Balancing the emotional body through Yoga
14-20 September, 22-28 September 2018
Cleaning out the closet…
In yoga we sometimes talk about our 5 bodies, enveloping the soul…
Annamaya kosha - Our physical form (the most dense sheath)
Pranamaya kosha - Our energetic + emotional body or sheath (more subtle)
Manamaya kosha - The mental body/sheath (more subtle still)
Vijnanamaya kosha - The wisdom body/sheath (again more subtle)
Anandamaya kosha - The body/sheath of pure bliss (the subtlest layer)
As we practice yoga asana by adjusting the physical form we activate and begin to purify through the layers of these other sheaths or bodies. Yoga asana, when practiced properly, is so potent in this action it is incomparable with other forms of physical exercise. As our practice deepens we begin to feel the prana moving through us (pranamaya kosha). This gradually purifies the areas of density that have built up from contraction caused by the repression of unprocessed emotions and mental conditioning. As these stuck emotions are triggered often memories are reactivated and with acceptance and surrender, even the most deeply buried traumas can be healed.
Price per person
Balancing the emotional body through Yoga retreat September 2017 retreat costs €450 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 Elliot your chef
Fascinating daily workshops
My yoga journey began over 15 years ago and from the beginning it offered me access to levels of peace inside me I’d never experienced before. I have been a dedicated practitioner ever since and spent several years attending regular classes of different styles, including Iyengar, Astanga vinasa, Kundalini and Kriya yoga.
10 years ago I met Swami Purohit (a truly enlightened master of all aspects of yoga, now living in Spain) He inspired me with his, very different and extremely potent style of Pure yoga and daily meditation practice. I have continued this practice ever since and still spend one weekend nearly every month training with him. The path is ever deepening and his teachings have completely transformed all areas of my life. In 2012 I began teaching Pure yoga classes in Brighton.
I have travelled extensively in India, studying with other incredible masters and in 2014 took Traditional Hatha yoga teacher training with Swami Sudhir at Siva Yoga Peeth in Rishikesh. Since then I have been teaching classes, workshops and retreats in UK and Spain, where I live.
Having been a Holistic therapist over the last 20 years, I have a deep and ever expanding understanding of the mind, body, spirit connection at many levels and love empowering people to heal and grow through yoga practice. In my classes you can expect plenty of opening and stimulating movement followed by deep relaxation; powerful pranayama breathing exercises and access to deeper levels of consciousness inside you. I love all aspects of yoga and intend to continue practice until the day I leave this planet!
Styles of yoga to be taught
During this yoga week we will be particularly focusing our attention on the healing of our emotional body (an aspect of pranayama kosha). We will practice a variety of postures in Hatha yoga style but include many that will wake up the energy of specific chakras in order to move and expand the prana in these psychic centres.
We will give plenty of space and time to really feel into these centres to activate them more fully and release old, stuck emotion, trapped in the body that could have lead to disease.
Throughout the week we will use our focused attention, yoga exercises and a variety of other tools to fully process these old emotions and release them. I will be sharing many techniques that have helped me, my clients and students over nearly 20 years as a Holistic therapist and dedicated yoga practitioner (now teacher). These tools will all be ones that you can continue to use at home if you choose to and could offer you a new, healthier relationship to your emotions and transform your ability to accept and release all types of pain from your mental, physical and emotional bodies.
The week will be suitable for everyone, whether you have an awareness of having repressed emotions, a particular issue or past trauma you feel ready to let go of, are feeling a bit blocked or stuck or just have a general curiosity about this theme.
I feel I have developed great compassion, understanding and empathy due to the intensity and depth of my own healing journey. Anyone who has known me for more than 25 years will agree that I have transformed, almost beyond recognition, from the broken and defensive person that I used to be. I have been blessed with many amazing teachers, with many faiths and traditions and am very excited about putting together the tools that I feel have helped me the most and weaving them into the yoga framework of this course.
Each morning, after tuning into how we really feel, we will do our best to welcome these feelings as we practice traditional Hatha yoga on the mountain platform. Watching the sun rise over the beautiful valley that encompasses Bagend, we will explore opening, flowing, holding and balancing postures to stimulate the movement of prana within our bodies. There will be an optional daily workshop in which we will try out different ways of healing and releasing layers of stuck emotion (details below); and each afternoon we will practice Yoga - as taught by Swami Purohit (swamipurohit.com), who is a true Himalayan master of all limbs of yoga and who I have been extremely lucky to have had as my teacher for the last 10 years.
This style is gentle but extremely powerful and allows us to activate and gain deeper, tangible access to pranamaya, manamaya, vijnanamaya and anandamaya koshas.
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
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 Rustic Retreats journey
Whatever arises during the week will be most welcome and I will endeavour to support each of you in your own healing journey. There will be some guided meditations and yoga Nidra and we will also sit together in silent meditation to allow the natural processing and release of outdated conditioning and Energy in Motion to take place. I intend this week to be a profound, internal journey from wherever you are when you arrive into deeper and deeper states of awareness and a fuller expression of your true self.
Most of us have created many layers of protection in our physical, mental and emotional bodies that have helped us to deal with the challenges of the past. While this WAS a useful strategy it numbs our sensitivity and ability to deeply experience life. NOW is a time of evolution and the elevation of the mass consciousness of this planet in which we are being asked to release these old, fear based patterns and step into the fullness of our true potential as human beings. As I am sure many of you are already aware, resistance to this movement is no longer really working.
Your Workshop Programme
Holistic massage to explore the power of touch.
An introductory workshop to develop a feel for some simple massage techniques and an understanding of when and where to apply them therapeutically. We will all have a chance to experience the giving and receiving of these gifts to enjoy, increase body awareness, connection with others and the release of tension. We may also try some specific, reflexology balancing points.
Navel centre activation to dissolve the pain body
Many of us have a lot of unprocessed emotion stuck in the form of density in the abdominal area. As we use simple exercises and focused awareness to activate the navel centre chakra we will stimulate a stronger movement of energy that will begin to dislodge it so we can permanently clear it from our system. We will use the words of the great spiritual teacher - Eckhart Tolle, in his description and practice of dissolving the pain body to help us accept the feelings that arise and allow them to flow out of us easily.
Emotional freedom technique (EFT)
An introductory workshop to learn the basic recipe of this simple and powerful technique that can be used to quickly to restore internal balance in a wide variety of situations.
Using a gentle tapping motion to some meridian points in easily accessible areas of the body we can work through and dissolve layers of emotion, often discovering the root of an issue that was previously hidden. I have been using this technique with many clients, friends and myself for 15 years and have found it extremely useful to help de-stress body and mind.
It can be very effective to use in relation to physical issues as well as mental and emotional and often helps to relieve pain in emergency situations, including ones that happened many years before (as in post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD).
Meeting the inner child workshop
In this session we will use guided meditation to meet and welcome our inner child, just as he or she is. This attention and acceptance is usually very welcome and builds a bridge of understanding for any unhealed aspects of our character that appear to be stuck in time to evolve and be integrated back into our present being. This process frees up trapped energy in the body/mind system, creating wholeness and peace.
The Power of Crystals
In this practical workshop we will learn some ways of looking after, cleansing and recharging crystals; how to use our intuition and some simple principles to select them and bring holistic healing to ourselves and others. We will have a go at using crystal nets for chakra balancing and some other specific purposes.
Many years ago I remember doubting the fact that crystals could have a powerful effect on the human body and was grateful when someone pointed out that they are the source of power in computers and mobile phones!
I discovered how dramatically they can offer relief when I was in a crisis situation and have been grateful for their help ever since; using them therapeutically on myself and in my work as a holistic therapist.
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.