About the Yoga_
Ashtanga Vinyasa is a traditional style of yoga, develop by Sri K.Pattabhi Jois in the 20. century. The term „Ashtanga “ comes from the Sanskrit meaning the yoga of the 8 limbs, as explained in the yoga sutra of Patanjali.
LEVELS: This week is open to all levels, even though if you are already an Ashtanga practitioner, be open to go deeper on your inner practice.
We start our days with a gentle morning practice, based on the Primary Series, with a precise rhythm of breath and movement. You will be moving through your vinyasas and the verbal guidance will be kept to a minimum, to facilitate the meditative side of the practice. After the practice we will have time to journal the sensations, feelings and thoughts that the practice creates in the practitioner.
In the afternoon sessions we will dive deeper into complex topics, like Yoga philosophy, Asana alignment and transitions, jumping back and through tips.
Every day we will debate over a lecture of the Yoga Sutras with the focus on the relevance for our lifes today.
Apart from the asana practice we will focus on the basics of the Ashtanga practice:
the Ujjayi Pranayama (breathing), the Bandhas (energetic closures) and the Drishti (focused gaze).
The activation of these three pillars (three points of attention) during the practice is essential to concentrate,to create heat and to redirect the energy. The meditative side of the practice gives space for clarity and a connection to the inner self.
About the teacher_
Marta is certified by the International Yoga Alliance, and teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa and Rocket Yoga® classes. Focusing on the self-realization, the control of the mind, and also on understanding life on its physical, mental and spiritual level.
„My goal as a yoga instructor is to help students to connect with their own breathing, gain body awareness, gain mental and physical strength, flexibility and elasticity.“
Marta is born on Gran Canaria and returned back to the island after a few years of living in England, Barcelona, Madrid and Berlin. Upon returning to the island, her focus became more introspective and she found in Yoga her way to connect with the inner body.
Marta’s Tipp: Come with an open mind. Be ready to discover the best version of yourself. Keep doing your Ashtanga or Vinyasa practice until we meet in Spain.
About the place_
The retreat is taking place in Casa Erica in Andalucia - the beautiful south of Spain. A walk around Casa Erica can be adventurous. You can find an abandoned pool, an old arabic tower and all of a sudden an agitated herd of sheep walks by...
Between the brunch and the afternoon yoga session there is free time. If it is getting too hot, you can freshen up in our pool or 800m down the hill at the beach. Maybe you feel like getting a massage on our beautiful terrace or order a Smoothie or a Snack.
On Wednesday you have all day to explore one of the surrounding Andalusian cities, such as Granada, Málaga, the beautiful beach town Nerja or the popular white village Frigiliana. More Impressions about WHAT TO DO here.