What styles of yoga do we practice on our retreats?

Personal training in your yoga holidays

Hatha Yoga

Hatha Yoga refers to the physical practice of yoga, focusing on asanas or postures. In recent years many different forms of yoga have been created with different names to distinguish each one. Today, what we call Hatha Yoga, is the style of yoga that has been practiced for thousands of years. The main characteristic of Hatha Yoga is that the postures or asanas are static and in between postures there tends to be a short relaxation.
Our Hatha Yoga classes are based on the teachings of Swami Vishnudevananda, a disciple of Sivananda. Our teacher summed up yoga teachings with five main points:

1. Proper breathing.
2. Proper exercises.
3. Proper relaxation.
4. Proper diet.
5. positive thinking and meditation.

On our yoga retreats we'll put each of these aspects into practice.
Come and get a taste of the authentic yogic way of life!

Vinyasa Flow

This style of yoga has the same origins as Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. The concept of Vinyasa was first recorded in written form in the manuscript Yoga Karunta, by Vamaná Rishi. The master Brahmachari learned the manuscript by heart and taught it to his disciple Krishnamacharia who passed it on to K. Pattabhi Jois, who carried it to Western students. These were the first people to develop this new style of yoga in the West, offering an alternative to the stricter series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

The beginning of Vinyasa, or fluid breathing is the same in both styles but in Vinyasa flow classes the movements are paused for longer and are more harmonious creating a dance that offers more liberty for improvisation in the sequence. As a result, each class is completely different, allowing each class to focus on the specific aspects desired be it flexibility, balance or strength.

Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.

LED Class (Guided classes).
The guided classes of the first series, Yoga Chikitsa or therapeutic yoga, are designed to clean to body, especially the nervous system. The movement done during posture sequences along with breathing generate heat which also produces sweat. Sweat purifies the body by eliminating toxins.

Benefits: This practice stretches the entire body, gently shaping and building muscle. It also relaxes the nervous system, improves concentration and provides all over physical and mental well-being. It helps alleviate tension, relax the mind, reduce stress and regularize the metabolism, noticeably improving digestion, circulation and sleep.

In these classes we'll practice the first series of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga while offering beginners or students with any difficulty variations of postures to avoid injury. Come to your Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga retreat with teachers trained at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute in Mysore, India, founded by K. Pattabhi Jois, who is considered the father of this tradition.

Our head yoga instructor

Patricia Villegas (Parvati)
Personal website: www.seaofcalm.com

I have always been interested in the mind, our thoughts and emotions, which is why I decided to study psychology. Western culture offers us knowledge about the complexities and nature of the human mind, but it does not address the philosophical and spiritual questions that have concerned human beings for thousands of years.

I firmly believe that many of the problems that we have in our lives like stress and depression are related to spirituality. Our modern lifestyle, demanding and competitive in nature, makes it difficult for us to observe ourselves and understand our own patterns and needs. To understand why we do and to discover the meaning of our existence is very deep issues, what yoga does is really allow us to go deeper within ourselves.

This is why I felt the need to go to Asia. I was trained as a Hatha Yoga instructor in the Sivananda Center in Madurai India and I worked giving classes in the Ho Chi Minh Sivananda Center in Vietnam. Meditating daily helped me understand about the mind and our passions. On my search I felt the need to experiment with other methods which led me to return to India, this time to Mysore where I became an Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga instructor. I was lucky enough to study under Sraswati, the daughter of Pattabhi Jois at the K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute. This experience gave me a broader view of the yoga discipline and all it's possibilities and expressions.

Eastern philosophies not only give us methods for controlling the body and emotions but also through yoga we purify and strengthen our body, stretch and make our muscles and joints more flexible, assisting the blood to flow freely through our body clean and pure.
Yoga is a lifestyle that encompasses many aspects of daily life. Small habits build to improve your practice and obtain greater happiness and wellbeing. Retreats are a very useful way to incorporate these habits in your daily life. .

We await you with arms wide open!
It would be an absolute pleasure to share the sun of the South and lots of yoga with you!.

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