Find us at Chakra Pilates in Point Loma

So excited to announce this week I will be joining the Chakra Pilates – Point Loma family! New classes have been added to the schedule:

Belly Bliss – Traditional Hatha Flow class specifically designed for soon-to-be mamas in any trimester of pregnancy. Poses are integrated to focus on breath, hips and pelvic/sacral stability. This practice will open your heart & body for optimum birth. Wednesdays at 4:30 pm

Afternoon Delight – An all levels Slow Hatha Flow focused on alignment and deep stretches. End with an aromatherapy svasana. Perfect to unwind after a long week of work. Prenatal accommodated. Fridays at 12:30 pm

Ask the Universe and dare to dream BIG!!

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Soul Warrior Yoga OPEN HOUSE

Soul Warrior Yoga has joined forces with Lokavindu Yoga to offer you a sacred and affordable space in the heart of Old Town, San Diego.

February 24th at 4:30 pm: Afternoon Delight – All levels slow flow class focused on alignment and deep stretches.  Perfect to unwind after a long day of work.

February 26th at 9:30 am: Rise & Shine – Intermediate to advance vinyasa flow, with core exercises, balancing poses, back bends & inversions.  Start your day with intense energy!

Bring your tribe… this event is FREE!!

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Pranamar Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

It’s getting close to March 1st, time to have your deposits in for the Pranamar Costa Rica Yoga Retreat. Below are some details & FAQ for your info. Please don’t hesitate to contact me or Sarah Pascual.

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Included in your retreat rate: 7 nights at Pranamar, 3 delicious healthy meals daily (vegetarian and vegan accommodated), twice daily yoga.
Not included: Airfare, airfare transfers, nature tours, massage therapy and specialty drinks.
A non-refundable $500 deposit is due per person to save your spot. Deposit due March 1. Final amount due May 1.
Rates: Shared Bungalow/Villa $1,250-$1,800 per person. Single Bungalow/Villa $1,900- 2,300 per person.
Yoga Practice: Our morning practice is a energizing hatha flow for a
ll levels about 1.5 hr practice. Our evening practice will be restorative/yin/meditation and pranayama for all levels.

FLIGHT AND TRAVEL INFO:
Flight information:
Step 1.) Flying into San Jose Costa Rica.
Step 2.) From San Jose you fly to Tambor (30 min flight – approx $65/$100 per person each way) and then it is a 45 min taxi ride from Tambor to Pranamar ($60 for up to 4 people.)
There are 2 domestic airlines who offer flights from San Jose to Tambor, you can check their flight schedules here:
http://www.natureair.com/pranamar-tambor.aspx…
http://www.flysansa.com
Step 3.) Arrive at Pranamar and RELAX!

NOTE- Opening circle and practice will begin Saturday July 11th at about sunset & closing circle will happen Friday July 17th at about sunset. On Saturday July 18th we will have a sunrise practice & breakfast, retreat ends. Please arrange your flights so you can be at the opening and closing of retreat.

If you can pull it off- I highly recommend arriving one day early and stay one day later. If you want to stay extra nights at Pranamar I can arrange that for you. If you need guidance on other accommodations I will put you in contact with Pranamar and they can assist you.

Once you book your flights please send all flight information to me. I will have Pranamar schedule your taxi pick up from Tambor. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Costa Rica Yoga Retreat

I have the honour to assist the lovely Sarah Pascual in the amazing Discover Your Own Paradise at Pranamar Villas and Yoga Retreat in Costa Rica. This promises to be a transformational 7 days of yoga, healthy food, meditation, relaxation, beach, massages and so much more. For more information and to reserve your space please email: sarahpascualyoga@gmail.com or feel free to contact me at soulwarrioryoga@gmail.com

Is it July yet??

http://pranamarvillascr.com/en/

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Water & Earth Series: Surfer Yoga Instructor Sarah Pascual

I had the immense pleasure of meeting Sarah Pascual while attaining my 100-hour Prenatal & Postnatal Yoga Certification under the instruction of Jolie Cash.  This surfer girl first and foremost, is the epitome of what the Water & Earth Series is all about.

Sarah is a surfer yoga instructor who lives ‘most’ of her life on a surfboard or on a yoga mat.  This lifestyle has taught her a thing or two about the marriage between surfing and yoga, and how these teachings carry into her passion for nature and sustainability.

This Nor-Cal girl was born in Hayward, California, but spent most of her youth in Las Vegas pursuing competitive gymnastics.  With much family still in the San Francisco Bay Area, she returned to obtain her 200-hour Hatha Yoga and 100-hour Restorative Yoga certifications from Jolie Cash’s Nature’s Whisper School of Yoga.  Always one to seek more knowledge, she got certified as a holistic massage therapist with World School in San Francisco’s East Bay.

Sarah teaches a wide variety of classes at Yogaworks in San Francisco and at her own local surf shop, Aqua Surf Shop.  When the surf is not happening you can catch her swimming in the ocean, hiking, backpacking, traveling and fishing!  So what does this ocean and Earth loving gal has to say about surfing, yoga and sustainability?  Read her interview below…

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What came first, surf or yoga?  How did the second follow?

That’s a hard one to answer.  As a kid I was always in the ocean , but I wasn’t on a surfboard until my early 20’s.  I found yoga first when I was 17.

What is it about yoga that marries so well with surfing and stand up paddleboarding?

The two compliment each other in so MANY WAYS…where do I begin. Yoga teaches us awareness in the physical body, mental and emotional state as well as heightens the senses. which are all essential to have. When you’re in the ocean it’s important to watch and pay attention to all that surrounds you and to pay close attention to yourself as well. The water is so powerful and strong, it can bring you much joy and peace but is also very dangerous you have to respect it, and the only way you can do that is by being in the NOW moment. If not she’ll slap you, slap you hard!

Yoga and surfing gives you a deeper connection to yourself and nature. Those connections are what we as surfers/yogis live for. When we’re talking about the physical benefits, yoga can help you surf with greater confidence and can help open and stabilize all the muscles that get worked while surfing. On the other hand while surfing you can practice yoga breathing (pranayama), meditation and practicing being in the ” now “. Both yoga and surfing take you to your edges and both can give you life long tools on how to become a more peaceful being.

Favorite yoga flow or poses to improve surfing and SUP?

Downward Dog ( Adho Mukha Svanasana ), Locust Pose (Salabhasana) and Pigeon Pose  (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana).

Favorite surfing spot (local & abroad)?

Costa Rica and San Diego have some of my favs!

Favorite surf and yoga retreat?

Pranamar in Santa Teresa Costa Rica. AMAZING to say the least.

What is your one Eco advice to help protect our oceans and the environment?

If you’re a surfer or anyone who enjoys the beach or outdoors, you’re probably aware of this huge problem of plastic and litter in and out of the water. The effort has to start at home, we must be aware of how much plastic we’re consuming, the items we buy and how it’s packaged and what its packaged with. If we can be proactive at home it can make a huge difference.

I have 3 helpful tips.

1 – Very simple and very easy- STOP using plastic bags altogether. Plastic bags and water bottles are what I see most floating around in the water while I’m surfing. If we all use reusable water bottles and cloth shopping bags this will be a great first big step towards preserving the oceans to their natural state.

2 – Shop smarter by purchasing items with less packaging. Less is more! You can use glass jars and containers to store your lunch/snacks in.

3 – Start riding your bike to work, school and surf. You’ll save money, save the environment and get some exercise. It’s a win win situation.

That’s my Eco advice.  We must come together to make big changes and it starts with educating our friends, family and community.

Follow the Water & Earth Series to learn more about surfer yoga instructors leaving their imprint in their communities!

Water & Earth Series: Surfer Yoga Instructor Chandin Francis

Chandin Frances is an amazing surfer, yoga instructor, Starbuck’s barista, wife and business owner of Lokavindu Yoga in the heart of San Diego’s Old Town. We spoke to Chandin about what it is that connects yoga and surfing, further more, how that co-relation affects her approach to living a sustainable lifestyle.

Chandin is a Southern California girl and photography aficionado. Born in Palm Springs and raised in Hemet, she travelled to San Diego 14 years ago and has settle here with her husband. She found surfing early on and quickly became a passion and a lifestyle. She joined Surf Diva in La Jolla, Californa to fulfil her desire to teach and share with others what the world of surfing has to offer. Chandin is also a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) instructor. One of her joys as a teacher is to observe someone pop up on their first wave and see the excitement in their faces. She lives for those moments of sheer happiness.

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A few years later, Chandin was introduced to yoga and realized she was about to embark on another life long journey. Her compassion for others, along with her desire to help led her to her first Yoga Teacher Training (YTT). She completed her 200 hour YTT from Core Power and continued her education by receiving her 300 hour YTT certification with Cloud Nine Yoga. During her time completing her 300 hour YTT, she also became a certified Reiki Master. As if that wasn’t enough Chandin has also completed a training in Yoga Therapy from Prana Yoga Center in La Jolla. This Pacific Beach resident is as smart as they come. She graduated with highest honours from the Art Institute of California in San Diego with a degree in Advertising which culminated in her dream of opening Lokavindu Yoga.

We decided to ask this ocean loving yogini a few questions about her love for ocean sports, yoga and the Earth:

What is it about yoga that marries so well with surfing and stand up paddleboarding?

They all can be a way to allow someone to meditate. They can draw you in so deep that no other thoughts can come in. Yoga prepares the body physically for both sports and mentally allows you to get connect with the body and its movement. There are even similar postures in yoga that are mimicked in surfing. For example Cobra, upward facing dog, low lunge, and warrior II.

What are your favorite yoga poses to improve surfing and SUP?

Cobra, Plank, and Downward Facing Dog.

What is your favorite surfing spot (local & abroad)?

Scripps Beach in La Jolla and Ragland in New Zealand

You’re an avid traveler. What is your favorite yoga/surfing retreat?

I have had the privilege of traveling around Europe, Indonesia, Asia… but New Zealand!

What is your one Eco advice to help protect our oceans and the environment?

Being aware of what chemicals we are using in our homes and what goes down our drains. Being clean with our products is good for body’s and mother nature.

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Chandin and I met in the most fascinating way because when you ask the Universe for something it conspires to allow your dreams to flourish. We were introduced by Roy Waters, a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and owner of Gravity Lab whom I had met last year when I naively thought I was ready to open my own yoga studio. Although it wasn’t the right time for me to embark on such a financial commitment, Roy and I remained connected by our vision for such shared space. Fast forward a year later and I get an email from Roy introducing me to Chandin Francis his current business partner and owner of Lokavindu Yoga. As they say, the rest is history.

Chandin and I will be collaborating together as Soul Warrior Yoga will become part of Lokavindu Yoga’s schedule starting March 2015. For more information on you can visit http://www.lokavinduyoga.com or http://www.soulwarrioryoga.wordpress.com