Why are we doing 108 Sun Salutations? Isn’t that a little crazy?

Well, maybe it is. But running a marathon is pretty crazy too or working an 18 hour day for that matter can be seen as just a little nutty.

Reflections has its own motivations for taking on this challenge. Our first inspiration is in honor of  Global Mala which was started by Shiva Rea 2007.  Her goal is bring the global yoga community together from every continent, school and approach to form a “mala around the earth”. Which I think is a very cool idea.

By the way, if you are wondering about the significance of 108 there are a few thoughts here: This number connects the Sun, Moon, and Earth: The average distance of the Sun and the Moon to Earth is 108 times their respective diameters.  And there are also 108 Upanishads and 108 marma points, or sacred places of the body. Some mathematician view 108 as a number of the wholeness of existence.

But that isn’t why we are coming together to do 108 Sun Salutations. Our real inspiration is to build a community. By bring people together to do something, maybe a little crazy, but with a good an pure intention we believe will create more good karma.

When I did this in the past, even before Global Mala, I found it brought about some pretty surprising and positive things. It helped me to foster a strong feeling of devotion to myself and to those I was practicing with. I felt I was providing a service to others as I was part of something that was striving to create a positive vibration as a collective and that kept me connected to the group mission. Last but certainly not least it gave be discipline and belief in myself. I didn’t think I could do it and when I finished I felt strong, positive and part of something bigger than me.

Come and join us build a day of community, devotion, selfless service and a little good self esteem!   Or at least come for the sweet treats at the end and to cheer the others on!

How To Prepare

The night before:

  • Make sure you are well hydrated and stay away from heavy foods like meat.
  • Do get a good night sleep

The day of

  • Where light clothes
  • Bring water
  • A mala, if that helps you stay focused
  • Perhaps two mats if you have tender knees
  • A  small towel if you tend to sweat
  • Remember you get to move at your own pace and can rest when you need to.

Look forward to seeing you on Saturday!


I am very excited to announce yet another new branch of our conscious living center– Kids!

As a new mom I have come to realize how much of who we are has the potential to be understood and developed  through consciously raising our children. In deciding what I want to expose Otto to I am equally deciding the values I want to offer to the world. It has been a team effort for sure. Otto has his own mind and greets the world in his special way. But the truth is — life can be overwhelming.  Ed and I want to offer our son the fiber of goodness and morality that perhaps we got through some unexplained religion as children . We were “good” because of a fear of god, but we are asking Otto to choose to be kind and compassionate.  We want him to act not out of fear but because he likes the feeling inside and the person it makes him.  It is our hope that he will feel one day that he chose how he wants to live his life and perhaps will spend less hours than I did in therapy!! :o)
We have some wonderful fun classes for kids that can help them develop love for music with Music Together and dance with In Grandma’s Attic as well as sportsmanship with Socroc.
Do check out our offerings and feel free to contact me with any questions. 

retreatI’m often asked why one would one would choose a yoga retreat for holiday trip. There are many reasons to choose a yoga retreat. I have always been a traveler. While travel is always interesting and rewarding, sometimes it’s not very relaxing!  A yoga holiday enables a person to take time out from their everyday stresses. It offers the opportunity to spend time on reconnecting with yourself. Adventurous excursions like touring The Coliseum are certainly wonderful, but quieting mind while connecting with your body can be life-changing—especially  against a picturesque landscape.

Why and Where

When its time to take a holiday for me, I’m typically already burnt out! A yoga vacation is an ideal way to relax and reboot. It is a great time to change some bad habits both externally and internally, and get both your body and mind back on track.

As a retreat host, I am sure to pick a beautiful location in regions you might not think to travel on your own. There is no better place to heal than in the deep embrace of mother nature. That’s why I tend to pick beautiful locations slightly off the beaten path.

What to look for

During your retreat there should be opportunities to enjoy a wide range of holistic treatments which foster rejuvenation and your physical and mental well-being.

There are fun day excursions offered. Using our upcoming Tuscany retreat as an example, we will be offering not only meditation—but also a cooking classes and trips to the local museums ! There are always myriad fun things to do such as zip lining, hiking, and even thermal baths! Of course, you can also simply choose to relax with a good book. It depends on your heart’s desire.

Who will be there

Another great plus to these exotic transformations is that you can go alone. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people. In my experience, many people come solo in the hopes of making new friends.

Which retreat is right for me 

Not all yoga retreats are created equal. You should do a little investigating to be sure you are picking the right one for you. Some retreats will focus on the physical body, while others are aimed at transforming your mental and spiritual well-being. Some hosts promote a vegetarian diet, or maybe refrain from alcohol—while other retreats are a week-long party with some yoga! All these experiences are wonderful, but it is important to pick the one that works for you. Don’t feel shy, ask the questions!

The logistics

There are some logistical considerations you want to know as well.

Do you need a visa?

Will I be sharing a room—and with how many people?

What time does the day start and end?

Am I expected to participate in all of the activities?

Do you consider TV, internet, and AC necessities?

Can you get money easily from a bank or ATM?

What is included in the price (how many meals, transfers to an from hotel and if not what is the a cost, tips, what if any are the additional cost of the day trips, will there be a group dinner at the end and is there an additional cost for this)?

What is not included in a retreat package can add up quickly. Sometimes it’s better to pay a higher price upfront and not have the worry when you get there. Remember, you are on this trip to get zen. There is nothing like an unforeseen several-hundred dollars on your bill to make all that inner-calm disappear!

The take-aways 

Stress is a major contributor to illness and overall poor wellbeing. Attending a well-designed yoga retreat offers techniques that you can take with you after the trip is over (and continue at home).

You will be asked to look inward and discover how you might have been driving your life off course. You will come away with brand new tools to put in back on track.

Often after you return home, you will be greeted with “wow you look great! You look ten years younger!”

These are just a few of my favorite reasons to choose a yoga vacation. The foundation of any good yoga retreat is rejuvenation of the body, mind, and soul—anything else is simply a fantastic added bonus!

july 4In the last week I have been feeling really proud about being an American. This country that I have felt out of place in, somehow has swung around and began speaking my language—the language of Love and Acceptance.

Not only have the last few days been a celebration of love, but an illumination around our curious need to have who we are validated. In fact, it isn’t enough to simply “be” but that in that being—same sex, transgender, or independent—it needs to be honored by the people around us. We need to be supported and more than that, celebrated. This act of celebration, or honoring of things, has an important energetic value—just like the celebration of our birth, our death, and our love. 

I was a little surprised to find that I had a need to feel proud of the country I live in. I notice when I speak to my friends from around the world, I hold my head high—instead of sitting with sadness or embarrassment that sometimes may follow a conversation about our seemingly liberated country.
My humble heart and mind wonders if our country validates more ways to celebrate love, and equality is not just an idea, but a truth, then we might begin to turn things around. Could we actually live in the divine beauty of simply being, and become the country perhaps we intended to be. 
Happy Independence day, happy love, happy life!

Paula and Otto LoveIt is my first mother’s day! I can hardly believe it. Its been an amazing 8 months. If there was any one thing I have learned in these months, it is how much of my mother lives inside me. I have spent a good many years trying NOT to be like her, for one reason or another. Lets just say, she and I did not have an easy ride.

Being Otto’s mother has helped me to see her in a much different light. Life just never stops offering us unexpected ways to grow.  I feel all the love she filled me with coming through me to my son. Things she made, silly things she would say or songs she would sing I now give to Otto. I somehow have kept all of the good and seem to better understand the hard parts. The job of a mother is often hard and quite scary. We  are always trying to do your best with so much on the job learning. These days I see and feel her struggle from a much different seat.

I’d like to share that on this mother’s day I feel only deep love and gratitude for my mother.  Thank you, Otto, for teaching me how to love my mother. Thank you, Mae Tursi, you are loved and terribly missed.

sad snowmanThe Wintery Blues

I don’t know about you but this winter has kicked my butt! Though my son, Otto, brought a great deal of sunshine, he also added to the fatigue. Although winter can feel long, at least I can get a lot done. There are books to be read, projects to complete but when it lingers as long and hard as this year I need a few helpful tools to get through.

I wanted to share a few things that really helped me get through the dark days of winter.
1. Hold your ground against cravings. As much as I craved them I stayed away from the carbs and sugar. I ate as close to the earth as I could. I ate lots of protein and greens. I also had a cup or two of Deep Bone and Harmony bone broth every day. That made my joints feel amazing!
2. Get inspired. One day we were all feeling the blues so I brushed off Deepak Chopra’s 21 day meditation challenge and sat the family down for a listen. It starts with a beautiful focus for your day and leads into a short silence. This gave Ed and I something nice to talk about and it opened our minds a bit on those very grey days.
3. Get out there! There were so many days I thought “I think I’ll just stay in my PJ’s with Otto.”  but instead I got us both dressed and took a walk in the fresh air.  Even though it was brisk it did us both good!
4. Get social. I am prone to skip the friendly dinners and find every excuse to stay home with a good book (isn’t that what winter is for?!) but I also made sure to go out at least once a week with a friend to change up the scenery .
5. Get into the sun when you can. Whenever the sun came out I would find a way to sit in it for at least 10 mins. This made a big difference for my mood.


I hope these suggestions help. If you have a few good ideas of your own please feel free to share them with us.


Hands down, the best way to beat the winter blues is by taking yourself to Costa Rica!!  Join Paula as she leads her annual Spiritual Awakening Retreat this March at the beautiful and serene Anamaya Resort in Montezuma, Costa Rica.