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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.



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 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.


The Headstand – Sirsasana

31 Oct


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.>

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.

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.

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

Nectar Yoga in The Bahamas

31 Oct

Nectar Yoga in The Bahamas

Andrea (Amrita) Clark in the 2013 Sivananda Bahamas Catalog

Why Yoga?

31 Oct


Why do so many people love yoga? What’s the big deal?

Ask any yoga practitioner and their explanations will all sound about the same. Yoga makes your life better. Period.

I have seen the personal transformation that yoga has opened in my life. I can see the variations of colour in the universe, I can feel the vibrations of living beings, I can bring myself into the moment and really feel it, and most of all I love myself. It is through this knowingness that everything has shifted in my life.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not perfect and I make lots of mistakes. But, yoga has shown me the path to correct my wrongdoings, admit my shortcomings, and be an honest truthful person.

I am not unique in this transformation, it can and will happen to you too. The first step is reading this post, or something like this. It means you are already asking the right questions and seeking the right answers.

My only wish is everyone will find true peace, true happiness, and spiritual progression.


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