Private Reiki III/Master & Yoga Spirit Retreats @yandarayoga


Hi Friends,

I've just returned to Baja, Mexico after a four-month YTT and Reiki Training Tour on Bali and Hawaii. I've had some amazingly transformative experiences and learned so much from so many, including authentic, Balinese Shamans and Healers, the Balinese people and culture itself, from the purifying Shakti energy of the Big Island, Hawaii, from my personal Yoga and Reiki practices and of course from all of my students and co-teachers. Life just keeps on going and we keep on growing. I am very grateful for all of it. 

I am very excited to announce Private and Small Group Reiki III/Master Training and Personalized Yoga Spirit Retreats happening this winter at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico ( It's whale season and the weather is gorgeous during these winter months! Oh yeah ... and our NEW POOL will be open in the next few weeks!!!

Take a vacation to the pristine ocean desert of Baja, Mexico and stay with us at Yandara Yoga Institute on a personal retreat. During your retreat, you will receive your Reiki III/Master Training and Certification and have the options to attend yoga classes, evening meditations/ kirtans/restorative yoga, venture into the local tourist towns of Pescadero and Todos Santos for community markets, music, fine dining, art, shopping and more. Or just chill on the beach and rest and rejuvenate your soul. Your retreat, your way!

You pick the dates. 4 nights (Thursdays through Mondays during Yandara's regular yoga teacher training programs work best) and we can also work around your schedule).

Cost of Retreat: $790 usd.

~Reiki III/Master Training and Certification and Reiki III/Master Manual
~4 Nights Stay at Yandara Yoga Institute (the accommodations are large, comfortable cabin tents with bed, linens, dresser drawers and a lamp).
~3 Healthy Vegetarian Meals per day
~Roundtrip Shuttles to and from San Jose Del Cabo Airport (SJD)
~Optional Yoga Classes, Evening Meditations & Kirtans 

To set up your Reiki Retreat or for more information, please fill out the form below. 


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Yintuition Yoga E-Manual - A Guide to Yin and Restorative Yoga - Now Available!

Dear Friends,

I am excited to announce that my new Yin and Restorative Yoga Manual is now available for download onto your device. Yin and Restorative Yoga are gentle, regenerative practices where all the poses are done on the floor, supported by props, to encourage deep relaxation, a natural opening of the joints and optimal energy (chi) flow through the body.

I entitled it "Yintuition," because Yin and Restorative yoga take us to the heart of our intuition - that wise sage part of each of us that places priority on FEELING and ACCEPTING our bodies during our yoga practice, rather than judging how we might look or comparing ourselves to how other yogis look on the mat. Yoga is a life-long journey. Practice presence and self-love every step of the journey. Yin and Restorative Yoga help us cultivate this compassionate presence.

The digital download of the Yintuition manual is for everyone - yoga practitioners and yoga teachers alike - and especially for all the travelers out there who can't take up valuable suitcase space with heavy books. It's also for those who want to save on trees! Bring it with you everywhere you go. It is a simple pdf. format and will easily download to your computer, tablet or phone. 

Yintuition is a complete and comprehensive training guide that includes a breakdown of all the Yin and Restorative Yoga poses, variations and props, Wall Yoga, Yin Yoga History and Theory, Yin-Yang energy dynamics, Chinese Meridian Theory as it relates to Yin Yoga, Yin Desserts, The Key Principles of Restorative Yoga Practice, a variety of Yin and Restorative Yoga sequences, including sequences for organ health, meridians and much, much more. Yintuition is a must have for every yoga practitioner and teacher! Please enjoy.

Sending Love and Light to the Practice,





Jaya Shiva Shankara Ki Jay!

Hi Friends,

I am having a real joyful time recording chants with Krista Lettko (@kjlettko) down here in Baja, Mexico. 

Jaya Shiva Shankara Bam Bam Hara Hara!

Jaya= to celebrate, victory!
Shiva= the Yogic Deity that represents "letting go," dissolving doubt and illusion, welcoming change and transition
Shankara= the bringer of good
Bam Bam Hara Hara= Woo Hoo!!! Hooray!!! 


Private Reiki Level III/Master Training Bliss

I have been facilitating a bunch of private Reiki Level III/Master Trainings at Yandara Yoga Institute in Baja, Mexico lately. Past yoga students who want to came back to re-live their Yandara experience (in a totally new way of course) come down for Private Reiki III/Master Training. They pick the dates that work for them to come stay with us. They take yoga classes, meditate and sing Kirtan with us at night, eat healthy meals and restore themselves ocean-side. 

This week I had the pleasure of facilitating a Private Reiki III/Master Training for Jessie Baldwin with Nea Swanston assisting. The three of us were so in-sync with each other and the energy that we were literally hearing each other's thoughts just before they were spoken out loud (the whole time)!

During this private training we covered:

  • Reiki III/Master Attunemnet and Symbols
  • Advanced Aura Clearing (formally known as Psychic Surgery)
  • How to Use the Pendulum
  • Chakra Balancing
  • Reiki Crystals
  • Reiki Color Therapy
  • Reiki Sound Healing
  • How to Pass Reiki Attunements to Others
  • How to Structure a Reiki Class

And this was just the technical. The connection, the bliss, the Love, the magic, the synchronicity was...

Beyond Words.

Thank you Jessie, Nea and all my past, present and future Reiki students and friends for the opportunity to share this Reiki Love with you.

Blessings and Light,


Reiki 101


Reiki (ray-key) 

Rei = Universal
Ki= Life Force Energy

What is Reiki?

Reiki is Love. Reiki is also a stress-reduction and relaxation technique that promotes health and happiness to the body-mind-spirit. With its origins in Tibetan Buddhism and Shamanic Healing, Reiki is a popular form of holistic health today. Reiki is not a religion and does not require belief in anything for it to work. All that is required for Reiki to work is a sincere desire from the client to invite more peace in their lives.

What does a Reiki session look like?

During a Reiki session, the client rests fully clothed on a massage table. The Reiki practitioner gently places their hands on or above the client’s body with the intent for universal Reiki energy to flow. The client becomes very relaxed and at peace. With the increase in the healing energy flow, the client's body-mind-spirit is better able to restore and regenerate itself. 

Although each Reiki session is unique, many of my clients will enter a state just before true sleep - a lucid, dream-like state called Theta Brain Waves. In this state, clients often report a feeling of deep peace or a sense of energy flowing throughout their body. My clients have also reported temperature changes, a feeling of being held, and they often will have inner visions or see a variety of beautiful colors in this deeply relaxed state. 

It is important to remember that it is the energy that does the healing, not the practitioner. Reiki is always safe, will never do harm and is always adjusting for the individual client's needs.

How Does Reiki Work? 

Your body-mind-soul system is a self-healing mechanism. Under prolonged stress and/or trauma, the system gets stuck in a sympathetic nervous system response (fight or flight) and forgets how to maintain this miracle of self-correction. Reiki works by way of reducing stress and increasing the parasympathetic nervous system response (a.k.a. the “Rest and Digest” response). In this deeply relaxed state, powerful self-healing and balance is restored on multiple layers of being - physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually. 

Who Can Give Reiki Healing?

Everyone has the ability to give Reiki healing. An attunement to the Reiki energy as well as proper training in the subject will greatly enhance your ability to give and connect to Reiki. During Reiki Training, the Master Teacher will "attune" you to the energy and Reiki lineage. 

Who Can Benefit from Reiki?

All beings can benefit from Reiki - all people, all ages, animals, plants, food, water, current events and life situations.

What are some benefits of Reiki?

  • Stress-relief and relaxation
  • Supports the body’s natural ability to heal and restore itself
  • Increased vitality, confidence and joy
  • Supports the organs, glands and their bodily functions
  • Emotional support
  • Enhanced meditative states
  • Alignment with our highest self and our Divine purpose
  • Strengthens the immune system

Reiki and Yoga:

Reiki enhances the intuitive awareness of the yoga teacher. Reiki inspires joy, creativity and confidence within the yoga teacher and students, advances yoga hands-on assists and deepens meditative states.

What does Reiki Training Consist of?

There are generally 4 levels of Reiki Training. Here is what you will learn in my Reiki Trainings:

Reiki Level I: Includes the Reiki Level I attunement, how to give a full Reiki Session on others and yourself, Reiki History. There are no prerequisites to Reiki Level I.

Reiki Level II: Includes the Reiki Level II attunement, how to incorporate the Reiki Level II symbols into a Reiki session, how to give Distance Reiki healing, and sending Reiki to the past and future. Reiki Level I is a pre-requisite to Reiki Level II.

Reiki Level III: Includes the Reiki Level III attunement, Reiki Level III symbols, Advanced Aura Clearing Technique, Reiki Crystals and the Crystal Healing and Manifestation Grid, Introduction to Chakra Balancing and use of the pendulum, how to add Reiki Color Therapy and Reiki Sound Healing to your sessions. Reiki Level II is a prerequisite to Reiki Level III.

Reiki Master Teacher Class: Includes the Reiki Level Master attunement, the Reiki Master symbols, instruction in how to pass Reiki Level I, II, III, and Master attunemnets to others, how to organize Reiki classes, and Advanced Reiki Healing attunements. Reiki Level III is a prerequisite to the Reiki Master Teacher Class.

I find that Reiki Level I and II go really well together and Reiki Level III and the Reiki Master Teacher Class go really well together. Most students will take Reiki Level I and II at the same time, and Reiki Level III and the Reiki Master Teacher Class at the same time. The Reiki trainings are set up back to back. You choose how far you want to go at any given time.

I hope you enjoyed your Intro to Reiki 101. If you have further questions, email me at 

Love and Namaste,