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This retreat is aimed at learning the deep backbending and difficult inversions of Ashtanga's Intermediate Series. Join your hosts Simon and Alysia in Asturias to learn and feel the many benefits of the practice and to move even more deeply into the asanas. Establish a greater fluidity with daily yoga classes and meditation sessions, Ashtanga workshops, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda talks, hiking excursions, and build the foundations of a new spiritual journey!
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During this retreat, you will stay either in a private or a shared room. The house offers several types of accommodation, 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 mountains. 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 a four meter bell tent 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 looking after a little luxury style, Asturias Yoga can arrange an accommodation at the Casona de Con, a luxurious rural hotel seven kilometers away from the shala. The main house is self sufficient with a wood fired stove, a solar, and water from a nearby stream. There is a vegetable garden, a young orchard, five hives of bees, and four hens.
This course is aimed at Ashtanga practitioners ready to deepen their practice by advancing into the challenging Intermediate series. Ashtanga yoga presents a complete, invigorating, and exciting method for practicing yoga. After learning the primary series, you have probably already begun to feel the many benefits of the practice and are now looking to move even more deeply into the asanas, establishing greater fluidity.
During this course, you will begin with aspects of the primary Ashtanga series which are particularly challenging, specifically, back bending, inversions, and Vinyasa aspects. After a couple of days building these foundations, you will begin to learn the intermediate series. This exciting course requires a high degree of flexibility, a strong spine, and a sound practice of the primary series. It is the natural progression form of this full flow retreat which focuses on the asanas of the primary series.
In this retreat, you will enjoy daily yoga classes and meditation sessions, Ashtanga workshops covering the complete Ashtanga yoga primary series, yoga philosophy and Ayurveda talks, as well as an introduction to the intermediate series postures and guided excursions.
During this retreat we will organize 3 afternoon excursions to nearby caves, canyons and mountain forests.Beautiful paths through the depart from the backdoor that are especially enchanting in the mountain mist. We will also visit the spectacular and rarely visited cave of Alda with its magical acoustical effects, which you will appreciate by playing Tibetan bells inside. On a hot afternoon we can go to a nearby canyon to bathe in pristine river pools.
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.
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. 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. 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 take place at the Asturias Yoga Retreat Center in Asturias, Spain. Known as a natural paradise (in Spanish as “paraíso natural”), Asturias comprises spectacular geographical features, the Spanish traditional culture, and Europe’s most diverse eco-system.
It is a land of high mountain peaks in juxtaposition with sandy ocean beaches and sea-cliffs and is famous for verdant mountain forests, green valleys, and renowned cave-aged cheeses.
Here, the yoga practice aims to deepen sensitivity and to unleash blocked energy so that you may live yoga. The virgin nature, the tranquility of the forest, and the presence of powerful elements support the deepening of this sensation.
The exact location of the retreat will be halfway between Cangas de Onis and Arenas der Cabrales towns, on the lower slopes of the Picos de Europa mountains, not so far from the ocean, in a quiet chestnut, hazel, and oak forest.
During the retreat, you will be served two daily organic vegetarian meals plus snacks. The food is from Asturias Yoga’s or neighbors' gardens, provided from the surrounding meadows and forests.
During this retreat, an afternoon of rock climbing practice or a visit to the beach is possible if you desire.
You can enjoy Thai and Sweedish massage and certain Ayurvedic treatments for an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Asturias Airport (OVD). You can also arrive at Seve Ballesteros-Santander Airport (SDR). If driving or car rental is not possible, buses and trains are available to take you from either airport to the AsturiasYoga center.
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