Embodied Wisdom: A Journey of Movement and Breath

A 1-week Ashtanga experience with Marta and John 

22 June to 29 June 2024

Step into a transformative yoga experience, where the intricate art of movement intertwines with the essence of our practice.

Join Marta and John, passionate Ashtanga yoga teachers, as they invite you to embark on a profound inward voyage. This retreat is not just about assuming postures; it's about embodying them with a profound connection that transcends the physical. Together, we will delve into the principles of movement, unlocking the doorway to a sustainable and deeply enriching yoga journeyThrough mastering fundamental breathing techniques and alignment cues, we will create a mesmerizing synergy—a dance-like harmony—that unites us with our authentic selves.

As we explore the hidden realms within each asana, we invite you to reconnect with your body and breath, unraveling the profound interplay between them. This immersive experience aims to infuse your practice with a renewed depth and understanding, guiding you towards rediscovering the true essence and significance of yoga's foundational elements.

We invite you to join Marta and John, both level 2 authorized Ashtanga yoga teachers, on this inward voyage. Together, we embark on a profound redefinition of asana, breath, and alignment. Through this immersive experience, we aim to infuse your practice with a renewed depth and understanding, guiding you towards rediscovering the true essence and significance of yoga's foundational elements.

Retreat schedule

Retreat Schedule
Consisting of 6 Morning Practices and 4 Afternoon workshops

Each morning will start with traditional Mysore style practice,  where Marta and John will guide you through the ashtanga sequence. 

Saturday 22 June                                                                                                                                                        
Arrival after 3pm
6 PM Introduction talk
6.30PM Dinner

Sunday 23 June
Morning Mysore
11AM Brunch
Afternoon workshop
6.30PM Dinner

Monday 24 June
Morning Mysore
11AM Brunch
Afternoon workshop
6.30PM Dinner

Tuesday 25 June
Morning Mysore
11AM Brunch
Afternoon off!
6.30PM Dinner

Wednesday 26 June
Morning Mysore
11AM Brunch
Afternoon workshop
6.30PM Dinner

Thursday 27 June
Morning Mysore
11AM Brunch
Afternoon workshop
6.30PM Dinner

Friday 28 June
Morning Mysore
11AM Brunch
Afternoon off!
6.30PM Dinner

Saturday 29 June
9AM Breakfast


Four afternoon workshops:

1. Setting Strong Foundations
This workshop emphasises the importance of establishing a strong foundation in your ashtanga  practice. It covers fundamental yoga poses of Surya Namaskara and standing postures and emphasises how they translate into more advance practice of postures. It includes not only alignment principles and breathwork (pranayama), but also the significance of a solid foundation in both physical postures and mental focus.

2. Establishing the Straight Lines
This workshop delves into refining and aligning the body, mind, and spirit. It explores the concept of straight lines as a metaphor for finding balance, improving posture, enhancing mental clarity, and cultivating a sense of purpose within yoga poses and daily life.

3. Bending Through the Curves
This session focuses on the strength and mobility aspects of body opening in the backbends practice of ashtanga practice. Finding your psoas and developing the movement from within involves exploration of strengths coming from the depth of your core, your inner thighs, pelvic floor and other layers of muscle. Through the activation of these regions of the body we embrace the flexibility and strength of both body and mind. The workshop helps you to find resilience, acceptance, adaptability, and navigating life's challenges with grace and strength.

4. Floating Like a Feather
This workshop centers around finding lightness, ease, and mindfulness in yoga practice. It involve practices of vinyasa and transitions (jumps back and through) to foster a sense of inner strength and agility and experiencing a deeper level of lightness while at the same time cultivating mental non-attachment.

Each workshop includes a blend of theoretical knowledge, practical exercises, guided sessions, group discussions, and self-reflective activities. Moreover, integrating themes of personal growth, self-awareness, and mindfulness within each workshop creates a holistic and enriching experience for participants.


John and Marta, the founders of Ashtanga Yoga Nilayam in Singapore are dedicated Ashtanga practitioners each with over a decade of teaching experience.

Their holistic approach to teaching is guided by the belief that everything in life happens for a reason, that every experience has something to teach us.

For Marta and John, the practice of Ashtanga Yoga has been a journey of healing to meet their bodies anew every day. They are committed to daily Sadhana, convinced that they are becoming a slightly better version of themselves every day.

Marta began her journey in Ashtanga Yoga in 2008, having previously learnt under the lineage of BNS Iyengar. John had his first experience with yoga at the tender age of 9 and has always felt a strong connection to these teachings. John and Marta met in Mysore in 2017 and began to teach together very soon after in Singapore.

Marta and John teach Ashtanga Yoga in its entirety, with appropriate emphasis on each of the eight limbs (astau-anga). They help their students appreciate Yoga beyond asana by guiding them through the practice of kriya, pranayama, meditation, and Vedic chanting. Their workshops and retreats are designed to encourage students to open up and freely exchange ideas and experiences. They often help their students encounter the first spark of the teacher within themselves.

John and Marta practice the teachings of Yoga both on and off the mat, incorporating the Yamas and Niyamas into their daily lives and relationships. They are deeply inspired by the wisdom of the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita and offer this knowledge and passion to their students as well.

In daily practice, Marta and John follow the traditional teaching of Sharath R. Jois from Mysore, who has given them both a Level 2 Authorisation to teach Ashtanga Yoga. To know more about Marta and John vist their website ashtanganilayam.sg and follow their instagram account @ashtanganilayam.sg

For more in detail information about the classes you can get in touch with Marta and John directly - on ashtanga.sg@gmail.com

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 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 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. 

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: Venus, Casa Blanca, Danae 1

Single or couple (Per person):  1550 GBP
Currently available: Bella Vista, Danae 1, Casita 1, Casita 2, Palmera

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. 
Shared: 1050 GBP
Currently available: Ficus, 5 Peldanos

Single or couple (Per person): 1350 GBP.
Currently available: 6 Peldanos, La Granja

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: Fuente 2, Pino de Oro, Bella Dormiente

Single or couple (Per person): 1200 GBP
Currently available: Fuente 1

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.

To book this retreat, follow the link below and complete the form to make your payment. 

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How to book

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