Ashtanga Yoga, Pranayama, Mindfulness Sadhana

Illuminating our Inner Shala with Kia Naddermier

15 February to 22 February 2025 

Kia weaves an embodied approach to Ashtanga Yoga with classical Pranayama (Kaivalyadham-lineage), Buddhist Mindfulness Meditation and Compassion Practices.

Being a devoted practitioner in Yogic and Buddhist traditions she draws heavily from both streams of wisdom. During the retreat we immerse into these somatic teachings as vehicles of insight, inviting us to awaken our heart through the wisdom of our body.

Whether exploring Asana, Pranayama or the Buddha Dharma, we work from a non-dogmatic, inclusive and creative place, open for personal inquiry.

Refining our somatic awareness in concert with skilful means and clear understanding is the ground for our journey into each of these subtle domains. Again and again we return to the wisdom of our body, the pathways of our breath and the generosity of our heart to grow our practice from a place of deep listening, curiosity and kindness. This entrustment to the home ground of our embodiment creates a natural sense of belonging and compassion that reaches far beyond our yoga mat.

The retreat is open for all levels with an established Mysore Self Practice.

“Our journey of becoming is shaped by how we nurture our inner garden. The virtues we cultivate to blossom, the habits we uproot, and the bravery we muster to turn away from cynicism and compassionately embrace the wholeness of life in its myriad forms"

Kia Naddermier

Retreat schedule

Each week consists of 6 morning classes and 4 afternoon workshops. 

Morning Practice

Mornings open with Mindfulness Meditation, cultivating deep awareness aligning body, breath, heart and mind. Kia may guide us through the beginning of practice to set a common intention before continuing with Mysore Style. These classes allow for your personal practice process to unfold, while receiving individual support from Kia and her team to further deepen your experience. A couple of guided Master Classes will also be offered to expand our understanding of embodied anatomy, energetic movements, internal and physical actions and principles of Asana.

Afternoon Sessions

Afternoons are dedicated to the philosophy and practice of traditional Pranayamas in the lineage of Kaivalyadham as well as reflections around the Buddha Dharma, Meditation, Satsang and exploring essential Movement Principles of Yoga Asana

These mindfully crafted afternoon sessions allow each practitioner to develop transformative skills and embodied resources to help grow their personal practice from a place of deep authenticity and clear understanding.

New students will be mindfully introduced to classical Pranayama & Kriyas, whilst those with more experience will refine and deepen their practice and understanding.

Teacher

Kia Naddermier has been a devoted practitioner for more than 30 years. She is the founder of Mysore Yoga Paris – a global yoga community dedicated to an embodied, wholistic approach to practice.

Kia’s teachings integrate her profound knowledge of the philosophy and practice of all aspects of yoga – Asana, subtle and physical anatomy, Meditation, Kriyas, Pranayama. She is one of the first – and very few – Pranayama teachers to be certified at the highest level within the Kaivalyadham lineage. Being a dedicated Dharma practitioner and a certified Mindfulness Mentor, her teachings draw extensively from both Yogic and Buddhist traditions.

Kia teaches with authenticity, clarity and generosity, making ancient practices relevant in our daily lives as a means for spiritual growth and inner healing. Her deep love and years of dedication to all aspects of yoga shine through in her insightful, inspirational and compassionate teaching. Practitioners return year after year to benefit from the continuous evolution of her research, practice and 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

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 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 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 24.

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 6pm, 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 
We have 4 different accommodation options. The list below shows the rooms that are available to book. 

Premium rooms
The premium rooms are the largest rooms at the retreat. These rooms have attached indoor bathrooms.
Shared: 1250 GBP
Currently available: Sold out!

Single:  1550 GBP
Currently available: Sold out!

Standard
The standard rooms are smaller than the premium rooms. These rooms have attached, indoor bathrooms.
Shared: 1050 GBP
Currently available: Sold out!

Single: 1350 GBP
Currently available: Sold out!

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 have disturbance from the road.
Shared: 900 GBP
Currently available: Sold out!

Single: 1200 GBP
Currently available:  Sold out!

Dormitory (3 people sharing)
The dormitory is a spacious room for 3 people.
Shared: 780 GBP
Currently available: Sold out!

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.

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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