When was the last time you did something you truly enjoy for yourself?

Overloaded daily schedules, family duties, technology access, high paced work environments are only some of the reasons we have less downtime today and more stress than we did in past decades. Symptoms like, hiperventilation, anxiety, depression, high blood pressure, and heart attacks the downside of this current lifestyle and messengers for us to slow down.

Dedicated time for relaxation and a change of air are not just luxuries, they are vital to your physical and mental well being. We want to help you take care of yourself.

"The best six doctors anywhere, and no one can deny it, are sunshine, water, rest, air, exercise, and diet."
Wayne Fields

Prioritize yourself: sign up for one of our upcoming retreats, each one designed to support you on your journey, reconnect to yourself and your capacity to deeply relax and recharge.

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When you move your arms, hands and legs in your Yoga practice, do you tend to keep them straight or in neat Euclidean geometric shapes?

What if your arms, legs and your whole body were the tendrils of seaweed flowing underwater with the waves of the ocean? How would they move? Try ‘softening’ your joints and letting there be a fluid quality to the movement of your bones.

Imagery is a powerful tool for changing the nature of movement. Step into nature’s fluid, messy beauty which is you in your fluid form, your liquid reality. You might find your body moving, connecting in completely new ways. You might connect to dormant parts of yourself. You might feel your mind in completely new ways.

Integrate some new ideas in your practice and embody it. Do the same poses but from a different inner approach. Enjoy the journey ;)

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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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