A Dive Into The Heart and Soul of Ashtanga Yoga

A retreat with Harmony Slater

11 March - 18 March 2023

Harmony Slater Purple Valley Yoga

A dive into the heart and soul of Ashtanga Yoga

Dive into the heart and soul of the Ashtanga yoga practice under the compassionate and nurturing guidance of Harmony Slater. This week-long course is designed to comprehensively deepen your personal practice, while increasing your understanding and experience of yoga, both on and off the mat. Learn new ways to connect and ground yourself within the practice, greater philosophy, and teachings. Yoga students of all levels, from beginner to experienced practitioners will benefit from this retreat, where we will focus on reconnecting to your heart to nourish your spirit. The retreat program is designed to help each guest reorient themselves in spirit-centered self-care through the ancient wisdom of yoga.

This retreat is open for all levels of practitioners – from beginners to advanced.

Harmony Slater Purple Valley Yoga
Harmony Slater Purple Valley Yoga

Retreat schedule

Meditation Sunday to Saturday 7am

Morning Mysore Practice 7.30am 

Mysore Style is the heart of Ashtanga Yoga. In the Mysore method, students are met as individuals. Each person is taught progressively according to his or her readiness. A relationship is cultivated with the teacher and the practice begins to grow over time. The Mysore method of teaching and practice is very effective, and a certain power can be transmitted through the teacher to the students. Practicing with a qualified teacher can be a very transformative experience for students who are open to exploring their inner self, using the asana as a tool for this discovery.

Workshops- Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday at 5pm. 

Workshop 1: Connecting to Prana: Understanding how to optimize your energy daily. Philosophy and Practice.
Workshop 2: The 4 Pillars of Spirit-Centered Self-Care: How to maintain balance using yoga during difficult times. Philosophy and Practice.
Workshop 3: Ashtanga Yoga as a Mirror for Self-Study with Q&A: How to use the practice as a profound tool for transformation.

Friday at 7.30am.   Guided Primary Series: Strengthening your connection to Tristana

This class will bring focus to energetic locks, internal and external points of focus, breathing and alignment. Students will experience how Tristana can be used to create a greater sense of lightness, balance, and ease of movement in the Primary Series. Learn to cultivate a deeper understanding and awareness of the energetic body within the physical practice.

Harmony Slater Purple Valley Yoga
Harmony Slater Purple Valley Yoga

Teacher

Harmony Slater

Harmony is a Certified Ashtanga Yoga Teacher and Certified Life-Wellness Coach. She is one of less than 20 women in the world to hold this honour. She began traveling to East Asia in 2002 to study Buddhism and Indian philosophy and spent five years living between India and Thailand. She holds BA degrees in Philosophy and Religious Studies and founded two yoga schools in Canada. For the past 20+ years Harmony's been focused on sharing the deeper teachings of yoga to support greater health and spiritual integration with students around the world, and has taught workshops in over 30 different countries.

She’s the host of the Finding Harmony Podcast and has been featured in two anthologies on yoga, pregnancy, and motherhood: ‘Yoga Sadhana for Mothers’ and ‘Strength and Grace: A collection of Essays by Women of Ashtanga Yoga.’ Harmony is also a contributing editor for SONIMA online magazine. Currently she teaches online within her Inner Circle Community Membership and her Ancient Breathing 2.0 pranayama course.

Practical details about the retreat center

Currently the internet at the retreat is not reliable. If you are dependent on internet for work, we ask you to bring your own data on your phone, to which you can connect your laptop, if needed. Phones work very well. There is also a cafe 10 minutes from the retreat with good internet, however, it is a busy cafe and not very suitable for work. 

Cristoforo, our retreat centre is a very simple yet beautiful place, built by an architect named Denis Devaris, who had an intention to create a meeting point for Spiritual seekers. Built slowly over 30 years using volcanic rocks from the island, the rooms are all unique with their own distinct personalities featuring beautiful details and personal touches. Given the nature of these types of buildings, imperfection is to be expected with a plumbing system not quite up to modern standards! However, set right into the land with a wonderfully lush garden, Cristoforo really is an oasis in South Tenerife. When packing for your retreat, make sure you add warmer clothes. From December till March the mornings and evenings can be quite chilly. The rooms are not heated, but are equipped with cozy duvets and hot water bottles for the beds. All rooms are equipped with a water kettle.

The meals
The food served at the retreat will be mainly vegan and completely vegetarian, prepared freshly everyday by our wonderful retreat chefs. We try were possible to use local and organic products. We sometimes use eggs or dairy in the kitchen. If you have food allergies/sensitivities, please let us know. Gluten free options are available. We have a self service tea & coffee station for guest use and try to provide fruit for snacking during the day.
You have the option to enjoy your food either inside or outside in the beautiful garden.

The practice
Maximum number of students is 25.
Morning classes will be taught with maximum 16 students in each class.

Practice will take place inside the beautiful wooden garden Shala. Savasana is usually taken outside to make space in the Shala, especially during full retreats and occasionally afternoon workshops will take place outside. Make sure you pack warm practice clothes for Savasana.

Arrival day and check out. 
The rooms are available after 3pm. The retreat starts with an introduction meeting at 5pm, followed by dinner at 6.30pm. All students should aim to arrive for the introduction meeting. The first practice is on Sunday morning and the last practice is on Friday in the morning. The check out is on Saturday at 9am. 

Cost: £950 GBP per week for shared accommodation and £1250 GBP  for single accommodation. The price is all-inclusive (includes accommodation, all meals and yoga). There is an option to pay a deposit of 50% of the full amount to secure your place. The deposit is non-refundable and the balance must be paid at least 4 weeks prior to the start date.

Please note that we have a limited amount of single rooms for this retreat. Before booking a single room confirm availability with us on info@yogagoa.com.

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