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Winter is upon us. A natural, and essential, withdrawal takes place within nature and so it must be with us if we are to move with grace and ease into the darker months. It is a time to go within, deeply nourish ourselves and take sustained periods of rest and relaxation. Digital detox, warm, slow cooked foods, restorative practices and contemplation go hand in hand with this season. Quality time spent with loved ones, quality time spent alone. Going into the realm of the essential, the essence.

A simple yet powerful Sankalpa (sacred intention) for Winter, set during our Sanctuary Winter Immersion, goes as follows:

Silence. Space. Simplicity. Stillness.

May it offer you a portal of permission, of deep generosity of spirit, to tap into your needs this Winter so as to nurture your heart and soul.

Saprema & Winter Blessings,

Alexandra


Soma Yoga and the Solar Portals

Soma Yoga is a graceful weaving of yoga asana, pranayama, mudra and visualization, inspired by what yogic mystics refer to as ‘The Elixir of Life’. It is a nourishing and harmonizing practice that is deeply healing for the endocrine and nervous systems and leaves one feeling balanced, rejuvenated and glowing.

Derived from the root « su » in Sanskrit, meaning to « energize, stimulate, expand and grow », Soma is conceived of as a downward flow of grace, wisdom and healing affiliated with moonlight and water. It is an alchemical force that combines with « Agni », or fire, to create dynamic balance and inner radiance.

For these special ateliers, held on important Solar Portals in the Wheel of the Year, I will be invoking both the moonlight of Soma and the sunlight of Agni, crafting beautifully balanced practises in accordance with the energies of the season.

My wish is that this will allow you to transition with greater ease, fluidity and consciousness through each changing cycle, cultivating deep and sustainable health and wellbeing on every level - body, heart and soul.

Each atelier will conclude with a specially crafted tisane appropriate to the season, made with love from wildcrafted herbs and flowers.

Please bring a light shawl for the final relaxation.

Solar Portal I - Imbolc (The First Signs of Spring)
Emergence and Hope - Cultivating the Inner Spark
Saturday 2nd February
10h - 12h


Solar Portal II - Ostara (The Spring Equinox)
Awakening and Surrender - The Delicate Balance of Light and Dark
Saturday 23rd March
10h - 12h

l’Ancienne Ferme de l’Hermitage
Route du Signal 2, 1018 Lausanne

50 CHF per atelier


The Crystal Portals

An alchemical trilogy of movement, meditation and sacred sound, co-created by Alexandra Macdonald and Joyah Castañeda-Stajic of Liquid Light Healing.

The program of each atelier:

~ An introduction to the theme of the day seen through the lens of yogic philosophy and the chakra system, Traditional Chinese Medicine and energetic healing.

~ A series of simple yet potent movement and breathing practises, plus the transmission of selected mudras (sacred hand gestures) that tonify and balance the energy of the zone appropriate to the theme.

~ A guided meditation to transition from the physical body to the more subtle bodies, bringing light, awareness and consciousness into the portal.

~ A relaxing crystal bowl sound bath, deeply purifying any residual tensions or blockages from the physical and subtle bodies, recalibrating the appropriate zone. 

~ The creation of a bespoke crystal elixir, made from specially chosen gems in alignment with the theme. The elixir will be charged with your intention, the frequencies of the crystal bowls and the energy of the full or new moon, and you will be able to take it home with you.

~ Each atelier will finish with a specially crafted tisane appropriate to the theme, made with love from wildcrafted herbs and flowers.

PORTAL I - Anchoring to Sacred Ground
Connecting to the sacral and base chakras
Sunday 20th January 2019
16h - 18h30

PORTAL II - Opening the Heart Gate
Connecting to the heart chakra
Sunday 17th February 2019
16h - 18h30

PORTAL III - Accessing the Inner Vision
Connecting to the third eye chakra
Sunday 17th March 2019
16h - 18h30

l’Ancienne Ferme de l’Hermitage
Route du Signal 2, 1018 Lausanne


88CHF per atelier
250CHF for the trilogie


Sanctuary - sacred self care for women

May 3rd to 8th 2019

Day breaks over the Enchanted Valley. The gentle hum of your breath and the soft lilt of birdcall are the only sounds, yet something magical, something potent, is stirring.

This is your day. Your gift.

This is your Sanctuary.

Are you ready?


Eremito eco-hotel, Umbria, Italy
www.eremito.com

E-flyer with all the practical details: https://mailchi.mp/859aeae86900/sanctuary-sacred-self-care


The Untamed Heart - Recalling our Wild Divinity

September 13th to 18th 2019

Join me for an intimate, once in a lifetime retreat experience at Son Ru, a renovated 13th Century Monastery perched high up in the Tramuntana mountain range of Mallorca. Surrounded by ancient olive groves and boasting breathtaking views of the Mediterranean sea, Son Ru has retained an ancient ambiance of serenity and simplicity amongst the sensual ruggedness of its surroundings, and will be our haven for 5 nights and 6 days as we reconnect to our wild divinity.

The Untamed Heart is an invocation of our deep, natural, and vital state, that which abides indomitably beneath the layers of conditioning and stress that we all feel, and often succumb to, in our busy, modern lives. 

By recalling and reconnecting to this sacred, untainted force within we will reawaken our capacity to feel and appreciate the simple fact of being alive in its most pure and simple essence.

By taking time to slow down and listen, to appreciate the beauty of wild, unkept nature, and to reflect upon and embody our sacred, sensuous nature, we will cultivate sustainable ways to stay in contact with our own, unique 'Untamed Heart'.

Son Rullan Monastery, Mallorca, Spain
www.son-ru.com

E-flyer with all the practical details: https://mailchi.mp/ef86d72302d0/the-untamed-heart


Sanctuary - intuitive self care for women

Dates coming soon for 2019

Deep within there is a wisdom and a knowing far beyond that which you could ever imagine.

It has to be felt, touched, trusted...

It has to be nurtured, nourished, witnessed...

This Winter we are going there.

Are you coming?

 

Hotel Balance, Les Granges, Switzerland
https://hotel-balance.ch


Shadow Yoga

Shadow Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga co-founded by Shandor Remete and Emma Balnaves. The practice of Shadow Yoga serves to dissolve the accumulated layers of tension and obstruction in the folds and tissues of the body that are referred to as 'frozen shadows' in ancient Hatha Yoga texts, in particular ‘Shiva Svarodaya’. It is deeply rooted in the experiential understanding of the energetic fields of the body and the science of marma, vayu and nadi.

Shadow Yoga employs preliminary movements such as squatting, lunging and various movements of the hands and arms to 'uncover the natural patterns of motion latent in the physical form' (Shadow Yoga, Chaya Yoga by Shandor Remete). This natural and harmonious movement of the limbs allows for a coherent flow of the pranic force through the peripheral body, that will eventually feed into the central channels of the body.

The practise of Shadow Yoga cleanses the blood, builds firm and healthy bones and nourishes the marrow. The flow of breath is harnessed and refined, the agni, or inner fire, is stoked, and the latent power within the individual is gradually revealed.

Through steady and unimposed application one builds a firm and harmonious foundation from which an intuitive intelligence will gradually emerge, leading eventually to a steadiness of mind and being that is rooted in an ever-growing discernment of what is the Soul and what is not the Soul, which is essentially at the heart of Yoga.

Classes will initially be given on an individual basis
130CHF/75minutes
150CHF/90minutes

l’Ancienne Ferme de l’Hermitage
Route du Signal 2, 1018 Lausann,


Ten Moon Yoga

During the Ten Moons of pregnancy, immense transformations take place on every level of your being. Not only is your physical body changing rapidly, but your emotional, mental and spiritual bodies are also shifting and recalibrating with the presence of the baby in your womb. Through the practise of Ten Moon Yoga you can attend to all these levels of being, finding true support for the duration of your pregnancy and thus laying the ground for a positive and empowering birth experience and a healthy and harmonious initiation into motherhood.

These ateliers offer a uniquely nurturing atmosphere in which you are welcomed with warmth and respect. They offer a haven, a sacred space where you can leave your worries and preoccupations at the door and spend a precious few hours connecting with your body and your baby. This is essential, not self-indulgent work. The more you are at ease in your body and at peace in your mind, the better the chances of having a natural birth.

Though alignment is indeed important, the focus in these ateliers is not purely on the outward form of the posture but rather on opening up the spaces within your body; animating, illuminating and expanding the inner contours and forms. The invitation here is to refine your ability to listen to your body, instincts and intuitions, to notice your sensations and inner states without the filter of fear, resistance or imposition.

Postures and exercises that cultivate receptivity and suppleness are seamlessly interwoven with those that encourage strength, conviction and determination. Ten Moon Yoga embraces the idea that ‘everything is possible’, making this poetic blend of qualities a fascinating terrain of sensation and experience, a vast palette of possibilities for you to embody.

A specially crafted tisane, made with love from wildcrafted herbs and flowers, will be served during the pause. Please bring a light shawl for the relaxation.

Saturdays 9h - 12h
19th January 2019
16th February 2019
16th March 2019


l’Ancienne Ferme de l’Hermitage
Route du Signal 2, 1018 Lausanne

80 CHF per atelier


Private Classes

Yoga has peaked in notoriety in recent years, most likely as an antedote to the rapid freneticism of modern life. Encompassing physical postures, breathing techniques, contemplation and meditation, Yoga offers a palette of practises that are designed to bring you back in contact with the reality of who you really are, beneath the agendas and to-do lists of our fast-paced and busy world; indeed, at it's most essential, Yoga brings us back into alignment with our essence, or our soul.

In Yoga the body is considered to be the vehicle of the soul and thus, it is of vital importance to take care of it with appropriate reverence and respect. By learning to find a dynamic and evolutive balance between suppleness and strength, we allow our vital energy to flow and circulate in an unimpeded manner. By learning to how to consciously deepen, lengthen, refine and optimise our breath we create greater equilibrium within.

Overtime we practise and refine our postures and breathing so as to cultivate a bio-dynamic harmony and resilience, a capacity to listen to and adapt accordingly to the signals that our body is giving us. This may sound very simple and even obvious, yet we are moving, ever more increasingly, to an alarming rate of stress induced conditions that are based on our tendency to override the messages of our body and to push, coerce or simply ignore what it is saying. The practise of Yoga can shed light on our tendencies, allowing us to reconsider them and cultivate new, healthier ones.

Through tailor-made practises I hone in on what you need to harmonise and optimise your wellbeing on every level. Whilst there is a firm accent on alignment and tonicity, there is also space and time given for restoration, recalibration and deep relaxation. My intention is to create a sustainable practise that allows you to transition with greater ease, fluidity and consciousness through the different chapters of your life, cultivating long-lasting health and wellbeing of the body, mind and soul.

l’Ancienne Ferme de l’Hermitage
Route du Signal 2, 1018 Lausanne


130CHF/75minutes
150CHF/90minutes