One Day SELF RENEWAL Retreat with Lacey Budge

Saturday October 28th, 2017

8:30 am – 9 pm

Anishnabe Spiriutal Center, Espanola


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The focus of this autumn retreat is one of renewal and relaxation. This one day getaway is an invitation to look inward, to recharge and to fill up your own cup. From this place of deep rejuvenation, you will feel more revitalised and present for yourself, your family, your purpose, your job and everyone who graces your path.

Throughout the day, you will be gently guided into restoration, softening and letting go, through the practice of hatha yoga {for all levels}, meditation, nature walks, and personal time in silence {mauna} for Self care and Self reflection.

The retreat also includes an inspiring afternoon workshop which will offer pointings to inner Truth. Remember how to sit in the company of your own splendour, and how to “tap in” to the stillness, joy, love and infinite energy that already dwells within. The intention of this workshop is to remind you that you are much more than your body, thoughts, emotions, reactions, roles and story. “Do not feel lonely. The entire Universe lives inside of you.” ~Rumi 

Your body, mind and spirit will be nourished and enlivened with a whole foods, organic (when possible) vegan brunch and dinner, infused water, herbal teas, as well as an afternoon superfood bliss ball snack!

Our day together will close with an evening practice of yoga nidra- the yoga of deep relaxation. Through this practice and the relaxing energy of the entire day, you will leave feeling in harmony and balance.

May we all rest in our natural state of Sat.Chit.Ananda {Truth. Consciousness.Bliss Absolute}

Namaste,
Lacey
Self Renewal Retreat Flow 

8:30 am – 9:00 am Arrival and Tea Time

9:00 – 11:00 am Morning Practice: Awakening Hatha Yoga and Meditation

11:00 am Nourishing Brunch

12:00- 2:00 pm Inspiring Workshop + Silent Walking Meditation
2:00 – 4:00  pm Personal Self Care Practice {… in sacred silence}
…time in nature, relaxation, journalling, creative expression, reading, resting, etc
3:00 pm Chocolate Bliss Ball Snack!…Andrea’s famous peanut butter chocolate balls! 
4:00 – 6:00 pm Gentle Hatha Yoga & Meditation
6:15 pm Nourishing Dinner
7:45 pm Yoga Nidra- the yoga of deep sleep and relaxation
8:45 pm departure

 

Rates

$150 per person

To confirm your space and register, please:

Send an interac e transfer to lacey.budge@gmail.com in the full retreat amount see options below), an email with the password, as well as fill out the form below.

 

Cancellation Policy 

The retreat payment is non-refundable. However, in the case of a cancellation, your spot can be filled by another retreat participant by your consent.

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Time to Set that Life Intention

It’s our personal human nature to set goals and intentions, to want to be somebody, to get somewhere in this life we have been given.

Recently, I learned that the word intention (a word I use quite often) comes from the latin root, intendere. Tender/tensum means “to stretch toward” something, and it got me thinking, “why do we always want to be stretching toward something ?

When it comes to goal/intention setting in various areas of our life, we like to “move toward” a somewhat immediate result, perhaps in the time frame of a few months to a year. We talk about that advancement or raise at work; or a health goal like training for a 5km race, losing weight, meditating daily or quitting smoking.

As for the inside job, maybe we are trying to be more patient with loved ones, to speak more confidently during a business meeting, or to become a better listener with our partner.

Long term goals are definitely not alien to us either—think 5 or 10 year plans for buying a house, starting a family, paying off school debt, etc. Whether we reach the goal or not, we typically have a type of reward or finish line in mind.

When we set a goal that we want to meet, we put our full focus, will power and determination into it—at least in the beginning  We may even become over obsessive or addicted to our goal and witness it as it becomes all we think or talk about (but not necessarily in the most mindful way).

Society has definitely conditioned us to be goal oriented “human doings,” but what about a non goal goal, like an intention for life?

I don’t mean accomplishing x,y,z by the time we are 90 years old, but rather taking time to contemplate how it is we want to “be” in our life, vs what we “do.”

For example, a personal “life” intention of mine is to live with grace and to serve the greatest Good; to live a holistic and harmonious life with this body, mind, spirit, nature and all Beings. I want to live for the joy of Being, not because that is a goal, but it’s who I am, it’s my natural state.

As I started to keep more focus on the Highest, most Supreme, Grand intentions, my life started to have more purpose. Of course there a mini intentions set within this, yet the main focus does not lie there.

By taking some time to journal and sit in stillness, we can allow ideas for this “life intention” to arise. From here, we can start to ask ourselves questions like “does my lifestyle support my highest goal?”, “Do the people I surround myself with align with my dharma (a term used in Buddhism to mean life purpose)?”, “Am I acting in every moment from this place of intention with every word I speak and action I take?”

Living a more purposeful life does have not to mean traveling the world, become famous or driving our dream car… but it definitely can also mean that!

The doing, the collecting of things and successful accomplishments will simply unfold with time (that is this life!). Me, there person, will be acting out my life plan, as mySelf bears witness.

What’s going to keep us grounded in truth, focussed on love and thriving with grace is the embodiment (walking our talk!) of this life intention in each and every moment.

It’s when we recognise our Highest Self and live from a place of pure naturalness and spontaneity, as the yogis call Sahaja, that we will feel fully free.

ReWild and ReConnect: A Self Care Retreat for Women with Lacey Budge in Costa Rica, March 2018

ReWild and ReConnect: A Self Care Retreat for Women with Lacey Budge

A 9 Day Journey to Rediscover Inner Strength, Wisdom, Courage, Divinity & Connection to Mother Earth.

March 30th – April 7th, 2018

Farm of Life, Costa Rica

Will you join me on this journey of Self Discovery?


Hi Beautiful! Thank you for taking the first step on our journey together.

The ReWild & ReConnect Self Care Retreat is specifically created to honour, empower and celebrate you as a woman. Together, we will embark on a nourishing 9 day journey back to Inner Strength, Wisdom, Courage, Divinity & Connection to Mother Earth. It is my path, passion and purpose to bring women together, to share wisdom and teachings which have been revealed to me and to act as a sacred mirror to remind you of who you truly are.

“Women are the most powerful untapped natural resource.” ~ Achintya Devi

As a woman, I feel how easy it is for us to get caught up in the roles we play and the masks we wear with daily responsibilities and duties. I truly understand how we can simply forget who we are in our essence when the busy-ness of life consumes every moment.

I can relate how simple it can be to become imbalanced, stressed, sick and burned out in a world filled with unhealthy food and drink choices; chemicals and unnatural fabrics; toxins in the air, water and food; relief of symptoms with synthetic poisonous drugs; work days spent under artificial lights or diving in a car; self worth determined from media’s images, and a continuous feeling like there are not enough hours in a day, or not enough ideas for lunch boxes!

Who would you be without all of the doing and distractions? Who would you re-discover if you sat with yourself in stillness, simply Being, and asked the question Who Am I? What would you re-awaken when you surround yourself with a group of like minded women who lift up your vibration and accept you as your are? And when you found her, How would you honour and celebrate her? How would you bow down to Her inner wisdom?

From my own experience, the greatest way to truly nourish myself holistically {body, mind and spirit} is to connect with nature through the elements, plants and animals. I want to remind you of the magic, healing and wisdom that is always available to us in the natural world.

It is my absolute honour to extend this invitation to reconnect you with the Greatest Mother: Mother Nature, and I could not think of a more magnificent place than my “winter home,” the Farm of Life, in Costa Rica. This serene sanctuary, a place of peace and beauty, is where we will relax, restore, rejuvenate and come back into harmony with nature.

Will you join me in the Costa Rican jungle, Blessed One? In gratitude, Lacey Theresa Margaret Budge

Download Retreat Welcome Package 

which includes a personal invitation to you, retreat & excursion description, rates & registration, a sample schedule & menu, about the Farm of Life and so much more!

…more information…

Emergence: A Weekend Retreat for Women

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Saturday April 29th (8 am)- Sunday April 30th ( 3 pm)

Anishnabe Spiritual Center, Espanola  

Calling all women! Honour yourself with the gift of transformation, exploration, sisterhood, healing and ecstatic joy. 

The intention of this 2 day retreat is to bring together and unite conscious women who are ready and willing to step into their fullest potential and truest version of themselves.  Throughout the weekend, you will be safely guided and invited to slowly open up; to shed the layers, masks, judgements and limiting beliefs that veil you from recognising and remembering who you truly are.

Throughout this journey, we will dive deeper into awakening our authentic self through the practice of yoga, heart opening breath work, kundalini meditation, sacred dance {with ceremonial chocolate!}, connecting with nature, time in silence, sharing in sisterhood and the exploration of sacred relationships.

I am very excited to share with you a practice that has completely changed my way of living as a natural, awakened women: Feminine Life Design and Moon Mapping. Learn to approach your life from a completely different perspective which honours your feminine rhythms, cycles, emotions, and energy levels. The workshop will explain how living life in accordance with the cycles of the moon will give you a better understanding on how to “plan” your life: when to best start new projects, to schedule in important meetings or trips, to be out in the world of “doing,”  versus when it’s time to rest, rejuvenate, go within, dream and simply “be.”Tune into your body’s innate intelligence and the way the moon lives through you so you can harness your energy and use it creatively, emotionally, sexually and spiritually.

Ignite your feminine essence and sensuality with a Saturday night “Red Tent” celebration which will awaken your senses, invite you to be fully seen, and celebrate the courageous woman you are! The evening will end with a relaxing, hot oil self massage.

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Sacred Temple Dance, Annual Women’s Retreat at Shanti Retreat

The retreat menu theme is one of Spring Cleansing to best support your body, mind and sprit during this time of release and rejuvenation. I will be working closely with our chef to create a delicious, nourishing and balanced menu focussing on natural plant based whole foods and superfoods.You will enjoy a variety of green smoothies, superfood salads, cleansing soups, and much more!  The menu is free of dairy, gluten, processed sugars, refined oils and flours, animal products, and will all be homemade.

What’s included?

  • More than 12 hours of authentic teachings, practices and workshops including yoga, kundalini meditation, Feminine Life Design and Moon Mapping, a night of awakening the senses, outdoor movement practice, ayurvedic massage and so much more!
  • A raw chocolate buffet with Ecstatic Dance Journey

 

  • Your choice of accommodation for 1 night (semi private room, shared group room, offsite). See more about accommodation here.
  • All meals: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner, superfood snacks, herbal teas and infused water.

 

  • Sacred space to open, connect and share. Let’s awaken the Sacred Divine Feminine!
  • Free time to enjoy nature’s stillness and to simply be
  • 60 minute massage with Jack (optional/extra)  

Tentative Schedule

Saturday April 29th, 2017

8:00 – 9:00 am Arrival, check in & breakfast

9:15 – 12:15 am Morning Session including opening circle and altar creation, creative yoga class, heart opening breath work, kundalini meditation…

12:30 pm Fresh Lunch

1:30 – 4:00 pm Afternoon free time in sacred silence to be in nature, receive a massage (space is limited), read, rest, colour, go for a walk, meditate, etc.

4:15 – 6:15 pm Raw Chocolate Buffet and Ecstatic Dance

6:30 pm Grounding Dinner

8:00  pm Red Tent Celebration with awakening the senses, sacred Egyptian temple dance, partner exercises, Abyangha – relaxing hot oil self massage.

11 pm Rest and sacred silence until breakfast

Sunday, April 30th 

Morning tea, hydration and fruit is available upon rising.

7:30 – 9:00 am Outdoor nature walk and natural movement practice

9:00 –  10:00 am Revitalising Breakfast

10:00 – 12:00 Workshop: Feminine Life Design and Moon Mapping

12:00 – 1 pm Closing Circle

1:00 pm Lunch Delicious Lunch

2:30 pm Departure

Accommodation styles

Semi Private Room. This style of accommodation will provide you with a more personal and comfortable overnight experience. The simple cozy rooms accommodate 2 women and comes with 2 single beds, including linens and pillows, as well as a sink and desk.  Toilets and showers are shared and located nearby in the hall.

Group Sharing. This style of accommodation was inspired from an idea from our winter retreat. Bring your own pillows, sleeping bag and mattress/foam and enjoy a sleep over experience in the fireplace room. This includes use of shared bathroom with toilets, sinks and showers.

Off site. This style of accommodation is for women who prefer to stay at home Saturday night. Arrival on Sunday is at 7 am, tea time:)

Rates

PRE REGISTRATION Rates for Emergence Retreat  (available until March 29th, 2017)

Semi Private Room $285   |   Group sharing $260  |  Off site $ 240

REGISTRATION Rates for Emergence Retreat  (after March 29th, 2017)

Semi Private Room $300   |   Group sharing $275  |  Off site $ 255

To confirm your space and register, please:

1. Fill out the Registration Form below.

2. Send an e transfer to lacey.budge@gmail.com in the full retreat amount based on your chosen style of accommodation. (Thank you so much in advance for understanding as this greatly reduces the administration time of accepting many e-transfers, especially while I have limited Internet access when traveling.)

In the case that full payment is unavailable at this time, a minimum of 50% payment is due. Both payments are required before March 10th in order to receive the early bird discount.  

Cancellation Policy 

In the case of a cancellation, your spot can be filled by another retreat participant by your consent. In the case that your spot cannot be filled, 50% of your payment will be reimbursed. No refund is available for cancellation within one week of the retreat

MEDITATION {and tea time!} FOR MOMS: A 4 week series with Lacey Budge ~ January 2017, Espanola

Join Lacey Budge for a 4 week meditation for moms series starting Wednesday January 4th, 2017, in Espanola.

You are important! Start off the New Year feeling grounded and clear. Schedule in one night a week (at least!) where you connect and share with like minded moms, sip on delicious tea and learn meditation tools to bring more stillness, awareness, peace and meaning to your life.

Each 75 minute gathering includes inspiring teachings, Q&A, group sharing, a guided meditation with breathwork and concentration practices…and of course, tea!

The weekly gatherings will take place on Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. This meditation series is for anyone whether you are brand new to meditation or have a daily practice. Meditation is beneficial to all, not just moms or women, but this will be a great time to connect and make time for self care, whether your child is a newborn, 10 years old or 25!

 

Overview of Teachings 

Week 1: January 4th –  Silence vs Stillness. Finding inner peace amidst the noise and busy-ness.

Week 2: January 11th – Witnessing & Responding (vs reacting to emotions!)

Week 3: January 18th – Living in the Now & Meeting Your Child (and all Beings) in the Present Moment.

Week 4: January 25th – Who are you? Reconnecting with your True Self (beyond your role as a mother, caretaker, wife, career woman…)

Rate

Pre Registration: $50 for 4 weeks, per person

Drop in: $14 per session

Location: 287 Spanish River Drive, Espanola

To Register:

From Chaos to Stillness: 27 Hour Silent Meditation Retreat with Lacey Budge {Espanola}

Friday January 20th (6-9pm) & Saturday January 21st (9 am – 9 pm), 2017

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In an intimate group setting, experience the beauty, inner peace and pure joy of moving your awareness inward and getting to know who you truly are. This 27 hour silent retreat is a beautiful opportunity to simply “be,” to learn how to sit with your thoughts/emotions and observe what arises without identifying or reacting. An opportunity to investigate who you truly are beyond your name, role, physical appearance, job, successes, losses, likes, dislikes, opinions, perceptions, belief system, judgments, etc….Throughout this 2 day retreat, I will guide and invite you to connect with your True Essence, Highest Self and Presence.

Through gentle yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, concentration techniques, time in nature and teachings on the spiritual heart, non-duality and self inquiry inspired by Ramana Maharshi, Eckhart Tolle, Mooji, and Hridaya Yoga, you may begin to feel more connected to that space within you which is permanent, formless and unchanging. Learn how to become less identified with your always changing thoughts, emotions, identity and the constant chatter of the mind. Leave the retreat with a sense of renewal, a shift in perspective and variety of tools that you can integrate daily to better navigate your life. 

This retreat is designed for everyone, both men and women, whether you have never meditated or have a regular practice.

The retreat includes 2 simple, nourishing, homemade and organic meals to support your practice.

Please note this is an offsite retreat, and accommodation is not included. It is highly recommended to set up your schedule and surroundings for Friday night to best support your process and journey. During the 2 day retreat, it is recommended to give yourself a break from reading, writing, listening to music, technology, alcohol and engaging into conversation with others.

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Tentative Schedule
Friday, January 20th   | 6 pm -9 pm 
Arrival
Welcome and sharing circle
… Into silence…
Talk: Why meditation? Why silence? What is meditation of the spiritual heart?
Breathing techniques (pranayama)
Concentration techniques (dharana)
First guided seated meditation (dhyana) (20 minutes)

Saturday, January 21st  
Optional arrival from 7am -9 am. Please have breakfast before you arrive or you can bring it with you.
9 am – 12 pm
Arrival
Gentle movement and warming exercises
Guided Meditation (30 minutes)
Gentle yoga for relaxation, meditation and inner peace
Talk: Finding stillness amidst the chaos; stillness vs silence; Who am I?
Guided Meditation (40 minutes)
12 – 2:30 pm lunch and free time  to enjoy a silent walk in nature, or to sit with a cup of tea.
2:30
Talk: Becoming the witness of your experiences; ego vs the Self, Dissolving the illusion
Music meditation
Guided Seated Meditation (1 hour)
5:30 pm dinner
 6 – 9 pm Evening Session
Written Q & A
Group sharing
Closing meditation

Location: 287 Spanish river drive Espanola, based on number of participants

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Rates and registration 

$165 per person

** $150 when you sign up for the women’s one day wellness retreat on January 7th at the Anishnabe Spiritual Centre **
To reserve your place, please fill out the contact form below. Payment by e transfer is required to confirm your participation.

Women’s One Day Wellness Retreat with Lacey Budge: A day of self care, chakra yoga & teachings on women’s health and well-being  

 

 

 

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Saturday January 7th, 2017

9 am – 9pm

Anishnabe Spiritual Centre  1091 Anderson Lake Road| Espanola, Ontario| P5E 1T1

Retreat Overview 

Dedicate this day to YOU! … To your well-being…to softening into inner peace…to awakening your passion… to connecting with your True Essence, nature and like minded women… and to your birthright, as a women, to take time for you, without any need of an explanation! I dedicate this day to you… I honour you and appreciate you. You are worthy. My wish for all women is that we aspire to connect with our Highest Self and the wisdom that lies within.

Throughout the one day retreat, you will experience a variety of self care practices rooted in the ancient traditions of yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, qi-gong and taoism. After the retreat, you will feel inspired and have the outer knowledge to create your own daily routine to bring more stillness, balance and self love into your life. Together we will practice chakra and Hatha yoga, meditation, self- inquiry, traditional energy movement practices for women, journaling, massage, self-care rituals, group sharing, time in nature, and simply being in each other’s presence.

Your body, mind and soul with be nourished with seasonal vegetarian cuisine including warming winter soups, stews, root veggies and clean comfort food. The menu will be gluten free and dairy free and I will be working closely with the chef, Andrea Noon, to create our menu. Herbal tea will be available throughout the day. An afternoon nutrition workshop will shed light on the topic of superfoods, herbs and diets for women.

Schedule

9 am Arrival, Check In & Women’s Superfood Tonic. A special tea blend prepared with herbs specific for women’s health blended with cacao, maca, cinnamon, vanilla and coconut oil.

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9:45 – 12:15 pm Opening Circle and Morning Gathering includes group sharing, chakra yoga, meditation, and self reflection journaling

12:30 – 1:30 pm Nourishing Lunch

2 -4 pm Afternoon Free Time for relaxing, walking outdoors, reading, napping, access bars session with Amanda from ACT wellness, snow shoeing, journalling, colouring, etc. During the afternoon break, I invite you to dive deeper within and connect with your Self through the practice of mauna, sacred silence.

 

4pm Superfood Snack 

4: 15 – 6:15 pm Afternoon Gathering includes conscious energy movement practice for women, and a variety of ancient self care practices rooted in yoga, Ayurveda, Chinese medicine, qi-gong, taoism and the path of the Goddess. Experience the practice of Abyangha – a relaxing hot oil massage…it will change your life! The afternoon gathering will also include a talk on optimal nutrition for women where we will discuss the use of different herbs, superfoods and diets.

6:30 pm Nourishing Dinner 

7:30 pm Evening Gathering and Closing circle includes yoga for relaxation, yoga nidra, heart meditation and group sharing.

9 pm Home Sweet Home 

Rates:

$150 for first seven participants to register – – – SOLD OUT – – –

$165 until December 30th, 2016

$175 from January 1st, 2017

Want to extend your retreat experience?  Contact the spiritual centre to reserve a room for Friday and/or Saturday night. $45/night

To register:

To register, please fill out the form below to ensure availability. To reserve your space, please send full payment by e-transfer to lacey.budge@gmail.com. In the case of a cancellation, you may offer your space to another woman, however refunds are unavailable.

 

Conscious Cooking Retreat – August Long Weekend 2016

Conscious Cooking Retreat – August Long Weekend

Shanti Retreat, Wolfe Island, ON

Friday July 29th – Monday August 1st, 2016

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Join Darin and Wendy, co-creators of Shanti, for a long weekend summer retreat of yoga, meditation, silent morning walks and time to simply “be” with the beauty of Wolfe Island.

This retreat will also include an introduction to conscious cooking with Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Lacey. Guests can participate in an afternoon raw food demo as well as evening workshop where Lacey will shed light on the importance of eating wholesome, local, organic and seasonally prepared meals. Her workshop will also look at the connection between our thoughts, attitudes and emotions surrounding food – with body, mind and spirit.

For full details about this retreat, including accommodation styles, rates, and schedule, please click here.

To register, email info@shantiretreat.ca

www.shantiretreat.ca

 

My Daily Routine: The Divine Light Invocation {Spiritual Body}

Each morning, as soon as I get up, I go stand outside in the grass barefoot. I connect with nature around me, and find a place where I can stand in the light of the sun. Even when it is not sunny out, I use my mind eye to visualize the light. I start each day off with the Divine Light Invocation.

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I enjoy this practice because it is absolutely incredible to connect with nature first thing each morning. It is also an amazing reminder, that I am not merely this physical body or these thoughts, I am light, a channel of consciousness and that I can use this light to heal myself and others in the world.

I have found this to be a powerful tool for change and spiritual transformation. I use it as one of my daily prayers. It only takes a few minutes and it is a simple way to invoke Spirit into my day.

I was 24 years old when I first experienced living in Community. In the summer of 2011, I spent a few weeks at the Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Lake, BC, as a part of the Young Adult Karma Yoga Program. Karma yoga, or selfless service, is the yoga  of action; taking what you learn on your mat and applying out into the world through service…think Mother Theresa, Gandhi or Martin Luther King..they were karma yogis.

Each day, before completing a new task, we would perform the Divine Light Invocation. The Divine Light invocation was a fundamental practice of the Ashram. It is a beautiful reminder that we are channels or spirit; we are not the doer of the task (as much as we would like to think that). We consecrate the efforts of the task, to the greater good…and see everything as an offering. When we offer it up,  we are not attached to the outcome of the project, we simply do our best, with awareness. We go beyond our personal likes, dislikes, preferences or ego and we offer up the fruit of our action.

Performing the Divine Light Invocation..

You can print the invocation below and read it the first few times until you understand the idea behind it.

Stand erect, feet shoulder-width apart. Relax your breathing, your head, face, and neck. Keep the eyes closed and focus them on the space between the eyebrows.

Picture above you a vast ocean of pure white, colourless Light . . . stretching in all directions, into eternity. Imagine some of that Light pouring down around you, bathing you completely in Light.

Exhale and slowly inhale, lifting your arms above your head as you smoothly and gradually tense the whole body.

Holding your breath, affirm to yourself with all the concentration possible:

I am created by Divine LightI am sustained by Divine Light

I am protected by Divine Light

I am surrounded by Divine Light

I am ever growing into Divine Light.

 

Exhale, gradually relax, and lower your arms slowly.

Now use your imagination to see yourself standing in a shower of brilliant white Light.

See the Light pouring down upon you, and see a stream of that Light flowing into the body through the top of the head, filling your entire being with Light . . . as if you were a transparent vessel, being filled with liquid Light. 

Maintaining this image, now with the arms at your sides, exhale, inhale and tense your body. Hold the breath and the tension, and again affirm,

I am created by Divine LightI am sustained by Divine Light

I am protected by Divine Light

I am surrounded by Divine Light

I am ever growing into Divine Light

Slowly exhale and relax.

Concentrate on the feeling of the Light. Feel the warm glow of Divine Light suffuse your entire body, outside as well as inside.

Acknowledge silently to yourself:

“Every cell of this my physical body is filled with Divine Light;Every level of my consciousness is illumined with Divine Light.

The Divine Light penetrates every single cell of my being,

Every level of consciousness.

I have become a channel of pure Light.

I am One with the Light.”

The Divine Light Invocation is an exercise of will, as well as an act of surrender. Be receptive to the Light, and accept that you are now a channel of Divine Light.

Express your gratitude with deep feeling and having a desire to share this gift with someone whom you wish to help, turn your palms forward.

Continuing to see yourself filling and overflowing with Light, mentally open wide the doors of your spiritual heart centre and let the Light stream forth from your heart centre, forming a clockwise spiral before you which reaches up to rejoin the source of Light above.

Into the spiral of Light, place any projects and concerns that you may have. Envision them as you would like to see them, not as you fear they are. See the Light encircle them, enveloping them completely . . . and see the spiral moving high into the sky, taking the images with them. See them merge into the source of Light and become One with the Light, received by Light.

See someone that you would like to help standing before you – or the image of a woman, a man, and a child you don’t know, representing all those in need of Light at this moment – in the spiral of Light. This can be yourself, if you feel in need of Light. See them healthy, happy, whole, and strong.

See the Light stream forth towards the feet of this person. The Light encircles them and spirals upward in a clockwise direction, enveloping the body completely, and filling them with radiant pure white Light. See them filled with Light, wrapped in Light, receiving everything they need from the Light.

See the spiral moving high up into the sky, taking this image along with it. See this person merge into the source of the Light and become One with the Light, blessed by the Light.

Now relax. Bring your hands together at your heart centre in a gesture of deep gratitude for the gift of the Light, and the ability to share it.

Namaste.

Swami Radha says that “Through constant and sincere practice of the Divine Light Invocation, you can come to a greater understanding of your own Divine nature and realize more fully the reality of the Higher Consciousness with in you.”

Beachfront Yoga in Montezuma: beyond the physical asanas by Lacey B

Where: Ylang Ylang Beachfront Resort 

Who: Teacher: Ximena 

When: daily, 8:30 am –  90 minute restorative flow

March 23, 2014

By Lacey B

It was a mini adventure getting there, but the class was definitely worth it! (I think all adventures feel that way). I  left my hostel and began walking -uphill, and in the wrong direction – for about 10 minutes, away from the beach. (Yes I know, not smart thinking for a class advertised as “beachfront yoga.”)

Once I got to the top of about 3 steep hills and realized this, I turned around and got going in the right direction. I passed through Montezuma, and found myself on a narrow dirt road, toward playa grande, which quickly turned into a path that came out onto the white sandy beach. 

So here I am, standing on the most beautiful beach I’ve seen, and at the same time pretty much running to yoga- again not the most ideal situation. I continue walking along the beach thinking maybe I’d see some yogis in downward dog, but not to my luck. At this point I figured I was lost, late and was ok with spending my morning walking oceanside. 

It was at that moment that I came across the hotel (apparently you can’t drive there and actually have to walk the beach to arrive).  Welcomed by the beautiful gardens, I made my way up to the yoga hall. 

  

The space is on the 2nd floor above the restaurant overlooking the ocean and the beach. It’s all made of wood and decorated in a chakra theme. The open window walls allow you to gaze out beyond the tops of the palm trees as far as the eye can see. 

  

Yes, I wasn’t that late… Thank you Costa Rica time! Pura vida! Ximena, the instructor, greeted me with a warm welcome and began the class with a grounding initial relaxation. 

This is exactly what I needed- it allowed me to slow down, let go of the morning rush and even stop sweating! She focused on deep abdominal breathing, filling the entire body with oxygen and letting go. We inhaled for 4 counts and exhaled for 8. This technique of slowing down the exhale truly calmed the nervous system and mind almost immediately. She invited us to breathe into our entire body and accept it the way it is- perfect. 

With each couple of breaths, we focused on our different bodies, moving from the physical, to mental, emotional and spiritual. For me, it was the perfect start and I knew immediately that I would take more than the physical benefits from the class.

Next, we focussed on some gentle warming exercises to stretch the neck, shoulders, wrists, spine and rib cage. It was ideal for anyone who had been traveling or for those on a relaxing vacation away from their busy lives.  

We continued to warm the body with the practice of some classic sun salutations, always with a focus on the breath- especially the exhale.

She reminded us the benefits of inversions and the calming and restorative power of downward dog.

 

  I loved the slower pace of the flowing sequence which really allowed you to keep focus on breath and to stretch into hips and back, all while strengthening with warriors and plank pose.

  

The next portion included a variety of classical asanas: twists, forward folds, balance poses. Throughout the postures, Ximena had a natural way of sharing yogic teachings about staying present, being still and also on the energy of the chakras. She also played some soft music in the background: a mix between flute and mantras. It was a nice touch, and I was happy it wasn’t overpowering the sound of the majestic waves.

I loved gazing out during tree pose as I saw a giant iguana crawling down a palm tree followed by a group of 6 pelicans flying by over the water. We were even graced by some horseback riders passing by. It all made me smile.

The practice was a graceful balance between ease and effort. As a yoga instructor myself, I really felt inspired by Ximena in the way that she presented the class and made it accessible for all levels. Her sweet and playful energy was also a blessing.

The class ended with a brief meditation where she chanted a beautiful mantra before we reclined back for savasana.

  

I felt so much gratitude (well for -actually finding it and making it to class) for the gift to practice above the beach, looking out to mother ocean. I often like to close my eyes when I practice, but I was feeling guided to gaze softly outward. I learned so much in that 90 minutes while watching the waves with so much awareness. I most vividly remember noticing the yin and yang between graceful rolling waves and the powerful crashing  break. It reminded me that our lives are just that, moments where we are flowing with ease and grace, followed by moments of crashing stress or devastation. What I also understood is that we need to honor our softness just as much as our power- we need both, a blend of the heart chakra with Manipura, our inner fire.

  

We think that we need to take an adventure to paradise, in the middle of no where, on a beach… To experience bliss. Don’t get me wrong I am forever grateful for the class and the opportunity to be a student. However,  I truly know that every moment is filled with beauty, wonderment and stillness, I just need to take the time to pause, recognize and remember.

  

Afterward, you can enjoy the same view down at the restaurant and treat yourself to a delicious shake with superfood spirulina! I indulged inan iced chai tea latte sin azucar.

stay tuned: in the flow at Montezuma Yoga