January 2016 Specials! Teacher Spotlight - Farewell to Kristina! New Website Launching Jan 2016! Complimentary Essential Oils 101. Yoga for Athletes Workshop with Wendy! Bronze + Branch Scared Sound Healing Meditation. Foundations Yoga Workshop. EO's as wholesale! Pre-register for Idyllwild Retreat 2016!
Thank you 2015 - Welcome 2016!!
New Year's Specials!
$10 for one week of yoga*
$255 for 3 Months Unlimited Yoga**
*available to new students only
**not applicable with other deals and/or contracts
New Year's Day Classes
8a Kundalini Yoga
9:30a Intention Inspired Yoga Class
Look Forward To Our New Website Launching January 1st, 2016!
Essential Oils 101
Sun, Jan 10th
12:30 - 1:30p
Did you miss the last Essential Oils (EO) gathering? Join us now! Kristina will share a
class on essential oils for daily living, health, well-being and longevity. Learn through educational information, as well as through experiencing the oils for yourself as she shares a wealth of knowledge, fun ways to use the oils topically, aromatically and even in your food and beverages!
Interested in learning how you can obtain Essential Oils at Wholesale Prices? Attend this workshop and learn OR connect with Alana personally at
Bronze + Branch Sacred Sound Healing
Fri, Jan 22nd
6 - 7p
Enter the world of deep healing and relaxation with the sound therapy of Himalayan singing bowls, gongs and the didgeridoo. The inner space, produced by the sacred tones, quickly moves you out of your mind into a meditative state. These ancient musical instruments easily transport you to a place of peaceful awareness where you can become one with the vibrations.
Yoga for Athletes
Sun, Jan 24th
1:30 - 3:30p
Yoga can be a powerful tool for athletes. In this workshop, led by Wendy Garafalo , we'll explore how adding yoga to a variety of sports can help create overall balance, increase coordination and help athletes to drop into the 'zone'. This workshop will focus on an understanding of the body and various muscle systems used in several yoga poses. When you have a deeper understanding of your body, you can increase flexibility where you need it and increase strength in areas of weakness. We will conclude with a variety of meditations and visualizations that help improve the mental discipline of an athlete.
Foundations Yoga: Break It Down!
Sun, Jan 31st
Get back to the basics and fine tune your practice!
The foundational poses of yoga are the blueprint postures to all other poses practiced in yoga.
Gaining awareness in your bodies strength and weaknesses in these poses will help you evolve safely and freely into inversions, arm balances and even twist and backbends!
Exploring postures such as Tadasana (mountain pose), Ardha Uttanasana (half-forward fold), Plank, Chaturanga Dandasana (as pictured in photo), Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward Facing dog), Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward facing dog), and the facilitation of linking breath movement, prepare to learn and understand proper alignment for your body and the benefits.
When one has a solid and firm connection to the foundational postures, movement comes with ease, and the mind may settle into a more meditative state of being, setting the groundwork for one's overall yoga practice.
L E A R N - The Foundations of Vinyasa + Sanskrit Translations To See + Feel Energy in the Body Anatomy of the Shoulders + Pelvis for Longevity Alignment that Fits YOUR Body Injury Prevention + Modifications Prescription of Daily Yogic Homework
Upon completion of the workshop, you will be "prescribed" a daily dose of yogic homework to facilitate and aid in the ease and transformation of your yoga practice, daily postural habits and mental well-being.
Idyllwild Yoga + Hiking Retreat 2016
Sept 28 - Oct 2
Another year calls for this magical respite into the Southern California San Jacinto Mountains.
Join us for a 4 DAY Retreat to the quaint town of Idyllwild. Nestled between pine trees and mountains, based at 5,500ft, this retreat is sure to have you grabbing your warm layers, sipping hot cider by the fireside and enjoying the plethora of natural wildlife watching the setting sun in the outdoor jacuzzi. Prepare to dive into a daily yoga practice, long higher altitude hiking excursions, warm afternoon gatherings to restore with meditative yoga practices, laughter and mellow vibes led by Kristina K Bengala. Participate in education on health and wellness, cooking classes and eating the most delicious homemade Vegetarian recipes daily prepared by Holistic Health Coach, Alana Bray Barrey.
Registration is Open! Only $250 for non-refundable deposit to hold your spot! Limited in size to 8 participants.
Teacher Spotlight - Farewell to Kristina
Kristina K Bengala
This month we chose our Program Director and teacher, Kristina, to spotlight. Kristina has been with YB since June of 2013 and has been a huge part of it's community! Kristina's passion for Yoga Bound has been an integral reason why our community is so special. She and her partner, James, have a wonderful opportunity open up to them and they are moving back to Colorado in February of this year. Her final class is Wed, Feb 10th at 5:30p.
We have all been inspired by Kristina's philosophy on living a mindful life. Though we are heartbroken to see her leave, we are pleased to continue working together from afar and know that she will back several times throughout the year! Kristina has and will remain YB's small business consultant and when she returns will provide specialized weekend immersions and classes to our community.
Before Kristina departs, e njoy the many classes she teaches and a s pecial workshop,
, with Kristina on Feb 6th! Also, look forward to the second annual Idyllwild Yoga + Hiking Retreat in October of 2016, led by Kristina and Alana!
1. What is your occupation?
From the outside, I may appear as a yoga teacher, but I like to think of myself as a "guide, mentor and healer" in many areas of life. My many years of trainings have led me to realize that I am a natural leader and teacher. I feel as if my purpose is to guide others along the Awakening life path; to realize their amazing potential and to break free from Self limitations in mind and body. I have a gift to See energetically where others may store stagnate energy and it is my joy to offer investigation and exploration in a safe and loving manner to assist in the journey to heal, grow and mindfully evolve! Since "occupation" typically denotes what one does for financial gain...I suppose I can say this is it; though the financial gain has never been as satisfying as the personal gain. Ah, the life of a teacher :)
2. How does Yoga help you everyday?
To me, Yoga is a way of life. It is a path or a principle to follow (and to not follow at times) to learn and to grow. Whether I am on my mat, on my meditation cushion or simply enjoying conversation with others, Yoga is practice that begins in my thoughts; in my mind and then translates outward. It helps me to be present; to See more clearly my "blindspots" and to keep Awakening to this beautiful Life we get to live!
3. What fulfills you most about teaching Yoga?
You know I never planned to teach Yoga. I started teaching athletes in high school and then went onto study many hours in massage therapy, meditation and study at the graduate level spiritual counseling psychology. As time unfolded, I ended up in a yoga teacher training in LA with probably one of the most influentially profound teachers of our time in the field of Yoga, Annie Carpenter, and it just fit! What fulfills me most? I would say the connection. I enjoy seeing bodies' move and the progress of the students immensely, but I really find light in the energy shift that occurs in a classroom setting. It is powerful as the teacher to witness and I always learn something when I teach about myself as a person and as a guide/teacher. To be totally honest, I think teaching Yoga is only one way for me to share my gifts to others and I foresee some big changes ahead as to how I will guide and inspire others in the move to Colorado. It is all very exciting and a bit scary! But as a great quote says, "if it scares and excites you, then you are probably doing it just right!" :)
4. Tell us about your journey with Yoga Bound?
Oh my! Where to even start? Well I guess first with Alana. My beloved friend, soul sister and partner in this whole journey. Goodness, I remember when I first moved here in June of 2013, and was so distraught on finding a a like-minded yoga community. I actually was sitting in the car after taking a class in town at another studio and started to cry thinking "where will I teach and practice in San Diego?" and then I received a social media message from Alana asking me to attend her class and introduce myself. It was like the Universe was directing me to Yoga Bound. I listened. Since then, it has been such a wonderful and profound journey. The growth of YB; it's move to a new space; the many new souls I have met along the way and the personal journey of growing has been so fulfilling! When James and I were deciding to move back to Colorado, I shed many tears thinking of saying goodbye to the most amazingly open and profoundly loving community of Yoga Bound. I will miss everyone deeply, but also know I will be involved from afar and will continue to journey back several times a year!
5. What is the biggest lesson you have learned this year?
Well, this year was pretty transformative for me. I would say the biggest lesson I have learned is how to love more deeply - myself and others. I have learned that Grief has a powerful way of teaching us that, if we are open to receiving its gifts. This past year has been so rewarding. I have a deeper sense of connection with those in my life because I love the moments more than ever before. I feel honored to wake each day. I have my Yoga practice that has taught me to be mindful and Awake to Seeing and the lessons of life to realize that Love is our biggest healer; which I truly believe in my heart. I have such fond memories in my mind of conversations with students and teachers at YB, friendships created, laughter in classes, and mingling's between that I know will forever warm my heart wherever my path may take me. I am beyond grateful! Thank you Yoga Bound for sharing your light with me; I feel so blessed to have you in my life!
We love you Kristina! Your light is such an amazing contribution to our community and this planet.
Stay Connected With Kristina!
Kristina is booking monthly, biweekly and weekly online appointments in yoga, meditation, breath work, personal life guidance and goal setting as well as small biz consulting.