Summer has arrived, and with it a sense of expansiveness and radiance. As the season unfolds there is a natural opening and ripening, we are invited to 'let go' and enjoy, to take pleasure in the ease and abundance of the warmer days and sultry nights. The fruits are lush, the scent of flowers thick in the air; our senses are awakening to innate sensuality of this special time.
I look forward to sharing with you in the last few classes before the holidays and wish you a radiant Summer. Classes will recommence at the end of August with a beautiful collaboration with Joyah from Liquid Light Healing, an alchemical trilogy of movement, meditation and sacred sound, plus the creation of a bespoke crystal elixir...I'd love to see you there!
Saprema & Summertime Blessings,
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 26th August
16h00 - 18h30
PORTAL II - Opening the Heart Gate
Connecting to the heart chakra
16h00 - 18h30
PORTAL III -
Accessing the Inner Vision
Connecting to the third eye chakra
23rd September 2018
16h00 - 18h30
88.- per atelier
250.- for the trilogie
Sanctuary - intuitive self care for women
November 29th to December 2nd 2018
Deep Yoga - Sacred Silence - Inner Wisdom
Hotel Balance, Les Granges, Switzerland
More details coming very soon!
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
E-flyer with all the practical details: https://mailchi.mp/92ec99d66505/sanctuary-spring-2019
Soma Yoga for Women
Soma is a Sanskrit term that derives from the root su, meaning to “energize, stimulate, swell, expand and grow". The yogic mystics refer to Soma as the 'Elixir of Life' and consider it to be a downward flow of Feminine Grace affiliated with the Moon and the element of water. Soma is of great interest to women as its rejuvenating, nourishing and lubricative nature is incomparably healing and balancing to the endocrine and nervous systems.
Soma Yoga is a deep dive into the inherent power and wisdom of the female body. It is a nurturing, nourishing and deeply respectful practice that offers women a sacred space within which to connect with their bodies through a graceful weaving of yoga asana, pranayama, mudra and visualization.
In the spirit of radical self-care, Soma Yoga invites us to reclaim and recode the body as a sacred gift. By opening ourselves up to the inherent power and beauty that we hold within we release shame and fear and step into deep trust and freedom of expression. As we learn how to truly listen and respond accordingly to the signs and messages that our body gives, we begin to see that our power really does lie within, in the mysteries of the Womb and the delicate dance of our hormones. We will learn how to honor and optimize our cycles and rhythms and reclaim our innate radiance and strength by cultivating embodied wisdom.
Soma Yoga is a gift for all women who feel a call to tap into their inherent source of creativity, inspiration and empowerment.
Saturdays 9h - 12h
80 CHF per atelier
During 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 Prenatal 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. Prenatal 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.
Saturdays 9h - 12h
80 CHF per atelier
Private class (baby welcome)
With the focus on gentle toning, strengthening and realignment, Postnatal Yoga is a wonderful way to ease the body back into shape after giving birth. The practice also cultivates positivity, balance and calm so as to support you in a period that can be full of challenge and adaptation. The fluid combination of postures, breathing techniques and deep relaxation makes for a rejuvenating and nurturing post-partum experience.
Through calm and perceptive guidance, private classes are aimed at pinpointing exactly what you need to enhance your wellbeing on a physical, emotional and mental level. The postures and breathing techniques cultivate suppleness and strength, alleviate tension and stress and encourage balance and awareness. The moments of relaxation offer a precious opportunity to fully recharge.