Each day the morning sessions will begin with a quiet meditation, guided breath awareness practice and a guided Ashtanga self practice with Helen. The group will come together on the first morning for a Counted Primary class. (On some days, we may change the morning schedule in order to make the most of the early morning light for photography). If you are a complete beginner or new to Ashtanga self practice, Helen will lead a separate Beginners’ class for the first 3 days so that you can then join the morning self practice sessions for the rest of the retreat.
YOGA AND PHOTOGRAPHY RETREAT INFORMATION !1
The afternoon sessions will alternate between a deeper exploration of our yoga practice and photography workshops.
The afternoon yoga workshops with Helen will include an exploration of foundational postures and the importance of these in cultivating strength and stability. We will explore how to move from the gross to the subtle, cultivating a deeper ‘felt sense’ of movement, supported by our breath and an awareness of the midline of the body. There will also be an introduction to somatic movement and restorative practice.
‘The Power of Composition to tell the story of Connection’
Through the afternoon workshops and practical demonstrations, Paul will show us how to observe a subject and how to work with it so that you cultivate an ability to see it from different perspectives. As we learn to work with all the elements of composition we can bring an integrity of understanding to our images and our self.
Everything from where you position yourself, camera angle, scale, light and movement will effect composition and we will explore all of these elements, and their interconnectedness, over the course of the retreat.
Paul will teach an ‘Introduction to photography’ workshop, to go through some simple practical techniques and principles, especially suitable for anyone who is new to the subject. There will also be the opportunity for individual tuition sessions with Paul throughout the week.
Bring an open heart and mind and be prepared to question, explore, be creative, find stillness and really look as we journey together in this beautiful location and landscape.
* You don’t have to own a fancy SLR camera to join this retreat, an iPhone or smart phone will be just fine, and there will be an opportunity to explore using an SLR camera and various lenses during the retreat.Yoga and Photography Retreat