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 two hour dynamic Vinyasa Flow Yoga practice is scheduled mid-morning, in the shade of the seafront shala overlooking Patnem beach. Synchronizing 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 lunch and a free afternoon to lounge on the beach, get a massage or stroll to the shops, we will regroup for a gentler, more relaxing session of Yin and Restorative yoga. We might workshop inversions, hip or shoulder openers, or perhaps explore the guided relaxation of Yoga Nidra or some of the more esoteric/philosophical aspect of the practice. Finishing in time to marvel at yet another stunning sunset.
We will dine together at Bamboo in the evening (included in price) although it’s also worth checking out one of the many inexpensive local eateries on our day off.
I will try to accommodate everyone’s needs and preferences, offering a supportive environment for both beginners and more experienced practitioners alike.
There will be one rest day during the yoga retreat.
8am Pranayama and Meditation
10.15-12.15 Dynamic Vinyasa Yoga pm
4.30pm Yin and Restorative Yoga
“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”.
Dina has been a mentor on the Yoga Campus and Embodied Dancer TeacherTrainings, is registered with British Wheel of Yoga and has her own studio, Goldendoor, in London. www.dynamicflowyoga.com