:: DESTINATION :: Yoga Journal Conference :: Part 2

:: DESTINATION :: Yoga Journal Conference :: Part 2

 :: Photo by  Neil Gandhi  ::

:: Photo by Neil Gandhi ::

The next morning I took an Uber back to the conference. My favorite class was Eoin Finn's Pursuit of Happy Hips flow. He is the founder of Blissology, which is an amazing yoga program that teaches, "Yoga is more touching heart than touching your toes." Before class Neil introduced me to a bad ass babe, Alexis a.k.a. Yoga Warrior Goddess. Alexis and her boyfriend, Luke, took class with me and we had an epic time. Did I mention that Eoin had a DJ spinning live during his class? His name is Taz Rashid and he absolutely crushed it. Eoin's classes tend to always end in a huge dance party. This time was no different.

 :: Hip Opening Crew ::  Alexis ,  EoiN , Luke, and Yours Truly ::

:: Hip Opening Crew :: Alexis, EoiN, Luke, and Yours Truly ::

Class ended and we all were hungry so Neil, Alexis, Luke, and I headed to what turned out to be one of my favorite restaurants of all time. (Thanks, Neil!) DOSA is a beautiful Indian establishment with a couple locations in SF. They even had a bourbon drink named after Steph Curry, my favorite basketball player. I never drink bourbon, but this drink was incredible. The food was to die for and the vibes were high. It was getting late so I had to jump on the BART back to Oakland. Jen picked me up at the station and we cruised back to her house after a quick night cap at the local Mexican restaurant.

 :: Double Natarajasana in  DOSA  with Alexis a.k.a.  Yoga Warrior Goddess  ::

:: Double Natarajasana in DOSA with Alexis a.k.a. Yoga Warrior Goddess ::

Sunday morning I grabbed a quick coffee with my friend Kloii who happened to be in town from L.A. Then my friend Jade braided my hair before I packed up my bags, loaded the car, and drove from Oakland to SF for the final day of the conference. Earlier at the conference I ran into photographer, Nir Livni. Nir and I met while I was living in Marina del Rey and have been trying to coordinate a shoot together for over a year. He was working the conference with Daughters of Culture clothing founder, Peggy. She invited me to shoot her clothing at the event. Her friend Mary also asked me model some of her intricate mala beads and recycled silver jewelry for her line called, Open Heart Warrior.  I had the idea to cruise over to my favorite neighborhood of SF: The Mission. Alexis and her man met up with us and we had a great afternoon shooting and eating Mexican food at my favorite spot, Taqueria El Farolito

 :: Double Reverse Warrior with  Alexis  :: Top and Leggings by  Daughters of Culture  :: Mala beads by  Open Heart Warrior  :: Photo by  Nir Livni  ::

:: Double Reverse Warrior with Alexis :: Top and Leggings by Daughters of Culture :: Mala beads by Open Heart Warrior :: Photo by Nir Livni ::

After filling up on chile relleno, tacos, and burritos we all headed back to the conference to say our good-byes. It was pouring down rain on the way home driving down the coastal highway. It was a great way to decompress and reflect on all the information I absorbed on my trip. The conference was a great way to connect with yogis from all over the world. I feel blessed to be apart of a community where everyone is kind and supportive. Can't wait until next year! Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for more to come. xx Rachael Arias

 :: Frog Pose :: Top and Leggings by  Daughters of Culture  :: Mala Beads by  Open Heart Warrior  :: Photo by  Nir Livni  ::

:: Frog Pose :: Top and Leggings by Daughters of Culture :: Mala Beads by Open Heart Warrior :: Photo by Nir Livni ::

:: Monday Mantra :: Breakthrough in the Breakdown

:: Monday Mantra :: Breakthrough in the Breakdown

:: DESTINATION :: Yoga Journal Conference San Francisco :: Part I

:: DESTINATION :: Yoga Journal Conference San Francisco :: Part I