We continue our Interview Series with an ever more varied and interesting pool of local experts right here in sunny Granada.
Juan José, a local flamenco performer and manager, and his team are a group of talented individuals that offer way more than just your simple musical entertainment at an event; you'll find violinists, Spanish guitarists, soprano singers, even magicians, pianists and of course the cream of the crop, the flamenco dancers themselves.
I love the idea of bringing in performers to an event as I remember very fondly (and with hilarity) a friend's wedding that showcased 'singing waiters' - supposed waiters at the dinner reception that suddenly burst into operatic arias and beautiful renditions of popular songs to the amazement of everyone in the room! The performance blew us away and years later, we're still all talking about it.
Read on to learn more about these Granaino performers in particular. The original interview was conducted in Spanish and that can be found below.
We kicked off the usual probing questions looking for details on Juan José's company, his background and any information we could get from him about the music scene in Granada, especially traditional flamenco. So here goes!
Concierge99: How long have you been doing music performances in Granada?
Juan José: 12 years
Concierge99: What is your favourite part of performing?
Juan José: Seeing people smile, enjoy themselves and get excited for our performances.
Concierge99: Who are your favourite types of clients?
Juan José: Any kind of customer - provided that they are respectful to other customers and to the artists that perform.
Concierge99: Sum up your team in a few words.
Juan José: We are a dynamic company, formed by dedicated professionals, who enjoy what they do, always try to satisfy the audience with high quality performances and good prices.
Concierge99: What should all travellers to Granada know about this city?
Juan José: That Granada is a very welcoming city that takes great care of its tourists. We help solve any problems and strive to integrate the city's visitors with the Granadinos living there.
Next up in our Interview Series, a Yoga and Meditation guru in the form of Daniela Calota. We're delighted to have her sharing inspiring messages and encouraging others to detox their mind and body via customised classes, perfect for anyone spending any amount of time in London.
Let's get right into the Q&A so you can hear for yourself all the energy and enthusiasm exuding from this wellness instructor:
Q1. How long have you been doing Yoga for?
I have been practicing Yoga since 2012. I have been an active person all my life, filled with unlimited energy. Yoga has helped me to channel my energy, it has helped me improve my focus, practice stillness, improve health and well-being and practice better mindfulness. Kundalini Yoga, the pearl of yoga, I discovered in mid-2014 and it has been the most awakening experience. Kundalini Yoga is the Yoga of awareness, I practice it continuously. I consider Yoga a science that is able to create a harmony between body, mind and soul.
Q2. What’s your favourite part of doing Yoga?
I love practicing Kundalini; it is a combinations of pranas, mantras and asanas working the 7 chakras through a full mobility of the whole body, spiritual awakening and mind cleansing harmony. It is the Yoga of awareness, the yoga of the activation of the pineal gland (our third eye). I call it Kundalini Nectar Yoga.
Q3. Who are you favourite types of clients?
I prefer working with children and seniors. I teach children Yoga in order to help them improve in school, socially and in community, also to help them get a better health, and overall well-being. We live in a technology-focused modern world where children are not in touch with nature, with their spirituality, nor do they practice physical activities as they often prefer the company of a computer. Therefore when I am teaching children I often use a method focused on helping them get better focus, practice stillness, improve flexibility and balance. Many children suffer from Autism, ADHD obesity and Yoga is an amazing way of help children improve physically, mentally and spiritually.
I also like working with seniors, I love to revive their spirits as I am a firm believer that we are as old as our minds. I know yoga has tremendous impact on mental health, physical health and well-being. It helps develop and increase physical and mental mobility and balance. Yoga is refreshing.
Q4. Do you have any unusual skills when it comes to teaching Yoga?
I am an empath, my unusual skill is that of being “a sponge of energy”, Empaths are open vessels. I believe we should radiate the good thoughts and good hearts that we are in essence. If we feel ever depleted we have interacted with negative thoughts (personal or surrounding us), and when we feel energized, filled with vitality and joy, we are in a happy spot mentally, physically and spiritually :). Yoga is refreshing, it is a detox for the mind, body and soul.
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