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Marina Yoga invites you to this meditation and yoga retreat in Krabi, Thailand. The center is located in a secluded area with the breathtaking view of Krabi landscape. During the retreat, you can join as many classes as you want or relax and rest as much as you need. There are many styles of yoga taught in the beautiful yoga shala every day and experience teachers that are happy to help you. This is the yoga retreat that you have been waiting for!
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Marina Yoga has private deluxe rooms, private standard rooms, and shared rooms or dorms. Please send an inquiry for the price. Marina Yoga also has a cleaner who comes once a week. In the meantime, the practice of karma yoga (selfless action) is requested, and you are responsible for keeping your room and personal space clean.
Yoga means union. In the western world, the term yoga is most often thought of as physical asana practice (yoga pose). This form of yoga combines asanas, pranayama (breathing), and mudras (gestures) to unite the body, mind, and spirit. There are six principle paths of yoga; Karma, Jnana, Kriya, Hatha, Raja, and Bhakti.
Hatha is the system in which all physical yoga practice falls under. Although this does not emphasize the more esoteric practices, all systems including Hatha ultimately aim to lead to the same goal of unification and enlightenment (Samadhi).
In Vinyasa-style yoga classes, poses will flow from one to another in conjunction with the breath. Vinyasa is a term that covers a broad range of yoga classes. The word Vinyasa means “breath-synchronized movement.” In other words, the teacher will instruct you to move from one pose to the next on an inhale or an exhale.
This technique is sometimes also called Vinyasa Flow, or just Flow because of the smooth way that the poses run together and become like a dance.
In Yin yoga, poses are held for several minutes at a time in order to the stretch the connective tissue around the joints. The most prominent advocate of Yin yoga is the American teacher Paul Grilley, who learned the basic method from Taoist yoga teacher and martial arts expert Paulie Zink. Grilley also studied with the Japanese Dr. Motoyama, whose research posits that the connective tissue may actually be the key to discovering subtle energy channels in the body (called nadis in yoga and meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Despite having an advanced asana practice, which is supposed to help prepare the body for meditation, Grilley found himself uncomfortable when he began to attempt long, seated meditations. Yin yoga directly addresses the demands that sitting still in one position for a long time places on the body by focusing on stretching connective tissue instead of muscle. Sarah Powers, who studied with Paul Grilley, is another well-known Yin yoga teacher.
In Chinese philosophy, the Yin Yang symbolizes the duality and interdependency of the natural world. Things that are Yang are moving, changing, and vigorous. In contrast, things that are Yin are still, static, and calm.
The majority of western yoga practices have evolved into being very Yang - lots of movement, with an emphasis on stretching the muscles. Muscles are Yang, while connective tissues like tendons and ligaments are Yin. Sitting for meditation is more Yin, and therefore, requires a practice that addresses this use of the body. While joints like the knees and ankles are fragile and easily overstretched, the body also contains joints in the pelvis, hips, and lower spine that are naturally much less flexible. It is these joints that Yin yoga primarily addresses.
Hatha yoga describes any of the physical practices of yoga. (Remember that yoga has eight limbs, only one of which, asana, involves doing yoga poses.) When you do Iyengar, this is Hatha yoga; when you do Ashtanga, this is Hatha yoga too. “Hatha yoga” can be used interchangeably with “yoga.”
If you see a class described as Hatha, it will likely be a slow-paced stretching class with some simple breathing exercises and perhaps seated meditation. This is a good place to learn basic poses, relaxation techniques, and become comfortable with yoga.
It is the description of a state of concentrated attention on some object, either an object of thought alone or some outside object. Or another way, meditation is a system that brings about both mental and physical calm and relaxation, by using techniques that cut down on the amount of internal mental “chatter” that everyone all has going on all the time.
Guided meditations are almost certainly the most effective way how to meditate. In fact, many people prefer to use this method all the time, as for virtually everyone it works the best. Basically they are a form of meditation where someone else is giving the meditation instructions to you verbally so that all you have to do is listen to the voice of the person and the effects of the meditation happen automatically.
The benefits of meditation are your birthright, whether you are Buddhist, Christian, Confucian, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, Taoist, follow some other religion, or none at all.
Marina is the founder of Marina Yoga. The ideas behind her vision incorporate principles from a range of holistic practices of which Marina has vast experience. Her belief is that yoga is for everyone, there is no separation between people in regards to ability and mobility; everyone is a teacher, and everyone is a student. Marina trained in Hatha yoga in India and has been a yoga practitioner for 30 years, a grandmaster Reiki healer for 20 years, and also has extensive training in physiology, homeopathy, anatomy, and psychology.
Set in the countryside about three kilometers from Ao Nang, Marina Yoga is in a quiet countryside location with great views all round the beautiful Krabi landscape. There is a local resort within easy walking distance with a good swimming pool for free use. You can rent a scooter for easy transport or Marina Yoga can arrange tuk-tuks as needed.
Breakfast and unlimited drinking water are provided. To reduce plastic waste, you are suggested to bring a refillable water bottle. There is a fully equipped kitchen for your use, and there is twice weekly transport to local markets. In addition, there are two restaurants within walking distance or you may order from dinner menus and have food delivered to the center. Marina Yoga supports a healthy vegetarian diet.
Please book your flights to arrive at Krabi Airport (KBV). Transfer from and to this airport is available on request at an additional fee.
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