Ashtanga and Vinyasa Flow Yoga Retreat
Smile, movement and happiness as a state of being
24 - 30 March & 01 - 07 April 2018
Happiness as a state of being
Balancing a traditional Asthanga Modified Primary Series (MPS) practice connecting breathing and movement to a fun, playful, dynamic and happy Vinyasa Flow. Bringing balance to ones practice and learning different ways of meditation. Let's find and nourish joy!
Price per person
The Asthanga and Vinyasa flow yoga retreat for March 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
My first experience with yoga was when I was training as a professional dancer. I was lucky enough to be surrounded by teachers hugely interested in mindful movement and began absorbing the benefits from then on. Whether it was using yoga as a tool to combat nerves and anxiety in this highly competitive world I was in or using asanas and meditation to work through injuries, it was always there, always accessible. This is what I love the most about yoga and what I try to extend out to others, yoga is for everyone, everybody and your mat is always there.
I qualified as an Ashtanga-Vinyasa teacher after studying at Sampoorna Yoga in Goa two years ago after teaching and performing dance for over ten years. I have been teaching in different places in England ever since. I teach a variety of styles: vinyasa flow, ashtanga, yin yang flows, but my passion is a fusion of ashtanga vinyasa. I like how creative and free I can be with the flows and like to explore different ways to move and shift the postures. Ashtanga is my foundation, the base of my practice just like my ballet training is the foundation of all the dance styles I trained in. A strong, dynamic practice, where every day is different, your body and cells changing each day, learning not to judge and to let go.
Style of Yoga to be taught
On the retreat we will balance a traditional Ashtanga Modified Primary Series and Vinyasa Flow connecting breath to movement, finding enjoyment, happiness, playfulness in your practice. Learning different ways to move and meditate resulting in feeling happiness, peace and joy. As someone wise once told me, “Smile, it’s your birthright!”
I love to share vinyasa flows with a twist, a yoga/dance fusion looking at different ways to move, variations of postures and focusing on linking postures seamlessly to transform your practice, never stopping the flow. Everyone can do yoga, everyone can meditate, it is all about finding the right tools, postures and styles that work best for you. Through the retreat we will look at different aspects of pranayama, meditation, ashtanga, vinyasa, mindful movement, chakras, dancing and lots of smiling so that you can take these tools away with you and access them whenever and wherever you want. You can do as little or as much as you wish, the focus being you, your retreat!
Morning practice will be Ashtanga based, a traditional sequence which we will work through and tailor to you. This is an energetic, strong way to start the day flowing through the sequence mindfully, a moving meditation. It combines sun salutations, standing postures, floor flows and meditation to set us up for the day.
Afternoon classes will be playful, lots of variations accessible to all levels and a different flow each day. The Vinyasa Flows will be full of smiles, laughs and looking at not taking things too seriously, letting go and being grateful for what we have.
Your Rustic Retreats journey
As said above, classes will be balanced between a quite serious meditation, based on the traditional Ashtanga Method and a playful meditation using the Vinyasa Flow style. The workshops are based on my perspective about yoga, so we are going to understand what is yoga and it's different styles so we can figure out which one fits us better.
The dynamic meditation. Removing that concept that meditation has to be in a still and serious position, we are going to my roots in the dance and pilates field, to understand some misconceptions and maybe understand my style of teaching, as yoga is not only connection but can be an expression of art, the art within each of us. The importance of breathing to our mental and physical health and the most important thing: connect to ourselves, respecting and learning to have gratitude to be who we are.
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
The meaning of yoga and its benefits to everybody
We will explore what yoga means to us, the different styles of yoga and finding YOUR yoga, the yoga that you connect with. We will also look at the meaning of Ashtanga in more depth, finding our way through the 8 limbs of this classical yoga style. The 8 limbs are a great way to understand about our yoga practice and ourselves. We will research into yamas, niyama’s, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana, and samadhi.
Chakra Shake Down
Learning to mindfully move from our chakras. Grounding from our root, passion through the sacral, fire and intuition up through the solar plexus, feeling the compassion through the heart, creativity in the throat, our psychic ability through our third eye and complete connection out through the crown chakra. This is a practical workshop dancing our way up the body, feeling great and just being in the moment. This is accessible to all levels and abilities and is about letting your hair down and moving through an uplifting, awakening flow.
Meditation - Find your own way
In this workshop we will explore different meditation techniques in more depth, looking at their benefits. Looking at what meditation is and removing any fear we may have about it, giving you the tools to access meditation in your daily life. We will look at being present, living in the moment and controlling our thoughts, not letting them control us. Whether it is silent, focusing on an object, mindful walking, visualisation, calming breathing there are lots of ways to transform your mind and develop clarity, positivity and concentration.
Yoga / Dance Fusion
This is an energetic, awakening flow using a combination of yoga and dance to mindfully move, shift, be creative, fluid in our practice. We will look at the transitions between postures, a part of our practice we often forget about and break our flow. You will learn a feel-good yoga/dance sequence which you can take home with you full of fun, smiles and feel good vibes.
Pranayama and the importance of breathing
This workshop looks at what pranayama is and the different techniques you can use to heighten your practice, benefit your everyday lives and enhance your well- being. Pranayama will teach you how to breathe consciously, correctly and efficiently and will help to calm your mind, expand your cardio-vascular fitness and can, with patient practice, help the symptoms of asthma and other respiratory disorders. Pranayama is both enjoyable and beneficial to your wellbeing and practiced regularly leaves you feeling calm but energized. We will move through a short asana practice to still the mind in preparation for our pranayama.
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.