Vinyasa Dynamic Flow Retreat Aug/Sept
Empower yourself & find Your inner strength
25-31 August, 2-8 September 2018
Flowing along with summer
Discover Your individual strength and self- empowerment in a playful, dynamic and creative yoga retreat connecting to and balancing Your Yin and Yang and guiding You in Your process of self- exploration, core- engagement, increasing flexibility and attaining more self- awareness.
Set out on an exploration and discovery of what your body and mind can do. You might find new inspiration, knowledge, confidence and deep contentment.
Price per person
The Vinyasa dynamic flow retreat August/September 2018 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
Delicious, nourishing, vegetarian menu prepared by your chef
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice
Fascinating daily workshops
My name is Lara, I am trained as a professional contemporary dancer and this is how I got my first access to Yoga, within my dance training. Learning about different styles and variations in Yoga, my inspiration grew and I started researching and then developing my personal yoga and meditation practice. Hungry for more profound understanding and the desire to share my insights after already having been teaching Yoga in summer youth camps, I completed my teaching certificate in (Hot) Vinyasa Yoga in 2016.
My Yoga journey began in a subtle way, practicing Yoga without explicitly knowing it was ‘Yoga’.
During the years of my first, amateur and then professional education as a dancer,I got to learn about different styles and variations of Yoga, either involved in my dance training or also ‘titled’as ‘Yoga’as a complementary subject within my schedule.
Over the years I got to notice that whenever it came to applying elements of Yoga, I magically started to feel calm, at ease, connecting to my breath and body and in a natural way coming to peace with myself, which I often had a hard time with within my busy and ambitious dance practice.
In this way Yoga more and more became my nourishing ground accompanying my daily dance training, a powerful tool to prepare my body and mind for performances and a realm of relaxation and (re-)connection with my body, mind and eventually soul.
This is why I set off researching more into different styles of Yoga on my own and established myYoga and meditation practice as my personal way to soothe my active, otherwise never-resting mind, to strengthen and balance my body and to empower myself in many aspects of my life while increasing my overall perception of happiness.Finding this for myself, I love to support and encourage my students in their own journey.
Already having been teaching Yoga in youth camps during the summer, I eventually completed my teacher training certification as a ‘Hot’(at 40 degrees temperature) Vinyasa and Vinyasa Flow teacher in 2016and started sharing my passion for Yoga with more Yogis realizing the beauty of inspiring and empowering them by sharing my understanding, knowledge and passion for movement in connection with our mind and soul.
At the moment,I am continuing my Yogic path and research while teaching Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Hatha, Yin and Aerial Yoga in both indoor and outdoor spaces and finding more and more passion in sharing my findings and love about what our body and mind are capable of doing.
Influenced by my background, I seek a great extent of my inspiration and teaching from principles of movement I know from dance and I like to incorporate them in my classes and sometimes use fusions of similar yoga and dance elements.
My teaching style is welcoming, open, encouraging and very dynamic. I enjoy the reciprocative exchange of energy and the unison which can exist by following and sharing our practice which each other, a feeling and state sometimes comparable to ‘magic’. :)
Styles of yoga to be taught
My (Vinyasa) teaching style is energetic, active and dynamic. Variation and diversity play a major role for me as I believe that a balanced practice with alteration of poses, movement principles (such as flow versus resistance, effort versus release, fast versus slow pace, …) applied as a colourful mixture, lead to a physical and mental state and a general perception of balance, stability and increased confidence.
The human body offers a great richness of movement vocabulary and I think the more we dive into this diversity, the more we can benefit from it and become aware of our possibilities, which consequently affects us in a refreshing and empowering way.
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
Beginning our day with meditation or mindfulness we get the chance to tune in with ourselves, awaken our souls and prepare for the day to come and for our first yoga practice.
In the morning yoga session we will work on our Yang side; core- strength and - awareness, stamina, in an energetic, mobilizing and flowing yoga practice including postural work and attention to correct alignment and breathing. We end with a calming down second part and a final relaxation followed by a short closing meditation.
Our evening session will be slower- paced, more directed to our Yin side with emphasis on posture awareness, release and lengthening;
Starting with a mobilizing warm- up of our muscles and joints and followed by diving into deep stretches in a Hatha- and Yin- based manner, before closing our practice with either meditation, mindfulness, Yoga Nidra or Autogenic Training.
The conjunction of our sessions and workshops are designed to guide our honest self- inquiry and observation and encourage investigation into our own practice, physical and mental habits, individual anatomic constitution of the body and patterns of our mind.
Connecting movement with breath is something I will put strong emphasis on as breath has the incredible and grounding power to naturally settle us into our body allowing us to perceive ourselves in our entity as a being.
You will find a concentrated and open working atmosphere where everyone is encouraged to focus on their individual concerns, listen to the messages of their bodies and realize that we dedicate each practice to
ourselves while following along the same red thread together, feeling the supporting energy of the group around and with us.
During the course of the Retreat You will receive a tool box full of useful and inspiring gadgets to take home with You and to apply to Your yoga practice and daily life.
During our joined journey we will welcome the influences of the beautiful nature of ‘Rustic’around us, contributing to our experience with its scents, air, soundscape and all its inspiring details nature provides us with every single day anew, especially intensely sensed in this period of year, the peak of summer. :)
We will have the privilege to sense our environment’s offers providing us with a width and expansion, a feeling of connectedness and freedom we cannot find in a comparable way indoors.
Your workshop programme
We will go on a discovery journey in an energetic exploration of fusing classical and contemporary dance elements with Yoga. By adding this even greater diversity of vocabulary, dynamics, variations and playfulness, we investigate into the richness of movements provided by the anatomic marvel of our body.
To accompanying music we will float along, blur with time and gradually get slower paced and give in to a deep relaxation towards the end.
We will find fun and excitement in our exploration process while following an active and concentrated practice opening our senses for the vast possibilities of our body.
Yoga & Chakras
Our 7 Chakras have a significant influence on our well- being and daily life.
It is not only interesting to learn about them, their meaning and characteristics, but also we may use our knowledge to balance them after reminding ourselves of the influence which our Yoga practice can also have to help us with this as within the great alphabet of poses and philosophies we find many postures of specific purposes such as heart- opening, hip- opening, stress- and anxiety- relieving ones, and many more.
In this context, we will create some groups of asanas for specific concerns where they can be beneficial.
Yoga may be practiced with a partner as well. In this manner we gain more profound insight into the physical principles behind each pose and their specificity and we may sense them with increased intensity. We furthermore become aware of how we use our balance and how to adapt our alignment and direction of weight in accordance with our partner. Apart from being a lot of fun, we get to deepen our understanding of the Yoga asanas we usually practice by ourselves.
There are many ways and styles of practicing Yoga and there are no better nor worse ones. It also depends on personal preference and style. Independently, for many of us using visualization and mental imaging in order to help us understand a posture better, to dive deeper into it and imagine the anatomic logic behind, using mental imaging can be an empowering force to identify and sympathize with a pose.
Consequently, I will share some visual and mental images, ideas and tools with You.Some have been accompanying me in my practice for years and others have been entering my mind over time and proved to be useful for both my students and my daily practice.
You might be surprised about the mental power imagery can provide You with and correct Your alignment in a subtle and gentle way.
"Rustic Retreats Journey" journaling
Towards the end of our joined journey it can result to be very valuable to share some ‘alone- time in togetherness in a reflective session on our individual experience of our time at beautiful Bagend.
First, each of us will be given some private time to reflect and collect, perhaps write, create, find, or whatever comes into mind in that time while passing by one’s own journey.
It is a time to fully dive into whatever we may have found, are finding in this very moment and can take home with us as a realization, memory, feeling, …
In the end You are free to share or keep Your findings to Yourself and take Your treasure with You or share it with Your surroundings.
This is Your golden treasure You found or will find at the end of this Retreat which nobody can ever steal from You and You can take with You as a physical manifestation or a saved, only visible to You, memory inside of You.
I am very much looking forward to sharing this journey with You! :)
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.