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Retreat in Austria

Retreat: Finding Stillness

Early Bird Price until August 15 only!

Join me for this wonderful experience in beautiful Mellau, Austria. 4 days of yoga, wellness, relaxation and deliciously healthy food. Your perfect little getaway for a long weekend.

Mellau is located in the Bregenz Forest in the state of Vorarlberg. The rustic village is nestled into a beautiful valley and surrounded by an impressive mountain range – the perfect place to unplug and nurture your body, mind and soul.

We will start our day with an energizing Vinyasa Flow class, where fluidity and alignment merge beautifully into sequences that are at times challenging, yet playful and accessible. During the day you will have time to wind down in the sauna and wellness area, go for a stroll or hike in the breathtaking nature surrounding the hotel or simply enjoy sweet moments of calm. In the evening we will wind down in a gentle Yin Yoga practice that will leave you replenished and grounded.

This retreat will take place from October 10 – 13 in Mellau, Austria and includes 2 yoga classes per day. Accommodation and vegetarian board will be booked separately via the Hotel Bären.

For booking and more information please go to: Yogalife.

 

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First Trimester

READY FOR PREGNANCY

Ever since I can remember I saw myself as a mother and thought I was going to be a young mum. My mum had myself in her early twenties and I loved being raised and constantly surrounded by people under 30 when growing up. Plus, I have four siblings and changed diapers with three of them so being with small children comes naturally to me.

Yet, my twenties passed quickly with travelling and enjoying life to the fullest and having a child was certainly not on my agenda.

When I had just turned 30 I met the man whom I am now married to. Yaron and I started a pretty serious relationship right from the beginning but with him being a Colombian living in the US and me being German we had to sort out our living situation first which took almost five years. After trying different scenarios and home bases we finally decided to settle in Munich two years ago. It was just by the end of 2018 that we started to feel ready for having a baby.

January and February passed and we were still careful around the time of fertility.

Then we decided to visit Yaron`s family and the home he grew up in on a month long trip to Colombia. This experience was special to both of us: I was eager to get to know this part of him and he reconnected to his roots after years of being abroad. It was in Colombia that we payed less attention to my cycle and by the end of the trip Yaron told me: let`s have a baby. What we didn`t know then: I already carried our little baby boy.

I returned from Colombia a few days before him.

Two days after I had come back, somewhere in the back of my mind, I started to wonder about my period. Yet it wasn`t until the fourth day that I did the calculation and realized: I was five days overdue. 

Of course, this realization came on a Sunday where all the shops are closed in Germany and no pregnancy tests easily available. Plus, Yaron was on a family gathering without access to WIFI and talking by the phone was virtually impossible. As Sunday went along I became more and more nervous until I finally gave in and called my mum. I shared my thoughts on possibly being pregnant with her and she did a great job holding my pieces together. When I finally managed to talk to Yaron for a minute we decided to take the test together the next day via Skype and set a time for it.

On Monday I tought a Morning Flow Yoga class and went to visit a friend and her newborn daugther, passing the time until Yaron would be awake in Colombia. It was a very special in between state of being nervous, the feeling of carrying a secret and also excitement about the possibility of being pregnant.

By the time I bought the test I felt a sense of certainty that it would turn out positive.

We connected via Skype and I took Yaron along the whole process: the peeing in the cup, the unpacking of the test, and then: two strong blue lines after less than two seconds. It was true: we were going to be parents.

 

OH THE CHANGES

It took us both by surprise that we made a baby the very first time it was actually possible – but in the happy, excited way. We were going to be parents! After some time tuning into my feelings and savoring the news and I shared them with my mum and set a coffee date with my dad for the very next day. I felt like I wanted to tell the whole world that our life just changed in a split second and that I somehow loved it already. Yaron told his mum and family too, since they were still together in Colombia and he was going to come home the next day. I set an apointment with my gynaecologist and bought a book on pregnancy and early childhood. There was a whole universe to explore and I felt so ready to dive in.

I had another three days of rejoicing in the news, sharing my secret with a few more of my close ones and reuniting with Yaron before I started to feel … off. The changes in my hormones began to show their effects and changes crept in slowly but surely. An uneasyness in my gut, moments of sleepiness during the day, a hightened sensitivity and cero interest in my regular Yoga practice. By the end of the week, the hormones had a firm grip on me. 

Before getting pregnant I disregarded morning sickness as a discomfort, a momentary situation that came up in movies and people talked about. Never would I have imagined the intensity of it. For the entire remaining first Trimester I felt constantly sick. I would wake up in the morning feeling awful, and only eating a salty cracker and drinking 2-3 cups of herbal tea would allow me to leave the bed. Then, I had to eat something, even though everything disgusted me. I would go and teach 1-2 classes, and right after coming home I had to eat again, fighting my repugnancy. Afterwards a heavy sleepiness would force me to lie down and sometimes I slept for up to two hours. When I woke from my sleep, I would feel worse than before, paired with a sense of depression about life and things in general that only eating would soften and so the cycle started repeating itself. Plus, I had such a heightened sensitivity to smells that I couldn´t even cook food myself, let alone be around strong smells. Coffee, onions, garlic, perfumes – everything was banned from the house. There were tears at least once per day, mostly over the issue of food and I became extremely mean and unfair towards Yaron in these moments, even though he was a true hero, doing everything and anything for me. 

 Other changes started to appear too that took some getting used to. I completey lost my yoga practice, and the only time I tried to do some soft morning yoga after a light breakfast I felt terrible. My body was changing and I didn`t know how to live in it yet. Everything felt loose and wide and unstable and moving my body like I used to simply not right. I began to worry about teaching, about loosing my practice, about the effecty of pregnancy and having a baby on my profession. It took some time to accept the status quo and stop thinking of everything I should do and instead trusting that everything will unfold without my doing and relaxing into it. 

About two weeks after learning about my pregnancy we had the first appointment with my gynaecologist and actually saw the baby as a little dark spot with a heartbeat. A little blip. Our little blip!

To be continued…

December Baby

This is probably the most exciting news I’ll ever share!
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Our little family of two is growing and we expect a baby boy in December ♡ ♡ ♡
We are beyond delighted, grateful and in awe of this little miracle unfolding.

 

It has been quite a journey so far… from first nervous guesses on a Sunday with no pregnancy tests available due to stores being closed, to finding out while Yaron was still on a family visit in Colombia, to intense weeks of constant sickness accompanied by emotional rollercoaster rides to a – so far – very calm and content second trimester.

From what I learned, it is lovely to connect to other peoples experiences when the first baby is due so I`ll share our baby stories here in a little more detail for those of you who are interested in following this journey.

Much love from the three of us ♡

Webpage Launch

Finally this baby has gone online!

Check out my new webpage and let me know what you think ♡

One wouldn’t believe how much work goes into a webpage, even the most simple ones. There’s the texts, the picture material, the general idea for the look you want to create and then of course the design itself – a job I could never do but admire deeply.

There’s still some minor changes and additions in the pipeline but I already love it!

www.marahsantos.com

New Class at Patrick Broome Schwabing

Hello lovelies ♡

Starting on Monday, May 20, I will teaching a weekly open class at the beautiful studio Patrick Broome Yoga Schwabing: Mondays, from 7:30 – 8:30 am. Join me in a gentle morning flow that will leave you feel nourished, at ease and energized for the day ahead.

This class has previously taken place at Patrick Broome Yoga Lehel – so everyone who has joined me there on Monday mornings is more than welcome to transfer to Studio Schwabing with me.

Studio Schwabing is quite the special location since its the oldest of the Broome studios and one of the first Yoga studios ever in Munich. The neighbourhood is also lovely with plenty of cafes and of course the English Garden in walking distance.

I can`t wait to see you there on the mat!

♡ Patrick Broome Schwabing ♡

Schellingstraße 63
80799 München
www.patrickbroome.de

Yoga & Sound Bath

Yoga & Soundbath ♡ Find Your True North
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In this very special workshop I will guide you through a practice that will have you explore your outer and inner worlds – especially with regard to the year that just passed and your visions for this next cycle. We will tap into our hopes for this year 2019, laying the foundation to manifest and let go according to our heart’s desires.

Honoring the deep water element of winter, we will combine an active Vinyasa Yoga practice with Yin Yoga, through movement and stillness. Balance energy in a liberating flow for hips and lower back, exploring the edges of effort. Then completely let go and surrender into the longer holds and deep meditative release of Yin Yoga, a practice that stimulates connective tissues and nourishes joints.

Janine, a gifted musician from California, will join us on this journey with her hauntingly beautiful sound bath tunes. ⠀⠀

All levels of Yoga are welcome; experience with Yinyasa Flow Yoga suggested.

Saturday, April 13 • 2:30-5:00 pm • Patrick Broome Lehel

 

 

Coconut Rose Soap

I find it so relaxing to create things. Especially with all the Christmas hustle and bustle going on in the city I enjoy to slow down and dedicate time rather than money alone to my loved ones.

With a few simple, organic ingredients you can make your own soap. It is super easy, inexpensive and there are no limits to your creativity as you choose your favourite ingredients,  scents and colours. These soaps make for a truly beautiful gift for the upcoming Christmas celebrations.

 

Coconut Rose Soap

∼ 10 Muffin Moulds ∼
500 gr. Curd Soap
100 gr. Coconut Oil
6 Teaspoons Coconut Flakes
10 Teaspoons Rose Petals
4 Drops Essential Oil Rose

 

Grate the soap and melt the flakes in a water bath. The temperature should not be too high – otherwise the soap might change its color. Add the coconut oil and mix everything well. Stir in the coconut flakes and add rose oil to liking.

Pour the mixture into silicone muffin moulds and immediately add a layer of rose petals, gently firming the petals into the mixture. Let the soaps cool down until firm and gently remove from the moulds.