* Hatha & AromaYoga *
* Meditation & Mindfulness Practices *
* Dynamic Movement Practice *
* Introduction to Essentials Oils *
* Basic principles of Ayurveda *
* Sacred Chants *
"Hatha yoga, also called Hathavidya , is a branch of yoga. The word hatha denotes a system of physical techniques supplementary to a broad conception of yoga."
The yogic philosophy talks of 5 types of yoga, out of which Hatha refers to actual Asanas (postures) - it is the physical practice in which, through the attentive observation of our breath and mind, we try to attain peace and contentment.
We wil pratice a comprehensive and progressive Hatha Yoga - going through important postures and looking into their spiritual, philosophical, physiological and alignments details.
Aroma Yoga will bring together the health benefits of essential oils into specifically planned Hatha yoga sequences. Applyings oils before, during and after our practice - it will help the mind stop its chattering and give us a point of focus during the practice.
Meditation has been practiced in some parts of the world for thousands of years. Today it has reached the Eastern world and countless articles and scientific researches are done to prove the its incredible benefits. Various techniques exist, during our retreat we will mainly use the secular Vipassana meditation technique; one of India's most ancient technique. Meditation is a way of self-transformation through self-observation. It focuses on the deep interconnection between mind and body, which can be experienced directly by disciplined attention to the physical sensations that form the life of the body, and that continuously interconnect and condition the life of the mind.
Mindfulness is the practice of bringing one's attention to the internal and external experiences occurring in the present moment, we will discuss and learn to practice mindful eating, mindful walking and well, maybe, if you may, mindful hugging :)
Dynamic Movement practice
Dynamic Movement practice is the use of movement and dance to support and stimulate intellectual, emotional, and physical well-being. A practice of being in your body — that ignites creativity, connection, and community.
Dance has been used therapeutically for thousands of years. It has been used as a healing ritual in the influence of fertility, birth, sickness, and death since early human history.
Through free-movement dance sessions with different practices and specifically chosen music, we will seek to explore powerful emotions and to dive inside in unseen areas of one's self.
Sacred songs help us open our hearts, bypass the thinking mind, and connect with love, peace, joy and gratitude. In yogic philosophy, singing is part of Bakthi Yoga, the yoga of the heart and devotion.
Every day we will gather and sing sacred chants from many different cultures. These will help bring the group together, elevate our spirits and bring a sense of connection and community. These sound vibrations will also help clear the “dust” from the mirror of our mind so we experience the all-blissful exquisite beauty of our souls.
The healing power of essential oils has been used for thousands of years. From the sweet aroma of lavender to the stimulating fragrance of eucalyptus, essential oils ignite your senses and heal your body. We will take you on a sensory journey that soothes, enlivens and balances both body and mind. You’ll discover rich therapeutic properties that cannot be found elsewhere than in these pure botanical essence.
We will learn about the history of essential oils, safe and various ways to use them (for psychological or physical purposes) and the top 10 essentials oils to have in your cabinet for eevryday use.
Principles of Ayurveda
Ayurveda, which literally translated means "the science of life" is the traditional medical system of India. Its origin dates back an estimated 5-10,000 years and is considered to be the oldest form of health care in the world. The foundation of Ayurvedic nutrition is based on the idea that you are the result of what, when, where, how and why you eat. We are going to introduce you to the basic principles of Ayurvedic nutrition and explore Ayurvedic mind-body types, which will help you reach a better understanding of your body better and improve your health.