Lets Run Away Together – Yoga Retreat in Sweden, July 23rd-28th 2019

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I am delighted to return to Shambala for the third time to teach another retreat in this beautiful community and location, a former forestry school on the edge of a lake deep in the heart of the forest.

Retreat Description

This six-day retreat is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the study of classical yoga under the guidance of an experienced and dedicated teacher.

There will be a maximum of 15 people on this retreat giving you a boutique experience with the opportunity for personal attention to work on different aspects of your practice.

The morning sessions will be a grounding practice, including detailed pranayama and breath work, specifically looking at how the breath can be incorporated into asana practice for a more embodied experience.

The evening sessions will be workshops working sequentially through standing postures, twists, forward folds, and seated poses, backbends, inversions and finally long held restorative postures utilizing props.

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In addition to the yoga sessions, you can choose to be as active or relaxed as you wish. There are two saunas for use in the evenings, the lake is delightful for swimming, there are rowing boats free of charge and an art studio and library.

Available treatments include craniosacral therapy and deep tissue massage.

One evening will include a Kirtan (devotional chanting) session.

Prices

 £650 for shared accommodation

 £850 for single accommodation –

NB: There are only 2 single rooms available.

This includes accommodations, three vegetarian meals a day, unlimited use of the sauna and all yoga sessions.

Not included – flights to and from Stockholm, travel to and from the train station, massage treatments.

A deposit of £200 for shared accommodation and £300 for single accommodation holds your place with the balance payable a month before the retreat. NB: The deposit is non- refundable 3 months prior to the retreat.

For a booking form please email shemovesme77@gmail.com.
All rooms share communal bathrooms and showers. In an effort to be more ecological Shambhala ask that guests bring their own sheets and towels, if this is not convenient they can be rented at a cost of £15 for the stay.

Standing Poses to Splits – Anatomy Workshop at Indaba Yoga, Sunday 3rd Feb 1.30-4.30pm

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4 Week Beginners Yoga Course

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Dates~: January 29th, Feb 5th, 12th, and 19th

Created with those brand new to yoga in mind, this four-week course is the perfect introduction to a regular yoga practice
Every week new principles and postures of yoga will be integrated with the use of props so each student will learn how to modify the postures to their own unique anatomy.
The course is designed to teach each student how to feel stable in their body and from that place to begin to explore mobility, improve range of motion, build strength and explore conscious breathing.  Asking questions is encouraged in this unique environment!
Nathalie’s approach to teaching is about refinement, precision, and grace. She has a keen eye for detail and a thorough knowledge of anatomy and has a lot of experience working with a wide range of injuries and bodies. Her focus is on delivering a teaching method that empowers students with the tools to sustain their practice throughout their lifespan with patience, compassion, and devotion to all.

Yoga Retreat in Portugal 4th-9th September 2018

IMG_3459This yoga retreat is open to everyone but is an ideal for people who are looking to get away to work on a creative or academic or work project alongside but not necessarily with others in a supportive environment.

 

There will be two yoga sessions a day – the morning session will include an hour of pranayama with a specific focus on how the breath can be integrated into different asanas for a more embodied experience and some restorative supported asanas again to explore breath and asana for meditation.

 

The evening sessions will be workshops looking at standing postures, seated twists and forward folds, backbends and inversions.

 

The yoga practice will help to develop and improve  study mode which is a very grounded way of working and will help to improve concentration, creativity and objectivity.

The Venue

The Beekeepers has been set up by London based artists Tom Leamon and Jennifer MT White and Portuguese artist Pedro Leitao.

 The Beekeepers was born from a desire to create a more intimate working relationship with nature. By consolidating their diverse skills in the arts, education and construction they are creating alternative outdoor studio spaces that are embedded within the landscape.

The Beekeepers seek to provide the tools and working environment to enable you to experience a new creative home. The land is scattered with multi functional decks serving as platforms to any artistic and therapeutic needs. Furniture is positioned in nature, you may find a hammock, armchair or writing desk as you walk the land

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Accommodation and Facilities

There are two houses on the property Casa Azul a traditional Portuguese farm house and Phaedra a self sufficient art space. The property also has a swimming pool and the farm borders a salt water nature reserve hosting an impressive variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. There are two beaches within 5 km of the property.

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Cost:

£500 for shared accommodation and shared bathroom

£700 for single accommodation with shared bathroom

NB: There are only 3 single rooms available on the retreat.

This includes 5 nights accommodation, all yoga classes, 3 meals a day, tea and coffee, all towels and linen and full use of the land and all its facilities.

The property has wi fi.

A deposit of £100 holds your place on the retreat with the full balance payable a month before the retreat.

 

Not included

Flights and transfers and any wine or alcohol which is available for purchase

Optional extras which can be added include

Bike tours
Pub Quiz! with prizes
Walking with Pedro Leitao
Painting workshop with Tom Leamon
Treasure Hunt (arts based)
Fishing
Hiking
Pool party
Bird watching with local expert
Farm tours
Building at the Beekeepers – try out some of the methods we used to create Phaedra, including building with straw bales, cobbing and decking.

Getting there

Faro airport is just 40 minutes drive away with Seville being the next nearest, at approximately 11⁄2 hours drive.

The property is less than 10 minutes walk from Castro Marim train station, which has regular trains connecting to Faro and neighbouring towns. Pick ups with luggage can be arranged from the train station.

 

For more information or to request a booking form please contact me at shemovesme77@gmail.com

 

 

 

Anatomy and Asana Workshop – Yogarise Peckham June 16th 2018 2-4pm £25

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The Centre Will Not Hold You

This workshop is designed to bring clarity and awareness to which specific muscle groups to employ  and which to relax in asanas.

If we are not stable on our legs the tendency is to grip the abdomen and tighten the throat to hold ourselves up which limits breathing and over time creates chronic tension in the guts and can weaken joints.

This workshop will include a range of drills (also known as exercise) to wake up muscles that are often under utilised – the ankles, outer hips/glutes, wrists and shoulders. We will then examine restorative postures to relax the inner thighs /groins, abdomen and throat.

Finally we will look at how to integrate both these actions in simple postures and how this relates to more advanced variations over time.

Open to all Levels

Contact Yogarise directly to book a place.

Lets Run Away Together – Yoga Retreat in the Dordogne Valley, France. 12th-16th May 2018

Join me on a 5 day yoga retreat in this breathtaking location in the South of France.

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Chateau de Bardouly is a charming 17th-century country estate in Southwest France. Its meticulously maintained residence and park are the essence of stillness and seclusion. The grounds include a heated swimming pool, hard-surface tennis court and 100 acres of protected woodlands.

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The weather could not be more ideal: from the end of April until the end of October the area averages less than five days of rain per month. Temperatures range from 18-29 degrees Celsius.

Yoga
The yoga sessions will take place in the fully equipped, professionally built yoga studio.
These will be workshop based focusing on anatomy, alignment and technique for safe stable asana practice incorporating standing and seated postures, backbends and inversions.
All levels are welcome but to get the most out of the yoga sessions it is recommended that you have been practicing regularly for at least one year.
The retreat has a maximum of 14 participants giving you a boutique experience with a lot of personal attention from an experienced and dedicated teacher.

Accommodation
Each room includes high thread-count Eygptian cotton linens, clock, wireless speaker, armoire, chest of drawers, writing desk and comfy chairs for reading. All bathrooms are fitted with blow dryers, high quality bath towels and luxury soap. Pool towels are also provided.

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Meals
Included in the cost is a buffet breakfast, 2 course plated lunch and 3 course plated dinner with a selection of teas and coffees available throughout the day.
Locally sourced wines are available on request.

Cost
£675 for shared accommodation – twin and double rooms available
£875 for single accommodation.
£1100 – A suite with super king side bed, seating area and ensuite bathroom – Can be booked as a single or double occupancy.

Not included
Flights to and from local airport Bergerac
Daily flights leavefrom Stansted on Ryanair at 12.15

Transfers to and from Bardouly
A coach can be arranged for the group for approx 20 Euros
On the last day there is an option for the coach to take us to the local market town to have lunch before being dropped at the airport

Any massage treatments – a list of treatments will be provided in advance

Optional extras
Wine tasting with a local expert sommelier of local wines for 10 Euros pp.
Sunday excursion after yoga to the medieval moated town of Issigeac which has an open market.

To request a booking form contact shemovesme77@gmail.com

Anatomy of Backbends – Meet Me In The Middle

Friday March 9th
1-.30-4.30pm at Indaba Yoga, Marylebone
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This workshop will take a look at the role of the midsection in backbends – the back of the rib cage, the kidneys and the waist.
The tendency to overwork the lumbar in backbends is very common and can be addressed partially by strengthening the ankles and the knees and lengthening the hip flexors by releasing the inner groins back rather than forward.
Then you can start to work the shoulders and upper chest safely to find more length and ease in backbends. However to access the full range of motion in the shoulders and the full range of breath the midsection needs to be fully integrated into the process.
Using a wide range of props and drills this workshop will explore specific techniques to lengthen the side waists and keep the kidneys lifted to avoid the collapsing forward of the abdomen.
These techniques can also be employed to improve standing and seated postures so this workshop will benefit your whole practice.

Lets Run Away Together Yoga Retreat in Sicily July 15th-22nd 2017

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Escape this summer to the beautiful island of Sicily for a week long yoga and meditation retreat.

La Masseria is a 19th Century farmhouse situated in the luscious natural landscape of southeastern Sicily surrounded by the breathtaking Mediterranean Sea.

On a country lane away from noise and neighbours, it’s just 10 minutes south from the unspoilt World Heritage town of Noto – one of Italy’s most beautiful historic centres.

 

A 10-minute drive east is the Nature Reserve of Vendicari, a heaven of wildlife and some of the island’s most beautiful and deserted golden-sand beaches.

The farmhouse consists of four apartments with a mix of double and single accomodation, a fresh water outdoor pool, three patios to eat or simply relax, and a stunning sunset terrace.

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Yoga sessions will take place twice daily indoors.
Morning sessions will be classical hatha yoga incorporating pranayama, meditation and asana to ground you and set you up for the day.

Evening classes will be detailed asana clinics taking in all aspects of the practice from standing postures, seated poses incorporating twists, backbends, forward folds and ending with inversions.

All levels of practioners are welcome although to get the most out of the retreat its is recommended that you have been been practicing regularly for a minumum of two years.

Price – £750 for shared accomodation including shared bathroom.

£850 – shared accomodation with private ensuite bathroom.
NB – This can be twin or double on request.

£950 – Single room with shared bathroom

£1100 – Single room with private ensuite bathroom.

This includes 6 nights , 7 days accomodation, twice daily yoga classes, three organic meals a day prepared on site using fresh local produce (sample menu available on request) with vegan, vegetarian and pescetarian options available, tea and coffee all day, organic soaps in the bathroom and towels for the pool.

Not included – Flghts to and from Catania and transfers to the retreat, any massage treatments and any optional excusions which can include the following:

Noto – A Sicilian Baroque town built in the wake of a 17th century earthquake.
Vendicari Nature Reserve
Mount Etna – the chance to hike Europes largest active volcano.

For more info or to request a booking form please contact me on shemovesme77@gmail.com

 

Back to Basics – The Anatomy of Standing Poses and Standing Balances

Yoga Workshop at Yogarise Peckham

Saturday February 12th 2017

2.30-4.30pm 

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Nothing lasting s built on a shaky foundation. Before we can start to think about standing on our hands we need to learn how to stand on or feet. In many classical yoga traditions simple standing poses are considered a starting point for asana practice starting with the most simple of them all tadasana or mountain pose.

This workshop will take you right back to the basics of standing poses.Working with gravity rather than against it, you will explore the concept of rooting – through the application of Pada bandha (foot lock), the skeletal structure of the pelvis and the pelvis as the centre of gravity, power and movement (the hara).

This workshop is open to all levels of students, the techniques we will cover can be applied to all aspects of the practice; Expect to leave with a greater sense of stability and freedom of movement that can be applied to all actions making you feel more fluid, graceful and harmonious.

Go here to book in advance: 

https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/classic/ws?studioid=138949&stype=-8&sView=day&sLoc=0&sTrn=52

Rocket, Dharma and Yin Yoga and Meditation Retreat in The Catskills, upstate NY Sep 2nd -7th 2016

Am thrilled to be returning to Menla Mountain Lodge located in the stunning Catskills Mountains in upstate NY to host another retreat.  This year I will be co-hosting the retreat with renowned London based Rocket and Yin  yoga teacher Marcus Lord Veda.

Don’t miss this chance to go deeper into your practice under the guidance of two experienced and dedicated teachers in a location renowned for its unspoiled beauty, variety of wildlife, abundance of streams and rivers and ancient forested mountains.

Combining the best of our knowledge and training we will be offering detailed asana clinics covering every aspect of the practice from inversions, backbends, hip openers, seated and standing poses as well as dynamic classes to put all of that detailed work into play and  Yin classes to ground and release, Pranayama and Meditation.

As well as their yoga training under the guidance of renowned teachers Sri Dharma Mittra, Larry Schultz, David Kyle and The Yoga people, Marcus also has a Black Belt in the ancient Japanese martial art of ninjutsu, which compliments his yoga practice, combining self-discipline with freedom of movement, and lightness with control and Nathalie has received extensive training in Contortion, Ballet and how to safely work to advance flexibility.

You can read more about Marcus here:

http://www.marcusvedayoga.com

https://www.instagram.com/goodlordveda/

To request a booking form please contact Nathalie at shemovesme77@gmail.com or Marcus at goodlordveda@gmail.com

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Menla is 1500 feet above sea level and set on a 325-acre private nature reserve. At 3720 feet above sea level, the peak of Panther Mountain is one of the tallest mountains in the Catskills. Menla is located in a region of the Catskills renowned for its unspoiled beauty, variety of wildlife, abundance of rushing streams and rivers, and ancient forested mountains. An easy drive from New York City, Menla is located in Phoenicia, NY – voted one of the “Top 10 Coolest Small Towns in America” and just 20 minutes away is the most famous small town in America – Woodstock – known for its deep-rooted culture of music, art galleries, and great restaurants.

The yoga classes will be held in The Sanctuary; with its unique septagonal architecture and enormous bay windows facing the southern mountain ridge this beautiful space was designed for contemplation and simplicity. This retreat is designed to give you an opportunity to practice yoga in an environment immersed in nature. Each individual will have the opportunity to practice at his/hers own level, making the week suitable for students of different abilities and those who may have practiced other yoga disciplines. Please note: although all level of experience are welcome, this retreat is not for absolute beginners.

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There will be a maximun of 20 people on the retreat giving you a boutique experience with the opportunity for personal attention to work on various aspects of the practice. Menla’s yoga studio is fully equipped with all mats and yoga props so you don’t need to bring anything with you unless of course you prefer to use your own mat.

Prices and Accommodation

Double, Triple and Single accommodation options are available with rooms allocated on a first come first served basis. A non refundable deposit of £200 for shared accommodation and £300 for single accommodation holds your place on the retreat with the balance payable 6 weeks before the start date.

Lodging. Single, double and triple accommodation all with shared bathrooms are available in either Snowlion, Dragon or Eva’s house. Please indicate your preference upon booking and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Costs

£750 / ¢1100 for shared double or triple accommodation with shared bathroom in either Snowlion, Dragon or Eva’s House

£875 / ¢1300  for single room with shared bathroom in either Snowlion, Dragon or Eva’s House

£975 / ¢1400 for shared double accommodation with private bathroom in Delos Inn

£1100 /¢1750 for single room with private bathroom in Delos Inn.

This cost covers 5 nights accommodations, all your yoga sessions and 3 vegetarian meals a day.

Check in time/arrival at the retreat is between 3-8pm on Friday 2nd September and check our time is between 12-2pm on Wednesday 7th September.

A full schedule will be provided for you upon booking.

NB; Not included are flights, transfers and any additional spa treatments you may choose to book. A full list of available treatments will be made available closer to the retreat.

Commuter Option

If you live locally and wish to attend the retreat without staying at Menla the costs are:

$750 including all meals with the group.

NB: There are only 2 single rooms available in Snowlion and 1 in Eva’s house..
There is also an option to book a single or double room in Delos Inn the main house with your own private bathroom.

Snowlion House

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Snowlion is a beautiful two-story house with an elegant 360 square foot living and dining room with many large windows and a cathedral ceiling. Relax on the large upstairs sundeck and enjoy one of the best night sky views at Menla. Snowlion can sleep 10 people comfortably and was the Dalai Lama’s private house when he visited in 2006. Standard Single Rooms Twin bed Cotton linens and towels Two shared bathrooms (one with jet bathtub) Signature Menla hand and face soap Dresser Individually controlled thermostat Standard Double Rooms Two twin beds Cotton linens and towels Two shared bathrooms (one with jet bathtub) Signature Menla hand and face soap Closet and dresser

Eva’s House

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Set next to the Conference Center below a grove of trees is historic Eva’s House is a charming one-story house which can sleep 6-7 people. Adjacent to the living room is a sleeping alcove with a pull-out couch and a curtain for privacy.

 

Deluxe Double and Single Rooms with private bathrooms  in Delos Inn (Main House)

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Queen bed Organic linens and towels Down quilts Private bathroom with shower Signature Menla hand and face soap Desk Complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi and hard-wired ethernet jack Telephone with voicemail system Open-face closet and dresser Individually controlled thermostat Ceiling fan

Dining Options

Menla’s Head Chef specializes in a wide variety of wholesome, protein-balanced vegetarian and international cuisine served in two dining rooms and an outdoor veranda with views of the surrounding mountains. While the majority of the meals are vegetarian, fish or meat dishes may be added for an additional fee if you wish to take up this option.

If you have any special dietary restrictions (e.g. vegan) or food allergies (e.g. wheat/gluten intolerant) please notify us  at the time of your booking so we can make sure you are catered for.

Local Attraction and Wildlife

In addition to the twie daily yoga sessions you can choose to be as active or as relaxed as you like. The grounds of the Menla campus are stunning and provide ample opportunity to relax and take in the scenery If you wish to be more active there are many available hiking trails and the weather will still be warm enough should you wish to swim in one of the local creeks or the Menla pool.

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There are also many beautiful hiking trails including the spectacular Giant’s Ledge.

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Getting there/Getting around;

 

Menla is located at

375 Pantherkill Road Phoenicia, NY 12464

Two and a half hours north of New York City by car, three hours by bus

Three and a half hours from Boston by car One and a half hours from Stewart Airport in Newburgh, N.Y.

Two hours from Albany International Airport

Three hours by bus from New York City on Adirondack Trailways to Phoenicia, NY

By Car from New York City: Cross George Washington Bridge (upper level); take an immediate right onto the Palisades Parkway; continue to exit 9 West (NYS Thruway Albany 87). Drive for about 1 hour to exit 19 (Kingston exit); after toll booth stay to the right and take first right at traffic circle onto Route 28 West toward Pine Hill. Continue about 22 miles to Phoenicia. Continue approximately 1/2 mile beyond the Phoenicia sign on right and make first left onto Woodland Valley Road. After you cross a small bridge, you will come to a T. Make a right, continuing on Woodland Valley Road for about 1/2 mile. Immediately after the “Dangerous Intersection” sign on the right, turn right onto Pantherkill Road. Continue approximately 2 miles to the end of road where you will enter the gates of Menla Mountain. Through the gates, bear slight right uphill to the main parking area in front of a large three-story beige building with a blue roof, fire escape, and trim (Delos Inn). Park in the parking lot and enter Delos through the middle of three doors to find the Front Desk. By Car from NYS Thruway 1-87 South: Take exit 19 and follow directions above. By Air: The closest airports are Albany International Airport in Albany, NY and Stewart Airport in Newburgh, NY. Via public transportation, you can connect to the Adirondack Trailways bus, which will bring you to nearby Phoenicia.

You may also fly into any of the major New York City airports and take the Adirondack Trailways bus bus from New York City, departing from Port Authority. All New York City airports connect to Port Authority Bus Terminal via public transportation. By Bus: Call Adirondack Trailways, 800-776-7548 or visit their Fee Chart, for information and departure times to and from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to Phoenicia, NY. Reservations not required. The trip takes about 3 hours from NYC and 2 hours from Albany.

Shuttle from Phoenicia: With advanced notice, Menla provides a $5 shuttle to and from Phoenicia up until 8 p.m for people traveling by bus.