The Enchantment of Yoga - Mantra, Myth and Meaning
11 February to 18 February and 18 February to 25 February
a retreat with Luke Jordan
These weeks will be an experiential immersion into physical and philosophical worlds of Ashtanga Yoga and its wider traditions. Daily postural practice will form the bedrock for further exploration through breath-work, chanting and deeper inquiry into the meaning of what this thing we call ‘yoga’ is really all about!
This retreat is open for all levels of practitioners – from beginners to advanced.
The daily sessions will begin with an introduction to kriya and pranayama – the yogic cleansing and breathwork practices. This will be followed by Mysore style Ashtanga Yoga practice, the unique method of learning this yoga practice in which one practices alone within a group setting.
For beginners, Luke has developed a unique way in which newer students can rapidly memorise and explore more deeply the sequence of postures. For advanced students, Luke brings his attention to detail, expert guidance and compassionate support for your daily and ongoing yoga journey.
In the afternoon sessions we will explore the deeper meaning of yoga through discussions which will use as their starting point chants drawn from yoga’s wider tradition.
Together we will learn their correct pronunciation, the meaning of the Sanskrit words and the deeper philosophical concepts they point towards. Luke will draw from his deeper knowledge of the yogic lore to not only entertain but also inform and inspire.
Each week consists of 6 morning Mysore classes and 4 afternoon workshops.
Luke Jordan is a Certified Teacher in the Ashtanga Yoga tradition and holds a Masters in Indian Religions. He is a writer, story-teller, vedic-chanter, sanskritist and consummate student of yogic and spiritual culture.
Always feeling that there was something more to life, Luke first began formal study of Eastern mysticism in the 1990s while at University and plunged headlong into the practice of Ashtanga Yoga in the year 2000. This began an on-going journey that would take him around the world seeking out experts, gurus and teachers in the field of Yoga and spirituality.
Luke first made his way to Mysore, India in 2001 to study with Sri Pattabhi Jois and his grandson Sharath and is one of a very small number of teachers worldwide to have been granted the honour of Certification within the Ashtanga tradition.
Drawn to the deeper philosophical dimensions of Yoga, Luke loves to share the inquiry that springs from the chants, myths and conceptual underpinnings which form Yoga’s wider tradition.
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.
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 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.
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 Sunday morning and the last practice is on Friday in the morning. The check out is on Saturday at 9am.
Cost: £950 GBP per week for shared accommodation and £1250 GBP for single accommodation. The 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 email@example.com.
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