Today we’d like to introduce you to Jacqueline Gephart.
Jacqueline, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I was stuck in a rut in my 9-5. But let’s be real. It was more like a 9-7. I was unfulfilled in my career and feared that my life was becoming more about commuting and computing, rather than creating and contributing. So, I brainstormed some ideas of what would set my soul on fire and landed on the thought of hosting a yoga retreat. I put out a poll on Instagram to get a feel for who might be interested in joining me and the results were shocking. The outpouring of love and support I received from my community inspired me to create a brand for this passion project… Pa’lante Yoga.
“Pa’lante” is a slang term in Spanish which means to move forward or onward. It’s a brand that has helped me to get unstuck and move forward in my own life. And my mission with Pa’lante is to help others do the same. To set a flame under my butt, I planned a trial-run retreat locally and within eight hours, it completely sold out. Hmmm. I might be on to something here, I thought. My confidence was building and my vision for Pa’lante Yoga was becoming more clear. That being said, I was still working as a project manager in Los Angeles and didn’t have time for tropical daydreams. But after coming home from yet another stressful day at the office, I plopped down on my bed and asked myself, “What do you want? Anything in the world?” Within in seconds, I was researching my next surf trip to Mancora, Peru. My childhood idol, Sofia Mulanovich, was a World Champion surfer from Peru and I had been chomping at the bit to get down there to surf her home break. So I hopped on Airbnb and this amazing house caught my eye. It would be absolutely PERFECT for my next yoga retreat. Upon clicking into the listing, I fell in love with the energy of the property even more. And then noticed that the homeowner’s name was Sofia. That’s weird, I thought. So, I clicked on her profile and sure enough, it was the home of Sofia Mulanovich, World Champion surfer and my childhood idol. Sometimes the Universe gives you omens, guiding you further down the path that’s destined for you. This was one of those moments.
So, long story short, Pa’lante Yoga hosted yet another sold out surf and yoga retreat in Peru. And then a sold-out New Year, New Moon Workshop after that. And you get the idea. Our next retreat is to St. Lucia this Spring and I feel so honored to be traveling the world with humans who share my love of adventure. Although my students say I am their teacher, I truly believe that they are mine. I am grateful every day that I trusted my intuition and took this leap of faith in creating Pa’lante Yoga. It fills my heart with so much joy and gives my life tremendous meaning. I can’t wait to see where the wind blows us. Wherever we go, I know we will continue to move Pa’lante.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
This is a tough question. The surface level answer would be NO. It hasn’t been effortless per se or totally smooth. There have been speed bumps and obstacles but I wouldn’t call them setbacks. They’re simply detours. Detours that have guided me and Pa’lante Yoga to be exactly where the Universe has intended. Every time something is challenging or doesn’t go as planned, it’s an opportunity for me to breathe and say, everything happens for a reason. And truly believing this has allowed me to let go of expectations that don’t serve anyone. When I feel discouraged, I simply come back to my intention for creating Pa’lante Yoga and I am reassured that the Universe has my back and that everything will be okay.
Pa’lante Yoga – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Pa’lante Yoga is dedicated to creating affordable, adventurous, and authentic yoga retreats and experiences. Our mission is to create an environment that promotes self-reflection and self-exploration, not just through yoga but through other activities, excursions, and conversations that lead us outside our comfort zones. We believe that by pressing pause on our daily routine, we can return with a refreshed perspective, giving us more clarity on how to move forward.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
My proudest moment was definitely hosting a retreat at Sofia Mulanovich’s house. As a kid, you can barely wrap your head around meeting your childhood idol, let alone texting them to plan a dinner menu for YOUR yoga retreat. It just reminds me that anything is possible and that magic IS real. All you have to do is believe.
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