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Seeing the world differently is about seeing the world—and oneself—with eyes of wonder. My intention for founding Exotic Yoga Retreats is to inspire people through yoga and travel to truly see the world and themselves differently. I believe that by stepping into the unknown, we step into new territory within ourselves. When we travel to an inspiring place, mingle with new friends, immerse ourselves in a new culture, and focus more deeply in our yoga practice, we discover inner strengths and potentials we didn’t even know existed! It’s this magic of the potential to see the world differently that fuels my retreats!

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.

~ Gayle Olson

Meet Yoga Teacher: Sheryl McGourty

Meet Yoga Teacher: Sheryl McGourty by Gayle | Jul 14, 2017 EYR Teacher Feature: Sheryl McGourty Our Exotic Yoga Retreats teachers are incredible – and we would love for you to know more about them! As such, we have decided to create a series of features for each teacher.   SHERYL McGOURTY, On Yoga and Meditation Colorado based yoga teacher and Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, Sheryl McGourty,...

Meet Yoga Teacher: Sylvia Ferguson

Meet Yoga Teacher: Sylvia Ferguson by Gayle | Jun 12, 2017 EYR Teacher Feature: Sylvia Ferguson Our Exotic Yoga Retreats teachers are incredible – and we would love for you to know more about them! As such, we have decided to create a series of features for each teacher. SYLVIA FERGUSON, On Yoga and Meditation Blending classical Hatha, Anusara and Ashtanga vinyasa traditions with mindfulness...

Meet Yoga Teacher: Josie Sykes

Meet Yoga Teacher: Josie Sykes by Gayle | May 29, 2017 EYR Teacher Feature: Josie Sykes Our Exotic Yoga Retreats teachers are incredible – and we would love for you to know more about them! As such, we have decided to create a series of features for each teacher.   JOSIE SYKES, On Yoga and Meditation Vinyasa and Hatha yoga teacher, Josie Sykes, is originally from the UK. Currently, she...

Meet Yoga Teacher: Rhubin Herceg

Meet Yoga Teacher: Rhubin Herceg by Lisa Holz | Apr 13, 2017 Our Exotic Yoga Retreats teachers are incredible – and we would love for you to know more about them! As such, we have decided to create a series of features for each teacher. In addition to their general bios on our website, they have answered a few fun and thoughtful questions so that we know them better. RHUBIN HERCEG, On Yoga &...

Now Is The Time, Now Is Sacred

Now Is The Time, Now Is Sacred by Lisa Holz | Feb 12, 2017  It is hard to know what to write these days. It is difficult to find meaning in what feels like madness. As we are bombarded with distraction and uncertainty, it feels natural to want to connect with our inner stillness. A yoga practice can help guide and give purpose to this turning inward – in some ways, a retreat from the...

New Year, TRUE You.

New Year, TRUE You. by Lisa Holz | Jan 8, 2017 It’s a brand new year, full of promise. And as usual, this first week has been full of messages about creating a new you. Often, you receive this message subconsciously and accept that you need to reinvent yourself. You feed the impulse to change who you are. You convince yourself that you will be happier and more fulfilled once you achieve –...

Mexico Holiday Retreat, December 2016

Mexico Holiday Retreat, December 2016 by Gayle | Dec 29, 2016 Xinalani   Once we were Gods Immortal, perfect and bored We longed to play We longed to feel deeply So we created Earth Filled with trees, rivers and mountains Birds, animals and fish And many such wondrous gifts The game was ours to play And to love and struggle through When we came down to Earth The spell was cast so deeply Earth...

Poem by Hafiz ~ There Are So Many Gifts

Poem by Hafiz ~ There Are So Many Gifts by Gayle | Nov 6, 2016 Inspired by a great conversation with a wise young gal on a plane this morning, I share with you this poem by Hafiz. We spoke about God, divinity and the act of stepping into unknown territories (geographical, heart and mind)… the gifts that are always, ALWAYS here, simply awaiting us to receive them. “There are so many...

What Is Meditation | Meditation & Poetry

What Is Meditation | Meditation & Poetry by Gayle | Oct 23, 2016 People on retreats often ask if I meditate daily. The question makes me pause and ponder, “what is meditation”? For nearly twenty years I had a formal 2-hour daily practice. Now it’s very different and I imagine my ‘meditation’ will keep changing and evolving as I evolve. I like the idea...

Ireland Yoga Retreat – 3 Things To Know Before You Go

Ireland Yoga Retreat – 3 Things To Know Before You Go by Lisa Holz | Sep 23, 2016 Our luxury Ireland yoga retreat begins in just a few weeks and we are so excited to explore the lush countryside of this quaint European island. Since Irish culture has been exported to many countries around the world, most of us are familiar with at least a few aspects of life in Ireland. You will find an Irish...