Two blog posts I have written about amazing classes happening at the BYC this coming weekend (4-8th July). Its not too late for a trip to Barcelona….???
With the BYC less than 3 weeks away you may have looked at the program and thought WOW, who to choose? There are so many wonderfully colourful teachers each expressing what yoga means to them. Someone you may not know is Zorba the Greek, here is a little about who this teacher is and why you should go for a blessing at his classes!
Three years ago I was at the Sunday night market with the Chiang Mai community in Thailand when I saw a super happy smiley face looking back at me. This smile is one you would not forget. This is the smile of Zorba the Greek (Anastasis). From that day a friendship was created with a super yogi. He has no mobile phone and lives a humble simple life on the beautiful island of Crete. Every year he welcomes into his home people from all over the world who he has met on his travels to experience the simplicity and beauty of his home and his way of life following the yogic scriptures and path. His apartment overlooks the sea, with no furniture. You can relax, read and practice on the floor. Its the perfect place for yogis. He has regular classes in a beautiful yoga studio in Chania where he welcomes everybody into his classes, those who can afford to pay and those who cannot. Due to the crisis in Greece he now offers his classes for less than you pay in Chiang Mai. He does this out of his love for Yoga and his students. He doesn’t want people to stop coming because of lack of money.
Coming from a professional dance career, Anastasis began studying yoga in 1994. He has spent a lot of time in India and moved around studying with many different teachers and styles. During his enthusiastic classes you will feel the presence of a joyful dance he takes you on. Although he does not want to associate to one style or tradition of practice, he states that his teaching is a synthesis of different traditions with the spirit and expression of “Zorba the Greek”, freedom, generosity, integrity, spontaneity, joy and inspiration with the state of grace of the dancer.
Words of wisdom from Zorba “I don’t know what yoga is.”
What to expect? No long dharma talk! A flowing strong and dynamic practice with a creative dance twist not forgetting the breath.
An authentic yogi teaching from the heart in the moment!
At this year’s Bali Spirit Festival, Zorba the Greek was teaching with Danny Paradise, and at the BYC you will see the two teaming up together again, a cross between Shamanic Ashtanga with Zorba the Greek.
Picture this…. Its monday 8th July, BYC main program has finished, your exhausted, yet energised from all the wonderful Asana, kirtan and dance. You take a breath, enjoy the moment and then think about what an amazing weekend you had. Then your stomach starts to rumble, did I manage to eat over the weekend? With so many classes it’s often difficult to find time for eating nutritious food and consciously. Part of a healthy yogic living should include being aware of what you are putting on and in your precious human body. We are what we eat after all As we become more conscious on and off the mat, food should be a huge part of our practice. Fortunately for us all you can join an amazing Raw Food class with Javier Medvedovsky (Espiritual Chef) & Daphne Tsatsou (Tr00 Food Liberation) on Monday 10-13h & 15-18h at the BYC location, to learn about healthy food and conscious eating.
As I spend more and more time with True Foodies (Troo Food liberation) I find myself now following in Daphne’s (a kitchen goddess’) footsteps. When I have a kitchen available I’m inspired to share great vegan tasty food with my friends and family. So I advise you, fill your mind, heart and belly with a taste of raw food and then share what you have learned with those around you.
Daphne and Javier will be holding this workshop as an Introduction on Raw Food, germination, fermentation, soaking and dehydration without cooking on the fire, and love as the main ingredient to obtain a positive, healthy and experimental dish with unforgettable flavours.
Food that’s nutritious, super tasty and creative, real food for the soul. Dont miss out, you’ve done enough asana instead feed your sole and your tum!
Good food is the answer, Raw Food is the way…. Sri Ram, Jai Ram, Jai Jai Ram