Thursday, August 18, 2016

Yoga retreat in Costa Rica anyone?

I have been interested and exploring the idea of an international yoga retreat.

There are many, many beautiful retreat places but for my first one I thought I'd start with an adventure to Costa Rica. 

I am hoping there might be ten or more others who would be interested in joining me. 
As spaces book quickly and I am also away in India this winter I am looking into January of 2018!

If you, any family or friends would be interested in this please contact me and I can set up an information session. 

The company I'm working with has been in business internationally for about 13 years. 
I've included their website for you to check out plus the location for this retreat at this time. 

My email is  Please send me a note! :)

January 20-27th, 2018

Costa Rica – Arenal Eco-Lodge & Biodynamic Farm

This venue is a sustainable rainforest eco-lodge and spa, offering an intimate experience of primary rainforest together with a certified organic biodynamic farm. Their mission is “To provide a hosting service, cuisine and quality educational toursoffering our guests an unique experience in harmony with nature, sharing our expertise in biodynamic and organic production.” Walk through well-groomed rain forest trails on their guided farm tours and hikes, and eat gourmet meals prepared from their fresh organic garden produce. For adventure enthusiasts, they are located only 35 minutes from La Fortuna, the adventure capital of Costa Rica, and home of world famous Arenal Volcano.

Highlights of this Location:

  • Rustic yet luxurious accommodations that suit the adventurous traveler.
  • Boasting fine dining, they offer unique Costa Rican Asian fusion cuisine that is farm raised and prepared by a talented chef.
  • Enjoy swimming in their ozonated swimming pool and soaking in their solar heated Jacuzzi in a natural surrounding.
  • They offer hiking with bilingual eco-guides through pristine rainforests where monkeys, sloths, and hundreds of species of birds and butterflies make their home.
  • This eco lodge is ten miles from Arenal Volcano, hot springs, canopy tours, rafting and other exciting tours and adventures that you will enjoy.
  • Sink into soothing traditional massage or holistic wellness services at their spa.
  • View working certified organic biodynamic herbal farm and estate on their farm tours
  • Explore Sacred Seed Sanctuary, a rare collection of traditional medicinal plants and herbs.
  • You will have access to a 50,000 acre Children’s Eternal Rainforest via a biological corridor in their private reserve.
  • An abundance of over 15 tours and activities to choose from in your free time.

Monday, August 8, 2016

PLN Yoga - Fall Schedule 2016


Already into August so I am posting my upcoming Fall Schedule.  I will be teaching mostly at Yoga Sublime studio in Prince Albert, but also have a noon class again at The Healing Garden Spa.  I hope to include a few classes for Christopher Lake too.

Classes are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances or low enrolment.

Please take a look at the schedule and feel free to email or call me with any questions.
There will be an open house and registration night at Yoga Sublime on September 1st.
I hope you can attend and register for classes then or feel free to register early either online or by contacting Yoga Sublime at or contact me at

Thank you for your support and interest.

Kind regards,
Pamela Nelson
 Instructor: Pamela Nelson – Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor

++Classes are subject to change due to unforeseen circumstances.++

Classes in Prince Albert at Yoga Sublime Yoga Sublime
Classes at Yoga Sublime please register at
*Please note class start dates and dates of no classes!
Tuesday- begins Sept. 6th
Thursday – begins Sept. 8th for evening classes and Oct.6th for the morning classes. 
Saturday-begins Sept.10th
 Iyengar Flow
*no class Nov.8th
A.M. Eye Opener
*No class Oct.22nd
A.M. All Levels
*No class Nov. 8th
A.M. All Levels
*No class Oct.20th &  Nov. 10th
12:05-12:55pm – Noon Yoga @ The Healing Garden Spa  begins Sept. 20th
5 card pass - $65
Please contact Pam to register
No class Nov. 8th
12:00-1:00pm – Noon Yoga
*No class Oct.20th &  Nov. 10th
MINI Workshop
Oct. 15th -  11am -1:30pm
Inversions and Backbends
Please see full poster for more details.  Not suitable if pregnant or menstruating.
1:30-2:30pm – Backs and Joints
*No class Oct.20th &  Nov. 10th
5:30-7:15 pm
 Iyengar Intermediate
5:30-6:45 pm Gentle/Restorative
*No class Oct.20th
7:30-8:30 pm Beginner/All Levels
SEE BELOW – Thursday Extras!!

Special Classes @ Yoga Sublime:

Thursday Extras – 7:15-8:30pm
Timed Practice
Sept. 29th, Oct. 13th & Nov. 10th
This class is for all – levels but some yoga experience is required.  By holding postures for a certain length of time it brings the breath and mind more inward
Build Your Home Practice - Dec. 15th
This class will give tips for building a successful home practice as well as a few reference handouts
*Class passes may be used for Thursday Extras
Sunday’s –Sept. 18th, Oct.16th& Nov.20th
Calm the Breath, Calm the Mind
Linking Asana, Pranayama & Meditation
1:00-3:30pm - $35/class
Classes will focus on how asana help to build strength, determination and endurance for pranayama while keeping the nerves and brain calm and begin to relax the mind for meditation.


The Twin Pillars of Yoga

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The Twin pillars of yoga are described as abhyasa (practice) and vairagya (detachment).

Patajali's Yoga Sutra's state:

Y.S. I.12 abhyasa vairagyabhyam tannirodhah
Practice and detachment are the means to still the movements of consciousness.

Y.S. I.13 tatra sthitau yatnah abhyasah
Practice is the steadfast effort of still these fluctuations.

Y.S. I.14 sa tu dirghakala nairantarya satkara asevitah drdhabhumih
Long, uninterrupted, alert practice is the firm foundation for restraining the fluctuations.

Y.S. II.16  Heyam duhkham anagatam
The pains/sorrows which are yet to come can be and are to be avoided.

Pains, sorrows and afflictions are a part of life due to our desires.  The external world has many desires that pull us, which creates more desires.  When our desires can not be fulfilled we experience pain and suffering.

Geeta Iyengar says in her book, Yoga: A Gem for Women that,
"Without rigorous practice nothing is gained.  Without practice, purity of the body and the mind cannot be achieved, fluctuations of the mind cannot be controlled.  The fruits of the material world cannot be obtained without sustained effort; this sustained effort has to be multiplied a thousand times to gain Self-knowledge.  This rigorous practice is fourfold: moral, physical, mental and spiritual."
 She also says,
"The key to success is effort.  Vairagya or absence of worldly desires can be achieved by controlling the senses, by carrying out one's duties without thought of reward and by acting with goodness and purity."

The same idea is described in B.K.S. Iyengar's book Light on Astanga Yoga.  He says abhyasa means practice and vairagya means desire less practice.  Our practice needs to be done with detachment so that there is no expectation from the fruits of our actions.  This does not mean we do not have an aim to our actions for universal good, but to let go of our ambition to remove the selfish motives and desires.

Another way this is written that I find helps explain the twin pillars is in B.K.S. Iyengar's translation of Patajali's Yoga Sutras.  He says that,
"The twin paths to this goal are practice (abhyasa), the path of evolution, of going forward; and detachment or renunciation (vairagya), the path of involution, abstaining from the fruits of action and from worldly concerns and engagements."
They are described as twin pillars because to do yoga you cannot do one and not the other.  If either one is missing your foundation will crumble and the cycle of suffering will continue.

Pamela Nelson

Any mistakes in trying to explain the twin pillars are my own.