Thursday, 30 January 2014

Sri Lanka Retreats in March/April 2014

I am very excited to be heading back to Sri Lanka in March.  I will be stopping over on my way to and from India where I am undertaking some advanced training with Simon and Bianca (Yoga Synergy gurus that I mention a lot!).  I can't be in Sri Lanka and not teach yoga and have at least two retreats booked (details below). I am still figuring out my workshop, course, and class schedule while I am in Sri Lanka and will post that later.
These two retreats are great opportunities for people who are serious about yoga.  You do not have to be an advanced student, just curious and interested in moving and learning to how to move pain-free.  I will be teaching ways to use your internal power and energy to move gracefully and with ease.  When I say internal power and energy I don't mean magic. I mean very practical tips that can help you learn (or relearn) movement patterns for long lasting health.
Since last coming to Sri Lanka my practice and teaching has evolved further and I will be helping you find ways to come into (even more) effortless arm balances along with free flowing backbends, side bends and forward bends and some interesting new twists.  You will learn the importance of using active movements and how the key to better stability, mobility, and freedom is to learn how to firm parts that need to be firm and, significantly, relax what needs to be relaxed.  
I say all of this bearing in mind that the main purpose of the practice is to move energy through your body.  It is not to stretch.  It is not to sweat.  It is not to have great abs and firm thighs.  Perhaps these things will happen when you practice correctly, but they are not the goals.  In this retreat I hope to help you move closer to understanding and experiencing how this movement of energy will help every cell in your body to sing!
I have quite a bit of experience working with people with various injuries and am happy to spend time between yoga sessions working personally if you need.  I really encourage you to contact me beforehand if you do have some sort of condition so that we can figure out if the retreat is appropriate for you at this time and how I might be able to help you.  
I will loosely be structuring the classes around how to get the most out of hip opening postures, how to build up and enhance your arm balancing postures, how to free your upper back and shoulders, and how to free your lower back.   All in the context of moving safely and ensuring the free-flow of energy through the body.  These sequences naturally lead to a state of meditative calm so sessions will finish with optional meditation.  
Because I am interested in you learning how to be your own best teacher, I will be offering sessions between the classes for questions and answers and for us to think deeply about particular issues or postures if you like so come along with some of your own ideas and questions and I can help make the retreat more personal for you. 
We need confirmation of rooms with payment ASAP to ensure the venue can hold the rooms for us.  Because there are limited rooms I am encouraging people to please consider sharing so that as many people can participate as possible.  
RETREAT 1: Arrive Thursday 13th March afternoon - Depart Sunday 16th March after breakfast by Noon
Venue: Talalla Retreat
Classes: 6  x 2 hour classes
RETREAT 2: Arrive Thursday 24th April afternoon - Depart Sunday 27th April after breakfast by Noon
 Venue: Talalla Retreat
Classes: 6  x 2 hour classes
Aside from the usual yoga there is the opportunity to relax by the pool or at the beach (should be better swimming by then!), or get a massage.  I have done so much yoga study and have undertaken a yoga therapy course so I am also happy to make myself available for discussion in between as well if anyone thinks they need more yoga!
The weekend will start arriving Thursday .  First yoga class starts on Thursday afternoon at 4.30pm.  From then we will have 2 classes on Friday, 2 on Saturday, and 1 on Sunday.  We depart after class and breakfast on the Sundays by Noon. 
There are only a limited number of rooms available so please book early, confirming with full payment 30 days in advance.  Unfortunately we cannot refund once booked but if you can find another person to take your spot that is fine!  All of the previous retreats have been booked out so please do get
The rate includes:
   All yoga classes
   Full board (tea/fruit before yoga; buffet style breakfast served at table; a la carte lunch (there is a menu to choose an item from), buffet style dinner)
You need to pay for any extra drinks or snacks you might have if the mega breakfast and dinner leave you hungry!  
Normal timetable is as follows
7am                     tea/fruit (if desired)
7.30-9.30am         yoga
9.30                     breakfast
RELAX                  (have massage, swim, read, have lunch around 1 or 2ish depending on how full you are after breakie)
4.30-6.30pm         yoga
7pm                     dinner
Please contact me for more details!

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