Join Tao's Center on this yoga retreat led by one of the most senior Ashtanga - Vinyasa yoga teachers, Chuck Miller. The workshop is meant for all levels of practitioners, teachers, and experienced practitioners, all are encouraged to take this rare opportunity to practice with Chuck Miller on the beautiful island of Greece. Those newer to the practice will have the opportunity to get a solid, profound base of the practice. It is not to be missed!
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This yoga retreat is offered in a package that includes six nights accommodation in a shared accommodation in the nearby village of Ambelas.
Ambelas Mare is a magnificent new complex of apartments, located in the village of Ambelas with many traditional taverns and restaurants, only three kilometers from the cosmopolitan and famous Paros Naussa. Ambelas Mare apartments are built just across the sea, offering a beautiful view of the beach and the nearby island of Naxos.
Ambelas Mare apartments in Paros has six luxurious apartments which may accommodate from two to six persons. Their beautifully decorated and spacious apartments are a guarantee for a pleasant stay, with private roofed verandas offering a relaxing view of the sea.
To the traditional fishing village, by the beautiful small port of Ambelas Paros, and just three kilometers from the cosmopolitan Naousa, you will find Christiana Hotel. One of the most beautiful hotels of the area which could satisfy even the most demanding customers with its warm and hospitable atmosphere.
The view to the open sea, the calm wind which during the summer months flows quietly and peacefully, offers visitors something dreamy and enigmatic. At Christiana hotel, you will enjoy a small swimming pool facing the sea, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and refrigerator.
Eleana Hotel welcomes you to the infinite blue, to the divine harmony of nature, the relentless competition between wind and sea, and the majestic calm of a sunset. For them, each visitor is unique, so take care of everyone with great interest. Eleana Hotel is located 150 meters from the beach and two kilometers from Naousa. Enjoy the magic of nature and the tranquility of the sea just a step away.
Margarita resort is a family run resort, only a few minutes to the beach. It is situated in Ambelas, the closest fishing village to cosmopolitan Naousa, and offers three stars services and quality that guarantees complete satisfaction. You would look forward to nice, clean, and renovated rooms, and wonderful, carefree holidays in beautiful, natural surroundings! Margarita Studios has a swimming pool, taverna, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, and refrigerator.
Tao's Center is honored to host one of the most senior Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teachers, Chuck Miller, for his third workshop at Tao’s Center. The workshop will focus on getting back to the roots and essence of Ashtanga yoga. It is a unique opportunity for practitioners of all levels to reveal an often over-looked core dimension of yoga, especially for teachers and experienced practitioners.
This workshop is meant for participants with prior of at least one year of regular practice. The five-day workshop daily schedule includes morning and afternoon sessions, breakfast, dinner, and free island time.
The three pillars, the principles of practice, can be thought of as "anchors" for the mind, that keep you heading in the correct direction. Chuck calls these "breath, roots, core", the uniting of all three into one!
This will be your exploration. Using the precise sequence of breath movements as taught traditionally, not rushing to "get it done". Rather, "unpacking" the sequence, looking deeper into it, experiencing it in a more intelligent way, honoring the philosophical roots of the practice, experiencing philosophy and practice as one thing.
Chuck does not care how far you go nor how fast you go. That you understand the direction and quality of effort is more important. It will start slower, it must. One cannot look deeply inside if one continues to run in the same grooves. You need to step out of the regular, habituated patterns of practice in order to evolve (love is in there, in that word!) and go deeper into the essential truths. Come on. Give it a try. See if you are willing to be a beginner!
The first days will start slowly as a led class, evolving towards "Mysore style" as you progress through the week. This will enable clearing dysfunctional patterns, finding profound subtleties of the practice and creating a smoother, faster advancement with less injury.
In the afternoon sessions, you will dive into particular areas of practice, that will include the way you use your spines in forward bends, backbends, and twists, bringing light to dark places by breathing into the back body, protecting your shoulders and doing partner work to help each other learn, especially in the areas you cannot see yourselves.
Chuck has been practicing yoga earnestly since 1971. He met Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in 1980 and studied intensively with him for over 18 years, including numerous extended and familial encounters in America, and nearly two years spent in visits to Mysore in South India. Chuck enjoys teaching with a focus on the holistic nature of Ashtanga yoga, presenting it as a philosophical system as well as a strong practical method. Chuck is known for his gentle but deliberate hands-on adjustments which are both reassuring and challenging.
This retreat will take place in Paros Island, Greece. Paros kept its authentic Greek atmosphere, yet offers anything you may need or think of. There are sport activities of various kinds, such as water sports, scuba diving, and specifically wind and kite surfing, being one of the preferred locations for wind-surfing professionals and fans.
Paros is also great for those who want to develop their creativity and being spiritual by nature, as it accommodates many artists, craftsmen, and art schools, offering shorter or longer art courses, from painting to sculpturing, from ceramics to wood-work.
During this retreat, you will be served two daily meals.
You may enjoy a wide variety of treatments and therapies at the center, given by professional and experienced therapies for an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Paros National Airport (PAS). Daily flights of Olympic airlines fly two to three times a day from Athens International Airport (ATH). The flight is half an hour long.
Daily ferries from Piraeus port in Athens to Paros travel all year round. The trip is four hours long.
From Athens International Airport (ATH) to Piraeus port, you can take the Metro, bus (98A) or a taxi. By Metro it takes about one hour, by bus or by taxi 40 minutes to one hour and a half, depending on the traffic.
In summer time, faster ferries (three hours long) are available also from Rafina and Lavrio ports. From Athens airport to Rafina and Lavrio ports it’s best to take a taxi.
From Mykonos and Santorini, there are daily ferries to Paros, trip time ranging from half an hour to three hours. Between June and September there are international charter flights to Mykonos and Santorini.
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