks, La Jolla has some other amazing things to offer too! 
  • Best Beach -- Windansea Beach
  • Best Yoga Studio -- Prana Yoga Center La Jolla
    full disclosure: I teach there Monday nights, come join me for a class! :)
  • Best Wedding Ceremony Venue -- under 50 people: The Wedding Bowl
    Over 50 people: Ellen Browning Scripps Park
  • Best Wedding Reception Venue -- La Valencia Hotel
  • Best View -- walk to the top of Mount Soledad, 360 degrees of all of the Jewel
I'll leave you with this -- a classic La Jolla Cove sunset, no reservation needed.

Hope to see you here soon!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Woman Poetry -- this Saturday!

"Sometimes -- you’ll just be too much woman. Too smart, Too strong. Too much of something that makes a man feel like less of a man, which will start making you feel like you have to be less of a woman. The biggest mistake you can make is removing jewels from your crown to make it easier for a man to carry. When this happens, I need you to understand, you do not need a smaller crown— You need a man with bigger hands."  - Michael Reid


Woman Poetry is an incredibly healing experience. Woman Poetry is an opportunity to practice radical self-love. It is a chance to release, shed and surrender the negative emotions we hold onto. As women, we have immense intuitive and healing abilities to positively uplift and nourish ourselves and those around us. Unfortunately, more often that not, we stand in our own way. We hold onto past pain, heartbreak, regret, disappointments and most of all -- fear. We cling to these emotions and allow them to grow inside our bodies and minds. This manifests as digestive issues, stubborn belly fat, tightness in the shoulders, hips and low back -- and that's just on a physical level. Energetically, we can feel stuck, stagnant, and uncomfortable. Life is not meant to be lived this way! The sooner we acknowledge these emotions and move through them, we create the space for NEW energy to arise. Positive, uplifting energy to nourish ourselves and others. The ultimate freedom. All of us deserve to feel FREE.

Woman Poetry: 
a night of self love 
and female empowerment 

Saturday June 27th
5pm at Bird Rock Yoga in San Diego
hosted by - Mandy Burstein & Jade Alectra
tickets -- www.tinyurl.com/womanpoetry

Two hour "woman poetry" flow with guided savasana meditation and goddess circle, followed by a beach fire ceremony to release even more. Pricing $30; all are welcome; only a few spots left!

I am SO happy to be hosting the 2nd Woman Poetry event with Jade Alectra. Jade is an amazing goddess that has been through so much, which has sparked this spiritual journey to heal herself through words, breath and movement. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Zen Bride

She is present ~ She is active ~ She is alive

With vibrant, magnetic energy, she manifests the life she wants to live. 

She is creative, connected, nourished and nourishing. She floats effortlessly between the spiritual and material worlds and recognizes the value in both. With the love of her life by her side, she is ready to embark on this new chapter with unshakable confidence in her heart and unlimited peace in her soul. 


THE ZEN BRIDE is an essence that every woman should feel on her wedding day. When I got married in 2010, I was in the middle of my yoga teacher training and used my new-found breathing and meditation practice to ensure that I had positive energy swirling all around me. I am on a mission to help women come into this space and have the stress-free wedding of their dreams. My friend Janalyn Yanover (of Horizon Light Photography) and I created the Zen Bride concept to encourage the wedding industry to take a big, giant exhale and remember the purpose of it all -- two people joining their lives together from a place of infinite love and respect. 

With our expertise as yoga teachers, spiritual guides, event planner and professional wedding photographer, we create an opportunity for the Bride to completely relax, focus on her breath, and become the most beautiful, radiant version of herself. 

We invite you to wander through our ZEN BRIDE photojournal -- a collection of images Janalyn captured of me channeling matrimonial bliss and having some fun with acro-yoga, stand-up paddleboard yoga and even trashing my dress in the Pacific Ocean! 










ZEN BRIDE Packages
Mandy Burstein, founder of Zen Girl
Janalyn Yanover, founder of Horizon Light Photography
based in San Diego, California; available for on-location travel

"I mean . . . I like yoga, but why should I include it in my wedding?!"  {This is Why}

  • Bachelorette Yoga Parties (in San Diego and Baja California, Mexico)
  • Bridal Party Goddess Circle (at bridal shower or during wedding weekend)
  • Pre-Wedding Yoga Class (day before and/or morning-of)
  • Morning-After Yoga Class (optional green juice & smoothie delivery)
  • Day-Of Coordinator (Mandy has 7+ years of event design & coordination)
  • Wedding Photographer/Videographer (Janalyn has 10+ years experience)

    MORE INFO -- 858-523-8650 or email me directly at zengirlmandy@gmail.com
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