happynewyear#felizanonovo#2014

31.12.13




Temos uma super lua para entrar em 2014! Super luas, foram assim chamadas pela sua proximidade geográfica com a terra. É uma das 5 de 2014. E sendo que é uma lua nova, escrevem os cientistas que é ocasião para procurar raízes. Assim como o lado feminino de cada um, homens e mulheres. Seria um passo gigante para a humanidade! 
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Em 2014 vamos ter mais com que pensar, equilibrar, preocupar mas o todo, o universo, o equilíbrio, ou deus, dá-nos apenas o que conseguimos aguentar... portanto let's embrace the new windows, as novas oportunidades, tornar a nossa vida mais acolhedora, mima-la, dizer bem, ser generoso, ser aberto e livre! 
E uma lua que inspira respeito mas sinto algo claro, bom, que faz sentido. 

nico-mysticmamma

Esta imagem diz muito, venerar a vida. E envolvermo-nos com beleza e simplicidade.

MYSTICMAMMAinserviceforall
E talvez esta seja uma forma bonita de olhar para o que aí vem, que, na realidade é só ainda imaginação. Presente é agora. Estar presente, alinhar com a qualidade é o que desejo para 2014. Vou usar este presente para agradecer a todos os que tenho a minha volta, que são os melhores amigos e família do mundo! E quero deixar um beijo enorme ao meu marido do coração por partilhar esta aventura comigo.  
Obrigada lua, um feliz ano novo! 

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The Universe blessed us with a super moon to start the year! Super moons are called because of their geographic closeness to Earth. There are 5 through the year and we are happy to have one to begin. Being a new moon, the knowledgeable people say it's a moment to root. And to search our feminine side, man and women if this planet. Would be a great step to humanity! 
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In 2014 we will have of corse more to think, to balance, to worry but  new seeds are coming to make it worth. And the big house doesn't give you more then you can bare... So let's embrace the new windows, the chances, and make our life cozier, say good things, be kind, generous, open and above all free!
I feel the respect this moon inspires but I see some clarity, care and more sense. 



Venerate life, beauty and simplicity! 






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Look for the present, where all is perfect. For 2014 I wish to be present and aligned with quality. Using this present to thank all for being, you are the best friends and family I could wish for. And leave a huge kiss to my husband from the heart for sharing this adventure with me. 
Thank you moon, happy new year!



*love, blessings and new beginnings*

christmas#newyear#newmoon#re-fresh#transformation#blessings

29.12.13
de repente dou conta que tanto se passou desde que escrevi o meu último post. mais um momento de transição, de mudança, de viagens. passou a última lua cheia do ano e o solstício de Dezembro. passou o dia mais curto do ano no hemisfério norte, (onde estou para as festas) e o mais longo para o hemisfério sul (em Bali onde vivo há exatamente um ano). aqui em Portugal os dias aqui já crescem e os mais difíceis já ficaram para trás :) o solistício de inverno é tão importante que, na realidade, deu origem ao Natal. esta data era venerada pelos povos antigos, gente conectada com o espaço e tempo  e essência humana. para eles era o início do ciclo da luz e de um certo misticismo associado à feminilidade... 
que benção é estar no Ocidente para o Natal. no ano passado passei em Bali com a minha família. na realidade não há época de Natal, tal como aqui vivemos.. mas o espírito lá está, todos os dias. Bali é em si próprio a celebração da vida, do nascimento, dos começos.  
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e o fim de mais um ano leva-nos inevitavelmente a refletir. os céus e os deuses pedem que pensemos no que passou, no que deixamos por fazer, nos planos.
2013 sinto que foi um mais um ano desafiante para o mundo. para mim, a mudança para Bali foi uma volta enorme à minha vida e que, sem dúvida, me tirou da minha zona de conforto... :) foi bom, agora posso dizer. mas não foi fácil. Bali deu-me muito, mas foi preciso um processo de limpeza a vários níveis que, embora custe, vale imenso a pena! é um tempo que nunca vou esquecer e que me sinto privilegiada por poder experimentar nesta vida.
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2012 era o ano que acabava com os tempos difíceis e que uma nova era emergia. um fenómeno assim, uma new age não aparece da noite para o dia. é um plano cósmico onde tudo faz sentido, tem razão de ser e é perfeito. E enquanto ele cresce vamos vivendo os factos. a vida é isto mesmo, ela não é difícil ou fácil, é uma benção que temos a sorte de viver. é um reconhecimento de que fazemos parte de um universo mágico. e só pode ser para algo melhor. 
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tenho a sensação que 2014 traz algo especial. desde logo começa com uma lua nova. é um nascimento natural, uma transformação, um começo. um sinal para nós e um bom :)
porque não uma oportunidade para investir em si? começar uma prática de yoga, meditação, ginásio ou natação.. qualquer coisa que o faça sentir bem e forte, uma prática diária that keeps you going :)
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a minha amiga querida Rita Ferro Alvim inspirou-se com um dos melhores presentes  de natal, que partilho! Aqui fica o melhor do mundo, as minhas crianças! 

Feliz Ano Novo!



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so much happened since my last post... another transition moment, changes and challenging trips. 
the last full moon as passed, as well as the december solstice, from the shortest day of the year (where I happen to be for the festivities) to the longest (in bali where I live for exactly a year). In the Western days are growing again and the worst times are gone. the winter solstice is actually so important that it originated Christmas as we know it nowadays. this date was venerated by the ancient people, spiritually connected with space and time and our human essence. for them it meant the beginning of the times of light and a kind of mysticism related with feminism...
what a bless to be in the West for the festivities. last year I had just arrived in Bali with my family... in reality there is no Christmas time in Bali... but the spirit is there every day. Bali is itself the celebration of life, birth, of restarts.   
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the end of the year brings us to reflection, the heavens and the gods engage us to interiorise and embrace what has happened, what we left un-finished, at plans.   
2013 has been deeply challenging for many of us. for myself was the move to Bali, leaving my comfort zone :) sometimes difficult, I can easily say now. Bali gives a lot, its a cleaning and challenging process, higher then you can imagine. I am blessed for this experience in this life.
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2012 was the year for the end of the karmic times and the emerging of a new era. its coming but new ages don't come overnight :) its a comic plan where everything is beauty and sense, all is meant and perfect.
to accept life with ease and serenity is the big challenge. life is this, not easy or difficult, its a blessing we happen to experiment. to change is also in our wills. its a recognition we are part of a magic Universe going to a magic place where all is good.
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2014 brings something special I feel. just the fact it starts with a new moon. its a natural re-birth, transformation, new beginning. its a sign for us :) a good one. 
maybe you can invest in yourself? start a practice, yoga, meditation, gym, or swimming... just something that makes you feel good and strong, a daily practice that keeps you going. 
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my dearest and beloved friend Rita Ferro who is a caring mother, a talented journalist, an amazing and inspiring photographer gave me this special present :)

*happy new year, blessings and love*





happynewmoon#lastnewmoon2013#timeruns#yogamakesyoupresent

1.12.13
É a última lua nova de 2013.
parece irreal. mais um ano de vida. e que um ano intenso e cheio. talvez o mais importante em muito tempo, se falar interiormente. foi a mudança que desejava há muito. 

agora o tempo é de passagem para Sagitário, vindo de Escorpião. Depois das revelações vem a transformação e renascimento. a última lua nova de 2013 é a oportunidade para alinhar a nossa verdade e assimilar as intenções do futuro que queremos criar.


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Last 2013 new moon.

unreal. another year lived, and a very special one, intense e fulfilling. it made a lot possible. made the inner change I wanted.

its time to move to Sagittarius.  a good oportunity to align with our truth and set our intentions to move forward and face future we want to create.


Enjoy the rest dear Ashtangis







*love and happy new moon*

krisnamarcharya#darbythescientist#amazingstories#yoga#

18.11.13
Mark and Joanne Darby were the revelation for me at this Conference. What a couple, he is a very special, humble and simple man. She is an incredible yogini with the most remarkable stories. a Mysore love story. they lived in India, they had a baby in India in the 70´s!! Guruji married them... he put them together when Darby had no more money and she had to take him in her house behind the shala. "Darby is a good man", he told her "you have plenty space, you take him". too good. 
he is scientist, every touch is like a magic alignment and you feel light. Got some good stuff from him. The padmasana won a bit of lung space with his touch, the matshyasana a new tip ;) and the Sirsasana
felt just perfect. 
She did not adjust me, well maybe next time :)



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Today is Krisnamacharya birthday. This man actually made possible that today yoga is spread and known as we know it. Blessings to him. 

“To the yogi, all experience is seen as one, as a means to help him cultivate devotion.” 


“Inhale, and God approaches you. Hold the inhalation, and God remains with you. Exhale, and you approach God. Hold the exhalation, and surrender to God.” 


~ Krishnamacharya ~







*Love and peace*

inspiringteachers#ashtangafamily#ayurveda

17.11.13
on the 4th day of the conference my internet was off... I accepted it very calmly, what else could I actually do, the Universe was telling me to focus on this amazing time I was given with fabulous teachers... 
the energy becomes more gentle, we all know each other by now. Practicing around 100 people is quite impressive an the energy is amazingly good. And we had the world in a room, all continents were there, Africa, Asia, America, Europe.  Its a family. Ashtanga love is shared around.
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On my Virabhadrasana A I felt these soft hands pulling my harms outwards, I couldn't really see who it was but I had to know...so I looked back and saw Manju... what a warm feeling, he is the sweetness in person :)
Drop backs with Mark Darby felt good, strong yet smooth...
We had Prem and Radha talking in the afternoon and it was Prem´s birthday! very special and they looked really happy with the out come of the event. Obviously a lot of emotions still to digest but believe the practice and they´re commitment with the inner world is holding them strong. Shanti is in our hearts.
We talked about Ayurveda, the sister science to yoga and how much our life style and what we eat can influence our well being. I am a vata pita person ;) I must take care that my vata (space and air) doesn't take me to outer space!! ahah. Actually today cooked ghee and came out pretty good. And eat the kitcheri that very sweet Inge left for us, pretty good. And having my new-feels like I know him since ever friend- Rafa who is a great chef we are having amazing meals in the house! he always comes out with some idea, today he brought Durian... well not so sure about that smell! :)

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After the ladies day I could come back to the morning Puspa Puja with Annie Pace. She called me the flower girl, so sweet. Puspa means flower in sanscrit.  

Practice and learn, all is coming.






वन्दे गुरूणां चरणारविन्दे
सन्दर्शित स्वात्म सुखाव बोधे ।
vande gurūṇāṁ caraṇāravinde
sandarśita svātma sukhāva bodhe |
I bow to the lotus feet of our great teachers,
who uncovers our true self and awakens happiness

*love, yoga and great teachers*

3rdayconference#ladyday#watchingthevibe#shamanism

12.11.13
I knew it would come... my moon day arrived yesterday afternoon so I took easy today, no mula bandha, did my standing and then set down with Siri and enjoyed to watch the practice. what an incredible feeling, its good to watch!!!
a beautiful shala in Ananda Cotagges in the middle of the Balinese rice fields. we are blessed. thanks to Prem and Radha who did this event.
I was talking to Manju, what a sweet person and love his golden teeth! 
Mark Darby has been a revelation, the scientist of the details has Eagle defined and he is right. Eagle is another cool Hawai ashtangi assisting the teachers of the panel.  
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the afternoon talk with Dany Paradise was incredible. shamanism and yoga was the topic. all is connected and we must connect ourselves. a road full of magic once again. He is a very human yogi and yoga brought him a lot. He is a musician and yoga took him to the top musicians of the world. He taught Sting and made tours with him teaching yoga. he taught Paul Simon, Madonna, John McEnroe, you name it... amazing how humble, peaceful, attentive and generous Danny Paradise is. this is yoga.
I feel blessed.

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how to embrace life, suggestions from the teachers
practice, practice, practice
stay present
be truthful
be content
live fully
love deeply
stay positive
be wild
go free
smile, smile, smile
practice, practice, practice




*love and gratitude*

secondayashtangaconference#davidwilliams#greatyogi

11.11.13
picking up frangi pains from my garden is my morning ritual for the ashtanga conference. fresh, with a divine aroma, the flowers are used for the opening puja with Annie Pace that I am privilege to follow every morning. after washing and purifying our hands we chant a mantra to Ganesh and offer flowers to all the images in the altar. Parvati, Pathabi Jois, Shanti... we bless and ask protection. we share the energy with the room that by then is already filling up with devoted ashtangis from all over the world. 
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"more heart, less head" that´s the sentence I kept from my practice today. Annie Pace about my upward dog. do it with heart is anyways always the secret***
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the afternoon with David Wiiliams was hilarious, what a great story teller. and what a great life! he was full on, Woodstock, Hawai, magic bus crossing Europe, pretty girls (Debbie was incredible!), India, fun, yoga, lots of yoga. David Williams has lots of magic to share. 
can't wait for tomorrow
Aloha, hello, good-bye and I love you


*love, aloha and ashtanga*

Ashtangayoga#baliconference#ashtangafamily#researching

10.11.13
What a bless! After some intensive days helping prem and Radha setting up everything finally today was the big day. Everybody is in such a good vib...

Had the privilege to start the morning following the Puja  with Annie pace as I had bought the flowers for the altar. Like another window of knowledge I want to learn.

After the opening mantra with Manju Jois... the Shala was so hot I was sweating before practice! Beautiful energy. People from Corea, Brasil, the Philippines (sorry for the horrible typhoon...), South Africa, all parts of Europe... Actually they make the event happen.

Then learned a new dristi from David Williams for padagustasana!! That come actually with a Jalandara Bandha. 
Then Danny paradise adjusted me supta k and did drop backs with him. At the end Mark Darby gave a subtle touch in sirsasana! Good start. Mantras with manju Jois for the afternoon and sweet stories from patabhi jois. An interesting question pistachio put: why ashtangis rest Saturdays? Manju said its the oil day in India!! Castor oil and bath... ;)

The night panel was full of stories and each teacher explained how they started. Promess will tell. Now I really must sleep. Tired tired but happy***




*love and ashtanga yoga* 

thebestkepsecret#yogafashion#miraclesandreams#countdowntoconference

3.11.13
É um sonho antigo e agora começa a ganhar forma.. ainda é um recém-nascido mas já viu a luz do dia! *Yoga-me* wear!!
É um projecto que conta com a magia da minha irmã Leonor, artista, ashtangi, sonhadora, temos uma ideia muito cool sobre roupa de yoga que espero que gostem. Encontrei uma costureira, tudo será feito à mão, high-end, sexy, confortável feito para nós meninas!!   
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Yes its true it has been a dream for long and now I am turning into reality... its still a new born but it came out!! *Yoga-me* wear!! I am building (with the help of the magic of my sister Leonor-artist-ashtangi-dreamer) a very cool idea for yoga clothes. I found a tailor, all will be hand-made, high end, sexy, comfortable and made for us girls!! (sorry boys, maybe if I turn to be a famous yoga-fashion-designer ahah) 


firstprototypes#hopeyouenjoy#madewithlove#madeforealyogagirls#feelgood#create a better world


and of corse the most exciting week for the Ashtanga Bali Conference just started! countdown to 6 ashtangi days with practice, stories, gathering, having fun in the enlightenment path, how cool is that! 

The shala today had already a diferente vibe, so many friends reuniting to share the same passion for Ashtanga Yoga. When I arrived it was almost full (my place was gone today ahaha) and the mood is starting to grow. Felt butterflies in my tummy ;) 
we all want to be feet for enjoying these teachers as much as possible. Had a good practice today, sweat a lot as the room is filling with students coming form all over the world for an ashtangi gathering! Dear Lila will post as much as possible so you can feel a bit the ambience and share it with your little ashtangi joining soon in this world***

Check routine day
wake up before sunrise 
shower
drink water
drink coffee 
practice
breakfast
start my day helping Radha in the Conference
sharing to the world how amazing life is and that all depends in our minds
enjoy the week, keep your energy and nourish it!

and tomorrow my baby Johanna will be 5, no more babies... :)

*love and dreams*
   

indiaicome#srikpathabijoisinstitutte#8limbs#kuningan#deadsandbegginings

2.11.13
aqui vou eu Índia!! 
yehh!! its true I am going to India for a in tire month to practice with Sharath Jois, the grand son of Pathabi Jois! 
got the ticket, Mysore I am coming, its a reality for January 2014.

Feel blessed.
Be grateful to life.
The ashtanga practice, the 8 limbs of yoga, 8 steps for a purposeful and meaningfull life. 
Life is really about the story you tell yourself
Stay quite, thats what I did today, enjoyed Kuningan day homy and calmly. 
eat healthy... well not so sure just ordered a pizza ahah
enjoy the first rain of the season and the smell of the earth and the thunders of nature (welcome rainy season in Bali!)
remember a report (with Eddie Stern) I did for the opening of the shala of my first yoga teacher in the amazing journey in the Ashtanga** thank you Isa Guitana for re-posting ;)


Selamat Kunningan, Happy Halloween, happy Diwali, Dia dos mortos.. how incredible such different cultures honour the ancestors and celebrate the lives of whom departed at the same time.
The day of the deads is rooted in the aztecs and the celtics, a pagan holiday that comes from samhain that worships the end of the harvest season and beginning of the winter. In Ubud the rainy season started! and finished the 10-day-Galungan-Kuningan-celebration. Time for the ancestor spirits to go back to the gods :)



tomorrow total Sun Eclipse in New Moon! A new beginning for many of us! and no practice for us ashtangis** enjoy the energy, scorpio is challenging :)

Intense times in intense Ubud. 




*love, protection and visions* 


ashtangabali#conferencewithseniourteachers#ashtangiworld#deeppracticetime

30.10.13
Faltam apenas 10 dias para Bali ser invadido por senior ashtangis professores e practicantes! vai ser uma semana inteira de ASHTANGA YOGA!!


Manju, o filho direto de Pathabi Jois, o Guruji. São necessárias mais palavras? David Williams, o que levou o Ashtanga para o mundo ocidental; Annie Pace, uma das mulheres mais avançadas na prática; Mark e Joanne Darby, a historia de amor de Mysore; Danny Paradise que deu o Ashtanga a projeção que tem hoje apresentando a prática a Madonna ou Sting; e claro, os grandes anfitriões Prem e Radha, os meus queridos professores. 

1 semana, 100 alunos, 7 professores, Mysore Style, workshops e painéis de conversa em que teremos a oportunidade de colocar dúvidas e perguntas a estes professores. são a primeira geração ashtangi, ao todo são mais de 100 anos de prática numa só sala! Sinto-me privilegiada. 
Depois ainda terei uma semana só com Manju no shala do Prem e Radha. 

Tanta aprendizagem, é também um investimento imenso o que estou a fazer. Para um dia passar a informação que agora recebo (sim, Ana Dorey :)este caminho de prática regular (6 vezes por semana) não torna a vida não mais fácil, não se fica mais zen como muita gente me pergunta... mas dá mais sentido às coisas. é uma prática espiritual sincera de forma a trazer resultados de consciência e liberdade. é um compromisso connosco próprios, no fim. 

Escrevi para o Yogitimes sobre a Conferência, espero que apreciem.


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I can't believe its coming, 10 more days and Bali will be invaded by amazing ashtanga senior teachers and practitioners for an entire week of ASHTANGA YOGA!!

Manju, the direct son of Pathabi Jois, are there more words necessary? David williams, the one that brought Ashtanga to the western world; Annie Pace, one of the most advanced women ashtangis; Mark and Joanne Darby, the love couple from Mysore; Danny Paradise, the great one that made Ashtanga as famous as it is by presenting it to stars as Madonna or Sting; and of corse the big hosts Prem and Radha, my amazing teachers. 

1 week, 100 students, 7 teachers, Mysore practice, workshops and  talks where we can ask questions to this teachers, the first generation of western ashtangis, all together we have then 100 years practice in one room! isn't that amazing? I feel blessed. 


After that week, another one only Manju, practicing at Prem and Radha´s beautiful shala. 

All I am learning I will share one day ;) This deep immersion has a meaning in my life and can only be to pass on this knowledge (still so much to learn!). Its not an easier path, does not make life more zen as people love saying, but it really makes it with more meaning. Its a sincere spiritual practice in order to produce awakening results. Its a commitment with yourself at the end. 

Here I share a text I wrote for Yogitimes about the Conference happening in 10 days. Hope you enjoy it.



ॐ love, yoga and peace  







yogainthenews#ashtangalove#yogatrend

29.10.13
Lembro-me quando comecei a praticar yoga me diziam que era para mulheres divorciadas acima dos 50... Lembro-me também que estava decidida a deixar a dança (a minha paixão de anos) porque já não se encaixava na minha vida. ainda fiz umas aulas de yoga meias surreais (com cânticos e mãos dadas…) mas tive depois a sorte de conhecer, através da minha irmã, a Isa e o Tarik e a Casa Vinyasa. Foi quando conheci o Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. A Isa linda, o Tarik lindo, o bebé dos dois (agora acho que tem 9 anos..) era lindo. Tudo fazia sentido e a prática era intensa, profunda e saía-se daquelas aulas a perceber que ali se aprendia the real thing! 

Muitos anos passaram e hoje o yoga é falado no mundo inteiro, os seus benefícios estudados e é unanimemente aceite como uma prática que fisicamente nos protege e mentalmente nos guia. 
apenas esta semana derspiegel e bbc reportam sobre yoga. também cheguei a fazer umas reportagens para a SIC… 

vejam os links em baixo :)

*love, yoga and miracles*

I remember when I started to practice yoga in Portugal, it was something for divorced women over 50!! ahah, I remember as well that I was decided to finish my dance, my passion for many many years. It just didn't feet anymore in my life. 
I still did some funny yoga classes with chants and hands together but I was lucky to meet, through my sister, Isa and Tarik and Casa Vinyasa. It was when I discovered Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga!
She was perfect, he was beautiful, their baby gorgeous, the shala warm and clear. All made sense and the practice was intense, we would come out of the practice with the idea that it was the real thing!

Many years passed and yoga is today talked everywhere, its benefits studied and worldwide accepted as a practice that physically protects and mentally guides.
only this week derspeiegel and bbd reported about yoga. I share here the links.


galungan#vatatimes#yogaatbeach#theimportanceofbeingalone#handstandbythesea

28.10.13
uma semana cheia em Bali. 
depois de uma lua cheia intensa e um eclipse da lua que me afetou as noites e o meu próprio ciclo lunar!!, começou o "Natal" balinês, chama-se Galungan. 3 dias de festas, entre preparativos é uma semana de socialização e sentido de comunidade. Todos nas suas pequenas vilas se juntam em especial nos templos, rezam, comem, conversam…

Digo que é uma espécie de Natal porque é uma festa da família. O significado por trás está relacionado com uma celebração dos antepassados, os balineses acreditam que nestes dias, que são mais ou menos 10 ao todo até ao Kuningan (o fim de festa), os espíritos descem à terra para ver como estão a ser protegidas as gerações novas. Muito querido. Galungan significa, por isso, a vitória de dharma (virtude) sobre adharma (vícios). Uma das oferendas que se fazem aos deuses é o banjor que se coloca à porta de cada casa e que parece uma árvore de Natal natural e enfeitada com o requinte das folhas de palmeira e cores a adornar. São lindos. Nós fizemos o nosso com a ajuda do nosso Putu e do Pak Dewo.


Também é como o Natal, todos ficam atarefados, com tudo para fazer, de um lado para o outro há ofertas, comida para preparar, cerimónias e nós, queiramos ou não, não temos hipótese de não fazer a festa com eles. acabamos a socializar, a apreciar as energias de Bali, a cores, os banjors, os gamelões, os mantras, as oferendas, as cores das cabaias, a sua devoção à cultura. também nós nos vestimos a rigor e fomos convidados para almoçar em casa de um príncipe que aqui tem uma carga bem mais relaxada que no Ocidente… acabámos a chegar tarde porque não sabíamos como nos vestir (obrigada querida Kadek pela ajuda!) e quando chegamos já todos tinham almoçado!




Depois de muita festa e gente em casa acabei exausta e partimos em direção à praia, Pantai Putih, que significa praia branca. Para mim é como elixir ver o mar depois de estar rodeada na minha selva tropical de Ubud! O espírito daqui é lindo, muito yogic mas como portuguesa que sou sem o cheiro a maresia começo a ficar meia claustrofóbica :)




Ficamos numa cabana em cima do mar, fomos roots, sem electricidade nem água quente. 
dormimos imenso, recarregamos energias, pratiquei. e por momentos saboreei o bom que é estar sozinha, em família e sem mais ninguém. adormecer com as minhas meninas, estar com o meu marido em silêncio e sem mais ser mesmo o que quero. estar sozinho é uma necessidade, saber estar sozinho uma benção. eu, o mar, a luz e o azul. também consegui atenuar o meu desiquilíbrio vata.. que já me estava a afetar depois da agitação daqueles dias :)  
Fiz snorkeling e fiquei impressionada com a beleza dos corais e pequenos peixes ali tão perto da praia. que maravilha! E nada melhor à beira mar do que umas handstands para relembrar como era saltar e pular na praia. e pensar como a vida pode ser leve, just let it go, algo que todos os dias aprendo no meu tapete.


*love and miracles* parafraseando Emerald Star o nosso anfitrião em Pantai Putih.

full week in Bali. 
after a intense full moon and a strong lunar eclipse that change my cycle and gave me busy nights :) here we are again in Bali "Christmas", Galungan. 3 party and cerimony days! The Balinese socialise, they pray, they eat, they love to talk. 
For a westerner looks like Xmas as it is a family gadding. They believe the ancestors come back to Earth to see how the new generations are being taken care off, really sweet. Galungan means the victory from dharma (virtue) over a dharma (bad things, vice). One of the offering to the gods are the beautiful banjor that every house sets at its door. Its like a natural Christams tree, dressed up with sophistication and colours. They are magic.    We also got ours, with the help of Pak Dewo and Putu.

They all get busy, just as Christmas, offerings, food, ceremonies, and we like it or not, don't have a chance not to follow their party and just go with the flow. we end up socialising, apreciating Bali energies, and their devotion to the culture.  we also dressed up and had the honour to be invited to go and have lunch with a prince!

After parties and lots of people in the house I ended up exhausted. we went off to the beach, Pantai Putih, the white sand beach. Its like an elixir to breath the sea after some days in my tropical Ubud jungle :) I love Ubud´s spirit, very yogic, but after a while I need the smell of the sea, as a good Portuguese!

we went roots, so good and delicious. Love and a tent, no electricity, no hot water, loved it. we slept with the sun, recharged batteries, practiced by the ocean and slowed down my vata imbalance after those days :) being just with my girls and husband seemed a dream and all I wanted. me, the sea, the light, the blue ocean… and the feeling of freedom when snorkelling  the colourfull corals and the beautiful fishes. at the end just enjoyed myself doing some handstands and remember how life can be light. just let it go, something I learn every day more in my mat. 

*love and miracles* thank you Emerald Star for the lovely weekend!  

yoga and me are meant to be#happylunareclipse#fullmoon

17.10.13
Hoje depois da prática de estilo Mysore, os professores Prem e Radha deram-nos uma conference, uma espécie de conversa aberta, Q and A como também lhe chamam aqui. 
Uma hora em que os meus dois professores nos oferecem o seu saber - de experiência feito -  e partilham. simplesmente e de coração aberto.
Então ouvimos falar de pranayama (um estágio que vem depois dos asanas) que são as técnicas yogis de respiração. Há várias e o ashtanga yoga também tem a sua sequência... meia secreta ;) 
Falou-se de Ayurveda e Tantra, dois temas que Prem adora e domina. E que são indissociáveis do Yoga. 
E falamos de vida, como a prática nos ajuda no caminho do nos libertarmos do que nos vai acontecendo, mesmo que por vezes seja bem duro. O Prem acabou de passar por uma experiência extrema, perdeu em Julho passado uma filha, a Shanti com 27 anos num acidente de carro, na Croácia. Admiro a força com que todos os dias (praticamente) fala no assunto, como chora em frente dos alunos e nos diz com uma humildade extrema que tem de «aceitar». It was her kharma, estava escrito que seria assim. a nossa cabeça bem pode tentar mudar os factos, se eu tivesse feito isto, um telefonema, uma chamada de atenção, seja o que for. Mas não, na realidade nada ia mudar aquele destino que estava traçado para a Shanti.
Também aprendi a diferença entre karma (mais próximo do destino) e dharma, um conceito que está ligado à purificação e transformação moral do ser humano. Todos temos um dharma e se o conhecermos podemos passar por esta vida de forma mais harmoniosa. «And its all about being gentle in life», citando Prem.

Para terminar Feliz Eclipse Lunar e Lua Cheia! Full Power! e bom descanso ashtangis**

In Shanti

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Today after our daily Mysore practice, my teachers Prem and Radha gave us a conference, an open talk, Q and A. 
One hour that both teachers just share their immense knowledge that they experienced. simply and with an open heart. 
so we heard about pranayama, the breath yogic techniques that come after asana stage. There are plenty and ashtanga also has its sequence... kind of secret ;)
we also taked about Ayurveda and Tantra, 2 favourite subjects for Prem. That are in-dissociated of yoga. 
and we talked about life, how the practice helps us in the journey of life, with not always easy happenings. Prem just faced an extreme experience losing his 27 year old daughter Shanti, on a car accident, in Croacia. I admire the strengh talking about it a lot, sharing his feelings and his tears with us. And the humility how he just says «I have to accept it, It was her kharma». It was written it would be like that. Our human mind might try to think that maybe there was something we could have done to change it, but in fact not. That was Shanti´s destiny.

I also learned about dharma, a concept closer to purification and moral transformation of human beings. We all have our dharma, if we get to know it we might pass in this life in a smoother way. «Because all is about being gentle in this life», quoting Prem. 

In Shanti




Picture given by an ashtangi friend, Sabine Gorris a super medical midwife from The Netherlands ♥ ♥ 


And to all a happy Lunar Eclipse Full Moon! Full Power! and have a good rest ashtangis ;)



*love and peace*

selfcare#discovering#journey#heathylife

15.10.13
Hoje ofereci-me um treat, um conceito bem enraizado aqui no Oriente.
Fiz uma massagem de uma hora com a minha Julie, a balinesa com as melhores mãos de Ubud. 
Estava com o pescoço dorido, e nem consegui fazer o meu chakrasana (vejam a foto em baixo). ontem tive dores no meu braço esquerdo inexplicáveis... hoje mudou o tempo. sempre sofro quando há mudanças de clima e hoje foi o primeiro dia chuvoso depois de 2 meses de sol fabuloso. É talvez o início da rainy season... uma das duas estações na Indonésia e que, na verdade, não é o meu cup of tea... too much rain for me!! 
E resolvi oferecer-me um self care, um auto-mimo. 

E então pus-me a pensar de que forma uma pessoa se deve auto-mimar diariamente. ou o que é auto-mimar-me tribo saudável?

a minha prática diária de ashtanga (cada um deve ter a sua, recomendo yoga com um professor que pratique!)
respeitar quem sou 
abraçar e dar imensos beijos às minhas filhas e vê-las crescer
ouvir perspectivas originais
aceitar ajuda de outros
ver um filme que me inspire
conectar de algum modo com os meus amigos e família (sim o facebook e o skype!)
nutrir o meu corpo com smoothies, sumo verde e muitos verdes
sorrir e receber um sorriso
afastar neuras 
luzes apagadas às 10 e acesas às 6h!

aceitam-se ideias ;)

hora de dormir portanto! 
ui e acabei de sentir o meu primeiro tremor de terra, foi mini mas intenso... senti a casa a tremer e ouviu-se bem o barulho das janelas! que dia ;) amanhã há mais!

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Gave myself a treat today, something cultural where I live and definitely something to follow.
I had a massage with my dear Julie, the best massage girl in town, she has this amazing hands. I had a tight muscle in my neck since morning and could do my chakrasana... 


yesterday had pain in my left harm and today the weather changed a lot and we had the first rain of the season after 2 beautiful sunny months in Bali. perhaps the beginning of the rainy season, one of the 2 seasons in tropical Indonesia that I must admit not my cup of tea... too much rain!
so in the middle of this mixed feelings I gave myself a self-care and ended up thinking what is a self care actually, should t it be something you give to you all the time? so healthy tribe here what came out today as a concept for self-care

my daily ashtanga practice (find one for yourself, highly recommend yoga, just make sure your teacher is a practitioner herself :) 
respect myself
hug and kiss my girls and thrive with their process of growth
listening to intelligent people with real stories to share
accept the help of others
see a movie that inspires me
connect with my friends and family (at the moment via facebook or skype...)
nourish my body with green juices, smoothies and lots o greens
smile 
releasing moods
lights out at 10 and on at 6h!

time to sleep, specially now after a mini earthquake enough to feel the house shaking and the windows trembling! what a day ;)tomorrow more coming!

*love and peace and treat yourself*