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Autumn is in the Air!

There is a notable crispness to the mornings now.  And the marine layer stretches into the valley like a cool blanket, a living thing made of dew.  The local apple trees are coming ripe.  The plum trees and sycamores in the valley are just beginning to turn to color and there is a welcome release beginning to happen here in Ojai.  While it will be sure to warm up again (perhaps as you read these words!), there is still a gentle,  yet definitive reception of Autumn now.  And we are grateful.

Autumn is the time of release.  An easing and celebration of the natural manifestation cycle.  There is a discernment calling…what has been created now begins its graceful decent into the deeper layers of the self.  What is not received on this layer is given away to seed the next cycle, through relationship.  Being in conscious understanding and interconnection with is process is key to living a healthy life, in congruence with the cycles of the Universe.

Here at Soul Body Ojai, much of our work is to support that interconnection so that healthy living becomes even more a hallmark of the mundane and everyday.  It provides a supportive and consistent grounding in a time where everything seems to be changing quickly.  A daily practice, self care, community, and self work all have a flow.  We hope that our presence in your life helps you to find the balance and flow that is inherent to your life.

In celebration of the season and in support of you, we are offering a rare gift.  Our annual Autumn Attunement Cleanse with Tara Matthews, L.Ac is a hallmark of our seasonal offerings. It is an experience in seasonal attunement with deep investigation into seasonal engagement through diet, yoga, introspection and community.  An elegant synergy of earth medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, yogic philosophy and integrative thinking, the Autumn Attunement is a favorite course that is not to be missed, year after year.

This year, we are offering it as a gift.  For this one time, it is included in your subscription at our sister site, Soul Tribe Online.  Simply register for a monthly or annual subscription, ask to join the Autumn Attunement Tribe, and get ready to go on October 19th!  Tara will give you the rest of the information. Monthly subscriptions can be canceled at anytime, but do hang around long enough to complete the 21 days, enjoy our yoga livestreams and recorded classes with our talented teachers, get to know the community, and see what shifts for you.  We have a feeling that it could be a wonderful experience and we are excited to have you along for the journey!


Massage is back in our new private outdoor space here at Soul Body Ojai!  Rest assured, it couldn’t be a better time to receive massage, if you need a vacation from the stressors of life-as-we-know-it these days.

The number one benefit of massage is relieving stress, and decreasing anxiety and depression. There is nothing more relaxing than human touch, a warm table, gentle relaxing scents of aromatherapy, a clean, dark room, and gentle music.  Also, many studies have shown that regular massage keeps the immune system strong and resistant to disease.  This is partly due to increased blood and lymphatic circulation which helps to rinse toxins and impurities away.  It is also due to massage simply helping the body, mind, and spirit come back into balance by letting your thoughts calm and slow down, and allowing you to step into the present moment.

HUMAN TOUCH IS POWERFUL- simple- yet powerful. We forget, sometimes, how powerful it can be if we haven’t received it for a while- and we all need it more than ever right about now. Give yourself a gift- come back to the present moment- come back to yourself.

Give Angelique Castagna, Certified Massage Therapist for over 20 years, a call at 805-798-5924 to schedule your massage vacation.

Rest assured, all of us at Soul Body Ojai are taking extra precautions and following county regulations to keep you safe during this time – WE HAVE A LOVELY OUTDOOR SET UP FOR YOU! COME AND SEE!

Abundant Offerings & Support

Hello Friends,

At Soul Body Ojai, we have always felt that our role in our community is to provide consistent and present space for healing and realization. With so much transforming and changing, we had very little idea what that would mean for our clients and family as change is occurring almost daily.  We are continuing to creatively hold that space as best we can.  All of us together is what is going to create more supported healing and community.  We believe this.

As of now, acupuncture is our only one on one modality currently being offered in person due to limitations on contact.  It is looking like small, socially distanced gatherings are in our future, with limited by reservation in person classes available soon and massage therapy and reiki are on the horizon. Until then, we have several options.

Free or by Donation Livestreams with our Teaching Community on our Soul Body Ojai Facebook Page
10:00 am Everyday.  (Most of these streams will also be available online later at our sister site: Soul Tribe Online)
Friday Night Dance Party with Sharmila via Zoom.
Sundays at 5am: Community Sadhana with a Zoom online gathering after meditation.

Special Pricing for Virtual Private Classes

For 1 hour Yoga and (Gong) Yoga Nidra via zoom to your home or place of work, we are offering a special price of $55/hour for one person and $5 for each additional person.  We can offer this via zoom, so get creative!  You could have a gathering of your friends from anywhere in the world come together for a stress reducing class and gathering afterward.  No limit! For Sound healing, we can create a private Facebook page for your group for better sound conduction with a Zoom gathering afterward.Many of our practitioners are offering virtual healings and intuitive readings during this time.  Connect with Sharmila and Ashley for more information.

Online Events Designed to Keep You Connected, Grounded, and Healthy
We are offering regular events to support you. See our events page for details here.

If you need help, support, or just someone to talk to, reach out!  These are trying times, but also times of deep transformation and healing.  We will continue to be here for you.  Please take care of yourself, your loved ones, and all within the reach of your heart.  We believe in you.Our best,

Guided Meditation with Robin: Nonjudgemental Observation

This video is a “how to” guided meditation on nonjudgmental observation.  It is meant to serve as a guide on how to practice nonjudgmental observation in any setting (while waiting in line, laying in bed, or walking or sitting anywhere) to decrease stress, sadness and anxiety, and focus on the moment and your surroundings.

If you are feeling overwhelmed or want to improve your sense of connection to the here and now, this is an excellent exercise to practice for any length of time.

Stay healthy!

~ Robin
Robin Balchen, LCSW Licensed Psychotherapist

Living Fully in Uncertain Times

We are living in uncertain and unprecedented times.  The comforts that once adorned our life with familiarity have been replaced with opportunities for new beginnings and life rhythms.  At Soul Body Ojai we are feeling all the feels and navigating it with a sense of wonder and possibility.  That is not to say this experience does not come with challenges because it does on so many levels. Financial and emotional to name just a few.  However, our team is leaning into what has helped us move through everything in our business that seemed bigger than us at the time.  We have learned that you don’t have to like your current circumstance but you can become flexible enough to comprehend it.  Once you do this you will begin to transcend it, and with this understanding, we are capable of living fully and freely.

Please join Jennifer Marcaccini and her husband, Giancarlo as they gather virtually Saturday, April 18th and 25th from 1:00 pm – 2:00 p.m. (Register Here) to explore this topic and gather in a community.

Jennifer has included a special meditation practice that will help you experience yourself more deeply and fully during these unusual and unique times.


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