Can you tell us about Yalorde Yoga?
Our Yoga Teacher Ludisis comes from Cuba, an island in the Caribbean full of culture and spirituality, marked by the offspring of African slaves and Spanish colonizers. This mixture of culture and roots brought with it what we now call “Yoruba syncretization”. In the Yoruba pantheon, there is a saint named Oshun. Patron of Cuba, owner of the river and fortune; Mother of fertility and love. Oshun is also known as Yalorde and that is why we decided that our company will be called “Yalorde Yoga”.
Yalorde Yoga is a company which provides spirituality, well-being, and wisdom in preparing, organizing and making Yoga and Thai Massage Retreats.
We believe that the legendary technique of Thai Massage is an essential tool for the welfare and health care of the human being. Mixed with Yoga, the benefits of both create the perfect restoration of your body, mind, and soul.
Yalorde Yoga offers healing vacations for your body and spirit. Mixing fitness, health, and adventure for the regaining one’s life.
Yalorde Yoga is a light for those who sit in the dark. It is a helping hand for those people who feel stuck in their life.
Where did your passion for Thai Massage and Yoga come from?
Guenther Schauer’s passion for Thai Massage began in 1995 when he visited Thailand for the first time. On that trip, he received numerous traditional massages and he quickly grew interested in this wonderful technique. In the same year, he began studying in several schools in Chiang Mai, and a year later he began to practice as a Thai masseuse in Japan, where he was amazed by the improvement that his clients began to feel. Guenther set out to share the benefits of movements and stretches of Thai massage while traveling through countries such as New Zealand, Chile, Spain, Tibet, Austria, and India.
Since Ludisis Mones was little she grew up surrounded by artists, musicians, dancers and teachers which developed in her a deep love for art and education. This is how her mother introduced her to the world of dance as an extracurricular activity but very soon at the age of 9 it would become the beginning of a career that would mark her life forever.
After many years of training, she became a teacher of Latin-African and Spanish folk dance, finding a strong attraction for the ancestry that these dances treasure.
As a dance teacher, she was looking for the opportunity to advise or help her students with their well-being and spiritual tranquility but it was very difficult to include this in her dance classes.
One day while walking through the streets of the Center of Santiago de Chile, she found a statue of the head of a very peculiar being. She did not know who he was, who he represented. So she started to find the answers. In this way, she met Budha and started reading books about Meditation and Yoga.
Buddha became her best friend, a meditation partner. That’s how her love for Yoga began. In the asanas she quickly found her dances, in meditation, she found her spirituality and in pranayama her awakening.
Determined to provide her perception and wisdom to other people, she took her Certified Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Bali, the island of the gods.
When she gives a Yoga class she does not feel like a teacher, at that moment she is a faithful witness of the awakening of the consciousness of her students.
What makes Yalorde Yoga unique?
Our passion to help people is what makes our company unique. We delve into the problems of our clients in order to provide more detailed health solutions through our Thai Massage and Yoga retreats.
When we teach others we learn to be more human, more caring, more compassionate and reflective.
More than teaching, we share, we help, we synchronize.
At Yalorde Yoga we share your values and make them perpetuate in others. Strengthening the roots of our tree.
How did Yalorde Yoga start?
After several years living in Chile and sharing our passions for yoga and Thai Massage, we both felt that it was time to start something innovative and transformative together.
It was when we made a trip to the magnetic center of the Earth in Valle del Elqui and discovered the immense healing power of the techniques we love. In the Elqui Valley, we found a beautiful tree in the middle of a river and both had ideas that would change the course of our lives.
When we saw the tree they thought about the spiritual and cultural roots that each man has. When we saw the river they contemplated “Yalorde” the goddess of the River and patron of Cuba.
This is how Yalorde Yoga was born, from the strength of the tree and from the serenity of the river.
What could we expect if we attend a Yalorde Yoga Retreat?
If you take a Yalorde Yoga retreat you can expect the opportunity to reconnect with your essence and improve your emotional well-being.
You can expect a lovely time spent learning about the culture of the retreat venue.
You will witness the tangible benefits of the practice of yoga and Thai Massage.
You will learn how to live a healthy lifestyle and how to renew yourself in every moment of your life. How to foster and care for relationships.
Yalorde Yoga Retreats will help you lead a more satisfying life. We will show you how, when we open our hearts and minds to others, we are on the safest path to true happiness.
What sort of people attend your retreats?
Our retreats are attended by adventurous people, who enjoy or want a healthy life and who want to get out of their routine. People with spiritual vision who seek to awaken spiritually. Also, people who seek to be in contact with nature and especially people who love sacred places, ancient and full of ancestral culture.
The latest Yalorde Yoga Retreat is in Havana, Trinidad and Viñales, Cuba, from June 20 – 26, 2018. Highlights include daily yoga classes, Cuban dance workshops, and vintage car excursions.
What are your top tips for people wanting to set up their own retreat company?
Our best tips are:
- Love what you do
- Be enthusiastic and perseverant
- Be very patient and positive because sometimes it takes time for people to know you
- Bring authenticity to your business