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Course Details:

Nov 9th 2019 - Nov 22nd 2019

Joey Miles
Joey Miles

Joey came to yoga in 1998 after a misspent youth pursuing the circus, martial arts and physical theatre. While at Goldsmiths University studying a BA in Drama, he set up and directed the Yoga Society there, doing his practice of seva (service). On graduating he began assisting Hamish Hendry at Astanga Yoga London and for 3 years he practised and assisted daily. During this time, he spent 2-3 months every year in Mysore with Sri K Pattabhi Jois (Guruji) and Sharath.
In 2004 he was authorised to teach the primary series by Pattabhi Jois and following that taught daily Mysore classes from 2005-2008 at Triyoga in London. Joey taught on the Triyoga teacher training faculty for 10 years alongside Anna Ashby and Carlos Pomeda. In 2009, whilst his two children were young, Joey relocated to Hebden Bridge and set up Yorkshire’s first 5 day a week Mysore program: Ashtanga Yoga Leeds.
In 2006 Joey began practicing Iyengar Yoga with senior teacher Alaric Newcombe. The attention to alignment, precision and subtle detail has greatly influenced his practice, teaching and perception. Joey has a passion for learning and he continues to deepen his understanding of alignment, attending weekly classes and retreats with senior Iyengar teachers. Christian Pisano has been one of his biggest influences in recent years, whose teaching weaves the philosophy of Kashmir Shaivism into postural practice.
In 2012 Joey received Authorisation Level 2, meaning he has Sharath’s blessing to teach the full Intermediate Series. More recently in 2014, Joey completed the 3rd series under Sharath’s guidance at the KPJAYI in Mysore.
Joey began sitting meditation practice in Nepal as a teenager and has maintained a regular practice for two decades, predominantly practising in the Vipassana tradition.
Grounded and approachable, Joey’s ‘common sense’ approach stems from his deep respect for the practice, combined with experimental knowledge of alignment and anatomy. Joey brings fresh eyes to your practice, giving guidance on how to make the sequence work for you. His pragmatism, humour and caring nature will leave you feeling inspired and deeply connected with your practice.

Rachel Woolhouse
Rachel Woolhouse

Rachel had the good fortune to stumble across Ashtanga yoga in 2009, whilst studying French and Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. In 2010 she began practising with Level 2 Authorised teacher Paul Kleesmaa and upon return to Leeds began daily practice with Joey Miles. Later travelling to Mysore, India, on four occasions, to study with Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI, the source of the Ashtanga method.
Rachel has been certified to teach by the British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance, having completed a two-year alignment-focused Hatha Yoga training with Joey Miles and Anna Asbhy at TriYoga London. She was trained as an assistant by Joey and assisted his morning Mysore class for three years prior to teaching Mysore classes both in Leeds and near Hebden Bridge. They now teach the Leeds Mysore programme together.
Rachel began practising meditation in 2010, initially learning the practices of mindfulness of breathing and metta bhavana from a book and soon after beginning Vipassana meditation (in the style of S.N. Goenka). Since 2011 she has completed a silent meditation course annually and continued to maintain a daily meditation practice.
Currently Rachel is strongly influenced by the writings of Steve Taylor, a psychologist based at Leeds University, who specialises in spiritual awakening. His writings provide insight into how spiritual practice works, the transformation that takes place and how this relates to the materialist worldview and these have been a fantastic source of inspiration over the last year.
Since her first yoga class, Rachel became aware of the powerful effect of yoga practice on mental state. She feels an immense gratitude for this life-changing practice and privileged to be able to share it with others.

Course Description:

A Way of Being - An Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

“One of the most satisfying feelings I know - and also one of the most growth-promoting experiences for the other person - comes from my appreciating this individual in the same way that I appreciate a sunset. People are just as wonderful as sunsets if I can let them be. In fact, perhaps the reason we can truly appreciate a sunset is that we cannot control it. I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a little on the right-hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color’. I don’t do that. I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds. I like myself best when I can appreciate my staff member, my son, my daughter, my grandchildren, in this same way. I believe this is a somewhat Oriental attitude; for me it is a most satisfying one.”

  • Carl Rogers - Experiences in Communication.

Joey, Rachel and Jane welcome all levels of student into this retreat. The structure of the days includes ‘noble’ silence in the mornings and guided daily sitting meditation. Mysore style self-practice for all those with an established practice.

New students will be guided through sun salutations and standing poses for the first 3 days, before joining in with the self-practice in the latter half of the week.

Afternoon Workshops will include:


These are simple and accessible exercises that are done to create a welcoming mood of ease. It is possible to marinate in this mood throughout one’s entire practice, even in the most advanced asana.

Standing Poses

These are the bedrock for learning to practice skilfully and effectively. By nailing the standing poses, you gain access to more advanced asana.

Restorative Sequences

These sequences are inspired by BKS Iyengar. Using props to support the body completely, we will create a mood of tranquillity and total physical relaxation. Relaxation is a state in which there is no movement, no effort and the brain is quiet.

Extension of the East

This workshop includes backbends from the beginning of the intermediate series.

We will be weaving in philosophy, contemplation, small group check ins and Q and A to keep lines of communication open and a harmonious group atmosphere.

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