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ABOUT ALUNA

EXPLORING AND CONNECTING THE INNER AND OUTER WILD

With Mama Earth in mind and heart, our mission is to empower individuals on their explorations of the inner wilds and the outer wilderness. We weave yoga and travel experiences that guide individuals off the beaten path, educate them about local culture & customs, and respect the pillars of sustainability.

 

Our vision is to create a global community that sows awareness about the sanctity of the earth as mother and honors every culture and creature as teacher. In alignment with the concept of Aluna, collective consciousness, our work not only joins forces with others across borders to ignite change, but also inspires our adventurers to wake up to their wild & free souls.

 

We believe that yoga and travel are the most powerful tools for transformation and we embrace these to expand our minds and connect us to all that is sacred. It is our highest intention to support the evolution of our planet and serve in aligning its people back to their heart-centered nature.

MEET MEGHAN DWYER

FOUNDER


MEGHAN DWYER

FOUNDER

Meghan’s Aluna Adventure Dream List: Panama, Turkey, Cuba, & Madagascar

Meghan passed her childhood days in Philadelphia gazing up at the tall pines and adventuring in the bamboo forest behind her backyard. Her mom taught her the names of the flowers as she worked alongside her in the garden and her dad wowed her with his knowledge of the Native Americans. Now it’s spending time in nature, gardening and learning about indigenous cultures that make her come alive and feel like a kid again. In her quest to rewild herself, Meghan has found that live music, dancing, creating, and camping are the best medicine…and no doubt yoga and travel! She got bit by the travel bug in youth hostels and train rides through Europe while studying in Spain for a semester. However, she found her wild heart and that back-to-the-earth feeling in Latin America while living & volunteering in Mexico for a year after college. She wants to see the whole world, but can’t stop going back to Spanish-speaking lands, her ultimate passion.
Some highlights of her travel adventures include:

  • Discovering reggae in Jamaica at the age of 17 (her first time out of the country!)
  • Skydiving over the Alps in Switzerland
  • swimming in bioluminescent bays in the Caribbean
  • backpacking for 10 months through 15 countries in South/Central America
  • sleeping in a hammock on a boat for 2 weeks down the Amazon
Meghan discovered yoga in 2003 when her friend said she had to try this thing called yoga her mom was doing in California. Since then her practice has been a journey to love (inside and out) and is driven by a focused intention to help ease suffering in the world. She has developed an intimate understanding that in order to “Be the change you want to see in the world,” more often than not, you have to change within yourself. Using ancient methods of yoga infused with teachings from South American Shamanism that speaks to the necessity of awakening of the Feminine, she guides students to listen to the quiet wisdom embodied in the rhythm of their own hearts. Meghan graduated from the 200 hour teacher training at Blue Banyan Yoga Studio in Philadelphia in 2009. In 2013, she completed a second training, the Conquering Lion Yoga 300 hour program in NYC where she learned to combine elements of Tibetan Buddhism’s mindfulness and compassion with Shamanic practices that connect us to Mother Earth.

MEET MEG TOWNSEND

CO-FOUNDER


Meg Townsend loves breathing in life to its fullest potential and she experiences that through traveling the world, exploring her creative gifts as an opera singer, tending to her urban garden, going on photography adventures, and teaching yoga. The travel bug bit her when she ventured to Spain and France in high school, and after graduation, she decided to take a solo backpacking journey across the USA in search of the perfect college. She can be at home traveling by herself or with a group of like-minded, inspiring people. Her travels have taken her all over the world.
Some highlights of her travel adventures include:

  • Curling in Scotland
  • Attending the world’s largest spiritual gathering in India
  • Her first beer in Ireland (a Guinness of course!)
  • A lifelong dream of frolicking in a lavender field on San Juan Island, WA
  • Climbing to the top of a mountain in the French Pyrenees!

Meg’s yoga practice has helped her in healing and strengthening her mind and body, and aligning her with her true and wonderful nature. She feels so blessed to have found this truly deep and transformational practice and even more blessed that she spends her life sharing it with others! She discovered yoga in high school and convinced her gym teacher that her class time would be better spent doing yoga in the locker room rather than attempting to sharpen her skills at basketball. For the next ten years, she explored different styles of yoga and became more enamoured with her practice. Meg was invited to take part in her first yoga teacher training in 2008 and in 2010, met her soul’s teacher, Yogarupa Rod Stryker. She is committed to serving the Sri Vidya Tantra lineage through her practice and teaching. She has over 500 hrs of yoga training, is a Reiki Master, and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. She loves teaching yogis of all levels how they too can thrive with the teachings of yoga and Ayurveda.

Visit Meg at www.reallivingyoga.com

MEG TOWNSEND

CO-FOUNDER

Meg’s Aluna Adventure Dream List: Iceland, Scottish Highlands, Ecuador, & Italy


THE ALUNA TEAM


MADELEINE KELLY

YOGA TEACHER

Madeleine's Aluna Adventure Dream List: Peru, Ireland, India, Australia

Madeleine is a visual artist and yoga teacher based in New Orleans. Born in Philadelphia and raised in New Jersey, she began to seek and practice various forms of meditation and yoga in college to find psychological, spiritual, and emotional balance. These practices, intertwined with art, have brought her healing and a sense of peace she has felt privileged and inspired to share.

 

Madeleine’s training includes Soul School, a 200-hour Vinyasa Teacher training at Wild Lotus yoga in New Orleans, as well as over 150 hours in Kundalini-based Hatha yoga and Meditation techniques with Agama Yoga in Thailand. She currently teaches in New Orleans at Wild Lotus Yoga, Dancing Grounds, and to youth at ReNEW Accelerated High School.

 

Madeleine loves to incorporate elements and draw inspiration from different traditions into her classes. Her teaching emphasizes mindfulness, meditation, pranayama, mantra/sound and the movement of energy in order to cultivate a deeper sense of presence, connection, and peace. She believes a yoga practice should be healing not only in the physical sense, but also on an emotional, psychological, and energetic level.

 

CANDACE STEVENS

YOGA TEACHER

Candace's Aluna Adventures Dream Travel List: India, Thailand

Candace began her yogic journey ten years ago after being inspired by the music of George Harrison. She spent nearly a year living in France and experienced the transformative effect of travel and exploration. In addition to being a yoga instructor, she also has a Master’s degree in Clinical & Counseling Psychology and spent years working as a trauma-specialized therapist.

 

Candace believes that liberating the body is an essential component in healing the mind and emotions, and specializes in private instruction to work with mental discord. She believes that yoga is a path to help unleash creativity and reclaim freedom. Candace is also currently studying with Shiva Rea to complete a 500 hour training.

Visit Candace at beingandbecomingblog.wordpress.com

PAUL GALLORO

YOGA TEACHER

Paul's Aluna Adventures Dream Travel List: Italy, Greece, Hawaii, Australia

Paul Galloro is like a hug in human form! As the founder of Paul Galloro Wellness, his real training came from his life experience during his own journey. Years in a role as a government employee left him unhealthy and unhappy. He realized he had the power to evolve into who and what he wanted to be, and evolve he did. He became a healthy non-smoker in 2005; after a flare up of ulcerative colitis in 2008, doctors said he would be on heavy medication for the rest of his life. He has been medication and symptom free since 2010. He took the same approach to relationships and friendships — connecting with heart-centred people who believe in a Higher Love.

 

Paul’s approach to wellness goes beyond health and fitness and is grounded in a heart-centred practice that focuses on spirit as much as inner strength. He is not interested in traditional teaching. He believes we all have an inner disco ball that shines and reflects the Love that is abundantly present in our lives. When you spend time with Paul, you have no choice but to Breathe. Sparkle. Love.

Visit Paul at www.paulgalloro.com

HEIDI ROLAND

PHOTOGRAPHER

Heidi's Aluna Adventure Dream Travel List: India, Bali, South Africa

Heidi Roland is a Philadelphia based photographer born and raised in New Hampshire with a free spirit and a love of exploring. She has over 10 years of professional photography experience and is grateful to be able to do what she loves. For Heidi, photography is more than a beautiful image: it is a powerful form of communication and connection. Heidi uses her images to share stories and amplify the good.

 

Before entering the world of photography, she spent 7 years in the field of social work and her compassion and love for people is evident in her photography. Her work shines light on the ever-unfolding beauty in our world. Whether she is documenting a journey overseas or capturing the joy of a wedding day, her images seem to embody the essence and share the emotion of the moment.

 

Heidi continues to incorporate mindfulness into her work process. She enjoys practicing yoga and meditation and equally loves the buzz of the city and dreaming up her next adventure! Her work can be seen at www.heidirolandphotography.com.

 

JOELLE BOLT

DESIGNER

Joelle is a designer living in Hawaii. With her laptop and passport she designs many things (menus, magazines, logos, jewelry, etc.) from many countries. She transplanted from Philadelphia in 2015 after working more than 10 years in the science publishing industry. Somewhere along the way she discovered Meg T. and a serious love for yoga at Amrita Yoga. There, she completed a 300-hr teacher training that inspired her to take new risks and follow a different path. She keeps on walking and doesn’t look back:)

 

Joelle is happiest in the ocean or a lush forest. Some of her other joys include painting, gardening, exploring new countries, cuisine and baby animals. She is grateful for the ability to create each day, collaborate with people all over the world … and for the freedom to do so from anywhere.