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Eastbourne.online Radio interview

Eastbourne has a brand new radio station called Eastbourne.Online and I met up with the lovely Sonia and Chris to talk about yoga.  We had a good chat about yoga benefits, how important it is to have a little bit of ‘me time’ to de-stress, relax, strengthen our body, loosen our tired muscles and joints and simply take some much needed time off – letting go of our daily worries and stresses and catch our breath.  Letting go of analysing, overthinking and putting our wellbeing first once in a while.. ideally daily.

I am hoping to see Sonia and Chris at the studio soon – I think that a gentle restorative class would be just the ticket! So watch this space and I will keep you posed. In the meantime if you want to listen to me going on about yoga – here is my interview 🙂

Listen here 🙂

Marsa Shagra Beach Yoga Holiday March 2018

By one of our beautiful yoga girls:

Our group of twelve Yogis, led by Wenche and Eva, touched down in Egypt on 22 March; all excited and all not really knowing quite what to expect.  To say the week’s experiences surpassed every single person’s hopes and dreams would be a massive understatement.

The eco camp is magical and as you set foot on the sand and gaze at the beauty of the Red Sea and the peacefulness of your surroundings, an overwhelming sense of calm fills you.  The tents are amazingly comfortable and definitely fit the Western definition of ‘glamping’ with friendly staff sweeping them daily, making the beds and providing fresh towels.  As for their location on the shoreline of the Red Sea, how blissful to fall asleep and wake to the sounds of the waves lapping the shore.  Every single diet and taste was catered for in the beautiful terraced camp restaurant including a dedicated egg chef at breakfast and a pastry chef who made the most irresistible desserts.  As for the coffee/beach bar where you would most likely bump into Stella, the camp dog; coffee, tea cake and soft drinks were available all day together with cake if you fancied it.  You could pull up a chair in the shade or a bean bag in the sun and simply relax as the sun glistened on the sea in front of you.

For the intrepid within our group Eva and Wenche had arranged plenty of optional trips including riding camels into the desert to meditate at sunset, swimming with ancient giant turtles in a beautiful bay and taking a speed boat out to Dolphin House reef to swim with the dolphins when they returned there in the early morning.  Khalid, our super knowledgeable and hilarious guide for the week took care of everything and everyone.  Some of the group did trial scuba dives with Red Sea Diving Safari and most days we would walk out into the sea to the breathtaking local reef and snorkel.  Never have I seen so many vivid colours in the coral and the fish – it was like watching Blue Planet but seeing it with our own eyes.  To add to the relaxation many of us had a massage in the massage tent on the camp.  Everyone agreed they had never experienced a massage like it, emerging to say they felt to be floating with every scrap of tension released from their body.  In fact many went back a second time to the masseur/healer we called ‘Magic Hands’.  The Bedouin Bar, run on the camp by a beautiful Bedouin family, was great fun at the end of day where we could sit with our feet in the sand and gaze at the stars overhead with a glass of wine and an apple shisha.  In fact one evening a surprise party was arranged for us complete with Bedouin musicians, dancing, a beach fire and the most enormous telescope to give us a close up window on the stars.

And all this before I get to the yoga!  To practice yoga and meditation overlooking the sea in Egypt is truly exceptional.  Something about the ancient land beneath your feet creates a deep connection with nature, the earth and the elements, which we so often lose in our busy day-to-day lives.  And to be led by teachers like Wenche and Eva is unbelievable.  Every morning and every evening we met as a group on our mats for an hour and a half practice which always unfolded some new understanding of ourselves. I have never practiced yoga in the way we practiced, the total freedom to listen to your own body and move how you needed to move was liberating.  The explanation of the thinking behind the principles of yoga was enlightening and the encouragement to explore yourself was inspiring.  It was the most uplifting and transforming experience and one for which I will always be grateful.  Our final practice which included partner yoga and group yoga positions was just great fun and cemented the ties between us all.

And finally, this eclectic group of fourteen individuals, many of whom met for the first time in Egypt have formed friendships that will last a lifetime.  So much joy was shared, so many barriers were broken down, such honesty and care was given.  The trappings and restrictions of everyday life were stripped away and people could ‘just breathe and be’.  That is the rare gift that Egypt gave us all and why so many of us are hoping to return very soon.

Thank you Wenche and Eva – without you none of this would have been possible xx

Ease Restless Leg Syndrome with Yoga

EASE RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME WITH YOGA 

My good friend has been suffering for a long time, tried and tested many different techniques and remedies with not much help. She asked me to create a yoga programme that would help her to ease the symptoms and more I look into it more people I come across who suffer with this condition.

So what is the Restless leg syndrome?

It is a disorder that causes uncomfortable, urgent feelings in the body. It is considered a neurological sleep disorder. Those with restless leg syndrome can have a variety of symptoms including a need to move or shake the legs, a crawling sensation, or a tickling or itching feeling. Many people with restless leg syndrome also experience twitching or jerking of the limbs during sleep.

At this time, there is no known cure for restless leg syndrome. The most common treatments include a daily light exercise routine, cutting out caffeine, nicotine, white sugar and other stimulants, and establishing a more restful sleep environment.

In addition to regular yoga practice, particular postures can help relieve the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. End of day yoga and meditation routines can help the sufferer create a stable evening and relaxed mind for bedtime.

Each person has their own unique experience and each person’s path toward healing is often equally unique. Below are my tips on how to manage Restless Leg Syndrome based on my research:

Any yoga posture that releases nervous energy from the legs will help. Postures like Standing Forward Bend, Downward Facing Dog, and Goddess Pose release tension and nervous energy from the body. If energy is constructively released from the body, it should improve your odds for less restless leg syndrome flare ups and a healthy sleep session.

Perform yoga poses that work the thigh muscles and also those that flex and extend the solar plexus and pelvis. I have found that forward bends, backward bends and spinal twists are all beneficial as well as specific poses that contract the thighs such as the chair pose and the warrior pose series.

If you want to practice just one posture, try ‘legs up the wall’ – that will feel really good! Legs up the Wall pose is good for aiding circulation within the legs. The pose should be held for five to twenty minutes, depending on the ease of the pose for the practitioner. If there is discomfort in the back, a bolster or blanket can be placed under the small of the back.

All poses should be performed very slowly with great attention to the body and breath.

Practice alternate nostril breathing before bed (Contact me for instructions).

Cut out caffeine, nicotine, white sugar and other stimulants.

I have created a yoga sequence designed especially for this condition. I would be happy to share this programme with any sufferers so please do get in touch and hopefully we will find a way to help you with your busy legs!

Eva xxx

Yoga for restless legs with Eva Kristlova

Beach Yoga Holiday in Egypt

 

 

Hey Yoga Lovers – looking for your next Yoga Adventure?

Eva Kristlova and Wenche Beard invite you to enjoy the perfect
Yoga Holiday in beautiful Egypt

March 22nd – 29th 2018!

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS AMAZING EARLY BIRD OFFER…ONLY £895 ALL INCLUSIVE…EVEN FLIGHTS 🙂

Swap the backdrop of your Yoga Studio with the desert dunes gazing into the horizon of the Red Sea; submerse yourself in this amazing yoga experience discovering the breath taking underwater world as you snorkel the clear warm Red Sea meeting turtles, array of colourful fish and even the dolphins!
The desert behind you is a jewel where we will practice sunset Yoga enveloped in peace and tranquillity.

This is a top class location, one of the best snorkelling and diving sites in the world.
The dolphins, marine life, desert trips and star studded skies will leave you speechless!

Marsa Shagra Eco Village is our home for the week.
Located in the southern Red Sea, it is an idyllic combination of sand, sea, blue sky and desert stars; the perfect backdrop for yoga lovers and those who enjoy being close to nature. Positioned directly opposite a beautiful house reef, teeming with fish life and colourful coral, you’ll not want to leave!

Please check our eco village here:
http://www.redsea-divingsafari.com/

Prices include flights, transfers, 7 nights full board in a beach safari tent and 5 days of yoga, 2 classes per day.

 

Beach Yoga Eastbourne

BEACH YOGA EASTBOURNE 

We are so lucky to live here, having the sea and magnificent natural beauty literally on our doorstep..

So why not take advantage of practising yoga outside in the fresh air? Enjoying the amazing views, a beautiful sky, the colourful leaves, soft grass or pebbles (sometimes even sand) underneath our mat, beach and the sea.

The ground might be uneven, an ant might crawl across your mat, or the sun may be shining in your eyes, but that is what makes outdoor practice so rewarding. You get to go outside your normal routine, feel the earth beneath your feet, and make playful adjustments to your practice.

The music comes courtesy of chirping birds, flowing wind, and the waves lapping up on the beach.

Yoga is all about the union of the body and the mind, and when you add the extra element of the outdoors, you can also make it about becoming one with nature.. Spending your morning at the beach yoga really sets you up for the day ahead. Gone are the stress, worries, distracting thoughts and pressure of your everyday life.

After the class you feel recharged, reenergised, relaxed and ready to tackle the day ahead. We often feel as if we spent time away on a mini holiday..

We embrace the elements and meet to practice yoga outside whatever the weather (well perhaps not in a torrential rain, although we did couple of times..)

The class has been running for last 5 years, it started with only a handful of people and our yoga dog Maxi but over the time we created a beautiful beach yoga community where everyone is welcome with open arms, our numbers reaching 30 in summer and around 10 brave hard core yogis in winter, complete with hats, gloves, scarves and skiing socks! We often stay on and chat after the class, grabbing a hot drink or relaxing on the beach, even swimming!

Beach yoga is a great class to meet people, feel fantastic and become a part of something amazing – community of likely minded beach yogis who love outdoors, having fun and who put their wellbeing first (at least once a week).

Tempted? Come and find us every Wednesday at 9.30am in the Italian Gardens in Eastbourne, we are here all year round.. We promise you a special morning you will not forget, a total stress buster. 

I asked some of the beach yogis why they love coming to the class:

For the soothing sound of the sea, the salty kiss of the breeze on our faces, the sensation of sand (and pebbles) beneath our feet, for the sunshine and the rain…we meet in friendship and shared appreciation of this beautiful and special part of the world ❤ We love Maxi dog, and we love you and your classes Eva Kristlova. xxx

JML

Come and experience beach yoga with us soon!

 

 

Yoga Holiday in Egypt – our unexpected adventure

We were all set up to fly off to Athens and enjoy a relaxing yoga and shiatsu holiday in Agistri Island, Greece. All 16 of us…

Little did we know… that only few hours before our departure our flights would be cancelled due to air traffic control strike and getting to our island would be impossible for next four days.  7 hours of calling, thinking, sweating, stressing and reorganising later – and we (Nick and I) totally changed our original plans and decided to go to a remote diving eco camp on the Red Sea instead (Red Sea Diving Safari) . The Magnificent 7 met at the airport in the morning excited about all the adventures waiting for us in Egypt – truly going with the flow of life.

We quickly settled into the camp’s slow and relaxed, back to basics style of life.  Two gentle yoga classes a day, snorkelling, diving, enjoying the sun, sea, amazing marine life, swimming with over 200 dolphins, bonding and making connections for life.  Sleeping in our safari tents, set on the shore of the Red Sea, listening to the sound of gentle waves, star gazing, moon bathing, being really present and living, breathing and feeling alive every moment of our time together.

We crated some amazing memories, shared unforgettable experiences and were not ready to leave! Throughout the week there were masses of laughter, lots of fun, cheekiness and also tears, support, love and compassion.

Special moments:

Scuba diving with our fantastic instructors

Using camel milk for sun stroke

Celebrating our last evening together with a special chocolate cake and fish supper made just for us by the wonderful staff

Swimming with 200+ dolphins

Watching breath taking sunsets

Getting up at 4.30am to watch sunrise outside our tents

Being a part of the very welcoming Marsa Shagra family

Chilling in the Bawadi Bar, enjoying cheeky shisha, glass of wine and the special company

Star gazing in the desert

Recognising the constellation of Scorpio

Snorkelling with amazing marine life, dolphins, rays, turtles, octopus and thousands of fish..

Of course Yoga!

Fantastic massage

Laughing so much that the whole camp knew where we were at any given moment

All the food

All the amazing people we met along the way

All of us together

Dirty Yogis

 

We are already planning our next adventures… We will be returning to Marsa Shagra in March 2018 so if you want to come along please get in touch! xxx

Our Children are Our Future

Just a little reflection on how everyone I meet through yoga (of course everyone else too – not being exclusive here at all!) touches me and how special it is to be sharing our journeys through life even if it might be just for a short while.

Special attention today goes to all the wonderful children who come to the studio or classes elsewhere.  They might take part or might not, they might just play or enjoy a little swing time in the yoga swing, they might just simply absorb the vibes whether they know it or not.  All the children I meet through yoga are truly special and I love watching them grow, become more confident, and I am also learning so much from them.

I teach mummy and baby yoga class and our oldest ‘baby’ just turned 3! She has been coming to yoga for 2 and half years already and it is a real privilege to watch this little beauty blossom, from a little baby, just soaking in all the yoga vibes, to a cute toddler trying to copy her mummy’s moves, to a little adorable girl who knows her stuff! She even helps me with hands on, adjusting all the other mums in the room.

A gorgeous little yoga girl came with her daddy to a ‘grown up class’. After she did the whole class she asked me if I could give her any tips as she would like to set up a yoga class in her school! Seriously – my heart melted there and then. What a little sweetheart. So I created a lesson plan that she could teach her friends, and she will be phenomenal, future yoga teacher for sure <3

The teenagers I teach are so grateful for a little down time. There is so much pressure on our children nowadays! Every time I see the older kids they are exhausted.  All they need is a little me time, time to switch off.  Although we go through lots of giggling the final effect is always the same. They leave happy, smiling, positive, relaxed. I feel truly honoured to be making that little positive difference in their lives.

I teach a family yoga class where children and parents try to practice together, it’s a bit of fun but also a special bonding experience.  Even if the children think at the time it’s all a game it will for sure make an impact on their lives. And what a great tool to have for the days to come.

The point of this blog is – that all we do has an effect on our children. What we put in we get back.  When we introduce our children to yoga it will pay off.  Be an inspiration to them and they will really inspire you in return. Spend time together doing what you love (anything not just yoga) and you will create special moments to be treasured for ever.  Give and receive. Give love receive love. OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE

More Yoga kids in the world means brighter future for us all..

Yoga helps children see the beauty and light within themselves, boosting their self-confidence, allowing them to feel more comfortable in their own skin, and helping them get in touch with who they are inside. A child who learns yoga, mindfulness and relaxation will be developing essential skills for a lifetime of health and wellness in mind, body and spirit.

YOGA CREATES CHILDREN WHO ARE BRIGHT LIGHTS IN THIS WORLD

 

A little interview with your Yoga Teacher

Hi there, this is a little interview I did for the Yoga Life Studio:

Can you tell us what we can expect in your class?

Everyone is welcome. Everyone is unique. Everyone is on the mat for some reason. Come to my class and be you, enjoy your own practice, listen to your body, follow your breath.  We will go on a journey together, to release stress and pressure of every day life, to let go of any negative feelings and emotions, to connect with our breath, body, mind, spirit. We will get strong, flexible, focused and beautifully relaxed. We will do all that and we will love it.

You can expect the following in these classes:

Beach yoga – elements: sun, wind, sea, earth, ether. Dog yogis; beautiful shiny people. Raw beauty, fresh energy

Aerial Yoga – fun, strength, inversions, swinging, laughter, comedy moments

Family Yoga – kids playing, kids swinging, beauty, connections, love, togetherness, chaos

Mummy yoga – time out, relaxation for mums, babies, unconditional love, understanding, support

Yurt Yoga – fire, earth, yurt yogis, mats in circle, crystal bowl, horses, birds, serenity

Restorative Yoga – bolsters, blankets, cushions, eye pillows, comfort, snooze

Meditation – calm, breathing, just be, chant, peace, time out

Yoga for all – ALL OF THE ABOVE

 

When did you first realise that you wanted to be a yoga teacher? What was the wow moment if any?

I guess when I was a new mum and in a desperate need of something that was just for me, without any demands of others. A little sanctuary to recharge and just be ME again. Through experiencing all these feelings and emotional rollercoaster of being a new parent I figured out it can’t be just me feeling like this.  That’s why I wanted to create a supportive environment for new parents to come and practice yoga with their babies present but without any pressure  – for the baby to be quiet, take part or be certain way. I wanted the new mums to just come, feel supported, connect with others and just be themselves again.  Just lie down and breathe, slow down and put yourselves first for a moment. So that’s why I wanted to become a yoga teacher… To help others feel good again.

Where is your favourite place to practice?

Definitely Eastbourne beach, listening to the waves and birds and sharing a mat with my dog. In the yoga yurt feeling such a close connection with the earth there – it is a very special place. And of course Yoga Life Studio, where it all started J

 Have you got any advice for new students?

Just do it! Come with an open mind, let go of any expectations and let the practice take you on a journey… to yourself.  Make the practice your own, don’t worry about others and most of all don’t feel under any pressure to perform, compete, get into challenging postures or please the teacher. Do what feels good for You. If you are tired – rest. Feel your body moving, feel your breath flowing, slow down.  No judgement. Be really kind to yourself, enjoy it and embrace it! It is your own unique experience.

Also try few different classes and teachers and make your own mind up – each class is different.  Make connections and go wherever you feel good!

I hear lots of people say ‘I am too …….. for yoga (fill the dots). If you can breathe you can do yoga! Yoga is not only about moving our physical body. It is about stilling our mind, controlling our breath, switching off, being kind – to ourselves and others.

You love yoga because…

It helps you to find YOU. It feels damn good. It helps you overcome fears, makes you stronger, more confident, it reminds you to breathe and live in the present moment. It makes you wonder… it makes you feel alive.

What is your favourite yoga posture/practice and why?

This can vary from day to day but without thinking about it the cat & cow stretch jumps to mind, where the spine gets a wonderful stretch, energy starts flowing through the body and when we switch our busy minds off and just follow the breath this can become a wonderful moving meditation. It also releases back pain and works on your abs!

When outdoors or during my self practice I love few rounds of Sun Salutations, awakening my whole body and connecting with my breath, no thinking, just going with the flow and feeling alive.

Restorative practice with the use of bolsters is pure heaven, the slow pace, peaceful atmosphere and soft support works wonders.

Relaxation! Even though it was challenging for me at start (restless mind) now I can’t get enough when I am lucky enough to go to a class. In the meantime I am successfully hypnotising myself and others in my own classes J LOL.

 Can you share 3 interesting facts about yourself?

I spent a night at the police station when I was 4 – got nicked for wandering the streets in my pyjamas and would not tell the officer my name – not talking to strangers! Yes… dad found me, eventually!

My son says I should play football for England Woman’s Team (in his eyes I am a good footballer!)

I once let my sister and a friend to shave half of my head.  Seemed like a good idea that evening, but lots of tears in the morning… (those were the days!)

 What is your personal motto or favourite quote?

Live and let live.

Treat others how you want to be treated.

Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.

Basically – follow your dreams!

And also.. You are only one step away from changing your life..!

Too many coming to mind now!

Eva Kristlova

Eva Kristlova Beach

Welcome to my Blog

Welcome to my blog!

Thank you for taking time to read whatever I want to share with you! I am really excited about making this website public and when the dust settles I will introduce all my classes to you and let you know what is happening on and off the yoga mat.

This week I enjoyed teaching on the beach – it was a bit cloudy but that doesn’t stop the beach yogis. It is always such a wonderful energising morning whatever the weather.  We loved the loud sounds of the waves crashing and the birds singing their little heads off.

A special treat waited for us at the yoga yurt where we met two brand new baby lambs and more were waiting to be born.  The sun is shining this week and it feels like spring has finally sprung.  And I wore my flip flops for the first time this year! Things are looking up 🙂

Enjoy the great outdoors, take deep breaths in, fill your lungs with the fresh spring air and exhale all that you don’t need to hold onto any more.

Be kind and loving to yourself by accepting yourself just as you are. Have a beautiful day, as special as you are!

Namaste xxx

Eva Kristlova Beach

Hello world!

Welcome to my website.  Please browse and find out more about me, the classes I teach, yoga holidays and special events! Feel free to ask any questions and hopefully we will meet each other on the yoga mat soon 🙂

 

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