Conscious movement yoga retreat

March 2019

24 - 30 March & 01 - 07 April 2019

Why move consciously?

The answer for me is self care.  We eat healthily, do exercise, meditate, take a bath all in the name of self care.  We do yoga to find the self but when we are in a class are we actually fully tuned into our mind and body?  Or are we just throwing shapes about and thinking about what to have for dinner?

This retreat is an opportunity to delve deeper, to connect more with what’s going on internally and externally.  By the end of the week you will have the skills to bring more awareness to your yoga practice. We will look at how we transition from one posture to the next and always questioning whether things are working for you and how to stay present in your practice?

Price per person

 €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
Delicious, nourishing, vegetarian  menu prepared by your chef
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice
Fascinating daily workshops

Michelle Williamson

 

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 Nirvana yoga shala in Mysore, India 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

 

All practices will be a mix of styles inspired by Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Hatha. Ashtanga and Hatha are different branches of physical yoga. Ashtanga has a set series of sequences, Hatha has more freedom and variations to change. Vinyasa is a developed style from Ashtanga, instead of holding postures you will usually flow through a sequence.

In classes I will provide a mix of these three styles, I have developed my own style of sequencing that combines the ‘best bits’ from each style so you can get a taste of everything. I deliver this movement meditation with clear instructions to aid conscious placement into poses. You will experience a collection of static asanas, balances, sun salutations and flows that include mobility, fluidity and stability. I will guide you through meditations and deep relaxation that will leave you feeling revitalised.

You will have a gentle practice in the evenings and more dynamic practices in the morning. The whole retreat will be accessible for the absolute beginner and for the advance practitioner, there will be plenty of variations and developments for everyone to try.

Your Rustic Retreats journey

The weeks theme is about moving consciously and bringing awareness into your yoga. This mixed style retreat will help bring stability, mobility and strength to your practice. The collection of styles you experience will give you an idea of the freedom you can have with the way that you move. You will be guided through 2 daily yoga practices, in the morning a more dynamic start to the day and in the evening a more gentle restorative approach.   5 informative body awareness workshops during the week will give you an in depth knowledge on specific postures and breathing exercises. Everything will be linked together, what you learn in the workshops, you will have the opportunity to apply to your practice and vice verse. All classes and workshops will have a focus and you will get a bundle of material that you can take away with you. so you don’t have to worry about taking all the information in at one go! I will guide you through meditations that will be easy to translate into your everyday life. You will not only experience breathing exercises but also walking meditations and yoga Nidra. I aim to help you find your conscious mind by working on simple meditations that can also benefit all aspects of your life. If you are quite advanced in some breathing techniques there will be plenty of opportunity for development. I am aiming to strip things back to basics with breathing. Sometimes the most simple things can be the most beneficial.

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. ( if applicable) 

 

 

 

Your workshop programme

All the workshops are about being honest with ourselves, finding out where our body and mind is at this present moment.  If you have that interest in learning more about your body then this is the retreat for you. All the workshops consist of mini exercises that are easy to remember and have huge benefits to your yoga practice. They refresh your head with new ways to access a posture. Finding different ways of engaging muscles you never even knew you had before! I have a lot of interesting unique exercises that might not be yoga related but will bring a positive progression to a yoga practice. It’s all about thinking a little bit deeper, questioning things a little bit more.

Sun Salutation exploration

In this workshop you will focus on two types of sun salutations which will be broken down slowly. You will explore how they can be developed, find suitable variations and will learn adjustments so your salutations can be accessible. I will highlight how transitional movement is just as important as static postures and we will learn ways to find control.

Find your spine

This workshop is all about getting the spine moving. I find a lot of teachers (including myself) love alignment. While alignment is a lovely thing to achieve we can also forget the spine is designed to move, bend and twist . We bring focus to specific postures like cat cow and forward folds,   work through some exercises that help isolate certain areas of the spine and other exercises that help move all the way through the spine. You will take away techniques that can easily be practiced at home to help improve spine mobility.

Happy Hips,  Happy Hamstrings

We bring specific focus to postures like half moon, warrior three and camel pose.  With use of equipment like blocks, we do exercises that bring activation into the hamstrings without over stretching. You will also find your hip mobility and stability. Our pelvis is the heaviest part of our body and can often dictate our movement without even being aware of it. This workshop will help you understand whats going on with your hips and find ways to bring more control to that area.

Wrist mobility, shoulder stability

Our main focus for this workshop is the chaturanga and again finding variations that work for your body. We will do lots of wrist and shoulder strengthening exercises to learn more about our shoulder and wrist strength, stability and mobility. Its about being honest with ourselves, is our body ready to perform the full expression of the chaturanga repeatedly? Lets find out!

Bringing Breath Back

 

I’m going to focus on a few key breathing exercises that you can take home with you.  Alternate nostril breathing, humming bee and ujyai. I will take you through the basics and ways that you can develop these techniques to suit you. Three conscious breaths and walking meditation are some meditation exercises that are simple techniques to help you incorporate snippets of calm into your life. The whole workshop is aimed to help bring breath into your everyday life.

​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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