Tara uses the written word & surfing as a metaphor to Identify and discuss a broader experience of women all over felt both in the water and on land… processes that include patriarchy and misogyny, and she uses her experience as a writer and surfer to give voice to women in her own work & in her collaborations with women all over the world (in the book she’s working on, Women's Surf Stories). She’s a well-published author and PhD student who’s specializing in Sustainable Surf Tourism & she travels the world & hosts various events & retreats. In this episode, she talks about putting boundaries in place with her art, the abuse and reactivity she experienced when speaking her voice, being silenced as a woman who’s voice doesn't go along with the mainstream, dating across cultures, coming to Costa Rica in the student abroad program & feeling “home”, being non-attached as an artist & writer, whether to positive or negative feedback, being a program assistant for a study abroad program called Surfing and Sustainability, and more!
Cristina Kalyani Paes found her path from a very young age & found herself asking primordial questions that weren’t typical of the time. She had paranormal experiences & was given resources to study about yoga & to work with a paranormal psychologist. From there, she deepened her studies for many years by learning about breathwork, hypnotherapy (from Brian Weiss & Dolores Cannon), yoga philosophy and lifestyle at the Bihar School of Yoga & meditation. A pilgrim, she traveled by horseback for a year and a half around South America, introducing fire dancing and yoga choreography to the unprivileged people in the mountains of Peru with Nomads United, before she settled in Costa Rica 16 years ago. Now, she practices the Yoga of Life, without putting labels or trying to market herself in an inauthentic way. Her work is a culmination of her experiences & knowledge. She wants to see yoga remain what it really is & shares the message that we don’t all need to quit everything, become yoga teachers and monks, and live in the jungle in order to be spiritual. “The world needs all professions, not just yoga teachers. We can always transform the work that we do into something beautiful. Anything we can do to go back to nature is they key - not that we have to release or get rid of our lives.” She talks about the need for community gathering centers in big cities where people can connect and experience a tribe, a place where one can LIVE yoga or spirituality. She’s frustrated with centers and studios that give employment to yoga teachers based on their social media followings and not based on their merit and it causes her to question the integrity of these places. She believes we need to find a balance with yoga as a profession and yoga as a philosophy, and always remain in our authenticity.
Erica founded Yoga Trade when many people asked how she was living the "Traveling Yoga Teacher" life. It wasn't an easy road to start something so big & she shares her process of how she did it. You will hear advice on being successful in your wellness business.
After suffering for years, Kayla was diagnosed with anorexia at 18. Getting help was a struggle, as doctors didn't address her eating disorder & only provided meds for her physical deficiencies. Yoga & plant-based nutrition are what helped her to heal.
Joelle, a 19-year-old AcroYogi, lost her dad to cancer at 14. Through grief, she healed with yoga. It changed her life - physically, emotionally, mentally & through opportunity. From expectations, letting go & simplicity, she shares her wisdom.
This is the story of Audra, a 19-year-old woman with a chronic illness (Dysautonomia), and how she went from being bedridden at 14 to a vibrant, healthy, inspirational woman at 19 by using natural healing methods like yoga & essential oils.
Rudy, an actor, author & yoga teacher, talks about how he was orphaned at 9 & had a rough childhood, became a biker & almost landed in prison before he turned his life around through yoga. Plus some funny shit about how Instagram has ruined yoga.
Rima lives the life of her dreams in the beautiful jungle of Costa Rica. How did she manage to do it? The complete background story of the first time she visited Costa Rica to when she finally made it a full-time reality is what this episode is about.