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What Yoga Means to Me Right Now

Yoga to me at this time… is personal and universal, an all-encompassing way of living. Something for everyone to benefit from no matter of age or ability.

It is non-competitive, non-glorifying and non-discriminative.

It is the unknown, my path unfolding, and feeling more equipped to explore this path more deeply.IMG_20141122_155750

It is made up of many elements, together creating a continuing thread that runs through all living things.

It is about the breath, which not only lies at the heart of the practice but at life itself, our life force.

In a mad thinking and confused society where the wrongs in the world seem so unchangeable to put right, leading by example is really important to me. Yoga encapsulates this, not only because it leads to living a more holistic led life and more conscious awareness but because it teaches you to love yourself and grow from a place of genuine loving kindness, this manifested into the world are positive seeds of change.

Though it worth noting, it’s not all sequins and suntans or a guaranteed fast track to the feel good factor.

It is the further hard work and discipline I know is yet to come, facing unwanted truths and those demons that are as much as part of me as anything.

But yoga for me at this time is slowly teaching me not to fight myself but instead invite these demons in to come in and have a seat at my table, and for me to say “Hello old friends how are you today, let me put the kettle on and let us talk some more”.

Yoga to me just makes sense, but at the same time confuses me entirely.

 

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YogaFlame seeks adventure and believes there is more to discover on the journey than at the destination – is a Scaravelli inspired newbie yoga teacher – has an articulate soul with a dyslexic brain – who’s heart is open and sleeve is full. xx

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Events

Serenity in Action 10 day Yoga Retreat with Shy Sayar in Guadeloupe, French Caribbean

Serenity in Action retreat is more than just a retreat. It is a period of your life with professionals and like minded people practicing yoga, jungle bathing and meditation. Explore the island with those who love the earth, nature and challenges. 

Guadeloupe is Caribbean hidden paradise. French, but Creole. We combined the passion for love, yoga, mindbody, activities, and the island’s secrets in this 10 days retreat with Shy Sayar. Well into his third decade with yoga, Shy has tens of thousands of hours of experience bringing yoga to students of all levels, treating patients, and training yoga teachers and therapists around the globe. 

Retreat includes:

❖  Accommodation at Sunset Villas
❖  Morning and evening yoga sessions every day

❖  Healthy homemade breakfast to start your day, local fruits and snacks

❖  Five vegetarian dinners with creole spices

❖  Daily curated adventures like:  hikes throughout the island’s national park on our favorite routes, surf lessons, visits to historical/cultural sights and hoping on the beach along the way…

❖  On island transportation

Your are free to participate in our excursions or opt-out and spend your time how you wish: sunbathe, relax, and be at your pace.

A few gifts for you:

 – Carbon offsets for flights to and from Guadeloupe

 – A tree/coral planted for your travel

– Airport transfer

200H Ancient Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Tulum, Mexico

22 Day Ancient Hatha & Tibetan Buddhism Yoga Teacher Training

May 1st – May 21st, 2020

Be brave, rip yourselves out of your routine, jump into the cold water and study with Diamond Heart Yoga. It will be a chance ‘to empty the cup’ and refill it with a new potion including new seeds of love, joy, peace and wisdom. While we provide a safe space, you will also have the opportunity to discover insights by yourself, find a new outlook, and untangle the snarls in your psyches. We will have fun stretching, become stronger, celebrate life and learn how to share authentic wisdom from your heart.

Starting May 1st to May 21st. This 200 hr Training emphasizes the core tenents of a Teacher Training Program. Included in this program we will study the deeper meanings of the 8 Limbs of Yoga, we will study in its entirety, verse by verse Master Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, functional anatomy, lifestyle, nutrition, teachings from traditional Chinese medicine and Tibetan Heart Yoga.

🌟What will you get out of this training?

🌐 We will give you the tools to be able to travel the world or go back to your hometown and confidently teach a yoga class.

🌐 You will have an in depth knowledge of the Yoga Sutras and an introduction of Tibetan Buddhism and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

🌐 You will leave with a working foundation of anatomy and functional anatomy which is how the body functions in yoga poses.

Included:
∞ 21 nights Luxurious beach front Accommodation
∞ Daily Asana, Meditation & Pranayama
∞ Dynamic lectures & philosophy classes
∞ Certificate of completion
∞ Eligibility for yoga alliance registration
∞ Closing ceremony
∞ Beach front access
∞ Daily nutritious meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
∞ Special gift at the completion of the training
∞ Chiropractic adjustments
∞ An internationally recognized yoga teacher certification from accredited Yoga school
∞ ​The confidence to teach Advanced Hatha Yoga, Philosophy and meditation to your students, effectively and efficiently.

Dates:
Arrive May 1st
Depart March 21st, 2020
(21 nights)

​Location:
Tulum Wellness Academy
Carretera Tulum-Boca Paila
Punta Piedra,
Tulum, Mexico

​PRICES
Single bed in shared room with ensuite
$2950

Queen Bed in shared room with ensuite
$3250

Queen bed in Twin room with ensuite
$3990

Private Room with ensuite
$4590

King Private room with ensuite & ocean view
$5590

Meals and accommodations are included in the Training.

More information:
https://www.diamondheart.yoga/tulum200hryttmay2020
https://www.tulumwellnessacademy.com/200-hoursytt

About Tulum Welness Academy
TULUM WELLNESS ACADEMY IS LOCATED AT THE SOUTHERNMOST TIP OF THE RIVIERA MAYA ON A STRETCH OF WHITE SAND AND TURQUOISE WATER THAT BORDERS THE DENSE YUCATAN JUNGLE.

WE HAVE PROFOUND RESPECT FOR THE LAND UPON WHICH WE BUILD OUR ACADEMY AND COMMUNITIES. WE ARE INSPIRED BY THE LOCAL HERITAGE AND HISTORIES OF TULUM. WE EMBRACE NOT ONLY THE LOCAL CULTURE BUT ALSO THE ANCIENT TRADITIONS AND FORGOTTEN WISDOM OF THE REGION.

TODAY THE RUGGED, PRISTINE COASTAL REGION IS HOME TO SOME OF MEXICO’S BEST PRESERVED RUINS, MYSTICAL CENOTES, UNDERWATER CAVES, AND THE LARGEST PROTECTED COASTAL AREA IN MEXICO, THE SIAN KA’AN BIOSPHERE RESERVE.

WE CELEBRATE THE RICH HERITAGE OF THIS ANCIENT CULTURE WITH YOGA AND HOLISTIC CANNABIS PROGRAMING, WELCOME CEREMONIES, RITUALS, TRADITIONAL CUISINE, THAT HIGHLIGHTS THE SACRED WISDOM OF THIS LAND. WE WISH FOR TULUM TO REMAIN A UNIQUE PARADISE, WHERE THE MAGIC, CULTURE AND MYSTIQUE OF THE ANCIENT MAYA CAN BE WITNESSED AND FELT.

300H Hatha Yoga Teacher Training, Nicaragua

◊ 35 Days Ancient Hatha & Tibetan Buddhism Yoga Teacher Training ◊

February 27th – April 2nd, 2020

This Diamond Heart Yoga School 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training takes you on a great journey of exploration into the world of yoga. This training focuses on how to intimately join yogic philosophy and asana practice, planting the seeds to successfully navigate life – on and off the mat. Specifically designed for teachers who have already completed a 200-hour teacher training program, this advanced training helps you dive deeper into existing skills and refine them into a richer and more fulfilling practice and teaching experience.

This training offers a rich palette of teachings for the body, mind, and spirit/self. We study and discuss ancient philosophical concepts from the Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita and the Ashtavakra Gita. We delve into wisdom teachings from Tibetan Buddhism and Tibetan Heart Yoga. Each of these beautiful texts and traditions helps us deepen our understanding of ourselves and how we engage in our world, to become better teachers and human beings. Throughout this 300-hour training, participants will establish a strong foundation in spiritual philosophy and wisdom.

Spiritual and philosophical teachings are joined by asana, pranayama, and meditation study and practice. Familiar asana poses and sequences are expanded upon, as we begin to understand the patterns of prana that are created by various body movements and breathing practices.

We explore pose variations, safe alignment, and pose- and body-specific assisting and adjusting. Alignment is considered holistically, as well as how to sequence to safely get into poses and their more advanced variations, and transitioning between poses. Functional anatomy is highly emphasized, so teachers will leave with a working command of how the body moves. Daily practice-teaching opportunities with ample time for supportive feedback will build confidence and strengthen your teaching skills. Teachers will further leave the training with a greater understanding of meditation techniques and how to facilitate guided meditation.

This training even incorporates elements of acupuncture, herbology, nutrition, Tai Chi and Qi Gong, Tui Na and massage, as well as Hatha, Ashtanga, Anusara and other surprises to make it truly unique!

Benefits of this training:
ꙮ Teach with confidence a Vinyasa flow or Hatha style class for all levels, including injury prevention and management, and contraindications
ꙮ Learn safe hands-on adjustment and alignment techniques
ꙮ Develop a meditation practice and competently guide others in meditation
ꙮ Gain and understanding of the subtle body and movement of prana
ꙮ Learn and understand advanced yoga philosophy and how to incorporate these principles into your life, so you can then pass on the teachings to others

Our Itinerary
06:00 – 06:30 Meditation
06:30 – 08:00 Asana practice
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:00- 13.00 Morning lectures & Teach backs
13:00 – 16.00 Lunch and relaxing time
16:00 – 18:00 Philosophy
18:00 – 19:00 Dinner
FREE TIME

What you get
◊ 35 nights rustic Accommodation
◊ Daily Asana, Meditation & Pranayama
◊ Dynamic lectures & philosophy classes
◊ Certificate of completion
◊ Private Waterfall access
◊ Daily nutritious meals including breakfast, lunch, and dinner
◊ Music jam sessions
◊ Group sound healings
◊ Jungle Excursions
◊ Chiropractic adjustments
◊ An internationally recognized yoga teacher certification from accredited Yoga school
​◊ The confidence to teach Advanced Hatha Yoga, Philosophy and meditation to your students, effectively and efficiently
◊ Closing ceremony

DATES
Arrive February 27th
Depart April 2nd, 2020
(35 days, 34 nights)

LOCATION
Reserva Los Nogales, Nicaragua

PRICES
Single bed in shared room
$3300

Private Room (Limited Availability)
$3599

TO BOOK:
Please visit our website:
https://www.diamondheart.yoga/300hrnicaraguayttfebruary2020

About Reserva Los Nogales
Located in the Unesco tropical Biosphere Reserve “Macizo de Peñas Bancas” in Bosawas, Nicaragua, in the coffee region, a charming private nature cabin, with great views and jungle pathways through the whole property which criss-crosses our 17 acres organic farm, leading down to our private waterfall “Nahuali”. We have one yoga rancho and one meditation deck in the waterfall. A place to relax and commune with nature.

The space Surrounded by a beautiful rain forest, strategically placed for privacy. There is also an outdoor space to be and enjoy the views of the white cliffs with 2 hammocks to relax in. Commune with nature, listen to crickets and birds at night and in the morning. Surrounded by walnut trees ” Los Nogales” a threatened specie in Nicaragua, our main focus is reforestation and allowing the land recover from strong deforestation to transform it into kettle field. We grow coffee, bananas, plantains, tropical vegetables, trees, berries and flowers.

There are enchanting trails through our forest, leading down to our big private waterfall called Nahuali and to our yoga rancho. Nearby you can go hiking into the white cliffs for 4-6-8 hours hikes, go visit the beautiful 80 m rainbow waterfall “la Cascada Arco Iris” or go eat at local farmer Don Chico’s comedor. Guest access You will receive access to a nice living room with many books, big dining tables, sofas, manual and creative activities left for your to entertain yourself. Access to our private waterfall where you can be alone bathing, access to our yoga and meditation decks.

Holding retreats at Los Nogales helps the conservation of this very special Unesco Biosphere Reserve “Macizo de Peñas Blancas” inside the huge tropical jungle of BOSAWAS. All our practices are ecological, our land has been reforested for the past 8 years, we have been mostly planting trees and letting the land recover from strong agricultural practices and cattle fields. In the past we also did cultural work with the local community by teaching them capoeira, yoga, English and art.

A percentage of the benefits of our retreats goes to a food security project for the local primary school where our son Nogal and all local kids go to. The structures we have built have the lowest impact on the land, quite simple and made out of natural materials helping us to live as simply as possible, closer to nature and getting back to our roots. The cabins are shared between 4 to 6 people maximum. Toilets are shared (2 compost toilets and 2 biodigesters ones) and showers are open air.