See the World Differently

See the World Differently

“Like all destinies, like all great adventures, I have gone to places I never imagined before I set out.”  — BKS Iyengar

Seeing the world differently is about journey… about moving, growing and opening perspectives. For yogis, this is a familiar idea: we practice moving from one pose to another and find ourselves in a different place from where we started, physically, mentally, and emotionally. We feel more balanced, more energized—even more at home. Our yoga journey takes us inward and closer to who we really are.

Traveling to exotic locations combines the best of outer discovery and inner journey. When our everyday world is transformed, amazing things happen … the warm touch of sun, sand, and sea revives us; the food we eat tastes better; our relationships with one another blossom and deepen … we rediscover the joy of being fully alive and present. Being in this place, feeling nourished and cleansed and awake to new possibilities helps me let go so I can move to a new place in relation to self and others. Sometimes, seeing the world differently is as simple as that.

No matter your level of yoga experience, I invite you to join me in a yoga adventure! Starting Exotic Yoga Retreats has been the beginning of a new journey for me, and it’s one I look forward to sharing with all of you.


Moon Salutes by Gayle Olson

Let’s celebrate the lunar eclipse tonight with a practice of Moon Salutes!  I created this series about 15 years ago as the feminine alternative to compliment Sun Salutes.  I offer this in honor of our goddess Moon!  ~ Namaste, Gayle   read more →

A Glimpse into Provence – Books & Films

One of the hidden pleasures of booking a yoga retreat is the advance anticipation—the excitement and positivity generated by day-dreaming about your upcoming trip, and sharing your excitement with friends, family and colleagues.  To help you savor the lead-up even more, and offer an advance taste and glimpse of the Provençal landscape and culture, I’m sharing with you.. read more →

6 Packing tips for the packing-challenged!

  There are packing-nerds (like me) who pack their bags weeks or more in advance of a trip. There are the packing-challenged, who procrastinate digging out the suitcase until late night before travel. And then there are the cool, ‘packing is no big deal’ adrenaline junkies who leave packing for an international trip to just.. read more →

From San Francisco — to Mediterranean-Style Yoga Retreats

May 7, 2015
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I write you from my favorite cafe in San Francisco —big windows looking onto trolley cars rolling down Columbus Avenue, loud music, Sightglass coffee, and as many computers as there are people—this is NOT the Mediterranean life-style! San Francisco is a place to vision, focus on your vision, and work to make your vision happen… read more →

Bhakti Beat • Ibiza Yoga Retreat!

March 11, 2015
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Dynamic Yoga, Music & Good Living in the Mediterranean Sun! If you love nature, yoga, music and fine living, you will find pure bliss here! In a luxurious villa set on 25 secluded acres, savor gourmet bio-dynamic cuisine and Spanish wines, bathe in the Mediterranean sea or lounge at the villa pool, enjoy stunning hikes over the sea—and experience dynamic Bhakti Vinyasa.. read more →

A Christmas Hug in Cusco

December 27, 2014
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Sometimes life in the Exotic Yoga world isn’t as exotic as it sounds. For example, a surprise Christmas eve overnight at the Miami airport en route to Peru, followed by a long Christmas day in planes and security lines. That said, it ended up a beautiful Christmas, wishing strangers and airport workers “Felice Navidad” and.. read more →

Yoga and Health ~ Overcome Illness, One Pose at a Time!

June 13, 2014
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Yoga and Health ~ Overcome Illness, One Pose at a Time! It has long been accepted by even the most skeptical in the medical profession that yoga can be beneficial to your health. People who regularly enjoy yoga sessions remain more supple and flexible long into old age and, according to one study, yoga can even help you.. read more →

Yoga and Happiness Retreats— The best mood enhancing drug on the market!

May 12, 2014
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Boost Positive Feelings with a Yoga and Happiness Retreat If you’re feeling in low spirits, a yoga and happiness retreat may be just what you need to boost your mood. While a vacation in itself may do the trick, yoga is well-known to enhance mental well-being. However, that’s not all, as these unique breaks offered by Exotic.. read more →

Dr. Laura Delizonna’s 5 Tips for Happiness

February 4, 2014
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March 14–21, happiness expert and coach, Dr. Delizonna, and yoga teacher, Gayle Olson, head to Mexico’s stunning beachside resort, Xinalani, to host the second annual Happiness & Yoga Retreat!  Get a sneak preview of some of the tips we’ll be practicing in beach meditations and jungle adventures! SAVOR Life is a string of moments, so we can.. read more →

5 Tips To Happy & Healthy Holidays

December 20, 2013
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The word “holiday” ought to be synonymous with fun, relaxing and celebratory, right?  So why is it that we often associate them with stress, weight gain and emotional exhaustion? Are holidays in modern times inherently related to over-eating, lack of exercise, and family politics… not to mention the overwhelming work simply to unplug for a few.. read more →

Water Element — Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

November 18, 2013
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I’ve always believed in the power of the natural world to both restore and guide me when I’m feeling out of balance or out of touch. A single natural element has the power to reshape my thoughts and emotions: the cold touch of granite rock makes me strong again; gazing up at a sun-dappled treetop.. read more →

10 Reasons To Make Meditation a Part of Your Life

October 8, 2013
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Meditation is essentially any practice that focuses your awareness to a degree that the busy mind quiets down, and you become simply aware of the present moment. Why is this simple act of presence so profound?  It’s not easy to explain in words—like other profound experiences in the life—it’s only in the experiencing that you understand meditation’s.. read more →