Just a quick note…

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The view from the hotel just this morning!

April saw the opening of the season in Majorca and we are VERY excited by this!

From the 14th April we will have two teachers with us at a time and will be offering not one, but two yoga classes in Cala d’Or – a choice of gentle hatha and a vinyasa flow.

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The beautiful beaches of Cala d’Or

We are fully booked over Easter but we do have some spaces after that for most dates in the season, so do get in touch to find out more or to book your place!

Finding the calm in the storm

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Image taken from article by Nirmaljit Kaur, found here: here

 

It goes without saying in this day and age that everyone is busy, people are always struggling to find even a few minutes for themselves!

So if someone told you that you need to find an hour to sit still and empty your mind you’d probably send them packing! And how exactly are you supposed to empty your mind with everything you have going on?

But this emptying of the mind is important, meditation has so many health and wellbeing benefits. For a start it helps you deal with stress and negative emotions and multiple studies have shown that meditation can help reduce levels of anxiety and depression.

Where do you start though, when the thought of having to empty your mind for a whole hour is pretty intimidating? We’ve put together a few top tips to get you started:

  • Choose a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed for ten minutes or longer.
  • Set an alarm for ten minutes, just make sure the alarm isn’t too loud when it goes off – you don’t want a rude awakening in ten minutes time!
  • Sit down – try sitting with your legs crossed and your hands in your lap. If the floor feels a little hard, use a cushion or two and get comfy.
  • It is important to maintain the natural curve of your back, so slouching is a no no!
  • Close your eyes and start by taking a few slow deep breaths – inhale through your nose and out through your mouth. Don’t force anything, just let it come naturally.
  • Straight away you will begin to feel more relaxed simply from this deep breathing. Become aware of each breath and how it enters and fills your lungs and then how it leaves when you exhale.
  • If your mind starts to wonder towards your to do list, bring it back and start focusing again on your breath. This can happen a lot at the beginning but it’s ok, just simply focus again on your breathing.
  • When your alarm goes off signalling the end of the meditation session open your eyes slowly and stand up and stretch yourself out.

If after a few attempts at ten minutes you find it getting easier, then try doing it a little longer and see how you find that. Just don’t punish yourself if it takes a while to get, because you will get there eventually.

The season’s starting!

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Cala d’Or is opening its doors for the first time in 2017 on the 1st April – just one week away!

We can’t wait to welcome all our lovely yogi’s to the Hotel Cala d’Or. This hotel is so special – it was the first hotel to open in Cala d’Or and dates back to the 1930s and is still the only one on the bay so it’s like your own private bit of paradise!

The exclusive yoga classes are held on the shaded yoga space right by the beach and are great for beginners and experienced yogis alike, you can take the classes at your own pace.

The hotel comes with a pool, spa, gym, cafes and beautiful gardens and Palma d Majorca airport is less than an hour away, so transferring from airport to hotel is easy!

If all that isn’t enough the town of Cala d’Or is beautiful, with streets full of shops and bakeries serving delicious cakes and treats! So when you’re not on the mat or at the beach there’s plenty to do and see!

We will be out in Majorca from the 1 April till 20 May and again from 30 September till 4 November so if you’d like to find out more or book a place please drop us an email at bookings@sardiniayoga.com and we’ll be back in touch to help plan the perfect break for you!

Book a place in paradise

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Porto Cervo is a beautiful Italian seaside resort in northern Sardinia and is home to Sardinia Yoga’s perfectly balanced yoga holidays.

We spend the summer at the Grand Hotel, a wonderful family owned beach front hotel with our yoga classes held every day on a shaded outdoor deck overlooking the beach. There’s a choice of Vinyasa flow and gentle Hatha yoga every morning.

The hotel itself has beautiful gardens, a pool, spa and gym and there’s lots of quiet, secluded spots to enjoy some well-deserved R&R in the sun.

We will be in Sardinia from 01 April to 20 May and again from 30 September till 04 November and we’d love for you to join us!

For more information or to book yourself a place in paradise please contact us on: bookings@sardiniayoga.com 

The Yin to your Yang

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Yin Yoga is the slow paced yoga that is fast becoming the go to for stress release, relaxation and maximum stretching. But, what exactly is it?

Let’s start by thinking about the ancient Chinese concept of Yin and Yang. Yang represents the qualities of heat, movement, activity and doing. Yin represents the qualities of stillness, coolness, passivity, resting and just ‘being’.

Movements can be classed as Yang or Yin depending on those qualities. So, when we think about yoga styles, let’s take Ashtanga, which has a focus on strength, stamina and dynamic movement, can be classified as a yang style of yoga. Yin Yoga is completely different to this – it’s long-held poses done on the floor with an emphasis on mindfulness and surrender rather than strength and perfect form.

These postures are held for long periods of time – for beginners, it may range from 45 seconds up to two minutes and for those more advanced you could be in one posture for five minutes or even longer!

Yin yoga poses apply moderate stress to the connective tissues of the body – the tendons, fascia and ligaments with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.

Practicing Yin yoga is also a great way to offset other forms of exercise such as running or working out at the gym because the deep stretching can help to prevent risk of  injury.

We live in a culture that values a ‘Yang’ based lifestyle and this could just be the perfect antidote to that. Holding the postures, for what feels like a lifestyle can be slightly disconcerting at the start, especially if you’re used to a much quicker paced yoga style, but once you start focusing on the breath and surrender yourself to it you can find yourself in a deep state of relaxation.

Awaken your energy with Georgia

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We are excited to invite you to Georgia Broaders latest workshop, being held on the 26th February 2 – 4pm.

It’s a chance to go deeper and explore your experience of yoga and we’ll work through mantra, breath and asana (poses) to awaken the energy along the spine. Georgia will be guiding you to build strength within to open up the spine and work safely into backbends.

To reserve a space all you need to do is email Georgia at georgiaselena@googlemail.com

This wonderful workshop costs just £25 and is being held at Battersea Yoga Studio.

Address: 2 Kite Yard
Cambridge Road
SW11 4TA

Hot Yoga – is it for you?

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Over the last few years bikram yoga or hot yoga has become pretty popular, thanks to celebrities like Fearne Cotton, Demi Moore and Beyoncé, but do we really know the ins and outs of the practice?

A hot yoga class takes place in a room heated at 37 degrees and with 40 percent humidity.
The heat allows you to deepen your stretches and boost your heart rate,
bringing a stronger cardio component to your workout. Hot yoga fans say that by
doing yoga in such a warm environment they gain more flexibility, burn more
calories and ultimately release more toxins.

We’ve found 7 great things that you can get from introducing hot yoga into your life…

Flexibility – the heat allows you to safely reach new levels of flexibility in postures, which is extremely therapeutic for your body

Strength –  this type of yoga uses muscles you didn’t even know you had!

Breath – Yoga is all about controlled breathing, and with the added element of the heat it is so important to remember to breathe in a full controlled manner.

Cardio – In postures where you’re balancing and contracting muscles at the same time, your heart will be working in the exact same way as when you go for a run, and the great thing is you never have to leave your mat! The way that you stretch and compress your internal organs and glands stimulates your metabolism so you burn calories quicker once you have finished the class too.

Detox – Doing yoga in 37 degrees heat and 40 per cent humidity means one thing – you are going to sweat! The postures are detoxifying for your muscles, organs and glands, so you can leave a class feeling brand new, safe in the knowledge that you’ve burnt up to 1,000 calories in a class.

Focus – Bikram yoga classes follow a sequence of 26 postures and most other yoga classes follow a routine of postures and breathing exercises. By following the same routine every time you gain focus and determination. This ability to focus carries over to your daily life, which means you’ll be able to focus on tasks so much easier

Healing – with regular practice this type of yoga can help to heal old injuries and prevent them in the future, so don’t skip out on the postures that are slightly uncomfortable. Hot yoga has also been known to reduce symptoms of conditions and illnesses including diabetes, asthma, depression, arthritis, obesity and high blood pressure.

What are your thoughts on hot yoga? Is it something you’ve tried and tested? Let us know in the comments box below!