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April 2020

During the month of April I will be teaching online classes

Weekly schedule Online Yoga Classes for the Cayman Islands community

live-streamed on Zoom App

FRIDAY- SUNDAY
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Hatha Yoga Flow 

Class-based:

On flexibility, mobility & restorative postures

5 pm to 6 pm

Vinyasa Dynamic Flow

Class-based:

On postures to build overall strength and resistance

 

 

What do you have to do to have access to these classes?

1- If you can make any donations will be appreciated:
On Butterfield Bank as a registered payee
SANNYASA YOGA ACROYOGA AND PERFORMANCE LTD

2- Make sure to download the Zoom app to your device and create an account.
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Special Classes⠀

Tuesday April 7th, 2020- 10:30am

Gentle Yoga Flow.

Click here to know more about it

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  • Headstand Challenge

If you like the challenging postures of yoga and you are looking to build body control, strength  and balance. This 3 class series is for you.

You will learn how to get in and out in a safe way of the famous Sirsasana Yoga pose also known in English as headstand.

Benefits of the pose:

  • Calms the mind
  • Increases focus.
  • Is therapeutic for a headache and migraine:
  • Strengthen core, arms and shoulders

We will work in a progressive way, safety is our motto

I will be teaching this challenge using  Zoom app. with Quinntessential Movement Studio.

If you can not make it on the day and the time of the class, a replay will be available .

With the possibility to buy the 3 class sequence to keep your practice going at hoe any time.

Sunday April 19th

10am

Sunday April 26th

10am

Thursday April 30th

10am

What are we going to cover:

  • Understanding of being upside-down.
  • Split entry and exit.
  • Curl up/ curls down entry and exit

Materials:

  • Yoga mat or blanket or towel.
  • To be close to a wall or your bed
What are we going to cover:

  • Core work
  • Pike up entry and exit.
  • Straddle up entry and exit

Materials:

  • Yoga mat or blanket or towel.
  • To be close to a wall or your bed
What are we going to cover:

  •  Core work.
  • Body Alignment.
  • We will play with variations!

Materials:

  • Yoga Mat or Blanket or towel.
  • Close to a wall or to your bed.
  • You will need 2 or 3 elements like a shirt, a belt, sunglasses or watch

 

 

  • Full Body Strength & Flexibility

Divided in 3 sessions, to keep you Boyd strong and flexible.

This will be live-streamed classes with zoom app with Quinntessential Movement Studio.

If you would like to sign up and you missed the class. A replay will be available for 24hrs to practice.

Monday April 13th, 2020

10am-EST

Monday April 20th, 2020

10am – EST

Monday April 27th, 2020

10am- EST

 

 

 

 

Let’s keep the practice going

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Why Acroyoga?

Every full moon has a different name, this was the way Native American Tribes would track the seasons. August full moon is known as the Sturgeon Full Moon. This is because Native Americans knew that the giant sturgeon of the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain were most readily caught during this full Moon. The surgeon is an ancient fish, people will call live fossil

The word “sturgeon” means “the stirrer,” which is what this giant fish does when it is looking for food; it stirs up the mud and silt on river and lake bottoms.

Famers Almanac

According to some tarot readers, August’s Full Moon invites us to let our imagination stir with eccentric ideas and visions that will contribute to the whole and betterment of our society. 

Before even knowing this I have decided to change my fundraiser classes to an Acroyoga Jam.

Every full moon since August 2018 I have been hosting a yoga class to fundraise a nonprofit organization Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness in Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

I hosted these classes around the full moon dates and during the classes, we worked with the full moon energy. We reflect about what do we need to release and let go and we practices a slow yoga secuense as the Moon Salutations or Chandra Namaskar in sanskrit

(You can read more about it int this Blog Post )

August full moon in 2019 is 1 year I have been hosting these classes!

I am so happy that I want to celebrate the anniversary involving more people in an acro-yoga practice

Acroyoga is all about letting go and trust.

Letting go of the fears, the insecurities. Stop saying to your self “I can’t”, “I am not strong enough” or any other excuses that might show up.

This full moon is here to help hold you accountable for stepping into who you really are and releasing those layers and masks that no longer authentically align

Brittney Carmichael

I decided to do an acro yoga jam because when I have practiced acro-yoga for the first time I felt free but I felt free with others and I want to share this with you.

Acroyoga is a community-based practice that encourages personal transformation.

Acroyoga invites you to experience the full spectrum of your being through opportunities to:
-give and receive
-support and be supported
-experience strength and sensitivity.

It is a systematic approach to health and healing designed to be accessible for every practitioner.
It is fun to practice and fun to watch.

“The best of acro yoga is that it brings people together in the old fashion way, through human connection, touch, and play”

Jason Nemer

No one knows exactly when this practice started, acrobatics and yoga have been mixed in many ways for thousands of year.

But it has been found photos with ancients yogis practicing similar poses to what it is Acroyoga today with kids.

Krishnamacharya and one of his daughters presenting a little ‘acroyoga’ in a scene from the 1934 film documentary footage “Breath of God”

No a days there are two well known yoga shcool in Canada, “Acroyoga Montreal and “Acroyoga International”, among many other qualify teachers

Acroyoga is all about community, relationships, and partnerships. Has grown beyond one school or one person only. Thanks to the curiosity of the modern yoga teachers, practitioners, and acrobats who have shared their knowledge now we can know acro-yoga as it is.

If you are currently living or visiting in the Cayman Islands
I invite you to come and join the practice.

facebook event link

We will meet on Saturday august 17th, from 5 to 6:30pm in an outdoor grass area at Public Beach, next to Calicos bar and next to the kids playground area as a reference to find us.

Please bring:

  • Yoga Mat
  • Water bottle
  • Towel, because we are going to sweat 😉
  • Moquito spray in case de mosquito get to crazy at the sunset
  • And good vibes

All the $ donations for the class will go to fundraise Cayman’s Act of Radom Kindness.

If you love outdoor sports, yoga nd acrobatics I have created the perfect retreat for you. This is an “Acroyoga &Rock Climb Retreat” in Cayman Brac.

Click here to know more about it

Feel free to contact me any time

Join the facebook group Yoga for every Acrobat, were I posted weekly videos tutorials with easy yoga postures to to encourage you to practice at home so you can imporve your acrobatic development.

Hope to see you in on one these places

Renée

May’s Flower Full Moon, What is it about?

According to the farmers almanac May’s full moon is in May 18th and known as the Full Flower Moon.
This is because in the norther hemisphere, May is notable for being the turning point in the year where temperatures rise and a vast variety of flowers come into full bloom, letting the world break out into a riot of color.

Some Native American tribes named May’s full moon as “The Corn Planting Moon”, considering this as the perfect time for them to start preparing the fields for farming and sowing the seeds saved up from last year; apart from corn, other foods such as beans, squash, and potatoes are planted during this time.

Bloom is everywhere.

Energetic wise, there is a heavy energy around this Full Moon that will be drawing us in and asking us to be honest listening to the depths of our heart and soul.
We are going to have to be gentle and patient with ourselves, and allow the magic of the Moon to do its work.

Every full moon it has the purpose to do some cleaning and make space to welcome all the new, positive things/ toughts/ intentions/ projects we would like to receive and focus on the new moon.

Take a moment and ask yourself ;

  • What is stoping you from reaching joy and happiness?
  • What is not letting you grow?

If you would like to know more about the Chandra Namaskar sequence and its meaning, here I am leaving you a LINK to read more about it in past a blog post

If you are currently living or travelling in Cayman Islands I would like  to invite you to the monthly Moon Salutation practice also known as Chandra Namaskar.

This is Yoga class by donation I  host every moth to fundraise Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness; a non-profit organisation endeavours to be a friend to people in unique circumstances of crisis; to demonstrate kindness through loving act’s of service. 

“ARK is a friend to strangers and approaches humanity with great love and compassion -without judgment. ‘Paying it forward’ results in the nurturing and inspiration of the human spirit, changing lives one life at a time. As a chain reaction the ripple of kindness is unending”

Link to the event on facebook

Join in us with the slow meditative flow of Chandra Namaskar, followed by a release ritual.

  • Friday May 17th, 2019.
  • From 6:15pm to 7:15pm

All levels welcome: this is not a powerful physical practice

We will meet at Smith Cove Beach, Grand Cayman. Cayman Islands. 

Please bring:

  • Yoga Mat
  • Water bottle
  • Comfortable clothing 
  • Blanket or scarf to cover yourself during the meditation
  • Pen & paper to perform a release ritual (not mandatory)
  • Mosquito Spray might be needed

Donations $ will be welcome to fundraise Caymans ARK – Acts of Random Kindness

If you can help us by spreading  the word and sharing this event will be mostly appreciated it.

Hope to see you there

with Gratitude

Renée

P/S= If you know of any other available studio/ space where I can host this kind of classes please send me a email.
I would love to know!

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Gone to Cayman Brac

April 5th is finally here!

Acroyoga Workshop in Cayman Brac is happening!

Yesterday I was seating at the airport in Grand Cayman waiting for my flight to Cayman Brac and like almost never happen I am too early so I decides to seat and write.

For the ones who don’t know Cayman Brac is one of the 3 islands in Cayman Islands located in the Caribbean near to Cuba and Jamaica. Is the only one of the 3 where you can rock climb, dive, bike chill at the beach and do an acroyoga workshop 😉 during some dates in the year

Taking a fly from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac is only 40 min; you have to be at the airport for your checking not longer than one hour ahead.

I have to confess I am a little bit anxious. It will be my first Acroyoga Workshop in Cayman Brac and the first ever happening there as well.

I don’t know what beautiful people will find but I am happy because I am so lucky to be able to share my passion with others in paradise.

My flight departed on time, I had a fantastic sleep night and this is my morning view.

I took this with my phone 🙂

I have been teaching since I am 24 years old. I have master degree in Physical Education and I am also a Yoga instructor pursuing my dreams.

I am saying this because I am now 35 and finally putting my self in the place I want to be.

Don’t get me wrong I have been enjoying living the life I want but lately I am looking for more balance and economy stability.

Sounds ironic right?

If I am a yoga teacher I should have found balance already and not be looking for “money” Or that is the misconception about it.

So wrong.

True be told, yoga teachers are human beings as well, we don’t have everything figured out and looking for balance is part of the personal practice.

I like to have a simple life and to do not have any material attachments but I believe after 10 years of hard work, doing my very best to provide quality in all my teachings & other jobs I deserve the reward of living a decent life where I don’t have to be looking for the cheapest, vegetarian dish in the menu if I am eating out with friends.

We all know money is doesn’t make us happy but poverty either.

Let’s be honest, we all want to live a life with bliss and comfort.

I deserve it; you deserve it; we all deserve that.

But how often we forget about that and underprice your work?

I lately learn how to value my knowledge and set boundaries when needed.

To be more confident courage, fearlessness, enthusiasm, and are NOT afraid to speak up for what I believe in.

I love teaching yoga and acroyoga is not the exception.

Acroyoga Practice is all about finding balance with your self and with others. Imagine trying yoga postures on someone else feet or someone else body parts.

Acroyoga word comes from the greek akros meaning= high and Sanskrit word yoga meaning= union. Together they form High Union; from this place so many physical shapes can be formed and students are able to literally and figuratively elevate each other.

I discovered the practice when I was living in Mexico, someone shared it to me and I want to share it as well. My highest aim is to help others to discover this wonderful practice and bring individuals into a state of union with themselves, with each other and with the community. From this place of mutual support the true self can be realised, celebrates and share the benefits of all

Acroyoga is a community based practice in encourages personal transformations. Invites you to experience the full spectrum of your being through opportunities to give and receive, to support and be supported. The best part is that is fun to do and fun to watch. It brings people together the old fashion way through human connection, touch and play

Let’s resume

  • Yoga teachers don’t know everything but we study a lot a compromise to give excellent quality in our teachings.
  • Finding balance is not easy, there is nothing wrong with you if you don’t have it yet.
  • Be aware that acroyoga or yoga practice can definitely help in the search.

Let’s roll the mat and get the party started

If it happen to be that you are close to Cayman Islands and would you like to join on one of my classes or workshops

Let’s keep in touch

P/S: April 5th is the new moon.

The new moon’s energy is wonderful for visualising, setting intentions, and gathering energy for the coming work at hand. This time isn’t good for action, but more planning, dreaming and scheming.

I leave you here with an inspirational quote

“Nothing in the universe can stop you from letting go and starting over.”

Guy Finley

Namaste

Renée

The last Super Moon of 2019

March’s full moon is the third and final super-moon for the rest of 2019.

2019March 20
9:42 pm EDT
March 21
01:42 UTC

We will also celebrate Spring Equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and the start of Autumn in the Southern Hemisphere at the same time.

This change in seasons causes a shift in the expression and flow of energy around us.

In the Northern Hemisphere, Spring is a time where everything comes into bloom. Is a time where the energy is moving from an inner state to an outer state. There is a lot of outward energy guiding us and encouraging us to get out there and express ourselves.

The days will be longer than the nights! And with longer days, comes the return of Yang energy.

In the Southern Hemisphere, Autumn is perhaps one of the most meaningful times of year as it reminds us of the cycle of death and rebirth.

It is a time where we have to release, clear out the clutter, and to celebrate all we have achieved and accomplished. It is also a time of harvest, where we can recap the rewards of all our hard work and effort

“You might have a strong need for balance and harmony now. You probably desire to keep things “nice” rather than venturing into fundamental questions in order not to disturb the peace. You must learn to share your good and bad feelings. Do not be afraid to be who you really are, despite what is expected of you”.

This Full Moon is going to supercharge us. It is going to awaken and revive us. It is going to help us find new inspiration and joy for life. We are going to feel a push forward, and we are going to feel excited about the journey to come.

During this time we are letting go of the old so we can grab on to the new intention we manifest at the time of the new moon.

Full moons are a time for celebration!

To honour the moon; to celebrate and to give back to the community I will be hosting a Yoga class by donations.

We will practice Chandra Namaskar commonly know as Moon Salutations f

This practice is a quieting sequence that invites you to slow down, bowing to and cultivate the moon’s soothing lunar energy. Paying special attention to the quality of each movement. Instead of moving quickly, jumping into and out of poses as we would in Sun Salutations, we move slowly, as though we were moving through water.

This will helps anyone who suffers anxiety or feels under stress.

When?

  • Thursday March 21st
  • 6-7pm

Where?

At Quinntessential Movement, Pole and Aerial dance studio

Located in Galleria Plaza, George Town. Grand Cayman; Cayman Islands

The practice will be lead at the studio (to avoid the mosquitos) Before the end of the class we will walk to the closest beach to perform a release ritual, if the weather allow us 🙂

This ritual is going to help you release the past and welcome in the new. It is going to balance your energy levels and make you an open channel so the lunar energy can shine down on you in all the right places.

What do you need to bring?

  • Pen & paper
  • Your Yoga Mat, if you have one, otherwise the studio can provide some.
  • Your Water bottle

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

Huge thanks to Quinntessential Movement for donated the studio for the class.

Click HERE to check the event on facebook

Hope to see you there.

Namaste,

Renée

Climb’N’ Yoga Weekend in Cayman Brac. April 2019

From April 5h to April 7th, 2019

How long have you been living in Grand Cayman and have never visited Cayman Brac?

How long have you wanted to try something new?

If you are looking to get out of the routine, if you are looking to spend meaningful time with people alike, ready to overcome fears, embrace challenge and learn from it.

The time is NOW

It’s time for transformation

It’s time to build trust

It’s time to go to CAYMAN BRAC

EXLORE the Brac from a different angle – It’s time to get Vertical!

I am super happy to announce that Sannyasa Yoga Acroyoga & Performances Ltd from Grand Cayman will be working together with Rock Iguana Ltd from Cayman Brac hosting a Climb and Yoga weekend, from April 5th to April 7th, 2019.

Join us in a:

ROCK CLIMBING – RAPPELING & YOGA WEEKEND

CLIMB OMMMMMMMMM!

The event will be hosted in one of the most unique Yoga venues in the Cayman Islands:

The Yogi Wall: “An outdoor yoga venue embraced by nature”

Your Yoga Studio

This event is for EVERYONE! All ages and experience levels welcome.

(No previous experienced is required for all events during the weekend)

WHAT IS INCLUDED?  

  • Acro Yoga Workshop – 2 days
  •  Chandra Namaskar – 3 nights  
  • Light Dinner – 3 vegetarian meals (vegan & gluten free options available)
  •  Rock Climbing at Yogi Wall
  •  Ocean Cave Rappel
  • All equipment for yoga, climbing and rappelling
  • Yoga Instructor Certified by International Yoga Alliance
  • AMGA Rock Climbing Guide

YOUR INVESTMENT

KYD $325 (Book before March 25th, 2019)
KYD$ 385 (Book after March 25th, 2019)

PACKPAGES

Make your trip to the Brac easier with Rock Iguana packages including accommodation and air fare from Grand Cayman to Cayman Brac.
2 nights: KYD $565 
3 nights: KYD 665

SCHEDUALE

FRIDAY, APRIL 5th – ARRIVAL

7:05pm – Arrival

7:30pm – Welcome light dinner

8:30pm – Intro to Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutation)

SATURDAY, APRIL 6th

8:00am – Chandra Namaskar Fundamentals

8:30am – 10:30 – Intro to Acro Yoga (Beginner)

CLIMB ‘N’ YOGA @ Yogi Wall

3:00 pm– Rock Climbing (Beginner to Intermediate)

6:00pm – Light Dinner

8:00pm – Chandra Namaskar

SUNDAY, APRIL 7th

8:00 to 10:00 – Acro Yoga II

OCEAN CAVE RAPPEL

2:00pm – Rappelling + Rock Climbing (Beginner to Intermediate)

6:00pm – Light Dinner

8:00pm –  Chandra Namaskar

MONDAY, APRIL 8TH- DEPARTURE

Description of the activities:

Acroyoga – Combines yoga, acrobatics and Thai massage; this is a practice of “trust”, usually between 2 or more practitioners. Whether this is your first time hearing the term “AcroYoga” or you are a seasoned practitioner, join us to explore the fundamentals of movement, dynamic transitions, communication, strength and flexibility of the body and the mind”

Chandra Namaskar (Moon Salutations) – Is a sequence which reveres and honours the energy of the moon, it involves moving to the right and left, and facing the long edge of the mat. The side stretches and circular movements of the sequence can be considered to represent the phases of the moon as it waxes and wanes. Chandra Namaskara is considered more yin in nature than the intrinsically yang Surya Namaskara. As such, Chandra Namaskara is a more cooling, meditative sequence of postures, which is ideally to be practiced in the evening.


Rock Climbing – Explore your verticality and see the world from a different angle! Rock climbing is perfect if you are looking to try something new and exciting. Focuses on top-rope climbing in a safe, fun, and casual environment. Absolutely no prior climbing experience is necessary. The climbing routes will be specifically chosen for the group, providing a customized and memorable experience at the Yogi Wall.

Ocean Cave Rappel – Stand on the edge of a cave 50ft off the ground overlooking the Caribbean Sea and get ready to descend! This mini-expedition is the ultimate combination of action and scenery. The perfect entry-level rappel tour for anyone who craves adventure.


Would you like to have a peek of how it would be to be at the Brac?

YouTube Link

Meet your instructors

Renee Ravazzani -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!

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.

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 travelling she had the opportunity to continue her education, perform and teach in places like France, Spain, Mexico, Brazil, India and now Cayman Islands where she live full time 

Renée met Angel when she arrived in Grand Cayman in 2015 and both decided to bring together their passions yoga & climbing into unique classes in Cayman Brac.

Angel Robledo -Brazil
Founder of Rock Iguana Cayman/ Yoga Teacher RYT 200/ Hridaya Yoga 120H / AMGA Rock Climbing Instructor.

Yoga first encountered Angel’s path while studying Tibetan Buddhism Philosophy, in 2001 and in 2012 she  finished a  Yoga  Ashram in Rishikeshi. 

With great success, Angel  started to create her own routines to release her lower back pain and happily shares these moves with fellow Yogis and students. She went back to India many times after that where she finished her teacher training in Dharamsala, yet she continues taking courses and self-studying on a daily basis, always seeking to broaden and share her knowledge. Angel’s desire to create in Cayman Brac, a true Yogi Community and a sacred place to practice.

“Yoga has transformed her life, Angel being Angel desires to share her love, experiences & knowledge with others.The Yogi Wall is her expression of Love to all Beings and the Mother Nature. Having an outdoor yoga venue embraced by nature is the mother’s gift to all who enter the sacred space. 
Angel believes this is the best place to connect our energy with the elements and our true selves


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Share the Love

Today, February 14th or yesterday, (because I don’t know when you are reading this), is known as the famous “Valentine’s Day”, the lover’s day o maybe the friendship’s day.

It’s the day when people show their affection for another person or people by sending cards, gifts, flowers or chocolates with messages of love.

But..

Do you know how did it started?

I didn’t, so I did some research and it comes to be the day gets its name from a famous saint:

“Saint Valentine”

There are several stories of who he was.

Here I will share one with you

“The popular belief about St Valentine is that he was a priest from Rome in the third century AD.

The Emperor at the time; Emperor Claudius II had banned marriage because he thought married men were bad soldiers.

Valentine felt this was unfair, so he broke the rules and arranged marriages in secret. 
When Claudius found out, Valentine was thrown in jail and sentenced to death.
There, he fell in love with the jailer’s daughter and when he was taken to be killed on 14 February he sent her a love letter signed “from your Valentine”.

BBC
The oldest known Valentine’s message written in English; dated in 1477

“While some believe that Valentine’s Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine’s death or burial–which probably occurred around A.D. 270–others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine’s feast day in the middle of February in an effort to “Christianize” the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

It’s thought that as part of the celebrations, boys drew names of girls from a box. They’d be boyfriend and girlfriend during the festival and sometimes they’d get married

Gradually, St Valentine’s name started to be used by people to express their feelings to those they loved.

History.com

Pretty cool information, right?

But I know, there is lots of times when this can be use as a commercial day for the bussines, and… I get it, it can be socially hard if you are single in these days but that is the beauty of the modern world, you don’t have to have a couple to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Myself, I am not a person who ever consider this day as a day to celebrate.

But you know what?

I think if you can use the excuse of this day to help someone else to feel better, it is absolutely worth it.

And you can share the love in so many different way. It docent have to be only to a boyfriend or girlfriend, or love-partner or a date.

Investing in self- love and self-growing is so important:

  • A massage
  • A good book
  • A good dinner
  • A good wine
  • Time with friends
  • That training or course you always wanted to do

And these are only options but let’s not forget there are others who might not have the same luck as us.

So, why not investing your time in volunteers activities? This is such a great way to share the love.

Since 2018 part of my giving back to community in Cayman Islands is sharing the love of teaching yoga to everyone and to anyone.

I have been organising and sharing the yoga love with classes by donation, all going to a non-profit organisation called:

Cayman’s Act of Random Kindness, 

This organisation endeavours to be a friend to people in unique circumstances of crisis; to demonstrate kindness through loving act’s of service. ARK is a friend to strangers and approaches humanity with great love and compassion -without judgment. ‘Paying it forward’ results in the nurturing and inspiration of the human spirit, changing lives one life at a time. As a chain reaction the ripple of kindness is unending

I chose the full moon for these classes, as a way of bringing the community closer to each other so I can share my knowledge about Chandra Namaskar most commonly known as Moon Salutation.And hopefully be able to provide some new information to the ones who approach these practice with good intentions.

Also have been inviting another wonderful instructor Maree, to join me in the teaching. She is the one in charge of the introspective and meditative part of the class.

February 2019 won’t be the exception and its full moon is commonly known as the Full Snow Moon in Native American cultures.

These ancient tribes named this moon after the way trees cracked in the cold, or how people had to sit shoulder to shoulder around the fire for warmth. Even the Celts called it the Moon of Ice.

But for the one who lives in Cayman Islands this is not something we have to worry about. We have the privilege to enjoy the sun and beach most of the time, right?

That is why Maree & I will be teaching an outdoor Yoga Class by donations!

First we will do a warm up, I will explain how to practice Chandra Namaskar and we will flow with it. On the second part Maree will be a guiding you in a delightful Meditation.

Come ready to let go what is not longer serving you

February 19th, 2019 from 6 to 7pm.

The location is at public beach’s grass patch next to the playground, next to calicos.

As I mention before all the donation will go to Caymans ARK – Acts of Random Kindness 

Please bring your own yoga mat and water bottle.
Maybe some mosquito spray and a blanket for the meditation part 😉

Even in the Caribbean can gets chilli

Here is the link of the event

Be part, share the love and help us spread the word with your friends or anyone you think will like to do the practice.

Thank you

Namaste..

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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What are you thankful for?

Just a few days ago, Thursday 22nd of November, 2018 to be more precise; the American thanks giving day was celebrated

Because I am from Argentina, part of the American continent (yes we are American too), but located in South America, we don’t really celebrate the thanks giving day.

However this day can be a great opportunity to remind us the things we should be thankful for. The simple things are the ones we always forget: a nice meal, a warm shower, a clean towel, a comfortable bed, a bathroom!.. We underestimate how bless we are by wanted to have more and more.

Think about it, you don’t really need this ultimate smart phone, a big tv or that fancy clothing. We tend to fill empty spaces with material things, maybe because we think  things are going to make us happier. When we just have to take the decision to be happy.

I know is easier to say it than to do it. Advice: try to remind your self to make time in your busy life and do something you enjoy; only one thing per day at least.

I will give you my example: I love the adventure and I have decide to live my life in a way many other will consider dangerous but I do not let that affect me, instead I choose to surround myself with people who has positive attitude and we have things in common.

This week I am expressing gratitude because I was able to live my life the way I want:

Gratitude for being able to rock climb with my awesome friend Angel

Gratitude for being able to go to dive any time
Gratitude because I was able to practice acroyoga
 Gratitude for being able to work doing something I am passionate about

Expressing gratitude can increase your vital energy, reduce stress, help us with anxiety and make you feel better.

There are many ways to do it:

-You can journal.  Make a list of the things you are thankful for. It can be done first thing in the morning or before going to bed.

-Yoga helps to express gratitude. Choose your favourite pose and spend a few minutes in it.

-Make a pause in your day and take a minute to practice deep mindful breathing. Count 10 to breath in and 10 to breath out, slowly.

-Focus on the things you CAN do, we get used to take things for granted and we forget to celebrate the small achievements.

The thanksgiving day this year has the particularity to be on the full moon. We already know the full moon bring a special energy to celebrate, to reconnect, to practice yoga or any other healthy activity and feel good.

I am not a tarot reader but would like to share some info about the full moon in November 2018 is in Geminis, is time to reflect, full release of what is not longer serving us, pulling all the layers out so we can understand who we are and reveal our true-self.

Is a great opportunity to slow down, grab your mat and practice Chandra Namaskar. 

We can see this as a brand new beginning, a new chapter opens one more time to determine your goals, follow your intuitions and learn how to live with joy.

Remember is your choice. 

Feel free to leave me a comment and share what are YOU thankful for?


 

 

Spooky Yoga Postures on Halloween

Hello creepy people who is interest in scary yoga poses for Halloween 😉

I am not going to lie the first time I ever hear or read about yoga postures for Halloween I thought it can not be real , but at the same time I was curious like you to see what is this about.

It is a great topic to use if you are teaching yoga for kids but also is a great idea to give a fun turn to any of your regular yoga classes and allow yourself as you can allow your students (if you are a yoga teacher) to do not care about what people think.

Why is that?

Well.. I think we can use this theme as an excuse to practice those awkward postures or pranayama (breathing exercises) that we will never do in public because we are to worry   about what the other might think if they see me doing this. Or you can feel silly when you do it 

Here is some examples of what I am talking about.

Yoga postures to have fun trying on Halloween

Get into your comfy clothes and yoga mat

Maybe some zombie make up 😉 and let’s begin

Also known as the cat & crow pose we usually do as part of a spinal warm up before the practice of the more challenges asanas. It has great benefits!

Try to synchronise each movement, each breathing. On your neutral table pose; as you inhale lift your tailbone and you chess, looking up producing an arch on your spine; as you exhale tuck your tailbone rush the floor look into your own belly rounding the spine.

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Benefits:

  • Improves the flexibility in your spine and back muscles.
  • Stimulate and massage the internal organs of your belly.
  • Is a great practice to relieves the the menstrual cramps and the uncomfortable pain this can bring.

If you have knees problems you can imitate the same movement seating on a pillows or on a chair .

 

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Preparatory postures:

  • Bakasana (crow pose)
  • Baddha konasana (bound angle pose)

Benefits:

  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Tones the belly
  • Improves sense of balance

 

Are you ready to get rare?

This is a pose that can make you feel uncomfortable to practice if it is your first time.

The name comes from the Sanskrit words simha meaning “lion”, and asana (āsana) meaning “posture”.

The asana resembles a seated lion, hence the name Simha (lion in Sanskrit) asana. The practitioner’s facial expressions are modified to resemble a lion.

Following the kneeling position from the image below, press your palms firmly against your knees and take a deep inhalation through the nose. Then simultaneously open your mouth wide and stretch your tongue out, curling its tip down toward the chin, open your eyes wide, contract the muscles on the front of your throat, and exhale the breath slowly out through your mouth with a distinct “ha” sound. The breath should pass over the back of the throat.

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Simhasana is a good pose to use to “clear the air,” so to speak, at or near the beginning of an asana or pranayama practice. So almost any pose would be appropriate to practice next

Preparatory postures:

  • Dandasana (seating position with extended legs)
  • Sukhasana  (seating cross legs position)

Benefits:

  • Relieves tension in the chest and face.
  • Reduce anxiety and stress with calming effects after the practice 
  • According to traditional texts, Simhasana destroys disease and facilitates the three major bandhas (Mula, Jalandhara, Uddiyana).

If you are not familiar with the terms the explanations of the bandas is extended so I promise to do it another post.   

Kapalbahati Pranayama (front brain cleansing breath) 

Kapal: meaning cranium/skull

Bhati: meaning light-perception or knowledge.

This pranayama invigorates the entire brain and the centres responsable for subtler perception and insight. 

Sit in a comfortable position, spine straight, you can sit on a pillow and place  your hand on you knees. it can be better to practice with your eyes close to avoid distractions.

Kapalbahati only use forced exhalation, reducing the thoracic volume in exhalation while inhalation remains restful. Commence this pranayama by forcing the breath out by puling the abdominal muscles in, allow the inhalation to occur spontaneously. Practice fifty kapalbahati breath. Perform both inhalation and exhalation trough the nostril; practice to the speed of about one breath per second. After the last expulsion of air, inhale fully, then exhale fully and hold the breath out for 5 sec.

Rest a short period of time before the next round. You can practice up the 10 rounds

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Some of the benefits is to purifies the whole body by accelerating the alveolar air, stimulating the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide with can provide a total effect of cleansing and increasing metabolism throughout the body. Also helps to release tensions. Is a useful practice for the suffers of asthma, bronchitis and tuberculosis.

Contraindications: should not be practiced by people suffering high blood pressure, vertigo or hernia.

 


These are just a few I suggest to practice on Halloween so you can get out of your regular yoga routine and give your self permission to  try different yoga postures that might not look as pretty as other ones.

Don’t care about what others might think! Have fun, sometimes we take yoga in an extremely serious way. Explore new movements!

Your limits in this practice would be to listen to your body and practice with awareness where safety always goes  first.

Do not hesitate to consult a professional yoga instructor if you do not know how to get into the posture.

Thank you for stoping by 

Renée