© Yoga Spirit Circle 2023
Humans are blessed with an inner ‘flight navigator’ – the heart – and if we can listen with absolute clarity, it gives us the signals we need to keep us on our personal ‘flight path’. We’re able to make decisions that are aligned with our true values and to live a fulfilling, compassionate and meaningful life in the busy, modern world of distraction and consumption.
But because the heart sits at the mid-point between our ‘heaven’ (the upper chakras) and ‘earth’ (the lower chakras), those messages can easily become unclear, with the pain of heartbreak shutting out the possibility of love (for ourselves and others), for example, or the dogged pursuit of enlightenment reducing our capacity to apply heartfelt action to the ordinariness of daily life.
On this retreat, we will open the yogic toolkit to explore the many methods and rituals it contains for helping us to reconnect with our hearts. From healing touch and joyful movement, to focused breathwork, mantra meditation, and yoga nidra, we will revive the channels of communication between our minds and our wise old hearts, so that each of us can live and love in the fullest and truest sense.
People often describe me as a warm and sunny person with an intuitive approach to teaching yoga. I like hearing this description because it shows that I’ve made a real connection with my students. And if there’s one thing about yoga that I love the most and which characterizes my classes, workshops and retreats, it’s the feeling of being connected.
A retreat offers us the possibility of a truly profound experience of yoga. Surrounded by nature and among like-minded people from every corner of the world, a unique journey unfolds. Conversations open up, emotions are untapped, and discoveries are made…
In the quiet of each morning, we begin our yoga practice in stillness, taking time to anchor our awareness in the present moment through a guided breathing exercise, a meditation or visualisation. Then, drawing on the energy of the rising sun and the freshness of a brand-new day, I lead you through a vinyasa flow that is both gentle and energising.
During the dip in energy that tends to follow lunchtime, the sessions slow down, allowing for a deeper exploration of the techniques and practices encountered earlier in the day. There’s also plenty of time for sinking into a profound state of relaxation with restorative or yin yoga, or even yoga nidra (yogic sleep) – sometimes accompanied by mantras, music, or myths.
○ 6 nights in Casa Erica
○ 9 yoga sessions
○ inspiring vegan food 3 times/day
○ afternoon hike to Maro
○ water, tea & coffee
○ flight or train to Málaga
○ airport transfer to Casa Erica
○ massages, optional workshops
○ one dinner at the local restaurant
○ travel insurance (recommended)
all yoga equipment is available at our retreat location, as well as towels & bed linen. bring sturdy shoes or sneakers with a good grip sole for the hike & a beach/pool towel. we’ll let you know again what’s good to bring, a few days before your retreat.
check- in on thursday from 15:00, lunch snacks waiting for you // check- out on wednesday until 11:00 after breakfast
arrival & departure: group pick ups & drop offs will be organized for thursday from Málaga airport & Málaga city center. Vice versa for departure on wednesday. costs: 20€/person/way
a typical day
07.30 tea, coffee, fruits
08.30 yoga & meditation
15.00 lunch / snack
17.00 yoga & movement
on arrival day no yoga class. after dinner we come together to a welcome circle.
on departure day no yoga class. after breakfast everyone is checking out until 11am.
about the place
Surrounded by mountains and sea, Casa Erica is very peacefully located on the coast of Andalusia, between Málaga and Nerja. It’s only a 600m walk to the beach. While being warmed by the sun you will enjoy the view over the countryside and the ocean. Between the yoga classes you can chill at the pool, enjoy a relaxing massage or discover the surroundings.
There is a lot to discover around Casa Erica. Once a week you can join a hike through cliffs, that ends at a hidden beach. At the weekly market you can buy souvenirs and culinary delights.
The Costa del Sol has a micro climate because it is sheltered from the northern winds by the Sierra Nevada. The sub-tropical vegetation brings us mediterranean and tropical fruits such as avocados, guavas, cherimoyas, figs or passion fruit, depending on the time of the year – enriching our retreat menu. Discover the location.
© Yoga Spirit Circle 2023