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Are you looking for something different? This is it! This retreat is ideal if you don't have so much time, but would like to learn as much as possible in as short a time as possible, with fully personalized teachings and coaching just for you and your body. Join this retreat to learn, and to submerge yourself in a world of yoga you always hoped to be true, but never dreamed to be real. Yoga is not available in classes, retreats or teacher training. Explore the depth of the exquisite wisdom and applied practical knowledge of yoga. Allow yourself to be transformed. Come and experience a retreat that will leave you amazed and inspired every day, no matter if you are a beginner or a yoga teacher.
The Ashram is a quiet retreat away from the noise of towns and cars. They have 12 acres of the stunning waterfall (the largest in the area with three 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.
You will be staying in your own private jungle cabin, placed in the gorgeous natural setting of the Ashram. The cabins are of a comfortable size, with a beautiful locally crafted bed and stunning river views. Comfort, yet close to nature.
This is a retreat for students that really want to learn what yoga was always meant to be. In this community living retreat space in the Nicaraguan jungle, amongst waterfalls and rivers, your practice will be transformed forever.
This retreat is excellent for students of any level. Xian’s teachings have proven over and over again to be revolutionary and mind-opening for all students of yoga. The Ashram has received feedback to be one of the top yoga schools in central Amerika and Xian is a world-class, senior teacher, who offers a very carefully designed, comprehensive program of learning, experiencing, and continued practice of yogic principles and philosophy on and off the mat devised to open your heart, body, mind, spirit, and energy channels. You will take home a practical, enjoyable toolkit that is easily transferable into your everyday life. By coming here you will not only transform your yoga practice but your life.
Her approach to asana is solidly based on a deep understanding of the body that is rarely taught in today's fast-food yoga world. Personal coaching will ensure that your body is getting the full benefit from every posture, without discomfort or pain. She is profoundly experienced and intuitive to see what each student needs to take their practice to the next level. The small tweaks and changes she teaches for each body will revolutionize your experience of Yoga and the way you thought about your body.
Come, learn, and submerge yourself in a world of yoga you always hoped to be found, but never dreamed it could be real. 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.
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 of 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.
Learn all the things you always wanted to learn and ask all the questions you always wanted to ask about yoga and spirituality.
Learn Yoga like never before. Yoga just for YOUR body!
Xian developed an unexpected, brilliant new approach to yoga that is simple, logical, yet revolutionary. It tweaks traditional postures in sometimes just the slightest way, changing the way you experience your postures, taking your practice to the next level, no matter your experience. Although based on 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!
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.
At the beginning, 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.
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.
An Ashram is not a five-star retreat or resort 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, and 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. Your hosts are happy to explain why they live this way if you are curious.
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 45-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 (15km)
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The Ashram serves three delicious, lovingly prepared vegan meals. Produce is from their own garden, neighbors, and local sources. Some meals are ayurvedically prepared. They bake their own wonderful bread, cakes, and other wonderful goodies, and you will be able to try many local foods that you might not know yet.
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. During this intensive, you will not be able to visit the nearby towns, as they too far away to get to with the packed schedule.
Augusto C. Sandino International Airport
Transfer not provided
You can take a bus from Managua, “Terminal de Buses Inter Urbanos Israel Lewites” to San Rafael Del Sur for around 1-2 USD, 1 hour 40 minutes. From San Rafael, you can take a Moto Taxi straight to the Ashram for 5-7 USD, 20 minutes.
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