Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama, Mindfulness Sadhana
Awakening Body, Breath & HeartMind with Kia Naddermier
25 February to 4 March 2023
This retreat is now fully booked!
Kia integrates the philosophy & practice of Ashtanga Yoga Mysore Style with traditional Pranayama, Kriyas and Buddhist Mindfulness meditation. Being a devoted practitioner in both Yogic and Buddhist traditions she draws heavily from both streams of wisdom. During the retreat we steep into these somatic practices and teachings to cultivate an understanding of yoga as a whole, involving all aspects – body, breath and heart-mind. We journey deep within the wilderness of our own embodiment to grow a practice intimately rooted in our lived experience. This entrustment to the home ground of our own body and breath creates a deep sense of belonging and compassion that reaches far beyond our yoga mat.
This is a rare opportunity to join Kia for a full week of practice, offering space for abundant individual guidance and support to deepen your personal practice. Kia offers a non-dogmatic, inclusive and creative space open for personal exploration and inquiry. With a sincere dedication to the development of her students, we are invited to share and grow through the ongoing evolution of her research, practice and teaching.
The retreat is open for all levels, but you need to have an established Mysore Style - self practice.
Each week consists of 6 morning classes and 4 afternoon workshops.
Mornings: We open our mornings with Mindfulness Meditation, cultivating deep awareness as we align body, breath, heart and mind. Kia may guide through our first postures setting a common intention before continuing with our personal Mysore practice where we receive individual guidance and adjustments. One or two led classes may also be offered to refine our awareness of energetic movements, internal and physical actions and principles of practice.
Afternoons: Will be dedicated to the philosophy and practice of traditional Pranayamas in the lineage of Kaivalyadham as well as Meditation, Satsang and exploring energetic principles of Yoga Asana.
These subtler practices take us beyond the physical aspects of yoga to the next level of awareness. We deepen our appreciation of the many layers of the breath and its significance in yogic practices and philosophy. New students will be mindfully introduced to classical Pranayama & Kriyas, whilst those with more experience will refine and deepen their practice and understanding.
Kia Naddermier has more than 25 years of experience of Ashtanga Yoga. She is an international teacher and founder of Mysore Yoga Paris, a global Ashtanga Yoga community dedicated to a holistic, multi-layered approach to practice. She mentors teachers and gives training, workshops and retreats internationally.
Kia is a highly skilled and compassionate Pranayama teacher certified to teach at the highest level within the Kavalyadham lineage.
Being a devoted meditation practitioner, her teachings draw extensively from traditional Buddhist teachings of Mindfulness and Loving Kindness.
Kia offers a non-dogmatic, inclusive and creative space open for personal exploration and inquiry. Her deep love and years of dedication to all aspects of practice shines through in her warm, insightful and inspirational teaching.
She is the co-creator of the much appreciated podcast Mysore Yoga Paris - Closer Together offering free practice resources available for all.
Watch an interview with Kia at Purple Valley HERE
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 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.
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.
Please note that this retreat is now fully booked!!!
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 email@example.com.
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