San Diego Gets Ready For a Yoga Party in the Park in Support of Empowering Youth

What’s cool about this event is it’s not only a celebration of yoga, music and the great outdoors, it’s a celebration in support of organizations that empower young people to reach their full potential through yoga, nutrition, environmental projects and service.

546236_387644967923279_1319724861_nSince its launch in 2008, Yoga Rocks the Park (YRP), nationally presented by Natural Fitness, has grown steadily from one small grassroots gathering in Denver, Colorado to one of the fastest growing, family-friendly, outdoor live music, yoga, and wellness celebrations in the United States. YRP has almost doubled its U.S. presence over the last year, with ongoing weekly events in over 14 cities across the country, including Boulder, Chicago, Phoenix, San Francisco, Portland and many others, with attendance topping over 400 yogis and their families in select cities.

As YRP events kick off in cities throughout the United States, YRP is proud to announce the launch of its weekly San Diego series beginning Sunday, August 4 – Sunday, September 8, 2013.

Events will take place on Sunday mornings during the summer at Stagecoach Park in Carlsbad, California from 8:30 am – 10:30 am, supported locally by Yoga Six, Toe Sox, True Nutrition, Paleo Pro, Yoga Tropics, and Ignite Yoga Fusion, among other local and national supporters, including Luna Bar, Rive, My Yoga Online, Yogi Tunes, be present, Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, Yoganonymous, Hanuman Festival, USA Mart and Natural Awakenings Magazine.

Each weekly event includes a 75-minute all-levels yoga class led by one of San Diego’s top yoga teachers, accompanied by live music from emerging and nationally recognized musicians, and a kids’ yoga camp to complement adult classes, designed for children aged 3-10, presented by the world renowned Next Generation Yoga Team. The camp begins a few minutes before the event and ends a few minutes after the adult class so parents can participate in the full practice.

Events also include a vendor village, providing guests with unique experiences and access to innovations in wellness with YRP’s national and local partners.

This year’s lineup includes yoga classes with Tracey Stockalper, Jenn Perell, Sarah Haughton, Ashton Szabo, Jano Galindo, Ashley Disharoon and Katie Brauer with live music from Mike Stockalper, Luke Williams, Steve Gold, DJ Golden Lane, DJ Jano and Mental Physix.

2013 San Diego Instructor + Live Music Schedule:

  • August 4 – Tracey Stockalper & Jenn Perell / Music by Mike Stockalper
  • August 11 – Sarah Haugton / Music by Luke Williams
  • August 18 – Ashton Szabo / Music by Steve Gold
  • August 25 – Jano Galindo / Music by DJ Golden Love
  • September 1 – (Labor Day Weekend) Ashley Disharoon / Music by DJ Jano
  • September 8 – Katie Brauer / Mental Physix – FREE DAY thanks to the generosity of Yoga Six!

Event Day Schedule:

  • 8:30 am: Registration opens + Music starts
  • 8:50–10:20 am: Camp Yoga Rocks for the Kids Presented by Next Generation Yoga (while Mom and Dad practice)
  • 9:00-10:15 am: Yoga and Live Music
  • 10:15-10:30 am: Music and visit wellness vendors

What’s cool about this event is it’s not only a celebration of yoga, music and the great outdoors, it’s a celebration in support of organizations that empower young people to reach their full potential through yoga, nutrition, environmental projects and service. Aside from offering the Camp Yoga Rock The Park Kids Yoga Class, Yoga Rocks The Park supports the Sean O’Shea Foundation who is committed to bringing yoga programs to public, private and charter schools, rehab centers, juvenile court appointed schools, pregnant teen programs, and hospitals. Their goal is to empower youth through yoga, nutrition and optimistic teachings that help to develop life skills that can enable youth to take responsibility for their life, develop respect for themselves and others, and have confidence in their own potential.

The second beneficiary of this event is the global organization, Kids for Peace (that happens to be headquartered locally in San Diego), on a mission to cultivate every child’s innate ability to foster peace through cross-cultural experiences and hands-on arts, service and environmental projects. Guided by the mission of Kids for Peace, our programs emphasize youth leadership, cross-cultural experiences, arts, service and caring for our earth.

“It is so heartwarming when I find organizations spreading a similar mission as the Sean O’Shea Foundation; wellness and the joy for life! We are proud to partner with “Yoga Rocks the Park” in San Diego this summer and we look forward to meeting new friends from the yoga community. We are pleased to be sharing our mission and work with the community and hope many of you join the Sean O’Shea Foundation, recently voted the Top Rated 2013 Nonprofit,” commented Gloria O’Shea, Sean O’Shea Foundation Founder and Executive Director.

The September 8th event will be a free day for the entire community and will be presented by Yoga Six.

Tickets are available for advance purchase on the event website at for $12 (cost is $15 at the park). YRP is now offering special discounted individual and family season passes available for purchase on the event website through August 19, 2013.

Complete event details can be found at!

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YRP San Diego Artist Luke Williams NOW featured in Yoga Rocks The Park Sounds of Summer on Yogi Tunes. Get your exclusive FREE DOWNLOAD now off his upcoming debut album, “From A Learning Heart”

Now on elephant journal: “Sometimes You Just Have to Get in the Car & Drive to the Mountains”


You know those days when you are so busy that if you receive one more email or phone call your head might explode? You’re at your max. Harmony and balance only exist in a far off land and your shoulders are up to your ears.

This happened to me two days ago and I had no one to blame but myself. I could progressively feel myself filling up over the last month, yet I still continued to say yes to everything; I mean everything! Yes, to new clients, new projects, even volunteering. I did all of these things with the best intentions of giving, but only to end up depleted, cranky and saying “I’m so busy” about 20 times a day.

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Free Music Download + Introducing A Very Cool East Coast Yoga Festival

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Free Download courtesy of the Nantucket Yoga Festival (July 12-14, 2013) and Yogi Tunes.

About the Nantucket Yoga Festival: The island of Nantucket has a unique vibration that has consistently inspired conscious living, the independent spirit and creative collaboration. Join us on this very special island July 12-14, 2013 for the second annual Nantucket Yoga Festival. The festival brings together the very best world class yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides Featuring legendary yoga master; Dharma Mittra, Sadie Nardini, YogaSlackers and more than 20 inspiring instructors. With a one of a kind opening night, fantastic vendor market place, and a farm to table dinner. It is going to be one inspiring weekend. You do not want to miss this!


The only way to live.

Yesterday was one of those perfect Saturday’s with no plan. It started with yoga with an incredibly inspiring class with MC Yoga ~ nbd ( in Port Reyes Station (in my opinion, one of the world’s cutest towns) and lead us through the mountains, forests and to the beach.

Seriously friends, I know this blog is “going with the flow” but sometimes it’s easy to take this concept for granted.

It’s days like this that really remind me, it’s the only way to live.








“In My World, It Is As Essential As Oxygen And Water” … Mine too!

Hi friends! If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know that yoga and traveling are a big part of my life. I love the concept of the newly launched hitPLAYyoga that allows you to access “YogaCasts” and practice no matter where you travel (no more excuses). I am also able to take classes from my teacher friends, even if they live 3000 miles away. I love that there are also 5-10 minute classes when I just want a little bit of yoga on those days when I am so stressed out and about to throw my computer out the window. This only happens about once a month. ;) I have provided the information below if you would like to check it out. Namaste! Traci


“Like so many others, I fell in love with yoga. It’s like an old friend that I am always happy to see. No matter how busy my day gets, or where I travel, I wanted to make sure I had access to yoga. In my world, it is as essential as oxygen and water. I knew there were others out there like me and I truly believe that everybody should have access to yoga no matter their location or the time of day. So, I created hitPLAYyoga.” - Diana Hudson, Co-creator of hitPLAYyoga.

hitPLAYyoga announced today the official global launch of their virtual online community and library of streaming audio yoga classes called “YogaCasts.” The online community is located at where members gain access to unlimited power vinyasa yoga and meditation classes instructed by a worldwide network of teachers via monthly membership dues. Classes range from 5 to 90 minutes and are suitable for beginners all the way to advanced yogis.

hitPLAYyoga, is on a mission to raise the vibration of this planet by creating community and connection and empowering people to do more yoga around the world. Students can take their favorite teachers with them anywhere and practice anytime or gain exposure to a bevy of new inspirational teachers throughout the world.

africa-proj-1The community will also be raising awareness for various causes throughout the world via the hitPLAYyoga Empowerment Fund. Every month a portion of each member’s monthly dues will be deposited in this fund and donated to various causes throughout the year. In the upcoming year, members will have opportunities to be directly involved in choosing the funds beneficiaries.

Currently, hitPLAYyoga is proud to be supporting the Africa Yoga Project, ( a grassroots organization that has introduced thousands of students in Kenya to the practice of yoga, as well provides educational scholarships, job training, food stipends, temporary housing and health services.

“We are thrilled with how many teachers from around the world have already shared their inspiration and classes via our online community. We look forward to continuing to create a community where students and teachers can come together to empower themselves and inspire others through the power of giving, the sharing of classes and of course the practice of yoga.” said Kerry Armstrong, Co-creator of hitPLAYyoga.

hitPLAYyoga is currently offering free previews of any of their classes and offering 25% off the first month membership to celebrate their launch. New members can access this discount by entering HPYLIVE at their checkout. In addition to unlimited online YogaCasts, members can also create their own class schedules, and set and track personal goals on their hitPLAYyoga profile page.

The community also offers special promotions for yoga teachers and studios throughout the world. For more information, visit or email HPY at

About hitPLAYyoga
hitPLAYyoga is an online library of streaming audio power vinyasa yoga classes called “YogaCasts”. Classes are taught by powerful teachers worldwide who work to spread the love and joy of yoga. At hitPLAYyoga, Power Vinyasa yoga classes are served up around the clock, globally – so members can hit PLAY, anytime, anywhere!