Delving deeper: Yoga beyond the asana

Extra special retreat in Archena southern Spain

Rustic Retreats on tour.

25 Oct - 31st Oct  &   1st November - 7th November

Yoga beyond the asana

Are you an experienced yoga practitioner looking for more depth in your yoga practice? Or are you a beginner who wants to learn about the wider breadth of yoga, and not just the physical positions? If so this is a fantastic retreat for you.


On this retreat Tania and James will take you on a journey going beyond the asana to the deeper levels of yoga. Using their combined experience, they will introduce you to yoga philosophy, pranayama, mudra, banda, meditation and other practices which help us move deeper into ourselves and our practice.

Price per person

Delving deeper  Retreat costs €500 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 in our 1920's Cuban style great hall.
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice
Deliciously nourishing, detoxifying menu prepared by Elliot your plant based chef
Fascinating daily workshops to help you go deeper.

Tania & James


James and Tania provide a wonderful mix of skills and experience to take your yoga practice to the next level. Tania teaches mindful slow flowing vinyasa yoga and uses intelligent cues and alignment tips to help you really understand the essence of yoga. James compliments this by offering more dynamic classes which will help you build fitness and strength.


James undertook his Ha-tha yogic studies in Rishikesh, India (the home of yoga). He combines traditional Ha-tha techniques with stronger flowing movements. Having played regular tennis and golf he understands the restrictions and tightness having a sporty as well as a sedentary lifestyle can bring. He helps people from all backgrounds and ages to improve their flexibility, feel stronger and more peaceful. James has also suffered from shoulder and knee issues and as used his practice therapeutically to help work through these challenges.


Tania is also a skillful meditation and relaxation teacher who teaches ancient and modern techniques from a range of traditions. She has over 20 years experience of practicing yoga and meditation and has recently been teaching a meditation course at the UK Houses of Parliament and she includes MPs and ‘stressed-out’ executives as her private clients. Tania also teaches the meditation competent on yoga teacher trainings, and her regular London based restorative yoga workshops are often sold out. Tania has a passion for karma yoga (the yoga of action) and has been leading an innovative ‘yoga for people living with dementia’ research project and is working on bringing the benefits of yoga to a wider audience.


James and Tania are now based in Altea, Spain where they teach full time. They teach a range of classes and workshops to regular clients, as well as specialist groups such as children and the elderly.


Your Rustic Retreats yoga journey


We will begin this retreat by asking some deep questions about what yoga means to us, and how we can progress more in our practice, our bodies and our minds. Moving beyond the practice of only asana (physical yoga practices)which for many has become synonymous with yoga, we will ground our practice in the other limbs of yoga. For example, how can we bring elements of contentment and non-violence to our lives? How can we keep connecting with our prana (life force), and how can we encourage greater focus in our practice. Our goal will be to work with intention to go deeper into the state of yoga, or oneness.

During the retreat we will explore some of the deeper breathing practices, which will help lead us into a state of meditative calm. This focus on breath will also help us move smoother, deeper and with greater concentration in our asana class. In our asana practice we will also use breath, banda (yogic locks) and mudras to create deeper levels of concentration and focus.

On this retreat we will also be using creative journals, periods of silent reflection, art practices, and walks in nature to move beyond the layers of maya (illusion) to go deeper into the core of our beings. On the retreat we will also laugh, dance, make art, eat wonderful food and celebrate nature, our surroundings and connection with one another.

As with all Rustic Retreats yoga holidays guests can participate in as much or as little as they like. Although there will be a focus on developing advanced techniques, these will be taught in a way that is accessible to serious beginners. For example, all students will be encouraged to use breath and concentration in their practice. However, beginners can focus more on the physical side of the practice, whereas advance students can enhance their practice by employing more breath and focus.  

Sample daily schedule

Delving deeper: Yoga beyond the asana

From 07.00 Hot water for teas and fresh fruit available

08.00 to 09.30 Yoga and meditation/Pranayama practice

09.45 to 10.30 Breakfast buffet served

10.45 to 14.00 Free time or workshop

14.00 to 14.30 Lunch

15.00 to 16.30 Free time or workshop

16.30 to 18.00 Yoga

18.00 to 18.30 Meditation

20.30 Evening Meal

All times are given as a guideline and are subject to change

Your workshop programme for the week

. Pranayama: Breathing Techniques  


The retreats first workshop will teach the students a range of breathing techniques that can be utilised throughout the week and in their onward yoga journey. There will be a focus on 3 techniques during the workshop (Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodhana, Ujjayi). Later in the week short practice sessions will be included in the morning meditation periods. Some of these techniques are calming, invigorating or cleansing. Throughout the week there will be a deep focus on breath throughout all classes.


Art and Yoga: Symbols, Mandalas and Deities

In this fun and informative workshop we will explore the links between yogic ideas and their artistic representation. There has been a long tradition of image making as part of one's spiritual practice. For example mandalas can be used to symbolise the universal principles, images such as Shiva or Ganesh are intrinsically linked with mythical stories of yoga and its origins, the Om symbol is universally understood to connect mind and body in yoga. The workshop will both look at some of the meanings behind the images and also include making our own artistic representations of the aspects that inspire us. Drawing and painting can be very meditative if it is done with focus and awareness.


Yoga Beyond the Mat: Philosophy and how we apply it to our everyday lives

This workshop will help students find a deeper understanding of yoga traditions, yoga philosophies, wisdom and spirituality. It will cover history of yoga, 8 limbs of yoga, and main yoga texts. The workshop will be presented in a secular manor highlighting the positive ways that the ancient limbs of yoga can be applied to our everyday lives. We will explore beyond the asana to look at the other limbs of yoga such as Yamas and Niyamas (outward and inward conduct). It will be conducted in an interactive manor where students will be able to devise ways of taking the principles in to their everyday lives.


Saucher:  Making our own natural spa products

Shaucha literally means purity, cleanliness and clearness. It refers to purity of mind, speech and body. Saucha is one of the Niyamas of Yoga. In this fun workshop we will learn how to make spa products from everyday household natural products. The skin is the biggest organ in the body and we should take care of what we put on it. We will learn how we can keep ourselves clean and pure by using natural products. The workshop will include interactive techniques such as learning a simple hand massage and Hopi ear candles.


Finding your Dharma

"It is better to live your own Dharma imperfectly, than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection." -Bhagavad Gita


In this informative workshop we will explore the concept of Dhama, or the yogic idea of being on our right path. We will look at the story of Krishna and Arjuna – one of the key yogic texts – and explore its teachings on finding our path. There are a number of techniques we can use to help us find our path, for example we can use meditation, writing, silence and letting go. Guests will leave with a better idea of what they need to do after the retreat to move towards creating a more fulfilling and meaningful life.  



​​About Rustic Retreats on tour:


We are sure you will love the Rustic Retreats on tour destination -

"El Parque" is a private country estate, unique for its natural landscape and idyllic setting in the Ricote Valley, located in the Spanish south east region of Murcia. Just 30 mins from Alicante airport. 

The first of the 3 house's is an art deco style house built in the 1910’s that was usually used as a pavilion for the owner’s guests. The other two accommodations respond to the classical regional housing typology of Murcia, called “casa huertana”. All three have been restored respecting their original structure and charm but adapted to present living requirements: nice and comfortable living rooms and bedrooms, beautiful fitted kitchens, original features and well tended kept terrace gardens that are part of the natural landscape of the estate.

The country estate “El Parque” is a 150-acre farm spot of extraordinary beauty and magnificent environmental value provided with a private access and numerous free walking paths to enjoy its very different landscape atmospheres.

The Levantine orchard garden of orange, lemon, grapefruit and tangerine trees together with fig and pomegranate trees is organized in grids surrounded by palm tress (lots of them centenarian) and cypresses. In the orchards, green vegetables such as broccoli and artichokes are sown.

All these orchards are connected by rosebushes paths and intersections with decorative benches, sculptures and flowerpots.

A complete different landscape is available along the bank of the river Segura, where we find a wilder diversity of vegetation such as eucalyptus, poplar, elm, willow and pine trees and again more palm trees.

And finally the third kind of scenery where big rocks with caves leave space for cactus, agaves, carob and pine trees. This area no matter its aridity and dryness is still beautiful and special as an exotic and far-away land.

This gardened estate has a beautiful stately house that was built at the end of the nineteenth century following the aristocratic fashion of that period. It is ochre coloured, has English wooden windows and two beautiful Bougainvillea climbing up the façade into the roof covered with the local type of tiles black aged.