Travel? Check. Yoga? Check. Adventure? Check. The Travel Yogi specializes in both in awe-inspiring locales around the world.
With travel often comes the indulgence of eating and drinking. Recent statistics showed that the number one “bad” thing people do on vacation is overeat. It’s no surprise that we’re seeing an increase in travelers who want to maintain healthy habits on the road. As such, wellness retreats are ever more common, as are yoga retreats and adventures around the world.
The Travel Yogi’s 2013-2014 season is taking yoga retreats up a notch, bringing internationally recognized yoga instructors to lead the company’s destination-driven yoga program.
A few of these celebrity teachers are Kathryn Budig, Annie Carpenter and Jennifer Pastiloff who, as with other The Travel Yogi instructors, are Yoga Alliance-certified, indicating standards-based knowledge in the field of yoga.
Jennifer Hoodevik, The Travel Yogi founder and director, says she and the team have practiced with the teachers the company engages so that they can be as informed with regards to the teacher’s yoga style and vibe as they are with the exotic destinations they promote.
“We love having such a wonderful variety of yoga styles represented. Even within the same yoga discipline, all teachers bring their own humor and personality to their approach; humor being our operative word when it comes to choosing our teachers,” Hoddevik said.
Budig’s yoga training is grounded heavily in Ashtanga with a light-hearted spin. She teaches creative sequences that make arm balances and inversions accessible to her students. She is engaged for, among others, a 2013 New Year’s retreat to Baja, Mexico, where yoga will be paired with outdoor adventure and optional whale watching and surfing. Kathryn is well known for her writing, down-to-earth approach and personality and her amazing inversion practice and teaching.
Known as a “teachers’ teacher,” Carpenter’s yoga classes marry juicy movement with rigorous discipline and a diligence with regards to alignment. Annie believes that practicing yoga provides “points of dharana” — gateways to inner stillness and compassion. She leads public classes, in-depth workshops and SmartFLOW teacher trainings (200 and 300/500) at Exhale Center for Sacred Movement in Venice, CA. She will be teaching with The Travel Yogi in the Galapagos this year.
Pastiloff, a vinyasa flow teacher and poet, is the creator of “Manifestation Yoga”: Causing Breakthroughs In Your Life Through Your Asana Practice. Jennifer’s classes are vibrant and soulful with a touch of irreverence. She is also an ambassador of Lululemon Beverly Hills and Manduka. Her classes combine her love of words and poetry, music and the healing arts. Yogis can team up with her and best-selling author, Emily Rapp, for a Manifestation Yoga & Writing Retreat in Stowe this Oct 17-20.
The Travel Yogi’s list of international and domestic destinations for 2013 include but are not limited to Aruba, Galapagos, Santorini, Maui, Cabo, Tulum, New Zealand and Vermont. Guests practice and play with some of the world’s best known yoga instructors.
The Travel Yogi’s motto is about expanding boundaries through yoga and travel. Founded in 2010, their goal is find balance and personal transformation through yoga practiced in naturally inspiring destinations. For more information visit them online.
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