Vinyasa flow and restorative Yin Yoga Retreat
Recharge and reconnect with the life you deserve
1 - 7 May 2018 & 9 - 15 May 2018
A time for healing
Gemma has been teaching yoga since 2009, and continues to learn from different Yogic backgrounds. Gemma teaches Vinyasa, Hatha, Ashtanga and Yin Yoga. She loves to learn about the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual bodies and how we can bring them to balance, to be the truest version of ourselves, and live the magical lives we deserve.
Price per person
The Vinyasa flow and restorative Yin yoga retreat for May 2018 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 your chef
Fascinating daily workshops
Gemma went to her first yoga class at 16, at her local leisure centre, and has been practicing and learning about yoga ever since. She has spent the last 10 years, on and off travelling worldwide, learning from different yogic backgrounds. She is also a qualified personal trainer, massage therapist, nutritional advisor and Reiki Master. Gemma is qualified to teach pre and post-natal yoga and partner yoga. She now teaches yoga teacher training programs.
Gemma loves to learn about the body's anatomy and function, physically and spiritually, and this shows through the way she teaches yoga. To become balanced and healthy we need to work on every aspect of ourselves. She takes a holistic approach to life and when helping her clients, using yoga as a tool to create a strong body and mind, to live our truest and highest potential.
Through practicing yoga Gemma has learnt that by bringing our focus to breath and movement we can develop a strong sense of self-awareness. Connecting back with our true self and listening to what the body really needs is the beginning of a beautiful journey of self-discovery. Throughout our daily activities we spend most of our time in our thoughts, and often worrying and stressing. Yoga helps us to practice being in the moment and seeing the bigger picture; that we are all here to have fun on this big beautiful playground called Earth!
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 day to day. Some days you may feel full of energy and some days you may feel tired. 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 to recharge and energize our system. We will come into the body through breath and movement. Each day will have a different asana (yoga postures) focus but we will work on your personal development of where you would like to go within your asana practice. We will finish our practice with pranayama (breathing exercises) and meditation, to help us cleanse and detox our busy minds and bodies.
Our evening practice will be a restorative Yin flow. A chance to really unwind and let go. We have so much Yang in our lives with work, responsibilities, strong yoga practices or exercises routines. As a society, we need to slow down and de-stress. With a Yin asana practice we hold poses for 3-5 minutes. This gives the facia (connective tissue) of the body time to release. We can go deeper into poses, and into our muscles, releasing tension at a deeper level. Yin is becoming increasingly popular to complement the yang dynamic yoga practices. Yin releases the ‘issues in our tissues’!
Your Rustic Retreats journey
Each day you will be taken on an inner journey to reconnect you to your truth and your hearts dreams and intentions for this life. Are you living the life you want to live? Is your work in tune with your highest truth? Do you do the hobbies and things you love on a daily or weekly basis? And if not, what is stopping you?
Our busy daily lives are now full of stress and responsibilities… but this is not our truth or natural state. When we live too much like this, we become run down and maybe ill. We need to learn to harness our inner wisdom, and listen. We each have our own dharma, this is our truth, doing the things we love, the work we are good at naturally. When we follow this, we become more in tune, feel more balance in our lives, and are full of inner strength, vitality and energy.
Throughout the week, we will learn how to harness the tools of listening. We really do have all the answers inside of us. But when we are too busy and stressed it is hard to be still and listen. This week will give you that opportunity. The retreat will create a safe, open, friendly, healing space, where you can explore freely and feel comfortable to do as much or as little as you like.
Each morning will begin with a different meditation to set our intention for the day. There will be a dynamic vinyasa morning practice each day with a different theme, for example letting go at the hips, or heart opening back bends. You will be encouraged to go at your own pace and listen to your body. We will finish each day with a restorative Yin flow, and finish with Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra is a very relaxing meditative practice that allows you to rest at a very deep level of consciousness.
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 workshop programme
Workshop 1 - Exploration of your Chakra System and how to find balance
Understanding and exploring your chakra system, and how to listen to our inner wisdom to make changes, and correct life decisions to bring us back to balance. We will go through a chakra balancing meditation and discuss how the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual bodies are reflections of each other.
Workshop 2 - Chakra Mandala Art Workshop
Exploration of the chakra system through mandala art work. Mandalas can be used to open consciousness and help you tune in to your own chakra system. By creating your own chakra art, you can connect to your inner wisdom and explore your inner world.
Workshop 3 - Mindfulness Nature Walk
A mindful walk, focusing on breath and sensation. Connecting to self and nature and being present in the moment, taking in the natural beautiful surroundings of Bagend. Practicing being in the moment, brings us back to our truth, and allows us to see the world as it really is, perfect.
Workshop 4 - Putting your Dreams and Intentions into Action
Exploring your dreams and life intentions, and how you can start putting them into action. Through tuning in with ourselves at a deeper level by bringing awareness to our chakras, and from taking time out from our busy lives, we really begin to see and feel how we would want our lives to be. We will then discuss and explore how we can take action to live the lives we deserve.
Workshop 5 - Manifesting and Mantras
We will finish the week’s work of setting life intentions and inner exploration with some healing mantras. We will sing some mantras together to let go of the past, help heal and release anything that no longer serves us. We will also set some individual intentions and affirmations. So, then we can go back into the world refreshed and make way for the new exciting changes to come.
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.