Yoga Retreat

Only a few spots left on our Bali Yoga Retreat!

AND only a few hours left to book at the Early Bird Discount price!

10 Day Adventure Style Yoga Retreat

Early Bird Discount Deadline: December 31st

February 28th-March 8th, 2016

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Life is supposed to be our greatest adventure, so why not start (or continue) that adventure with us in Bali this March! Our 10-day yoga retreat is like no one else's, complete with volunteer work, daily yoga in amazing scenic locations, temple and city visits with local guides, a hike up a mountain, and so much more!

What's the catch? There isn't one! BUT we do want you to get the best possible deal on this super cool experience, and for that you need to register by December 31st! Our Early Bird Pricing expires on January 1st, so now's the time to act!

 

What sets our Yoga Retreats apart from all the others?

Some really cool stuff....

 

TRAVEL

In addition to yoga every single day with super awesome amazing exciting teacher Alexis Novak, you'll get to see Bali like you wouldn't ever see it before. Unlike many other yoga retreats, we don't just post up in one scenic spot. Instead, we'll spend time in several locations around Bali so you can get the most out of that pricy airfare!  

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SEVA

Giving back to the communities that have given us amazing memories is a huge part of the Yoga Travel Tree mission. While in Bali, we'll volunteer with a local organization that lends a hand to low income and developmentally disabled children. You're sure to feel good about the impact you'll have!

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ADVENTURE

Hiking a mountain on a yoga retreat? Say WHAT?!

Yep, with us you'll hike Mt. Batur located in Northwest Bali. Fear not! We'll have a guide for you to depend on, and the hike is suitable for most yogis.

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CULTURE

Rather than just visit a place, snap some Instagram pics, and then take off, we want our yogis to REALLY experience the culture of a location. While in Bali, we'll explore cities with local guides, check out some temples and their incredible architecture, attend a local cooking class and way more. You'll be able to take home amazing memories, new perspectives and once in a lifetime experiences along with your new profile pic.

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Want to know more about Bali?

Take a peek at our Yogi's Guide to Bali for everything you need to know before you travel, including cultural do's and don'ts, must see yoga destinations and how to travel safely!  

And remember, we build awesome adventures with YOU in mind.

Yoga Travel Tree was inspired by the simple idea of creating rich, meaningful yoga adventures around the world. We know from experience that both travel and yoga can be transformative experiences for the mind, body, and soul.

When you travel with us, you can rest assured that you're getting everything possible out of your trip. See you in Bali!

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Behind the Yoga: An Interview with the Founders of Life Source Retreats

We love Life Source Retreats. And we're pretty darn picky. They're yoga retreats have a twist. While they're all hosted by a retreat center in Tulum, Mexico, each retreat has an element that makes it a unique experience, something to write home about.

Our favorite upcoming retreats are the Power Light Retreat, and a Journey to the Heart.

The Power Light Retreat is a combination yoga, detox and bootcamp retreat, where you can simultaneously cleanse your mind AND body through various workshops and fitness classes. A Journey to the Heart is a more spiritual adventure, with meditation and workshops to help you dig deeper into your soul.

PLUS their location is BOMB. Situated on the coast of Mexico in the ancient city of Tulum, you'll have plenty of opportunity for beach-fun, and historical insights into the Mayan culture.

Life Source Retreats was created and co-owned by David Graziano and Michele Clark. Read on for a behind the yoga peek at what makes Life Source Retreats tick.

 

The INTERVIEW

1. How did you get started doing yoga?

(Michele) I was actually at a Wayne Dyer Retreat in Maui and he was doing Bikram every day and looked great... I decided to join him (not knowing it was 90 min and 120 degrees) but I loved it so much I couldn't stop!

2. What is Life Source Retreats and how did you get started?

(Michele) Life Source Retreats are all-inclusive, luxury destination retreats that assist in fostering mind, body, spirit health and wellness.  They have started on the sacred sands of Tulum Mexico but will eventually travel the world.  We started them because we both wanted to create spaces where anyone could gather - no matter where on their spiritual life path they are, from from all over the world.  People come to learn, grow, lose weight, get strong, deepen their yoga, evolve, explore and relax but what they don't usually anticipate getting, is a beautiful connection with other like minded people people and an glimmer of a personal balance, inner peace and self care... that they can take home with them and continue to experience and enjoy long after their sun tan fades.  Life Source Retreats are vacations with a purpose.. and just about every person who leaves says "this changed my life".  And truly THAT is why we do what we do.

3. What's your #1 favorite thing about your retreats?

(Michele) The unexpected transformation we wee  in everyone.

4. Of all the places you've traveled for work and fun, what's been your favorite and why?

(Michele) That's a tough one for me ... Tulum is MAGICAL and like no place on earth.  it's got the whitest sand beaches and torquoice waters I've ever seen.  For other reasons though, I also love Cape Town South Africa, New Zealand and Florence Italy!

5. What's your advice for anyone who thinks that going on a yoga retreat isn't an option for them?

(Michele) We have so many people who come who have never even tried "Yoga" (as well as advanced Yogi's). I would say OUR Yoga Retreat is for anyone who wants to show up and not have to think about anything once you arrive.  we have the best places, times, Shaman, experiences, food, prooperty, beach etc etc you can imagine.  Unless you want to be completely alone and do all the work that's required to really find the best of the best ... just show up and we'll take care of you.

6. Where do you think the yoga industry is headed?

(Michele) It's one of the biggest booming industries in the world.  David has more stats that I do.  I just know all of my friends are talking about it!

7. What's your advice for anyone out there eager to lead their own retreat or become a yoga entrepreneur?

(Michele) We have created an incredible opportunity for people to do this - that's never been done before and isn't so scary.  no deposits required... reach out to us and we'll explain.  if you have the vision & determination, we can make it a reality.

8. If you were a yoga pose, what yoga pose would you be?

(Michele) Warrior 1

 

For more information on Life Source Retreats, please visit their website!

Five Must Know Costa Rican Phrases For Your Upcoming Yoga Retreat

Welcome to Costa Rica! A beautiful paradise in Central America known for it’s population of incredibly nice and happy citizens and it’s lush eco-friendly jungle tourism. You’re here for the first time for your yoga adventure and you couldn’t be any more excited to spend time doing yoga during incredible sunset views and listening to the vibration of your Om ring through the dense jungle in harmony with the howler monkeys. Oh, the Costa Rican life.

Well, we’re definitely happy to have you here as well! To make your transition into Yogic Jungle Life a little easier, we’ve come up with Five MUST KNOW Costa Rican phrases to help you brush up on that Spanish you haven’t used since high school.

 

5.  "Buenos Días! Como Estas?" "Muy Bein!"Costa Rica Yoga

Of course, we’re going to start off with a typical greeting. Good Day! How are you? Very good!

Buenos Días - Good Day! This is a great way to start off a conversation with someone, or to just say hello to your pilot as you catch your Sansa charter flight to your yoga retreat destination.

Como Estas?  - How are you? Why not follow up your new greeting with a question? Make it a bit more personal and always put a smile on!

Muy Bein! – Very well! A typical answer that you will be sure to be saying as you dash from the open air, jungle surrounded, yoga deck to change out of those retro yoga pants into your swimsuit for a surfing lesson.

 

4. "Me encanta el yoga!"

I love yoga! - Why not celebrate why you’re in this wonderful paradise by letting people know that you love what you do, Yoga!

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3. "Donde estan los monos?"

Where are the monkeys? - If you ever ask this question, the answer is going to be: everywhere! While relaxing on your beachside hammock to doing yoga on the bamboo floored yoga deck, you’ll see monkeys everywhere. But Just in case you miss them, we’ll be sure to point it out!

 

2. "Salud!"

Cheers! - You’ll be cheering this as you clink your freshly cut coconuts full of Agua de Pipa’s (Coconut Water) together and slip down the delicious nectar. Ah, the taste of natural tropical frescos!

 

1. "Pura Vida"

And finally, the most important Costa Rican phrase to know, the slogan of Costa Rica. After meeting it’s people, and staying here for awhile, you’ll truly understand why they have such a beautiful slogan for their country. Pura Vida literally translated means Pure Life. Pure life, which is what we live here. It is what we strive to be. Pure and full of life. Constantly being mindful of the jungle environment and living harmoniously among it. A common way to use Pura Vida is when answering the question, Como Esta? Answer with Pura Vida! Because you will be pure and full of life after you’re amazing Costa Rican Yoga Retreats!

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Beth - Headshot for BioElizabeth Arnold is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher, certified Thai Bodywork Practitioner, certified Reiki Practitioner and world traveler. She left her corporate life in 2014 to explore the meaning of life through yoga, natural healing & travel. She is currently writing from Casa Marea Alta, a Yoga & Surf House in Costa Rica. She travels all over Costa Rica helping to create unique personal, private, and group yoga adventures around the country. You can find out more about Elizabeth on her site at www.bethanneyoga.com

 

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Top 5 Mistakes People Make When Choosing A Yoga Retreat

  Yoga retreats can make or break a devoted yogi.  With a wealth of available retreats for you to experience, it's important to do your homework and know what your getting into rather than be blindsided by a trip you weren't prepared for.  Here's your checklist to make sure you get the most out of your next adventure.

1.  What type of retreat?

As yoga and yoga retreats gain popularity, it’s important to realize there are a wealth of different types of retreats available for you today.  Some retreats involve a small number of people, going to an area in the world where yoga and meditation is going to be your number one focus.  Other retreats bring a larger group of yogis and yoginis as well as a few more instructors to offer a variety of classes intermingled with daily excursions and experiences (in addition to the yoga).  There are retreats that offer an intensive training schedule if you plan on doing a teacher training retreat.  There are retreats that allow you to wander the streets of a foreign village experiencing the culture and lives of its inhabitants.  If you want to participate in volunteer work and spread yoga in 3rd world countries, there are retreats for that as well!  It all comes down to a matter of preference, and it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into before you board that plane.

2.  Who are the instructors?

Most retreats these days are at least a week long.  If you’re going to be taking daily classes with an instructor, it’s a good idea to get a sense of what style they teach, what their personality is like, and how they will make this retreat a memorable experience.  Most instructors have a strong social media presence or even blog you can check out to get a sense of who they are and what drives them.  Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter or Wordpress are great places to start when doing your research about your instructor(s).  Even better, do a quick Youtube search to see if your potential instructor has a class you can take in order to get a sense of how they teach.  If you can’t make it through a class with them via the web, chances are you’re not going to have that fulfilling yoga experience you’re anticipating.  If you’re instructor has a bigger online presence, try searching for them on some bigger yoga class sites (Udaya, Yogaglo, MyYogaWorks, YogaAnytime, GaiamTV)

3.  What’s the menu?

This bit of research might not be as important to you as you think…With the rising popularity of detoxing and special retreats devoted to “detoxing” your body, it helps to understand what types of food you’ll be eating while on your journey.  If you’re going on a detox retreat, it’s common to expect a week long of eating fresh, vibrant, mostly vegan or vegetarian foods.  These retreats typically involve eating at a specific resort for the duration of your visit.  It’s also common to have a personal chef cooking for your group during that type of retreat.  If this doesn’t float your boat, don’t fret!  There are a lot of retreats out there that allow you to venture out on your own, tasting the unique foods of your region and culture.  Wine tasting is becoming an extremely popular activity on a lot of retreats, as is going out to eat and experiencing the vibrant culture of the places you’ll be staying.  If you have any specific diet or allergy you need to accompany, then hopefully you’ve already done your research into what is being served at your retreat, and what your available options involve.

4.  Whats in your bag?

Packing too light, or packing way more than you need is a nightmare you don’t want to experience.  Some retreats are exclusively meant to grow and hone in on your yoga practice, meaning you’ll need little more than your mat, clothes and a few personal belongings.  Other retreats involve day hikes through incredible land marks, trips to various cities or villages, hiking, diving, biking, you name it.  If your retreat offers more of an opportunity for exploring, then definitely pack that camera, swimsuit, and a pair of hiking boots.  You don’t want to find yourself in the midst of a glorious and fascinating city or landmark and not have the tools you need to remember this life changing opportunity!

5.  Why be open minded?

Perhaps the most important aspect of going on a retreat, it helps to keep an open mind.  You might make some life long friends on this journey.  You might not.  You might find that the schedule you’ve previously glimpsed at is far from being rigid and structured.  In many cities or villages around the world, time goes by a lot slower, and locals are a lot more laid back and relaxed.  Some people view retreats as a vacation, while other people choose to view a retreat as the beginning of a turning point in their lives.  Depending on what your view is of your upcoming retreat, choose accordingly.  If you want to experience all that a new country and region has to offer, it might be a bad idea to choose a retreat that doesn’t allow you to leave the premises and explore.  If your goal is to restart your life, detoxify your body and soul, and hone in on your practice then choose a retreat that caters to your intent.  There are always going to be little surprises, or little hiccups in your journey, but at the end of the day we are all yoga practitioners.  Go with the flow!

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Great European Yoga Destinations

 


 

For those who like to combine yoga and wellbeing practices with travel and adventure, there's nothing quite as great as discovering new destinations. Often, when looking to do so, we tend to focus primarily on exotic and tropical locations. But sometimes more conventional travel destinations are also home to some wonderful opportunities, not only for yoga retreats but for entertainment and wellbeing in general.

With that in mind, here's a look at some terrific yoga retreat destinations in popular European yoga vacation spots—specifically, Italy and the UK.

Revealing Vajra

Revealing Vajra runs several retreats throughout Europe, though the Italian retreats are among the very best you can find. They invite participants to practice several different forms of yoga, including hatha, yin, kundalini, vinyasa flow, and stress relief, and as is often the case with yoga vacations there is also a heavy emphasis on nutritional, vegetarian diet.

But it isn't just the actual practice at the Revealing Vajra Italian retreat that got it ranked in Tourismlink.eu's top-ten yoga retreats in Europe last year. Rather, it's the venue and location. By participating in the Reveling Vajra retreat, you're setting yourself up for seven nights at a 17th-century Italian estate where the evenings—complete with picturesque sunsets and tasty beverages (as well as massage options)—are every bit as relaxing and spiritually soothing as the yoga itself.

Kaliyoga Italy

Another retreat that takes place at restored 17th-century destinations, Kaliyoga is regarded very favourably, seemingly by everyone associated with it. The yoga program is fairly straightforward, with seven days of two-a-day yoga sessions. However, it's the additional recreation and relaxation that set Kaliyoga's program apart from so many similar offerings.

The program's website advertises that there's plenty of time to hang out at the pool or enjoy attention from holistic therapists, but Kaliyoga's truly unique recreational quality comes in the form of close proximity to charming towns, villages, and beaches. Visitors to Kaliyoga Italy are free to walk or bike to one of these villages, and the retreat occasionally involves group trips to the Adriatic Coast or the town of Ostuni. For many, these opportunities to get out and explore can greatly enhance the retreat experience.

Destination Yoga

For those looking for an experience that sets itself apart not only by location but by atmosphere and practice, Destination Yoga in Puglia in the south of Italy is a perfect option. In some ways, it has a great deal in common with other Italian retreats: rigorous yoga sessions, top-notch relaxation, an incredible climate and surrounding atmosphere, and healthy, organic food. But the actual mood at Destination Yoga is said to be quite different.

Specifically, a write-up in TheGuardian.com essentially asserted that Destination Yoga has none of the pretentiousness that sometimes pervades yoga retreats. The venue facilitates a great deal of independence due to its vast size, as well as the relaxing and appealing "trulli" (essentially picturesque little huts) that guests are given to use as apartments during retreats. Additionally, it is noted that food and wine are less bland than at other locations, and conversation among visitors tends to be ordinary, rather than solely focused on body and wellbeing practices.

Jivamukti Yoga London

Moving away from Italy, this is more of a venue than an actual retreat, but nevertheless bears mention as one of Europe's most interesting yoga destinations. In an article at ElephantJournal.com, a site "dedicated to the mindful life," it was mentioned among the very best of London's yoga offerings due to its range of classes and teachers offering different viewpoints.

The venue is particularly appealing because of its location as a beautiful, glass-windowed building in the heart of Notting Hill, which many would say is one of London's more quaint and relaxing (though famous and often crowded) neighborhoods. Taking a trip to practice yoga here allows you to relax and focus on your own personal retreat in a very appealing neighborhood while staying in close enough proximity to visit all of the stunning and spiritually awakening sights that make London a popular tourist destination. In fact, if you want to have some fun with this aspect, BritishAirways.com recently posted a conversation with actor Benedict Cumberbatch in which he shared some of his favorite parts of his hometown London. And sure enough, it includes advice on a few places to sightsee and walk about that seem just relaxing enough to fit in with a personal yoga and tourism retreat!

Yogascapes - Into The Mystic

The name alone is intriguing enough to inspire curiosity, but this is truly one of the most impressive, comprehensive, and unique regular yoga retreats out there, and another great option situated in the UK. Run by Abby Tucker, a teacher with a tremendous reputation, the retreat focuses on a wide range of yoga practices implemented over the course of an eight-day retreat and includes both beginner and expert levels. For those interested, there is a more athletic quality to some of the Into The Mystic activity, as opposed to many retreats at which yoga is kept intentionally light and relaxing.

But it's really the venue that makes Into The Mystic so appealing. Held in August, the retreat takes place in Scotland at Eco Yoga, which is described at its own website as being a home to natural hot springs, a spa dome, an underwater spa, and local organic foods. Additionally, it's said that the retreat employs some of the surrounding region's spiritual and mystic history in its practices.

So there you are! Of course there are many more destinations and retreats to choose from, but these are a few of the ones that make more conventional travel destinations like Italy and the UK well worth considering as you choose your next yoga vacation.

One more thing:  Stay tuned.  Yoga Travel Tree is full of surprises, and we may or may not enjoy dropping a few hints now and again.  It might not be a bad idea to start preparing for a once in a lifetime retreat opportunity to...*cough* Italy...Where you may or may not be able to enjoy not only the fabulous lifestyle, food and architecture of this drop dead gorgeous little country...but perhaps a fabulous tour across some of it's famous cities via bicycle, in addition to some rockin yoga and other travel adventures!

John Dugans is a New York-based writer with a passion for all things travel and fitness. In his downtime, John enjoys sampling beers from all over the world and working on his jumpshot.

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The Importance Of Safe Travel

  Part of the joy of being human on this wonderful rock we call home is the chance to explore everything this earth has to offer.  The thrill of new sights, the journeys we embark upon, the people we meet and the foods we eat; all of this influences how we get to live our lives, tell our stories and leave our legacies.  Although we at Yoga Travel Tree pride ourselves on providing the most spectacular adventures and yoga retreats possible, we do want to stress that as with any type of travel, there are some universally known rules or guidelines you should keep in mind.

1.  Do Your Research

When traveling to any new area, it’s important to understand where you are going.  Aside from picking out where you want to stay, what restaurants you want to visit, or what attractions you plan on exploring, it’s important to know and really understand the area that you're visiting.  Do your homework and find out some of the laws, rules and regulations of where you are visiting.  Does this new region have a history of political instability?  How prone is this area to natural disasters or bad weather?  How do the locals respond when meeting outside travelers?  All of this is just as important as finding the best place to grab authentic local cuisine, a rockin’ beach front hotel, or a guided tour through the mountains and jungles.

2.  Contact Friends And Family

This tip is especially important if you plan on traveling solo.  Make sure your friends, family, and any other important entities (credit card companies, banks, post office) know that you will be traveling abroad.  It not only helps keep a piece of mind for everyone else, it allows you to fully immerse yourself in your journey knowing that you have people back home keeping an eye on you.

3.  Share The Experience

What’s better than going on your own adventure?  Sharing that adventure!  Having a friend or family member with you on your travels can be a game changer.  Not only will you be able to experience so many new and different things together; you’ll have someone to share these stories with for the remainder of your life.  In addition, traveling together can also help you stay a lot safer when out and about in a new area.  If you get lost, not to worry, you’re lost together!  Having someone by your side is an excellent way to travel, regardless of where you go.

4.  Pack And Prepare

Remember the phrase “Don’t work harder, work smarter”?  Well, the same holds true for travel.  Rather than packing a suitcase full of things you only “think” you may need, it really helps in the long run to only bring what’s absolutely necessary; things that will truly aid you in your trip.  Traveling to a destination with a beach?  Obviously a bathing suit, towel and sunscreen are in order.  Instead of throwing in a jacket, bring along a hoodie or sweat shirt to minimize luggage.  Packing in excess will only weigh you down when traveling, create anxiety, and limit the amount of adventuring you’ll be able to do.  Do your research, understand the difference between what you need to pack vs. what you want to pack, and go about your journey knowing you're prepared to the fullest extent.

5.  Use Common Sense

The final tip I have for you:  Use Common Sense.  Listen to your body.  Be cautious of your surroundings.  Understand where you are.  Be present.  Follow your instincts.

For more information, tips, and how to stay safe when traveling, visit our tips page here!

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5 Unique Things to Include on Your Costa Rica Trip

A Yoga Travel Tree yoga retreat is different. We call them yoga ‘adventures’ for good reasons. Rather than being stationed at a retreat center for days, we’ll take you out into the world, to see the sights and experience the culture of the place you chose to visit. More often than not, our adventures will travel from place to place and city to city, so you can see as much as possible during your trip. During all of our travels we offer daily yoga classes taught by wonderful, well-educated instructors so you can still find your balance, no matter where you are in the world. Think a Costa Rica yoga retreat sounds boring? Stereotypical? Cliche? Think again! This area of the world is one of the most culturally rich, and beautiful places you can visit. With that said, there are 5 things you should make sure your Costa Rica yoga retreat includes...

1. Help Out the Community

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While in Costa Rica, we’ll help to maintain one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Frequently, due to high levels of ocean pollution in the region, the coast of Santa Teresa becomes littered with garbage. On every Yoga Travel Tree Adventure we plan a Seva or “selfless service” project to give back to our host communities. While in Costa Rica, we’ll spend a day returning the beaches of Santa Teresa to their natural beauty, and weather permitting, do some yoga in the newly pristine sand.

2. City and the Sea

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We value the cultural experience of a destination way too much to set up camp at some remote and isolated yoga retreat center. In Costa Rica, we’ll begin our journey around the country in San Jose, the nation's capital. You’ll have a day to explore the city, see the sights, and meet some locals before we head to our first costal town, Jaco, where you’ll soak up the sun and enjoy the fresh sea air.

3. Hiking, Surfing and SUP

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While in Jaco, you’ll get to learn how to surf or stand up paddleboard (SUP) with a trained instructor. We’ll maybe do some SUP yoga, play in the waves and catch some rays! The following day we’ll make the trip to Montezuma, and the physical highlight of the trip: a jungle hike to a swimming hole, complete with crystal clear water, waterfalls, and cliff jumping!

4. Yoga!

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Of course, this is still a YOGA retreat! While you will do at least one yoga class each day, we don’t want to overload your bodies! We do a lot of exciting and sometimes rigorous activities, so our yoga schedule may be a little different than what you’ve seen on other retreats. When you’ve exerted yourself, we might end the day with a restorative class to calm your nerves and help you get a good rest. Our aim is to supplement the daily experiences with complimentary yoga classes, not wear you out!

5. Make Lifelong Friends

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We keep our Yoga Retreats small. With a maximum of 15 yogis, you’re sure to get all of the instruction you need during yoga classes, and all of the attention you should get during the rest of the trip. This small group size allows you to form strong, lasting bonds with your fellow travelers so you depart for home with lifelong friends.

 

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8 Reasons Not To Go On A Yoga Retreat

 

Let's be honest.  What's the point of a yoga retreat?

 

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1.  You will most certainly not visit a new and exciting place.

 

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 2.  You won’t get an opportunity to try the flavorful cuisine of this new place.

 

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3.  You aren’t going to meet anyone new, or make any friends that might last a lifetime.

 

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4.  You are going to be practicing yoga every waking minute of the day, so don’t bother packing a camera, journal or hiking shoes because the only sight you'll see is your toes.

 

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5.  The lifestyles of these regions are completely uneventful.

 

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6.  The locals won’t embrace you, care for you, or make sure you’ll have a good time.

 

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7.  This is not going to be a life changing experience, so you might as well look elsewhere for that.

 

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8.  And it definitely won't open your mind towards becoming more adventurous...

...Who would want any of that??

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Like what you saw? All of this images in this article are from Yoga Travel Tree's 2015 Bali Yoga Adventure. Come along for the next ride, we'll save you a seat!

 

Five Extremely Good Ways to Make Money While Traveling

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Traveling is a passion for many of us yoga teachers.  We are all trying to find ways in which we can afford to travel and share our passion for yoga-without completely breaking the bank.  But it doesn't have to be as difficult as you might think.  There are numerous ways to make extra cash and save money on your travels, as long as you're willing to be creative.  These odd jobs may not be careers, but the following ways to make money on the road will have you teaching and traveling in no time!

Option 1: For the Writer – Blogging

Do you already have a blog with a decent following?

If so, then a great way to continue to fund your travels while you spread yogic joy across the world is to use advertisements on your blog.  Contextual advertisement avenues, such as Yahoo Publisher, Adbrite, and Google AdSense, are great examples of easy-to-use contextual ads.

Have a super-popular blog?  Try being picked up by an advertising network such as Blogads or BuzzMachine.

Don’t have a big enough following for context or advertising networks? Try using these methods:

Affiliation Advertising - Are your blog visitors apt to make online purchases?  Sites like Amazon offer affiliate sales-anytime someone makes a purchase from your website, you get a commission!

Linking - Use websites such as LinkAdage to change the hyperlinks in your blog to advertise for specific companies who will pay you to have their site come up if a reader clicks on the link.

Don’t have a blog but enjoy writing?

Try your hand at writing some creative and unique articles for companies such as Yoga International and Strong Whispers. These blogs have great online traffic, which in-turn, can link back to your site or blog to create a larger following.  They will even pay you for your article!

Option 2: For the Analyst – Transcriptionist

If you’re a skilled typist and don’t mind sitting at a computer for a couple hours, then this option might be good for you.

As someone who grew up in a generation of computers, I consider myself to be a skilled typist, which definitely comes in handy with this line of work.

There are a ton of sites out there that offer transcription services.  As a volunteer yoga teacher at a yoga retreat center in Costa Rica (Blue Osa), I have a lot of work that needs to get done.  I also want to experience the beautiful place that surrounds me, so my time to make money can be very limited.  That’s why I chose the site Scribie. Not only did they have good reviews, but they also give me the flexibility to work on what I want, when I want.  Scribie allows me to work around my own schedule and pick up transcriptions as I have time.  Now, the pay isn’t the highest, but it’s extra cash for work that is not too demanding and I can usually find some extra time to do one or two before bed.

A few other transcription site options are: e4s.co.uk, etranscriptionjob.com, & Athreon.com.

Each transcription site varies on how they assign work, so when you’re researching for places to apply, make sure that you are able to fulfill their requirements while you’re traveling.

Option 3: For the Creatively Talented

Websites such as ODesk and CreativeCircle offer options for the wanderlust soul to work as a freelancer, offering your skill sets remotely for various businesses.  Skill sets vary from customer service, writing, graphic design, web design, data entry and more.  All you have to do is set up your profile and start applying!

Hint: Pay attention to what you are applying for.  Although many of the jobs offered allow you to work remotely, some businesses prefer you to be on-site, so be sure to apply for a job that you know you can commit to.

Option 4: For the Crafty Cat – Jewelry Making

Who doesn’t love to pick up some unique souvenirs and jewelry while traveling across the world?  Why can’t you be the one making those?

During my yogic volunteering experience at Blue Osa in Costa Rica I met this amazing individual who funded an entire year of living in Costa Rica simply by making cool looking bracelets.  I’m sadly not the crafty type, or else I would totally do this too!

If you know how to make bracelets or necklaces then bring that skill with you on your travels!  Things such as string and rope are relatively easy to come by while traveling—and inexpensive. For example, a spool of one color of thread in Costa Rica is about $2.50 and you can make a few bracelets out of this and charge $5 per bracelet.  After your first sale you’ve already doubled your investment and have extra thread to make more!

As a traveling yoga teacher, you can end up having a lot of free time, either at the place you are working or traveling between different destinations. Use this time while you’re sitting on the beach, laying in the hammock, or taking a bus ride, and start putting together a few different bracelets & necklaces.

After you have a couple made, give one to your host.  See if the place you are staying at has a store or small shop that you can sell them at.  Negotiate with them for commission for being able to sell your bracelets/necklaces at their place.

Hint: A great way to add some special local flavor (and enhance your sales) is to collect things from the area, such as seashells from the beach, and add them as charms to your jewelry.

Making jewelry is a ton of work, but it also can be very meditative and rewarding. So think of it as a expanding your meditation practice while making money on the road!

Option 5: For the Jack-of-All-Trades

Sometimes while you’re traveling it’s not about making money, it’s about saving it.  Think of all of the wonderful skill sets that you have and see how you can cleverly use them for trades.

Here are a few ideas:

You are a traveling Yoga Teacher!  What is cooler than that?  If you’re taking a break from volunteering and traveling the countryside, see if you can trade a private yoga class for a free night and some food.

Did you study Massage?  Reflexology?  Chakra Balancing?  See if you can trade a special skill set that you’ve learned for a ride to the town you’re headed towards!

How about photography?  Offer to take pictures for their website in exchange for a night or two.

Handy with a computer or publisher?  Offer to trade some computer work, like inputting data, designing flyers, etc. for a couple free yoga classes.

The most important thing to remember is to be creative with your skills.  Everybody has something unique and special to offer to the world.  Utilize your skills, pursue some acts of karma yoga, and don’t be afraid to show off that Wanderlusting Yogi Spirit!


Teach for Yoga Travel Tree!


Beth - Headshot for BioBio:

Elizabeth Arnold is a 200-hour registered yoga teacher, certified Thai Bodywork Practitioner, and world traveler. She left her corporate life in 2014 to explore the meaning of life through yoga, natural healing & travel. She is currently writing from Blue Osa Yoga Retreat & Spa in Costa Rica where she serves as a volunteer. You can find out more about Elizabeth on her site at www.bethanneyoga.com

 

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Meet Jennifer Elliott: Our Bali Yoga Adventure Instructor!

As Our Yoga Adventure to Bali draws near, we'd love to introduce you to the woman in charge of your asana for 10 days, Jennifer Elliott! Her yoga journey began with a nudge from an English professor who suggested she write her paper on yoga and meditation, which unknowingly sparked a life long pursuit. Continuing with her quest for more knowledge, she has spent the last 15 years learning as much as she can about all dimensions of yoga. Over the last decade she has shared her knowledge through her classes and teacher training's, most recently with Yoga Travel Tree this upcoming May!

Jennifer has her YogaWorks 500hr Certification, E-RYT 500, 300hr Yoga Therapy Certification from LMU, Bhagvadgita and Upanishads courses from LMU, 70hrs in Anatomy and Philosophy from Santa Barbara Yoga Center and 10 hrs Pauly Zink Yin Teacher Training, so she's well qualified to take your yoga practice to the next level. 

Tell me your yoga story. How did you discover yoga? When did it become a passion?

I first discovered yoga when I was 17. I was in college and for some reason my English Professor told me I should write my paper on Yoga and Meditation. Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 10.15.28 AMI wasn't quite sure what that was, so she sent me to my first yoga class and actually loaned me all the books to write the paper! I was young and didn't understand it at first. But about a year later I saw a flyer for a yoga class and I decided to try a 5 week intro series. It still didn't grab me, until I found my next teacher. Then I finally got it! I felt so great after class I couldn't wait to come back!

How has yoga become more than a hobby? How have you made it part of your career?

I eat, breathe and sleep yoga! I teach yoga full time and many styles of classes from Yin to Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy to Teacher Training. Adding my private clients, and oh yeah, MY OWN practice, yoga is ingrained in all aspects of my life.Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 10.16.30 AM

At YTT, we believe that travel is an important and crucial part of life. Tell us about your first meaningful travel experience?

My first meaningful travel experience was in Costa Rica in my early 20's. I spent a month traveling around the country. I had such an amazing time meeting new people and  I was there long enough to feel like a local.

You're our featured yoga teacher on our first ever Yoga Travel Tree retreat to Bali! Our retreats are a little different. We like to think of them as amazing travel adventures with a side of yoga. What are you most looking forward to about teaching on the retreat?

I'm most looking forward to meeting new people. I love how at the beginning of a retreat everyone feels like strangers, but by the end they become good friends.

What are you most excited about experiencing in Bali?Screen Shot 2015-03-19 at 10.18.23 AM

I'm excited about the hot springs and experiencing a new culture.

If someone is new to yoga, do you think they can still enjoy your sessions during the trip?

Of course. I tend to give variations so everyone feels like they have a place to take their practice. Plus, a retreat can be a great place to deepen your practice and ask questions. You don't always have that time in a regular yoga class.

  Learn more about Jennifer, our Yoga Adventure to Bali, and the rest of #TeamYTT!

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