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8 Days Asana Journey: An Awakening Mysore-Style Ashtanga and Hatha Yoga Retreat in Sicily, Italy

Sankalpa Sicily, s.p. 25 Km 10, 97100, Ragusa RG, Italy

A Life-Changing Yoga Journey in Italy

Asana Journey is a retreat dedicated to the practice of Ashtanga and Hatha yoga. It rests within a wonderful environment dubbed the Land of the Sun - Sicily. Just inside the location of Sankalpa Sicily and its yoga shala, experience dedicating yourselves to yoga as a lifestyle. By experiencing all the teachings that this discipline has to offer, We Are Heroes will guide your practice for use, both on and off the mat.

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Gleb & Cristina
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  • 6 days of Ashtanga yoga practice
  • Daily Nidra yoga, pranayama, and meditation
  • Daily Hatha yoga seminars to improve your asanas
  • Fresh organic food: delicious brunch and Ayurvedic dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick-up

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles

6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: French, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Group size: Maximum of 20 participants
Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport
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  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Free Wi-Fi

Sankalpa Sicily is placed in the heart of the southern province of Ragusa, Sicily. The Masseria is located in a quiet place on the unique Hyblaean Countryside. Pastures, fields, and walking paths surround the property. Fresh air and tranquillity are in abundance.

With ten straightforward shared rooms, each unit offers AC, Wi-Fi, hot water, bathroom, fridge, kitchenette, and crockery and is fully furnished. All single beds can be united into double beds according to the wishes of the group.


What is Ashtanga yoga?

Ashtanga is an ancient system of yoga comprising of eight distinct parts. Asana is just one of the components and is described in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

Ashtanga yoga integrates the practice of these eight limbs or branches. When combined, these eight limbs focus on breathing techniques, postures, mental exercises, and lifestyle choices.

Through dedicated practice one is able to bring the mind under control and attain freedom from suffering, enabling sustainable inner peace and happiness.

The modern method of Ashtanga yoga is technically known as the Ashtanga Vinyasa system. This dynamic style of yoga practice initially gained popularity from the West, following Sri K. Patthabi Jois’ teachings in the 70s.

The first series of asana sequences, known as the Primary Series, work to heal and align the body. This series has a particular focus on realignment of the spine and detoxification. Dedicated practice of the first series builds foundational strength, flexibility, and endurance in preparation for the following sequences.

The classes in Asana Journey Retreat are suitable for everyone including both beginners and practitioners. For those who have never practiced Ashtanga, it will be an opportunity to discover and experience this ancient discipline.

For those who already practice, you will have the chance to focus and dedicate yourself by following the guidance of well-qualified instructors.

Ashtanga classes incorporate two styles of practice, led instruction and Mysore, both important for individual growth. In a led Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga class, the teacher will instruct you through the sequence of a Primary Series. With the traditional Sanskrit count, all of the students will flow through the sequence at the same pace.

In Mysore style Ashtanga classes, there are no spoken instructions. Each student will self-practice independently, according to his or her own level. The teachers will then evaluate individual needs and make adjustments in alignment or guidance where necessary.

In Mysore style practice, one is able to build a deep internal awareness due to fewer external stimuli. There is no need to modify the pace of breath to match the rest of the class.

If you are completely new to Ashtanga Vinyasa system, you will be introduced to Mysore style, separate from the class. This Asana Journey Retreat will prove to be an incredible opportunity, inspiring students into the wonders of Ashtanga yoga.

What is Hatha yoga?

A yoga class described as Hatha will typically involve a set of physical postures (asanas) and breathing techniques. It is practiced more slowly, gently, and with more static posture holds than in an Ashtanga class.

The oldest and most widely used ancient text regarding the physical practice of Hatha yoga is the Hatha Yoga Pradipika. The main goal of this text is to illuminate the physical disciplines and practices of Hatha yoga and integrate these with the higher spiritual goals of Raja Yoga (the royal path).

Through the mastery of the prana (vital force and energy of the body), we can easily master the control of the mind and obtain success with Raja Yoga.

It was not until the 1920s when Hatha yoga became popularized and promoted in India with the work of T. Krishnamacharya and a few other brave, determined yogis. Krishnamacharya traveled through India giving demonstrations of yoga poses. With other pioneering yogis, they promoted Hatha yoga through its powerful healing and other witnessed positive benefits.

Hatha literally means force and is more traditionally defined as the yoga of force, or the means of attaining a state of yoga through force. Hatha yoga can be considered as anything you might do with the body, including:

  • Asana – yoga postures (practiced in any style of yoga)
  • Pranayama – breathing techniques
  • Mantra – chanting or reciting
  • Mudra – body gestures
  • Shatkriyas and Shatkarmas – internal cleansing techniques

Through these practices, you are essentially creating awareness on multiple levels: physical, mental, emotional, and energetic. There are many forces present within each of us. The practice of Hatha yoga helps us become aware of our current state, allowing us to create space and balance.

In Asana Journey Retreat, Hatha yoga classes are the perfect combination to Ashtanga Vinyasa system. You will explore different complimentary poses that help gain a rich understanding of your individual needs, encouraging you to dive deeper within Ashtanga practice. This is a perfect opportunity for all student types, both beginners and advanced, to experience their own benefits that the path of yoga practice has to offer.

Retreat Schedule

Saturday (June 6)

  • 15:00 Arrival and check-in
  • 18:00 Welcome meeting
  • 19:00 Nidra yoga
  • 20:00 Ayurvedic dinner

Sunday (June 7)

  • 08:00 Ashtanga yoga (Mysore style)
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 Eight paths of Ashtanga yoga
  • Free time
  • 18:00 Hatha yoga: forward bending
  • 20:00 Ayurvedic dinner
  • 22:30 Lights off, silence, and rest

Monday (June 8)

  • 08:00 Ashtanga yoga (Mysore style)
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 Going deep into standing sequence
  • Free time
  • 18:00 Hatha yoga: strength and flexibility
  • 20:00 Ayurvedic dinner
  • 22:30 Lights off, silence, and rest

Tuesday (June 9)

  • 08:00 Ashtanga primary series (led class)
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 Going deep into seated sequence
  • Free time
  • 18:00 Hatha yoga: hip opening
  • 20:00 Ayurvedic dinner
  • 22:30 Lights off, silence, and rest

Wednesday (June 10)

  • 08:00 Ashtanga yoga (Mysore style)
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 Q&A Ashtanga practice
  • Free time
  • 18:00 Hatha yoga: backbends and twists
  • 20:00 Ayurvedic dinner
  • 22:30 Lights off, silence, and rest

Thursday (June 11)

  • 08:00 Ashtanga primary series (led class)
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 Going deep into closing sequence
  • Free time
  • 18:00 Hatha yoga: Rishikesh class
  • 20:00 Ayurvedic dinner
  • 22:30 Lights off, silence, and rest

Friday (June 12)

  • 08:00 Ashtanga yoga (Mysore style)
  • 10:30 Brunch
  • 11:30 Q&A Ashtanga practice
  • Free time
  • 18:00 Hatha yoga: challenging salutations
  • 20:00 Ayurvedic dinner
  • 22:30 Lights off, silence, and rest

Saturday (June 13)

  • 08:00 Pranayama and meditation
  • 09:30 Breakfast
  • 12:30 Check out and departure


Gleb Kachan

Cristina Chiummo

Retreat location

The province of Ragusa has a rich artistic and cultural heritage. To name a few, here you can enjoy and explore the world-renowned Sicilian cuisine, hospitality, and baroque architecture.

In close proximity (8 kilometers), you will find Marina di Ragusa, a beach town with many shops and charming restaurants. Here you will also get to witness a picturesque sunrise and sunset, paired beautifully with golden sand, washed by waves from the Mediterranean Sea.

If you are looking for a more chilled beach experience, Randello Natural Reserve is for you. The Mediterranean green scrubland has untouched quiet beaches paired with crystal-clear waters.


Two daily meals of brunch and Ayurvedic dinner will be cooked beautifully and served during the retreat to provide your body with energy, nourishment, and nutrients needed to successfully participate and complete the activities.

The following meals are included:

  • Brunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Ayurvedic
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)

Life Coaching

Personal Training

Nutritional Counseling

Spa treatments

Thai yoga massage treatments are available for an extra fee.

What's included

  • Ashtanga yoga classes
  • Nidra yoga classes
  • Hatha yoga classes
  • Daily brunch and Ayurvedic dinner
  • 7 nights accommodation in shared rooms
  • Transfer from Catania-Fontanarossa Airport to Sankalpa Sicily

What's not included

  • Thai yoga massage treatments

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane:

Book a flight to arrive at Catania–Fontanarossa Airport (CTA). The cost of transportation to Sankalpa Sicily upon arrival is already included in the package.

Airport: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport Airport transfer included: Catania–Fontanarossa Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 33% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Arrival: Saturday June 6, 2020
Departure: Saturday June 13, 2020

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