Style of Yoga to be taught
Hatha Yoga is a great place for people to start their yoga journey with so many variations of the physical practice, however these can also challenge the most advanced practitioner. The word Hatha represents balance. Bringing a balance of soft, slow poses with a mix of strong, dynamic poses. Warming the body and cooling the body, bringing strength and softness, physically, emotionally and mentally. Hatha will be our morning ‘Yang’ practice allowing us to wake up and be energized for the day to come.
The evening time will be for Yin Yoga, which is all about stillness and quietness. In a world where we are encouraged to be “Yang” all the time, working fast, being loud. Yin allows us the time to stop, and look inside, and to reset our systems, allowing the body to rejuvenate and be totally rested.
Just like a warrior we must first train before we can go into battle. Connecting the physical postures to the essence of the Bhagavad Gita, in order to strengthen our mind and body, so we are fierce, calm and focused for the battles we may have to face in our daily life.
Your Rustic Retreats journey
The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient Indian scripture that tells a story of Prince Arjuna and his guide Krishna.
Arjuna is confronted with war in his kingdom and is faced with the moral dilemma and despair that violence and death will bring. He seeks Krishnas council and guidance. The dialog between both Arjuna and Krishna covers several spiritual topics, that allow us to reflect on the dilemmas we face in everyday life.
I will thread the messages of the Bhagavad Gita into our classes helping us to develop the mind of a peaceful warrior with strong spiritual morals. Our Asana classes will be our physical training, preparing the body, our workshops will be our mental training preparing the mind and our meditations will be our spiritual training for the soul, to live a life of freedom and liberation.
Daily timetable for yoga retreat
07.30 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.
Your workshop programme
The Bhagavad Gita Explained
This text is something to be studied over a long period of time. I will read paragraphs from the book and give you an overview of what it is about. You will receive a printout of my brief summary of one of the most important text in the Yogic tradition. We will have time for questions and discussions, on how this story is still relevant even today.
Back to basics
There will be a strong focus on how to adjust and modify poses to protect and enhance your body. We will revisit basic poses that are used in yoga classes such as downward dog, chaturanga, warrior poses, and balancing postures.
Stripping back each pose in order to learn our weakness, encouraging a firmer foundation in order to progress and become stronger in your current practice. For newer students this workshop will help you understand the structure of each pose.
Building on the basics – Where the basics can take us
A continuation of the prior days’ workshop, which will show us where each pose can take us. This class will show newer students the possibilities of a strong physical practice and will allow more seasoned students to practice more advanced poses and transitions, allowing us to have some fun and incorporating the poses into our daily practice.
As you lie in Shavasana (corpse pose) you will be guided into a deep relaxation, in order to leave the physical sensations of the body and connect with yourself on a deeper spiritual level. Yoga Nidra uses the practice of Sankalpa, setting an intension of the heart, in order to achieve a specific goal.
Warriors fight for liberation; Yogis fight for liberation of the mind. In this ceremonial workshop you will feel a sense of freedom, freedom to express yourself just as you are. you may even discover hidden talents!
You will be encouraged to express yourself through art and introduce yourself with your new warrior name!
It costs from €579 per person, including all meals, yoga, workshops & equipment. Not including flights or transfers.
Get in touch with us to ask any questions, find out more about our retreat or reserve your place now for just €140 deposit.