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JOIN THE GROWING NUGA SHALA COMMUNITY
Christopher Paul Cunningham
Magali SassonYoga is a method that uses an ancient technique developed approximately five thousand years ago. The method was developed by humans who lived in nature, as they discovered their crucial need for balance and harmony between the body and the environment, between us and ourselves. The yoga is made out of eight limbs, which can be seen as steps, that you need to practice simultaneously and consistently. The third step, "Asanas", are the body postures in yoga, which include physical training. When practicing "Asanas", we are building our core muscles, improving our balance, setting our mind on focus and obtaining self-discipline. I discovered yoga at the age of 17 when my parents used to practice with a professional yoga instructor and I would join them every now and then. As a teenager, I was struggling with ADHD. Through yoga, I learned to overcome the obstacles of life. At 20, after practicing with many teachers, I decided that yoga should be a significant part of my life. I wanted to practice by myself in order to not rely on teachers. This decision has led me to India. At 21, I took a journey to India, where I finished an instructor's course in "Hatha" yoga, Kerala and Trivandrum. In India, I acquired the tools needed to practice yoga independently. At 23 I felt ready for my next challenge, I wished to take my skills to the next level, so I took a course in "Ashtanga" yoga, two series with Shimon Ben Avi. My yoga journey never stops. Like everyone, I'm still learning and have a long way to go. After learning self-practice, physical skills and training, I was interested in the science behind the yoga, so I faced the "Iyengar" center to learn new techniques, that I still study and practice today. My journey has shaped my teaching method, I see in yoga a way of life and I am grateful for the path I took. After finishing my studies I opened a yoga center in Sri Lanka. The place hosts top instructors from all over the world, runs daily lessons, retreats, and yoga teacher's courses. The center is inside @thenugahouse, inspired by yoga, surfing and a connection to nature. Yoga gives us a feeling of physical and mental control along with a calmness of the soul. About the connection between yoga and surfing: I started surfing at age 6. My father surfed throughout his life. It was almost inevitable that I would fall in love with this sport. Surfing combines techniques of power, flexibility and a connection between the surfer to nature. The connection between yoga and surfing is unique, there is almost a perfect balance between the two. The wave, in fact, is an expression of bursting energy which keeps progressing until it hits the shore. similarly, yoga is a connection to the energy that flows in our body, until it reaches an equilibrium point - a mental, physical and spiritual balance. I invite you to come and learn, experience and observe with me.
Neus SerenaNeus is a soul surfer and ashtanga teacher born and raised in Barcelona where the Medirteeanian Sea shaped her love for waves and the Pyrenees the passion for snow. I have been practicing yoga for over 5 years now. It started as a personal practice brought to a passion and to a way of life. Challenging the body it's always giving me such a positive energy. I discovered Ashtanga 3 years ago which would given this challenge thrught breath & moves. Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, is a vigorous and flowing style of yoga developed in the 20th century. It involves synchronizing breath with progressive and continuous postures, which produces internal heat while detoxifying the body. If you want to feel the challenge come to practice ashtanga with me and enjoy the experience. I primise you will get into another dimention becoming a proper ashtanga lover!!
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