January 24, 2014

Keep Calm & Savasana - by Karen Ramsey McCabe





Savasana. 

That final pose in yoga, otherwise known as corpse pose or Shiva's pose, is as important as all the other active poses of your yoga practice. Many say it's the most important as well as the most difficult because it requires you to simply be and to be still.  Most of our conscious lives are spent not in a state of being, but rather in a state of doing.  Our busy lives leave little room for that sweet surrender of stillness.

I have never understood why some teachers offer limited minutes of this sweet pose and when they do I always walked away feeling a little cheated like something was missing.  Yoga without a proper amount of time in Savasana is like sex without the climax; you get all worked up enough to sweat only to be left unsatisfied.  Yoga without enough time in Savasana is like milk chocolate.  Who wants all that guilt without the pleasure?  No, real Savasana is my equivalent to the euphoria of dark chocolate.

In every day life, we can be tense for so long that our bodies forget how it feels to be relaxed.  Savasana is often as relaxing and refreshing as a night of sleep.   We don't even have to take a yoga class to reap it's benefits.  If we're feeling tired, but don't have the time for a nap, a 10 minute Savasana is like a blessed reset button. 

After a yoga class it's our time to integrate all our hard work after stretching and opening. By fully allowing yourself to relax in Savasana, you are transported to a state of complete peace.  When our body relaxes so does our mind and this in fact re-energizes our whole nervous system.  Without true relaxation we can become chronically over-stimulated.

Savasana is sweet bliss, so whether you are a yoga teacher or a student. take your sweet time in this pose and allow yourself to fully release and enjoy. This is where the real union of yoga happens and you will always leave feeling more at peace and satisfied. 

Namaste...


About the Author

Karen Ramsey McCabe completed her Vinyasa yoga teacher training at Montezuma Yoga in 2009. She's a mother, dancer, graphic artist, co-owner of Anamaya Resort and is now flexing her wings as a writer. She takes her personal life experiences as lessons to learn for inspiration and growth. She loves yoga, travel, spending time in nature, eating healthy and playing with her daughter. She is currently working on her first children's book.





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December 20, 2013

3 Tips For A Peaceful Christmas With Your Loved Ones



3 Tips for a peaceful Christmas
with your loved ones
 
These are 3 essential tools to keep you connected to your Best Self:

1. Stay Grounded
When things get a bit crazy and hectic we tend to lose our sense of calm and just keep running and trying to make everybody happy. Remember to stay grounded! Everyday take time, even 5 minutes, whatever is possible, to move your body in a slow and grounding way. Forward Bends are wonderful and calming, as well as Standing Warriors (feel your feet rooting into the earth) or Viparita Karani (legs up the wall pose, hands on your belly, feel your breath).  
Your yoga is a great tool; don’t think it only works when you do a full class :)


2. Create Space
Whenever we fall into a spiral of doubt, fear or any stress, our breath becomes really shallow and our body contracts. Watch yourself in those moments and remember the power of the breath. Even just a few really deep breaths into your chest/heart can shift your experience into one of space and expansion. And when you feel spacious you are more able and willing to give space to the people around you too…


3. Find Joy

Every day do at least one activity that creates joy for you and feels nourishing. Cook or eat a healthy delicious meal, book yourself a massage, have a great talk with your girlfriend or do whatever else creates joy in you. Only if you feel full you will have something to give back to others. It’s not being selfish in an egotistical way, but being conscious and self-loving enough to know that everything starts with yourself first.

Remember: If YOU feel inspired you will automatically inspire others to follow and treat you the same beautiful way you treat yourself. 


Happy Holidays & Best Wishes for 2014

Dagmar & Daniel


November 21, 2013

Packing Essential's for a Fun & Healthy Trip To Costa Rica - by Justine Thorner




As a health coach and yoga instructor who loves to travel, I am always attempting to nail down the healthiest way to pack to ensure I can stay healthy while I am away, without my juicer, blender, and all the healthy goodies I am used to consuming on a daily basis!

These are my top 10 healthy-travel essentials for trip or retreat to Costa Rica.

Shop all these products here! Enjoy J


1. Sun is Shinning (or any other green powder)

I take this stuff everyday! It is loaded with vitamins, minerals, sea vegetables and even has probiotics in it. This stuff will keep your digestive system on track when eating foreign foods with the probiotics, and keep your immune system strong with all the vitamins and minerals. Plus, you’ll ensure you eat your full servings of veggies with just 2 teaspoons! Add it to water, coconut water or a smoothie!

Buy here!


2. Justin’s single serve almond butter packs

First off, these are delicious! They are organic, non-gmo and have no additives. These are great to have in your bag or pocket for anytime hunger might come along through your travels! Eat the almond butter plain, right out of the package, or eat on toast, with a banana, or other fruit. Great way to have a simple, healthy meal when traveling!

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3. Turkish Hamam towel

These are the best towels! They are super thin, so they are easy to pack and will not take up much space in your bag, plus you can even wear them as a cover-up!

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4. Lavender Essential Oil

Great oil for to promote relaxation, and you can place a few drops in the corner of your hotel room to prevent bug bits! Bugs are naturally attracted to this scent, so will swarm the scent, not you. You can even mix with water and use as a bug spray, or spray the sheets for a nice relaxing scent!

Buy here!


5. Kiss my face sunscreen

This is a great natural sunscreen without all the harmful chemicals that are added into standard sunscreens. This is made without parabens, artificial color or gragrances, and oxybenzone. This is my go-to brand for healthy sun-protection!

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6. Coconut oil

So many wonderful uses: This is best moisturizer, plus coconut oil is great mixed with some aloe for sunburn relief! It can also be used as your make-up removed, and face cream.

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7. Badger Balm Sunscreen Lip Balm

Safe and effective sunscreen for your lips! Made with organic and natural ingredients, without the harmful chemicals. This stuff is a staple for me when I am in the sun. Sunburnt lips = the worst!

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8. Journal

Fill this with notes on the places you visited, your thoughts, ideas, photos, things you’ve learned, people you’ve met, etc… Keep spots open, and pages empty so when you get home you can add photos, maps, cards, brochures, etc. from places you’ve gone and things you’ve done! This is an easy crafty way to make a fun memoir of your trip!


9. BKR water bottle

An all-clean water bottle, this is made of glass, is BPA free, and a clean way to drink your water without added chemicals. It is also the perfect size! It has a fun colored outer rubber sleeve to protect it from breaking when it drops.

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10. Kind Bars

These are delicious, made with real, natural ingredients and contain no additives! Perfect to keep in your bag when you get stuck hiking around the rainforest, or hungry for a snack before meal!(Can also pack any another type of organic bar)



About the author:
Justine Thorner grew up as an athlete, playing collegiate lacrosse, and advancing her career further to playing and winning a national championship in England. As an athlete, she learned to treat and respect her body as an instrument, but at the same time pushed her body to its limits, and often faced injury and pain. Yoga helped her heal, and find clarity and harmony between her body and mind. Justine is able to integrate yoga with her knowledge of and passion for nutrition and holistic health.

Justine is a registered yoga teacher (RYT) and
a board certified health coach through the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

Justine loves sharing her knowledge with students. Her passion is to help people live their happiest, healthiest, most fulfilling lives! Find out more about Justine on her website, www.JustineThorner.com, or connect with her on Facebook!


Justine looks forward to hosting a retreat a Montezuma Yoga in the near future, details to come soon :)


November 15, 2013

Yoga At Its Roots - by Silvia Eriksson









Yoga at its Roots


Hatha means the Moon and Sun, or opposing forces, Fire and Water (following a similar concept as yin-yan). It is a balance between strengthening asanas and soothing, opening seated postures, incorporating Pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.


Essentially Hatha yoga incorporates all physical yoga as we know it in the west today, i.e Iyengar, Vinyasa, Ashtanga Yoga. However, in the present the term has been coined to become a branch of its own, usually referred to as a softer form of asana, Pranayama and meditation practice. Sometimes it may seem like the right choice for a beginner due to its slower pace and more basic classical postures, but also a relaxing, stress reducing yoga for all levels.


As opposed to the Vinyasa practice I normally teach, my Hatha class focuses on warming the body through Surya namaskar (Sun Salutation), and then moving into a series of classical standing postures where we remain a little longer than usual, holding the posture and finding the depth of our breath, thus exploring the intensity of each pose. The standing sequence is then typically followed by an arm balance and/or an inversion, and ends with an extended seated posture practice. Pranayama is incorporated during the class to promote balance and vitality, and ended with meditation or Yoga Nidra (yogic sleep).



In my personal practice I listen to my body to see what it needs from day to day. Sometimes I may wake up to feel a little lethargic and have no desire to get out of bed, and I choose to do a Vinyasa practice to energize and move energy through my body and mind. Other times I may have a need for grounding and slowing down. I might feel the need to spend more time and focus on each pose, concentrating on my breath and making every movement purposeful. Here is where I come to my faithful Hatha, using my energy to purposefully slow down, be present and brave enough to explore a deeper side of my yoga practice.



About the author:

Silvia Eriksson is a Montezuma resident, originally from Copenhagen,  Denmark. Traveler, yogini,  aspiring artist, former food enthusiast and graduate of culinary school, she now teaches at Montezuma Yoga full time......

November 11, 2013

Ibiza Summer Yoga Retreats




















Cultivating Happiness 

YOGA & HANG MUSIC Retreats 
with Dagmar & GAUDAN

IBIZA Country House
June 14-21 & June 28-July 5, 2014

What makes you truly happy? Can happiness be found by adding more “stuff” to our lives? Or does real happiness rather feel like inner peace and contentment, those “simple” moments when you are still, watch a sunset, receive a smile from your lover, your child, a stranger?

You have a desire to calm down and relax, to enjoy Yourself, Beauty & Nature? 
You want to take time to nourish yourself and reconnect to your body using the tools of Yoga?
If you answer Yes to any of these questions, this retreat is prefect for you!

Unfortunately we cant make happiness happen like a triangle pose. Its rather like a savasana (final relaxation pose), where we can only create the perfect conditions to invite deep relaxation in.

In this retreat we will create the space for you to become more skillful in your yoga, but also in other areas of your life, incl. your breathing, your meditations, your relationships. The Hang instrument will guide you into a beautiful rhythmic trance as you breathe and move. Nothing is as powerful as sharing a week with likeminded people, where we can reflect each other and leave with new inspiration & new skills, feeling empowered and nourished, relaxed and happy.

Note: you will not learn to play the Hang instrument, only enjoy listening to it J























Dagmar Spremberg is the founder and director of Montezuma Yoga in Costa Rica. While growing up in Germany all she could envision for herself was a life in the sunshine and under palm trees. After 20 years of soul searching and many detours that let her explore city life in Los Angeles and New York, she found her dream life by the beach in the lush & tropical nature of Costa Rica . Through her own experience she believes that everybody can live their dreams and that our work is to become clear and open to receive the gifts we all deserve.


Dagmar is a 500hr E-RYT and has trained for over 13 years with renowned teachers like Elena Brower, John Friend, Rod Stryker and Paula Tursi. In addition to her yoga certification she also received training as a Holistic Heath Coach from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition in New York.
In her yoga classes she emphasizes on softening and deepening of the breath as the key to unlock your potential and your intuition that will lead you to live the life of your dreams. What she has learned from living in nature is that we have all lost the deeper connection to source and that it is very important to return to nature to find stillness and to re-connect to our hearts and inner voices to live our life to the fullest.

When not in her home in Montezuma, Dagmar travels with her life partner Gaudan to teach Vinyasa Flow & Hang Music classes and retreats, that will guide you to get back into your flow and to celebrate stillness as well as finding your unique gifts.

Gaudan is a well known creator of Art & Beauty in many forms and has lived off the Grid in Costa Rica for over 12 years where he was able to observe the metaphors of life in nature. His Hang music is a magical addition to Dagmars teaching and his special passion & love for nature and life will add some additional sparks to your whole experience this week.

please contact us to receive more information and pricing for this retreat.....