Bringing Yoga for Kids to schools in Ibiza

Peaceful Warriors – bringing Yoga 4 Kids into the schools of Ibiza – by Larah Davis.

It happened as a calling.  With our own children in the schooling system we – Suzanne Faith, Diana Naya and myself, sat together in December last year, and shared our deep, and heartfelt, calling to bring Yoga – and its many benefits – into the schools of Ibiza. 
And we want to welcome YOU to join in our “peaceful warriors” movement where we will be creating weekly spaces for children to explore many forms of movement, with yogic awareness, as part of this exciting and oh-so timely initiative. With screens entering children’s lives at younger and younger ages, the human need to connect, with each other as well as one’s self, has never been more apparent. 

 

And so, this April we are introducing Yoga4Kids into the Santa Gertrudis school with our intention being to spread this “movement movement’ for kids to benefit from enjoying yoga as part of their curriculum, throughout all the schools in Ibiza – and beyond.
If you are a parent, teacher or yoga teacher who feels “the call” to join us – on March 22nd – 24th we are offering a 20 hour training for all who are interested in learning this fabulous toolkit to enrich the lives of our children – and enhance their educational experience and overall wellbeing. 
It is an inner-peace movement to enable our children to maximise their gifts and to connect to their body, breath, mind, heart and each other. It is a program which cultivates space for children to express and release in a non-competitive environment. So yes! It is also VERY useful for enhancing family life at home.

This training was developed by internationally renowned teacher Suzanne Faith who will be leading the course, supported by Larah Davis Yoga Teacher/Therapist and Founder of Ibiza Retreats with Diana Naya Mindful-yoga teacher and conscious education devotee translating into Spanish. Suzanne developed the programme and introduced it successfully into schools in Vancouver. It is a program that addresses strength and flexibility, nourishes creativity, creates emotional strength, invites self-acceptance, cooperation, collaboration, general body awareness, coordination and balance, self-discipline and builds mindfulness and concentration.

Yoga4Kids builds awareness around nature, animals and the environment, and gives kids important skills for interacting in social environments. It also teaches lessons in kindness, compassion, leadership, respect, teamwork and self-awareness. It’s magical and utterly FUN! Expect to dance, jump, express and sing!

This 20 hr Kids Yoga Teacher Training is a comprehensive and practical certification course.  You will be given the tools in order to teach yoga within local schools and it will provide you with tangible knowledge and plenty of amazing ideas to create unique and fun yoga experiences for kids.
The course is the perfect opportunity for enabling your own kids tribe to become a real team.
Course timings:
Fri March 22nd 15.00 – 19.00
Sat & Sun March 23rd & 24th – 09.00 – 18.00
Prerequisite: A passion for yoga and a minimum of three years of a yoga practice
Price: €295
Location: Open Space, Santa Gertrudis, Ibiza
For further information: YOGA 4 Kids — Suzanne Faith Yoga

Clear the Fears – and do it anyway!

By Larah Davis – Co Director of Ibiza Retreats

 

My amazing teacher, Louise Mita, is coming back to Ibiza next week.
And I am so, so happy.  When she is here, reactivating my tools of mental mastery and higher healing she helps me diffuse fears, worries and anxieties with love.
With awareness that all these feelings surface from a collective consciousness (well mostly!) under Louise’s guidance, not only do I remember to clear them, but together we turn these ripples of ‘clearing-through-the-fears’ outwards, to expand for the higher good, love, peace and solutions of planet-saving ideas, to surface within our society.
Having travelled off the White Island to Mexico and beyond this Winter, I was able to see the world beyond our “Ibiza-bubble” much more clearly.
I could see, feel and hear the different realities being experienced in other countries and cultures and how these can have a knock-on affect on one another.
I saw, felt and sensed a lot of fear – about what is happening to our planet, no – about what WE as a human-race (which is truly RACING!!!) is doing to our beautiful planet.
The oceans coughing up plastic onto beaches after storms, the excess seaweed (metres and metres of it) covering half of the caribbean sea and littering the Mexican beaches, due to warming-oceans and excess nitrates in the soils of Central America washing into the seas (Thank YOU farmers RACING to create MORE food which we mostly turn to refuse!)
And I have to admit, I felt a sense of fear. I felt shocked, afraid, of what the human race is doing, that it is out of control and hurting our planet – as much as ourselves.
BUT! As I have learned with my trainings with Louise – and which my heart already knew:
* Fear ignites Fear
* Love inspires Love
   AND
* Love CONQUERS Fear – physically, emotionally and energetically.
Founder of Integrative Quantum Medicine™, Louise Mita is an Internationally renowned Energy Master and Hawaiian Kahuna, who developed this simple-yet-powerful self-and-others healing technique after studying Chinese Medicine and higher schools of Martial Arts over decades, gleaning the master keys and pearls of wisdom that she simplified into the IQM™ system.
It fuses Quantum Theory (yep – that is the REALLY cool bit where mind-meets matter and you realise, through the exercises with her, that you DO have the power to change EVERYTHING – to BE anything and everything you wish to be AND that, actually, you ARE already flipping AMAZING!).  Anyhow – (I love this stuff so much, I get carried away) – it integrates Quantum Theory with Chinese Medicine and Western Anatomy and Physiology – giving you the keys to MASTER the ‘monkey mind’ when it feels sucked in and spiralled down by fear.
Louise hands you the tools, techniques, the KNOW-how and the energy infusions to optimise your wellbeing, health and happiness in DAILY LIFE.  And this helps me, tremendously, as I MINDFULLY observe emotional triggers about Brexit, about the schooling system, about Syria, about the rubbish on the beaches and the Cargo ships simply dumping loads of toxic garbage into the Ocean.
The MORE I direct my thoughts based on LOVE for myself, LOVE for my closer circles and world-community, LOVE for the ignorant, “RACING” humans, the more the energy, thoughts and actions around this soften.
This gives space for SOLUTIONS to arise.  
It is our children mostly, the next generation, who live in this LOVE state frequency and who, uninhibited by fears of “what others will think” express creatively their ideas, opinion and exquisite ideas for cleaning up our oceans, healing our rivers, delivering education programs and alternative farming solutions.
So let’s join together this year – to be, share and FEEL the power of love, for ourselves, each other and our planet.  
JOIN US!
For an incredible Integrative Quantum Medicine™ Immersion – Art of Stress Management & Art of Energy Parenting workshops on the 4th and 5th of  March – Followed by the IQM Level 1 and 2 trainings on March 7th and 8th then the 10th and 11th.
The training is hosted at our own stunning retreat venue in the North of Ibiza and we can build a retreat package for you around the workshop and training dates.
And if not…. invest in LOVE on retreat, in yoga, on the mat, on the meditation cushion – but mostly, please, in NATURE – where nature reflects back to us that ALL creation, all of it, this magical wonder around us, comes from a place of love.
Feel free to get in touch with me personally via Whatsapp if you would like to know more about these incredible workshops and trainings,
on 0034 670 248 292.
Have a beautiful day!
Love Larah x
festive hearty stew

Nourishing Festive Butternut Squash Stew

As the festive season approaches, most of us will over-indulge with food & drinks that can leave us feeling miserable & sluggish. So here’s a nourishing easy quick and affordable recipe that will fill you and the family up in all the right ways.

Butternut Squash Stew.

Ingredients :
1 Butternut Squash
2 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of cayenne
small jar of organic tomatoes (or 3 finely chopped tomatoes)
1 jar of Organic chick peas (or 1 cup dried and soaked overnight)
2 large handfuls of kale.
1 gluten free vegetable stock cube
1 lime
1 tablespoon Nutritional Yeast (optional)

Quinoa or brown rice to serve alongside.

Heat a teaspoon of coconut oil and fry the garlic for just 1 minute so it doesn’t burn and add all the spices. Chop the butternut squash into cubes and add. Once you smell the spices, add the stock which you have added to 750ml boiling water, and then the organic tomatoes (if using fresh add them at the beginning before the stock) Bring to the boil and then simmer for around 20 minutes (until the butternut squash is tender) Next, add the chick peas, kale, lime & nutritional yeast and leave to simmer for another 10 minutes)
In the photo, mine is served with mixed red & white quinoa which adds even more to the wonderful colours of the dish.

This recipe is a perfectly balanced dish, providing plenty of protein from the chickpeas & quinoa, carbohydrates from the butternut squash. It’s also a good source of of B6 which is essential for our nervous system & immune system,  and the kale – which I refer to as the ‘King of Greens’ as it is a nutritional powerhouse; super-high in nutrients, such as Iron. vitamin k and vitamin C.

This is a great meal for all the family – warming, filling and packed full of nutrients – and so simple to make!

Made with love, by Lisa Strong of Strong 4 Life Nutrition

 

 

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7 tips for ‘Turning Inward’ this Autumn

 

7 Top Tips for Turning Inward this Autumn

 

To embrace the seasonal change, you can ride the slower rhythms and, just like the leaves fall gently to the earth, begin to let go of lifestyle choices and actions that sit better with the brighter days and shorter nights of summer-time. This less-is-more approach as you head into the mists and mellow fruitfulness of Autumn, will create the space to reflect, to “be” more with yourself, to observe what YOU need to feel good in the darker months . And even when there is nothing to “do” isn’t it all to easy to get sucked back into the screens and social media. Indeed, whilst the nights draw in, how do you NOT get drawn in to the energy-sucking online spirals but rather ride the essence of the autumnal energy? Well….

 

Here are 7 mindful Tips for turning inward holistically….

 

Calm and clear your mind, soothe your nervous system, nourish yourself physically and emotionally AND enable your summer-glow to last more sustainably…

 

(1) Create a clear and retreat-ful space

Zen-your-space – with an autumnal clean. Phone a friend to do this with you for their objective “refuse or recycle” focused approach and enjoy the head and heart space that this enables.

 

(2) Set the mood – with candles and music

Invest in candle to create a sense of warmth and harmony at home. Candles raise the vibration of the room that they are in and the soft light invites the mind to soften too, whilst using lemongrass or neroli (the oil from orange blossom) will gently uplift you after the sun has passed the horizon, geranium is rebalancing and rose heart-opening. Music – that is, the RIGHT type of truly “enlightening” music will gently raise your frequency, the vibrational frequency of YOU at a cellular level. Explore mantras and world-music that uplifts and inspires.

 

(3) Monitor and limit your screen-time

Rather than stimulating your mind and your neural circuitry, turn OFF the input min 2 hours before you go to sleep, choose to read, write, draw, meditation, sing… rest… be. In essence, tune in to YOU and you will feel more present, centered and HAPPIER guaranteed!

 

(4) Soup it up! – with mother natures’ medicine cabinet

Seasonal fruits, depending on where you live, will give your system exactly what it needs to replenish after the exertive summer heat. From apples to persimmons, pomegranates to pears.   And whilst the sunlight added zing to your summer stride, its time to dive in with deep earthy flavours from root vegetables, and more carbohydrate based squashes and tubers to give you the extra energy your body craves.   Warm your soul with cayenne pepper, turmeric and ginger as natural antibacterials and “inner-heat”makers to prevent colds and why not dare to forage! Soothe your kidneys and rebalance adrenals with fresh nettle tea.

 

(5) Relax and reflect – with meditations, baths and journals

Summer invites you to go-go-go, to seize the moment and stay out later at night. So now embrace the earlier nights, indulge in warm baths, hot water bottles and cosy bedtimes so you can write in your journal, review your learnings and your letting go’s, celebrate your successes and connect more deeply with your inner-stirrings… wishes, desires and dreams.  Press play on a downloadable meditation…. Or 2! Simply creating the space for new insights to arise gives permission for your soul to speak…. And when you are doing less, you can listen more, and more, easily.

 

(6) Open your heart…. And breathe

Yet to keep the pranic energy flowing and to awaken WITHOUT caffeine to over-stimulate, stretch your arms wide in bed in the morning and inhale over and above your ahead to invite your diaphragm to expand, your inhale to deepen and more oxygen to rush in. Exhale navel to spine to connect your core and contain the energy. Repeat 10 times and repeat again when standing on the floor.

 

(7) Put your legs up the wall every evening (in Viparita Karani)

The ultimate “deep trance” VIP yoga asana – this easy-to-do posture is a gentle inversion, optimizing blood-flow to your kidneys and adrenals, calming the mind, soothing your parasympathetic nervous system so that you can rest, digest and eliminate – at every level…. Optimizing you holistically for that deep, delicious sleep.

  • find a clear wall space
  • place a yoga mat, towel or blanket on the floor
  • sit sideways on to wall
  • raise legs up to the sky as you lie back on the floor
  • turn your toes towards your face
  • place your hands on your belly, thumbs and fore-fingers touching
  • enjoy long-slow deep full yogic breaths (belly, diaphragm, heart and reversed)

 

 

Om Shanti Om!

Mother Love Retreat

November 9 – 14th relax for 4 nights & 5 days in stunning Atzaro Spa-Agroturismo  – Join Larah, Ann & team to welcome Mothers to retreat with much-deserved love relaxation and pampering.  Join us for sacred time for restoring your strength and wellbeing through daily morning yoga and pilates, gentle coaching, sharing circles,  rejuvenating massages, sumptuous brunches & healthy and nutritious cuisine, heart-felt treatments, massage & reflexology workshops for bonding with your baby.  From 1499 GBP / 1799 EUROS all inc. single occupancy for mother & baby.   Including 4 hours daily babysitting! 

Enjoy vital you-time in Atzaro’s beautiful balinese spa.   Swim in the lap-pool amidst the orange trees, receive pampering, healing treatments from our world-class team.   Larah & Ann’s compassionate hosting includes Life and wellness coaching  1:1’s so we can tailor-make your time to meet your specific needs, and in sharing circles with other mothers to help you rediscover your self  and your space – time and physical and emotional needs within your new role as a mother.  Leave refreshed, rejuvenated and relaxed with a “Moga” (mummy & baby yoga) self-practice designed just for you – and a holistic wellbeing life-strategy to support you back in reality. 

** Including 4 hrs babysitting daily and care for each mother & baby’s special requirements and needs. Read all about it here and we are very happy to Skype to discuss your specific needs.

Enquire here now.