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