Ashtanga, Pranayama and Shamanism

A retreat with Maria Boox

22 April to 29 April 2023

Maria Boox Purple Valley Yoga

This course will take you on a discovery of your inner and outer self through the eightfold path of ashtanga yoga, with the support of five traditional Mysore morning classes, one guided class, three afternoon classes with a deeper exploration of the physical practice, as well as philosophy, pranayama in the tradition of Kaivalyadhamma and elements of Shamanic traditions. 

All levels are welcome and everyone will be met at their own needs. All students will be given a personal pranayama practice at the end of the week.

It will be an exciting and inspiring week full of yoga!

maria boox Purple Valley Tenerife
maria boox Purple Valley Tenerife

Retreat schedule

The mornings will open with classical Kriya yoga practices, also referred to as purification techniques, followed by a silent sitting meditation. Cultivating stillness allows to connect with inner peace, which gives us the opportunity to reconnect with our inner creativity and life force – the source of endless possibilities. 

This will be followed by Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style classes, where students will receive individual guidance and adjustments from Maria. Those new to the practice will be introduced to Mysore Style Self Practice, whilst experienced practitioners will continue to  develop their personal practice. One led class, focused on specific aspects of the practice, will be offered during the week. 

Afternoons will be dedicated to the eight limbs of yoga with focus on the Philosophy and Practice of Traditional Pranayamas and Kriyas. Shamanic healing work will seal the afternoon classes. 

Pranayama & Philosophy

Maria will share reflections and insights from almost forty years of dedicated studies with teachers from all over the world, including her own practice of yoga, yoga philosophy and classical Pranayamas in the lineage of Kaivalyadham .

Shamanic healing

A soft and light introduction to the Shamanic healing work will be part of the afternoons in the form of meditation and ceremonies.

maria boox Purple Valley Tenerife
maria boox Purple Valley Tenerife


Maria Boox has practiced and taught yoga for almost forty years. She is considered to be the pioneer of yoga in Sweden, as she opened one of the first shalas. Yogashala Stockholm was Marias home for ten years and many of the teachers in Stockholm and Sweden have studied and learned under her guidance. Today Maria is a travelling teacher, teaching and sharing yoga independently worldwide.

Maria is a student of her beloved Guruji, Pattabhi Jois, who she studied with for thirteen years. She has been authorised to teach both by Guruji and Sharat, and holds today a Level II authorisation. Maria is well established in the ashtanga Yoga tradition and continues her studies in the lineage of Guruji, Sharat and other teachers. She is also certified by BKS Iyengar and has been certified to teach pranayama by Shri O.P Tiwariji. Additionally she has, during many years,  studied philosophy with Ramesh Balsekar. Maria is also studying Shamanic traditions, and her teaching is highly inspired by a holistic way of looking at life. 

Her understanding of  pranayama and Patanjalis yoga sutra provides a depth to Marias teaching, and have also became an integral part of her own personal way of living. In addition she has a deep understanding of the ayurvedic traditions. Maria teaches both Led classes and Mysore -style ashtanga in the tradition of Shri K Pattabhi Jois. Marias warm, carrying personality combined with the knowledge she has gathered the past forty years brings forth a very personal and unique way of sharing yoga with her students. 

Practical details

Maximum number of students is 25. 

Morning classes will be taught with maximum 20 students in each class.

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. 

We have a limited amount of single rooms for this retreat. Before booking send us an email on to confirm availability.

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