This retreat will delve deeper in Iyengar Yoga and examine the anatomical relationship between the pelvis and the spine in practice and in theory with a lecture. Through pranayama (yogic breathing) we will tune in with the autonomic nervous system, and address how to work with moods and emotional stability in sequencing and with more knowledge in a lecture.

The food is vegan/vegetarian and utterly delicious. The price includes lodging (with towels and sheets provided) 3 meals a day, yoga classes, pranayama classes, and lectures.

Here is a full course description, which can pick up where the short one left off:

A pure spiritual nature is the birthright of all human beings. Yet, this truth is often forgotten, hidden, or dormant in the presence of habits, routines, preoccupations, or chronic suffering.

The path of Yoga (‘Yog’ = Unity) can teach us to harness and transcend the Mind in pursuit of experiencing a gentle, yet powerful, awakening through a deep reconnection with our inner spiritual nature.

In this 5-day retreat you will become acquainted with the teachings of one of Yoga’s most distinguished and influential masters, B. K. S.  Iyengar, whose practice systematically trains the Body, Mind, and Spirit.

One of the most widely recognised benefits of Iyengar Yoga is its emphasis on precision and alignment in the exercise of the Asana (posture), including the use of props to support each Sadhaka (yoga aspirant) in mastering the postures correctly, with minimal effort and in complete safety.  Under the supervision of highly trained teachers, you will train in standing poses, twists, forward bends, inversions, back bends, supine poses, and relaxation.

Pelvis and Spine:
We will gain a better understanding of the anatomy of the pelvis and spine, and examine how tension held in the external structures can lead to common problems like constipation, menstrual disturbance and chronic pain. We will look to understand how yog asanas can increase the health of the pelvis and spine.

The Autonomic Nervous System:
The autonomic nervous system is a control system that acts largely unconsciously and regulates most of your bodily functions. The ANS regulates how stressed you are, how well you digest food and how well you sleep. In this workshop we will look at the structure and function of the ANS, including key sinuses and glands, with a view to understand how yog asanas and pranayama can bring health and intelligence to the autonomic nervous system.

Mood and Emotional Stability:
Building on the previous workshops, we will gain a better understanding of where mood and emotional stability have their roots: looking at how to approach emotions through the body, and how this brings about effects on the mind.

The retreat is open to every body with some yoga experience, as each person can strengthen their areas of weakness and learn fresh beneficial techniques.

Please e-mail to register. Non-participating partners are welcome at a discounted rate, just ask. I am happy to have a phone conversation to answer questions, if needed. Send me an e-mail and I will send you a link to my calendar, to schedule a call.

Dr. Chloe Saunders is a doctor, who spent three years working in medicine in Scotland before moving to South London in 2018 to specialize in psychiatry. She met Eliza at a yoga retreat in 2015 and has been a keen student of the Iyengar method since. She is interested in where western and eastern understandings of the body can intersect and inform each other. She has spent time studying yoga and Ayervedic medical tradition in Northern India and appears alongside Eliza in the podcast ‘Beyond bones’, a series of kitchen table conversations between a doctor and her yoga teacher.

Eliza Bishop is a certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor and Meditation Guide. She’s been practicing for 16 years and teaching for 6. She lived 3 years in India and studied with the Iyengar family in Pune and Swati and Rajiv Chanchani of Yog-Ganga, with whom she still makes regular retreats. For Eliza, the art of teaching means bringing human beings into an asana with complete involvement of body, mind, and breath, creating awareness that allows one, eventually, to study the mind. In this way the yogic and Buddhist paths merge into one and have solidified a life long path for Eliza. Yoga is for every body and can teach us all that we ultimately belong to the same family.


7 June 2019


7 June 2019

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