Mariposa (Cristina Alcalde) was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, where she was raised until she was 18. She was born into a family of vegetarian yogis, where spiritual growth was and is held as the most important personal achievement.
Her yoga practice began from the age of ten, when her Mama would take her to the classes she was teaching. When Mariposa was 18, she decided to leave home, to leave her comfort zone. She knew there was something else inside her, beyond what she had been told and trained to be. She went to New York City, learned English and became an independent designer for four years.
Realizing that she could make her dreams come true anywhere, she left the city to explore the world, especially South America and Asia Throughout her travels, she found herself as a mirror, reflecting the various cultures she would encounter. She began to communicate with ancestral plants and medicines that brought her back to her pure, source energy.
In 2017, she got her first 200-hour yoga certification and became a teacher. This led her to discover the studies of tantra and breathwork in Ko Phangan, Thailand. It was through breathwork that she realized she could access DMT, “the spirit molecule,” without plants and no longer needed them. DMT is what connects all life with source.
During her first breathwork experience, she was visited by the spirit of Prana, who opened her wings and bestowed her with her spiritual name: Mariposa. Realizing that all the answers lie within and nothing outside was necessary for transformation, she became free as a butterfly, or in Spanish, a mariposa. This was a true breakthrough and now she desires to bring these practices and this knowledge to the world. The blending of Breathwork, Tantra and Yoga is what birthed “Respira tu Amor,” meaning “breathe your love within.”