Win a 3 Day, 2 Night Elemental Yoga Retreat in Mexico

Imagine yourself relaxing on the beach, practicing yoga, and connecting deeply to nature in a private tropical oasis on the Pacific Cost of Mexico. For yogis who are looking to let go of all their stresses and attune themselves to Mama Nature, a short trip to Primo Tapia in Mexico’s Baja California would do the body, mind, and spirit some good!

This January, we’ve partnered with yoga ambassadors/retreat hosts Cheyanne Abolt and Regina Calvario to give one of our Yogi Surprise members a free spot in their 3 day, 2 night Elemental Yoga Retreat. This retreat will take our lucky winner off the grid to connect with the four natural elements of wind, earth, fire, and water.



Scheduled to take place in mid-April, your first day at the retreat will be focused on honoring the wind with a a sacred smudging ceremony and a dreamcatcher making workshop. The second day, which just so happens to be Earth Day, will be all about honoring the earth and fire elements with a vineyard tour, wine tasting, and a ceremonial bonfire.

On your last day, you’ll honor the element of water with an adventurous visit to Rosarito Beach. Between elemental honoring activities, you’ll also be able to enjoy daily yoga classes, the freedom to swim in the ocean or pool, luxurious rooms to relax in, or a gorgeous deck to chill out on as you take in all the nature around you.



The Elemental Yoga Retreat includes the following amenities:

  • Shared accommodation at a private and secure beach-front retreat house
  • Daily meals from a private, in-house chef (with vegan, dairy-free, and gluten-free options available)
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Elemental themed workshops focusing on wind, earth, fire, and water
  • Winery tour and wine tasting
  • Garden tour of an organic vineyard with the opportunity to pick your veggies to be prepared with fresh cheese and wine
  • Guided meditation sessions
  • Sacred smudging and bonfire ceremony
  • Day trip to Rosarito Beach for horseback riding and beach games
  • All local taxes, fees, and staff gratuity
  • Transportation to and from San Diego

Flights to and from San Diego International Airport or Tijuana International Airport are not included.



The retreat will be held this coming April 21st to 23rd, 2017. Attendees are encouraged to bring along their yoga attire, a white outfit for the opening ceremony, layered clothing for cooler evenings, a bathing suit, a dress for the wine tasting, and regular summer clothing.

Although it’s a short one, this retreat packs a ton of incredible activities and experiences into one rejuvenating long weekend. So what are you waiting for?

Click the link below to find out how you can enter to win a spot in the Elemental Yoga Retreat!


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Crown Chakra

Crown Chakra - Unlock Your Inner Wisdom

“Within each of us is a light, awake, encoded in the fibers of our existence. Divine ecstasy is the totality of this marvelous creation experienced in the hearts of humanity.” ~Tony Samara


Since many yogis will undoubtedly feel the need to get back on track with contemplating, exploring, and fulfilling their life purpose as they continue on growing and improving themselves, the crown chakra is our focus for January. This chakra’s physical location is at the top of the head (the crown), connecting you with the Divine.

The crown chakra is connected to all the other chakras, so ensuring that these other energy centers are also balanced is essential to a well-balanced crown chakra. Energy is drawn up from the other chakras through the crown chakra, bringing you closer to higher levels of spiritual awareness and enlightenment.


The Importance of a Balanced Crown Chakra

When your crown chakra is open and balanced, you’ll experience connectedness to something greater than yourself and more joy in what you choose to do with your life. Instead of moving through life based on what you’ve been taught by others, what’s expected of you, or what will only serve you and you alone, you’ll be guided by your spirit to go beyond the constraints of your ego so you can serve your true purpose.

A balanced crown chakra is key to unlocking your inner wisdom in ways that drive you to pursue your purpose not for individual materialism, but for the greater good of everyone and everything that is connected to you. You’ll know that this chakra is balanced and opening when you feel a heightened sense of faith in the higher powers of the Universe and a humble sense of self-confidence in many aspects of your life.


Signs of an Unbalanced Crown Chakra

Crown chakra imbalances can reveal themselves in many different ways, but they all stem from one area of the body—the head. These are some of the most common signs of an unbalanced crown chakra:

  • Excessive thinking
  • Trouble analyzing thoughts
  • Brain fog
  • Confusion
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of disconnection
  • Sleep problems and/or chronic fatigue
  • Headaches and migraine


Remedies to Help Balance Your Crown Chakra

Balancing your crown chakra is as simple as focusing on nurturing the spiritual aspects of your life. It involves removing yourself from activities and experiences that distract you and feed your ego.

Here are a few crown chakra-balancing things to focus on:

  • Silence
  • Relaxation
  • Mindfulness
  • Meditation or prayer
  • Light therapy
  • Music or sound recordings with deep, tonal sounds
  • Activities that you’re passionate about
  • Stones such as amethyst, selenite, clear quartz, and diamond
  • Essential oils such as lavender, rose, jasmine, frankincense, myrrh, and sandalwood


Yogi Surprise members are receiving a very special gift in their Lifestyle boxes this January to help them balance their crown chakras. Gemstone Organic's Mini Crown Chakra Bath Kit can be used in a ceremonial bath to help you calm your mind and body, call up a sense of gratitude, and expand your intuitive knowledge as you look toward 2018 with limitless hope and love.

Happy New Year, yogis!

4 Things All Yogis Can Do to Prepare for the New Year

Yoga New Year - 4 Things Yogis Can Do to Prepare

Yoga New Year

Whether you’ve already made a detailed list of New Year’s resolutions or you simply have the desire in mind to improve yourself in Next Year, any yogi can start preparing well ahead of January 1st.

Combined with these 5 questions to ask yourself while reflecting on the past year, the following practices have the power to spark some real transformation in you as you say goodbye to 2017. With the right frame of mind, you’ll be able to take on 2018 with a positive outlook and a courageous heart like never before!

Take these last few days of the year to start mentally preparing for the New Year with some of the following practices. You’ll be glad that you did!


Start by Practicing Mindfulness

Try a simple mindfulness meditation practice for just 5 minutes a day up until New Year’s (and beyond that, ideally, too). If you can be totally aware of what you’re doing or thinking while you’re doing/thinking it, you’ll be much more likely to succeed at replacing bad habits and behaviors with good ones.

And even if you can’t bring yourself stop engaging in a bad habit just yet (because let’s face it—the holidays are for indulging!), remember that just being mindful of what you’re doing will help. Over time, mindfulness will naturally lead you to correct your behavior.


Detoxify Your Mind

Mental detoxification and mindfulness go hand in hand. Diet detoxes are huge in January, but mental detoxes are just as important—if not more! Luckily, you don’t necessarily need to give up all those sweets and holiday goodies just yet to get your mental detox on.

Detoxifying the mind is as simple as minimizing things that contribute to overthinking and negative thoughts. Examples include using social media, excessive TV watching, worrying about what other people think of you, and reliving past negative experiences in your mind. Ask yourself, what bad mental habit could you really benefit from minimizing right about now?


Pick a Word That You Want Next Year to Be About

This is a super simple way to get clear about your intentions for the New Year. Think for a minute—if you had to pick a theme for the New Year, what word would represent that theme?

For example, if one of your biggest intentions is to strengthen your relationships and be a kinder person, you could choose the word, “connection,” or “compassion.” Try coming up with a list of words and see which words jump out at you the most if you’re having trouble choosing.


Plan to Take a New Year’s Themed Yoga Class

Many yoga studios hold classes around this time with themes centered around the New Year. Some of these themes might include detoxification, Crown Chakra balancing, or self-exploration—all of which will help you prepare to start the New Year off right.

Take a few moments to check out a local studio’s class schedule and look for a New Year’s class that appeals to you. If one of your resolutions is to start actually taking regular classes, this could be your chance to get a head start!


Happy New Year to you from all of us here at Yogi Surprise! We wish you the best in 2018 and can’t wait to share what we’ve got coming your way over the next year!