Friday, April 24, 2015

reflections in baja -- a full circle experience

The deeper I travel into my yoga practice and the further I push myself outside of my comfort zone to discover new parts of the world, while discovering new parts of my self, one thing becomes abundantly clear -- life is a full circle experience. We give, and we receive. One cannot occur without the other. Where we get ourselves into trouble from time to time, is when we give too much, without boundaries, and find ourselves depleted. On the flipside, taking too much without recycling that positive energy back into the world leaves us feeling imbalanced and incomplete. When we stay in the flow and honor the karmic circle of life, we feel energized, purposeful and complete. 

This past weekend in Baja, Mexico was just that -- a full circle experience. Positive energy, love, and purpose oozed from every corner of the Baja Yoga Soul Retreat. Every moment felt like I was doing exactly what I was put on this planet to do. Help people relax, unwind, breathe a little deeper, reconnect with themselves and nature, indulge, and then of course, complete the karmic circle by paying it forward. I felt honored to lead this trip, alongside my partner Amar Harrag, in benefit of a cause that is near and dear to our hearts -- Corazon de Vida Foundation. CDV overseas 13 orphanages in northern Baja, Mexico, one of which, Casa de Paz, is located in one of my favorite places in the world -- Valle de Guadalupe, Mexico's famous wine-producing region. Only a 45 minute drive from the coast, we created a unique experience where our retreat participants could wake up to the waves, practice yoga while gazing out at the ocean, then travel inland to explore the wine country and visit the beautiful children at Casa de Paz. A full circle experience, indeed. We give, we receive, we give, we receive . . . and the Universe smiles as we honor the intended flow of life. Here is a photojournal of our Baja Yoga Soul Retreat. I hope you join us on the next one!






valle de guadalupe ~ mexican wine country
thank you to our generous hosts Villa del Valle, Vena Cava, and Quinta Monasterio
for the delicious meal in the middle of your vineyard and VIP tour of your new spa, Viniphera.










karma yoga at casa de paz
this particular orphanage is set on a many acres of lush, fertile wine country land, so one of our key projects there is building organic greenhouses so they can live off the land and become completely sustainable. with wide open space to roam and sweet animals providing love and free therapy to the over 40 kids that live there, this home is becoming a healing sanctuary that I'm so proud to be a part of. {lesson learned:  piƱatas are always a good idea!}









thank you to Omar Araiza Photography for capturing theses stunning images of our yoga retreat.

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