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Alessandra Margarito

Flow Yoga and Pilates with Alessandra Margarito

This is a week devoted to improving core strength and body alignment. There will be a Flowing Yoga class in the morning and a Pilates class in the afternoon.
 

Alessandra is an intuitive yoga teacher who is experienced at guiding students of all levels though the fundamental steps of their yoga practice. Her clear teaching approach is strongly influenced by studies of anatomy giving her an understanding of how to ease bodies of all shapes and sizes into a comfortable beneficial practice.

 

The morning Yoga class will be based on the precision and breath work of Hatha Yoga with emphasis on flow, to create an uplifting, yet grounding practise. We will work in a progressive manner throughout the week, building a foundation for a strong integral practice exploring both classical and creatively sequenced sun salutations. We will be using the awareness of the breath to aid movement and use movement as a focus for relaxation and will finish the morning practise with some restorative yoga.

The early evening class will be a creatively adapted Pilates matwork session, drawing from both the classical and the evolved repertoire, with emphasis given to moving to the rhythm of the breath. Over the week we will be exploring a series of sequences which will tone and strengthen the whole body thus perfectly complimenting the morning yoga practice.

Alessandra's creative approach to body alignment will benefit anybody who wishes to experience greater energy, dynamic relaxation and a sense of freedom in movement.

Alessandra enjoys teaching at all levels and runs workshops and retreats all over the world as well as running her own Yoga and Pilates studio in London.

For more information about Alessandra go to her website

www.alessandramargarito.com
 

Ali Dyer

Ali has been a yoga practitioner for 20+ years and a teacher since 2007.

Over the years Ali’s style has changed being a reflection of the extensive study she has undertaken and the thousands of classes she has taught.  What remains constant is her passion to keep learning and to keep sharing with her students.  Her current influences are working somatically with the mind-body to facilitate a deeper connection to and understanding of ourselves physically, emotionally and mentally.  Ali’s sense of humour and warmth keep classes fun and engaging whilst progressing students at their own level.

 

 

Her yoga tutelage includes Anusara teacher training with Bridget Woods Kramer, Yin teacher training with Sarah Lo, iRest Yoga Nidra and Meditation training Level 1 & 2 with James Reeves, Restorative Yoga training with Judith Hansen Lassater.

Ali currently teaches privately and at the well-respected WhiteSpace Yoga Studio in Stony Stratford where she teaches Hatha flow, Meditation, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra and beginners’ classes along with a variety of workshops.  Prior to teaching Ali was an event producer, personal assistant to Brian Ferry and before that a Mounted Military Policewoman.

“Yoga has taught me many things but without doubt it has empowered me to make healthy choices and let go of what no longer brings me peace and happiness”

 

During this holiday there will be three classes per day:

Early morning Meditation [optional].  This will be a guided practice and suitable for all levels of experience.  For newcomers a chance to learn in a progressive way and for seasoned meditators the opportunity to dive in a little deeper.

Morning Yoga sessions will begin with centering, after which we will awaken the body with gentle stretching before moving into a sweet and well-structured hatha flow.  We will wind down with cooling floor sequences, a little more stretching, a short meditation and Savasana.   You can expect to feel rejuvenated, energized and ready for the delights of the day.

In the Evenings the sessions will be gentle and tender enabling you to: connect with your mind-body; ease patterns of long held stress and tension and induce healing and wellbeing.  Each day will vary and include aspects of yoga such as Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Pranayama and Yoga Nidra.

 

 

Ali's style of teaching is structured and fun.  The emphasis is on empowering students – through the sharing of knowledge and key teaching principles - to deepen their practice safely and effectively.  Suitable if you are a complete beginner or seasoned practitioner.  An opportunity to take time out of your busy life, to share fun and laughter, learn something new and remember what it is like to experience happiness and wellbeing.

 

 

For more information about Ali visit http://www.alidyer.com

 

Amy Redlar

Amy is a health and well being expert with over 20 years experience of working with individuals and organizations as a yoga and Pilates and baby massage teacher and Thai Yoga Masseur. 

Her background is varied from working in 5 Star spas to drug and alcohol groups, schools and adult education as well as teaching on overseas yoga holidays. 

Amy was named one of Londons best complementary health practitioners in The London Evening Standard, and her work has been quoted and acknowledged by the media over the past 10 years, appearing in numerous publications such as The Times, The Sunday Times; Vogue; The Scotsman on Sunday and London's Time Out, Shape Magazine, Tattler and numerous other heath magazines.

She has appeared on BBC radio Scotland talking about yoga and has also appeared on Breakfast TV.

 

During the week's workshops we will learn ways to release tension, allowing the spine to lengthen, to awaken lazy muscles and calm down busy ones, learning to breathe and move more freely.

Particular attention will be given to breathing, to the work of gravity, and to the releasing of unnecessary and unhelpful muscle contraction and tension through breathing techniques and postures.

Amy's style of teaching is precise but flowing, fun yet structured. With an emphasis in releasing blocked energy and restoring the body's natural ability to enjoy and recuperate.

This course is suitable if you are a complete beginning in yoga or a teacher with many years experience and anywhere in between having the golden opportunity to spend some quality with yourself and take some time out of your busy life.

 

For more information about Amy visit her website at www.yogamassage.co.uk

 

Andrea Teja

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Andrea is accredited as a Yoga Elder by the Independent Yoga Network. She completed a 3 year training with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2000 and is also a BoxingYoga™ instructor.  She has many years experience in classical Raja Astanga Yoga and Hatha Yoga.
  
Andrea has developed her own teaching style through Nature's Rhythm Yoga which is based on traditional Hatha Yoga and comprised of 4 themed classes that attune you to the Moon's cycle, bringing you into the flow and coaching you in rhythm with the energies that make up the whole of our Universal existence and experience.
       

"Through my personal yoga practice I've realised that we each have our own story that is being told through our body, postural alignment, our lifestyle & developed habits. The yoga classes I teach are based on the Moon's cycle, using a variety of both dynamic and static postures as well as breathing techniques, mantra and the harmonic resonance of the solfeggio 396hz and 528hz sound bath chimes to teach others about the different energies that make up the whole of existence and for a deep journey into the heart where the body, mind and soul meet."

Angela Hulm

Anglea Hulm - Iyengar Yoga

Angela Hulm has practised IYENGAR yoga since 1980, and taught in schools, and colleges for over 30 years.

She qualified as an Introductory IYENGAR yoga teacher in 2005, and as a Junior Intermediate Level 1 teacher in 2008 so she can support you to practice gently, or to challenge your self with deeper practices and a fuller range of postures. Angie lives in West Wickham, Bromley, Kent and teaches in local halls. Angela also has a fully equipped At Home yoga studio with dwi pada viparita dandasana bench, rope wall and yoga swings.

Warm hearted, passionate and knowledgeable; Angie will help you to learn how to practice Iyengar yoga. 

She attends regular classes with senior Iyengar teachers, and in 2016 was taught at RIMIYI in Pune, India the home Iyengar yoga

  

About Iyengar Yoga

The Iyengar method of yoga is named after our teacher Yogacharya Sri B.K.S. Iyengar.

The teaching helps you focus on correct alignment of the body in poses ensuring you’re working safely, with maximum benefit to your flexibility, strength and wellbeing.
Classes generally start with simple poses and gradually move towards more advanced poses, ending with a period of relaxation. Props, such as blocks and belts may be used to enable you to work correctly and achieve your full potential.

The postures are very precise and you will be guided through them by Angela who is qualified to make appropriate adjustments for different physiques. You will leave the class feeling lighter and calmer. The benefits of Iyengar yoga are greater flexibility and strength, and better physical health.

As you continue with your practice, psychological and spiritual benefits begin to appear. 

 

Website: http://ahyoga.org.uk       Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ahyogaBR4/

Angus Ford-Robertson
Angus began teaching meditation in 1999 when he was invited to teach in UK Prisons by the Prison Phoenix Trust. In 2001 he qualified as Yoga teacher in Canada, trained by the Sivananda Organisation. Since then, he has been teaching full-time as Director of the award-winning Battersea Yoga Centre in London. He teaches internationally each year at spiritual centers around the world.
  
Much of his teaching is informed by his time spent with Eckhart Tolle (The Power of Now) and Ajahn Sumedho at Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in the UK. 
  
With regards to Yoga, his style is deep, gentle and elemental - integrating a wide spectrum of Yoga styles; Hatha, Vinyasa, Scaravelli, Yin, Restorative, Mindful, and Bioenergetic. Expect the unexpected, the left of centre and lots of fun.
 
Angus is a qualified practicing Clinical Hypnotherapist and holds a Diploma with the London College of Clinical Hypnosis. He specializes in the treatment of stress-related conditions. He is also a Rosen-inspired massage therapist, offering hands-on therapeutic work on most retreats and holidays.
  
He is a qualified Mindfulness Teacher and is employed by the NHS to provide specialist mindfulness courses.
 
Beyond yoga, motorbikes, songwriting and roaming the planet, Angus' other loves include his partner Nadia, his three boys Rowan, Conor & Finlay and his daughter Freya.
 
Anna Georgiou

Anna Georgiou (BWY Dip)

Anna began practising yoga in 1999, and qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga in 2007, followed by a further month's study at the Khrisnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India in Feb 2008. 

Prior to her yoga training, Anna studied Reflexology, Massage and Dance. She has also studied with some of the world's leading teachers: Sarah Powers, Donna Farhi, Paul Grilley and Max Strom.

Anna's teaching is influenced by different styles of Hatha yoga.

Her approach is creative and welcoming and she delivers a safe and well rounded class which can be enjoyed by all levels and ages.   With attention to alignment and a focus on breath and movement co-ordination, her class caters for the individual, allowing to build strength and flexibility, promoting a healthy, happy and balanced life!

This retreat will be the perfect opportunity to enjoy two yoga sessions per day, allowing the individual  to build and take their yoga practice to a deeper level. We will explore different types of Asana, pranayama, meditation, and Yoga Nidra (deep yogic relaxation).

The morning session will be dynamic and energising, while the evening session will include more restorative and rejuvenative  work with some Yin postures to help balance the Yang active posture work of the morning. 

There will also be plenty of time to relax during the day, helping to bring harmony back to mind and body!

 

Anna Wolfenden

Scaravelli Inspired Hatha Yoga

This week of Scaravelli-inspired Hatha yoga, led by Anna Wolfenden of the Yoga Studio in Southwold, will provide an opportunity to develop a personal yoga practice in a beautiful setting. It will focus on finding ways to unravel the body to experience freedom in the postures and develop a deeper understanding of how yoga may be useful in everyday life. Hatha yoga is primarily the study of postures (asana), breathing with awareness and attention (Pranayama) and relaxation.
Anna's yoga, inspired by the teachings of the late Vanda Scaravelli, is shaped by the attentiveness to the breath and the journey of undoing tension to reach the pose, rather than just doing the pose. As we learn to become more attentive to the breath and make friends with gravity, we are better able to find the poses without tension or resistance. This is indeed a yoga holiday which will provide the chance to practise more intensively in a beautiful place.
Anne-Marie Newland

 

Anne-Marie qualified in 1984 with Swami Vishnu Devananda of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Neyyar Dam India

What is Yoga?

I always begin my courses with this most important question; what does the word Yoga mean? I ask my class how many of them were told the meaning of this Sanskrit word. I have not had anyone put up his or her hand and say 'me!'

I started my Teacher Training School in 2003. I had studied Iyengar back in 1976 with Maxine Tobias when Iyengar visited the UK. I enjoyed the technique and strict alignment but felt there was something missing. I did not know then that Iyengar was not an integrated Yoga; in other words the pranayama, basic meditation principles, theory and asana brought together in one class. During my years as a Dancer, Drummer and Fashion designer I was lead through a series of Epiphanies to the doors of the Sivananda Yoga Centre London.

That was in 1983. My life changed forever. After keeping to the Sivananda principles for many years I started to train in Astanga with some eminent teachers and found the grace and strength changed another part of my practice. However all the styles I had practiced did not provide for me the teachings and principles of the mind, body and breath that Sivananda did. But I am creative and passionate and desire knowledge and truth from all I do. Yoga is to work together, Mind, Body and Breath

I realised that I had boxes of knowledge stored in my head and heart. I opened them up and Sun Power Yoga was born. I have had the privilege of learning more than one style of Yoga each one giving another dimension to my own personal practice and to my levels of technique but in the end Yoga is a Spiritual Path and in no way could I claim to be a Yoga teacher or trainer if I did not embrace the very essence of Yoga.

I read a book recently by a very knowledgeable teacher. The content and instructions were as good as mine! In other words
I was reading from an experienced teacher with great observational skills and detailed eye for Anatomy. But in the first chapter she said we would find no reference to Yoga theory or its Spiritual roots. I was a little surprised and disappointed. Swami Vishnu always said the Yoga would have to bend to accommodate the Western Mind but I don't believe it should be compromised!

It takes courage to practice the OM at the end of the class but to have knowledge and not to give it is a sin. Deciding who to give your knowledge to should be based on the layering of that knowledge, sprinkling the seeds so that they grow but to deny your students the experience to make up their own minds is just arrogance. I encourage our teachers to be Authentic, Honest, Courageous, to show humility, to learn from their students and to be truthful to them. We want you to be a teacher who wants to teach for all the right reasons not because it may make you money, though that's great too but to know why you are teaching.

Yoga Family

Breathing as One. The Yoga Family means that no matter what our age or background Yoga is an aid to a busy and often stressful life. Families are the anchor to a happy child or an appreciated parent.
Practicing this Ancient Art as a family is healing, restoring and joyful.

Sun Power Yoga is a Family and our school has built a community to support each other and to be respected by each other. In the end it takes not only THE EYE AND THE HAND BUT ALSO THE HEART to be an INSPIRATIONAL YOGA TEACHER. We are made up of Mothers, Fathers, and Grandparents, of young people from all backgrounds, races and religious backgrounds.

We consider it our responsibility to aid the transformation of our students into the people they aspire to be.

The Subtle Body and the Physical Body

Learning to teach Yoga to others requires the knowledge of the body, its Anatomy and Physiology and how the systems of the body work. For me; the work of Sivananda has been profound because as a Medical Doctor, he understood the body and its relationship to the mind.

There is another body too, the Subtle body the body that works with the Chakras and the emotional body. The word Hatha is often misunderstood. It is not a style of Yoga but a Path of Yoga. It is the physical aspect of Yoga Philosophy. Raja Yoga is the road to Meditation and is the highest Road, Karma Yoga the Yoga of Selfless service such as the work of Mother Theresa for instance. Bhakti Yoga the Yoga of Devotion and Jana of Knowledge, these are paths we can take to finding out about our Spiritual goal. So Hatha yoga is a journey from outside in. As we are human we think we carry our body so it is an excellent place to begin!

Knowledge cannot be given by word thought and deed only; you must also add the heart

Antonello Di Curzio

Antonello Di Curzio is a Senior Yoga Teacher.

His registered as E-RYT 500, ÔÇ£an authorized Director and/or Primary Instructor of a 200 and/or 500-Hour teacher training programÔÇØ.

He underwent extensive training in many areas of the Yoga system under the guidance of the world renowned masters he was lucky to study with.

He also specialises in anatomy, which informs the healthy movement patterns, the postures and variations used and the structure of the practice he delivers.

   

Antonello teaches a creative, yet therapeutic, form of dynamic yoga that maximises the benefits of the practice and results in a more round and uplifting experience.

     

Classes unfold organically, so all abilities (except complete beginners) are welcome.

   

For more information on Antonello visit his website at www.holisticreflection.com

 

Babs Lehner-Platts

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You can choose to transform anything in your life and a yoga retreat with Babs provides a great environment to make a start!

Having successfully led numerous international retreats, Babs teaches in a holistic and very intuitive way. Every retreat is different, as are her students. She creates a unique program, which allows everyone to learn at their own pace whilst experiencing Yoga as part of a group.

   
   
Babs teaches Vinyasa Flow, a purifying and re-balancing practice where breath and body movement are one.

 

She encourages you with clear instructions, giving detailed explanations and corrections on alignment throughout.

 

The class is designed for any age or fitness level and make it the perfect program from the beginner to the more experienced student.  Babs invites you to learn more about philosophy and the spiritual aspects of Yoga, such as meditation and self enquiry, to help you deepen your understanding and practice.

 

Babs understands her student's need to have a 'good time'  so there is always time to chill out and have a laugh as well!  You can enjoy your private space and/or being part of a group. 

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A typical Vinyasa class will start with Pranayama (breath control), followed by flowing sequences of standing postures, incorporating balances leading into mat work to focus on core stability, stamina and flexibility.

  

Deep stretches, relaxation and meditation will bring the class to a close

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For more details on Babs visit her website at  www.isvarayoga.co.uk

 

   

 

Barbara Gordon

Sivanada Yoga with Barbara Gordon

Sivananda is a soft gentle style of yoga with emphasis on breathing and relaxation. Barbara is one of the original Free Spirit teachers, highly qualified with extensive knowledge and a respected Yoga Teacher Trainer.  
  

Born in Scotland, she began her yoga studies in London and from there went to the Sivananda Ashram in Val Morin Canada to study with Swami Vishnudevananda in the Sivananda style of teaching yoga.   

 

"Having taught for over 40 years I teach from my experience and understanding of the human body that I have gained over this time.

Each person is an individual and this is how I teach. Once I start to work with people I can intuit what each individual needs, every body is different. When working with a group there is the opportunity to develop each person as they require.   

Each class contains asanas pranayama and meditation and according to the group needs it can be adapted to suit. I discuss this at the beginning of your week. "   

   

  Classes are ideal for beginners or advanced.

  

Barbara also holds regular Teacher Trainings 3 weeks in length, usually held overseas, culminating in a Yoga Alliance 200 hours teaching certificate.  These can be found in our Training section of our website.

 

 

Becky May

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Becky May

Becky first came to yoga in 2001 during her university finals and was blown away by its calming yet energising effects.    

 

She went on to practise hatha yoga for a number of years, before discovering ashtanga yoga in Coventry in 2006. She immediately fell in love with the dynamic style and its tradition of regular, steady practice to heal the body and calm the mind, and eventually trained to teach ashtanga under the instruction of her teacher, Ervin Menyhart, alongside teacher training with the internationally renowned David Swenson in 2007.   

 

In 2012, Becky also completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance registered teacher training in vinyasa krama sequencing with the Freestyle Yoga Project, to enable her to teach vinyasa flow classes alongside ashtanga.  She regularly attends workshops with renowned teachers such as Richard Freeman, John Scott, Kino McGregor, Liz Lark, Hamish Hendry, Joey Miles and Nancy Gilgoff, in order to keep improving both her own practice and her teaching.  She remains an avid ashtangi in her personal practice but enjoys mixing it up in her teaching!       

 

She has been teaching vinyasa flow and ashtanga classes in Warwickshire for the last eight years and has also led retreats in Morocco teaching yoga to surfers and in France, working with skiiers/ snowboarders, allowing her to indulge her own love of getting active in the great outdoors!    

 

Becky is also a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner and is fascinated by anatomy and how the body works. She enjoys using intelligent sequencing to work up to challenging postures, allowing the body to open up gradually yet deeply.   

 

Her classes are challenging but always fun, accessible and inclusive, by providing lots of options through the class and lots of encouragement – the first stage is believing in yourself! Becky also provides a lot of information about the body through the classes and uses her knowledge to tune into individual needs quickly, using intuitive, tailored adjustments.    

 

On this retreat expect a strong vinyasa flow morning class to get you fired up for the day, and a more gentle evening class with deep stretching and guided relaxation, including yoga nidra.  The week will also incorporate daily pranayama (breath-work) and guided meditation and we will also look at some of the philosophy behind yoga by focusing on a different theme from the yoga sutras each day.   

 

Her aim is that you leave feeling informed, refreshed, relaxed and inspired!

Bella Somerville

Bella Somerville

Bella’s yogic path has led her from a tea estate in Sri Lanka where she was born and where she spent her early years surrounded by eastern philosophies and spiritual practices, to the present day as an adopted ‘Brightonian’, coming to this vibrant city to visit friends in between her travels, and never leaving.

She experienced her first yoga class in 2000 and she’s not looked back since, subsequently spending the last 17 years dedicating herself to developing her spiritual practice both on and off the mat.

She is registered with Yoga Alliance UK having completed her training with Allie Hill and teaches full-time in Brighton and the Sussex area where she is a popular instructor within the local community. She has taught at the Brighton Yoga Festival for the last 2 years as well as regularly donating her teaching skills to charities and local events.

    

Bella teaches hatha and vinyasa flow, as well as more meditative yin and restorative practices.

Her classes are creative and playful with an emphasis on strengthening the body, calming the mind and staying centred because as she says: “nothing is more precious than being in this present moment, fully alive, fully aware”.  

Her teaching is compassionate and honest, always inviting students to be curious in their practice, weaving inspirational quotes and yogic texts into her classes, yet always relating to the bigger picture by encouraging students to be in harmony with themselves not just on their mats but also in their lives.

Added to this is her contagious energy and deep passion for sharing the benefits of yoga with all ability levels, no matter what age, size or experience so students leave her classes feeling inspired and alive!

 

About the Kerala Retreat

India is the home of yoga and what better place to experience this spiritual practice than in the tropical warmth of Kerala in early April. It seems natural that we associate feeling warm with a sense of well-being and relaxation, and when the body is warm, the muscles and connective tissue become more elastic allowing you to go deeper into a yoga pose as the body opens and becomes more flexible.

This retreat is open to all levels as modifications and variations will be given throughout so beginners as well as those with a more skilled practice will be safely challenged.

Each class will be an eclectic hatha experience, with a focus on the fundamentals of a structurally sound yoga practice. Precise alignment in standing, seated and reclined poses are woven together by a slow flow, and each session focuses on a unique foundational movement pattern and is sequenced to steadily build those movement patterns into more challenging asana.

The morning classes will start with centering and pranayama (breath work) to cleanse, ground and energise us, before moving into a deeper, invigorating combination of hatha and vinyasa flow yoga. With a sense of playfulness and exploration, each student on their individual level will work on improving flexibility, strength, stamina and balance, delving deeper into postures empowered by their breath.

The late afternoon sessions will be a yin-yang practice, a more explorative and workshop-style class, bringing into balance the passive and active aspects of yoga with energising yet restorative asana, holding postures longer to allow a deeper release both in the mind and body.

Bella makes an ideal host for our retreat to Kerala having travelled extensively in India, and through her upbringing feels naturally at home on the subcontinent. A great listener, with an infectious laugh, and zest for life, she intends her retreats to be fun and uplifting, a chance to make new friends and discover the amazing culture of India, and above all, a transformative yoga journey into the self, by the self, for the self.

 

I just wanted to let you know what a wonderful Yoga holiday I had with Bella in Ischia. Her yoga as always was inventive, stimulating and sensitive to all the Yogi's on the holiday. Her passion to make the holiday (we call it a holiday rather than a retreat!) a wonderful experience for all of us, was embraced by open arms by the Yogi's. The group bonded extremely well and we spent most of the time in each other's company. The hotel with Michele as our main point of contact was perfect for this week - he looked after us very well.  The food (delicious), accommodation (simple but clean) and surrounds ...breath taking ... were a delight Thank you!

Lisa Baderoon - September 2017

Beth Win

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This intimate weekend break in beautiful Italy will offer 6 yogamonks* sessions that invite you to explore your mind, body and spirit. The practice leads to physical release, emotional expansion and mental clarity.

The Yogamonks method introduces a loving and holistic way in which to move, making your yoga practice inspiring, effective, fulfilling and transformative. Therapeutic massage, accupressure and reiki are available at special retreat-discounted rates

Expect Dynamic Vinyasa that will challenge you to your very core and involve your entire being.

Learn how to practice with precision, move with fluidity and grace as you discover your own path to effortless and expansive living.

  

"I use the Yogamonks method to stimulate the muscle of awareness as its this awareness that reveals our attachments to our conditionality.

Beneath this however our awareness strengthens our connection to our heart and our true, authentic nature"

  

For more information on Beth Win visit

www.urbanyogamonkey.com

Beverley Fox

Hatha & Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Beverley Fox

Beverley embarked on her yoga journey in 2001, she completed her British wheel of yoga foundation course with Debbie Fraser in 2009.

She then went on to complete her British Wheel of yoga teaching diploma Diploma course with Rosemary "Prema" Bennet (500hr +) in Hatha Yoga and studied with the Traditional Yoga Guru Kumar from India and Simply Ayurveda foundation with Sonia Welch. She is currently studying .Kundalini yoga with Hari Har Kaur.

Recently Beverley spent a week with Shiva Rea on Santorini, adding 40 hours teacher training in Meditation, mudras and mantra with movement to her skills.

             

On this holiday the morning class will be a fusion of Hatha and  Vinyasa Flow Yoga, with an emphasis on correct alignment and a safe practice. It will cater for the needs of each individual from beginners through to more experienced students and will include  the traditional practice of asana, pranayama, mantra, guided meditation and relaxation.

The evening session will be a softer gentle practice. It will  explore yin poses, (where we relax into postures and hold them a little longer) allowing us to go deeper into the body releasing tension from the joints.

   

 

 

 

Brigitte Riley (formerly Brigitte Rooney)

   Brigitte Riley

Brigitte has been teaching yoga for over 15 years and is a Registered Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK which is the highest accolade in professional yoga teaching.

She has been privileged to study with world respected teachers whom have offered her a wealth of experience in teaching many different styles of yoga. She is known for her in-depth skill and expertise with regards to body alignment, yoga for healing and therapeutics, her love of fluid creative movement, her inspiring writings, her philosophy knowledge, her 'keeping it real' wisdom and her pure zest for life.

She teaches weekly classes and private's in Milton Keynes, UK as well as vocational teacher training courses, cpd sessions, personal mentoring for teachers and both workshops and yoga retreats nationally and internationally.

  

"I believe that when we can align our Body, Mind and Heart, we are literally choosing to experience our very own consciousness thus paying more attention to ourselves, others and the world around us.  Deepening our awareness frees up our ability to enhance our joy of living so that more and more delight can unfold in our lives.

My yoga journey has given me freedom of spirit, it's opened my heart to love, its given my mind such clarity. Its enabled me to wholeheartedly embrace every moment and cherish all that life has to offer. It has also encouraged me to seek adventure, to try new things and above all laugh and have fun.

The most fantastic thing about yoga is that there is no arrival point of knowledge, there is always room for further study and positive transformation.

I am a Yoga Teacher, however I am primarily a Yoga Student and I feel so blessed to be able to impart and share my learning experiences with others."  Brigitte xxx

 

Morning sessions will begin with a quiet centering, followed by Pranayama then a Creative Vinyasa Flow practice, closing with Meditation and Relaxation.

  
In the Evenings the sessions will be slower and will vary each day to include all aspects of yoga such as Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, Alignment Technique, Inversions practice, Therapeutics, Fun Partner work, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Pranayama and Chanting.

 

This yoga week is not suitable for beginners - please chat to us in the office if you have questions

                                                   

 

Carmen Dolz

Carmen Dolz
Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner
Qigong teacher
Natural Nutritionist

Carmen is a Brighton-based holistic therapist who offers Jin Shin Jyutsu, Qigong and natural nutrition.

She is interested in promoting self-care for health and wellbeing. She treats people on a one-to-one basis and teaches both Jin Shin Jyutsu (self-help) and Qigong.

She has been practicing Qigong for the last 12 years and last year she qualified as a Qigong teacher so that she can spread the word even further.

Qigong for yoga holidays

This year Carmen is working with our yoga teacher Kathryn Banks for a week of yoga , qigong and optional classes of the other therapies Carmen teaches. They are teaching at Dalyan Delta in Turkey and this is a fantastic opportuinty to combine your yoga practice with some additional skills.
The Qigong we will be practicing is called Yuan Gong. It can activate and promote the energetic flows in the body. Qi (pron. ‘Chee’) -life force, vital energy- and blood will flow more smoothly and harmoniously. This will not only make one feel refreshed and light but also improve health. It can also strengthen the physical structures such as the skin, muscles, tendons and extremities. It will combine beautifully well with Kathryn’s yoga class.

We will be doing around 4 hours of practice (one  class of yoga and one class of Qigong) a day.

Please visit www.yuantzecentre.com for more information on the type of Qigong that Carmen will be teaching in the retreat.
 

Caroline Wickham

Caroline Wickham - Power Yoga

An eclectic mix of PowerYoga, Yogic Arts, Budokon & Forrest-inspired Yoga

  

Challenging, creative, exciting and with an emphasis on fun, Caroline's classes are dynamic and ever changing.

A background in athletics and movement studies led her to take up teacher training under the direction of Duncan Wong and Cameron Shayne. She has developed a strong yoga practice, incorporating elements of martial arts.Replete with contrasts, her classes appeal to both men and women of all ages.

During your retreat, you can be sure of experiencing a broad range of yoga styles that will enable you to develop, fulfil and strengthen your own practice. Focused on meditation, pranayama and healing, Caroline's classes incorporate carefully sequenced asana practices as well as plenty of time for Yin Yoga and relaxation.

      

nid%3D1028%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneA qualified BWY teacher at senior level, Caroline is based in Guernsey in the Channel Islands. She has received training from and studied under such world-leading tutors as Anne-Marie Newland, David Sye, Duncan Wong, Cameron Shayne (creator of founder of Budokon, USA) and Ana Forrest. (During a recent workshop in advanced teacher training, Ana Forrest said that she would gladly hire Caroline).

Caroline regularly runs classes and workshops in Guernsey, as well as yoga retreats in the Channel Islands, UK and abroad.

     

Your Yoga

Caroline will make sure you get an all-encompassing experience during your yoga retreat and will teach three classes per day. 

Each day will commence with early morning meditation and pranayama with opportunities to chant and learn about healing mantra.  If you don't already have a meditation practice, this is a great opportunity to start. 
   
There will be a short break before the morning yoga session, which will consist of sun salutations and vinyasa flow to heat the body and then specific work on postures.  Each yoga class taught by Caroline will follow a theme or have a specific intention so that our work on the mat relates back to yoga principles and into life off the mat. 
   
The afternoon yoga session will complement the morning session so that we maintain a balance of Yin and Yang, dynamic and yielding, energising and healing.  There will be plenty of opportunity for yoga nidra, healing mantra and hands-on massage work. 

It is Caroline's intention to work with everyone's requirements in mind.  Her style of teaching welcomes all levels from experienced teachers to complete beginners - all will be nurtured and at the same time challenged!  That is the essence of Yoga!

FOR CHAMPNEYS WEEKENDS ONLY :  SunPower & Restorative / Yin Yoga

Morning Sessions

During your stay at Champneys, Caroline will be offering SunPower Yoga for your morning yoga sessions. SunPower Yoga is a flourishing, dynamic and innovative style, perfect for our modern times yet still laced with traditional yoga principles. It includes Iyengar for alignment, Sivananda for subtle mind and body-work and Astanga for heat, flexibility and stamina. SunPower Yoga uses the image of the sun as a symbol of empowerment, hope, determination, letting go, warmth and light. A sun inside that allows us to shine from within, as a symbol of regeneration and healing.

Afternon Sessions

The afternoon yoga sessions will complement the morning ones so that we maintain a balance of Yin and Yang, dynamic and yielding, energising and healing.   Restorative  / Yin Yoga offers our body the chance to rebalance and heal itself, switching on the Parasympathetic Nervous System. Poses are held longer, with a relaxed and meditative awareness. When we rest in this non-stressful state, our energy body rebalances naturally. As our energy harmonises, not only do our bodies open more easily, but our minds settle into an effortless contemplative repose.

"Breathe deep, take the challenge and transform your life!"
  
Caroline’s style of teaching welcomes all levels from experienced teachers to complete beginners - all will be nurtured and at the same time challenged!  That is the true essence of Yoga!

   
For further info on PowerYoga Flow, Yogic Arts, Budokon & Forrest-inspired Yoga

www.poweryogaguernsey.com

 

Cat Duval

Nine Lives Yoga with Cat Duval

Nine Lives Yoga is all about living every breath with presence and playfulness.  Experience how yoga can inspire you to live life passionately, playfully and fearlessly with an open heart, a free mind and a strong, flexi and capable body. 

The only one who has the power to give you that permission is you

 
About Cat Duval
Yoga is my life and Acroyoga is my passion.  I take a multi-disciplinary approach and am trained in Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow Yoga, Unity Partner Yoga, Sun Moon Partner and Community Yoga, Acroyoga, Thai Yoga Massage, Yoga Nidra, Meditation, Positive Visualisation, Hypnosis and NLP as a Practitioner.  I completed my first teacher training qualification in 2010 and have been continuing my training regularly ever since.

  
My intention is rooted in engaging with people of all shapes and sizes and abilities and making yoga accessible.  Yoga is for everybody with every body type and is a pathway for growth and expansion in ourselves, so we can be empowered, confident in our skin whatever our shape and fully present in our lives.  
There are so many wonderful techniques that help us carve our own way forward.  I love working with people individually, or in partners and groups, to create programmes that suits personal motivations and aspirations. Helping yoga students develop and wholeheartedly embody their own practice.

 
For more information visit my website
ninelivesyoga.co.uk

Catherine Annis

Originally a professional dancer, Catherine Annis has been practicing yoga for nearly 30 years, and is well known for her imaginative and light hearted approach.

  

She holds a Masters degree in ballet studies and is a qualified Thai massage practitioner, and it is this interest in the body that informs her practice and teaching.

  

Catherine studied Iyengar, Astanga and various forms of Hatha yoga before gravitating to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, and now teaches one of the few Scaravelli inspired teacher training courses in the UK.

   

Classes are generally slow paced and alignment focused, unfolding gently to release long held habitual movement patterns and reveal the natural freedom of the body, particularly the spine.
    
The yoga is suitable for everyone, including complete beginners and more experienced students. The retreat will be the perfect antidote to busy lives. During our time together we will learn to move with more ease and freedom and explore fresh new ways of looking at our practice.
    
There will be two classes each day, including some meditation and breathing practice. Moving at our own, individual pace, we will learn to relax completely, let go of unnecessary tension, and move closer to the quietness that is inside each of us.

   

For more information, please visit Catherine's website: www.relaxandrelease.co.uk

 

Catherine Gallagher

Catherine Gallagher - Hatha Flow & Restorative Yoga

Growing up in Devon, Catherine first came to yoga through surfing. at first yoga wasn't really her thing as she found it impossible to switch off her mind or see the benefit of the final savasana relaxation.

This all changed when she moved to Hayward Heath, West Sussex and found her 'sanctuary' at be-yoga. Catherine was fascinated by how yoga quietened my mind and helped her deal with personal tragedy and ongoing daily stresses within the corporate world and busy London commuter lifestyle. Catherine developed a passion for helping others by offering and sharing what she learned and is still learning through her own yoga journey.

 

  
Catherine completed her teacher training at "Be-Yoga" in May 2016 and completed another 200 hour qualification with Rachel Brathen "yoga girl" in Aruba in October 2017.

Catherine has worked extensively in this industry since initially qualifying and beginning her yoga teaching career as the residential yoga teacher within the London headquarters of a global corporation.

Since leaving London, Catherine has run her own classes, workshops, private sessions and led daily classes at commercial studios and spas around Sussex.

 

Retreat classes:
·    Daily progressive themed and thoroughly planned 90 minute morning Vinyasa Flow classes
·    Daily deep 90 min evening Yin &/or Restorative yoga classes to find your Zen
·    One guided yoga nidra session
·    Extra Private tuition available

For more information, please visit Catherine's website www.yogawithcatherine.com

Celest Pereira

A professionally trained dancer and marital artist, with a BSc (Hons) in Physiotherapy; Celest is a yoga teacher with true depth of knowledge and awareness on the body, how it works and what it can do.

  

Her love for yoga started ten years ago in London and this love for yoga took her on a journey to India, the spiritual home of yoga, seeking to really understand the philosophy and history of this great discipline and art form.

  

Celest describes yoga as a 'living art' because in her eyes it keeps changing and transforming itself, adapting to the environment and the challenges the practitioners face.

  

Her teaching aims to deepen intensify her student's understanding of, not only their body; but the nature of their minds as well; always using the breath to bridge the gap between the two. Her passion is working with city professionals; giving them the tools that they need to lead increasingly healthy and balanced lives.


    

Stemming from her dance background, Celest teaches a Dynamic Vinyasa Flow class that links the asanas (poses) together into a challenging but therapeutic practice.

  

Interspersed throughout the hour and half practice, she breaks down advanced asanas to suit the individual, always mindful of each student's capabilities, while motivating them to advance beyond their preconceived beliefs of what they thought they were capable of.

 

It's this approach and Celest's unique personality which has led to the same students learning from her over the last 7 years

  

Charlotte Watts

Charlotte Watts - Yoga for De-Stress and Relaxation

I am a Senior Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance UK, practising since 1997, teaching since 2007 and trained with the Vajrasati School of Yoga (RYT500) in Brighton. I teach with an emphasis on mindfulness so depth and strength can be fostered within yoga practice as your body needs -  helping release stress, not adding to it..

 

  

I have continued to explore this essence of finding our authentic selves through yoga, with further training with teachers including Judith Lasater, Donna Farhi and Tias Little and Mindfulness and Yoga training with Cathy-Mae Karelse.

As a Nutritional Therapist and Yoga Teacher in Brighton and London, I specialise in stress-related issues such as anxiety, insomnia, fatigue, depression and burnout. This has culminated in my latest book The De-Stress Effect (Hay House 2015).

Yoga’s focus on calming the nervous system, attuning to our mind-body needs and dropping beneath brain chatter perfectly complements my nutritional therapy work, especially with an emphasis on mindfulness within both.

In this way I can work with clients in well-rounded and truly holistic mind-body health programmes.

 

 

Why is this yoga more ‘De-Stressing’ than others?

It’s a known fact that a regular yoga practice helps relieve stress, so why on earth is this class specifically given the title ‘De-Stress’ you might well ask….. Well, it follows my years of research and teaching, both as a yoga teacher and a nutritional therapist, specialising in all things stress-related. Where we might tend to follow the habits of doing, striving and achieving in life, rather than take this into a forceful yoga practice, instead we have the opportunity to really pay attention to this behavioural conditionings and drop beneath; to listen and respond to what we need.

"The breath leads, the body follows and the mind observes”

   

 

Yoga is connection; not the shapes we make or the flexibility we might want, but awareness created and in the first of the Yoga Sutras, ‘stilling the mind’. A physical yoga practice can help us do that, providing a focus for our restless minds and helping us to stay with strong sensations with our breath as a guide.

   

What actually happens in a class?

Sessions on retreats can vary in tone, energy and emphasis, depending on the time of day and the needs of the group. We always start by arriving and connecting with the breath though. From there we can then start mindfully loosening the body, usually either lying or sitting.  

In a morning class, we can then use this to move into a stronger asana (posture) practice to open up tight upper spines, compressed front bodies, tight thighs, hamstrings and psoas muscles so common in the modern body. This will be wherever we need to safely and effectively encourage postural conditions and habits as our bodies are designed but may not always achieve.

In the afternoon, we will move into a more grounding and relaxing practice – this may be somatic, restorative or yin, but usually melding elements of each to balance movement and stillness, opening and recovery.

In all sessions, we lead back down to a restorative and relaxing practice at the end; to assimilate energy we have created, fully release any stress moved out and to prepare us to take this attitude of non-reaction into our daily lives

  

See     www.charlottewattshealth.com     for more info

  

Testimonial:

“Charlotte is a brilliant yoga teacher. She is very knowledgeable about how to restore the body's balance, which makes me feel rejuvenated. She is thorough, gentle, practical and intuitive, knowing just the right comment to assist me at just the right moment.”  - Denise, Brighton

Clare Gibson

Clare has been teaching yoga since 2000 having trained with the British Wheel of yoga. and more recently with the Khyf (Krishnamacharya healing yoga foundation)

She teaches a vinyasa (flowing) style of Classic Hatha Yoga which is suitable for all levels of students.

Clare holds classes in Dynamic Yoga, Gentle Yoga, Ante Natal Yoga and Yoga for the Physically Disabled. She also teaches yoga for children and restorative yoga. Clare also runs foundation courses for the British Wheel Of Yoga.

Clare always considers the individual needs of each student and often teaches on a one to one basis.

Clare has spent time working in a corporate environment, as well as having an interest in holistic therapies, holding qualifications in aromatherapy, reflexology, Indian head massage and deep tissue massage.

Clare has been practicing yoga for many years and has spent time exploring some of the different schools, including Astanga, Satyadananda and Sivananda, her Primary influence comes from the teachings of Sri Krishnamacharya and his sonTKV Desikachar.

  

Clare continues her studies by attending workshops and seminars run by the KHYF and BWY and has also recently gained an advanced teaching diploma with the BWY. Clare holds the belief that yoga is for everyone, and that yoga can be modified to suit people's lifestyle, age and circumstance, and what might be right today may not be what is right tomorrow.
 
 
" Yoga should be adapted to the individual rather than the individual to yoga"
 TKV Desikachar.          

Clare Waldron

Sun Power Yoga with Clare Waldron

Clare has been teaching yoga for four years. She trained with Anne Marie Newland of Sun Power Yoga and has been enjoying exploring lots of different influences since. 

Her yoga journey began ten years ago when she discovered a wonderful Hatha Yoga teacher at University who opened Clare's eyes to the world of yoga and towards that place beyond maya. 

Yoga has become Clare's best friend, when in need of some "checking-in me time" and "checking-out from daily thoughts and worries" yoga practice is always available whether its for 5 minutes or 3 hours, helping to iron out the creases of life, to give inspiration and to tap into a source that allows everyone to live a more expansive, expressive and fulfilling life.

"I love how it makes me feel and I love to share this with others and see the effects after a       fabulous class. "

On our yoga week the morning class will be Vinyasa Flow and the afternoon class will be Hatha based.

All-levels are welcome from absolute beginners to intermediate level.  The classes will be fun, enjoyable, often a little challenging but over all a relaxing experience. 

Clare's style is a mix of traditional Hatha Yoga, Power Yoga for strength, Iyengar for alignment, and Jivamukti for its creativity.

She like to play a mixture of music in her classes and always include pranayama, asana, meditation and yoga nidra.

She will also be available for private 1-2-1 classes on the retreats.

Daljit Kaur

nid%3D978%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneHatha Yoga with Daljit Kaur

   

Daljit’s yoga journey started in the early 90's when she joined a local class and found that practising yoga was life changing. She chose to start living more holistically, integrating health and well-being with mind and body.

 

Daljit qualified as a yoga teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga and has been teaching weekly Hatha Yoga classes for over 6 years, promoting a safe and nurturing environment that encourages self-discovery and non-competitiveness.

 

“Yoga has been life enhancing for me, it’s such an ancient discipline, yet so simple, anyone can do it. I can’t imagine my life without yoga. I want to share this with others through my teaching”.

 

Teachers that have inspired and influenced Daljit’s practice have used concepts from Feldenkrais, Rolfing movement and Body Rolling. She has also been working with Scaravelli inspired yoga teachers; some of these concepts will be incorporated into the sessions.

       
  
The week of yoga is suitable for everyone including complete beginners.

Daljit aims to create a friendly informal atmosphere combining fun with developing an awareness of alignment, flexibility, breath, relaxation and moving into postures through freedom not force.

   

The morning sessions will include exploring yoga postures and sequences, encouraging each individual to reach their full potential while adapting postures and practices to suit differing abilities and physical limitations.
     
The late afternoon sessions will focus on restorative practices and relaxation helping to nourish and create a peaceful mind, an open heart and more grounded attitude, all of which can help us to relax completely releasing unwanted tension. 

   

https://yogawithdaljitkaur.com/
 

Daniel Gelblum

 

Dynamic Hatha Yoga & Feldenkrais with Daniel Gelblum

Dan teaches his own style of dynamic Hatha yoga. His influences range from yoga sutras to martial arts. His classes are much-loved and students feel immediate and long-term benefits

Dan focuses on fine movements resulting in rapid progress in flexibility and strength. Students remark at the ease with which they can achieve challenging postures at the end of each class. Dan has been teaching yoga since 1996

He trained in yoga and massage at the Limaye Clinic, Pune, India and the British Wheel of Yoga. He is a well-established yoga teacher in North West London. Dan is also a highly regarded Feldenkrais Practitioner.

 

 

How I came to Yoga and Feldenkrais

My dad/best friend (Dr Tuvia Gelblum) was a teacher of Sanskrit and Pali specialising in Yoga philosophy. So grew up with his contagious enthusiasm for Yoga.

He sadly developed Parkinson's disease, so I wanted to help him as much as possible. This involved travelling to India with him and studying ayurveda, acupressure, Yoga, osteotherapy massage (am the only man outside of India to practice this little known technique), back in the UK studied Shiatsu, holistic massage, sports massage and yet more Yoga.

One of the best ways for my dad to keep healthy was to have deep uplifting conversations about Yoga, Buddhism and Indian philosophy.
His enthusiasm for this kept him so healthy for over 30 years with this disease.

One day my dad was totally immobile like a vegetable on the floor and he told me about classes he used to attend in Israel with a man called Moshe Feldenkrais. I had not heard of him. My dad then showed me something he did in a class and was suddenly rolling to sit up and return to lay down on the floor with great fluidity and ease....we were both surprised. So my dad put me in touch with people in Israel who knew Feldenkrais and I got sent tons of material, which I studied deeply and started to apply some of what was learning to my work with clients with MS, Parkinson's and more. Then added and adjusted some of these techniques to my regular dynamic yoga classes as a kind of body meditation.

Seeing how effective this method was, I then did the 4 year training in it (which my dad sadly did not live to see me complete) and many advanced trainings which I continue to attend.

Am continuing to develop this method alongside with Yoga like a flowing river, running workshops, Yoga holidays, classes in Triyoga, the Life Centre (where am going now) and doing my best to share this amazing method with mine and my dads enthusiasm for it.

Am happy to share this incredible knowledge...thanks for the opportunity...is good karma and for the benefit of mankind!!!

 

Daniel Gelblum
Feldenkrais Practitioner
Yoga and meditation Teacher
 Feldenkrais for yoga and beyond!
hathadan.wordpress.com
Feldenkrais.co.uk

Daria Germondari

Daria Germondari - Vinyasa Flow Yoga

My teaching incorporates the classics of yoga: philosophy, meditation, mantra, pranayama and healing fluid asanas aiming to generate awareness, spiritual and emotional growth as well as physical strength.

I come from a dynamic Vinyasa background but prefer to teach a strong, yet slow flow, with room for creative movement, exploration of pulsations, and free form yoga (sometimes taking you off the mat).

Taught to fresh soundtracks, with a focus on getting the basics right, my teaching offers an appreciation for flowing movement, integrating breath and intention for a wholehearted breath and movement experience.

 

 

I like to lead a diverse and balanced existence, with yoga acting as my internal compass and guiding me through the wondrous river of life. It’s the truth between it all.

Through my teaching of yoga, I hope to provide a safe space for your own river to flourish and flow.

 

The morning class will focus on journeying through the 5 life-giving Elements (Earth, Water, Fire, Air, Ether) deconstructing a different Element each day through a slow but strong Vinyasa practice.

  

 

 

 

 

 

The afternoon class will focus on embodying the relevant Element through a combination of Meditation, Yin and Restorative practices. There will also be time for journaling.

 

David Sye

'Yogabeats' with David Sye

David Sye, listed as one of the top ten Yoga teachers in the UK and a Yoga Elder, has developed over many years "Yogabeats", his own brand of Yoga.

David has been practising yoga for over 20 years in International locations such as America, India and Israel

On his yoga holidays David works with Music and Beats in his morning classes, which flow with the music.

In these classes his "gentle power" yoga fuses Hatha, Astanga, Mridu and Vini. Gentle at the beginning and end, with dynamic and powerful periods at the core.

In the afternoon classes other aspects of yoga are explored and these can included meditation, partner work, asanas and movement.

  
 
As a Yoga Elder and when David is not not teaching on yoga holidays he mainly teaches other yoga teachers, or gives one day workshops across the UK and Europe.
 
 
  
  
 

The famous 'Yogabeats' experience where huge numbers of yoga students participate together takes place at various festivals, cities and countries, gaining international success and recognition. 

This form of yoga is suitable for every level of practitioner from total beginners to advanced, David takes great care to make certain that all abilities are catered for. It is a fun and educational way to practice yoga, pupils advance swiftly - expect much laughter in the class.

 

A regular teacher with Free Spirit Travel, David will take you on a journey to touch all your senses. The Yoga class is for all levels and is driven by music that matches the pace and the flow of the Yoga.

It is an enjoyable and fun class, the ages of yoga students attending David's yoga holidays range from 20 to over 70, including beginners and yoga teachers. It really is yoga for everybody!

Jilly in the Free Spirit Office regularly attends David's holidays and is happy to chat and answer questions.

 

 

 

 

 

Davy and Janaki

Hatha Flow, Astanga, Yin and Partner Yoga with Davy and Janaki

Janaki and Davy share a passion for yoga and a sense of fun!

While serious about yoga, they also realise that this is a holiday for you and should feel like one

They will introduce you to a wide range of yoga styles – Hatha, Sivananda, Ashtanga, Yin, Partner Yoga, Dynamic & Slow. Their classes are suitable for beginners and experienced yogis alike.

They will also teach breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditation techniques – all designed for you to be able to take home with you after the holiday

   

Each day (except for any scheduled non-yoga days) will include a few hours of yoga, pranayama, relaxation and meditation. Each class will be different and alternative options will always be offered for the less experienced.

And there will also be discussions about yoga, workshop sessions looking at yoga issues in more detail, and a “yoga clinic” where you can ask those questions you have always wanted to ask, and explore postures you have always wanted to try!

They believe yoga is a wonderful gift accessible to all and they will try to pass on skills, knowledge and techniques that will stay with you for the rest of your life.

 

For more informatin visit their website at www.inspirationyoga.net

 

 

   

Denisa Nenova

nid%3D1063%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneDenisa started training Kung Fu at he age of 7. She discovered yoga at the age of 13 and quickly integrated both practices.

She spent several years studying all four paths of yoga and attended courses and trainings with Anusara yoga, Sivanada yoga, Jivamukti yoga,  Donna Farhi, Clare Missingham, Shiva Rea, Rod Stricker, Julie Gudmestad, Catherine Annis and many more before she decided to become a yoga teacher.

Currently Denisa teaches adults classes across London, runs regular workshops and retreats and dedicates 60% of her time teaching therapeutic yoga to children and young adults with Special Needs.

  
Denisa's classes are strongly physical and yet very meditative, creative and inspiring. The focus falls on recognizing and developing a crystal clear sharp and alert mind which allows for a state of heighten awareness and concentration to occur so the student can then experience the asanas by feeling the inner alignment and pranic flow as suppose to just do the asanas.

Mastery of breath - conscious, specific application of pranayama, pinpoints every single movement in the class and makes Transcendence possible. Hands on adjustments, meditation, reflection on Vedanta and deep relaxation are weaved into the class structure. 

Her retreats are reflective, creative, invigorating, challenging and yet calming and centering. Denisa creates a space that allows the students to immerse him/herself into their yoga sadhana on all levels of existence physical mental emotional spiritual.

One is welcome and invited to softly unfold into luminous stillness and center back in the core of his/her being.

Denisa believes that:
"Through the continuous questioning and unraveling of the 'I' over the years of practice I have come to believe that Every moment is tremendously precious and unique, every moment is the perfect opportunity to learn, grow, expand and progress. Every moment can be a moment of Liberation we just need to look for the courage to take the first step. To me the practice of Yoga is exactly that the path towards Liberation"

www.denisanenova.com

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Diana Shipp

 

Sivananda Yoga with Diana Shipp

 

Diana Shipp, has over eleven years experience and specialises in the Sivananda style of yoga.

Diana teaches integrated breath and posture work, with spiritual awareness, based on classical Sivananda yoga and other traditions. 

Diana is an experienced teacher who has been teaching for the past 15 years. She has taught in the UK, Turkey, Bali, Crete, Spain and India. She holds teaching diplomas from the British Wheel of Yoga and the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in India.

  

On this holiday you will experience asana, pranayama, meditation, visualisation and relaxation in two classes daily.

The yoga will improve your strength and flexibility and guide you to the calm centre of Being within.

This yoga will be suitable for beginners as well as more experienced students. Diana's approach is both joyful and imaginative, with emphasis on raising of consciousness through breath and body awareness, to bring you a feeling of well-being.

        

This holiday is suitable for all standards of yoga practitioner

Diane Davis

Dynamic Yoga with Diane Davis

NAMASTE~
I have been practising and studying Yoga since 1972, so from that you can tell I truly love my Yoga.

I qualified for my Yoga Teachers Diploma at The International School of Yoga, Kevala Centre. I studied Yoga philosophy, anatomy, physiology, and nutrient, Yoga for the disabled, for Pregnancy, children, the elderly and much more.

My yoga style is Dynamic Hatha Yoga although, as I have also practiced most forms of Yoga, there are elements of Astanga, Dru, Kundalini Iyengar and Sivananda in there as well.

 

I have been teaching Yoga since 2002 and I have my REPS certificate to advanced teacher level. I also study sports injuries and recovery. I have taught in various leisure centres, The Athletic Club for Gifted and Talented Youths, in colleges, schools and privately.

My Yoga teaching assists a huge range of people including those with illness, injuries, births, stress and those keeping fit and healthy. They include Footballers, Golfers, Dancers, Sports people and Martial Arts, to name but a few, all have said how Yoga benefits and enhances their profession.

It is heart-warming for me, to help so many people, with their Mind, Body and Soul . I am still studying Yoga on a daily basis, as it is a never ending journey of learning.

  
On your holiday, at about 8am before breakfast, we will be having  a 90 minute class of Dynamic Hatha Yoga on some days and on others we will doFlowing Vinyasas.

There will be a second class before dinner where we will practise Pranayama, Meditation and Relaxation.

Om~Shanti
Diane

Dina Cohen

Dynamic Flow Yoga with Dina Cohen

Dina is accredited as a Senior Teacher and Teacher Trainer by Yoga Alliance both here and in USA and and has been practicing and teaching yoga and Mindfulness since the 90s, promoting these as tools for a healthy, toned and supple body, as well as a deeper and more expansive outlook on life.

Her teaching is inspired by the fluid, breath-synchronised dance of Vinyasa Flow, the precision and integrity of Iyengar, and the deep lake of meditative stillness that is Yin and Restorative Yoga.
Dina has been a mentor on the Yoga Campus and Embodied Dancer Teacher Trainings, is registered with British Wheel of Yoga and has her own studio, Goldendoor, in London.

 
Our Yoga Week

Gathering in silence before breakfast, a wake up session of cleansing and stimulating breathing techniques will prepare us for an introduction to Mindfulness practices, setting us up for the rest of the day.

A long dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga practice is scheduled each morning, synchronising breath and movement, this will be offered in a step-by-step format, starting with a slow and easy warm-up and gradually building in intensity to incorporate more challenging poses as the week progresses. We will work on building strength, stamina and flexibility, allowing everyone to progress at their own pace.

After a delicious brunch and a free afternoon to lounge on the beach, or visit the local shops and cafes, we will regroup for a gentler, more relaxing session of Yin and Restorative yoga early evening. I will try to accommodate everyone's needs and preferences, offering a supportive environment for both beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.

   
" Yoga connects us to the rhythm of the breath, drawing us ever more deeply into the recesses of our physical and emotional bodies, allowing us to soften, release, surrender and let go. Dropping all that baggage leaves us feeling calm, energised and lighter, creating a spaciousness into which our innate healing potential can be revealed.

Studies suggest that practising Mindfulness can increase feelings of happiness, alleviate anxiety and depression and aid stress management, improving our ability to concentrate, sleep and make decisions, as well as the quality of our relationships"

www.dynamicflowyoga.com

Dini Martinez

Dini is a sailor, mother, writer and yoga teacher. She lives on a sailing boat with her family and teaches Yoga and Ayurveda at retreats, workshops and festivals around the world.    

She has been practicing Yoga and meditation, on and off the mat, since starting university aged 19. Fitness and dance teachings turned towards yoga many years ago. Her continuous studies of Ayurveda, work as Doula, passion for wholesome nutrition and holistic approach to motherhood all influence her teachings.  

 

Whilst many great teachers including Iyengar, Shiva Rae, Simon Borg-Oliver, Amanda Fuzes, Cam Storey, Clive Sheridan and Vipassana's Goenka to name but a few have left traces and inspiration in Dini's practice, her toughest teachers are her children. They play a transformational role in the journey of taken yoga beyond the mat and into a happier and healthier life. Old yoga scriptures are also a resource she often draws back upon. 

 

  Dini works without a pre-set schedule, but takes what there is and builds on it. One of the beauties of a yoga retreat is that it allows to spend more time on poses and areas that need particular attention or improvements. Dini doesn't shy back to gently push her students asana boundaries. The only 'cannot' is in the mind and once that is dropped, possibilities are endless.  

 

Often pranayam, mudhras, bandhas and sometimes even kryas make their way into her classes and give students a whole new angle to approach movement,

breath and life. Her subtle, Thai massage influenced adjustments have created a name for themselves and can aid major shifts in body, mind and soul.  

 

Naturally the morning practice will be flowing more strongly through variations of and additions to Surya Namaskars. The evening practice will be a restorative Yin Yoga session whereby seated poses are held for several minutes, letting go of any muscular tensions and allignment issues. This allows the body to release traumas in different koshas, or layers, possibly stored for years or even decades.As the yin areas of the body like connective tissue, ligaments and bones are accessed in the serene stillness of a yin practice, we open our wholeselves up to boundless opportunities. 

 

Be prepared for more than a normal yoga holiday. Transformation and change are the only constants in life. Dini's authenticity and aliveness, coupled with a great love and passion for teaching, has inspired many yogis and others around the world to also dare living the life that they dream of.          
 
 
 
 
 
 
  For more info about Dini, her yoga, her family and her life afloat visit YogicSailingFamily.wordpress.com.    
Divya

Hatha and Flow Yoga with Divya (see below for details of Champneys Spa New Year Weekend)

Through a mindful and therapeutic practice of Yoga, Divya guides individuals into developing a calm mind, stronger body and sincere connection to the self.

Classes are based on classical Hatha Yoga, Dynamic Flow and Restorative yoga practice and philosophy. Inspiration comes from ancient eastern sources as well as modern psychological thought. Space, time and assistance is given to enable the individual to get into the 'heart' of what they're doing.   

The result is immediate: feeling lighter, stronger and happier following a class. In the long term, the effects are abiding strength and inner contentment.

        

Divya is a senior level qualified Yoga teacher, based in London.

She has received training from and studied with world leading teachers including: Aadhil Palkivala, Shiva Rea, the Yoga for Healing Institution in Chennai (India), Yoga India (Mysore), Sarah Powers and Judith Lasaster. She runs regular classes and workshops in central and west London, as well as retreats and holidays in the UK and abroad.

 

Special January Weekend at Champneys Spa Henlow Grange

A weekend using the practices of yoga, meditation, contemplation, reflection and imbibing cacao to check-in, reveal and see what our heartfelt desires and real intentions are for 2017.

Share a space away from daily attachments and distractions, plant the seeds of good intentions and let yourself unwind in the environment of this wellbeing spa hotel. 

Led by senior Hatha Yoga and Meditation teacher Divya. Practices will be a mix of yoga, Pranayama (yogic breathing), Meditation, visualization, journaling and a Saturday morning cacao ritual ceremony.

"May peace find you. May you find peace."

For further info on Flow, Hatha and Restorative classes in London, visit:

www.yogawithdivya.co.uk

 

nid%3D361%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneHi Divya, Thank you again for sharing  such a wonderful weekend with us. I truly felt I had come home with your teachings.  I didn't want to take too much of your time, but just to say as it was my first "class" for a least six weeks I felt "held" and safe and now feel really ready again to return to my teachers.

That aside I also feel relaxed and ready to return to normal life, I do so with a clear mind and a better connection to my self.

Such a pleasure to spend time with you and your amma, it added a certain something, a grounding, an appreciation of relationships and support.

I wish you well, and I am glad our paths finally crossed. I realise I am already on your mailing list!

Namaste xxxxx
 

Effie Love

 

Flowing Vinyasa Yoga with Effie Love

Effie has been practising yoga for the better part of the last 15 years. She's studied in Israel, India, Thailand and of course, the UK, where she's been a resident in the people's republic of Brighton for the last decade.  She is also an acupuncturist (BSc (hons), LicAc, MBAcC), and a massage therapist, she has a very deep level of knowledge when it comes to the physical and energetical anatomy of the body, which becomes apparent in her classes.  Effie runs About Balance a low cost, fair trade, wellbeing centre in Brighton - a place that helps therapists to make a living from their work and helps the people of Brighton to achieve affordable well being.  She  also  works as a therapist at the Google offices in London.

She believes yoga makes you a better person, not by magic, or some weird hippie voodoo stuff, but simply because when you practice yoga you give yourself love, you learn to accept yourself, (Ahimsa- the first yama of patanjali yoga sutras) by doing so, you learn, with time, to accept others, other situations, other people, and that makes you a better person, if you like it or not :)  Her approach to yoga is not about becoming more flexible and strong (though you would),it's not about touching your toes (though, again, with time, you would) but it's about learning to turn the focus inside, to how we breath, to how we move, to how we feel, to who we are and to use yoga as a path to freedom.

On her retreat

Morning sessions:  will start with a 30 min meditation (optional) followed by pranayama.  We will then start with warming up our body with sun salutations, and flow into a vinyasa  session that will focus on different areas of the body each day. (opening shoulders, strengthening core, opening hips, lengthening hamstrings, etc.) we will look into the anatomy of each area and understand the complex movement of it (hand outs will be given on course) and what that area needs. By the end of the course you will have a good understanding of the anatomy of yoga and how to maintain a personal practice that will be good for your own body needs…

Evening sessions:  will be made out of a 60 min yin class (related to the morning session) followed by yoga nidra (yogic sleep). Helping you to get your body and mind ready for a sweet good night sleep.

 

For more information on Effie, please visit her website:

www.aboutbalancebrighton.com

Emily-Clare Hill

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Coming to dance late, she fell in love with it, dance became her mediation, an escape into oneself, a journey of being free of all barriers and insecurities, a chance to express everything through the body.

It wasn't until stage school that her Yoga journey began and the revelation of meditation through movement was revealed.

It was the complete polar opposite to the industry that came with dancing,  allowed to look and feel however she wished on that day, the body and posture didn't need to be perfect or look like everyone else's, there is a freedom to being your own person when on the mat, this drawing her in to learning more.

 

Emily's passion for yoga is ever present and evolving, her journey as a teacher has been very active from the word go, she's excited by the fact that you can always continue to learn and loves the quote;

"Once you stop learning, you stop living" 

   

Emily's Classes

Emily's ability to offer a fun dynamic stretchy practise with fluid mindful technique, a lot of love and a little banter stands her aside from the crowd. Her knowledge of anatomy allows her to weave together a creative sequence that will leave you feeling inspired, fearless and ready.

Classes are themed around an inspirational topic to offer an intention for practise...supported by the breath and always encouraging, Emily installs a mindful, conscious practise of being in the moment.

   

  

  

"Yoga is the union of mind, body and spirit." 

 

 

 

Emma Conally-Barklem

Vinyasa Flow Variations & Hatha Yoga with Emma Conally-Barklem

Emma has been practising yoga since 1999 and was taught by Gayle Hilton using a traditional approach to Ashtanga yoga. Emma was inspired to explore and practice Hatha and Shadow yoga with some martial arts thrown into the mix.  

Emma completed her yoga training with the BWY, studying for the Level 4 500+ hours teaching qualification over a period of 3 years. Emma has recently completed a 40 hour Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series Teacher Training Immersion Course with the World renown and much loved Master Ashtanga Yogi, David Swenson, who was one of Patabhi Jois’ original students in Mysore, India.

Emma has been inspired by many international yogis such as Donna Farhi, Liz Lark and Zoe Knott's Strength in Asana work.   

Continued self development is at the heart of Emma's teaching - always innovative she shares everything she learns with her students whether they be seasoned Ashtangis or the walking wounded; she believes strongly in Krishnamachariya's words 'if you can breathe, you can do yoga'  As such, all are welcome in Emma's varied and colourful classes.   

Emma's approach is playful, heart centred and guided by Yogic texts such as The Sutras and Hatha Yoga Pradipika.   

 

On this holiday the morning sessions will involve an enlivening mix of Prana- flow sequences with strength work drawing on Hatha Vinyasa and Ashtanga traditions. We will journey towards a variety of postures and see where the journey takes us!

The afternoon session will be restorative and nurturing asana, working with the breath and with some meditation and deep relaxation.

www.emmaliveyoga.com

 

Kissamos May 19th  -An excellent retreat. It was a pleasure meeting Emma and being in her class, I enjoyed her plan of the week and I felt the yoga sessions offered challenge in a safe environment, a lovely balance.  The venue was perfect, and our hosts were so considerate, add to that Emma’s teaching and the lovely group and it gives a special memory to take away.
Linda Finney - May 2015

 

Kissamos May 2015 with Emma Connally-Barklem
Big thank you to Free Spirit Travel, the lovely Mike, Maria and staff and last but not least the very inspiring teacher Emma.  It was my first Yoga holiday and am looking to book again next year it was truly an amazing experience.  I wasn't expecting one week out of my normal routine to make such a difference to my wellbeing.  Location, accommodation, weather, food, people, sea view and the waves as our music during yoga practice - all just perfect.
Namaste
Jeannette Hall

 

Emma Robinson

Hatha and Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Emma 'Yog Ganga' Robinson

 About Emma

“We don’t use our body to get into the pose, we use the pose to get into our body” - Shakti Mhi

Emma began practicing yoga as a teenager and found delight in the physical and mental attributes that Yoga offers. She has spent much time with expert teachers, exploring differing philosophies from the foothills of the Himalayas to the polished floors of yoga studios in America and Australia, to beach shalas in Southern Thailand.

She has been teaching since 2008 and has trained in the Yogalates method, Akhanda Yoga and has since trained extensively in Vinyasa Yoga with Tripsichore Yoga Theatre under the expertise of Edward Clark and Nikki Durrant.

As a keen anatomist and Yoga practitioner, Emma endeavours to inform her students of their bodies through their yoga practice to make the yoga accessible and enjoyable, to build better understanding of the bio-mechanics of our bodies.

Emma is currently studying to be an Osteopath at the British School of Osteopathy. She is particularly interested in Yoga for rehabilitation as well as a discipline and art form.

  

Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga Weekend
Over this weekend, Emma will take you through a series of classes that focus on the art of Vinyasa Yoga; synchronised breath and movement, from the simpler through to more complex postures and how to move with control and finesse. Not suitable for beginners.
Between classes, practitioners can enjoy the facilities that Champneys has to offer, making this a weekend to explore and indulge your senses in a luxurious environment, lovely company and delicious, healthy meals.
  
This retreat is ideal for those who wish to explore challenging asana; if you have an already strong practice, Emma aims to provide you with a variations. If you’re still yet to master a difficult posture(s) then Emma will endeavour to make them more accessible by breaking them down.
  
This weekend covers the following;
  
•    Choreographed vinyasa sequences to focus the mind and hone the senses. Emphasising that vinyasa yoga is a method of meditation where we can train ourselves to explore our potential through our body and observing the effects of this

•    Dedicated classes that will focus on arm balances, inversions and backbends

•    Step by step instructions of postures so that everyone can work within their range and to their edge without pressure

•    Tips to improve your technique whether you’re new to that posture or looking to improve and/or explore a variation.

•    How to utilise the breath for effective and controlled transitions, avoiding carelessness and thus reduce the chance of injury

•    The importance of core stability and the breathing to support the body’s structure. Practicing with intelligence, with regard for our physical limitations without being held back by them.
   

For more information on Emma’s classes, retreats, workshops and blog check out www.emmalovesyoga.com

 

Erika Tourell

Dynamic Slow-flow/Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation with Erika Tourell

  

Our Yoga Retreat in India at Palm Tree Yoga, Kerala

This retreat is a wonderful opportunity to slow down and re-connect ourselves to our hearts and to Infinite Source in a safe and nurturing environment.
We shall be gathering twice or three times a day to engage in lots of different practices together: yoga, pranayama (breathwork), silent and guided meditation, 

This is precious time to set aside for yourself for healing and reflection at this stage of your life's journey.

You are encouraged to bring a journal to record your dreams, insights and inspirations or write poetry. You may also like to bring some art materials; a sketch book, coloured pencils or paints to allow your creative juices to flow!

 There will be plenty of free time for rest and renewal, swimming and sunbathing as well as excursions in the locality.

      
Erika Tourell has been holding retreats in the UK and internationally for over ten years and teaching yoga for over 15 years. It is her greatest joy to work in this way with people and many past guests have reported huge life changes and return year after year to re-inspire themselves.

   
Erika teaches a slow flow/vinyasa class integrating her experience of Iyengar, Astanga, Hatha and Kundalini yoga by emphasising awareness of mind, body and breath, whilst focusing on correct alignment

She teaches regular, weekly classes at The Life Centre Notting Hill, TriYoga Primrose Hill, TriYoga Chelsea and BodyWorksWest Notting Hill, all in London and runs workshops and yoga retreats in the UK and abroad.

She also sees clients privately for yoga and massage therapy in the London area.

   

Fiona Agombar

Fiona Agombar and Energy Yoga

  
Energy Yoga has been developed to increase vitality, space and health in the physical body, whilst also working with the psycho-spiritual connection to quieten the mind.    

Using gentle flowing movement, mantra and pranayama (yoga breathing),  yoga releases knots and held patterns  and invigorates the whole being as energy (prana) can then flow freely.

Students are guided towards the  Presence of their authentic nature as they become  conscious of what is happening in the body in each moment, working at their own ability (there is no competition in yoga).
     
Fiona  has been studying yoga since 1993. She originally trained with the Yoga for Health Foundation.   She teaches in the tradition of Krishnamacharya and is accredited as an advanced teacher by the British Wheel of Yoga. Her mentor is Gill Lloyd, who is a student of TKV Desikachar.

Fiona also studies Vedanta, the science of self-realisation. She is currently studying yoga in the Krishnamacharya tradition (Khyf) under Sarah Ryan and Liz Mutha.       

Fiona originally studied with the Yoga for Health Foundation from 1993 and she now spends much time in India studying yoga in depth. She is a regular contributor to Yoga and Health magazine.

 

In 1997 Fiona wrote the definitive book on yoga, fatigue and M.E: 'Beat Fatigue with Yoga' (Cherry Red Books) having had had chronic fatigue for 15 years and then made a full recovery thanks to following a yoga lifestyle.

    
More on Fiona can be found on  www.fionaagombar.co.uk

Gabrielle McNaughton

 Gabrielle McNaughton is a Hatha Yoga Teacher and Craniosacral Therapist

   

She brings an understanding of the body and movement to her teaching, from a previous career in dance working with Rambert Dance Company amongst others.

Discovering yoga in 1997, she studied Sivananda and Astanga and developed a dedicated self practise before training in the Scaravelli Inspired approach.

Teaching since 2006, Gabrielle brings an intuitive and mindful approach to her yoga classes, which encourage a fluid relationship to movement, breath and stillness.

There is a focus on healthy alignment and grounding for a safe and resourced practise, developing core strength for stability, and cultivating a deep and nourishing connection to the breath.

  

Morning classes will include exploring the energetic and anatomical element of both simple and more complex poses and flowing, meditative Vinyasa sequences to revitalise and awaken body and mind.

 

The early evening class will be a more restorative practise, which may include inversions, pranayama and relaxation.

 

www.gabriellemcnaughton.co.uk

Gillian Russel

Hatha and Scaravelli Inspired Yoga with Gillian Russel       

Scaravelli practice: ‘in this practice we access the deeper movement felt in our bodies, the movement of life, fuelled by breath and born from the spine. Not training but discovering strength in vital softness, exploring freedom and playfulness in our movements. Integration and expression take the place of stretching and holding. In surprise and delight we come home to our bodies’.

This nourishing retreat will provide a combination of fluid playful posture work, breath and body awareness, meditation and deep healing rest. Give yourself permission to rest, balance, and restore, bring real relief and joy into your body's natural ability to move with freedom and space."

    

Gill has been teaching yoga for over 25 years her qualifications include British Wheel Diploma Course Tutor, Yoga Biomedical Trust Yoga Therapy Practitioner and FRYOG teacher. In addition she has explored Feldenkrais, Rolfing movement and Body Rolling and some concepts from these disciplines will be included in her sessions.

Latterly she has been working with various students of Vanda Scaravelli and this approach greatly influences her teaching and practice. Gill’s sessions will be gentle, rhythmic, and extremely soothing enabling your body’s innate ability to release tension and unwind.
This week is suitable for beginners, more experienced students and yoga teachers each exploring the practices at their own pace. If you are looking for a holiday with a deep but gentle approach this week should be right for you.

"I have been running yoga holidays in Portugal for the last five years and weekends in the UK for over 10 years. I am looking forward to teaching in Crete especially so close to the beach and sea!

This nourishing retreat will provide a combination of fluid playful posture work, breath and body awareness, meditation and deep healing rest. Give yourself permission to rest, balance, and restore, bring real relief and joy into your body's natural ability to move with freedom and space."

  For more about Gillian please visit her website www.yogill.com

Ginny Dean

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Ginny has practiced yoga for over 30 years and has taught since 1998.

Her teachers have numbered some of the world's most respected yogis including Derek Ireland who introduced her to Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, and Sri K Pattabhi Jois who then enabled her to deepen her practice.

Whilst this is her background her own teaching style is more influenced by her more recent female teachers Dona Hollemann (Centered Yoga) and Chloe Fremantle (Scaravelli Yoga).

 

     

Our morning session will consist of a led Vinyasa Flow class taught so that different aspects of the practice can be explored. This invigorating practice is an ongoing exploration of our awareness of the relationship between our physical movements, our breath, the ground and the space around us.

The afternoon session will be less structured and the emphasis will be not on achieving postures but on using the journey into them to undo tension and reveal a sense of integration. In these sessions we will gradually focus our attention so that we can feel more, impose less, and allow the intelligence of the body to reveal itself.

 

Whilst suitable for all levels this holiday is most suited to those with at least one year's grounding in a regular yoga practice. However, all students will gain from each session irrespective of their level of experience.

Posture adaptations will be offered so that everybody will benefit including those just beginning their yoga journey through to the more advanced students.
 

Jilly in the Free Spirit office attends Ginny's  classes in Brighton so if you have questions do chat with her

   
    

Ginny Haswell

Vinyasa Yoga with Ginny Haswell

 

Ginny has been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching since 2007. In the years following her initial teacher training (RYT200) in the Astanga Vinyasa method, she also trained with Paul Grilley (Yin yoga), Shiva Rea (vinyasa flow) and Dr Timothy McCall (therapeutic yoga).

 

Ginny's current teacher is Tiffany Cruikshank, with whom she is studying on the 500hr Yoga Medicine program. Focussing her studies in anatomy, biomechanics, Eastern philosophy and prescriptive yoga, Ginny is able to understand the needs of individual students from a multi-dimensional perspective. Her group classes, workshops and holidays demonstrate her flexible and creative approach in making the practice accessible and joyful for all.

 
On this holiday, the morning yoga sessions will start gently to prepare us for heat building, flowing sequences with multi-level options for all students. Alongside precise alignment cues and well structured themes, expect some playfulness and the opportunity to explore the deeper, energetic effects of asana.

In the evenings, we will enjoy nourishing Yin Yoga - floor based postures held for time and approached in a way that allows us to restructure our connective tissues - fascia and ligaments. Ginny will also introduce you to self-myofascial release techniques using tennis balls and other props.
Meditation, pranayama and deep relaxation will be included each day.

www.one-yoga.co.uk

 

Just to say that our week at Source of Light was excellent. The food, accommodation, and weather were top notch: and the standard of Yoga teaching was absolutely superb.

Tony & Jan - July 2016
 

Heather Hill

Hatha Yoga with Heather Hill

Heather has twenty years experience as a British Wheel of yoga teacher. She excels at nurturing the student.
 
A hugely experienced teacher, Heather's teaching includes a variety of practices which encompass pranayama , flexibility, restorative and yin yoga as well as strength and stamina. Classes are suitable for all levels and abilities

 

 

 

Weekend Schedule
Friday evening:       restorative yoga
Saturday morning:  energy boost!
Saturday afternoon: Hatha Yoga
Sunday morning:    focus on our feet (including a self administered yoga foot massage )
Helen Barker

Hatha Yoga with Shakti Bakti

 

Shakti Bhakti (Helen Barker) is a British Wheel of Yoga Diploma holder, BWY Foundation Course Tutor, Relax and Renew Trainer, Suksma Marma and Structural Yoga™ Therapist. 

Shakti Bhakti has been teaching yoga classes for almost 20 years and trained BWY teachers between 2003 - 2009.  She now works with individual students to assist them develop harmony in their lives as well as teaching workshops, retreats and yoga holidays. 

She has personal experience of the transformative power of Structural Yoga Therapy™ being free from pain and having improved strength and mobility after several years of having an injury.

Joint Freeing Series
This series moves each joint gently and systematically through its full and natural range of motion. It has great healing properties and can bring about the release of subconscious patterns of injury and trauma.

Optimising Mobility and Strength
This series of exercises enables students to isolate muscular strength within asana, to maximise joint mobility (particularly the spine and pelvic region) and heighten concentration.

Vinyasas from Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy
Short flowing sequences that develop inner awareness and develop concentration whilst maximising the effectiveness of the asana enabling students to balance the three doshas - Vata, Pitta and Kapha 

For more information on Helen visit her website at
www.yoganamaste.co.uk

Helen Say

Helen Say - Anusara Inspired Yoga Teacher

Helen has been practicing yoga for 12 years, teaching for 4, studying with many different teachers & styles (Hatha, Astanga, Iyengar, Anusara).

Having trained in alignment-based Hatha Yoga at TriYoga in London she has gone on to complete teacher trainings in the uplifting, flowing style of Anusara Yoga.

As an Anusara Inspired teacher she is passionate about sharing yoga with everybody, yoga to benefit all using the Anusara Universal Principles of Alignment and incorporating Shiva/Shakti Tantric philosophy into the classes.

  

   

She sees yoga as a tool for expansion and freedom in every aspect of life. Since Oct 2009 she has been on the road travelling and teaching, mainly in India, Thailand and Bali.

Helen's own self practice is a way to deepen her knowledge and exploration of yoga both on and off the mat.

She has been fortunate enough to have studied and assisted with Anusara teacher, Bridget Woods Kramer during her classes, immersions in London, the Bali Spirit Festival 2010 and 2011 and at Bridget's Yoga Teacher Trainings in Bali.

 

Our week of yoga

Morning: Following the Anusara principles throughout and weaving in a heart theme, the morning class will be based on a dynamic practice to revive and awaken our spine, heart and mind; allowing us to start the day with a feeling of lightness & freedom.

Afternoon: Through a playful dance of asana, restorative yoga, Thai yoga massage, chi gong & meditation, incorporating breathwork throughout. The therapeutic afternoon class will be a chance to explore our bodies: bringing back mobility in our joints, restoring the natural rhythm of our spine and the free flow of energy, whilst getting in touch with our inner essence of being

  

Helen teaches from the heart in a playful, joyful and fun way focusing on helping everyone express their own beauty and using Partner work to help students support one another in order to reach their true potential and push each others boundaries.

 

 
 

Imelda Maguire

My name is Imelda. I have been practising since the age of 14. Introduced to Yoga by my Mum. Qualified with the British Wheel of Yoga for 27 years. Author of a best selling book "Yoga for a Healthy Body".

The classes I teach are fun and relaxed places to be.  My teachings based on student needs so everyone can develop and progress at their own pace.  I teach a dynamic form of Traditional Hatha Yoga. All classes are led by the breath.

Infused into my teachings are my knowledge and experience of Tai Chi, ensuring each student learns to move in the way nature designed. avoiding injury and unhindered by ageing, sex or strength.

The aim of Yoga is to help you feel good about yourself. Physically, mentally and spiritually. Release physical and mental tensions. Adopt a positive attitude towards life. Re-vitalise and re-juvanate!

 

On this holiday - The day begins with: Warm ups to tone up. Dynamic flowing Asanas to stretch, lengthen and relieve pain. Breathing to brighten your day. Meditation to enhance each moment of your holiday.  The day winds down with: Restorative Yoga practice. Deep breathing into the postures. Moving meditations. Smiling Mantras.

By the end of your weeks holiday you will take home..

A 10 minute yoga sequence you can practice everyday.
A deeper understanding of Yoga and yourself.
The tools to meditate, anywhere anytime.
And a belly full of Chi!

Jackie Coulson

Hatha Yoga with Jackie Coulson

  

Jackie has studied many forms of Yoga over the last 12 years, including Hatha, Iyengar, Vajrasati, Astanga, Sivananda & Scaravelli.

She holds teaching certificates in Hatha and Vajrasati Yoga and is Yoga Alliance 500hr accredited. She has taken great joy from inspiring her students in Brighton for the last 4 years.

    

 

Jackie's teaching style is creative and fluid, partly due to her broad inspiration across disciplines.

Her Vajrasati training helps bring in a meditative feel to her Hatha flowing practise, incorporating the core principles of Sthira Sukham (finding the balance between strength or effort and ease) as well as an emphasis on postural awareness. 

Jackie's interest in the body also took her to India to study Yogic massage.

   

The morning classes will have a fluid, playful nature, incorporating some gentle sequences, flowing through postures with deep breath awareness, to invigorate the body and mind.

The evening practise will generally be more restorative and meditative. Even when the practise is challenging it will be deeply relaxing. We will also be exploring Pranayama (breathing techniques) and simple Mantra (chanting).

     
Jackie is known for her nurturing and supportive style that welcomes all abilities.

www.exhalebrighton.co.uk

Jacky Lampl

Jacky Lampl

Jacky's passion for movement evolved from her study of dance, she began practicing yoga 15 years ago and is teaching for over six years now.  Her motto is "Movement is a great medicine for the body".

Her teaching style offers an alignment-based yoga, slow moving, with a great focus on core stability.  Jacky completed two 200 hour teacher training modules. The first was an Ashtanga Vinyasa training while the second concentrated on an Anusara teacher training. Anusara yoga is a modern-day Hatha yoga system focusing on a positive mindset. In 2015 she completed a 500-hour teacher training with 3 Internationally renowned teachers. She continues to be an avid student of yoga.

   
During the weekend at Champneys Jacky will explore how to embrace your practice.  By surrendering, one opens the mind and allows new opportunities to flow.

   
This weekend is for everyone from a careful beginner to an experienced warrior. Jacky will offer guidance and encouragement to each yogi, so the retreat is enjoyable and suitable for all.

The classes will help you build strength, gain flexibility and help bring an inner calmness and tranquility. The mornings will be more energetic while the evening practice will be more reflective.

 

 

 

Jacqueline Purnell

Jivamukti Yoga with Jacqueline Purnell

Jacqueline has taught yoga for many years all over the world, including training yoga teachers for over 10 years.

She originally trained in Astanga Vinyasa Yoga with the late Sri K Pattabhi Jois and Derek Ireland in India.

Jacqueline is licensed to teach BWY Foundation Courses One and Two and a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher, having trained with David Life and Sharon Gannon. Jacqueline has also worked with Shandor Remete.

On this holiday Jacqueline will be teaching Jivamukti Yoga which is dynamic yoga style - for more information on  this yoga style please follow the link at the bottom of this page.

Mornings classes will include

Breath awareness, flowing vinyasa sequences, alignment exploration, hands-on assistance, relaxation and meditation.

Music of all styles will play an integral role in the morning classes : you might practice to a shifting soundtrack of ragas, global trance, hip-hop, spoken word, George Harrison, Sting, Krishna Das, Donna de Lory, Michael Franti, Bill Laswell, Alice Coltrane and Mozart.

Afternoon classes

Will be workshop style looking at asana particularly inversions and backbends in greater detail, to enhance performance for the classes in the mornings.

 

For more information on Jivamukti yoga visit  www.jivamuktiyoga.com
For more information on Jacqueline visit  www.richmondyoga.co.uk

Jacqueline Wigglesworth

Jacqueline Wigglesworth - Hatha Flow & Yin Yoga

Jacqueline experienced her first yoga class in 1997 whilst at Drama school and has since trained in London (at Triyoga,) India and LA, studying many styles of yoga including Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea, Yin Yoga and Mindfulness with Sarah Powers, Ashtanga with Pattabhi Jois, Restorative with Judith Lasater, Yoga Therapy with TKV Desikachar and Iyengar Yoga.   

Her own style of teaching is fun, relaxed, safe and joyful, always relating to the bigger picture; both dynamic (solar/yang) and relaxing (lunar/yin) and always includes quotes, breathing exercises (pranayama) and meditations to inspire and uplift.          

 

Jackie sees yoga as a wonderful tool to enhance every aspect of life and adapts her yoga classes to cater for all levels of whoever is present.   

She worked for many years teaching clients at London's prestigious private member's club Home House and is currently based in Ealing, London. She's just happy to share the many benefits yoga brings, wherever she finds herself and particularly enjoys leading retreats in beautiful locations.   

Her goal is that you return home with a healthy body, a peaceful mind and an enlightened spirit.      

 

    

 

Jacqueline is a global adventurer and trip leader who has worked on 6 continents and travelled to over 80 countries. She  also has a degree in English and Drama from Exeter University and has just finished a book called World of Wonder

 

 

Jana Czipin

Dynamic Yoga with Jana Czipin

Jana Czipin was born in Austria and in 15 years of practice has moved through different styles of yoga (Sivananda, Hatha, Astanga).

In 2005 she became a certified teacher from the Mysore Mandala Shala in India and in 2008 she studied at the school of TKV Desikachar (KYM) in Chennai (India), which focuses on Yoga therapy.

    

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The afternoon class will be a Hatha Yoga class with various breathing techniques in Pranayama and different methods of meditation.

Classes are suitable for all levels of students, from beginners to advanced.

 www.ayoga.co.uk

Jane Cornwall

Vinyasa Yoga with Jane Cornwall

Jane has been a practicing yoga teacher for over 10 years, building on a previous background of dancercise, Qui Gong and Pilates Instruction. All this experience has resulted in a Vinyasa style of yoga, which she believes brings focus, fun and variety to the practice, without losing its deeper meaning and authenticity.

This has led to consistently high attendance and a faithful following from her students. Her teaching style has evolved and developed through her interaction with both class members and many inspiring teachers over the years.

She has an approach which roots yoga in people's everyday lives, with an emphasis on the significance and benefits of synchronising movement and breath. She is always keen to incorporate a pranayama element in her classes to help her students to cope with life's many challenges and to be able to use the gift of yoga as a fundamental part of their being.

Her maturity brings with it considerable experience and she has a zest for life which results in a strong personal engagement with her class members. Her love of yoga inspires her to want to share her knowledge and help enhance the lives of others!

About this holiday

This week will be all about the benefits of self nurture and 'going with the flow' whilst realising the importance of being strong, yet flexible, in body and mind. My aim is that participants have fun, get the opportunity to switch off from their everyday life and end the week feeling invigorated, refreshed, revitalised and with a wonderful sense of wellbeing.

Morning sessions will be invigorating Flowing Vinyasa Yoga, creating heat and energy. It will incorporate breathing exercises and finish with relaxation.

The afternoon class will consist of gentle yoga postures, incorporating elements of Chi Gung and Pilates - leaving everybody stretched, soothed and contended.

Classes are suitable for all levels,

newcomers to yoga are welcomed so long as they have a core fitness

Jane Manze

Scaravelli Inspired Hatha Yoga

   

During this week Jane Manze will encourage students to discover a deeper body awareness by taking time in each posture and being attentive to their breath.

Inspired by the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli, Jane invites you to discover a greater flexibility and strength through asanas (yoga poses) and pranayama (breathwork). This dynamic yet attentive approach is suitable for people with any existing yoga practice and for those new to yoga.

     

       

Jane was led to Hatha, Scaravelli yoga via a background in martial arts, dance and bodywork.

She has studied yoga both in the UK and in India. Knowledge and experience give her teaching a clarity in identifying and working with energetic and physical limitations and possibilities within the body.

      

     

  

Based in Brighton, Jane currently teaches weekly classes to a wide client base, as well as workshops and international retreats.

 

 

 

Janet McKay

Hatha & Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Janet McKay

Prior to starting a regular yoga practice, Janet was the least flexible person she knew. Forget touching her toes - she couldn't even touch her knees!

At the time, she was working at a senior management level in a pressurised Corporate environment in London. After only a few yoga classes, the yoga worked its magic and Janet started to see, feel and think differently.

After several years of practice, she studied for a British Wheel of Yoga teaching diploma with Maarten Vermaase of the Mahasiddha Yoga group in Oxford. She obtained her Diploma in 2007 and has continued teaching since then. Janet teaches Vinyasa Flow Yoga and Hatha Yoga.

   
Janet now focuses a lot of her teaching on busy professional people. For these individuals, a yoga session can make a huge difference on a both a physical and mental level.

Having been part of the Corporate world for many years, she is able to relate to the needs of her clients' bodies and indeed their minds when they arrive for a yoga session.

Janet also dedicates time to teaching ladies who lead demanding lives as mothers. For these ladies, a yoga session can yield massive benefits, lasting long beyond when they leave the mat.

    

        
Janet's students vary in age from their 20s to their 60s. They include; tri-athletes and marathon runners, people with physical disabilities, people with injuries, pregnant ladies and people who would describe themselves as "couch potatoes".
Anyone of any shape, size or level of fitness or age can participate in her classes and all are welcomed on her yoga holidays.

 
www.yogawithjanet.com

Jaz Mullings Lambert

Jaz started teaching in 2006 after completing her British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) Foundation course thereafter the Teacher Training Diploma course with Mara Musso in London.
  
She has practiced Yoga for over 20 years and studied yoga for 12 years; Jaz is currently half way through her Yoga Sutra - Chapter 1 Course with Tara Fraser and Wendy Harring.
   
Always looking to further her Yoga and personal professional career Jaz has completed an array of BWY modules and drawing on specialising in Post and Pre Natal Pregnancy and teaching specialised 1-2-1 and hospital base, with People Living with Cancer. 

Jaz is currently anticipating returning to University to do her MBA following her MA in Business in 2012.
   

    
When asked what style of Yoga she teaches her reply was" I teach authentic Hatha Yoga, drawing from the Philosophy and Traditional text" focusing on attention to alignment from her years of attending Iyengar classes and courses.  Fusing many experiences, workshops and training with many inspirational yoga teachers and subsequently finding her own style of teaching with knowledge, fun, interactions and workshop style teaching which is less flow and more detailed learning of the posture and anatomy.
   
The morning practices will start slowly and holistically awakening the body, thereafter bringing up the pace to a more dynamic practice which will be lead and assisted throughout, therefore making it appealing to complete beginners to more experienced practitioner.
   
The evening practices will be based on Jaz's Yin Yoga teaching qualification with Norman Blair, which he commonly calls Yoga below the waist!  Yin Yoga allows students to feel how their body is as they stay in postures and move with mindfulness. A prefect way to drift from the busy day to a smoothening evening ahead.
     
Each practice shall end with a selection of Guided Visualisation, Pranayama, Yoga Nidra and Closing Thoughts.

 

If you would like to contact Jaz or try one of her classes in London you can do so by going onto her website: seeryoga.uk

Jean Hall

Strong Hatha Yoga with Jean Hall

Jean has been practicing yoga for over 19 years and has been teaching yoga for 12 years. 

She teaches open yoga classes in London, mentors yoga teachers in training & leads yoga retreats in the U.K and throughout the world. She is the author of several books including::-

Yoga, a practical guide to yoga postures - Abbeydale Press

Astanga Yoga, a in-depth guide to the primary series - Anness Books  

 

After working as a professional dancer she qualified as a Iyengar yoga teacher in 1995 & since has continued to study different forms of yoga, namely Sivananda Yoga in Trivanadram and Astanga Yoga in Mysore with Sri K Pattahbi Jois.
Her teaching focuses on developing healthy body mechanics, awareness and flow of breath, energy and alignment to balance & strengthen the body, while deep stretching and relaxation helps to release tension from within.

      

Jean Hall and Liz Lark have known each other since university and often run retreats and holidays together, most notibly the weekends at Oxon Hoath in Kent. There they teach concurrent classes and yoga students have the choice of which one they attend at any point in the weekend.

Jenny Potter

Jenny started teaching yoga fourteen years ago; it has become a way of life both on and off the mat, helping her to stay positive in the world and finding more peace.

She has completed five Yoga Training and Anatomy courses, studying with top teachers in London, San Francisco, Las Vegas and New York.   As a student of Bridget Woods-Kramer she has developed an understanding of the alignment principles and philosophy of Anusara Yoga.  She has also trained in Anusara Yoga Therapeutics - a way of healing the body through intelligent movement.   
Because of her ongoing Pilates Rehabilitation training she is keen on teaching strong core awareness for optimal alignment.

Her classes are taught with a sense of compassion, lightness and play. Working intuitively to create practices which support individual requirements.  On her week in Turkey she will teach a varied yoga programme including Yin Yoga and Meditation, Dynamic Flow Yoga, alignment based Hatha Yoga and heart opening Yoga Nidra.  The morning class will be yoga based and the afternoon class will be Pilates.   

 

For more information about Jenny go to her website:  www.uloveyoga.co.uk

Jill Amison

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Jill Amison

Jill Amison is a Senior Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist currently based in Staffordshire, UK.

"After practising and teaching for more than fifteen years I have realised that yoga was more than a 'fitness' activity. For me it is a transformational practice on so many levels.

I have completed 500hr Teacher Training, trained as Yoga Therapist specialising in Yoga for Cancer and most recently completed 300hr Advanced Teacher Training with my teacher Sianna Sherman.

I obviously love to learn and gain knowledge, but for me, the real pleasure comes from sharing and witnessing how yoga makes a real difference to peoples' lives.
  
In addition to teaching my own classes, workshops and holidays I am also on the board of Yogacampus, Manchester. I teach on the 200 hour Yogacampus Teacher Training Course and Yoga Therapy Diploma Course and also mentor trainee students on both courses.

My belief that yoga is a transformative tool is at the heart of each and every Yoga class I teach.

My classes are a creative and fluid inter-weaving of story telling, alignment based asana and philosophy, through which I seek to support my students and introduce them to yoga as a way to help deal with life's challenges - however great or small. I truly believe yoga is for everyone and I teach in a way that encourages and supports Every Body.

 
On my yoga holidays expect creative flow synced with replenishing breath work, mudra, mantra, myths and meditation.

The morning practices offer strengthen building vinyasa style practice whilst the evening session will be designed to replenish, slow down and nourish the body, mind and spirit."

  

www.bluelotusyoga.co.uk

Jill Hurley

 

Flowing Hatha Yoga with Jill Hurley

Jill has been practicing yoga for forty plus years. She is a member of The British Wheel of Yoga and a qualified BWY teacher.

She teaches holistically, using movement, breath and awareness to bring about benefits for the body and mind: benefiting the physical, psychological and spiritual aspects of the individual.

Jill is a qualified beauty, massage therapist and counsellor and is now a full time Yoga teacher She has experience in teaching several styles of yoga but most enjoys teaching Hatha yoga flow. The practice is very versatile and can be adapted to suit all ages and abilities.

 

The practice of yoga asanas (postures) strengthens and tones muscles, develops flexibility, and can improve a variety of ailments. Psychologically yoga increases concentration, stills the mind and promotes wellbeing, tranquillity and contentment.

With practice the benefits of yoga are that the body becomes stronger and more flexible, stiffness and tensions are eased, breathing improves, energy increases, relaxation is easier

Yoga is about learning to come back to yourself. It's about expanding your boundaries, finding your limits and being able to truly relax and be yourself.

It's about taking time to remember who you are but have forgotten while being caught up in the whirlwind of a fast paced life.

   
www.exeteryoga.org

Hi JillI, thank you so much for the fantastic week we spent with you, it was lovely to meet you both. I gained so much from the yoga both physically and emotionally and  I have felt much better since.I also really appreciated how you set the tone for such friendliness amongst the group and for us to all to participate at our own level.

Since being back I have continued with the stretches that I found most beneficial and will now endeavour to find a local class.I also regularly hear your voice asking 'where are your shoulders now?' They seem very happy up by my ears and so I am working on my posture too!

Best wishes Karen (Casa Benedetto 2017)

 

 

Joanna Najduch

Vinyasa Flow Yoga andYin Yoga with Joanna Najduch

The morning yoga practice will be invigorating and flowing Prana Flow Yoga to blow away the cobwebs and set you up for your day!

The evening yoga will be more lunar and meditative in nature with long held Yin postures to relax you and release tension in the joints of the hips, legs and spine. Both sessions will include a delicious Savasana or Yoga Nidra to take you even deeper into your relaxed sate of being!

The yoga sessions are suitable for all levels as Joanna offers Kramas or stages in the postures to help you achieve your true potential

     

About Joanna: Joanna was inspired and encouraged to follow the path of yoga teacher training after many years practicing and enjoying yoga classes. Her love of dynamic flowing sequences led her to pursue Astanga Yoga Teacher Training which she completed in 2004 with Brian Cooper and Nawajyoti at Union Yoga in Edinburgh and Shanti Griha in Scoraig, Scotland.

Joanna continues to deepen her yoga practice and draws inspiration from workshops and intensives with a wide range of well known yogis such as Sri Dharma Mittra , David Swenson, Matthew Sweeney, Paul Grilley, Kausthub Desikachar, Shiva Rea, Liz Lark, Claire Missingham , David Sye, Simon Low, and Sarah Powers.

Joanna has recently achieved her 300Hrs in Prana Flow Energetic Vinyasa Yoga with Shiva Rea - her main inspiration! Joanna has also completed Yogabeats Foundation Teacher Training with David Sye.

Joanna holds her accreditation as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) 500 hours and more recently Senior Yoga Teacher (SYT ) with Yoga Alliance UK.

Joanna hosts and organizes Yoga Workshops with many of her inspirational Teachers and has also organized many successful Yoga Holidays and retreats in Spain, Turkey, Crete, Italy and the Lake District

The Yoga practice on this holiday will consist of a 2 hour Prana Vinyasa Flow in the mornings

and a 1.5 hour Yin Yoga Flow in the evenings.

   

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Jody Lawrance

Hatha Yoga with Jody Lawrance

Jody has been practicing Yoga since 1991.

Mainly Astanga for the first 12 years, with many inspiring teachers including Raffi, Supi, Danny Paradise, teacher training with David Swenson, and BNS Iyengar in India.

She has been teaching since 1999
  
Since 2001 she has enjoyed learning from other schools of Yoga, particularly with Venkatesha and Hema, founders of the Atma Vikasa School in Mysore, India with whom she trained to teach, and found a new depth to her own practice, She also trained with Maya Fiennes to teach Kundalini Yoga

She returns to India as often as possible to continue her studies with Venkatesha and Hema, now focusing more on Yogic philosophy and meditation. Her desire to access the stillness within led her to live in a Buddhist community in Brighton for 8 months and continues to attend classes and retreats there regularly.


On her yoga holidays she teaches a range of Hatha Yoga classes, enjoying the variety that different traditions offer, although teaches a more physically challenging class than some types of Hatha Yoga.

She enjoys the harmony and balance that Yoga brings to her daily life and believes Yoga can help us all get closer to true contentment and inner peace.

     

           

She loves teaching all abilities, for Jody it's not where you are in a posture that counts, what's important is how you are - inside, while in the posture.

To be with your breath, watch your mind, let go of tension, be in the moment, come back to the constant that is the breath. To find contentment, to be at peace, to draw closer to the stillness.

That is what matters. That is why she practices Yoga, that is what she wants to share with you

     

For more information on Jody visit her websites at
www.yogaakasha.co.uk  & www.movingtowardstillness.com

 

 

Jude Medhurst

Yin and Yang Vinyasa Yoga with Jude Medhurst

Jude has been a practitioner of yoga and meditation for many years and has been teaching it since 1999. During that time she has worked with, been inspired and influenced by many wonderful teachers whose knowledge and teachings have enriched her practice - Erich Schiffman, Sharon Gannon and David Life, Shiva Rea and, currently, Sarah Powers.
 

She completed her Teacher Training Course with the Bihar School of Yoga (Satyananda Yoga) under the direction of Swami Vedantananda and assessed by Swami Pragyamurti, the Principal of the School. 

    

Jude teaches a mix of the Yin style focusing on the gently held postures that work on the connective tissue of the hips, pelvis and lower spine and the stronger Yang practise that enhances muscular movement and conditioning.

The combining of the two helps to create a balanced practice "on the mat" which can be helpful in balancing our life "off the mat". There is much emphasis on the flow of the breath and how we allow the breath to be the initiator for the movement of the body. The sessions also include pranayama, relaxation and visualisation practices plus nada yoga and meditation.

I’m a great believer in the body being a wonderful teacher itself and I encourage students to enquire, investigate and discover the joy of the practice themselves in any given moment – adjusting and modifying as necessary – remembering that our “best” will differ from day to day. The foundation of this is acceptance – allowing the body to release when it is ready”

The sessions also include pranayama, relaxation and visualisation practices plus nada yoga and meditation.

Julia Antenbring

nid%3D1684%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneJulia teaches her own fusion of Yin yoga with Mindfulness and Yang yoga with dynamic Kundalini yoga influences.  This powerful combination releases deep seated tension, pushes through physical and emotional blocks and gives you a strong,balanced and healthy body inside and out.
     
A yoga retreat is a gift to yourself. It gives you the opportunity to completely let go in a beautiful environment away from the stresses of everyday life. It allows space and time for healing and renewal and gives you time to reflect, to focus on your own needs and discover once again your true passions in life. A retreat is also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends, eat delicious food, sunbathe,swim, explore and do anything that your heart desires, because it's your holiday!

    
  
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The mornings will be dedicated to active and dynamic practices, which move stagnant energy, detoxify inner organs and build muscle, giving you strength and vitality.

The evening practices will be more yielding and nourishing, releasing stress and deep-seated tension, allowing your body and mind to completely let go and sink into total relaxation.

All practices end with a guided meditation. You will also be introduced to Yoga Nidra, Mindfulness and Kundalini Meditations.
         

No experience needed and you don’t have to be flexible. Suitable for men and women of all ages and abilities.

 

For more details go to Julia's website:

http://www.yogaloveliness.co.uk

 

The most relaxing, stress free and soothing yoga class I have been to, however still working all the right muscles! Julia's calming nature makes it so easy to unwind. 100% recommend to anyone!

 

Today was a new experience. Through this wonderful teacher's guidance the whole workshop just flowed exercising both my mind and body on a very different level. Every stage was fully explained so a deeper understanding was gained of the purpose and what was happening while holding the postures. The Nidra was bliss and took me into such a deep state of relaxation that nothing else mattered but that moment in time. I left feeling inspired and enthusiastic to practice what I had learned today. Thank you Julia..

 

Magical lesson. Julia's class was just mind blowing. Very good instructor. I felt so relaxed and distressed after that lesson. I would recommend Julia's classes to every one who is looking for fun, good spirit, energy and calm mind. I still feel floating

 

Well where do I start.....a truly lovely class, which suits all abilities, so you can go at a pace that suits you. Julia often gives information on the poses about the health benefits of the different positions, which I find really useful. The relaxation at the end is absolutely divine, melting away any stress. Since doing yoga, about 16 months now, I've lost inches around my body and have improved my strength, flexibility and tone throughout my body, I'm delighted with the results. I would thoroughly recommend this class to anyone, as it is great for fun, relaxation, fitness and health!

Julie Bolitho-Lee

nid%3D1018%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneJulie Bolitho-Lee has been practicing yoga since 2004.  She is also a 2005 Truman Scholar and an internationally published poet.

Julie has a passion for teaching and aims to bring love and offer grace to all of her students.  Her yoga practice flourished after discovering Kripalu yoga, a practice focusing on mindfulness and compassion for self and others..

In aerial yoga, Julie trained at The Purple Lotus Wellbeing Academy - one of the leading  aerial yoga teacher training programs in the UK.  With her background in Kripalu yoga, Julie approaches her aerial teaching with the same compasssion and fun as her Kripalu classes, while taking the utmost care to keep students safe and thriving in their practice.

We'll be starting the weekend off with a restorative practice to settle the body into a place of stillness and to just switch off from the outside world.  Saturday morning will then start by focussing the mind with meditation before breakfast and a yoga class prior to lunch.

Your afternoons are free to walk the lush grounds of Champneys Spa in Henlow, relax poolside or treat yourself to a massage.

Saturday afternoon provides an opportunity to practice an 'Introduction to Aerial-Yoga workshop' an exciting and innovative fusion of Yoga and Aerial Artistry to release your inner acrobat and experience the benefits of supported inversions, backbends and fun circus-inspired tricks and flips!  Suitable for all levels subject to certain health pre-requisites.

Sunday morning begins with a yoga class prior to breakfast, your morning is then free to enjoy the facilities and we will meet again for a delicious lunch together, enjoying the facilities until we depart at 4pm.

Julie Hemmings

Julie Hemmings

I walked into my first Yoga Class back in 1993.  I was stressed out, burned out and exhausted.  I walked out feeling more whole, the pieces slowly being put back together.  My mind was calmer, my body felt great and I had the kind of energy I could only remember having as a child.  I went back to my second class the week after.  At the end of that class I decided I wanted to become a Yoga Teacher..........  

Although Yoga has been practised for over 2,500 years in India, we are only really beginning to explore the depths of what it can offer us here in the West.  Yoga here mostly focusses on the physical aspects - toning the body, strengthening and stretching the muscles and providing an opportunity for relaxation.  The deeper aspects of the practice are commonly overlooked.  Whilst Yoga is an amazing bodywork system, I feel its strength lies in the ability to overhaul the mind, bringing it to a place of stillness, and by asking us to enquire of ourselves on a more profound level.  Most of this work, interestingly, happens subconsciously.  We just become aware of the changes that are gradually taking place within our consciousness.   

 

Originally training with the British Wheel of Yoga in 1998, I have been lucky over the years to have studied, and been inspired by Iyengar, ViniYoga, Sivananda, Satyananda, Ashtanga and more recently, Kundalini styles of Yoga, Donna Farhi, Shiva Rea, Sean Corne, Sarah Powers, Paul Grilley, and Swami Nischalananda of the Mandala Ashram. 

I also studied a year-long Pranayama Module with Philip Xerri - breathwork always forming the core of my own practice and my teaching.

My main Yoga passion, however, is Kirtan - I love the energy, connection and stillness it creates.  I don't go far without a Krishna Das or Nikki Slade CD stashed somewhere.   

All of these amazing practices, teachings and teachers have merged into the big melting pot of my psyche and emerged to form my own unique style of teaching: blending vinyasa, Yin, breath, energy, sound and meditation.  

 

I feel priviledged to have both attended and taught several Yoga Holidays at Grenadine Lodge in Dalyan, and am looking forward to returning.    

The content of the Yoga Programme for week will be mostly led by yourselves, developed around your needs, your desires and your potential to explore new territory.    

With this in mind thi is the planned outline of the sessions:-         

 

Morning:   Vinyasa / Slow Flow / Kirtan, Chanting       

Evening:  Yin Yoga / Pranayama / Meditation   

 

I look forward to sharing a truly wonderful experience with you.   

 

www.divineworks.co.uk

 

Julie Stannard

Vinyasa Flow and Hatha Yoga with Mindfulness

I began yoga in my teens in the early 1980’s. Yoga suited my love of moving and exploring what I could do with my body and also opened a door to my spiritual self that was deeply nourishing and rewarding.
Then, for a number of years, rock climbing and mountaineering became a central part of my life. I found the mountains were my spiritual ‘home’ and that climbing forced me into the present moment and I was able to live my life with a new immediacy and intensity.

     
Memories of the wonderful peace I had felt drew me back to yoga and I decided to train as a teacher to share this gift with others.

When I completed my teacher training, I needed to broaden and deepen my own practice and worked with a number of teachers where I found a connection with the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.

     
I have since worked and undertaken courses with teachers in this tradition including John Stirk, Peter Blackaby, Gary Carter and regularly with Marc Woolford. I am also influenced by the inspirational teachings and writings of Sandra Sabatini, Jenny Beeken and Donna Farhi.

Mindfulness

My interest is about the integration of yoga into our lives as a whole. This has led me to undertake training in Mindfulness practices.

Mindfulness teaches us how to be present in each moment of our lives so as not to cheat ourselves of the present by being caught up in thoughts about our past or future.

In accepting and allowing we find a place where life becomes calmer, clearer and where we are more able to cope with difficulties by developing our ability to watch events and our response to them unfold.

I have found resonance with these wonderful teachings and I continue to integrate them so that I can teach them in a way that has informed my own practice and life, so that the teachings are imparted to others in a way that is alive and authentic from my own experience.

 

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www.Julieyoga.net

 

 

June Mercer

Hatha Scaravelli Yoga with June Mercer

I went to my first yoga class when I was about 15 years old. Later as a student I read philosophy and studied different spiritual traditions. The seeds were sown for my developing interest in the philosophy and art of yoga.

When I was drawn to train as a yoga teacher with Yoga Scotland in 1991, it was to delve more deeply into the philosophy, to further my spiritual search. I had never been any good at sports and had no background in anatomy and physiology.

 

I could never have guessed that a few years down the road I would be teaching a practice very much based on the physical work....observing the body as it is, on the ground, being breathed. In particular, my studies over the last 14 years with yoga tutor and osteopath John Stirk have helped me discover the connection between body, mind and spirit. The experience in the postures brought an awareness I couldn't have found in any book. The meditation, the non-doing is there in the doing.

Lots of yoga students are drawn to the yoga for the benefits of the physical exercise and I am keen to present my classes so they are accessible to everyone, regardless of their fitness level. Many people find they benefit especially from the relaxation and many then go on to develop an interest in the spiritual practice  

My personal journey was from the spiritual search to the physical practice. Whichever way, I think there is no separation. The practice is the meditation. We use what we have, where we are.

These days I am interested in how science is proving what the yogis discovered through their efforts thousands of years ago. My daily inspiration comes from my family, my students, the music of Krishna Das, and the books of Osho. And of course the yoga!

 

  

Karen Calder

Karen has practised Iyengar Yoga since 2000 and gained her teaching certificate in 2009. She really enjoys the challenge Iyengar Yoga gives her and has opted to carry on training and now holds the Intermediate 3 teaching certificate. She has visited Pune to work directly with the Iyengar family and has attended conventions with both Geeta and Abhijata Iyengar - all deeply humbling experiences. She has also attended workshops with visiting senior teachers Glenn Cerescoli and Christian Pissano. "There is always so much more to learn, every time I return to my mat I make a new discovery, there are an infinite number of variables within every pose - it is an incredible journey".

A distinguishing feature of an Iyengar class is the use of props, e.g. blocks, belts and chairs so students with less flexibility or strength are able to work correctly and achieve their full potential.  This means everyone, from beginners to advancing students will gain something from the week.

During the course of the week we will explore the poses in detail and advance and develop practice to suit ability. I love meeting new students and introducing them to the joy of yoga and equally enjoy challenging those with more practice.  I look forward to meeting you!

Kate Walker

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A teacher asked me once what I liked about yoga. I said it gave me a chance to escape from myself. I didn’t like myself very much and those moments on the mat took me away to a peaceful place that the bullshit couldn’t penetrate. I’ve since realised that, of course, the peaceful place is me and all the bullshit is a construct of my mind. What a revelation…enlightenment here I come! Not surprisingly, the ‘little me’ was not going down without a fight and started throwing up all kinds of resistance to me getting downward dog with it.

 

It’s a process. Going beyond that resistance. And every day is different. But I learnt that listening to my body and practicing in accordance with what it needed at that point in time was the surest way forward (even if it was in a two steps forward, one step back kind of way). I had to let go of what I thought my practice should look like and howI thought I should be as an aspiring yogini and work with where I was at, at each moment. Maybe I never will be the bendiest pretzel in the packet but these days I would rather be the happiest and most compassionate.

   

I’m Kate, a Yoga Alliance qualified teacher. My yoga practice has been my solace, my teacher and often my greatest challenge as it encourages me to go beyond the safety and limitations of my mind and open my heart to myself and life. I encourage students to be their own teacher by reconnecting to the wisdom of their body by focusing on awareness and observation and allowing the process to unfold without force. I would rather know that you are smiling in child’s pose than see you going red in the face forcing your foot behind your head. I teach Hatha yoga and my classes include asana, pranayama and meditation. I also love, love, LOVE a good yoga nidra session.

 

I have had the honour of studying with some truly remarkable teachers. I am currently deepening my understanding of yoga by working with Chameli Ardagh and Sara Avant Stover to bring more of a feminine approach to my practice and teaching.

I am also studying Yoga Therapy with the Mohans of Svastha Yoga (long time students of Krishnamacharya). In the past I have worked with Sarah Powers, Simon Borg-Olivier of Yoga Synergy, Lance Schuler of INSPYA Yoga, Diane Long (long time student of Vanda Scaravelli) and Vedic meditation teacher Tim Mitchell.

I am also a certified health coach and offer one-on-one sessions during your yoga week.

www.harmonyxo.com.

Kathryn Banks

Flowing Yoga with Kathryn Banks

Kathryn returns for another season of teaching for Free Spirit.

A fitness teacher for over twenty years, Kathryn is trained and qualified in exercise to music RSA in 1989, Pilates in 1998, Body Balance in 1999, Astanga Yoga in 2003, and Hatha Yoga in 2004. She also teaches Chi Gung.

She continuously studies with a great many of the top teachers from around the world including  Liz Lark, David Sye, Baron Baptiste, Nigel Gilderson, Ken Eyerman, updating her knowledge and expertise.

Each season Kathryn teaches several Free Spirit Holidays, she blends all aspects of her different forms of training into her Flowing Yoga  classes changing it for the different venues.

In Kissamos, Crete and also in Italy,  she will teach a smooth blend of Flowing Yoga, with little pieces of Pilates and Chi Gung, coupled together in new inventive ways to build on our foundation practice and enable us to relax into the present.  Music may be involved to lift us higher into the joy of movement.

In Turkey she will teach her Flowing Yoga class in the morning and a Pilates based class in the afternoons

At Christmas she will be teaching Gentle Flowing Yoga for all abilities at Palm Tree Yoga in India.

Classes are suitable for all levels

     

THANK YOU, for the week of great yoga, pilates, chi gong fusion mix, I enjoyed it so much. I have found a local teacher leading Chi Gong to continue with it. What you made me realise was, I want/need to rebalance the exercise I do to include a regular weekly Pilates class and Chi Gong, as well as yoga. As the different exercises help me in different ways.

Do let me know of any further yoga holidays you are doing,

Best wishes, Jay - Kisssamos September 2017

Kathy Parsons

For more than a decade, certified Yoga teacher (RYT-200), Kathy Parsons, has been journeying around the world to many health retreats. From Yoga and fitness to breath work and moving meditation, she's harvested a wealth of knowledge during her time and commitment spent at retreats. Kathy rightfully professes herself as a "retreat addict" (and a type-A in recovery) and is now dedicated to providing the ultimate energizing and balanced yoga and retreat experience for others.

Her specialty is vinyasa flow, and her classes incorporate creative movements that strengthen and lengthen the body while staying connected to the breath. She also teaches pranayama (breathing exercises), moving meditation, restorative yoga and mindfulness. Classes are tailored to the students with as much personalized attention as possible, including gentle hands-on adjustments and assists, inspirational music and a scented savassana massage.

 “My philosophy is to provide the space for each student to connect with their mind, body and soul so they finish class feeling simultaneously lighter and more grounded. I encourage students to push themselves to their personal limits, while not taking themselves too seriously. Smiling and laugher is welcome!”

Kathy’s home base is in Toronto, and when she is not leading retreats in Cuba and Mexico, she is teaching yoga and fundraising for healthcare and educational institutions.

 

 

Kathy Taylor (plus Kathy Taylor & Debbie Cooper weekends)

Hatha Yoga with Kathy Taylor

Kathy is a devoted yoga teacher who imparts her radiant spirit and joy for life in her classes and workshops.

Kathy discovered Iyengar yoga 30 years ago coming from a background of gymnastics and athletics.

She gained her teaching certificate in 1991 and has since built up a busy business teaching privately run classes, together with teaching at health clubs and for the employees at a local business near her home town of Sevenoaks, Kent. 

Her classes will focus on breath, alignment and the interconnection between mind, body and spirit.

She encourages her students to work at their own pace and ability in a safe relaxed environment with the aid of props in the form of belts, bricks and blocks.

   

The classes on this holiday will be suitable to all levels of students beginners as well as those with more experience. Students will be offered a 2 hour daily morning asana class together with an hour of gentler practice in the early evening.

  

Kathy is also a qualified Homoeopath, graduating from the London School of Classical Homoeopathy in 2006

www.kathytayloryoga.co.uk

 

Kathy Taylor also runs Yoga & Mindfulness weekends at Champneys Spa with Debbie Cooper. Kathy will teach the yoga element and combine her sessions with Debbie who will be teaching the mindfulness element.

About Debbie Cooper

Debbie is a mindfulness practitioner with a diplomas from the Clear Mind Institute and the International Alliance of Holistic Therapists. She has been practising Yoga as a method of relaxation and well-being for over 30 years and more recently has embraced Mindfulness.

She is passionate about helping people find some peace and quiet in their busy lives to allow them to feel more grounded, relaxed and energised. She has a wealth of experiences from a variety of workplaces both as an employee and as a company director and she has brought up three lovely children with her husband.

Debbie provides balanced and practical Mindfulness sessions to help people address the challenges in their lives. Practising mindfulness helps people to acknowledge challenges which they may not have noticed before and allow them to turn towards their emotions in a kind and compassionate manner.

Debbie facilitates weekly mindfulness sessions at workplaces.  Yoga and mindfulness complement each other with greater awareness and presence being brought to the yoga mat and Kathy and Debbie will plan and deliver sessions combining both discipline. . 

This will be a relaxing yet energising weekend with plenty of opportunities to improve your physical and mental flexibility.  The relaxing sessions will enable you to tune into your feelings and really listen to yourself resulting in finding your inner peace and centred calmness.

You can find out more about Debbie on her website

www.debbiemindful.webs.com

 

Kelly Arnold

Yoga with Kelly Arnold

Kelly has been practicing yoga for over 17 years and a teacher since 2005.

She trained in beautiful Ubud, Bali with Louisa Sear, Emil Wendel and several other world renowned teachers at Yoga Arts, Byron Bay, Australia.

Kelly has taught extensively in Australia, Hong Kong and is currently teaching at Evolve Wellness Centre in South Kensington, GC Yoga Studios in Wimbledon and other clubs and studios all over London.

Her sequences are strong and dynamic with plenty of challenges but they are structured for all levels and for people from all walks of life.

 

  

Kelly brings her own unique style to her classes and encourages students to listen to their own body and breathe, staying with the level and variations that suit them depending on their experience and how they are feeling on the day.

The Dynamic Vinyasa Flow sequences are varied and include backbends, inversions, arm balances, focus on core stability along with funky and relaxing music.

The classes will allow you to awaken the body slowly but are designed to make you sweat and then wind down with passive postures and a nice long savasana.
 

www.kellyarnoldyoga.com

 

 

Ken Eyerman

Ken Eyerman - Hatha Yoga with Feldenkrais

Ken Eyerman has 30 years experience with Yoga and  Bodywork, and is a trained practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method.

He will bring his wealth of learning to this weeks' unique blend of flowing yoga with gentle inner sensing Feldenkrais movement awareness lessons.

Ken's intuitive and spontaneous, hands-on approach places an emphasis on using the breath, an awareness of your inner process and how to use your body efficiently. This combination of approaches will ease you into the postures.

  

The workshop is suitable for all levels. The morning class will be Hatha Flow with a Feldenkrais influence, the afternoons are developmental and restorative, bringing in Ken's vast body of knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method.

Ken Eyerman is an American based in London since 1980. His main Yoga influences are Derek Ireland, an inspiring astanga teacher, and Angela Farmer, an early student of Iyengar. He attended his first London Feldenkrais training in 1987 after the publication of his book 'Massage'.

Since this time Ken has developed his own style of teaching, bridging the space between the dynamic power of Astanga and the gentle understated, spiralling Feldenkrais movements. Ken teaches his unique Yoga with Awareness Holidays internationally.

Feldenkrais

The developmental movement technique, The Feldenkrais Method, has been Ken's lifelong study, especially in how it relates and is complementary to yoga, through the awareness of movement and being attentive to detail. For Ken, The Feldenkrais Method forms the bridge between hands-on healing, touch and the spontaneity of life as a dance. The Feldenkrais Method named after its originator, Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais, is an educational system that uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve posture and human functioning. One can increase the ease and range of motion, improve flexibility and rediscover the natural capacity for efficient movement.

"I can help people to think about their body, how it breathes and moves, how the structure connects, to develop a level of awareness..... so they are not only powering away at stretching but also learning to feel and think their way to a stronger more supple body. A goal being to get into the imagination, to find a more subtle approach, to excite the feelings as well as to power the muscles" Ken Eyerman

Leah Barnet

Gentle Theraputic Yoga with Leah Barnet

Leah Barnet works very closely with Fiona Agombar, author of Beat Fatigue with Yoga.   

Teaching in the style of Krishnamacharya, gentle yoga postures, mantra and breathing techniques help to both invigorate and relax so that participants will discover more energy and well-being.

Her retreats offer two gentle yoga sessions a day and is suitable for those with mild to moderate M.E - or for anyone who is just tired and simply wants to relax.

She offers a safe nourishing stay for those who have health problems - there is plenty of space to unwind in the sunshine and just to 'be'.

  
The sessions are not compulsory - the focus is on relaxation and enjoyment

Linda Toombs

Hatha Flow Yoga with Linda Tombs

Linda has been practicing yoga for twenty years; her passion has taken her on retreats and workshops all over the world.  She  trained at the Yoga Garden, West Sussex and is a qualified Vinyasa Flow teacher
Linda came to yoga via Iyengar yoga, where the focus is on alignment, her teaching style includes flow sequences, music and fun!  Her intention is to share the benefits of her teaching so that you leave her class feeling wonderful.            

 

The morning class will be confidence boosting and energizing. We will begin with breath work, a warm up, some standing postures and a vinyasa flow sequence.        

Every class will have a theme either focusing on a part of the body (such as shoulders) or on asanas (backbends, forward bends, twists and floor postures). Linda sometimes includes music, if that suits the mood of the class.     

Late afternoon classes will be slower paced, giving you the peace and energy to enjoy the evening. They will continue with the theme and will include a meditation.       

 

Linda's style is to work with the energy in the room and so classes will be flexible to suit the mood of the class. They will be informative and fun and are suitable for all ages and abilities    

 

"The success of Yoga does not lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships." T.K.V. Desikachar

 

Lindsay Jones

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Lindsay attended her first yoga class when she was 13 years old, which means she has practiced yoga for over 30 years.

  

She has been teaching yoga since 2002 continuously updating her qualifications. She additionally teaches yoga to children in schools since completing the Yoga*d Up training.

  

She has practiced many styles, including Hatha, Astanga, Sivananda and Yin Yoga and her main influence is Iyengar. Classes on this holiday will be a mix of yoga styles with importance placed on the postures.

   

Lindsay's classes are suitable for all levels as she encourages students to work within their own capabilities.

  

The week will offer a 2 hour morning yoga asana class suitable for all levels of students
and a short evening class.

 

 

 

 

Lisa Colby

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Lisa Colby - Creative Hatha Yoga

Lisa Colby is a Suffolk based, registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Alliance, she has been teaching full time for more than 10 years and practicing for almost 20.

Lisa has practiced and trained in many different styles which she now blends into creative classes that express her love of sharing and teaching yoga. 

Lisa teaches in a spiritual but down to earth way, her approach is light hearted and sensitive, encouraging a sense of balance and clarity through embodied awareness and breath centred practice.

There are classes that are creative and powerful, in which you can expect to build heat and strength, plus sessions that are so light the whole experience is centred around the release and unwinding of tension.

Retreats are taught in a progressive way that assists deepening awareness throughout the week.

Morning practices are usually more dynamic whilst evening practices are more restorative, exploratory or technique based.

 

Classes will be suitable for all levels of experience and will include and engage all attending.

    

      

'A lovely lady, who has widened the horizons of so many of us who have had the most wonderful, life affirming experiences, under her guidance'

Mrs Pinner 2016

   

'Expert guidance and compassionate teachings. An inspirational lady. Thank you so much for everything I have learned about myself '

S Heckels 2016

 

Lisa Gibbs

Yoga with Lisa Gibbs

Lisa arrived in Spain fresh from training as an Astanga Yoga teacher in 2001.

Lisa brings an air of inspiration to the class and although trained in Astanga she is able to adapt the class for those who need a more gentle approach whilst still maintaining the synchronisation of breath and movement that has been her forte.   

Classes are adapted to each individual so that not one person feels stuck: bringing in new adaptations through her continual study of the yoga practice.

  

"Classes involve a series of moving and stationary poses, combined with deep breathing. Allowing the heart to open within each person, to move through creating a form (asana) continuing to flow through our connection with breath (Prana), generating an inner peace and balance which opens our path for spiritual growth. Each individual obtains confidence to love and be loved and to shine throughout their daily lives, creating a peace and harmony not just within each of us but in everybody we come in contact with"   

  

Lisa was certified to teach yoga from the Lay Buddhist monk Kisen whose own third lineage to Sri T Krishnamacharya made him such a sort after master in 80's and 90's.

She has also studied with Laura Henderson (Hatha yoga with Alexander technique) and Earnest Coates (Living Yoga).   

  

Classes with Lisa are pre-arranged with the client.

You may choose private classes at your villa, or you can join her drop-in classes held either in the yoga space behind the church ovelooking the sea, or, if weather does not permit this, then at her small yoga studio close to her home.

Lisa Hemmings

Lisa Hemmings

Lisa has been practising yoga for 18 years and qualified as BWY teacher in 2016. She has completed her Pregnancy Yoga module and now teachers Hatha and Pre Natal Yoga. She runs independent yoga classes in Winchmore Hill
 
Lisa is also very active within the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY) and is now the deputy of the City & North London branch, assisting, organising and teaching at events, master classes, workshops and member’s afternoons for her region.

Lisa's teaching is influenced by different styles of Hatha yoga.  her approach is welcoming, creative, interactive and fun.  Classes delivered are safe, well rounded with particular attention paid to alignment and breath and movement co-ordination, which can be enjoyed by all levels and ages.  Classes build on strength and flexibility which promote a balanced, happy and healthy life-style.

 

The theme for Lisa's 2018 retreat will 'The Elements'.

This retreat will include two yoga sessions per day.  Morning sessions will be dynamic and energising whilst the evening sessions are more restorative and rejuvenating.  Sessions will explore different types of asana, pranayama, meditation and relaxation.  There will be plenty of time to relax during the day or to go and explore the area, adding to the harmony which will be brought to the mind and the body.

If you would like to contact Lisa you can do so via her website - http://www.hathayogawithlisa.co.uk

Liz Lark

nid%3D832%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneCreative Vinyasa Yoga with Liz Lark

Liz's passion for Yoga developed in 1990, studying as a teacher with the British Wheel of Yoga (1992), and exploring Astanga Vinyasa Yoga, a dynamic, dance-like style which led her to India and Crete through the 1990's. 

She has been teaching yoga for almost 20 years, developing from a British Wheel of Yoga Hatha Teacher Training  foundation, to Astanga Vinyasa Yoga; practising in mid 90’s under Derek Ireland (see Vimeo.com: Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Practice, Agios Pavlos, Crete, Teacher Training in Goa and Mysore (1995). 

Her inspiration comes from the Astanga Vinyasa tradition and other Hatha yoga practises.

Liz adapts yoga postures for each individual in order to ‘chisel' into the form and helps sculpt and free each unique body.        

   
A member of Yoga Alliance USA and British Wheel of Yoga, she is also a board member for The Life Centre Teachers Training Course, and runs retreats and workshops nationally and internationally.
She has been connected with The Life Centre London since 1995.
    
Her Thai Yoga Massage training in Chieng Mei has informed her hands- on adjustments; which Liz teaches along with Creative Sequencing, for the London Teachers Training Course www.yogacampus.com, on which she’s a board member.
  
Originally trained as an Artist, Liz has BA and MA degrees in 3D Design aqnd Performing Arts, with a central theme of The Body, Liz draws her inspiration from Nature, the Body, Poetry, Music and contemporary Bodywork.

She now fuses Yoga as Art in a series of Mandala Drawings, illustrating sequencing, layered with motifs for visualisation, contemplation and mudra (gesture) and mantra (heartsong). Her teaching draws on these inspirations, with a contemporary interpretation of philosophy (see her book: ‘1001 Pearls of Yoga Wisdom’).

Based in East Sussex, Liz runs classes and special workshops in Tunbridge Wells (www.pantilesyoga.co.uk).
   
Clients have included Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner & The Monteverdi Choir, English National Ballet, Indian Dance Company Sujata Bannerjee, Ralph Fiennes, Alan Rickman, Mariel Hemingway, Peter Gabriel, Mariella Frostrup.

  

For information on her books, which include stunning photography by Clare Park, and inspiring drawings, CDs and DVDs please visit her website

www.lizlark.com

Lorna Chapman

Hatha Yoga Flow with Lorna Chapman

Lorna has been teaching yoga in and around Winchester since 2003.

She trained with The British Wheel of Yoga in London, as well as with Kevala Complementary Health Education in Devon. She has also worked with inspirational teachers such as Aadil Palkivala, Gary Carter, John Scott, Zoe Knott and many more.

Lorna draws her inspiration from many styles of yoga, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vini and Kundalini, which has led her to develop her own style of Hatha Yoga Flow. In 2016, she trained as a SUP Yoga Teacher and now teaches stand up paddle board yoga on her local rivers in the summer; a perfect blend of her two passions water and yoga.

 

  

 During her teaching, Lorna offers alternative poses and exercises, making her classes accessible to a wide range of abilities.

Lorna is also interested in how yoga can benefit sports people and offers workshops for runners and cyclists.

Lorna loves to cycle herself and has enjoyed providing yoga sessions and writing articles for Cycling Plus Magazine.

She is also trained as a translator and speaks several  languages, but now teaches yoga full time.  
 

On Lorna's yoga holidays, alongside the opportunity to relax and unwind, you will get the chance to deepen your practice, study postures in more detail and maybe even master that pose you thought you would never achieve!
 

The morning class will include dynamic vinyasa flow, some held poses, pranayama, chanting..

The evening class will be a more yin-based flow, followed by holding poses for longer to allow the mind and body to relax and release.

Lorna emphasises that it is important to work at your own level and will adapt postures according to your individual needs where necessary.
Both classes end with a lying relaxation.

Lorna has a light-hearted approach to life and to yoga and intends her holidays to be fun, energising and refreshing.

 

For more information about Lorna visit her website www.lunayogawinchester.co.uk

Thank you Lorna for teaching us such beautiful yoga.. you've inspired me to practice this daily. Will miss your classes twice a day, it will be a shock coming back home and to be out of the routine  xx " Kissamos 2017

 

I came back from the source of light yoga holiday on Saturday and had a wonderful time. The villa is very cute and the calm and quiet environment is so relaxing. Richard and Betty were lovely. Being a veggie I really enjoyed Richards food and had a few treatments while I was there which were gorgeous! Our yoga teacher - Lorna was fantastic. She has obviously been doing and teaching yoga for a number of years and it showed. She was great at offering alternative postures if you were unable to do anything as well as offering more advanced positions for more experienced members of the class! She has a lovely way of teaching and made my first yoga holiday very enjoyable. I definitely hope to do more in the future. Many thanks
Rhian - July 2017

 

Hi Lorna, Sorry about long delay in replying but life seems to get in the way of the important things sometime!  A big thank you for all the pics and I will show my daughters Rosie and Beth as they have booked for Kissimos at the end of September!  Rosie hasn't been long back from La Gomera with Free Spirit and Geoff and I have booked for your course in October 2017 so I feel that it is becoming a bit compulsive!

We both had such a wonderful week with you and our lovely group that we felt quite bereft for a while when we returned. I went to my pilates class the day after and it felt like a 'piece of cake' and I couldn't believe just how easy it was so must look for a yoga class to push myself more.
I hope that all is well with you  and thank you again for a lovely experience,
Love from us both,
Cathy and Geoff. xxx
Louise Gillespie-Smith

I am passionate about yoga and helping people feel good. I used to run long distance and turned to yoga to help my very stiff muscles and lower back pain. I didn't realise at that stage it would completely transform my life!   

What I love about yoga is how it makes you feel; peaceful, centred, in the present moment and uplifted at the same time. I love how it can release emotions and open your heart. I also love the spiritual aspect of it. Yoga means union, that is the union of your mind, body, breath and spirit.    

 

My yoga journey began with Bikram which I enjoyed but it wasn't until I discovered Hot Power Yoga (Vinyasa Flow in a warm room) that I really understood what yoga was all about, it was a more spiritual, heart opening practice there.

Since then I have spent time living at the Sivananda Ashram in Kerala India learning their Hatha series and experiencing a full yogic life style. I have travelled around India extensively learning from different yoga teachers and I trained to teach Vinaysa Flow yoga in the foothills of the Himalayas.   

 

I love the creativity, movement and use of breath in Vinyasa Flow. In all my classes I have a strong focus of heart opening, releasing emotions, acceptance and being present. I set intentions and share learnings about life through the class which are drawn from my life experience day to day, what I have learnt over the years as a life coach and through the months I have spent in India.  

 

 

I am also trained in trauma sensitive yoga which brings the therapeutic and mindfulness aspect of yoga to help heal sufferers of trauma and stress. As well as vinyasa flow I also love to practice yin yoga to balance out the more dynamic aspect of flow with the slow mindfulness of yin.    

 

During the retreat I will run a gentle energising flow class in the mornings before breakfast and then a slow meditative yin based practice in the afternoon before dinner. Each practice will include pranayama and meditation. There will also be time each day for journalling if you'd like to join in and I will offer 1-1 yoga therapy/life coaching sessions as an optional paid extra.   

 

My intention for this retreat is that you enjoy some well deserved me time, relaxation and an opportunity to have time dedicated for your yoga practice. It will be suitable for all levels. I teach in a light hearted and flexible way, the most important thing is that it feels good for you.           

 

Aside from yoga I enjoy my work as a life coach, hula hooping, paddle boarding, travelling and dancing.   

 

www.yogaclassesinbrighton.co.uk/about-louise
https://www.facebook.com/louisegillespieyoga

 

Mandy Crook

Mandy's very first “exercise class” that she went to at the age of 16, was Yoga in an old church hall in her home town of Buxton,Derbyshire. She became hooked and has been practising Yoga on and off for most of her adult life, never dreaming that one day she would become a teacher.

After a 19 year career in the civil service Mandy explored the idea of becoming a Pilates teacher. A year later she qualified to teach not only Pilates but Aerobics, Step, Body Pump and Body Balance and this has been her "very enjoyable" work since 2000.

Mandy has been practising yoga regularly for several years with Brigitte Riley, and has attended many of her retreats.  She trained to teach with Claire Murphy "probably one of the most challenging, fun, bonding and enlightening experiences of my life".

 

 

 

Mandy's yoga teaching is alignment based Vinyasa Flow, she also teaches Body Balance (a mix of Tai Chi, Yoga and Pilates). She is always looking to broaden her knowledge so she can pass it on to her students. She also learns from her students, their bodies and the changes in her own body as she get older.

 

 

 

During our retreat holiday: 

Our morning practice will usually start quietly with centring and Pranayama, we will then move into a themed, alignment based Vinyasa Flow practice. Each session will close with meditation and relaxation.

Our evening practice will be more varied. Some sessions will be playful with partner work; others will be slow flow, Yin Yoga, Yoga Nidra or Restorative Yoga.

 

Classes are suitable for students of all levels.

 

"My philosophy on Yoga as in life is work hard to get results, enjoy life and have fun!,  Namaste"

 

 

For more information on Mandy and her yoga visit her web www.mandyyoga.co.uk

Feedback:-

You did a brilliant job facilitating & teaching the Yoga Retreat.  I liked starting with sitting & the Anusara prayer -- a good way to anchor each class.  The poems you read out were inspiring.  In fact, your structuring was perfect -- a more vigorous class in the morning working towards a challenging posture and then variety in the afternoon-- I personally really like partner work -- people get to know each other & learn in a different way.
Great to finish with a Yoga Nidra -- though I prefer the more traditional one that rotates the consciousness around the body in a specific way, starting with the right hand thumb -- that order does something to the brain that works for me.  I felt very comfortable with your directions & confidence in teaching -- nothing you did made me nervous -- you knew what you were doing & we could relax.  Thanks for a great time!

Cheryl

Margaret Rawlinson

Iyengar Yoga with Margaret Rawlinson

Margaret Rawlinson has been teaching Iyengar Yoga for over twenty years and holds a Senior Iyengar Yoga Teaching Certificate.

She is firmly grounded in the precision and depth of Iyengar Yoga and has studied with Sri B.K.S. Iyengar in India, the U.S. and Europe, and also with his daughter Geeta and son Prashant at the Institute in Pune, India.

     

She teaches regular classes in Berkshire, England as well as leading workshops and Yoga holidays at home and abroad. Margaret also brings to her teaching the richness of her experience in Chinese Medicine, which she has been practising for the last ten years, after qualifying in acupuncture and patent herbal medicine at the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine.

   

nid%3D890%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneMargaret believes that we can find self-healing for mind, body and spirit in the complete Yoga practice, which incorporates asanas, pranayama, and meditation. Her classes explore the asanas in depth to find new insights, openings and extensions - but always joyfully and with respect for the body and the great subject of Yoga.

 

For more details on the yoga visit Margaret's website - www.margaretrawlinson.co.uk

Maria Baranowski

Vinyasa Flow with Maria Baranowski

   

Maria is a London based Vinyasa Flow teacher. Over the years Maria has found she was drawn to Vinyasa Flow Yoga, a beautiful flowing practice linking breath to movement.

Maria completed her teacher training with the renowned Vinyasa Flow yoga teacher, Claire Missingham and was honoured to be a mentor and assessor on Claire's 2012-13 Teacher Training programme.

Maria's physiotherapy background has given her that knowledge of the human body, which aids safe asana alignment and practice tailored to the individual.

   

 A retreat gives you that time and opportunity to engage fully with your own yoga experience. It provides that ultimate connection with yourself enabling you to discover a greater harmony and balance. Within this retreat a flowing yoga class, which also incorporates longer-held poses, pranayama and mediation will be offered with the aim to fully re-energise, re-balance and restore you for life off the mat. Come and enjoy.

For more information on Maria please visit her website:   www.jmbyoga.com

Maria Baranowski and Sarah Jettoo often teach as a team.

CLASS STRUCTURE:
The theme of the week will be "Balance." Balance is the key to opening that doorway to our more harmonious, inner self.

Morning sessions will be dynamic to sweat out any tension to help restore that sense of balance.

Evening sessions will be slower-paced culminating in a longer guided relaxation to create that sense of harmony and stillness.

As we are co-running this retreat we are delighted to offer Hands on Assist to enable full expression of the pose. The teacher who is not running the session will provide this.

 

Marnie Sullivan

 

Marnie Sullivan started her Yoga journey in 2000, taught with a traditional approach to Hatha Yoga, which inspired Marnie to continue developing her practice within Hatha, adding some Vinyasa flow and sprinkles of Ashtanga into her classes. Marnie was inspired within her own practice and teachings by amazing teachers such as Paul Fox, Emma Conally – Barklem and Esther Ekhart. She completed her yoga training with the BWY, studying for the Level 3 during 300+ hours teaching qualification over a period of 18 months.

Marnie is a qualified children’s Yoga teacher and has taught Yoga to children ages from 4-14yrs for 2 years. In addition to teaching Yoga to adults and children, Marnie is a qualified level 4 Pilates instructor, Personal Trainer and Body Balance teacher.

 

 

Marnie's Yoga teachings are fun-filled with enthusiasm, her style is creative, flowing and dynamic. Marnie's calming and caring personality shines through making her classes inclusive to all students (of all levels). The spirtual vibe which Marnie creates helps her students to feel the Yoga practice as well as enjoy the physical postures.

The morning class will be based around a theme, involving centering and breathing, moving into an energising Hatha Vinyasa based flow, ending with some relaxation. 

The early evening class will be based around restoritive Yin and Hatha Yoga, followed by peaceful meditation and relaxation.

 

For more information on Marnie visit her website - http://www.marnieyoga.com

 

 

I would just like to give you some feed about sultan palace and the yoga with Marnie. The hotel was excellant. Marnie was without fault one of the best teachers I have had in my 23 yrs of doing yoga. She was not only a first class teacher but acted as a personal  guide. Taking us all on many places of interest. Without doubt one of the best holidays I have had.
Regards June - July 2017

Having recently returned from Turkey,  I felt the need to compliment both Freespirit and yoga teacher Marnie Sullivan for making this such memorable experience .  I hope to repeat such an experience in the future and would not  hesitate  in recommending this to my friends . Many thanks.
Sylvia Fitzpatrick - July 2017

 

Mary Niker

Iyengar Yoga with Mary Niker

Mary Niker is a very experienced Iyengar Yoga teacher. She teaches class the Thames Valley and regulary returns to India to update her skills.

She has studied yoga for over 19 years and been trained by many of senior teachers in the UK. Mary is dedicated to teaching Yoga with care and respect. 

Students of all ages and backgrounds are welcomed on this yoga week. Growth and learning is encouraged at the pace you feel you are most comfortable with.

   

  

 

Mary quotes " Through the practice of Iyengar Yoga we can not only combat stress, but achieve positive mental, spiritual and physical growth."

Mary Niker & Angie Cameron - Mindfulness Course

 

 

Mary Niker is an International Iyengar Yoga teacher, Oncology massage therapist & mindfulness teacher. Mary is a member of the mindfulness association & has trained with the mindfulness association in mindfulness, compassion & is qualified as a teacher of MBLC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Angie Cameron (right) has been both a therapist and facilitator for over twenty two years. She is also a mindfulness and compassionate practitioner. Angie is passionate about self-development, facilitating change and encouraging self-acceptance. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and the Mindfulness Association.

 

 

 

 

One Week Mindfulness Based Living Course (MBLC)
This MBLC programme is based on Mindfulness curriculum presented on the University of Aberdeen’s MSc in Studies in Mindfulness.
The programme includes an introductory session, 16 hours teaching & experiential exercises and a follow up session. Includes mindfulness guided practices and learning by an experienced practitioner, a course manual and recordings of the practices as well as a certificate.
Mindfulness training enhances focus and attention, increases self-awareness and the awareness of others, raises levels of resilience and emotional intelligence, strengthens cognitive effectiveness
Course Overview
1 - Start Where We Are: this session we are recognising the unsettled mind and learning how to settle the mind in our practice.
2 - The Body as a Place to Stay Present: this session we are learning to work with the body as support for being present to reconnect with the felt sense of the present moment.
3 - Introducing Mindfulness Support: this session we introduce sound as support for being present and reflect upon the attitude of non-striving in our practice.
4 - Working with Distraction: this session we are learning to work with distraction and introduce breath as a support for being present.
5 - Exploring the Undercurrent: this session explores the the role of observing our experience and looking within to the undercurrent of attitudes and preferences that are influencing and develop our compassion based practices with the loving kindness meditation.
6 - Attitude of the Observer: this session we are reflecting upon our inner environment and training our attitude toward our experience.
7 - Self-acceptance: this session we are deepening our compassion based practices and learning about true acceptance.
8 - A Mindfulness Based Life: this session we are revisiting mindfulness support and reflecting on our journey and how we can deal with difficulty more skillfully.
A certificate of completion is awarded to successful candidates.

Mary Young

Mary Young / Violet Lotus Yoga

Having practiced yoga for nearly a decade, Mary decided to train as a teacher in 2008 and formerly began to teach yoga in early 2009. She originally trained in a form of Dynamic Vinyasa in India with Lara Baumann of Quantum Yoga and thus keeping to the fundamental principles of these studies, movement is synchronized with breath in her Vinyasa classes. 

Mary is influenced by many teachings but is especially interested in the concept of Ayurveda, anatomy and physical alignment. She also encourages self-practice away from her yoga classes.

                      

Mary has also formerly trained in Yin Yoga as part of the Insight Yoga Institute with her main influencing teachers being Sarah Powers and Norman Blair.

More recently she has explored the fundamental teachings of Yoga Nidra (iRest) which she interweaves into her teaching and everyday living.

With her thirst for knowledge and extensive experience, Mary’s classes are based on varied themes and she aims to cultivate a connection to the body-mind via energetic channels, beyond the physical framework.

Whether it involves Prana or Qi, she feels both have powerful effects.

 

On this weekend retreat we will interweave the elements of Yin and Yang into our yoga practice.

Morning sessions will focus on waking the body/mind gently with meditation & pranayama, naturally leading towards an energising flowing practise to set the scene for the rest of the day.

 Evening sessions will be all things Yin, slowly nourishing our energetic bodies using the principles of Chinese Meridian Theory to stimulate chi.

There will also be an opportunity to experience Yoga Nidra  - a form of self enquiry that can provide a deep sense of calm, relaxation and overall sense of well-being for practitioners.

This practice is not advisable in pregnancy and some experience of a Vinyasa based practice (surya namaskar/sun salutations) is recommended.

For more information on Mary Young visit www.violetlotusyoga.com

 

Melanie Ashley

Melanie Ashley

Melanie is a Yoga Alliance Senior Yoga Teacher and has been teaching yoga for over 8 years, she specialises in Ashtanga Yoga from a YogaTherapy perspective.

Her influences include the 'Jois' family, Danny Paradise, Paul Dallaghan and Lino Miele. 

She is also trained in Thai Yoga Massage and Ayurevedic Therapies. As a consequence, much emphasis is placed on the use of breath and adapting the sequence to suit the individual.  This make the practice accessible to everyone regardless of age, flexibility and fitness level.

 

Melanie Griffiths

Dance with Melanie Griffiths

Dance.. Get Fit..Have Fun.. Relax

Melanie has been passionate about dance and movement since age two where she could be found dancing in front of Top of The Pops!! By age four she was tap dancing and singing on the local village stage.  

She trained in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap for 20 years and then went on to study ATS and Cabaret style Bellydance, The Nia Technique, Brazilian Samba and Cuban and LA/ Cross Body Salsa.   

Melanie teaches a variety of different styles of dance at around East and West Sussex and on the Isle of Wight.       

  On this weekend we will  experience both Dance Fit and Dance Fusion workshops - work at your own pace and most importantly have fun !       

 

 

DANCE FIT blends dance styles from all over the world with elements of martial arts and yoga for an all round holistic workout. We will move from pleasure rather than force following natural extension and moving within our natural range of motion so that we don't cause injury and over exhaust the adrenal system which can cause other health issues.

We will have fun and relax at the same time, stretching out muscles, easing emotions and calming the mind., if the group wishes we can include some meditation.  

DANCE FUSION is more lively and suited to the late afternoon classes. We explore different styles of dance from Jazz, Contemporary, Street, Musical Theatre, Latin Jazz, Bollywood and many more styles.

We will warm up and stretch in the style of the chosen dance and then learn enchainments (chains of steps) and full-on routines in these dance styles.

We'll have fun, we'll laugh a lot and have a damn good workout!

Meryl

Hatha Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Meryl

Meryl is passionate about Yoga and the changes that she knows from personal experience it can make to peopleÔÇÖs lives - physically, mentally and spiritually. 

Meryl says; “It is inconceivable to me that I would ever be without my Yoga practice and the feeling of revitalisation, calm, grounding and balance that it gives to me - my aim is always to teach in a way that ensures my Students leave class with those same feelings.”  

Meryl teaches breath led Hatha Vinyasa Flow classes, which incorporate an initial centering/grounding, followed by a pranayama practice, warm up prep exercises, leading into a Vinyasa flow asana sequence. This is followed by a cooling down period, a final pranayama practice to end the physical aspect of the practice and then a meditation/relaxation practice.

        

  

Meryl's aims for the weeks Yoga is that first and foremost it will be fun, non-competitive, safe and nurturing, with an overall theme of revitalisation, mindfulness, a sense of self and serenity.  The classes will be suitable to all levels of students, including beginners and modifications will be available to all the asanas that will be practised. Meryl will encourage Students to work totally within their own capabilities.

  

Morning session:  Before breakfast, the morning session will incorporate a vibrant Vinyasa Flow asana sequence, with time to experiment with asanas if desired - the aim will be to feel revitalised, balanced and open to the day ahead.

Evening session:  Prior to the evening meal, the evening session will be shorter  and less demanding than the morning session  - with a lovely extended meditation / relaxation period at the end of practice leaving all feeling calm, grounded and balanced.

   

  

About Meryl

After spending many years working in incredibly stressful yet dynamic and  fast moving environments, Meryl’s Yoga journey began over 10 years ago, initially with a weekly Yoga practice focusing purely on the fitness / exercise element of the practice.  However, in a short space of time Meryl became acutely aware of the breadth of Yoga with all its many facets. 

Meryl’s interest deepened, strengthened and expanded after taking the British Wheel of Yoga Foundation Courses 1 and 2, after which she felt compelled to teach and gained her British Wheel of Yoga Teaching Diploma tutored by Paul Fox.  

Meryl has attended many workshops with internationally renowned yogis and is currently studying a ‘Yoga Philosophy and Everyday Living’ course – which she says, she knows “will open up many more“Yoga avenues” for both my students and myself.” 

 

www.sattvahathayoga.com

Mina Semyon

Yoga and Mindfulness

My teaching and practice of Yoga and Mindfulness is about awakening to the unified sense of our whole being -body, mind, spirit.

It is about listening inside, gradually realizing that wholeness can only be retrieved by identifying and letting go of unnecessary holding on

   

If you can stop straining you might discover that inside the tense unbalanced body there is a sensible body, which can be effortlessly at ease with the energy flowing freely and the mind becoming calm. In the midst of the storm there is stillness where we can experience our presence.
 
Practice of Yoga with Mindfulness opens your heart to spontaneous joy and compassion and puts a smile on your face!

I have written two books 'The Distracted Centipede - a Yoga experience' and 'Yoga Stories for Healthy Living'

My books are for everybody, regardless of age, physical condition, sex, religious beliefs. They are based on the common sense that our mental, physical and spiritual health depends on our being able to take on the, management of our inner world by entering the journey of becoming aware, letting go of our restrictive conditioning and opening our heart to love.
It is never too early and never too late to start and continue.

For me the only time I can say I am truly relaxed and not a danger to myself or others is when I am in a state of acceptance, even acceptance of my non acceptance.

Mina Semyon
September 2015

Mohan

Dynamic Yoga with Mohan

This is a wonderful opportunity to experience the benefits of yoga to body, mind and inner spirit under the experienced guidance of Mohan.

 

He is an an extremely experienced and enthusiastic teacher who works hard to ensure that all his students - from beginners to the very advanced - have their needs catered for on his yoga holidays.

 

Mohan taught for eight years at the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Kerala before moving to Liverpool where he holds numerous regular classes throughout the city.

 

     

He began his yoga life in 1981 guided by his uncle Swami Gaudapadananda Puri, director of the Vivekananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Kerala.

He then went on to train as a Yoga Teacher and as an Advanced Yoga Teacher at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram, also qualifying in Yoga Vedanta, Yoga Therapy, and in Yoga Instruction.

 

This yoga week is suitable for all levels of practitioner and will include all aspects of yoga, after dinner on some evenings we can enjoy a yoga nidra class (Yogic sleep)

 

"Our time together will entail a week of energising yoga, beautiful walks and time dedicated to relaxing and re-energising.

Yoga retreats can help you uncover unique holiday getaways to inspire and ignite your imagination."

    
Feedback from 2016 yoga holiday in Crete

We had a fantastic yoga teacher in Mohan - as a beginner I found him very easy to follow and his practice was incredibly focused.

Although the program said there would be a free day, he held classes twice every single day & there was also the option for yogic sleep in the evenings and a silent meditation walk into the mountains one morning to see the sun rise. Thoroughly enjoyed the week and would wholeheartedly recommend it to everyone

Only praise for Mohan - he is a super lovely guy, happy to be sharing yoga with everyone.

Anne Davison, Crete 2016

 

 

Neville Cregan

Flowing Hatha Yoga with Neville Cregan

Neville has been teaching Yoga and practicing Thai massage since 1997.

His primary teachers have been Mary Stewart, Peter Blackaby and Dona Holleman all of whom were inspired by Vanda Scaravelli. In recent years he has also studied with Donna Farhi and Shiva Rea. 

All these teachers share his own interest in offering intelligent, modern and realistic approaches to yoga whilst exploring the rich timeless wisdom of the tradition in their own ways.

    

He also teaches the history and philosophy of yoga on the London Yoga Teacher Training course and is working on a book in this area
   
His Asana (yoga postures) teaching style encourages a slow build up towards a flowing practice. It is slower than some of the dynamic forms and there is plenty of time to find your way within each pose during the flow, with adaptations where necessary.

   

During our yoga holiday the general teaching pattern will be a more active morning class and a slower more workshop orientated evening class.

Some Pranayama, body/mind centring practices and meditation will be included

Courses are suitable for beginners and more experienced practitioners alike as the core principles are the same for everyone. Courses are designed to help deepen experience of yoga on many levels and have fun!

  

Neville loves teaching and has found that both practice and teaching only get more interesting the longer he does it. He enjoys travel and, time allowing, exploring something of the area the course is in with any interested students.

  

He is also a freelance writer and his other interests include travel, literature, film and surfing. He looks forwards to welcoming you on his courses.

    

Further information on www.nevyogamassage.co.uk

Niamh Kavanagh

Yoga and Meditation - A gift to Self
Experience the gifts yoga brings as we ease deeper into a journey of Self discovery.

  

Hatha Flow Yoga with Niamh Kavanagh

Niamh combines dynamic movement with static postures to release tensions of the physical, mental and emotional body and any psychological pressures, into the joy of our being.

    

You will be guided you through yoga and meditations using the energy of body, mind and breath to create a free flow of energies for harmony and equilibrium.

    

We will experience stability and openness for a beautiful mind and body, equalling clarity for creative flow in life. This clear focus on duality makes for both a relaxing and invigorating retreat. You will leave feeling refreshed with the eyes glowing.

  

 Morning: Flow & Hatha yoga

   
These sessions combine dynamic movement with static postures to release tensions of the physical, mental emotional body, using energy of body mind and breath. Holding postures for sometime becoming challenging, strengthening the mind and body, bringing more dynamism.
   
Afternoon: Yin Yoga practice

    
This deep seated practise through the way of the heart gives time for the energetic structure to adjust, realign and harmonise, thus revealing deep calmness for transformative healing and inner union.

Both practises complete with guided mediations and relaxation, to experience the radiant space of the heart, the unlimited Self for more vivid healing of peace, love, kindness and health.

Niamh teaches through the perspective of Hridaya Yoga, inviting everyone to live with an open heart and discover the true potential of human life. Immerse yourself into your real and essential nature.
      
   

About Niamh

After extensive travels around the world, Niamh's training and developed insights from spiritual teachers bring ten years of teaching experience (IYF & RYT 500) in Hridaya yoga, Tantra, Breath work, Advaita Vedanta, Self Enquiry, Buddhism and more.

     
Niamh has found the magic in yoga to actively maintain fresh attitudes toward ones life making the most of each day. She has observed growth and change available to ALL; no matter how big or small a problem appears having worked with a diverse range of clients, specialising in developing personalised Yoga practices for specific needs and various conditions.

  

Her teachings are rooted in a detailed understanding of tendencies and relationship between the body and the mind. She creates a mindful and clear space for her students to develop their own understanding within their practice and ultimately their own wellbeing. Niamh looks no further than the cultivation and revelation of the true self, the spirit of who we really are, to bring the depth of contentment and joy in life.
     
Niamh first qualified in 2004 with Sivinanda in India. Teaching for 11 years with a variety of different yoga styles such as contemporary and vinyasa, Niamh  now a teacher of Hridaya Yoga & Meditation (IYF & RYT 500) is also involved with teacher trainings in the UK for The Banyan Tree School of Yoga (YA) and is a contributing writer for Yoga Magazine as well as running her own workshops and retreats in Europe.
  

TESTIMONYS
   
"Niamh's classes are perfectly balanced between the physical and the spiritual, accessible to beginners with challenges for those more advanced. She takes a serious approach to the sessions that have an ever present element of fun. Wonderful"   Matt M
           
The yoga trip to Ecincik, Turkey was great! I had a wonderful time, with inspiring people, at a very special place. Morning classes vinyasa yoga were hard work for me and I really enjoyed it, I have done to little of that for some time, and doing this again made me feel very much alive and gave me confidence to do more yoga. Afternoon classes were yin yoga and meditation that gave me real deep relaxation, surrender to the earth it makes me be in the now. I was very lucky to have a whole week in a beautiful place to feel these energies, and to have an inspiring teacher as Niamh to guide me there.
Hope we meet again, love    Heleen Strasse

    
Niamh truly teaches from the heart, and her teachings help you both on and off the mat, she is such a supportive and encouraging person / mentor. Niamh's enthusiasm for life is infectious, and I always leave feeling healthy in body, mind and spirit. An inspirational teacher.   Nicola Cope

    
Thank-you Niamh for a wonderful yoga and meditation experience. I am grateful for the love and kindness offered from the group. I always wanted to go on a retreat and I'm so glad I found you and the beautiful olive groves of Ekincik. Yin Yoga has opened my heart and allowed me to go further into my stretches. Until the next retreat.   Zuhre

 

Nicolette Wilson

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Nicolette Wilson

Nicolette is the Founder and Director of Nicolette Wilson - Yoga and Pilates

By the age of 16 years old, she knew she wanted to teach however was advised by a Career’s Adviser against it.  She then spent the next 7 years wandering aimlessly through life hopelessly clutching at new purposes and aching to fill a hollow void. 

Fast forward three decades and a life journey where her purpose found her again she is now living her dream - to serve those around her without judgement and with compassion. 

Nicolette does this by teaching yoga, inspired by Astanga Vinyasa, Anusara, Jivamukti, Iyengar, biomechanics and health. 

She also teaches mat Pilates inspired by Classical Pilates and supports all of this with empowering coaching tools.

Her teaching style is compassionate yet challenging, supportive, empowering, accepting and consciously delivered with love, joy and laughter

 

On Nicolette's yoga holidays we will start with a morning practice consisting of short meditation and pranayama followed by a dynamic vinyasa flow practice and relaxation to close.

The evening classes will be much gentler and include long moments of stillness in poses and complete relaxation for tension release.

During the week there will be some evening classes that focus on asana exploration for a deeper understanding of the poses.

  

All classes will be suitable for both beginners and more experienced students who wish to immerse and reconnect with a daily practice.

There will be an emphasis on alignment and integrity of poses, with time to re-balance your mind and body, allowing space to return to or find your true self (Sat Nam).

You will leave feeling refreshed and ready to return to your daily activities.

 
www.nicolettewilson.com

 

Below pictures are of Nicolette's yoga holiday at Grenadine Lodge

Nigel Gilderson

 Strong Hatha Yoga with Nigel Gilderson

 

Nigel has been teaching yoga for 20 years and is one of the original Free Spirit teachers.

   

He is the founder and senior teacher of the yoga classes available at the Brockwell Lido in South London; and is the founder and director of the Amrita School of Yoga Teacher Training. He also teaches at Yoga Point, and many private clientele throughout London.

   

  

Nigel began his career in health and fitness as a P.E. teacher and tennis coach giving him a concrete and pragmatic understanding of anatomy and physiology, and was drawn to the deeply therapeutic effects of yoga. He has evolved his own personal style of Hatha yoga drawing on influences from the Sivananda, Iyengar, Scaravelli and Shadow yoga traditions.

  

Nigel's classes incorporate a unique blend of mindfulness of breath and opening through relaxation, to integrate the internal energetic system as a preparation for dynamic action.

   

His teaching has evolved over the years and incorporates a blend of many yoga styles, with influences from tai chi and shadow yoga and Alexander technique; integrating the celebration of the heart, universal principles of alignment, and balanced energetic action in the performance of asana.

  

Each student's abilities and limitations are deeply respected and honoured. The practice builds strength, flexibility, and stamina as well as bringing awareness to the internal; creating, capturing and cultivating energy.

  

Students move from one posture to another in a continual flow and link movements to breath. The use of vinyasa enables the natural progression from one asana to another with a sense of ease and fluidity, ending in a deep and peaceful relaxation

Noemi Franco

Hatha & Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Noemi Franco

Noemi has been a devoted practitioner of yoga since her first trip to India in 2003. Her teaching is inspired by traditional Hatha Yoga and the Krishnmachrya lineage of Ashtanga, Vinyasa Krama and Viniyoga, which she combines with the modern innovations of Vinyasa Flow.
 
Noemi holds a 500-hour teaching qualification from the British Wheel of Yoga, and continues to study Yoga therapy in the Viniyoga tradition with Ranju Roy and Prana Vinyasa Flow with Shiva Rea.
 
In accordance with Hatha Yoga philosophy, she integrates the dynamic "solar" practice of Vinyasa with gentler "lunar" restorative sessions, depending on the time of day and individual student needs. She pays attention to alignment of postures, using the natural pulsation of breath,  and modifies the practice to suit varying abilities in each class.

 

Sessions will be open to all abilities including beginners.

 

Morning sessions will   include  energetic Vinyasa  sequences taught in a dynamic rhythm followed by pranayama (breathwork) and short meditation.  

The evening class shall  be devoted to a gentler slower vinyasa examining the different postures in more introspective detail followed by pranayama, introduction to yoga philosophy and Yoga Nidra.   

For more information about Noemi go to her website:
www.yogaparinama.org

 

Patricia Haygarth

Hatha Yoga with Patricia Haygarth

   

Patricia has been involved in yoga since the '60s and teaching since the '90s.

Her background includes Iyengar, British Wheel of Yoga and Sivananda teachers. She obtained her Yoga Diploma in India at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashram in Kerala.

  

Her style has evolved into a gentle, hands on approach, helping each student to reach their own potential at their own comfortable pace.

   

Suitable for students with or without experience, particularly more mature bodies who soon find that stiff or problem joints respond to this gentle approach. There is always an element of fun in her classes keeping everybody relaxed yet focused.

  

For over ten years Patricia has been taking Yoga students to Egypt, Spain, Crete, India and Turkey with Free Spirit.

  

Morning classes usually consist of flowing asanas with attention to breathing, together with partner work.

 

The late afternoon classes focus more on restorative postures with breathing, meditation and inner awareness techniques. Always followed by a long relaxation.

 

www.patriciahaygarthyoga.com

 

Penny Raggett

Penny Raggett

My passion for yoga began back in 2000 when after many years working long and stressful hours in the hotel industry it was recommended that I should try yoga to help ease a bad back and tight shoulders.

I had a few abortive attempts at finding a class I enjoyed and then was lucky enough to find a teacher who inspired me, challenged me and showed me how the magic of yoga could work.

A couple of years later I took my first retreat with this teacher and  knew I needed to find out more about yoga and took the 200 hour Karuna Yoga teacher training with Ruth White Yoga. Ruth was a disciple of Iyengar and her teacher training is very specific in body alignment and helping to ease injuries and aches through the correct positioning of the body in the yoga asanas.

That knowledge of correct body alignment has proved invaluable in my yogic journey, and over the years  I have learnt more about the philosophy of yoga and the spirituality it invites.

This year I will be teaching at Champneys with Jacky Lampyl, details below

 

Embrace, Surrender and Nourish
with Penny Raggett & Jacky Lampyl

During these 3 days we will explore how to embrace our practice and play with the boundaries of our emotional and physical body.

Engaging the core contributes to good posture and a healthy spine, and improves your grounding. By surrendering, one opens the mind and allows new opportunities to flow. This is your weekend to connect with your inner voice through an introspective practice. Of course there is plenty of time to share time with each other.

This weekend is for everyone from careful beginner to experienced warrior. Together we will offer guidance and encouragement to each yogi, so the retreat is enjoyable and suitable for all. The classes will help you build strength, gain flexibility and help bring an inner calmness and tranquility.Penny and Jacky both teach in East Sheen in various studios but can both be found at the Sheen Therapy Centre. They are from different yoga backgrounds but their styles complement each other and can offer different perspectives for every one..

Penny originally started attending yoga classes because of a back issue and to ease the stress of working in the hotel industry. She has been studying yoga for 13 years, and her desire to learn more about the wonder of yoga led her to become a teacher.

Jacky's passion for movement evolved from her study of dance. Having practiced yoga for over 13 years and teaching for 5, her yoga practice focuses on precise alignment supported by an open mind.

 

Philippa Wade

Philippa has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching since 2011. She holds a BWY (British Wheel of Yoga) 500 hour teaching qualification.    

She has gained experience and influence from many inspirational teachers over the years and believes that yoga is a continual learning journey for everyone, teachers included!   

She teaches many different classes which include students young and old, teachers and athletes.    

Philippa's teaching is based on Hatha yoga, with Iyengar influence and incorporates vinyasa flow, resulting in a fusion of these styles. She teaches an integrated Yoga practice incorporating asana, pranayama (breathing exercises), guided meditation, yoga philosophy and relaxation.    

Yoga philosophy is practical and linked to asana, her intention is to inform not lecture, and to leave you wanting to know more!  Her teaching includes the practical application of mudras and affirmations and the powerful use of yoga nidra (deep and extended relaxation).   

Mindful practice is encouraged developing an awareness of the physical body and how we relate to it, with emphasis on posture and alignment to free our body from repeated habitual patterns that limit range and movement.    

Students are encouraged to challenge themselves and Philipa provides clear instructions with guidance on alignment throughout and will offer modifications where appropriate so that students can get the best from their bodies.    

"I have a gentle 'hands'on' approach to teaching that ensures students will get the most out of their yoga practice. Yoga is about finding the real 'you', that place within yourself you may have forgotten about or did not even realise was there! Being able to let go of tension, finding the stillness, the peace and tranquillity, learning how to be in the moment, with your body, with your breath."        

For more information on Philippa's teaching visit her website www.gaiayogaclasses.com

Rachel Graham

Vinyasa Yoga / Dance

My first experience of Yoga was in India (Rishikesh) with Pujya Swamiji at Parmarth Niketan Ashram. My travels and interest in nature and mountains took me to a Spiritual Home in the Himalayas on the banks of the Ganges. 

I started teaching Yoga ten years ago in Community Education and introduced many new people to Yoga and Meditation and the benefits.  More recently I have completed my Level 3 Diploma Teaching Training Yoga (QCF) and the 'Siromani Teacher of Yoga' at Sun PowerYoga.co.uk (RYS200 Yoga Alliance USA).  It is an eclectic mix of three styles: Dynamic Hatha for Alignment.   Sivananda Yoga for Subtle mind and breath work.  And Ashtanga Vinyasa  for Heat, flexibility and stamina..   

I also teach Dance and Pilates which helps my students with alignment, body conditions or injuries. 

  

   

This holiday will take in all aspects of my knowledge and working from a base of Yoga we will incorporate my understanding of dance to enliven our practice, adding stretching and strength exercises to improve deep postural muscles, using a Barre for support.   

 

Morning classes will begin with sun salutations and a traditional Yoga class with Pranayama exercises and a dynamic yoga practice to wake with the sun.

Late afternoon classes will include a Vinyasa style class with a mixture of yoga and dance. Weaving flowing dance sequences with holds in balances and standing Asana’s.  Ending the day with an optional meditation session.  

 

Over the course of the week we will improve our Yoga practice feeling healthy and vital with improved flexibility and well-being.    

My aim is to create a safe environment where we can really experience Yoga from the inside out accepting ourselves and experiencing a Yogic lifestyle. This lovely venue is a positive environment that helps us let go of stress and tension. 

As a group we will have a good daily practice (Asana), with nourishing and healthy food to help us balance the mind and body. The healing aspect of Yoga has a subtle way of improving the quality of our own lives and the dance aspect will create a fun filled experience, so that when we return home we feel relaxed and positive.

This retreat is suitable for all regardless of age and yoga or dance experience.      

 

 

                

Rebecca Keenaghan

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with  Rebecca Keenaghan

  

The yoga journey you will take part in during this retreat is one of inner joy, balance and bliss.

Rebecca's compassionate way of teaching is influenced by many styles of yoga such as Hatha, Astanga, Kundalini and Prana Yoga to name a few.

Practice each day will work with the bodies Chakra energy system.

   

Morning practice will start with meditation and an energising solar Vinyasa flow to fuel your inner fire.

Evening practice will be a gentle flowing class to invoke a calming lunar quality of serenity. Each day we will work deeply on each Chakra in turn, balancing the body and leaving you more in tune with yourself and your surroundings.

Together these practices will promote inner quiet and de-clutter the mind and soul, leaving more space within to fill with positivity and creativity. Bliss is a state easily available to us once we have turned down the volume of our thoughts and realised we are more than our thoughts, way more!

Taking part in this joyous adventure will leave your body and soul light and happy.

  

Rebecca found yoga at a time when she needed it the most, it quickly became one of the cornerstones of her spiritual life. She finds true delight in sharing these ancient healing arts with others. Through her teaching Rebecca helps her students to unravel their own state of inner bliss through Vinyasa-movement and breath. She believes it is important for you to have the tools to help yourself. 

Her classes help you to feel refreshed, revitalized and renewed through asana, kind words and positive attitude.

  

Rebecca has practised and studied with David Swenson, Danny Paradise, David Williams, Jason Crandell, and Shiva Rea. Their influence continues to shines into her classes.

Roanna Harstad

Dynamic Hatha and Vinyasa Yoga with Roanna Harstad

 

Roanna is an adventurer!

  

As a Yoga Instructor, NLP Practitioner, Life Coach, Empowerment Teacher, Sundoor Master Firewalking Instructor, Spiritual leader, Retreat/Workshop Leader, Body Worker, Therapist and Founder of Resting Buddha she leads clients into a more empowered, healthy and enjoyable way of life.

    

Roanna brings a holistic, spiritual and dynamic approach to her Retreats, Classes and Workshops. Roanna brings ancient healing and fun tools into her sessions to empower our thinking and soften our being.

  

With her gentle, informative but deeply encouraging and motivating approach, you will find you release barriers and move into a new, stronger, more aware sense of your body and self.

  

I invite you to come and play, come with an open heart and a soft smile. Together lets investigate where our joy is hiding, lets be playful when remembering how fragile life can feel sometimes, lets find our power and rain our light on all that need it. LetÔÇÖs remember our happiness and all the gifts that we bring to this world. LetÔÇÖs celebrate our challenges and give thanks for the opportunity to inspire each other through this ancient and beautiful practice.

www.restingbuddha.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Robyn Creighton

Robyn has been practising yoga for nine years and teaching for three.  She has studied  yoga with internationally renowned teachers and continues to develop her practice by attending local and national workshops which form part of her continuing professional development with the British Wheel of Yoga (BWY).
The yoga she teaches draws from all the different experiences that she has had, encouraging a creative and playful approach to yoga, developing an understanding of the philosophy through experiential learning that is grounded in a world that everyone can relate to.   
'My work experience without a doubt, underpins the yoga that I teach. I believe that we are all doing the best we can on any given day and thrive if respected, encouraged and nurtured'.

 

 

 

Morning classes will develop strength and flexibility using a staged approach (which is suitable for all levels) to achieve stronger and more complex postures as the week progresses, plus sequences to challenge the mind and body.

The later afternoon classes will explore the relationship between tension and effort, observing how the body can move deeply into postures without holding on to tension, using the breath to help with stretching and easing and the mind to release tension held in the body.
The body is an amazing machine, so peppered throughout the week will be a number of 'party tricks', a fun and playful way to notice what the body can do, how we can challenge our bodies, our mind and breath. Maintaining a balance between focus/calm and playful energy

Romana Balle

Vinyasa Flow & Yin, Restorative, Yoga    

 

I completed my Yoga Alliance 200 teacher training at Teach Yoga in London, after studying with Duncan Hulin at the Devon School of Yoga and  I have also trained in  Restorative yoga with Judith Hanson Lasater.    

 

I believe that there is no "right" way to practice yoga so my approach is a holistic and eclectic one, interweaving wide range of styles and taking inspiration from various national and international teachers (Shiva Rea, Elena Brower, Gary Carter, Sarah Powers, Julie Gudmestad, Liz Lark).        

 

My classes are fusion of body awakening, traditional poses hold for several minutes and Vinyasa sequences followed by relaxation/meditation.  Attention is given to correct alignment and breath awareness to bring about mental clarity, steadiness and concentration and to provide the opportunity for deep engagement within the postures.              

 

Yoga is not about quantity and ability to perform the most advance poses, but about the quality one puts in it.  This is why I encourage my students to pay attention to their own bodies, inner perception and to work within their own abilities, accepting their own rate of progress as well as to practice from the heart, with joyfulness.       

 

On this holiday you will have an opportunity to spend some time on you, getting to know yourself a little better, and allowing yourself the space to be the person that you were meant to be, without the usual demands that are placed upon you from the outside.    

 

Morning practice will be vibrant and invigorating to awaken our body, heart and mind whilstevening yoga will be more slow-paced , gentle and nurturing  to create a sense of  harmony and stillness.   

 

There will also be an opportunity to take a group boat trip to 12 islands, visit a traditional Hamman, spent time at the beautiful Iztuku beach, explore the ancient ruins of Kaunos and Lycian tombs  or  to simply just relax by the pool.    

 

                             

 

Rose Ann Preston

Flowing Hatha Yoga with Rose Preston

A highly experienced teacher  Rose teaches Hatha yoga, meditation and relaxation, she originally qualified as a yoga teacher with Howard Kent at Ickwell Buy in Bedfordshire.

For the past 16 years she has also taught  tai chi and qi gong . She regularly leads weekend workshops in Germany and takes her yoga students on longer retreats to Greece Turkey and the Isle of Man

She is a theosophical speaker and member of the international Hermenutical Society      

 

On this holiday Rose will be teaching a gentle yoga with stretching combined with concentration on the correct breathing in postures; ending with a deep relaxation and sometimes yoga nidra.

Rose specializes in the knowledge of the correct postures for particular problems.  She can also talk in great depth on spiritual aspect of yoga,and encourages questions.

The week will also include guided meditations, qi gong breathing for the heart and lungs and and tai chi which is good for concentration, balance, strong bones and relieves arthritis                

 

Rose's yoga is great for all ages, from beginers to experienced students and teachers.

 

     

 

Samantha Pitt

Flowing Hatha & Sivananda Yoga with Samantha Pitt

  

An experienced yoga teacher who originally trained in the Sivananda yoga style, Samantha lives and teaches yoga in Dahab so will also be able to give you an insiders guide to the area and the village.

  

On this yoga week she will teach an uplifting Flowing Hatha morning yoga class and in the afternoon a more gentle class based on the Sivananda style of Hatha yoga.

  

         

Each class blends pranayama (breath work) to quiet the mind with energizing and restorative asana (postures) to nourish and strengthen the body.

The class finishes with deep and peaceful relaxation to increase feelings of vitality and rejuvenation.

 

As well as teaching complete weeks  Samantha can also offer private classes to those people staying at the hotel who require fewer classes a week or who are travelling outside of the group yoga weeks.

 

Samantha Trinder

Samantha Trinder Hatha Yoga

Samantha is passionate about sharing the transformational aspects of yoga.  

She has trained with teachers from the Sivananda, and Iyengar traditions.  

She holds a 500 hour Yoga Alliance accreditation, and has just completed a further  500 hours Diploma in Yoga Therapy with Yoga Campus
 

 

Sarah Jettoo

Hatha Yoga with Sarah Jettoo

Sarah has been teaching in South London for the past ten years. 

Her focus is on synchronising the breath and movement to create a flowing yoga class with the aim of building strength and fluidity in all her students whilst paying careful attention to alignment for increased energy and improved wellbeing. 

She has a particular interest in the energetic systems in the body to create balance, ease and self-confidence, all within the confines of a safe, calm and enjoyable environment.  She has a hands-on approach to enable students get the most from their practice.

  

Sarah is also a Thai Massage therapist, a Homeopath and a Facial Reflexologist (Sorensystem┬®) and will be happy to book in individual sessions during the retreat for anyone interested.

   

For more information on Sarah visit www.Dulwich-yoga.com

    

    

Maria Baranowski and Sarah Jettoo will be teaching as a team this summer

CLASS STRUCTURE:
The theme of the week will be "Balance." Balance is the key to opening that doorway to our more harmonious, inner self.

Morning sessions will be dynamic to sweat out any tension to help restore that sense of balance.

Evening sessions will be slower-paced culminating in a longer guided relaxation to create that sense of harmony and stillness.

As we are co-running this retreat we are delighted to offer Hands on Assist to enable full expression of the pose. The teacher who is not running the session will provide this.
 

Sarah Lane

Vinyasa & Yin Yoga with Sarah Lane

   

Sarah is a creative teacher who teaches her favourite yoga styles -Yin, Hatha and Vinyasa - whilst incorporating her experience as a massage therapist and occasionally including self-massage techniques, self-reflexology and even Thai Partner Yoga.

    

 

She teaches a beautiful blend of Hatha, Yin and Vinyasa Yoga. Classes often begin with visualisation and pranayama (breathing techniques) to bring the attention to the body and to the present.

Gently warming up the body, linking breath and movement, then moving on to gentle flowing Vinyasa Yoga; stimulating energy and heat within the body.

  
Classes will also include Yin postures, where we will hold each posture for 3-5 minutes, encouraging the body to open slowly creating a deeper stretch whilst allowing the mind to soften and slow down.

   
Classes usually finish with meditation or yoga nidra.

 

     
"It is important to work on all aspects of yoga to give balance to mind, body and spirit."

 

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Sasha Norton

Astanga-inspired Vinyasa and Hatha  Yoga with Sasha Norton

Sasha has been practicing yoga for over 20 years and has been teaching for over 10 years. She has a vibrant energy and passion for sharing her experience and knowledge with others!

"Yoga helps us to rebalance ourselves in an increasingly stressful world."

Sasha first started practicing yoga to help ease her stressful lifestyle (simultaneously working full-time in IT whilst studying part-time for a degree), and to complement her more conventional exercise options at the gym.

 

After 17 years in IT, in 2003, she took a career break to take up a Hatha Yoga teacher training programme, studying with Bob Smith (author of Yoga for a New Age) and Ki McGraw from the Hatha Yoga Center of Seattle. She was a full-time yoga instructor for six and a half years, but now combines part-time careers in both yoga and IT.

She works mainly in health clubs but also does public classes and intensives as well as yoga retreat holidays. She has also worked with a number of athletes, educational establishments, corporates and private individuals.

 

Her retreats typically start with a morning Hatha class, followed by a hearty brunch.You will have free time during the day to relax, explore, take a massage or otherwise do your own thing.

There may be optional meditation sessions during the day, followed by an evening yoga session (typically Astanga-inspired Vinyasa Flow) and then supper.

 

The venue provides a great level of comfort, accommodation, food... and we bring the fun!

 

Classes are not suitable for pregnant ladies.

www.sashanorton.co.uk

Sevda Mustafa

Hatha Yoga with Sevda Mustafa

Sevda Mustafa has been studying yoga for over 20 years. Her main influences being Iyengar, Hatha and Astanga.

 

She has been taught by many amazing teachers including Godfrey Devereux. Zoe Knott, Bob Insley and Maarten Varmaase, which has influenced her teaching deeply.

  

Sevda has been teaching around London for 3 years, after finishing the British Wheel of Yoga teacher training with Zoe Knott and Bob Insley.

 

Sevda teaches with an open heart encouraging students in their practice. She works with strength in the asanas or postures and then goes deeper into the body using breath awareness. She believes in making the body strong so we can go inwards to find the true self by working through our blockages, which can manifest in stiffness within the body.

  

Sevda is very respectful of each student's individual needs within their yoga practice. Both beginners and advanced students wishing to deepen their practice will be welcome.

  

The morning class will be dynamic and energising, to build on stamina, but also to create space in the body using breath awareness. Sevda will teach Vinyasa flowing sequences to link the body, breath and mind, allowing the body to move more fluidly between postures, which will be held to allow each student time to integrate and understand them.

  

Evening classes will be less energetic working on restorative yoga with deep relaxation.

www.Yogawithsev.co.uk

 

Shamita Ray

Flowing Vinyasa Yoga with Shamita Ray

A former dancer and choreographer, Shamita started practising Iyengar yoga as a means to increase flexibility and complement dance training.

A chance wandering into an Ashtanga class one day turned what was, until then, a mere hobby, into a lifelong passion, rivalling her love for dance. She went on to study with international teachers, including David Swenson, with whom she completed Ashtanga teacher training, and Lara Baumann, with whom she completed 500 hour teacher training.
 

 

Ever curious to explore other, diverse styles of yoga, she has also completed Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest, and most recently, completed an intensive meditation teacher training with Sally Kempton.

 

On this retreat, Shamita will be offering two yoga sessions per day. The morning session will commence with pranayama (breathing techniques), which will lead into a flowing, dynamic yoga practice that combines the precision and alignment of Iyengar, with the breath and dynamism of Ashtanga.
 
Using her background as a dancer, Shamita will create imaginative sequences which move seamlessly from one posture to the next, in a dance-like flow of breath and movement.
 

Practitioners will be encouraged to challenge themselves to discover what their bodies are truly capable of, while maintaining a sense of humour and playfulness throughout.

  

The evening session will follow a 'workshop style' format exploring a different theme each day to ignite your curiosity, and encourage you to deepen your practice.
 
Examples of things we will explore will be arm balances, inversions and backbends - feel free to suggest some more themes you would like to work on!
 
The evening session will always finish with a blissful relaxation and meditation.

This retreat will be suitable for practitioners of abilities from the    relative newcomer to the seasoned yogi, and children are welcome.

 

 

Anyone wishing to try out Shamita's classes beforehand would be most welcome to come to one of her many studio classes in London, listed at www.shamitaray.webs.com

 

Hi Debbie, Just a belated email to say how fantastic the yoga holiday was at Grenadine Lodge. The lodge was idyllic and the people running it lovely. The 12 island tour was amazing too. I already knew I would enjoy Shamita’s classes and they didn’t disappoint!  I'm very keen to go again next year if Shamita runs another either at the same location or elsewhere...Thanks for all your help , Sarah - June 2016
 

I just wanted to let you know that our stay at Grenadine Lodge was wonderful. It was a charming hotel with the most helpful staff I have ever met anywhere.  The yoga was fabulous; Shanita was an excellent teacher. All in all it was a wonderful holiday. Thank you so much  . Pamela - June 2016

Simona Hernandez

Simona's professional background is in Psychology and she has also studied Classical ballet. Subsequent studies in Dance Movement Therapy increased her awareness of how inextricably the mind, body and inner spirit are linked.

She initially trained as a Sivananda Yoga teacher in 1998, however, her love of yoga drew her to other styles of yoga including Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, and Vinyasa Flow.

Over the last 4 years she has had the privilege of studying with Bridget Woods-Kramer and John Friend as an Anusara teacher and has gained Anusara Inspired Status.

Simona has been practising yoga for 12 years and teaching yoga for 10 years and has continued her yoga training and teaching while living in Sydney and the UK. She teaches at Yoga Bodhi, a dedicated yoga centre in Bath that she also runs.

Simona is also responsible for teaching Subtle anatomy and children's yoga on The Yoga Academy Teachers Training Course with Simon Low.

Simona's classes are both fun and challenging and encourage playful exploration of both the spiritual and physical aspects of yoga. Simona emphasises in her teaching that we may practice yoga in a group, but that the practice of yoga in itself is a very unique journey.

Stefan Engstrom

Stefan Engstrom Astanga Yoga  

Stefan Engström is the owner and resident teacher of the Finland Retreat.  

 

He has been practising Astanga Yoga since 1990, training with teachers in Europe and Australia. In 1993 he began visiting India and spending extended periods of time, learning with Pattabhi Jois, Sharat and other prominent teachers of this form of yoga.     

 

 

In 1994 he founded the Midnight Sun Ashtanga Yoga Retreat on the Island of Kadermo where he was born and now teaches at these summer retreats and workshops on a yearly basis.  

 

He also teaches regular classes in Helsinki and hosts workshops in Finland, Chile and Denmark.

 

  

 

Sue Lovell

Sue Lovell teaches Iyengar yoga as a unique process capable of transforming our lives by giving us a deeper awareness of our body , mind and spirit as well as increasing strength and flexibility.

She has been practicing yoga since 1990 and teaching since 1996 in Derbyshire where she runs with partner Peak Yoga Iyengar Centre. She holds a Senior Level 3 Iyengar Teaching certificate

Sue's approach to teaching on yoga holidays and workshops is to introduce a sense of serious fun generating an eagerness to learn, adding layers of understanding and clarity to students practise helping them to realise their full potential.

Her open and accessible style is geared to building confidence and poise in asana practice and deepening understanding of ourselves through pranayama (yogic breathing techniques).

The week will offer a 2 hour morning yoga asana class suitable to all levels of students and a short evening class. 

www.peakyoga.org.uk

Sue Marshall

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Sue Marshall

'' I have always been fascinated with yoga since I was a child. A friend and I used to play around doing some of the poses and this desire to discover more spurred me on to take this further.

Movement has been key in my life, from gymnastics as a child to studying Dance at Laban and then also a diploma in Fitness Therapy so that I could learn more about the body and how moving can be healing in many different ways.

 

I have been teaching for 16 years and the discovery of Astanga Vinyasa Yoga whilst in Crete at Yoga Plus was a revelation, combining the wonderful flow of the postures was reminiscent to dance and I was hooked. I returned to Crete and did a Teacher Training with Radha and also David Swenson. I have studied Viniyoga and done a teacher training in that also and loved finding out more of the history of yoga and some of the texts especially Patanjalis Sutras.

My practice has evolved to a more vinyasa flow base and I was inspired by attending classes with Julie Martin at Brahmani Yoga in Goa and her fun and creative style of teaching.

I believe yoga should definitely be fun and have a lightness about it, if you enjoy something it inspires you take it further.

My teaching is based in the Canterbury area in Kent. Recently I was in The Gambia participating in a lighting/educational project 'Sunny Night Light and stayed at 'Footsteps' where I had the opportunity to teach some of the guests in their newly built shala.

This is a beautiful venue and I thoroughly recommend it and feel sure it will inspire anyone staying there as it has myself

   

Susan Conway

Hatha & Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Susan Conway

Susan is a fully qualified teacher in yoga, dance, bodyconditioning and zumba.

  

She has a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre, which includes studies in anatomy, physiology and body conditioning.

  

After working as a professional dancer for many years, Susan  embarked on an adventure to Auburn, California, where she lived on an ashram and immersed herself into her yoga teacher training, which was life changing!

   

   

Susan loves teaching yoga and this is conveyed through her lessons. Her main style of teaching is a mix of Hatha, Vinyasa Flow and Power Yoga, which she fuses with elements of her dance, martial arts and sports background to accommodate the personal needs of her students.

 

She encourages people to step outside their boundaries and is inspired every day by observing her students achieving what they never thought was possible!

   

     

What to expect on her Turkey retreat 2017

Two yoga classes per day.

These will be a combination of a dynamic practice contrasting with long deep relaxations, pranayama and some meditation.

  

The running theme of her classes will be strong and empowering. Some body conditioning will be incorporated into the lessons.

  

Susan has a  flexible approach in her teaching so she can tailor classes to suit individuals on the retreat... working on advanced asanas, inversions or helping people learn how to meditate.

    

If you want to go home feeling refreshed, energised, toned, strong and relaxed then this is the retreat for you!  All levels welcome, even yoga newbies.

    

Susan is the founder of SuSu Yoga with classes and workshops throughout London

www.susuyoga.com

 

Susannah Hoffman

Susannah is a fully qualified British Wheel of Yoga teacher and has been practising yoga since childhood.

Her teaching style is intuitive and creative, drawing on her main influences of Hatha Yoga, Viniyoga and Astanga Yoga. Her dance background also brings into play a focus on alignment.

SusannahÔÇÖs classes have a meditative quality and work on the principles of ÔÇÿSthira and SukhamÔÇÖ - (form and experience, strength and softness). So although her classes can be quite demanding they are also deeply relaxing. Her years of dancing have given Susannah an invaluable knowledge of the body, which enhances her ability to teach yoga. In addition she has studied both holistic massage and herbalism - and therefore has a very broad and balanced view of the body.

For Susannah yoga is about breath and bringing a sense of space and freedom to the body. She teaches Hatha Yoga, inspired by the Viniyoga System with its one-to-one approach, with an emphasis on connecting the breath and movement, enabling her students to work with their bodies, get to know them and to take responsibility for their personal well-being.

She applies this approach to all her classes where she ensures that adjustments and modifications are made for individual students - after all every body is different

Susannah studied yoga as a child and grew up within the yogic philosophy.

Tania Plahay

Vinyasa Yoga with Tania Plahay

Tania is half-Indian and was born and raised in an artistic family in London.

She's now been practicing the wonderful techniques of yoga for over a decade and is passionate about sharing these tools with others. She started learning yoga aged 18 and since then it has become a source of strength through life's ups and downs.

She teaches a slow, mindful style of vinyasa yoga linking movement to breath, shifting from the internal space into graceful and flowing external asanas.

She is also interested in the contemplative dimension of yoga including pranayama (breath work), meditation and insights from yogic philosophical tradition.

Tania has studied with a number of teachers and incorporates what she's learnt into her own distinctive approach to yoga. She's particularly inspired by Emil Wendel, Liz Lark and Jean Hall and the Bihar School of Yoga.

During this retreat in the peaceful olives groves of Turkey we will focus on exploring the body's centers of energy (chakras), starting with early morning pranayama and meditation. After this there will be flowing vinyasa practice, building heat and strength.

The evening practice will be more gentle and nurturing. On three evenings in the week, Tania will lead a candlelit Yoga Nidra. This is a method of accessing the subconscious mind to implant positive intentions.

For more about Tania please see her website www.taniayogini.com



 

Tanja Mickwitz

Creative Flow Yoga with Tanja Mickwitz

Tanja teaches a creative Hatha Flow linking movement and breath in sequences that are more or less dynamic depending on the theme and level of the class.

Since her first yoga class in 2000 Tanja has explored many different styles of yoga - the discipline and rigour of Astanga, the creativity and freedom of Vinyasa Flow, the energetics and philosophy of ParaYoga, more recently the grace and alignment of Anusara - and all these influences are reflected in her teaching.

In her classes she creates a supportive and nurturing atmosphere, encouraging students to turn inwards so they can really feel their way through the practice and make it their own.

Tanja has been teaching yoga since 2005 and is a qualified British Wheel of Yoga and Yoga Alliance teacher having completed her teacher training with The Life Centre (YogaCampus) Teacher Training Programme in 2006. She also serves as a mentor on the YogaCampus Teacher Training Programme. Her main teacher for the past six years has been Rod Stryker, founder of ParaYoga.

"I went to my first yoga class in 2000 and I will never forget how laying in savasana at the end of the class I felt like my spirit had come home, how strongly I connected to what I didn't even know I had been looking for. Yoga quickly became an important part of my life and throughout the years the teachers have been many and to all of them I am grateful.

I continue to grow and be inspired by my teachers as well as my students. I could never have dreamt of what yoga has given me in life, where the practice has taken me. Yoga gives you so many amazing tools to deal with life's continuous challenges. It also gives you the space for self-reflection which in turn prepares the ground for deep healing and transformation.

While my own yoga journey continues, it is with immense joy and a deep sense of privilege that I continue to assist others on theirs."

www.yogawithtanja.com

Tina (Shanti Abbley and Samantha Trinder

Tina & Samantha will be teaching at Palm Tree Yoga in Kerala, South India

Hatha Yoga with Tina Abbey

Tina's fascination with the practice of yoga started over 30 years ago, at that time having no idea that yoga is a spiritual practice that has the power to quite literally change our lives. Like most people new to yoga she thought yoga was just another form of exercise.
Over time with the help and guidance of a Swami (monk) Tina began to be aware of changes not only to her body but more importantly her mind and how she was choosing to live her life in a much more positive and loving way.
Then, with a serious illness she decided to take a yoga teachers training course with no intention to teach, but to develop her spiritual strengths, and whilst training realised to teach yoga was her destiny.  
Now 14 years on, her passion for the power of the practice has only grown and she is totally committed to passing these ancient teachings on, in a very practical and down to earth way.
Tina's classes take a slow but dynamic pace, coming from the Sivananda tradition, giving the student the time to explore, feel, and to grow.
On the yoga holiday meditation classes can be scheduled in, if that's what the group would like.

Tina will be assisted by Samantha Trinder

Samantha is passionate about sharing the transformational aspects of yoga.
She has trained with teachers from the Sivananda, and Iyengar traditions.
She holds a 500 hour Yoga Alliance accreditation, and has just completed a further 500 hours Diploma in Yoga Therapy with Yoga Campus.
In 2016 Samantha opened the hugely successful Bhuti Wellness and Yoga Studio, in South London, offering over 50 classes, organic body and face treatments, and a lovely Vegan Cafe.
Samantha will be available for one-one Yoga Therapy Sessions. ( additional cost will apply )

 

Tina Abbey

Hatha Yoga with Tina Abbey

Tina's fascination with the practice of yoga started over 30 years ago, at that time having no idea that yoga is a spiritual practice that has the power to quite literally change our lives. Like most people new to yoga she thought yoga was just another form of exercise.  

Over time with the help and guidance of a Swami (monk) Tina began to be aware of changes not only to her body but more importantly her mind and how she was choosing to live her life in a much more positive and loving way. Then, with a serious illness she decided to take a yoga teachers training course with no intention to teach, but to develop her spiritual strengths, and whilst training realised to teach yoga was her destiny.  

Now 14 years on, her passion for the power of the practice has only grown and she is totally committed to passing these ancient teachings on, in a very practical and down to earth way.

Tina's classes take a slow but dynamic pace, coming from the Sivananda tradition, giving the student the time to explore, feel, and to grow.

Please note: for overseas holidays Tina prefers that her yoga students have some experience of yoga. If you are new to yoga and have very little experience please check with the Free Spirit office that the holiday is suitable for you.  Complete beginners and the inexperienced are very welcome on Tina's weekend courses at Champneys Spa

 

CHAMPNEYS WEEKEND SPA RETREAT

Joy and Gratitude will be the focus of this weekend.

With our busy lives its so easy to bypass these two beautiful aspects of what it means to be human, the great Masters from all traditions remind us that this is what our yoga practice is really about.

During this weekend we will have the time and space to reflect why we came to yoga and why we stayed, what we could improve on and what we could let go of.

On Sat and Sun morning Tina will be available to give personal instruction and answer questions outside of the group yoga classes.

This weekend will be for everyone. Complete beginners please call Free Spirit for guidance.

Tina Abbey & Penny Raggett

Champneys weekends with Tina and Penny

Refining Your Asana Practice
One Weekend Two Teachers.   

 

This weekend is for everyone from Beginner to Seasoned Practitioner. The less experienced will be guided, encouraged and reminded of the do,s and don,ts. The more experienced will have the opportunity if they wish to explore the more challenging postures.   

 

On Saturday there will be a workshop. There will be meditation and plenty of lovely guided relaxations at the end of each class.   

 

Tina and Penny have 25 years of teaching experience between them, coming from Sivananda and Iyengar backgrounds, the pace of the classes will be slow, thoughtful and dynamic. Tina's passion is the philosophy, and the ability that has to quite literally change ones life. Penny's passion is teaching children and teens, and bringing yoga to the lives of those with injuries, having worked for many years with an Osteopath has gain much experience in this area.   

 

Be prepared to laugh and to groan, as they both warmly welcome you to their weekend.

 

Tina qualified in India 14 years ago, having studied Yoga and Meditation for more than 30 years. She brings a spiritual awareness into her teachings, yet with a down to earth approach. When not teaching she runs a busy health clinic in Kingston.  

 

Penny originally started attending yoga classes because of a back issue and to ease the stress of working in the hotel industry. She has been studying yoga for 13 years, and her desire to learn more about the wonder of yoga led her to become a teacher.  

 

Tracey Killengray

Vinyasa Flow Yoga with Tracey Killengray

Tracey Killengray has over 20 years of experience within the Health and Fitness Industry as a qualified Exercise Professional and Yoga Teacher. Tracey started out teaching a variety of fitness classes such as Step, Aerobics, Circuits, Body Pump, Body Step and Body Balance in Milton Keynes.

After 10 years of teaching Body Balance (a combination of Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi) she fell in love with the yoga element and wanted to indulge more.

After several years of practicing yoga with Brigitte Rooney, she attended her first yoga retreat holiday and from that moment she decided that yoga was her real passion in life.

 

Tracey’s own personal journey took her to Maui where she was privileged to be able to study with some world renowned masters in Iyengar, Ashtanga and Anusara Yoga. 

Tracey’s style of teaching is alignment based Vinyasa Flow which is structured and fun, along with good humour. The emphasis is on sharing knowledge with students enabling them to deepen their practice safely and effectively. 

Retreat life enables us to switch off from our busy lives, turn inwards, nourish our bodies with delicious healthy foods and be kind to ourselves as well as opening our minds, bodies and hearts. Whilst sharing fun and laughter, learn something new and remember what it is like to experience happiness and wellbeing.

  

During our retreat holiday:

Our morning practice will begin by quietly centring ourselves and then moving in to a themed, alignment based Vinyasa Flow practice to awaken, invigorate and energise the body. Each session will close with meditation and Savasana.

You will have the rest of the day at leisure to either relax or explore, after all this is your holiday!

Our evening practice sessions will be more of a gentle practice mainly alignment based and fun partner work also including aspects of yoga such as Yin Yoga, Restorative Yoga, and Yoga Nidra.

Classes are suitable for students of all levels.

 

 

Testimonials from Tracey’s last retreat

A complete eye-opener and I feel truly blessed to have been able to take part in this experience!” – Chloe

“The yoga was great,I felt myself getting stronger and more relaxed as the week went on. Tracey tailored the class to how the group were feeling energy wise which was good.” – Vivien

 

Tracy Mulus

Strong Flowing Yoga plus Deep Relaxation with Tracy Mulas

Tracy teaches Hatha Flow Yoga and incorporate reiki and deep  healing relaxation into her classes.

She is very passionate about  yoga  and likes to make the classes fun and informative . I believe  yoga is a personal practice and guide students into variations of postures that suit their  bodies .

"I work intuitively  which has been a great tool for me as a teacher ,feeling the energy of the class and knowing how to use that energy. 
Yoga really is my passion and i love nothing more than  to roll  out my mat and share  this wonderful gift with like minded people . 
Love light and laughter"
  
 

Tracy has been practicing yoga for over ten years. In 2005 she completed a two year teacher and training course with Fryog (friends of yoga society) tutored by Carole Kertin. Carole has over 30 years of knowledge and experience.  

 
"There was nothing Carole did not know. Carole took me deeper into the vast and wonderful subject of yoga which gave me grounding, understanding, knowledge and a passion for teaching. Something that I have. My passion for yoga continually grows and I continue my own personal development through workshops, classes and reading materials."

     
"I am at my happiest when I am on my mat teaching like minded souls, who in return teach me. My students are my biggest teachers and for that I give them thanks. I teach my students to become totally aware of their body using yoga postures for proper alignment, pranayama for control and total deep healing relaxation to help them completely release and let go. In today's society everybody seems to rush, here there and everywhere with stress continually building. I give my students time to release their day and just be... I make sure that relaxation and pranayama is a very important part of the practice.
   
My philosophy for my students is to make them aware that yoga is their own personal practice, I am only their guide. I help my students to learn to love their limitations as we are all different. Over my six years of teaching I have learnt to read my students energy and understand exactly what they need when they walk into my class.
 
I have learnt to never push the body beyond its limitations and understand that it is ok to adjust certain postures to suit particular student's needs, to working safely within the practice guidelines, I always work with the three basic principles of yoga, grounding, breathing and lengthening the spine."
    
Tracy's yoga classes are a mixture of gentle and dynamic flow , focusing on body, breath and mind. She loves yoga sequences and this contributes to a large part of her class, the rest of her class focuses on deep healing meditation, relaxation and pranayama . Tracy's classes are suitable for both beginners and improvers

 

 

nid%3D1031%7Ctitle%3D%7Cdesc%3D%7Clink%3DnoneFEEDBACK FROM TRACYS STUDENTS

Hi Jilly, I just wanted to take the opportunity to let you know how much I enjoyed my recent holiday at grenadine lodge.  This was my first time traveling alone, and I was quite nervous before going.  As soon as I got to the hotel, however, I felt very welcome and included.  Tracy was excellent at accomodating the classes to suit all differant levels, and each class felt unique and fun.  I was never bored, and looked forward to each session with excitment.  She incorporated relaxation seamlessly into the practice, and really worked with both mind and body.  I'm so surprised at how quickly our group became close friends, and look forward to staying in touch with everyone.  Hope to participate in another holiday with Tracy soon!

Best,  Jamie Piekarski - June 2015

 

 

Hi Jilly, I never normally feel moved enough to write a testimonial, but I have just returned from one of your trips and wanted to let you know what a wonderful time I had at Grenadine Lodge with Tracy teaching the yoga. The whole trip was amazing, the hotel was beautifully peaceful and well kept and felt like a little sanctuary hidden away from the real world.  Aygul and her staff were so friendly and nothing was too much trouble, they made you feel more like friends and family than a guest in a hotel, which was lovely.

The star of the show though was Tracy, she is divine.  I have been a few yoga holidays before, but never have I come away feeling like I have formed a bond with someone or been so cared for.  Unfortunately I have a back injury so could not partake in much of the yoga, but I never felt excluded or that I should not be in the class.  Tracy also made the classes fun and adapted them to everybody's abilities and her meditation and relaxation in the evenings  left you feel wholesome and nourished. I was sad to leave at the end of the week, although I have taken with me some great memories and a bunch of lovely new friends. I wanted to thank you for organising the holiday and I would definitely be keen to book again for next year.  .

Kind regards Georgina - June 2015

 

 

          
 

Tricia Martin

Strong Vinyasa Yoga with Tricia Martin

 

Tricia has been practising yoga for over 16 years and teaching for 12 years. She started teaching aerobics 20 years ago and studied for a year with ITEC gaining a diploma in Anatomy and Physiology and Massage.

She has studied with many recognised celebrity teachers such as Godfrey Devereux, Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea, Rodney Yee and David Swenson, to name but a few.

More recently Tricia has studied with The British Wheel of Yoga to gain their teaching certificate. She regularly attends teacher training workshops with excellent teachers such as Liz Lark, Paul Fox, and Ruth Gilmore, to keep her teaching fresh and gain knowledge.

She is also qualified for Foundation Mat Pilates and is a trained Les Mills Body Balance instructor. She currently teaches classes in a private Health club in Sevenoaks and also runs classes in Tunbridge Wells.

The yoga she teaches is a fusion of different styles of yoga she has experienced over the years, with a grounding in classical Hatha, incorporating a flowing vinyasa style, using the breath and bandha as an integral part of the practice.

"I want my classes to be both challenging and stress busting as well as enjoyable, and, more importantly accessible to all that attend. We each get something individual out of our practice, therefore I am not dictated to by any particular style or 'guru', only by safely delivering the class and passing on my joy of yoga to others. To me it is more a practice that comes from within, and in the present moment. I could not imagine my life without yoga, and teaching and sharing a yoga practice with others is a pleasure I hope I will never need to give up"

On this holiday expect a Strong Vinyasa Flow class in the morning and a workshop based class each afternoon.

www.trishmartinyoga.com

Veronica Winter

Flowing Hatha Yoga with Veronica Winter

Veronica Winter lives and teaches in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire. She has been practising yoga for 18 years and teaching for 11. She trained and qualified with the  British Wheel of Yoga.

She is also qualified to teach Astanga yoga after studying with David Swenson and Vinyasa Flow following teaching training with Shiva Rea. 

Her classes are an energetic slow flowing practise that open with breath awareness, warm up postures and stretches around the sun salutation, standing sequences, and finish with a deep yoga nidra practise.
The focus is always on the breath and to balance the body and mind physically, emotionally and spiritually.

 

 

Zoe Martin and Gary Ward

 

Zoe Martin is dedicated to offering yoga suitable for all types of people, regardless of age, health or circumstance. Just as each person is unique, yoga practices will vary with each individual.

Zoë is skillful at adapting the various yoga practices to the needs, interests and circumstances of each individual. She offers those who study with her the tools to build on or develop their own authentic yoga practice through the practice of asana (posture), Pranayama (breath control), Dhyana (meditation) and Chant.

There will be two classes a day which will focus on different themes and ideas. Each class will include careful sequencing of postures, dynamic as well as static posture work, attention to and precise application of the breath. Some classes may be more strenuous, some more meditative, in some we may introduce sound and references to yoga philosophy.

People will find the classes enjoyable, restful and refreshing. By the end of the week people will experience increased body awareness, increased strength and flexibility, a deepening of the breath, mental clarity and emotional balance.

Zoë's teaching experience is diverse ranging from group classes, one to one work, pregnancy yoga, workshops and retreats and more recently in the field of mental health. She is a certified yoga, meditation and pregnancy yoga teacher.

This holiday is open to all levels of experience.