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Embark on a transformative yoga journey nestled amidst the serene surroundings of Goa, embracing the union of body, mind, and soul.

This two-week Ashtanga yoga retreat offers a harmonious blend of rejuvenating morning Mysore practice, daily exploration of breathing techniques, soul-enriching chanting sessions, sitting meditation, and mindful body movement techniques.

Each morning will begin with a gentle asana and body movement practice to awaken the flow of energy, followed by pranayama, and lastly, Ashtanga Mysore practice.

After the lunch break, on selected days, Marta and John will offer workshops on asana alignment, adjustments, vinyasa, mobility, and strength, as well as touch upon the yogic philosophy as explained by the Yoga Sutra.

As part of the regular practice, Marta and John will encourage participants to join them for the chanting sessions of Yoga Sutra too.

This immersive two-week experience will offer you an opportunity to strengthen your body and deepen your svadhyaya – understood as the learning of your own true self – as well as becoming familiar with the ancient scriptures. By delving into the power of your voice and sound, you will tap into the profound experience of inner peace and vitality.

         

Course Schedule

Each week consists of 5 morning Mysore classes, 1 led class, and 4 afternoon workshops.

Below is an example of a weekly schedule. Please note that the timings of classes may be changed and adjusted to best nourish the teaching environment and the students. Additional activities not mentioned on the schedule may be added.

Saturday 12 October
Arrival to the retreat
Rooms are available after 2PM
All students should try to participate in this first get together.
12pm–5pm Arrive to the Retreat
5.30pm Welcome Talk
6.30pm Dinner

Sunday 13 October
7am Morning Mysore
9am Breakfast
11.30am Workshop: Pranayama & Mantra 1
1.30pm Lunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Monday 14 October
7am Morning Mysore
9am Breakfast
11.30am Workshop: Pranayama & Mantra 2
1.30pm Lunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Tuesday 15 October
7am Morning Mysore
10am Brunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Wednesday 16 October
7am Morning Mysore
9am Breakfast
11.30am Workshop: Solid Foundation for physical postures and mental focus
1.30pm Lunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Thursday 17 October
7am Morning Mysore
9am Breakfast
11.30am Workshop: Establishing the Straight Lines
1.30pm Lunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Friday 18 October
7am Morning Mysore
10am Brunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Saturday 19 October
Day Off!
10m Special Saturday Brunch
6pm Dinner

Sunday 20 October
7am Morning Mysore
9am Breakfast
11.30am Workshop: Pranayama & Mantra 3
1.30pm Lunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Monday 21 October
7am Morning Mysore
9am Breakfast
11.30am Workshop: Non-Linear Movements
1.30pm Lunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Tuesday 22 October
7am Morning Mysore
10am Brunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Wednesday 23 October
7am Morning Mysore
9am Breakfast
11.30am Workshop: Finding Lightness & Ease : Transitions & Vinyasas
1.30pm Lunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Thursday 24 October
7am Morning Mysore
9am Breakfast
11.30am Workshop: Breathwork & Visualisation
1.30pm Lunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Friday 25 October
7am Morning Mysore
10am Brunch
Afternoon off
6pm Dinner

Saturday 26 October
9am Check out from rooms
10am Breakfast

Workshop Description

Pranayama and Mantra 
Join us in this restorative workshop to delve into the depths of relaxation, breathing, gentle movements, and the power of your own voice.

During the first week we will lay the foundation for breathing and cleansing techniques as taught in the tradition of Kaivalyadamm. Each student will have the opportunity to explore the benefits of various breathing techniques at their own pace while receiving gentle guidance from the teacher.<

Subtle body opening positions and movements may be incorporated, followed by chanting of mantras and slokas in a meditative, repetitive manner.

After being initiated into the breathing techniques and equipped with a mini “breathing sequence,” each student will be able to incorporate a short breathing practice prior to their asana practice.

During the following week, we will revise the learned techniques in order to establish a long lasting relationship with this practice.

Non Linear Movements 
During this sessions we will get off the mat, and explore a freedom of various movements which support us in finding both strength, grace and mobility – on and off the mat.

Solid Foundation for physical postures and mental focus 
Following the principles of breath, bandha and drishti has been always a key to a successful practice. Learning how to implement these basic rules within the asana practice, will help you build a solid Fundation and will serve as a reference point to your further progress. No matter if you just started to learn the sequence of primary series, or you have already explored some of the most advanced asanas – getting back to the roots will allow you to find the in dear strength and deep mental focus.

Establishing the Straight and Curved Lines
Ashtanga yoga is a linear practice. Following its principles encourages us to find a perfection of lines and alignment. But sometimes, it is also good to get off the track and follow the natural and inspiring curvatures of your own body.

Finding Lightness & Ease – Transitions & Vinyasas 
Being established in the practice means moving with ease and grace through the postures. Uddyinana Bandha or the “Flying lock” is one of the methods to find lightness on the mat. Join this workshop to explore what else can help us, to lift ourselves higher off the mat.

BreathWork & Visualisation 
During this workshop, you will explore the power of breath and concentration as a tool for centralising your inner compass. We will learn practical techniques to enhance focus and concentration for effective visualization.

Breathwork, like Pranayama is a powerful practice that manipulates the breath to enhance the well-being. They share similarities but have unique characteristics. While pranayama aims to control the breath in order to calm and steady the mind – the much younger practices of breath-work, aim to touch onto different states of consciousness. It encompasses diverse techniques, not tied to specific cultural or religious traditions.

Exploring both practices provide a deeper understanding of breath’s incredible potential, helping individuals to find their unique journey in tapping into the power of Now.

Teachers

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

Booking Information

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