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Join the UpSideDown yoga holiday in Sweden, which is an eclectic platform to advance your yoga practice, especially structured for newcomers and intermediate students. Explore the creativity of AcroYoga through trained instructors, rejuvenate with Thai yoga massage and allow real social time for yogis and yoginis to interact. Indulge in a variety of massage treatments and use sauna while you are on the retreat.
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.
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.
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. The retreat includes a number of elements.
Ieva is an Acro yoga certified teacher, Thai yoga massage practitioner, ecstatic dance teacher, and senior rainbow yoga teacher trainer facilitating 3-day kids and family, and partner yoga teacher training worldwide. Her main focus is to bring people together via the fun, interactive and emotional intelligence harnessing power of social yoga, be it corporate team-building events, family yoga, or workshops at visionary festivals. She see more similarities than differences between people. In the recent years, yoga teacher trainings and yoga holidays became the focus of her life.
Catie Foroughi is an organic vegan yoga coach and trained yoga therapist, with a core approach that anything is possible. A yogini since childhood, she remains spontaneous with a highly original and integrated approach to yoga, and a dynamic connective energy. An experienced teacher, Catie developed her own form of yoga, the Cyoga. Cyoga is the magic moment of involvement with love or yoga, and brilliance in any situation.
Dino is your trusty partner, yoga co-teacher, and reliable Acro yoga teacher. The director of Wild Love Beamer, Dino is certified by Rainbow Yoga (200-hour) covering kids and family, community and partner yoga, as well as an AYfit (Acro yoga) trainer. Dino first experienced the transformative power of UpSideDown yoga holiday as a guest in 2014, and joined as part of the teaching team as of last year. He offers calm and playful approach to teaching, and in Acro yoga leads by example to base partners of all shapes and sizes.
The retreat takes place at Shambala Gatherings Borntorpet, which is situated by the lake Gattjärn in the deep forest of Bergslagen, about a two-hour drive north of Stockholm.
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Three vegan meals are provided by Shamabala daily, including 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. They not only use the best possible ingredients, including organic products, but also take 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.
Shamabala Gatherings is 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.
Try some of the in-house bodywork therapies like Thai yoga massage, cranio-sacral 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.
"This retreat was blissful for the body and soul! The setting was absolutely beautiful, the weather was sunny, and the food was delicious! But most importantly, the yoga classes were fantastic! There was an invigorating Vinyasa yoga class in the morning, and a playful, fun, and challenging Acro-yoga class in the afternoon. In the Acro-yoga class we worked in pairs (base and flyer) and trios (with the added spotter). You have to trust your yoga partner (so very good for control issues!) and face your concerns about being able to do certain positions (again, a very good metaphor for life!). The teacher, Ieva, and her partner, Dino, bring a fantastic energy to the class (and a very cool soundtrack as well!). I can honestly say I had an amazing week, with amazing people and I left feeling full of yoga love. I’m definitely going to book another retreat with UpSideDownYoga!"
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"I first met Ieva when I went to Turkey for the UpSideDown yoga holiday. Didn't know what to expect. I'm glad I did go, because I had a wonderful time. She is such a wonderful person and excellent yoga teacher. The whole experience was perfect, the people in the group, the place and the yoga teachers. I highly recommend any of her yoga classes and I'm definitely going again next year."
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"Ieva is an amazing teacher, and her partner yoga immersion day was accessible, stimulating & playful! Would highly recommend to anyone interested in yoga and looking to connect to others or with their loved ones in a fun and meaningful way."
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