Wednesday, April 24, 2019

LIVING ILLUMINATED A MEXICO RETREAT WITH ME

Heather Sky and Kimberly Achelis-Hoggan will be leading an all inclusive “Living Illuminated” Yoga Jungle Retreat in Yelapa, Mexico! If you haven't heard of this tiny beach haven in Puerto Vallarta’s Bahia de Banderas, that's because it has gone decades without the infiltration of obstructive high-rises or a mass influx of tourists. Some say Yelapa is Mexico’s last authentic beach town—but not only is it the country's top undiscovered stretch of sand, the retreat center is located a short walk into a jungle oasis! I can tell you from experience, this is a retreat you do NOT want to miss. 

Upon arrival in Puerto Vallarta, participants will take a water taxi to the secluded beaches of Yelapa where we will be met by our host and guided to the retreat center. The gardens are bursting with tropical flowers and fruits, fish ponds, and a waterfall cascading into a natural swimming pool. All accommodations are unique and comfortable palapa casitas, with thatched roofs that harmonize with nature and open walls to let in the cool jungle breezes. Beds are suspended from the ceiling and have mosquito nettings. Fresh safe drinking water is provided at bedside. Bath facilities have rosewood countertops, ornate tile sinks, and hot water. 

Coffee and tea is provided every morning. Breakfast/brunch and dinner will be prepared using ingredients from the retreat centers own garden, as well as other fresh and locally sourced ingredients. A light fare will be available at the property during the lunch hour, or you can provide your own lunch from one of the local markets or restaurants. The days will begin and end with an optional collective yoga practice, interspersed with a wide variety of optional activities such as: a guided hike, a seva (service) project in the community gardens, and whale watching tour.




DATES:
October 13th-18th 2019

INVESTMENT: 
$1199 single occupancy rate (meaning you come alone)- A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at the time of registration. Must be paid in full no later than September 30th, 2019.
$1099 double occupancy rate (meaning you bring a friend)- A non-refundable deposit of $500 is due at the time of registration. Must be paid in full no later than September 30th, 2019.
$999 - Discount for certified yoga teachers or registered yoga teacher trainees. See payment notes above. 

Please pay Heather or Kim directly with cash/check OR send payment through Venmo (@rebelutionyoga) or Paypal (rebelution.yoga@gmail.com). We will happily accept your payment in increments, as long as it is paid in full by the required date. No refunds.

Approximately 20 spaces are available. All rooms have either 2 single beds or 1 king bed. If you book with a partner or friend, you will share the same room (please make sure we are aware ahead of time).

What IS Included:
Accommodations for 6 days/5 nights at Los Naranjos Jungle Retreat Center.
Healthy daily meals made with local fresh tropical fruits and vegetables, local fish, and farm grown meats. Tea, coffee, and fresh water available all day.
2 yoga sessions daily (morning and late afternoon/early evening)
Time for relaxation, self reflection, and adventuring 

What is NOT Included:
Airfare to/from Puerto Vallarta.
Taxi fare to/from Puerto Vallarta's International Airport to the Los Muertos pier downtown.
Water taxi fare to/from the Los Muertos pier downtown to the Yelapa town pier (Approximately $10.00 USD p/person one way).
Optional excursions: Water sports, whale watching, paragliding, etc.
Occasional meals and/or drinks off site (in the village).
Gratuities for retreat center staff at the end of your stay.

We will kick off the retreat with a welcome ceremony and traditional Yelapa beach bonfire under the full moon on the eve of our arrival. What better way to start living illuminated?!

All participants must have a valid passport containing at least 2 blank pages, valid at least 6 months after your departure date. No Visa is required for American tourists who plan to stay less than 30 days. Travel insurance is optional, but encouraged. Please feel free to reach out to Heather or Kim with any questions, comments, and/or concerns. You will receive additional details upon registering.








here is the facebook event page link
https://www.facebook.com/events/802634810109091??ti=ia


Monday, November 5, 2018

Commit to your PRACTICE

I don't know about you, but for me November brings with it the stress and busyness of the the Holidays. I used to think when I got busy that my practice could become optional in order for me to "save time". What I found was that its especially when I don't think I have time for my practice, that is precisely when I need to MAKE time for my practice. We all have the same amount of time in the day and we get to CHOOSE what  we prioritize. I now know I must prioritize my practice, especially during the holidays so I can stay more sane, more calm, and more giving through this part of the year.

This doesn't mean I need to do the same two hour advanced practice every day, but for me I have found choosing a practice and doing it everyday helps me feel steady and calm.  

A yoga practice gives us the opportunity to PRACTICE being CONSISTENT and COMMITTED. If you need a little nudge to get more consistent in your practice, here it is: **nudge nudge wink wink**.

If you want to take it one step further, join me for a 40 day sadhna (personal practice).
I will be doing a 40 day practice starting November 11th (11/11 which an auspicious date with all those 1's and gives this day extra potential to shift our awareness) and ending on winter solstice (12/21).


To join me for this sadhna, all you have to do is pick a daily practice (list of suggestions below) and make a commitment to show up for your practice every day for 40 days. If you miss a day, that is OKAY. Use it as an opportunity to see how you feel when you do the practice and when you do not. A big suggestion is to pick something realistic, especially if this is your first 40 day practice. By completing a 40 day sadhna you build your practice muscles and you get a big self esteem boost. Pick something you can commit to doing everyday and then do it even when you do not want to (find out why below).

Here are some ideas:
5 sun salutation, 3 minutes of meditation
1 minute of meditation 2 x a day
11 rounds of a mantra (suggestions below)
108 rounds of a mantra (use mala beads to count)
Meditation 3 or 11 minutes
or your own thing

Suggestions:
Inhale: I love you, Exhale: Thank You
Inhale: Sat, Exhale: Nam
Exhale Breath Meditation: same count for inhale. retention, exhale for example: 5 count in, 5 count hold, 5 count out. Closed eyes gaze toward 3rd eye.

Mantra Suggestions:
The mantra: Om Shanti Shanti ShantiTranslation: Om Peace Peace Peace
May there be well-being for all,
May there be peace for all.
May there be wholeness for all,
May there be happiness for all.

The mantra: Sat Nam
*Sat is extended longer than Nam, radiate the mantra from the base of your spine to the center of your head
Translation:Truth is my identity

The mantra: (Siri Gaitri Mantra) Ra Ma Da Sa Sa Say So Hung
Why chant it: It Sends healing energy to ourselves and others.

The mantra: Om Namah Shivaya Gurave
Translation: I bow down to all the teachers and teachings that lead me from the dark to the light

The mantra: (Lakshmi mantra) Om Shrim Maha Lakshmiyei Swaha
Why chant it: purifies and cleanses your heart, opening doors of opportunities that will transform your life. This mantra cultivates abundance and the connection to the abundance that is every present with in.

The mantra: (Gyrati mantra) Om Gam Gaņapateye Namaha
Translation: Om and Salutations to the remover and installer of obstacles.
Why chant it: helps you move through obstacles.
 
If you do this please let me know which one you are doing, I would love to know!. Feel free to message me for support or if you have any questions. There is something so powerful about being consistent for 40 days,  because at some point you are not going to want to show up for yourself. When you choose to show up, even though you don't feel like it over and over again...... That feels AWESOME!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Get on the toddler ride

Have you ever been on BIG the emotional roller coaster ride? Where you are going back and forth between being so happy and “high” to being so sad and “low”. Where the position of where you are on the ride is dependent on what is happening externally to you.
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It is said we have three aspects of our psyche:
1st. The negative mind
2nd. The positive mind
3rd. The neutral mind
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If we live mainly in the headspace of positive and negative we stay on the roller coaster ride.
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If we can ground into the neutral mind we can be both OBJECTIVE and COMPASSIONATE. The neutral mind is like a scale.  It can SLOW DOWN, weigh and balance the information from the positive mind and the negative mind to give a more neutral and compassionate determination of our best path.
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In Anusara terms. The neutral mind is great at finding our optimal blue print, our most harmonious alignment within any situation.
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The neutral mind takes you off the advanced roller coaster ride and puts you on the toddler ride, much more calm and steady.
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I think one of the greatest tools we have as humans is the ability to, at any time, choose to strengthen our meditative mind. The more we develop it, the more we will be able
To access it instead of being stuck on the roller coaster ride of positive and negative dependent of external stimuli.
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Join us tomorrow @centeredcityyoga at 9:05am as we practice coming back to again and again our neutral mind and into greater optimal alignment body, mind and heart!
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Physically working on inner and outer spiral of the legs leading up to #utthitapadangusthasana B.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is Rare.

Did you know we have 72,000 channels (Nadis) in our body that life force energy (prana/ chi) flows through🌊?!?!
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This is like saying we are an instrument with 72,000 strings πŸŽ».
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How the life force moves through us gives us our presence and the vibrations give rise to our thoughts and feelings. These vibrations also influences our ability to maintain contentment or how easily our clarity is disturbed.
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When we can MAINTAIN clarity we can recognize IN THE MOMENT that there are nutrients in the pain we experience and we have the clear mindedness to remember that if we grip on to pleasure it is a liability to our clarity.
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We can use the body to adjust how the life force moves through us and we can learn how to keep ourself in deeper clarity and harmony.
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However it is very hard to keep this consistent clarity, we will never hold onto it perfectly. However we can develop the AWARENESS to know when we are moving towards harmoney or away from it. This practice is one of ENDURANCE.
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Join us tomorrow 9am @InBody for Anusara Yoga as we slow and steady practice our ability to have long lasting endurance vs. quickly fading enthusiasm.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Let go

Through daily life and trama’s on every level we build up toxins in the mind, body and heart. Then we grip onto these toxins and build walls and layers of protection around our body, mind and heart in an attempt to avoid getting hurt again. We close ourself off.
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The problem is we can NOT selectively block out pain. In our attempt to protect ourself from the “bad” stuff we miss out on the “good” stuff.
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Let’s choose to OPEN. Instead of gripping on, let experiences move through you. This will help you expand and become more radiant, kind and useful!
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Tomorrow @Inbody 9am we will be doing twist postures (with alignment) and movement/focus/ and intention to help release the physical, emotional and mental toxins that cultivate dis-ease.
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Twist it out! 
Open up!!
Move toward ease!!
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Anything I cannot transform into something marvelous, I let go. – Anais Nin

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The gem within

Yoga is the process of unpeeling the layers we have build around our Self so we can experience the essence of our true nature. . In this human life we can fall for the chase of something outside ourself. Who has done that πŸ™‹‍♀️ .

However if we look deeper we can see what is under the chase. What our soul is actually SEEKING.

For example if we are wanting a relationship we could be seeking CONNECTION. If we are chasing some high we could be seeking COMFORT. If we are chasing some kind of validation we could be seeking WORTHINESS or PEACEFULNESS. . The beauty and magic of yoga is we REMEMBER that everything what we are seeking is always within us.

I believe It’s like I have a gem with all these qualities shining from my core. However through the process embodiment, beliefs, tension, fear, sadness, addiction, the stories I tell myself... I bury this gem. I forget. I chase after things for temporary relief and it adds a yet another layer.

Similar to the way water slowly erodes rock away. Yoga is the slow steady process of unpeeling the layers I have build around myself so I can bath in the light shinning out of this inner gem. . I look back and I can see the stages it took for me to get to this knowing. First I chased things outside of myself hoping they would get me the feeling I deeply craved, mindlessly.

Then I became aware of this process but couldn’t break it. . Then I thought I needed to gain these feeling. Bring these feelings into my body and hold it there. But it was like trying to float a boat on ocean with massive waves of anxiety and self doubt... the waves always destroyed the boat, and the emotions would dissipate.

Now my practice is one of allowing, softening, unpeeling and moving deeper. All those qualities I want are always inside of me. I do not need to create anything. Instead I need to trust it’s there and let the layers that cover it start to melt away. . I don’t need to float on top of waves I want to drop an anchor travel below the waves and get get grounded and reunited with this inner gem. . As you do this work to rediscover and uncover your gem also work to see the gem residing in every creature.
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Monday, October 1, 2018

Face Everything And Rise

October is the month of we intentionally scare ourself and physically put on masks. I thought this would be a perfect time to focus on being fearless, taking off the masks, seeing yourself and letting yourself be seen.

Here are two acronyms of the word F.E.A.R:
F*ck
Everything
And
Run

Or

Face
Everything
And
Rise!

Which do you choose?

Usually when we get afraid, our nervous system kicks in and we fight, flee, or freeze. We put on our armor trying to protect ourselves from whatever we think is going to hurt us in fear of losing what we have or getting something we do not want. 

However, our attempts to protect ourselves do not lessen the fear. Rather than becoming free from fear, we harden ourself and become more set in our ways.

If fear hardens us. Fearlessness is about softening ourself. The best way I have found to do this is to develop a compassionate friendship with myself.

To develop a deep friendship with yourself you must do the scary work of STAYING with yourself instead of shutting down, or running away or putting on the armor (all the natural tendencies of fear). It means keeping your heart open when your feelings seem to overwhelming, unpleasant, or painful.

When we put our armor on to protect ourself we develop an “iron heart.” When we cultivate a friendship with ourself, the iron heart softens. It becomes a vulnerable heart, a tender heart. It becomes a genuine heart that is willing to stay present for all the experiences of life without shutting down.

Non-dual Tantric teachings that inform Anusara Yoga remind us that everything is one energy. Every experience internal or external, joy-filled or grief-filled can be an opportunity to learn, grow and connect on a deeper level IF you engage the experience SKILLFULLY. If you learn how to STAY.

The biggest lesson I have learned from practicing this is, if I can open up to staying with myself and not putting on my armor or distracting myself or numbing myself... I can allow myself to feel into these feelings, open and move through them enough to see that although fear is present (or anger, boredom, insecurities, sadness...) that COMFORT is also always within me too.

Another huge teaching in Tantra is that this one energy is at the core of our being, deeply peaceful and always present. Being able to connect to that part of myself while staying with the less pleasant feelings allows my fear to soften tremendously.

Learning to be with fear and not shutting down. Choosing to soften instead of harden. That is FEARLESSNESS. It is not the lack of fear. Instead it is not allowing my habitual reaction of fear to take over.

This isn’t a practice we do one time and then our heart becomes fearlessly open and genuine. It becomes a practice of returning to softness when we feel ourself harden. We go through it again and again. In this way, fear can become our teacher and a reminder to turn back to our practice.

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