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Scheduling

I think it is very important to set a time and day for every class to get recurring students. I notice it is very hard to fit a lot of peoples schedules especially in a city like Miami Beach, where half of the people work at night and half regular office hours. I think the…
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Alternate Nostril Breathing exercise

For the past weeks we have been practicing pranayama (=breathing exercise) called Alternate Nostril Breathing. At the beginning it was very hard for me and I was struggling with the exercise a lot. But, yet again, miracles happen in Yoga : )….this week we had a chance to change it to another pranayama exercise, however…
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Prenatal Yoga: Tips for mothers to be

Now days, Prenatal yoga is widely recommended for pregnant women. You can start practicing prenatal yoga after your first trimester all the way to your third trimester depending on your pregnancy. It could help alleviate common discomforts associated with a pregnancy, help the mother to be to relax and control her breathing. However, there are…
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TEACHING

Teaching was simply a pleasure. I had the opportunity to teach in the Flamingo park on Thursday under a tree, and what better place to be than surrounded with nature. I was not nervous at all and was in great company. After having this experience I have decided that I want to continue teaching community…
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Teaching Yoga – The other side of the mat

Yes, the time has come and we are starting to teach our first classes! Time has gone so slow and so fast at the same time… I felt so ready but so nervous on my first class! You would think after so many years of teaching (school children) I wouldn't feel so nervous, but you’re…
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Yes, Yoga can also be a lot of fun!

Thinking about going to Brazil to learn Yoga with LightrailYoga? Join us with the two amazing teachers, Radha & Benjamin,  May 24-30 2015!! I'll guarantee you'll learn a lot in the beautiful Rio de Janeiro! Both Radha and Benjamin have studied Yoga for  many years, but so have many other teachers. So why to choose LightrailYoga?…
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Teacher Training

So far we've gone through almost 3 months of TT and the time is really flying! The last two months, February and March, were extremely intensive and at some point I seriously thought I could not make it. And it was not only the TT, in addition I happened to go through many other changes…
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NETI- PURIFICATION OF THE NOSE

One of the best ways to detoxify the body is by using the neti pot, which is called Jala Neti. This is a specially built vessel which you fill up with water and a teaspoon of salt. You then bend your head over  to the side over the sink, and  insert the spout of the…
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Beach Yoga

For the first time I sat and observed an entire yoga class this morning, and I fell in love with yoga even more. It is quite striking to watch people move in the same graceful poses, some more advanced than others, but ultimately all sharing this beautiful practice together. While practicing you dont really get…
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Meditation… What is that?

What is that? Books and wise people say it can be defined as “a state of consciousness characterized by stillness and inner calm where the ultimate goal is to attain the supreme spiritual peace”. Some say it is mental maintenance. I fully agree with the later explanation. Whether you want to reach supreme spiritual peace…
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Restorative Yoga: Supine Bound Angle Pose/Supta Baddha Konasana

Part of our Yoga Teacher Training involves learning different styles of yoga to be able to teach a variety of yoga classes. One of those is Restorative Yoga. I recommend everyone to take a Restorative yoga class or practice some poses at home after your regular yoga routine. In Restorative yoga, we use lots of…
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Accomplishments

One of the most beautiful things about yoga is the encouragement it provides you with to continue. Having so many poses to choose from, you never cease to learn. As much as you master certain poses, there is always something deeper and another one to work towards. As spoken in class many times, this is…
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Apple Vegan Cake

The more I learned about veganism, the more I realized just how damaging the meat and dairy industry is to the environment and, of course, the animals.  For that reason I made few changes on this delicious brazilian family recipe " Bolo de Nozes da Familia Calapes". It is sweet, moist and fluffy... yummy!!!    …
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Is Yoga for everybody?

I would say yes it is. There are many different forms of Yoga. This helps you to choose the best form of practice based on your life situation and possible injuries from the past. A few weeks ago I wrote about the importance of listening to your body. Well, that has a lot to do…
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Potato Salad

  Potato salad rocks!!  It is one of everybody's favorite at the Yoga Camping! It is crunch and cream and it  goes-with-everything summer side! ENJOY!!!     Ingredients: 8 medium potatoes, peeled and diced in 1 inch cubes 2 stalks celery, trimmed and finely diced 3 scallions, white & green parts, sliced thin 3 -4 tablespoons…
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Supta Matsyendrasana: Reclining Spinal Twist

Supta Matsyendrasana is part of the finishing poses and it goes with any yoga sequence. I love to practice this pose after Badha Konasana and before Savasana. It’s the perfect pose to practice before the final relaxation. After you lay down in your back, bend you knees and bring them close to your chest (take…
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Vegan Banana Bread

This is a delicious banana bread made by our lovely friend Hindy. Hindy has joined us in the Yoga Camping for 3 years and her Banana Bread, more popular as "Banana Cake" is already famous and expected!!! Thank you Hindy for  sharing with us your love, life and recipe.       VEGAN BANANA BREAD, by…
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“Zuna” Vegan Tuna Salad

We gave this cute name, "Zuna" to our Vegan Tuna Salad!!!  It is easy (healthy) delicious recipe!!! ENJOY!       Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (a 15 oz can rinsed and drained) 1/4 cup vegan mayonnaise 1 medium carrot, peeled and very finely chopped 1 stalk celery, finely chopped 2 tablespoons sliced scallions,…
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THE COURSE

Being half way through the course, I have to admit like in any deep practice, you will feel exhausted and perhaps overworked, trying to jiggle between work, homework and the daily sadhanas. I do however recommend this to everyone, it has definitely structured me and I have been managing to take advantage of my days…
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Vegetarian Diet

  If you want to be a true Yogi, you have to do your best to live according to the Eight Limbs of Yoga; the first one being Yamas (Ethical Disciplines). These Ethical Disciplines include ”Ahimsa” (non-harming). Ahimsa means that we should all be kind to each other, feel compassion, not to harm anybody and…
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The Chakras

Part of our teacher training includes Subtle Anatomy. Under this section we study the Chakras. There are seven principal Chakras and each one associates with different aspects of our existence. They can relate to the physical body, energy flow, and spirituality. Starting from the base of the spine with Muladhara Chakra- Root Chakra. This Chakra…
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THE MANTRA OM

OM is one of the most recognized mantra, which is a representation of ultimate reality. It is not clear to its beginnings but it found in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. It also represents a transcendental state. It is pronounced AUM.
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Yoga makes you stronger!

  And by this, I don´t only mean our body strength or the physical aspects of Yoga, but the mental, the spiritual side of it. Yoga liberates us from fear. Yoga helps us to protect ourselves from the worldly things. It builds us stronger but with openhearted. It helps us to understand that we can…
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Badha Konasana: Cobbler’s Pose

Badha Konasana is one of my “go to poses.” Do you know at the end of some yoga classes when everyone is getting ready for Savasana, sometimes the teacher might invite you to do another pose? A pose that you’re working on or that it’s good for you. Well, that’s what I mean by “go…
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SAVASANA

Shavasana, in sanskrit Savasana is the pose where you not only get to feel your body simmer down and benefit from all the practice, but it is a beautiful meditation moment. It is the moment when we thank and smile and feel blessed to have been able to once again complete this practice as well…
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Listen to your body in Yoga

If you are a beginner attending your first Yoga class, you will most likely see other Yogis doing all kinds of crazy poses; hand and head stands, people upside down on the mat, etc. This might feel kind of intimidating at the beginning and maybe even make you want to try all those poses during…
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Vrksasana: Tree Pose

It’s a literal translation from Sanskrit. Vrksa means tree, and asana means physical yoga posture. Everyone loves Tree Pose! I believe Tree pose it’s an iconic yoga pose. When I have told my students in conversation that I practice yoga, the first pose they want to imitate (to let me know that they know what…
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Commitment

  Doing the teacher training course has been a hard but very blissful challenge for me. Committing to weekends of yoga and a lot of studying after 10 years of having graduated, takes a lot of dedication and desire to be a yogi. As time has gone by and we are closer to the day…
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Five Yamas from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali

As part of our Yoga Teacher Training we are studying The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. In book two, the eight limbs of Yoga are described and the first one is Yama (abstinence.) It goes on listing and describing the abstinence principals into the five yamas (non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, continence and non-greed) I don’t see it…
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