Revitalising yoga retreat Retreat Oct 2020
Re-energise and enliven your yoga practices, and your life after lockdown
12 -18 Oct, 19-25 Oct 2020
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!
Price per person
The Vinyasa flow social distancing retreat costs €679 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
This semi-private retreat.....
has been specifically designed to help us reconnect with others. We have all experienced a situation this year unparalleled in any way, it will take time for us all to reconnect and feel at ease among others. With this in mind we have remodeled our retreats:
1) Min 4 to a max of 6 guests.
2) Private accommodation
3) Social distancing, open air dining room.
4) Social distancing, open air mountain yoga shala
Style of yoga to be taught
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.
The style of teaching on this retreat will be Vinyasa flow. In a mindfull and gentle way this style will bring in intelligent sequencing, mindfulness, a focus on inner awareness, and moving with the breath. We will 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. We will teach breathing and a variety of meditation techniques from different traditions in each class to enable the 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
Coming out of lockdown your 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, we 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 any negative thought patterns.
Your workshop programme
1 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.
2 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.
3 Breath and movement
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.
4 Yoga for stress and anxiety
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.
5 Yoga and Art: Sacred mandalas, chakra symbolisation, scared images
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.