welcome to zuluna online! – bienvenid@s a zuluna en línea!


 photo credit: Jose Luis Morales

A space to share about yoga, vinyasa, health, wellbeing & all curiosities that arise from this magical, mystical journey called life.

Un espacio para compartir sobre yoga, vinyasa, salud, bienestar y todas las curiosidades que surgen de este místico y mágico viaje llamado vida.

prenatal yoga – why should you practice it?

photo by: Vidya Alexandrea


I’ve recently completed 22 weeks of pregnancy, what a beautiful & unbelievable experience it has been so far!… From the positive result on the pregnancy test that my eyes couldn’t believe after waiting for this baby for a long time, the joy & skepticism this brought along, to starting to feel my baby move inside, slowly the reality of a little being becoming stronger inside of me is starting to feel more and more tangible and real.  I’m grateful for the opportunity to experience all of this & sharing a home in my body with my baby, breathing, moving, nurturing this magnificent physical vessel for two has been magical. Every day I wake up eager & open to discover the many things that this life changing journey is slowly revealing for me.

Yoga has been a very important part of this experience as it is to my life. I began practicing yoga after finding out I have scoliosis fifteen years ago and ever since, it has become my therapy and medicine.

Prenatal yoga came into my life in 2016 when I took part in the Birthlight School Motherhood Yoga training in Barcelona. In this course, I was able to obtain knowledge & experience of adapting yoga for pregnancy, of teaching prenatal & postnatal (mum & baby) yoga guided by Sally Lomas & insights into prenatal & postnatal thai herbal massage with Micha Merrick which I later deepened by taking part in her trainings for the subsequent two years.

Through Birhtlight´s principles and the experience I have gained preparing and guiding motherhood yoga sessions,  I support women on their journey before, towards and after their births with yoga & massage therapy and I am very much enjoying applying all the acquired knowledge and experience to my very own practice at this special time in my life.

Benefits of prenatal yoga

I learned how beneficial yoga can be in pregnancy through my trainings and the feedback from the pregnant ladies in my classes but I can now testify from my own experience how the practice of both yoga asanas & meditation during pregnancy is truly the best companion providing you with a vast array of tools you can apply to your every day pregnant life, your preparation for labor, during labor, the postpartum period and beyond!

Some of the many benefits of practicing yoga during pregnancy: 

  • using breath and movement to become aware, work through & release tension & gripping in the physical body and to create space to allow for baby´s growth and development inside
  • meditation can assist & help you calm & train your mind to remain centered in the present moment despite the anxiety that the big & unknown challenges ahead might bring up for you
  • discover the everyday changes in your body with awareness using conscious breath & movement as tools for exploration
  • utilizing specific exercises combining breath & pelvic floor awareness to prepare you for your birth & delivery in the most natural & mindful way
  • yoga provides you with a space & time of quietness and peace to create a bond with the growing life miracle that is developing inside of you
  • the practice allows you to remain connected to your intrinsic power and strength  so that you can feel empowered & confident during your pregnancy and your birth
  • learn relaxation tools through breath, physical release & visualisation that you can later come back to during your birth, postpartum and your everyday life when needed
  • practicing with other mums-to-be creates a sense of community and provides a space to share, discuss, clarify and feel supported

I could really continue naming many more benefits but I don’t know how long this post would be 😀 so I will leave you with these and invite you to try the classes I offer or any prenatal yoga class near you to discover by yourself the many positive things a yoga practice during this special time can provide for you.

Feel free to comment and share your experience or reach out to ask any questions about what I’m sharing today.

love & my best wishes,




underwater expedition with Simon Park

” this human body is a vast ocean concealing reefs and sea domes, heap with jewels, enter its secret rooms and light your own lamp… within the body are gardens, rare orchids, peacocks, the inner music.Within the body, a lake; in its cool waters, white swans take their joy, enter its secret rooms and light your own lamp…”

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I got to embark on an underwater yoga expedition with Simon Parks. It’s such a joy to practice with Simon every time, his classes are a perfect mix between mindful movement, fluidity & challenge.


At the beginning of the class he asked us to imagine we were immersed in blue, crystal water all around and to start moving slowly from child’s pose exploring the motion and the experience as if water was containing us the whole time. It gave me the sensation of being on a diving experience and made me think of this, one of my favorite Mirabai poems:

” this human body is a vast ocean concealing reefs and sea domes, heap with jewels, enter its secret rooms and light your own lamp… within the body are gardens, rare orchids, peacocks, the inner music.Within the body, a lake; in its cool waters, white swans take their joy…

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SUPyoga este verano!



Clases en el mar, playa de la barceloneta verano 2018

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Practica con nosostr@s SUPYoga este verano en la playa de la Barceloneta para refrescarte, mejorar tu equilibrio, conexión contigo & con tu entorno, tonificar & flexibilizar tu cuerpo & mente & sobretodo pasarla increible en el agua compartiendo! Precio por seción 18,50€ Escibeme a alessazuluna@gmail.com para reservar tu plaza! Nos vemos en el agua, que ganas!
más info: evento de facebook

Sessions at the sea, Barceloneta beach Summer 2018

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Practice with us SUPYoga this summer to refresh, improve your balance, connect with yourself & your surroundings, tone & flexibilize your body & mind & share an amazing time in the water sharing with other like-minded earthlings! Price per session €18.50 Write me to alessazuluna@gmail.com to save your spot! See you in the water, can´t wait !

more info: facebook event 

julio – july – yin, yang, yummm

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acompaña a Alice & Alessa en la tercera edición de yin, yang, yummmm. Una tarde especial de práctica diseñada para balancear el yin & el yang dentro de ti, el resultado te dejará sintiendo renovad@ & restaurad@, seguida por una deliciosa degustación saludable que compartiremos junt@s
*plazas limitadas* precio especial 30€ si te inscribes con un amig@ o antes del el 22 de junio, después 35€ – incluye práctica de vinyasa, práctica de yin & la degustación!
Para inscribirte manda un mail a: alessa@shantivida.org ✨
Join Alice Jackson & Alessa Bennaton at the stunning Shanti Vida studio for the third edition of yin, yang yum!
This intimate afternoon of practice is designed to balance the yin & yang with in you. You’ll call on the dynamic energy of a vinyasa flow practice to harness vitality before moving towards a calm and soothing yin practice. This workshop is crafted to leave you feeling restored and refreshed, ready for the week ahead.

After the practice we will gather for soothing herbal teas and delicious plant based treats & cakes

We hope you can join us for this very special event. Early bird price, 30€ if you sign up before june 22nd or with a friend, after 35€, price includes vinyasa & yin practices & the yummy treats after.

Limited spots! To save yours, please send an email to: alessa@shantivida.org

yin, yang, yummmm

workshop / taller: 

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Acompaña a Alice & Alessa en la segunda edición de yin, yang, yummmm. Una tarde especial de práctica diseñada para balancear el yin & el yang dentro de ti, el resultado te dejará sintiendo renovad@ & restaurad@, seguida por una deliciosa degustación saludable que compartiremos junt@s
*plazas limitadas* precio especial 30€ si te inscribes con un amig@ o antes del el 11 de abril, después 35€ – incluye práctica de vinyasa, práctica de yin & la degustación!
Para inscribirte manda un mail a: alessa@shantivida.org ✨
Join Alice Jackson & Alessa Bennaton at the stunning Shanti Vida studio for the second edition of yang to yin but this time with delicious treats!

This intimate afternoon of practice is designed to balance the yin & yang with in you. You’ll call on the dynamic energy of a vinyasa flow practice to harness vitality before moving towards a calm and soothing yin practice. This workshop is crafted to leave you feeling restored and refreshed, ready for the week ahead.

After the practice we will gather for soothing herbal teas and delicious plant based treats & cakes made by our talented chef Cristina.

We hope you can join us for this very special event. Early bird price, 30€ if you sign up before April 11th or with a friend, after 35€, price includes vinyasa & yin practices & the yummy treats after.

Limited spots! To save yours, please send an email to: alessa@shantivida.org

danza africana con Matanyane & yin yoga con Alessa

estoy muy pero muy feliz de anunciar mi próximo taller en marzo…

really, really excited to announce my next workshop in march …

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Después del exitazo de hace dos años… 
Matanhane Abilio & Alessa Bennaton vuelven a juntar la danza & el yoga para traerte una mañana de exploración: “La fluidez & libertad de la danza africana & contemporánea se complementan con la búsqueda de consciencia interna & apertura del Yoga.” La propuesta de esta mañana frente al mar es dejarse guiar por Matanyane (bailarín profesional y profesor de danzas de Mozambique) y Alessa (practicante y profesora de Vinyasa & yin Yoga) para explorar la conciencia corporal a través del movimiento & progresivamente hacia la quietud de la relajación completa  – todo al ritmo de los tambores africanos en vivo por músicos autóctonos.

No te lo puedes perder! *plazas limitadas* para guardar la tuya, escribe a: alessazuluna@gmail.com
After the success two years ago…
Matanhane Abilio & Alessa Bennaton gather dance & yoga to bring you a morning of exploration: “The flow & freedom of african & contemporary dance is complemented by the search for internal awareness & openness of yoga . The proposal of this morning by the sea is to be guided by Matanyane (professional dancer & dance teacher of Mozambique) and Alessa (vinyasa & yin yoga practitioner and teacher) to explore the body & mind through the movement & progressively towards the stillness of complete relaxation -everything to the rhythm of the African live drums by native musicians.
You cannot miss it! *limited spots* to save yours & for info, write: alessazuluna@gmail.com


inner colors shining bright!

*español abajo*

I am really happy this Monday morning, despite the grey & rainy day (as you know, if you know me, I’m extremely metereopathic, my mood is deeply affected by the weather) but today there are colors & sunshine in my heart shining, so all is good!

This happy mood has very much to do with our beautiful balance (yang to yin) workshop  that Alice and I co-teached yesterday morning by the sea, it was really inspiring to have all those special yogis & yoginis together moving mindfully & going deep inside, a real Sunday treat !

The other reason I´m super happy is because I´m starting a collaboration with a new project that is filled with lots of light & magic, it´s called Shanti Vida and it´s going to be a very unique space of sharing & finding peace, love, joy & balance through yoga, art & holistic therapies & initiatives, in other words, a hub of goodness led by some of the most inspiring women I know.


My first collaboration in this special place will be an Art & prenatal yoga workshop: Painting your baby a wish with Claudia Sahuquillo & Giuseppe Fioretti. In this workshop, we will combine yoga techniques, body awareness and meditation to connect with you and your baby. We will celebrate this unique and special moment in your life through the artistic expression of your best wishes for you baby. It will be amazing & unforgettable.

To learn more about the methodology, the team & additional details, check this link. If you don´t have facebook, then let me know & I can send you all the info by email.

Contribution: 45€, special price if u sign up before feb. 24 or if u sign up with another pregnant friend: 40€
Limited spots, pre-registration required
To book your spot or make any queries, send an email to alessazuluna@gmail.com or call/WhatsApp at 697637308

Hoping you can join us for this unforgettable experience!

Let your inner colors shine bright, namaste


Estoy muy feliz este lunes por la mañana, a pesar del día gris y lluvioso (como saben, si me conocen, soy extremadamente metereopática, mi estado de ánimo está profundamente afectado por el clima) pero hoy hay colores y luz en mi corazón que brillan, entonces todo está bien!

Estoy así de feliz en parte por nuestro hermoso taller de balance (yang a yin) que Alice y yo co-enseñamos ayer por la mañana junto al mar, fue realmente inspirador tener a todos es@s yogis y yoginis especiales moviéndose junt@s conscientemente y hacia el interior, un verdadero regalo de domingo!

La otra razón por la que estoy tan contenta es porque estoy empezando una colaboración con un nuevo proyecto que está lleno de luz y magia, se llama Shanti Vida y va a ser un espacio único para compartir, encontrar paz, amor, alegría y equilibrio a través del yoga, el arte y terapias e iniciativas creativas, liderado por algunas de las mujeres más inspiradoras que conozco.


Mi primera colaboración en este lugar especial será un taller de arte y yoga prenatal: Pintando a tu bebé un deseo con Claudia Sahuquillo y Giuseppe Fioretti. En este taller, combinaremos técnicas de yoga, conciencia corporal y meditación para conectarte contigo y su bebé. Celebraremos este momento único y especial en tu vida a través de la expresión artística de tus mejores deseos para tu bebé. Será increíble e inolvidable.

Para obtener más información sobre la metodología, el equipo y detalles adicionales, consulta este enlace. Si no tienes facebook, házmelo saber y te envío toda la información por correo electrónico.

Contribución: 45 €, precio especial si te registras antes de feb. 24 o si te registras con otra amiga embarazada: 40 €
plazas limitadas,  preinscripción indispensable
Para reservar su lugar o hacer cualquier consulta, envíe un correo electrónico a: alessazuluna@gmail.com o llame a / WhatsApp al 697637308

inspiración de los yoga sutras/ inspiration from the yoga sutras

Aprovecho los primeros días del año para recordar los fundamentos del yoga. En los yoga sutras, el sabio Patanjali dividió el yoga en ocho “pasos” esenciales. Los dos primeros pasos son los yamas y niyamas: cualidades para cultivar una vida coherente y consciente. Estas virtudes pueden ser aplicadas, primero a nuestro practica de yoga & gradualmente a cada aspecto de nuestras vidas con intención. Hay mucha inspiración para ser explorada & cultivada en estas enseñanzas, en este escrito comparto algunas breves palabras sobre los yamas & niyamas para recordar & honrar los fundamentos de la práctica de yoga … mucho más allá de lo físico …


(eng) I take advantage of the first days of the year to remember the fundamentals of yoga: In the yogasutras, Patanjali divided yoga into eight essential “limbs,” or steps. The first two limbs are the yamas and niyamas, behavioral observances & qualities necessary to lead a coherent & mindful life. These virtues can be applied, first to our yoga practice & gradually to every little aspect or our lives with intention. There is much inspiration to be explored & cultivated in these teachings, in this post, I share some brief words on these fundamental yoga teachings to remember & honor the foundations of the yoga practice … far beyond the physical aspects…



Los yamas


El primero de los yamas y niyamas es ahimsa o no-violencia: no sólo la violencia física, sino también la violencia de palabras & pensamientos. La práctica de ahimsa significa que tomamos responsabilidad de nuestro propio comportamiento dañino e intentamos detener el daño causado por otros. Practicar ahimsa establece la intención clara de actuar con claridad & amor. Para incorporar ahimsa a nuestra practica de yoga ~ observa tu diálogo interno mientras practicas posturas de yoga & meditación, ¿tus pensamientos son dañinos o beneficiosos? Tomar la decisión de respetar intencionalmente & honrar las limitaciones que tiene tu propio cuerpo. Practicar las asanas de yoga lo mejor posible, pero hacerlo sin forzar, sí te puedes retar a ti mismo (debes hacerlo) & superar límites mentales & físicos, pero sin forzar. En nuestra vida diaria ~ en tu dieta (causando la menor crueldad posible con tus opciones de alimentos) & en cómo te comunicas & comportas contigo mismo & la gente a tu alrededor.


(eng) the very first yama is ahimsa or non violence: not only physical violence, but also to the violence of words or thoughts. Practicing ahimsa means we take responsibility for our own harmful behavior and attempt to stop the harm caused by others. Practicing true ahimsa sets the clear intention to act with clarity & love. To bring ahimsa to our yoga practice ~ observe your inner dialogue as you practice asana & meditation, are your thoughts harmful or uplifting? Make the decision to intentionally respect & honor the limitations your own body has. Perform yoga poses gracefully as best as you can, but do it without forcing, yes you can challenge yourself (you must) & overcome mental & physical boundaries but without force. ~ In our daily lives ~ in your diet (causing the least cruelty you can with your food choices) & in how you behave & communicate with yourself & the people around you. 



Satya es el segundo yama, significa verdad. En sánscrito, ‘sat ‘ significa la verdad eterna, inmutable más allá de todo conocimiento; ‘y ‘ es el sufijo de activación que significa “hacerlo”. Así que satya significa “expresar activamente & estar en armonía con la verdad universal”. Para cultivar satya ~ en tu practica de yoga ~ honra tu verdad e integridad interior a través de la aceptación de tu cuerpo tal como es cada vez que practicas, tratando de practicar con menos ego y para lo que tu cuerpo realmente necesita, observando las fluctuaciones de tu mente & patrones de pensamiento sin necesariamente asumirlos como tu verdad (son sólo pensamientos que pasan) ~ en nuestra vida diaria ~ ser #honestos con nosotros mismos & los demás, antes de actuar, observando los motivos detrás de nuestras acciones – ‘ preguntarnos ¿realmente me servirá a mí o a la otra persona, o estoy haciendo esto debido a la necesidad de probar o ganar algo? ‘ es una herramienta útil para ayudarnos a aplicar tanto satya como ahimsa a nuestras acciones diarias.


(eng) satya is the second of the yamas and niyamas, it means truth. In sanskrit, ‘sat’ means the eternal, unchanging truth beyond all knowing; ‘ya’ is the activating suffix which means “do it.” So satya means “actively expressing & being in harmony with the universal truth.” To cultivate satya ~ in your yoga practice ~ honor your inner truth & integrity through acceptance of your body just as it is every time u practice, trying to practice with less ego & for what your body REALLY needs, observing your mind’s fluctuations, hesitations & thought patterns without necessarily acknowledging them as your truth (they are just thoughts passing through) ~ in our daily lives ~ being honest to ourselves & others, before we act, observing the motives behind our actions – asking ourselves ‘will it truly serve me or the other person, or am I doing this because of a need to prove something or gain something?’ is a useful tool to help us apply both satya and ahimsa to our daily actions


El tercero de los yamas y niyamas es asteya o no robar, es decir, no tomar más de lo que necesitamos… la necesidad de robar surge debido a la falta de fe en nosotros mismos para poder crear lo que necesitamos por nosotros mismos dando lugar a la inseguridad, sentirnos ‘incompletos’ & el deseo desmedido … para cultivar asteya ~ en tu práctica de yoga ~ acepta tu práctica exactamente cómo es el momento presente, no robando tu atención de lo que cada asana & momento trae pero permitiéndote estar plenamente consciente y presente con lo que es, tal como es ~ en la vida diaria ~ acumulación, comprar o tomar más alimentos & cosas de las que necesitamos es robar del equilibrio que debe existir entre las criaturas en la tierra 🌏 así que al tomar conciencia de lo que realmente necesitamos, que es mucho menos de lo que creemos, practicamos asteya…


(eng) the third yama is asteya or not stealing, in other words, not taking more than we need… the need to steal essentially arises because of a lack of faith in ourselves to be able to create what we need by ourselves & so insecurity, feeling ‘incomplete’ & desire might rise… to cultivate asteya ~ in your yoga practice ~ allow yourself to be open & accept exactly how your practice is at that moment, not stealing your attention from what each asana & moment brings but allowing yourself to be fully aware & present with what is, just as it is ~ in daily life ~ accumulation, buying or taking more food & stuff than we need is stealing from the balance that should exist among creatures on earth 🌏 so by becoming aware of what we REALLY need which is so much less than we think we do, we practice asteya…


5Brahmacharya conocido como ‘ control ‘ o ‘ castidad ‘ es el cuarto de los yamas y niyamas, nos guía para dirigir nuestra energía (vital y sexual) con moderación, hacia la búsqueda de la paz & la felicidad dentro de nosotros mismos… para cultivar este yama ~ en tu práctica de yoga ~ deja expectativas de los resultados externos & céntrate en cómo tu práctica se siente en el interior, muévete desde la conciencia interior y deja que sea tu guía ~ en la vida diaria ~ dedica un momento cada día para parar, respirar & recuperar la paz para reconectar revitalizar & evitar la fatiga… también, preguntándote si las relaciones en tu vida te nutren o te dañan…


(eng) brahmacharya known as ‘control‘ or ‘chastity’ is the fourth yama, it guides us to direct our energy (vital & sexual) with moderation, towards finding peace & happiness within ourselves, to cultivate this yama ~ in your yoga practice ~ drop expectations of external outcomes & focus on how your practice feels inside, move from inner awareness & let it be your guide ~ in daily life ~ dedicating a few moments each day to stop, breathe & find peace to reconnect, revitalize & avoid drainage… also, inquiring within whether you are honoring or harming yourself with the relationships in your life…



6-1Aparigraha, no-avaricia o desapego es el quinto de los yamas y niyamas… ‘ graha ‘ significa tomar, agarrar, ‘ pari ‘ significa ‘ por todos lados ‘, & el prefijo ‘ a ‘ significa falta de. Cultiva aparigraha ~ en tu practica de yoga ~ práctica sin forzar o empujarte más allá de un límite sano, el cuerpo se desarrollará naturalmente & la práctica te enseñará lo que tienes que aprender mientras sigas practicando, las asanas más complejas llegarán a ser quizás accesibles a medida que dejes ir un resultado específico… “practica, practica y todo llegará” repetía el renombrado Pattabhi Jois ~ en tu vida diaria ~ toma sólo lo que necesitas, mantiene sólo lo que te sirve en el momento y deja ir cuando el tiempo es correcto. … date cuenta que el cambio es el único constante en tu vida, apegarse es sufrir



(eng) aparigraha, non – greed or non-attachment is the fifth & final yama… ‘graha’ means to take, to seize, or to grab, ‘pari’ means ‘on all sides’, & the prefix ‘a’ means lack of. Cultivate aparigraha ~ in your yoga practice ~ practice without forcing or pushing yourself beyond your limit greedily, the body will unfold naturally & the practice will teach you what you have to learn as you keep practicing, even more challenging asanas will become perhaps accessible as you let go of a specific outcome…”Practice, practice, all is coming repeated often the renowned Pattabhi Jois ~ in your daily life ~ take only what you need, keep only what serves you in the moment & let go when the time is right. … realize change is the only constant in your life, to become attached is to suffer… .

Los niyamas



El primer niyama (segundo escalón de los yogasutra de Patanjali) es saucalimpieza que se refiere a la limpieza del cuerpo, mente & entorno, ayudando a dirigirnos hacia una vida pura y positiva… cultivar sauca ~ en tu practica de yoga ~ práctica kriyas (técnicas yogicas de limpieza) cuida tu higiene antes & durante tu práctica para ti & los demás, teniendo atención al orden & la limpieza del entorno donde se practica y ver qué tipo de pensamientos que estás cultivando cuando practicas, observando si estos te ayudan a sentirte más puro & libre o te constriñen & limitan? ~ en tu vida diaria ~ come alimentos limpios & saludables, especialmente de fuentes que conoces, dirige conscientemente tus pensamientos hacia la positividad, que te ayudará a ti & a todos los demás…



(eng) the first niyama (second limb of Patanjali’s yoga sutras) is saucacleanliness it refers to cleanliness of body, mind & surroundings, helping to direct us towards a pure & positive life… cultivating sauca ~ in your yoga practice ~ practice kriyas (yoga cleansing techniques) take care of your personal hygiene before & during a yoga class for yourself & others, be mindful of the order & cleanliness of the environment where you practice & watch what kind of thoughts you are cultivating when you practice, do they help you feel more pure & free or do they constrict & limit you? ~ in your daily life ~ eat clean, healthy food, specially from sources you know, consciously direct your thoughts towards positivity, which will serve you, others & the world … 



Santosha es el segundo de los niyamas, significa contentamiento. Nos ayuda a recordar que ya tenemos dentro de nosotros el potencial de ser felices y contentos, sólo necesitamos darnos cuenta… este poema de Danna fauld’s´ para mí define Santosha:
“Esto es lo que tengo que decirte. Sabes todo lo que necesitas saber. Ya eres todo lo que necesitas ser. Sólo te queda reconocer quién eres, lo que sabes, y la poderosa presencia que está despierta dentro de ti. Piensas en ti mismo como frágil, pero eres, de hecho, fuerte. A veces te sientes solo, pero estás, en verdad, conectado a través del espíritu a todos los seres. Cree en este conexion. Cree en ti mismo. Eso es todo lo que tienes que hacer, porque todo está bien.”
Para incorporar Santosha- a tu práctica de yoga– deja de compararse con otros yogis en su vida o tu clase, reconoce tu singularidad y se completamente consciente y orgulloso de ello, agradece a tu cuerpo a menudo por su trabajo continuo en mantenerte vivo y sano, conscientemente deja ir los pensamientos que te hacen sentir mal contigo mismo. – en tu vida diaria- esta contento y agradecido con lo que eres y todo lo que tienes, da gracias a ti mismo y a los demás a menudo por sus esfuerzos y comparte tu luz única con todos y en todo lo que hagas lo mejor que puedas.

(eng) santosha is the second of the niyamas, it means contentment. It helps us to remember that we already have inside ourselves the potential to be happy & content, we only need to realize it … this Danna Fauld´s poem for me defines santosha perfectly:

“This is what I have to stay to you. You know all that you need to know. You already are all that you need to be. It remains only for you to recognize and acknowledge who you are, what you know, and the powerful presence that is awake within you. You think of yourself as fragile, but you are, in fact, strong. You sometimes feel alone, but you are, in truth, connected through Spirit to all beings. Believe in this connection. Believe in yourself. That is all you need to do, for all is well.”

to incorporate santosha – to your yoga practice – stop comparing yourself to other yogis in your life or your class, aknowledge your uniqueness & be completely aware & proud of it, thank your body often for it´s hard word in keeping you alive & healthy, counciously let go of thoughts that put you down & make you feel bad about yourself. – in your daily life – be content & grateful with who you are & all you have, give thanks to yourself & others often for your/ their efforts & share your unique light with everyone & in everything you do as best as you can.



El tercero de los niyamas de Patanjali es ‘ tapas ‘, que significa ‘ disciplina ‘. La palabra tapas viene de la raíz del verbo en sánscrito ‘ tap ‘ que significa ‘ quemar ‘, y se refiere a un sentido de ‘ fuego ‘ o ‘ pasión ‘, nos mantiene en marcha a pesar de las dificultades & obstáculos. Las tapas puede significar cultivar la autodisciplina, la pasión y el coraje para quemar “impurezas” físicas, mentales y emocionales. Para cultivar tapas- en tu práctica de yoga -es  importante aclarar que tapas no significan empujarse más allá de un límite saludable, significa persistir & continuar trabajando en las cosas que te desafían de una manera consciente, ya sea un asana complicada , dedicando un momento a tu práctica o sentarse a meditar, lo que más te desafía, eso es con lo que necesitas trabajar. Para traer tapas – a tu vida diaria -recordándote que eres fuerte cuando enfrentas situaciones desafiantes, observar y dudar de los pensamientos que te hacen sentir inseguro, que no eres suficientemente bueno o digno para re-descubrir tu habilidad innata para superar cualquier cosa a medida que conectas con tu fuerza interior, fuego o tapas.


(eng) The third of Patanjali’s Niyamas is ‘tapas’, which means ‘discipline’. The word Tapas comes from the root Sanskrit verb ‘tap’ that means ‘to burn’, and refers to a sense of ‘fire’ or ‘passion’, it keeps us going despite difficulties & obstacles. Tapas can mean cultivating self-discipline, passion & courage in order to burn away ‘impurities’ physically, mentally & emotionally. To cultivate tapas – in your yoga practice – it´s important to clarify that tapas doesn´t mean to push yourself beyond a healthy limit, it means to persist & continue to work on the things that challenge you in a mindful way, whether its a complicted asana, dedicating sometime to your practice or sitting in meditation, whatever challenges you the most, that´s what you need to work with. To bring tapas – into your daily life – reminding yourself that you are strong when facing challenging situations, doubting thoughts that make you feel insecure, not good enough or not worthy to rediscover your innate ability to overcome anything as you tap into your inner strength, fire or tapas.




El cuarto niyama es svadhyaya, sva, significa propio & adhyaya, significa lección, enseñanza o lectura e implica el estudio de las escrituras o enseñanzas, así como una práctica de auto-estudio.  Según la filosofía del yoga, cuanto más nos damos cuenta de lo que no somos, más nos acercamos a darnos cuenta de quién o qué realmente somos y por eso estamos constantemente motivados, a través del yoga, hacia la auto-exploración. Para cultivar este niyama – en tu práctica de yoga – investiga sobre tus hábitos mientras practicas, observa cualquier cambio en tu respiración, cualquier área de acumulación de tensión, mientras te mueves en asanas diferentes o desafiantes y qué tipo de pensamientos y emociones prevalecen. – En tu vida diaria – explora autores & lecturas que inspiran la auto exploración, practica la atención consciente mientras observas tus acciones y reacciones en el momento presente y cuestiona tus motivos a menudo para ser más y más consciente de tí.


(eng) The fourth niyama is svadhyaya, svameans own or self & adhyaya, means lesson, lecture, or reading & implies study of scriptures or teachings, as well as a practice of self study.  According to the yoga philosophy, the more we realize what we are not, the closer we come to realizing who or what we truly are and this is why we are constantly encouraged, through yoga, towards self exploration. To cultivate this niyama – in your yoga practice – inquiry about your habits as you practice, observe any changes in your breath, any areas of accumulation of tension, as you move into different or challenging asanas & what kinds of thoughts & emotions prevail. – In daily life – explore authors & readings that inspire self inquiry, practice mindfulness as you observe your actions & reactions in the present moment & question your motives often to become more & more aware of yourself.

isvara pranidhana


Isvara Pranidhana‘ es el quinto & último de los niyamas, se compone de dos palabras: Isvara, que se traduce como ‘ ser supremo ‘, ‘ realidad última ‘ o ‘ verdadero yo ‘ & Pranidhana, que significa ‘dedicar’ o ‘ rendirse ‘. A través de este niyama, se nos aconseja “rendirnos” a un poder superior & cultivar una relación profunda y confiada con el universo. Para cultivar este Niyama – en tu práctica de yoga – prueba quedarte en una postura por unas respiraciones adicionales cuando pienses que ya no puedes más & rendirte al sentimiento de la incomodidad por algunos momentos, esto puede mostrarte lo fuerte que eres en cada momento y cómo a veces, cuando la mente dice que no podemos, el cuerpo nos muestra que sí podemos – en tu vida diaria– recordarnos a nosotros mismos de dedicar nuestra energía a realizar cada acción lo mejor posible como una ofrenda a algo más grande que nosotros, dejar ir preocupaciones por los frutos & recompensas que estos pueden traernos, confiar que la vida se desarrollará como debe y la preocupación no cambiará nada y sólo causará malestar y sufrimiento.


(eng) ‘Isvara Pranidhana’ is the fifth and last of the niyamas, it is made up of two words: Isvarawhich translates as ‘supreme being’, ‘ultimate reality’ or ‘true self’ & pranidhanawhich means ‘dedicate’, devote’, or ‘surrender’. Through this niyama, we’re advised to ‘surrender’ to a higher self & to cultivate a deep & trusting relationship with the universe. To bring this niyama – to your yoga practice – practice staying in a posture for another few breaths when you think you can´t & surrendering to what staying in discomfort for some moments feels like, this can show you just how strong you can be in each moment & how sometimes when the mind says we can’tthe body shows us we can – in your daily life – reminding ourselves to dedicate our energy  to performing each action as best as possible as an offering to something bigger than us, letting go of worrying about the fruits & rewards these can bring, trusting life will unfold for us as it should and worrying will not change anything & will only cause unease & suffering. 

The Eight Limbs of Yoga


Las “pasos” restantes de los Yoga Sutras que conducen a la felicidad, la plenintud & la realización plena o Samadhi son:
  • asana (posturas físicas)
  • pranayama (trabajo de la respiración y gerencia de la energía vital)
  • pratyahara (gestión de los sentidos)
  • dharana (concentración)
  • dhyana (meditación)
  • samadhi (plenitud & realización)
Mis próximos escritos se enfocarán en estos pasos restantes, con ilusión de compartir algunos descubrimientos interesantes mientras continúo en este camino de estudio & búsqueda de inspiración en estas enseñanzas de la tradición del yoga.

(eng) The remaining ‘limbs’ of Yoga sutras leading to happiness, bliss & realization or samadhi are:

  • asana (physical postures)
  • pranayama (breath work & management of vital energy)
  • pratyahara (management of the senses)
  • dharana (concentration)
  • dhyana (meditation)
  • samadhi (bliss & realization)

My next posts will address the remaining limbs of yoga, hoping to share with you some interesting insights as I continue this path of study and finding inspiration in these ancient yoga teachings.

reminder: always practice, never perfect

the practice: always always progress, never perfect…

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It´s already been a week since we were together, sharing, singing, practicing, playing, dancing, hugging & uplifting each other at the Barcelona Yoga Conference. I can´t say this week has been easy for me, it feels rather strange to go back into “normal life” and wonder why our days can´t be filled with the sharing, the loving & the amazingness that was the days we shared together at the Conference.

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Also, as it very often happens to me when I spend some time with inspiring teachers, I feel SO overwhelmed by the knowledge & vastness of the teachings shared, I need some time to process and digest, time we normally don’t allow ourselves to take in between all our daily activities, it never feels enough.  I’ve been feeling really inspired after the Conference and motivated to share what has risen up for me, but often it’s challenging…

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swimming in gratitude & knowledge after a day workshop with Simon Park

swimming in gratitude…

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What a treat is has been to spend this day flowing & learning from Simon Park & the music that Coco prepared for us as well as her gentle, efficient assists!

Our workshop started with a very brief introduction, Simon explained he had been a student of Shiva Rea, Richard Freeman, Maty Ezraty, Joan White, and Dharma Mittra, he also mentioned his teachings were influenced by martial arts, tai chi & surfing!

FullSizeRender (7)We later practiced some gentle and efficient conscious movements to warm up the joints & arrive in the body-mind that felt really good in the body after three days of yoga!

We continued to be led through a fun, creative & flawlessly balanced flow, between effort & challenge (yin & yang) as well as moments of cool down and integration between waves of intensity and peak poses.  I truly enjoyed every second of this practice, specially because…

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