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Meet Perla Del Rio owner of Sol y Luna and Little Buddhis

Today we’d like to introduce you to Perla Del Rio.

Can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today. You can include as little or as much detail as you’d like.
When I was five-years-old I had a vivid dream. In a lush, peaceful forest, with trees that touched a clear sky, there was a being dressed in a white light. It told me to wash my hands in a nearby waterfall. After rinsing my hands I pulled them out of the cool waters to see them shimmer and sparkle in the sun. When I woke up I told my Mom about my dream and she said that she had the same dream when she was little! Since then I knew my purpose was to heal.

I believe in natural healing to create balance, support self-love, and improve lives. I assist physical, emotional, and spiritual restoration through positive yoga sessions, powerful meditations, integrative therapies, holistic massages, restorative spiritual cleanses, and herbal remedies.

Giving back to my community has always been a major part of my life. After being involved in different community organizations in my hometown of Long Beach, with a goal to share love and light everywhere where I go, I decided to create The Sol y Luna Project. The Sol y Luna Project’s mission is to make the healing arts available to the community. We offer donation based yoga, meditation, and other holistic modalities. I believe that together we can grow and raise awareness of self-love and achieve universal vibration as well as awareness of the mind,body, and spirit.

The Sol y Luna Project also believes and focuses on teaching the youth. It’s a strong core belief that the earlier we start to use healing tools, the more we can reduce the percentage of mental illness and the use of pharmaceuticals. I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression throughout my life and I wanted to heal. I looked and tried many methods, but then I became disciplined and I started to meditate, practice yoga, and use other new tools and combined it with methods I had studied in the past. All of these tools is what has helped me through my years. Plus I knew if I wanted to help others I had to help myself first. I couldn’t pour from an empty cup. It has been a life changing experience for me. With the passion of community I am on a mission to share something that completely helped me and continues to help me in times of need.

With a background in early childhood development and a passion for children and education, I obtained a position as a writing counselor at the first publishing kids book store at Storymakery. One of my favorite things about working there is that every experience and interaction with the each child is like no other. I enjoy being part of the creativity and story building process. I love seeing their smiles after they have received their own storybook! The owner, Payal, is a mother and business owner, whose dedication to her vision and business is admirable. Manager Amanda and the staff Jenny, and Natalie truly work towards a common goal and working with them has helped me to improve my writing and creativity skills, which I’m truly grateful for!

Sundays are very special to me as I have the honor to teach the Vinyasa Level 1 community class at Ra Yoga in Irvine. I’m coming up on almost a year since I moved to Orange County, and it’s been in honor to teach at my favorite studio. Ra Yoga values service, creativity, authenticity, and connection, values they I believe in and I can truly resonate with. With all the great teachers and array of classes that are offered, Ra Yoga has become like my second home. Working at Ra Yoga has impacted me in so many positive ways and has given me the opportunity to build so many strong connections. It’s been said that your vibe attracts your tribe and it’s so true! My gratitude here at Ra Yoga is continuously overflowing. The owners Jenny Vande Hei, Robert Kittleman, and my manager Jaime Hunt – Parrent, have been beyond supportive of my goals and mission in life. They gave me the opportunity to let me explore and share my purpose at their studio.

Yvonne M Nahl, the owner of Skinterest and Wellness Spa, has been a mentor to me. Her award winning spa is not only where I am able to practice my holistic services, but where I get to witness her professionalism and passion for skin and wellness. She truly understands and values clients and i’m beyond grateful to have her.

Without my roller coaster of experiences, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I have had so many people help and support me along the way. I’m so thankful for my family, my sisters; Lesli, Michelle, and Nicole Del Rio, for always making me feel like I can accomplish anything. With their support, they’ve helped me grow as a person. My mother, Felipa Gamez, is my inspiration. She came from Honduras with nothing and without knowing anyone. She has truly worked her way up to become the amazing business owner that she is today. She came here to create a better life for her and her family, and I owe it to her to be the best that I can be. She is the reason why my sisters and I have become a clan that value strength, kindness, and love. She has a passion and love for her business that also focuses on wellness and giving back to the community. I grateful to have such a close relationship with my family the Del Rio’s, Gamez, Mendizabal family. I’m also forever grateful for Charles Pellicane, who believed in my goal and mission since the first day I shared it with him. Charles is has a background as a process improvement coach and has helped me so much through his coaching. He keeps me grounded, accountable, and uses his logic and experience to help me improve as a business owner and as a human being. He is my rock, that not only compliments me but stands by me as we continue to grow. I’m lucky to call him my business partner and significant other. I would also like to thank Carlos Rodas, for introducing me to Vonage LA. Carlos, you are truly talented and your art speaks for itself. You are an inspiration to me and I can’t thank you enough for always sharing your kinds words, positive energy, and talent with the community. Carlos Roda is also the Artist, who is also involved in designing of my business logos and flyers. I’m truly blessed to be surrounded by amazing people. However, nothing would be possible without my friends and community. The community of artists, musicians, dancers, yogis, locals, and everyone who has attended my classes, show support and have sent me nothing but love and light. I pour my gratitude towards all of you. When they show up for themselves on their mats or for a session, at that moment, it becomes very blissful. At the present moment, the universe blinks at me and reminds me that I’m living my purpose. I believe the higher power brought me here to complete a mission. Without the higher power I would not have the strength and capability to center myself and deliver.

On my days off, I love to spend time being outdoors with my dog bella aka Monkers and my soulmate. If i’m not discovering a new place outdoors, hiking, or digging my toes in the sand, you can also find me learning a new recipe. I love to cook and I’m learning how to bake, specially since everything I bake seems to turns into biscuits. I’m a coffee lover and one of my favorite things to do is write away with a good cup of coffee. My bf and I enjoy creating art, that being said we love and support the artist and checking art shows and galleries. Overall I consider myself very lucky and someone who tries to continue to improve in all areas in life. Im human, there is no such thing as perfection. What I do believe, is that there is always an opportunity to learn and grow and a good personality goes a long way.

“ Opportunity is everywhere, your only limit is you. You are incontrol of your personal perspective, attitude, and the way you look at life.” My dad mentioned.

I will never forget those words that my father mention when I was a junior in High school.

Has it been a smooth road? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Not at all, it has been a rollercoaster!

Before I decided to take the leap, my mother was moving her business to a different location. I thought this was the perfect opportunity to change my direction and I would be back home near friends, family, and the community where I grew up. Even though I was excited, it was also a heartbreaking decision. I was working full time with a side job as a marketing brand ambassador. Saying goodbye to all the students at Little Bits Pre school was tough! I knew I was going to miss the children, my director Kathy Bumgardner, and the rest of my coworkers. Kathy Bumgardner became a mentor to me with her positivity and the, “anything is possible” attitude that motivated me to keep believing in myself. My coworkers were the most caring teachers. They were so full of love and I wanted to keep learning because of them. They made my experience teaching a lot smoother. Having to leaving this space was not an easy thing to do.

Leaving my current situation also meant I had to leave one of my sanctuaries. My daily yoga practice was no longer going to be at the Yoga Shack in Nipomo CA, which was where I received my 200 RYT from Lori and Tommy Anderson. These two amazing instructors and their shack was definitely a little hidden gem that I found. They were part of my practice since the beginning, giving me the tools to build my confidence as a teacher. The skills I learned here gave me the tools I needed to practice, teach, and further my education.

After I put in my two weeks at the preschool, I moved back to Long Beach with very little money. I took over the lease blindfolded, and quickly realized that I needed to further educate myself. Business Podcasts, Ted talks, and some business books were not enough. I had no clue how to run a business and I was already committed. I was sleeping on sofas, skipping meals, struggling with debt, and had to put the little money I did receive right back into the business. Sol y Luna was growing but unfortunately, I didn’t have a clear plan or direction. I tried doing it all on my own and became overwhelmed very quickly. Instead of asking for help and finding for solutions to make it work, I made excuses and let pride and ego get in the way. I was burnt out and gave up the keys to my business, closing my location.

After closing the studio, I felt paralyzed, I couldn’t believe what I had done. I felt like I lost my sense of purpose and felt as if it disappeared in the blink of an eye. I fell into a bit of depression and was beyond disappointed in myself. After reflecting for so long, I realized I could of done things differently and saved my business. For almost a year I felt numb and was unsure of what my next move was going to be. I began to work on myself again, with Charles reminding me that excuses will not lead me to success. He reminded me that success is a process and required focus. I decided to start again, I knew I had to change my mindset and understand that all of this was an opportunity to learn. I began teaching yoga and mediation and hosted a full moon gathering within the community. I had rebuilt my confidence and connected with my purpose again.

Throughout my life I’ve struggled with dyslexia and public speaking. I had trouble in reading development during my school years. I was so embarrassed to read out loud, inwardly pleading with my teachers not to pick on me to popcorn read. Up to this day, I struggle with dyslexia and have to reread things two or three times before I fully understand. This struggle kept lowering my confidence, but I had to remember that mind was over matter. My anxiety, clammy palms, and sweaty feet, couldn’t be the thing to keep me from my purpose. When I was little I always saw myself sharing my goals and passions to the public. I knew that in order to overcome I had to face my fears. I signed up for pageants, went to seminars, and took classes to helped me grow in these areas. I continue to work on myself in this area because I still struggle with it, but, eventually, I would love to be part of a TED Talk or something where I could become an influencer and share healing tools to others.

I believe that your mindset and believing in yourself is everything. There is always room to improve, and if you continue to work hard and persevere, results will follow. I often have to remind myself to be patient and not to give up. Over the years, I’ve learned that who you associate with is something to value. Energy is contagious and surrounding myself with positive beings, the believers and go getters, is very important to me. They influence me to continue my purpose and I continue to expand my mindset.

Tell us about your business/company. What do you do, what do you specialize in, what are you known for, etc. What are you most proud of as a company? What sets you apart from others?
As a certified Holistic Integrative Practitioner, registered Yoga Instructor, and multi-generational healer, I combine methods I have learned from traditional holistic programs with therapies passed on from my mother, grandmother, and past generations. With ten years of experience and volunteering, I understand the importance of a compassionate practice of natural remedies and of providing a kind and thoughtful experience for my clients through healing energy. In doing this, I am able to help my clients to find love and happiness within themselves. Sol y Luna represents the balance we all need, just as the Sun and the Moon balance and need each other.

Where do you see your industry going over the next 5-10 years? Any big shifts, changes, trends, etc?
Bringing everything I’ve learned with mind, body, spirit, youth, community, and education together, I’m excited to share that by mid- summer I’ll be launching my next project called Little Buddhist! In the next five years, I see myself being successful in this project as it ties down with my mission with the help of Martha Vizcarra, the owner of Martha Tailor shop in Long Beach, who is helping with my creations and design. I see myself continuing to grow within my business and in sharing my purpose with others. Within the next 10 years. I see myself traveling, furthering my education, teaching workshops, publishing books, and expanding to different communities and culture still sharing healing tools. Family is also very important to me, so I see myself getting married to my soulmate and having children. I want to not only be a friend to the community, but a supportive and loving wife and mother. I want to raise my future children to have awareness, to understand and to practice self- love. I want my future family to live life without limitations and embrace who they are and who they want to become. I want them to believe in themselves and to impact others in a positive way. The best is yet to come!

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Charles Pellicane, Jacob Avanzato

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