Our two mid-summer retreats will be filled with sunshine, laughter, and lots of yoga!
10th - 16th July & 18th - 24th July
When qualified: December 2014
Type of yoga to be teaching: Hatha, Flow and Restorative.
What students can expect in my yoga sessions: Variety! Sure, we'll be working hard to your own "edge" but also there'll be ample relaxation and stillness in decadent doses as well as luxurious opening, lengthening and releasing of many nooks and crannies within the body - all complemented by contemplation, knowledge, inspiration... and many a smile! In short, we'll be enchanting all the senses and basking in the widest possible glory of what yoga can offer for the opportunity of... Silencing, Soothing, Strengthening, Stretching, Softening and Serving... the mind, body and soul.
Minimum contribution of £350 per person.
Includes all accomodation, food, workshops, yoga and equipment. Not inclusive of flights and tranfers.
07.00 Pranayama/morning meditation
07.30 morning Yoga practice
11:00 Workshop (practical/theroretical) or free time
15.00 Workshop or free time
19.00 evening Yoga practice
20.30 Meditation/ yoga nidra
21.00 Evening meal
There shall be at least one meditation session each day, first thing in the morning, bright and early in Bagend’s lovely homely little cabin or indeed in a nice little corner on the land somewhere if that takes our fancy. Let us start the day as we mean to go on. I really love sharing diverse styles of meditation so that everyone can find a style that works for them. Meditation is all about creating spaciousness in the mind. It is often defined as one-pointedness within yoga. So, one can be meditating whenever they are focusing purely on one thing and on nothing else …so much so that they feel they are even becoming that one thing they are focusing on. We’ll be exploring trataka (candle-gazing), sound meditations (using our own sound and external sounds), breath meditations, sitting meditation, walking meditation and a final secret meditation not yet to be unleashed. There are ample cushions to help make everyone comfortable and you can also lay down if you really feel the need. We can also support ourselves sitting against a wall. It’s important that we are comfortable when meditating otherwise we’ll just be distracted by the discomfort.
Type of yoga to be teaching: Mainly Hatha & Restorative with small doses of Flow, plus introducing practices of Animal Yoga™.
In my sessions you can expect to linger luxuriously in some postures to really reach those deeper places in ourselves on all levels and to delve into a deeper relationship with each posture too. Our morning sessions shall focus on an energising Hatha practice with the evening sessions focusing on a soothing more Restorative practice - a perfect balance. For me, the philosophical aspect of yoga is just as important as the physical so you can expect to hear words of wisdom and inspiration as you make your way through your postures.
What students can expect in my yoga sessions: Variety! Sure, we'll be working hard to your own "edge" but also there'll be ample relaxation and stillness in decadent doses as well as much needed opening, lengthening and releasing of many nooks and crannies within the body - all complemented by contemplation, knowledge, compassion... and many a smile! In short, we'll be enchanting all the senses and basking in the widest possible glory of what yoga can offer for the opportunity of... Silencing, Soothing, Strengthening, Stretching, Softening and Serving... the mind, body and soul.
All yoga sessions take place on the beautiful Bagend platform with surround sensational views, and which comes in tow with an equally stunning story! Prepare to be bedazzled!
Theme for the week: Animal-named postures!
There are over 40 animal-named asanas all with their own story to tell and insights to offer the pracitioner. We’ll work toward a peak animal-named posture for each of our morning and evening sessions and call on the wisdom, history and overall nature of that posture for our theme each session. Jenny has just launched Animal Yoga™, so it’s only apt. Of course, we’ll still incorporate many other of the beautiful postures within yoga in our practices too as we build up to and cool down from our peak animal posture.
Within all of our time together (be that yoga, meditation, workshop or general conversation) we’ll recall some key learnings from our previous yoga, meditation and workshop sessions and slowly begin to connect the dots, forming a practice that is as holistic as possible. I will have an “open-door policy” in that you can talk to me as much as you like outside of the yoga, meditation and yoga sessions about anything I could help you further with.
Your Workshop programme:
Posture Clinic & Posture Dissection - A Q&A workshop primarily about the physical expression of different postures. Your chance to shoot all those niggling, long-standing and never-get-round-to-asking questions at your teacher left, right and centre
Introduction to Animal Yoga™ - a selection of set-sequenced hatha yoga practices dedicated to the following:- to the animal-named asanas- to gaining inspiration from our fellow planetary beings- to connecting with animals and our own animal nature and thus...- to fostering more compassion towards animals in societyWe will look in more detail at the animal-named postures: what they are, what they look like, the ancient mythology behind them, a little bit of animal biology and what we can learn from/how we can be inspired by animal. More details can be found here:
All About Mudras - a glimpse at just a handful of the several hundreds of hasta mudras (hand gestures) that exist! Learn about what they are, how to do them, what they symbolise and how to incorporate them into your yoga practice.
Why Sanskrit? - Have you ever wondered what the point in using the Sanskrit names of the postures is? Learn about why Sanskrit names are still used outside of India and about how the meanings can be broken down into bite-size chunks. Maybe even commit to learning your first (or one more if you already know some) Sanskrit posture name!
Releasing the Voice - expect to experience tasters of the ethos and practices from The Natural Voice Practitioner’s Network as we examine and experience how the use of our (often all-too-hidden) voices can aid in self-expression, emotional release and in leaving us feeling more connected, more rested and more upbeat. The voice can also be used as an extension of our yoga practice. Absolutely no experience is necessary and pleeeeeeease do not be put off by thoughts of “you can’t sing” or “people will think I’m a fool”. We will be practicing in a safe, non-judgemental environment and you will be gently guided in the practice and won't be asked to use your voice on your own (unless you'd like to!). There will be no right or wrong - it’s all just about having an opportunity to experiment with your voice, to discover or learn more about your voice and to find another meditative place through voice. Trust us – you’ll be amazed by the joy you experience!
I look forward to welcoming you and sharing this journey together.