Revitalising yoga retreat June 2017
Re-energise and enliven your yoga practices, and your life
9-15 June, 17-23 June 2017
Explore, discover and inspire your practice
We all go through periods of feeling stuck, in our life, career and even yoga practise. Find energy and inspiration in your practise during this extra-special retreat. Whether we are new to yoga or seasoned yogis, we can all go through periods when we lack inspiration.
The workshops and daily classes will help you further explore and discover what yoga is about, and how it can help us become our ‘best selves’. The workshops range from anatomical to artistic but all will serve to deepen our understanding of both the science and art of yoga.
By the end of the week you’ll have an extra spring in your step, and new yogic techniques in your ‘yoga tool box’ to take home with you to continue your yogic journey!
You will join us on our beautiful, solar powered, off-grid site for the chance to get in touch with nature and truly disconnect from the stresses of day to day life. Sleeping in beautiful bell tents surrounded by the mountains and groves of lemon trees you will feel at one with nature and invigorated by the fabulous daily practice and workshops.
Price per person
The Revitalising Yoga 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
I am a passionate, experienced and committed Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga and meditation teacher. I run regular open classes in central London and Spain, and lead workshops and retreats. I have a wide portfolio which also includes Yoga Nidra, meditation and Pranayama. I am a qualified Pregnancy Yoga teacher and also teach meditation courses at the UK Houses of Parliament!
I have over 1,000 hours invested in yogic learning and recently taught the meditation component on a yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India! I did my first teacher training in Hatha, Vinyasa Yoga and Ayurveda with Shakti Spirit Yoga in Bali, and afterwards spend a month living in a Satyananda Ashram where I immersed myself in yogic living including practices such as Karma Yoga and various meditation techniques.
In 2014 I undertook a 500 Hour Teacher training with Brahmani Yoga and Emil Wendel in India, thereby deepening my knowledge of Vinyasa Flow Yoga and meditation. I regularly attend workshops with senior teachers, such as Donna Farhi and Tias Little in order to update my knowledge and keep my practice and teaching inspired and fresh!
Whether you are new to yoga or a more experienced practitioner you will find my classes well suited. I give clear and precise instructions offering opportunities in each sequence for more experience practitioners to go a bit deeper whilst enabling others to adopt a simpler version of the pose. I’m passionate about ensuring that students have a safe and sustainable practice that is suited to their bodies.
I employ a holistic and responsive teaching style. I aim through this to facilitate a sense of quiet self-awareness in my students, and increase their knowledge about the body, the asanas and breathing techniques.
Styles of yoga to be taught
There are almost as many definitions of the word ‘yoga’ as there are styles of yoga practice. One of my favourite definitions is that Yoga is a ‘union’ - of mind, body and breath. It is a profound, radical and transformative practice.
People come to my yoga classes for many different reasons – to increase flexibility, to sleep better, to tone up, to relax – however often they will find other benefits from my teachings.
The practice of Yoga Asana (physical positions) are the tip of an iceberg into a much wider and deeper set of practices and ways of living. Traditional yoga consists of eight pillars, including how we live our lives, Pranayama (breathing exercises), inner awareness, concentration, and ultimately Samadhi – or the blissful state of oneness. Although I cannot promise Samadhi in all classes I do bring in many of the other dimensions of yoga into my classes, such as pranayama, and inner focus.
I would describe my style of teaching as ‘Mindful Vinyasa Yoga’. This is a slow flowing style which brings in intelligent sequencing, mindfulness, a focus on inner awareness, and moving with the breath. I combine more flowing classes with opportunities to break down the poses and explore fundamental principles in yoga, such as how we can use the ground to engage and enliven our poses and how we can create space in our bodies, by working with partners or using props. I teach breathing and a variety of meditation techniques from different traditions in each class to enable student to further explore this part of yoga.
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
Often in our personal lives, jobs and/or yoga practice we may go through periods where we feel stuck! This feeling might relate to stress or anxiety, lack of inspiration, or fatigue. This week will help inspire us by providing both traditional but also modern techniques, practises and ideas to re-energise and enliven our yoga practices – and by extension our lives!
From exploring modern principles of anatomy to ensure that our positions are safe and sustainable, to investigating ancient limbs of yoga and how they can apply in our modern lives this week will provide a fresh outlook to your yoga practice.
Over the week, I will also offer meditation techniques from a range of different traditions including Buddhist-inspired awareness and Metta (loving kindness) practices, modern mindfulness practices and more traditional Pranayama (breath control) techniques from a Hatha Yoga background. These meditation techniques will help you get to know yourself better, understand your trigger points and be able to recognise and change negative thought patterns.
Your workshop programme
Yoga: Freedom and Form
In this practical workshop, you will explore some of the basics of yoga alignment and how this relates to anatomy (form). We will look at how every ‘body’ is different and the importance of not trying to force yourself into the ‘perfect pose’. We will discuss the importance of ‘good’ alignment (form) as a basis for avoiding injury. This will focus particularly on how to protect delicate areas such as the shoulders, neck, lower back and knees.
We will then look at how we can take these functional basics and use them to create ‘freedom’ and ease in in our practice. This will be explored through using playful natural movements, and moving slowly in and out of poses, and investigating the right balance of effort and ease in our practice.
The 8 limbs of yoga
This workshop will enable both seasoned practitioners and newbies to know and explore further the eight limbs of yoga. We will begin by introducing the eight limbs of yoga and where these originate from and how they fit into other parts of yoga philosophy.
We will then go on to explore in depth the Yamas and Niyamas and discuss how these ancient principles relate to our modern lives and yoga practice. We will then go on to investigate the other six limbs of yoga both through discussion and practical exercises. The workshop will conclude with a session on how we can apply these ancient codes of conduct and steps of yoga practice to our daily lives.
Breath and movement
How often do we hear in yoga classes the phase ‘move with the breath’? Lots I bet! But do we really know what moving with the breath means?
Senior Yoga teacher Donna Farhi says: “The breath is an anchor that keeps us tethered to the present moment”. Without the breath, yoga Asanas (positions) are really just a form of stretching. The roots of the word ‘inspiration’ comes from the old French ‘inspiraction’ which means ‘inhaling or breathing life into’.
In this workshop we will explore how we can inspire our practice through moving and breathing more fully, by engaging in some informative exercises and partner work. This will help us deepen our understanding of how our own, and others breath works, and how we can activate and deepen our connection with it.
Using this awareness we will then go on to explore breath and movements together. We will conclude the workshop by looking at how we can use breath work, and simple breathing exercise in our yoga practice and daily lives
Yoga for stress and anxiety
It is difficult to feel inspired and motivated when we stressed and worried, and I have observed that more and more people are coming to yoga as an antidote to counter anxiety, depression, insomnia and other stress related problems. Our day-to-day lives seem to have become more and more busy resulting in the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline which have a toil on our daily functioning and our bodies and minds.
This workshop will explore how we can use simple yoga practices and meditation techniques to learn coping strategies for day-to day-stress and tension. We will explore techniques such as restorative yoga, breathing techniques and guided relaxations to deal with stressful situations both in the moment, but also as a way to unwind during particular stressful times. Through using observation techniques we will explore how effective these simple practices can be.
Yoga and Art: Sacred mandalas, chakra symbolisation, scared images
Yoga and art have been linked for thousands of years and we can see from Buddhist, Hindu and other traditions how art or image making has become a key part of meditative or contemplative practices.
In this fun and playful workshop we will explore our creative side by creating our own sacred images. This session will begin by exploring and looking at various images and yogic art. We will then meditate on an image that we are drawn to by using a practice called trataka – which is a soft meditative gazing practice. We will then recreate our own interpretation of the image using paints and pencils to create an object to use in our own practice.
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.