Casa Yogafriends Retreat Centre is ONE YEAR OLD TODAY!

We are glowing with joy and gratitude. One year ago the building work of Casa Yogafriends was completed and our new retreat centre was born.

We have hosted and met hundreds of people in the past year from all around the world. Thank you to all students, for sharing the practice and sharing our table and being our teachers. You show us the light and teach us all we need to know.

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We have learned so much this last year, here are some of these things:

Be Happy.

If you are not happy, make a change. Don´t expect others or circumstances to change. Maybe the change is inside, maybe the change is outside. Chance are high, that the change is inside first ;)

Untrap your intuition. Take time to breathe deeply. Learn to be still. Take time to meditate.

Learn the difference between judging and noticing the reality as it is.

Reconnect to nature! Take a walk. Barefoot whenever possible. You will feel so much more alive.

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Pursue your dreams, but don´t push too hard, maybe universe has another (better) idea. So allow space for this other idea to enter your life.

The hardest thing about Yoga practice is folding the blanket(s) properly.

Restorative Yoga is cool! And though it seems we don´t burn calories and just get to hang out, propped up very comfortably, it fixes digestion, overweight and stress.

The wise one gives in. Real power and strength lies in being able to yield.

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Life is impermanent, it will ask you to yield constantly. And when you don´t yield, you will loose your balance. It's not what is happening to you, it's how you move through it

Drink a glass of water before you eat. Sunshine and water are the most important nutrients for our bodies. Eat fantastic food and love every bite until it is really ready to be swallowed. 1 minute chewing for a banana, 4 minutes for a carrot.

Don't get too caught up in perfecting your diet, your body, your looks, your yoga practice, just be a good person. Leave space for JOY!

Surround yourself with people who are vibrating at your frequency.

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Be authentic. Communicate freely.

Making money has nothing to do with success, real success is your soul rejoicing with what you do.

Our body is impermanent, at any moment it could be gone, so live the life of your dreams

Heal your past, forgive. Find the lessons and the blessings in all of your life experiences.

Learn to appreciate yourself. Truly love your body, your spaceship on this journey on earth. You are beautiful, you are uniquely you! Above all, BE HAPPY!

Thank you to all our guests for your beautiful comments, wisdom, and energy, this has made our year at Casa Yogafriends so amazing.

Peace and Love,

Annette and the Yogafriends Team

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Goodbye BKS Iyengar

"Yoga is a light, which once lit, will never dim." B.K.S. IYENGAR

With great sadness we share the news that BKS Iyengar passed away on August 20th in a hospital in Pune, India. Deepest respect and thoughts for his family. His teaching and legacy will live forever.

One of the greatest yogis of the modern age, he revolutionised the practice and teaching of yoga throughout the world. He helped bring Yoga to the West and popularize it around the globe. He wrote 14 books on the subject. As the world looses a true Teacher, make sure to take a moment this week to honour your Teachers, and not only in yoga.

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"When I practice, I am a philosopher,
When I teach, I am a scientist,
When I demonstrate, I am an artist." BKS Iyengar

With love and gratitude, Guruji.

The YogaFriends Team

Welcome to Wellicious

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Annette is now an ambassador of London based brand Wellicious, Yoga- Pilates and lounge wear made from high-quality materials.

A big thank you to Wellicious for the wonderful Yoga outfit. Fotoshooting at Casa Yoga´s beautiful pool.

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Yoga Clinics with Donna Farhi in Madrid June 2014

Thank you, Donna Farhi, for visiting Spain and sharing your deep insights into Yoga with us!

We are so grateful for the transforming Clinics you brought to Madrid. Hope you will repeat, we will definitely!!!

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The June 2014 meditation challenge - Let´s sit once a day

The world that we live in moves faster and faster every day and we get caught in this momentum and thrown on an orbit away from our center.

There is a centering and clearing in your mind, body and soul when we simply sit.

My goal for June 2014 is to motivate people to sit down once a day, for just five minutes, in order to stop the momentum. What I am asking you to do is simply watch your breath, observe its flow.

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How to do it

Get yourself a comfortable seat on the floor or in a chair with your hips higher than your knees. Use a cushion or folded blanket to sit on the floor.

Sit with a straight spine, eyes open or closed. Set a timer for five minutes and simply pay attention to your breath. Follow your inhales and exhales and breaks in between. Thoughts will come, do not give them energy and let them float away. Come back to your breath.

What to expect

The first few times are likely going to be uncomfortable — that often happens when you learn something new. Be stable and steady no matter what happens or comes up. Stay with five minutes a day for the full month and observe your breath.

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Numerous Benefits

There is a long list of benefits that should have you start right away ;).

Meditation:


• releases stress
• slows down reaction time to stress
• helps us breathe more fully
• decreases muscle tension which leads to
• relaxation of body and mind
• relaxation boosts our immune system
• improves concentration
• a calm state increases blood flow and slows heart rate
• improves athletic performance by teaching us how to handle stress under pressure
• increases creativity
• increases acceptance of oneself
• greater focus on important things in life

The Challenge: #letssitonceaday

Commit to sit 5 minutes a day to change your life in this June meditation challenge. Sit still, stop the momentum and see what happens. Share your photos on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter, or on our Facebook walls, and tag them with #letssitonceaday.

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