Who’s a Warrior?
This July, I am hosting a free YOGA Challenge Accountability Group. It will take place in a private online group setting. There will be a daily yoga pose to practice, a few surprises and a contest to reward you for the most creative yoga photos. You won’t want to miss it! At the Rising Wolf’s retreats and adventures, we want to give you the best bang for your buck – with a strong yoga program, guided outdoor experiences, and seasonal, nourishing meals to satisfy and energize. Brahmanism dates back to containing sacred scriptures called “the Vedas”. These scriptures contained instructions and incantations. It was in the oldest text “Rg-Veda” from the scriptures that the word Yoga first appeared, this was nearly 5000 years ago. The fourth text called “Atharva-Veda” contains mainly spells for magical rites and health cures many of which use medicinal plants. This text provided the average person with the spells and incantations to use in their everyday life and this practice of “Veda” can still be seen in the streets of India today.
The Bhagavad-Gita, another ancient work on spiritual life describes itself as a yoga treatise, although it uses the word Yoga as a spiritual means. It was from this literature that Patanjali’s “eight limbs of yoga” were developed. Yoga Sutra’s are primarily concerned with developing the “nature of the mind” and I will explain more of this in the next section. The Upanishads, which are the sacred revelations of ancient Hinduism developed the two disciplines of karma yoga, the path of action and jnana yoga, the path of knowledge. The paths were developed to help the student liberate from suffering and eventually gain enlightenment. For those seeking a new yoga travel destination, we’ve found a wonderful option at the southern tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. Prana del Mar, is a deluxe, oceanfront resort and wellness center that places special emphasis on yoga retreats, yoga vacations, spa holidays, and yoga teacher trainings. This new center, which just opened last winter, is located on a beautiful beach on the Pacific coast. It’s only twenty minutes from the outskirts of Cabo San Lucas, but you feel as if you are a world away. With a full calendar of upcoming yoga retreats taught by a wide range of acclaimed international teachers, Prana del Mar offers quite a selection of options, depending upon what you’re seeking. There are yoga travel retreats whose primary focus is on deepening your yoga practice via concentration on asana, meditation, and pranayama. There are others that are more of an adventurous vacation, mixing twice-daily yoga classes with opportunities to take surf lessons, go whale-watching, or head out horseback-riding on the beach. Still others integrate additional components that will broaden your experience – say, kirtan, philosophical and mythological discussions, or classes on Ayurveda – with dedicated yoga practice. For those interested in exploring even more deeply, there are also yoga teacher training courses offered a couple times per year. The accommodations are much more luxurious than what one pictures from a standard retreat center. All of the15 guest rooms and suites feature travertine-tiled floors, custom-made teak furniture, pillow-top mattresses, organic sheets and bath towels, large terraces and balconies with ocean views, organic personal care products, and more. Their two-room suites even feature complete stainless steel/granite kitchens and spacious living room areas. Beyond the guest accommodations, the center features a central community building with full restaurant, swimming pool, hot tub, spa treatment rooms, lounges, a rooftop deck, and a meditation room. They offer a variety of spa services – including massage, body wraps and scrubs, and more. There is also a large, airy yoga studio that overlooks the ocean, five acres of desert gardens, a stone labyrinth for walking introspection, and a nearly-empty, golden-sand beach at the front of the property. The new year brings fresh and exciting opportunities for rest, reflection and physical and spiritual awakening at the many yoga travel retreats throughout the calendar months. This year’s yoga retreat lineup is filled with everything from warm getaways with scintillating and exotic programs to the breathtaking, pure and frosty views that give a sense of clarity and immersion. This year, be prepared to liven your senses and detoxify your body to give yourself a new-found sense of well-being. 2011 Yoga travel retreats will give you everything you’re looking for and help you return to the balance state of being that is innately you.
The teaching from the Upanishads differed from that of the Vedas. The Vedas demanded external offerings to the gods in order to have an abundant, happy life. The Upanishads through the practice of Karma yoga focused on the internal sacrifice of the ego in order to liberate from suffering. Instead of the sacrifice of crops and animals (external) it was the sacrifice of the inner ego that would become the basic philosophy, thus yoga became known as the path of renunciation.
These are free online yoga classes that requires no special equipment or DVDs. My only requirement for joining the 30-Day Yoga Challenge Accountability Group is that you join me on the Beach Body site that’s hosting the challenge and participate in the daily assignments.
- Sign up for a FREE Team Beachbody Membership by clicking on the page link HERE.
- Once you’ve done this, please let me know by commenting below and I’ll add you to our group.
- Be sure to sign up for our Daily Dose of Motivation emails to get updates on clean eating and recipes you can use at home. Looking forward to having you with us!
- Let’s Get Social! Follow me (@kimdanger) on Instagram – Use the hashtag #BRNyogachallenge on your pics and tag me @kimdanger
I am limiting the number of participants in this group so reserve your spot NOW!