What happen in the INTERNATIONAL YOGA DAY?

On June 21st was the international day of yoga.

An important day to awaken consciousness about what yoga is.
More than a physical class of postures (asanas), more than breaths, more than a philosophy, there is much to investigate behind all that … I have been in the world of yoga for more than 10 years ago and as far as I realize everything I have to learn and practice, from the asanas perspective (everything that I have to work with each one of them, how and why, what parts of the body are involved and what are their benefits and contraindications)
On the other hand if we analyze from the Raja yoga principles we have the Yamas and Niyamas, the pranayamas, pratyahara, dharana, dhayana and finally the samadhi, a life dedicated to the search of the supra conscience.
In the end, however, the initiatives of the International Yoga Day were two, on the one hand my personal initiative to create a video with different people, practitioners and teachers who participated and gave their opinion and point of view on what is yoga for them.

People from different parts of the world but united for the same purpose.

You can see in the following link:

What is for you YOGA?
On the other hand almost emerged from nothing and pushing from a friend I said;

“Hiii, contained with me for the initiative of a Open day free, to commemorate the International Yoga Day”.

The truth that was a superbeautiful event, where in a full yoga class each of us we teaching 15 minutes so different teacher we share our passion during the classes.

I left the previous savasana because I was going out for the other class and I was in a total relaxation state, but it is true that perhaps if I had been more conscious maybe I would have become much more nervous, in case I started my class after Sara and at first was quiet, but there were a moment where the panic took over me.

This was because I saw that the people did not follow the rhythm  of the class, maybe because the sound wasnt good, or because I could not show him in surya namaskar or because he did not understand me or I did not explain myself quite well, whatever happen … and I said “OMG what I´m doing over here “… as soon as I saw myself at that moment, I took a deep breathing and I said do not worry Gema everything will be fine … and I went back to breathe and continue…so I let´it go the though so in that exactly moment the whole world gradually rejoined in the flow of the rhythm of Surya Namaskar .

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With these two initiatives of “un-interested” forms I collaborated with my grain of sand in the world of yoga and to make people more aware and consistent with their world and with those around them.
Great moments and intense moments.

Thank you Universe for those opportunities for personal growth.

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The rocket yoga dummie

 

There is always one time to start in any thing or area of ​​your life, even in the world of yoga, my world … after more than 1000 sun saludations, and so many thousands of different asanas, some of which I still do not know the  sankrits names, I do not know if for lack of time to sit down to memorize them, laziness or whatever … the case that life was gradually bringing me to begin with rocket yoga.
Rocket comes from the hand of the ashtanga and let’s say it would be his gifted or developed son, it´s coming from America and compared with asthanga have more flexibility and creativity in the sequences both you are a student or teacher.
“Larry Schultz”  the Rocket´s father, developed this methodology to advance further in the asanas and jump on the other side those that are more complex for the body of each, in my case my achilles tendon (one of the most difficult asanas for me)  is “Urdhva Dhanurasana” or the wheel, it will be for my lack of mobility in the right shoulder, my little strength in the arm, and my rigidity in my spine or other endless circumstances in which my body and my mind resist, is for me one of the most challenging asanas … However, I return to it over and over again in my practice of asthanga … although sometimes I have the feeling that I do not advance and I am totally stucked… but well that would be another topic conversation.

I decided to start my 50-hour rocket yoga teacher training with David Kyle @MulabandhaKing, after meeting him in May 2016 at the Yoga Conference in Gran Canaria, and for the Amaryyo @amaryyoyoga yoga School opportunity that brought him this July, for training,

He has been a teacher for over 50 hours, David was one of the direct students of Larry (and so teaches in his classes the word and the legacy of Larry from the respect and closeness that Larry conveyed or at least that is what has arrived during the training) in these 5 intensive days, where we performed physical practice tomorrow and late afternoon, my body was resisting and overcrowded, still continue and gave the best of me in each moment … what I had or what That I could … my EGO appeared in many moments since the level of practice was very high and I felt at the tail (we are one of the weakest in practice) … but still continued and said: well Gema, dont give up…you did it the best … continue in your way..

Master class, David Kyle
Master class, David Kyle Chest opened and forearm balance.

So I finished the course, I turned the inside out, where the physical and emotional part was shaked… and maybe also the emotional part, so much energy was powered  in a intense way, and I  got used to an intense practice but with a more relaxed rhythm, the rhythm of the rocket took me along a few strained and even though  …  I think faster for me but still I´m dealing up with this.

I ´ve just decided that I will continue my path of rocket in a more calm and progressive and I will see how far I can go with this … I have all my life to continue learning, on the other hand for me never my goal has been to advance quickly, also perhaps because my body has his own limits (from the perspective of flexibility and strength).  I’ve never been a girl who could do this kind of thing, and now I´m near of 40 I’m walking on the way…..

This is a very gratifying path because I am giving to my body and my mind challenges into the mats, words such as CONFIDENCE, FLEXIBILITY, CONSTANCE, PERSEVERANCE, ENERGY, TIREDNESS, EGO, DEFEAT, CONTINUITY, PRESENT MOMENT, CONTINUE JUDGING.

These ideas appears again and again on the mat … when I realize that, I observed them and I watched going through them…  this is a way for discovering yourself, from a physical and mental way…from this perspective we can observe my mood and another differents topics.
Anyway everything is fine, everything flows and works and it is where it has to be what it ´s happened , everythins is the the correct place and I accept it from the compression and the love my way … without comparing myself with others and thanking me for already walking and enjoying the moment ….
This is my path and there is noone who can walk or perform for me, so it is my turn to continue … walking …
Thank you to the rocket yoga, thanks you Amaryyo school, thanks David Kyle and thanks to Larry for giving me the opportunity to discover a new way of understanding yoga nowadays as student, maybe in the future who knows as teacher.

Thank you David for your teaching
Thank you David for your teaching

FDO. The rocket rookie

Why the yoga makes you feel for happy?

 

This was a beautiful interview that I had in October 2016 meantime I was working giving classes in the Hotel Jardín Tecina.

This only a short part of the full video…if you want to see all complete there are the urls :

https://www.facebook.com/deva.setu

Or let me know it and I can send you more information.

Life give you opportunities to express yourself about your passion.

Thank you Wolfram and Dania, I will keep these moments in my heart.

Learn to RELEASE …. the path of yoga …

What kind of yoga do you choose and why?

 

Because each style of yoga teaches us and gives different routines and we work different physical aspects  in the different styles  asthanga, rocket, other more fluids like vinyasa and hatha and other more spiritual like the kundalini, all are just as valid and the most important is that you find yours.

That will be which most connects with you and also the teacher and the teachings that fill in you.

As a teacher and student I am of those who think that it is important to experiment and try different styles and choose the one that goes with you … the one that fills you and connects you with the deepest, will be that you need a more physical or a more spiritual practice , or maybe is the teacher who connects with you in a special way.

As a teacher and student you have to learn to let go and  flow … to let the students come and go, to stop going to classes to go to other … in short to do what you feel … and the most important is to accept that process that each one has paths to walk together as long as it is and then to release, to change, to leave, to return …

This is one of the teachings that has given me and continues giving the yoga path day by day, all these variables are I like to see myself in this double environment … student for many times and teacher for a few (I really think I will always be learning and more on the side of the student) and as I am learning I see I need more and more hours of study, but the most important is the way of knowledge and learning to RELEASE

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“Associate with people who are likely to improve you.”

SENECA

 

 

 

Review 2016 and proposes for 2017

Following the post from my friend @MartaMolinera or http://martamolinera.com/fun-work-flow-ready-2017 it was quite motivated for me, so I have decided take this challenged and do it my propose for the New Year… apart of that to follow the argument of my colleague for the resolutions in 2016 I didnt write anything but what I did was a Collague or MindMap in June 2015 proyection all the things that I will achieve for the next year…so I can say it is not a natural year.

But which were my proposes obtained in 2016.

  1. Be greatful about the feeling of flying I have the oportunity to do it in several times, parachute, paraclimding and fly withouth engine it was quite great, really awesome experience.
  2. Living in Lanzarote during one year where there is a magical light and everything is so quiet and relax, your view is lost in the middle of the volcano, the ocean  where the red color is mixed with the black one and despide all the small white houses are spread around all the island according with Cesar Manrique´s legacy.
  3. Travel to South America and met to my love Marcelo, this was a great surprise for me that someone like him has appeared in my life, he gives me so much, so really I´m feel so happy to travel to Guatemala and spend 3 months travelling with him around Centre of SouthAmerica, knowing places such as in Guatemala (Antigua, San Cristobal de las Casas, Tikal, Chamu Champey) in Mexico (Palenque, Valladolid, Maya Rivera, Isla Mujeres,  Holbox, Chetumal) in Cuba (La Havana, Trinidad, Varadero, Viñales)
  4. Travelling around the Canarian Island and also obtained the Canaria´s tourism oficial guide…I´ve working in different excursión and it was so funny, nice and interesting..I have to prepare each tour, but really I like to give information about the arquitecture, vegetation, how was the creation from the island and the conqueer.
  5. Decide coming to living to Gran Canaria.
  6. Working as yoga teacher in La Gomera
  7. Retaken the yoga class for children.
  8. Being part of the Innovation Process for Yoga Tourism throught the EOI based in the INFECAR in Las Palmas de GC, during 5 months.

 

For 2017, there some project on the mind, let´s see which are only an idea or which one will be true, unless it is important continue creating and dream.

  1. Marcelo is coming to visit me in January, Madrid, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, there will be the places to visit together, I want to share my life the awesome landscape and future projects together.
  2. Next events, future concept test about one of the activities from yogabygema.com in January yoga tour in Las Palmas GC and in March yoga tour in Fuerteventura for a weekend in Gran Tarajal with my great and loved friends Lucas & Leila.
  3. Finished my Project from Yogabygema for GC in May, I have to focus as much as I can in the next month in this.
  4. Manage to working and living together with Marcelo in the Canarias Island and in Guatemela.
  5. Continue working and focus in the tourism guide and yoga teacher in whatever part of the world but together with Marcelo.
  6. Next formation and events 25-27 May 2017 Yoga Conference in GC, and in February Pranayama breathing training.
  7. Starting with the private yoga classes and continue with the yoga children.
  8. Training about Pranayama with my dear Manu Navarro 😉

And about all these the most important that all my family and friend are healthy, they will be happy and achieve their dreams.

 

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I wish you the best to all of you, with all my love, Gema.

Asthanga a normal day in a normal life

 

It is 7.30am still I want to sleep more I feel quite lazy but a last determination put me out from the bed.

I change my clothes, I did all the staff in the bathroom and I leave my appartment without thinking so much still the laziness are coming with me…so sometimes I´m going by bycicle that it takes me around 20 minutes to arrive to the class or if I ´m going by walking around 40 minutes, during that walk my mind is sleeped and looks to the ocean…but even thought when I arrive to my yoga class I throught my mat on the floor but still I feel quite sleeped.

Then you start after the conection with yourself and some meditation the warm up with 10 “surya namaskara” sometimes your brain thinks … “Ohhh my god still one hour and half over” …I dont know if I will have enough strong or even though I could be able… so you continue and you dont leave that you brain take the control.

So you continue sistematic with your routine (well still for me I dont have everything memorize…it is taking more time that I though) so next asanas coming all the secuence in stand up and balance this is should be the easy one posture but still you body are geting warning and even though you realice there are so many things to doing better, as soon as Manu, Paula o Anika coming to you and align so it is look that you are not doing so good that you though 😉

Now in the floor position; we are working in openhip so that and the twist so everything should coming for that area, our “mula bandha”should be active and working (really in all the practice), the twists in marichyasana are quite challenge and sometimes during the adjust; I didnt know that I could do that; a huge movement from my hip also I have detected a block in my breathing.

Whatever happens you should continue, these time with some handstand as “bakasana” were we work the strong in our hard and the quiteness in our brain and later we continue with superstrong bending “kurmasana”

Say your brain and you body dont stop, after 5 breathing we continue to the next one…

After different postures we will jump to another challenge back bending posture and the wheel  or ”urdhva dhanurasana” and all the movement around that, this is still a big deal a looks like that it will be during a long period to past this big Stone, I felt how my chest was opened or unblock one day but still I have so much practice to do to improve in this asana, the good thing is that I´m not on hurry, so after that I feel free and I can start relaxing in my practice.

 

Now in the final part in the secuence where I can start to relax my body and mind

 

So now the shoulder  “sarvangasana”  or  “halasana” stand are quite relax and also my headstand  “salamba sirsasana” is more and more easy going…still I´ve to improve my abdominal strength to be able starting the pose slowly with the support behind of the wall (so I´m quite frighting without it)
…so after that “shavasana” the best…and the day starting in a different way…

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After that there is nothing more that PRACTICE, PRACTICE and PRACTICE

I´m going to ask to the New Year in 2017 be more focus in my practice, let´s lazy and much more constant, they are the key point to improve in the asthanga path.

 

 

 

Healthy food in Guatemala

Travel and discover; Healthy and typical food in Guatemala, some of the disks and ingredients tasted during my visit.

PEPIAN, this disk has been declared Cultural Heritage, is consist in a typical spoon plate, cooked in the traditional way, the main ingredients which are different from anothers diskes are the cocoa, sesame seeds called also ‘ajonjoli’ in the maya cultural, another ingredients are cinnamon, chilies… the main features about these two ingredientes are,

Sesame seed (good source of calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc, molybdenum, selenium, and dietary fiber) and Cocoa give you a extra input of energy.

MORINGA

We can find this plant in Guatemala, before I have never listen nothing about, but here there are the 13 properties from this plant

  1. Increases the body’s natural defenses.
  2. It promotes cell body structure.
  3. Naturally controls serum cholesterol levels.
  4. Reduces the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
  5. It promotes normal functioning of the liver and kidney.
  6. Beautifies the skin.
  7. It provides energy.
  8. Promotes proper digestion.
  9. It acts as an antioxidant.
  10. It provides a healthy circulatory system.
  11. It is an anti-inflammatory.
  12. It produces a feeling of well being.
  13. Regulates normal levels of blood sugar.

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ROSA DE JAMAICA

It has a tart, cranberry-like flavour, and sugar is often added to sweeten it. The tea contains vitamin C and minerals and is used traditionally as a mild medicine. In west Sudan a white hibiscus flower is favoured for its bitter taste and is customarily served to guests.

There is some clinical study suggesting that consumption of hibiscus tea may lower blood pressure, but the quality of studies is poor. There is no reliable evidence to support recommending hibiscus tea for the treatment of high blood pressure or primary hypertension. Hibiscus tea is generally well tolerated and does not adversely affect liver and kidney function at lower doses, but it may behepatotoxic at high doses. Hibiscus flowers contain anthocyanins, which are believed to be the active antihypertensive compounds, acting as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE)

COCOA

Long regarded as a food treat, cocoa is now used by some people as medicine. Cocoa seed is used for infectious intestinal diseases and diarrheaasthma,bronchitis, and as an expectorant for lung congestion. The seed coat is used for liver,bladder, and kidney ailments; diabetes; as a tonic; and as a general remedy. Cocoa butter is used for high cholesterol, although develop prons and cons it will be for sure another article.

COFFE

Some of the the main properties are upper your blood pressure, anticancer features, helps against to the diabetes, helps agains to gallstone event though there are a lot of cons againts to the coffe.

Although it is the same as Cocoa, I will need a special article only for speaking about the pros and cons about this ingredient.

Another typical diskes are Jocón, Kaq´ik, Plátanos en Mole declared Cultural Heritage from Guatemala in 2007.

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