From Self-Destruction to Self-Care: The Power of Yoga

 

During a recent yoga teacher training that I attended, we were asked to journal on the question, ‘how has yoga impacted your life?’

It’s a simple question but a very long answer. It really wasn’t until I started to journal, that I realised just how much yoga has enveloped my whole life, so that now, it is my entire lifestyle and belief system – it is filtered into every aspect of my life and continues to evolve each day.

I have witnessed powerful and profound effects on my physical, mental, energetic and emotional bodies, it has completely changed all aspects of my being and has been, and continues to be, my source of self-healing.

I could write an entire book about how yoga has impacted my everyday life, but here are just 3 ways that yoga has really helped me heal.

From Self-Destruction to Self-Care

Prior to finding a connection to yoga, my mindset would be an uncomfortable and destructive balance of tamastic and rajastic thoughts and behaviour. I had little respect for my physical state, intentionally abusing and toxifying my body and mind, with disregard.

Through the positive effects of yoga, meditation and mindfulness my thoughts, attitude and behaviours towards my physical being have shifted to self-care, love and appreciation.  I prioritise nurturing and cleansing my body, healthy boundaries and fully respecting myself. The consequences of this on an emotional, mental and energetic level have been profound, and it is something that I support and greatly encourage each of my students to focus on, through sharing my simple but powerful techniques and tools for self-care.

 

From Doubt to Trust

Doubt used to be something that was predominant in my daily life. Self-doubt with regards to my decisions, my opinions, my beliefs, my body, my strength. Doubt in others, disbelieving, not trusting the actions, emotions and words of others. Doubt in the universe and the world, leaving me disconnected spiritually, to the natural world and humanity.

The practices of yoga, particularly mediation and spiritual practices, have led me to a place of trust.

Trust that I am here for a purpose. Trust that everything is ok, regardless of my current situation. Trust in other beings. Trust in the universe; and the most importantly, I feel, trust in myself, believing in myself and my abilities, believing I will make the most healthy decisions. Trust in my own beliefs and opinions regardless of others’ and trust in my emotions and intuition – something that prior to yoga, I was completely unaware of.

 

From Pushing to Patience

I used to be one of those yogis who was all about the strong, flexible yoga poses. My yoga practice was purely physical and everything else was just a bonus (or occasionally a hindrance that prevented me from doing more physical poses).

I would push my body far beyond it’s boundaries, ignore the messages that my body would send me and force my body into poses that it just wasn’t ready for – physically or energetically.

After delving into more gentle forms of yoga, a result of injuries due to forcing and pushing, I explored meditation and discovered yoga philosophy. This was life changing for me.

I became more patient with myself. I found a way to be gentle with my body and strong in my mind. The physical practice became a way to access my spiritual practice. Overall, my yoga practice became my lifestyle and believe system.

So, it’s a simple question but a long, insightful answer. “How has yoga impacted your life?”

[Hit the comment box below to let me know]

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3 Steps to Kick-Start Your Dream Yoga Career

Do you ever feel like everyone is a yoga teacher? Everywhere you look, there are yoga classes popping up everywhere but it’s almost impossible for you to get your classes started!?

Or you’ve started your classes but have spent months trying to fill them (or at least get more than 2 regular students)

If you’re feeling like this, don’t worry, I know where you’re at because Ive been there.

When I first launched into the world of yoga, I had grand plans of making this my full-time career, but within weeks, it felt like was an impossibility (how wrong I was though).

I didn’t have any guidance at this time, just motivation and a real passion to share yoga wherever possible. It was that motivation and eagerness, that took me from teaching 4  yoga sessions a week, to becoming a business owner of my own Registered Yoga School, leading trainings, workshops and events in schools, studios, retreat centers and communities across the Globe (in 5 different continents!)

Now, this was my dream and it’s likely that your dream is somewhat different.

Maybe it’s your dream to have you own yoga space or start your own non-profit yoga community or just have more than 2 students coming to your classes!

Whilst that dream may seem too far to reach, I am here to tell you, that it’s closer than you think. I am a huge believer in taking inspired action in order to manifest your goals, dreams and desires.

I know how disheartening it can feel and how difficult it can be sometimes, especially when you don’t have the right support, guidance or mentoring, but here are my top 3 tips for getting your yoga dream, kick-started:

 

  1. Find you Uniqueness

Yes, it does sometimes feel like everyone is a yoga teacher (and everyone else is successful at it, except for you) so it’s essential that you discover, acknowledge and appreciate your uniqueness. What makes you different?

Now, I hear you saying, nothing, I don’t have anything that makes me different from all the other yoga teachers out there – well, that’s just not true.

Are you an educator, therapist, sports coach, health or community worker? Do you have a background in education, health, psychology or philosophy?

Do you have international experience? Have you worked in therapeutic or healing environments? What other qualifications or certifications do you have? What other interests do you have? What is your personal belief system or approach to life?

What is your life experience?

Your individual life experiences are incredibly valuable – its not all about how many yoga certifications you may or may not have.

 

  1. Try it all

When I first started teaching yoga, I reached out to a wide range of settings to try it all out, to discover what I liked and what worked in my community.

I tried one-on-one sessions in therapeutic centers, corporate work places, workshop collaborations with yoga studios, summer camps, yoga festivals, athletics clubs, dance troops and cheer-leading teams….I really tried it all!

Each offered a new and diverse experience, of which led me to becoming the teacher I am today.

 

  1. Get yourself an accountability partner

Doing it all on your own can be tough, especially when you’ve had a difficult session!

An accountability partner can be someone who keeps you on track and motivated. Someone to bounce ideas off, get creative with and turn to for support.

Equally, as an accountability partner, you’re there to support someone else through difficult times, to motivate them and remind them why you do what you do!

I’ve had my awesome accountability partner for over 18-months. We were paired together at a ‘Dreamcatcher Workshop’ in Thailand and it has been beyond valuable for us both.

We check-in with each other every week, sometimes with a quick email or skype chat or even a 2-minute voice message (or if we’re lucky enough to be in the same country, a long, motivational lunch!)

We celebrate in each others successes, support each other through challenges, share creative ideas and interesting finds and most importantly, learn a lot from each other.

So they’re just 3 of my top tips for taking inspired action to manifest your yoga teaching dreams, go out there and do it!

Source: BYC Blog

Cómo crear una práctica diaria de yoga.

Crear consistencia en cualquier tarea no es fácil, requiere compromiso y disciplina, dos palabras que no suelen sonar “demasiado divertidas”. Si a esto le sumamos la dificultad de añadir más actividades en nuestra agenda semanal, poder crear una práctica regular de cualquier disciplina parece imposible.

No es ningún secreto los numerosos beneficios de una práctica de yoga: sensación de bienestar y equilibrio, aumento de la fuerza física y flexibilidad, mayor claridad mental, etc. Estos beneficios se amplifican cuando la práctica se hace consistente. Comenzar una práctica de yoga regular puede sonar como algo bueno, pero ¿cómo dar el primer paso?

NO LE DES MÁS VUELTA, EL MOMENTO ES AHORA

Para crear práctica de yoga sólida, necesitamos hacer espacio de manera consciente, estar abiertos a romper con los viejos hábitos y entusiasmarnos ante la posibilidad de crear otros nuevos. Es muy común ponerse fecha, como  por ejemplo el cambio de estación, el comienzo del año o un cambio importante en la vida, para marcar el comienzo de un nuevo hábito. Si bien esto no tiene nada de malo, si estamos colocando el control sobre factores externos, lo que hace que el comienzo de este nuevo hábito dependa de algo ajeno a nosotros. Considera utilizar tu práctica diaria de yoga para crecer, explorar y crear una nueva intención. Una práctica diaria de yoga es una herramienta poderosa para comenzar o terminar cada día con la excepcionalidad que se merece y no como un día más.

COMBIERTE EL YOGA EN UN HÁBITO

Independientemente de si practicas en casa o en un estudio de Yoga, comprométete a practicar al menos unos saludos al sol y un par de posturas todos los días durante un mes completo hasta que se convierta en una rutina. Si practicas en casa intenta hacerlo siempre a la misma hora y tener un espacio dedicado para tu practica. No tiene por qué ser grande, pero si limpio y despejado donde sea fácil colocar la esterilla. 

Desarrollar una rutina alrededor del yoga hace que continuar con la práctica diaria sea fácil y el simple hecho de practicar unos minutos cada día tendrá un efecto profundo en tu vida, garantizado.

ENCUENTRA UNA PRACTICA QUE FUNCIONA BIEN PARA TI

Tener una serie de posturas o secuencias que disfrutes practicando todos los días te puede ayudar a ver cómo progresas en tu práctica y como estas posturas afectan su bienestar. Algunas personas disfrutan de la práctica de yoga Ashtanga porque se trabaja progresivamente una misma serie todos los días de manera que la practica va avanzando de manera muy orgánica. Otros prefieren fluir con prácticas variadas de vinyasa,  con posturas más restaurativas, o quizá  simplemente practicar algún tipo de meditación sentada.

Sea como sea, prueba distintos estilos para encontrar la práctica que resuena contigo y con la que te quieres comprometer para dedicar un poco de tu tiempo a diario.

PRACTICA YOGA FUERA DE LA ESTERILLA.

Tener una práctica diaria a veces no tiene por que significar tener que hacer una práctica física de asanas.

Hay muchas maneras de integrar el yoga en tu día, donde quiera que estés. Puedes dedicarte unos minutos en una pausa de trabajo para respirar profundamente. Puedes prestar atención plena a las tareas que realizas a lo largo del día, estando más presente en el momento en que las realizas.  A veces, escuchar profundamente o ayudar, a otra persona puede ser tu práctica de yoga. 

Presta atención a cómo practicas yoga fuera de la colchoneta. Tu práctica fuera, es tan importante como dentro.

Source: BYC Blog

We are family

A short story why attending a yoga conference can be healing:

Living in cities and working in big companies can somehow make us socio phobic. We feel then like the others are “too much”. Or we compare ourselves to others and feel “too little”, “not enough”. We feel that we can’t relate to one another and that there is no connection, no “we”.

Only “I”.

There are studies that show that we in Europe and in the US never had more room for ourselves than we do now. More and more people live alone in their apartments. Less people live with another generation or family member like their grandparents or aunts and uncles, sisters/brothers.

Attending a yoga conference can be a quick fix to feel and see the connection to others very clearly and very deeply.

In general it is nice to meet new people. The sentence, we are social human beings, is true. It is our nature to connect and share.

You can say that you book a conference ticket because of this or that teacher. Or this or that workshop. But honestly, I believe it is always also some sort of searching for connection.

Better than any teaching any teacher could give you is finding your own way to heal what needs to be healed in you right now.

Yoga conferences are an offering. They offer such a huge amount of teachers, coming from all over the world. But mostly they offer you future connections to other people.

That can feel like a whole new world.

And maybe it really does change something in your life. Most likely it is another human being inspiring you that shows you that there is more to life then you thought there is. They can expand your vision just by being themselves.

They are waiting.

Source: BYC Blog

7 cosas que deberías saber sobre Rocket Yoga.

El Rocket Yoga es un estilo de yoga moderno que ha tomando gran popularidad en los últimos años. Los seguidores del Rocket eligen esta práctica por su ritmo dinámico y por ser un tipo de yoga muy accesible a todos los niveles de práctica. 

Demostración de Rocket Yoga por David Kyle. Video por: ThreeMinuteEgg

Si estás pensando en probar una clase de Rocket Yoga, o aun no conoces demasiado sobre este estilo ligeramente diferente al otros estilos de yoga, aquí te enumero 7 curiosidades que deberías saber sobre Rocket Yoga:

1.Rocket Yoga es una modificación del Ashtanga Yoga tradicional. A grandes rasgos, Rocket Yoga, se diferencia de su raíz, el Ashtanga Yoga en que los estudiantes pueden modificar y hacer su interpretación de la asana tradicional. Si se quedan estancados con una pose, pueden omitirla o encontrar formas más fáciles de practicar en lugar de adherirse rígidamente a un patrón.

2. El Rocket yoga nació en la ciudad de San Francisco en la década de los 80 y su fundador, Larry Schultz, fue el alumno de K. Pattabhi Jois creador del Ashtanga Yoga.

En la foto Larry Schultz. Fuente de la foto: www.rocketvinyasayoga.com

3. Larry, era conocido como “The Bad Boy of Ashtanga” ya que defendía la idea de que todos los estudiantes deberían poder probar todas las posturas de las series de ashtanga, incluso las más avanzadas en vez de seguir su patrón tradicional donde no se permite practicar las asanas de una serie hasta haber completado la serie anterior.

4. El nombre de Rocket Yoga surgió porque: “Es como un cohete, te lleva allí más rápido”. Se le ocurrió a uno de los miembros de la banda de rock Grateful Dead, mientras Larry les acompañaba como profesor privado de yoga en una de sus giras por Estados Unidos.  

En la foto la banda de Rock Grateful Dead en 1970. Fuente de la foto: wikipedia.org

5. El Rocket se divide en tres series: Rocket I, Rocket II y Rocket III

Rocket I se basa en la Primera Serie de Ashtanga yoga. Trabaja las aperturas de cadera, flexiones hacia delante y fuerza. También incluye equilibrios sobre brazos e inversiones.

Rocket II trabaja aperturas de pecho así como torsiones de las Segunda Serie de Ashtanga. 

Rocket III, es una combinación de las dos series anteriores (Rocket I y Rocket II) y también es conocida con el nombre de “Happy Hour”.

6. Aunque el Rocket se estructura en series, cada clase de la misma serie no tiene por que ser necesariamente igual a la anterior. El Rocket da espacio a la improvisación y a la creación dentro de sus series. 

7. Rocket yoga estimula el sistema nervioso, te hace más fuerte, ligero y flexible. Además te ayuda a desintoxicar tu cuerpo desde dentro.

David Kyle durante una de sus sesiones de Rocket Yoga en BYC 2018.
Creditos foto: Mirta Yoga Photography.

El Rocket Yoga volverá a tener espacio en Barcelona Yoga Conference 2019 al contar de nuevo con la presencia de David Kyle, uno de los mayores exponentes internacionales del Rocket Yoga.

No te lo puedes perder!!

Source: BYC Blog

The Power of Kirtan

Singing is one of the oldest instruments we human beings have. We can sing ourselves to sleep, calm down our kids with lullabies, sing us into euphoria during a sport match, praise with our singing the Lord or the Universe. We can sing for love, for hope, for healing… You name it.

When it comes to singing no wonder it plays such a big role in the modern path of yoga. When we tune in to our heart and sing from there we can hear our innermost heart voice. It is one of the easiest ways to find this authentic voice: by singing.

So imagine someone who trained himself almost his whole life to sing with others devotional songs. This can be like a highway to your heart voice. It can feel like you found the fast track to yourself.

To experience a Kirtan with Krishna Das can be an eye opening experience. It is not only about listening to someone but also listening to being yourself.

Krishna Das’ journey as a devotional bhakti singer and teacher isn’t a story of only love and light (and by the way: who’s story is only love and light?). His interest for spiritual teachings began in the late 1960s, when he met Ram Dass. He followed him and was captivated by Ram Dass’ stories about his Guru Neem Koroli Baba, better known as Maharaj-ji.

So in the 70s Krishna Das went to see Maharaj-ji in India – and stayed with him for two and a half year. Krishna Das went back to the US and Maharaj-ji died six months later. So for Krishna Das singing was also a tribute to his guru. But it didn’t came easy, it took almost twenty years for him to find his way onto the stage and share his experience and journey.

It is hart to explain how to train the heart voice – but once we find it by singing we know that it exists and we can search for it over and over again.

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When we hear our authentic voice we automatically recognize it. We know: Oh yes, now I’m singing/talking from my heart. Not from my ego. Or from my brain.

We all know people who talk all the time but it seems like there is still nothing heartfelt or seriously important in their talking. And then we know people who just say one sentence and it feels like they explain the whole world to us.

No wonder a Kirtan with Krishna Das is also full of stories and those important sentences. If you read his book “Chants of a Life Time” or saw the movie “One Track Heart” you know how rare and special the teachings of Krishna Das are.

Krishna Das will be giving a Kirtan & a Post-Conference at the upcoming Barcelona Yogaconference:

Kirtan with Krishna Das

Post-Conference Bhakti Yoga with Krishna Das

 

Source: BYC Blog

How to Create A Mind-Blowing Yoga Nidra Experience

I would consider my first experience of Yoga Nidra as both mind-blowing and one of the weirdest experiences i’ve encountered on my yoga journey.

I was young at the time, regularly practicing yoga, and I had started to deepen my practice by trying all sorts of (what I considered to be) weird but wonderful classes from Gong Baths to Kirtan, Kriya yoga to crystal healing, eventually leading me to the Psychic Sleep, a seriously deep relaxation known as, Yoga Nidra.

Many years later and these ‘unusual’ practices are all part of my daily life and a major contributor to my overall well-being.

I remember the first Yoga Nidra session distinctly because immediately afterwards, I was blown away with the power of my mind!

I decided to join this session as my dear teacher who I had really grown to trust and respect, offered it as a special class in her beautiful yoga garden. She was incredibly enthusiastic about it which made me curious so I thought, ‘why not try this ‘yogi sleep’!?’ Plus, she told me that after just one 30-minute Yoga Nidra session, I would have the equivalent energy levels of having an 8 hour sleep – errrr,  yes, please!

She led the session following the traditional format of Yoga Nidra, which I have detailed below in 5 easy steps, but simply put it starts with a detailed body scan, breath awareness, a sankalpa (positive affirmation) and a series of visualisations. For me, the most profound aspect of this session was the bodily-sensation visualization in which my teacher guided us to feel our body heavy, then light, hot and then cold.

It sounds simple, but I could not believe that my mind could control the bodily sensations that I was feeling. I was blown away by the power of my own mind!

After the Yoga Nidra session, I felt such a surge of energy and a complete realization of how powerful my mind actually is. If it can control all my bodily sensations, making me feel hot, cold, light and heavy all within a few minutes, without moving or changing the environment – purely just from my mind, what else was my mind capable of?!

I didn’t quite realise just how impactful this session was until I reflected upon it a few months later. This short 30-minute, meditation session, had rewired my brain, my beliefs about myself and my approach to life. I moved from truly believing that my mind and my thoughts controlled my emotions and actions, to discovering, that I can have control of my mind, my thoughts, my feelings and my actions –  mind blowing, especially at a young age!

All this from a 30-minute meditation – who would have thought it?! Certainly not me, at the time.

It’s no surprise that I found a deep, deep connection with this form of meditation and just 5 months later, I found myself in India spending 23 days learning how to competently guide traditional Yoga Nidra meditations.

Since, then, it has been one of my favourite techniques to share with teens and adults. I realise that not everyone may feel the effects as vividly and profoundly as I did, but imagine if they did?!

Imagine if we can give our students the gift of realisation – a realisation that they have control of their thoughts, feeling and actions, realisation that they can control their own mind.

This was one of the greatest gifts that I have ever received (all for $15USD in that little Yoga Garden). If you haven’t experienced Yoga Nidra yet, I highly, highly recommend it.

Whether you’re leading this for your yoga students, looking to explore this independently, or you’re interested to learn more about it, here’s an easy 5-step guide to Yoga Nidra:

1. Get Comfortable

Yoga Nidra can last anywhere between 20-90minutes so getting comfortable to avoid distractions, is vital! Lie in Shavasana, cover yourself with a blanket, place a bolster under your knees and a cushion under your head. Relax and settle down.

2. Detailed Body Scan

This is the first stage to get the mind into a focused state and the body into a sleep-like, restorative state.

Various teachers and schools guide this differently, but, it is a detailed scan of the entire body, focusing on each limb and joint at a steady pace to keep the mind focused and bring awareness into each part of the body.

Personally, I start with the right side of the body, from the right thumb to the shoulder, all the way down to the toes. Then the left side, the front of the body and the back of the body. Being very detailed, specific and consistent with my guidance.

  1. Breath Awareness

By this stage, you may well have a few of your students, particularly beginners, floating in and out of a sleep-like state (and there’s always one student in a full deep sleep) – don’t worry, this is completely natural.

Focus on each breath, counting each exhalation. Traditionally, you would start from 100 and count each breath, down to one but I often start at 10 – its just more achievable and often, actually creates more focus than starting at 100.

  1. Sankalpa

This is your positive affirmation. Typically a positive “I am…” statement.  Usually I encourage my students to create their own meaningful affirmation before starting the Yoga Nidra session but often, I will create the sankalpa, especially if I am leading a theme based class or a teen yoga nidra session.

Once the sankalpa has been created, repeat it mentally 3 times.

  1. Visualisations

There are a whole range of visualization techniques to accompany Yoga Nidra (I could, and often do, speak about this all day long), a couple of my personal favourites include:

** Body Sensations – being guided through body sensations, from feeling hot then cold, heavy then light, just like my first mind-blowing experience of Yoga Nidra

** Quick-fire visuals – this keeps the mind super-focused. Usually I focus on natural environments or elements – a snowy mountain, a burning fire, a gentle-flowing river.

Now that you have entered the ultimate relaxation, take some time there. Some teachers play soothing music or singing bowls in the background, but traditionally, this would be a silent space.

Afterwards, take the time to feel the profound effects, to sit in the relaxation, to just be and feel the energy and mental state that has been created.

You learn more about guiding yoga nidra and meditations for children, teens and adults here.

 

Source: BYC Blog

3 razones por las que no querrás perderte el BYC 2019

Si nunca has asistido al BYC y te lo estas pensando, te comparto 3 razones (aunque podría darte muchas más ) para que este año te animes a venir y que lo experimentes por ti mismo. Seguro que una vez ahí, pensarás en más motivos por los cuales todo el mundo debería de asistir a este festival ? 

Photo Credit: Yoga and Photo @cristoloveanucecilia

PROFESORES MARAVILLOSOS E INTERNACIONALMENTE RECONOCIDOS

Si hay algo que caracteriza al BYC es la calidad de los profesores invitados. Por eso (entre muchas otras cosas) es considerado uno de los festivales yogis  mas importantes no solo de España sino de Europa. 

Esta novena edición del BYC contará con artistas y profesores invitados que no necesitan presentación. Son personas tan maravillosas que créeme cuando te digo : ¡Querrás conocerlas! Solo de pensarlo me dan unas ganas enormes de que llegue el mes de Julio…

De momento te dejo algunos de los nombres que encontrarás en esta edición. Seguro que te suenan de algo, pero si aún no los conoces esta es la oportunidad perfecta para hacerlo. Mas adelante compartiré un poquito mas de ellos.

Krishna Das – Kirtan 

Shiva Rea – Prana Flow

Mirabai Ceiba – Wold Music 

Bryan Kest – Power Yoga 

Patrick Broome – Yoga for everyone

Krishna Takis – Thai Yoga Massage 

Yoshio Hama – Dharma Yoga 

Simon Park- Liquid Flow 

David Lurey – Vinyasa Yoga 

Dario Calvaruso – Navakarana Vinyasa 

Más de 50 profesores y artistas maravillosos reunidos en un solo lugar, gracias al Barcelona Yoga Conference 2019. 

Aquí te comparto la lista completa de los profesores y artistas invitados para que le eches un vistazo.

Photo Credit : Barcelona Yoga Conference Facebook page.

EL AMBIENTE MÁS BONITO QUE PUEDAS ENCONTRAR EN UN FESTIVAL

Barcelona Yoga Conference es igual a Familia Yogi. En este festival te sientes como en casa nada mas entrar. Esto es algo que me sigue sorprendiendo cada año. El BYC cuenta con hasta 1200 participantes que vienen de todo el mundo y aun así tiene la capacidad de hacerte sentir tan parte de él, tan en el hogar … 

Kirtans gratuitos al aire libre, yogis tumbados disfrutando del sonido de los mantras, otros bailando libremente, alguno que otro niño que se entremezcla como si hubiese nacido para estar ahi, abrazos por doquier, los acroyogis practicando en los jardines como si nunca se cansaran… Acroyogis, ¿de donde sacáis toda esa energía ?

En el BYC puedes llegar a sentir claramente como hay algo que une a todos los asistentes, hay algo en el aire que se respira. Podría definirlo como tranquilidad, disfrute y felicidad… se respira AMOR.

Photo Credit : Wari Om Yoga Photography

SPONSORS, STANDS Y LA COMIDA HEALTHY & VEGETARIANA MÁS BUENA DEL MUNDO MUNDIAL

Es verdad cuando digo que tienen stands de comida riquísima. Comida vegetariana con ese toque casero que hace que este más buena. 5 días en los que podrás desayunar, comer, cenar y seguirás añorándola aún después de haberte ido ? 

En el área del BYC Village podrás pasear entre más de 40 stands. A mi me recuerdan a los mercadillos en los que encuentras cosas que en otro lugar no lo hubieras hecho. Así que te aviso, seguro que algo te roba el corazón y te lo llevas a casa ? 

Photo Credit: Wari Om Yoga Photography BYC 2017

Espero que esto te ayude a decidirte. Regálate una escapada a Barcelona el próximo 4-8 Julio. Te espera una maravillosa experiencia en el BYC 2019. 

Source: BYC Blog

shamanic yin

The perfect end of the day was a shamanic yin yoga practice led by Valentina Duna & Geraldine Lethenet. The room was packed, a clear sign that the world we live in, every time more and more yang, needs in fact a LOT of yin!

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The girls had us make a circle around a very beautiful setting of a tiny altar and their musical instruments right at the center. The class started with the invocation of the different names of mother earth: Gaia, Pachamama, Durga, Deví, Párvati, Shakti, Tonantzin among many others and they announced that this class would be an opportunity to re- connect to her.

Both Valentina & Geraldine have beautiful voices that guided us throughout the different postures & sang chants & mantras that allowed for everyone present to ease into the practice & into the intention of surrendering & allowing, to the rhythm of the shamanic drums & other instrument sounds that they shared with us.

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After a fully releasing & restoring savasana, we were invited to come back slowly and asked to join the tribal chant invoking positivity & love into our lives.

A truly recommended experience, hoping to repeat very soon! The girls mentioned they belong to a collective the The Shakti Mamas  , a group of powerful women sharing and spreading the message of love & union to mother Earth.

 

Source: BYC Blog

embodied flow

We were blessed to start the day with a refreshing summer rain before a full day of yoga and fun at the Barcelona Yoga Conference!

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I joined Carlos Romero´s class “embodied flow yoga“. Carlos explained this concept as the intention to move and flow with breath far and deeper beyond the physical. Throughout the practice we were motivated to stay in tune with our sensations and allow breath to mobilize into the little corners of the physical and energetic bodies  for renewal and optimization, tuning into our own capacities to heal.

It was a truly enjoyable experience and you could feel the room of yogis & yoginis inspired by the music that evoked nature sounds & Carlo´s words reminding us to remember where we came from, the essence of nature and life, a constant flow.

img_4234.jpgClose to the end of the class we were lucky to have the beautiful cello strings of Algimiro Cesarino (Cellomano) craddling the group into rest after the practice. And at some point he was joined by Amrita Liza and her sweet voice accompanied us into a restoring, sweet savasana.

The trio (Carlos, Algimiro & Amrita) that led this sweet experience are from Venezuela and now live in Bali were they hold trainings, workshops, concerts & many more initiatives. To know more about their music & proposals, click on these links:

 

  • Carlos Romero – yoga & massage – http://www.livininspired.com
  • Cellomano – music & sound therapy – https://cellomano.com
  • Amrita Liza – https://lizalilintahl.bandcamp.com/album/expansion

Hoping they return next year to the Conference to enjoy more unique experiences like these with them!

 

Source: BYC Blog