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Restorative yoga. Why you should practice?

Have you heard about restorative yoga?

Some people say this is an advanced practice. What do you think?

Restorative yoga involves spending from 3 to 8min in a “relatively” comfortable pose. The goal won’t be stretching, but it might be a consequence of the practice as long as no pain is involved.

Not all of us have the capacity to see the importance of taking quality downtime and allow your brain to stop controlling everything.

I used to think, that practicing restorative yoga or taking time to rest was a waste of time.

Yes, I always love training, and I used to push my self to the limits, most of the time
Maybe you are like me or maybe you have already a good understanding of how important is to take time to rest and recover

“Regardless of what are you training for, a good rest is essential to high-level performance, but many still overtrain and feel guilty when they take a day off. The body repairs and strengthens itself in the time between workouts, and continuous training can actually weaken the strongest athletes”.- Elizabeth Quinn- verywellfit.com

Rest days are critical to sports performance for a variety of reasons. Some are physiological and some are psychological.
Rest is physically necessary so that the muscles can repair, rebuild, and strengthen. For recreational athletes, building in rest days can help maintain a better balance between home, work, and fitness goals.

When your life is racing full-speed ahead, so is your mind. Restorative yoga helps provide that physical and mental balance to prevent stress and anxiety, through the use of props (blankets, yoga blocks or pillows) that allow you to hold poses longer, giving you all the benefits of deep, passive stretching.

Here are some of the benefits of practicing Restorative Yoga:

🧘🏻‍♀️ It allows your muscles to recover with gentle moves.

Is not about the quantity is about the quality of staying still and present when performing poses

🧘🏻‍♀️It helps us to slow down and cultivate the skill of conscious relaxation.

Depending on you lifestyle, most of us are programmed to “do” a lot—it keeps us engaged and makes us feel productive and in control. But our habit of running around, conquering our to-do lists, and fueling ourselves with coffee and ambition can often be a way we avoid deep discomforts and unwelcome feelings in the body and mind.

Restorative yoga asks us to stop engaging in all the doing and face what we really need to look at about ourselves. To learn about, befriend, and care for the whole of ourselves in a way we are not used to. This is an essential step for health and healing, for true renewal. A lot of people think relaxing is about letting go, but rather than throwing out, we are trying to make space for what’s uncomfortable and to allow more space for the full experience of who we are.

🧘🏻‍♀️ It helps us discover where we are holding tension.
Once you come to this realization, you can make small changes in your everyday life to reduce the stress and tension you allow to build up in your body.

🧘🏻‍♀️ Enhance the flexibility
All forms of yoga help make you bendier, but regular use of restorative poses leads you to a passive flexibility session
However, Restorative yoga is not a stretching class and there is no end goal involved, like being able to touch your toes after 10 sessions. You are exploring what happens when you release the tension your body habitually holds.

🧘🏻‍♀️The slower pace and deep breathing that you get in a restorative yoga practice triggers the parasympathetic nervous system and helps us to reduce the level of stress. Optimizing energy flow to the organs, tissue renewal, and reduced “fight or flight” response.

Little Note:
Restorative Yoga is not the same as Yin Yoga, we will talk more about it in the next post.

Here I am sharing a video tutorial I have created for yo to give it a try and practice at home.

 

 

If you practice aerial acrobatics , pole dance or you are curious about how yoga can help you stay flexible and strong join the private facebook group “Yoga for every Acrobat”..

Where I am sharing yoga tutorial specific for keeping our body strong flexible and mobil.

 

 

 

You are meant to be here

September full Moon is known, this year as Harvest Moon, 

If you have been following my blog post you know I like to explain what each full moon energy is about and before that I share with you information about the names of the moons each month.

Unlike other full Moon names, which are specific to their respective months, the Harvest Moon depends on an astronomical event: the autumnal equinox, this is the first day of autumn in the NorthAmerican countries and it will be the spring equinox in the SouthAmerican countries.

Historically, Native Americans gave a name to each month’s full Moon, naming it concerning a natural event or sign of the season. This aided them in tracking the progression of the year

The full Moon that happens nearest to the equinox (September 22 or 23) takes on the name “Harvest Moon,” rather than its traditional name, which means that a Harvest Moon may occur in either September or October.

This month’s full moon rises on the night of Friday, September 13, and reaches peak fullness at 12:33 a.m. EDT on the 14th.

As if this Harvest Moon wasn’t interesting enough already, September’s Full Moon will also be a “micro moon.”

A micro moon is exactly the opposite of the supermoon: a full moon that occurs when the Moon is at the farthest point in its orbit around Earth (the point of apogee). In other words, the Moon is about as far from Earth as it can get, causing it to appear about 7% smaller and 15% dimmer than usual.

Would you like to know more about the full moon meaning and its energy??

Here it goes:

The Sun opposite Moon brings your home, family and intimate relationships into sharper focus for the following two weeks of this moon phase. Opposing forces such as work versus home, or what you need versus what you want, create inner tension and external pressures. This can lead to conflict and crises that drain your energy.

The lunar qualities of emotions and instincts reach their peak at a full moon. So use your increased emotional strength and intuition to overcome any relationship challenges. Subconscious awareness allows for an impartial and balanced look at your relationships. You will see any relationship dynamics or negative feelings causing disharmony.

During the full moon, is the perfect time to release and let go what no longer serving you, what is not letting you grow.

I know.. it is a little bit of magical thought here, with fairies and unicorns. I choose to believe in it because it helps me; if I can analyze and realize what am I doing wrong I can implement positives changes, I can feel better, I can improve and evolve.

But that is the way I see it

Whether you’ve got old emotions flowing up to be released or you feel a little scattered. Remember that all things happen for a reason and in perfect timing.

September’s full moon offers healing energy to help us cleanse away anger and allow acceptance and forgiveness to set in.

See your life from a bigger perspective and understand these “traumas” needed to happen to help you spiritually grow. 

To release and let go, you have to start with the simple things, changes won’t happen overnight but if you work on the changes you want for you they will happen.

A way I like to do it is by practicing the moon salutation and focusing on what I want to let go while I am doing the practice. During these days I usually take time to perform a release ritual, like writing down what it is aI need to let go and release it helps me to be specific and take actions.

I am leaving here a link so you can have access to a free tutorial on how to perform the moon salutations and the release ritual guided form on pdf.

All for free 😊

YOU are meant to be here.

Embrace your path; anything in a state of decay in your life can be reborn. You can get to the cause of any bad habit or addiction. You can deeply probe under the surface to solve mysteries or investigate crimes and secrets. Your intuition is very strong and can guide on your journey in this world.

If you re-interest in letting go fears, insecurities and you would like to discover what are you capable of , I am hosting an Acroyoga & Rock Climbing Retreat in Cayman Brac.

We are going to spend 3 days and 3 night in paradise, focusing on your transformation by getting out of your comfort zone and exposing yourself to be brave, to be courageous, to trust and to find out you are capable of so much more.

I am leaving a LINK here with specific information about the Acroyoga & Climb Retreat with the early bird price discount!

“You must go on adventures, to find out where you truly belong”

-Sue Fitzmaurice-

Full “Thunder”Moon in July 2019

July’s full moon is known as the Full Buck Moon because a buck’s antlers are in full growth mode at this time. This full Moon was also known as the Thunder Moon because thunderstorms are so frequent during this month.
The Full Moon Names is being used in The Old Farmer’s Almanac come from Native American tribes, Colonial Americans, or other traditional North American names passed down through generations. Each full Moon name was applied to the entire lunar month in which it occurred.

July’s full moon is coming with a partial eclipse. This will be the last lunar eclipse of 2019, is visible on Tuesday, July 16th, from Australia, Africa, South America, most of Europe, and Asia.
The eclipse will miss North America, except for the very southern and eastern parts of the continent.

This Full Moon Lunar Eclipse invites us to face our fears, and accept the life lessons you’re currently being taught.

Like every full moon is time to release and let go what no longer positively serves you to make room for what you want.

This energy is going to be intense so take time to rest after a big release. You’re being stretched beyond your comfort zone to expand past your current limiting thoughts, beliefs, and emotions.

On top of all these energies changes, in July we are being influenced by mercury retrograde.

Did you heard about it but you don’t know what is it?

According to the age-old practice of astrology, we are all influenced by the effect of Mercury in retrograde. Due to the way our planet’s orbit interacts with the orbits of the other planets, they might sometimes appear to be traveling backward through the night sky concerning the zodiac. This is, in fact, an illusion, which we call apparent retrograde motion.
Three times a year, it appears as if Mercury is going backward. These times, in particular, were traditionally associated with confusions, delay, and frustration.
However, this is an excellent time to reflect on the past. It’s said that intuition is high during these periods, and coincidences can be extraordinary.

In 2019, Mercury will be in retrograde three times, during the date ranges of:

  • March 5 to 28
  • July 7 to August 2
  • October 31 to November 20

How this can affect us?

The planet Mercury rules communication, travel, contracts, automobiles, and such.
So, when Mercury is retrograde, remain flexible, allow extra time for travel, and avoid signing contracts. Double-check your email responses, check-in with reservations before you take that trip.
Review projects and plans at these times, but wait until Mercury is direct again to make any final decisions. You can’t stop your life, but plan ahead, have back-up plans and be prepared.
Some people blame Mercury retrograde for “bad” things that happen in their lives. Instead, this is a good time to sit back and review where you put your energy in your life. For example, if family and faith are important to you, are you putting your energies there or just overextended in other areas?
Take a moment to reflect. Mercury retrograde can be an excellent time to take a step back and reanalyze who you are and what you are doing—but do refrain from making any drastic changes until after retrograde has ended.

Like every month since 2018, I am hosting a yoga class by donation to fundraise Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness a non-profit organization in Grand Cayman.

We practice the Moon Salutations – known as Chandranamaskar in sanskrit. A slow flow yoga sequence that helps us to reflect and relax.

The perfect practice for this time of the month.

If you are visiting or living in Grand Cayman, you are welcome to join us:

  • Friday, July 19th,2019
  • From 6:15pm to 7:15pm
  • Location: Dart Family Park , direcctions here
facebook link

We will meet at the theatre of Dart’s Family Park to share our Chandra Namaskara- Moon Salutations practice with others; surrounding by nature, ending with a guided meditation

Please bring:

  • An open heart.
  • Your yoga mat
  • Towel, scarf or blanket to cover during our meditation.
  • Pen and paper to perform a release ritual
  • Water Bottle
  • Mosquito spray

All the $ donations will go to Caymans ARK – Acts of Random Kindness

Spread the word and share this event!

Hope to see you there,

Namaste

Renée

P/S: it will be canceled only if there are thunderstorms

Is Restorative Yoga class for you?

Are one of those person who are almost addicted to any kind of physical activity? Do you know when to stop?

I am here raising my hand, I am one of those.

I’ve been having a fairly active life style with up and downs since I am 5 years old; then is when all started with dancing lessons, then my mom signed me up to swimming lessons because she doesn’t know how to swim and she didn’t want me to be afraid of the water as she is.

Followed by gymnastics lessons, witch I loved it and I still do I just never felt comfortable with the competitive side of it. As a young adult more dancing arrive into my life and then is when I also started working as a professional/acrobat dancer. I saw the Cirque Du Soleil for the first time and I went crazy passionate about aerial circus acrobatics together with my university career in Physical Education + my Yoga Teacher Training and so on…

The thing is I was one of those person who care so much about learning and improving form the physical aspect of my career, that I used to think taking restorative/relaxing classes was a waste of time ..

I was so wrong!

Growing older I understand and I am more interested in how much do we need to slow down when we need it and by doing it we will have more energy for the future trainings as well as faster improvement, because we gave the time to our body and our mind to absorb all the information we are putting in each activity we perform.

Yoga for all levels

Yoga is truly the all-inclusive exercise. There’s a yoga class for everyone, regardless of your body type, health condition, or level of activity. 

There are 2 styles of yoga classes I prefer when I need to reset and recharge the body and the mind:

Hatha Yoga being my first approach to yoga, is a style I recommend to practice if you are an active person who shaving a hard time with slow flow classes because you are always running at 120% and also for beginner who would like to try yoga classes but you don’t know where to start

This school is considered the most traditional form of yoga practice. Ha means Sun, representing the heat and the masculine aspect. Tha means Moon, representing the coolness and the feminine aspect. In these classes we aim to balance “Ha” & “Tha“, soul and mind with a slow flow yoga sequence. We are still moving, but we move slowly and we hold the posture for a couple of minutes. Including 20-30 poses in each classes with the benefit of increasing flexibility, stability, balance and awareness on our movements.

Here I am sharing 3 postures you can practice any time:

PADMASANA OR LOTUS POSE
MARICHIASANA TWIST
UTTANASANA OR FOWARD BENDING POSE

The 2nd style I strongly suggest is Restorative Yoga, focusing on 5-6 postures only, holding each posture 5-10min; using props that will allow you to relax into the pose and hold it for longer periods of time (up to five minutes).

Restorative yoga classes are for all levels because it focus more on the meditative and healing aspects of yoga. Is great for improving:

  • Specific health conditions like chronic back or neck pain, anxiety and high blood pressure
  • Alignment between your body, breath and mind.

Sharing some postures you can practice any time

NECK STRETCH
SUPINE SPINAL TWIST
SOFT ROCKING SIDE TO SIDE HUGGING YOUR KNEES

Now there is a warning here, I know this might be a hard class to follow if you are a person who is used to super active, powerful classes and doesn’t know when to slow down.

If this is you, I suggest to start with Hatha and then as you are feeling comfortable with slow flows you can transition to Restorative. I am saying this because I used to be one of those who thought moving slow or staying still was a waste of time, not knowing when to shut down and not being able to appreciate the stillness, the observance of the self, so much needed.

We talk often about self care but how much do we actually do about it.

If you think yoga is not for you, give yourself some time, be aware there are other activities you can approach to restore, like meditation, Tai Chi, or something much more simple as a slow peace walk, reading a book or enjoying a cup of tea

So don’t wait any longer, either or, choose the style of yoga or the style of physical activity you feel comfortable with; we tend to postpone things even if we know there are good for us.

Go and get comfortable in your clothing, grab your yoga mat and let’s get started!

I love Manduka brand, if you don’t know it I am leaving here a link to some of my favourite leggings for yoga practice.

Oh, just one more thing I want to share

If you live in Cayman Islands or you are visiting feel free to stop by to one of classes I am currently teaching at Quintessential Movement Studio.

Remember to check with a certified instructor anytime is needed.

Namaste,

Renèe

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Why is it hard to do the little things that will improve your life?

Is this resonating with you?

I will find this question in my thoughts at least once a day.

Why is it that our mind play against us and decide to stop us when we want to change or do something challenging that can be scary or uncertain?

Even if you have a strong will and you are a proactive person; let’s be honest; this will happen to you at least a couple of times in your life.

Why is it so hard to stay motivated it?

Or maybe you are one of the few lucky ones who never, ever has been through this situation; then…. you should stop reading right now.

Other wise I am here to let you know this is absolutely normal you don’t have to feel bad as long as you are aware that you have to take some action about it; if you want to grow this can not become a stabilised habit.

In the past I have tortured myself with the guilt of procrastination. For me that would be delaying the planing of a workshop I want to teach or my handstands training after so many fallings; even writing this, I have been postponing writing this blogpost for a couple of weeks, the exact reason why: I don’t have it.

We are human beings 99% of the time we know what we should be doing but if we find something else to do or just doing nothing instead, then the 5 second rule applies, meaning if we don’t make a decision with in 5 second of whatever it is we are thinking we have to be doing; most likely your brain will find all the reasons to do not do it and we will ended up one step further away from our goal

The 5 second decision rule establish you have 5 sec to move when you have an idea and take action until your brain sabotage you. Everything comes down to the decisions that we make.

We need to understand that are some things we can not control but we can choose, make a decision that is always in our control.

This is something I understood in the last couple of years, even I knew it, something in my way of thinking was delaying my actions. Now when I am having those days I look for something the motivates me, like I am showing in the photo on the top I was playing with my hula hoop and doing some stretching wile I was working in a a workshop creation, I also like going for a walk at the beach, (yeap I live close to the beach and is beautiful) or meditate in m backyard or practice my arm balances postures or sending a WhatsApp message to a dear friend who I know she will be for me as I am for her when she needs it.

But that is what helps me, you have to find what is it that helps you so what ever it is that you are postponing, whatever it is that you are procrastinating just stop doing it.

As easy as that, right? 😉

Haha, I know is not that easy believe we all have been there. See yourself as if you are in a stationary state but you will be able to get you out of it and the best way is to start with one thing at the time.

What is the one thing only you can do today that will bring you closer to your goals or desires?

For example:

  • If your goal is to lose weight , you can decide today to organise you weekly meals, look for healthy recipes and stick to it. You can check online there are tons of information but probably it will be better going to a nutritionist who would help you in a personalise way to get results.
  • If you want to bring more physical activity but your body is not quite used to, then start with something as simple as a 30min walk, 3 times per week. Go head and download some music you’d like to have accessible in your phone or in you iPod to keep you uplifted while you are in your activity. You can organise to do it with a reliable friend so you guys are accountable to each other. Or you can sign up to that class that you always wanted to do but never had the courage or the “time” to do it.
  • If you want to stop drinking, start by reducing the amount of alcohol you consume per week, make a weekly plan and stick to it. In this situation will also help to look for a reliable friend who will be accountable for you, preferably someone who doesn’t have any drinking problems. And like or not, it will helps as well to avoid the social event where drinking is involved until you feel more in control. Always go to a qualify professional help if needed (hey I am no there to judge, just want to help).
  • If you have the tendency to feel down when you are alone , then listen to motivational podcasts, or spend time get with positive minded people
  • If you are not happy at your job and with the life you are living. You are one of those who are always complaining but not actually doing anything to change your situation, then start with some online research what are the possible jobs around there that will suits you better. If you are no quite sure what is that you want to do; start by making a list of the things you enjoy doing it and what are the possibilities on make any of the ideas in the list a profitable way to produce income.
  • If you are like me and you are looking for ways how to get more freedom in your life then you can do some kind of online bussines. Then you are a lucky one now a days there are so many options.

The idea of going economically indepent and have a financial freedom that allows me to work form any part in the world has been in my desires since I am a teenage, along with other stuff as well, of course. But the idea of travelling and making some income at the same time has been absolutely attractive to me.

I always wondered how other people do it because I knew it was a way.

So almost one year ago in one of my researches I discover Nate & Hanna from WireCreative, I was lucky enough to see one of their paid advertise on Facebook and I signed up to one of their free webinars were they explain how they afforded to live travelling for almost 3 years.

After listening carefully to what they share and taking notes I said to myself this is it, I can do this and to be able to do and I have to make a drastic change in my life

“Insanity is repeating the same mistakes and expecting different results

-Albert Eistein-

So I bough their Get Wired Branding Course and that was a huge help to start with.

Now I am an ambassador of the brand and if you down know where to start; I am here sharing a $100 code using this link . Even if don’t know have the intention to buy it right now take a moment to check it out

They have a super supportive facebook group and they do Q&A twice a month to follow up with any doubts or concerns that might show up.

If it happen that you cross path with one of their advertising in the social medias about lunching a webinar, please sign up! It wont cost you anything and you might open your mind to new possibilities.

There are so many ways to be an enterpenaur.

I was watching this Netflix documentary called: “Street Food” and they show all the time how people make it work going through pretty hard time in their life, with no formal education by saying this I don’t mean to offend anyone I just want to make it clear, if you have the right mindset, when you want to achieve something you will make it happen even if don’t have any resources at the time, you will find the way

Keeping the honesty, when you start any type of bussines on your own be aware:

Is it going to b easy?

Hell no,

Is it going to be scary?

Dam Yeah.

Will it worth it?

Absolutely!

Embrace your struggles, learn from it and focus your energy in being grateful for all the good things and supported people you have around you .

Start by taking ownership of your situation, of your problems, of your action, be responsible and work in getting solutions.

Like it or not, discipline I the key to success; even if you don’t see the result immediately, with discipline in your actions you will see results in the long run.

Here is a a link to a Productivity Planner Resource , also form Wire Creative. It helped me to get more organise and it might help you.

Remember:

“What can you do TODAY the will bring you closer to achieve your goals?”

Namaste

Renée

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Pink Moon April 19th, 2019

April’s full moon is already here!

I don’t know you guys but time is flying for me.

Like almost every month I am here writing a post about the full moon energy with a brief description so you can learn more about it.

Since 2018 I got more and more interested in the how the moon can affects our emotional and spirituals states. Specially when is full

Long time ago, in ancient times, it was common to track the changing seasons by following the lunar month rather than the solar year, which the 12 months in our modern calendar are based on.

For millennia, people across Europe, as well as Native American tribes, named the months after features they associated with the Northern Hemisphere seasons, and many of these names are very similar or identical

Each tribe had its own names, hence the reason why it is also called the Egg Moon, Sprouting Grass Moon, Hare Moon, or Fish Moon. All of these moons conjure memories of April. Overtime, colonial Americans adopted these names as well, and today, they’re still just as important to our cultural consciousness.

The Pink Moon is specifically named after the reappearance of a dazzling set of flowers known as “wild ground phlox,” according to Farmer’s Almanac. These flowers drape over the green like a quilt of pink petals and its no wonder they inspired the name of the April moon.

Moss phlox (Phlox subulata)

Spiritually, the Pink Moon signifies rebirth and renewal. After a long, cold, gray, and miserable winter, (if you live in the norther hemisphere) resurgence of the color pink is a revitalising dose of beauty and joy.

It serves as a reminder that life is a set of ups and downs, a cycle of hibernation and reawakening. “The flowers may go away for a while but they always return, more beautiful than they’ve ever been before. Their color is appreciated in a new light, since we’ve all gone so long without embracing their poetic impact on our world”

The Pink Moon “brings the stability and security to crystallise recent changes and make them permanent improvements.”

Cherokee Billie, espiritual advisor

This is indeed a lucky time of year.  If you’ve been struggling at the first part of this year things should turn around for you if you pay attention and give thanks for this full Moon.

With April’s Full Moon come new beginnings, new growth and the perfect opportunity to take control of your life. It’s time to tap into that innate sense of power you have over your life.

Whatever intentions you set on a new moon always develops throughout the course of the waxing moon phase, until your desires blossom completely on the full moon.

Friday April 19th we will gather to celebrate this transformation with a Yoga Class by donation for Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness

We will practice Chandra Namaskar also know as Moon salutations.

A slow flow yoga sequence that invite us to cultivate the moon’s soothing lunar energy

What to bring?:

  • Your own yoga mat if you have it otherwise there will be viable at the studio and your water bottle.
  • Pen and paper to perform a release ritual at the closest beach ( weather permitted)

Time and place:

  • From 6 to 7pm
  • At Quintessential Movement Studio located in Galleria Plaza, George Town, Grand Cayman. Cayman Islands.

If you live in Grand Cayman or you are around you are welcome to join us in the practice.

We are moving forward on our spiritual journey and it’s not to our benefit to look back.  The past is over and it’s time to be in the here and now.  Do not worry about the future.  Only be concerned about where you are on your spiritual path NOW.

Cherokee Billie

Please share this if you think someone else will like to read about.

Hope to see you there,

Namaste,

Renée

Full Moon the Art of Letting Go

Everything is changing in ways we have never imagined to be.

Crazy times, dont you think so?!

A couple of weeks ago we were living in a world where everything was possible, moving fast, living a life full of schedules, updates, work etc.

It felt like the day never had enough hours

And now… everything stopped.

Time is still and most of us don’t know what to do with this gift

How do you feel about it?

I know I need it and I am taking complete advantage of having so much time to go back to my personal projects, to move slow and reflect.

I am a fan of the Moon, I love following the energy that brings us; during new moon new projects to develop, during full moon time to do some cleansing, reflect and let go what is no longer serving us

Every Full moon invites us to press the pause bottom, slow down, analyze our actions and do some introspection.

Are you really leaving the life you want to live in?

What have you achieved?

What do you want to change?

What do you need to let go?

Persons, situations, feelings, regrets, experiences

Like that closet in the house that nobody wants to clean because is full of sh#t.

It might be the way you feel inside

Take the time to do an internal cleaning, in order to achieved whatever it is that you want to achieved you need to let go what no longer is serving you.

Forgive yourself and others.

Cultivate compassion.

Create space for the new to come

What is Chandra Namaskar?

Before getting into our moon salutation practice let’s review a few aspects about the Chandra Namaskar and the difference with Surya Namaskar:

“The moon as not light of its own but reflects the light of the sun”

  • The moon salutation practice is a reflection of the sun salutation practice. The power of the opposites.
  • Chandra Namaskar is best to practice at night channelizing the moon energy preparing the body and the mind for a restful night’s sleep.
  • Surya Namaskar is best to practice in the morning when the sun is rising, channelizing the sun’s energy for the day to come.
  • Moon Salutations are associated with the yin and the feminine, a receptive, meditative, cooling practice
  • Sun Salutations are said to be the Yan and the masculine, an energizing and awakening practice, related to building heat.

Although sun and moon salutation sequences embrace different qualities, they complement each other perfectly. To create equilibrium in our yoga practice and in our life is important that we recognize the qualities and benefits on each side of the spectrum so that we can find balance and unity between them.

How to practice Chandra Namaskar?

As there is deferents variations of the sun salutations, there are few options of the moon salutations flow.

Here I will share the one I include in my practice :

Is better to place your yoga mat sideways facing the widest part of your mat because you will be flowing from left to right and right to left.

Feel free to adapt or modify the postures to suits your needs and props if you prefer to do so

Begin in Tadasana, standing up at the right edge of the mat you will be starting with your left side. Remember our left side represent our moon energy our softer more contemplative side.

Urdhva Hastasana or Talasala

Translate to “Raised hands pose” or the “Palm tree pose”

Urdhva=raised

Hasta=hand

Tala=palm tree

Asana=posture

Inhale and rise your arms, interlace your fingers, leaving your index finger and thumb extended. Press the feet into the floor and reach the fingers and crown up while relaxing the shoulders down and back.

Standing Crescent Pose

From Urdhva Hastasana exhale and press the right hip out to the side, extending over to the left. Keep the feet grounded and the legs and buttocks engaged. Reach up and out through the fingers and crown.

Inhale and press into the feet as you reach the fingers back up towards the ceiling.

Repeat on other side.

Utkata Konasana or Goddess Pose

Exhale taking a wide step with your left foot to the mat with the feet 3 feet apart and lower into a squat while keeping your knees in line with your ankles. Bend the elbows at shoulder height and turn the palms facing each other.

Utthita Tadasana or 5 Pointed Star

Inhale pressing your weight into the feet, pull up the knee caps and squeeze the thighs, tuck the tailbone, and feel the legs strong and solid, rooted into the floor. Extend your arms reaching out through the fingertips, trying to touch the side walls. Relax the shoulders down and back, gently opening the chest towards the front of the room.

Exhale as you are transitioning to the next posture

Utthita Trikonasana or Extended Triangle Pose

Turn the left foot with the toes facing the the left edge of the mat and your right foot 90 degree with the toes Ponting to the front, the wider part of the mat. Picture a line connecting your left heel and your arm f your right foot. Extend your left arm toward your left side like if you wanted to reach the wall and lower into to grab your big toe, ankle or chin with your palm facing forward.

Inhale and extend your right arm into the sky bringing the arms into one straight line with the shoulders stacked on top of each other. Press the left hip forward and the right hip back.

Face up to your top hand if that is feels ok for your neck otherwise relax your neck and face to your lower hand.

Parsvottanasana, Pyramid Pose or Intense Side Stretch

parsva = side, flank
ut = intense
tan = to stretch or extend.

Exhale and rotate your torso to the left, squaring the front of your pelvis as much as possible with the edge of your mat. As the right hip point turns forward, press the head of the right femur back to ground the back heel. Press your outer thighs inward, as if squeezing a block between your thighs.

Lean the torso forward from the groins over the left leg. Stop when the torso is parallel to the floor. Firm your scapulas against your back, lengthen your coccyx toward the floor, and arch your upper torso back slightly.

Press your fingertips to the floor on either side of the left foot. If it isn’t possible for you to touch the floor, support your hands on a pair of blocks or the seat of a folding chair. Eventually the long front torso will rest down on the thigh

Virabhadrasana A,

Facing the same side you already are, bend the front knee over ankle, create more distance between your feet if needed, tuck the back toes under and straighten the back leg keeping your hips square facing your front foot, come into a lunge positions inhale extending your arms over head. Maybe looking uptimes to the moon if your back allows it.

Option: rest the back knee on the floor, with a pillow or folding the side of the mat if it feel uncomfortable.

Skandasana or Forward Facing Side Lunge

Exhale bring both hands down into the grown and flow facing the wider side of the mat

With your left knee bend let the hips sink down towards the left heel but keeping your left foot down on the ground and your right leg straight, pressing out through the right heel, flex your right toes to the sky.

Inhale and rise your right hand gazing your eyes towards it

Option: if this is not possible adapt it into a side angle pose

Malasana or Garland Pose

Move like water into your yogi squat. Keep your heels on the floor if you can; otherwise, support them on a folded mat or a block.

Press your elbows against your inner knees, bringing your palms to together in Anjali Mudra also known as prayer hands and resist the knees into the elbows. This will help lengthen your front torso.

Stop here for 3 inhalation and exhalations if you want

Keep moving like water no we will reverse the order of the postures in your right side.

Skandasana or Forward Facing Side Lunge

With your right knee bend.

Lunge over your right foot

Facing your right side of the mat

Parsvottanasana, Pyramid Pose or Intense Side Stretch

Falling forward toward your right knee

Utthita Trikonasana or Extended Triangle Pose

Facing your hip to the wider part of the mat. Right hand down and left arm up to the sky.

Utthita Tadasana or 5 Pointed Star

Utkata Konasana or Goddess Pose

Standing Crescent Pose

Bring your body weigh into your right side so you can step your left foot next to the right one at the right edge of the mat

Urdhva Hastasana or Talasala

This is a full cycle.

This is a moving meditation.

You can repeat this as many times as you want until you can feel yourself flowing like water from one posture into another.

If you set any intentions or releasing at the beginning of your practice try to think on these during you all practice.

I am sharing this because I absolutely love it and enjoy it.

Things to remember:

  • Be always careful.
  • Do any modifications in the postures to suits your need.
  • Is always better to practice with a certified instructor if you are not sure of what are you doing.

Even though you may want to move forward in your life, you may have one foot on the brakes. In order to be free, we must learn how to let go. Release the hurt. Release the fear. Refuse to entertain your old pain. The energy it takes to hang onto the past is holding you back from a new life. What is it you would let go of today?” 

Mary Manin Morrissey

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NAMASTE

Renée

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Lifestyle: The Journey Begins

“Sannyãsa meant renouncing all wordily attachments”

The Bhagavad Gita

I need to explain the meaning of this important word so you can understand why I chose it as the name of this new business, of this new life style, of this new beginning …

Sannyāsa in Sanskrit means “Purification of Everything”.

Is a form of asceticism, is marked by renunciation of material desires and prejudices, represented by a state of disinterest and detachment from material life, and has the purpose of spending one’s life in peaceful, love-inspired, simple spiritual life.

The traditional approach to the spiritual life is, “leaving the world”,retiring from the ordinary affairs of job and family-is contrasted with working un the world with detachment. 

The person undertaking the vow of sannyasa would leave home, family and occupation to pursue a strict contemplative life and will become a sannyasi.

I know I am not a traditional sannyasi but this word and his powerful meaning as been extremely attractive to me. The idea of leaving everything that is not longer working for me in order to follow my dreams. 

In 2011, I left my comfortable life in Argentina to pursuit my happiness, to do something I have been dreaming about for a long time:

Travel the world and visit as many places as possible, share my teaching and help other to feel better through my classes. Connect with people from other cultures and learn about them

I started in Brazil I came back to Argentina, couple of months after work in France showed up so I took a flight and stayed and travel trough Spain. After that was Mexico, following by  Cuba, Canada, back to Mexico, all Central America and finally Grand Cayman.

I have taught private lessons, hostel lessons, fancy hotel lessons, to rich people, to travellers, to kids, to groups of friends and so on gathering so much experience and enriching my knowledge.

And reaffirm this is what I want to do for living.

The general term for retiring from the world is Sannyasa, ” renunciation”.

Maybe I didn’t retired completely from the world, I just retired from my world at the moment, from the “must do” once you finish university and you are living on you own terms.

I just needed to lose my self so I can find me again.

That is why my journey begins time with Sanñyasa.

Where does your journey begin?

Is never too late for  your dreams to come true.

Namaste