Chiara Capello

Yoga teacher and Visual Artist in Brussels

December 20, 2018
by Chiara Capello
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Merry Christmas!

I take this opportunity to wish you all Great Holidays full of Shanti (peace)! Take this time to rest, enjoy family and friends, remember to reconnect with yourself, and why not, to practice a bit of yoga and meditation.

Build new positive habits that will replace old  (maybe less positive) ones.

I leave you with this video that we shoot in January 2018 in the streets of Brussels. It warms my heart when I see it and I live again this amazing experience. I think that it is in line with the Christmas spirit, to spread the kindness!

We (my friends Cristina, Dominica and I) gave “free hugs” in the street, randomly.

It wasn’t easy for me, as I am a little shy by nature. The people around were surprised, sometimes it was hard for them to understand what was going on. It was also difficult to believe that we did something for free 😉

Once they understood, many were open and literally runned into our open arms. I loved this experience and I advice to do it yourself too, with a friend. You will feel a warm connection with total strangers, making the world a little kinder.

Enjoy the video! I am sure that it will touch you as much as it touched me. Merry Christmas!

December 13, 2018
by Chiara Capello
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Next Sampoorna yoga retreat

Om dear yogis,

I would like to let you know that the next Sampoorna Yoga weekend will be in Chateau Frandeux (Ardennes) from 29 to 31 March 2019. The Early Bird price is valid until 31 December.

At the retreat, you can enjoy an immersion into the fullness of Sampoorna yoga, meditation, chanting, yoga lectures and healthy food.

We will practice:

Hatha Yoga – cleansing of body and energy system:

Twice-a-day hatha yoga practice with breathing exercises, yoga postures and deep relaxation. Suitable for all levels – beginners will receive special attention and advanced students will get the challenges they need to develop further. Special focus of the Hatha Yoga sessions will be cleansing.

Meditation – cleansing of the mental system: 

Guided and silent meditation. We will use the precious hours of the early morning to move towards the state of highest concentration and creativity by turning the mind inwards.

Mantra Chanting – cleansing of emotional and energy system:

Repetitive singing of mantras, vibrational manifestations of aspects of the Divine – a very effective and beautiful method to concentrate the mind and to purify the heart. You don’t need to be a good singer to experience the power of chanting!

Nada Yoga (Yoga of sound) – cleansing of the energy system:

Rhythm and melody is common to everything in nature, and we will explore sound vibrations by both listening to and producing sound. You will experience the healthful effects of sound on all levels – physical, mental and spiritual.

Jnana Yoga (Yoga philosophy) – cleansing of the intellectual system:

“An ounce of practice is worth more than tons of theory”, but we must practice with proper understanding and purpose. During the lectures and discussions we will explore the yogic scriptures and concepts.

Enjoy personal treatments, sauna or take a forest bath

In your free time, we offer personal treatments like Reiki (I will be doing it!), Shiatsu, sound bath, oil massage and . On Saturday afternoon you can enjoy the grand sauna and cool down in the adjacent lake or have a great walk in the surrounding forest and meadows

Schedule

Friday

18:00 Arrival and check-in
19:00 Dinner
20:00 Introduction and satsang (mantra chanting and meditation)

Saturday

05:30 Wake up (optional Pranayama)
06:00 Meditation, chanting, lecture
08:00 Hatha yoga: pranayama, asana, relaxation
10:00 Brunch
11:00 Karma yoga and free time
13.30 Afternoon snack
14:00 Lecture, nada yoga
16:00 Hatha yoga: pranayama, asana, relaxation
18:00 Dinner
19:30 Meditation, chanting, lecture

Sunday

05:30 Wake up (optional pranayama)
06:00 Meditation, chanting, lecture
08:00 Hatha yoga: pranayama, asana, relaxation
10:00 Brunch
11:00 Karma yoga
12:00 Chanting, closure
14:30 Lunch
16:00 Departure

Meals

Healthy vegetarian meals, served buffet-style.
The yogic vegetarian food includes simple and deliciously prepared fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, tofu and some dairy.

Every meal is prepared  with care and with fresh and organic vegetables by Hanna and Gauri (together with karma yogis!).

Accommodation

Château Frandeux  (http://www.chateaufrandeux.be/)

The domain Frandeux is situated on the outskirts of the Belgian Ardennes, in the region “Les Famennes” and belongs to the province of Namur. The area is also called “the Valley Country”, a land with castles and a rich and varied heritage. The village of Frandeux is formed by some 40 houses and is situated in the valley of the Vachau, about 6 km from Rochefort.

There are single, double and triple rooms with and without shower, so prices are according type of accommodation. Kids are welcome to join, they can sleep on extra comfortable strechers in the parents sleepingroom.

To register go to:

sign-up – inschrijven

Here some pictures I took during a past retreat at Frandeux in March last year:

November 20, 2018
by Chiara Capello
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Mental Diet? Yes, please!

Hello everybody! I am on 7 days mental diet right now: it is not the first time for me, but it is still a pretty challenging exercise. Let me explain: I observe all the negative thoughts entering my mind.  Then, I  let them pass without focusing on them for more than 7 seconds, otherwise I have to start again the mental diet. Instead, I focus on positive thoughts. This is really hard mental labour that reveals a lot on the functioning of my mind. I have to stay away from many sources of negativity out there, but then I realise that there are situations deeply rooted in myself that also tend to trigger negative thoughts. So, there is a battle and a struggle in my mind, going on and on. In the end, I know that, deeply inside, I am looking for peace. I devoted my daily meditations of this week to that: reconnect to my inner peace, to my inner stillness. The one that is like the depth of the ocean.  Even if at the surface there are waves, wind and agitation, deeply inside there is silence, peace, stillness.

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Sometimes, we may be scared to go inside. That’s why we often tend to skip our daily meditation or we lose ourselves (and a lot of time) in any sort of external distraction. We even become dependent to bad habits: watching TV every night, eat sugar or drink wine as a reward for a too stressful life. So, it really looks like there is something wrong in this way of living.  Why do we need all that in the first place? Are we escaping from something deeply inside? Are we scared of that silence? I am committed to enjoy more and more that silence and peace.

If you would like to start meditating, this is the link to my online course on meditation:  https://tapasforlife.teachable.com/p/meditation-a-practical-guide

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“Silence is not empty, it is full of answers”cit.

October 11, 2018
by Chiara Capello
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About Reiki, what is it?

Reiki is Japanese for universal life energy, and is also a word used to describe a system of natural healing.

This tradition was founded by Mikao Usui in the early 20th century and evolved as a result of his research, experience and dedication.

We live in a world of energy that nourishes and maintains all living things. When this energy flows uninterrupted there is balance and harmony within and around us, and we experience a sense of well being.

There are many variations of Reiki, but in essence it can help the body emotionally or spiritually. It is a tradition that is open to any belief system.

The treatment is a process that anyone can enjoy in the normal course of their life. Reiki can be used alongside other conventional or complementary treatment and often helps to provide emotional support during recovery.

The practice is taught by Reiki masters / teachers who have trained in the tradition passed on in person from master to student.

The method of receiving Reiki is simple. The recipient remains clothed and lies on a couch or sits on a chair and relaxes. The practitioner gently places the hands in a series of non-intrusive positions on or near the body. There is no massage or manipulation. The whole person is treated rather than specific areas. Sessions can take 45 minutes to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the person’s needs.

Reiki practitioners are not trained in diagnosis and will not predict any specific outcome from treatment. If people are concerned about their symptoms they should see a doctor.

What do Reiki treatments feel like?

Each person experiences Reiki differently depending on their individual needs at the time.

Recipients may or may not feel sensations during a treatment. Benefits reported include deep relaxation promoting a calm, peaceful sense of well being on all levels. Some people feel sensations of heat, tingling, or experience seeing colours, whilst others can have an emotional response, indicating that shifts are taking place, allowing harmony to be restored.

What do Reiki treatments do?

Reiki is a safe and soothing treatment that can be:

~ Comforting when life is tough
The relaxing nature of Reiki can be very helpful to people especially at difficult times in our lives. We can all feel overwhelmed or disconnected, sometimes there is a real sense of isolation, both emotionally and spiritually. Reiki treatments can bring feelings of peace, centeredness and an ability to cope better with the challenges of life.

Reiki can be beneficial in circumstances that are short term, but can also support people dealing with long-standing conditions, helping to bring comfort, acceptance and a more positive outlook.

~ Supportive during pregnancy
Reiki can be wonderful for pregnant women. Treatments can be very relaxing and enjoyable for the mother.

~ Calming for children
Children usually love Reiki. The length of a session is often shorter than it would be for an adult.

How much Reiki would I need?

A single session may be sufficient, but it is best to discuss this with the practitioner. For instance, if you have long standing emotional issues, a series of sessions may be beneficial. In general if you find that helpful changes are taking place, it is a good idea to continue the treatment.

Contra-indications

There are no known contra-indications for Reiki. It is a non-intrusive treatment that can be delivered in a variety of settings and requires no special equipment.

“As running water smoothes the jagged edges of a rock until it is small enough to roll away, Reiki flows to the areas of need, soothing and supporting the body’s natural ability to heal itself”.

Contact me for a Reiki session!

September 13, 2018
by Chiara Capello
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The Masterkey course is open now, register today!

Hello dears,

I am finally back from looong nice holidays  and I would like to tell you that the enrolment for the Masterkey course is open NOW! I am really excited about it. You may know that I have been a Guide in this programme and I absolutely love to see people changing their lives, because of the big shift in their mindset this course is bringing. I experienced it too and the impact on my life was and still is spectacular! Many concepts we learn are very close to ancient yoga teachings..

It is a life changing experience, a 6 months challenging course that will provide you the tools to live the life of your dreams.

I am looking forward to meeting the new members ready for the big adventure. Do not miss it! It cannot be bought (it costs 1 euro to register) and spots are limited.

So, go to http://paykstrt.com/6454/10205  and watch the Videos there! Get on the list and subscribe. I am so grateful that I took that decision 3 years ago 🙂

Let me know what you think and if you have questions.

Om shanti,

Chiara

Chiara Capello