Yoga Guide Magazine Issue 2 'Travel Edition' BALI

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From Cali to Bali…


Table of Contents 06 Top Yoga Picks 07 Energy of the Heart 08 Many Paths of Yoga 10 The Well Traveled Yoga 12 Featured Yoga Instructors 14 Featured Yogi 16 Self Heal Digestive Issues 18 Benefits of RoseWater 20 8 Limbs of Yoga 21 Guided Meditation 24 Featured Yoga Destinations 34 Featured Crystal 36 Featured Yoga Studio 40 BhaktiFest Story 42 Yoga Festival Guide

Traveling is my passion. I packed up my bags in December 2016 and headed out to the magical island of Bali for 6 months to explore the top yoga destinations. There are so many amazing resorts, villas, retreats, studios and workshops available - a yogi’s dream. As a proud media partner of The Bali Spirit Festival, I was lucky enough to attend and have a wonderful experience while attending workshops, music, yoga, mediation and great food! In this issue, you will find the top yoga spots to visit when visiting this amazing ‘Island of the Gods’. The temples are absolutely breathtaking and the local fresh seafood and cold press juices are excellent. If you are looking to expand your yoga practice and dive into your breath work and meditation more, then come to Bali. There are so many wonderful yoga spots to visit when visiting, near the beautiful beaches to the lush jungle area of Ubud. You won’t have trouble finding fresh healthy food and at a very affordable price everywhere you go. If you love fresh coconuts, then this will be your heaven. Make sure to stop by the Pyramids of Chi for the ultimate sound bath and indulge in daily Balinese massages to relax and rejuvenate the soul. Make sure to check out YogaGuideBali. com to view the best places to visit in Bali and what you need to know when planning your trip. There are amazing yoga resorts to choose from and authentic yoga studios with various styles of yoga. It’s easier than you think and you will have the time of your life. ~Namaste

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YOGA Picks

What are some of the best props, gadgets and drinks out there to make your yoga experience more enjoyable? Yoga Guide went on a search and found 5 very useful products to share with you!

manduka eko® superlite travel yoga mat


The eKO SuperLite provides superior grip on carpet or hard surfaces. Only 1.5 mm thick, it folds to fit easily in your bag, suitcase or purse! These eco-friendly yoga mats are made of a natural, biodegradable material. The eKO SuperLite will leave no footprint in landfills, and is the ideal yoga travel mat for people who want to make a commitment to our planet and take their yoga practice on the road. These eco-friendly yoga mats are made of biodegradable rubber that won’t fade or flake.


RESTOAR Facial Toner:

Whether you have problem skin, like to keep things simple or just love apple cider vinegar, RESTOAR will help you naturally clean & clear your skin in one step. Safely clears acne, blemishes, dry & oily skin. Made with 7 organic ingredients that leave your skin feeling clean, refreshed & hydrated all day. Simplify your skin care to just one step.

S’well Bottle


Hydration is a key element to keeping you healthy and happy during your travels. But any water bottle will serve that purpose, so why is the S’well bottle so great? Not only does it keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours, but it keeps hot drinks hot for 12 hours. So instead of chugging your morning tea before heading out on your adventures, you can savor your soothing beverage while you spend the day exploring a new city.

Yoga Paws


Yoga Paws are non-slip yoga gloves worn on your hands or feet, staying true to their logo “The Yoga Mat You Wear.” YogaPaws function perfectly on any surface, keeping you secure in every yoga pose. They can also be used in conjunction with a yoga mat for hot yoga lovers or those that find themselves slippen and sliden on their “non-slip” mat. YP are made with a yoga towel liner which absorbs 7 times its weight in moisture, So the more you sweat the more you stick!. Got sweat? Get YogaPaws! 6



The ChakyaGo is an all-in-one meditation cushion that converts into a blanket and back into a cushion with built-in storage. It’s multi-purpose, made of recycled eco-friendly materials (recycled plastic water bottles). A convenient traveling companion and your personal “home away from home”, the ChakyaGo creates the space for a quiet sanctuary you can retreat to anywhere

Energy of the Heart By Stephanie Spence


esearch at the HeartMath Institute suggests that the heart is “an access point to a source of wisdom and intelligence that we can call upon to live our lives with more balance, greater creativity and enhanced intuitive capacities. All of these are important for increasing personal effectiveness, improving health and relationships and achieving greater fulfillment.” I first heard about the institute fifteen years ago when I was publishing a wellness lifestyle magazine and met Gregg Braaden, New York Times best-selling author and scientist who is best known for bridging science, spirituality and the real world. Although yoga is not a religion, it is a spiritual practice. One of my main goals of living yoga is to raise the energy of my spiritual self. I define that as cultivating a life where my frame of reference comes from my heart. The Yoga Sutras tell us that yoga stills the fluctuations of the mind and my belief is the value of that calm and balance moves actions and behaviors from your head to your heart. If we practice yoga I believe we cultivate heart intelligence. I met Mr. Braaden at a conference where he explained how there is a scientifically proven energy field that extends out from us. He showed us via live visual tools that the heart is surrounded by a field of energy that extends out about five to eight feet (and possibly farther, but there were no tools to measure this at the time). This heart field extends on the physical and quantum level. As I sat in a large auditorium in a packed room of people he showed us how we all may be separate but you are sharing a “heart field”. As a random participant sat in the front of the room Braaden connected them to a monitor where we viewed the energy field of the brain through various colors. He informed us that we could witness the signal from the heart to the brain. The quality of that signal is called coherence. If we can create an optimal feeling in our hearts, it affects our brain. He then instructed us to close our eyes. I thought he would ask us to think positive things about this person hooked up to a monitor at the front of the room. At the time, there had been a lot written about sending “good thoughts” long distance for an intended recipients healing. Instead, he asked us to each think of something WE were grateful for. As we did this, the subject’s brain waves at the front of the room – based on OUR energy – changed. Positively. I was in awe of the transformational powers that my heart, that our hearts, had on a total stranger.

Bhakti Yoga complements other paths of yoga well, and it is said that jnana (knowledge or wisdom) will dawn by itself when you engage in the devotional practices of Bhakti Yoga. The ultimate goal in the practice of Bhakti yoga is to reach the state of rasa (essence), a feeling of pure bliss achieved in the devotional surrender to the Divine. I have practiced with a Bhakti teacher at a workshop (Mas Vidal) but I don’t regularly practice with a Bhakti teacher. Instead, I take the essence of the practice and apply it to my own by: 1. Beginning a heart-centered practice by journaling what I am grateful for. 2. Lighting a candle to express my wish that all beings be free from suffering; while chanting the mantra “Om Mani Pad Me Hum”. Om (ohm)- Om is the sound or “vibration” of the universe. This sound is the most important of all; but in the context of chanting and mantras, it is meant destroy attachments to ego and establish generosity. Ma (mah)- Removes the attachment to jealousy and establishes ethics. Ni (nee)- Removes the attachment to desire and establishes patience. Pad (pahd)- Removes the attachment to prejudice and establishes perseverance. Me (meh)- Removes the attachment to possessiveness and establishes concentration. Hum (hum)- Removes the attachment to hatred and establishes wisdom. Yogis are the most open to learning how to live a heart-centered life, so I hope the above Buddhist chant and information help you on your ongoing yoga journey. If you can shift your energy from your head to your heart, I believe your life – and the lives of those around you – will be enhanced. For more information: Gregg Braaden ( and the HeartMath Institute ( Connect with the yoga teach from Coronado, Ca via her award-winning yoga blog: or @Stephanieyogini

It gave me great confirmation of the wisdom my grandmother used to tell me to be of “be careful of whom you surround yourself with.” I had scientific proof for myself that my heartfelt gratitude could affect not only myself but others. I wanted to learn more so that I could integrate this wisdom with my yoga practice. I had always known that yoga was an ancient science but I am now fascinated with the idea that group heart centered practice can heal the world. Science is bearing out that if we can marry the wisdom of the past with the science of our time with the spiritual traditions we can deal with the challenges in the world today. I encourage you to consider the quality between the heart and the brain the next time you practice. In addition to practicing heart opening postures, research and find a Bhakti yoga teacher if you have not tried it. The Sanskrit word bhakti comes from the root bhaj, which means “to adore or worship God.” Bhakti yoga has been called “love for love’s sake” and “union through love and devotion.” Bhakti yoga, like any other form of yoga, is a path to self-realization, to having an experience of oneness with everything.


Yoga Practice Guide

The Many Paths of Yoga Vinyasa Yoga: Vinyasa is a Sanskrit term that roughly translates as “to place in a special way.” This further refers to a sequence of hatha yoga poses and encourages “breath-based movement” (to move the body through specific poses on the inhale and exhale). Classes are often paired with music and are known for their fluid, movement-intensive practices, smooth transitions, breathwork to warm up and heat the body from the inside out. Typically, specific postures and creative sequences differ in each class. Modifications and advanced variations are often provided during classes. Many students enjoy this style, especially in the west, for the energetic, upbeat, creative and strength building classes, yet still receive the calming, relaxing and stress-reducing benefits.


Hot Yoga: Hot Yoga is style of yoga that includes a variety of postures and sequences of poses found in hatha or vinyasa classes. Yet, as the name implies it is set in a heated room (typically around 95-105 degrees), and often paired with music, to produce a more sweat-inducing class. This style improves strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Breathing and relaxation techniques are also practiced to bring a greater sense of awareness into your body and the sensations you are experiencing in this heated practice.

Hatha Yoga: Although there are various translations of the Sanskrit word “hatha,” the definition most often used includes “ha” meaning sun, and “tha” meaning moon. Thus, hatha is a practice of uniting pairs of opposites, such as the sun and moon, the masculine and feminine, and the yin and yang to balance the body and unite the mind, body and spirit. Hatha yoga is most often a slower-paced class with gentle yoga postures and no flow between poses. In addition to the physical yoga postures (asanas), breathing exercises (pranayama), purification practices (shat kriyas), relaxation techniques and meditation produce a well-rounded traditional hatha practice. Nearly every style of modern yoga taught in the west is a by-product of this original ancient practice. Hatha classes are great for working on alignment and practicing relaxation techniques, while building strength, flexibility and balance in the mind and body.

Kundalini Yoga: The primary goal of this style is to awaken the kundalini energy and spiritual potential believed to be within each of us. Kundalini classes are typically 90-minutes in length and include various breathing techniques, postures, mudras (hand gestures), chanting and meditation. Kundalini is most known for its kriyas, postures and breath sequences to help awaken our inner spirit.

ith so many styles of yoga today, it’s easy to be confused on where to start or how your current yoga class differs from others. Although there are numerous styles of yoga - and many offshoots of the traditional practices - the top eight styles listed below may help you start, or continue, your yoga practice to help open your mind and body to new levels of health and wellbeing.

Iyengar Yoga: Founded by B.K.S. Iyengar, this style usually consists of practicing fewer asanas (poses), but are often held for longer periods of time so that students can feel the deeper effects of postures. Props such as blocks, straps, blankets, bolsters and more are used to help students find proper alignment for their body and personal needs. Although this practice may be considered a slowerpaced class, the detailed awareness and precision to alignment makes for a rewarding and challenging class. Ashtanga Yoga: Created by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois, this style includes six sequence series (levels). As students progress and advance through one series, the next series will be introduced by the teacher. This style can be physically demanding, with the difficulty of poses progressing with practice. Ashtanga students also practice flowing from one pose to the next with their breath. You will often find studios offering “Mysore style” classes, where students can practice on their own while the instructor provides individualized instruction and adjustments for advancement of poses. Bikram Yoga: Founded by Bikram Choudhury, this practice consists of the same 2 breathing techniques and 26 yoga poses performed twice within every 90-minute class. Bikram classes are always heated to at least 104 degrees, and rooms are typically at about 40 percent humidity level. Expect to sweat a lot, build strength and flexibility in this heated yoga class. If you prefer knowing exactly what poses you will be practicing in each class, this style may be right for you. 8

Yin Yoga: Yin Yoga is a slower-paced style, where poses are held for longer periods of time - usually from 2 to 5 minutes per pose or longer. This method is focused on lengthening connective tissue and deep fascia. The poses are practiced passively for complete relaxation, while allowing gravity to assist with the gentle stretching of muscles and connective tissue. A cooling yin practice is an excellent complement to heated yoga classes, physical fitness activities and the fast-paced lifestyles many of us lead today. Katie Nesbitt is a 500-hr RYT Yoga Instructor and Corporate Health & Wellness Consultant. She is based in Los Angeles, CA and spreads her passion for yoga, wellness and travel by leading yoga retreats and trainings around the world


The Well Traveled Yogi: Taking Your Practice New Heights By: Eileen Maralian


f there is ever a time you truly need a good yoga flow, it’s while travelling. While some people prefer to get cardio sprinting to their connecting flights, most people neglect self-care during stressful travel days. Whether it’s a quick domestic flight or a long-haul for an exotic getaway, there are many yoga poses that help wary travelers stay sane and nimble at the airport and in the air. Plus, practicing yoga while en route can help travelers keep their immune systems running smoothly, ward off anxiety, help fight jet-lag, and arrive refreshed at destinations near and far.

In-Flight Flows

Flying is rarely a comfortable experience partially because tight quarters, limited legroom, and recirculated air can wreak havoc on a traveler’s health. Sitting for too long in tight airport seats can also lead to reduced circulation which can cause not just cramping and stiff joints, but also blood clots in some rare but serious situations. While it’s not recommended to get up and do a vinyasa flow in the aisles of your next flights, it is important that travelers take time to do some light stretching periodically while onboard flights two hours or longer. There are many poses you can do a plane that won’t attract strange looks from fellow passengers or tempt flight attendants to put you on a no-fly list. But seasoned yogis who want to attempt more poses while on a long flight should ask a flight attendant whether the airline has any policies on in-flight yoga before attempting more advanced poses like warrior or chair in the back of the plane or in the aisles while most passengers are asleep.

Poses to Do In Your Seat:

1. Neck and Shoulder Rolls The purpose of these poses is to counteract the non-ergonomic shape of the airplane seats. With your hands resting on your thighs, slowly roll your head in circles, bringing your chin to your chest. Do this clockwise five times, then switch directions and do it five more times. Once you have done ten neck rolls, shrug your shoulders up to your ears, then exhale to lower them down your back and squeeze the shoulder blades together. 2. Seated Cat Cow Do ten rounds to keep your spine and back nimble. Take an inhale and slide your shoulders back, lift your heart center and gaze up to the sky, and tilt your hips forward. As you exhale, round your spine, and tuck the chin and tailbone. 3. Seated Figure Four Perfect for breathing life into your hip flexors. Bring your left ankle to the top of your right knee. For more stretch in the lower back and opening in the left hip, push your left knee down until it is parallel with the hip. 4. Eagle Arms This pose creates a deep opening between and underneath the shoulder blades. Raise your arms in front of you, parallel to your shoulders. Cross your left arm over the right. Place the backs of your hands together, or intertwine your forearms and palms to touch. Raise and lower your elbows. Repeat, this time placing your right arm on top.

Poses to Do At the Back of the Plane:

1. Chest Opener Combat slouched shoulders by releasing your collarbones, clasping hands behind your back, squeezing your shoulder blades together, and lifting your gaze and heart to the sky. 2. Standing Forward Fold This pose will open up your back and is a heart opener, perfect for 10

helping relieve tension and calming the mind. Stand with your feet hip-width distance apart. Exhale your arms behind your back and interlace your fingers. Softly bend at the knees and fold forward, pulling your hands down towards the ground. 3. Half-Moon Pose Half moon pose opens the shoulder, decompresses the spine, and facillitates strength and mobility in the core. Lift your arms overhead and interlace your fingers, releasing just your index fingers. Keeping your arms at your ears and your legs together, move your body to the right and hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on the left side.

Poses to do at the Airport

1. Chair Pose Chair pose offers a myriad of benefits. It stretches the shoulders and achilles tendons while opening the chest. It tones the digestive organs and heart, and stimulates the circulatory and metabolic systems, which become stagnant during long flights. Best of all, chair pose tones your thighs, butt, and back, so you will arrive at your destination feeling strong inside and out. To get into chair, inhale and sweep your arms overhead with your palms facing one another. Keep your ears in line with your arms and relax your shoulders. Exhale and bend your knees deeply, as if you are sitting into a chair. Bring your thighs as close to parallel with the floor while keeping your knees hip distance apart. 2. Handstand Handstand increases blood flow which is linked to stress release and grounds the body and mind which decreases worry and anxiety. If you don’t already have a yoga handstand in your practice, do not start your practice while at the airport! 3. Wheel Wheel pose is said to ignite all seven chakras, keeping all the processes of the body in harmony with each other - perfect for when your body gets out of whack during travel. Only yogis with wheel in their practice should attempt, but newbies can get similar benefits by doing backwards bends.

Airport Yoga Studios

No need to be the solo yogi practicing in a crowded corner at the departures terminal. Many airlines are getting hip to hip openers and several international airports now offer free yoga rooms where travelers can decompress between flights. Check out this list to see which airports are offering this service, and schedule your travel accordingly. San Francisco International Airport , Chicago O’Hare Airport , Chicago Midway Airport, Dallas Fort-Worth Airport , Burlington Airport in Vermont, Sioux-Falls Airport , Helsinki Airport , London Heathrow Airport , Frankfurt Airport Safe travels, Yogis!


Featured yoga instructors

Kylan Fischer What enticed you to embark on the journey of yoga? I started yoga about 10 years ago at my local gym. I remember watching everyone walk out of the yoga classes week after week with the most blissful look on their faces. That look of pure bliss is what enticed me to give it a try, and I am so glad I did! How would you describe the art of yoga? To me the art of yoga means the harmonization of the body, mind, and spirit. All three must be in sync for the true art of yoga to shine through a practice.

What advice would you give to someone that is new to the practice of yoga? Consistency is key. Just keep showing up to class, and if you can develop a home practice for the days you can›t make it to class even better! Also, let go of all judgment. Some days a pose will feel more difficult and that›s okay. Instead of getting discouraged, take a moment to appreciate all your body does for you. What impactful change has your practice brought upon your personal life? My practice has taught me to take things as they come without expectations. Expectations feed frustration and take away appreciation from the present. Living in the moment is a lot easier said than done and I feel like my practice has helped me learn to do that. What is your favorite asana and why? What benefits does this asana provide? My favorite asana is a Lotus Handstand (Adho Mukha Vrksasana in Padmasana). This pose is my favorite because I had it on

Paul Teodo

she led us through a breath work session, and I had a full on out of body experience. It was the perfect combination of physical intensity and spirituality. I was hooked!! How would you describe the art of yoga? Yoga is a physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual practice. It is a practice designed to connect our soul with God (or whatever you would like to call it). The «Art» of yoga to me represents a union of man with the infinite. Without the spiritual component, there is no art. When a person is in their practice, there is something about them that is connected to something greater than themselves. I believe all art comes from this space.

What enticed you to embark on the journey of Yoga? I was going to yoga every once in a while at my local gym in Los Angeles. The classes were strong, and were a great compliment to my weight-training routine. I was studying acting at the time, and a friend from class invited me to YogaWorks in Santa Monica. It was there that I found Vinnie Marino and Sara Ivanhoe›s classes. It was the most physically challenging thing I had ever done. I walked out of there drenched. In one of my first classes with Sara, 12

What advice would you give to someone that is new to the yoga practice? Have fun. Find teachers that resonate with you. Practice often, but don’t become obsessed with it. Allow yourself time to grow into the new skin that yoga will give you. There is no need to drop everything and go vegan overnight, and chant 4 hours a day. That will just cause you to lose yourself. Yoga is a personal practice, it’s not this commercialized thing that social media makes it out

my dream board for years and never thought I would actually be able to achieve it. The first time I did it I was so excited I was jumping up and down. I love this pose because it is extremely difficult and humbling. The main benefit of this pose is that it strengthens your entire body. It also stretches the hips, and challenges the mind. What does it mean to you to align mind, body, and spirit? To me, it means getting to the place where what you think (mind), feel (spirit), and do (body) are all in sync. This is where the magic happens. Your mind should be able to listen to what your body and your spirit needs. You already have all of the answers, you just need to sit and listen. How do you meditate and tie this in with your yoga practice? I like to meditate before my yoga practice. It helps to clear my mind and allows me to be more present.

to be. Use the practice to get to know yourself on a deeper level. What impactful change has your practice brought upon your personal life? It has completely transformed my life, teaching yoga and meditation has given me a roadmap to becoming a good man...a man that loves himself, loves his life, and is able to help others do the same. What is your favorite asana and why? What benefits does this asana provide? I love triangle pose because it elongates my entire body. It’s been my favorite pose for a long time. What does it mean to you to align mind, body and spirit? It means to be aware of this moment. That’s it. How do you meditate and tie this in with your yoga practice? I meditate almost every day, and teach meditation. Meditation, and teaching meditation have changed my life as much as physical asana. I practice a form of body scan, mixed with a form of instinctual meditation

Featured yoga instructors

Jacinthe Mitchell discomfort in life. The same is true in yoga, there will be moments of discomfort, of training the mind and body to present. Read the sacred yoga texts and the Yoga Sutras because it will change your life.

What enticed you to embark on the journey of Yoga? I began my yoga journey in 2010 with an Ashtanga Prep class at Mission Viejo Yoga Works. I immediately felt an awakening and haven’t looked back since. Yoga has helped me to understand myself, others, and the human need for love, movement, and deep reflection. Being on my mat has taught me yoga’s profound ability to focus the mind, strengthen the body, and nourish the soul. What advice would you give to someone that is new to the yoga practice? Keep going! There will be times of great

What impactful change has your practice brought upon your personal life? Yoga has changed my life in almost every way. Once you begin to practice yoga, you realize it’s not just a practice on the mat, it’s a way of life. Most importantly, it’s transformed my inner conversation. It’s also transformed my relationships with myself and with my family. I have more patience and compassion in my life. What is your favorite asana and why? What benefits does this asana provide? My favorite Yoga Asana is Surya Namaskar or better known as the Sun Salutations. It is a Yoga warm up routine based on a sequence of gracefully linked asanas. The nomenclature refers to the symbolism of Sun as the soul and the source of all life. The sun salutation are a gesture of

showing gratitude to the sun. It is a set of 12 yoga asanas which bring your body, breath and mind together. What does it mean to you to align mind, body and spirit? Yoga is a physical science. It’s the art of practicing postures, poses and breathing techniques to quiet the mind and relax the body. For me, my regular practice makes it possible to connect my mind, body and spirit. I feel more relaxed, healthier, and better able to handle the stresses of the day. Breathing is everything in the practice! How do you meditate and tie this in with your yoga practice? One of my favorite parts of Yoga is the ability to quiet my mind and live a more peaceful life. The tool of the physical practice of Yoga is meant to train the body and mind to be strong and steady so that it is fit for deep states of concentration. The experience of meditation is only possible when the mind is able to maintain continuous unbroken connection with the object of meditation.

Sheryl Utal What advice would you give to someone that is new to the yoga practice? Find inspiring teachers who challenge you, trust the practice and don›t give up! It takes time to unlearn unhealthy patterns and illuminate the yogic path and it can be very uncomfortable but it is so worth it!

What enticed you to embark on the journey of Yoga? I took my first yoga class out of curiosity without knowing anything about yoga. I fell in love immediately. Each practice opened up more awareness, a deeper sense of self and presence, a feeling of connection that I had never felt before. I was also looking for something to help quiet my mind and yoga provided me the tools to understand my mind, let go of what doesn’t serve me and it become my therapy. How would you describe the art of yoga? To me, the art of yoga is living with consciousness, skill and awareness in all that you do.

What impactful change has your practice brought upon your personal life? Yoga has changed every aspect of my personal life. I used to play the victim, now I am empowered in all that I do. Manifesting your life comes from taking responsibility for it. What is your favorite asana and why? What benefits does this asana provide? Oh that›s easy, handstand. I honestly love all asana for the benefits that each one provides but handstand has had the most powerful transformational affects on my life. It is a practice of discipline, a metaphor for moving through fear, a practice of breathing when your world is literally flipped upside down, and it teaches you

to keep trying even when you fall over and over. It teaches you that anything is possible in spite of perceived limitations. What does it mean to you to align mind, body and spirit? It is a daily practice of being the most authentic and honest I can be. Some days are easier than others but I think being human in these modern times is more challenging than ever. There are more distractions and ways to lose our balance but that also presents even more of a reason to stay rooted in our practice. How do you meditate and tie this in with your yoga practice? Meditation for me is usually a moving meditation. I enjoy a strong, one breath per movement flow to quiet my mind so I can release stuck physical energy. That allows me a deep and healing savasana which is restorative in a way that ignites my creativity and intuition. I crave this kind of savasana and work towards it with each practice.


Featured Yogi Mark Whitwell

For the past twenty-five years, Mark Whitwell has travelled the globe teaching yoga to thousands of people. He was the editor and contributor to D.K.V. Desikachar’s book: The Heart of Yoga, and is the author of The Yoga of Heart and The Promise of Love, Sex and Intimacy. Visit his website to learn more about his teachings, upcoming retreats and teacher trainings. Watch Mark’s full interview in Bali and learn more on

photo: @BrianCrawfordPhotography



Self Heal Digestive Issues with Ayurveda & Natural Remedies By: Kali Bliss


yurveda is Yoga’s sister science of self healing, which looks at the body as a living organism of energy and integrates holistic approaches to improve our total wellbeing. A healthy individual is when the body can function optimally and the mind, body, and consciousness of the psyche, are in harmony and balanced. Disease occurs from imbalances within the body which often result in pain, psychological issues, negativity, and eventually physical problems and disease. Ayurveda works with the body and mind to integrate balance and attack the root cause of disease, which lay within the mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical body. By restoring balance, and rehabbing the body to function in its best state, we can form a better connection to ourselves, and become happier and healthier individuals. We can eliminate negative habits, self destructive patterns, emotional eating, and develop a better connection with the mind, body, and self. According to Ayurveda all disease begins in the gut and relates to the toxins we carry within the body. Realize what we feed ourselves, how we treat ourselves, and how the mind/body function together affect us and our life. By developing a better relationship to our body and self, we can learn how to live more mindfully and take better care of ourselves.

It is necessary to confront the body and gut and be willing to make changes to restore balance, to achieve our natural state of wellbeing and avoid disease. We can improve our digestion by understanding our body and getting more in touch with our emotions, how we feed ourself, and how we feel on a regular basis. Often we hold emotions in our body, and suppress feelings, which can live within us forever, unless we fully let them go. This energy gets trapped in our organs, and affects how the body eliminates and functions, and also correlates with psychological aspects in the mind. To fully heal, and restore our body’s ability to function well, we must confront our gut, our emotional state, and our mental state. When the emotional body holds onto fears or experiences of the past, we can feel numb, unhappy, and not fully at our best. To get rid of digestive issues it is necessary to rehab our body and help ourself create good health and improve our emotional, mental, and physical wellbeing.

Tips to Improve Digestive Issues: Meditation- Slowing down and breathing helps us get back in touch with ourselves and body. Breath can calm our system down, eliminate stress, and help our organs function better. It gives peace of mind, reduces worry and fears, and stimulates the digestive process through relaxation. Cleanse- When we stop eating as we always do, we can become mindful of how food affects us and our system. Often we eat to cope and consume to avoid feeling into our belly or body. By eating less, we can confront our addictions, cravings, and give our gut time to heal, relax, and digest all the food we consume. Belly Massages- We store a lot of energy in our stomachs. We often pay little attention to that area of our body. By doing daily belly massages, or getting professional massage work done, we can help our organs detox and move energy out of the body.


Energy Healing- This is the quickest and easiest way to relieve ourself of emotions and stress. On a daily basis, our bodies absorb so much energy and information that our senses get overstimulated. Energy healing helps to balance the energetic body and can remove all sorts of trauma, pain, and issues beyond the physical level. Acupuncture- Chinese medicine can heal many physical issues because it balances the meridians in the body, which allows the whole system to operate better. The Needles can open new pathways in the body, release emotions, and stimulate organs to function better. Kali Bliss is a Yoga teacher, photographer, and creative artist who has a passion for helping people live happy and healthy. Kali teaches a unique Yoga style designed to help you feel good in your mind, body, and heart. She is certified in Vinyasa and Kundalini Yoga and specializes in teaching balance through Astrology, Ayurveda, and mindful living. With a passion for the arts, and inspiring wellness, Kali aims to share Yoga to help future generations, and the world live well. She loves guiding people in connecting to their soulful joyful true nature, and does creative career consulting. As a free spirit, Kali loves music, singing, movies, playing in the ocean, and delving into anything creative. Kali resides in San Diego and does photography, writes, and travels every chance she gets. She is a revolutionary, spreading her sparkle and joy to others in hopes of creating a more magical and better world.

Get Your FREE Yogi Guide to Wellness & digestion on her website: KaliBlissYogi. com, Instagram: KaliBlissYogi


Benefits of Rosewater By: Anna Maria Giambanco DiPietro @BarreBellaYoga Cleopatra used it as an aphrodisiac and even had the sails of her ships infused with it. Often used in baked goods, rosewater is a powerhouse multi-tasking beauty product. Easily made as a quick DIY project, it’s also available at health food shops and most grocery stores. Rose water is a safe, all natural cosmetic that works wonders for the skin. Beyond it’s amazing aromatherapy benefits, it nourishes and balances out a multitude of skin issues. I keep a bottle in my bag for a great post-yoga or flight pick-me-up. Here are some uses for one of the most gentle, versatile beauty items ever:

Soothes post-shaving Post-shave, try a few mists of rosewater to sooth and moisturize your legs, bikini line and underarms. It leaves skin dewey, hydrated and fresh -plus the fragrance post shower or bath is a nice perk. Avoid over the counter after shave toners and sprays - they are often loaded with dyes and fragrance which may lead to irritation. Sets/freshens makeup If you wear foundation and powder, keep rosewater in your bag or desk. Mid-day, makeup tends to look lackluster and caked on. A few spritzes of this miracle product refreshes and sets your makeup. Never layer on more makeup, as that will doubtless leave you looking more tired and overdone. Sunburn Rose water helps in reducing redness and burning associated with sunburn owing to its anti-inflammatory action. According to the Ayurvedic specialists at Maharishi Ayurveda ( rosewater helps sooth the overheating effects of the sun and reduces irritability. It cools, nourishes and soothes skin that’s been exposed to the sun for too long and it’s pleasant aroma calms and refreshes you - inside and out. Facial toner Rosewater is great for all skin types (I’ve used rosewater on clients with oily, acne-prone and aging skin). It’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a go-to for anyone dealing with dryness, rosacea and acne. Rosewater hydrates and leaves your skin glowing and supple, so dab it on with a cotton pad after washing your face - it’s the only toner I use. Leave those alcohol based toners on the shelf - they’re better suited as an antiseptic treatment. Sensitive skin Jessica Weiser, MD, a dermatologist at New York Dermatology Group in New York City has advised that rosewater reduces redness. Anyone working with delicate, easily irritated skin will love rosewater’s ability to stop redness. It may also be mixed with a bit of coconut milk to make an excellent sensitive face-wash. Tired, puffy eyes Rosewater is great for puffy, tired eyes due to it’s antiinflammatory properties. Soak two large, round cotton pads and place them under your eyes. Lie down for 10-15 minutes and switch your phone and tablet off for a break. You’ll feel as though you took a mini spa getaway after this simple treatment.


Oral care There are a number of dental problems that can be cured with the help of rose water. Rose water can provide relief from inflammation and gum problems. It can also strengthen teeth and provide relief against gum pains. If you are suffering with bad odor and foul breath, rose water can help you get rid of it. Use rose water as mouth wash every time you feel you have an odor problem to effectively eliminate it and get fresh breath. Stress relief Rosewater was used to beat stress and depression during the Middle Ages. There’s a reason the old adage “everything’s coming up roses” makes sense. . . roses and their fragrance uplift and beautify the world. Ayurvedic practitioners and naturopathic doctors suggest using rosewater on your linens for a more restful night’s sleep. According to Ayurvedic texts, the soothing nature of roses is great for balancing the mind, heart and emotions. Boil distilled water and simmer some rose petals or grab a ready made bottle. Spritz on some rosewater and get ready to set sail, just like Cleopatra!


8 Limbs By: Sheryl Utal

Yoga is More than Exercise


t is a system of tools for removing obstacles to living joyfully, understanding the self, living in the present and finding gratitude. This art of living was practiced and perfected in India more than 5,000 years ago. In approximately 200 AD, Patanjali recorded the foundation of yoga philosophy in The Yoga Sutras. This is an ancient text divided into 4 chapters containing 196 sutras or aphorisms that contains an eight-fold path to enlightenment. According to yoga philosophy these are the guidelines on how to lead a meaningful and purposeful life. In Sanskrit, this path is called ashtanga, which literally means eight limbs. The practice of yoga is dedicated to creating a union of the body, mind, and spirit. It uses the body and breath to create awareness of self as an individual being, intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. The eight limbs serve as a prescription for self-discipline and ethical and moral conduct, to restore balance and equanimity, so as to live in peace, health, and harmony with the greater whole. Patanjali’s eight-fold path contains the ancient wisdom of physical, spiritual, and intellectual practices that when practiced consistently help to bring the student more peace and joy in their lives by understanding the movements of their mind. Specifically this practice helps the student understand the source of their suffering and how to overcome limiting beliefs, attachments and the role of the ego self. The eight limbs of yoga are:

1. YAMA - Universal Morality The first limb of yoga is concerned with personal integrity, ethical standards, and how we conduct ourselves in life. The five Yamas are universal practices closely related to the Golden Rule (do unto others as you would have them do unto you. • Ahimsa: Nonviolence • Satya: Truthfulness • Asteya: Non-stealing • Brahmacharya: Control of the senses • Aparigraha: Non-covetousness

4. PRANAYAMA - Breath Control Breathing techniques are important in yoga and go hand-in-hand with Asana. Pranayama is measuring, controlling, and directing the breath, which leads to mastery of the connection between the breath and the mind and emotions.

2. NIYAMA - Personal Observances The second limb is composed of rules prescribed for personal observance. The five Niyamas refer to attitudes we adopt toward ourselves in our code of living: • Sauca: Purity • Santosa: Contentment • Tapas: Disciplined use of energy • Svadhyaya: Self-study • Isvarapranidhana: Celebration of the spiritual

6. DHARANA - Concentration “Dharana” means immovable concentration. The idea is to still the mind and hold the focus of attention in a single direction.

3. ASANA- Physical Postures The practice of Asana (moving the body into yoga postures) benefits practitioners with improved health, strength, balance, and flexibility, and serves as a tool to calm the mind and contact the divine in our inner essence of being. 20

5. PRATYAHARA - Control of the Senses “Pratyahara” means to draw back or retreat. It is a conscious effort to draw awareness inward, away from external stimuli, to make concentration possible.

7. DHYANA - Meditation or Contemplation This is a state of keen awareness without focus, when the mind has been quieted and produces few or no thoughts. 8. SAMADHI - Union with the Divine Patanjali describes the eighth limb as a state of ecstasy in which the practitioner merges with the point of focus and transcends self altogether. The ultimate stage of yoga is enlightenment. By: Sheryl Utal, Yoga teacher Founder and Owner of Red Diamond Yoga Studio





By: Shaylini


s is your mind, so is the world. Our reality is how we choose to look at life. We are here as momentary beings, so why not make our time here one of incredible, expansive experiences! By this, I’m not referring to external, thrill-seeking experiences, but more of an internal, introspective experience. One which can heal us and remain with us throughout eternity, increasing our peace, our happiness, our outlook and enabling us to experience the abundance and beauty of life. Meditation enables us to find our stillness amongst the chaos. Providing us with clarity and inner peace when we need it most. Taking time to nurture and connect with our Sacred Self is something that is increasingly on the rise and Guided Meditations are a wonderful place to begin. Just as we love to nurture our physical senses, from our sights and sounds to tastes and touch; taking time to nurture ourselves from within is the most beautiful gift that we can bestow to our Sacred Self. Meditation may seem like an effortful practice for some, and it may take some discipline, however with Guided Meditations you can enjoy this process with greater ease and simplicity. Furthermore, the benefits of better health and overall happiness and wellbeing are priceless results. All it requires is for you to dedicate some time to nurturing yourself from within. Meditation is a beautiful practice that enables us to release our stresses and creates a sense of inner calm and peace within. It brings us to the peace of the present moment and provides an experience of profound relaxation. As countless studies have shown, meditation promotes physical, mental, spiritual and emotional healing. Some of the health benefits of meditation include: lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system, decreasing cholesterol levels, releasing stress and fatigue, efficient use of oxygen by the body, assisting with addictions, reduced anxiety, improved memory and cognitive function and enhanced sleep patterns to name a few. Scientific research has also shown how regular meditation practice enables your brain to develop new pathways. Beyond these significant health benefits, the greatest gift of meditation is the sense of calm and inner peace that it brings into our daily life. Meditation enables us to fully immerse ourselves in enjoying the peace of the present moment away from the constant internal chatter in our minds. It enables us to strengthen positive life experiences and let the wounds heal and fade. Guided Meditations are a wonderful and enjoyable branch of meditation practice. This practice enables you to gain present moment awareness and release deeply held stresses and tensions; enabling the body to regain connection to its natural state of balance and calm. During Guided Meditations you are taken on a journey in your mind’s eye


where you stay present in this scene. Instead of fighting your thoughts as they enter through, you simply become an observer of them, letting them float by whilst continuing to stay present in your imagery. The goal of meditation is not to get rid of thoughts or emotions. The goal is to become more aware of your thoughts and emotions and learn how to move through them without getting stuck� ~ Dr. P. Goldin. Regular practice of Guided Meditation paves the way to an increased awareness, enabling your body, mind and hearts to open up more freely to renewal, growth and inner peace. This will enable you to cultivate a greater relationship with yourself and more awareness of your thoughts. By being able to observe your thoughts you will be able to release emotional, physical and mental tensions. In time you will also be able to detach yourself from the internal chatter and stresses, to rest in your own being. This involves remaining centered, and if a thought or outside trigger pulls you out of your center, your meditation practice allows you to return there again. To attain true peace, it does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, difficulty or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart. Meditation is one of the best natural tools that we have to balance our emotions, deal with physical and psychological distress, and promote the peace of the present moment. As you meditate on a regular basis, you will notice an increased sense of well-being as well as greater energy and creativity. The more regularly and the more deeply you meditate, the sooner you will find yourself always thinking and acting from a place of inner peace. Regain your connection to a calmer, more peaceful life and enjoy a life filled with peace, harmony, balance and joy. With regular practice, the expansive awareness you enter during meditation will begin to permeate your life outside of your meditation sessions. You may begin to notice positive energy embrace you and feelings of happiness and well-being arise from deep within at unexpected moments. You will begin to notice increasing positivity and feel warmth and peace in your heart. Your thoughts, actions, and reactions will gain clarity, love and greater mindfulness. All of these shifts are steps towards living a life in harmony with your true spiritual self. The result of which is a deeper appreciation and a profound awareness of the divine quality of existence. Shaylini: Reiki Master, Teacher and Practitioner, Energy Healer, Huffington Post Blogger, Columnist and Feature writer




The Practice

What sets The Practice apart from others is their desire to bring back the traditional teachings of yoga and move beyond the practice of asana’s and using the principles, teachings and experiencing of yoga into a way of life. They strongly believe in the power of bringing the teachings of yoga into our everyday life. What that means is that the Practice is all about yoga on and off the mat, including daily classes, training, retreats and workshops on yoga and meditation as well as personal development, so that they can help people evolve into the best version of themselves. They are about using the principles, teachings and experiencing of yoga on the mat to live a more complete life.

yoga barn

As a center dedicated to healing and renewal, The Yoga Barn provides a lush and inspiring environment for the nourishment of body, mind and soul right in the center of Ubud, Bali. Launched in 2007, The Yoga Barn is known to be one of the largest retreat centers in SE Asia. Created by its founders for the sole purpose of bringing together community and giving back to the island of Bali, The Yoga Barn is open 360 days a year from 7am – 9pm with over 15 classes & workshops a day to choose from. There also offer retreats and yoga teacher trainings with visiting faculty on a regular basis. At the Yoga Barn there is something for everyone, from beginners to experienced practitioners.

Ashtanga Yoga Bali Research Center

The vision is to empower the students with radiant health and well being to become ambassadors for traditional Ashtanga Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation in the world. This research center teaches the traditional “Mysore style” method of Ashtanga Yoga asana (posture) practice. They learned this from their Guru (teacher), Sri K. Pattabhi Jois, of Mysore South India. They teach this same method because it specifically addresses each students unique and special needs, as it did for them. This is one of the only styles of Yoga asana practice that honors each individual. They consider this to be the most authentic way to practice and teach.


Radiantly Alive

Experience Radiantly Alive, a yoga studio that captures the enchantment of Bali with contemporary offerings rooted in ancient traditions and authenticity. Feel pampered by a staff and team that is 100% dedicated to uplifting all who wish to live a fuller, happier, healthier life. Explore the website to learn more about the yoga and movement classes, workshops, yoga teacher trainings and therapies, led by professional and inspiring yoga teachers from all over the world.

Desa Seni

Not only a resort in Bali, this art village showcases culture, religion, and traditions from the archipelago of Indonesia. Desa Seni offers daily yoga classes, personal yoga retreats and wellness packages, a holistic spa, an organic restaurant serving farm-totable goodness and an artistic gift shop. Their unique accommodations are built from original antique wooden homes, imported from the many islands of Indonesia. Here you can stay amidst beautiful restored and refurbished artifacts reflecting true Indonesian culture and heritage. The dedicated, passionate teachers at Desa Seni lead classes in Ashtanga, Kundalini Yoga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Restorative, Yin, Tantra, Fly High and Meditation in their open aired, tropical Bali studio. In addition to daily yoga classes, Desa Seni offers continuing education courses and teacher trainings in a supportive and nurturing environment

Om Ham Retreat

One of Bali’s unique holistic retreat centers, infused with love, good intention and tangible energy by Guru Ketut Arsana. It is a perfect place to recharge positive energy in an awe-inspiring and natural environment. Om Ham Retreat offers daily classes and amazing food with rice terrace views away from the city and smog. Kundalini Tantra Yoga is taught which is the healing yoga that combines the use of “tantra” along with pranayama (breath) to move the Kundalini energy, which is the primal/life-force energy upwards simultaneously healing the spine, glandular and endocrine systems – ultimately the entire body. Their in-house instructor will share a 60 minute session to help you release tension in your mind and wash out cares through sacred mantra chanting and relaxing breathing techniques.



Puri Ahimsa, Bali, is one of the region’s most peaceful and healing sanctuaries, created to share powerful Balinese and Asian healing traditions, raw vegan living foods and mind-body sacred arts, while encouraging guests to explore ‘The Healing Island’ of Bali. The natural beauty of the sacred land that Fivelements occupies, just 10km from the mountain town of Ubud, is full of healing energy. It is centred around a holy spring that marks the intersection of eight major energy lines. Six Sacred Spaces within the retreat’s grounds used for blessing ceremonies, celebrations, peace dialogue and private meditation are especially conducive to finding emotional and spiritual peace. Within this unique space, the exceptional facilities that make up each guests’ Balinese home have been designed to complement this incredible energy. With a strong focus on eco-credentials, our nature-influenced architecture provides the most propitious surroundings for transformational healing.


Inspired by spiritual wisdom, grounded in ‘green-tot he- extreme’ eco-principles and located in the picturesque ‘off- the-grid’ location, Bali Silent Retreat is more than a yoga and meditation retreat – it’s arestorative and inspirational sanctuary removed from the daily demands of life. This resort combines ashram-style living with 5-star appointments and internationally acclaimed organic vegetarian cuisine. Guests can stay for any amount of time to nourish their body and soul to reconnect to their true-self amongst peace and silence. Rest, Sleep, Eat and Repeat or join the abundant programs happening daily, weekly, and monthly. Lectures and tours on permaculture practice in the tropics and hidden insights into Balinese culture can also be offered.

Ecosfera Hotel

Located in the heart of Canggu, a short walk from the Echo Beach a world-renowned surf spot, Ecosfera is a charming hotel with 27 rooms featuring an outdoor swimming pool and beautiful garden. Ecosfera is unique with its vibrant atmosphere, high quality of comfort and traditional Balinese hospitality. Ecosfera Hotel offers an open-air Café, full service Spa and Yoga Space. The Yoga Space is located on the 3rd floor of the hotel and offers large mirrors, yoga mats and props, along with an ocean breeze and view of Echo Beach. Yoga Space offers spacious premise with large mirrors, yoga mats and yoga blocks. Yoga and Meditation classes are held regularly and vary depending on the instructor.



Imagine coming home from your indulgent Bali vacation feeling healthier, fitter and more relaxed than when you left. With Hotel Komune’s new Health Hub, you can count on it. Integrating outdoor activities, daily yoga classes and state-of-the-art facilities with healthy cuisine and a complete spa/wellness center, the Komune experience infuses purpose and positivity into your vacation. This beach front property is also located on one of the top surf breaks in the world! If you are in Bali, Komune is a must visit! #RefuseOrdinary

Ubud Yoga House

The Ubud Yoga House opened in April 2014 and is located in beautiful rice fields in Ubud. Daily classes offer the magic and serenity of yoga and meditation in these rice fields as the day begins and ends. All classes are student centered to meet the individual needs of beginners, intermediate and advanced students. They offer workshops, sound meditation, retreats and teacher trainings. If you are looking for a nice boutique style yoga studio, this is for you!

Intuitive Flow

Intuitive Flow is a beautiful Yoga Studio located in the heart of Ubud. Come practice Yoga with a breathtaking view in a quiet area of Penestanan. This location is absolutely stunning. You will smell the flowers, feel the warm wind, listen to the exotic birds. Bali is truly lush, luxuriant and exotic, the land is infused with powerful healing properties and you feel the energy of the land. It truly is a healing island. All instructors undergo hundreds of hours of training to become certified. You will be led by passionate inspiring people. You will be welcomed by them with open arms and be treated like family at Intuitive Flow. The team of International and local teachers are all English speakers, you are invited to read their bio and discover their journeys on the Intuitive Flow website.



Pranava Yoga is a happy space where people share the love and passion of yoga. Get in touch with the native Balinese spirit, and mix with the community of people from different backgrounds worldwide to see what makes Pranava Yoga one of the warmest, most grounded melting pots for yogis at all levels from around the world. Surrounded by the nature and lush rice field, their yoga shala will leave you feeling refreshed, relaxed and positive after the practice.


Soulshine Bali was founded in 2011 by two friends, Michael Franti and Carla Swanson, whose shared love of Balinese culture inspired them to design a place where others could come and enjoy the magic of this beautiful island. A boutique hotel and yoga retreat oasis located five minutes outside of the village of Ubud, Bali Indonesia. They have been dedicated to creating a place of happiness where groups or individuals can come to relax, adventure, deepen their practices, eat great food, play in the sun and get back to being themselves. All of the people on their amazing team come from nearby villages, and will make you feel welcome from the moment you arrive. Whether you’ve come to Bali for a tropical getaway or to find new beginnings in your life, Soulshine will help you to see the world in a whole new way.


ONEWORLD Retreats offer personal or group journeys to the source of travel and life experiences. Catering to different needs, under the guidance of experienced local and international retreat leaders, these distinctive retreats are offered in Ubud, the heart of Bali, as well as abroad. Over 7000 guests have participated in the retreats since the beginning in 2003. The retreats are designed for those who want to immerse themselves in yoga and meditation, Ayurveda, detox, spa treatments and cultural activities in serene surroundings. Most retreats are open for male and female guests of all yoga experience levels. Most retreats are all-inclusive of accommodation, meals, yoga, activities, spa, tax and service, etc.



Open to the air on three sides and overlooking the venue’s stunning river gorge, is one of Ubud’s truly beautiful yoga spaces. Deliberately designed to hold around 12 students or less per class, Taksu’s smallclass focus means that each student, no matter what their skill level, received the attention they deserve. Their Balinese team of yoga instructors combine local spirit with years of rigorous training, and meanwhile, Taksu boasts two state of the art yoga teacher training spaces, used year-round by several globally renowned training academies.


Kura Kura Yoga Retreat is an intimate resort at the shore of Bali and offers you an oasis of serenity; a sanctuary for the body, heart and mind. It is a perfect ground to rejuvenate and immerse into the magic of Bali. The surroundings invite harmony. Rising with the songs of the birds, taking walks along the beach, visiting the local temples, watching the waves moving in and experiencing amazing sunsets. Kura Kura is settled just 50 steps from the beach of Seseh. A traditional fishing village, untouched by major tourism but close enough to the shops and buzz of Seminyak and walking distance from Echo Beach, a famous Bali surf spot. Come play, relax, learn and be nurtured. Enjoy the absence of TV-sets and iPods. The elegant simplicity of our eight cottages and our lovely staff will give you a feeling of being away and coming home. Kura Kura is a place to feel safe & supported. Originally built as a family house and in a way it still is. @BrianCawfordPhotography

Ubud Yoga Centre

Ubud Yoga Centre is a contemporary two-tiered complex building created with several functions in mind: Yoga Centre, Paiste Gong Centre, Kids Centre, Gift Shop, and a Cafe. Their authentic passion mission intention is for everyone to leave Ubud Yoga Centre feeling light, confident and inspired. The have created an ever evolving friendly & comfortable community space, that welcomes all. The space filled with lights, art, nature, good vibration, and happy hearts to offer you the best sensory experience, in and out of the Yoga room. The space is fueled with solar panels to create abundance of energy for all activities in Ubud Yoga Centre and they even give back the excess of collected solar energy. Located only 5 minutes from downtown Ubud, this studio is revitalizing, inviting, peaceful non-judgmental, welcoming, and fun.


blooming lotus

Blooming Lotus Yoga offers a sacred space to slow down, turn the attention inward to the present moment, and awaken to your highest potential. Steeped in ancient Classical Yoga tradition and esoteric knowledge, our affordable retreats provide a unique opportunity to discover the deeper dimensions and origins of yoga. Ideal for both beginners and intermediate practitioners, we focus on empowering students with a strong foundation so they can confidently continue a personal practice and embark on a deeper inward quest. People come for their signature 7 Day Yoga Bliss Retreat and 4 Day Yoga Escape Retreat to deepen their yoga asana, meditation, and pranayama practices while immersed in the pristine natural paradise of Bali. Guests leave with the rare gem of inner peace - renewed, restored, and rejuvenated from deep within. Blooming Lotus deliver only teachings that are connected to a lineage that stems directly from the yogic masters, and believe in conveying this wisdom with the highest integrity, purity, and humility.


Floating Leaf Eco-Retreat is an innovative retreat center for groups, couples and individuals. They offer yoga, spa services, healthy cuisine, deep cultural experiences, traditional Balinese healing, and holistic relaxation for body, mind and soul. Combining ancient Balinese wisdom with modern luxury, the Bali retreat provides a safe place for relaxation, personal transformation and a return to balanced wellness. The luxurious rooms, Melati Spa, Yoga Sanctuary and Healing Pool were all created with your ultimate comfort in mind. Floating Leaf Eco-Luxury Retreat is set in a small traditional Balinese village amongst verdant rice fields. The grounds also feature an organic permaculture garden, two Balinese Temples, numerous private meditation areas, koi ponds, as well as a large open kitchen where our private chef will prepare delectable nutrient-rich food. Walk in...float out.

Yoga Searcher Bali

Nested on the cliff of the southwest part of Bali, this yoga resort offers a unique yoga retreat center built in the original Java architecture, with 100% recycled wood. It is a place to experience yoga and Ayurveda, and located just 200m from the world class beaches of Uluwatu and Padang-Padang. The traditional 19th century joglo houses of Javanese people were wooden frame buildings crafted from premium teakwood in the historic towns of Kudus and Demak in Central Java – an area where skilled artisans have developed the art of carving wood to the highest degree of refinement. To build a joglos was an art, a performance and the artisan would fast and meditate before performing specific tasks in the building process. In java, Joglos belong to the past and are slowly fading away. Yoga Searcher used this antique wood to reproduce this traditional architecture lodges which offer you a slice of local culture and history. 100% of the wood used have been recycled from those old houses. 32


Pyramids in Bali? Yes! These 2 brand new pyramids offer an amazingly unique ‘Sound Healing Center close to Ubud. As you relax to the sound of gongs within the massive pyraminds, you immediately feel your energy shift. The Pyramids of Chi are gaining the reputation as the place to go for Sound Healing as these incredible pyramids were developed especially for that purpose. Discover this amazing experience inside the pyramid, which is built exactly 1/16th to scale with the Great Pyramid of Giza. This is a must visit for anyone looking for an unforgettable sound journey experience in Bali.

Samadi Bali

Samadi Bali is a place for daily yoga classes, yoga teacher trainings, holiday retreats, accommodation, healthy vegetarian food & holistic wellness treatments. We bring in the best yoga teachers in Bali who have trained extensively in many varieties of yoga, for many years, to then share their love and passion for yoga. Samadi offers a Traditional Ashtanga Mysore program with KPJAYI authorised teachers. Samadi Bali is also a kitchen lab for healthy foods and happy bellies. They experiment mixing Ayurvedic cuisine with gourmet un-cooking with small farm-grown predominantly organic ingredients. The results are often surprising and delicious. Enjoy a young coconut after yoga or join us for family-style meals, knowing its fresh all home made using no preservatives or other chemicals. Samadi is also a hub for alternative health, healing and beyond. They offer treatments and courses for your body, mind and spirit ranging from Balinese massage, to therapeutic bodywork, chakra balancing, cranial-sacral therapy, trauma, stress release and life-coaching.

Top Health & Wellness Destinations Yoga Barn Ubud Yoga Centre 4 Seasons Resort The Practice Pyramids of Chi Ubud Yoga House Yoga Searcher Komune Resort Blooming Lotus Radiantly Alive Intuitive Flow White Lotus Zen Resort Bali

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Let Your Sun Shine S

ummer is upon us and the sun is shining bright. The air is warm and the breeze brings a magic spark. One can feel a craving to tap into their sexual and creative energy. The desire to manifest great things is emanating from the soul and willpower is ready to be born. Citrine carries the power of the sun. The sun radiates solar renewable energy and fuels all living things on this planet with life. Citrine is golden yellow in color just like the sun. It too, infuses life force into oneself and calls the soul to action. Citrine is derived from the French word “citron” meaning lemon. Although Citrine can be found in many areas of the world, the majority of Citrine comes from Brazil. Citrine carries a hardness of 7.0 and its color actually comes from Iron impurities. Citrine is found in a number of countries and depending upon in which pocket of the world one’s crystal was found, it could carry traces of Amethyst. If violet hues shine through in one’s piece, chances are it’s an Ametrine. If one has been lucky enough to come upon an Ametrine, it carries properties of its own in addition to Citrine and Amethyst. Ametrine is a rarer stone compared to Citrine and would be quite the special find. Citrine crystal shines its golden light and begins to open new doors in one’s life. In today’s day and age one can have the desire to carry out their passion and purpose, but nothing is going to transpire without a little elbow grease as they would say when I was growing up. Citrine supercharges one’s willpower to see through blocks with clarity and flow through them with hard work and dedication. This stone magnifies the powers of one’s will and manifestation. This sun crystal is one of the premier stones of the second chakra and channels its energy to help awaken one’s creative imagination. Through the sacral or creative chakra, Citrine activates and harmonizes the second, third and sixth chakras. While Citrine is working on enhancing clarity through the third eye chakra, it simultaneously generates heat to the sacral or creative and solar plexus chakras. When all three chakras are so powerfully activated, the human dynamo is exposed in oneself and willpower is on fire. The creative power within oneself is lit and carries a continuous campfire glow. New potential is born.

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Citrine, vibrating with the warm and nourishing energy of the sun, can bring happiness into one’s home. It’s helpful to place Citrine in the home where one is looking to shine a light. It can be kept in one’s creative workspace to help break through any creative blocks or next to the front door to infuse cosmic gold light into one’s humble abode. Citrine is an excellent stone to power up manifestations, goals and intentions, so I keep a Citrine next to my vision or dream board. Citrine is also an a powerful stone to wear as jewelry around the neck or ears to stimulate optimism and clarity in the higher chakras. It can be worn anywhere on the body and its vibration will open the epicenter of creativity. In a world that often feels so cold, Citrine can bring one warmth and help light the path of one’s true potential. I remember once having a vision of moving out west and taking my first yoga class. I placed Citrine near my vision board and it highlighted my creative imagination, willpower and drive. One short year later I was living in Los Angeles being trained to teach yoga. Today, I happily travel making my jewelry, and to hospitals, yoga centers senior homes etc. teaching yoga and singing with “Caro and the Sunsations” living my dream. I’m shining my light on the world and you can too. Folks, we live in times where darkness can come upon us, but we must not succumb to it. Each and every one of us carries a gift that can make a difference. One’s potential can be awakened and manifestations can blossom. I won’t tell you that the road will be easy, but I will tell you that with a clear vision and some supercharged willpower you will find your way. Citrine can shine bright like a lighthouse and help to guide your path. This is the Age Of Aquarius and it’s time to highlight your true self. It’s time to let your sun shine.

by Stephanie Siri Darshan of Lighthouse Crystals & Cosmic Creations



FEATURED yoga studio HB YOGA COLLECTIVE 301 Main Street, Suite 109, HB 92648 714.374.0810

HB Yoga Collective has been created from its inception from the collective energy of so many inspired people. Located in Huntington Beach, this unique studio is a yoga community of students, teachers and studio owners committed to bringing out the best in each other. HB Yoga Collective offers some of the finest teachers in the OC teaching what they are excited about; daily meditation classes; a weekly philosophy class on Sunday mornings; delicious vegan offerings by Rasa Eats; and local artisan jewelry, homemade goods and gifts. The studio is beautifully designed to feel cozy and welcoming using the elements of simplicity, wood and a splash of color that invites you to stay a little longer and connect with the people around you.

Red Diamond Yoga Studio 3500 Overland Avenue Suite 210 Los Angeles, CA 90034

Red Diamond Yoga values community and strives to create the most exceptional yoga experience possible through superior personal service and incredible high quality class instruction. The teachers are selected for their expertise and training in all aspects of yoga including anatomy, alignment, philosophy and the ability to connect with and hold space for their students journey on the mat. Yoga is an ancient practice that includes both the physical and psychological aspects of health and happiness. Red Diamond takes a modern approach to this practice, with classes appropriate for every level, ideal for seasoned yogis and newcomers alike. The yoga classes take place in a space that is fresh and clean, and warmed to the perfect temperature, free from added humidity for maximum comfort and flexibility. The yoga classes are designed so that students generate heat from within the body, opening the pathways to stimulate the body’s natural purification and healing, without excessive overheating. The 4,000-square foot facility space is bright, clean, and new, with three large practice rooms. The differences in service and quality will enhance every aspect of your yoga experience.


FEATURED yoga studio Better Living Yoga

27792 Aliso Creek Road, B140, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 949.425.YOGA (9642) Better Living Yoga is a unique yoga studio in Southern California catering to adults 40 and beyond. Everyone is welcome! They offer therapeutic, Iyengar, restorative, gentle as well as strong flow classes, yin yoga, and mat Pilates, all geared toward preventing and reversing the detrimental effects of aging. Members include men and women from 40 to 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Better Living Yoga is unique because they focus on adults and offer a wide variety of yoga classes that maintain and improve quality of life physically and mentally. The yoga helps you feel better, love life, be more vibrant, become pain free, look younger and brighter. Better Living Yoga teaches alignment based yoga to bring the body into anatomical neutral within the constraints of the optimal blueprint, which will prevent and reverse chronic conditions of aging bodies. “Yoga is for everybody, but not every pose is for every-body”. Better Living Yoga is fun loving, yet practical; energizing, yet relaxing; vibrant, yet calming; playful, yet experienced; knowledgeable, yet with a student’s mind; welcoming, non-judgmental, loving, yet patient. The studio is immaculate with a calming energy, soft music and a hint of wild orange essential oil.


7650 Girard Ave, La Jolla, CA 858.633.3893

Trilogy Sanctuary is a vibrant wellness center offering infrared yoga classes, aerial yoga, yoga teacher trainings, a 100% organic & vegan rooftop cafe with ocean views, spiritual counseling, an eco-conscious boutique, and event space for workshops, live music and speakers! Trilogy strives to nourish the mind, body & spirit in the heart of San Diego, California! If you are looking for a more meaningful and fulfilling yoga practice, Trilogy is the place. Yoga is an opportunity to grow physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Part of this growth is about being part of a community in San Diego, California. The yoga classes encourage a deeper connection within yourself and will help you on your personal journey, meeting you wherever you may be. They offer a whole spectrum of styles from gentle Yin to powerful vinyasa and upward to high-flying aerial. With approximately 12 classes every day it will be natural for you to find the perfect class and commit to a regular and dedicated practice. With such a range of styles you will be constantly inspired, challenged and nourished. No matter what you seek, with our wide-range of unique classes and inspiring teachers, you will find it at Trilogy.


FEATURED yoga studio directory Harmony Yoga 901 N Pacific Coast Hwy #100 Redondo Beach, CA 90277 310-379-6905

Create Yoga 2828 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA 90404 424-387-8596

Wanderlust 1357 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 323-967-8855

Soul Fitness 1209 S Pacific Coast Hwy Redondo Beach, CA 90277 424.262.1348

Ekam Yoga 2700 West Coast Hwy Newport Beach, CA 92663 949-631-9642

Ra 3077 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626 714-708-3060

HB Yoga Collective 301 Main Street, Suite 109, HB , CA 92648| 714-374-0810


Radiant Hot Yoga Newport North Shopping Centre, 1200 Bison Ave Newport Beach, CA 92660 949-706-9642

Pure Love Yoga 415 E Avenida Pico San Clemente, CA 92672 949-492-5048

I Heart Yoga 34485 Street of the Golden Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629, USA 949-363-3152

Jellyfish Yoga 4 Kids 19772 MacArthur Boulevard, Suite 260 Irvine, California 92612

Better Living Yoga 27792 Aliso Creek Rd Aliso Viejo, CA 92656 949-425-9642

Trilogy Sanctuary 7650 Girard Ave #400, La Jolla, CA 92037 858-633-3893

Ginseng Yoga 2985 Beech Street San Diego, CA 92102 619-338-YOGA

yoga studio directory Be The Change Yoga 3943 Portola Pkwy, Irvine, CA 92602 (714)417.9834 • Purple Yoga 139 W. First St. Tustin, CA 92780 (714)832.7535 • Corepower Yoga Huntington Beach 7777 Edinger Ave, Suite D-230, Huntington Beach,CA 92647 (714)889.1279 •


Yogi Shakti Wellness Center 4249 Campus Dr. B140, Irvine, CA 92612 (949)856.9642 •

Peace Yoga Gallery 903 S. Main St, Los Angeles, CA 90015 (213)500.5007 •

Bikram Yoga Fullerton 1531 S. Harbor Blvd, Fullerton, CA 92832 (714)871.9377 •

Aura Yoga 8608 A West Sunset Blvd, W. Hollywood, CA 90069 (323)570.0570 •

Harmony HB 16907 Algonquin St, Huntington Beach, CA 92649 (714)840.2446 •

Earth’s Power Yoga 7901 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046 (323)655.9642 •

Kaya Yoga Remedy 15052 Edwards St, Huntington Beach, CA 92647 (714)600.6344 •

Yoga Salt 11955 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066 (310)948.4165 •


Wanderlust Hollywood 1357 Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323)967.8865 • The Yoga Collective 512 Rose Ave C, Venice, CA 90291 (310)392.2000 • Hot 8 Yoga 1422 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310)866.5280 • Yogaworks Santa Monica 1426 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90403 (310)393.5150 • Bhakti Yoga Shala 207 Arizona Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90405 (310)804.9290 • Power Yoga 1410 2nd St, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (310)458.9510 •


Ashtanga Yoga Center 1905 Calle Barcelona #218, Carlsbad, CA 92009 (760)632.7093 • Bird Rock Yoga 910 Grand Ave #260, San Diego, CA 92109 (858)539.5742 • Spirit Yoga 1559 Garnet Ave, San Diego, CA 92109 (858)412.0561 • Yoga Six 4S Ranch 16625 Dove Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA 92127 (858)456.2477 • Riffs Studios 5510 La Jolla Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037 (858)456.2477 • THE LITTLE YOGA STUIDO 702 Ash St, San Diego, CA 92101 (858)412.0561 • Yoga Six Point Loma 2850 Womble Rd #101, San Diego, CA 92106 (619)544-9642 •

Radiant Hot Yoga 1200 Bison Ave, Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949)706.9642 •

Yoga One 1150 Seventh Ave, San Diego, CA 92101 (619)544.0587 •

Spectra Yoga 2701 Harbor Blvd E-1, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714)436.0576 •

Pura Vida Yoga 302 Island Ave #101, San Diego, CA 92101 (619)338.9090 •

Yogaworks Costa Mesa 1835 Newport Blvd, Costa Mesa, CA 92627 (949)642.7400 •

Sol Yoga 8657 Villa La Jolla Dr #121, La Jolla, CA 92037 (858)452.9642 •


Bhakti Fest B

hakti Fest, the first and only family-run yoga and kirtan festival will return to the beautiful and sacred Joshua Tree Retreat Center September 6-11, 2017.

This pioneering gathering, known for non-stop yoga, kirtan, meditation, sound baths, vegetarian cuisine, healing body work, spiritual study, conscious community and transformation, continues to serve as a beacon for spiritual seekers from around the world. For the first time this year, Himalayan Yoga Master and Co-founder of Akhanda Yoga, Yogrishi Vishvketu and Maui main-stay, Nicki Doane will teach. Other all-star yoga instructors include Off the Mat founder Seane Corn, Shiva Rea, Jules Febre, Bryan Kest, Saul David Raye, Mark Whitwell, Kia Miller, Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman, Tommy Rosen, Pandit Achala, and local favorite, Urban Yoga’s Kristin Olson. For those who have never stepped foot on a yoga mat, to those who don’t travel without one, all student levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. A curator of sacred sound, Bhakti Fest will host non-stop Kirtan and chanting on two stages, across a wide of variety of musical genres including blues, rock, pop, gospel, traditional, and hip-hop. Headliners include Grammy nominees Krishna Das, and Jai Uttal, plus MC YOGI, and long-time Madonna collaborator Donna De Lory. This year’s musicians also include favorites such as The Kirtaniyas, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, Govind Das & Radha, Larissa Stow & The Shakti Tribe, David Newman, Gaura Vani & Vish, Girish, Fannah Fi Allah, Shantala, Fantuzzi, Nina Rao, Devadas, Sheela Bringi, Masood Ali Khan to name a few. Bhakti Fest provides participants with the unique opportunity to interact and learn from some of the greatest luminaries of our time. Speakers include 40

author of The Journey Home Radhanath Swami, Loyola Marymount University’s Lorin Roche, acclaimed astrologer Divine Harmony, Ayurvedic expert Mas Vidal, and for the first time, celebrated Sanskrit Scholar Ira Schepetin. As always, Bhakti Fest will screen digital satsang with the legendary Ram Dass, whose book Be Here Now helped bring Eastern philosophy west in the 1970’s. Bhakti Fest is happy to host a women’s “Red Tent” and Men’s Lodge. Within the safety of innovative dome-technology, women’s offerings will include prayer with Mirabai Devi, Tantra with Dawn Cartwright, Mystical Dance with Monika Nataraj, and Yoni worship with internet sensation, Zoe Kors. In the Men’s Lodge Zat Baraka will help men to step out of the confines of their societal conditionings and into a new masculine ethos, Tommy Rosen will teach Recovery 2.0, Sam Geppi will offer astrological insight, and more. Transformational breathwork will be offered by phenomenon, Michael Brian Baker and the learned Dana Dharma Devi. Built in 1941, with the intention to house sacred sound, JTRC’s Sanctuary will serve as the sound dome. Here participants have the opportunity to unplug, destress from the chatter of modern life, and the straining effects of technology enjoying the healing benefits of the sacred

sound current. The beautifully updated healing sanctuary offers massage, bodywork, energy work, and other wellness enhancing modalities. Participants experience deep healing and a renewed balance of prana (life force energy). No family friendly festival would be complete without a Kids Village! In the cool shade, of ancient trees, Bhakti Fest’s children’s programming offers a wide variety of fun, physical, creative, musical and conscious activities. Feast on a variety of raw, vegan, and vegetarian food and beverage options and enjoy a marketplace filled with eco-friendly, sustainable vendors offering yoga gear, clothing, devotional art, musical instruments, CDs, crafts, jewelry, and more. The Joshua Tree Retreat Center offers an ideal setting for inner reflection and spiritual reconnection, with its natural high desert beauty. There are a wide variety of accommodations available. Get more info on lodging: http://west. Tickets for Bhakti Fest West 2017 are available at bhakti-fest-west-2017. The non-profit festival donates a percentage of its funds to charities and other nonprofit groups including Food for Life Vrindavan, Love Serve Remember Foundation, Ramana’s Garden, and the Seva Foundation.


FESTIVAL GUIDE 1LoveFest: October 20th-22nd 2017 Lake Perris, CA

Wanderlust Whistler: August 3rd-6th 2017 Whistler, BC

Beloved Festival: August 11th-14th 2017 Tidewater, Oregon

Bhakti Fest: September 7th-11th 2017 Joshua Tree, CA

Wanderlust Tremblant: August 24th-27th 2017 Mont-Tremblant, QC

Groove Yoga Festival: October 20th-22nd 2017 Hamburg, Germany

Wanderlust O’ahu: March 1st-4th, 2018 Turtle Bay Resort, HI

Groove Yoga Festival: February 10th-12th 2017 Hamburg, Germany

Bali Spirit Festival: April 2nd-April 8th 2018 Ubud, Bali

Sedona Yoga Festival: February 8th-11th 2018 Sedona, AZ

Joshua Tree Fall Music Festival: October 5th-8th 2017 Joshua Tree, CA

Oregon Eclipse Festival: August 17th-23rd 2017 Big Summit Prairie, OR

Envision Fest: February 21st-25th 2018 Costa Rica Vegas Gone Yoga: October 6th-8th 2017 Las Vegas, NV UnifyFest: September 1st-3rd 2017 Galisteo, NM Imagine Fest: September 22nd-24th 2017 Atlanta, GA Xanadu: September 29th-October 1st 2017 Catalina Island, CA One Love Experience: October 20th-22nd 2017 Lake Perris, CA Guitar Fish Festival: July 28th-31st 2017 Yuba River: Cisco Grove Campgrounds, CA Wanderlust Squaw Valley: July 20th-23rd 2017 North Lake Tahoe, CA


Joshua Tree Spring Music Festival: May 17th-20th, 2018 Joshua Tree, CA Dirty Bird Campout: October 6th-8TH, 2017 Bradley, California So Cal Vegfest: October 29th-30th 2017 Costa Mesa, CA San Diego Yoga Festival: May 2018 San Diego, CA

Lightning in a Bottle: May 24th-May 28th 2018 Bradley, CA Arise Music Festival: August 4th-6th 2017 Sunrise Ranch: Loveland, CA Wanderfruit Festival: December 14th-17th 2017 Pattaya, Thailand Sat Nam Fest: November 6th-11th 2017 Puerto Morelos, MX


The Universe Is Talking To You By: Stephanie Spence

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing, there is a field.’ll meet you there.” Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi - 13th century


ynchonicity is a concept, first explained by psychoanalyst Carl Jung, which holds that events are “meaningful coincidences” if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related. Thank goodness for Wiki or I would not have concisely articulated what I have experienced as consciousness and matter linked in a moment that is uniquely definable. In fact, I once had three whole days that felt like I was dwelling in synchronicity. When I shared that with someone, they looked at me like I was a little cray-cray. No need to wonder. Thanks to the encyclopedia of the world, my pal the internet, a quick search of Synchronicity produced the following: “Synchronicities are patterns that repeat in time. Synchronicity refers to the gears or wheels of time, though the actual concept of synchronicity cannot be scientifically proven. One can only record synchronicities as they occur and watch the patterns of behavior that create them. The concept of synchronicity is currently linked more to metaphysics, yet physics (quantum physics) and metaphysics are merging, thus showing their interconnection and how we manifest synchronicities in our lives. Now more than ever, synchronicities are people, places or events that your soul attracts into your life to help you evolve to higher consciousness or to place emphasis on something going on in your life. The more ‘consciously aware’ you become of how your soul manifests, the higher your frequency becomes and the faster you manifest positively. Each day your life encounters meaningful coincidences, synchronicities, that you have attracted, on other words created in the grid of your experiences in the physical. Souls create synchronicities, played out in the physical. It is why you are here. It is how our reality works. Synchronicities may simply occur just to make a point. Don’t blow them out of proportion. You must look at the bigger picture of the synchronicity, think outside the box, (the patterns of reality) not at the actual experience.” (from Gears Of Time and Illusion) I’m always in search of ways to remain grounded in moments of higher consciousness, that is why yoga is my lifelong healthiest companion. I use yoga to look at patterns, struggles and behaviors that I have to grow and evolve physically, emotionally and spiritually. One thing yoga has taught me is to remain willing and open, which is why I consider myself a seeker. I used this gift to manifest a life-transforming trip by using Kabbalah and a friend’s book. This life-changing friend of mine, Gahl Sasson, taught me how to benefit from seemingly separate coincidences. Gahl is a spiritual teacher I met through a yoga studio. I devoured the exercises in his book A Wish Can Change Your Life. I knew by the end of the book I wanted to go on what I would later call my Yoga Road Trip. My trip took me 4,000 miles from southern California all the way up the west coast and into Canada with a simple mission: video interview and practice with a different yoga teacher every day as I made my way along my pilgrimage. I wanted to capture the insights, wisdom and enlightenment from each of them. Naturally, I also used the 44

perience to expand my personal horizons without limitations and take time to listen to and better understand my own inner voice. Gahl’s book showed me how to focus and “see” what messages I was sending to the universe and how to hone that into manifesting something I wanted. 4,000 miles later I learned by the end of my journey that intensity is the key to your destiny. Synchronicity is seen more frequently by people who believe it to be true. Why? Well, if you say an event was just chance or luck you are sending a weak message or signal to the universe. Your mind does what you want and the universe listens. It will ignore what you don’t believe. It won’t point out something you are not interested in, but the more you pay attention the more you will see. The great thing is with awareness around synchronicity you don’t work hard to make things happen. Forcing just isn’t a part of the universal laws of attraction. How wonderful that you can have far more energy returned as awareness and insights without using your will. Things happen quickly when you believe. Yoga helps take your brain from a state of “monkey mind” to beta waves, which I call “yoga brain.” I certainly think better after Savasana, and I don’t need scientific proof of that – I’ve had a whole lot of life experience to prove it. (although it IS scientifically proven) Just think of synchronicity as a mirror and whatever you believe will be reflected to you. If you agree with the law of synchronicity then you connect more deeply and send out a strong message, which creates more synchronicity and coincidence in your favor. You are in harmony with what you seek. Just learn how to be consciously aware. I think of this as a practice, just like rolling out my yoga mat every day. It’s a skill you can develop. As you learn to recognize highly improbable coincidences (with intention and belief ) the faster your “desires” are revealed. Your subconscious reveals what you need to understand your world. To dive deeply into the energy of the universe, you must pay attention to your thoughts and to the world around you. By being present, moment-to-moment, more and more seemingly irrelevant events – backed by intense focus – will allow you to watch as quantum mechanics organizes events in your favor. This is science. This, too, is yoga. The only limit is you and your beliefs.


Bali Spirit Festival BaliSpirit Festival is one of the largest yoga and world music festivals in the world. Bali’s only annual yoga festival recently celebrated their 10th anniversary in March 2017. Over the course of 1 transformational week, over 7000 people from all over the world were drawn to Ubud, Bali’s cultural center to take part in over 300 workshops, 4 bhakti nights and 3 world music concerts. Yogis from over 50 nations filled the outdoor pavilions amongst the rice fields to practice with leading international yoga teachers including: Ana Forrest and Jose Calarco, Tymi Howard, Eoin Finn and Mark Whitwell. BaliSpirit Festival year after year draws in a diverse range of classes with a high caliber of leading and up-and-coming international yoga teachers. Some fun and alternative yoga classes at BaliSpirit Festival 2017 included the bright and energetic Disco Yoga with Nickie Hanley, the unique and empowering Black Metal Yoga with Melody Henry and the deep and pumping Reggaelates with Sienna Creasy. Hundreds of people were emotionally transformed during daily breathwork workshops, cacao ceremonies, kirtan and ecstatic dance, which continue to be firm favorites among attendees. Each year, BaliSpirit Festival unites an international community of highly conscious individuals who gather together with a shared appreciation of yoga, music, health and the incredible devotional culture of Bali. A truly uplifting, energetic and feel-good highpoint of the year, BaliSpirit Festival brings together this community of conscious travelers, year after year. What appears to draw people back to BaliSpirit Festival is the deep sense of community and heartfelt connections that attendees build, feeling liberated finding their dharma and connecting with their true self in a safe, welcoming space. During 6 days and 7 nights, BaliSpirit Festival 2017 had over 300 workshops in yoga, meditation, breathwork, dharma talks, sound healing, dance, ceremonies and devotional mantra music. Yoga styles 46


included: Vinyasa, Yin, Ashtanga, Jivamukti, Acro, Hatha, Power, Children’s Yoga, Laughter Yoga and many more. During the nighttime music events, BaliSpirit Festival welcomed a wide range of spiritual and world music artists including Xavier Rudd, Zap Mama, Desi Subculture, Emmanual Jal as well as Bhakti music artists: Jai-Jagdeesh and The Hanumen. BaliSpirit Festival each year manages to amplify the energy and spirituality felt in the magical island of Bali; through high vibe music, yoga and consciousness. The daily feeling of grace, gratitude and spirituality which emanates from the Balinese and the island, makes BaliSpirit Festival a holistic and spiritual destination like no other. Despite the growing grandeur of BaliSpirit Festival each year, the mission from the festival founders is simple. The festival was co-founded by Made Gunarta, Meghan Pappenheim and Robert Weber in 2007 with the intention to create community and give back to Bali. As a non-profit event, the values and vision for BaliSpirit Festival have always been to create a festival to awa ken and nourish each individual’s potential for positive change within by celebrating a cultural amalgamation of East meets West through yoga, world music and healing. Attendees of BaliSpirit Festival 2017 described it as a ‘life changing experience’, ‘inspirational’ and having ‘being positively impacted by the festival’s blend of energy, passion, personal awakening and high quality entertainment’.

NEWS about BaliSpirit Festival 2018 2018 will be the 11th annual edition of the BaliSpirit Festival and the event promises to be bigger and better than even this year’s anniversary festival. The 2018 official dates are April 2-8, starting special daytime events on Monday, April 2 followed by the highly anticipated opening party in the evening. On Tuesday, April 3 through to Saturday, April 7 the full daytime festival program will take place - with workshops from 7am – 6pm, followed by music evening nights of ecstatic dance and DJs, world and devotional music until 10pm. The festival will end on Sunday with a big community day for the whole family, as well as more special events and workshops and finally the magical closing party in the evening. The full line-up will be released in October but many presenters have already been confirmed. Among them are: • Dana Trixie Flynn (USA): teaching the soulful Lotus Flow style of Yoga • Danny Paradise (USA): an integral part of the Bali Spirit family, Danny will be teaching Ashtanga Yoga • Denise Payne (USA): sharing techniques to support you in moving from your center, trusting your ground and allowing the rest to follow with Power Yoga • Duncan Wong (Japan): the creator of the Yogic Flow Arts system – a unique and fluid practice combining the intelligence of yoga, the intuition of dance, the heart of martial arts, and the healing touch of massage • Maria Alfaro (Italy / USA): teaching Neurogenic Yoga™ - a revolutionary technique in trauma healing and stress reduction • Will Lau (Hong Kong): Jivamukti Yoga As usual, the BaliSpirit Festival has many other offerings beyond the yoga mat – from seminars on personal development, to African dance workshops, to kids hula hooping and all day live music, there is something for everyone. Super Early Bird tickets are now on sale and come with significant discounts so if you are interested, hurry up and book soon. More info and passes on



re you looking for more than hotel bookings? Ready to experience an authentic connection to community, culture and the essence of magical Bali, the Island of the Gods? Then head over to Bali Spirit is the only website of its kind - providing a centralized registry of Bali’s leading holistic venues, services and activities. For nearly 20 years Bali Spirit has connected yogis and curious travelers to the best Bali yoga retreats, studios, healers, healthy restaurants, ethical companies, cultural events and NGOs, as well as offered insights into the Balinese Hinduism, art and traditions.



The website was created by business partners and husband and wife, Meghan Pappenheim and Made Gunarta in 2002, shortly after the Bali bombings which tremendously affected Bali’s tourism industry. Meghan and Made are passionate about supporting Bali’s environmentally-friendly, socially-responsible and health-body-mind conscious businesses so they built Bali Spirit to revitalize Bali’s global image by showcasing the diverse and breathtaking beauty of Bali and Indonesia. Today, people visit Bali Spirit is to explore the wide range of the leading Bali yoga and wellness offerings. Bali Spirit presents the best yoga studios and retreat centers in Bali in one

centralized place, with all the information you need to find the perfect place for your practice in Bali. You can also search for your ideal yoga retreat or training program by location, price or yoga style, or if you are a yoga teacher planning to create a retreat in Bali, this is the place to showcase your upcoming yoga workshop or retreat. Make your trip to Bali an experience of nature, culture and spirituality. Bali Spirit connects you to the yoga community in Bali and gives you a taste of everything this beautiful island has to offer. Delve into the true spirit of Bali on

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Lighting in a Bottle 2017’




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