Our retreats are great for establishing your practice to take you through 2018 with motivation and an intention to live life to it's fullest and dive deep into the experience of living on our mother earth. The food served on thisyoga holiday Aprilweek will be vegetarian but if you have any dietary requirements then pleae let us know when youbook a retreatand we will do all we can to accommodate you.
Ourretreat isavailable for all levels of experience but your retreat will be enhanced if you can go to class. If it is not possible to go to class then that's fine to.
What's included in your stay with us
Arrive in evening at 21.30 and leave a week later in the morning at 08:00 morning.(unless it is starting in the morning)
transfers from Oleiros to the retreat center
7 nights accommodation
2 daily yoga classes with meditation - 12 classes during your stay
3 delicious vegetarian meals per day with a sweet to follow. sweets range from raw chocolate to healthy homemade raw cakes
A picnic if you decide to go climbing with Christian from 11 am for the day
Extra help with your practice if you feel you need clarification with any aspect the many practices we teach.
A day out at the river Zezerewith a picnic lunch
We also have a raw chocolate making workshop which is donation only
climbing, can be arranged with Christian when you arrive
soap making workshop with Freya
incense stick making,
taking a walk to learn about medicinal herbs with Freya
Yoga Evolution Retreats, Amieira, Oleiros, Castelo Branco, 6160 052, Portugal - 00351 272 634 004 with Sue & Peter
Single £550 - Shared Twin or Double £500pp - Eco caravan £450
Yoga means to unite the body mind and spirit to bring a person into a healthy state of being. When we practice yoga using the Koshas as a foundation then we directly and indirectly begin to clear our body of toxins, the mind of past and present mental difficulties then it brings us a little closer to understanding the nature of mind and spirit.
The meaning of koshas directly translates into English as meaning sheath and the first sheath is called the Anna Maya Kosha. Anna means food, Maya means composed of, so the Anna Maya Kosha is composed of food which we take from our Mother, the earth. If we nourish this Kosha then our experience of life becomes dramatically enhanced and so all of the systems of the body become balanced, where as if we just feed the body with toxins then all of the systems of the body become out of sync and our experience changes completely.
When we start our practice of yoga then we usually start with the body as this is the vehicle of our experience and if we are not very experienced at driving it then we have many Postures to learn that allow us to drop our awareness into the foundation of the feet. Think about when we are in warrior posture, a warrior is solid in her stance and builds that solidness from the bottom up. In the warrior posture we would use muscle activation and release so that we can begin to train each and every fibre in the muscles and it is surprising to notice that after a few yoga classes we can suddenly increase the length of time we hold the posture for.
This might sound like basic beginners yoga knowledge but when it comes to the Anna Maya Kosha and the time we spend in class using it to enhance experience we often spend most of our time stuck in or heads with what is coming next or the things that need to be done after class, or even when is this going to end which is a very common thought to pop into the mind. Because we can spend an awful lot of time lost in our thought processes and if the experience is intense sensation or shall we call it pain, then that moves the awareness into our heads and out of the body in a split second. We have to remember that the nature of the mind is to find pleasure and avoid pain sp if we are experiencing intense sensation then all is lost as we are doing nothing more than giving the body, mind the experience of suffering.
If we develop a relationship to our bodies that is based on kindness and compassion by giving the body a gentle experience of sensation then the mind will begin to connect with the breath and the breath will lead the mind to the sensation. The mind at this point becomes curious about the sensation the patters of thought and thinking change into a whole body mind and spirit experience.