Find your Magic
Vinyasa Flow (inspired by Anusara & Ashtanga Yoga) and Yin Yoga Yoga Retreat.
13 -19 July & 20-26 July 2020
Connect the dots to find your magic and nurture some self-love. Surround yourself with gorgeous mountain views, fresh air, daily nourishing yoga, mindfulness, meditation, healthy vegetarian food, rest, reflection and plenty more.
The retreat consists of a blend of Vinyasa and YinYoga along with simple meditation and Pranayama sessions all to help you to create the optimal balance in both your Yoga asana practice and your life.
Price per person
Vinyasa flow & yin yoga retreat for July 2020 costs from €479 per person, including all meals, yoga, workshops & equipment. Not including flights or transfers.
Reserve your place today with just €140 deposit.
This retreat is designed for beginners to advanced levels
Twice daily yoga practice on our stunning mountain-side platform
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice
Delicious, nourishing, vegetarian/vegan menu prepared by your chef
Fascinating daily workshops
I have been practicing yoga for more than 20 years, at first just in the gym as part of my regular fitness program but Yoga slowly became more and more important to me and I completed my first teacher training in 1999.
I have spent some time in Mysore, India practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa with Sheshadri, and also back bending with Venkatesh. I believe that continuing study is very important to my teaching and my personal practice so I continue to study with senior teachers including: Simon Low (Yin Yang Yoga), Jonas Westring (Anusara), Paddy McGrath (Dancing Spine), and Yoga Anatomy with Leslie Kaminoff.
I have lived for many years in Asia with my husband running our own Yoga studios teaching drop-in classes, workshops, retreats and teacher training. During our last year in Asia we trained a group of young Cambodians sponsored by the AZAHAR Foundation to be Yoga teachers and they are now running a successful Yoga studio as well as some outreach programs in the local community.
My main teaching styles are Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga, and Aerial Yoga. My focus being long term functional movement and overall fitness, making Yoga accessible to all body types within an empowering experience. I believe that Yoga can be enjoyable and beneficial to everyone and I endeavour to make all of my classes fully inclusive and accessible. Beginners will not be left behind and the stronger and more flexible among you will still be given a challenge.
I will be bringing one of my Aerial Yoga swings with me and hope to find a good place to hang it so we can all have a play with it and be able to experience being fully up-side-down without any strain or fear.
Iris our teaching assistant
I trained and taught in jazz dance as a teenager and then added yoga in my early twenties. As my work involves a lot of travel, I have worked with many different teachers, mostly with an ashtanga focus. Whilst on the road working with online classes, I have long been a fan of Rodney Yee’s approach. I further worked on my self-practice, including both meditation and astanas, with the guidance of Oska Nery at Rustic Retreats in 2019. I continue to combine dance training with yoga and am looking for ways to go back to teaching. I also love long-distance walking/trekking.
Style of Yoga to be taught
We will start each day with a dynamic Vinyasa Flow to recharge and energise ourselves body and mind.The asana sequences will be built up step by step through the class with options given so that all abilities and body types are taken care of and everyone can feel fully included.
Our evening practice will be a restorative Yin Flow. A chance to really unwind and let go. In our Yin asana practice we stay in each asana for longer and use props for support. The use of props (blocks and cushions) allows us to stay with asanas for longer without discomfort or stress, this method gives the facia (connective tissue) of the body time to release.
The Yoga practice will be open to all levels. Modifications will be given throughout. We are all so different, physically, mentally and emotionally. You will be encouraged to really listen to what your body needs, and this may change from day to day. You will be encouraged to take the practice at your own pace and nurture your body and mind, at the same time as developing strength and flexibility physically and mentally.
Your Rustic Retreats journey
Each of us holds magic inside of us: an inner light that can transform our lives and the world around us. But in a society that constantly tells us we are not enough our magic can get hidden and forgotten and as we search for meaning in things outside of ourselves like money or material possessions we can forget that everything we need is already within us.
Spend a week exploring and developing your yoga practice making it right for you so you can feel connected with your inner magic, new friends and your environment.
Daily timetable for yoga retreat
07.30 to 08.00 morning meditation
08.00 to 09.00 Beginners to intermediate yoga class
09.00 - 10.00 Intermediate to advanced yoga class
09.00 to 11.15 Breakfast buffet
11.00 free time
14.00 Lunch Buffet
15.00 Free time/ guided mountain hike
16.00 Workshop (practical/theoretical) or free time
17.30 to 18.30 Beginners to intermediate yoga class
18.30 to 19.30 Intermediate to advanced yoga class
19.30 to 20.00 Meditation or Yoga Nidra
21.00 Evening meal/ entertainment
(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.
Your workshop programme
Connect with Your Body
In this first workshop we will set the foundation for the rest of the weeks asana practice. We will explore the asanas commonly found in a vinyasa practice, finding ease and steadiness without stress, struggle or strain. Learn to listen to, accept and love your body.
Connect with the Earth (Mindful Walking
We will walk slowly and mindfully through the beautiful landscape surrounding Bagend as a reminder that we are connected to everything around us. Mindful walking is a great way to connect with your body, your breath and your environment and is a form of meditation easily accessible to those who find sitting still a challenge.
Connect with Others
Connect with each other using partner yoga. We will explore some simple asana assists to help each other to get the most from yoga asana and enjoy some fun acro-yoga to build trust, communication and friendships. Partner yoga keeps you in check and allows you to mindfully work through the postures with someone else. No one is “better” than anyone else, for both your strengths and weaknesses should allow you to complete the poses. This is also a mental exercise for teamwork versus focusing purely on yourself.
Turning it all up-side-down
Exploring some of the full inversions. Headstands and handstands can feel very scary and even impossible. We are capable of so much more than we realise. Come explore your body and flip your perspective upside-down with an inversion workshop for all levels. The most exciting part of reaching a goal is the journey along the way: overcoming obstacles as you grow in confidence to try new things and have a good old laugh along the way.
Sankalpa & Yoga Nidra
A Sankalpa or mantra is an intention we form in our heart and mind, something we want to flavor and guide our lives. In this workshop we will spend time creating a personal Sankalpa and then move into yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra or yogic sleep is a gorgeous practice that guides you into a deep state of relaxation. It is from this space of deep relaxation we bring our Sankalpa and allow it to settle into our deepest being. Wake up feeling refreshed, nourished and aligned with your inner magic.
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.