Join us during October for a one or two week break deep in the heart of nature and allow yourself to really immerse into your natural self. We have our ashtanga vinyasa weeks that focus on either, re-establishing your practice or building on the knowledge gained through an established practice where the breath is the guide, synchronising each movement mindfully and inviting the mind into the vinyasa flowing style of this wonderful practice. We intimately connect to ourselves by using several mindful meditation practices which allows for us to feel peaceful in the present moment and learn skilful ways of holding our own bodies and mind by gently guiding the wondering mind back to the moment. Our evening yin classes allow for us to create a softening deep inside which nurtures and comforts us in each and every posture.
This year we bring together a lot of our teaching and training over the years and share it on our earth spirit yoga retreat that combines modern and ancient practices. On this week we will practice Qi Gong, Shamanic drumming, Vinyasa Yoga, Yin Yoga and look at the fundamental practice of mindful meditation. We also have a talk on the medicine wheel and why this is so important for today’s world and how we can applythese teaching to our lives. We will also be holding a ceremony at the end of the week
We have recently opened a new space at the bottom of our valley which is situated next to our stream which is a magical space to be. This is where we hold our ceremonial work and as long as the weather permits the ceremony will be around a warm fire. Peter has been holding ceremonies for over a decade and will select one that fits the week. We always like to see this month as an opportunity to really establish ourselves in our practice which is really helpful as we move into the winter. Our practices keep us grounded in reality and nurture us when we find that life becomes a little challenging by providing us with the energy and strength to face life without fear and judgement. The earth spirit week is about understanding that we have a deep responsibility and purpose in our lives but we can tend to get a little bogged down in the everyday dramas or teaching as we perceive them.
Qi Gong Five Elements - Qi Gong has been practiced for many thousands of years and has its roots in Shamanistic cultures from Siberia and Chinese medicine. You can practice many forms but the one we teach is called medical Qi Gong and the yang practice works with the five animals to strengthen and detoxify the organs. Dragon Qi Gong gets really deep into the Kidney’s and also lengthens the Kidney and Bladder Meridians. Tiger Qi Gong works to strengthen the Heart and Lung Chi by following a set sequence of movements. Leopard Qi Gong is a sequence that massages and detoxifies the Liver and the Spleen. Each sequence in our practice taught is designed to enhance the functioning of the organs and re-energize that organ.