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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.

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

 

Calendar

Here I am sharing the weekly group classes and workshops I am currently teaching in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands.

With the offering of private classes please contact me directly

April 2020

Places where I currently teach

  • Aerial Classes, Intro to Aerials and Conditioning for Aerialist workshop at Quinntessential Movement Studio
  • Hatha Yoga Flow at The Wyndham Reef Resort. Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
  • Acroyoga Jam, is an acroyoga session by donations to fundraising a non-profit organization Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness, in Grand Cayman. Link to the event

Private classes are offered and not display in the monthly calendar

Contact me for more information

“Acroyoga & Rock Climbing Retreat” November 2019

~ Free to Be ~

“Acroyoga & Climb Retreat”

Cayman Brac

When was the last time you feel brave?

When was the last time you have fun allowing yourself to feel like a kid again without judgments?

Would you like to spend 3 nights going to sleep with the sound of the ocean, tapping into your inner sanctuary, connecting with people like-minded in a safe space to practice yoga, learn acro-yoga, experience rock climbing and get to discover what are you capable of?

Are you looking for adventure?

Make the Brac your home for the holiday

3 Nights and 3 Days

~ FREE TO BE ~

Acroyoga & Climb Retreat in Cayman Brac
Friday 8th November

to

Monday 11th Nov 2019

Daily yoga classes, acro-yoga workshop, rock climbing experience, chill out space, pool time, massages treatments, late-night chats under the stars, delicious home-made vegetarian food!

Getaway from the hustle and bustle of daily life and tap into your FREE SPIRIT in Cayman Brac

It’s your time to rejuvenate and energize your body and mind, meet wonderful new people, improve your yoga practice, feel inspired, reset and recharge, laugh lots and experience the adventure with no fears on this magical Caribbean Island

I would like you to feel free to enjoy your meals, have fun learning the acrobatic postures of yoga, experience rock climbing with the sound of the ocean and go back home full of energy knowing what are you capable of

Come on your own, with your partner; a friend or a group of friends!

We have space for 12 yogis in the fully equipped condominiums at Cayman Breakers & Kings Point

You’ll go back home stepping into a more confident self, knowing you are capable of so much more than you think, feeling vibrant, stronger and high on life!

~THE ACOMODATION~

Acroyoga & Climb Retreat Nov, 2019

Step into another world upon arrival at our holiday condominiums. Breathe in the fresh sea air filled with the fragrance of pine forest that surrounds this secret oasis nestled in the Cayman Islands. Get ready for stunning sea views and tremendous healing sunrises.

We will stay next to the ocean, having available 2 options of accommodation located on the pristine east end, south shore of Cayman Brac.

  • Kings Point
  • Cayman Breakers.

The grounds boast a rustic set up and offer many spots to practice yoga, hang out and escape the sun. Cool down in the outdoor pool and lounge in hammocks or the chill-out room

Our luxury condos are fully furnished with two bedrooms with a queen bed each and two bathrooms. All linens are included. Kitchens are fully equipped with refrigerator/freezer, stove, dishwasher, microwave, blender & coffee maker as well as dishes, pots, and pans. All units are available with central AC and ceiling fans. Including a separate utility room with a stack washer and dryer.

Perfect options to share between couples or friends.

Kings Point

It is located at the southeast end of the island, close to Great Cave and blowholes. Situated on the oceanfront side, there are views of the ocean and the bluff from all windows.

Cayman Breaker

The Cayman Breakers Condominiums are located on Cayman Brac’s unique secluded southeast end where the sea meets the famous 140-foot Bluff. The view from the “Breakers” is truly a spectacular sight on Cayman Brac! 

5 minutes walking distance from Kings Point

Acroyoga & Climb Retreat Nov 2019 in Cayman Brac

I can’t wait to teach you everything I know and love on the mat!

Our daily yoga classes will take place in the morning around 8:15am (so you can have a lie-in, that’s what holidays are for!)

We’ll start our first day with an energizing vinyasa class, moving in time with the breath, and strengthening and stretching every part of the body. The perfect start to the day!
Progressing to a more acrobatics practice during the 2nd day and closing the holiday with the practice of the Moon Salutation, perfect way to reflect and restore

The afternoon sessions will be a mixture of:

AcroYoga

“A practice of trust”

Acroyoga merges yoga, acrobatics, and Thai massage, through communication, support, strength, and flexibility of the body and the mind

I want you to feel inspired in your yoga practice, to try new postures you didn’t think we’re possible, to laugh and fall on the mat and to feel a new and inspired mind-body-soul connection.

You’ll get the opportunity to connect and increase your understanding of practicing yoga with others getting deeper into the practice. You’ll float out of these sessions feeling inspired, relaxed and renewed.

Rock Climbing

The sport or activity of climbing rock faces. It is a physically demanding sport that combines fitness and agility with the mental fortitude required to conquer an ascension with the aid of ropes and special equipment

 The rock climbing in Cayman Brac is world-renowned for its beautiful limestone and safe reputation. There are over 110 routes on the island with a wide variety of grades for all skill levels. If you have always wanted to try Rock Climbing, this is the perfect occasion to do so. Focuses on top-rope climbing in a safe, fun, and casual environment. No prior climbing experience is necessary. Beginners are welcome, we will be working with certified professionals instructors from Rock Iguana Ltd, the first climbing company in the Cayman Islands!

BE INSPIRED & HAVE FUN!
Acroyoga & Climb Retreat, Nov 2019

This holiday is all about letting go of every day and finding a sanctuary for YOU.

After the yoga classes with me, you’ll leave with a greater understanding of yoga and the acrobatic side of it with breathing techniques that will help you to keep your yoga glow and zen vibe flowing.

In our adventurous Acroyoga and Climb holiday, you will learn to experience and combine the effects of Yoga, Acrobatics and Rock Climbing. Our retreat is very small and personal. It’s the perfect place to unwind, disconnect, and fully focus on yourself and your practice.

~HEALTHY FOOD~

Acroyoga & Climb Retreat Nov, 2019

Enjoy exceptional vegetarian meals with freshly and locally sourced seasonal produce and ingredients. With all the activities planned, you can rest assured you will be well fed.

The generous brunch includes a feast of seasonal fruit salads, homemade granola, yogurt, and veggies dishes every day with a fish option.

Coffee & teas will be available at your accommodation for you to prepare.

Alcohol is not included but it will be allowed during dinner. We encourage you to bring anything you would like to consume as the condominiums kitchens are fully equipped.

Enjoy home-made vegetarian dinners using only the best local and seasonal ingredients.

Fish, Vegan, gluten & dairy-free is catered for if you let us know in advance

~THE SCHEDUALE~

Acroyoga & Climb Retreat Nov, 2019

NOVEMBER 8TH, 2019 ~ ARRIVAL~

  • Arrivals from 5 pm (let us know if you are arriving before)
  • Get to know each other and talk about what will be happening during the weekend
  • Welcome healthy, veggie dinner

NOVEMBER 9TH, 2019 ~ Overcoming Fears~

  • 8:15am-Morning 70mins Vinyasa Yoga – Pranayama & Meditation
  • 10:15am- Vegetarian breakfast brunch style.
  • Free time to walk to secluded cove, swim, chill, read, sunbathe, journal, massages, and treatments or whatever you desire!
  • Massages and beauty treatments (optional)
  • 3pm- We are going to Rock Climb and Rappel
  • 7pm-Delicious veggie dinner.
  • After dinner fun & chats

NOVEMBER 10TH, 2019 ~Stepping into a Stronger Self~

  • 8:15am- Morning 70mins Funky Yoga Postures.
  • 10:15am-Vegetarian breakfast brunch style
  • Free time to walk to secluded cove, swim, chill, read, sunbathe, journal, massages and treatments or whatever you desire!
  • Massages and beauty treatments (optional)
  • 3pm-Let’s practice Acroyoga!
  • 7pm-Delicious veggie dinner.
  • After dinner fun & chats

NOVEMBER 11TH, 2019 ~ DEPARTURE~

  • 8:15am- Morning 70mins Moon Salutation- Journal & Meditation
  • 10:15am-Vegetarian breakfast brunch style
  • Free time to walk to a secluded cove, swim, chill, read, sunbathe, journal, massages, and treatments or whatever you desire!
  • 2pm-Getting to know the island and visit the caves (optional-no extra cost)
  • Departure
  • If you are staying longer we will go out for dinner ( non-included) and we can arrange you to stay one more night at the condominiums for a fair price if you let us know in advance
  • Freedom to eat out & go out with your friends

YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Renée Ravazzani 

From Argentina

Founder of ” Sannyasa Yoga Acroyoga & Performances Ltd” 

She is an entrepreneur yoga instructor certified by the International Yoga Alliance, an aerial circus acrobatics performer, a rock climber, diver, and fire dancer!

Little- known fact: When Renée was 20 years old she saw the Cirque Du Soleil show for the first time and she knew that is what she wanted to dedicate herself to. A couple of years after Renée said ‘see you later’ to Argentina, her home country in order achieved her dreams and discover the world. During her traveling, she had the opportunity to continue her education, perform and teach in places like France, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, India and now the Cayman Islands where she lives full time 

With a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and 10 years of experience, she follow her passion of helping others to overcome fears and motivates them to discover a new world of physical activities like aerial silks, aerial hoop, yoga and acroyoga classes.When she arrived in Grand Cayman in 2015 decided to bring together her passions yoga & acrobatics into unique classes in the Cayman Islands

~DATES & COSTS~

Acroyoga & Climb Retreat

  • 3 nights, Arrival Thursday, 8th. / Departure Monday, 11th, November 2019.
  • If you would like to arrive earlier or stay longer the option is available. Please let us know in advance to make the proper arrangements and give you a good deal.

What’s included :

  • Vinyasa Yoga class, Funky posture yoga class and Acroyoga workshop,
  • Rock Climb & Rappel tour + climbing gear
  • Getting to know the island drive and visit the caves last day activity
  • Shared accommodation in luxury sunset and ocean view condominiums
  • Breakfast brunch style, dinner, coffee and tea (the apartments are fully equipped if you want to bring anything extra you know you would like to eat or drink)
  • Cayman Brac Airport pick up and drop off

What is NOT included:

  • Flights are not included but you can book an international flight to Grand Cayman and from there to Cayman Brac; is a 40min flight with Cayman Airways
  • Personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Health insurance (you should have your own personal health and travel insurance)

SPECIAL Last Minute!

US$829 or KY$679 PER PERSON

To the first 5 persons to sign up

US$889 or KY$ 728 PER PERSON

After the special last-minute price is full

Based on two people sharing apartment, separate rooms, and separate bathrooms

  • Check-in is at 5pm
  • Check out is at 6pm

Prices are based on sharing a double occupancy apartment, separate rooms (come with your partners, besties or make new friends with your roomies!). Sharing with fellow yogis is the best way to get fully immersed into the retreat experience!

The option of sharing the apartments between 2 couples or 4 close friends is available.

HOW TO BOOK

1. Email info@sannyasa.yoga to confirm how many spaces you’d like to book.

-All apartments have 2 bedrooms and a private bathroom.

-All rooms have queen size beds for single or double occupancy

-The option of sharing the apartments between 2 couples or 4 close friends is available( ask for the option if that is your case)

2. To secure your booking, please pay a US$250 or KY$205 non-refundable deposit or the full amount within 12 hours of bookings.

4. Pay the remaining balance by October 10th, 2019.

5. Payment plans available with the early bird price:

  • Pay USD$415 or KY$340 by August 20th, 2019
  • Pay USD$415 by KY$340 September 20th, 2019

Payment Options:

  • Using PayPal

Payee: SANNYASA YOGA ACROYOGA AND PERFORMANCE LTD

Cancelation and Payment Policy

PAYMENT POLICY

After a confirmation has been emailed to you, a courtesy hold requires payment within 5 working days to secure the reservation.

For places that have a waitlist, a 24hr courtesy hold will be offered.

Credit Card Fees

You can always pay with an online transfer from your bank account without any added fee. (please confirm with your bank)

If you choose to pay by credit card, a credit card fee is added at checkout.

RETREAT CANCELLATIONS

It is your responsibility to read and understand our cancellation policy before making a reservation.

Naturally, no one books with the intention of canceling or postponing their retreat, but unexpected things do happen, so please purchase travel cancellation insurance once you have made your reservation.

DEFINITIONS

“Cancellation” is defined as not attending your scheduled Acroyoga & Rock Climbing Retreat, including postponing or rescheduling.

“You” refers to the guest booking the Acroyoga & Rock Climbing Retreat.

“We” refers to Sannyasa Yoga Acroyoga and Performance Ltd from the Acroyoga & Rock Climbing Retreat.

TRAVEL AND CANCELLATION INSURANCE

To join the retreat you must have travel insurance.  Please be sure that your insurance policy covers you for all relevant SPORT ACTIVITIES you will be engaging upon on your retreat & TRIP CANCELLATION. If you choose to do not have one it will be on your responsibility.

Rock Iguana Ltd, the climbing company has insurance for the participant while they are doing the rock climbing activity only and Sannyasa Yoga Acroyoga & Performance Ltd has insurance to cover the participant while doing the yoga classes only.

Depending on the policy and conditions, travel cancellation insurance will pay for some or all cancellation fees.

GUEST CANCELLATION POLICY

If you cancel your trip, Sannyasa Yoga Acroyoga and Performance Ltd does not offer refunds for any reason. A portion of your payment may be used as credit for another retreat to be taken within two years of your original retreat date. We will gladly transfer your credit to another guest.

Depending on when you cancel, cancellation penalties may apply.

Fees are determined by the following schedule:

  • If you cancel more than 90 days before your retreat start date, 100% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat.
  • If you cancel 60 – 89 days before your retreat start date, 75% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 25% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 15 – 59 days before your retreat start date, 40% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 60% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 14 days or less before your retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.

Exceptions to our policy cannot be made for any reason. We do not offer credit for a guest arriving late or leaving early. You must submit your signed Participant Agreement form within one week of booking or 30days before he retreat start date, whichever comes first. Guests who fail to do so may be subject to an automatic cancellation and the above policy will apply.

SANNYASA YOGA ACROYOGA AND PERFORMANCE LTD CANCELLATION POLICY

While we have never cancelled a retreat to date, if Sannyasa Yoga Acroyoga and Performance Ltd must cancel a booked retreat date for any reason, you may transfer your full retreat payment to another retreat, or you may request a refund of your payment to us, constituting a full settlement.

Sannyasa Yoga Acroyoga and Performance Ltd is not responsible for your expenses incurred in preparation for any canceled retreat, such as airline tickets, loss of work, and/or other costs associated with preparing for your trip.

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~FREE TO BE~

Acroyoga & Rock Climb Retreat

Cayman Brac,

8th-11th of November 2019

June’s Strawberry Moon

In the month of June we can find some interesting dates you might not know about.

One of them is June’s full moon on the 17th, it has associations with ripening and the fullness of life. 

In North America, indigenous peoples called it the Full Strawberry Moon because of the berries they collected around that time.

In Europe, terms like Honey Moon and Mead Moon presented early summer as a time to wed. Newly married couples in Europe received mead and honey as gifts, a custom that probably gave rise to the modern term “honeymoon” probably comes from this tradition. 

Pagan cultures talk about the June full moon as the Lovers’ Moon and perform sweetening rituals. In India, married couples celebrate the June full moon as Vat Purnima.  This tradition calls on married women to fast, put on particularly beautiful saris, and wrap a thread seven times around a banyan tree. This expresses a wish that their husbands will live long and be happy.

How we can be influence by the moon?

According to the tarot readers each full moon is the time to release and let go.

Because of the aspects present this full moon, you can expect extra focus, optimism, and feelings of security as you pursue your goals. Is time to focus on your personal growth, don’t hold anymore things that are not letting you evolve.

Allow yourself to be creative; is a good idea to jornal your thoughts and your emotions as something to do as the first thing in the morning, without judgments.

Write down in a pease of paper what you want to manifest and what you want to let go. Be clear, be specific; go outside the night of the full moon and read it out loud.

Burn the paper where you wrote the things you are releasing (be safe) and keep the paper with the things you want to achieved. Save it in a place where you can read it every morning until it is manifested.

Another interesting date of the month is June 21st, a day to celebrate the summer solstice

What is a solstice? 

Ancient cultures knew that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shifted in a regular way throughout the year.

They built monuments, such as Stonehenge – in South West England – to follow the sun’s yearly progress. No one really knows why Stonehenge was built some 5,000 years ago. But one possibility is that it was used to mark solstices and equinoxes. That’s because during the summer solstice, the sun rises just over the structure’s Heel Stone and hits the Altar Stone dead center.

Today, we know that the solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and its motion in orbit around the sun.

Did you know June 21st is the International Yoga Day?

As you might know already, yoga is an ancient practice originated from India. This practice is 5000-year -old which heals your mind, body and soul and we can say that yoga reforms your thoughts to peruse a great lifestyle.

June 21st was declared as the International Day of Yoga on December 11 in 2104, by United Nations General Assembly after the call for the adoption of June 21st as International Day of Yoga by Indian Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi. 175 nations took part in this resolution.

During his address to UN General Assembly on September 27, 2014 Modi said,

“Yoga is an invaluable gift of India’s ancient tradition. It embodies unity of mind and body; thought and action; restraint and fulfilment; harmony between man and nature; a holistic approach to health and well-being. It is not about exercise but to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature. By changing our lifestyle and creating consciousness, it can help in well being. Let us work towards adopting an International Yoga Day”

 Narendra Modi, UN General Assembly

By suggesting June 21 (which is summer Solstice) as international yoga day India Prime Minister said that- “The date is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and has special significance in many parts of the world”. 


Bringing together all these interesting events taking place in June; I have decide to host the monthly Chandra Namaskar practice on Friday June 21st, 2019, where we will gather to celebrate the full moon, the summer solstice and the yoga day.
Wow so many good things!

The event will take place At 6:15pm, with a Yoga Class where all the donations will be to fundraise  Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness

If you are around this side of the world you are absolutely welcome to participate.

Here is a flyer with a link of the event below

We will practice Chandra Namaskar also know as Moon Salutations.

I will guide you in a slow flow practice that invite us to cultivate the moon’s soothing lunar energy.


What to bring?:

  • Your  Yoga Mat 
  •  Your water bottle.
  • Pen and paper to perform a release ritual.
  • Mosquito Spray for the sunset
  • Blanket if you prefer to cover during the meditation

Place: Dart family Park.
Link to the map direction

If you can please share this event, we will definitely appreciate it and you will be helping us to reach more people.

Love & Gratitude

Renée

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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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

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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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