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August 14, 2014 / 1 Comment

Meet the Yoga Bound Gals!

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We are beyond excited today because we have some really amazing news to share! Our news is so exciting, it’s three-part:

  1. We’re offering a brand new retreat! The boho-chic, beachfront Casa Cecilia in Costa Rica is the newest addition to our roster of dream destinations. The retreat page is hot off the press — aka it’s literally just been added to our website. This location is to die for! Waterfalls, howler monkeys, beachfront location, fresh pressed juices, smoothies, Aruveyda cooking techniques…need I say more?!
  2. Yoga Bound (one of our all-time favorite studios) is teaming up with us to lead this Casa Cecilia, Costa Rica tropical wellness retreat March 12-18, 2015.
  3. Since we’re over the moon (super moon??!), we’re offering up a promo! Save $500 when you reserve a double or group suite when you book by Sept. 1!

Are you as excited as we are?!


Now that we’ve told you a little bit about where we’re going, let’s get into who is coming! That’s the most important part after all, right? The girls of Yoga Bound are California cool and all about their community. They love to host events, community cleanses and really encourage making yoga available to everyone open to a lifestyle of happiness and health.

AlanaAlana is the owner of Yoga Bound, a Certified Yoga Therapist, Yoga Teacher and a Holistic Health Counselor. She obtained her Yoga Therapy Training at Loyola Marymount University Yoga Therapy Rx program. In this program is where Alana met her teacher, Sherry Brourman. For two years, Alana worked in a clinical internship program studying under Sherry and assisting her Yoga Therapy classes in Los Angeles. Alana received her training as a Health Coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition‘s cutting-edge Health Coach Training Program. During this training, she studied over 100 dietary theories, practical lifestyle management techniques, and innovative coaching methods with some of the world’s top health and wellness experts. Alana’s education has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health.

kristinaKristina, Yoga Bound’s studio manager, is a Holistic Wellness Coach & Teacher, Certified SmartFLOW® Yoga Teacher, 200hr E-RYT affiliated with Yoga Alliance, Certified Massage Therapist, the studio manager at Yoga Bound, a passionate being driven by community, inquisition and growth and a natural born leader.She lives in the beach town of Cardiff/Encinitas. A proud ambassador for lululemon athletica, Manduka and Ahnu, Kristina teaches weekly SmartFLOW® yoga classes, restoratives, meditation, workshops, leads health and wellness programs, and host local and international yoga retreats.

A lover of nature, food and spreading the awareness of conscious evolution, Kristina enjoys hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing, surfing, cooking and all things dark chocolate!

We have so many awesome things planned for this trip, from a stand up paddle board tour to a Caribbean dance class. Stay tuned for next week’s Travel Tuesday, when we’ll share more details of what Yoga Bound in Costa Rica, and why you obviously must join!

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Happy FULL MOON SuperMoon in Aquarius August 10th 2014!


By  Sarah Varcas from her
“If we attend to painful feelings with a mind and heart that feeds off the drama and identifies with the pain then yes, our attention is problematic.
“If, however, we bring to painful feelings or issues a softened heart, a compassionate perspective, patience, insight and a desire to know the nature of pain so deeply that we actually know it right through and out the other side into freedom, then our attention becomes the path to liberation.
“We don’t have to look away from what hurts or what appears negative. This merely pushes it into the shadows ready to return another day. We can look at it, sit with it, feel it, fill it with compassionate awareness and, ultimately, heal it.
“Any inner resistance encountered at the time of this Moon provides a clue about where to focus our attention. If we can bring to it a penetrating awareness and a questioning attitude we can begin tounwrap the core beliefs which keep that resistance in place…”
“Thus healing begins through the application of gentle awareness and willingness to neither flinch nor falter in the face of our inner pain:compassion and endurance in equal measure lead us out of the labyrinth of mind and emotioninto the light of clarity and wisdom.”
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You are Provided For

By Alana Bray, Owner of Yoga Bound

Phebi in Upward Facing Dog!

Phebi in Upward Facing Dog!

Trust the timing of your life. There are no mistakes. These two sentences can diminish all the fear in your life. The universe; this magical, infinite source of love, power, abundance is yours and has always been yours. All it requires is faith, acceptance and gratitude to receive its infinite flow. Although difficult at times, life will present you with the lessons you need in the exact moments you need them. And guess what? If you continue believing with steady consistency in the unlimited supply of continuous support you have from the universe, you will get through each and every lesson and come out stronger and equipped to face your next lesson.

In the book The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer, he talks about an abundant source of energy. This is the same source from which you are provided for. Energy is unlimited: Every thought, every emotion, every word and every movement is energy. We can use this energy, provided by the universe of which we are a part, to feed fear and close us off, or increase love and creativity, which opens our heart. When our heart is open, the more energy and abundance will flow to us. Faith, love, acceptance, patience, gratitude, giving and positivity perpetuate openess. Of course there are those challenging experiences, where we are  presented with a choice to either close or hearts, or keep them open and trust in the timing of our life. As Michael Singer says “Do not let anything that happens in your life be important enough that you’re willing to close your heart over it”.

Respect each situation as it is presented to you. Rather than attacking it aggresively (which can contract and close our energy), honor each experience as it comes and deal with it. Be patient and let the universe make the first move. If you are open, you will see signs showing the way

. “It is the gentle and consistent wind blowing in the same direction that creates the greatest change”.

Stay open, positive and receptive. You are always provided for.


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The substructure of Ahimsa//Non-Violence

By Alana Bray, Owner of Yoga Bound

tumblr_lxq10l80no1qkkvypo1_500According to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, living ethically is the first step on the Yoga path. The Yoga sutras outline 5 ethical codes of conduct, or Yamas. This universal vows are imperative to live a fulfilled life as well as benefit society,  The first Yama Ahimsa, or non-violence,  lays the foundation for all other Yamas, and therefore is the groundwork of our Yoga Practice.

Kindness and non-violence starts not by how you treat others, but how you treat yourself. Our Yoga practice is the microphone for our life. How we treat ourself in our practice is how we treat ourself and others in our life. The premiss of kind and sincere treatment towards ourself depends on this substructure of our Yoga practice:

  • Respectful and consistent attention the moment the practice begins
  • Yogic Breath: Long, slow, deep, calm, gradualized, symmetrical breath. Each one is important and depends on your attentive presence. This breath can both stabilize and soften everything in you when you are present with it.
  • Balance of effort and ease.

When we have this infrastructure to our practice, it places awareness of ahimsa in that moment. When your attention displays deep admiration, it is in its nature seeing, magnifying and perpetuating kindness in all areas where that attention is placed. There is no way to have a violent, stress inducing or toxic thought in the same moment  the breath is Yogic. Knowing the balance of effort and ease is important in our spiritual practice and in our physical asana practice. Through our attention on our breath, we can notice the quality of our efforts. If there is not a balance, there will be no ease in our efforts; our mental state as well as our movements will be abrasive. We want to go with grace to the right place in our practice everyday. We want to have effort enough to keep our attention, but ease enough to keep our breath and fluidity. If we are too deep in a pose, or transitions are jagged, we have lost our breath, attention and balance, and therefore the substructure of Ahimsa in our practice.

Once we commit to this underlying structure of kindness in our Yoga practice, we have done the important work of regulating the violent thoughts, words and actions that have the potential of violating our ethical code. Off the mat, our Yoga practice is shifting the violent habits that we might have in all aspects of our being. For example, what goes through your mind when a smoker sits next to you? Your thoughts towards the situation can be just as toxic as the cigarette.

Much of our Yoga is perfecting the practice of Ahimsa as all the other ethics are subsumed in it. Remember, Ahimsa is forgiveness, true strength, clarity, kindness and above all LOVE. May we use our Yoga practice to exemplify this in our life.


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Listen to Expand the Good

By Alana Bray, Studio Owner

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset“By listening we become masters”. I have been inspired by this quote in my teachings this week. When it comes down to it, our Yoga practice (which is a microphone for our life) is most successful when our ability to be receptive to the moment becomes fundamental. We are not listening to one thing, but everything. Every sound around us, we are aware of as part of the experience. At the same time, we hear the sound of our breath as our internal life and streamline of aliveness and presence now. Amidst it all, we are listening to and continually engaging with our own energy. When we listen to everything, it makes up this experience. We immediately put ourselves into a position of calm, present receptivity to what we give and receive. In this moment of listening, immediately all our actions will support the greater good.

In our Yoga practice, i.e; our life,  are we acting from a place of listening to everything as a way to support the goodness we will attract to this moment? Do we have a moment of pause, of grace before everything we do because we are listening? When we move into a pose, are we listening to the teacher, to the breath and to our internal energy as we are transitioning or even holding? If so, we are in the moment. And more than in the moment, we are mindful, and in that calm mindfulness we are creating a sense of expanded awareness that promotes and supports the benefit we will receive Now.

By listening to everything we become masters of the expanded sense of increase we give and receive. And this is a practice. By no means am I a master of this.


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Tune into the Infinite Flow

By Alana Bray

tumblr_lqg9k4g06y1qcopsao1_500You know you are reading a good book when you can’t stop thinking about it, and ways that you could apply it to your life. For me, that book is In Tune with the Infinite by Ralph Waldo Trine. I am only 1/4 of the way through and I already feel the need to write about it. Written over a century ago, this book is a must read for those who want to strengthen their connection with the “infinite flow” in order to enjoy a free-flow of abundance, positivity and personal intuition.

Trine talks about knowing and fortifying your relationship with the abundant energy of the universe, our infinite source. The degree to which your connection with the infinite flow is strengthened, is the degree to which you will receive and manifest infinite potential to your life.

Our greatest tool in uniting us to the infinite energetic resources of the universe is our mind. Fear and worry are two of the most powerful ways to shield your life from the infinite flow, whereas trust, optimism and love are the greatest ways to magnetize abundance into your life. The degree to which fear and worry come into your life, is the degree to which they will shield you from all the goodness. Connecting this philosophy to our Yoga teachings, the Yoga Sutras say that if something is not working, do the opposite. Clearly fear and worry do not work for us in this philosophy. Part of the practice is noticing the negative, fearful thought patterns and immediately replacing that thought with a positive, trusting and open thought. Enough of that, and you will redirect your negative habits towards positive habits succinct with the infinite flow.

Our Yoga practice itself is an infinite flow; it is ever evolving, and some might even say lifetimes of evolution. Like a lotus flower keeps blossoming from an infinite source, so does our practice and so does our life. As we practice, we tune into this infinite flow through presence. Connecting to the present moment, feeling the soft embrace of devotion in our presence, expands and opens our consciousness towards abundance like a magnet. Feeling our breath inside our body, connects our mind and body to this flow. No more fear or worry as long as our breath is long, slow, deep and calm. When we are present we are limitless; there is no before, there is no after. There is space. It is in the spirit of this space that we become infinite.

May we use our Yoga practice to be In Tune with the Infinite.

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Learning How to Manage the Idea of Impermanence With Yoga

By Alana Bray, Owner of Yoga Bound


One of the realities that our Yoga practice allows us to recognize is the impermanent reality of life. We all have heard that nothing last’s forever, and “Change is the only constant”. At times the idea of impermanence can be comforting, and at other times it can be one of the most devastating realities of ones life. How can we use our Yoga practice to respond to our transitory reality?

I heard a quote in response to the recent fires in San Diego that took me a couple days to understand. Reverend Tom Kelly, a well respected Yogi wrote “To know Yoga is to accept death”. Death, in every sense of the word evokes grief, sadness, the end of happiness, and all sort of feelings that we tend to avoid by ignoring its certainty in our life. It is inevitable. The only thing we have is now. Our Yoga practice becomes a tool for understanding the choice we have in life. We can choose to victimize ourselves, by closing off avoiding, and identifying with the sad feelings of impermanence. Or, we can choose to respond with presence. Fully feeling the sadness, yet not identifying with it. Being open to the changes in life, can mean being vulnerable, and it can also mean being liberated. When we are open to the transience of our situation, we are fully present to it. We are enjoying it for what it is.

The gift of my Yoga practice is the perpetual opportunity for presence. Yoga is a microphone for our life. If we can be present with the stable consistency of our softening breath in any pose, we can find the invested presence in every moment of our life. When we are in a struggle, why not connect with it and be present enough to respond to the struggle with grace, enjoying what it gave you? When looking at a loved one, then a deep and heavy fear sweeps over you that they are going to be taken away, the most healing choice is to be present with the love you have for them NOW. Enjoy the love they give to you in this moment.

I came to this awareness after the devastating fires in San Diego recently that burned one of my favorite places to regularly hike. I became sad, nostalgic and connected to the sadness all day. What gave me resolve was remembering the times I did spend in that place I was so present. I always basked in the beauty of that piece of earth. I thanked the universe for giving me such a gift that day. In that moment of sadness, I was comforted in knowing that I was present while I spent my time hiking in Elfin Forrest. In being open to the beauty of NOW, the presence resonates deep and becomes your source of comfort.

May you be able to connect to your most nourishing presence always.

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Yoga to Polish Your Intuition of Response Amidst Uncontrollable Forces

By Alana Bray


There is nothing like our mother earth to put us back in our place. Today the wind is reckless and the heat is compounding. It is our mother speaking; time to get grounded, cool it down, and move slow. On one side, when the weather makes its presence known, it shows us that there are many things in life we cannot control. We can’t control much of what the future brings us, we cannot control others, and we most certainly can’t control the weather.

On the other side, we can control how we respond rather than react to all the uncontrollable forces in our life. When Googleing “Yoga and Control” a plethora of topics popped up: “Yoga and Self Control”, “Yoga to Control Anxiety”, “Control Your Emotions with Yoga”, “Yoga to Control Diabetes”, “Yoga and Weight Control”, “Yoga and Breath Control”, etc. What is it with Yoga and our ability to “Control” everything that comes from within us? Yoga gives us the ability to witness everything that is coming from us, and discern how to harness the energy we create from within.

Whereas before each of us found Yoga, we never had a practice that connected us and used our bodies as the medium through which we experience the present. We quickly realize that if we are mindlessly reacting in our Yoga, by not being aware of the breath and the grace with which our body moves, the Yoga class is miserable. We learn that when we control the way we respond to the pose, through harnessing our breath, our class becomes much more giving. We are open and trusting that we can manage what comes next, because we are rooted in our ability to control the way we respond.  Through our Yoga Practice, we are granted many tools with which we can polish intuition of response. Our Yoga practice is a metaphor for our life. There is no doubt that life, people and the weather throws us curve balls from time to time. But we are safe and steady, knowing that whatever happens, we know how to pause and respond with grace and our harnessed intuition from our Yoga practice.

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