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7 Days The Koshas of Your Being Vinyasa Yoga Retreat in Totana, Murcia

Rustic Retreats, Appt. de Correous, 277 Totana, Murcia 30850, Spain

Yoga Retreat in Spain

Ancient yogis teach us that as human beings we have five layers, also known as sheaths or koshas, that interpenetrate each other and encase the soul like the layers of an onion. Most of us are aware of our physical body, the outermost sheath, but to journey within, through the layers is to understand your True Self. This yoga retreat will be a journey through the five koshas to our innermost being where joy, bliss and equanimity can be found.

Highlights

  • Twice daily meditations
  • Morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Daily workshops on a variety of subjects
  • Yoga platform nestled into the side of the mountain & beautiful meditation log-cabin
  • 6 nights accommodation in beautiful surroundings and eco-friendly
  • Massage and other treatments available on request
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners, juices
  • Use of beautiful swimming pool

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 11 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
13:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Outdoor shower

Our accommodation comes in the form of beautiful yet simple well-equipped bell tents, with beds and electricity.

Bell tents

Our beautifully furnished bell tents are simple yet sumptuous. With comfy beds and crisp, fresh linen, it’ll be a luxury glamping experience you’ll never forget! As you lay your head down, let the sweet scent of the nearby lemon and orange groves carry you off to sleep as you doze under the glorious, star-filled sky. A truly blissful way to end your day.

​Rest and relaxation

You’ll be spoiled for choice for ways to rest and relax. You could take a dip in our refreshing swimming pool, or lounge lazily in the hammock area while taking in the beautiful views. Why not pull up a sun lounger in our shaded terrace, and enjoy one of our many books or board games? And at the end of your day, after an invigorating workshop, you can head past the almond trees to our lovely wooden meditation cabin, with breathtaking views over the valley.

Bathrooms and showering

As a totally off-grid yoga retreat, we have lovely, solar-powered showers, or if you prefer, an amazing outdoor shower block, so you can literally shower under the stars!

Electricity and internet

We provide our guests with an Internet connection , and the bell tents come ready with solar electricity.

Program

Styles of yoga to be taught:

The morning practice will be dynamic and energetic Vinyasa Flow Yoga. "Vinyasa" means "linking" which in this context means that the poses will be linked together in a flowing sequence, the movement will be linked with the breath and the mind, body, and spirit are linked as a whole.

It is a creative and intelligent flow style with an emphasis on alignment and safety. Descriptive cueing and hands-on assistance will be skilfully interwoven into the practice to allow students to correct their own alignment, understand the mechanics of each pose and safely deepen their practice.

The evening practice will be Yin Yoga to balance out the Yang energy of the morning. This style of yoga is slow with each posture supported with props if needed and held for several minutes. This style of yoga encourages stillness and introspection. Physically it stretches soft tissues which are otherwise untouched and allows us a deep energetic release.

Sample Daily Timetable (times will vary slightly on each retreat)

  • 07.30 Pranayama or morning meditation
  • 08.00 Morning yoga practice
  • 09.30 Breakfast buffet
  • 11.00 Workshop (practical/theoretical) or free time
  • 13.00 Lunch
  • 15.00 Free time
  • 19.00 Evening yoga practice
  • 20.30 Meditation or Yoga Nidra
  • 21.00 Evening meal

This is a sample timetable and may be subject to change. There will be one workshop a day, it may be in the morning or afternoon. There is also the option to visit local markets on Wednesday and Sunday.

Your Rustic Retreats Journey

In the ancient yoga texts called the Upanishads, the five koshas are referred to as the veils which are created for us to examine, to know and to transcend in order to lead the way back to our true nature - the Self.

Each day, in the beautiful hills of Spain, we will explore and become aware of the layers of our being through yogic practices such as asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting.

Each of the work shops is designed to deepen your understanding of the koshas so that by the end of the retreat you will be able to live fully and gracefully at every level of your being.

Workshop 1 – Annaamaya Kosha (Physical Body)

Each one of us is unique in our shape and size. This matters in terms of the asana (posture) practice of yoga. This workshop will be an opportunity to learn the best alignment of some of the more commonly practised asanas in relation to our individual bodies. It will also be an opportunity to learn how to modify postures for any injuries or ailments and will provide a solid foundation for moving forwards in your practice.

Workshop 2 – Pranamaya Kosha (Breath Body)

Also known as the vital force sheath, it is influenced by the prana (life energy) that surrounds and permeates our body. The practice of pranayama helps to keep this life force energy flowing freely. In this workshop we will learn what pranayama is and practise various techniques so that you can connect to the energy within and release your own vitality. We will also explore inversions (inverted L/shoulder stand/headstand/handstand) in this workshop to shake the energy upside down!

Workshop 3 – Manomaya Kosha (Mental Body)

Just like our physical body has layers, our mental body also has layers with some thoughts and ideas being more influential and stronger than others. It is often these thoughts that form grooves that become deeper and deeper, creating fixed patterns, beliefs and behaviours; these are known as samskaras. This workshopwill be an enquiry into our samskaras and an exchange of negative ones for positive ones. By practicing and living with intention we can shift samskara and illuminate the purity of our soul.

Workshop 4 – Vijanamaya Kosha (Awareness Body)

This is the sheath that enables humans to make moral decisions and choices beyond instinctual reactions. Somebody with a healthy vijanamaya kosha probably practises the yamas and niyamas (yoga’s ethical guidelines - simply put, the yamas are things not to do, or restraints, while the niyamas are things to do, or observances). This workshop will be an introduction to Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras with an emphasis on the yamas and niyamas and how to apply them in life.

Workshop 5 – Anandamaya Kosha (Bliss Body)

Yoga nidra or yogic sleep is a journey through the five layers of your being. In this workshop you will experience a full yoga nidra leading you from the most gross levels of your existence to the most subtle. It is worth four hours of sleep and it’s one of the best ways to traverse your koshas and reach your blissful Self.

Retreat location

Rustic Retreats is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Espuna Mountains, southern Spain. This beautiful site has so much to offer to so many, they have an organic vegetable garden, fresh mountain spring water, solar power throughout, a beautiful swimming pool, earth-bag dome, stunning yoga platform on the side of the mountain, hammocks, orange and lemon trees, a tailor made pinewood meditation / relaxation cabin with views across the valley, outdoor showers so you can shower under the stars, and so much more. Totally off grid, zero light pollution. Stunning surroundings, beautiful, and simple accommodation are part of the Rustic Retreats charming environment.

This Yoga Retreat is vegetarian-friendly

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Food

Stimulate all your senses whilst you absorb the bright colors, beautiful textures, tantalizing flavors, and sublime aromas of the fresh food served at Rustic Retreats. The chef will create a myriad of fresh, healthy vegetarian meals to tantalize your pallet, all using the ripest, freshest, seasonal ingredients that are locally produced either from their very own organic garden and vegetable patch or from the local market and farmers.

Varieties of fruit are growing freely on the site such as lemons, oranges, almonds, pomegranate, and carob to name but a few. All vegetarian meals are lovingly prepared by a trained chef in the outdoor kitchen and are served 'al fresco' whenever possible. All meals are included in the price. The meals have been so popular with the clients that they are looking at producing a recipe book for next season.

Example menu:

  • Start the day with a fruit smoothie or refreshing mint tea.
  • Breakfast baby spinach omelet, cereals, fruit and French toast.
  • Lunch bell pepper frittata, bean and yogurt salad, and pumpkin bread.
  • Evening meal squash and zucchini casserole with wild rice and lemon tart.

Exclusions

All day snack menu is available but cost is not included in the price. Alcohol is available at a small extra charge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Play plenty of board games
  • Relax or read books on the hammocks, shaded terrace, and sun loungers
  • Take a dip in the swimming pool
  • Use the outdoor shower block to literally shower under the stars
  • Take a hike in the surrounding mountains
  • Contemplate life in the beautiful wooden meditation cabin

Spa treatments

Reiki/Massage/Reflexology available I day per retreat. Book when you get here contributions from 50 EUR.

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals, including daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and juice
  • Bed linen
  • Daily workshops, talks and mountain walks
  • Meditations twice daily
  • Stunning yoga platform nestled into the side of the mountain
  • Use of beautiful swimming pool
  • Yoga mats
  • Yoga practice twice daily

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Flights
  • Alcohol and snack menu (small extra charge)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Fly into to Alicante, then it's a 2-hour train journey (6 EUR) through the beautiful Spanish countryside down to Totana station where Rustic Retreats will collect you.

Alternatively, fly into Corvera Airport Murcia (RMU). There is a bus transfer (costs 6 EUR), and it takes 25 minutes to Murcia train station. You can also get a taxi or hire a car (40 minutes by car to Totana). Train to Totana takes 40 minutes and costs approximately 3.75 EUR.

Arrival by train

Arrive at Totana station where Rustic Retreats will collect you.

Arrival by taxi

You can get a taxi from the airport which would cost 170 EUR and upwards. Also, there are car hire options at the airport.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

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Arrival: Friday April 30, 2021
Departure: Thursday May 6, 2021

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