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Zen Do by the Sea

Did you know that there is a new style of pre wedding partying?  Forget the Hen Do and say Namaste to Zen Do! Mindfulness, yoga, beautiful scenery, nature walks, meditation and connections on totally different level.

Calm the pre wedding nerves, let go of planning and organising; instead invite peace and tranquillity into your day, soothe the nervous system and prepare for the big day.  Just what everyone needs right? And not only the bride to be, but all involved!

I had the pleasure of organising such a hen/zen do for one of the London yoga teachers, Sarah,  who wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy city and brought her party to the East Sussex Coast, the beautiful Seven Sisters Country park.

This is what happened on the day:

I met the hen party in the morning and we took a leisurely walk across the rolling hills of South Downs to our special yoga spot overlooking the Cuckmere River.  We were met by several curious sheep who observed our yoga practice with a great level of interest. The views were absolutely stunning, the sun was shining and the girls started to switch from busy to zen.  Gentle mindful class, fun partner work and blissful relaxation were needed by all.

After the yoga practice we continued our journey to the beach, where we laid our mats on the pebbles and got creative. We used our bodies to create different words, such as LOVE, ZEN DO and SARAH. Out came the goody bags with little bottles of bubbly and various well being bits and bobs, we all cheered for the bride to be and enjoyed some down time on our stunning beach.  Sun was shining and it was a lovely treat for those who don’t live on the coast!

Lunch was booked at the local country pub and after our hearty meal we could not wait to try some paddle boarding! Testing our balance on the water, trying to stay dry and not falling in the river was great fun! The girls set off on their boards giggling, happy and ready for challenge.

The day finished with Yoga Nidra and cake that we all shared on our picnic blankets set up by the river. Even the cup cakes had little yoga figures stick men drawn in icing, made by the bride! Perfect end to a perfect day and fun memories to treasure for ever,

No hungover – instead a feeling of being completely recharged and high on the fresh air, yoga, prana, friendships and love! I think this is definitely way to go and can’t wait to organise another Zen Do.

Come and have a zen day by the sea (no wedding necessary!) – I will look after you 🙂

Eva

 

Beautiful testimony from one of my special students – Thank you!

It’s thanks to Eva that I ever came to and continued the wonderful and magical practice of yoga. I often wondered if I hadn’t gone to her for my first class and if so many of her other students hadn’t gone to such an incredible teacher who was so welcoming and kind  would we have continued this life affirming practice of yoga with such enthusiasm over the years. Eva’s enthusiasm is contagious and she has a huge warm smile to everyone she meets and she radiates positivity. A quote by Roy T Bennett sums her up perfectly as she does this everyday to anyone and everyone who she meets ‘Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.’

She embodies the yogic principles on and off the mat running a mixture of classes including classes for the local community where all the proceeds go to the Yoga Beats charity which help Palestinians and Israelis caught in the conflict and selection of other local charities that Yoga Life Studio supports.

Eva has a deep affinity with nature and a lot of her yoga classes take place in the great outdoors. Some of my highlights of Eva’s unique yoga classes this year so far include watching the sunset whilst in the Warrior One pose surrounded by adorable ‘baaing sheep’, feeling a deep sense of peace paddle boarding on a silent river followed by a tranquil yoga class feeling the grass beneath our feet and an ‘alpaca yoga class’ that took place in a farm where during Savasana you could hear the alpacas feet walking in between the group. In a digital world where we need yoga more than ever for a connection to ourselves, nature and each other Eva’s classes are the perfect remedy and the perfect chance to just slow down and be yourself.

Georgina Warrick

 

Have you tried Alpaca Yoga?

There is a very special farm in Selmeston… Alpacas, ponies, sheep, pigs and chicken live here..together with their loving human family. When the owners of Jijies Rest Alpaca Farm contacted me asking if I would consider running a yoga class with alpacas there I didn’t have to think long, immediately I said ‘of course I will’!

The alpacas are super friendly and cute, all 25 of them including 5 babies! They are really curious about all that we do and love the food that we bring them (its  a bucket full of muesli) Each time we come to the farm they get a bit more friendly and adventurous, we can hear their soft steps around our mats, they sniff our backs when we rest in Balasana, they watch us carefully when we come up into our Tree pose. I am sure they will strike a pose one day soon too!

We are keeping the class limited to 10 participants to ensure a really special and therapeutic effect for both the animals and our yogis.

The highlight of the class is arriving on the farm, walking towards the alpaca field and  as soon as they spot us they start running towards us greeting us and lining up curiously  observing us with their beautiful big eyes  and waiting to be fed.  Once we settle on our mats they join our circle as if they are planning to practice with us.  They have the funniest and totally adorable faces! As my yogis say this is the best class around, you will leave totally high, smiling from ear to ear and completely recharged. The healing power of yoga and animals!

SUP with me!

It’s that time of the year again when we love to be near the water and enjoy the sunshine. And what a better way to take in the natural beauty of our countryside than from a safety of a paddle board (lol).

I am now offering private Sunrise and Sunset SUP sessions with Meditation, Pranayama and Yoga thrown in – but if you prefer I can just take you for a ride! I will create a bespoke session to suit you, I can’t guarantee that you won’t fall in but I can promise you an amazing time!

Some of the benefits will include:

Private time on the river and stunning scenery

You will learn to stand up and operate the paddle board

Completely switching off – you need to focus on your balance so there is no time to worry about anything else

Good workout for your core, legs, arms; focusing on balance

Beautiful photos that will be sent to you

 

I offer 1-2-1 or 1-2-2 sessions, weather permitting. Location is the Cuckmere Valley BN25 4AD

For more details email me on info@yoga-life.co.uk

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

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