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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.
All ages are welcome as participants.
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 over el Hibeu, a mountain on the costal side of the Picos de Europa. It has a kitchen, a large bathroom, and a stone built fireplace with supplied firewood. It accommodates up to three people. 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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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:
In this workshop, you will attempt to perform the most challenging asanas of the series, while also learning valid modifications.
This workshop includes:
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.
Maximum 6 persons.
For more information, ask your questions directly to Asturias Yoga, who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.
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.
Alyson has been practicing the art of harmonizing breath with dynamic movement - the crux of Ashtanga Vinyasa - for nearly all of her life. Her first immersion into India and the physical and cultural practices of both yoga and ayurveda took place 8 years ago and since then, she has devoted all of her continued education (in school settings and daily life) to furthering her education and practice in both fields. As a part of her Bachelor´s degree, she spent 2011 and 2012 in Nepal and India, learning primarily under the tutorship Ayurvedic Doctor/OBGYN, Sarita Shrestha. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and prepares various medicines in house. She is also a phenomenal cook and can prepare feasts foraged from the surrounding mountain meadows and forests.
Born in 1971, Simon's fascination with yoga began over ten years ago upon completing a solo journey on a bicycle from his native Ireland to India. He has returned to India nearly every year since to deepen his understanding and practice. 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.
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.
Massage and certain Ayurvedic treatments are available upon request
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"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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"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."
"Simon & 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."
"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."
"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."