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House Music Meets Yoga

It’s a typical Sunday morning at Mission Bay in San Diego. Old men and their grandchildren bait the lines and cast out, while sailboats catch a light breeze past morning joggers on the shore. The sun is slowly waking up to a clear blue sky.

But on this particular morning, the water ripples in time with the rhythm of a bass drum beat. The grass, still damp from the morning, is covered by a myriad of colorful yoga mats, and under dancing palm trees 150 yogis salute the sun.

“Are you a huge fan of yoga, but wish you could hear the motivating, uplifting and driving sounds of melodic Deep House to keep you following strong through yet another gnarly Chaturanga?” --That’s the first thing the organizers of Yoga Out Loud want to know.

Developed in 2015 out of a passion for bringing people together, festival organizer and local DJ Adam Davis and yoga instructor Jordan Tyler combined what they each knew best. Yoga Out Loud has become the one stop...

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Why Indie Yoga Is The Studio of Choice For My Yoga Teacher Training

 

In exactly one month, Indie Yoga in Ocean Beach will be hosting their annual 200-Hour yoga teacher training. A spiritual and challenging journey, committing to 200 hours of learning and growing with an intimate group of people is a big deal and picking the right studio is necessary to shape your experience.

INDIE YOGA IS A SANCTUARY

Indie Yoga has created a sanctuary for those looking to deepen their spiritual and physical practice amongst a synergetic community. If you’re not already convinced, here’s three reasons why I’m excited (and you should be too!) to complete the 200-Hour yoga teacher training at Indie Yoga.

The Studio

For teachers and those looking to deepen their practice, choosing a yoga studio for teacher training comes with many factors to consider that will vary in importance based off of your needs. When I originally started practicing yoga, I did not envision myself furthering my practice through a teaching program. I loved yoga, but...

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3 Reasons To Feel Good This August

I woke up this morning with a terrible migraine. The pain was excruciating and debilitating to the point where I had to call in sick to work. Besides the past few hours of being bed-ridden, there is something in the hot summer breeze that has my attention and my excitement. It’s August in San Diego, and I am so ready to make the most out of every day. Here’s a few silly, but relatable, reasons why:

Step Into The Spotlight With The New Moon in Leo

This August, the New Moon falls in Leo signifying a huge boost in energy, courage, creativity and optimism. With the combination of these, if you have been wanting to start a new project or go on an adventure, now is the perfect time to do it. If you felt a shift of perspective, boosted confidence and an extra hop in your step this morning waking up to the new month, it is likely the energy of the New Moon in Leo so ride this high and get shit done!

Even taking the smallest steps to start working towards your goals...

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The Art of Losing Friends

 

WHY DO WE LOSE FRIENDS?

The art of losing friends speaks to the incompatibility of two over time. It speaks to the half-ass job you do maintaining your friendship while other areas of your life flourish. Is it all your fault? Certainly not. Are you a part of the problem? Of course you are.

There are a number of different things that go into ruining a relationship and some are consciously done while others are very conscious. Do you feel the need to disagree with your friend? Do you get annoyed at meager things that never bothered you before? These are some of the first signs that your relationship is changing. You may also flat out find that your friend just isn’t very nice anymore and your values aren’t aligned. Do they critique your other relationships or make unnecessary commentary at aspects of your life? Notice these things and watch how your thought process shifts around this person.

Friendships are unique relationships. Whether we’re...

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A Glance Into Yoga with Michelle Nayeli Bouvier

YOGA, AXIS SYLLABUS, AND MUSIC FESTIVALS...OH MY!

Michelle Nayeli Bouvier has been teaching yoga for over fifteen years. As a Prana Vinyasa E-RYT 500+, hoopdance pioneer, movement therapist, lifelong dancer, and biomechanic, Michelle humbly integrates the spectrum of healing arts through trainings, workshops, retreats, and music festivals. After flowing through her revitalizing 8AM yoga class at Woogie Weekend by The DoLaB, we sat down and dived into the story of her path to yoga, it’s role in consciousness festivals, how she curates her classes today, and what’s coming next.

I’m Pleased To Introduce... Michelle Nayeli Bouvier

Although Michelle found yoga in high school, the path to teaching as a profession was never a decision for her. While studying ecology in San Diego, Michelle practiced Ashtanga under Tim Miller and was amazed to see that people were actively making yoga a career. Other than Tim Miller and a few select teachers, she was unaware that yoga...

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Why You Need To Start Doing Yoga In The Morning

 

The practice of yoga has been a huge part of my life for some time now, but it was not until recently when I decided to dive into practicing in the early hours of the day. The achievement of walking out of your class while drenched in sweat all before 10AM is awe-inspiring, and the physical, mental and spiritual benefits received from starting your morning off in a downward dog make it well worth it to set your alarm clock a little earlier.

START YOUR MORNING RIGHT WITH YOGA

While I do not believe that one time to practice is better than another, the practice of yoga in the morning is profoundly special and I do encourage as many yogis to get out there and try it at least once.

Here are five reasons why you should start your day with yoga:

ATTITUDE IS EVERYTHING

One of the main goals of yoga is to achieve tranquility of the mind and create a sense of well-being, feelings of relaxation, improved self-confidence, increased attentiveness, lowered irritability, and an...

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Grounding Yourself: Yoga In Nature

 

On average, Americans spend a staggering 93% of their time either indoors or in an enclosed vehicle. That’s 22 hours a day, 6 1/2 days a week, 28 days a month, and 339 days a year! It’s no wonder we’re all devoted to our devices. With this much time indoors, we’ve become disconnected to the foundation of our society that stood before buildings and roads. We’ve become disconnected from nature.

EMBRACE YOGA IN NATURE

There are dozens of research studies and scholarly articles out there that support the mental and physical benefits of being in nature, even if it’s for a mere few minutes. A study conducted by Barton and Pretty showed improved self esteem and mood after exposure to the outdoors. What’s more, a direct sole to surface connection to soil, sand, or grass can have an impact on our wellbeing. The theory, “Earthing,” is supported by emerging scientific research that the Earth's electrons induce multiple...

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