Ashtanga and Handstand with Lotta

A retreat with Lotta Sebzda

15 March to 22 March 2025

An exploration of Ashtanga and Armbalances

This retreat is specifically designed to equipped you with a practical tool box for a safe, sustainable practice. During the week you will be invited to explore and nourish your passion, curiosity and playfulness in the practices of Ashtanga Yoga. You will also have lots of time to polish and practice you hand stand skills under the guidance of Lotta. 

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

Retreat schedule

Sunday to Saturday
Morning Mysore Practice 7.00am. 

This retreat is designed for you to be able to practice and fine tune your handstand technique. After each Mysore practice you will have the opportunity to practice your arm-balances under the guidance of Lotta. 

Workshops
Sunday/Monday/Wednesday/Thursday 4pm to 6pm 
All workshops will have dedicated time to questions and answers. 

Sunday afternoon workshop - Simply Handstands
In this afternoon workshop you will experiment with various ways of being upside down. 

The workshop will start with a short warmup for shoulders, wrists  and awakening of the core, followed by pure handstand practice. This workshop is suitable for all levels so if you’re an absolute beginner, lets get you kicking up and balancing on your hands, for those already confident on their hands, we’ll look at alignment and skills to take you to the stage in your handstand journey.
Let’s see the world upside down!

Monday afternoon workshop - Exploring backbends
This workshop will leave you equipped with knowledge needed to practice safe back bends.  The class will explore your natural potential for back bends through explorative, safe techniques mixed with creativity and laughter. The secrets of deep backbends are available to you through natural alignment techniques and streches which create openness of the front body.  The dynamic movement mechanics of bending your spine are the key to keeping you spine young. 

The workshop is followed by a talk about how to develop and keep a sustainable practice. 

Wednesday afternoon workshop - Open mic!
This workshop will be adjusted to the needs and requests of the group. 

Thursday afternoon workshop - Hips, twists and hamstrings
Just as it sounds - this workshop focuses on opening, stretching and softening hips, twists and hamstrings. 
The intention is to create space and release tension in lower back, hips and legs. 

Teacher

Lotta Sebzda

Lotta is an ashtanga lover, hairdresser, mother of two adult children and a grandmother to two grandchildren.  

Ever since Lotta was a child, she was mostly upside down, doing handstands, cartwheels or other gymnastics. When she found Ashtanga Yoga in the late 90s it was like coming home, she says - she was immediately drawn to the practice. Lotta has been practicing yoga for over 25 years, she has been teaching ashtanga for more than 20 years.

Lotta has created one of the most inspiring IG-accounts where she not only shares her passion for the ashtanga practice but also her passion for being upside down! She is an expert in breaking down postures into tiny accessible steps which help students to experiment and progress in practice. Today, being 58 years old Lotta continues to inspire students by encouraging a curious approach to ashtanga and spirituality. 

 Lotta’s biggest advice to new students and to those interested in cultivating a dedicated practice is to find a senior teacher who has practiced for a long time.  

 Today Lotta practices and teaches with dedication, love, curiosity, energy and gratefulness. She follows the traditional Mysore style. It was taught by late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and now his grandson, R. Sharath Jois. 

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. 

Finca Naranjas (previously Cristoforo) , our retreat centre is a 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, Finca Naranjas really is an oasis in South Tenerife. Through the years we have noticed that once the students and teachers arrive they immediately adapt to the peaceful environment, rarely wanting to leave the beautiful surroundings. Finca Naranjas is truly a retreat to retreat at! 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 blankets.

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.
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. 

Accommodation
This year we have exiting accommodation news!  

As much as possible we are trying to adjust to various budgets, and this year we offer two comfortable dormitory options - La Huerta  and Danae 2. We also have a wonderful villa which can accommodate 5 practitioners - Yin Yang. The Yin-yang option is perfect for friends and families.  

The list below shows the rooms available to book.  Since all accommodation options are very unique, we can not list the individual images of them on the website. Write to us and we will share a link to our google drive folder with images of all the rooms.

Shared option mean that 2 students of the same gender share room. 

Premium rooms
The premium rooms are the largest rooms at the retreat. These rooms have attached indoor bathrooms.
Shared: 1250 GBP/week
Currently available: Danae 1, Venus, Casa Blanca

Single: 1450 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Casita 1, Casita 2, Palmera 

Standard
The standard rooms are smaller than the premium rooms. These rooms have attached, indoor bathrooms. La Granja is a house with two rooms which share a bathroom. Ficus has a charming outdoor bathroom. 
Shared: 1150 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Ficus, 5 Peldanos, La Granja 1, La Granja 2,

Single: 1350 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Tao, Pino De Oro

Budget
The budget rooms are the smallest rooms at the retreat. Some of the rooms share bathrooms, a few of them are outdoors bathrooms. In a few of the rooms there may be disturbance from the road.
Shared: 1050 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Fuente 2, Consulta, Bella Dormiente

Single: 1250 GBP/week
Currently available week 1: Fuente 1

Yin -Yang Exclusive 
A unique 5 bed villa perfect for a group of friends or a family. The house has a kitchen, private patio and 2 bathrooms. Is also used for students booking individually. 
Price per person: 1000 GBP
Currently available: 5 spots

Dormitory Danae 2 (3 people sharing)
The dormitory is a spacious room for 3 people.
Shared: 880 GBP/week
Currently available: 3 spots

Dormitory Huerta (3 people sharing) 
The dormitory is a spacious room for 3 people.
Shared: 780 GBP/week
Currently available: 3 spots

The accommodation 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.

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