Category Archives: Diet & Hormonal Balance

Intro to Pranayama

October 2, 2021 from 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at Synergy Yoga & Pilates, Mobile, AL

For all YA-registered yoga teachers: earn five CE contact hours!

In this workshop you will learn about the anatomy of the yogic energy body, and invigorating as well as calming breathing techniques. We will practice three-part breath (dirga pranayama) with mula, uddiyana, and jalandhara bandhas and mudras. We will practice kapalabhati and bhastrika pranayama with asanas, and bhramari and nadi shodhana pranayama with guided meditation. Snacks provided.

Register here: Early bird $60 Regular price $75

Early bird price expires 9/20/2021 / Feel free to Venmo @Manja-Podratz or call 251.234-4771 to pay via cc, check, zelle, etc.

Energy Healing Retreat over Labor Day Weekend

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Energy Healing Retreat in Lake Lure, North Carolina - September 3 thru 6, 2021

Join us for a small-group, women retreat in this beautiful setting over Labor Day weekend. We will enjoy guided gentle yoga, meditation, and breathwork practice, healthy, delicious meals, group coaching sessions, and one-on-one holistic health and energy healing sessions. If you long for a personal timeout from life’s daily demands, support on your healing journey, joyful time with likeminded women, and spiritual guidance, then this is the right retreat for you.

Venue

Accommodation

Program

We will practice gentle yoga, breathwork, and journaling every morning. Enjoy group coaching, delicious meals made from scratch, one-on-one energy healing sessions, guided evening meditation, and a bonfire cacao ceremony together.

Activities

Our venue offers free use of kayaks, a bonfire place, and a hot tub. The retreat fee includes a guided hike to Hickory Nut Falls (and a hike up Chimney Rock for those who enjoy more challenging hikes). Spa services are available for an additional fee (can be scheduled as in-house treatments or as a visit to a nearby spa).

Fun facts

Who doesn't recall these scenes from the '80s hit movie Dirty Dancing? The resort it was filmed at is located right here at Lake Lure.

Ready to sign up?

Single-occupancy room $950.00

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Double-occupancy room $800.00

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The retreat fee includes:

  • accommodation for 3 nights
  • all meals during the retreat
  • all group yoga, meditation, and coaching sessions
  • one-on-one energy healing session
  • guided hike
  • cacao ceremony

Clean Eating Challenge

Did you know that about 70% of the average modern-day American diet are empty calories and that such a diet sets you up for weight gain while being malnourished? Did you know that with a non-organic diet, you eat 3 to 5 pounds of chemical food-additives each year? 

Clean eating is not a diet. It's not about losing weight at every price and it's not about going hungry.

Clean eating is about

  • restoring the gut flora - thus reversing symptoms of IBS and boosting the immune system,
  • replenishing nutrients such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals, and trace elements - thus keeping the endocrine system, bones, teeth, and muscle tissues healthy,
  • rebalancing the nervous system - thus supporting long-term brain health and good memory, eliminating brain fog, ensuring restful sleep, and improving mood,
  • resetting the hormones - thus ensuring proper thyroid metabolism, blood sugar control, stronger muscles, neurotransmitter balance in the brain, and optimal weight, 
  • restoring long-term health by reversing early symptoms of dis-ease and reducing inflammatory processes in the body. 

This 10-day program offers you:

  1. a meal plan with precise instruction and timing and protein-carb-balance
  2. easy yet tasty recipes
  3. list of local restaurants that offer healthy options
  4. action steps on how to change habits/overcome cravings and more
  5. daily email support: motivation and education
  6. learn how and which amino acids can support weight loss, brain health, strength building, and much more
  7. learn how enzymes can support proper digestion, reverse IBS symptoms, reduce allergies, boost immune strength
  8. learn how intermittent fasting can reset your digestive fire (appropriate hydrochloric acid production for complete digestion)
  9. why eating organic is imperative
  10. how to stay youthful longer: take control of your blood sugar, cholesterol, hormonal balance (yes, this is important for men too)
  11. learn why gut health and liver cleansing are so important and which foods and supplements are good and which ones are a waste of money
  12. yogic/ayurvedic teaching about healthy eating
  13. yoga poses that support digestion, blood pressure, detox, stress management, mindfulness.

10-Day-Clean-Eating-Challenge, $397.00/person $100.00/person


Obviously, it would be fabulous to get your spouses on board and do this together! 

10-Day-Clean-Eating-Challenge, $697.00/couple $175.00/couple

*** couple's discount ***

Heck YES, this program is actually providing specific information for men and women with regard to metabolism, endocrine balance, and nutrients.

I partner with Dr. Alan Hopkins for blood/lab work and with Dr. Daniel Amen/Amen Clinics for brain health assessments. If you are interested in a more comprehensive consultation, let me know, and I'd be glad to talk to you in more detail.

Women Empowerment Retreat in Belize

Women Empowerment Retreat in Belize - May  31st thru June 5th, 2021

Are you thinking about going on retreat, and trying to find the right one for you? Get a glimpse of this beautiful place and the program I offer here (the photos below were taken during a retreat in 2019).

Are you ready to register? Pay a deposit of $500 to reserve your spot here!

THE VENUE - Copal Tree Lodge - a little piece of heaven

The lodge is located in the middle of a 12,000 acres wildlife refuge right on the banks of river Rio Grande. The terrain is quite steep but there are both steps and an elevator tram. During our last retreat, we had two ladies with prior knee-surgery participating and they had no problems getting around. Everything is tastefully furnished, in harmony with nature, sustainably built and managed.

Amenities: yoga palapa, pool, spa, boat deck, fire pit, restaurant, hiking trails, jungle gym, kayaks and canoes, bicycles.

THE ROOMS - at this lodge various categories are offered. 

For my retreats, I reserve the Jungle Suite Cabanas - charming and spacious cabins with private bathrooms (single-/double-occupancy). As much as I love to travel with a group, I respect that there are times when we need our privacy. These rooms offer just that - your own space. The rooms are exceptionally clean, the views extend the space into the jungle for those who like to communicate with trees and listen to the vast diversity of birds. If you prefer any other category, just let me know. 

THE FOOD - organically grown, always fresh, seasonal farm-to-table meals

Come and experience for yourself what difference a week of clean eating can make for your health.

YOGA - complete guided practice every morning, guided meditation or Yin Yoga every night - for all who love yoga

In addition to the daily morning and evening practices, there will yoga posture clinics, chanting sessions, pranayama sessions, and one-on-one sessions offered.

THE FARM - this has been a farm for generations - honoring the soil, loving nature and growing food in harmony with its cosmic cycles. 

For those interested, tours of the on-site spice farm and chocolate factory are offered.

GETTING THERE - let the adventure begin

Book your international flight to Philip Golson International Airport in Belize City. I will update any regulations regarding COVID-19 and travel as we get closer to May 2021. As of now, Belize is open for travelers from the U.S.. Negative COVID-19 tests are required for all entering the country. Passports must be valid for a minimum of 6 months.

One-On-One Coaching/Energy Healing - this is my purpose - to meet you, yes you, where you are and hold space for your healing because I believe that you were created to live life to your fullest potential

As a board certified holistic health practitioner, I offer one-on-one health coaching starting with a thorough intake session, and customized energy healing sessions including Reiki, homeopathy, and acupuncture accompanied with hypnotic trances.

TOURS - Mayan Ruins

TOURS - Blue Creek

"This feels so free." - Annabel; Best compliment ever!

I can't express with words how grateful I am for being able to do this kind of work, for the trust the women who choose to travel with me were and are giving me, the riches of nature, the friendliness of the locals, the guidance to do it and lead retreats. Namaste!

Are you ready to register? Pay a deposit of $500 to reserve your spot here!

Über Manja

"Ich liebe Yoga, Natur, und andere Menschen mehr zu einem gesunden Lebensstil zu ermutigen. Deshalb biete ich regelmaessig Workshops und Retreats an."

Manja Herlt Podratz, Ph.D., unterrichtet Vinyasa, Ashtanga, und Yin Yoga.

header1Als sechsjaehriges Maedchen hat sie von ihrem Vater die ersten Hatha Yoga Uebungen gelernt. Er war es auch, der ihr Entspannungstechniken wie autogenes Training beibrachte.  Von 1998 bis 2006 praktizierte Manja Kundalini und Schwangerschaftsyoga in Berlin verschiedenen Lehrern, und Hatha und Kundalini Yoga in der Tradition nach Swami Sivananda with Yoga Vidya in Deutschland. Im Jahr 2008 ist Manja in die Vereinigten Staaten umgezogen und absolvierte ihre 200-Stunden Ausbildung zur Yogalehrerin in 2014/15 mit Tracey Narayani Glover von Shanti Warrior Living Yoga School in Mobile, Alabama.

 

mybookManja erhielt ihr Diplom in Kulturarbeit und Kunstmanagement von der Fachhochschule Potsdam, und einen Doktortitel in Architekturtheorie von der Brandenburgischen Technischen Universitaet (BTU) Cottbus. Sie lehrte fuer 11 Jahre an verschiedenen Hochschulen in Deutschland, Italien, und in den USA und publizierte mehrere akademische Buecher und Artikel auf Englisch und Deutsch waehrend dieser Zeit.

mybook1Im Jahr 1999 erhielt Manja die Diagnose Unterleibskrebs, eine schockierende Diagnose, welche dazu fuehrte, dass sie ihre Ernaehrungs- und Lebensweise komplett umgestellte. Fuer zwei Jahre folgte sie einer Rohkost-Heilnahrung und seitdem ist sie Veganerin. Heute ist sie Mutter von drei wunderbaren Kindern, die alle natuerlich zu Hause geboren wurden. Manja ist die Autorin von "Das Leben kennt den Weg" - ein Ratgeberbuch zu natuerlicher Schwangerschaft und Geburt sowie veganer Ernaehrung. 

http://yogawithmanja.com/healing-from-cancer

Im Jahr 2001 verursachte ein Sportunfall die Fraktur von drei Rueckenwirbeln. Nach langen Monaten der Heilung, ohne Operation, kam Manja zurueck zu einer intensiveren Yoga Praxis.  http://yogawithmanja.com/healing-from-spinal-injury

Heute arbeitet Manja als Yogalehrerin, als Brain Health Coach (zertifiziert durch Amen Clinics/Dr. Daniel Amen), zertifizierter Life Coach, zertifizierter Hypnotherapeut, und Reiki Meister. Manja hilft ihren Klienten, Trauma, Angstzustaende, Depressionen, Suechte und ADHS zu heilen auf koerperlicher, geistiger und emotionaler Ebene. Manja arbeitet zweisprachig auf Deutsch und Englisch, und ist ausgebildet und zertifiziert als Uebersetzerin. Regelmaessig arbeitet sie medizinische und juristische Dolmetscherin.

Manjas Lebensmotto ist:

"Wenn Dir viel gegeben wurde, ist es Deine Verantwortung viel zurueckzugeben zu Dir selbst, Deiner Familie und Deiner Gemeinde, zum besten Wohle aller."

Cancellation and Refund Policy for Retreats

PLEASE READ THE CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY IN ITS ENTIRETY BEFORE BOOKING. Do not hesitate to contact me (manjapodratz@gmail.com) should you have any questions.

PAYMENT

In order to reserve your spot for this retreat, you may either pay in full or pay a deposit and then pay the remainder before or by August 15, 2018. Upon receipt of your payment, I will send you a confirmation of your deposit/payment.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. I wish I could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but I have costs already going into play when reserving retreat centers. I have designed the cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.

IF YOU CANCEL THE RETREAT

  • If you cancel more than 75 days before your retreat start date, 100% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat.
  • If you cancel 50 – 75 days before your retreat start date, 75% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 25% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 15 – 49 days before your retreat start date, 50% of your payment may be applied to another Retreat. You will forfeit 50% of the price of your retreat.
  • If you cancel 14 days or less before your retreat start date, you will forfeit your entire payment.

HOWEVER

You may TRANSFER your reservation to another person subject to the procedures in this paragraph. Such transfer must be made no later than September 10th, 2018. In order to make the transfer, the owner of the reservation must contact me and provide contact information for the person who receives the transfer. The transfer between transferor and recipient may be as a gift or as a sale between the two parties, which will be considered completely independent of Manja Podratz and Yoga With Manja. Transfers made without communicating it to me will not be manifested to the final attendee list and there will be no refund of the ticket price. To cancel, you must send an email stating that you wish to cancel to: manjapodratz@gmail.com

IF I CANCEL THE RETREAT

I have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if I do cancel a trip due to personal circumstances such as illness or death in the family, I will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. I cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that I must cancel a retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, I cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator I work with.

TRAVEL INSURANCE:

To join the retreat you must have travel insurance. The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Travel Insurance can protect you in case:

•  you cancel your participation in the retreat
• retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
•  lost baggage
• medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured

Ideas About Happiness – Yoga Retreat in Sicily

IDEAS ABOUT HAPPINESS

Did you know that the best-preserved ancient Greek temples cannot be found in Greece but on the Italian island of Sicily and that numerous Greek philosophers lived in Sicily? To this day, this island is still a truly mind-opening place - you can't help but think and experience more deeply.

 The next trip to Sicily is coming up in 2020! Join my email list to stay tuned.

We stayed at a beautiful, clifftop villa just south of Taormina, with breathtaking views over the Mediterranean Sea and Mount Etna.

Celebrated the Summer Solstice with a special guided meditation.

Explored the Ancient philosophical writings by Aristotle and Plato (who spent most of his life on Sicily). Study the Philosophy of Happiness and compare it to the teachings of the Baghavad Gita. These Greek and Indian teachings are about the same old and are remarkably similar in their approach to happiness.

This is a retreat that combines yoga, healthy living, positive affirmation of life, cultural studies, and spending time in nature. Besides visiting archaeological sites in Agrigento, Siracusa, and Taormina, you will also visit a fifth-generation winery and enjoy a fabulous Sicilian dinner!

Every bedroom has an en-suite bathroom and access to the balcony. This venue allows the quietness and space for a yoga retreat. And it comes private access to swimming in saltwater or to seek a silent meditation spot.

The fee for this retreat includes

  • Accommodation in a deluxe single or double room for 7 nights: rooms can be furnished with two separate twin-size beds or one queen size bed - to your preference.
  • Daily maid-service, mid-week linen change.
  • Guided yoga practice twice daily. 
  • Guided meditations and posture clinics to deepen your personal practice.
  • Three meals per day, Sicilian/Italian plant-based cuisine.
  • Transportation from and to Catania Airport.
  • Transportation to daily tours.
  • Visit of the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento - one of the best-preserved sites of Greek Ancient temples in the world!
  • Visit of the Greek Theater and Isola Bella in Taormina.
  • Visit of the Neapolis and baroque center of Siracusa.
  • Visit of Roman archaeological sites in Piazza Armerina and Morgantina.
  • Talks about the ancient philosophy of creation, healthy living, honoring body and soul, and IDEAS OF HAPPINESS.

"The Secret Of Change Is To Focus All Of Your Energy Not On Fighting The Old But On Building The New." - Socrates