Yin and Yang Vinyasa Flow for Everybody’s Body.

April 2019

Bringing Balance to Your Yoga Practice and Beyond.

12 - 18 April & 20 - 26 April 2019

Balance - Yoga - Beyond 

This retreat is designed to offer not just a week of Yoga but also time to relax, unwind and refresh yourself.

The retreat consists of a blend of Yin and Yang Yoga along with simple meditation and Pranayama sessions.

The morning sessions will be Yang energy (Vinyasa Flow): Stimulating, Energising, Dynamic and Strengthening. The afternoon/evening sessions will be Yin energy (Yin Yoga/ Slow Supported Asana): Calming, Centring, Relaxing and Slow.

This combination Yin and Yang Yoga will help you to create the optimal balance in both your Yoga asana practice and your life.

Price per person

The Vinyasa yoga retreat for April 2018 costs €479 per person, including all meals, yoga, workshops & equipment. Not including flights or transfers.


Reserve your place today with just €140 deposit.

Twice daily yoga practice on our stunning mountain-side platform
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice
Delicious, nourishing, vegetarian  menu prepared by your chef
Fascinating daily workshops

Alison Hawkins

I have been practicing yoga for more than 20 years, at first just in they gym as part of my regular fitness program but Yoga slowly became more and more important to me and I completed my first teacher training in 1999.

I have spent some time time in Mysore, India practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa with Sheshadri, and also back bending with Venkatesh. I believe that continuing study is very important to my teaching and my personal practice so I continue to study with senior teachers including: Simon Low (Yin Yang Yoga), Jonas Westring (Anusara), Paddy McGrath (Dancing Spine), and Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff.

I have lived for many years in Asia with my husband running our own Yoga studios teaching drop-in classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training's. During our last year in Asia we trained a group of young Cambodians sponsored by the AZAHAR Foundation to be Yoga teachers and they are now running a successful Yoga studio as well as some outreach programs in the local community.

My main teaching styles are Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, and Aerial Yoga. My focus being long term functional movement and overall fitness, making Yoga accessible to all body types within an empowering experience. I believe that Yoga can be enjoyable and beneficial to everyone and I endeavour to make all of my classes fully inclusive and accessible. Beginners will not be left behind and the stronger and more flexible among you will still be given a challenge.

I will be bringing one of my Aerial Yoga swings with me and hope to find a good place to hang it so we can all have a play with it and be able to experience being fully up-side-down without any strain or fear.

Style of Yoga to be taught

The Yoga practice will be open to all levels. Modifications will be given throughout. We are all so different, physically, mentally and emotionally. You will be encouraged to really listen to what your body needs, and this may change from day to day. You will be encouraged to take the practice at your own pace and nurture your body and mind, at the same time as developing strength and flexibility physically and mentally.

We will start each day with a dynamic Vinyasa Flow (Yang energy) to recharge and energise ourselves body and mind.The asana sequences will be built up step by step through the class with options given so that all abilities and body types are taken care of and everyone can feel fully included.There will be some repetition during the morning sessions which will help to set some muscle memory and empower you to develop your own home practice.

Our evening practice will be a restorative Yin Flow. A chance to really unwind and let go along with balancing out the Yang energy. In our Yin asana practice we stay in each asana for longer and using props for support. The use of props (blocks and cushions) allows us to stay with asanas for longer with out discomfort or stress, this method gives the facia (connective tissue) of the body time to release. Yin is a great complement to the Yang dynamic Yoga practices bringing balance to the energy of your body and mind.

Your Rustic Retreats journey

During this week you will be introduced to both Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Yin Yoga. The Vinyasa Flow will be in the mornings and have a stimulating and energising Yang energy, the afternoon/evening sessions will be slow, gentle and relaxing Yin energy for a balanced and well rounded practice.

Each morning session will have a theme or “peak pose” around which the sequence is designed. After a short meditation or Pranayama session we will move into some SunSalutations (several variations will be taught) then into the main asana sequence which will build steadily offering options for all abilities and body types. We will work through a series of strengthening standing asanas, then into some inversions or back bends which are followed by seated asanas to calm down a touch before breakfast.

Our afternoon/evening sessions will have a Yin energy giving us time to relax and unwind while enjoying some supported releasing Yoga asanas. These sessions will compliment and balance the morning session. Some of these sessions will include a Yoga Nidra, Yogic sleep or deep relaxation.

During the week we learn to challenge ourselves without being competitive or risking injury, we will take time to truly listen to the sensations occurring in or bodies and how to understand what the body is saying. You will discover how to improve your strength, flexibility, balance, posture and concentration through the practice of Yoga asana. I hope you will also learn to accept what you cannot change and how to adapt your asana practice to help and not harm your body.

I hope to leave you at the end of the week with a good foundation to be able to begin a home practice, to understand how to adapt/develop your Yoga practice effectively and to love and appreciate the body you are blessed with.

Daily timetable for yoga retreat

​07.30 Pranayama or morning meditation

08.00 Morning yoga practice

09.30 - 10.15 Breakfast buffet

11.00 Workshop (practical/theoretical) or free time

13.00 Lunch

15.00 Free time

19.00 Evening yoga practice

20.30 Meditation or Yoga Nidra

21.00 Evening meal

(Please note, this is a sample timetable and may be subject to change.)


There will be one workshop a day, it may be in the morning or afternoon. There is also the option to visit local markets on Wednesday and Sunday.




Your workshop programme

Asana Clinic

We will look at the common mistakes that occur in Yoga asana along with the potential injuries caused and how to avoid them.This will be a Q &A session as well as physical practice. If there are common issues within the group we will use this session to begin to address them and then continue to watch out for them and correct them through the rest of the week. Some basic anatomy will be covered in this session to help you understand why your body may or may not be able to achieve particular asanas.s.

It is not how it looks, it is about how it FEELS!

An exploration into asana while blindfolded. Taking away the sight in asana can helps us to truly feel what is going on in our bodies, to learn to listen to and understand bodily sensations, to deeply connect with our bodies and our breath. Too often in Yoga there is a heavy emphasis on the “look” of the asana and the body and the Yoga becomes as shallow as an Instagram pic. Working with a blindfold helps to remove the desire to compete, show-off or compare ourselves to others and focus on taking care of ourselves and being mindful in our asana practice.

Back Bends

How to approach backward bending asanas safely without fear . In this session we will look at how to develop back flexibility in a safe effective way and enjoy the energising and liberating feelings they can induce. We will be using some props and possibly partners in this session.

Turning it all up-side-down

Exploring some of the full inversions. Headstand and handstand can feel very scary and even impossible. This workshop will empower you to get started with these asanas, we will learn techniques and exercises to gradually build strength and confidence needed to achieve inversions safely.

Time to Fly

Discover some fun basic acro-yoga exercises , we will be working in pairs and groups to take asana to new levels as well as working on trust, communication and bonding with each other. This will be a fun and playful session .

​About Bagend


We are sure you will love Bagend - from our fragrant orange groves, to our simple yet utterly peaceful accommodation in the heart of the Spanish countryside. Get in touch with us to ask any questions, find out more about our retreat or reserve your place now for just €140 deposit.

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