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our yoga teachers in Spain

Lelly

Lelly brings warmth and focus to body, mind & heart in the morning Mindful Vinyasa classes, easing us into our innermost intelligence and enlivening our Yang qualities of creativity and engagement. Afternoon sequences are restorative Yin-style yoga to re-hydrate connective tissue, juice up the joints and balance us out by opening up our contemplative, receptive & intuitive qualities.

Always curious to uncover new and ancient ways to embody our yoga so that it may support us both on and off the mat, Lelly infuses her classes with yogic nutrients that inspire & motivate , balance & recalibrate, whilst developing our attention (our most powerful ‘muscle’), so that we can enliven prana  & hold space for the diversity within & around us.

Lelly initially trained as a yoga teacher 20 years ago with the Sivananda school in India and has also studied Dynamic Yoga Method with Godfrey Devereux and Insight  yoga and Yin yoga with with Sarah Powers.

A regular yoga practice can dispel anxiety, doubt and depression

Many people are initially introduced to yoga for stress relief. The cause of stress is an inability to cope with activity. Intuitively the stressed person will usually attempt to regain control by thinking and working faster, but this burden of additional activity causes the mind to become even more estranged from the physical body, thereby increasing their inability to cope with activity.  Whereas the thinking mind can be a mill of ideas and worries, our body always speaks to us clearly and without speculation. Our thinking mind can relax more easily when it is tethered to our physical body – during yoga posture practice we achieve this via the breath. By linking the body & breath in a smooth sequence of mindful yoga postures, we start to relax, then we begin to experience greater intimacy with people around us, in a completely natural way, and our levels of stress begin to recede.

Arantza

Yoga teacher & Thai Yoga Practitioner
Arantza (pronounced Ar-an-cha) was raised in the Basque region of Spain and has traveled the world.
She is a graduate of Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Kerala and studied yoga with BKS Iyengar and Dynamic Yoga with Godfrey Devereux. Her vinyasa yoga classes are invigorating and powerful, delivered with no-nonsense simplicity and down-to-earth Zen wisdom.

Our yoga method is concerned with an experience of mind-body union, rather than making pretzel shapes with Sanskrit names

We teach you to experience yoga not just as exercise/stretching, but as meditation-on-the-move. This is a method of yoga, not a ‘style’, the seeds of which will help you to practice any other kind of yoga. The method will also give you support in daily life. Practicing yoga with this method creates a special quality and depth of awareness that can re-calibrate the habitual ways we use our body and mind, triggering a deeper intelligence that helps us to live with more integrity and intuition.

This yoga method works inwards through the body, from the outside in. By broadening, lengthening, grounding and softening wherever we can, we learn to synchronise our movements on the natural breath, creating a steady, lively foundation from which inner surrender and openness are cultivated. This is what the yoga postures are designed to do.

Leah

Leah has practiced yoga for over 20 years and has taught since 2003.

She prepares you for an inward yoga journey to a direct experience of how yoga practice brings inner peace and balance.



Leah employs a mixture of traditional teaching methods that encourage you to practice intelligently, enabling you to build a daily self-practice. With Leah, you will explore the inner landscape of body, mind, and breath, discovering and relishing deep peace within the very core of your being. Influences:
 TKV Desikachar, BKS Iyengar and Vanda Scaravelli and alternative approaches to movement and body awareness including Feldenkrais, Qi-gong & dance.

Professional life: 
Before yoga, Leah was a human rights lawyer representing clients in court and delivering training for new recruits on relevant law and procedure.

Developing the quality and breadth of awareness is the key to an inner inquiry

This method can reveal tensions or disassociations that we were not yet aware of and that we are constantly creating due to pernicious habits. In yoga, we seek to cultivate presence within each subtle movement. Unlike habit, presence is always fresh, it never hides and it’s deep wisdom undermines any unskillful patterns of behaviour, leading to personal freedom.

The repetition of a sequence of postures has various functions: (1) it prints the sequence into our memory so that it can be easily adopted as a self-practice; (2) it forms a tangible framework that makes the subtle nature of Awareness more tangible; (3) the rhythm of your movements synchronising with your natural breath becomes a moving meditation that soothes the wandering mind and dissolves tension in the core of your nervous system.

Jenni

Jenni excels at helping students of all ages to engage and connect more satisfyingly with themselves and with all aspects of life. She shares her love of yoga with students like a keen gardener – planting seeds, tending them and encouraging development. Always seeking balance, she will challenge and support you, providing a safe space for enquiry and experimentation. In each class she encourages students to practice yoga in a compassionate and light-hearted way, combining the somatic sequencing of the Dynamic Yoga Method with elements of Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow.

Jenni’s classes are suitable for beginners/novices as well as experienced practitioners. All you need to bring is an open mind.

How deeply you are able to dive into this moving meditation does not depend on the variety of postures

It depends on developing the ability to focus with sensitive, honest, open and non-judgemental awareness on your inner experience. Many “advanced” students are able to twist themselves into all sorts of wonderful impressive shapes, but they will be more nourished by a simple sequence of slow, repetitive, mindful vinyasa, thus experiencing a new depth of awareness and its meditative consequences. The desire for more variety really comes from the seeking mind, but the dynamic yoga method quickly reveals that variety is not nearly as exciting as the juicy, sharp clarity and energy that come from experiencing the inner presence of your real self.

 

Andalucia, Spain 2018

Nearest Airport - Malaga

YOGA TEACHERS
Lely, Arantza, Leah

RESTORATIVE YOGA RETREAT - NOV 18TH - 6 nights

Nourish yourself with yoga, rustic walks and a delicious fusion of macrobiotic & ayurvedic cuisine that will have you looking buff and feeling tip-top for the winter season. This lovingly curated week is packed with ancient wisdom and practical help for skilful living.

prices

Twin bed room-share £895 / Single £1350

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEAR RETREATS

December 22 (6 nights) - SOLD OUT

December 29 (6 nights) - last few spaces

NEW YEAR RETREAT

December 29 (6 nights)

price

Twin bed room-share  £1195 / single £1550

Yoga & Walking

This six-night retreat features two days of guided hill walking plus daily yoga classes and meditation sessions. The walks are suitable for anyone who enjoys walking and can tackle undulating terrain ranging from easy hills to moderately challenging gradients.

price

From £895

Juice Fasting Body Cleanse

Our six-day organic juice cleanse in the beautiful mountains of Andalucia is the perfect way to reduce stress, lose weight and return to feeling healthier, happier and more confident. Our dedicated detox team can adjust the detox to suit your needs. A course of daily yoga classes has been specially prepared for detox and you will have access to our world-class therapeutic therapy team. You will also hear inspiring talks from our resident nutritionist. If you enjoy active exercise, there are invigorating hikes that you can do with a map, or with a guide.

price

From £1150

Lean & Green - SPAIN

A deeply relaxing and invigorating raw food retreat with a focus on yoga and a living food diet including raw, steamed & superfoods to enhance health and energy. We share cutting-edge nutritional science about foods that supercharge your immune system, as well as foods that boost your mood and energy levels. The raw superfood diet promotes long-term weight control and helps reduce cravings. Our chef welcomes you to watch and learn in the kitchen.

price

Room-share twin/double: From £1145
Private single: From £995

Menopause Hormone Balance - Nov 4th

Our six-night Hormone Balance retreat is an opportunity to understand and celebrate change. We support, empower and help you re-evaluate important aspects of your daily life, including your ability to relax and take care of yourself; also your diet and your relationship with your body. Everyone have hormones, irrespective of age, so if you have an issue with yours, this week is for you.

price

Twin bed room-share £995 pp / Single from £1750

summer retreat - SPAIN

This soulful 6-night retreat is all about coming home to yourself by using the practice of yoga as a tool for health and fitness, as well as for deep rest and relaxation. Your week includes being fed three delicious meals per day, en-suite accommodation, an informative talk by our resident nutritionist, unlimited use of the outdoor pool and sauna, and a food workshop in the kitchen. In the afternoons you will also have access to our world-class team of therapeutic practitioners.

price

Room-share twin/double: From £995
Private single: From £995

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