Ashtanga Yoga | Pranayama | Mindfulness

A 1 or 2-week retreat with Kia Naddermier and Scott Johnson

26th February to 5th March, 5th March to 12th March 2022

Kia Naddermier Retreat

With over 20 years' experience of teaching daily Mysore between them, Kia and Scott are highly skilled, sensitive and deeply passionate Ashtanga yoga teachers. They bring integrity and warmth to the long term relationships they've nurtured as they've built their Mysore communities over the years at Stillpoint Yoga London and Mysore Yoga Paris. They look forward to working deeply together and share their combined teachings of Ashtanga, pranayama, mindfulness and adjustments at Hacienda Cristoforo. 

Scott & Kia's retreat integrates the philosophy and practice of Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga with traditional pranayama and mindfulness meditation. During the retreat we look deeper into these practices to cultivate an understanding of yoga as a whole, involving all aspects – body, breath and mind. This will take your practice to the next level of awareness, allowing its subtleties to fully unfold and blossom. 

This is a unique opportunity to work closely with both Kia and Scott whose combined teachings include extensive experience of Ashtanga yoga Mysore-style, profound knowledge of breath, pranic energy, subtle and physical anatomy, mindfulness and hands-on adjustments. 

They offer an inclusive, warm and inspiring space open for personal exploration and inquiry. Kia and Scott are excited to bring their beautiful Mysore communities together to share the universal language of yoga!

This retreat is open for all levels of practitioners – from beginners to advanced.

Kia Naddermier Retreat
Scott Johnson Tenerife Purple Valley

Retreat schedule

We open our mornings with silent sitting and mindfulness with Scott. Cultivating deep awareness at the beginning of the day allows us to develop skills that help us to drop into the experience of our lives. Kia will also introduce everyone to the essential practices of classical kriyas (yogic purification techniques) as per Hatha Pradipika and Gerhanda Samhita.

This will be followed by Mysore-style Ashtanga yoga classes, where you'll receive individual guidance and adjustments from Scott, Kia and their highly experienced assisting team. Those new to the practice will be introduced to Mysore-style self-practice, whilst experienced practitioners will develop their personal practice. 

Afternoons will be dedicated to the philosophy and practice of traditional pranayamas and kriyas with Kia and exploring mindful principles of Ashtanga yoga, including hands-on adjustments with Scott. 

The practice of pranayama takes us beyond the physical aspects of yoga to the next level of awareness. In these sessions Kia will allow us to deepen our appreciation of the subtleties of breath and its significance in yogic practices and philosophy. New students will be introduced to classical pranayamas and kriyas, whilst those with more experience will refine and deepen their practice and understanding.  

Kia may also offer pulse-reading and personalised practices to those who are staying for the full 2 weeks and are established in pranayama in the lineage of Kaivalyadham.

In Scott's afternoon sessions we'll be looking at how practice becomes deeper when we cultivate true awareness. These classes will include techniques, hands-on adjustments and cultivating mindful qualities of practice.

Kia Naddermier and Scott Johnson
Scott Johnson Kia Naddermier Tenerife Purple Valley

Teachers

Kia Naddermier has more than 25 years' experience of Ashtanga yoga. She's 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 trainings, workshops and retreats internationally. 

Kia is a highly skilled and compassionate pranayama teacher, certified to teach at the highest level directly by Shri OP Tiwari and his son Sudhir within the Kavalyadham lineage. She's been returning to India several times each year to pursue her studies of pranayama, kriyas, Ayurveda, traditional scriptures and scientific research around yoga.

Being a devoted meditation practitioner, her teachings draw extensively from traditional Buddhist teachings of mindfulness, meditation and loving kindness. 

With a genuine dedication to the growth and development of her students, 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.

Scott Johnson has over 16 years' experience of Ashtanga yoga. He's the co-founder and main teacher at Stillpoint Yoga London. Scott’s teaching is greatly inspired and influenced by John Scott, Lucy Crawford and Manju Pattabhi Jois. Scott met John in 2002 and instantly felt the deep connection to the Ashtanga yoga lineage through John’s inspiring teaching of the practice. 

Scott is authorised to teach the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga by Manju Jois. He's also the co-founder of Amāyu Yoga, a new Ashtanga organisation that educates practitioners on student empowerment and shared power dynamics. Scott has also undergone extensive training with Clear Mind Institute, gaining their level 3 certificate in Mindfulness and Compassion.

Scott teaches with encouragement, insight and integrity to the Ashtanga yoga lineage he's had access to. He adheres to the authentic tradition and lineage of Ashtanga yoga, assisting practitioners in discovering how the practice can unfold, not only personally on the mat, but also in the wider context of daily life.

Practical details

Maximum number of students is 35. 

Morning classes will be taught with maximum 20 students in each class.

All the single rooms are fully booked for this retreat.

Cost: £800 GBP for 1 weeks/shared or £1100 GBP for 1 weeks/single 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. 

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