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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

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

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