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10 Days Yoga the Next Level - Profound Higher Education for True Seekers, Nicaragua

Santa Rita del Este, San Rafael Del Sur, Nicaragua

"Transform Your Yoga Practice and Life Forever" Yoga Retreat in Nicaragua

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.

Meet the instructors

Xian
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Highlights

  • 4 daily hours of workshops and classes
  • Continuous personal mentorship for yoga postures and everyday living
  • 1 two-hour lecture daily with Xian on yoga history, philosophy, and many other spiritual topics
  • Fully individualized attention to every student in a deep and committed way
  • Guided library reading and research time to expand your mind
  • Daily 3 yogic home-cooked healthy vegan meals
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


10 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
10:30

Facilities

  • Horse riding
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Smoke-free property
  • Yoga shala
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Outdoor shower

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.

Program

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.

The Yoga Program

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!

The Yoga

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!

You will gain:

  • A full understanding of asanas (postures):
  • What you are doing and why
  • What not to do
  • Where to feel the stretch
  • How to stay open without ever closing aside
  • How to maintain a full energetic journey in and out of the posture
  • Embodying the feeling that the journey into and out of a posture, as well as the posture itself, is a conscious, connected journey of energetic alignment
  • Maintaining energy flow and body openness throughout the journey and the posture itself
  • Practical experience and knowledge of the alignment principles behind every single movement, posture, and placement of your body. This is a knowledge that most yoga students, including many yoga teachers, are missing
  • Tweaking the alignment of traditional postures, through elongation, spiraling and many other little known, yet immensely effective tricks until you feel nothing less than fabulous in every single posture, even the ones you never liked or understood, including backbends
  • Experience the importance of tiny changes in posture, for example, exact positioning of arms, hands, head, feet, eyes
  • Variations in experience levels, injuries, etc.
  • No crunching
  • No pain or discomfort
  • Painless backbends
  • Only fullness, opening, and unrestricted breaths

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.

During the student study groups, you will learn and understand how to:

  • Design your own yoga practice and sequence
  • Discuss many yogic themes to learn how to embody them in your daily life
  • Review Xian’s classes to strengthen your memory of learned postures and topics
  • Establish your own self-practice if you haven’t got one yet

The daily schedule

Mornings

  • 07:00 - 09:00 Two hour yoga class with Xian, workshop-style, or full practice
  • Besides asanas (postures/seat), your classes will also include daily lectures, explanations, and practice of:
  • Meditation
  • Bandhas (energetic locks)
  • Mudras (energetic finger positions)
  • Pranayama (breathing) and mantras (chanting and singing)

You will learn

  • How to do these practices
  • Their purpose and of course why they are so fabulous
  • How they can tremendously impact your daily life
  • You will of course also be able to listen to fascinating stories from Xian’s vast store of experience and knowledge
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:30 Second yoga class
  • 12:30 - 13:00 Library study time, with suggested reading and study
  • 13:00 Lunch

Afternoons

  • 15:00 - 16:45 Xian will be giving lectures, as well as incredible workshops on a wide range of spiritual and practical subjects.

Ashram living

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.

Note

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.

Instructors

Xian Breckenridge

Retreat location

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).

San Rafael Del Sur

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.

Masachapa and Pochomil beach

The town of Masachapa and the vastness of Pochomil beach are accessible by bus or taxi from San Rafael Del Sur (15km)

Nearby places

  • San Rafael Del Sur, 2 kilometers
  • Managua - 1.5 hours

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

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.

What's included

  • 9 nights accommodation
  • Daily communal lifestyle
  • Daily delicious home cooked vegan breakfast and lunch
  • Daily healthy vegan dinner
  • Daily yoga classes and workshops with Xian
  • Cold teas and surprise snacks
  • Internet access (limited to ½ hour twice a week) total usage, as the Ashram is a place to ‘unplug’)
  • Learn variations and postural alignment customized for your body
  • Learn yoga poses and their alignment principles
  • Lectures on yoga history and philosophy and many other fascinating topics
  • Peer study groups to further your own personal practice and understanding
  • Personal alignment assistance
  • Incredible afternoon lectures

What's not included

  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Excursions
  • Extra foods and snacks
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by bus

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.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 7 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Sunday December 6, 2020
Departure: Wednesday December 16, 2020

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