sábado, 22 de junio de 2013

Yoga: Solstice in Times Square NY. Caridad was there!

Through yoga celebration of summer solstice in Times Square. Thousands of participants. Caridad, who visited us a few months ago to YogaSala, was there.

viernes, 21 de junio de 2013

Thank you! Yoga Sala, by Caridad from Nueva York

Thank you! Yoga Sala
Joaquin my teacher at "Yoga Sala" is a caring and patient teacher to beginners like me, though his class attract yoga students in all levels. His instructions are always so clear and assuring that i find myself doing the poses that i have never imagined doing. He inspire you to try your best, while giving alternatives or encouraging you to do "what you can do".
The studio is absolutely beautiful, bright, and with the best view of Malaga Cathedral.
I feels lucky to have a place like "Yoga Sala" to go, and friends I will be happy to see again.
Caridad from Nueva York

domingo, 16 de junio de 2013

"Multitasking", full article by Joaquin G Weil, translated to English by Corey Schuster

Our mind is capable of carrying out many tasks simultaneously, but can our attention be concentrated on various things at one time? Let´s head to the land of the asanas…

The human mind functions via various layers of attention and consciousness. This is shown, for example, when we are driving and we are able to keep one eye on the road while the other is checking the rear view mirror. We do this all while listening to the motor, changing speeds and gears, using both our hands and feet. And what´s even more, we are able to listen to the radio or chat with other passengers and pay attention to our own passing thoughts.

The ability to do this is called “multitasking”. To compare it lightly, we could say our mind is like a computer in which a variety of windows or desktops are open at the same time. In reality, however, a computer doesn´t carry out all these tasks at the same time; rather it switches from one back to another so quickly that it only seems like they are happening simultaneously. Our minds work in a similar way: although we can be alert to many stimuli, or even carry out various tasks at once, our undivided attention can only be focused on one thing at a time and then move on to the next.

It may not seem like it, but this is a good thing. This promises that while we are processing a variety of information consciously, we are alert.


Juan, a regular at the Buddhist Studies Center in Málaga, lives at the top of a mountain in the Axarquía mountain range. He tells me that when he attends the classes given by the Lamas, which are held in the city center, he can´t stand the noise of the city. I´m not surprised. Living the in solitude of the countryside, where the only noise that you can make out is the faint barking of a dog or the humming of a distant airplane, makes the senses become so fine-tuned that the roaring noises of city life become deafening. We, urban folk, have had to turn down the sharpness of our senses in order to survive in the environment of lights and screaming noises.

Normally, our minds are bombarded with an infinite number of sensory stimuli and news. Of these, just a select few make it to our conscious attention. On occasions, in an intuitive way, we focus our attention on those stimuli that advert us to danger or emergencies. During a yoga practice, we have the opportunity to fine tune our senses. For example, one specific part of Ashtanga yoga, Pratyahara, consists of just that: sharpening our senses towards internal stimuli.


Coming back to the term “multitasking”, from my point of view, a yoga practice cannot be successfully carried out while we are paying attention to each of the individual parts an asana requires. For example, when I practice Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana), I try to do it step-by-step: relax and firmly plant my feet and hands on the floor. Besides this firm and stable support, I relax my body upwards and at the same time, stretch. I release tension in my neck. I breathe deeply from my hips to my back, relaxing the abdomen and diaphragm on the exhalations. I do this as if I were fostering attention towards my body.

The effect of this type of concentration – step-by-step and detailed – is in and of itself meditative, zen-like. I am working on simplifying my thoughts and allowing my attention to flow calmly. And at the same time I have formed part of the global conscience (referred to as holistic today), cleansing my attention to reach an ideal state of alert relaxation, where my intuition is clearer and sure, from which it is fine tuned to receive in serene way the most relevant sensory information.

The physical worker may relax in the shower or in the bath after a hard day´s work. However, on the other hand, the intellectual worker may find his “mental shower” during the practice of asanas.

 (Our article "Multitasking" was published in the paper issue 30th of the spanish version of  Yoga Journal)

martes, 11 de junio de 2013

Our Center

Fotographys by Victoriano Moreno realized recently in our center

Gallery and entrance

Principal practice room 60m2

Coach, therapy and interview  room.

Our center, situated at a side-street from the principal comercial-street of Málaga. (C/Larios) is 120 m2, comes with a practice-room of 60m2 and capacity for more than 25 that can get to try and practice yoga with comfort.

It also comes with a room for therapies and interviews, two changing rooms for ladies and gentlemen, bathroom and shower.     

Yoga Schedule
The whole center is for your disposal for the activities that right now are coursed, and for the activities that you would like to organize with us on available hours, both every day hours and weekends.

The activities realized in our center are published on our blog (with more than 150 visits per day), on Facebook (almost 2800 people comected) and Twitter (almost 900 followers).

Here is a satellit photo so that if you don´t know the city, you can check how closeYogaSala in Málaga  (on the photo on the left hand side) is from the hills of Gibralfaro (on the top on the right hand side) and the wide beach La Malageta (on the bottom to the right). Walking calmly with beautiful view they are less than 15-20minutes away. Our center, for those who don´t know it, is situated on a sunny upper-floor between the principal commercial-street and the Cathedral, on a pedestrian area. Come and visit us.