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Gracious Living Liquid Detox Retreat Bahamas 2014/2015

3 Sep

Join Andrea Clark owner of Nectar Yoga and Grace Van Berkum owner of Gracious Living for a weeklong liquid detox immersion retreat in the Bahamas.

Nectar Yoga Retreat Bahamas 2014/2015 Dates:
November 17 – 23, 2014
January 4 – 10, 2015
May 11 – 17, 2015
 

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Cleanse your body, discover how specific foods can increase vitality, energy, and prevent & heal disease. Nectar Yoga and Gracious Living will will guide you through a week of yoga, meditation, alkalizing juices, smoothies, and gazpachos prepared in creative, delicious ways and filled with raw, vegan, nutrient-dense foods to ensure that you do not feel deprived.

This cleanse is designed to improve metabolism and digestion, cleanse internal organs, reduce inflammation, increase energy, recalibrate the taste buds, reset the appetite, educate, inspire, and clear the mind. Guided by an experienced health professional within the ashram’s supportive and relaxing environment, you will have the opportunity to focus on healing and learning without distractions. You’ll also take home practical tips, tools and recipes to implement a healthy lifestyle.

For full details click here: http://nectaryoga.ca/yoga-retreat-bahamas/

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Nectar Yoga Video Shoot St Lucia

4 Nov

I am so grateful to be shooting a yoga video in beautiful St Lucia! Here are a few snapshots from last night at sunset. I will post a link to the video once it is completed.

Nectar Yoga Natarajasana at Sunset

Nectar Yoga Natarajasana at Sunset

Nectar Yoga Sirsasana Headstand

Nectar Yoga Sirsasana Headstand

Nectar Yoga Coming into Setu Bandhasana the Bridge

Nectar Yoga Coming into Setu Bandhasana the Bridge

Amrita Nectar Yoga

Amrita Nectar Yoga

Meditation Recording for Sleep

1 Nov

If you have trouble sleeping, or just want to have a more restful sleep, try listening to my recorded meditation for deep sleep. You will feel more relaxed and be ready for a beautiful snooze.

Click here to play link:

Nectar Yoga Meditation for Sleep

Yoga Audio Recording for Deep Relaxation

31 Oct

Yoga Audio Recording for Deep Relaxation

Need to relax? Listen to this recorded relaxation to unwind, unravel and understand.

Enjoy!

The Headstand – Sirsasana

31 Oct

HEADSTAND – SIRSHASANA

Definition: An asana in which you balance on your elbows, arms, and head
Known as the “King of Asanas” because of its many benefits, the Headstand is the first of the 12 asanas and is considered by many to be a panacea for countless human ills. Sitting and standing for most of the day causes your circulation to become sluggish, so your heart has to work harder to pump sufficient blood to the upper parts of your body. Normally, your heart works against gravity; inverting your entire body lessens the strain on your heart, and allows a plentiful supply of oxygen-rich blood to reach your head and brain. This pose is not an advanced asana; even so, to begin with you may wish just to undertake the child’s Pose and the Dolphin, progressing to the full Headstand later.

STEP 1 – ARMS & HANDS
Sit up on your heels, then catch hold of both your elbows with the opposite hands. Lean forward and lay your forearms on the ground, directly beneath your shoulders. Let go of your elbows, and clasp your hands together.

STEP 2 – HEAD DOWN
With your arms in the tripod position, above right, lower your head so that the top of your skull touches the ground and the back of it is cradled in your hands. Do not make any abrupt movements. Take the next steps slowly.

STEP 3 – ON YOUR TOES
From the crouched position with your head resting in your hands, straighten yoour knees and push your hips up above your head. Then, keeping your legs straight, stretch up high on your toes.

STEP 4 – HALF HEADSTAND
Now bend your knees, bringing them to your chest. Arch your back slightly, as you do when standing up; this will enable you to balance your body in this position. Do not proceed unless you can hold this position for at least 30 seconds without feeling any discomfort.>

STEP 5 – KNEES UP
With your knees still bent, start to straighten your hips. Slowly and carefully, raise your knees until they are pointing straight up toward the ceiling.

STEP 6 – ALL THE WAY
Straighten you knees and lift your feet up toward the ceiling. Support your weight by bracing your elbows against the ground. At first, hold the Headstand for 30 seconds; as you become more skilled at adopting this pose, gradually increase the time to 3 minutes. Always come down before you start to feel tired. Leave the pose slowly and under control (see below). Head in Hands: Rest the back of your head against your hands. Relax, breathing through your nose.

COMING OUT
You should leave this Asana as carefully as you entered it. Do not move jerkily or quickly, or you may lose control and fall.

Bend your knees and lower them.
Straighten your legs. Bring your feet to the ground, and then lower your knees.
Lower your body so that your buttocks rest on your heels as in the Child’s Pose.
Finally, relax your hands and return to the full Child’s Pose.
Do not lift your head up straight away. Rest for at least a minute.
Relax in the Corpse before continuing

Text content taken from: http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/headstand.html

Sivananda Style Sun Salutations – Surya Namaskar

31 Oct

In Hindu mythology, the sun god is worshipped as a symbol of health and immortal life. The Rig Veda declares that “Surya is the Soul, both of the moving and unmoving beings”. The Sun Salutation originated as a series of prostrations to the sun. Traditionally, it is performed at dawn, facing the rising sun. In time, each of the twelve positions came to have its own mantra, celebrating aspects of the sun’s divinity.

The Sun Salutation is a graceful sequence of twelve positions performed as one continuous exercise. Each position counteracts the one before, stretching the body in a different way and alternately expanding and contracting the chest to regulate the breathing. Practiced daily it will bring great flexibility to your spine and joints and trim your waist. It limbers up the whole body in preperation for the Asanas (postures) as taught by Swami Vishnu-devananda.

One round of Sun Salutation consists of two sequences, the first leading with the right foot in positons 4 and 9, the second leading with the left. Keep your hands in one place from positons 3 to 10 and try to co-ordinate your movements with your breathing. Start by practicing four rounds and gradually build up to twelve rounds.

Stand erect with feet together and hands in the prayer position in front of your chest. Make sure your weight is evenly distributed. Exhale.
Inhaling, stretch your arms up and arch back from the waist, pushing the hips out, legs straight. Relax your neck.
Exhaling, fold forward, and press your palms down, fingertips in line with toes – bend your knees if necessary.
Inhaling, bring the left (or right) leg back and place the knee on the floor. Arch back and look up, lifting your chin.
Retaining the breath, bring the other leg back and support your weight on hands and toes.
Exhaling, lower your knees, then your chest and then your forehead, keeping your hips up and your toes curled under.
Inhaling, lower your hips, point your toes and bend back. Keep legs together and shoulders down. Look up and back.
Exhaling, curl your toes under, raise your hips and pivot into an inverted “V”shape. Try to push your heels and head down and keep your shoulders back.
Inhaling, step forward and place the left (or right) foot between your hands. Rest the other knee on the floor and look up, as in position 4.
Exhaling, bring the other leg forward and bend down from the waist, keeping your palms as in position 3.
Inhaling, streach your arms forward, then up and back over your head and bend back slowly from the waist, as in position 1.
Exhaling, gently come back to an upright position and bring your arms down by your sides.

Text from http://www.sivananda.org/teachings/asana/sun-salutation.html

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