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Join founder of The Yoga Shala, Krista Shirley, for a week-long intensive and adventurous summer yoga retreat in Amorgos, Greece! Krista's retreats create a rejuvenating rhythm for in-depth Ashtanga practices, meditation, pranayama, and optional private sessions while exploring the wonder and beauty of the Greek island. Try Mysore style for yourself, you may find it an amazing forum for cultivating a transformative yoga practice!
During the retreat, you will be staying in superior double or single rooms of Aegialis Hotel & Spa. All rooms offer fantastic stunning views of the Mediterranean Sea from your private balcony or terrace.
Ashtanga yoga employs a multitude of techniques, such as postures, breathing, concentration, and meditation exercises that make it can be called the yoga of techniques. Ashtanga yoga differs from other forms of yoga in that it is dynamic, whereas most forms are static. The benefits of this particular practice may be grouped into three categories; physical, emotional, and mental.
All the schools of yoga promote flexibility, but very few emphasize physical strength and muscle training. This is where Ashtanga stands out. Ashtanga aims not only to make the practitioner has a calm mind and peaceful soul but also to have a strong, toned, controlled body. Because of its weight management and strength building routine, Ashtanga has become a popular choice of not just yoga practitioners, but also athletes looking to augment their sport by adding flexibility and core strength.
Not only that, because of the strict series and fast pace of the pose changes for seasoned practitioners, it also promotes stamina and endurance. In addition, because it only uses body weight, Ashtanga makes the practitioner stronger but not give a bulky look, and instead make the practitioner a lean toned human being.
The emotional benefits consist in being able to not be a slave to one's emotions but to remain the witness. Most of human suffering is caused by emotions. These emotions may become unbearable by identifying with them and often may cause negative results if the urges are followed.
It is important to know the difference between emotions and feelings. A feeling is an authentic sensation arising in the present moment such as love. An emotion is a reliving of a previously imprinted condition. For example, because you have been hurt in the past, you are acting in the present moment not out of love but out of jealousy or fear. Whenever you are emoting, you are in the past; whenever you are feeling, you are in the present. Yoga makes you feel more intensely because it removes layers of old conditioning.
You are overstimulated in the daily lives. Work obligations, family responsibilities, and noise from outside overwhelm your senses constantly. A dedicated Ashtanga practice brings you back to yourself on a daily basis, keeping you centered. Your inner world is replenished and nourished so there is more of you to go around.
Dedicated Ashtanga practitioners report they feel “calm” and “energized” after practice. Ashtanga relieves your body of nagging pains and your mind of ongoing worries. It is like getting an internal massage every day giving you a youthful glow and presence.
The most intimate, personal, and developed way of practicing yoga is also the most traditional, time-honored, and historical method. The ‘Mysore style’ method is named after the city where the teacher Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lives and teaches, continuing the teaching style from his teacher, Krishnamacharya.
Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within the Ashtanga yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore. There are some differences in this method from the usual modern or Western way yoga is taught, but the general idea is the same.
The class is not "led" as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one in a group class setting. You learn the practice by memory and practice what has been taught to you at your own pace. While the teacher assists each you individually by giving physical adjustments, verbal instruction, and helping you refine your technique and form.
The deep sound of breathing, a warm and energetic room, and the abundance of sweat are all things you can expect to greet you upon first entering a Mysore style yoga class.
This retreat will take place in Amorgos, South Aegean, Greece.
Daily buffet breakfast made with organic ingredients from the retreat centers garden and served with fresh squeezed orange juice will be served for you on this retreat. In addition, you will also enjoy daily lunch and dinner that include vegetarian and vegan dishes.