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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.

Nectar Yoga B&B Bowen Island – ONE YEAR!

1 Aug

WE ARE ONE YEAR OLD TODAY!

I’m gushing with joy and gratitude. One year ago my partner and I took possession of our home on Bowen Island and Nectar Yoga B&B was born.

We have met hundreds of people in the past year from all over the world. Thank you to all my students, you are my teachers. You show me the light and teach me all I need to know.

Here are some things I’ve learned this year:
Be Happy
If you are not happy, make a change, maybe a really big change
All your dreams are possible but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy
Follow your intuition and base all your life choices on it, if you don’t know what intuition feels like, be still
If you have trouble sleeping, come to my house and I’ll put you to work, hard manual labour will have you sleeping like a baby
Everyone on this planet needs space to reflect and breathe
Not everyone is as clean as I am
Talk a walk in nature, you’ll feel better
Find a partner who has your back, who helps you to accelerate on your spiritual path, who gets you!
If you’re not with that person, let them go, find your soul mate, they are waiting…
This too shall pass, everything is always changing
It’s not what is happening to you, it’s how you move through it
The energy you put out is the energy you get back, action/reaction
Life is truly beautiful, even when its cold and raining
Find stillness, breathe, refill
Eat amazing food and love every bite (even full gluten, full sugar, full fat chocolate cake – love it!)
Don’t get too caught up in perfecting your diet, your body, your appearance, your yoga practice, just be a damn good person
Surround yourself with people who are vibrating at your frequency
Be real – be the actual person you portray on Facebook
Find community, if you can’t find it, create it
Making money has nothing to do with success, real success is soul to soul connection
Our body is impermanent, at any moment it could be gone, so live the life of your dreams
Say yes to every good opportunity, unless it sacrifices balance
Heal your past, forgive, mostly yourself, then everyone else
You are beautiful, you are uniquely you, no one can replicate that
See beauty in the diversity, not difference
Judging is different than noticing the reality as it is
If you have knowledge that will heal others share it, it’s potency accelerates when you share
Be selfless
Find the lessons and the blessings in all of your life experiences
I love island life, I love small community, I love sharing in other’s healing process, I love small details
Swim in the sea, swim in the lake, just swim, there is a deep stillness in the water
A true Yogi is someone who speaks kind and softly, who shares all they have, who sees the connection of all beings, I hope to one day be a Yogi
You are deeply wise, no truth is outside of you, it’s all within
Surround yourself with good people, but also lots of animals, they have so much wisdom and love
Go for it, today is the day, tomorrow may never come, you can do it!!
Most of all…Be Happy

These are not cliches or cute quotes I found on the internet, these are the REAL lessons I have learned this year. Thank you to the love of my life, my forever partner, without his amazing dedication and deep wisdom, this life would be the same. Thank you to all our guests and your beautiful comments, feedback, wisdom, and energy, this has made Nectar Yoga B&B so amazing.

Come visit us: www.nectaryogabnb.ca

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!

Best Moments in Pictures – Nectar Yoga Retreat Greece

3 May

I just finished my Nectar Yoga Retreat in Greece. It was an uplifting week of adventure, yoga, creativity, silence, laughs, and deep inner connection. This private island paradise was the best way to spend any week! Here are my best moments in pictures. Check out: www.nectaryoga.ca for future retreat offerings. Coming up is Spain and Morocco!!!

Street puppies. Love.

Street puppies. Love.

My fantastic yoga students

My fantastic yoga students

Sunset meditation

Sunset meditation

Laughter yoga

Laughter yoga

My room view

My room view

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach

Group creative workshop

Group creative workshop

Morning yoga with a view!

Morning yoga with a view!

Morning meditation at the lighthouse.

Morning meditation at the lighthouse.

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Under the Oak Tree

Under the Oak Tree

Really yummy food!!!

Really yummy food!!!

Our fearless guard dog

Our fearless guard dog

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A place to read and relax

A place to read and relax

Our group waiting for the bus

Our group waiting for the bus

In deep conversation

In deep conversation

Asana at sunrise

Asana at sunrise

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Beautiful yoga students

Beautiful yoga students

Raw Lettuce Tacos with Nut Meat & Mango Salsa

30 Mar

Are you interested in detoxifying your body but scared about changing your diet? During one of Nectar Yoga’s Detoxifying Yoga Retreats, Chef Mirella, will have you feeling cleansed and full of new recipe ideas. The food during your yoga retreat is meant to be light, nutritious, uplifting and inspiring. For one week we will refrain from eating any sugar, meat, dairy, wheat or caffeine. Seems difficult? You will be surprised about the variety and quality of the food. Try this delicious Raw Lettuce Taco Recipe by retreat Chef Mirella. 

Join us for a Yoga Detox Retreat in Morocco and Ibiza this fall for more detoxifying inspirations like this! Click HERE for Full Details. 

Raw Tacos with Mango Salsa

Raw Tacos with Mango Salsa

Recipe

Raw Lettuce Tacos with nut meat and mango salsa (serves 2)

Ingredients:

Nut Meat:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup mushrooms
  • 4 sun-dried tomato halves
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon tamari

Mango Salsa:

  • 1 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup peeled, diced cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/3 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
  • Salt and pepper

Other:

  • Firm lettuce to use as tacos

Method:

Take a firm type of lettuce and use the leaves as tacos or wraps. I have used baby Romaine or Napa cabbage before.

For the nut meat, mix all the ingredients in a food processor until you have a chunky mixture with the consistency of ground taco meat. Try it and add spices according to your taste.

Put all of the ingredients of the mango salsa in a bowl and toss it around so the flavours mix well. You can make this a little ahead of time to let it marinade and let flavours soak in.

To serve, place a lettuce leave on your plate, top with walnut meat, mango salsa and optional guacamole.

Visit www.nectaryoga.ca for all our Detox Retreat options.

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!!!

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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Nectar Yoga Retreat Ibiza 2014 – Best Moments in Photos

20 Oct

Here are some of our best moments in photos from Nectar Yoga Retreat Ibiza 2014. Stay tuned for upcoming retreats: www.nectaryoga.ca/retreats
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