6 days Meditation Yoga and Vegan cooking

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Finding balance in life through skillful action  and harmony between head and heart
In today’s world, we face multiple stress inducing demands and pressures as well as constant connectivity through media devices. We are managing numerous fluctuating priorities and balancing competing demands for our personal and professional goals. We are constantly extroverted, identifying with the senses and the external environment. We have been looking out so much that we have forgotten to look within. We have lost personal peace and the quality of observation that can help us to find balance in our life.Samatvam, the yoga of equaninimty, means being able to keep the mind steady and balanced in every condition of life. It is the ability to be forever serene, contented, calm and peaceful. Freedom from mental distractions and dissipation, the ability to remain cheerful in adverse conditions and realization of the ultimate state of peace existing within and around everyoneThe purpose of this retreat is to understand and cultivate an attitude of equanimity in our yoga and meditation practices in order to integrate this experience into our everyday events to bring peace and harmony to our life. Our approach to yoga is for everyone, whether you are a complete beginner or an experienced practitioner, flexible or stiff, young or old.During this retreat we will focus on the following topics:

  • Finding balance between the physical and the mental dimensions through the practice of hatha yoga
  • Developing the right attitude in our practice: finding balance between effort and flow, tension and relaxation, movement and stillness, steadiness and comfort, focus and dissipation.
  • Stop reacting and learn to express emotions that create balance within ourselves.
  • Understanding reactions and the interactive process between head and heart.
  • Awakening real emotion. Nurturing, developing and expanding the feelings of love and compassion.
  • Cultivating the discriminative ability.
  • Pulling ourselves out of the pair of opposites (love/hatred, peace/anxiety, good/bad, success/ failure, etc.)
  • The quality of observation.
  • Meditation at each moment: using every opportunity to expand our awareness and improve our mind.
  • Karma Yoga: involvement without reaction.

During our sessions, we will use clear, concise, yet practical methods of attaining samatva or equanimity, discuss the obstacles towards achieving it, and how equanimity can be sustained. We will practice a variety of yoga/meditation techniques, such as yoga nidra, and use excerpts from yoga/tantra texts, inspirational readings and storytelling.

 Daily Schedule

  • 8:00 – 8:30 am  Meditation (optional)
  • 8:30 – 10:00 am  Yoga class
  • 10:30 am Breakfast
  • 12:00 am  Vegan cooking classs
  • 5:00 – 6.30 pm  Yoga class
  • 7:00 pm . Questions & Answers
  • 7:30 pm   Dinner
  • 9:00 pm – Workshops

Note: On Wednesday there will no evening yoga class

Your Yoga Teacher: Irazú

In 2008, she was travelled to Soiano dei Lago in Italy to study with Dona Holleman and then went on to gain the 400hr Yoga Instructor Certificate in 2012 at Semilla Yoga, with Claudia Guerrero, Pilar Casillas, Alicia Ramos and Jñana Dakini as my main mentors. Since then she have taught yoga at Semilla Yoga and other Yoga schools, gyms, parks, clinics and offices, sharing the joy of yoga with different people.

Your studies have included Vipassana meditation and Chinese Traditional Medicine courses, Radiant Child Yoga program with Shakta Khalsa, Centered Yoga Teacher Training with Dona Holleman, Anatomy for movement Training with Marcela Sanchez, Ashtanga Yoga retreat with David Williams, Iyengar Yoga course with Christian Pisano and June Whittaker, Tantra Yoga workshop with Michael Stewart, Yoga Philosophy with Shashi Dhar Dimri, Mindfulness workshops with Alejandro Velasco, Restorative and Therapeutic yoga courses with Luis Becerril, and Mantra Yoga classes with Donald Niedermayer and Paola Giovine.

CUISINE

Learning to prepare healthy and delicious recipes can be an enjoyable experience.

We will share new ingredients and many recipes to prepare meals to please our senses.

During your retrait we want to share with your cooking experience and will prepare many recipes to sample together in a cozy friendly atmosphere.

To prove that healthy food is NOT boring We will dedicate one hour a day for three days to discover new ingredients, recipes and flavours to turn our meals into a feast.

When you return home everyone will admire your new culinary proposals. You will be able to learn, to prepare and sample typical dishes from Spanish and international cuisine to please even the most discerning gourmets. Vegetables pates, sauces, entrees, salads, rice, pasta, soups and a whole range of options to add to your culinary delights to help you and your guests enjoy healthy meals without giving up flavour. Besides learning new recipes you will open your mind to new ingredients to lend a delicious flavour and nutritional balance to your meals. You will discover the richness of colours, flavours, textures and aromas of meals that we will enjoy in a peaceful atmosphere in harmony with others.

Together, we will contribute ideas to prepare dishes that will stand out and surprise your guests. With sea weeds, dry fruits and sprouted seeds on the menu our dishes will gain flavour and nutritional value. For a smoother touch we can add a dairy substitute to our meals. We will learn how to prepare a fluffy pastry mixture without refined sugar for cakes that will delight the young and grownups. Vegan cookery can be fun and entertaining and its great variety can stimulate our imagination and provide an oportunity to learn new culinary techniques. We will take into account the changes over the last few years with regards to vegetarian cooking, whose increasing demand, has raised the availability of ingredients and the expectations of guests.

We use seasonal vegetables and chemical free products that are organically grown and are healthy for us and good for the environment. We obtain our produce from small local organic farmers committed to sustain and enhance the health of soil and plants and animal and human life. This way, besides contributing to maintain a healthier environment we obtain all the nutrients we need and avoid consuming harmful chemical residues. You are welcome to visit with us some organic farms to see first hand how eco-farmers tend the soil to obtain healthy natural produce with the authentic flavours we enjoyed before the introduction of pesticides, when we could taste real vegetables and tomatoes.

To all the aforementioned: good ingredients, authentic flavours, good recipes, a pleasant environment, a welcoming atmosphere and harmony, we only need another essential indispensable ingredient for good cooking…

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Chef and Teacher : Ana Prados

Since 1999 when I came into contact with veganism, I made a personal decision to adopt that philosophy of life. This is a philosophy that renounces food of animal origin, in search of a personal ethic in harmony with the environment without sacrificing the pleasure of tasting flavours, textures and aromas.

She later set up her own restaurant and was completely self-taught researching and creating her own culinary style.