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.

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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.

 

 

 

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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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General features about the fruits

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Banana

High in minerals such as; potassium and iron and low in sodium.

Help constipation – Helps control cravings – Remedy for hangovers

 

Garlic

Natural antibiotic – Anticancer – Reduces levels of blood sugar

Eliminates toxins – Cleanses the body

 

Spinach

Increases muscle strength -High in vitamins A and C.

Excellent source of minerals -It contains folic acid

 

Chard

High iron content

High in vitamin C and carotenoids.

High fiber – High calcium content

 

Lettuce

High beta-carotene content – It Contains Iron

It contains alkaline minerals

Moisturizes the body

It contains vitamins A, E, C and Group B.

 

Coriander

Strengthens the stomach. -It stimulates appetite.

Cleanses the body.

Supports the liver and kidneys

Lowers cholesterol.

 

Parsley

Eliminates inflammation problems.

Reduces blood pressure – Highly detoxifier.

Rich in vitamin A, C and E.

Combat cellulite problems

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Broccoli

Important source of fiber

Protein source – Protects against diabetes

Anti-cancer properties

Retards cellular aging.

 

Cucumber

Prevents heart disease.

Improves vision.

It contains vitamin B.

Eliminates retained liquids

Refreshing

 

Cantaloupe

High in Vitamin A

Improves kidney problems

Improves lung health

Natural antiflamatorio

It contains potassium

Combat skin diseases

 

Mango

High in vitamin A and C.

Anti-cancer properties

Improves constipation problems

Powerful antioxidant.

Improves skin.

Rich in iron

 

Kiwi

High in antioxidants

Retards cellular aging

Avoid constipation problems

High in potassium

High in Vitamin C

Moisturizes the skin.

 

Granade

Antiflamatoria – Prevents fluid retention

Antirust – Strengthens the immune system

Help hypertension problems.

 

Blueberry

It facilitates the work of the kidneys.

Dissolve kidney stones and prevents their formation

Anti-cancer properties.

Effects of memory enhancers.

It contributes 25% of the daily requirement of vitamin C.

 

Peach

Minimum amount of calories.

Neutralizes free radicals – Moisturizes the skin

Regulates blood pressure

 

Carrot

Improves hair –  helps improve breastfeeding.

Powerful anti-cancer – Improves vision.

Detoxifies the liver.

It contains calcium, potassium, iron

 

Pineapple

Diuretic – Alkalized the body

Improves circulation

High in vitamin C – Help with skin problems

Regulates levels of blood sugar

 

Watermelon

Natural diuretic – Moisturizes our body.

Antirust – Debugs and clean.

It provides stable power.

High in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.

 

Orange

Diuretic – Previe kidney stones

Strengthens the immune system

High in vitamin C.

Maintains healthy skin

Lowers Cholesterol

 

Papaya

Fights constipation – Analgesic properties.

Anticancer – Alkalized.

It helps eliminate intestinal parasites

It contains potassium, magnesium and vitamins B.

 

Strawberry

Rich in vitamin C – It helps regulate cholesterol.

Antirust – Diuretic

Mitigates the pain in arthrosis and arthritis

It helps prevent fluid retention.

Tangerine

Diuretic – Alkalized the body

Detoxifies and purifies

High in vitamin C – Help with skin problems

Antiinflammatory properties.

 

Pear

Diuretic

Lowers blood pressure – High in calcium

It contains folic acid – Purifies the blood

Lowers Cholesterol -High in fiber.

 

Apple

Reduce Hypertension – Improves digestion

It facilitates calcium absorption.

Eliminates bad breath – Alkalized

Cleanses the body

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Ayurveda a brief introduction.

  1. What is ayurveda in general terminolgy?

 Ayurveda is coming from the Sanskript and means “lifeknowledge it is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent.

Ayurveda names three elemental substances, the doshas called:

  • Vata (Air + Ether)
  • Pitta (Fire  Water)
  • Kapha (Earth + Water)

The states that a balance of the doshas results in health, while imbalance results in disease.

  1. Kind of Constitution according with the “Doshas”

There is a small introduction for each concept.

Vata Constitution à Generally Physically undeveloped, their chest are flat and their veins and muscle tendons are visible.

Complexion is brown, skin is cold, rough, dry and cracked.

Medium size  with thin frames wichi reveal prominent joints and bone-ends because of poor muscle development. Hair curly and scanty…

These people are creative, active, alert and restless. They talk fast and walk fast but they are easily fatigued…

 

Pitta Constitution à Medium height, slender and body frame may be delicate,  medium prominenece of veins and muscle tendons. Moles or freckles, muscle development is moderate…

Good power of comprehension, they are very intelligent and sharp and tend to be good orators. They have emotional tendencies toward hate, anger and jealousy.

They are ambitious people who generally like to be leaders. Appreciate material prosperity and they tend to be moderately well-off financially. They enjoy exhitibing their wealth and luxurious possessions…

 

Kapha Constitution à Well-developed bodies, a strong tendency for these individuals to carry excess weight. Their chests are expanded and broad,  veins and tendons not obvious because heir thick skin good development muscle.

Healthy, happy and peaceful.

Tolerant, calm, forgiving and loving, traits of greed, attachment, envy and possessiveness. Comprehension is slow..

Tend to be wealthy, they earn money and are good at holding on to it.

 

  1. How to know which “Dosha”are you belong to?

In the following images you can check yourself which prevalent dosha, because all of us we have the three of them in highest or lowest per centage.

So take a pen/pencil and note all the marks in a notebook.

  1. Another aspect to take into account according with our “Dosha”.

There are a lof of difference variances that we can check in order to clasifical ourselves in one of this group.

  1. Aspect of constitution.
  2. Examination of urine.
  3. The 20 attributes of Gunas and their actions.
  4. Identification of the pulse.
  5. Tongue Diagnosis (Jihva).
  6. Lip Diagnosis (Ostha)
  7. Nail Diagnosis
  8. Eye Diagnosis

General Recomendation

  1. Practice different kind of breathing for each constitution.
  2. Practice different kind of asanas for each constitution.

According with the Prakruti (The Human Constituion Test)  my results are:

I´m; 13 Kapha , 4 Vata and 3 Pita

Therefore according with the previous groups described upper and the different results I will be able to create a new routine and healthy life style.

Reference:

  • Ayurveda, The Science of Self-Healing. (Dr. Vasant Lad) A Practical Guide.
  • Ayurveda, 3º Edition. Las Mejores Técnicas para Conseguir una Belleza Verdadera. (Pratima Raichur). Ed. Amat
  • Wikipedia
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A SHORT INTRODUCTION TO ALL THE DIFFERENT YOGA STYLES.

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Anusara Yoga It is the successor of the modern school of hatha yoga originally began with John Friend in 1997. It derives from the Iyengar style and reintroduces elements of Hindu spirituality. Asthanga Yoga Actual form is coming from traditional … Continue reading

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Yoga for children…first steps…

 

Because I think the children are the future, they have in their hands the power of creating whatever they believe only they need someone or something that really give them power to find them own values.

After many years working with children in my free time, NGO and another places….so the most of the time they were in complicated situation, alcoholism, abandoned by parents or with a quite difficulty economic problem

I will like to create a better future where all the society will be more free, happy and they will be taking their own decision, this is why step by step I´m going working more in this direction.

My passion is yoga; because for me yoga and meditation connect with you deeper inside so but I thought there is so much work to do when you are a adult, it will be so much better if someone had showed me when I was a child with is the best way to connect with myself I have avoid a lot of psychological sessions.

 

So this is why I attented to one session yoga for children and I feel so impressive and happy, how the children want to learn so much, how they are receptive to change their minds and they dont have some many prejudiced.

So them, from 18-20 September I attended to Yoguitos Training in Madrid, I feel so happy to find this kind of people who they are working with passion for children show them the best, I learnt a lot of techniques to how introduce the sun salutation or  suryanamaskar  and asanas, speak about love and respect to the other, practice some pranayama exercise, and some meditation at the end.

So my first experience was so beautiful, around 9 children between 2 and 10 years old a long different between them, but we have a beautiful morning, a lot of fun and laughting I can say that I was one of the most beautiful yoga experiences that I have had….

 

So I hope that so much more…

BECAUSE CHILDREN ARE THE FUTURE, GIVE THEM THE CORRECT TOOL AND THEY WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BUILD THEIR OWN BRIDGE TO THE HAPPINESS.

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What is Reiki ??

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This is a healing system, autohealing and rebalance energety, throw the Universal Energy using palm healing or hands-on-healing.

This energy is comming throw the universe and it is that one which is join each other and feed everone. This energy is inside and belong to each one the living beings.

Reiki is the process which we are able to funnel the Universal Energy.

Reiki is working in a holistic way, so physical, emotional-mind and spiritual, it is looking for not suprress the sympton else give your body, mind and spirit and wellness and happiness therefore a balance in your life.

There are 3 levels and the masterliness, in each of one it is working with different symbols and reiki is coming with more strong and have different way to understading and methodology.

So when we are working with Reiki we are a energy channel so this is a benefit so who is received who is giving.

In Reiki whe are not cure, else we are helping to the person to healing so this means, whatever which will be the best for that person in that moment, something that only his/her “Inside Being” knows it.

This is super attached with the chakras in our body and aligment all these energy and how to unblock these chackras with are not working very well.

Actually I have the “level 2” from the Usui dynasty which you can send Reiki to people, animals, plants, food or whatever that you really feeling like material things (houses, cars…so on)…with this level you are able also to send Reiki by distance.

I have giving Reiki around the world Indonesia, Thailand, Australia and Spain in individual session, collective sessions, sending by distance and threating a specific problem or as generic problem…so my experiencies has been feeling:

Warmth of the people in the different parts of their bodys.

*Somethings my hands are sleeping.

*Sometimes I feel cold, sometimes I feel happiness, sometimes I feel sadness everyone is different.

In another hand people who received they feel;

*Warmth/cold in his/her body.

*Something similar to current electric.

*Relax in the mos of the situation.

*But everyone it is different and it depends the way of the open mind and receptive that they are.

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For more infomation take a look to:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reiki

http://www.reiki.nu/treatment/chakra/chakra.html

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Why this page….

My name is Gema Diaz I´m 34 years old and this is my Yoga blog;

I previously worked and lived in Madrid for 14 years focusing on Information technology in various different multinational and well-known companies.  With the loss of my grandparents and my job, I finally understood that I needed to go through a transitional phase being environmentally, physically and mentally unmotivated. I decided to unshackle myself from various mundane elements of my day to day life and try something new.

The decision to start attending yoga classes as a way of healing, relaxing and strengthening my inner physical and emotional core was a life changing event I was attending to the yoga class as student during 6 years the most style that I practice before hatha and vinyasa.  The hope and strength I felt through my yoga classes really ignited a passion in my life and the light at the end of the tunnel was getting brighter on a daily basis.

The decision to go deeper into my practice of yoga and other healing skills including homeopathic, acupuncture and Reiki techniques was fully supported by my family. So the step to change my environment and start a new life in South East Asia was an easy decision.

I am blessed so far to have experienced the following training which has given me the opportunity for my own teaching style to develop;

  • Level 1 and level 2 certificate in Reiki in Madrid 2013 and 2014.
  • Yoga Coach School North Bali duration 300 hours teacher Mark Breadner in June 2014
  • Chiang Mai International Thai Massage school level 1 and 2 in Augut 2014.
  • 10 day meditation in Vippasana Northern Cambodia (Battambang)
  • Zenith Yoga Studio in Hanoi Vietnam, learning styles like Iyengar, Hatha and Asthanga with three outstanding teachers Thuong, Willie and Marzena.
  • Phnom Phem Yoga studio developing new skills with with amazing teachers as Alison Hawkins and Oskar Nery
  • Nataraj/Krama Yoga studio in Phnom Phem continue with the flow with  superprofessional teacher as  Lun Piseth, Yan Vannac and Petra Scholz

Furthermore, during my trip around South East Asia I have had the opportunity to teach yoga to beginner students in some of the most spectacular and diverse places in the world, including beaches in Bali, the bustling city of Chiang Mai, the mountains of Pai, the ancient city of Luang Prabang and in front of the Mekong river in Laos.

I never realized when I started my journey in June that my yoga experience, beliefs and understanding would grow so comprehensively and the spark that has been lit has now become my own healing and spiritual journey.  I understand I still have a long way to go and I have so much to learn but my passion to develop my yoga style and technique burns brighter every day.

I feel mentally and physically stronger than I have ever felt before and I still have so much more to look forward to on my next adventure in South Thailand, Australia and New Zeland.

‘Each step we take in yoga, takes us closer to our life goals’

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What is notonlyyoga?

     This is not only Yoga, it is more than yoga.

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