Calming Meditation

Instant Calming Meditation

Meditation and mindfulness are great when you have enough control over your time to enjoy them. But what happens when you experience stress and you require immediate relief? Meditation is an important part of our retreats, we understand the challenge. We hope you enjoy this calming meditation.

1. Practice uninterrupted breathing. When stress strikes, immediately focus on your breath and continue breathing smoothly, deeply and evenly.

2. Put on a positive face. Smile so that you can feel it in the corners of your mouth. Recent studies suggest that this process is a two-way street. Smiling can contribute to feelings of happiness, and in a stressful situation, it can help keep you calm. Try this simple test: Smile a broad grin right now. Don’t you feel better?

3. Posture. People under stress often look hunched-over. Maintaining good posture works like smiling. Physical balance contributes to emotional balance. Keep your head up, chin in, chest high, pelvis and hips level, back comfortably straight and abdomen free of tension. Imagine being pulled up from a point at the center of the top of your head.

4. Feel relaxation overcome your body. Consciously sweep a wave of relaxation through your body. Imagine you’re standing on a mountain top with the wind blowing away all your tension.

5. Acknowledge your situation. Face your problems head-on. Don’t try to deny it or wish that it hadn’t happened. Think: “This is real. I can handle it. I’m finding the best possible way to cope RIGHT NOW.”

6. TAKE CONTROL. Instead of worrying about how the stress has taken control of you, focus on what you can control and take appropriate action. Also, think clear-headed, honest thoughts instead of distorted ones. Everything is a choice. We cannot control situations or people or things but we can control the way we think about them.

Connecting Meditation

One of the most profound impacts of going on retreat is connecting to others in a unique eco-system we call a tribe. This is also a favorite meditation. Here it is to enjoy! Hope to see you as part of our tribe soon. Peace in all ways!

Connecting Meditation

This exercise provides balance and connection upward and downward. Close your eyes and breathe deeply and regularly. Visualize clean white light pouring from above down into the top of your head, down through your body, and out your feet into the center of the earth. As the light flows through you, allow it to illuminate and cleanse every cell of your body. Imagine every cell bright and alive with light.

Visualize bright clear emerald light coming up from the earth, into your feet, up your legs, up your back, out the top of your head. Allow it to swirl through every cell, healing and nourishing and connecting you intimately to the very core of the earth of which you are a part.
Now allow both lights to flow through you, white from above and green from below, and combine them in a bright blend throughout your being.

Feel the connection to the earth and the heavens, feel the calm nourishment of the energy, feel that the universe is truly your home.

Xinalani Mexico Embrace Your Purpose: Transform Your Life Yoga Retreat Mar 29 – Apr 5, 2014

Retreat Guided by Jacob Young, Silvia Mordini and Casey Petersen

Purpose = clarity / inspiration / manifestation / transformation / vitality
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Join our 7 night/8 day yoga retreat in paradise designed to help you rediscover your bliss. The experience will be grounded, playful, and fortifying as we refine our intentions for the best year ever! Our journey will include two energizing yoga classes led by Silvia Mordini and Casey Petersen each day, as well as open air accommodations and vibrant local cuisine. There will be ample space for rest, reflection, adventure and community connection. Explore the land and culture through surfing, watersports, jungle hikes, horseback riding, bird/whale watching and much, much more.

Xinalani Retreat Center is an eco-chic spa hotel, with 2 yoga studios (plus an outdoor, sand option!), hidden on a pristine beach surrounded by a luxuriant jungle on the south shore of Banderas Bay, near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

If you feel the need to refresh your spirit, reignite your passion for living, and rediscover enthusiasm in your life, then this yoga retreat is what you need. Furthermore, this trip is made even more special as you will have 3 guides and coaches with a combined 30 years experience leading your group adventures! Jacob Young, Casey Petersen and Silvia Mordini are 100% committed to helping you reach your full potential in a friendly, unpretentious, and supportive environment. We want to see you move beyond self-limiting beliefs into the empowerment of manifesting your best life ever!

Our goal is to provide all retreat guests the support to help you prosper. Join us for a renewal of the body, mind and soul! This retreat takes to heart the words of John Wood from the book “Leaving Microsoft to Change the World” who writes, “If you are thinking about making some adjustments in your life my heartfelt recommendation is not to spend too much time thinking about it. Just dive in.” TRANSFORM YOUR LIFE AND DIVE IN TODAY!

New for 2014! All boat transfers are included in the prices below.

INVESTMENT:

Big Palapa (880 Sq feet, 8 single beds, 2 bathrooms):
Single: $1350 – last 2 spots!

Deluxe Rooms (260 Sq Feet, 2 Single or 1 Double Bed, 1 bathroom, desk and chair)
Single: $2200 SOLD-OUT
Double: $1650 SOLD-OUT

Petite Suites (387 Sq Feet, 1 King or 2-3 Double Beds)
Single: $2600 SOLD-OUT
Double: $1800 SOLD-OUT

Eco-Chic Suites (650 Sq feet, either 1 King or 2 Double Beds. Includes morning coffee service & wake up call)
Single: $3100 SOLD-OUT
Double: $2100 SOLD-OUT
Triple: $1750 SOLD-OUT

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Xinalani Mexico March 29-April 5, 2014

Deposit for one person $500.00 USD
Deposit for two people $1,000.00 USD
Big Palapa (Singles) $1,350.00 USD
Deluxe Room Double $1,650.00 USD
Deluxe Room Single $2,200.00 USD
Petite Suite Triple $1,575.00 USD
Petite Suite Double $1,800.00 USD
Petite Suite Single $2,600.00 USD
Eco Chic Double $2,100.00 USD
Eco Chic Triple $1,750.00 USD

Why a December Yoga Retreat?

December can be a time of heavy expectations and overload. This is by far the best month to enjoy a yoga retreat. Consider it the ultimate gift for YOU!

Our special discount to make it easier is: $150 OFF if you register by November 23, 2012!

Please join us for a wonderful week of yoga & meditation, relaxation, outstanding organic food, sipping the best margaritas of your life, laughing with friends, watching the star-filled sky and falling asleep to the sound of the waves breaking on the beach. You will be staying at the eco-luxury Prana Del Mar Retreat Center in Baja, Mexico less than a half hour from Cabo San Lucas, near the Southern end of the Baja peninsula nestled between the Pacific ocean and the Sierra del Laguna mountains.

This desert oasis offers 15 luxurious guest suites with swimming pool, spa and a beautiful yoga studio. All rooms and suites have polished travertine floors and worktops, custom teak furniture, pillow-top beds, luxury organic linens, daily maid service and organic bathroom products. They also feature large terraces and balconies with ocean views. The two-room suites even feature complete stainless steel/granite kitchens and spacious living room areas.

Combine all of this with delicious cuisine featuring an international menu that incorporates contemporary and traditional Mexican influences and a loving staff, and you have an inviting place to deepen your yoga practice where you can relax, refresh, and rejuvenate.

Join us on this retreat to unlearn and unblock the habits that are holding you back from your best life. Come be part of a place and experience that opens you up!

INVESTMENT
Double Occupancy: $1,700 pp
Single Occupancy: $2,300

SAVE MONEY: REFER A FRIEND AND YOU EACH GET $50 OFF!

FOR RESERVATIONS
Sign up directly online at http://www.alchemytours.com, or email us hello@alchemytours.com.

WHAT’S INCLUDED?
*6 nights of accommodations in Deluxe Rooms at Prana del Mar
*Three Organic Feasts/day + snacks
*Two yoga classes a day with Silvia Mordini: 1 solar and 1 lunar
*Partner Yoga with Jacob Young and Silvia Mordini
*Restorative Yoga
*Meditation and pranayama
*Fire Practice (ritual to remove blockages)
*Interactive Cooking Class
*Spanish language class
*Eco-Friendly Goodie Bags
*Ground transportation on December 8 and 15th

NOT INCLUDED?
Airfare to and from the trip, extra spa treatments, extra activities, gratuities for your guides.

ABOUT OUR THEME FOR THIS RETREAT
Anais Nin writes, “and then one day the risk it took to remain tightly in a bud was more painful that the risk it took to blossom.” Yoga teaches that we are always evolving in the direction of happiness – all we need to do is get out of our own way. We must stop blocking the Spanda which is always blossoming. Spanda is a Sanskrit term for the subtle creative pulse of the universe as it manifests into the dynamism of living form. Another way to think of this is from the beautifully written book Yoga Spandakarika (Song of the Sacred Tremor) by Daniel Odier in which he writes: This is the most difficult thing to attain: accepting the freedom of movement, the creativity of life, understanding that a fixed state, as marvelous as it might be, is not compatible with life.

Join us on this retreat to unlearn and unblock the habits that are holding you back from your best life. Come be part of a place and experience that opens you up like what Krishna Das describes, “Grace wakes us up when we are asleep, brings light to where there is darkness and removes obstacles from our path”.

Practice living your Spanda in a way that keeps you connected to your core beliefs and desires. And come away from this week feeling radiant!

TYPICAL DAILY AGENDA (detailed agenda provided upon request)
8:00am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:30am – 11am Vinyasa flow yoga – Solar Yang
11am – 12pm Yoga clinics, mini workshops
12:00pm – 1:00pm Lunch
1:30pm – 5:30pm Daytime Fun (Beach, Spa, Hiking, & More)
6:00pm – 7:00pm Vinyasa slow flow yoga, restorative yoga and meditation – Lunar Yin
8:00pm Dinner
9:00pm Dharma talks

Green Your Vacation: Featuring Prana del Mar

In our on-going effort to help provide resources for how to Green Your Vacation today we are featuring Prana del Mar, located at the Southern most tip of the Baja peninsula. Here is a youtube clip of this incredible place.

You should know at Prana del Mar stewardship for the environment is a primary concern, and this is not just lip service, they really do tread as lightly as possible. Here are some of the ways that they are reducing the impact on the local environment and the planet:

-All of their electricity comes from solar panels installed throughout the property.

-The pool is solar heated.

-All waste water is treated on-site and reused to irrigate the gardens. They also have their own well.

-Skylights were incorporated in the design to increase natural lighting and so they can almost eliminate the need to use lights during the day.

-All appliance and light fixtures were selected with energy efficiency as a criteria.

-Organic sheets, bath towels and bath mats are used in all of the rooms.

-In order to reduce water use guests have the option to reuse linens and towels.

-Cloth hand towels are used rather than papers towels.

-The garden is completely organic. No pesticides or herbicides are used and compost is made on-site from food waste and organic materials and then used as fertilizer.

-Only green cleaning products are used….and I saw them so this is really the case.

-Organic personal care products -shampoo, conditioner, soaps and lotions -are available for guests, and they are supplied in dispensers to reduce single use plastic containers.

-Aerated shower heads are in all of the bathrooms, which create great water pressure but at low flow rates, and toilets are low-flow.

-Wherever possible they recycle and they use only rechargeable batteries.

-Purified drinking water is available for guests, and every guest receives a refillable bottle to eliminate single use plastic bottles.

-The floor of the yoga studio is strand bamboo.

-Even the servers that host their website are 100% powered by wind energy.

-If guests purchase carbon offsets for their plane flights Prana del Mar will credit you that amount toward any massage, spa service, surf lesson or any other excursion that you organize through the hotel….Now that is really encouraging everyone who visits to take responsibility in every way that they can, and they will pick up the tab.

7 Quick Reasons Why To Go On A Yoga Vacation

o You’ll get a lot of sleep, the sleep you really need

o You’ll eat live, organic, healthy food 3 times per day

o You’ll exercise through yoga and other activities depending on which retreat you choose

o You’ll laugh a lot

o You’ll make new friends

o You’ll greatly reduce the amount of time you’re plugged into technology

o You’ll remember what’s important in your life