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Mind, Muscle and Movement Meditation Retreat

Mind, Muscle and Moving Meditation - adventures on and off the Mat will focus on the mental aspects of our yoga practice (mind) , on building up physical strength (muscle) and on bringing our attention onto what’s happening within us (moving meditation).

When

May 20 to
May 26
2016
12:00 pmto12:00 pm

We have another retreat on 28th May - 3rd June.

Price

£350

All inclusive ( not including flights and transfers)

Full Description

In the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga and the Vinyasa Flow-style, this will be fostered by a dynamic, sometimes demanding practice. It will show us our strength, our limits and new ways of moving and feeling.

Mind, Muscle and Moving Meditation: Adventures on and off the mat

These retreats will offer a journey into the practice of dynamic yoga styles.
Each day will provide a specific topic to establish or deepen our Yoga practice. We’ll dive into furthering our understanding of different poses and and the concept of Yoga as a whole by practicing yoga, sitting Mediation and and offering different workshops. The three pillars that will continue to guide us through this week of moving meditation are breath (pranayama), posture (asana) and concentration (dharana).

Your teacher: Dania Iskenius

I was first introduced to this amazing thing called Yoga by my Mom when I was five. But it wasn’t until my late twenties that it became a crucial part of my life and that I found a style of Yoga that I really wanted to be friends with.
In 2010 I participated in an Intensive Teacher Training at the Ashtanga Yoga Studio in Freiburg, focussing on alignment and assists. To further my education in dynamic styles of Yoga, I received my Yoga Alliance certification from Frog Lotus Yoga in beautiful southern Spain in 2012. The curriculum offered a wide variety of styles with the main focus on Vinyasa Flow, anatomy, and yoga philosophy. I’ve been teaching in different places and surroundings since then. My classes are mostly a dynamic mix of Vinyasa and Ashtanga style and I enjoy creating a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere for beginners as well as advanced students. Especially since we are so used to scrutinizing and depreciating the body in our daily life, I consider yoga to be a great mind-body- toolbox for becoming friendly with our bodies again. In my classes my passion for anatomy and alignment gets mixed with the joyful aspect of perceiving and focussing on sensations. Always remaining a student, I try to incorporate those balances that keep me grounded in my own practice into my teachings as well.
Currently, I am based in Cologne, where I am teaching regular classes, and annual workshops for Teens and School Teachers.

Styles of yoga to be taught:

The morning classes will be Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga inspired. This means that the classes are going to be more dynamic and focused on strength. We’ll warm up our bodies and work some sweat with a faster paced sequence to re-energize after the night and to prevent injuries when going into deeper, more static poses at the end of the class.

In the afternoon, classes will be more relaxed, we’ll hold poses for a longer time and the emphasis will be on the alignment of specific poses. This will create more of a restorative practice, so in contrast to the morning class with its cardio aspect, we let time , breath and gravity „work“ for us to let us ease deeper into the poses.

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:

Mind, Muscle and Moving Meditation - adventures on and off the Mat will focus on the mental aspects of our yoga practice (mind) , on building up physical strength (muscle) and on bringing our attention onto what’s happening within us (moving meditation).
In the tradition of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga and the Vinyasa Flow-style, this will be fostered by a dynamic, sometimes demanding practice. It will show us our strength, our limits and new ways of moving and feeling. Furthermore, it will possibly give us the serenity to accept all three. According to this, the workshops will be split into two yoga-focused workshops (Armbalances and Inversions) and two mindfulness-focused ones (Yoga Nidra and Thai Yoga Massage/Acro Yoga). Subsequently, we’ll practice mediation in the loving kindness tradition as a tool to calm our mind and potentially accept ourselves and whatever we bring to this retreat.

The curriculum consists of 6 topics, one for each day:
1) Breath, Bandhas, Dristi - the framework of our practice
2) Standing positions and their significance
3) Forward folds and their effects
4) Backbends and their implications
5) Twists and their benefits
6) Inversions and their prospects

Your workshop programme:

Yoga Nidra and Deep Relaxation: You will get to know basic techniques of relaxation and meditation as practiced in the Yoga Nidra Method. This technique focuses on relaxation and rejuvenating through body awareness. After a short introduction about the origin and aims, our Yoga Nidra practise will start. The workshop will end with a short reflexion and we’ll discuss ways, to incorporate a (shortened version) into one’s daily life.

Thai Yoga massage and Acro Yoga: We’ll get a glimpse of these exiting two subgenres. In the first part, we will focus on Acro Yoga basics and safety introduction, before we’ll jump right into looking at three fun Acro Yoga asanas. In the second part, we will learn different techniques to give and receive the gift of relaxation. Subsequently, we will try out some of the easier thai yoga massage assists. every person (if she/he wishes so) will give and receive.

Focus on Armbalances: This will be a fun and sweaty workshop :-) We will get to know the most important alignment cues that are crucial for almost all arm balances to start with. Then we’ll begin our Yoga practice to prepare the body for our Armbalance-Peak poses, which we’ll work on in detail. We’ll try to understand how Arm balances follow similar principles as standing, sitting or lying positions and how we can trick the mind to overcome the fear of falling down.

Heads 'n Hands: In this Workshop we’ll have a closer look at handstands and headstands. In the beginning, we’ll get to know the anatomical and alignment differences between both inversions. After a warming-up Yoga practice, we’ll explore both head- and handstand with partner assists. The aim is to get a better understanding of how these inversions are not primarily done by the obvious (heads and arms), but a complex interplay of arms, legs, core power and mental strength.