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End of Summer Retreat │ Meet Your True Self

Yoga helps us find long-lasting peace within ourselves so that we may enjoy the little miracles life wants to offer us. To do this, we use our breath, our body and a supportive environment to gently quiet the mind. The ancient and elusively mysterious text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, promise that when the yogi’s mind is still s/he will reside in her

When

Aug 25 to
Aug 31
2016
12:00 pmto12:00 pm

We have another retreat on 2nd - 8th September.

Price

£350

All inclusive ( not including flights and transfers)

Full Description

Welcome home!

The ultimate goal of yoga is a simple one, to come home to ourselves. During this 6 day retreat we will explore the ancient yogic practice of uniting breath and body awareness to attain a peaceful and meditative state of mind.

Your Teacher: Julia Zatta

I am a massage therapist and yoga teacher who is passionate about the human body as a vehicle for healing and transformation. In my classes, I blend my extensive knowledge of anatomy with the spiritual aspects of yoga; the result is a practice that is soothing and challenging at the same time.
I received my first teacher training in Anusara yoga, as I wanted to learn an alignment-based yoga that I could use prescriptively with my massage clients. Eventually, I got curious about the spiritual aspect of the practice and sought out an experienced teacher who could guide me into this deeper dimension of yoga. I found her in the ashtanga yoga tradition, her name is Dena Kingsberg and she was a long time student and devotee of Pattabhi Joyce. Besides my yoga practice, I have almost 10 years experience as a bodyworker, which adds an extra layer of depth to my practice and teaching style.

Styles of yoga to be taught:

The ultimate goal of yoga is a simple one, to come home to ourselves. The yoga sutras state that when we quiet the mind we abide in our own true nature. During this 7 day retreat we will explore the ancient yogic practice of uniting breath and body awareness to attain a peaceful and meditative state of mind.

The style of yoga I teach is a gentle hatha “flow” and is suitable for students of all levels. We will focus our attention on our breath and body as we transition from one pose to the next. The overall aim of the practice is to quiet the mind, deepen the breath and refine our body awareness.

Each day we will practice hatha flow in the mornings and restorative yoga in the evenings so as to align our energies with the natural cycles of day and night. Along with each yoga practice we will explore some simple guided meditation techniques that involve both mindfulness practice and chanting. No prior experience necessary.

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

07.30 Pranayama or 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

Retreat overview:

Yoga helps us find long-lasting peace within ourselves so that we may enjoy the little miracles life wants to offer us. To do this, we use our breath, our body and a supportive environment to gently quiet the mind. The ancient and elusively mysterious text, Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, promise that when the yogi’s mind is still s/he will reside in her own true nature. We will explore this intriguing statement throughout the week in our daily yoga practice, guided meditation sessions and theme-centered workshops.

We will start the day off each morning with a mindfulness meditation to prepare the body and mind for the hatha flow class to follow. The evening meditation session will be centered around chanting, to relax the breath and calm the mind in preparation for a soothing restorative practice.

Your workshop programme:

In this workshop series we will explore in more depth 4 aspects of the yoga practice. These 4 aspects are the physical body, the breath, the mind, and the most important one, surrendering.

The anatomy of alignment: guidelines for your daily practice. We will start of with an alignment workshop to clear up any doubts related to positioning and alignment in asana. I will explain the relationship between anatomy and asana as it relates to our daily yoga practice
Introduction to pranayama. Stretching the breath is one of the key elements needed to support a healthy yoga practice. Julia will introduce us to a basic pranayama practice suitable for all levels of practice.
Initiation to sacred mantra chanting. Chanting is a great way to bypass the mental chatter and soothe the psyche. I have spent many hours chanting mantras with my teacher in Australia. It is a joy and honour to introduce students to this beautiful practice.
Surrender into healing. Surrender is another key element of any spiritual practice. As a massage therapist, I know that healing touch can bring forth a very luscious sense of surrender. In this workshop we will partner up to exchange some easy massage techniques to release tension and learn to surrender.