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 from one place to another. 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.
The master yogi B.K.S. Iyengar talks about how this journey inward takes place: “we can go into the subtlest heart of living matter”, by observing nature, and exploring the nature inside ourselves. When our journeys into the world are combined with yoga, we find that spirituality—along with courage and love and compassion—is not external to us, but part of the divine core within us. We begin seeing ourselves differently.
For me, 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.
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! 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
Meditation is essentially any practice that focuses or absorbs 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.. read more →