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“Life is good!” and “Work hard, Play harder”.

I am pleased to bring you this month’s Yoga issue! Not only is it loaded with important news and information, but the cover features two members of our Natural Awakenings publishing family, Waleska Sallaberry and Luis Mendez of Natural Awakenings Puerto Rico. Their story is an inspirational one.


Celebrating 15 years of publishing the magazine and creating wellness initiatives in their island this year, the couple continues their passion for service and their desire to make a difference in their community and the World. Waleska and Luis have three kids, ages 11 to 21. During the last 16 years they have focused on their personal and spiritual growth process. They are both certified advanced yoga teachers (RYT-500) and make time every year to detox, recharge and reconnect.


They both enjoy stand-up paddle boarding, taking care of Mother Earth–and inspiring others to do too–and enjoy spending time outdoors with their kids and friends. They currently live in Rincón, Puerto Rico, a small, laid-back surf town in the west of the island, where they are blessed with a growing eco- and health-conscious community.


Their passion and commitment to providing their readers with resources to help them live more balanced lives led them to create in 2004 their first event, Expo Calidad de Vida, which quickly became the most important natural health and wellness expo in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, attracting more than 6,000 people each year.


In 2009, they launched the Natural Awakenings Network, the first holistic discount card through which subscribers have access to an extensive network of products and services focused in promoting total well-being. The program today has more than 250,000 members and a network of 1,000 providers.


As Natural Awakenings publishers, Waleska and Luis can live their two life mottos: “Life is good!” and “Work hard, Play harder”. 


 Be well in love and peace,



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