6 Days Intensive Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Spain

  • Asturias Yoga Shala, Los Quintanales, Avin, Asturias, 33556, Spain

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
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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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.

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

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.

  • Simon

    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

    Alysia Simeone (1990 WA State) is an Ashtanga yoga teacher (500-Hour Yoga Alliance) and Ayurvedic practitioner. 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 OBGYN Sarita Shrestha. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and prepares various medicines in the house. She is also a phenomenal cook and can prepare feasts foraged from the surrounding mountain meadows and forests.

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.

During the retreat, you will be provided with organic, vegetarian food that mainly arrives direct from Asturias Yoga’s garden or is foraged from the surrounding meadows and forests.

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

  • 2 organic vegetarian meals per day and ingredients for 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

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.
For information about the booking conditions, please send Asturias Yoga an inquiry.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Esme Cooney from United Kingdom

    Fantastic and beautiful

    CONS Cons: My bed was a bit too soft for me.

    PROS Pros: I really enjoyed having time to focus on my practice, have learned so much in 5 days! The hosts are very experienced and knowledgeable teachers who were approachable and generous with their time. I had a lot of individual advice/adjustments during practice and workshops. I also learned more about the meditation and the philosophy of yoga, I feel more resilient in my day to day life since attending the retreat. As an added bonus the teachers have a real in depth knowledge of the local area which is full of beauty and wildlife, they did daily visits to mountains/caves/rivers all totally unspoiled- it was amazing. Being a meat eater I was worried about getting hungry on a vegetarian diet however the menu had been considered nutritionally for our activity levels. The food was delicious and filling, it was all home prepared and local, grown on sight or foraged. You get a lot for your money on this retreat.

    10 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-20 18:51:27

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    Review by Kate Ciblik from United Kingdom

    Awesome experience - highly recommended

    10 Value for money
    10 Accommodation & facilities
    10 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-Jun-16 08:39:48

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    Review by Claudia Rehklau from Germany

    Sehr autentisches Yogaseminar

    CONS Cons: Das einzige, was für meinen Geschmack besser sein könnte ist die Küche. Das bezieht sich nicht auf das Essen, sondern auf die Ausstattung und Sauberkeit und Aufgeräumtheit.

    PROS Pros: Aly und Simon leiten angenehm, gekonnt, professionell durch die Yoga-Meditationsstunden. Die Gruppen sind sehr klein, und da beide anwesend sind, können Asanas gezeigt und gleichzeitig erklärt werden. Außerdem kortigieren sie individuell die Haltungen. Beide sind exzellent in den Asanas, und auch gute Lehrer. In den täglichen workshops werden Übungen gezeigt, die zu schwierigen Asanas hinführen. Mit ihrer Hilfestellung kann man Asanas selber erleben, die man allein nicht könnte. Die Tage sind sehr ausgefüllt, wie es meiner Meinung nach in einem Retreat auch sein sollte. Am späten Nachmittag kleine Ausflüge. Mir gefiel mein Zelt, es befindet sich ein pasr Meter entfernt vom Haus, mit schönem Blick, es ist bequem und wasserdicht. Ich fand es die passende Retreat-Unterkunft.

    7.5 Value for money
    7.5 Accommodation & facilities
    7.5 Food
    10 Location
    10 Quality of activity
    10 Overall impression

    2017-May-20 07:02:42

  • Review by Katarzyna Ciblik, Shyam Antyah
    10 out of 10

    "Peaceful, Loving and Harmonious"

    "Arriving at the Yoga Shala, we were mesmerised by its remoteness from the hordes of the rest of the world and the peaceful surroundings. We were greeted very warmly by 2 volunteers, Cale and Zara and shown to our room. We then were greeted by the lovely Aly, who made us welcomed into her world. Our first yoga practice began shortly after and that is where we saw Simon for the first time. That first encounter reassured us that we were at the right place."

    "We had daily practices and workshops covering the 8 limbs of Yoga as well as Ayurveda. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner were provided daily and we really enjoyed helping in the kitchen. The atmosphere was very relaxed and pleasant and there was so much positive energy in the air all the time. We stayed in the house next to the Shala but tents are also available and look very nice. In the evenings, we would have talks and each was in a different place with a different topic."

    "On our last day, Simon and Aly took us to the beach where we did some mountain climbing and had lunch. We came home stronger in our bodies and minds. The warmth and kindness of Simon and Aly is our best memory we take away from this experience!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Fay Lodge from England

    "Simon and Aly live on the edge of the beautiful Picos de Europa, surrounded by nature and tranquility, the perfect place for a yoga retreat. The retreat was five days in length and offered a semi-structured day starting with meditation and a led ashtanga yoga practice (gradually moving to practicing Mysore as the week progressed). We then enjoyed breakfast before taking part in a thorough yoga workshop which worked through all the asanas step by step, allowing us to make adjustments and improve our postures. Lunch was followed by yoga Nidra and then time was available to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings as the group wished. We were privileged to go on a walk led by Aly and Simon to visit a local cave where we spent some time exploring, meditating, and feeling the energy resonate around us. In the evenings, lectures were held on different aspects of yoga and Ayurveda. The food was plentiful and delicious throughout the week, being totally vegetarian (sometimes vegan) and with much produce from their garden. We also enjoyed food foraged from the surrounding woodland, learning all the time! Aly gave everyone on the retreat an Ayurveda consultation, providing information, advice, and some treatments as required. Aly and Simon are very knowledgeable on many topics, easy to talk to and happy to answer questions. I cannot recommended this retreat more. I loved my time here and the sense of well being I got. I can't wait to return! "

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  • Review by Molly from USA

    "Words don't describe the magic that this place brings by not only the people that surround it and are pulled to it, but the energy that each star, rock, tree, leaf, and cow bell leave on your heart after landing here. I spent a short time in this new found home. Aly and Simon are two strong spirits that will comfort you in a way that you can completely be yourself while there."

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  • Review by Tom and Emma from UK

    "Simon and Ally were great hosts, we only stayed a week but had a brilliant time. The area they live in is absolutely beautiful, lots to explore with mountains, beaches, and lovely Spanish towns. We had shared interest of yoga and rock climbing and the guys really helped us out with our yoga practice and took us to some good climbing spots."

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  • Review by Constance from Australia

    "I had such an amazing experience with Simon. It was exactly the experience that I needed without me knowing that. It's a place where you can really allow yourself to be free and relax. First of all the surroundings are magnificent. Mossy green hills, old chestnuts, distant mountains, and as I learned- food everywhere! It was great living in a self sufficient household. I learned a lot about foraging, cooking, and yoga. I now try to do yoga everyday and want to explore that path further. Thank you Simon for opening that door, and all the others that open after it as well. I think the great thing about staying with Simon is he allows it to be an individual experience. I think everyone who stays will get something different out of it, but after my three weeks there, I felt a different part of myself had developed. It was hard to leave. I hope to return one day, sit around the fire baking potatoes and talking about anything and everything! Thanks again Simon."

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  • Review by Julia from USA

    "My retreat at Asturias Yoga was a truly amazing experience. Aly and Simon are phenomenal teachers and they live in a breathtakingly beautiful place. The mountain views that we saw on our bike rides are images that I will carry with me forever. Both Simon and Aly are talented cyclists as well as gifted yoga teachers. I had practiced yoga for a few years before coming to their retreat, but their adjustments to my poses really helped me sink deeper into them and experience yoga in a whole new way. I loved drinking tea with herbs from the garden, and the food was delicious. Asturias holds a special place in my heart and I can't wait to go back. I would highly recommend Asturias Yoga for a retreat."

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Asturias Yoga offers yoga holidays for individuals or groups in Asturias, Spain, which integrate the tradition of Ayurveda into daily life.

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