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Articles tagged with: Yoga retreat

Daily Dramas

on Wednesday, 29 July 2015.

Depleted energy levels
5.0/5 rating (1 votes)

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 ;

Cheryl

Yoga safaris

on Thursday, 10 April 2014.

Bush to beach
4.8/5 rating (4 votes)

Yoga safaris

Namaste, it has been a while since I was able to sit down and write an article for this page. 2014 certainly started in top gear and proceeded to fly downhill ! Hard to believe that we are already here ¼ way into the year. The Yoga Safaris and holidays have certainly kept me on the road for the last few weeks. It is always so enjoyable to be able to share my passion for this wonderful country, our wildlife and yoga. The energy of the great outdoors lends itself perfectly to the open air practice of asanas and pranayamas. Taking a Yoga trip is so much more than your average holiday. It is fun, rejuvenating, adventurous as well as educational !  We are all truly blessed to be able to share time with like- minded people , our enjoyment of travel, adventure combined  with our love of yoga.

The Bush to Beach Safaris are a great combination of what this country of ours has to offer. There are a  two options for these trips.  Firstly we offer the  5 star safaris, everything laid on with luxurious accommodation OR the 3 star option. (this option is great for locals looking for a group to travel with) Both of these are fun, fun, fun and much adventure. We take the first few days on the beach to enjoy everything the Indian Ocean has to offer, then move across to the bush and experience the wildness of the heart  of Africa herself !  From dolphins and whales, to elephants and rhinos all in the same day ! What a country, what a life. Come join in ….

In closing I am starting to put together the next festival here in KZN and we looking at maybe sometime early December .  Its going to be the “Love this life” festival so start thinking of what you would like to find at it because we are running a competition from next week.

Much love and health to you all

Ahimsa, Cheryl

Self empowerment

on Tuesday, 07 January 2014.

Educate
4.7/5 rating (3 votes)

Self empowerment

Warm wishes to you all at the beginning of a brand new year !  Here's hoping we can open our hearts and lighten our minds more and more this year !

Let 2014 be the year for you, make it exactly what it needs to be for your own personal growth and development. (mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually)

I have dedicated this year 2014 to LOVE ! I intend to open my heart to be loved and to love every sentient being on this Earth, fully and in every possible way.

Here at S A Yoga Safaris the new year kicks off with a dolphin/yoga therapy trip at the end of Feb. (fully booked) with many other dates already on offer for weekend and week long retreats. Please take note of the "locals only " Bush to beach safari in June. This is a most affordable trip for like minded yogis and yoginis to enjoy the big 5, ocean 6 and plenty of time on the mat in unique and wonderful natural surroundings.

February also marks the start of the 200 hr teacher training course of 2014. Please make sure to register before the end of January as numbers are restricted to 10 students only. This course runs over one weekend a month throughout the year and we are affiliated with UK Yoga Alliance so it is an Internationally accredited certification . There is no better way to take your own personal Yoga to the next level. Be empowered by gaining a deeper understanding of Yoga and the effects on your body. Learn to share this new knowledge with others in your area, spread the love of movement, meditation and self control as far and wide as possible. Let's make the changes we want to see in this world !

Looking out for you on the mat

Ahimsa

Cheryl

 

Walk gently with Grace and Ease !

on Thursday, 24 October 2013. Posted in General

Flow gracefully move easily
4.8/5 rating (5 votes)

Walk gently with Grace and Ease !

Well here we are again just weeks away from winding down for the year 2013 ! The last 2 months of the year seem to be more pressurised than any others .  There’s  end of year exams,  end of year  targets to be met, end of year  functions to be arranged and of course, the decisions to be made about where and with whom  Christmas will be shared. I would like to take this opportunity to wish my students on the teacher Training course as well as ALL students everywhere, all of the very best in their studies and preparations for finals.

If you have started with short sittings of meditation practice you will most definitely see how you manage the year end pressures with gentle ease and grace. Take just 10-15 minutes a day to enhance your life, it’s that easy ! If you would like to find more information of both yoga classes and meditation techniques e mail me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and I will help wherever I can. It’s never too late to make small changes that have long lasting benefits.

We are leaving for the last yoga/dolphin therapy trip  for 2013 on 24th to 30th November and still have 2 beds left. This is R5900 pp sharing and is inclusive of transport to and from King Shaka airport, dinner, bed and breakfast, x 2 daily yoga asanas, pranayamas and meditations plus  x 2 trips on dolphin boat. It is a wonderful adventure offering a combination of relaxation with dolphin encounters as well as taking your Yoga a little deeper. We stay right on the beach so are able to enjoy sun salutations with nothing between us and the sun we are celebrating except of  course, the Indian ocean !  I look forward to hearing from anyone interested in joining us for this excursion.

In closing I would like to add some food for thought :

The willingness to accept responsibility for one’s own  life is the source from which  self-respect springs. “  Joan Didion

Ahimsa

on Wednesday, 25 September 2013.

Avoidance of harm
4.7/5 rating (7 votes)

Ahimsa

In our yogic philosophy we adhere to the idea of the word AHIMSA, this is a Sanskrit word (ancient Indian language) and basically means “no harm to any living thing through thought, action or deed.” Now I am always on about this branch of the Yogic philosophy because I can only imagine the peace, harmony and love we could experience on this Earth if we all tried to adhere to this rule. Allow yourself  a few moments to take in these words, “avoidance of harm to any living creature” . That has to include yourself, this  then implies  such things as healthy eating to avoid harm, living a healthy lifestyle, for same reason. Being kind, considerate and compassionate to yourself and all other beings. Avoiding  the uneccesary killing of creatures merely  to satisfy your tastebuds. Taking this rule to its deepest, avoiding harmful thoughts or intentions ! That is by far the hardest to achieve, as thoughts occur before we have even realized what we are doing. If you truly try to adhere to this, it certainly helps to be mindful of each and every moment, each thought even before it manifests itself and totally aware of the toxic effect on our mind and bodies with harmful ideas and thoughts. We have about 70 000 thoughts on average per day. So many of these are dwelling on things we’ve said, maybe even things unsaid, rehashing mistakes from past and planning strategies for the future. The result is that we waste valuable energy and fill our minds with harmful and negative thoughts. These thoughts arise as a frequency, a vibration of energy and get held in our cells, in our joints and internal organs. This frequency , influences every cell in our bodies, Make enough negative thoughts and eventually the very cells will all be vibrating in the same negative frequency. I’m sure we have all experienced a sad or emotional time in our lives. We dwell on this and it’s a downward spiral from emotional sadness to depression and eventually dis-ease. This is an example of exactly just how we can create our own health. Of course it’s not quite as simple as only our thoughts, but they play an enormous role in the way our cells operate and function. Will we intentionally harm ourselves, I think not. So all you need to do is rethink the way you think. Be aware of the thoughts you have, limit yourself to the exposure of negative feedback (ie. News media etc.), make a point of verbally “patting yourself on the back each and every day” re-enforce the beauty and joy that life IS. Limit or restrict your actions that you know cause harm to others and take notice of how your health and joy is influenced. Being well is so much more than the absence of disease. It is moving beyond the point of being free of illness to experiencing optimal health. Wellness is not a static state, our levels of wellness change all the time. By taking responsibility of our physical health as well as the mental health, we can improve our level of wellness. This will have a profound influence of not just yourself, but flow over to all of those around you as well as  throughout your community. If we can achieve this then the entire health of the planet will improve. It’s the 100 monkey’s effect. Try living just a little bit of Ahimsa for a week and see the results, feel the outcome and be filled with your natural right to experience a life filled with joy.

Ahimsa

Cheryl

Weekend of Self Reflection

on Monday, 09 September 2013. Posted in Quotes and Lessons

Going inwards
4.6/5 rating (8 votes)

Weekend of Self Reflection

I hope the short article on patience and perseverance struck a chord last week and that you all managed to go gently, "flow with grace and hold with ease. " This applies to all aspects of our daily lives. We rush around like headless chickens, with very little consideration as to why, how and where it's all going. I am hosting a weekend 13-15th Sept (fully booked) and again 18-20th Oct in Magaliesberg, to try and gain the upper hand on self reflection. This is a weekend of yoga postures, conscious breathing and special time set aside for the pondering on carefully chosen questions which will lead you to a deeper understanding of yourself and where you are in the grand scheme of things. It is designed to help bring you back homewards, to your essence and thereafter it will be easier to maintain the practice on your own. It is vital to make quiet time for yourself. This helps with the management of stress, health of the mental, emotional  and physical and keeps the body in a good, well balanced state. In perfect equilibrium, the way we were designed to be.Come join us and learn how to maintain a well balanced lifestyle, manage stress on all levels and to just enjoy life on a deeper more meaningful  level.

All meals  on this weekend are vegan and it gives a great idea of just how easy this discipline can actually be. Simple, nutritious conscience free meals are provided for you to enjoy. Lessons in healthy meal plans are also available on request. Weekends for weight loss are an option for those wishing to kick off on a new eating plan for the start of Spring.

Inquiries for any of these, or to request weekends in your areas, can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0840902083

Energy body

on Sunday, 28 July 2013. Posted in Quotes and Lessons

energy does matter
4.8/5 rating (8 votes)

Energy body

When i go on my Yoga retreats or trips, I always have a plan or general thought of what I will be offering over the few days. Without fail, the collective energy of the group ends up dictating what we actually end up studying ! While in Mozambique recently, we went to work through healing with a little help from our cetaceans (dolphins), yoga asanas and meditation. The week unfolded into a study of the energy centres of our bodies and how they influence and effect us. At the end of out time together we had formed a close bond of united energy, having collectively spent time discussing, thinking, moving, eating and sleeping. On our first trip out on the dolphin boat, as soon as we sighted the dolphins, everyone present had a huge grin on their faces . They never fail to pass on their "happy, vibrant energy" to us all in their close proximity. It is as if they do this intentionally and with love ! Instinctively we "pick" this vibe up and transfer it into an emotional response. It will never cease to amaze me ! Some people never venture into the ocean to swim with these magical creatures of Neptune's, content to view them from the surface gaining the same benefits ! It has been documented that dolphins gravitate to a pregnant human and show them much attention, as well as those we label "mentally challenged". This could be as simple as depression. The dolphins pick up on our energies and display great interest in certain people. They chatter and click away to us and each other, I'm sure they believe we understand them ! If we allow ourselves a little time of mediation each day, just that time alone in silence, we can tune into the space that allows us to feel the energy bodies of each and everyone. Some of us are already more in tune, while others need to practice and flex their energetic muscles so to speak. Training is all it requires, just like everything else on this Yogic journey, put in the time and you will reap the benefits. One of my teachers compare our minds to a muddy pond. In trying to clear this pond and gain better vision within, he suggests that each day you deposit a cupful of water. Many days of this and the mud will be less as the water becomes more, eventually clearing and visibility will be great ! Take the time spent on your mats as the cup full  of water and see the benefits over time. One step, one day and slowly everything becomes clear.

Courage, faith and love WILL get us where we aspire to be !

Ahimsa

Cheryl

Your heart..

on Thursday, 20 June 2013. Posted in General

is the size of the ocean, go find yourself in it's depths !
4.5/5 rating (6 votes)

Your heart..

So the Wellness fair has been and gone. The numbers were disappointing but we did have a serious issue with parking as the school had sports on as well . The planning for this kept me  busy for many months and now that its over i'm wondering what to sink my teeth into !

My two children came to spend a few days with me and we went up into Zululand . It gave me a great idea for affordable" South African Bush to beach Safaris". We went on a 2 day trip and were most excited to see so many of the big 5 up close and personal   This is in the planning stages but I will post it up as soon as all the costs have been worked out.

The heading of this article " Your heart is the size of the ocean, go find yourself in its hidden depths " appeals to me so much as I feel we need to discover our true natures more than ever before ! We need to go inwards and find out more about ourselves, how special we are, how well made we are, how fragile we are. Maybe then we will realise just how connected we actually are. None of us escape heart ache, pain, suffering, loss, sadness, despair or loneliness. I am certain we all experience these emotions at some stage in our lives. It is how we deal with them that counts. We make the decision to cry, or to smile. By choosing to smile, we help spread more love and happiness as opposed to increasing the negativity of pain and suffering. So how about taking some quiet time each day, have a date with yourself and discover the very depths of your OWN soul and personality ! Try it, it only requires 20 minutes of your time.

Walk gently, with care and thoughfulness

Ahimsa

Cheryl

Sharpen the mind, harden the body, soften the heart !

on Wednesday, 29 May 2013. Posted in General

With Yoga
4.8/5 rating (5 votes)

Sharpen the mind, harden the body, soften the heart !

Namaste ! The second half of the year 2013 is looming on the horiizon. The past few weeks have been particulalrly busy, fast paced and a time bomb of emotions with all the partial eclipses we have experienced. Most of my friends and clients have not been particularly aware of these lunar events, yet everyone has noticed a certain amount of emotional turmoil or reactions. Last week was the Super moon of 2013. ( closest it comes to earth in the year.) While being spectacular to view at moonrise, it has a deep influence on our watery composition of our body. I kept up my lunar salutations, soft and gentle, it certainly helped to keep my emotions in check and connected most deeply with my feminine side. Take time in each day to do a mental self check. Ask yourself if you are aware of your breath, of your movements, of your thoughts, of your emotions, this will help internalise the many things we need to release and let go of in order to start the healing process on the cellular level. On my weekend retreat a while back, my saying was " Release, let go or be dragged !" Mindfully take stock and move forward feeling lighter, happier and more positive. Practice the breathing techniques as discussed previously and in a few days i will add the next one.

We still have a few places available for upcoming dolphin/yoga trip in Ponto July 21-26th R5500 per person.

Meanwhile, on and off the mat, tread gently, wisely and mindfully.

Ahimsa

Cheryl

Yoga and Mental health

on Tuesday, 12 February 2013.

Self management
4.5/5 rating (4 votes)

Yoga and Mental health

 

A very warm welcome to all our new subscribers, I sure hope we get to meet in person during the course of this year ! Having said that, I am rather perturbed by the reality of today’s  date!  Unbelievably  it’s almost midway in the second month of 2013. Phew, time sure moves by fast. It brings to mind a comment made by someone I knew a while back . it was :  “He has one foot on a banana  skin,    the other foot in the grave !” At the time it was directed at an elderly farmer , which I did think was inappropriate, but have never forgotten it anyway. Sometimes it feels that way. That is why I am eternally grateful to yoga and all it has taught me. While in the ashram now I found myself to be frustrated at times, mainly because I felt we could be moving along with this course at a better pace. I sat myself down to investigate this emotion, queried why it came up, then asked myself what was the hurry ? Where was I so impatient to get to ? After giving that some thought, I settled into the pace which was set for us, not only tolerating it, but actually being “ in “ it fully. We all have our moments of being either impatient, intolerant, irritable, moody and even inexplicably angry. Most  often  we don’t take the time necessary to analyse where these feelings are coming from. Once we do, there is firstly an understanding and secondly a solution and they are less likely to interrupt our lives as often. The very word “YOGA” literally means “integration” at all levels of one’s existence. Yoga is both “state” and “process”. As a process it is a means to integration. As a state, it is a psycho-physiological balance, signifying a holistic personality integration. ( as explained by Dr. R S Bhogal in yoga and mental health) The answer then is to make time to sit quietly, still both the body and the mind, let the inner peace find you. While in a lecture with Dr Bhogal, we had a practical session of meditation, he commented on what “ meditation” actually is. He said that meditation cannot be done, it just happens. You set the stage for it, make the necessary preparations, then just sit . Do not anticipate anything. Just be right there, right then. His techniques were most effective and everyone in the session had a unique experience.

So if I am able to offer any words of advice for the year ahead, in which it seems the only certainty is uncertainty, make time to meditate. It will prove to be your savior, your sanity and your health !

Dr Bhogal signed my book and wrote the following in the cover :      “ The path of spirituality is ever fresh and exciting if we simply continue with it. “

With these words in mind I am hosting 2 upcoming retreats with yoga asanas, pranayamas and meditation being the focus for finding our inner strength that will lead us to our Peace. The dates for these are :

26-28th Feb   Elands Bay, West Coast Cape Town

8-10th March  Ballito, Kzn

Looking forward to meeting you and sharing some time and energy !

With love and compassion

Cheryl


Cheryl Lancellas / Fully-qualified Yoga Teacher
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