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W E L C O M E

Hi!

 Welcome to the first Travel Soul Yoga Newsletter! 

I am an educator, creator, social justice advocate, and traveler. A little over a year ago, I left my job as a teacher to travel our world, practicing yoga in each destination along the way. 

I created Travel Soul Yoga with the intention of sharing the gifts of travel and yoga through curated  retreats in captivating destinations. It is with love and gratitude that I share this newsletter with you.
                                  Thank You & Enjoy! 

                                                                            With Love,  Katya  
I N  T H I S  I S S U E :
Expansiveness in Sedona & The Grand Canyon Highlights 
Looking Ahead: Summer Retreat on Croatia's Dalmatian Coast
Our Favorite Christmas Sangria Recipe
TSY Fall 2017 Spotify Playlist
End of Year Reflections
E X P A N S I V E N E S S  
in 
S E D O N A  &  T H E   G R A N D  C A N Y O N
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. -Anais Nin 

With Expansiveness in heart and mind, Travel Soul Yoga hosted our first retreat in Sedona and The Grand Canyon in September.

We began our trip in Sedona, surrounded by mesmerizing red sandstone formations and energy vortices. Highlights from Sedona include sunrise outdoor yoga practice, a rewarding hike up Cathedral Rock, exquisite dining, and fireside conversations filled with laughter and connection. 

From Sedona, we journeyed through Arizona in the direction of The Grand Canyon. We explored the Sunset Crater Volcano--one of the youngest volcanoes in the United States, and the Wupatki Pueblo--Native ruins that date back to the 1100s. We arrived at the South Rim of the Canyon in time to catch the pink and purple hues of rock at sunset. Where Sedona offered luxury, The Grand Canyon offered raw in-touchness with Earth. Our first yoga practice in the Canyon, pictured above, was beyond awe-inspiring.


Taking in the glory of Nature’s magnificence, we let go of all that no longer serves us, and created space to expand into the world with love and openness.


The Grand Canyon is a gift whose expansiveness, depth, and splendor escape human understanding. No amount of photography or gawking satisfies the human desire to internalize that which we perceive--the Canyon is always grander.

Check out more highlights below!

EXPANSIVENESS 2017

The Dalmatian Coast is GLORIOUS.

Where to begin?

The shimmering Adriatic Sea? The delectably fresh cuisine? The  pristine white stone architecture that reminds us of a captivating Roman past?
The travel? The yoga?

Between travel and yoga is soul. Let’s begin there.

Let’s begin with SOUL.


The SOUL of the Croatia retreat is GOODNESS.

From August 4-11, 2018, we will luxuriate in all the goodness the Dalmatian Coast offers. Our first few days will be spent in the coastal town of Split, where our accommodations are inside the ancient walls of Diocletian's Palace. From Split, we will venture to our private villa on the nearby charming island of Brac. Our days will include yoga, meditation, delicious dining experiences, beach lounging, poolside lounging, cultural excursions, boating, and time set aside for solitude and personal activities.

Learn More & Reserve Your Spot Below!

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C H R I S T M A S   S A N G R I A

Recipe

Two bottles of your favorite Merlot
One sixteen ounce bottle of Ginger Ale
1/2 Cup of Sugar
1 tsp of Ground Cinnamon 
1/2 tsp of Ground Nutmeg
1/2 tsp of Ground Cloves
4 Sliced Oranges
3 Sliced Pears or Apples
8-10 Cinnamon Sticks
Cranberries & Pomegranate Seeds for Garnish

Combine all ingredients in a large pitcher. Stir together gently. Let sit in the refrigerator 4-6 hours before serving. 

E N J O Y !


 

T R A V E L S O U L Y O G A M U S I C
(Click above to listen with us!)
"If I should ever die, God Forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC."
-Kurt Vonnegut 

 
E N D   O F   Y E A R   R E F L E C T I O N S

As we live out the final days of 2017, many of us are giving contemplation to our experiences of the year. As I reflect, I can’t help but remember the words of a palmist in Varanasi, India, spoken to me in early February:

“You will have a good year, but there will also be bad. Good and Bad.”

Ahh, such wisdom!

While these utterances may be banal in quality, they hold truth;  life is composed of experiences we perceive as “good” or “bad”.

This year I have taken a step back from the labels of "good" and "bad" and have experimented with the perspective of an objective outsider: the observer. The astronaut, who from way out in space watches with curiosity and wonder.

When I remove lowercase self (ego) from life experiences and become the observer,  contentment, peace, and connection with uppercase Self (the Divine) are more sustainable.

So, rather than scrupulously assigning charges to our experiences, let’s reflect with a few questions:

How have I lived in my power this year?

What blessings have I created for myself and others?


How have I moved through challenge?

What experiences have refined me?


What little moments am I most thankful for?



 
That's All, Folks!
Thank You so much for reading! Want more? Please let us know what you think here.  Know anyone who likes travel and/or yoga? Please share our newsletter with them! Come hang out with us on Instagram,   Facebook,  and  Pinterest. 

Heaps of Love, 
T R A V E L   S O U L   Y O G A 
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