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         Empower & Evolve

                     200 HOUR




with Daniel Cordua and Alex Holmes

Are you ready to empower & evolve?! Join us in September 2018 and shift the course of your life by diving deep into your yoga practice - both on and off the mat! Join two of Philadelphia's most sought after teachers + a host of amazing guests and give yourself a full spectrum foundation for becoming a skilled yoga teacher and practitioner.   





We are OVERJOYED to be offering our annual Fall retreat in beautiful upstate NY at our teacher Raghunath's blissful farm & spiritual sanctuary Supersoul Farm. Join Palo Santo Wellness Boutique owners Daniel & Rachel Cordua for this magical long weekend of yoga, plant medicine, healing, and community during this special time of year.

+++ This getaway will join Rachel & Daniel's passions and will include: daily yoga classes, daily meditation and mantra, kirtan, nature and plant medicine hikes, storytelling, fire circles, and herbal medicine-making workshops! We will be enjoying the lovely nearby natural areas in this beautiful part of the country. This long weekend retreat for the body, mind, and soul is In perfect time for leaf-changing season, autumn country activities & to prepare your herbal pantry for the Fall and Winter seasons.

+++ Some of the wonderful offerings in store for you are

•Early Morning guided Meditation

•Daily Vinyasa Yoga Classes

•Fall/Winter Herbal Medicine Making Workshops

•Mantra Meditation & Kirtan

•Nature and Plant Identification hikes/Meditation walks

•Fire Ceremony

•Evening Sound Bath



•Thai Yoga Massage Workshop

... and more!!


+++ All prices include 3-night stay, all meals, and course fee and are per person (with the exception of double occupancy, which are for 2 adults, and commuter price which does not include accomodation).

Camping: $530
Dorm: $645
Private Special Suite with private bath: $1480 double occupancy (or $730 per person)
Private Deluxe Suite (w/ fireplace!) with private bath and living area: $1560 double occupancy (or $780 per person)

Commuter: $495

+++ Payment via check made out to Palo Santo Wellness Boutique, 1713 S. 12th St., Philadelphia, PA 19148 OR via credit card with a 3% credit card processing fee

+++ The retreat also includes three lovingly offered (prasad) vegan/vegetarian meals per day, use of the facilities & beautiful grounds.

for inquiries register online or please email us at


UDDiyana bandha & the soft belly experience  

Saturday August 11th
Uddiyana Bandha and the Soft Belly Experience
Culturally, the flat belly/ six pack abs has cast a shadow over true abdominal health with a focus on the aesthetics as opposed to the depth, strength, and wisdom the "core" of the body provides. We know that a consistent yoga practice cultivates, over time a long, lean, and very strong core - but how? There is a dynamic quality to awakening the core of ones body.

This class will include a lengthening movement sequence, while making the core of the body the center piece of awareness. 
Taking everything we're processing, and allowing it to express through movement via the shiny solar region of the body.

What I want to explore with you is the very old Hatha Yoga practice of Uddiyana Bandha, and for some Uddiyana Bandha Kriya. 
Practicing this lock aids in digestion as well as tones and creates space for the abdominal organs as the diaphragm is drawn upwards into the ribcage. This toning spurs efficiency and productivity of the diaphragm muscle, the muscle responsible for proper air flow into the lungs and effective exhalation, removing stagnant air/prana/energy. This exchange of breath can be viewed as one of our most instant examples of "digestion".

Beyond this; what I also want to share is the honoring of the "soft belly" or what Shiva Rea refers to as the "sacred belly". As Uddiyana Bandha is seen as one of the 3 MAIN energetic locks it is important. Especially for women, this area that holds the womb which by nature is a place of nourishment and tenderness. 
 We will all meet and gather there, do some work, some ease, and allow chaos to lead the way.

If possible, please either eat light or no food 2 hours prior to the workshop and expect to do a core centric sequence, do flying (inversion work) and sweat!