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Love This Life Festival Kzn

on Wednesday, 12 November 2014. Posted in General

Feedback from our recent festival
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Love This Life Festival Kzn

Namaste, Hari Om and IKosi Nathi. As I sigh into my couch and settle down with my laptop to write this article I feel huge gratitude for my never ending high energy levels ! Putting this event together really did take its toll and I opened the festival with a short meditation for peace on saturday with dark marks under my eyes and not nearly as much mental clarity as I am used to. The day proceeded to unfold in an orderly and well attended fashion, despite my fears and sense of responsibility to one and all. I take out of this a very good lesson as I move forward on my yogic journey. Have faith ! Have a plan, work hard to achieve it, and then have the faith to allow things to unfold without attachment to the outcome. I guess its a good example of the word "equanimity" that I first heard while on the hardest 10 day Vipassana retreat of my life to date ! Equanimity, is a state of psychological stability and composure which is undisturbed by experience of or exposure to emotions, pain, or other phenomena that may cause others to lose the balance of their mind. While it sounds wonderful, in reality its not so easy.I think we need to bring this word into the upcoming festive season in order to try and maintain our inner balance throughout. Despite our well meant decisions to take this year easy and NOT fall into the trap of silly season madness, it is difficult maintaining our equalibrium when the pressures of celebrating being happy and jovial surround us. Maybe the key to keeping this equanimity throughout is to keep it simple. Why not go back to basics and remember that its the gift of life we are celebrating here, so  avoid celebrating this by causing pain and suffering in the lives of others (animals included). To help the environment as well as avoid unnecessary over spending, I will be gifting tokens of my energy to friends and family. Time and energy are the most precious gifts of all, so this is what I will be offering. My "specialities" to my loved ones and in doing so I remove the angst and fever pitched shopping from weeks to come ! I do hope you are all able to find your own equanimity in the midst of it all. Deep gratitude for this ever challenging life of ours, take it out the studio and into your lives. Ahimsa

Cheryl

Spring, a Time to move

on Tuesday, 30 September 2014.

Awaken the locked energy and "Find Your Flow"
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So here we are again rising on the crest of the wave towards Summer. (for those of us down south) . This is my favourite of all seasons. It is a time where I feel most energised, need less fuel and want to be as creative as possible. For me the day starts with the first chirping of the birds, the promise of the new day and all the adventures and possibilities it brings. If I do not make time to sit quietly in contemplation or meditation before starting my day, it just does not unfold with as much ease or flow. The best time for me is 4.30 am as it is still quiet and calm outside. As we all know now, we are all just bundles of energy, vibrations at different frequencies. These vibrations predict our energy levels the state of health of the body , mind and spirit. If we lead sluggish inactive lives, energy blockages are formed and naturally this prevents the flow of energy throughout all of the layers. A good open flow results in good health which radiates outwards and is tangible in all ways. Blockages however, result in lethargy, illness and mental sluggishness. Ironically it is through movement that we are better able to become still and learn how to create the "heaven on earth" we all desire. The mind is also movement or energy. The body is the manifestation of this movement. By moving the body and releasing blocked energy, allowing the natural flow of energy, we are assured of a calmer more peaceful mind. This in turn keeps better control over our emotions as well as our spiritual state. We then have more focus and mental clarity with a better chance for manifesting our deepest desires. We cannot create what we have not yet identified as a desire. We are all spirits having a physical experience as we ride the rivers of life together. Once we grow in coherance we become co-creators of this incredible universe. The rivers of life carry us along towards the ocean, where we once again meld into oneness. A drop in the all encompassing mass of oceans. Get moving so you can find stillness. By being still you will find your flow. Join us for our last dolphin/yoga therapy 15-21st October into Mozambique. This is truly an experience that is life changing and is not named "Finding Your Flow " for nothing. Until next time Ahimsa Cheryl

Celebrating Women

on Wednesday, 06 August 2014. Posted in Quotes and Lessons

The Feminine
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Celebrating Women

So here we are in the month of August, celebrating the feminine aspect of each and every one of us. Yes, even the men have the feminine side, so embrace it , celebrate it and remember it's the balancing of the masculine and feminine that keeps our homeostasis. We need both the positive (masculine ) energy and the negative (female) energy to sustain us in a healthy and productive way. Keep in mind that most days, and even at different times during the same day, one or the other will be more active. The feminine energy is represented by the moon, it is passive, coolling, controlled via the Ida meridian or nadi that wraps around the spine and is activated via the left nostril and in conjunction with the right side of the brain.

The feminine energy conjures thoughts of peace, love, compassion and gentle behaviour. Don't for a moment imagine that this gentle natured feminine self is a pushover. She can be moved into fiery action, into the warrior woman, if her family or loved ones are threatened in one way or another. I think the secret to being in your own feminine power is to be able to step back and think carefully before responding to any situation. The feminine is inclined to be responsive emotionally and can often lead to unnecessary conflict. The words of wisdom from somewhere long forgotten, "Pick your battles," ring true for the warrior woman.

Yoga helps to bring balance to the emotional, mental, physical and spiritual aspects of ourselves. In this way we are better able to contribute to a happier more peaceful and loving society. As a mother we are able to juggle daily events in a calm yet supportive way, just the way we should be holding our Yoga postures. Calm, steady and supportive. Sthira and Sukkah.

For the month of August, let the love flow, feel the soft yet powerful energy of your feminine selves rise to the surface and spread outwards into your families and throughout the neighborhood. If we start the changes in our own homes and neighborhoods, we will see the difference in society around us. In allowing our self discovery to be steady and comfortable, progress will be made. Smile, love, be gentle and embrace your femininity !

Walk tall all you warrior women.

Ahimsa

Cheryl

The Yamas

on Wednesday, 23 July 2014. Posted in General

Aparigraha-non possesiveness
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The Yamas

Hari Om, Namaste and a warm welcome to this blog page. The home page is currently undergoing an upgrade due to the organic evolution of our safaris and retreats. I do apologise if the pages are not all up at the moment and hope to have things back on track by the end of the month.

This month of July has been full of focus, intent and sharing for us here. Drawing on all the information that has come our way over the years, embracing it and passing it forward to the future teachers of Yoga. Even though this is my passion, it does not come without its challenges. Time is always the main factor, second only to the enthusiasm of the students themselves. We have, and still are enjoying the last few days together here in a rather chilly cape Town. Yesterday we took some time to meditate on the slopes of Table Mountain, sending out energies of peace and love to all the citizens of this vibrant city. We then took a mindful meditational walk around Kirstenbosch gardens enjoying the glory of the mountain, fragrant air and energising trees ! We definitely came back recharged and ready for more information. Wishing all my students the best for their upcoming theory and practical exams fri and sat this week !

The end of July brings closure to the Teachers Training Course as well as a bon voyage to my beloved daughter. Mandy packing her home and moving across to Australia for a few years, which brings me to the subject of Aparigraha. Non - possesiveness. Once again I am being asked to "walk my talk" and have her move forward with love, joy and excitement rather than resentment and negativity. Allowing her to be the free spirit she truly is, guilt free to spread those wings and soar above the clouds where the sun always shines. I have had to dig deep. Summons enthusiasm in the depths of despair. Call upon the Yogic philosophy and embrace equanimity. It didn't come overnight but it did come. By freeing my child I have indeed set myself free ! Thank you to the powers that be for yet another valuable lesson in my life's journey.

Ahimsa

Cheryl

Grounding

on Sunday, 18 May 2014.

The need for being centred
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Grounding

Has anyone else found life just a tad more stressful, tedious and frustrating in the past week or so ? It felt like for every on small step forward there were 2 giant steps backwards ! Hopefully this is the final effects of Mars and all its influences. I am certain that this world has never before known such a high rate of suicides either.

Feeling the stress of the past week,  I took  yesterday off and enjoyed a great morning yoga class at Jivananda Centre with Christine and my friend Glenda. After enjoying brunch together I paid my first visit to the Durban Botanical gardens. What a pleasure it was walking around under these century old trees, capturing the dancing light and watching parents with their children and lovers lying side by side soaking up the winter sun ! Two hours later I emerged back out into the city sounds and felt 100% healed by Mother nature herself. My walk had been a  cleansing meditation, enjoying the natural beauty, the birdlife, fellow humans and peacefulness.

The very existence of these trees are so healing and yet how many of us stop and appreciate them. Not only are they the lungs of Mother Earth but they are continuously cleaning up after us. Providing us with our vital, life giving oxygen. I came back home restored, energised and ready for new challenges.

Thank you mother nature for providing all that we need, all we have to do is a little research and the solutions are there.

Ahimsa

Cheryl

Unblock, unleash and energise !

on Monday, 05 May 2014. Posted in General

Create your energy
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Unblock, unleash and energise !

Greetings, as you all know in the yogic tradition  we greet one another with our hands together in theprayer position at our hearts and say   “ Namaste”. I recently  learned the Zulu greeting “ Kosi Nathi” which means the same thing. Both of these greetings are acknowledging the “spirit” or “godliness” in the other person. It is a very polite and heartfelt  gesture to greet in this way, especially if the intention is real and said with love. Then the gesture goes beyond being merely an action and the words become an energetically charged greeting, which has a far greater effect. As we all know, I’m sure, we are a mass of vibrating energy.  We are continuously vibrating at different frequencies throughout the day and our lives. We are completely  unaware  of this until we find ourselves feeling very tired, lethargic and eventually manifesting some form of a disease. Then we are fully aware of the lack of energy we have. If we were more finely tuned into our daily energies, we would pick up on the tell-tale signs and warnings our body gives us well in advance of actually becoming sick.  This way we would be able to take the necessary steps to prevent a full blown illness. In it’s supreme intelligence, the body does not want to be out of homeostasis (balance) so it  spends all day long working to stabilise and maintain equilibrium. This effort uses a tremendous amount of energy on an hourly basis. What throws us out of equilibrium ? Stress in the form of noise, traffic congestion, hard to digest foods such as take outs and over indulgence of animal products, alcohol and even too much physical labour, to name just a few. I am sure you get the idea from these. The more the stressors, the greater the dis-harmony, the harder the body has to work to keep its homeostasis. The less the stressors, the better the harmony and the more energetic the body !  It is absolutely vital to maintain a steady and rhythmic movement of this energy around the body. Sedentary lifestyles lead to more disease than any other factors. We have to “move” the vital energy around the body in order to stay energised, flexible and strong in the muscles,  joints and all the connective tissues. By keeping the spine lubricated, flexible and strong we maximise the connection between the nervous system (the brain ) and the central nervous system (the spine) that feeds  the nerves, the organs, the limbs and every other part of the body.  It’s when we become stagnant with our range of movements that we start to lose what we are not using. This is the first step in the wrong direction, from here it is a downward spiral into further  deterioration of health and well being.

So in closing, may I suggest that you consider today as the first day of the rest of your life, invest in your health and get up and back on track ! It doesn’t matter if you go walking the boardwalk, climb stairs, swim in the tidal pools, join a gym, take up nia, or enjoy daily yoga ! We have so many options . Just do it now, something more than you did yesterday.

Ahimsa

Cheryl Lancellas

Yoga safaris

on Thursday, 10 April 2014.

Bush to beach
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Yoga safaris

Namaste, it has been a while since I was able to sit down and write an article for this page. 2014 certainly started in top gear and proceeded to fly downhill ! Hard to believe that we are already here ¼ way into the year. The Yoga Safaris and holidays have certainly kept me on the road for the last few weeks. It is always so enjoyable to be able to share my passion for this wonderful country, our wildlife and yoga. The energy of the great outdoors lends itself perfectly to the open air practice of asanas and pranayamas. Taking a Yoga trip is so much more than your average holiday. It is fun, rejuvenating, adventurous as well as educational !  We are all truly blessed to be able to share time with like- minded people , our enjoyment of travel, adventure combined  with our love of yoga.

The Bush to Beach Safaris are a great combination of what this country of ours has to offer. There are a  two options for these trips.  Firstly we offer the  5 star safaris, everything laid on with luxurious accommodation OR the 3 star option. (this option is great for locals looking for a group to travel with) Both of these are fun, fun, fun and much adventure. We take the first few days on the beach to enjoy everything the Indian Ocean has to offer, then move across to the bush and experience the wildness of the heart  of Africa herself !  From dolphins and whales, to elephants and rhinos all in the same day ! What a country, what a life. Come join in ….

In closing I am starting to put together the next festival here in KZN and we looking at maybe sometime early December .  Its going to be the “Love this life” festival so start thinking of what you would like to find at it because we are running a competition from next week.

Much love and health to you all

Ahimsa, Cheryl

Heart warming 14th February

on Friday, 14 February 2014.

Being present
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Heart warming 14th February

Mindfulness is the energy of being aware and awake to the present moment. It is the continuous practice of touching life deeply in every moment of daily life.

To be mindful is to be truly alive, present and at one with those around you and with what you are doing. If we managed to truly grasp this, there would be no more pain, suffering and violence on this planet. We would remain in touch with ourselves, our loved ones and our neighbours and therefore incapable of doing harm to either ourselves or to them. This is the true meaning of the Sanskrit word “AHIMSA”, one of 5 of the disciplines under the Sanskrit heading  of Yamas in yogic  philosophy. Seeing as today is Valentines  day today, we have hearts, love and sweet things screaming out at us from all aspects of the media. Is it so hard to demonstrate love on a daily basis that we take only 1 day to celebrate this,the true meaning of life, LOVE ? By trying to adhere to the true meaning of Ahimsa, which is non-violence in thought, action or deed to ANY living creature, we could change our realities into a much more harmonious one.  We would be demonstrating a more loving and caring environment for our children to inherit and in turn pass along to their children. There has NEVER before in the history of mankind, been a more necessary time to take heed of this practice. Everywhere you read and hear about the senseless violence of poaching, killing of the dolphins in Taiji, whales in Denmark, water supplies being polluted,food products filled with chemicals, carjacks, hijacks, “boatjacks” and now kidnapping of families for ransom money from their  husbands.  The list of atrocities is endless ! And we have the audacity to call ourselves “ modern  and evolved man”. Does this strike you, as it does me,  as madness ?  If you are even only half human, I am certain it does . What can we do about making the changes necessary to create a better world for ourselves and our children ? It is such an enormous task that most of us shrink away from trying to do anything. After all, how can I ,one little soul, make a difference in the larger plan of things ? Well, we are more connected and therefore much more influential than we ever dreamed. Ever heard of the 100th monkey effect ?  http://www.wowzone.com/monkey.htm  Read up on it here, a very interesting event that took place and was duly noted. This explains how the “collective consciousness works”  and how we can start the changes we want to see in our world. It’s simple, be the change that you want to see, in your home, in your community, in your country and eventually we will have shared so much loving and peaceful energy, it HAS to spill over into the lives and homes of everyone. Try doing this with love, conviction and purely from your hearts. Let’s make these changes, NOW, this moment, and this moment, and this moment. 

http://thespiritscience.net/2013/09/02/the-great-secret-of-success/

 

Open those hearts to love and light, daily, not just 14th February, and make a difference !

Much Love

Cheryl

                                                           

Are we digging our graves with our knives and forks ?

on Tuesday, 28 January 2014.

Loss of "Common sense"
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I recently received a link to an article that was published in a UK newspaper under the obituaries section.

 

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.

No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.

 

He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:

--Knowing when to come in out of the rain;

--Why the early bird gets the worm;

--Life isn't always fair;

--Maybe it was my fault......

 

It goes on further but I will not copy it all in here. I am using it to make a very important point. We don't seem to be able to make educated decisions for ourselves anymore. The saddest part of all, is that those of you reading this are probably already turned on to the truth and its me preaching to the converted. Apologies if this is indeed the case, maybe share the article if you feel it might help someone else.

Wherever I read  "health related" articles I come upon sentences such as... " If you can't pronounce the ingredient, don't eat it. " or "know to be carcinogenic" or " Organic is mostly free of carcinogens" or "processed foods are filled with chemicals" .... the list is endless. What I don't understand is which part are the general population NOT understanding. Why are so many people still supporting all these quick and easy fast food companies that are poisoning us and the environment ? Are they just too lazy to look into the actual source of their food ? Is it ignorance ? I find that hard to believe when technology is so advanced and information is merely a button away . I am inclined to think it's mostly laziness. Too lazy on the part of the mothers to ensure their children are eating foods from a good healthy source, filled with nutrition and not just meaningless calories. It is time consuming to make sure your meals are healthy, but with a little practice, it can be managed. Most supermarkets will try to supply what the consumer is demanding. If we shop like sheep, well then, we will perpetuate the problem. Start demanding what our Grandmothers received, good, fresh, traceable food products. In their natural form ! Unprocessed and free of poisons ! I remember a vegetable truck coming around the neighborhood every thursday. He supplied us all with great fresh produce from the Cape Flats area. We got freshly harvested, seasonal veggies every week ! What's changed, what stopped this wonderful service ? Probably we ourselves stopped it. Maybe its because we couldn't always get ALL the things we wanted like eggs, toilet paper etc. So we reverted to supporting the big chain stores. All I know is, wouldn't it be great to know that every Tuesday or so, at a specific time, your Veggie truck was coming by ? Imagine the environmental footprint of one vehicle driving around the district with fresh, locally grown produce, as opposed to all 300 plus, of us driving backwards and forwards to supermarkets and buying "dead" produce from Israel.

Common sense(yes, i am claiming to still have some) tells me that I should grow what I can, purchase what I can't from organic suppliers and go without what I cannot find locally. (there is a very good reason for "seasonal" foods, we don't need as much Vit. C during summer, as an example)

So, are we indeed digging our way into the grave with our knives and forks ? I am certainly trying my hardest not to. Are you ?

Ahimsa, no harming to ourselves and others.

 

 

Self empowerment

on Tuesday, 07 January 2014.

Educate
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Self empowerment

Warm wishes to you all at the beginning of a brand new year !  Here's hoping we can open our hearts and lighten our minds more and more this year !

Let 2014 be the year for you, make it exactly what it needs to be for your own personal growth and development. (mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually)

I have dedicated this year 2014 to LOVE ! I intend to open my heart to be loved and to love every sentient being on this Earth, fully and in every possible way.

Here at S A Yoga Safaris the new year kicks off with a dolphin/yoga therapy trip at the end of Feb. (fully booked) with many other dates already on offer for weekend and week long retreats. Please take note of the "locals only " Bush to beach safari in June. This is a most affordable trip for like minded yogis and yoginis to enjoy the big 5, ocean 6 and plenty of time on the mat in unique and wonderful natural surroundings.

February also marks the start of the 200 hr teacher training course of 2014. Please make sure to register before the end of January as numbers are restricted to 10 students only. This course runs over one weekend a month throughout the year and we are affiliated with UK Yoga Alliance so it is an Internationally accredited certification . There is no better way to take your own personal Yoga to the next level. Be empowered by gaining a deeper understanding of Yoga and the effects on your body. Learn to share this new knowledge with others in your area, spread the love of movement, meditation and self control as far and wide as possible. Let's make the changes we want to see in this world !

Looking out for you on the mat

Ahimsa

Cheryl

 

Cheryl Lancellas / Fully-qualified Yoga Teacher
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