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Introducing “Adventures Abroad”! With 10 of the planets most amazing people…



Lithuania, India, Iceland, Uganda, Hong Kong, The Dominican Republic, Vietnam, Australia, Djibouti, and the USA.

The “Adventures Abroad” series here at Taozi Tree Yoga is about gaining some valuable life lessons and experiences from some of the worlds most amazing people. I have travelled all over and have had the opportunity to make some seriously incredible friends. So…what does a US soldier of the US army living in Djibuti and an Icelandic Inuit have in common? What about a gorgeous red-head American women living in the Dominican Republic and an Indian yoga teacher? Besides coming across my path at some point in my travels, they all share one thing in common… A spiritual path. A path that proves that by standing up behind what you believe in and that by following your heart, life is beautiful, full, and the journey is always unknown.

Over the next 10 weeks you will have the pleasure of hearing from the following 10 people. They will share about life experiences that have changed them, they will share pearls of wisdom that they have picked up along the way and they will prove that ANYTHING is possible with…

“Adventures Abroad”

Please allow me to introduce you to:

Simona Shukyte

Miss Lithuania, she is a lovely soul who lives and breathes yoga. She can always be found with her nose in a book, studying different elements of yogic philosophy or on her mat, trying to help others.


Mary Davis

Witty, charismatic, and the heart the size of Seattle, this true American beauty has an affinity for China, yoga, and all things lovely. One can learn a lot by listening to this wise young women.

mary davis

Faraaz Tanveer

Our favorite yin-yoga teacher in Rishikesh, India, Faraaz  is an incredible yoga and healing facilitator. His deep understanding of meditative and energy healing therapies and his emphasis on their integration into asana practice lends him a unique style. He is trained in Hatha yoga, Yin yoga, Yog Nidra, Traditional Thai  Massage, Reiki and EFT. He believes regular self practice, an ever awake, intuitive heart and a curious, questioning mind are the essential  elements  that lead  to an engaging and  transforming yogic journey. Faraaz, despite his plethora of knowledge, is soft spoken, so when he has something to share, you better listen, it is gonna be good.

yoga in rishikesh  - Faraaz 2

Alexandra Robinton 

Alexandra (a.k.a. Ali) recently made the move from NYC to Hong Kong. In between cities (and population chasing as her brother called it), she had the chance to spend 6 glorious weeks in Varkala, India obtaining her ashtanga teacher training certificate and studying the art of cooking Indian food. This is where I met this lovely princess.  She is happiest when traveling, eating, and reading a good book under the sun (she has read everything). Ali is simply happy. So much so it is contagious when around her. So if you are lucky enough to find yourself in Hong Kong… track her down for some Ashtanga.


David Rafn Kristjansson

David (a.k.a Deebo) grew up in Iceland. He is absolutely, hands down, my favorite person from Iceland. 😉   He has lived in Denmark, USA, China and is currently living in Cambodia. David is a lazy yogi, wannabe writer, amateur guitar player, excellent tortilla cook, enthusiastic truth seeker and a humble student of Shiva and Shakti. To me he is a guru in every sense of the word. Humble. Kind. Funny. Oh so wise one….

deeboAshleigh Moller-Florez

Ashleigh was meant to be a mother. A gorgeous young American women who lives in the Dominican Republic with her husband Robert, they help run a hotel near the beach and have two young sons, surfers and aspiring artists. A lot can be learned from this free-spirited and energetic treasure.


Leah Marie Pauline

My lovely Ugandan sister (she has been living there for almost 5 years!) and author of her own beautiful blog Na Mutima-From the Heart. My hero.

leah 2

 JJ Black

Basically JJ stars in his own version of C.S.I, as a Chemical Specialist (Forensics Unit) in the United States Army.  He is one of the funniest human beings I have ever met, he believes in the power of  helping others to help heal yourself. JJ is an unsuspecting spiritual giant in the US Army. Cool yeah!?


Ingrid Schroder

Australian Princess!!! The worlds best photographer, owner of her own graphic design firm Be Visual, amazing friend, surfer, and publisher of the internet’s best environmental website Cohabitaire, (you must check this site out) she is a blessing for us all.


Nicole Schirm

You would be lucky to catch this wonderful women as she is constantly bouncing around the globe with her beau; Consular Officer Christopher Schirm. They are currently living in Ha Noi, Vietnam. Before the big move Nicole was active in the yoga communities of DC, Denver and the Twin Cities. She has been teaching yoga, managing yoga studios, running Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Trainings and LifeStyle programs for the last several years. In her spare time, she enjoys yoga, trying new street food(any food), travel and exploring Ha Noi. Nicole is a legend no matter where she goes and she has some seriously  valuable experiences to share. I can’t wait!

HEADSHOTNicole Schrader

So, there you have it.

Simona, Mary, Faraaz, Ali, Deebo, Ashleigh, Leah, JJ, Ingrid, and Nicole.

Arn’t they AMAZING!? 

I hope you are as excited as I am to hear from them. I have had some sneek-peeks at their pieces and it is all good stuff. We are in for a treat.

As I finalize this post I am sitting in the Heathrow airport in London, preparing to head to Uganda.

It is the perfect opportunity to reflect on…

Why we are having these guest writers in the first place?

Watching all of the different kinds of people weaving in and out of each other, heading in all different directions, each bound for or returning from awakening life experience of some kind or another I have this extreme desire to hear from them. Where are they going? What have they seen? What did they learn? What are they learning in this moment!? I know that I personally get so much from hearing about others life experiences.  I find it fascinating and often I find that really, we aren’t so different after all.With the 10 posts from these writers we will get a special glimpse into the hearts of some truly special people that you could easily simply pass by in an airport.

I can’t put into words the feelings I have as we head to Uganda, where I anticipate… I guess I actually anticipate being totally surprised! The one thing I am CERTAIN of is that something will be learned about the world, and surely of myself, by simply experiencing the unknown, the beautiful, and possibly the uncomfortable. I am also confident we will be fairly busy and that the internet will be, again… I don’t know! Thus I am thrilled to have 10 AMAZING guest writers to add value to our lives by sharing themselves!

Stay tuned for the first post by David Rafn Kristjansoon, from Iceland:

 “An Inuit’s Path to Ignorance”

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Author: taozirae

Theresa, known as Taozi 桃子(Peach)to her Chinese students, has been teaching yoga since 2008. She has studied many types of yoga with world renowned teachers from all over the planet. China, the United States, Australia, and India. With over 1000 hours of YTT experience she is thrilled to have the opportunity to share the sweetness of her eclectic practice with others. Her life philosophy is that “The seeds we water are the seeds that grow “…wherever we decide to put our energy, our thoughts, and our actions are the areas of our lives that will grow. Life is about learning to water the right seeds!

2 thoughts on “Introducing “Adventures Abroad”! With 10 of the planets most amazing people…

  1. The great spirits you meet during travel whether in 5 minutes or if you spend 5 days together are really the most impactful sometimes. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  2. Expanding our minds through the ability to travel and live in different cultures is a true gift! Thanks for “Adventures Abroad”.

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