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Online Iyengar-based yoga class with Eugenia Sivitou

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Adapting to the current circumstances, Eugenia has been teaching online on Saturdays (10.30-12.00 CET) since the beginning of June, and it has been beautiful to reconnect with friends made over the 14 years of operation of YogaOnCrete through this medium. The small group on Zoom allows some degree of personalized attention that students value in her live classes to also be present online.

The classes focus on building the foundations for a basic series of asana (postures) through principles of alignment, efficient use of energy through removal of unecessary layers of tension and use of breath; the correct understanding and practice of postures, especially in a home-practice setting, thus becomes a tool for deepening one’s awareness of body and mind and one's connection with the vitality and spaciousness of the inner body. Every few weeks the class is restorative, so students have the luxury of 1.5 hours of deep relaxation in different postures that benefit the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, nervous and of course myosceletal systems of the body, a practice particularly beneficial in these highly stressful for many times that we are going through. All classes end with a deep relaxation and short, centering and grounding meditation.

Although nothing beats a live class, if you would like to give it a try, or are interested in joining at a different time or even doing a private session tailored to your needs, please contact us.

Eugenia Sivitou

Eugenia began practicing yoga in 2004, as a student of contemporary dance in Scotland.
She gained a Yoga Teacher qualification from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Spain and soon after began organizing yoga holidays in Sfakia, Crete.
In 2012 she gained the Iyengar yoga teaching certification and is currently living and teaching between Crete and Rhodes.
Eugenia's practice and teaching has been deeply influenced by the great teachers she has had the good fortune to study with: Constantinos Giannetakis, Donna Farhi, Angela Farmer, Martine Le Chenic and 
Uma Dinsmore-Tuli.

Her classes strive to create a safe and nurturing environment within which one can come home to oneself, while in recent years she has been focusing on tailoring yoga practice to women's needs and bodies, cycles (menstrual and moon) and life transitions (pregnancy, menopause). The focus on breath and alignment, as powerful tools for gaining awareness of the body and mind, is integral in her teaching, while she also incorporates elements of her Vipassana meditation practice. Ultimately, her interest lies in finding links between psychology, artistic expression through various media, and yoga in light of a holistic approach to well being. Eugenia is also an authorized sport and exercise psychologist.

New covered yoga deck at YogaOnCrete

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Maybe you could tell that there was something new at YogaOnCrete, we now officially announce our beautiful new covered yoga deck, as an extension to our existing open-air one, under the olive trees, that will enable us to practice protected from the elements (sun, and occassionally wind and rain), as well as allow for an extended season: we'll offer our first course in 2021 over catholic Easter (1-8 April 2021 - click here for next year's schedule).

Until now the yoga deck among the olive trees offered a lovely blue sky and olive branch view at the end of Savasana, as well as the connection with nature, but a more protected space was necessary for unobstructed practice. And while we were at it, we also equiped it with a rope wall, that will be used in our Iyengar yoga workshops and enable us to defy gravity!!

Happy practicing to all who shall find solace in yoga in our new space!! 

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"Summer Scented Memories" photo contest

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As part of the first YogaOnCrete Online Festival that we organized in June, adapting to the new conditions created by the pandemic, we also held a photo contest, and here are the prize winners!! A big thank you to all who took part!!

First prize: Ziva Jakhelziva jakhel 1st prize

Second prize: Eeva-Liisa Bonet

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Third prize: Jill Turner

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Extra "cat" prize: Lori Punko

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Embracing the change with Victoria Karipidis

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YogaOnCrete teacher Victoria Karipidou introduces her work and journey at YogaOnCrete, offers practical tips on how to cope with the challenging emotions that may arise during these transformational times that we are all experiencing, and closes with a short and sweet de-stressing breathing practice from the Kundalini yoga tradition. 

YogaOnCrete 2006-2016

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EASTER 08 group1Ten years in the life of a yoga centre

I was still a contemporary dance student in Scotland when my ingenious mother came up with the idea. She had read an article about a celebrities' retreat including detox and yoga and thought that this would be an excellent use for the family holiday house now that her daughter was getting quite serious about something that did not seem to have the best career prospects: yoga.

My friend from uni, Nikos, made the website in April, and in June we held the first course together with a teacher friend, Marcos. My greekified Australian mum cooked delicious veggie dishes, following my instructions for the use of novel and somewhat obscure healthy alternative incredients, and for her own, imposed by me in my new convert's enthusiasm, "spiritual practice" of mouna (silence) quite diligently! There were four guests: a dancer friend from Scotland, two lovely ladies from Paris, and a woman researching retreat centres for a soon to be published book. What beginner's luck!

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Discovering Crete

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Insights into yoga poses: 2. The benefits of Sarvangasana

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Joshua's Flourless Chocolate Cake

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by Joshua Gefroh

Gluten is a digestive problem for many people these days. I'm not a fan of depleted, refined and rancid flour products. flourless-chocolate-cakeThese are usually combined with other depleted, refined and unnatural ingredients. Yet, they have become the normal and largely accpeted foods. Cutting out gluten is often beneficial simply because you get rid of these other factors. If you do eat gluten, eat whole products in their most natural states. If you are affected by gluten, choose the most natural gluten-free products. This cake is light and easy to eat after a meal - like most of my after dinner sweets.

(gluten free, serves 8)

  • 2/3 cup dried coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2T flax seeds, ground
  • 2T carob powder
  • 1/2-3/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened chocolate powder)
  • 1/2 cup sun dried cane sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/2 tsp agar powder (not flakes) - optional
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup organic yogurt

Summer memories from YogaOnCrete

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With winter approaching confidently also on Crete, it is time to look back and reflect namaste-yoga-on-crete-deck-classon the wonderful experiences, people, and memories gained from this summer at YogaOnCrete!

Unfortunately, our Sound and Voice Therapy and Movement Medicine workshop with Laura did not take place in June, but the summer was nevertheless complete with expressive, artistic, as well as other soul-nourishing, and in this sense, therapeutic experiences.

Our new outdoor yoga deck is itself a real gift and wonderful addition to the ambience of YogaOnCrete. The first time I saw it filled with people I was really moved and excited about what our future guests would have the opportunity to experience here. Yes, there are ants and the odd olives dropping from the trees (!!), but the three strong olive tree trunks, interspersed in the space, are themselves teachers of rooting, trusting the earth, and drawing from it as a base to reach up to the sky, with soft, supple, graceful branches.

Make Ordinary Days Extraordinary

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by Julie Mosmullerflower-in-hands

Days come, days go. Some last an eternity, others fly by. Some are cheerful, others uneventful. Yet you can be sure that the sun and the moon will rise and set, that the birds will sing in the morning.

I used to have a busy corporate job in London. Once I learned to live my days mindfully, I noticed how I became much more relaxed. The days weren’t less stressful, but I wasn’t as stressed anymore. Instead, I was feeling grateful for my life.

I often help clients of my coaching practice improve their work-life balance. These five tips have helped them to anchor their days and have more fun. They gained time as they prioritized according to their values.

1. Wake up mindfully.

When your alarm rings, take a moment to notice the blank canvas of a new day. I always feel mornings are freshly quiet as the day is still unwritten. Don’t check your messages yet, and get present to this particular morning. Is the sky blue or gray? Are your dreams still with you? Are you feeling rested or restless?

Slowly turn your attention to the day ahead and set an intention. What matters most to you today? An example could be "I want a loving relationship," or "I want to deliver a flawless presentation." Repeat it a few times, write it down or pick an object like a bracelet or picture to remind you during the day. Once you’ve made your intention clear, you’ll be surprised how often it comes true, usually in an unexpected way.

2. Follow a morning practice.

Dedicate a part of your morning to a routine, such as yoga or meditation. If you prefer to putter around the house or go for a run, that’s fine too. Most importantly, create an oasis of calm so you can anchor yourself in your values, even if only for 10 minutes. If you have a family, carve out some time before everyone wakes up, or during your commute.

My own practice combines meditation and yoga. It normally lasts an hour, but I can shorten it to 30 minutes. Meditation stills my mind, and mindful breathing connects me to life’s flow. Yoga offers an opportunity to love my body. I add restorative or energizing poses according to my body's needs. Even after sleeping restlessly, 10 sun salutes will refresh me.

3. Love your food.

The food you take in makes a big difference to your day, but first make sure your food goes out! Rehydrating your body does wonders to kick start your digestion. I drink a liter and a half of lukewarm water and herbal tea every morning, ideally before starting my routine.

Then it's time to think about food! What are you craving? What does your body need? If you're fighting a cold, add turmeric or echinacea to your smoothie. If you're anticipating a demanding day, make a filling breakfast, like oatmeal. I mostly eat fruit and vegetables to complement the body’s nightly detox. Think of breakfast literally — better not to break your fast with a huge meal!

4. Keep it simple.

Now we're ready to move. Whatever comes your way, keep it simple. Flow with the day, observe what it brings, and play with it. Keep your mind cool, your heart open, and you'll make sharp, intuitive decisions.

It helps to set your priorities so that you’ll feel content about having written that article, or gone for a run. What is the one thing that you want to do today, if nothing else?

Combine being organized and flexible. I always leave free time so that on a beautiful day I can go out in nature. Do you allow yourself to do something spontaneous, like curling up in bed if you feel like it?

This is not selfish or self-indulgent. The more you do the things you love, the more fulfilled you’ll be. Consequently, you'll have more energy to grow and be available to the people you love.

5. Unwind.

Closing your day is as important as starting it. Some people list the things they’re grateful for. I always make sure to check out the night sky — watching the moon and stars connects me to the bigger picture of life.

At least 30 minutes before going to sleep, set your devices on airplane mode. Keep your bed for sleeping and only go there once you're ready to sleep. Set your alarm for the 7-9 hours of sleep you need plus a little extra to account for falling asleep. The more regular your sleeping, the easier your body will unwind and rejuvenate.

My body’s natural rhythm is to sleep early and wake up with the birds when a fresh new day is about to start!

About the author
julie-mosmuller

A Certified Relationship and Career Coach, I enjoy coaching a broad client base – from entrepreneurs to executives, mothers, academics, designers - in person and over Skype. I also facilitate workshops and retreats in Europe and India.

I draw upon my yoga and meditation practice as well as my strategy consulting background to help clients find a balance between thought and action, between being mindful and impactful.

I love my work which give me the freedom to combine personal, professional and spiritual growth.

"Julie's sessions are inspiring and energising. She helped me gain confidence in my life choices and discover more about who I am and what I want out of life."

Insights on yoga poses: 1. Downward Dog

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A fascinating explanation of some of the benefits of Downward adho-mukha-svanasana-in-athensFacing dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), as seen from the perspective of acupuncture!
http://www.artofyoga.co.uk/reason-downward-facing-dog-good/#more-%27
This pose is considered to be one of the most complete poses, in that for the legs it requires the work of a standing pose, while for the arms it is an arm balance, for the front of the body it is a backbend, whereas for the back of the body it is a forward bend and, in addition, it offers the benefits of (increased circulation of blood in head) and prepares for inversions. Enjoy your practice!

Cretan Herbs and Spices

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The flora of Crete is at its best in spring, after the winter rains. Even the normally very dry southern parts become green, and hundreds of flowers, plants and herbs start to blossom. There are 130 species of wild flowers and herbs unique to Crete.

Many Cretan herbs are Lamiaceae, or of the mint family, a family of plants in about 180 genera and some 3,500 species.

Yoga for Hiking course details

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Are you a hiking enthusiast wanting to gain even more enjoyment out of hiking? Then this course is for you!

NEW summer course at YogaOnCrete!!

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Join us at YogaOnCrete (12-19 June) and experience lightness of body, mind and spirit through the twice daily practice of voice and sound therapy, and movement medicine, along with daily encounters with the cool, turquoise Mediterranean waters at quiet beaches, idyllic unspoilt surroundings, wholesome local food, excursions, and a warm and welcoming group of people that will make this experience unforgettable!

The discipline to be a free spirit

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Freedom comes with discipline.

Two of the ethical observances of yoga on the relationship to ourselves, the niyamas, santosha, contentment, and tapas, discipline, are found next to each other in Patanjali's account in the Yoga Sutras (verses 2.42 and 2.43), which at first may seem controversial. But think about it: in order to enjoy physical freedom in our bodies, we need to maintain them healthy, and therefore exercise in a conscious way appropriate to our constitution, eat moderately, rest adequately. In order to enjoy psychological freedom, we need to practice letting go of mental patterns that do not serve our happiness, for example dwelling on the past and self-blame, replace negative thought patterns with positive ones, and so on. Discipline is necessary in changing habits that we know no longer serve their purpose (if they ever did, at least in part).

This is not a retreat

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by Sofia Aslanidou http://sofiawise.wordpress.com/

 

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The Heart: An Organ of Intelligence

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The heart’s electromagnetic field—by far the most powerful rhythmic field produced by the human body—not only envelops every cell of the body but also extends out in all directions into the space around us. The cardiac field can be measured several feet away from the body by sensitive devices. Research conducted at IHM suggests that the heart’s field is an important carrier of information.

The precious human birth

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"The Buddha gave a teaching known as "the precious human birth", in which he described how rare and precious it is to take birth as a human in the vast cosmological scheme, and how as a human it is so rare and precious to experience just the right mixture of pleasure and pain to undertake deep spiritual inquiry.

Why practice yoga?

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The practice of yoga is a dive into the deep. In a way, there is no turning back, as we start to see ourselves, others, life in general in all its different expressions through new eyes. Are we ready for this change? Why embark on this practice?