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7 Days Exclusive Yoga and French Culture Retreat in France

  • Mas Saint Jacques, 84, avenue Saint Basile 06250 Mougins, France

Overview

Exclusive Yoga Retreat and French Culture

Yoga Limbs French Riviera shares yoga art of living through traditional and progressive quality teaching, French organic healthy cuisine, offering lovely surroundings in Mougins, in south of France. Rajastic means movement. It refers to a fire state of mind, when ambition is high and we live an epicurean life. This retreat is not vegetarian, proposing French Mediterranean organic healthy cuisine, as well as wine tasting. You will also be introduced to French conversation basics. It is a double occasion to discover both yoga art of living and French culture. The program is designed to lead students from basics to self-practice, giving them a big picture of the Yoga System and an introduction of Ayurveda, the science of daily living.

Highlights

  • Morning meditation class
  • Restorative afternoon yoga
  • Sattvic cooking class and tasting
  • Ayurveda, Yoga philosophy and mindfulness workshops
  • Daily science of wine tasting and French Conversation introduction
  • Daily tea time, brunch and French dinner
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Daily local wine

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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The retreat takes place at Bastide Yoga Limbs, a renovated Provencal house.. With the picturesque style of the architecture and the green space, it is an ideal place to restore and connect with yourself. The holiday aspect is felt around the huge pool and the proximity to all the touristic places.

Yoga comes from the Sanskrit root, yuj which means union. This is the mind and body union. Yoga is much more than a physical practice. A great sage, Patanjali, defined yoga as controlling the activities of the mind. We teach yoga as a philosophy, a meditation path, and a physical practice. Yoga Limbs French Riviera (YLFR) teaches Himalaya Yoga Valley sequence designed by Yogacharya Lalit. The sequence is mainly based on Ashtanga series, with Iyengar alignment techniques. It is established in a way to be convenient for beginners, as well as advanced with modifications/full expression proposition.

  • Mindfulness meditation workshop at Les Iles de Lérins (Lérins Islands).

Séverine Roy

YLFR and MBEM Founding Director - Yoga teacher and Consultant

Séverine discovered this practice pretty young, following an accident, which left her hospitalized for three months. Six months of Ashanga yoga practice released her from all the residual pain. The desire to study from the source (in India) manifested quickly. Above all, she experienced the transformational power of yoga, not just regarding the physical aspect, but on the mind as well. Yoga helped her to manage her stress all along her financial career in Paris and to reach self-realization.

Certified yoga teacher by Himalaya Yoga Valley Goa (RYS 200), studying Yoga Therapy with Doctor Coudron in Paris, and Ayurveda with Dr Rohit Borkar (Goa) she practices regulary in India with her teachers: Yogacharia Lalit Kumar (Goa) and several teachers in Mysore. She recently completed her RYS 500 education at Himalaya Yoga Valley, developing her specialization in yoga for burnout prevention.

Séverine teaches with her heart a Yoga from the source in Cannes and Paris. Her teaching is imprinted by the way she learned yoga from her teachers: A « hands-on » style with few precise words which suits well kinesic type of students. In the same time, her students say that she has a « meditation heart », generesoly sharing her guidance during meditation classes. Sanatani places particular emphasis on self-practice development.

Almost born in a french restaurant, certified Ayurvedic cook by Doctor Sanjay Anjani Kulkarni, trained by Sandhya Vasudeva in Mysore style cooking, her other passion relates to gastronomy and oenology, trying to mix the french culture with a conscious diet.

Over the physical practice, she shares the Yoga Knowledge with a scientific approach through YLFR classes and retreats, as well as MBEM (Leader’s energy management), to help improving human mode of operation with a focus on transformational aspect: "Being comfortable with yourself and the others around you help you to interact with the world intelligently."

The location is ideal. You feel totally a part of the community, thanks to the soul of Mas. But you are also close to touristic things. Mougins village, famous for the gastronomic restaurants and the art galleries is at walking distance.

The medieval village of Mougins is perched on a hilltop overlooking the bay of Cannes, Lerins Islands, etc. It is surrounded by forests, such as the Valmasque forest, while being close to major places like Saint-Tropez, Nice, Monaco etc. You will enjoy a walk through the narrow streets of this typical Provencal village, discovering its art galleries. In the past, Mougins was the residence of famous artists like Pablo Picasso who spent the 12 last years of his life there. Mougins has also a strong culinary history with such great chefs like RogerVerg or Alain Ducasse.

Distances

  • Cannes and La Croisette, 10 minutes
  • Grasse and the parfum muse, 20 minutes
  • Monaco, the Casino, the Palais, 1 hour
  • Mougins Village Picasso imprinted, he spent the last 12 years of his life there as well as Edith Piaf, 5 minutes
  • Nice so picturesque, 45 minutes
  • The Lrins Islands for the change of scenery (boat from Cannes)
  • Saint-Paul de Vence and its art galleries, 30 minutes
  • Saint-Tropez, the jet set lovers (boat from Cannes)
  • Mediterranean gastronomy
  • Organic and fresh food
  • Parisian brunch
  • Personalized menu based on your diet and intolerances
  • The best latte ever

Feel free to enjoy the many wonders of the French Riviera in your free time:

  • Mougins village Picasso imprinted
  • Cannes and La Croisette
  • Grasse, the perfume city
  • Antibes
  • Nice
  • Monaco
  • Saint-Tropez cruise
  • 6 nights in a prestigious Provencal Bastide in Mougins with big swimming pool and beautiful rooms
  • Ayurveda workshop, Introduction to indian daily science of life and Sattvic cooking class and tasting
  • Daily Oenology, local organic wine tasting
  • Daily yoga Ashtanga class
  • French gastronome experience: Dinners in the very best restaurants in Mougins
  • Organic Tea time and silent morning time
  • Manual and goodies
  • Morning meditation class, mantra & Pranayama
  • Restorative afternoon yoga class
  • The Eight Limbs, Yoga philosophy workshop
  • Additional workshop with Yogacharya Lalit
  • Private consultation with Sanatani (except in "Your yoga sequence" retreat)
  • Transfers
For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Limbs French Riviera an inquiry.
  • Review by Tiphaine from France
    10 out of 10

    "I had the chance to attend a one-week retreat at Yoga Limbs French Riviera in Mougins in July. Not only did I meet very inspiring people but I got to experience meditation and physical practice which helped develop my interest for yoga. As a beginner and yoga amateur, I really enjoyed learning from Séverine who shared her knowledge willfully. And I especially learned a lot about mindfulness meditation which I didn't tend to practice a lot on my own. But the effects are so beneficial and incredible that I really have integrated meditation in my home practice now. The location was incredible, Mougins is a beautiful place in the South of France and the Mas was ideal for a yoga retreat, peaceful and quiet. I would definitely come back if I have the chance and advise it for any yogi ! Thank you again Séverine for organizing this wonderful retreat."

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  • Review by Jenny from Utah, USA
    10 out of 10

    "For my first yoga retreat, I could not have asked for a better experience than with Yoga Limbs! Sverine was extremely helpful from our first communication about how to get to the location. The house was amazing! I immediately felt welcomed and comfortable. I couldn't wait to get into the infinity pool and lounge out with the view of Mougins. The surrounding area, both in and out of the gated wall, were amazing! And the resident donkey Na'an was the sweetest!Everyone there was so nice and seemed genuinely interested in getting to know me. I have never dove too deep into meditation,so it was a challenge for me, but I never felt like I was doing it "wrong", even when I was fidgety and losing concentration. My favorite day was when we took a day trip to one of the Lrins islands to practice mindful meditation. Such a beautiful setting! I have practiced Ashtanga many times prior to this retreat and it was refreshing to break down a new sequence each day to get s better understanding of each pose and correct alignment. The handouts were a huge help and Sverine's adjustment and advice were a big asset. She is a very talented and compassionate instructor. Throughout the week and even after, she checked in to see how I was doing and feeling.The philosophy discussions were super informative, easy to follow and taught me so much. They have challenged me in my everyday life to apply many things I learned. I had never heard of Sattvic living/diet so that was a great new experience. I learned things about my personality and how my environment and diet can effect my daily health. Very interesting.I think my favorite part was the food!! Sverine and Lou are amazing cooks! Every meal was delicious, beautifully presented and perfect portions. It made me want to expand my culinary skills. I also learned more about yummy cheeses, local organic French wines and tasting. I am still craving Lou's homemade bread and jam!I could not recommend this retreat higher! It was great for all levels of practice. I was sad to leave and truly hope to return again. I can not think of one negative thing so I must rate it a 10!"

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  • Review by Arta from Tirana, Albania
    9 out of 10

    "I had a very pleasant yoga holiday. The surroundings is beautiful and near to Canne city. The staff is friendly and welcoming. The food and wine were good. I started with Ashtanga yoga practice, which I intend to continue with."

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  • Review by Grace from Armagh, Ireland
    8 out of 10

    "The Yoga Limbs retreat was exactly what I needed! Everything was catered for by this generous and inspiring yoga teacher, Sanatani (Sverine Roy). Not only did we enjoy Ashtanga and meditation daily, but Sanatani also gave us some workshops on everything from Ayurveda to French wine tasting to yoga philosophy.On top of that, the food was excellent and the location was perfect thanks to a huge infinity pool where there was ample time to swim, sun lounge, and be still. I highly recommend Yoga Limbs to any level of yoga student (it was the first time for me doing Ashtanga and it was modified to suit my needs), and for those who want to mix French culture and simple luxury with the tradition and healing of yoga."

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  • Review by Paul and Laurianne from Paris
    10 out of 10

    "My Wife and I had a beautiful experience at Yoga Limbs. Sverine was our teacher and her knowledge and enthusiasm know no bounds. The food was awesome. We ate fresh, fresh, healthy AND delicious meals, one better than the other, always perfectly paired with the wine. The house was and old French, stone farmhouse with a swimming pool that had a unique view of the hilltop town of Mougins. We could walk up the hill to the towm center in 15 minutes.....there was also a resident mule! Writing about it makes me want to go back... the June weather was perfect and so was the staff."

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  • Review by Lisa from Canada
    10 out of 10

    "I cant say enough wonderful things about this yoga retreat! The location is absolutely perfect, with a hectare of green space in the hills, surrounded by massive trees and beautiful flowers, and their own adopted donkey! I liked that it is only a 20 minute bus away from Cannes centre for easy afternoons off. However the infinity pool is definitely easy to lay by when the sun is shining! The French Riviera is one of the most beautiful places on the Earth for certain!The food is delicious! Each night we had a different organic home cooked French Mediterranean inspired meal and wine tasting, and a fabulous homemade desert to go with it. Brunch was fresh and healthy and complete with homemade bread! The girls put a lot of love and attention into every meal and are very cautious about different diets one may have (vegan, no dairy, no meat etc). I particularly loved the homemade soy yogurt! Best Ive ever had! The sattvic meal was really delicious as well and so interesting to know the history behind ayurvedic cooking and meal choices. Very inspired to put a few more of these types of meals into my diet each week! Learning about the ayurvedic principles is something very special and can teach you a lot about what is going into your body and what types of things you can do to be at your best self.The yoga classes and meditation are located in a beautiful open air shala looking over the greenery and allowing a fresh breeze in. We got to learn how to chant in sanskrit and pronounce each word well. Even as someone who has previously trained a lot in yoga, I found each day to fulfill so many new parts of my practice. The ability to get hands on adjustments and tips for your body in your practice at this moment are invaluable. I really love the sequence having an Ashtanga and Iyengar basis. Severine breaks it down so even the newest beginner can have a working home practice by the time of the end of the retreat. With her help, was able to find proper alignments in my practice after years of wondering why I couldnt get some things right!! I started really opening up my bum shoulder and hips and could feel muscles firing that werent before. She also taught how to do jump throughs that could be easily realized with a bit of practice. And then there is how to properly do navasana - youll see! Abs.If I could do it, I would stay here and retreat forever :) Thanks Severine and the other wonderful people at the retreat! On my way to some better zen living :) :) :)"

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Mougins, France

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