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Now into it’s fifth year, UpSideDown yoga holiday proves to be an eclectic platform to advance your yoga practice, explore the creativity of AcroYoga, rejuvenate with Thai yoga massage plus allows real social time for yogis and yoginis to interact!
The accommodation is arranged at Shambala Gatherings, in shared twin or triple rooms. The facilities for the holiday include a yoga shala, treatment room, projector, guest house, art studio, Wi-Fi, sound system, main kitchen and small kitchen, library, sauna, and dining room all set in an idyllic space surrounded by lakes and deep forests. Accommodation is shared between guests in twin rooms. All rooms share communal showers and toilets. Wi-Fi is available at the café and the dormitories.
UpSideDown yoga holiday is co-run by Catie Foroughi, creator of CYoga, ieva Wildlovebeamer, AcroYoga teacher, European teacher trainer for Rainbow Yoga and founder of Wild Love Beamer, plus her partner, AcroYoga base, Dino.
AcroYoga elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play. Acro in Greek means high, or elevated. Yoga in Sanskrit commonly translates to notions of union, or joining. The experience of taking flight with AcroYoga instantly dissolves fears and invites practitioners to tap into new and infinite possibilities of communication, trust, and union.
By combining acrobatics, yoga, and healing arts, the practice of AcroYoga has built a community of active teachers and practitioners all over the world. It blends three main elements - solar acrobatic practices that cultivate trust, empowerment and joy, lunar therapeutic practices, that cultivate listening, compassion and letting go, and yogic practices that cultivate breath awareness, life balance and connection.
Yoga flows connected with one or more yoga friends. It helps you to balance in ways you could not on your own, stretch deeper than you usually would, and cultivates the ability of listening, communication skills and interpersonal connection.
Thai yoga massage originates from Buddhist tradition and has elements of Vipassana (meditation of insight), Metta (loving kindness), yoga and Thai Chi. It is the application of rhythmic pressure on points and energy lines in the body, yogic stretching of muscles and joint manipulation.
Depending on the arrival and departure time of the guests, the program for the first and last days will be adapted to accommodate the group. Check in is at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, 10th July, and check out is at 3 p.m. on Monday, 16th July.
Forest hikes, the sauna and the lake are available to enjoy at leisure.
The retreat takes place at the world famous Shambala Gatherings center, which is quietly situated in a Swedish forest surrounded by tranquil lakes. Shambala is particularly renowned for the community feel that is created when ‘strangers quickly become friends’, for the wholesome vegan food made from local and mostly homegrown organic ingredients, and its beautiful location in Nordic nature. Other features of the center include the availability of a variety of massage treatments and the use of their sauna.
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Three vegan meals are provided by Shamabala daily, namely breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cooks feel that the kitchen is the heart of Shambala. They just love to make delicious vegetarian food for you, not only using the best possible ingredients, including organic products, but also taking care of food combinations to ensure that you are in the top energetic shape throughout the retreat. For many people through the years, one of the peak experiences of Shambala has been in the kitchen. It is a warm and open space where food is prepared amidst singing songs, laughter, and creativity that comes from the navel and the heart.
On the menu selection process, the cooks inspire themselves in the Ayurvedic tradition of food preparation and proper food combination. The vegan, gluten-free cuisine uses mainly organic products, and locally produced vegetables when possible.
Shamabala Gatherings is a great place to awaken your inner wild and free spirit by exploring the surrounding beautiful lush forest and lakes, enjoying the evening sauna, dipping in a tranquil lake and trying some of the in-house bodywork therapies: Thai yoga massage, craniosacral therapy, full body oil massage, and meditation floating tank.
Please book your flight to arrive at Stockholm Västerås Airport (VST) or Stockholm Arlanda Airport (ARN).
From the mentioned airports, you can take a taxi to train station in Vasteras and from there take a train to Skinnskatteberg, which is just a few minutes from the center.