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An awesome one-stop-shop program that encompasses step-by-step improvement of the body, mind, emotions, behavior, life, attitude, and asanas by participating in private coaching/mentoring for profound and lasting transformations. Bridging the much needed gap between classes, commercial retreats, teacher trainings and beyond. Be amazed as a teacher or beginner.
You will be staying in your own jungle cabin, placed in the gorgeous nature setting of the Ashram. The cabins are of a comfortable size, with a beautiful locally crafted bed, a comfortable mattress, and stunning river views. Comfort, yet close to nature.
The Ashram is a quiet retreat away from noise of towns and cars. They have 12 acres of stunning waterfall (the largest in the area with 3 levels) and river land, their own budding vegetable garden and fruit forest, a beautiful log fire circle, many secluded, private shady areas with trees, and meditation, practice and relaxation areas by the river. Drinking water comes from a fresh water spring straight out of the rocks on the land. The yoga platform is surrounded by lush greenery and exotic animals.
This retreat is excellent for students of any level. You will transform your practice, no matter if you are a complete beginner or an advanced teacher.
Xian’s world-class teachings have proven over and over again to be inspiring and mind-opening (even revolutionary) for students of yoga from all walks of life and of any level.
This retreat is truly inspirational and nothing short of life-changing. It is an extraordinary experience to explore a fascinating new world of yogic being.
The Ashram offers a very carefully designed and structured, comprehensive program of learning. They focus on experiencing all teachings, and the continued practice of yogic principles and philosophy on and off the mat. Their teachings are devised to open your heart, body, mind, spirit, and energy channels. You will take home a toolkit not only to transform your yoga practice but also your life.
All yoga classes begin with meditation and/or pranayama, and a small morning lecture on the benefits and practical uses of each practice.
Besides yoga, each day offers guided study groups, amazing lectures on many spiritual topics, as well as fun and informative skill and knowledge sharing workshops in the afternoon, and maybe even space for you to share some of your own passions.
You will have access to the ashram's fantastic library on yoga and many other fascinating subjects, and of course, there will also be plenty of time for peaceful relaxation, healing, enjoying the Ashram grounds, a dip in one of the three gorgeous waterfalls or a walk along the river, or maybe even a horse ride.
Xian developed an unexpected, brilliant new approach to yoga that is simple, logical, and thoroughly based on a deep understanding of applied yoga anatomy, and the need for different bodies according to proportions (length of the body, limbs, etc), flexibility, strength, level, etc.
It tweaks traditional postures in sometimes just the slightest way, drastically improving the way you experience your postures (even the ones you already love), taking your practice to the next level, no matter your experience.
Although based in Hatha yoga, the teachings and principles learned during this retreat can be applied to any style of yoga.
This is not a new style of yoga, but (re-)learning and experiencing what yoga was always meant to be!
Besides her extensive classes and workshops, Xian offers fully personalized attention in this retreat to work with your individual body and ability.
Xian will not teach you an exercise class, workout regime, or studio yoga class every day. Instead, her aim is to teach you yoga and have you feel the fabulous transformation of your body that is possible through this wonderful art form.
For the first 10 days, you will go workshop-style step by step through individual categories of alignment (standing, sitting, forward bends, side bends etc.). There will not be a classical yoga session, but a carefully designed methodology of demonstrations with in-depth explanations and your own experience of ‘before and after’. Once you have felt the openness you can achieve, physically and energetically, you will settle for nothing less.
You will realize that even postures that felt great to you before, can suddenly feel so much better. Postures you never really understood or felt, suddenly become accessible, nourishing and simply amazing. Together with a full energetic, as well as a physical journey in and out, a new world opens up to explore your body with consciousness and understanding, on and off the mat.
For the second half of the retreat, with the basics covered, you will then continue with a full daily practice, as well as focus on many areas by request, such as hip-openers, shoulders, inversions, balancing postures, hand balance postures, headstands, handstands, practice for chakras, and much more.
In this retreat, you will learn more than in many yoga teacher training, on a physical, philosophical, and practical level. No matter what your level of experience, yoga tradition or style is, everybody leaves the ashram with knowledge, practice, experience, and lots of great unexpected insights.
Besides asanas (postures/seat), your classes will also include daily lectures, explanations, and practice of:
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You will of course also be able to listen to fascinating stories from Xian’s vast store of experience and knowledge
Every other afternoon, there will be Ashram community sharing activities. This is a wonderful offer to partake in many incredible workshops led by students and volunteers. This is your opportunity to share your self, your knowledge, skills, and passions. You don’t have to be a professional to share, passion is enough.
An Ashram is not a five-star retreat or luxury center. An Ashram is a house of learning. The Ashram's life is sweet, gentle, humble, down-to-earth, and with a joyful yogic lifestyle. They eat simple but wholesome food and their way of being is natural and uncomplicated. Their aim is to nourish consciousness, constant conscious awareness, gentleness, sweetness, and contentment with the little things, remembering how beautiful community and nature can be.
For this magical retreat, you are invited into a natural, wonderful jungle space with access to incredible knowledge and experiences. The quality of teachings and the communal Ashram sharing environment are of the highest caliber and are a unique and wonderful offering.
Besides studying yoga, you are invited to allow yourself to delve into a new experience without judgment and expectations, and be transformed. To open up and stay open to your internal world as well as to a communal lifestyle of active curiosity, exploration, and learning. The Ashram combines joyful play and deep learning in an easily accessible, open way.
You will learn many things that are not taught anywhere else and you will encounter a little piece of magic that will allow you to open your mind and heart. You will leave there with your toolkit of countless tips and tricks and profound experiences, which will allow you to take this magic home with you.
Everything about the Ashram is different from your average yoga school. They are not just a school. They have a lifestyle to share, a new and different way of thinking and being. The teachings are deeply rooted in the way they live and think. The path comes from many years of deep practice, observation, studying, and sharing their knowledge. They are their life. They are the foundation for their actions, thinking, and creations.
Their teachings are not only about fitness or copying and pasting information, but about experiencing a holistic way of integrating this ancient knowledge into your everyday life. You do not go there to join a fancy retreat but to come and share the ashram lifestyle. By joining them, you make a commitment to awareness, consciousness, change, openness, and evolution. To take responsibility for your actions, relations, and communications, and if you don’t know yet how, you can learn.
You come to the Ashram to learn. Learn why yoga is more than you have ever imagined, why it is exciting and profound, as well as beautiful. At the Ahimsa Ashram, you will experience this life every day. They cannot do the work for you, you have to be prepared to throw yourself into this all by yourself. They will guide, assist, and hold you every step of the way. By coming, you will be part of something special.
As part of the Ashram way of life, there is no smoking, meat, alcohol, chili, garlic, onions, coffee, or other stimulants, very little sugar, Ahimsa (no harming - even mosquitos), as well as restricted Internet access (30 minutes, twice a week) to unplug. Ahimsa Yoga Ashram are happy to explain why they live this way if you are curious.
Eelan is Xian’s wonderful boy, born in March 2015. Xian makes a point of conscious education, by including her son into her lifestyle. He is a beautiful little creature and will sometimes be around during the day, although of course not during teaching hours.
Come, learn, and submerge yourself in a world of yoga you always hoped to found, but never dreamed to be real.
Xian is an internationally trained and certified Hatha Yoga Teacher, AcroYoga teacher, Public Speaker, Reiki Master, psychic, acrobat, circus performer, trapeze artist, clown, fire dancer and Author of the book “Why You Don’t Need Shoes”. Xian’s teachings are soundly based on her extensive study of Yoga, ancient scriptures and techniques as well as countless years of dedicated self study, questioning, experimentation and practical life application. Her teachings encompass a wide range of fascinating and empowering practices, which she shares with directness, love, insight and a touch of magic.
This retreat will take place about 5 kilometers outside of San Rafael Del Sur, 15 kilometers from Masachapa and Pochomil beach, Western Central Nicaragua. A tiny local community, Los Chepenos, is only a few minutes away. The nearest town is San Pablo (3.5 kilometers on a beautiful nature packed dirt road, about a 30-minute walk), a tiny local town with a yummy local bakery and a few small pulperias (shops).
The next bigger town, San Rafael Del Sur, is another 3 kilometers (5-10 minutes, 10 cordobas / 35cents, by Rickshaw taxi) from San Pablo. San Rafael Del Sur is a small, truly local town, with an abundant market, all facilities and a PALI supermarket.
The town of Masachapa and the vastness of Pochomil beach are accessible by bus or taxi from San Rafael Del Sur.
The political situation in Nicaragua has calmed down. Many parts of Nicaragua had no issues whatsoever during the unrests, as the issues were restricted to the biggest universities in Managua and a couple of other towns. The place where the Ashram is has not had any troubles the entire time. It is and has been unaffected. Ahimsa Yoga Ashram can also arrange a reliable taxi service from the airport or other locations if desired. Please send an inquiry for more info if desired.
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Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be simple yet delicious vegan meals that are lovingly prepared for you. Cold tea, other little yummy surprises, and snacks are also provided. If you enjoy cooking, on some nights students have the option to partake in preparing our meals. Cooking together is fun and helps relax the mind after much learning.
It is also very exciting to taste all the different flavors people from different countries bring to the table, as well as to put some of learnings of the Ayurveda classes into practice.
If you have any special desires for food or other items, you can satisfy them during Saturday visits to the nearby towns and the local bakery. The group will head out for shopping twice a week. The Ashram currently does not support special dietary requirements.
There are beautiful walks in the surrounding areas that can be enjoyed whenever you have time within the weekly schedule. As the Ashram is very deliberately set in a secluded location and the program is very busy, you will have time to visit San Rafael Del Sur or the beach on Saturdays, the Ashram day off.
Xian is also a professionally trained body piercer (by the internationally renowned Fakir School of Body Piercing In San Francisco, USA). She specializes in ritual piercing and breath control. On request, horse rides might also be arranged for Saturdays.
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
Transfer not provided
Please book your flight to arrive at Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA), Managua. Ahimsa Yoga Ashram are happy to book a trusted taxi for you, which can pick you up from the airport and bring you straight to the ashram. The cost of 65 USD can often be shared with other students. By bus, the total journey would be around 20 USD, with several changes.
You can take a bus from Managua, “Terminal de Buses Inter Urbanos Israel Lewites” to San Rafael Del Sur for around 1-2 USD, 1hr 40min. From San Rafael, you can take a Moto Taxi straight to the Ashram for 150c / 5 USD, 20 minutes.
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