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Sianna Sherman: Love-In-Action, Visionary of Rasa Yoga Collective

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For nearly three decades, Sianna Sherman has been a beacon of love and wisdom in the global yoga community. As an international yoga teacher, she has touched the lives of tens of thousands of students and fellow teachers around the world. Sianna is not just a teacher; she is Love-In-Action, committed to serving humanity through her transformative offerings.

Visionary Leadership:

As the visionary behind the Rasa Yoga Collective, Mythic Yoga Flow®, and RITUAL, Sianna fosters community and collaboration. Her teachings extend beyond the physical practice, delving into the realms of mythology, ritual, and soulful connection. A gifted storyteller, Sianna awakens the imagination through the language of the soul, inviting participants into a sacred space of self-discovery. 

Shadow Work Apprentice:

Dedicated to the path of shadow work, Sianna weaves this transformative practice into every offering. She invites her students to explore the depths of their being with humility, devotion, and a profound care for the collective. Sianna’s commitment to emotional intelligence, social justice activism, anti-racism, mantra, and Tantric yoga philosophy creates a rich tapestry of teachings that inspire and empower.

Love Beyond Boundaries:

Sianna leads Rasa Yoga teacher training courses and a 13 Moon Mystery School, sharing her wisdom with those who seek a deeper understanding of the yogic path. A featured contributor to magazines, podcasts, and summits worldwide, Sianna extends her reach to inspire and uplift the global yoga community.

Fearless Heart Activation:

In partnership with her Beloved, Masood Ali Khan, Sianna co-hosts the Fearless Heart Activation series. This initiative aims to inspire courageous conversations and create brave spaces for real transformation in these times. Together, they crafted Alchemy of Love, supporting couples in deepening relationships and emotional intimacy.   

Connect with Sianna on Instagram: @SiannaSherman

Explore more at www.SiannaSherman.com

Masood Ali Khan: Bridging Music, Meditation, and Healing

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Masood Ali Khan, a multifaceted soul, is a father, men’s group facilitator, shadow explorer, energy healer, meditation and yoga instructor, and a unique musician of prayer. His journey of infusing the power of heart-centered music into the practice of bhakti handpan kirtan has made him a pioneer in this meditative art form.

‘Music & Meditation as Medicine’:

Masood’s music is a prayer, a ceremony, and a vessel for healing. He holds ceremonial spaces that uplift and transform, creating a meditative experience that merges the healing potential of heart and mind. His acclaimed music albums resonate at international festivals, Rasa Yoga teacher trainings, ‘Alchemy of Love’ couples retreats, and ‘Alchemy of Avalon’ pilgrimages with Sianna Sherman.

A Web of Love:

Through sacred mantras, Masood’s music brings voices and prayers together, interconnecting hearts across the globe. His vision is to cultivate a mindset of peace, compassion, support, and liberation, fostering unity and love in the collective human experience.  

Alchemy of Love:

Masood, alongside Sianna, co-created Alchemy of Love to support deepening relationships and emotional intimacy for couples. Together, they inspire others to have the courage to feel, heal, love, and evolve, serving humanity through their transformative offerings.

In the synergy of Sianna Sherman and Masood Ali Khan, the union of yoga, music, and healing becomes a potent force for personal and collective transformation. Embark on a journey with these soulful guides, and may you find inspiration, love, and a profound connection to the heart’s wisdom.

 

Ignite Magic in Sacred Peru with Sianna Sherman and Masood Ali Khan- The Most Epic 8-8 Lion’s Gate Journey! – June 23rd to 29th, 2024.  

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Embracing Yoga, Healing, and Service: Farah Nazarali’s Journey

At the heart of every transformative yoga retreat is a guide whose commitment to healing, service, and spiritual growth creates an environment of profound connection and rejuvenation. Meet Farah Nazarali, a devoted yoga student with over two decades of teaching experience, whose passion for yoga is woven into every aspect of her being.Farah Nazarali

A Journey Rooted in Devotion:

Farah’s yoga journey is a testament to her deep devotion to the practice. With over 20 years of teaching experience, she has not only mastered the art of guiding others on the mat but has become a beacon of wisdom and inspiration for those seeking a path of holistic healing.

Transformational Retreats:

As a leader of transformational retreats, Farah is dedicated to helping participants expand their heart’s capacity, find restoration, and rejuvenate their spirits. Her retreats go beyond the physical practice of yoga, delving into the realms of purpose, connection, and self-discovery.

Pioneering Integration:

Farah is a pioneer in integrating yogic practices and Buddhist teachings with non-violent communication and conflict resolution. Her unique approach has earned her a reputation for skillfully mediating conflict and facilitating dialogues that deepen understanding, connection, and intimacy among participants.

Inspired by Sacred Wisdom:

Deeply inspired by the sacred texts of yoga, the teachings of Buddhism, and various wisdom traditions, Farah’s guidance goes beyond the asanas. Her retreats provide a holistic journey, leading participants to love, truth, wonder, and awe.

Lover of Nature and Simple Joys:

Beyond the yoga mat, Farah finds solace and joy in nature. Whether she’s gazing at the serene beauty of the forest or immersing herself in the rhythmic embrace of the ocean, Farah’s love for the natural world becomes an integral part of her teachings.

Pleasures of Life:

In the simplicity of life’s joys, Farah discovers profound meaning. Cooking, gardening, and cherishing moments with loved ones are not just pastimes but reflections of her deeply rooted connection to the essence of life.

Farah Nazarali is more than a yoga teacher; she is a guide on a journey of the heart. Her retreats offer not only physical rejuvenation but also a space for profound healing, connection, and self-discovery. Join Farah on a retreat and embark on a transformative journey that goes beyond the mat, inviting you to embrace the wonders of life and the depths of your own being.

January  18-25, 2025 Re-Awaken Wonder in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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Christa Mastrangelo Joyce: Bridging Ancient Traditions with Modern Wisdom

E-RYT500 Certified Yoga Teacher | Founder of Jala Yoga | Retreat Leader

Christa Mastrangelo Joyce brings a wealth of knowledge and a deep passion for yoga to every class and retreat she leads. With her E-RYT500 certification earned through Kim Manfredi and over 1000 additional hours of training from esteemed teachers such as Sianna Sherman, Bernie Clark, Maria Garre, Shiva Rea, Desiree Rumbaugh, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Andrew McCaulay, Christa is a seasoned guide in the world of yoga. 

Journey to Jala Yoga:

In 2009, Christa founded Jala Yoga, a space that has since become a haven for yoga enthusiasts seeking a holistic and transformative experience. Her dedication to yoga training started in 2012, and she has been sharing her passion through numerous yoga retreats.

A Tapestry of Yoga Styles:

Christa’s yoga journey is diverse, encompassing Ashtanga, Hatha, Ayurveda, Yin Yoga, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Her extensive training in anatomy, particularly the nervous system, allows her to tailor classes that promote adaptability, curiosity, and engagement. Christa seamlessly weaves breath work, meditation, and yoga philosophy into her teachings, creating an immersive and holistic practice.

Honoring Tradition in a Modern Context:

Christa is committed to honoring the ancient traditions of yoga while adapting them to the needs of the modern world. She recognizes and addresses barriers to accessibility in yoga, working to create inclusive classes that embrace diversity and cater to practitioners of all levels. Her love for storytelling and mythology adds a unique and enriching dimension to her classes.

Jen Rolston: Embracing Yoga as a Path to Joyful Living

200HR Certified Yoga Teacher | Morning Dharma Instructor | Devotee of Yoga Philosophy

Jen Rolston’s journey with yoga began in 2005, marking the culmination of a lifelong exploration of religions and philosophies. Drawn to the first yoga studio in Shepherdstown, she fell in love with yoga philosophy, meditation, and the transformative power of asanas, as taught by Shanti Saagar founders Judy Jenner & JiJi Beckett.Jen Rolston

A Self-Practice Journey:

Maintaining a self-practice since her initial introduction to yoga, Jen found a consistent practice under the guidance of Christa Mastrangelo Joyce in 2010. In 2018, she completed Jala Yoga’s 200HR Teacher Training with Christa, deepening her understanding of yoga philosophy and refining her teaching skills.

Morning Dharma with Jen:

As a dedicated Morning Dharma instructor since completing her training, Jen brings her unique blend of teachings inspired by Yogrishi Vishvketu, Jack Kornfield, Ram Dass, and Buddhist dharma. She firmly believes that the combination of yoga, meditation, and a connection with nature offers the simplest path to a joyful life—acknowledging that it might not always be the easiest, but unquestionably the simplest.

The Joy of Teaching and Connecting:

Jen’s classes reflect her genuine belief in the transformative power of yoga and meditation. Through her teachings, she aims to inspire others on their journey toward a joyful life, fostering connections with both the self and the surrounding world.

As integral members of the yoga community, Christa Mastrangelo Joyce and Jen Rolston bring their unique perspectives, expertise, and genuine passion for yoga to every retreat. Together, they create an enriching and inclusive environment that invites practitioners to explore, learn, and connect on their yoga journey. Join them on a retreat to experience the profound impact of their teachings firsthand. September 21027, 2025 in the Algarve Coast, Portugal

Embracing Delight: Practicing The Art of Attention

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Embark on a journey of self-discovery and holistic well-being with Allisun, a dedicated yoga practitioner and experienced retreat leader. Since 1999, Allisun has been weaving together the art of yoga, spirituality, and the transformative power of Integral Hypnotherapy.

The Essence of Allisun’s Practice:

Allisun’s yoga practice is a flowing, dynamic, and spiritual expression of mind, body, and breath. Inspired by nature, music, and everyday magic, she believes in the profound unity that connects us to each other, the earth, and the cosmos.

Yoga as Connection to Divine Intelligence:

For Allisun, yoga is more than a physical practice; it’s a sacred journey connecting us to divine intelligence and the vast universe beyond. Through intentional practice on and off the mat, she advocates for sustainable well-being.

Integral Hypnotherapy – Empowering Transformation:

Certified as an International Board of Hypnotherapy Hypnotherapist and a graduate of the Hypnotherapy Academy of America, Allisun practices Integral Hypnotherapy. This unique approach empowers individuals to achieve their goals through collaborative healing, unlocking the potential for positive transformation.

Embodying Your Highest Self:

Passionate about the transformative power of hypnosis, Allisun believes in harnessing and embodying one’s highest self. Join her in a journey of self-discovery, connection, and holistic well-being.

Ready to learn more about Allisun’s teachings and transformative practices? Read the full blog post and get inspired to embark on your own wellness journey with Allisun. 🌿

Immerse yourself in paradise for seven days and six nights with Allisun in beautiful Santa Teresa, Costa Rica. Feel the healing power of Pura Vida (pure life) as you enjoy slow, deep soul-nourishing vinyasa Yoga classes just steps away from stunning blue water beaches. Lounge on a hammock, ride horseback through the jungle, or explore Montezuma for waterfalls and local delights. This retreat is a perfect blend of rest, relaxation, and soul-feeding activities—all optional, Return to Paradise, Return to Self a Soul Nourishing Retreat with Allisun.

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Hello Lovely Humans,

My name is Lauren LiBrandi and I am so excited to co lead the True Nature Costa Rica/Peru Retreats with Lauren LiBrandiMyla Ivers! Being a Sagittarius, I absolutely love to travel, learn new valuable information, and live life with a positive twist! I believe in the soulful medicine of laughter!

On my day to day I focus on teaching/taking yoga, customizing  personalized stretch routines, Reiki healings, hosting sound baths, movement medicine and finding joy in the process of holding space for others. All these healing tools have helped me formulate Magician’s Method, my offerings to help guide others through their healing journey.

On my off time you can find me catching waves in Malibu or on a near by dance floor shaking my groove thang!

To move with Joy is to live through Spirit!

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Hey everyone!

My name is Myla Ivers. A little about me, I currently live in LA with my two kitties, Flake and Ninja Bear. I am obsessed with  travel and documenting my adventures. I believe the key to staying young is to play more, that is definitely something Lauren and I always bring to our retreats.

When I am home I focus on my brand Master Your Magic, women’s transformation, empowerment and akashic records. The combination of clarity and confidence is a powerful thing and I love working with people who want to share their unique gifts with the world.

If you are looking for a retreat with two magical women, look no further!

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Every retreat hosted by Myla Ivers and Lauren LiBrandi is a beautiful blend of yoga, reiki, akashic records, adventure, relaxation, community, energy and chakra balancing, great food and unique opportunities to immerse yourself in cultures around the world.

Ready to glow from the inside out in 2023? We got you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out some of Myla and Lauren’s past retreats here:

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Nadi Shodhana Pranayama

A breath practice to calm your restless mind and return to balance.

Nadi Shodhana Pranayama (nah-dee show-DAH-nah)
nadi = channel
shodhana = cleaning, purifying

Alternate Nostril Breathing (Nadi Shodhana Pranayama) assists in balancing the right and left hemispheres of our brain, as well as bringing balances to our nasal passageways!

The Practice:

Create Vishnu Mudra with your right hand: (tuck right, peace fingers into the palm) and lightly close right nostril with your thumb.

Inhale through your left nostril to the count of 4.

Lightly close left nostril with your right ring finger and lift the right thumb, exhaling through your right nostril to count of 4.

You’ve completed 1 round… strive to work up to 7-8 rounds for the health of it!

Om shanti!

Meet The Teacher

Lee Ann Louis-Prescott

Lee Ann Louis-Prescott, Ph.D., E-RYT500

Lee Ann’s love for yoga began in college. During her very first yoga session, she fell in love with the movement, the breath work, and the inner workings of yoga. It is a love that has lasted to this day.

Join Lee Ann for her Serenity, Yoga and the Luck O’ the Irish! in Deplhi, Ireland Retreat in 2023. Read more here. 

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Steady & Steadfast: Finding Resilience with the 3 iRest Yoga Nidra Resolutions

Our teachers want to continue sharing with the TN community despite the distance, so many are sending in Meditations, Yoga sessions, and Talks. Today, we have this wonderful talk and meditation by the lovely Lisa Feder, owner of Being Well Yoga in Austin, TX. The first 10 min of this audio recording is about Sankalpa in iRest Yoga Nidra followed by a 15 minute meditation called Steady and Steadfast: Finding Resilience with the 3 iRest Yoga Nidra Resolutions.

You can support Lisa & Be Well Yoga during the pandemic by following them on Facebook and Instagram for updates and online classes.

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Be well and enjoy!


Published author and Yoga Instructor Lisa Feder is owner of Being Well Yoga in Austin, TX. After a 25 year career in marketing and strategic planning, she found Yoga while seeking to balance the stress and challenges in her day to day. In her words, “I love watching what happens when a workplace implements a regular Yoga class program. The employees come in visibly wearing the stress of the day, and leave with a new perspective, recharged and reconnected. It’s awesome.”

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The rainforest is a tremendous source of learning and healing. In fact, the heart chakra and Nature are attuned to the same vibration. This explains why it is so healing for the heart to be in the lap of Mother Earth and to be surrounded by the sounds and smells of Nature.

As I gaze into the horizon and my eyes drink in the blues of the ocean, sky, and mountains, I am reminded of the truths revealed in my heart while teaching a Retreat in the tropical rainforests of Costa Rica. Below are some of the insights I gained.

RHYTHMS.

Life dances and expresses itself in rhythms; the rhythm of tides, the rhythm of sunlight and darkness, and the rhythms of the animals; howling monkeys who travel and howl at sunrise and sunset; flocks of birds that fly in predictable patterns and nocturnal insects and frogs that wake up and sing their songs in the darkness of the night.

The modern, urban human has lost touch with natural rhythms- our circadian rhythms, our moon cycles, and the rhythms of work, rest, play, and sleep. With the increasing use of digital devices that accelerate the pace of time, we are out of sync with time; losing touch with our ability to drop into the present and BE. Fortunately, being in Nature without technology, brings us back into ourselves and helps us to re-establish real-time: the NOW; unfettered by the past and eternal and true.

WILD.

Nature is wild, fierce and powerful. She is a force far greater than humans and she demands respect and awe. Arrogance is easily humbled whether it is in the tumble of waves that have the power to break our bones or the monkeys who deficate on you if you stand underneath them. If you respect the power of Mother Nature and know your place within her order, an invitation beckons to enter her magical kingdom. Respect and reverence are rewarded in the animals who cross our paths as if to welcome us. In Uvita, every time I walked through the rainforest to the beach, an iridescent blue butterfly would appear as a reminder to tread lightly; be aware of my surroundings and remember the blessing of Mother Nature.

PRANA.

Prana is the life force contained in every living entity. The red fire ants who journeys dozens of meters up to the tops of trees for the freshest leaves understand prana. Prana is highest in the fresh shoots at the tops of trees. It is here where photosynthesis captures and harnesses the energy of the sun and converts it into food that prana is most concentrated. For humans, this lesson reveals itself in the wise choice to eat local and seasonal plant-based foods as these foods are highest in prana and contribute to the health, vitality, and longevity of our bodies.

As I return to life outside the rainforest, I am inspired to spend more time in Nature, to continue to support local farmers and eat seasonally, and to respect and revere the awesome power of Mother Nature.

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Join Farah in La Fortuna, Costa Rica!

YOGA RETREAT IN COSTA RICA MANTRAS, MEDITATION, AND MOTHER EARTH

JUNE 13 – 19, 2021

This 7-day yoga Retreat is dedicated to mantras, meditation, and Mother Earth. Mantras are the Vedic gift to humanity. Chant, sing, and meditate using mantra and experience the bliss of this divine yogic practice.

Find out more here.

FARAH NAZARALI

Farah NazaraliFarah is an inspirational yoga teacher, podcast host, and advocate of yogic practices that support health, happiness, and harmony. She is the founder of Drishti Point Yoga Podcasts and is currently the podcast host of In Conversation: The Podcast of Banyen Books and Sound. She has interviewed hundreds of spiritual teachers, Masters, and renowned authors and seamlessly integrates this wisdom into her teaching.

Farah specializes in teaching Workshops, Retreats, and Training locally and worldwide. She has a deep love for all things yoga and is profoundly inspired by the sacred texts of yoga, the teachings of Buddhism, and wisdom traditions that lead us to love, truth, and being of service.

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World Cancer Day

World Cancer Day is an international day marked on February 4th to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage its prevention, detection, and treatment. In light of this upcoming day, we are grateful to share this powerful insight from True Nature Leader, Robyn Tiger.

Robyn is a Physician, Certified Yoga Therapist, and Founder of Yoga Heals 4 Life serving those touched by cancer, anxiety, and stress-related disorders. She is faculty for Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapy, the Medical Resource Director for Journey To Be Free (a nonprofit serving the cancer community), and serves on the Advisory Council for Yoga Therapy Today and yogatherapy.health. Robyn serves those touched by cancer, anxiety, and stress-related disorders.

Surviving or Thriving? The Cancer Journey, Chapter 3

As a physician, I spent many years in Diagnostic Radiology with a focus on Women’s Imaging. It was my job as the “doctor’s doctor” to help clinicians identify what was causing their patient’s symptoms. Through a multitude of imaging modalities and biopsies, I searched for what was responsible, often discovering cancer. Although patients were incredibly grateful for my “saving their lives”, I visualized their situations quite differently having repeatedly watched the downward spiraling negative transformation that subsequently took place. I see this process, the cancer journey, as divided into 3 continuous chapters, the 3 rd chapter frequently being the most challenging and difficult.

Cancer Journey – Chapter 1

When do individuals first become cancer survivors? The moment they hear the words: “you have cancer” their lives are forever changed. Questions, fears, and concerns fill their thoughts and every part of their being. Life as they know it comes to a standstill. Many of my patients have described this chapter as the rug being pulled out from under them.

Cancer Journey – Chapter 2

The rush to cure begins. Treatment plans are created and put into fruition as soon as possible. Now its full steam ahead with a multitude of doctor’s appointments and additional testing followed by treatment, often a combination of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation. What are the consequences? These state-of-the-art treatments, although wonderful for treating the cancer, frequently result in physical limitations, emotional distress, and dampened spirit.

Cancer Journey – Chapter 3

After treatment, cancer survivors are released, free to go on with their lives, no longer under the rigid watch of their medical team. But instead of moving forward carefree…the opposite occurs. The stress response takes over instead of declining, reaching its highest peak of the journey. It is common in this chapter for survivors to be the most fearful, full of anxiety and worry, concerned if the cancer has truly left their bodies, if it will return, or if they will develop another. They feel completely lost and helpless, wanting desperately to be in control and take action to make changes for a healthier life, but they just don’t know how.

Through many years of close observation, I realized that a large portion of patient care was missing: How do we help patients heal? What do we do to help individuals beyond their disease? What resources can we provide to educate them particularly during “Chapter 3” of their cancer journey when they are most in need of this support? I was completely lost as to how to be of help. I knew that my job as a doctor was not nearly complete. Simply diagnosing cancer was not enough. Then I found my answer to fill this hole in-patient care: yoga & meditation.

Medical research has proven that specialized yoga practices diminish the side effects of cancer therapies during and after treatment. In addition, they significantly decrease stress levels, improve overall well-being, and increase longevity. Cancer survivors learn how to get in the driver’s seat and put the rug back underneath themselves, process what has happened, and be ready for whatever may come, in essence, to truly thrive.

My colleague and dear friend, Kathleen Ross-Allee, and I are both Certified Yoga Therapists, specialty trained and experienced in cancer recovery. We adapt and create safe and effective variations for every body, individualizing yoga and meditation practices to meet the needs of each person. We understand the need to include certain practices to lessen and reverse cancer treatment side effects and to exclude certain practices that could exacerbate an already existing side effect.

Together, our deep passion in serving this population has inspired the creation of a life-changing retreat for much-needed recovery and renewal in “Chapter 3” of the cancer journey. While immersed in the sense of comfort and community that a retreat setting provides, we teach individuals how to safely and effectively use yoga and meditation tools as lifestyle medicine. After experiencing firsthand, the benefits of these tools on retreat, they are able to confidently cultivate and implement a daily home practice. They leave feeling revived and empowered full
of resilience!

Are you or someone you love ready to take the next step for a more complete, healthy fulfilling life? Take an active role in your journey to healing! Join us this August in the stunning Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. Let us guide you in the transformation from cancer survivor to cancer thriver!

“You had the power all along, my dear!” –Glinda

 

From Survivor to Thriver: A Healing Journey for Cancer Recovery
Yoga Therapy & Meditation Retreat with Robyn and Kathleen
August 22 – 27, 2020
Asheville, North Carolina

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True Nature was able to spend some time getting to know Yoga Teacher and Retreat Leader, Christa Mastrangelo Joyce. Take a glimpse into her upcoming retreat in Greece.

 

TN: How does the idea of “Yoga Sea + Soulscape” play into your upcoming Yoga Retreat, and what themes do you see coming up throughout the journey?

C: A “soulscape” is the notion of a landscape of the soul. The sea and soulscape imagery for me brings together the artistic view of the outer landscape with the imaginative realm of the inner landscape. I see this as an opportunity to appreciate, meditate on, find wonder and gratitude for, both the outer and inner landscapes. This idea to me asks that we be present with all that can be seen, heard, felt, tasted and touched, as well as the notions, myths, and sensations that arise in our mind and spirit from our presence with the sensory world.

 

 

TN: Who has been your greatest influence and why?

C: I can’t possibly pick just one person! I am influenced by great poets–Mary Oliver, Rumi, Hafiz, and so many others; great teachers of yoga and philosophy–BKS Iyengar, Kim Manfredi, Sianna Sherman, Matthew Sanford, Parker Palmer, Bernie Clark, Hal Elrod, Krista Tippett, and so many more; and great loves, like my children, my husband, and a wealth of incredible friends. I am continually influenced by the guidance, wisdom, words, and expertise of those who are invested in knowing their self, knowing humany, and working to experience life’s joys and challenges with compassion and love above all.

 

TN: If there was a yoga pose or meditation practice that described you – what would it be and why?

C: I think I’d be Triangle Pose. I am working at all times to find balance, ease, and well-being in the triadic parts of me–mind, body, and spirit. This often requires a strong and centered foundation, an open heart and exuberant spirit, an alert spine and mind, and a steady attention that keeps my eyes gazing upward.

 

 

TN: Other than yoga and meditation – what are some of your passions? Will these be explored in your retreat?

C: I am an exuberant story/poetry reader and teller. I love being in nature–swimming, walking/hiking, meditating, journaling, and connecting with other humans. Over the past couple of years, I’ve become passionate about starting each day with a “Miracle Morning”–a term used by Hal Elrod–and have seen the abundance this practice has added to my life. I have made it a priority to practice moments of pause daily in order to cultivate gratitude. All this and more will be a part of our time in Greece.

 

TN: What is on your “Greece list” and what are you most excited about?

C: This retreat to me represents truly steeping in abundance, joy, and the miracle of life within and around us. My “Greece List” includes relishing in local food, wine, and culture. I am excited to immerse in this calm, healing environment; to swim, hike and explore, with all my senses wide open. I am especially excited to offer classes and events that provide the opportunity to come alive to this abundance. I love creating community wherever I am in the world, so the opportunity to do so will be infused into the whole of the trip.

 

 

TN: Is there a saying or quote that really resonates with you and your upcoming retreat?

C: Really good quotes and poems often shape my perspective of things so this is tough to choose, but I’m drawn to this piece of a Mary Oliver, poem: “Let me keep my mind on what matters, which is my work, which is mostly standing still and learning to be astonished.” I just know there will be so many opportunities to be astonished and filled with joy on this trip. Instead of trying to plan and orchestrate every moment of this trip, or to fill every moment with doing, I intend to cultivate space for these joy-filled moments to be witnessed–that is the best work of a life-time, after all.


Join Christa and True Nature in Greece!

Yoga Sea + Soulscape

October 18 – 24, 2020

Amorgos Island, Greece


About Christa Mastrangelo Joyce

Christa Mastrangelo Joyce is E-RYT500 hour certified through Kim Manfredi. She holds an additional 1000 hours of training through her studies with Sianna Sherman, Bernie Clark, Maria Garre, Shiva Rea, Desiree Rumbaugh, Tiffany Cruikshank, and Andrew McCaulay. Christa is the owner of Jala Yoga with locations in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and Winchester, Virginia. She blends her early background and knowledge of Ashtanga with a strong alignment-based infusion of Iyengar Yoga. Her teachings emphasize moving fluidly and safely, with a strong understanding of anatomy and Ayurveda, and incorporate her knowledge of breath work, meditation, and Yoga philosophy. She brings her love of story and mythology to the practice, as well as her understanding of Yin Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She works to create classes that allow people to feel at home in their body while providing space for them to become stronger, healthier, more attuned to life, and more connected to their self and to the world around them. Christa loves to share the gifts that yoga has offered her and to help each person find their own path to this joyful practice. She hopes that each person who leaves her class finds strength, nourishment, and balance, as well as the wonder of life within and around them.