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While in Kundalini Yoga, you will find the beauty of yogic lifestyle, community, connection with the music and voice in meditations. Through Power Yoga you will start opening your body crossing your own physical limits. You will feel grounded, gained connection with that space of silence and peace within yourself. Open up your body and energize yourself during Power Yoga morning sessions. In the afternoons expect Kundalini Yoga lifestyle based workshops covering variety of subjects. In the evenings we’ll move, meditate and sing in our Kundalini Yoga sessions!
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.
Power Yoga is very active as it stems from Ashtanga Yoga. We won’t divide anyone into levels. On the contrary Power Yoga invites students to practice as intensively as they prefer since we offer various modifications. Ashtanga Yoga usually is a rigorous practice started by Sun Salutations followed by a set series of asanas. In Power Yoga we play with asanas creating a wide variety of sets of postures depending on the preferences and needs of the students.
You may expect active warm ups with Sun Salutations followed by a set of asanas that may be quite soft like Chair Pose, Warrior I, II or twists. There will be Plank variations to keep the practice “warm”, Back Bands or Hips Openings postures. We always finish with relaxation and close the practice with meditation or pranayama.
Kundalini yoga is like no other and as a beginner you might feel very surprised by mantras used even during performing some postures. Kundalini Yoga has a wide range of already set kriyas (here: sets of asanas) that serve for different purposes. It can be a series to exercise the whole spinal column or to harmonize the work of glandular system or “just” to release toxins. Each exercise last for a couple of minutes and usually is accompanied by deep breathing or breath of fire. But you shouldn’t worry about the timing: the teacher always takes care of that.
Kundalini Yoga classes usually include meditations with beautiful music when the group uses a certain posture and many times we chant with the mantra. Mantras are easy to follow and you will definitely be carried away by the energy of the group, beautiful sound and inner focus.
Kundalini Yoga includes a huge amount of knowledge about numerology, diet and healthy lifestyle, communication, women groups and much more! We will go over some of these subjects during the workshops!
Kundalini Yoga based workshops will guide you through various practical aspects such as confronting and dealing with emotions, self-care and diet, creativity, discovering influences of life cycles and finding new opportunities for inspiring changes. It will serve as a tour towards (re)connecting with your creative self in your truth and consciousness. Each workshop will cover certain aspects that serve to analyze where you are now and inspire you towards change you desire for yourself, like change in your lifestyle habits, seeing new steps to take on your creative path or learning about other approaches in your communication with others.
During our morning sessions apart from physical practice we will devote a few minutes to silent meditation. In the evenings we will usually meditate with beautiful Kundalini Yoga mantras in our Kundalini Yoga class.
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.
During this workshop we will talk about how you approach your emotions now to uncover your patterns. We’ll also talk about addictions and will see how we can let them go. We’ll discover how to dive into your feelings. And very important: we’ll start learning about radical forgiveness, a method designed and described by Colin Tipping. This method can turn around your vision of what happens to you in life! It’s about bringing the responsibility for your life upon yourself, getting out of judgments and blaming others.
You will be provided with the reading for the next day and there will be an explanation on how to use this method in your life and even already during this retreat. You can see it as preparation for the next workshop when we will talk about conscious communication, which only is possible within the space of truth.
In Kundalini Yoga teachings they say: “We create our world through communication. We manifest our spirit through communication. We can destroy ourselves or someone we love with incorrect communication.“ In this workshop we will talk about communicating sincerely to others..and in first place to ourselves. We’ll also see how to communicate from chakra to chakra to communicate in a more harmonious way. Others subjects will be non-violence and speaking from the heart, manipulations we use and getting offended. We’ll try to honestly take a look at a couple of personal examples and try to find the way to dissolve our patterns.
To kick off this workshop we’ll practice walking meditation to sharpen our awareness. Today we discuss practices of healthy living within Kundalini Yoga tradition, such as water therapy, diet and yoga practice. This day we will also talk about importance of cleansing the organism: you’ll hear how a few practices work and if you need to know more we can talk more in depth about it later. We’ll also talk of transitioning to raw food which is becoming more and more popular lately.
You’ll find out about the lifecycles within Kundalini Yoga tradition and will see what part of your lifecycles you’re in. Through that you can find out what challenges are to come – and that should empower you to prepare for what is to come. We’ll also do a short conscious walk when we’ll hear what messages the plants or trees might have for us. We’ll do an empowering exercise to uncover what we could strengthen in ourselves and how we can create something new and exciting! Then we’ll share our experiences in our group to properly integrate them.
This’ll be pure practice to release our creative powers! We’ll express ourselves with a few minutes of dancing (I’ll guide you through the movement to help you release, open up, flow and welcome new chances life has out there waiting for you). Then we’ll connect with the source of creativity and inspiration and will draw... with eyes closed. This has a purpose of connecting with the creative powers of the Universe to help you hear the calling of your talents and new beautiful opportunities. After this we’ll share our experiences and insights!
Dina started practicing yoga on her own some 15 years ago with magazine photos at her disposal she learnt what she could. Until she found a teacher in 2009 and immediately jumped into the Kundalini Teacher Training. She’d practiced and assisted in teaching while she studied Power Yoga in 2011. She's been teaching Power Yoga since this moment in the Netherlands and she now continues doing this in Barcelona, Spain. Since 2014 she's been learning more about anatomy and pranayama with different teachers. When teaching she approaches her students’ needs taking into account what their bodies allow.
Rustic Retreats run beautifully yoga retreats in the Sierra Espuna mountain range in Southern Spain. A stunning estate, totally off-grid, with zero light pollution, solar power, and fresh spring water. The unique yoga platform sits nestled into the side of the mountain, with breath taking views across the tranquil valley.
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.
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.