meditation, wellness

Yoga & Wellness Newsletter June 2019

Hi all,

Happy Summer! I just returned from Spain after walking my fourth Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. I will write more about it later on my blog, but if you want a sneak preview of my adventures, I did a few posts on Instagram and Facebook

Below are a few yoga and wellness events in the Bay Area, followed by the latest Yogapedia podcast and a fun video, If I Were President – Litterbug Patrol. 

Sound Bath Immersion with Melissa Felsenstein

For more upcoming events:

Join sound alchemist Melissa Felsenstein for a unique and deeply relaxing evening of pure sound. Let your body and senses bathe in a wash of ancient sound and blended tones of Paiste gongs and crystal singing bowls.

  • These unique instruments slow down your brainwaves to meditative like states through a scientific process called entrainment and have the potential to:
  • Release emotional stress and physical tension
  • Receive spontaneous insight and heightened intuition
  • Soothe and balance your nervous system
  • Create meaningful rest and better sleep

Sound therapy is highly effective at providing relief for chronic pain, digestive issues, insomnia, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders, heart’s disease, trauma, depression, anxiety and cancer treatment therapies.

Experience the powerful benefits of these meditative tools and deepen your yoga practice through stillness and desired rest. Take your body on a vacation from stress and tension and leave feeling refreshed, focused, and clear.

No yoga experience required, all ages and abilities welcome.

Cost: $25 in advance / $30 day of

Register now

Summer Yoga Getaway with Saraswati Clere & Anne Gregory
Stinson Beach, CA

Sometimes we all need to get away and unplug from the hustle and bustle of city life. Join Saraswati Clere and Anne Gregory for a rejuvenating weekend yoga retreat at beautiful Stinson Beach, just one hour from San Francisco.

This retreat will be the perfect balance of activity and relaxation to help you tune into your inner source of peace and power and reconnect with nature. Taking time out to nurture ourselves is essential in regaining balance, peace of mind and vitality.

During this beach getaway, we’ll refuel mind, body and soul with yoga sessions for all levels of students, guided meditation, Yoga Nidra, restorative yoga, beach walking, relaxing in the hot tub, kayaking (if you choose), great food and barbeques.

The intention is to leave feeling more relaxed, spacious, and refreshed.

Prices include retreat classes, accommodation for 2 nights, and food.

Details and registration

Shine Your Light SUP Yoga
Saturday, June 15,11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Mike’s Paddle, Alameda

Practicing yoga on the water surrounded by the healing power of nature is an experience everyone must have! Each practice; the perfect combination of fun, challenge, and restoration is also eclectic and effervescent as Nicolette tunes into the class and conditions to help us uncover and shine more of our inner light. Specialty Yoga Classes are held exclusively on the weekends and offer all-levels of students a way to deepen their practice with a unique focus brought by each teacher. Join us in beautiful Ballena Bay for a full sensory class that will build peace of mind, the courage of heart and a strong foundation in the body. Each specialty class is 2 hours and includes all equipment. 
Location: Mike’s Paddle 1120 Ballena Blvd #200, Alameda, CA 94501

6/15/2019 Saturday 11am-1pm $55 Sign Up – Summer Solstice Special!

7/13/2019 Saturday 5pm-7:30pm $85 Sign Up – Moonlight Yoga Flow!

9/21/2019 Saturday 11am-1pm $55 Sign Up – Fall Equinox!

About Nicolette:

Nicolette draws from various trainings and modalities such as yoga, acupressure, dance and behavior change health coaching to help folks find their own authentic path to vibrant living; while keeping it fun and sustainable. For more info on Nicolette visit:

I’ve been a fan of Nicolette for years! Read about my experience taking SUP Yoga with Nicolette, Finding my Balance with Standup Paddleboard Yoga

2 Days of Meditation + Yoga + Talks + Festival

JUNE 29-30, 2019
UC Berkeley Campus

Heartfulness Institute will be joining hands with After Mindfulness

Event Overview

June 29-30, hundreds from around the Bay Area and the World will join together in Berkeley for an urban retreat to ask “What’s After Mindfulness?” The Retreat will offer various tracks throughout the weekend filled with guided meditation, movement/yoga classes, panel discussions, small circle of sharing, dharma talks, live music, demonstrations, 2 movie screenings, and a closing concert by Imee Ooi. Local restaurants will offer vegetarian street food tents on site for a fully immersive gathering of activities.

The Retreat will offer 3 tracks throughout the weekend:

Zellerbach Hall – World-class event venue

Lower Sproul Plaza – Vibrant outdoor gathering spot

MLK Student Union – A spacious, quiet space

Cost – $108 – 199

You can use the promo code HIGCB to get 10% off through Heartfulness Institute while registering.


Online Freebies

Happiness Calendar from the Greater Good Science Center

June Happiness Calendar

Let these science-backed tips and tools be your guide this month. You’ll want to bookmark this calendar and refer to it often because there are links to articles and resources embedded in the PDF. Download happiness calendar for June

Yogapedia Podcast Series by Saraswati Clere
Listen to The Yogapedia Podcast: Janet Stone – Yogini and Yoga Teacher”

Listen to Episode 8 of The Yogapedia Podcast, “Transformed Through Yoga,” featuring yogini and yoga teacher Janet Stone.

Yogapedia Podcast

The Yogapedia Podcast is here to help you navigate life’s biggest questions through the lens of yoga. Listen to insightful discussions with master teachers, leading experts, doctors, researchers and practitioners as they share all the tips, secrets and special knowledge you need for a healthier, more meaningful life. The ancient teachings of yoga offer extraordinary solutions for navigating many of the critical issues in our modern landscape. Through intimate conversation, our expert guests share their personal relationship to yoga, the discoveries that defined their path and the insights that brought meaning into their everyday lives.

These are free to listen on Apple podcasts:

For thousands of years, yogis gathered together in satsang to study the teachings of yoga. The Yogapedia Podcast is designed for that purpose, to be a place where we can gather and learn from modern yoga scholars and teachers.

Listen to Stitcher

Video: If I Were President – Litterbug Patrol

Check out this comedic web series that asks audiences to re-think what qualities we applaud in our nation’s leaders. Eight-year-old Kemaiya is brutally honest and tells it like it is. Her one agenda? Making the world a better place. In “If I Were President – Litterbug Patrol,” she is magically thrown into an alternate reality where she is President of the United States. Her gentle giant bodyguard and secret service accompany Kemaiya on her relentless quest to chase down the guilty and recruit them on an expedition to clean up the earth. Citizens everywhere become inspired, cast aside their apathy and join with her to restore harmonious order to the planet.


If I Were President: Litterbug Patrol
Directed by Rebecca Grace

That’s a wrap for June! If you would like to subscribe to my free monthly wellness newsletter, sign up here!


Please let me know if you have events to consider for future newsletters.


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