Newsletter – December 2011


Yoga in Yelapa December 2011

Embracing Darkness

The light of summer has passed and we once again enter this time of darkness. I’ve been lighting candles in the evening and early mornings and feeling the light dancing in the darkness. The warmth and magic shinning from the light brings an age old feeling of comfort and soothing to this darker time. The golden flames bring a sense of grounding as they flicker.

Lighting candles brings us back to the sacred. We stop moving fast and racing around and sit in stillness with the sweetness of candlelight. We are invited to slow down.

In a culture and a world that is spinning with fast moving instant information overload, where are we reminded to slow down? All the messages are to move faster, get more done, to do many things at once, to work harder and achieve more. The messages are to hurry, hurry, hurry.

We’ve moved away from the natural cycle of nature with it’s ebbs and flows and think we can ensure exactly what we want if we make our goals and keep moving at a fast pace.

Many times we are filled with resistance to this time of year with complaints about the dark, the cold, the shorter days. Instead of seeing this as a time to fill the deeper reserves of our consciousness with self-reflection and rejuvenation, there’s a push to resist and continue moving at the same pace as spring or summer.

When I acknowledged my resistance to the darker times of my life, I had a hard time embracing both the dark and the light and getting the unity of that relationship. Something integrating happened for me when I saw myself negating darkness. I saw the clarity of the inter-relationship between dark and light. And I began to welcome more deeply the cycle of darkness and my darker self as a part of wholeness.

Now I find myself welcoming the darkness and the feelings of wanting to go to bed early, and stay in bed longer. I treasure the night skies and the feeling of less light knowing full well we will come back to it again. I welcome that blanket that covers me this time of year and feel excited to sense more of the mystery in this darker time. I want to savor this precious time where the day starts later and the heat comes into it slower.

I’m embracing the darkness. This is time for a natural deeper reflection inward. I come face to face with deeper parts of myself and notice the habitual, compulsive mind that takes me out of the moment. I ask myself:

“How can I live closer to the sacred”?

“What needs to shift in my perspective to see the present more clearly”?

“How can I embrace this time more fully not jumping to the future and not dwelling the past”?

In this time of darkness, as I embrace it more fully, I sit with some probing questions. This powerful quote comes to mind by Rainer Maria Rilke in 1903:

“Have patience with everything unresolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves as if they were unlocked rooms or books written in a very foreign language. Don’t search for the answers, which could not be given to you now, because you would not be able to live with them. And the point is to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps then, someday far in the future, you will gradually, without even noticing it, live your way into the answer”.

Let’s embrace the darkness to look deeper into our hearts. Let’s enter the sacred walls and chambers of the heart looking with a sense of curiosity at all the questions that live there. Sit in candlelight with those questions and give yourself permission to simply sit with them without knowing or figuring out the answers. Trust in the mystery and know you will live the answers in their own timing.

Blessings for the Winter Solstice,


Announcing Sky Temple Yoga Classes Nov 2 – Jan 27

With Deb Cahill and Judith Roth

Mondays: Level I 10:00 – 11:15 with Deb

Beginning Yoga

Wednesdays: Level II 10:00 – 11:15 with Deb

More Flow

Fridays: Go Deeper 10:00 – 12:00 with Judith

Nourishing & Fun

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Yoga & Ayurveda

with Sarajoy Marsh

January 28 to February 4, 2012

Winter is the season of inwardness, reflection, and renewal. Ayurveda suggests this season is a time for our most auspicious spiritual unfolding. Join us in the study of Yoga and Ayurveda specifically directed at deepening your experience (and ease) in meditation, your connection to the natural world as inspiration for life’s questions and creativities, and your innate experience of awe. We’ll practice the tools of yoga that cultivate the state of dhyana (meditation), naturally, including seated forward bends and twists, inversions, bandhas, pranayama, chanting, and mindfulness. We’ll draw on a wide array of yoga asana to prepare ourselves for these practices; and we’ll explore the teachings in the Bhagavad Gita for insight into how life unfolds through despondency to clarity, devotion, and surrender.

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Yoga Retreat

with Lori Gholson

February 4 to 11, 2012

Come and experience a week long retreat which allows both the time and the space to develop a more intimate connection to your practice within the vastness of the open sea and sky. Blending the beauty and preciseness of asana with the depth and focus of pranayama, daily classes will provide the opportunity to settle both the mind and the body as one. Lori Gholson has been teaching with great respect and enthusiasm for yoga for over 14 years. Her primary teachers are Patricia Walden and Donald Moyer.

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9th Annual

Yoga & Birding Vacation

with Judith Roth & Bruce Ferry

Feb 18 to 25, 2012

Many report back saying this is

“A Trip Of A Life Time”

Our Yoga & Birding week in Yelapa is an unparalleled opportunity to commune with nature, delight in the abundant species adorning this area, enjoy yoga in a village seaside setting, walk along the river, swim in the sea and waterfall, eat delicious food and be with like minded fun people.
Two Spaces are still open

For More Info Contact Judith: Yoga In Yelapa

Especially For Women

with Sarahjoy Marsh

March 10 to 17, 2012

Sarahjoy has been working with women in unique and powerful way for more than ten years. This retreat is an invitation to come together and utilize the tools of yoga to look closely at our path as women. This work is risky, fun, compelling, surprising, liberating, challenging, and profoundly renewing. We’ll invite discussion about an array of issues that we face as women, including body image, creativity, self-care, empowerment, and so on. Prior to the retreat, you will be asked to respond to specific questions, from Sarahjoy, so that she can best tailor the teachings to those of us coming together. Near the Spring Equinox, this retreat promises to shift the balance of your life toward one of greater self-understanding, compassion, creativity, nurturance, and direction.

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Sound Immersion – Chanting

With Gina Salá

March 17 to 24, 2012

Experience the pleasure and power of vocal freedom. You can sing! Your unique voice is a direct path to open to grace and ease in your body, mind and heart! Learn and practice mantra, deepen the bliss of bhakti yoga (yoga of the heart) through Kirtan (chant) and Nada (sound) yoga.

Discover your power to learn, create, share and lead chants and songs in several cultural styles. All are welcome, no experience needed.

For More Info: Gina Salá

Cultivating Balance

Yoga & Nia in Yelapa, Mexico

with Gina Puccinelli and Cristin Divine

March 24 to 31, 2012

Cultivating Balance calls you if you have the desire to rejuvenate, reclaim balance, and bask in the wonder of the natural world while deepening your yoga practice. In addition to yoga and Nia Technique movement, this retreat offers ample opportunity for personal growth and creating community through meditation, council, ceremony, and connection with nature.

For more information or to register contact

Gina at 831-578-5382 or Cristin at

Om Town Yoga’s Annual Yoga Vacation

with Wendy Lippmann

April 1 – 8, 2012

Join Wendy for A Week That Warms Body and Soul.

Daily Anusara-Inspired Yoga classes at Sky Temple.

Time for swimming, hiking, hanging out at the beach, and optional day tripping adventures on land and sea.

Delicious meals together. For More Info: Om Town Yoga

“Nourish & Replenish”

with Francesca per Poorten

Essential Yoga

April 8 to 15, 2012

Join us at the Sky Temple in Yelapa, where the studio sits high above bay and looks out over the sea and the hills. People who love to be off the beaten track, appreciate getting to walk, climb hills, be in nature and enjoy the ocean come to Yelapa. Renew this spring in a jungle coastal paradise reached only by boat, experience hiking to the waterfall, beautiful pristine beaches in a pueblo. Feel the mellow vibe of this quiet seaside village and allow it to influence your way of moving through the world. For More Info: Essential Yoga

Seldom Seen Tours with Brad

We are so pleased to offer The Best of Day Trips from Yelapa. Our friend, Brad takes up to 6 people on an adventure to the nearby ranches and places rarely visited. It’s an eye into the real life of Mexico. You will get the oppourtunity to actually feel like family and enter into the locals houses, eat the freshest of meals and exchange Kindness and Love. This “living museum kind of day” will stay with you through out many years to come. Take a look at Brad’s site and talk to your group leader about experiencing this tour.

Jungle View from the Sky Temple