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Yoga Magic

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017.

Tools for living easily
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I found these wonderful words of wisdom on the Internet, as one does regularly nowadays, and it explains very clearly the magic of what happens with the regular practice of Yoga (embracing not just the asana but also the meditation).

The word perception means “to see.” But it means seeing with more than just the physical eyes. It means more than just to understand, but “to realize.” The English word “understand” implies a duality, as if you’re standing under something. But to really realize something is to immerse yourself and have a complete experience of it—to become with that something. And what is realized, or perceived, during samadhi is the one-ness of being. Otherness disappears as you see your own Self in others, revealing that only Love is real.

Tools in our belt

on Wednesday, 24 May 2017.

Equipping ourselves the best we can as coping mechanisms
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Time flies by and  more than ever it's not waiting for any man, woman or beast to wake up, make decisions, make changes, laugh more, complain less, help wherever possible, love unconditionally and get in touch with your own real self. There really is no time like the PRESENT to do what you have postponed, there might not be that chance again. I recently said my goodbyes to a beautiful, talented and open- hearted friend, taken from this earth as her time here was done. As short as her time here was, she was blessed with enormous challenges, found true love, shone her light and love literally all around her and shared her talents so freely with those she knew. From her I learned to be more courageous, to strive for unconditional love, to embrace my inquiring mind and endless evolving SPIRIT. In her memory I will try to always complete what I start, to persevere and not be so critical of the process. Patience is definately what i need to develop more of and will strive to do so.

The more time I spend on my mat, whether in quiet meditation or moving meditation, the closer I feel I become with what really matters. There really is only one reality, the one we are in right now. Finding  faith, to  trust that all is as it's meant to be, might just be the secret we need to remain peaceful and calm in all situations. Once we connect at this deep level, we cannot help but take care of those around us, in our communities and our Natural environment.

Yoga breathing is an essential tool in our tool belt of coping mechanisms. By simply connecting with a quiet, calm slow and full breath, we change from the normal flight and fight mode to the parasympathetic system of calm mind and body.

Can it possibly get any easier ? Try it for about 5 minutes a day and see for yourselves. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated and will help motivate and encourage others in need.

Vegetarian awareness month

on Monday, 17 October 2016.

its official
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October has gained international recognition as vegetarian Awareness day ! What a tribute to all our sentient beings that are slaughtered daily for our consumption. I used to push everyone for a Meat Free Monday which actually lasted for a good long time, however, as with most things requiring discipline, it died a quiet death some time back. So i'm very pleased to bring awareness to this wonderful month of October and the plight of our Planet as well as her animals. Here are a few links for you to read if you are toying with the idea for starting as a vegetarian as well as lots of information with reasons for why we should all be making this next most logical step. .. this will provide you with sufficient information if you are an active person wishing to start a plant based diet  great information on plant based proteins     this is a link to a list of where to find these essential proteins

I hope these help you and that some of our Conscience Free Cuisine recipes inspire you to experiment for more than just the month of October.

As usual, Ahimsa is the ethic to live by, Non violence to any living being or thing through thought, action or deed.



Land of Contrasts and Spiritual Lessons

on Thursday, 06 October 2016.

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Land of Contrasts and Spiritual Lessons

Once again our annual trip to the Motherland of yoga was filled with humbling lessons, wonderful adventures, lots of Yoga, Puja, Meditation, Pranayama as well as a bad case of food poisoning (x2) . Both times it was me that was woman down ! Despite the setbacks we enjoyed meditations inside a cave, on the banks of the river Ganga, high on top of a hill with a veiled view of the Himalayas, the Ashram rooftop and lots of walking meditation. Everyone came home inspired, refreshed and motivated to live a more Spiritual life. I came home tired and determined to sleep long and eat as much bland food as possible :) . I recovered quickly, however this trip was filled with challenges for me. Due to the food poisoning I was understandably depleted of energy and  so all the yoga classes were demanding. I did participate in everything but where I normally would be loving every minute, this time I was heavy and weighed down by lethargy. I am usually blessed with an incredible amount of energy, (exhausting for my family more often than not) so this was difficult for me to back off and have respect (Ahimsa) for my depleted physical body. Interestingly I found myself experiencing negative thoughts as well as battling to sit my usual early morning meditations. I always advise my students to LISTEN to their bodies, now I had to put it into practice. Therein lay my lesson from Mother India herself. Learning to be more mindful of each moment, embracing it for what it is, right now, taking nothing for granted and learning to honor myself more deeply. Thank you to my guests for their love, compassion and patience while I was battling through. I'm sure you all experienced your own lessons from this amazing Land of Contrasts !!!

Finding time

on Thursday, 26 May 2016.

Life's necessities
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It has been many months since I last wrote an article. The reasons are numerous, I had three Yoga teachers Training Courses running simultaneously, x 2 were 200 Hour and the other a 300 hour. Two are still ongoing, however time is more available now. We had our first "online 200 hour teacher training course " and it worked out well. The course offers certain subjects as a self-study option, with a two week intensive contact hour follow up, culminating with a practical and a theory exam. I set the bar high with a minimum of 70% pass rate and everyone achieved this, so congratulations all round. To the newly graduated students, this certificate only gives you the licence to teach, the rest is only now beginning. Your Yogic journey truly only starts now. Walk gently, lovingly, compassionately and most of all, be your TRUTH. Find your own way to pass along your newfound knowledge and share your light.

To all who may read this article ....

Promise yourself ...... To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.

To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticise others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

To make all your friends feel that there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.

To think well of yourself and to proclaim this fact to the world. To live in faith that the whole world is on your side so long as you are true to the best that is in you.

Daily Dramas

on Wednesday, 29 July 2015.

Depleted energy levels
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Daily Dramas

 Namaste, I once read a comment that went something like this :” I have experienced many good and bad adventures in my life, some of which actually really happened. “

This comes as a result of our ever active minds, constantly playing out these dramas for us. So much so that we have more mental experiences than actual physical realities. How many times do we start a thought, mostly in fear, then we elaborate and create the most amazing non-event resulting in a deep sense of stress as the physical body responds to the mental activity ? We need to detach from these thoughts, not follow them through and feed them with more attention. Detach and acknowledge them but not feed them. This way we can control our stress levels by showing observation but non  attachment to our thoughts, both positive as well as negative. Negative thoughts result in the activation of the sympathetic nervous system, the fight or flight responses will then be ready to respond. This can be exhausting, overtaxing and even result in disease if done often enough. It fully depletes the energy levels.By attaching to a thought, we become so sucked into the drama, we are unable to focus on our tasks we need to complete.This is human nature, by simply behaving in this way we will never achieve any sense of inner peace. “When your thoughts pass, you will be in the clear sky of your mind.”

Meditation, of any style, is perfect for teaching you this observation and non attachment. This new tool will be of great benefit when you are on your mats as well. Meditation teaches us what I refer to as the 3 R’s.  Relaxation, Release and Revive. These 3 are inseparable and cannot work alone. Without relaxation you cannot revive, without releasing you cannot fully relax etc.  Yoga teaches us that we need to move quietly into a posture, stay in it with sthira and sukha, (steadiness and comfort) to fully receive the intended benefits of the postures. Initially we need to build up enough strength to be able to hold the postures long enough for relaxation to take place, but over time, it does happen and then we start experiencing AHA moment on our mats.  These moments are worth their weight in gold for the rewards they bring to the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies.

So keeping this in mind, take care to not neglect your time with yourself on your own private magic carpet !

Ahimsa ;



on Thursday, 25 June 2015.

Mid year 2015
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So I find myself happily back at home after being on the road for a good few months, since 12th April in fact. Here we are half way through 2015 and our winter solstice has been and gone. As much as I love travel and sharing my passions for both nature and Yoga, it is always wonderful to come home to the space I have created for my own peace and quiet. So my love of yoga and adventure took me into the Bush and the Beach for 4 weeks with a group of visually impaired Germans. We had so much fun with them, they are so adventurous and teach us so much about how to appreciate everything we have and to live in each and every moment. I had them surfing in Sodwana Bay, yes, really I have photos to prove it ! A very wild boat trip 2km out to sea to snorkel a shallow reef , kayaking, game drives, yoga and so much more ! I have learned that we are either living in fear or in love, these two emotions rule all the others. It is fear that prevents us from being the best we can be, it's fear that stops us from truly living. It is through love that we find our passion, see light in all others and really LIVE, as in THRIVE. It is my deepest desire to stay permanently in this state of LOVE, so I can inspire, enjoy and dance through the rest of my life with ease, compassion and much joy. If we take our time on our mats, both for the asana practice and then more importantly for the meditation sitting, we will find this inner peace, this Love which we can then take off the mats and out into our daily lives. This is the only way to make positive changes so urgently needed in our world today.

Peace be with you all, AHIMSA

Cheryl Lancellas

Spontaneous Evolution 2015

on Friday, 09 January 2015.

Too beautiful to not send out to you all....
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" Our true commitment is : our alignment with the Source within us, our Inner Being, that's what we are truly devoted to. " ~Abraham Hicks
" The object isn't to make art, it's to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable." ~Robert Henri
The Garden of Eden is not out there - " we are the garden " - working cooperatively with all the other organisms and creating new lives... we adapt to be in balance and harmony with the planet.
~Bruce Lipton explains how SPONTANEOUS EVOLUTION
may stop us from becoming extinct. Where do we start to make the change?

BL:   ... a life lived with love, means that if you bring love and operate from your heart, versus operating from your head there is a profound difference in the world you experience and create. I personally have an understanding of this because my career as a research scientist was almost all coming from my head, from my thinking. And while I was very successful in that career, the moment I was given the opportunity to see how biology actually works and to recognize the Consciousness in the system, that realization didn't hit my head. It hit my heart. Tears were running down my face and I felt my heart for the first time after 40 years or so of being in my head. I refer to it as my heart orgasm.
   My heart opened up to realize the love of being on this planet with the most beautiful, ecosystem and the intricate interconnection of all the animals, plants and of course the humans. My life completely changed at that moment and that was the beginning of my first steps toward the conclusion that I write about: that most people believe that you die and if you live well you go off to someplace called heaven. I would like to suggest an alternative understanding, that we are born into heaven, and this is a place where we are creative. This is where we manifest our dreams. Most of our ideas of heaven are really based on their life on earth so to find it somewhere else is silly.  All the visions and dreams that we talk about are all doable right here.
   That's really what's being created with the experience of Uplift - the realization that we can change the whole story right now. We don't need to try to fight the old story. We simply need to walk outside the old story and build a new story. People will leave the old story when they see a new story working. Every individual who changes their own story, is changing the vibrational environment within which we live. We can have the spontaneous remission of the planet's ills and we can change the environment by just changing who we are. To me, UPLIFT is like a seed that when germinated will spread all over the world. ~Bruce Lipton

New beginnings

on Thursday, 01 January 2015.

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New beginnings

Yoga is like music

The rhythmn of the body

The melody of the mind and

The harmony of the soul

Create the symphony of life

Love This Life Festival Kzn

on Wednesday, 12 November 2014. Posted in General

Feedback from our recent festival
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Love This Life Festival Kzn

Namaste, Hari Om and IKosi Nathi. As I sigh into my couch and settle down with my laptop to write this article I feel huge gratitude for my never ending high energy levels ! Putting this event together really did take its toll and I opened the festival with a short meditation for peace on saturday with dark marks under my eyes and not nearly as much mental clarity as I am used to. The day proceeded to unfold in an orderly and well attended fashion, despite my fears and sense of responsibility to one and all. I take out of this a very good lesson as I move forward on my yogic journey. Have faith ! Have a plan, work hard to achieve it, and then have the faith to allow things to unfold without attachment to the outcome. I guess its a good example of the word "equanimity" that I first heard while on the hardest 10 day Vipassana retreat of my life to date ! Equanimity, is a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind. While it sounds wonderful, in reality its not so easy.I think we need to bring this word into the upcoming festive season in order to try and maintain our inner balance throughout. Despite our well meant decisions to take this year easy and NOT fall into the trap of silly season madness, it is difficult maintaining our equalibrium when the pressures of celebrating being happy and jovial surround us. Maybe the key to keeping this equanimity throughout is to keep it simple. Why not go back to basics and remember that its the gift of life we are celebrating here, so  avoid celebrating this by causing pain and suffering in the lives of others (animals included). To help the environment as well as avoid unnecessary over spending, I will be gifting tokens of my energy to friends and family. Time and energy are the most precious gifts of all, so this is what I will be offering. My "specialities" to my loved ones and in doing so I remove the angst and fever pitched shopping from weeks to come ! I do hope you are all able to find your own equanimity in the midst of it all. Deep gratitude for this ever challenging life of ours, take it out the studio and into your lives. Ahimsa


Feedback From previous visitors

Thank you for your kind words and gentle holding Cheryl – you were amazing in roping everyone in, reading the needs of the group and gently encouraging us to push the comfort zone boundaries. Well done and deep gratitude to you. I am still feeling the dolphin energy….” Linda

Hi Cheryl :) - I'm in my bedroom packing my school bag... I think I may be in for a culture shock tomorrow! You will never know how valuable your retreat was for me. The yoga was fabulous - I woke up today, did my sun salutes and went on a run! I'm so energised and contented. The food was inspiring as well, already on the drive home I was on your blog reading all your recipes and little articles. I hope very much to see you again, you have a talent for bringing out the best in people and in their bodies I think - I was so peaceful and carefree. Aaaaahhh I can't describe how grateful I am. With so many good wishes - Maia

Good Morning Cheryl :D - Words can't describe just how wonderful the yoga retreat was... But it was... Incredible... Amazing... Life-Changing. I've already scouted the net for yoga classes which are near to where I live. I am super excited to begin my "break-away" from the dreadful monotonous routine of 'eat-sleep-work'. The retreat taught me that balance is key in life :) So glad that my mum and I were able to make the trip. *HUGE HUG*... Aamena

Dear Cheryl, Thank you for a divine experience and weekend! It was my first with both SA Yoga Safaris as well as with Blue Butterfly, but definitely not the last ..... the setting, the surroundings, the arrangement, the spirit and the ambiance provided a physical and mental retreat beyond expectation. In the loving company of you all it will keep me in good spirits for a long, long time and I'm grateful!

Thank you Cheryl and all, and till we meet again keep well - with love, Marie,

Hi Cheryl. Thank you for a lovely week away. I had a wonderfully peaceful restful week. I will definitely be back. Stephany Richter

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