28th September to 5th October 2014
Discover the beauty of Sardinia and enjoy a relaxing week of gentle Hatha Yoga, Mindfulness, Pranayama & Yoga Nidra. The classes are fully inclusive, non-religious and designed to suit all ages and abilities. And being on retreat means the teacher has time to give each person individual attention, with the option to have one to one mentoring included in the price so you can discuss any experiences or challenges you have with your practice.
Why go on retreat?
Taking the time to go on a Retreat is one of the best ways to care for yourself, it is an excellent way to break free of old, destructive behaviour patterns that no longer serve you, release self- judgements, let go of fears and encourage yourself to change, heal and live more self sustainably. It gives you time to focus on yourself, your needs and what makes you happy.
If you are feeling physically, mentally or emotionally stressed, and whether you are new to yoga or an experienced practitioner, you can benefit both physically and emotionally from coming on a retreat. By committing more time, space and energy to yourself on retreat, your practice you will advance on both physical and emotional levels and you will leave feeling more relaxed, renewed and energized. Retreats allow you to go deeper, leaving behind the usual distractions of our everyday life and arrive into a new space of self-reflection and acceptance.
Each morning you will have a class focusing on yoga postures (asana). The classes will be suitable for people new to yoga and experienced practitioners alike, initially with simple positions, which help to develop strength and flexibility, and always with compassionate self-awareness and respect for our current physical limitations. There are sitting postures (sitting or kneeling), standing and supine (lying posture) postures, and balances. Each asana has several advantages and works with various muscles and organs of the body. Each asana can be changed for the differing levels of ability of each individual, and over time flexibility and strength will increase; patience, acceptance and compassion are the key.
Then you will have a class with a specific themed mindfulness practice. There will be a guided meditation and time for group discussion and further explanation on each of the practices and how you can apply it to everyday life and situations. Mindfulness Practice has been demonstrated to have significant benefits on physical, emotional and holistic health.
â€œMindfulness is an incredible tool to help people understand, tolerate, and deal with their emotions in healthy ways. It helps us to alter our habitual responses by taking pause and choosing how we act. When we are mindful, we experience our life as we live it. We experience the world directly through our five senses. We taste the food we are eating. We recognize the thoughts we are having. In doing so, we learn how our minds work, and we are better able to label the thoughts and feelings we are having, instead of allowing them to overpower us and dictate our behaviour.â€œ â€“ Lisa Firestone, Ph.D in Psychology Today
In the afternoons you can continue working with the theme in your own time, or book a one to one mentoring session to discuss your experiences with the practice. Or alternatively you can get out and about or take one of the optional excursions on offer.
In the evening you will also practice breathing exercises (pranayama). These practices can be done sitting or lying down and there are many different exercises of pranayama, all of which have enormous benefits for health, reducing stress and emotional well-being. After Pranayama you finish with a guided relaxation called Yoga Nidra, meaning Yogic sleep, which works profoundly with the body and mind, inducing a deeply relaxed state. After the relaxation, you get back to the world feeling calm, refreshed and more aware than when we started!