2018 Retreat Review: Adam Husler

16 February 2018

Back in November last year I caught up with a yoga teacher who I had admired for a while, his no nonsense way of teaching was inspiring. After injuring my back recently I started to attend Adam’s classes, which are alignment focused, he’s a brilliant teacher and such a lovely guy that his yoga retreat is one I will no doubt be joining this year. 
Food is obviously extremely important and on this holiday there will be3 tasty, organic, vegetarian meals a day, laid out for you buffet style and don't worry if you are a peckish type: they’ll be hot drinks and fruits included and available all day.


Adam Husler, Saville, Spain. 16th – 23rd June

7 days in the hills of Andalucia, Adam will lead you through 2 classes per day in the Magnificent Om Yoga Dome, with it’s awe-inspiring views, or in the beautiful Ganesha Yoga Shala. The morning one will take the form of a 90min class typical of Adam's public classes and the evening class with be 2 hour workshop or restorative class. 

With experience in the boxing ring, on ultra marathon routes, studying law and with 9 years of having a yoga mat in hand, Adam (500RYT) brings a unique perspective to his yoga teaching.


Adam’s love of anatomy has lead him to specialise in Alignment Based Vinyasa Yoga, studying at an advanced level under Jason Crandell. Adam has also had the pleasure of studying intensively under Budokon Yoga Founder Cameron Shayne and renowned meditation teacher Michael Stone, both of whom have hugely inspired his current teaching method.

Image courtesy: Adam Husler

Prices from: £685 


Natasha, Yoga Teacher and Blogger, So Lucky So Green. Sri Lanka

12 February 2018

There are some people you come across in life that their lives sparkly with the route they have taken with their careers, and Natasha is one of these people. Russian born, Natasha originally came from a career in marketing and sales for cosmetic and fashion companies such as, L'Oreal, Clarins, Diane von Furstenberg and trend forecasting agencies like WGSN, her world now couldn't be further away from this. 
Natasha’s yoga journey started 15 years ago when she took her first yoga class in Moscow, since then she was practising with many great teachers around the world. She has taught in studios from London, Canada and most recently in Sri Lanka. 

I caught up with Natasha before she jetted off again ..



Do you remember the very first time your practised yoga and how did you bring it into your life?

I would say I started to practice the physical aspect of yoga way before I knew what it is. The story began from looking through the book about yoga which for whatever reason we had at home when I was a kid, I'm not even sure I could read at that time but I was fascinated by the pictures.

Growing up I always liked to be active and experiment with the shapes I can create with my body. And somehow physical culture in Russia is inspired by yoga. Shoulder stand or a wheel pose is something which every Russian kid could do.

When I started to attend yoga classes I was ready to explore the spiritual part and my trips to India, which is one of my favourite places in the world, definitely contributed to my interest in yoga. It's never been just a simple workout for me. The more I did yoga, the better I felt, the more I wanted to do it.


How did you find yourself in Sri Lanka with yoga at Jasper House and what's the best thing about your job?

Over a year ago my adventurous spirit and love for the sun and the ocean brought me to Sri Lanka. I started to teach yoga in a wonderful place called Talalla Retreat, which very quickly became to feel like home. I came back last year and ended up extending my stay and teaching yoga in a sister property of Talalla, Jasper House. It is located steps away from a beautiful Hiriketiya Bay, which is a great surfing spot for the beginners like me. The best part of any yoga job, but particularly when teaching abroad, is to have a chance to meet people from all over the world. I also feel super happy to have first-time yoga students in class and after a while to get a message from them saying how they continue practising and how it has a positive effect on their lives.



Describe your typical day?

I feel a bit guilty to describe my day, I always say how I must have done something good in my previous life to be able to live a life like that now.

Life in Sri Lanka is very relaxed and stress-free. I wake up around 6.30 to get ready for 8 am Vinyasa Flow class. I have my breakfast in Jasper's restaurant with an amazing sea view, which sometimes makes me stay there till noon, doing some work online, posting on social media, planing upcoming classes or trips.

Some days I would have a workshop or private class, some days I go to Hiriketiya beach for surfing or just for a fresh coconut in one of the cute little cafes near the water.

I also like to explore other beaches along the coast or go to the nearby towns for some local shopping experience.

I teach a restorative class in the afternoon and finish my day with a dinner, the best when I can share it with the friends, many of them are my yoga students who I met at Jasper House.



Five items you can't live without?

Our lifestyle definitely affects our consumer behaviour. When I quit my fashion job I realized that I don't need most of the things I thought were essential. It's easy to deal with the shoe addiction when you spend 90% of the time barefoot :)

Right now my list of essential items looks like this

Swimming suit & sunscreen

I love spending time on the beach and feel the best when I'm in the water.

Lots of fresh fruits

My favourite food, especially when living on the tropical island

Yoga Mat

Just because it's such a universal multipurpose item, especially when travelling. Once, when moving houses, I slept on my yoga mat on the floor for a week, it's actually good for your back :)

Internet

As much as I hate modern addiction to the electronic devices, it's an essential tool for staying in touch with my friends and family who are spread all over the world.


Advice to anyone trying to start/improve their yoga practice?

Find a teacher you like, listen to your body and remember that it's not about how you look, it's about how you feel.


follow Natasha on her journey.. here

Ines Loughrey, Yoga Teacher

5 February 2018

Ines, is a yogi who I've followed for a while and before Christmas had the pleasure of meeting with Jaime Tully. Of course in the new year I had to get this lovely lady on the blog straight away to tell her story! Ines teaches at renowned studios such as Core Collective and Frame, her classes are a must visit!


Do you remember the first time you practiced yoga and how did it change your life?

I don’t remember the exact first time as I tried a few different classes and styles. I was feeling quite lost and at a significant low physically, emotionally and psychologically. Although I initially went into those first yoga classes feeling like I had to compete and perform the postures to prove my worth, I soon discovered that I didn’t have to, that I could just create space within which to get clear and heal. And it completely changed my life; the choices I made day to day about the things I said, ate, spent money on, the relationships I cultivated, the possibility with which I approached life. I really do believe that the practice only begins on the mat and really comes into play in the way in which you continue to show up and live your life and integrate all aspects of yourself.



If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere with anything on it — metaphorically speaking, getting a message out to millions or billions — what would it say and why? It could be a few words or a paragraph.

That’s a tough question. I always change my mind about this sort of thing depending on what I’ve been reading or listening to. These days I’m enjoying re-reading some Osho books and this one has been lingering in my mind: “Be realistic: Plan for a miracle.”


What's your wellness tip for 2018?

Get enough sleep (that one’s definitely more of a reminder to myself!) move in a way that feels fun for you, and train your mind as well as your body.


When you feel overwhelmed or unfocused, or have lost your focus temporarily, what do you do?

I meditate. I meditate even if I haven’t lost my focus too because it helps in preventing me from getting into a situation in which I feel overwhelmed and/or unfocused by getting me out of my mind stuff. It doesn’t have to be for a long time either, even just a few minutes is great! I think meditation is more accessible than ever with loads of apps and online tutorials and books offering guided meditations that you can do at home if you’re not sure where to start.


Where do you breathe, sweat and refuel in London? 

These days I mostly practice at Triyoga and Lumi, and I love to sweat at Core Collective! My way of refuelling is usually pretty unglamorous, a coffee and sandwich from Pret on the go in between classes. When I get the chance for something more exciting I love Palm Vaults, Paradise Unbakery and Wild Food Café.


What five items can you not live without?

I have to be honest and say I don’t feel quite right saying I can’t live without the following items because there are people in the world who don’t even have access to shelter, food and clean water.

However, five items that I enjoy having in my life are my phone (especially for listening to podcasts and music on the tube), a good book, dark chocolate, my yoga mat, and my diary because I’m not always very good at remembering where I’m supposed to be.

To join one of Ines's classes... here
She also posts her teaching on instagram.. here


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