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Yin to Your Yang

3 Dec

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YIN TO YOUR YANG

Happy Holiday Season!!

This time of year can be filled with many opposites. Peace and irritability, love and anger, cold and hot, happiness and sadness, abundance and scarcity, love and hatred. If we are honest with ourselves, these are the fluctuations of the human mind on a daily basis. The polarities of life seem to be more evident during this season of tradition and family. Most of us have many mixed emotions about spending extended time with our relatives during the holidays. Whether it’s your unfiltered uncle or your mom who knows how to push your buttons, we all have loved ones in our lives that can test our patience. On top of family commitments, we have social gatherings, gift buying, food consumption, work, kids, and organizing it all brings forward our Yang energy.

We have all heard of and/or know what the Yin/Yang symbol looks like. If you were around in the 80’s and early 90’s it was also a popular fashion symbol on pendants, belts, t-shirts (and more), but did you ever find out what it actually means?

“Neither Yin nor Yang are absolute. Nothing is completely Yin or completely Yang. Each aspect contains the beginning point for the other aspect. For example: day becomes night and then night becomes day…Yin and Yang are interdependent upon each other so that the definition of one requires the definition for the other to be complete.” Personal Tao

This explains why the Yin/Yang symbol, which is actually called the Taijitu, has a black side with a white dot and a white side with a black dot. When two things are balanced, they are equal but still separate. In a relationship of harmony, the two energies blend into one seamless whole, as perfectly embodied by the swirling Yin-Yang symbol.

General Examples of Yin & Yang:

Yin = Darkness, Moon, Feminine, Shade, Rest
Yang = Light, Sun, Masculine, Brightness, Activity

When our Yang energy becomes dominant, we need to create balance by introducing more Yin energy. If we are feeling overwhelmed, hot, tense, agitated, we should sit, relax, slow down, cool down. This is intuitive, but we often continue to add more Yang energy into our already Yang like life.

So, now we know that the holiday season can create an abundance of Yang, and we also know that we need to balance this with Yin. If you feel your blood pressure rising and your breath becoming restricted while you are waiting in a shopping line-up, tune in, cool yourself down, sit down, take a few conscious breaths, go outside, turn on your Yin energy. It will balance you and enable you to have more equanimity with this beautiful season.

I just completed my Yin Yoga training in Vancouver with one of the founders of the tradition, Bernie Clark. I am very excited to introduce this teaching style into my classes. At Nectar Yoga B&B on Bowen Island, we will have regular Yin Yoga classes and at all of my upcoming Exotic Retreats.

Join me in Morocco, Iceland, and Spain (where there will be a specific Yin & Beginner themed retreat). Limited Space still remains for my Morocco andIceland Retreats coming up in February 2016.

Sending you much peace and balanced energy during this special season.

Om Shanti,
Andrea.

A Letter From Einstein…

7 May

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In the late 1980s, Lieserl, the daughter of the famous genius, donated 1,400 letters, written by Einstein, to the Hebrew University, with orders not to publish their contents until two decades after his death. This is one of them, for Lieserl Einstein.

…”When I proposed the theory of relativity, very few understood me, and what I will reveal now to transmit to mankind will also collide with the misunderstanding and prejudice in the world.
I ask you to guard the letters as long as necessary, years, decades, until society is advanced enough to accept what I will explain below.
There is an extremely powerful force that, so far, science has not found a formal explanation to. It is a force that includes and governs all others, and is even behind any phenomenon operating in the universe and has not yet been identified by us.

This universal force is LOVE.
When scientists looked for a unified theory of the universe they forgot the most powerful unseen force.

Love is Light, that enlightens those who give and receive it.
Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others.

Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals.

For love we live and die.
Love is God and God is Love.

This force explains everything and gives meaning to life. This is the variable that we have ignored for too long, maybe because we are afraid of love because it is the only energy in the universe that man has not learned to drive at will.

To give visibility to love, I made a simple substitution in my most famous equation.

If instead of E = mc2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the conclusion that love is the most powerful force there is, because it has no limits.
After the failure of humanity in the use and control of the other forces of the universe that have turned against us, it is urgent that we nourish ourselves with another kind of energy…

If we want our species to survive, if we are to find meaning in life, if we want to save the world and every sentient being that inhabits it, love is the one and only answer.
Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed that devastate the planet.

However, each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released.
When we learn to give and receive this universal energy, dear Lieserl, we will have affirmed that love conquers all, is able to transcend everything and anything, because love is the quintessence of life.

I deeply regret not having been able to express what is in my heart, which has quietly beaten for you all my life. Maybe it’s too late to apologize, but as time is relative, I need to tell you that I love you and thanks to you I have reached the ultimate answer! “.

Your father Albert Einstein

Nectar Yoga Retreat Ibiza – Best Moments in Pictures.

5 May

I am home from a beautiful week of yoga and awakening. The sun was shining all week and we had many new experiences. From a vibrational healing gong bath to psychic readings to a day at the Balinese inspired spa. Join us for another adventure in September: http://nectaryoga.ca/ibiza-yoga-detox-retreat-september-2015/ Namaste!

Gong Bath Vibrational Healing

Gong Bath Vibrational Healing

Morning Sunrise

Morning sunrise

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cake

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cake

Savasana

Savasana

Raw Pasta

Raw Pasta

Namaste

Namaste

Relaxing at the pool

Relaxing at the pool

Our villa's pool

Our villa’s pool

Follow your heart

Follow your heart

Soup!

Soup!

Dining

Dining

Raw, Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding with a Green Smoothie for breakfast

Raw, Vegan Chocolate Chia Pudding with a Green Smoothie for breakfast

Old Town Ibiza

Old Town Ibiza

Life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful.

Ibiza Yoga Detox Retreat

Ibiza Yoga Detox Retreat

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Be Happy!

Be Happy!

Spring Cleanse – Chilled Avocado & Fennel Soup Recipe

1 May

Spring is the best time to scrub, cleanse, dust, shake, and get rid of the old cobwebs (inside and out). Here is an amazing detoxifying recipe from our Ibiza Yoga Detox Retreat by chef Mirella.

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RECIPE

Chilled Avocado & Fennel Soup

Chuck full of nutrition, this raw-vegan spring soup makes for a well balanced, cleansing meal! It ads fiber, essential fatty acids, vitamins, protein and anti-oxidants to your diet in one go! Tastes best chilled and topped with your favorite vegan cheese and/or nuts! I used a home-made almond-cheese and roasted pistachios.

Ingredients for 4 bowls:

•           2 Avocados
•           1 fennel including the leaves
•           1 cucumber
•           Half a garlic clove
•           3 spring onions
•           juice of 1 lemon
•           ½ tsp of black pepper
•           ½ tsp of sea salt or rock salt
•           1 cup of spring water

Blend together until smooth. Add more water if needed to get the desired consistency. Adjust salt and pepper to your taste. Chill in the fridge for at least one hour. Top with crumbled almond cheese and pistachio nuts and garnish with some fennel leaves before serving.

Visit www.nectaryoga.ca to join one of our upcoming Summer and Fall detox retreats.

Sold Out – Nectar Yoga Retreat Greece!

13 Apr

Thank you to all of you who inquired and are attending my upcoming Nectar Yoga Retreat in Greece. It is now SOLD OUT!

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I look forward to welcoming you on another exotic retreat in the near future.

Check out www.nectaryoga.ca for upcoming exotic Fall retreats including Spain and Morocco!

Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat September 2015

23 Mar MoroccoYogaDetoxRetreatRoom

Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat, September 25 – October 1, 2015

Nectar Yoga and Mirella Saraswati team up for a rejuvenating week of yoga, relaxation, delicious cleansing food and exotic Moroccan landscapes this autumn.

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MOROCCO YOGA DETOX RETREAT OVERVIEW
Submerge yourself in a peaceful detoxifying environment, deepen your yoga practice, learn about nutrition & healthy cooking, cleanse and relax in Morocco this coming autumn. After a week at this magical oasis with us you’ll feel renewed, refreshed, and rejuvenated, we promise!

A peaceful haven welcomes you in the wonderland of the Moroccan countryside. The view of awesome dessert landscape and olive groves is a perfect setting to start off your day of yoga & well-being. You’ll be led through two daily yoga classes, meditation sessions, group discussions and lectures taught by Andrea from Nectar Yoga. Whether you are new to yoga or deepening your existing practice, you’ll gain a stronger awareness of your mind, body and spirit connection after your Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat.

Mirella Saraswati will have your taste buds watering before every meal. Each day we will enjoy inspirational, delicious, and extremely healthy creations. Informative demonstrations and lessons are included during this week. You’ll go home with a new relationship to food and the desire to eat clean. For some local flavor, Mirella will be working with a Moroccan cook to include some regional inspiration in the menu.

The Moroccan property features a main villa with two suites, surrounded by 5 private detached adobe cottages, which are truly one-of-a-kind. An expansive swimming pool, framed by shady umbrellas and lounge chairs overlooks the beautiful valley of Essaouira. The natural dessert landscape is dotted with olive trees and walking paths. This exclusive yoga retreat is your perfect detox sanctuary. Join us for a yoga detox retreat you’ll always remember.

Visit: http://nectaryoga.ca/morocco-yoga-detox-retreat-september-2015/ for full details and to register!

Nectar Yoga Ibiza Retreat – SOLD OUT

23 Mar

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I am happy to announce that my Spring Ibiza Yoga Detox Retreat is now SOLD OUT!

We are planning another this coming Fall, so reserve early.

Visit http://nectaryoga.ca/ibiza-yoga-detox-retreat-september-2015/ for full details.

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We look forward to seeing you there!!!

Love is Only a Word

14 Feb

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Life is too short for us to keep important words, for example, ‘I love you’, locked in our hearts.

But do not always expect to hear the same words back. We love because we need to love. Otherwise, love loses all meaning and the sun ceases to shine.

A rose dreams of enjoying the company of bees, but none appears. The sun asks:
‘Aren’t you tired of waiting?’
‘Yes,’ answers the rose, ‘but if I close my petals, I will wither and die.’

And yet, even when Love does not appear, we remain open to its presence. Sometimes, when loneliness seems about to crush everything, the only way to resist is to keep on loving.

Our one true choice is to plunge into the mystery of that uncontrollable force.
Then we discover, when we go home, that someone was there waiting for us, looking for the same thing we were looking for and experiencing the same anxieties and longings.

Because love is like the water that is transformed into a cloud: it’s lifted up into the heavens, where it can see everything from a distance, aware that, one day, it will have to return to earth.

Because love is like the cloud that is transformed into rain: it is drawn down to the earth, where it waters the fields.

Love is only a word, until we decide to let it possess us with all its force.
Love is only a word, until someone arrives to give it meaning.

Don’t give up. Remember, it’s always the last key on the keyring that opens the door.

taken from THE MANUSCRIPT FOUND IN ACCRA

Nectar Yoga Bahamas – Best Moments in Pictures

6 Dec

I’m back from a lovely trip to the Bahamas. Yoga, Detoxing, Meditation, Chanting, New Friends, Sun, and Inspiration! http://www.nectaryoga.ca

Here are some of my best moments in pictures.

Follow Your Heart Nectar Yoga

Follow Your Heart Nectar Yoga

Happy Tree

Happy Tree

Detox Yoga Class

Detox Yoga Class

Puja at Sivananda Ashram Bahamas

Puja at Sivananda Ashram Bahamas

Love Yoga

Love Yoga

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Breathe

Breathe

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Beautiful Paradise Island Beach Bahamas

Beautiful Paradise Island Beach Bahamas

Fly!

Fly!

Nectar Yoga Retreat Morocco – Best Moments in Pictures

4 Nov

Nectar Yoga Retreat Morocco has come to a close. Here are my best moments in photos. I look forward to seeing you at a future exotic retreat: http://www.nectaryoga.ca

Words to summarize the trip: Simply Amazing. The pictures speak for themselves. Namaste.

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