martes, 5 de agosto de 2014

Art for art: make way for the Valerio. An international Naples-born artist creates a new currency to be used exclusively in the city of Malaga 
An international Naples-born artist creates a new currency to be used exclusively in the city of Malaga
This week, surrounded by soft and sombre aqua-tinted prints, I found myself a stone’s throw from the San Juan Iglesia in the only etching studio in Andalucía, the Gravura Taller de Grabado.
Accompanied by the director of the studio, Mariana Martín, I was treated by Valerio Gentile to participating in a print-making demonstration as well as a full insider’s explanation of the latest exciting art movement to hit Malaga, the ‘Valerio’.
Having recently moved from Calle Granada to the studio, the artist is continuing work on his project within the Valerio Arduino Gentile Arts Trust.
As I sat sipping lemongrass tea, Valerio told me in a melange of Italian, Spanish and English of his travels in India, Egypt, Britain (to name but a few places), before showing me to the printing room.
Using the ‘gravado’ technique (pictured above), Valerio carefully etches a mirror image of his note into a copper plate with a pen-like tool, then washing the plate with paint and removing the excess to leave a sheen, after which the plate is passed through a printing press with paper to produce the prints.
The ‘Valerio’ is a form of tender exclusively used in Malaga, designed, named and handmade by the artist himself to be bartered for specific types of goods and services.
Though it cannot be exchanged for other currencies, Valerio expressed that in an effort to try and support the art community, his ‘money’ can be traded for other works of art.
As I watched him prepare the demonstration, the 41-year-old told me of how he has pondered money’s true value from a young age. For him, the main intent of all art is to move, or to provoke a reaction. In the same way, money is also a driving force of movement, which is why Valerio has fused the two to form ‘art-currency’.
Who’s involved?
A number of community members are involved in the movement;on stopping by the well-known café ‘El Último Mono’ on my way home and mentioning Valerio’s work whilst chatting to a staff-member, he even had a note of his own to show me. The businesses who can trade in Valerio’s tender , however, must fulfil certain criteria.
Organisations involved are given the privilege of deciding the value of the ‘money’, but are also compelled to use it only in a ‘wholesome’ way.Solely local, independent businesses supporting work that is ecologically friendly or promoting art can adhere to the group, the idea being to support the local community,to help artists and to care for the environment.
Valerio also alluded to starting the project partially out of curiosity and the desire to explore the relationship between power and responsibility, the meaning of monetary value and whether it can still equate to that of skill or time.
What makes this movement more special is that the notes themselves have true worth; their production requires skill and time. They are literally works of art; the surreal, contorted, bulls and distorted birds depicted on the notes, are all devised and hand-drawn by the artist himself.
After asking where I could spend my ‘Valerios’, he admitted being taken aback by the response received, and that many businesses providing the likes of yoga classes or goods like second-hand clothes had also jumped on board the project.
Perhaps the prospect of bartering goods and services again would be taking a step backwards for some;for others, the notion is simply too idealistic nowadays. That said, maybe rather than spending in codes and plastic at a time when materialism is endemic, it may be worth remembering the real value of our work.

lunes, 4 de agosto de 2014

Yoga classes in summer in Yogasala. august

Our Yoga classes continúe this summer in Yogasala.

We practice natural and organic HOT YOGA and enjoy a non-comparable Yoga room, shiny and wide with the old fashioned ventilating system, opened doors and windows and fresh breeze renewing the air.

We also have Yoga mats and props for the practice. Come and try one free class. If you are visiting Malaga you can also enjoy spare classes. Our timetable is flexible, you can come everyday you want during the week.


General Yoga classes


Mondays to Thursdays from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm.

Practise Yoga.


Isabel Martinez.

lunes, 2 de junio de 2014

On articles about yoga & meditation. Joaquín G Weil. Blog hop--a series of writers answering questions about their writing.

Our fellow in yoga practice, Marta Moreno co-editor of COLLAGE magazine, an independent multilingual online publication, since 200, invited me to participate in a blog hop--a series of writers answering questions about their writing.

1) What am I working on/writing?
Currently, I am mostly writing articles about yoga and meditation. This is the link to my section in
And here’s a link to the English translation of one of my articles:

3) How does my work/writing differ from others of its genre?
Personally, I think that each writer has his or her own style. The scope for yoga and meditation articles in Spanish is not so big. In my case, I try to write from my personal experience, with insight and a sense of humour.

4) Why do I write what I do?
I mainly focus on either original topics or subjects with a universal and eternal quality - but approached from a fresh point of view.  What prompts me to write about a certain theme is finding it unusual or remarkable. With due respect, I try to shake up the reader, which is a way of shaking up myself.

5) How does my writing process work?

In general have three or four ideas for possible articles, with their title and subject topic. Every week I choose one of these topics and I write a first draft  in two or three hours. Then I leave it to rest and I revise it and modify it during the following two or three days. During this revision process I come up with new ideas for future articles. Sometimes, the ideas for my writing are born while teaching at our yoga and meditation centre.

sábado, 24 de mayo de 2014

Cycle rickshaw in Málaga, Spain

An ecological, friendly and cheap way to travel around the down town. Drivers are bilingual or trilingual. In the picture the "rickshaw wallah" Eduardo.

domingo, 4 de mayo de 2014

"TIBETAN SOUND HEALING", CONFERENCE and SEMINAR in English translated to Spanish, Málaga, 9th - 11th of May, 2014

Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

Five Warrior Seed Syllables with Tenzin Wangyal Rimpoche
Since ancient times meditative practices from a variety of spiritual traditions have used sound and its vibration as an essential tool for healing.

Through the singing and chanting of sacred syllables and mantras, spiritual practitioners, healers, and lay persons are able to purify and restore harmony to a range of physical, emotional, psychological, and spiritual dimensions. Guided by the mind and carried by the breath through subtle channels, the power of sound opens the potential to heal illness and dissolve energetic disturbances.
The Tibetan Bon Buddhist tradition is one of the oldest and still-unbroken lineages of wisdom to make use of sound for the well-being of its practitioners. The knowledge of how to sing and chant Tibetan syllables in order to activate their healing potential is contained in a number of Bon texts, including the revered Mother Tantra (Ma Gyud).
During these teachings, students learn the relationship between the sounds of particular Tibetan syllables and their healing qualities, and are guided in the practice of sound-healing meditations.
"Let it support you to become kind and strong and clear and awake.”.
       Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche

9 of May, 2014
Conference by Lama Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and presentation of his latest book "Awakening the Luminous Mind".
Área Cultural del El Corte Inglés
C/ Hilera 8 - Málaga
19:30 - 20:30 h

10 - 11 Mayo de 2014
Espacio Cultural La Térmica
Avda. de los Guindos, 48 - Málaga
line 15 (Carranque) and line 16 (Centro).
C/ Luis Barahona de Soto
GPS: 36.690024678, -4.445155263
Google maps
May, 10 - 11, 2014
Saturday: 8:30-16:00 h
Sunday:   9:30-18:00 h
(with lunch break)
It is advisable towear comfortable clothes,meditation cushionandmat.
Before 10 April:  110 €
(students and unemployed: 90 €)
From 10 April to 10 May:  140 €
(students and unemployed: 120 €)
Banco Sabadell
Asociación Cultural Budista BON
IBAN: ES8200810168930001545661
Concept: Name, DNI and the topic "Sound Healing"
Ligmincha Malaga
tel: 685 893 624 (evenings)

lunes, 4 de noviembre de 2013

"Remembering in London", the excellent blog by Marta Moreno illustrated with pictures by Lorenzo Hernandez
"I'm working on this association ( European Reminiscence Network). To deal with people with dementia in English is difficult, and my colleagues have much experience in that field, but I learn every day and, as with yoga, the key is to be patient and persevere. "