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How do you want to practice yoga?



individual practising yoga and meditation

YOGA FOR YOU

One size does not fit all

At Spanish Yoga Retreat we aim to balance the need for individual practice with the galvanizing energy of group-work

You'll learn to practice yoga in ways that feel right for you, regardless of how things look externally

We pay great attention to your current and past health-status and help you set objectives which are attainable, beneficial and respect your currrent limitations

Our groups of 6 max will offer you plenty of scope for bespoke practice and on-going exploration of possibilities

small group practising ha-tha yoga

WHAT IS YOGA?

Meaning yoke or union yoga is a set of practises to bring together body, thought and intention to put you more in touch with your inner purpose and lead a fuller, happier life

Why Practice Yoga?

You can practice yoga to help you in many areas of your life

  • Yoga calms you, reducing stress and anxiety to make you physically and mentally healthier
  • yoga releases tension, reducing fatigue, stiffness and pain
  • Yoga helps you know and love yourself, making you feel content with where you are and focused on where you want to be

Why do you want to practice yoga?

ASHTANGA: EIGHT LIMBS

Yoga has been around for thousands of years. The classical text was written in the 4th century AD by Patanjali, who systematized yoga into eight steps:

" Yoga is the restraining of the mental impressions. Then, (in stillness) the seer abides in their true state. . ."

  1. ehtical observances
  2. ethical abstentions
  3. posture
  4. control of vital-air
  5. introspection
  6. focus with effort
  7. flowing focus
  8. and absorption, are the limbs of yoga (Patanjali)

HA-THA: SUN-MOON

Ha-tha yoga is Ashtanga yoga with Tantra, an Indian thought-system with a strong emphasis on the body

Ha-tha practices concentrate on posture and breath-work with attention and can be thought of as embodied meditation

Ha-tha works on your body to bring harmony to all of you


The majority of yoga practices worldwide are ha-tha: Mysore, Iyengar, Sivananda, Satyananda, Asthanga-Vinyasa and Bikram are schools of ha-tha yoga


MINDFULNESS


MINDFULNESS MEDITATION

Mindfulness is an approach to quietening the mind for achieving inner peace, with roots in Eastern spiritual philosophies such as Hinduism and Buddhism, although there are paralells with Jewish and Christian contemplative traditions


Mindfulness means paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, with qualities like compassion, curiosity and acceptance

You can practice mindfulness beyond a formal meditation sitting, integrating it into your daily activities. By being mindful, you discover how to live in the present moment in a full and enjoyable way

SECULAR MINFULNESS

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction

Introduced in 1979 by Jon Kabat-Zinn from the University of Massachusetts this therapeutic approach is a very specific clinical discipline with roots in the ancient tradition of mindfulness

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy

Inspired by MBSR Zindel Segal and Mark Williams developed MBCT with the aim of treating Major Depressive Disorder

MBSR and MBCT have stimulated much clinical research into the benefits of meditation and helped popularize mindfulness in the West in and beyond the clinic

wellness yoga holidays and retreats in Spain