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Intensive Yoga Holiday Spain

Set in the deep tranquility of the mountain forests of the Picos de Europa, this retreat’s aim is to prepare you to practice the complete Ashtanga primary series. This means five days of intensive practice and study covering the fundamentals of Ashtanga yoga and learning each asana in the series individually. You will leave the retreat with an understanding of the purpose of each asana, its sequence and benefits, what dangers to avoid, and valid modifications.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily meditation sessions
  • Complete Ashtanga yoga primary series
  • Talks on yoga philosophy and workshops
  • Daily Picos de Europa excursions
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


5 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
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Accommodation

There are several types of accommodation offered in the retreat. The most recommended is in a beautifully restored traditional mountain cabin situated above a small mountain meadow and chestnut forests 200 meters away from the shala. ¨The cabin has great views overlooking unspoiled mountains, forest and meadow. It has a kitchen, a bathroom, and a stone built fireplace with supplied firewood. It accommodates up to four people, in either private or double rooms. The cabin is usually offered on a shared basis, although if available, it can also be reserved for private usage.

You can also choose a more economic camping option in 4m bell tents on a spectacular mountain ridge with views of the Picos de Europa and the Gueña valley. The tents come with comfortable mattresses..

If you are after a little luxury, Asturias Yoga can arrange an accommodation at the Casona de Con, a luxurious rural hotel seven kilometers away from the shala.

Asturias Yoga Intensive Spain Yoga Retreat Program

Each day begins with a yoga session, followed by a long workshop in which you will focus on specific asanas. In the evenings there will be another yoga session and talks on yoga philosophy.

The workshops

Foundations

In this workshop, you will first learn how to breathe correctly during your Ashtanga practice (the Ujjai breath). You will then learn the sun salutation sequences. Next, you will focus on the basic asanas of the primary Ashtanga series; once learned, they will serve as an indispensable foundation from which the more complex asanas to come can flourish.

The foundations workshop includes:

  • Samastiti
  • Padangustasana
  • Utitta trikonasana
  • Dandasana
  • Navasana

Intermediate asanas part 1

In this workshop, you will learn modifications of the basic asanas introduced on day one, and begin working on spinal twists and inverted postures.

This part of workshop includes:

  • Padmotanasana
  • Parivrita trikonasana
  • Virbhadrasana A
  • Virabhadrasana B
  • Paschimottanasana
  • Trianga mukhai ek pada pachimottanasana
  • Janusirsasana
  • Marichyasana
  • Urdhva dhanurasana
  • Salamba sarvangasana
  • Halasana
  • Karnapidasana
  • Padmasana
  • Tolasana

Intermediate asanas part 2

In this workshop, you will be focusing on the balancing asanas. These particular asanas have the characteristic of providing the practitioner with improved concentration and mental clarity.

The workshop includes:

  • Utitta parsvakanasana
  • Parivrita parsvakonasana
  • Utitta hasta padangustasana
  • Parsvotanasana
  • Bhujapidasana
  • Upavista konasana A, B, C
  • Badha konasana A, B
  • Matsyasana
  • Uttana padasana
  • Sirsasana A

Advanced asanas

In this workshop, you will attempt to perform the most challenging asanas of the series, while also learning valid modifications.

This workshop includes:

  • Ardha badha padmotanasana
  • Arhda badha padma paschimotanasana
  • Kurmasana
  • Supta kurmasana
  • Gharbapindasana
  • Kukutasana
  • Ubhaya padanghustasana
  • Supta padangustasana A, B, C
  • Uhrdva padmasana
  • Pindasana
  • Sirsasana B

Pranayama

In this workshop you will be introduced to the practices from the next level of yoga, pranayama, or the art of breathing. Pranayama helps make the mind clearer and more efficient. In yoga, it is considered a preliminary to meditation.

Sample daily schedule

  • 08:00 Yoga session
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 11:00 Meditation
  • 11:30 Ashtanga workshop
  • 14:00 Lunch
  • 15:00 Yoga Nidra
  • 16:00 Activity in nature
  • 19:00 Meditation / talk on yoga philosophy
  • 20:00 Light meal

Included excursions

An afternoon will be scheduled for you to visit the spectacular and rarely visited cave of Alda. This cave has magical acoustical effects, which you will appreciate by playing Tibetan Bells inside. Other afternoon possibilities include mountain, forest or canyon walks from the doorstep. An afternoon of rock climbing or visiting the beach is also possible if you desire.

Instructors

Simon
Taatva Rishikesh Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Born in 1971, Simon’s fascination with yoga began in 2000 upon completing a solo journey on a bicycle from his native Ireland to India. After exploring various styles and traditions, he found Ashtanga to be what he was most inspired to practice and teach, initially due to its obvious benefits for surfing, biking, and rock climbing, and subsequently due to understanding it as a path to meditation. He has published a novel based on yoga philosophy, In Darkness the Seed of Light.
Alysia Simeone
Taatva Yoga Rishikesh Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Alysia Simeone (1990, Washington) is an Ashtanga yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT 500) and Ayurvedic practitioner. She teaches Ashtanga primarily in the Asturias Yoga Shala, but as well enjoys traveling to give clases workshops in various other corners of the world. Alysia was introduced to yoga through her scholastic studies in Ayurveda. As part of her degree in Ethnomedicine, she spent 2011 to 2012 in Nepal and India, learning primarily under the tutorship of Ayurvedic doctor and obstetrics and gynecology, Sarita Shrestha.

Location

This retreat will be held in Asturias, Spain. Known in Spanish as “paraiso natural”, Asturias comprises spectacular geographical features, Europe’s most diverse eco-system, and traditional culture. It is a land of high mountain peaks in juxtaposition with sandy ocean beaches and sea-cliffs; it is famous for verdant mountain forests, green valleys and renowned cave-aged cheeses.

The exact location of the retreat will be on the lower slopes of the Picos de Europa mountains, not so far from the ocean, in a quiet chestnut, hazel and oak forest. There is a vegetable garden and a young orchard with five bee hives.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Asturias Yoga provides three vegetarian meals per day: breakfast, lunch, and a lite dinner. Asturias Yoga sources their vegetables locally according to the season, uses primarily organic and vegan ingredients, and provides many home-made specialties, such as sourdough breads, spicy chai, nettle pesto, mountain spring water, fresh herbs for infusions, and marmelades from their fruit trees.

Meals are designed for a balanced diet, with foods that are easy to digest, kind to the environment and full of vitality. Asturias Yoga's residential vegan and ayurvedic nutritionists assist with menu design and food preparation and are available for personalized nutrition consultations.

If you are someone who traditionally has a large appetite or prefers multiple snacks throughout the day, you may also bring your own food/snacks to supplement and use the communal kitchen for storage. The closest large supermarkets are in Cangas de Onis or Posada, both approximately 20 kilometers away. However, there are various smaller shops nearby in Benia (2 kilometers from the yoga center) and at the Campsite Picos de Europa (1 kilometer down hill from the yoga center).

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

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

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

Spa treatments

Thai and Sweedish massage and certain Ayurvedic treatments are available upon request

What's included

  • 2 organic vegetarian meals per day and lite evening meal
  • 5 nights’ accommodation
  • Ashtanga workshops
  • Complete Ashtanga yoga primary series
  • Daily yoga and meditation sessions
  • Guidance in daily excursions
  • Yoga philosophy and Ayurveda talks

What's not included

  • Spa treatments
  • Transportation to and from Asturias Yoga Center (can be arranged)
  • Snacks in between meals

How to get there

Driving directions from Avin

  • Follow the small road to the side of (but not turning into) ‘Camping Picos de Europa’ up the steep concrete road for one kilometer until you come to a fork
  • From there, take a right on the gravel track and continue for another kilometer until you reach some abandoned buildings
  • The retreat venue is the one on the right at the end

Arrival by airplane

  • The nearest airports are Oviedo (Asturias) airport, and Santander.
  • If driving or car rental is not possible, buses and trains are available to take from either airport that arrive close to the AsturiasYoga center.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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