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How to Call on the Divine with a Mantra Meditation Practice

Awakening Shakti with Mantra, Meditation and Sound The feelings of peace, clarity and freedom arise when I work with the Goddess Mantras. I started my mantra practice 15 years ago, which led me to my first harmonium only 5 years ago. This heart-warming fusion has opened my heart and soul in many mysterious ways, that could only be defined as the illumination of the Blissful Emptiness. Mantras are not just a collection of words, mantras contain the divine energies that they are calling on and bringing alive the power of divine creativity, sacred manifestation, and every sub atomic particle of the [...]

By |2018-07-31T20:36:13+00:00August 1st, 2018|Categories: Blog, Yoga Videos|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Founding Story: Richard Branson’s Advice to Open Up White Peacock Yoga Studio!

Founding Story: Richard Branson’s Advice to Open Up White Peacock Yoga Studio! If you find yourself being called to begin something new, and you're feeling the challenge to dare greatly and step beyond anything you've ever done before and leap forward... You might just appreciate our founding story with game-chasing advice by RICHARD BRANSON! Here's the story of our Founder, Audrey Sarquilla and her remarkable inspiration to open White Peacock Yoga Studio, suggesting that sometime the Universe really does have your back :) Hanging with Richard Branson on his private island, Necker, happened out of the blue and in such synchronicity with all [...]

By |2018-05-06T21:04:33+00:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Blog|0 Comments

Summer Solstice Shakti Celebration

Save the Date for Sister Gathering on June 24th, 2017  Our sister circle is calling for you to share your light and presence.  This community event in honor of sisterhood opens the door to bring women together and share words of inspiration and healing. Remembering that everything that is arising in our lives is exactly as it needs to be and we are not alone on this journey. Being seen by other women is an opportunity to feel empowered and supported, so that our dreams and wounds around the feminine can heal and be transformed. Take the time for yourself to [...]

By |2017-06-19T12:42:13+00:00June 17th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Sacred Play & Ayurvedic Retreat in Goa, India this October!

There is this place in India, Samata Goa, where food is medicine and the surrounding divine creativity brings alive the dance between Shiva + Shakti, the sacred dance of masculine and feminine. This place calls to every yogi and lover of pilgrimage. Join White Peacock owners Audrey Sarquilla and Chris Sarquilla on a life-altering adventure! The Sacred India Motherland Tour is an unforgettable voyage into Goa, where golden beaches of India gather passionate seekers from around the world. (Please note: the first week of the Sacred India Motherland Tour in Rishikesh is sold out, further registration is only available in Goa for the 2nd week October 7-14th, 2017) [...]

Love Yourself With A Hip Opener Yoga Flow

Our bodies hold onto things we think we we’ve let go of. This is why yoga is a therapeutic practice as it unravels, breaks through and crumbles away stuck energy. The hips happen to hold a LOT of emotional gunk. Have you ever extended into Camel Pose only to feel a wave of rage or maybe euphoria? Have you ever folded over into a lengthy Pigeon Pose and felt tears welling up? It’s not uncommon for hip opener yoga poses to get the best of you. Don’t hold back. Breathe and release whatever emotions you feel. The greatest gift [...]

By |2018-05-15T08:42:50+00:00February 21st, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

What Winter Solstice Means to Me

Every year around December 21st, the Universe exposes one of its greatest gifts – sunlight. This day marks the beginning of Winter which many associate as dreary, cold, cozy, and barren. This day is called Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year because it has the least amount of sunlight. If you’re a sun-loving spirit like me, this darkness can be startling. But if you know what’s actually happening on Winter Solstice, you may want to start celebrating it. Yes, this day is darkest of the year, but everyday after begins to gain more sunlight. It's like a rebirth. [...]

By |2016-12-13T17:06:04+00:00December 9th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Gratitude + Detox Yoga Flow

You know it’s coming and you try to be prepared – plan ahead, save money, not stress. Yet, somehow the last six weeks of every year have us feeling too busy and bloated to enjoy all of the bliss. In the midst of gatherings, gift giving and gluttony, our bodies take on stressors we’re not used to and it makes us feel mentally and physically unhinged.   This doesn’t mean the holiday season is completely toxic or shouldn’t be celebrated. It’s just a matter of choosing to slow down and stay present. Even too much of a good thing can [...]

By |2016-11-14T20:19:04+00:00November 15th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

How you end is how you begin 

  It’s hard to believe the year is almost over. Where does the time go? Before we know it, we’ll be shouting the countdown to a New Year. January 1 marks the beginning of the year while millions of people rush to begin again by setting resolutions that soon dissipate into thin air.   I’ve got a new plan for you.   Life is cyclical – the seasons are proof of this. So instead of hard starts and stops, let’s ever evolve into the beings we’re meant to be. If you want to see change, you must do the change [...]

By |2016-10-31T07:32:11+00:00October 30th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

How to bring your chakras into harmony

by Belinda Pearl What does it mean to be in this body and in this life? Do you remember the true causal reason for being incarnated? There are many questions to contemplate when we think about life, and the many wondrous mechanisms that bring us to our fullness. And, possibly there are many, many more reasons and questions that will surface when contemplating the very reason we came to this Earth. The gist of the matter is that we are Spiritual Beings having a human experience. In order to remember the part that reminds us that we are "spiritual [...]

By |2018-05-15T08:44:35+00:00October 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

10 Ways to Get Unstuck

  Ever notice that some days you just feel a bit off? Maybe it’s the weather, work/home/relationship stress, a full moon or just because. We recognize the day is drab because the others surrounding it don’t feel this way – they feel, well, brighter. You may feel compelled to push the feeling aside or reside in its ugliness. I urge you to welcome the unsettledness of these far-and-few-between days. To me, these days can be a gift – making me grateful for the abundance of good days I do have. I don’t try to overcorrect the feeling or dwell either. [...]

By |2016-10-17T20:15:00+00:00October 18th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Getting RAW with Micaela Malmi

You probably know her work because she is one of our favorite photographers to work with. And we know her heart because of the integrity and passion she exudes as an artist, community member and friend. She is Micaela Malmi.   Micaela shoots a lot of yoga photography because she is a yogi herself. She understands alignment, how to get the right angles of the right poses, and how to capture the essence of an individual in one still frame. Micaela captures the magic behind our Encinitas yoga teacher trainings and the fun on our yoga retreats.   There’s more to [...]

By |2016-09-24T06:53:15+00:00September 22nd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lessons learned from off the mat and into the jungle

Returning from a yoga retreat is both wonderful and dreadful. I’m eager to take all of the reflective thoughts and regained energy from the retreat and infuse it into daily life. On the other hand, leaving paradise is never easy – it’s back to routine.   White Peacock Yoga hosts an annual yoga retreat to Costa Rica. We’ve been doing it for years because we love the Pura Vida way and the rich jungle ceases to amaze us. It’s hard not to reflect on the time away. In fact, it’s a must. Every journey deserves recognition. So what did I [...]

By |2016-08-22T12:01:48+00:00August 24th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

How to create your sacred space

We need to get away from the hustle and grind of life. We don't mean a pack-your-bags-and-go retreat (although those are great too), but rather a daily escape from the outside world where you can connect to your Self. Devoting quiet, introspective time in a replenishing space each day offers profound benefits to your mental, physical and emotional health and vitality.   First things first, you must have a space that feels good in order to return to it each day. This is your sacred space. It can be a room, a corner, your garden, anywhere. Belinda Pearl and I show you how to find and create [...]

By |2016-08-22T09:44:09+00:00August 21st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Getting RAW with Veronica Cesena

Have you seen Veronica Cesena’s radiant smile? It’s contagious – and so is her yoga spirit. Veronica is a 200 hour YTT graduate from White Peacock’s Encinitas Yoga Studio and is also currently enrolled in our 500 hour teacher training. WPY Owner Audrey Sarquilla leads the Yoga Teacher Trainings so she knows Veronica quite well – from student to teacher. “She is an invaluable support to me at the studio. Always willing to jump in and help,” says WPY owner Audrey Sarquilla, “I trust her with my classes as well when I’m out of town!”   She lives the Real Authentic [...]

By |2016-08-09T07:40:18+00:00August 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Wring out the heat with more yoga

It is HOT outside! Are you feeling the lull of rising temps? Dehydration, lack of energy, loss of appetite and slower metabolism are a few ways hot weather can affect us - beyond just feeling hot and sweaty. Working out is the last thing we want to do right now - just get us to the ocean… and to yoga class.   Yoga is the solution for nearly everything including it being the cool way to combat the heat. When the body is full of fiery Summer fuel, it’s important to balance the heat with cooling poses. Try these at home when [...]

By |2016-08-02T15:32:29+00:00August 3rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Getting RAW with Belinda Pearl

  Encinitas is known for yoga and its collection of diverse and stellar yoga teachers. One of them is Belinda Pearl. Belinda is an integral part of White Peacock Yoga Studio in Encinitas. She is a teacher, an adventurer, a child of the stars, and a great friend.   Much can be learned by the way Belinda arrives each day – with appreciation, joy and vigor. She is the definition of Real, Authentic Wisdom. You can tell so by her answers to our Q&A – How do you live RAW?   What is the first thing you do when you wake [...]

By |2018-05-01T23:05:49+00:00June 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why this yogini loves Encinitas

The San Diego County coast is sprinkled with beach cities that beat to the heart of healthy humans. One of these coastal destinations is Encinitas, CA – a place I call home. It’s both easy and difficult to sit still in Encinitas, but not because it’s a fast-paced city. Rather, it’s a community of active individuals who thrive by the oxygen-rich sea and balance life with healthy foods and good drinks (ahem... cocktails). From morning to night, I soak up the soul-filling offerings of Encinitas, and it’s neighboring communities Leucadia and Cardiff-by-the-Sea. Pick any week and you will see me [...]

By |2016-06-20T16:34:32+00:00June 21st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fill up at Sunday Bhakti Brunch

White Peacock Yoga Sunday Bhakti Brunch... come for connection and leave with good vibes that last all week long!   Who doesn’t love brunch? This late morning enjoyment is synonymous with mimosas and buffets, but it’s also about connecting with friends and starting the week off with a celebratory (and indulgent) positive note. We’ve got a little brunch of our own at White Peacock Yoga studio in Encinitas. However, instead of noshing on omelets, you’ll be filling up on yoga and music during our Sunday Bhakti Brunch led by White Peacock Yoga Studio Owner, Audrey Sarquilla.   Bhakti yoga is the [...]

By |2016-05-31T05:04:30+00:00May 31st, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments

The Music and Man Behind DTO

Music is simply amazing. The notes drift through the air and as they land on our ears, our body is compelled to move – tap a foot, roll the shoulders or sway the hips. Beyond the physical movement music provokes, there is a physiological response that has the power to elevate your mood, decrease your stress, increase your motivation and even enhance your performance and focus. Music has a profound ability to support meditation and movement.   So it’s natural for us at White Peacock Yoga to offer rhythms in our yoga classes that not only support the yoga flow [...]

By |2016-05-25T12:01:02+00:00May 24th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , |0 Comments

7 Minute Airplane Yoga Flow

To travel is a gift. Whether it’s flying off to a foreign land or jumping a couple states over, traveling gives you a fresh look at life that can sometimes go stale without a change of scenery (and culture). For many of us, actually getting to your destination is the boring part of traveling; you are forced to sit still in a small space as time passes by. If you travel by plane, the plight of getting from Point A to Point B is even more unpleasant as it wreaks havoc on your body and mind – more than you [...]

By |2016-05-07T05:42:15+00:00May 7th, 2016|Categories: Blog|Tags: , , |0 Comments