Into the Self: Ashtanga, Vedic Chanting and Ayurveda

1 June to 8 June 2024
An inspiring immersion enhancing the Body-Mind connection with Tara Mitra

Join Tara for an inspiring immersion enhancing our mind-body connection while learning to deepen our personal practice through the physical and beyond.

Tradition is alive in her teachings as she uses the support of ancient scriptures and several techniques, allowing you to move inwards, learn to listen and connect within to bring more peace and resilience to ourselves and the world around us.

All students are always welcome, including beginners.

The retreat offers ways to explore practices that purify the Mind, speech and body.

Tara is committed to guiding you to greater health and self-connection through sustainable yoga practices. Experience the healing benefits of a personalized Ashtanga practice, Vedic chanting, pranayama and yoga philosophy. She shares knowledge from two decades of dedicated practice. This week will have 4-afternoon workshops where you learn ways to create stillness and deepen your awareness and stability in your body and Mind. 

Retreat schedule

Morning Practice
Each morning starts with Pranayama, Chanting, and Mysore-style practice.
All students are always welcome, including beginners.
The retreat offers ways to explore practices that purify the Mind, speech and body.

Afternoon Sessions

The 8 Limbs in Daily Life 
Ashtanga Yoga or 8-limbed yoga is an 8-part method as referenced in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. Discussions on the eight limbs of ashtanga yoga and how to integrate them into your daily life.

Mantras – Connecting to the Divine through Breath & Sound
In this workshop we will explore the history and significance of chanting. Sharing correct pronunciation, its importance as well as a clear translation bringing deeper meanings behind these sacred words. The ancient practice of chanting works at a subconscious level and can be used to purify mental and physical blockages within in the body. Through continual practice of mantras (vibrational sounds) one can become energized and peaceful helping to maintain equilibrium within the self. From a scientific aspect it has been said that chanting holds several calming, therapeutic, psychological, and spiritual benefits.

Learning to Listen to Ourselves and Open discussion
An exploration of moving inwards through different pratyahara practices. Setting the mind so we can truly hear that is taking place and how to move through the difficulties or pain if they arise. Learning to sit with the discomfort through strengthening of the body, mind and sense of self.

The Mind According to Yoga
We will explore several ideas from the shastras (sacred texts) to help us understand what influences our actions, ideas, responses, triggers, our decisions. Helping us to understand how we interact with the world outside through inside. The concepts shared are mainly coming from the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. We will end with a small dhāranā practice, sharing ways to concentrate or hold the mind still.

Saturday
3pm.      Arrival
6pm       Welcome meeting and practical information
6.30pm  Dinner

Sunday
07.00-7.45 am.    Pranayama, Yoga Sutras Chanting, Meditation
08.00 am.  Mysore style practice
10.30 am.  Brunch
12.30 am   Workshop
06.30pm.   Dinner

Monday

07.00-7.45 am.    Pranayama, Yoga Sutras Chanting, Meditation
08.00 am.  Mysore style practice
10.30 am.  Brunch
12.30 am   Workshop
06.30pm.   Dinner

Tuesday
07.00-7.45 am.    Pranayama, Yoga Sutras Chanting, Meditation
08.00 am.  Mysore style practice
10.30 am.  Brunch
12.30 am   Workshop
06.30pm.   Dinner

Wednesday
07.00-7.45 am.    Pranayama, Yoga Sutras Chanting, Meditation
08.00 am.  Mysore style practice
10.30 am.  Brunch
12.30 am   Workshop
06.30pm.   Dinner
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Thursday
07.00-7.45 am.    Pranayama, Yoga Sutras Chanting, Meditation
08.00 am.  Mysore style practice
10.30 am.  Brunch
12.30 am   Workshop
06.30pm.   Dinner

Friday
07.00-7.45 am.    Pranayama, Yoga Sutras Chanting, Meditation
08.00 am.  Mysore style practice
10.30 am.   Brunch
12.30 am     Workshop
06.30pm.    Dinner

Saturday
9am.          Breakfast and check out

Teacher

Tara Mitra
Tara has been practising yoga for 20 years. Having lived in India, born to an Indian father and Canadian Mother she bridges the gap between the East and West helping to share these complex ideas with assessibility . She practised under Tim Miller, Sharath Jois and Saraswathi Jois. (Authorized Lvl2) Tara apprenticed with certified teachers for 6 years and R. Saraswathi Jois for 4 years in her busy Mysore shala, where she assisted over 200 new students every month for nine months of the year.

She studies Pranayama with living Master Sri OP Tiwari, Philosophy (Samkya, Upanishads, Yoga Sutras, Bhagavad Gita, Mahabharata) with Dr. Vigneshwar Bhat & Raghu Ananthanarayanan and Vedic Chanting & Sujaya Issac (Krishnamacharya lineage).

Tara is also a Certified Yoga Therapist in the lineage of T. Krishnamacharya. Her interest in yoga therapy was to help heal others from injuries and imbalances within the body that she witnessed over the years of teaching. She has helped many students return to health and stability in the body and mind. She specializes in Trauma, Stress and Anxiety.

Tara continually studies Yogic Texts and Vedic Chanting in the Traditional method and is a longtime Vipassana meditator.

Tara's curiosity and passion for understanding her mind and body led her to study psychology (1993) and nutrition (1999).

Tara believes that to be a good teacher, one must be a good student. Therefore, she continuously expands her knowledge of yoga sutras, Ayurveda and healing through Sound and Vedas. She teaches in a traditional yet playful manner, incorporating the teachings of her teachers.

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 (former 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 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 5pm, followed by dinner at 6.30pm. All students should aim to arrive for the introduction meeting. The first practice is on Wednesday 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: Venus, Casa Blanca, Danae 1

Single:  1550 GBP
Currently available: Casita 1, Casita 2, Palmera

Standard
The standard rooms are smaller than the premium rooms. These rooms have attached, indoor bathrooms.
Shared: 1050 GBP
Currently available: Ficus,5 Peldanos

Single: 1350 GBP
Currently available: La Granja 1, La Granja 2, 6 Peldanos

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: Fuente 2, Pino de Oro, Bella Dormiente
Single: 1200 GBP
Currently available: Fuente 1

Dormitory ( 3 persons sharing)
The dormitory is a spacious room for 3 persons. It has an attached bathroom. 
Shared: 780 GBP
Currently available: La Huerta, Danae 2 (2 female spots available)

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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