Carly Mahon will be leading a “Rooted and Radiant Warrior” yoga and reiki retreat in Costa Rica next June! Read on in this exclusive interview to learn how the idea of the rooted and radiant warrior plays into her retreat and to learn more about Carly’s greatest influences and passions.
Carly is a RYT200 Yoga Teacher, Reiki Healer, and Self Love Coach from San Diego, CA. Carly intertwines guided meditation, mindful flows, and a passion for the transformation that can happen on your mat to make yoga accessible for everyone. Join her in Costa Rica from June 2-June 9, 2018!
Meet True Nature Leader Carly Mahon
1. How does the idea of the rooted and radiant warrior play into your upcoming Yoga Retreat, and what themes do you see coming up?
I believe in living a warrior life – but what does that mean? Tapping in to the warrior that resides in all of us. Our lives can be so hectic, stressful, and overly stimulated – I want everyone I work with to feel the power and presence in being rooted in to themselves and the present moment. Having a powerful connection to yourself opens the doors for more transformation and that’s what I hope to instill with the Rooted Warrior Retreat. I definitely see an ELECTRIC Warrior Retreat coming up too – wild, vibrant and FUN! I want everyone I work with to be ecstatic about self love and living a wholehearted warrior life.
2. Who has been your greatest influence and why?
Ah this is so hard to pick! I try to draw inspiration from everyone I meet, work with and learn from. I think we all have the potential to be our most powerful teachers. I’d have to say my dad has been a huge influence for me. He took a leap to ditch a corporate job that wasn’t suiting his happiness, travel around the US and make a new life for himself. I think I have definitely followed suit. He always taught me to take risks, be proud of myself and to love love love. I try every day to live by those lessons and values. Loving myself wholly so that I can bring love to my community and students.
3. If there was a yoga pose or meditation practice that described you – what would it be and why?
Wild thing! It’s a radical heart opener and I feel like the baddest rockstar when I connect with that pose. I try to live my life in that way – open hearted, free and fearless. There’s quite a bit of trust involved in flipping yourself over and opening your heart to the sky. I’ve learned some of my best lessons about myself in heart openers.
4. Other than yoga and meditation – what are some of your passions? Will these be explored in your retreat?
I have a great passion for how food and movement impact our physical bodies and emotional bodies. It’s a big reason why I chose the retreat location at the Finca Luna Nueva Ecoresort because they have a sacred seed sanctuary on grounds. I love learning about nutrition, health, and food can be used as medicine. These themes will be woven in to the retreat for sure.
5. What is on your “Costa Rica bucket list” and what are you most excited about?
Costa Rica has been on my list for a long time, and I’m so excited to finally be able to experience Pura Vida! Seeing some sloths is definitely #1 on the bucket list. I’d also love to explore the rainforest, learn more about the sacred seed sanctuary and be out in nature. My favorite adventures are the ones that happen spontaneously and organically. I’m looking forward to all that Costa Rica has to offer (including the coffee!)
6. Is there a saying or quote that really resonates with you and your upcoming retreat?
Be a Warrior not a Worrier. It’s less of a quote and more of a theme. I want attendees to understand what it’s like to feel really good and tap in to wholehearted warrior living during their retreat. As someone who used to struggle significantly with anxiety – I aim to help people to ditch their worries and get to know the warrior within.