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Tennessee Relaxing Yoga Holiday USA

Allow your body to fully relax during Restorative yoga sessions and learn new meditation techniques to bring more peace into your life. Join Cour Yoga on this Tennessee yoga and journaling retreat to give your mind, body, and soul some tender loving care.

Meet the instructors

Courtney & Beverly
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Highlights

  • Journaling time
  • Daily Yin yoga practice
  • Daily workshops covering the 8 Limbs of Yoga and chakras
  • Transport to and from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
  • Free time to hike the grounds
  • All meals, tea, and coffee
  • 3 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


4 days with instruction
Group size: 5-10 participants
Airport transfer included: McGhee Tyson Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
16:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

You will be accommodated at Seven Springs Retreat Center on a shared or private occupancy basis. BYO campers must bring their own tent and bedding.

BYO camping

Bring your own tent and bedding for the most affordable retreat option!

Shared yurt

Share a yurt with fellow retreat attendees. Twin beds complete with bedding will be set up for your stay!

Private canvas tent

Stay in a canvas tent complete with beds and bedding for the most affordable private glamping option!

Private yurt

Have a yurt all to yourself in one of Seven Springs permanent yurts. Bed(s) and bedding included.

Program

Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a science based guided meditation that cycles through the white matter of the brain and ultimately shuts down the part of the brain that analyzes and intellectualizes information. In short, some describe it as staring the subconscious in the face.

The Practice of yoga Nidra:

Yoga Nidra is very simple. You lay on your back, relax and listen to the instructor. A typical practice begins with relaxation, then a resolve is made by the student to themselves (this is something that the student wants to plant within their subconscious, the instructor does not influence or even know the resolve).

Once a resolve is made, the instructor moves into a rotation of consciousness by calling out parts of the body. The student simply listens and thinks about that part of the body without actually moving it. After the rotation of consciousness there is the counting of the breath, brief visualization and then a slow ending. When the student ensures they are awake, they can sit up and the practice is complete.

The purpose of the method above is to activate and then shutdown / relax parts of the brain. Yoga Nidra shuts down the part of the brain that intellectualizes and analyzes, leaving only the subconscious to play. Unlike hypnosis though, this guided meditation gives the instructor no power over the student.

Benefits:

Yoga Nidra and the benefits of meditation are still being examined, though new case studies and reports are often published citing that it:

  • Significantly reduces stress and stress hormones, such as cortisol, within the body
  • Stimulates the left-prefrontal cortex, associated with happiness and good decision making
  • Controls anxiety
  • Fosters emotional health and self-awareness
  • Increases attention span and the ability to problem-solve
  • May enhance memory and fight age-related memory loss
  • Has been shown to help fight addictions
  • Has been shown to reduce chronic pain
  • Has been shown to temper aggression and anger
  • Decreases blood pressure

Restorative yoga

Restorative Yoga is arguably the most accessible Asana (physical posture) practice. Bolsters, pillows and props allow for deep relaxation and long holds. Some people get this confused with Yin yoga, however, if you've ever taken a real Yin class, you'll see these are two very different animals.

The practice of Restorative yoga

Restorative postures last five to 10 minutes, allowing you some time to "get lost" and relax into the shape. The postures themselves are accompanied by props such as bolsters, blocks, pillows and blankets to ensure that your physical body able to completely relax and sink-in. Most practices include supported child's pose, supported twists, supported butterfly, supported legs up the wall and, of course, an extended Savasana.

Benefits:

There are many benefits to yoga, to keep it simple, here is a brief overview specifically for Restorative yoga:

  • Significantly reduces stress and stress hormones, such as cortisol, within the body
  • Fosters self-love
  • Allows you to reset the mind and body to avoid burn-outs or melt-downs
  • Increases flexibility through the gentle, long-held shapes
  • Providing time to quiet the mind and gain self-awareness

Itinerary

Though you will try to stick to this agenda, you will not be on a forced timeline (except for flights, arrivals, and departures!).

Day 1

  • 15:00 If you're coming by plane: Pick up at McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) - flight must arrive before 14:30
  • 16:00 Arrive at Seven Springs Retreat Center
  • 16:00 If you're coming by car: Arrive at Seven Springs Retreat Center (there will be plenty of parking available)
  • 17:30 Welcome circle
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Opening fire ceremony
  • 21:00 Meditation (yoga Nidra)

Day 2

  • 08:00 Forest bathing (mindful, meditative hike)
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Restorative yoga session
  • 11:00 8 Limbs workshop
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Journaling workshop part 1
  • 16:30 Free time before dinner
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Bonfire

Day 3

  • 08:00 Forest bathing (mindful, meditative hike)
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Restorative yoga session
  • 11:00 8 Limbs Workshop
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 14:30 Journaling workshop part 2
  • 16:30 Free time before dinner
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 20:30 Closing fire ceremony

Day 4

  • 08:00 Restorative yoga session
  • 09:00 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Closing circle
  • 11:00 Leave for airport

Instructors

Courtney Connell

Beverly Kennedy

Retreat location

The Seven Springs Retreat Center is 126 acres in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Having been passed down through multiple generations, this land has been mindfully and lovingly groomed to be a place of refuge and restoration.

Food

Sample menu

Breakfast

  • Oatmeal
  • Fresh fruit
  • Baked apples
  • Various toppings (hemp seeds, chia seeds, etc)

Lunch

  • Vegan sweet potato nachos
  • Black beans
  • Side salad

Dinner

  • Kitchari (Indian style lentils)
  • Dosa (Indian style bread)
  • Rice
  • Various toppings
  • Side salad

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
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)

Massage and energy healing can be set up for an additional fee.

What's included

  • Daily yoga practice
  • Hiking (on grounds 126 acres)
  • All activities listed on the agenda
  • Yoga mats and props
  • Hot showers / bathroom facilities
  • All meals
  • Tea and coffee
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Transport to and from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) - airport and drop off times on agenda

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Trip insurance and liability associated with traveling and participation related to the retreat
  • Other transportation to the retreat apart from airport pick up and drop off from McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS)
  • Optional bodywork

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Cour Yoga will pick you up from the airport.

Arrival by car

Parking is available for those arriving by car. Details directions will be provided a few weeks before the trip in the retreat-prep email.

Airport: McGhee Tyson Airport Airport transfer included: McGhee Tyson Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 14 days before arrival.

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Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 5 participants

Availability

Arrival: Friday September 3, 2021
Departure: Monday September 6, 2021

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