Ashtanga Yoga

Teresa and Kes teach the Ashtanga Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the southern Indian city of Mysore.

Instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting. The teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction. The fixed order of asanas combining movement with free breathing with sound. Through vinyasa, there is continuity via the breath from asana to asana. In the Ashtanga sequence, each asana builds from the previous – and prepares for successive – asanas.

Each student is given their yoga routine according to their ability.

 

Here is a review from a previous student

My first yoga session is a group one, at 8am, followed by a private lesson, where Kes and Teresa refine my yoga poses, and give advice on working with the neck and arm pain I have been experiencing from too much computer work. As the retreat progresses, I notice how they tailor their lessons to accommodate my specific needs – just one of the many benefits of small group retreats. I feel nurtured and seen, and the tension in my body washes away. Guided meditation and Pilates sessions are also on offer, but nothing is compulsory, and timings are flexible based on my needs.

A home from home Kes and Teresa are living their values. They built their retreat space in as eco-centric a fashion as possible, reusing building materials from whatever local sources they could find. The result is a simple, comfortable space which fits perfectly into the gorgeous location, as far cry away from the clinical, white-walled yoga studios I am used to.

Kes and Teresa talk about their passion for yoga for both physical and emotional healing and give some great advice on how to use breathing and meditation as tools to help with my stress levels. They listen intently to me, and just feeling heard causes my stress to melt away. I’ve never been given this much one-on-one attention on a retreat before, and I am really feeling the benefits.
I don’t want to go home. This retreat has been a world away from those I have experienced before. Living, eating and practising in such a natural, no-frills space, has been truly enriching. When all that is unnecessary is stripped away, I have a clearer sense of what matters to me. Connectedness to nature, to ourselves and to each other. I resolve to live by these principles when I return home.

 


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