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With this extra special retreat to help you find new ways to find energy and inspiration in your practice. Whether you are new to yoga or seasoned yogis we can all go through periods when we lack inspiration in our practice. The workshops and daily classes will help you further explore and discover what yoga is about, and how it can help you become your ‘best selves’. The workshops range from anatomical to artistic but all will serve to deepen our understanding of both the science and art of yoga. By the end of the week you’ll have an extra spring in your step, and new yogic techniques in your ‘yoga tool box’ to take home with you to continue your yogic journey! You will join us on our beautiful, solar powered, off-grid site for the chance to get in touch with nature and truly disconnect from the stresses of day to day life. Sleeping in beautiful bell tents surrounded by the mountains and groves of lemon trees you will feel at one with nature and invigorated by the fabulous daily practice and workshops.
Accommodation is provided in beautifully furnished 5-metre bell tents. Nestled amongst the lemon and orange groves, the bell tents are simple but sumptuous, with electricity and comfortable beds. Each tent can sleep up to three people. Crisp bed linen and pool towels are provided. There are solar hot and cold powered showers facilities. Internet access is available. There is a small shop on site for all those little essentials you might need.
There are almost as many definitions of the word yoga as there are styles of yoga practice. One of the definitions is that Yoga is a Union – of Mind, Body and Breath. It is a profound, radical and transformative practice. People come to Tania's yoga classes for many different reasons – to increase flexibility, to sleep better, to tone up, to relax – however often they will find other benefits from her teachings.
The practice of yoga asana (physical positions) are the tip of an iceberg into a much wider and deeper set of practices and ways of living. Traditional yoga consists of eight pillars, including how we live our lives, pranayama (breathing exercises), inner awareness, concentration, and ultimately Samadhi – or the blissful state of oneness. Although Tania cannot promise Samadhi in all classes she does bring in many of the other dimensions of yoga into her classes, such as pranayama, and inner focus.
Tania would describe her style of teaching as ‘Mindful Vinyasa Yoga’. This is a slow flowing style which brings in intelligent sequencing, mindfulness, a focus on inner awareness, and moving with the breath. She combines more flowing classes with opportunities to break down the poses and explore fundamental principles in yoga, such as how we can use the ground to engage and enliven our poses and how we can create space in our bodies, by working with partners or using props. She teaches breathing and a variety of meditation techniques from different traditions in each class to enable student to further explore this part of yoga.
Times will vary slightly on each retreat. There is 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.
Often in our personal lives, jobs and/or yoga practice we may go through periods where we feel stuck! This feeling might relate to stress or anxiety, lack of inspiration, or fatigue. This week will help inspire us by providing both traditional but also modern techniques, practices and ideas to re-energize and enliven our yoga practices – and by extension our lives!
From exploring modern principals of anatomy to ensure that our positions are safe and sustainable, to investigating ancient limbs of yoga and how they can apply in our modern lives this week will provide a fresh outlook to your yoga practice.
Over the week Tania will also offer meditation techniques from a range of different traditions including Buddhist inspired awareness and metta (loving kindness) practices, modern mindfulness practices and more traditional pranayama (breath control) techniques from a hatha yoga background. These meditation techniques will help you get to know yourself better, understand your trigger points and be able to recognize and change negative thought patterns.
In this practical workshop, you will explore some of the basics of yoga alignment and how this relates to anatomy (form). We will look at how every ‘body’ is different and the importance of not trying to force yourself into the ‘perfect pose’. We will discuss the importance of ‘good’ alignment (form) as a basis for avoiding injury. This will focus particularly on how to protect delicate areas such as the shoulders, neck, lower back and knees.
We will then look at how we can take these functional basics and use them to create ‘freedom’ and ease in in our practice. This will be explored through using playful natural movements, and moving slowly in and out of poses, and investigating the right balance of effort and ease in our practice.
This workshop will enable both seasoned practitioners and newbies to know and explore further the 8 limbs of yoga. We will begin by introducing the 8 limbs of yoga and where these originate from and how they fit into other parts of yoga philosophy.
We will then go on to explore in depth the Yamas and Niyamas and discuss how these ancient principles relate to our modern lives and yoga practice. We will then go on to investigate the other 6 limbs of yoga both through discussion and practical exercises. The workshop will conclude with a session on how we can apply these ancient codes of conduct and steps of yoga practice to our daily lives.
How often do we hear in yoga classes the phase ‘move with the breath’? Lots of time! But do we really know what moving with the breath means? Senior Yoga teacher Donna Farhi says ‘the breath is an anchor that keeps us tethered to the present moment’ and without the breath yoga asanas (positions) are really just a form of stretching. The roots of the word ‘inspiration’ comes from the old French ‘inspiraction’ which means ‘inhaling or breathing life into’.
In this workshop we will explore how we can inspire our practice through moving and breathing more fully, by engaging in some informative exercises and partner work. This will help us deepen our understanding of how our own, and others breath works, and how we can activate and deepen our connection with it. Using this awareness we will then go on to explore breath and movements together. We will conclude the workshop by looking at how we can use breath work, and simple breathing exercise in our yoga practice and daily lives
It is difficult to feel inspired and motivated when we stressed and worried. More and more people are coming to yoga as an antidote to counter anxiety, depression, insomnia and other stress related problems. Our day-to-day lives seem to have become more and more busy resulting in the production of stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline which have a toil on our daily functioning and our bodies and minds.
This workshop will explore how we can use simple yoga practices and meditation techniques to learn coping strategies for day-to day-stress and tension. We will explore techniques such as restorative yoga, breathing techniques and guided relaxations to deal with stressful situations both in the moment, but also as a way to unwind during particular stressful times. Through using observation techniques we will explore how effective these simple practices can be.
Tania is a passionate, experienced and committed Hatha and Vinyasa yoga teacher. She is also a qualified prenatal yoga teacher and meditation teacher. She employs a holistic and responsive teaching style, to facilitate a sense of quiet self-awareness in her students, and learning about the body, the asanas and breathing techniques. Her classes are well suited for beginners in yoga or advanced students, from mum-to-be to the elderly.
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.
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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.
All day snack menu is available but cost is not included in the price. Alcohol is available at a small extra charge.
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.
Arrive at Totana station where Rustic Retreats will collect you.
You can get a taxi from the airport which would cost 170 EUR and upwards. Also, there are car hire options at the airport.