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What is Yoga and Why do you need to practice?

Yoga has helped me in so many ways. I know it sounds cliche but it actually did.

Before being a yoga instructor I was a dancer, an acrobat, a gymnast and I always been really curious about exploring different ways to move my body, I love any way of movement and I liked to train “hard”

When I  Just finished my PE teacher degree I decided I was going to start practicing yoga.

I always felt a deep connection with yoga, even before I started my practice, almost like I have done before….Do you know what I mean?

So I decided to investigate the yoga studios in the city I was living at the moment in Córdoba, Argentina. I took a few classes here and then until I fund the one I felt it was following the same teaching philosophy I believe in.

“Always work in a progressive way and listen to your body”.

So I decided to do my Yoga Teacher Training with the same yoga school

I used to weak up at 6 pm to catch up on the 40 min bus ride and go to have an early morning class before I would start to work and teach my classes.

I have to say I was not a morning person by that time and it was a big effort I knew I had to do in order to produce the change I was looking for.

For 2 years we met during the weekends to study yoga philosophy,  anatomy, physiology, teaching technics and we practice how to teach yoga among ourselves.

I have learned so much, it was a wonderful time of my life. I am proud to say I had kind and knowledgeable teachers to guide me during this yoga journey.

After that I have decided to travel and explore the world, I dream always dream about.

That brought me to more wonderful and learning experiences, but also to a few not that great as well.

When I was going through hard times traveling with no budget and I couldn’t find any place to keep my aerial training going, or I couldn’t afford any place to go to practice  I came back to my personal yoga practice.

I was able to develop a consistent self-practice, with ups and downs like everyone. But I am still amazed by how much flexibility and strength I have gained over the years of yoga practice.

And I am not getting any younger, right?

Yoga has taught me how to be patient, to accept myself and others, to rest when is needed, to enjoy the simple things, to allow myself to say no when is needed. To have consistency in the practice, to be more flexible in mind and body and I have so much more to learn

I know it is not that easy as you read it and the journey will be different for each of us.

But all that said let’s bring down the following misconception of Yoga:

“Yoga is for stretching, and I am not flexible, hence I am not going to practice”

Because that seems to be the way it works, right?

Well…. let me tell you something, I am not sure where this idea of yoga is for stretching began, but it is far from the truth.

Yes, you might leave a yoga class feeling release and relax like a “nice stretch” and that might be some of the benefits yoga can give you

Do you really know what YOGA means?

Yoga is a vast collection of spiritual techniques and practices aimed at integrating mind, body, and spirit to achieve a state of enlightenment or oneness with the universe. What is normally thought of as “yoga” in the West is really Hatha Yoga, one of the many paths of yoga. The different paths of yoga emphasize different approaches and techniques but ultimately lead to the same goal of unification and enlightenment.

Yoga, at its essence, is a practice of energy- of creating space inside the body for prana (energy) to be cultivated, moved and transformed for optimum health, wellbeing, connection, and ease-

To be able to create space requires balance- the balance of the joint stability and mobility, the balance of muscle contraction and relaxation, the balance of movement between the limbs and the torso, and balance of the physical asana (yoga poses) practice with other seven limbs of yoga.

As balance is created and developed inside and through the body, by default, balance is created outside the body.

It is not a religion, but a practice of personal inquiry and exploration.  As the cultural and religious diversity of practitioners attest, yogic philosophy speaks to universal truths that can be incorporated within any belief system.


The development of yoga can be traced back to over 5,000 years ago, but some researchers think that yoga may be up to 10,000 years old old. Yoga’s long rich history can be divided into four main periods of innovation, practice, and development.

Can you believe it?

5,000 or 10,000  is a lot of years, of practice and research of fulfillment.

Our body our mind and our energy, soul or spirit, whatever you want to call it are extremely connected.

If you are like me and you love to move, to challenge your body, believe me, Yoga is not just for stretching is a continuous research of what else can you do, what else can you achieve.

Mind, body, and soul.

Yes, you might find challenges in some physical postures or it might be challenging for you to sit to meditate and practice breathing techniques (pranayama). It happens to all of us but with practice, everything that might seem hard at the beginning will become easier.

Cultivating patience and attention with yoga you will learn from your body and you will achieve yoga posture you never thought you could do. You will feel in peace with yourself and others.

I can keep telling you a lot of good things about yoga but you have to try it for yourself.

Click this link to be part of a supportive community of aerial acrobats and pole dancers who are taking their trainings seriously to be able to improve from the inside out

Here I am sharing a link to my Free Classes

Enjoy it,

Namaste

 

 

 

 

Yoga for Aerial Acrobats – How to get your spine more flexible?

Would you like to practice those pretty backbends in the silk and the aerial hoop? Or you are looking to increase your spine flexibility with a safe yoga practice at home?

Our spine is so delicate and so strong at the same time, is the one in charge of connecting our whole body, from our head, torso, arms, hands & fingers to our hips, legs, feet, and toes.

Some of us are born we the body more available to perform backends and torsions without a lot of effort and others need to work a little bit harder to get those pretty backbends.

Either or, it is true that if you don’t keep the good training and the practice going we will eventually feel stiffer and it will be harder to move.

As Kevin Kelly said “You are only as old as you spine is flexible”

The spine is a pivotal important part of our body.  Without it, we could not keep ourselves upright or even stand up.  It gives our body structure and support.  It enables us to move about freely and to bend with flexibility.  The spine is also designed to protect our spinal cord.  The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects our brain with the rest of the body, allowing control of our movement and bodily function.  This is why keeping the spine flexible is vital for a healthy and active life and also important for an optimum nervous system function.

Today I am sharing 2 videos tutorials I uploaded in YouTube showing how to practice 2 basic but important yoga poses that will help you to build a solid foundation in your home practice and feel your spine more flexible and available in your daily activities

This is for you if you practice aerial circus acrobatics, pole dance and you want to get those pretty backbends but you don’t know where to start.

And this is also for you if you are following your yoga path and wish to understand better how to move in a safe way to increase your spine flexibility at home.

After your spine warm-up.
This is how we can practice cobra in a safe| proper way.
Take your time, be patient and always work in a progressive way.

Yoga Pose:

🐍 Cobra Pose or Bhujangasana

Benefits:
– Help us to keep our spine strong & flexible
– Help with our digestion
– Help us to reduce anxiety.
– Help us to balance our lower chakras.
– among other benefits…

 

 

Bring your yoga mat & 2 blocks.

We are going to practice:

🐪 Camel Pose or Ustrasana in Sanskrit

Benefits:
– It improves spinal flexibility.
– It helps to strengthen the back muscles.
– This pose creates space in the chest and lungs, increasing breathing capacity and helping to relieve respiratory ailments.
– Stimulates the kidneys, which improves digestion.

 

I truly hope this helps as guidance to start your home practice and increase your flexibility
Remember to consult your physiotherapist or personal instructor if your spine doesn’t feel good or you are suffering from any injuries.
Feel free to send me an email and ☝🏻Let me know how is your practice going. And join the private Facebook group:
“Yoga for every Acrobat” to connect with like-minded people who want to improve their aerial acrobatics performance by practicing specific yoga postures at home.
I share a video tutorial every week in the group, come to join us.
Don’t go without checking my free resource library, for more yoga tutorials to improve your flexibility.
Link Here 👈🏻

And let me know how you are your practice going

 

Do you trust yourself?

What are the dreams and visions you have been having lately?

Are you ready to take risks and put your fear away in order to achieve your dreams?

I know it sounds easier than it is.

” I always dream of doing….”

” I would love..but”

We are specialists in being busy and making excuses to delay, postpone or never achieved our dreams our goals.

I was like that as well but now I am determined to follow my dreams, and yes sometimes it will be hard and yes I have to be ready to get comfortable with the uncomfortable.

To step out of my comfort zone and do things I have never done before.

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results”

Albert Einstein

The fear to be judged, the fear to fail it can be paralyzing.

If we only change the perspective toward this we will be taking a massive shift.

If we can see we are our worst judge and maybe realize that by putting ourselves out there we might be helping someone else whit similar problems. Or instead of being afraid of making mistakes we realize that we don’t know everything, that we will make tons of mistakes so we can embrace them and take them as learning opportunities.

There will ALWAYS be obstacles along your path so that you can continually learn more of who you are and how you show up for the occasion.

Every full moon is the time to focus our energies on letting go and releasing all fears.

Time to reflect on what is no longer serving us and adapt to evolve.

Because things not always will present in the exact same way we planned it to be.

Since 2018, every full moon I host a yoga class by donation to fundraise a non-profit organization here in the Cayman Islands.

This year October’s full moon date is busy with lots of events and things happening on the island so I have decided to plan this magical encounter 1 week after the full moon.

On the Saturday of October 19th, I will be hosting an Acroyoga Jam.

This is a playful practice the invites us to meet and have fun while we learn how to perform yoga poses with others.

Click in the image below to access to the full info

Link to the Event

If you want to learn how to perform the moon salutations also known as Chandra Namaskar, the yin side of the Sun salutations, a gentle flow that invites us to cool down and reflect.

 I am giving away a free tutorial. You can have access by clicking on this LINK 

On October’s full moon let’s stop the shxt. Trust and believe in yourself fully and be fiercely independent when it comes to following your heart.

Unleash Your Inner Badass

I encourage you to take one action one step that will help you to be closer to achieve your dreams

And feel free to share in the comments below.

For positive changes.

Namaste

How Yoga can help you to improve as an Acrobat.

If you’ve ever asked yourself 

“How do other aerialists make this all look so effortless and graceful?”.

I get that question quite often

The answer is: CONDITIONING. 

Efficient conditioning done consistently, with proper rest and recovery.

Did you know that yoga can help you to improve your conditioning practice?

Yes!, Yoga can help so many people in so many way.

And the best of all, you don’t need to be flexible to start practicing,

Let me tell you something, when I was in my earliest twenties I had a lot of energy and I only care about improving my physical condition without being aware on how important it is to work in your wellbeing integrating mind, body and soul in order to improve yourself in any discipline.

Maybe you are like me and you practice aerial circus acrobatics, maybe you are a professional or you just started taking classes. Maybe you are a gymnast, a pole dancer, a rock climber or you just enjoy to play around practicing acrobatics postures of yoga like headstand, crows and arm balances.

If so, let me ask you somehting;

How long have you been practicing and how much have you improve?

It is already proved that we won’t get different result by doing always the same thing.

Every time I am in my trainings dealing with a hard move during my climbing sessions or if I am trying an inverted posture in my aerial silks trainings; I try to take the time to discover a new awareness of the posture and focus my attention in the details.

How do I feel my feet? Am I using my strength in an efficient way?

To be able to brig your mind to be present in the moment is something I learned form my yoga practice and I can transfer that to any other areas of my life.

It helps me so much what I practice on the mat to prepare my body and my mind to be ready for my aerial trainings or when I go to rock climb for fun.

But you might be wondering how does that exactly happen?

Basically I practice de yoga postures where I am using the same muscles or similar movements I will do later in my trainings.

For ex:

1- If I am working in improving my straddle position for the aerial trainings; in yoga I will practice Upavistha Konasana

Upavishta Konasana

Another examples;

2- If I am working an aerial pose or trick witch demands lots of shoulder opening in yoga I will practice Reverse Prayer Pose, also known in Sanskrit as Viparita Namaskarasana and I make sure that I am present with intention the palms of my hands as well as my fingers.

In Sanskrit the name is Paschim Namaskara or Paschim Namaste.

Benefits:

💗It is a heart-opening posture that increases flexibility and strength in the arms, shoulders, chest, and wrists.

Level: 

  • Beginner- Intermediate 

Equipment:

  •  You don’t need any equipment to practice but you can experiment trying to hold a yoga block or something in between your reverse prayer hands
If your palms doesn’t touch,

3- If I want to work in the flexibility of my spine ; I will practice a yoga twist pose named, Marichyasana twist. (there are many variations of the pose)

Benefits:

  •  It calms the mind and the body.
  • It stretches the shoulders and the upper back.
  • Massages the internal organs and improves digestion.

Level

  • Beginner/ Intermediate

Equipment

  • None, but you could use a yoga strap or a belt to hold between the hands if needed.
Option, bottom leg straight

Or

3- Urdhva Dhanurasana pose also known in English as the Bridge pose.

Benefits:

  • Expands chest, lungs, shoulders.
  • Stretches hip flexors, muscles of the abdomen, wrists.
  • Strengthens the gluteus, hamstrings, lower back muscles
  • Enlivens the heart chakra and throat chakra.
  • Increases energy.

Level:

  • Intermediate/ Advance

Equipmnets:

  •  You don’t need any equipment to practice but you can experiment trying to push from a safe elevated surface like yoga blocks or the step of stairs, if you feel your shoulders are tight.
Urdhva Dhanurasana

And the examples can go on; because I have been there I know how it feel when you can not tell what are you doing wrong and why you can make any progress an an specify posture or trick.

Bringing together my years of experiences as a practitioner, my university education and my observance in my students; I have create a conditioning workshop specific for people who practice aerial circus acrobatics, such us aerial hoop, aerial silk or aerial trapeze combining yoga tools and physical education trainings.

If it happen you are in Cayman Islands I am leaving here a flyer with the info and a link.

Link to the Facebook event

If you are no currently in Cayman Islands but you understand the importance of working your body with love and awareness being respectful of your possibilities and limitation, knowing these limitation will transform in achievements with the practice then add other kind of practice like yoga to improve your training.

I will suggest to practice:

  • Vinyasa yoga if you are looking to build endurance
  • Hatha Yoga to cultivate more awareness.
  • Restorative yoga to rest and recover your body.

Are you interested in having access to an online training where you can practice at home?

Let me know, send me an email to tell me what would you like to learn online to make your performance as an acrobat easier

Join the Facebook Group, Yoga for every Acrobat and take advantage of the weekly videos tutorials I posted with easy yoga postures to practice at home

Find the practice that suits you better.

“We are spiritual beings having a human experience “

-Pierre Tierhard-

Namaste.

Renée

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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Forearm Balance & Backbends Workshop

 

This workshop is for you if you already feel comfortable being upside down in your head-stands practice or any other inventions.

It does not have to be perfect, that is why this workshop is good for you..;)

I am going to give you the tools to be aware of the muscles you need to focus on, in order to be able to get to your “Pincha mayurasana”, name in Sanskrit.

And improve guess what??….YOUR BALANCE BEING UPSIDE DOWN

We will also focus in exercises to increase your back bend flexibility, in order to be able to play with the transitions from one posture to the other.

 4pm to 5:30pm Saturday, September 8th, 2018,

At Quintessential Movement Pole Dance Studio

Located in 638 West Bay Road. Grand Cayman, Cayman Island.

Cost is:

30ci for the members and 40ci for non-members of the studio

Sign up in advance at:

  • info.sannyasa@gmail.com
  • info@qmovement.dance

Please contact me if you have any questions

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This workshop is available with a minimum of 4 participants.

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