Nov 8, 2012
The other day in Savasana (the delicious last pose of a yoga class), I had a beautiful realization of impermanence. It was right before the elections, when there was so much uncertainty about the directions things would go in and right after Hurricane Sandy slammed the East Coast leaving many close friends in devestation. It is also close to thanksgiving, a time when we become very aware of all that we have in our life and all that there is to give thanks for, especially when we know how quickly things can change.
Every day we face change; whether it is in our family, health, jobs, politics, material possessions, and so the list goes on. We become so attached to the way things are that it begins to defines life as we know and we become bound by attachments--fearing any distruptions in the pattern of things. These attachments become the essence of our exists until something comes along and shakes things up. In the yoga sutra (11.15) of Pantanjali, we are reminded that the most pleasurable things in our life are sometimes the most painful because we know we eventually have to let them go. The buddha even said that "impermanence is the human condition", something we may know but we resist. This can harden us as human beings because we end up working so hard to keep things as they are.
The practice of yoga gives us the opportunity to step on our mats and play with impermanence. Each time we move from one pose to the next we being breaking down our hard outer shell and detaching from the notion of who we are. We see ourselves improving our flexibility, strength and skill. We hold challenging positions, painstakingly counting down the seconds until we can find a release. And then we do. Stepping onto a yoga mat gives us moment to moment experience of staying present and connecting to the one thing that is permanent, our Self. This is not the self that defines who we are; it is rather the core of our being, the pure and changeless essence of light, peace, hope and compassion. If we can learn to embrace the truth of impermanence we can truly begin to enjoy each moment of life and embrace change as part of our evolutionary process.
This thanksgiving open you hearts to all of life's abundance. Cherish the moments and bask in all of life's change for it is our gift.
Sep 11, 2012
Backbending is often time looked upon with intimidation and thoughts that you have to be very flexible in order to reap the benefits. There can be a lot of mental hesitation and fear around "letting go," and the very thing that benefits us in a backbend can make us feel vunerable.
We would like to share a different perspective of backbending. Instead of calling it a backbend, we will focus on "heart opening", a more inviting name for an invigorating and uplifting practice. Hopefully this will help you find a way to love backbending as much as we do!!
Start with a simple meditation and invocation. Begin by simply noticing the breath, observing the upward and downward movement of each inhale and exhale. As your awareness of the breath increases, begin to notice the back of your body. We often times only pay attention to the front of our body as our habit is to always move forward (not backwards!). As you inhale feel the breath lengthening from the base of your spine and then Imagine a portal at the back of your heart, right in between the shoulder blades. As you exhale begin to move through this portal, from the back of your heart toward the front. Feel a subtle surrender as you invite the front of the body to open via this portal in the back. As you begin to move through any heart opening postures, think of finding a lift and support that starts in the base of the spine that curls up through the spinal cord and makes it's way to the heart. From there, you can find a completely supported lift, an opening in your heart and pure surrender to the practice.
Beginning to enjoy backbends (or heart opening) will enable you to reap the benefits--the joy and energy that backbends bring us! Enjoy taking this practice off the Mat and moving through life with an open heart!
Aug 21, 2012
You may not have to go to Sephora and spend all your money to have glowing skin. Ayurveda relies on many household herbs as part of daily diet to rid the body of toxins and improve digestion. Many studies have proven that poor digestion influences skin and can cause poor complexion. This simple herbal tea concoction is great for improving digestion, eliminating bloating and keeping your skin glowing. The blend of Cumin, Fennel and Coriander seeds helps improve digestive tissues so that vitamins and minerals can absorb into the intestines. This blend has also been used to treat high fevers, coughs or congestion, nausea and stomach pains.
Mix equal parts of fennel seeds, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds (make sure you use seeds not powder!). Add a spoonful of the mixture to a cup of boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. Enjoy in the morning or after a meal. Que facil!
for more information on Ayurveda visit The Ayurvedic Insitute at www.ayurveda.com or Contact us!
Aug 17, 2012
This summer was filled with A LOT of travel. Nell was busy getting pranafied with our teacher Shiva Rea in LA. Shiva Rea is the founder of Prana Flow, a dynamic and energetic style of vinyasa flow that incorporates ayurveda, tantra, bhakti (devotion), teachings of Krishnamacharya and Shiva's experience in dance and teaching over the past 20 years. Of course it is greatly fueled by our friend.. PRANA, our vitality and life-source. Here is a great video to share with you the vibration of Prana Flow and the inspiration that we bring to our classes and also to give you a sneak peak of all the FLAVOR and culture of Shiva's home studio in Venice, CA. Quite a unique and special place..
Rachael, on the otherhand, was busy immersing herself in the world of Ayurveda with one of our teachers, Maria Garre and Dr. Vasant Lad at the Ayurveda Institute in New Mexico. The training was in Ayuryoga, a practice fusing together the life sciences of ayurveda and yoga to bring total health and wellbeing to individuals.
Ayurveda translates to "knowledge of life" or science of LONGEVITY". It has it's roots in India but its practice across the globe. It is a system of knowledge aimed at bringing balance and total health to each individual so that we may avoid disease and illness. All living things are an interaction of body, mind and spirit, therefor Ayurveda teaches us how to understand, balance and improve these interactions to achieve WELL-BEING. We are in true health and harmony with nature when the body, mind and spirit are aligned with universal consciousness and the mind, energy and substances in the body flow freely.
Ayuryoga is a unique program that brings together Ayurveda and yoga, sister sciences that go hand in hand. Based on Ayurveda theories of health and the philophies of yoga, Ayuryoga is a daily protocol combining powerful breathing exercises, sun or moon salutations, specific yoga postures and meditation. Each component (breath, postures, etc) is chosen based on the specific benefits and according to the individuals needs. It has been exciting incorporating yoga into a daily practice and feeling all the benefits!
We (coqui yoga) are excited to be back in action and bringing more classes and workshops to our community thoughout the fall and winter and sharing so much of this knowledge with you!
Many people wonder what is "Coqui" and why we choose this name. The best way to find out is to come to Puerto Rico on one of the amazing retreats we are collaborating on OR to plan your own retreat and fall asleep each night to the sweet music of the Coqui. The Coqui is a very important part of the culture and nature of Puerto Rico. This little frog has become a symbol for the island. When I used to visit Puerto Rico. before moving to the island, I always wanted to record the sounds of the Coqui so I could fall asleep at night when I returned to my New York City apartment. Now I get spoiled by hearing them every night.. even in the city of San Juan. We choose Coqui Yoga to bring the nature, culture and energy of Puerto Rico to our concept. Enjoy this little clip!
Jul 19, 2012
We are excited to announce a special wellness retreat coming to Rincon, PR in January!!! Join Coqui Yoga and New York based holistic health coach & clean beauty expert Laurisa Truemper for a retreat dedicated to total welness and rejuvenation.
Laurisa specializes in detoxification through diet, lifestyle and personal care. After spending eight years as a brand manager in the fashion industry, Laurisa took the big leap towards her passion for health and nutrition and founded The Wellness Market. Laurisa recieved her training from the Institute for Integrative Health and Nutrition and is certified with the American Association of Drugless Practioners. She has been trained in more than one hundred dietary theories and studied a variety of practical lifestyle coaching methods.
When it comes to beauty, Laurisa is just as passionate about educating clients regarding the importance of using natural products. She is a beauty ambassador for a 100% natural skin care line and works with companies that support eco-friendly and green options enabling a life of complete wellness.
Her motto: Healing from the inside out.
We are excited to be collaborating to bring this special retreat to Puerto Rico. The retreat includes daily yoga class & meditation with Coqui Yoga, workshops with Laurisa, healthy food from a private chef, a group salsa lesson and ultimate rejuvenation.
For more information on the retreat please visit:
Jun 27, 2012
A funny story on a sunny afternoon in El Morro in Old San Juan... we were doing a photo shoot Alex Diaz to add some new pictures to our website. We were just having fun and busting out some yoga poses when a tour guide stepped in to admire our four-footed friend. A cat had decided to join our photo shoot and was just sitting taking in the sun while we played around in Pinch Mayurasana and Adho Mukha Vrksasana. The tour guide, with her classic "look", walked right up in front of us to explain to her group of 20 some people about the "Gatekeepers" of San Juan, Cats. Old San Juan is known for its cats and according to ancient myth, cats are the gatekeepers of some sort. Whatever the story is, we gave the tour some good photos and enjoyed having our four-footed friend by our side.
May 1, 2012
In March we had our first Coqui Yoga event at Hosteria del Mar in Ocean Park. A group of us gathered for an invigorating yoga practice with the steady sounds of the ocean whispering sweet melodies as we flowed. After the yoga class we all joined together for brunch. For Nell and I, brunch has always been an important ritual- a time to pause during the weekend and get together with friends for laughs, good conversation and of course food. Part of our vision for our Mind Body Brunch is fusing the brunch culture with yoga so people can come together doing the things they love. We love seeing people meet as our Coqui Yoga community grows. We are getting ready for our next Mind Body Brunch at Oceano in Condado on May 20th!
Rachael & Nell