6th-12th August or 14th-20th August 2017

A work in, not a work out: a hot yoga retreat

 

A series of hatha yoga asana practiced in the heat to focus the mind and develop strength and flexibility.

Hot yoga can be a deep and meditative practice. The same sequence of postures is repeated every class, allowing you to see progression in your practice. 

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.

 

Investment of €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.

Deliciously nourishing, vegetarian  menu prepared by Elliot your chef.
Daily meditations, yoga nidra or pranayama practice.

Fascinating daily workshops

Your teacher: Naomi Roach

I qualified as a yoga teacher in February 2016 after practicing yoga for several years. My local yoga studio became a place where I felt comfortable to express myself and be the person I wanted to be. I also wanted to find a quiet mind and generally lead a healthier lifestyle.

I got hooked on hot yoga after having a job that was outside and working the winter. Mostly it warmed me up from the inside. I found that it not only helped me focus, and I would have the most wonderful savasana at the end of the class. It also helped me develop my yoga practice and posture in ways I didn’t think possible.

I did my yoga teacher training with Simon Low in Thailand after being encouraged by my teacher Josef Weiwel. Then I studied with him to become a qualified hot yoga teacher. I like to see development in students and teach style that concentrates on alignment and protecting the spine and the whole body. I will guide you through your practice as you discover being steady and comfortable in the asana. Feeling a sense of ease in body and mind.

Styles of yoga to be taught:

Hot yoga can be a deep and meditative practice. The same sequence of postures is repeated every class, allowing you to see progression in your practice. 
It will detoxify your body whilst developing  strength and flexibility.  Using the natural heat of the sun we will practice in the warmest part of the day. Keeping with the ethos of rustic retreats of which we embrace and utilise the natural environment.  

Practicing yoga in the heat helps the body to relax, improves control of the breath and focuses the mind.
This will be enhanced by the evening yin yoga practice.  Yin is designed to help you sit longer, and more comfortably, in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints (mainly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine). A passive practice, Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of fascia In general, a yin approach works to promote flexibility in areas often perceived as nonmalleable, especially the hips, pelvis, and lower spine. In my opinion complimenting a hatha practice perfectly.

Sample Daily Timetable (times will vary slightly on each retreat)

 

07.30 Pranayama/morning meditation

08.00 Morning Yoga practice
09:30-10.15 Breakfast
11:00 Workshop (practical/theroretical) 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

*There is 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:

Hot yoga can be a deep and meditative practice. The warmth helps us to focus on the posture and the progression, allowing us to go deeper into mind and body. During this retreat we will not be looking to push our bodies to the limit, however maintaining a safe practice, that develops fluidity into the whole body. The sequence consists of standing, prone and seated postures, all repeated twice. The second time is to bring a sense of ease to the asana, letting the mind switch off.

Throughout the retreat you will notice the changes as your body opens to the repeated asana, as well as your mind being focused on the practice, therefore leaving the day to day stresses behind. Your relaxations will be satisfying and strengthening after flowing in the heat!

During each class the same sequence of hatha postures is repeated, allowing you to see progression in by our practice. 

 

Your workshop programme:

Yogic breathing:

We will look at various yogic breathing techniques including those used in the hot yoga sequence. Ujjayi is the wave-like sound from the back of your throat—to focus your mind and transition in your vinyasa or hatha yoga sequence.

We will discuss at the benefits and contradictions of practices like udianda bandha, paloma breathing and kapplabati. These can help invigorate the digestive system, calm the nervous system and sometimes have instantaneous effects. 
The breath is not only an important part of our practice, but of our lives. Let's do it well!.

Breaking down the benefits of Yin Yoga:

If you’re accustomed to sweating your way toward glamorous poses, yin yoga may at first glance seem too slow, too simple, and, well, too boring. But this complex practice of long, passively held floor poses is deeply nourishing and has myriad benefits for any yoga practitioner. We will look at postures in detail and discuss the impact it has on our  fascia.

Fortunately, whether we’re aware of it or not, every time we step onto our yoga mats, our fascial system benefits. Fascia, which means “band” or “bundle” in Latin, surrounds, connects and supports our muscles, organs, bones, tendons, ligaments and other structures of the body. Similar to the membrane around each section of an orange, fascia both separates and connects body parts at the same time. Holding asana you release deep layers of connective tissue, creating more ease in any style of yoga and in seated meditation. On an energetic level, yin enhances the flow of prana (life force) in the tissues around the joints, where energy often stagnates. In this workshop we will look at the areas of the body we are benefiting in the specific asana.


Hot yoga postures clinics:

Two posture clinics breaking down some of the hot yoga sequence and how to keep a happy heathy spine through alignment. Also we will look at plank and downward dog which are postures used in most yoga classes but can often be performed in a way that do us more harm than good.

These workshops will help you understand the postures more, helping you to feel more grounded and begin the journey of looking inward in your practice.

 

 


 

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