Friday, June 6, 2014

Mermaid Yogis Goddess Gathering

On Tuesday, June 3rd, I co-hosted the first pop-up Mermaid Yogis gathering at La Jolla Shores. We put the word out on instagram two weeks ago and word traveled fast! There are over 1000 of us participating in the #mermaidyogis challenge on instagram, flowing together virtually, so we thought, why not host a meet up and invite all the mermaids living in or near San Diego to gather and connect in person. The turnout was incredible! Over 50 yogis came out to play, laugh, connect and spread good vibes. Lots of San Diego local yogis and also a few came down from Orange County, Los Angeles, Utah, and beyond! We had a blast just hanging out and talking all things mermaid and yoga for a few hours, then hydrated with some delicious Pitaya Plus spritzers. We concluded the meet-up with a goddess circle just as the sun was setting over the sea. I guided everyone through a meditation dedicated to friendship, trust and vulnerability, then we flowed through a few sun salute variations, pulling from the first few poses in our #mermaidyogis challenge. Finally, we concluded with a dedication to Mother Earth and a commitment to protect her always. All in all, it was a beyond beautiful day! Thank you to Ayami {@ayamihiroshige} for co-hosting this with me. Thank you to Jake {@jakespencer} for your amazing photography skills in capturing these sacred moments. I'm hoping to put another *mermaid yogi goddess gathering* together on Saturday, June 21 for the Summer Solstice. Stay tuned, loves! 

uniting our divine energy ~ we are all connected ~ we are all one!
public displays of yoga ~ pincha mayurasana variations
getting our collective downdog on!
new friends
open your heart, make space for more love
total focus : )
... but sometimes falling out of it is the best part!
*Shout out to my beautiful co-host Ayami in the red, looking good mama!
me and Jenny rocking the peace mudra, with help from beautiful yogini Paulina
aubry and alissa demonstrating strength and grace all at once.

new soul sisters! the stoke of finding your long-lost other half.
life is gooood upside down. and even better in love zuvi leggings!

Huge thanks to our friends Charles and Colt, owners of Pitaya Plus for coming out and supplying our mermaids with some healthy hydration. This hot pink superfood, also known as dragonfruit is responsibly sourced from farmers in Nicaragua and is our fave! Add sparkling water and it's the perfect summer spritzer.

Goddess Circle! Taking a deep bow of gratitude to our divine Mother Earth. Remembering the reason why we all came together - to honor our collective love of the ocean and all living beings. The light in me is the light in you. We are all connected. We are one.

“The glory of friendship is not the outstretched hand, not the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship. It is the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when you discover that someone else believes in you and is willing to trust you with a friendship.” -- Emerson

Until the next time we gather, mermaid yogis....Namaste! ~ Mandy

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