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A Memorable Visit to Yoga Sutra Shala

November 19, 2014

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For someone who is constantly on the go and doesn't prioritize time for myself and for relaxation, my time at the Yoga Sutra Shala was long overdue. From the moment I arrived in the Andalucian mountains in Spain, I felt my body sigh in relief and my mind start to quiet.

The flexible schedule at the retreat center was tailored to my needs and was the perfect balance of yoga, chanting, meditation and pranayama. I also had the perfect amount of time to walk around the grounds, taking in the incredible views and reconnect with nature and most importantly, with myself. 

As I have only recently started practicing yoga, some of the surrounding concepts, such as pranayama and chanting, were new to me. Namit and Maru introduced these beautifully, with stories of their own personal experiences as well as helping me to understand the history of the age-old practices.

 

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Yoga practice at Yoga Sutra Shala

 

Namit's teaching style is engaging, positive, and encouraging, reassuring me that although I could not perform every posture with textbook-style precision and flexibility, I was progressing with each day that went on and that I would continue to improve over time with dedication and determination.

Namit and Maru's meals were delicious and mealtime soon became my favorite part of the day! Their passion for nutrition and healthy eating is highly infectious and I felt myself asking a hundred questions, which they were always happy to answer. 

 

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Meal time with Namit - healthy food all around!

 

I have taken away not only some lovely memories from the Yoga Sutra Shala Retreat Centre, but a wealth of knowledge, concepts, and routines that I am striving to use integrate into my daily life at home. The surroundings were breathtaking, the teachers were warm and inviting and I left the mountains, feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and happier in myself.

 

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Sunset over the mountains

 

These five days have been invaluable. Thank you.


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