Living into our motto of “Where Will Yoga Take You…” means we spend a lot of our time in the air and on the road scouting out our locations: eating their food, sleeping in their casitas and practicing in their yoga rooms (we know, it’s a rough life). All of this is to hard-flown effort is to create amazing yoga retreat and adventure experiences and for the benefit of our yogi travelers (you!).
We love phone calls and emails and talking about our locations, so we encourage our yogi travelers contact us with any questions. Carefully scouting each location is as much about collecting some vitamin D as it about being able to pass along the ins and outs and make sure it’s the right yoga retreat/adventure fit for you.
We have been lucky to work with amazing teachers who are devoted to bringing our yogis an amazing yoga adventure and leave them with open hearts and minds.
All of us at The Travel Yogi believe wholeheartedly that yoga and travel are transformational. We love what we do, who we work with and having our feet on the ground and our heads in the clouds. And we’re wondering… where will yoga take you?
Meet The Travel Yogi Team
Our Yogi Proprietor – Jen Hoddevik
The best things in life are accidents. Jen entered the travel industry in the late 90s with the sole intent of paying her way through college (and maybe the occasional trip here and there). But, with degrees in hand, the pull of the passport was just too strong. After a 10+ year yoga practice, Jen figured it was time to match business with pleasure and The Travel Yogi was born.
This labor of yoga/travel love is a family affair with Jen’s husband and their 7 year old travel-yogi-in-training daughter; who’s first question after unpacking from a trip is inevitably “where are we going next?” As a chocoholic and bibliophile, Jen is always on the hunt for the best local sweets and local reads – ‘local’, of course, being a very flexible term. Jen firmly believes that some addictions are necessary in life and that yoga, travel and a good book (preferably on a beach) will cure 99% of what ails you.
Our Retreat Wrangler – Liz LaRocca
Liz LaRocca is a California girl, by way of Texas. Liz is a coffee shop junkie, avid beach walker and roadtrip enthusiastic. She has a degree in Advertising from the School of Communications at the University of Texas, but her life’s work can be found via the stamps in her passport. Liz worked at the uber-chic Hotel Saint Cecilia as Office Manager, which gave her a profound respect for hotels and the hospitality industry.
She left Austin, Texas with a deep appreciation of music, the outdoors and an appetite for adventure. Her wanderlust has taken her to Italy, Jamaica, Sweden, Belize and a study abroad in Costa Rica.
A passionate yogi and traveler, Liz found herself quickly immersed in the yoga community in Los Angeles and it was not long before she crossed paths with The Travel Yogi and joined the team (yay for us!). She strives to scout the best locations and host unforgettable yoga retreats worldwide. This Texas girl likes her happy smiley yogis!
Our Social Media Maven – Karly Wade
Karly’s love for travel began at an early age, as she always chose the front seat during weekend adventures with her family – partially so that she could help navigate, but mostly because she was curious about the open road and the new places traveling unveiled for her. Her love for exploration became even more palpable after college as the native Midwesterner packed up her belongings and began her adventure to the West Coast, which has taken her from Seattle to Bend to Los Angeles and now back to Bend, OR (ah home again).
Karly’s love for adventure comes from an overall love of movement – whether lacing up her running shoes to explore a new city or trail on foot, or exploring new poses and ways of movement on her yoga mat. Traveling to attended races and yoga conferences/workshops have deepened Karly’s love for the unknown, and have shown her the possibility of having many places around the world to call “home.” The thrill of adventure in daily life is what keeps her grounded and inspired and she is passionate about sharing her inspiration, quick and infectious smile and silly giggles with the people around her – wherever she may be.
Our Adventure Retreat Specialist – Courtney Engel
Courtney – our true Midwestern gal. She’s a yoga teacher, avid notetaker/color coordinator/bucket lister, textbook Pisces, and coffee hound. It’s not a secret that a good adventure and a bit of wanderlust is in her blood. She has traveled near and far to warmer destinations (only to escape the cold Wisconsin winters of course), but when she had the opportunity to study abroad to Europe, that’s when her spirit for spontaneity and tickle to travel blossomed.
Courtney’s dabbled in a lot of different responsibilities over the course of her professional career and it’s reigns true if you check out her resume. With a Bachelor of Arts and a variety of yoga certifications under her belt, she has truly found her knack. Not only is she a connector, a true people person, she is also a creative soul with a keen eye for detail, all of which shine through her work.