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Liquid Detox Weekends – Bowen Island Canada

4 Jan

March 18 – 20, 2016
April 8-10, 2016
May 20 – 22, 2016

RETREAT OVERVIEW
Join Andrea Clark, yoga instructor & owner of Nectar Yoga and Natasha Vaz, Holistic Nutritionist, Ayurvedic Practitioner & owner of Vaz Wellness, for a weekend on beautiful Bowen Island. This inspiring retreat will be filled with yoga, meditation, nature, freshly prepared juices, smoothies and warming soups all designed to detox your body and enhance your personal health and wellbeing.

This retreat is located at Nectar Yoga B&B on 1.3 acres of lush forest, just steps from the ocean. A place where you can breathe deeply, sleep soundly and feel revitalized by the abundance of surrounding nature.

A weekend with Andrea and Natasha will offer you a chance to reboot, detox your body and mind, and will introduce you to new techniques, information and skills that will create positive change in your life. This retreat is a blend of yoga, mediation, delicious organic food, trail exploration, reading, dreaming and conversations by the campfire.

Leave behind the usual distractions of life and arrive in a space of nourishment, movement, self-reflection and discovery. Reconnect with your internal happiness.

For more information, click here: Liquid Detox Weekend

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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.

Vegan Spiced Hot Chocolate

29 Oct

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Best news ever: this version of the every-so-popular hot chocolate is actually good for you! Free of dairy, sugar and other harmful ingredients, this hot chocolate is made with raw cacao, warming spices, almond milk and energizing maca powder. I would say it’s the perfect hot drink to nourish yourself on a cold day.

Ingredients (serves 2):

–       almond milk 4 cups

–       raw cocao powder, 3 tbsp

–       maca powder 1 tsp

–       cinnamon powder 1 tsp

–       chilli powder ½ tsp

–       Natural sweetener of your choice

Method:

Slowly warm up all the ingredients except the sweetener in a small pot. I actually blend the ingredients in a blender first, just to make sure it’s stirred well.

In order to keep all nutrients alive, don’t cook the hot chocolate, but just heat it to drinking temperature.

Add some sweetener of your choice, like raw honey or maple syrup.

Enjoy and warm up!

Recipe compliments of: http://www.mirellasaraswati.com/spiced-hot-chocolate/

Moroccan Spiced Quinoa Salad

14 Jun

Try this delicious recipe from my retreat partner and chef Mirella Saraswati. Join our upcoming Morocco Yoga Detox Retreat in September for more delicious food inspiration!

“At work I often make couscous salads. I add lots of delicious Moroccan spices, grated carrots, herbs and almonds and people love it. However I never eat it much myself because I try to avoid wheat. In an attempt to healthify my Moroccan couscous salad even more I decided to replace the couscous for quinoa.

Now, for a healthy food enthusiast I seem to eat a ridiculously low amount of quinoa. I must confess I’m just not a huge fan of the texture. There are only a couple of quinoa recipes that I really like and usually they are pretty stuffed with other delicious things so I don’t notice the quinoa too much. This recipe is one of those and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

This salad is full of fresh veggies and herbs, nuts and spices. I used a ready-made spice mix called ‘Ras el Hanout’, which can be seen as the Moroccan variation of Garam Masala. You should be able to get this at an exotic or middle-eastern style supermarket, or you can mix the spices yourself from the recipe I share below.”

Moroccan Spiced Quinoa SaladIngredients:

Salad Fillings (serves 2-3):

–       1 cup quinoa, uncooked

–       2 medium carrots (grated)

–       ¼ cup raisins (soaked for 1 hour)

–       1 spring onion (thinly sliced)

–       1 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)

–       handful of mint

–       handful of basil

–       1 avocado (sliced)

–       ½ cup of almonds

Dressing:

–       1/2 cup olive oil

–       1 small garlic clove

–       1 inch piece of ginger

–       3 tsp ras-el-hanout

–       1 tsp salt

–       juice of half a lemon

Ras el Hanout spice mix:

– 1 teaspoon ground cumin

– 1 teaspoon ground ginger

– 1 teaspoon salt

– 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

– 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander seeds

– 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

– 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

– 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Cooking proces

Method

Cook the quinoa according to the package’s instructions, drain and let stand to cool.

In a dry frying pan, toast the almonds on medium heat until they start brown a little.

Prep all your veggies by grating the carrot and chopping the bell-pepper, spring onion, avocado and herbs.

In a small food processor or blender, combine the olive oil, garlic, ginger, Ras el Hanout, salt and lemon juice and blend until smooth. Taste and decide if you need more of any of the ingredients to balance the flavour out to your liking.

Add the quinoa to a bowl, mix in the dressing and toss till it’s well coated. Then stir through the carrot, bell-pepper, spring onion, mint, basil and raisins. Serve the quinoa salad topped with the toasted almonds and sliced avocado.

Enjoy!

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

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

Happy 2015

31 Dec

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May you find inner peace, the peace that carries you through all life situations, all the ripples, all the highs and lows, the peace that never waivers and is always there for you to access.

Sending much love and a very happy new year from Bowen Island, Canada.

www.nectaryoga.ca

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!

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