During this 2-week retreat we will focus on the healing aspects of the Ashtanga yoga method and its impact on the nervous system, our mental health and general wellbeing. Throughout the two weeks we’ll look at and explore how different types of movement and breath (asana and pranayama), mindfulness and focus (dristhi and sense withdrawal), vocalisation (chanting) and behavioural exercises may improve our ability to handle stress, make us stronger and more balanced on all levels as well as empower us in our daily lives. The retreat aims to give all participants an insight into how practice on the mat is related to and can improve our functioning in different relationships on a societal and personal level.
We combine practical and theoretical classes and participants should be prepared for hard yet rewarding work. Focus will also be on helping each student to practice safely and provide him/her with tools to progress and keep up their Sadhana also after the retreat. All levels of practitioners are welcome, advanced as well as beginners. Participants who are completely new to yoga will be given a special introduction the first few days in order to allow for more independence later.
The retreat starts and ends with a guided Primary Series class in traditional Sanskrit count to gather all participants. Thereafter, daily morning practice will be Mysore style classes - the traditional format for learning Ashtanga yoga.
Afternoon class will be held in workshop format four days/week. On non-workshop days and in Mysore class students are invited to explore the techniques introduced at each workshop.
The schedule will be as follows (we reserve the right to change certain aspects of the schedule to fit the students attending the 2-week course):
Sun 27 Oct: Back to basics - Breath and movement awareness
Mon 28 Oct: Asana clinic: foundational postures
Wed 30 Oct: Grounding and stability
Thu 31 Oct: Asana clinic: “Healthy and happy hips, knees and forward bends”
Sun 3 Nov: Creating space
Mon 4 Nov: Asana clinic: “Bend don’t break” – How to approach safe back bending
Wed 6 Nov: Mindfulness, non-attachment (non-aversion) and behavioural patterns
Thu 7 Nov: Asana clinic: from down dog to headstand – challenging inversions without fear
Each workshop session will include elements of breathing and movement techniques, asana exploration at different levels, chanting and/or relaxation exercises. Part of each session will be devoted to theory, elements of yoga philosophy and practical exploration. The retreat aims to create a safe and inclusive climate promoting healthy dialogue and exchange between the teacher and students as well as among the participants themselves. Students are encouraged to come with a beginner’s mind, ask questions and share their insights with the teacher and the group.