Wellness Yoga Retreat

 

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It’s that time of year again—our annual Yoga Retreat !

 

I am thrilled for this year’s retreat for so many reasons.  

 

  1. This year, I will be accompanied by two additional wellness experts (and personal friends of mine) : certified professional coach, Zeva Bellel, and talented chef and food stylist, Elea Di Lorezno.
  2. We have a lovely new location close to Paris on the RER!!!
  3. And last but not least, it will be another opportunity to share a beautiful experience with all of you that promises to be full of growth, health and lots of Yoga!

 

The retreat will be 4 days and 4 nights from July 18-22.  Arrival will be at 10h on Wednesday, July 18th, for a welcome brunch and departure will be on Sunday, July 22nd, around 15h.

 

We will be a total of 45 mins outside up Paris tucked away in the woods of a beautiful castle. Our location is easily accessible by RER (Gare Dourdan) and a very close walk to the cute little village. I can pick you up from the train station, no worries 😉

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Back side of the Castle, after a little stroll through the forest.

 

The cost of the retreat will be 850€ for room sharing, with an early bird discount of 10% until April 30th!

We have enough space for 14 guests.

 

There are 3 rooms with double beds. So if you are a couple or two friends that want to share a double bed you will split the cost of 1500€ (750€ each person), or if you are a single person in search of solitude and would like to rent a double bedroom for you alone, you will be charge 950€ ( as you will be taking up the space of two people).

 

This price of the retreat includes the following:

  • Accomodation
  • Meals (delicious vegan and gluten free)
  • 2 Yoga classes a day, for all levels (a 30 min silent meditation in the morning followed by a 90 min Hatha Yoga class, then in the evening a 90 min Restorative Yoga class)
  • 1 cooking class with Elea Di Lorenzo on bento philosophy, plus a gift bag
  • A group coaching workshop, plus individual 45 minute one-on-one coaching sessions with Zeva Bellel to help you define and achieve your most important goals.

What to expect at the retreat:

 

A nice safe environment to purify your body and mind, with a great group of people.

It is a drug free space. No smoking or drinking of alcohol will take place during these 4 days and nights.  This is a time for you to clean your body and your mind. Myself, Elea and Zeva will be there to support you on this journey.

Most of you know me already, so no need to introduce myself, but I will give you a brief description of what I hope for you to achieve by treating yourself to a Yoga Retreat.

 

For me the goal of going on a Yoga Retreat is to immerse yourself in practice. And what is our practice, you may ask? Yoga is an inward journey. A discovery of self. Learning to build daily rituals where you can find the true meaning of Yoga: union between mind, body and spirit.

 

My personal goal is to guide you through all parts of a true Yogic practice, not just the asana/posture practice.  We will discuss Yoga Philosophy, Ayurveda, Chant, Meditate and so much more to allow you to go deeper, helping you to build a better home practice and build stability and balance into your urban lifestyles.

 

Zeva and Elea with play a big role in supporting your yoga practice.  

 

Elea is a wonderful chef and food stylist who has worked with me as my sous chef and partner on many projects over the past 4 years. She will be nourishing our bodies during the retreat and treating us to some of her expertise during her cooking class that she will offer you on composing healthy easy meals in a Bento philosophy workshop.

 

Zeva, a longtime friend, has collaborated with me on a number of occasions while she was Marketing Director at Yelp France.  She will lead you on an a fun and creative group workshop to visualize your goals and then dive deeper during 45mn private sessions so that each of you leave the retreat with more clarity, confidence and practical steps on how to bring those goals to life.

 

Meet Elea and Zeva.

 

The Chef : Elea

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I’m Elea Di Lorenzo, an enthusiastic Argentinian cook & food-stylist​ whose life is permeated by food every minute. I cook for cameras and styling sets for  restaurants, food editorials, brands, lifestyle & travel agents. For the last 14 years I constantly travelled and discovered different culinary traditions. ​

Graduated in 2004 in Cooking & Pastry, Food trends and Sustainability in Islas Malvinas École in Mendoza Argentina, I continued discovering food across Latin America and specialised in Restaurants Management & Advising.

I also organise gatherings, menu planning for social events and caterings all around sustainable, local and fair trade products. Food is a central value of my life as well as constant travelling and discovering. I enriched my experience and kept moving forward through tasting new flavours, connecting with (un)known local food cultures, enlarging my prop-styling collection in design boutiques, brocantes and flea markets as well as supporting local ceramists. This is what my personal signature is made of.

I believe that food is so actively necessary and present in our daily lives that we could not grow as human beings without the trilogy food-culture-emotions whose value I communicate and share with my work.

In my future I wish to continue and deepen my experience with food-journalism and photography, through the roads of the local cuisine , sustainable and fair food production  and processes.

 

The Coach: Zeva

 

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Hello, my name is Zeva Bellel. I’m a native New Yorker who moved to Paris after university with just a suitcase in hand and haven’t left since. After ten years as an international journalist and seven years as Marketing Director at Yelp, I followed my passion and became a professional coach to help people rock the pants off of life and become the best versions of themselves. I work predominantly with established and emerging women managers, entrepreneurs and small business owners to boost their clarity, confidence, creativity and intuition. During our week together I will do group and private coaching sessions to dig into your most pressing goals and uncover the actions, attitudes and habits needed to start making headway on them. I am also a mom to two adorable Franco-American boys. I know Paris like the back of my hand, and I love to cook, dance and laugh to the point of tears, which you’ll likely see me do often during our time together.

 

Zeva, Elea and myself are looking forward to sharing this amazing experience with you all !

If you are ready to sign up for the retreat, simply send me an email at cameilkettenring@gmail.com, or tell me in person when I see you. 😉

To reserve your spot you will need to make a payment in full, by check, cash or bank transfer.

 

Cancellation policy:  

Two months or more in advance 50€ charge

One month in advance 35% charge

14 days in advance 50% charge

Less than 14 days no refund

 

Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti

Cameil

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Weekly Class Theme: Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand)

 

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The key to getting into these more advanced postures is mind – body – unity.

“The mind is the king of the senses, but the breath is the king of the mind” — Pradipika

Using the breath, we can calm the mind and not let fear overcome us. Slow exhales are crucial!

Overcoming fear in this posture is great for building confidence, strength and balance. Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand) also requires great concentration and body alignment, which are essential in advanced postures.

In Sanskrit, Salamba means supported and Sirsa means head, and asana means pose/posture. This asana is often called the king of all asanas. You can think of it as Tadasana (Mountain Pose), but upside-down.

The Crown Charka (Sahasrara) is activated in this posture through its direct connection to the earth. It is not often that we get this opportunity in Yoga, so let go of fear and enjoy it together and safely 😉.

 

It’s A Brand New Day !

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Everyday is a new day to be a better you, so don’t worry, take it one day at a time making a little better version of you every day.

We put so much pressure on ourselves to make all the changes we want in our lives in one year.  January 1st comes around and we are supposed to jump into a new year as a completely new person. If this actually worked we would not have to do it every year…. just saying 😉

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Try to make your goals more realistic.  For example; tomorrow I will get up 5 mins earlier and practice 15 mins of Yoga. Try doing this for one week, after you succeed you can add something else. Example; I have now succeeded at getting up a bit earlier and having a daily practice, I will try to add 5 mins of morning meditation, after that you can maybe add hot lemon water to your morning routine and so on. Taking baby steps, to slowly adding new healthy activities that fit your life style.

 

 

This week, in the studio, I will teach you a basic Yoga routine.  A short 15 min routine that we will repeat, like this you can see how much Yoga you can do in 15 mins and begin to add it to your home routine, helping you on your way to a healthy new year.

Treat everyday as a new opportunity.

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Sleep more, laugh more, move more, love more, listen more, share more, and above all enjoy life!

Happy New Year!! Love light and good health to you all.

X Om Shanti
Cameil

Weekly Class Theme: Sanskrit

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I am constantly bragging about how wonderful my students are.  This weeks class theme, Sanskrit, was chosen by them and proves just why I am so lucky to have them as students!  They are always eager to better themselves and their practice.

What is Sanskrit you may ask.

“Sanskrit is the classical language of India and Hinduism. The language was systematically developed in regards to the natural progressions of sounds created by the human mouth.

Designed to be an unchanging and perfected mode of communication, it is believed Sanskrit belongs to no one and, thus, belongs to all.

Many words and mantras used within the practice of yoga are of Sanskrit origin.

The use of Sanskrit in India for literary and religious purposes is comparable to that of Latin throughout Europe, as both have been studied for more than two thousand years. Authoritative yogic texts, such as the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, were initially compiled in Sanskrit.

Also known as “the language of yoga,” Sanskrit terminology and concepts are pondered by practitioners of yoga to help better understand the power of one’s actions. Chanting Sanskrit mantras in this ancient language is particularly powerful because it focuses and calms one’s mind as well as promotes overall well-being.”

-Yogapedia

 

Also in the Indian traditions of knowledge the sounds of the Sanskrit language are believed to have a profound healing effect. The healing effect of the sequential flow of sounds in the Sanskrit language is said to not only ballance the mind and the body, but even extend further to create harmony in the collective consciousness of society as a whole.

An interesting point is that in order to experience the beneficial effect of the Sanskrit sounds, understanding the meaning is not necessary. This is because in Sanskrit there is a special connection between the sound and the meaning, between the name and the form it represents. In Sanskrit the sound and the meaning are not considered  as two different entities but as one and the same.

In other words, the sounds of Sanskrit carry the qualities of the meaning on the very level of their vibrational frequency. This means that even without understanding the meaning, chanting or listening to Sanskrit verses (or repeating short mantras in meditative procedures, or even reciting the flow of the Sanskrit alphabet) could generate a very beautiful effect on the mind and on the body.

Thus why I am a firm believer in using their names in our asana practice and most of you are already familiar with the use of this language in our chanting, but it excites me hear that you are not only listening but feeling the effects of it and wanting to learn more.

That is why this week I have created a sequence with most of our basic postures/asanas that we will repeat in a sequence a few times in the class to help the names stick into our minds along with a new chant.

Happy to share this experience with you all this week!

X om

 

 

Abhyasa /Practice: Weekly Class Theme

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Abhyasa means having an attitude of persistent effort to attain and maintain a state of stable tranquility.

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Practice is the effort to secure steadiness.

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This practice becomes well-grounded when continued without interruption over a long period of time.

What does Patañjali mean by practice. Near the beginning of the Yoga Sutras, he gives us some solid, practical advice.

Initially, the goal of yoga is to steady the mind, to clear it of chatter and random impulses. He defines practice (abhyasa) as the effort of will required to achieve stability in that calm and clear state, though not without significant effort:

You may start to feel the benefits of your practice immediately, but you are only going to become well-grounded in the practice—able to summon up a calm and clear state with minimum effort, or even find yourself living permanently in a state of mental ease—after much dedicated effort. Patañjali has something to say about just this point:

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The goal is near for those who practice with extreme intensity.

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Thus, there will be a difference if the effort put into practice is mild, moderate or great.

8 hours a day, 2 hours a day, three times a week is a lot of asana and out of reach for most. But, of course, the physical practice is only a small part of the equation. The simple techniques we learn and refine in the context of the physical practice we can take out into our daily life, commuting to work, waiting in line at the store, interacting with our coworkers, our family and loved ones. The entirety of your life can become a yoga practice, the hours of training the mind to achieve expertise and mastery of the state of living, moment by moment. And it is the quality of your practice that is important not the quantity.

Come and get some good quality practice in this week with me and your fellow yogis, and achieve the true feeling of Abhyasa (attitude of persistent effort to attain and maintain a state of stable tranquility).

X om shanti

Weekly Class Theme: Strength

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“Build up your strength to the point where you are not influenced by your surroundings; in fact, you can influence the surroundings instead.” Swami Satchidananda

This week we will work on a core strengthening sequence, so that we can float right up into our more difficult asanas/postures/life with grace, ease, and strength.

Purvottanasana, also know as reverse plank, is an invigorating chest opener and arm balance.  Stretching the shoulders, wrists and ankles, whilst strengthening the arms, legs, back and the entire core.  Wow, right?  So much impact from this asana!

We will work on this asana along with other arm balancing postures this week learning how to correctly engage the right muscle groups.

Come and join the fun 🙂

Namaste

Cameil

Weekly Class Theme: Anahata Chakra Vinyasa Flow

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Supta Virasana; Photo by Heather Bonker

 

I have received a lot of great feedback from all of you after our Silent Themed classes last week. Many loved the opportunity to build a better mind body connection, as well as the meditative rhythm and flow.  With that in mind, I have decided to make this week’s class theme Anahata Chakra Vinyasa Flow.  Where you can connect with your heart engery and still enjoy the beautiful meditative sensation of our asana practice.

The word “Vinyasa” in Sanskrit can be translated as “to place something in a special way”. When you break down the root words “Vi” means “in a special way” and “Nyasa” means “to place”. In a Vinyasa Flow class, we coordinate our movement with our breath to flow from one pose to the next in a fluid sequence, like in Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutations).

To put the words to test, I have created a nice flow routine, opening the chest to access our Anahata Chakra (Heart Chakra). In Sanskrit, Anahata means “unhurt, unstuck, and unbeaten” and Chakra means wheel, a spinning wheel of energy or centers of spiritual power in the human body.

Within the body exist several minor chakras (energy centers) and 7 major chakras. The Heart Chakra is perfectly situated in the middle of your body, balancing the world of matter (our lower three chakras) with the world of spirit (our upper three chakras). We will continue to learn more about charkras in the weeks to come.

See you on the tapis 😉

X om

Weekly Class Theme: Body Harmony

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This week we will go through our standing asanas/poses to help bring harmony to the body.

Standing asanas are the key to all other poses. They are essential for increased flexibility, strength, self confidence, balance within and without.

In these postures we need to keep our focus on bringing together the past and the future to be able to fully indulge in the present moment. Becoming fully aware of our the asana by invigorating the entire body as well as finding inner and outer stillness.

Iyengar often uses the image of flamingos sleeping on one leg with their heads tucked under their wings, and says “that there is what we are looking for, in our postures.”
Standing poses also provide the entire body with knowledge on the principles of alignment, which are essential in performing all poses before moving to more difficult yoga asanas, like Salamba Sirsasana (supported headstand).  Leaving the body wanting more oxygen, activating the heart, allowing for an increasing boost of circulation throughout the body to places that may often be neglected, such as the joints, connective tissues and internal organs.  Making the standing asanas both energising and calming, allowing the body to find its natural harmony with a firm and supportive base.
If you would like to read more about standing asanas here is a good article to read from Yoga International and why its important to incorporate them into your home practice.
Hope to see you all this week to work on your body harmony.

Namaste

 

Weekly Class Theme: Heal and Balance Your Fire Chakra

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Manipura is our third chakra located at our solar plexus, just behind the navel, and is also known as the fire chakra. Manipura means city of jewels. The color of this third chakra is yellow and it is associated with our ego, will, sense of self, identity of self, sense of purpose, and digestion, not only of food but how we digest everything even emotions.

You will know that your fire charka is out of balance when you are feeling a lack of self confidence, confused, hard to self express making you either irritable, aggressive and in some playing the victim mentality. You may also have digestion issues,  and can make you feel lost or even depressed.

When in balance you will feel empowered by knowing who you are, your purpose. You will be more self confident and have a better understanding of your self and your relationships with others.

This week we will have the opportunity to use our practice to heal and balance our third chakra, Manipura. Using mudra, mantra and an asana practice to active that fire in our belly to better digest physically and mentally who we are and what we are feeling in this moment of our lives.

Another way you can heal your fire chakra is through eating foods associated with it’s color; pineapple, corn, yellow peppers, squash ect….

Here is a positive affirmation that you can use this week.  Say it out loud to yourself first thing in the morning or last thing before bed. Repeat it as many times as you’d like keeping your awareness on your city of jewels, Manipura, visualising the color yellow.

I do enough, I am more than enough, I accept myself and stand confidently in my power. I respect differences and express my identity without imposing my will upon others. I am in harmony with all I see. I live with integrity.

Have a lovely week.

I look forward to sharing this practice with you in the studio this week.

X om

Cameil

Weekly Class Theme: Duality and Peace

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This week we will be celebrating both the International Day of Peace and the Autumn Equinox.

“Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.” Read more about the International day of peace. @ http://www.un.org/en/events/peaceday/

Le Centre de Yoga du Marais will be observing the International Day of Peace on Sunday the 24th, with free classes all day.  I will be teaching a small 45mn class at 15h.  I would love to see some of you there to share our practice together in the meaning of Peace.

Here is a link to learn more about the open house.  http://www.yogamarais.com/yoga-workshopsateliers/

To celebrate these two beautiful days, the Autumn Equinox and the International Day of Peace, we will use a heart opening sequence. Allowing us to be more receptive of giving and receiving of compassion, as well as understanding during this time of year that we observe duality in ourselves and the world.

Yogis believe that the change of the seasons is a powerful time for our bodies energetically.  With the Autumn Equinox on Friday the 22nd this is a perfect time to bring balance to the mind, body and spirit.  Its is a time when there is duality between light and dark. The same duality that exists in each of us.  It is a time to prepare the body to rest after all the growth that the spring and summer months brought.  A time to reflect and transform.

Take this time to set intentions, and realign the body mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and physically so that we can be open for greater growth, understanding, and peace.

I hope this weeks practice will help prepare our mind, body and spirit move into to this beautiful transitional time of year with ease. Balancing the energies of the mind and body to align our bodies to the natural rhythms of the earth and the suns’ cycles so we can enjoy rest, contemplation and renewal during this dormant phase of the year, like trees shedding their leaves, to feel lighter we too can enjoy the sensation of letting go. 

X Om Shanti, Shanti, Shanti