Peace Mantra

The dream that won’t let me fall back asleep in this lifetime is to #teachpeace

So today try a reciting a peace #mantra like

“Om Mani Padme Hum”


Shanti shanti shanti

Peace peace peace


Repeat 108 times or for 10-15 minutes

According to Harvard medical school, Of the many different meditation techniques being taught today, mantra meditation is one of the most highly effective in terms of increasing happiness, well being and health. And of the highly effective meditation techniques, mantra meditation is by far the easiest to learn and practice.

You learn to meditate by meditating. The silence and stillness you experience in meditation and the increased happiness and diminished stress you experience outside meditation are so attractive and welcomed that you naturally teach yourself how to go deeper into that silence and stillness each time you meditate.

To meditate you sit comfortably and quietly with your eyes closed and effortlessly and silently inside repeat a word or a short phrase called a mantra. Your mantra can be any word, sound, prayer or short phrase you like that is in your native language.

Continue repeating your mantra in that same simple, effortless way for 10-30 minutes. That repetition may not be a clear pronunciation of your mantra but instead may be just a faint idea of it.  As you continue thinking your mantra, thoughts and distractions will come, and that’s fine; having thoughts during meditation is natural. When thoughts and distractions do come just gently return to thinking your mantra in the same simple, effortless way as thoughts come. Choose the amount of time you meditate based on what suits you.

It’s important to not strain to make the mantra come, but rather to relax into effortlessness and let the mantra come in the same simple, effortless way as thoughts come. If you strain to make the mantra come that can create stress that tires you.

Avoid looking for experiences or signs of progress or failure with your meditation because that hinders meditation. Just be confident that after some time you will start to notice the benefits of meditating during your day. You may be happier, feeling more at ease and calmer, and getting along better with others. You may start noticing these benefits soon, or it may take up to six months of meditating regularly before you start to notice these benefits. So just get in the habit of meditating regularly and then stick with it. And be patient with yourself – if you stop meditating for a day or two, just go back and start meditating again.

Lens @pranadelmar #baja #mexico #travelchick #wanderlust #wonderlust @alchemytours

The Only Way is Thru

”Nobody will protect you from your suffering. You can’t cry it away or eat it away or starve it away or walk it away or punch it away or even therapy it away. It’s just there, and you have to survive it. You have to endure it. You have to live through it and love it and move on and be better for it and run as far as you can in the direction of your best and happiest dreams across the bridge that was built by your own desire to heal.” 
— Cheryl Strayed
Lens @pranadelmar #baja #heartmedicine
#HappinessRx The only way is thru.

2016 Pilgrimage of Soul

Thank you 2016! Thank you for every pose on and off the mat, those that I loved and those that I didn’t particularly like. Pleasant and unpleasant, I’m grateful for all of the ups and downs, confusion and clarity. I receive you with lovingkindness.

“Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement, transformation, continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul, learning to see clearly and deeply, listening to your intuition, taking courageous challenges at every step along the way. You are on the path… exactly where you are meant to be right now… And from here, you can only go forward, shaping your life story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, and of love.” ~ by Caroline Adams

Lens #baja #zen @pranadelmar #vinyasa
#Alchemy #earth flow

Winter Solstice Sunset Vinyasa

Standing ready to dissolve
Lotus blossom opens up into Anjali mudra
Deepest wishes of heart soften down into earth
I bow.
I lift up. I lay back.
I climb up from my head to my heart.
I play. I fall.
I rise.
I reach up to touch the Sky.
Upside down and up again.
I dive deep.
Heart melts upwards.
I. Surrender.
Into gratitude
I embrace and receive it all
Like blessings from the dark
Into light.
#winter #solstice #baja #zen #beach #sadhana

Thank you Cacoco Best Drinking Chocolate Vibes

Our Prana del Mar #Bhakti Bliss #yogaretreat guests are in for an AUMazing treat with our Cacao Ceremony made possible by our friends at CACOCO. Even if you’re not joining Emily Perry & me this time, you can be part of the #Chocolate #Tribe by going on line and loving these guys up!

The Mission:
Source the Earth’s purest ingredients from regenerative food systems; Provide customers healthy, safe and delicious products with uncompromised quality, service and integrity; Create and implement the most sustainable methods and systems for our organization.

The Vision:
CACOCO envisions a world that embraces environmental sustainability, social responsibility and healthy vibrant lifestyles. We are committed to this change by providing the highest quality drinking chocolate products made exclusively from whole, living, organic foods, utilizing ingredients from ecologically and socially sustainable resources with uncompromised integrity.

PS Global warrior is my fave.
Ingredients: Unroasted Cacao*, Cacao Butter*, Coconut Crystal Sugar*,Carob*,Maca*, Mesquite*, Vanilla Bean*, Himalayan Salt, Turmeric*, Cardamom*, Wildcrafted Shilajit, Orange Peel*, Whole Leaf Stevia* (*Notes Organic)
#Turmeric: The Golden Goddess
Shilajit: Mover of Mountains
Maca: Incan Warrior Root


What is Worth Keeping?

I stand back to get perspective on my lifelong collections of things. I visit each group and pay it attention. Then I pick something up, feel it and ask myself “what is worth keeping?”

heartpranaI’m not moving “stuff.” I’m deciding what comes with me to be “planted as my HEART in the earth.”

From this I will grow a new heart that will be the life-force of my new life.

This is vitally important for the health of my heart depends on the seeds of the heart I plant. How well I plant and nourish my new heart will also in turn symbiotically nourish my local soul tribe and beloved. I must be mindful now more than ever.

May I be blessed with clarity and compassion as I release the old and birth a new self.

“I’m going to plant a heart in the earth
water it with love from a vein
I’m going to praise it with the push of muscle
and care for it in the sound of all dimensions

I’m going to leave a heart in the earth
so it may grow and flower
a heart that throbs with longing
that adores everything green
that will be strength and nourishment for birds
that will be the sap of plants and mountains.”
-Rosario Murillo, Earth Prayers From Around the World


Lens: Photos taken at Prana del Mar Yoga Retreat Center the home of my annual Thanksgiving Gratitude and Manifestation Yoga Retreats.

What Makes a Real and Authentic Yoga Teacher by Silvia Mordini Do You Yoga

What Makes a Real and Authentic Yoga Teacher?

A recent NY Post article calls out some of the worst case scenarios in how humans teach yoga. On the one hand, we could simply disregard the article for being snarky and provocative. But on the other hand, there was some truth there too.

Yoga is not a closed, one-sizefits-all recipe to follow.
There is so much more intelligence to this ancient practice.
Teaching minimally requires emotional maturity, self-inquiry, fundamental integrity in line with the Yamas and Niyamas, foundational guidelines offered in the Yoga Sutras, and knowledge of how to practice the yoga poses safely and uniquely for your body.
I asked California-based veteran Teacher Trainer and international yoga leader, Emily Perry, about what a teacher training program should highlight. She said, “A yoga teacher training program should graduate qualified and knowledgeable teachers that understand:
1. the role of a yoga teacher, and the importance of the container we create for students to feel safe
2. the path of practice as the place from which we share and offer yoga
3. the heart of the teachings: what are these fundamental practices asking of us?
alignment and form as a path to aligning the heart, mind and energy body with our intention and deeper meanings for practice.
Photo credits: Prana del Mar

Read the full article on 


Soulshine Bhakti Love Retreat

Have you met the one and only Emily Perry of EMILY PERRY YOGA? 🙂
Plan some end of the year Vitamin D and Soulshine bhakti love with us at Prana del Mar Dec 3-10, 2016!

Details here ‘s to learn all about our journey’s on this path of heart.

prana del mar fb 2016 with emily

#‎Bhakti‬ ‪#‎sisters‬ ‪#‎alchemyofyoga‬ ‪#‎firestarters‬ ‪#‎manifestation‬ ‪#‎yogaretreat‬