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Summer, a time of year filled with abundant energy, long days and beautiful sunshine. Summer is about expansion, growth, activity and creativity. Join us on this midsummer yoga retreat as we explore how to remain in harmony with the environment of the summertime. Let’s come together to nourish our spirits, as we find joy in hot summer days and warm summer nights.
Accommodation is provided in beautifully furnished five-meter 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.
The yoga classes will be a mixture of Yin and Yang styles of yoga, taking inspiration from various traditions including Ashtanga, Mandala and Rocket yoga. Our practice is designed to generate an abundance of energy within us allowing for creativity, expansion and growth. We will let go of expectations around how asanas 'should' look and focus on how we feel on a physical, mental and emotional level during our practice sessions.
Our morning classes will be based mainly in dynamic styles of yoga, always trying to cultivate a moving meditation with a focus on linking breath and movement to flow freely.
Ashtanga yoga is a style of yoga consisting of several set sequences of asanas moved through in conjunction with the breath and a focussed gaze (drishti). The synchronization of breath and dynamic movement produces an internal heat designed to purify the body from the inside out. Many dynamic forms of yoga that are practiced now are based upon or inspired by the Ashtanga vinyasa method.
Rocket yoga is one such style, rooted in Ashtanga vinyasa yoga. Rocket yoga is a dynamic and fast paced flow where students are encouraged to make their own interpretations and variations of traditional poses making this style of yoga accessible and fun for all.
Mandala vinyasa classes focus on a particular chakra/element/group of muscles. Mandala Vinyasa is performed in a spiraling way, moving around the mat. We use these spiraling movements to create a deeper connection between each element and its corresponding chakra (eg. Earth and Muladhara).
Our evening classes will be Yin yoga, which in contrast to our dynamic morning flows is a much more static, slow paced style of yoga. Poses in yin yoga are generally floor based, mostly targeting the lower half of the body and held for anywhere between 2-10 minutes. Yin yoga aims to cultivate your awareness of inner silence and is performed with the minimum amount of muscle exertion.
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.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) the Summer is the most yang of all of the seasons, ruled by the element of fire, a time when energy is at its peak. The Summer is a time for growth, expansion, light, abundance and is the manifestation of all that we have been cultivating throughout the Spring. In TCM the fire element of Summer rules the heart, mind and spirit, so we will be giving priority to these important aspects of ourselves. During this ‘Spring into Summer’ retreat we will be cultivating our Yang energy (fire) while making sure that it doesn't come into excess, complementing and balancing with Yin yoga and meditation.
We will begin each day of the retreat with a seated meditation, followed by our dynamic asana practice. We will treat our morning practice as a moving meditation, flowing sequences of poses guided by the beautiful breath.
In contrast to the morning asana practice, we will end each day of the retreat with a Yin yoga class. Yin yoga consists of postures held for between 2-10 minutes and allows for the cultivation of a sense of calmness and deep release. Yin yoga allows you to let go of emotions that may be blocking the flow of energy.
Each of the workshops during the retreat will assist us in cultivating expansion and inner growth. Each day of the retreat will nourish and revitalize us in a different way, giving us time to look within and find joy at the most beautiful time of the year, the Summer.
In our first workshop we will move through a simple flow of asanas while blindfolded. This really allows you to turn your attention inward and heighten the other senses. During this retreat we will be looking to bring forth a state of moving meditation - uniting mind and body whenever we are on the mat. By removing our most relied upon sense, the other senses naturally heighten and we must look within. Also removing the sense of sight means that you can really tune into yourself without judgement or comparison to others.
Many people find back bending extremely challenging both physically and mentally. Back bending is a fantastic way to develop the strength and opening necessary for a balanced physical experience. On an energetic level, backbends allow for deep heart opening. In this workshop we will explore various techniques for practicing backbends effectively and safely. We will work on all aspects of back bending including lengthening the front side of the body, opening the hips and strengthening the legs and core to give stability.
This workshop will explore the use of sound and how it can be used to reconnect us to our true selves. In this workshop we will use the chanting of various sacred mantras, such as OM (I am) to allow awareness to move inwards. We will also spend time chanting the mantras linked to each of the chakras (Laam, Vaam, Raam etc). Finally we will use singing bowls with specific vibrations to balance and clear energy.
There are hundreds of mudras used in yoga and each one of them creates a different circuit of energy using the hands, fingers and thumbs. In this workshop we will explore some of the different mudras and we will look at the significance of each of the fingers in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. We will combine the mudras with breathing meditation, turning our attention to our inhalations and exhalations and noticing the subtle effect the mudras have on our energies.
At the end of this energizing and revitalizing retreat we will experience Yin yoga in a beautiful way by working with a partner, deepening the sensations felt in the poses and learning to trust and let go. Assisted Yin is an incredibly powerful and therapeutic type of yoga and will have a deeply relaxing effect on body and mind.
Mahalia has been teaching yoga for the past two years, having completed her 200-hour Ashtanga Vinyasa course with The Yoga People. Since then, she has completed a 100-hour Yin yoga course (September 2014), and a 100-hour advanced Ashtanga Vinyasa course (September 2015). She is incredibly passionate about the many benefits of living a yogic lifestyle, physically, mentally, and spiritually. she is wholeheartedly committed to sharing this with others, and believes that yoga and meditation are for everyone, regardless of age or ability.
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, earthbag dome, stunning yoga platform on the side of the mountain, hammocks, orange and lemon trees, a tailor made pinewood meditation and 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.
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. Also, please make sure to inform Rustic Retreats of any dietary requests upon booking.
Please book your flight to arrive at Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC). Hire cars are available at the airport. You may contact Rustic Retreats for more details.
From Alicante-Elche Aiport (ALC), it's a two-hour train journey (6 EUR) through the beautiful Spanish countryside down to Totana station where Rustic Retreats will collect you.
You can get a taxi from the airport which would cost 170 EUR and upwards.
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