There is a common belief among many Yoga teachers and practitioners that all asanas are beneficial and that in fact all were designed for specific purposes and benefits. On the contrary, contemporary research has shown that many asanas were created by circus contortionists for performance and exhibition purposes in order to entertain and astonish the audience. This contortion can also be seen by observation. Many Yoga poses involve pushing extreme limits of flexibility and these poses are not beneficial for long term mobility and well being. Saying this is heresy for many true believers.
Let your purpose for practice be...
Join White Lotus and the artful Phoebe Diftler for
a nurturing and transformational weekend nestled in our glorious
mountain retreat. Rock your mind into that gentle lull of pampered
perfection as you have your body rolled into luxurious shapes of
yogic bliss. Learn to give or simply enjoy receiving Thai Massage,
the beautiful and complementary sister art of Yoga. During this
weekend you will also either begin or deepen your practice of Yoga
with asana, pranayama and meditation classes daily. Legendary vegetarian
meals and free time to hike, swim in natural rock pools, read or
just soak in the hot tub will complement this time of learning,
healing and rejuvenation.
This weekend training is open to everyone. It is a
great additional modality for Yoga teachers and massage therapists
or for anyone interested in well being, healing and bodywork. All
participants successfully completing the course will receive a certificate
Phoebe's gentle power leads you through a journey
that nurtures, heals and transforms, setting new highs for creating
sacred space. --Tracey & Ganga
Wholeness, health, well being--that state of balance that brings good feeling:
It is a blessing, perhaps a genetic code, and in some cases a well earned state, while in others a hard fought equilibrium sometimes influenced by socio-economic factors. Health is a gift if you have it, and precious if you can keep it.
Dr. Andrew Weil once stated: "Health is a dynamic state of balance that breaks down occasionally, resetting itself at a new level". It is a good adage to hold in this current state of flux.
Yoga gives a great deal of attention to the sacredness of our lungs and yogis have long been paying attention to their breath. Pranayama is one of the foundational pillars holding up the Ha and Tha of Yoga. We are wise to focus on practices that strengthen, tone and cleanse the repository system, expand lung capacity and teach us to refine our connection to our life force. Developing this awareness is one of the great gifts and contributions of Yoga. Caring for our health and well being is imperative, especially at these challenging times.
Remember that deep breathing is...
Our annual beginning of Summer retreat. Come yoga with us! Fabulous gourmet vegetarian meals, great people, and creative, moving meditation classes in the timeless fullness that is yoga. Massage, pranayama, yoga philosophy, and practical tools to make yoga a part of your daily life. Why not start your Summer on a high note! All levels welcome.
In a nod to well being and staying healthy this spring season, we bring back this delicious, deep green Ayurvedic soup. Created by our past White Lotus chef, the beloved Beatrix Rohlsen, this flavorful soup helps to balance one's physiological qualities called Doshas: vata, pitta, and kapha. Part of the balancing act is that it encompasses all of the five tastes accessible to our palate which are nourishing to daily well being: sweet, sour, bitter, salty, and pungent.
This beautiful Ayurvedic Soup which is...