Healing Waters & Thermal Baths

People all over the world have known for centuries the therapeutic benefits of spending time in hot spring pools. Hot springs occur when geothermally heated groundwater finds its way to the surface, bringing with it a distinct mineral content depending on location. Each pool has it’s own unique benefits, and because of this many pools around the world have been preserved for us to enjoy. The word ‘spa’ itself comes from the Latin term ‘sanus per aquam,’ meaning health through water.

The hot spring pools of Iceland are known to contain anti-bacterial and anti-viral minerals that were said to keep sheep farmers healthy and warm through the harsh winter months. The Petriolo Thermal Baths in Italy date back to 1404 and were visited by many of the noble families sich as Medici and Gonzaga. These baths were known for high concentrations of substances that were effective for treating various skin diseases, respiratory problems,  and arthritis. Petriolo geothermal waters flow into the cold waters of the river Farma, so it is very healing for those with circulatory disorders. It is said that Roman soldiers routinely used Italy’s hot wells to recover from their physical and emotional wounds.

Hot springs occur naturally all over the world as a replenishing gift from mother nature that nourishes us from the inside out!



Best Yoga Retreat Studios? Prana del Mar

We travel the world to find the best yoga retreat centers. Prana del Mar has the best yoga studio’s around. They are 5 star as is everything you experience there from lodging to gourmet food.


You will practice in both the Sun and Moon Studios.

At 1850 square feet, there is plenty of space to comfortably fit 40 students. The floor is a warm, golden, strand-woven bamboo and the thatched palapa roof overhead is a marvel of Mexican craftsmanship. All props are provided – including Manduka black mats, both bamboo and alder blocks, blankets, bolsters.



Costa Rica Yoga & Surfing New Years Retreat January 5-11, 2013

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica | Play, Transform, Evolve
January 5-11, 2013

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Bali Yoga Retreat September 22-29, 2013: The Art of Adventure

Bali | Yoga Self-Discovery In Paradise
September 22-29, 2013

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Costa Rica Yoga & Surfing New Years Retreat Jan 5-11, 2014

The Sanctuary at Two Rivers Nicoya Peninsula |
Play, Transform, Evolve
January 5-11, 2014
Limited to 12 Yogis!

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Manifestation Creation with YUW

Part of our YUW Yoga Retreat Exploration:

You create your reality. A simple concept, yet one that is difficult to remember.
While holding a difficult pose, we often create a story in our mind. For me, my nemesis, chair pose always brought this on. The more dramatic and exaggerated the story, the harder the pose was to hold. At times, I would tell myself that this pose was going “to kill me”. Pretty quickly, I started to believe that it really was out to get me. This is what happens when our minds our polluted and filled with distraction.

Through the power of meditation, we calm our minds and harness the power of our ~60,000 thoughts per day. From this peaceful place, we can more clearly see the inner messages that reveal themselves about life’s direction. Meditation leads the way to the strength of manifestation.

In chair pose (or pose that you find challenging), try to tell yourself a new story: one of easeful self-confidence. You will soon find that the pose becomes what you want it to be, an expression of personal empowerment.

In Manifestation Creation, we take this one step further: “To hold an image in our mind increases the possibility that it will materialize.” Think about that. Say it aloud, write it down, repeat it. If you see something in your mind, you will manifest it. But if you don’t know how to harness the power of your mind into that image and stay with it, then you water down the opportunity to tap into your greatest potential.

When I was in Junior High and High School I practiced archery. I got pretty good. But even at my peak performance, had you put a blindfold on me, the arrows would not have come anywhere near the bulls-eye. The learning here is that We can’t hit targets that we can’t see. You have to see what you’re aiming at.
Today, open your mind with meditation and get clear on your target.

5 Key Actions to Manifesting Your Best Life:
1. Manifestation Creation: Outline your intentions for an ideal moment one year from today.
2. Write down what you visualize as the target of your manifestation. . (Science tells us by writing it down you direct the other 59,000 to focus on that one. As the lululemon manifesto says, “the conscious brain can only hold one thought at a time. Choose a positive thought.”)
3. Aim for the bulls-eye of your intention.
4. Stay true to what you want to manifest by posting your bulls-eye manifestation, rereading what you’ve written and journaling about your progress and passion to make this your reality
5. Tell others about your target: Say it aloud. Repeat, repeat, repeat.

Alchemy of Yoga

What is the Alchemy of Yoga?

To me Yoga is the result of a unique personal alchemy. It is about taking the personal growth we experience on the mat into making the changes we want in our lives, in our bodies, in our minds, in our hearts. Anytime you want to transform and move beyond your limitations to me this is the Alchemy of Yoga. And this what I call the life coaching work I do through yoga.

Chapter 2 verse 1 of the Yoga Sutras sets forth how the Alchemy of Yoga actually works. “Tapas svadhyaya ishvara pranidhana kriya yoga.” Translated to mean that yoga helps us transforms ourselves on three levels:
1. Physical Alchemy – Tapas
2. Mental Alchemy – Svadhaya
3. Spiritual Alchemy – ishvara pranidahana

Tapas helps us ignite the changes we want to make in our lives. It is about the getting fired up, literally heating the body through moving and breathing in the vinyasa

While we are following the discipline of tapas and engaging in physical practice to help move our stuck energy we are watching ourselves. In yoga we study the self to learn about the self. (Different than studying what other people to do to try to learn about you, which many of us have tried in other modalities). Here the mental alchemy is through self-observation. We witness what is going on in our thoughts, what are we thinking, why are we thinking that (but without over analysis) more like an older brother would look after a little sister. In this way we are the actor on the stage starring in our life story as well as sitting front row center as the audience.

As we are doing and watching we let go of the ego of judgment. We move beyond wanting life to be different and begin to feel the surrender that allows what is being offered to mix together and marinate. We practice ishvara pranidhana as we trust the universal intelligence that hugs us from all directions to know what it’s doing. And once we find this trust we begin to believe that beauty and goodness are within us flowing nonstop and there is no reason to stop this flow for its natural current is to align with the current of grace that is everywhere outisde us. Beauty becomes our way of life. Happiness becomes our natural alchemy.

You see when we come to the mat we are like the Alchemist in his laboratory mixing ingredients. For us as yogis our laboratory is our mat and the ingredients are our bodies, our poses, our breath, our thoughts and the mixing it all together creates a result every time. We are always different from the beginning of class to the end. Whether we want to be or not, we are changed, we are free. In that freedom is love. Love yourself, love your day, love your life! Silvia