Everyone comes to yoga with his or her own personal history as well as an individual body. Everything that is alive develops and changes in each moment. With this in mind, the yoga practices in this retreat are based upon the unique needs and potentialities of each individual. Rather than trying to fit your bodies and lives into the perfect image of yoga, the yoga practices are used to support and help you to grow as individuals.
La Rosa dei 4 Venti is a beautiful modern retreat center specializing in yoga. Previously known as Santa Maria del Sole, La Rosa dei 4 Venti is listed in Angelika Taschens book Great Yoga Retreats as one of the top yoga retreat centers world-wide. Situated in the heart of the Itra valley directly between the Ionian and Adriatic Seas, the former 16th century masseria (farm-house) and its surrounding gardens are the perfect location to practice yoga and to completely relax. In addition to the enchanting garden and the charming pool, there is a lovely outdoor yoga platform and indoor yoga studio.
Accommodation is in either the carefully restored farmhouse or surrounding Trullis, white round houses with onion domes, typical of the region. There are 3 types of room that are offered - three-bed room, single room, and double room.
Morning practice is Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga flow. In the afternoons you will focus on Restorative yoga and pranayama (breath work). Additionally there will be two special interest workshop offered during the week. Two afternoons will be kept free, allowing extra time for exploration and relaxation.
Rebecca has been teaching yoga to both adults and children since 2005. In September 2012, Rebecca opened her own yoga studio in Westend (Munich, Germany). Rebecca began practicing yoga in 2001 as a way to balance her then hectic life as an international school teacher in Moscow, Russia. With a history in dance and ballet, she was immediately attracted to yoga and the sense of tranquility it gave her. With time, however, she learned that yoga is really less about physical flexibility and turning yourself into a human pretzel, and more about learning to live life to its fullest by learning how to let go and by breathing fully into the present moment.
This retreat will take place in Martina Franca, Southern Italy.
The foods are home-made vegetarian meals. All ingredients for the meals are local and organic, many grown directly in the gardens of La Rosa dei 4 Venti. The recipes are modern macrobiotic versions of tradition Italian cuisine.
The southern Italian landscape is rural and dotted with beautiful olive trees and vineyards. There is plenty of space to walk and to explore.
Currently there are direct flights from Munich running for about 200 EUR round trip.