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PRACTICES & TEACHERS

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KARMA PEMA

Pema is a Meditation practitioner and teacher, who has walked the Buddhist path for over a decade, guided by esteemed masters like H.E. Garchen Rinpoche, and Loppon Jigme Rinpoche.

 

Early in life, Pema faced the profound loss of both parents, igniting a lifelong grapple with existential questions. Music offered solace for a time, leading to a professional career as a musician. Yet, beneath the surface, the yearning for deeper meaning persisted. Eventually, an unsustainable lifestyle and the weight of depression brought Pema to a critical juncture.

 

At the precipice of despair, a profound experience with the nature of being offered a lifeline. Pema saw that "all good and evil thoughts and feelings are merely essence-less projections of the mind." This revelation sparked a radical transformation. Renouncing worldly possessions, he embarked on a global quest for inner liberation, studying under many great buddhist masters and yogis. Somehow this dedicated journey led to the founding of La Casa De Loto, a sanctuary where he now shares the precious teachings and practices which he had received  with others.

SAMATHA & VIPASSANA

Buddhism addresses two major types of meditation, or different mental skills. In Pali, they are called Samatha and Vipassana.

 

Samatha can be translated as “concentration” or “calm abiding.” It is a state in which the mind is brought to rest, focused only on one item and not allowed to wander. When this is done, a deep calm pervades body and mind, a state of tranquility which must be experienced to be understood. Vipassana can be translated as “Special Insight,” a clear awareness of exactly what is happening as it happens. This insight comes naturally, when we become able to abide calmly, and allow our mind to look at itself.

 

Here at La Casa De Loto we teach you both techniques, a classic path to awakening as taught by the great Tibetan Meditation Master Dudjom Lingpa. When we practice like this our judgements fall away and we learn to gain control of our monkey mind.

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HATHA YOGA

Most types of yoga in the West can be classified as Hatha Yoga, which refers to the practice of physical postures.

The word "hatha" can be translated in two ways: as "Self-determined" or "Energetic," or the yoga of activity, and as "sun" (ha) and "moon" (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to align and calm your body and mind as preparation for more advanced practices like meditation.

At La Casa De loto, we offer a two-hour guided Hatha Yoga practice every day, with a focus on observing breath and posture to become more aware of our body and mind and to create a flow of energy that helps release physical and mental blockages.

NOBLE SILENCE

In a world inundated with noise, Noble Silence emerges as a profound practice deeply rooted in many yogic traditions.

 

It is a conscious choice to abstain from all forms of verbal and non-verbal communication, offering a transformative path to self-discovery, essential within the sacred spaces of meditation retreats.

 

Noble Silence grounds us in the here and now, enriching our experience of life's fleeting moments. It can bring us clarity and insight, unveiling the intricate workings of our minds, and providing a vantage point from which to observe our thoughts and emotions without judgment.

 

At La Casa De Loto we refrain from talking from 7pm to 10am to focus fully on our own minds and practice. 

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MARTA SORIANO

Marta is a highly experienced yoga teacher. Her journey into the world of yoga began  when she integrated it into her physical conditioning routine as a professional theatre performer. Subsequently, while serving as a manager at a wellness center in Scotland, her connection with yoga deepened and led her to explore various yoga styles, enriching her understanding and practice.

Following an accident that resulted in a concussion, The transformative power of yoga caught Marta by surprise. She not only witnessed the enhancement of her physical well-being through yoga but also experienced a profound shift in her approach to life and problem-solving.

Marta is a Yoga Alliance E-RYT-500 teacher, conferred upon her by the yoga institute in Mumbai, specifically the revered Shri Yogendra J lineage. In her classes, Marta's focal point revolves around cultivating an environment of serenity, physical engagement, and well-being. 

DAILY SCHEDULE

06 SILENT MEDITATION

08 BREAKFAST

10 YOGA CLASS

12 SILENT MEDITATION

01 LUNCH

02 FREE TIME

05 MEDITATION CLASS

06 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

07 DINNER

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