jueves, 23 de octubre de 2014

English Yoga in Málaga

During my research to a suitable yoga studio in Málaga I came across Yoga Sala Málaga. In the middle of the centre in a historical building. When I entered the studio I felt the energy and peace I was looking for. I recognised myself here. Today one year later, I feel very delighted Joaquin has asked me to join the blog of the Yoga Sala Málaga, especially because it's in English.

Joaquin was enthusiastic about my suggestion to teach Yoga in English in his studio. My classes will be a combination of different yoga types like Vinyasa & Hatha yoga.

For every level, for those who want to be sportive, for relaxation and meditation. Awakening the bodies muscles to get flexibility and strength. Open up the energy points in the body to feel positive and energetic. But remember.....Yoga just starts when you get off the yoga mat.

Although English is not my first language I feel comfortable to speak and write it. In fact it's the language me and my brand new husband are speaking at home.

Let me first give you a short introduction of who I am;

Within a few months I´ll turn 34 years. My husband and I are now 13 months together. We married on the same day one year after we met each other for the first time in the same beautiful place in Malaga, Baños del Carmen. It was a non- traditional white- wedding.

I never expected my live would turn out like this. I went to Spain when I was 23 years old. I lived for about 7 years in Marbella in a poshy, rich and famous surrounding. I worked hard to build my business and traveled up and down to Holland to see my friends and get my inspiration. When my life needed a switch, I spent 2 years in Amsterdam. There I got more and more inspired by the yoga philosophy. After I passed my yoga teacher training I went off to India. Alone for a "once in a lifetime experience". Completely balanced and full of inspiration I came back from my trip and decided to give my life in Spain a GO again. I didn't go back to Marbella but to the inspiring and deluded city Malaga. I was still single for 5 years and since the first time I didn't care. I wanted to explore Malaga on bare feet, practice yoga and learn proper Spanish.

Today, 13 months later I am expecting a son to be born in January 2015, I found a partner in crime with who I can concur the world. Life in full of surprises and the unexpected happened!

Within all yoga keeps me in balance. As a very active and entrepreneurial woman like me yoga keeps me grounded and I try not to take life too serious. Every time when I feel out of balance I step onto my yogamat and find inner peace again.

Last but not least....I would like to share my top 5 focus points for this month with you:

1 Exercise daily (also if it is only 5 minutes, do some stretching)

2 Keep a journal (I use agenda to write down what I have done every day
3 Plan a schedule for a week (this helps me staying focussed)
4 Eat healthier (less sugar, more vegetables)
5 Smile to a stranger

Next month I will give you my top 5 yoga exercises which keep me balanced in this hectic world. Please feel to share your story with me and participate onto this blog.

Do you want more information about the English Yoga classes, please visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EnglishYogainMalaga

You can also send me an email; saskiagruijters@gmail.com, or give me a call on 618 364 170.

With love, Saskia

Flexibility of the body means flexibility of the mind



miércoles, 27 de agosto de 2014

"Discovering Málaga" About YogaSala Málaga in Countlessmiles Blog. Thankyou.


I am sure you would love it in Malaga. 
I went to Yoga Sala for a month, it is on Calle moreno Monroy, 5. The teachers are really good and I enjoyed my yoga lessons there.
 

Thankyou for visiting us in YogaSala Málaga and telling about the experience to your blog followers.
http://countlessmiles.wordpress.com/2014/04/19/discovering-malaga/

Living in a place is different from visiting the place – I came to realize this after moving to Spain temporarily. It was such a culture shock moving from NYC to Malaga, Spain.  It takes time to get used to the fact that most places close for Siesta (2pm -5pm) and  on Sundays (as with every other European country).  Another thing I never got quite used to is the very tranquil environment – this is absolutely good when you’re on vacation but when you need to get stuff done, it can be frustrating- there is no sense of urgency in this part of town. It takes a lot of patience and getting used to. 
At the end of my time in Malaga, Spain (of which I plan to return). I made a list of things that I found helpful and useful during my stay here.
1. Manicure and Pedicure: This was a struggle to find in the first month.  it is not very common to find mani and pedi places in Malaga (although after 2 months in, I started noticing random mani salons). My classsmates and I have been searching. We finally found a couple of places but they’re so expensive. The places we found are called – Manos y Pies express on Calle Villafuerte, D-unas nails on Calle Hilera, 6 & Beauty and Decoracion de unas on Calle Martires, 12.
2. Wax:  I haven’t seen any real spas here or major waxing places. I usually go to the W Bliss Spa in NYC but since I’m not close to W hotel here, I honestly don’t know what to do (perhaps go back to using shaving cream).  I’m very picky about waxing but the place D-unas has waxing services. I’m skeptical to try their services out just because I am so picky.
3. Eyebrow Threading – I haven’t found any place for this. A friend told me the closest one is in Marbella, which is about 2 hours via bus.
4.  Fresh Habanero peppers – They don’t have habanero peppers at the supermarkets popularly called Mercadonas or Supersol in Malaga. One of my classmates found one store in Malagueta called Fruteria La Malagueta on Calle Fernando Camino, 11, that sells fresh chili Thai peppers from Uganda. I also found dried cayenne peppers at the Supersol. There is also another good market for spices and fresh vegetables called Green Elephant aka Mercado Atarazana in Malaga Centro. I found some habanero peppers at the African store my last week in Malaga.
5. Sweet potatoes – I haven’t seen fresh sweet potatoes either, the ones at the Fruteria are sold baked. It is called batatas asados – I tried it, it wasn’t bad.
6. Apple Cider Vinegar – I haven’t seen this at any of the supermarkets but found it at Teas and Spice shopTienda De Te Y Especias  in El Palo by the tunnel opposite the church.  I like fresh tea markets and here you can get you spices as well.
7. Cranberry juice – I found some cranberry juice mixed with grape at the Mercadona but I haven’t seen pure cranberry juice.
8. Apparently there is an African store in Malaga and Marbella. I haven’t been to them though. I found this beauty supply store called Lasani Cosmetics on Calle La Union, 26. Beside the beauty supply store is an African store, you can find a lot of spices and food products here.  they are opened Lunes – sabado 9:30 am – 9pm. There is also an African restaurant by the African store.
9. Good restaurants and bars:  Restaurants that I went to and I liked are La Cantinenta (pizza), El Pimpi (nice drinks and food), Tapeo Del Cervantes, El Paloma, La Cabra, Las Tortugas, La Cantinetta, WOK noodles, el ChiKiteo, Marriott Hotel Rooftop Bar
10.  For those who enjoy working out – gym memberships are quite expensive here but you can totally enjoy running ouside along the beach and use the street workout machines by the beach. We also found a yoga place called Alice’s Yoga & Beach Homestay and a dance/Pilates class called Escuela da danze.  I went to Yoga Sala for a month, it is on Calle moreno Monroy, 5. The teachers are really good and I enjoyed my yoga lessons there.
11. Went grocery shopping at SuperMercado on February 19th and I was so happy. For the first time I felt I could live long term in Malaga. If you love pasta like me, you know the importance of good tomato pasta sauce. I finally found something like preggo sauce and it was good.
12. Songs I’m falling in love with in Malaga – On Va Dance, One Night in St Tropez, Todos los Dias
13. Transportation: Transportation here can be crazy, so plan at least 2 hrs ahead. This is the schedule for transport from Malaga to other Spanish cities http://www.avanzabus.com/web/archivos/base/File/Horarios/Portillo/Horario-de-autobuses-de-Malaga.pdf
My first experience with the public transportation to a neighboring city was my trip to San Pedro and Marbella on Valentine’s day. It was such a struggle trying to figure where the bus was located and trying to figure out the bus schedule.  The attendants at the station are not really helpful either, so definitely plan ahead.  Fortunately, the trip was worth the hassle.  San Pedro is very beautiful – the port is beautiful and very romantic. We walked by the beach at night and it’s so peaceful – listening to the sound of the ocean is so relaxing. I just pictured myself laying down with a blanket and a bottle of wine by the beach – of course taking a nap after the wine. I hope to go back to San Pedro, this time I’m planning ahead.

If I think of more things about my stay in Malaga, I will update this post accordingly. For now this is what I could think of


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

http://www.surinenglish.com/20140627/news/costasol-malaga/make-valerio-201406301148.html 
 
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.

YOGA TIMETABLE THIS SUMMER

General Yoga classes

August

Mondays to Thursdays from 6.30 pm to 8.00 pm.

Practise Yoga.

Om.

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 yogaenred.com:
And here’s a link to the English translation of one of my articles: http://yogainmalaga.blogspot.com.es/2013/06/multitasking-full-article-by-joaquin-g.html


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.