We aspire to create an environment that feels supportive through every step of the way, garnering a greater sense of renewal, growth and expansion within the retreat program.
ASHTANGA YOGA RETREAT
WITH LARUGA GLASER
14 – 21 SEPTEMBER, 2024
Description of the retreat
Dive into the heart and soul of the Ashtanga yoga practice under the inspiring guidance of Laruga Glaser. The retreat will be a complete and comprehensive program offering foundational grounding as well as progressive techniques to mature in the practice. The goal is for all participants to benefit from the retreat, as well as after the retreat, ultimately guiding each practitioner into the heart of their potential, and planting seeds that will continue to grow.
Each morning will be devoted to Mysore practice, except for Led class on designated days. New beginner students will be thoroughly monitored, especially in the early stages of the retreat, to garner greater confidence to self practice under the guidance of Laruga during week two. For experienced students, all will receive full support in developing strength, while deepening their existing practice working through challenging aspects of the sequences.
The majority of afternoon workshops will be focused on the core elements of the Ashtanga methodology – learning to harmonize what appears to be opposing forces, and making deeper connections inwardly through the outer manifestation of the asanas. We will balance both the practical and theoretical, taking time to discuss the philosophical insights that arise in our experience, understanding what it means to live, and more importantly, embody yoga daily.
Establishing the Root
How can we build a solid foundation in practice? In Ashtanga, it starts from the very beginning, as we connect to our internal energy of breath and concentration, and extending conscious awareness throughout the body. In this workshop, we will explore the physical and energetic alignment of the Ashtanga standing sequence. We will discover how each posture interrelates to the next with purpose and intention, while establishing roots throughout the legs and core. Learn how to more deeply inhabit each standing position. What happens here affects all other areas we take forward.
All postures in the sequences of Ashtanga yoga are important. However, in this workshop, we will take a closer look at the core postures in both Primary and Intermediate series integral to opening and strengthening the body mind setting the stage to more intelligently grow and evolve in the practice.
The Art of the Press
Ground, center, resist. Learn the core attributes in acquiring strength and activation for pressed based transitions and arm balances in the Ashtanga yoga practice. In this workshop we will concentrate on the definitive progressive steps in learning how to lift and hold the body weight.
Backbends: Liberate the Spine
The paradox of backbending is that we must be firm and soft at the same time, uniting the energy of strength and surrender. Learn the basic components of backbending with integrity to the natural flow of the body. In addition, learn to understand the concept of active release. When actively releasing, we experience use of grounding mechanisms to establish the downward flow of energy, while fully utilizing the breath, to expand and immerse fully into the posture. In this workshop, learn the foundational techniques that allow the body to find its depth and strength, while at the same time, letting go. For all levels.
Ashtanga: The Path & The Journey
Through consistent practice our time on the mat can develop into a work of art, creating stillness in motion. Reaching a flow state comes from uniting all internal elements to then rest in awareness within our physical being. In this workshop, we will explore how to create depth in the practice creating art in motion, while developing conscious attention and strength throughout the body- mind. We will first start by cutting away excess energy draining movements as well as connecting to the downward and upward flow, known as prana and upana, to then sit in a space of simplicity and concentration. This will be an inspiring workshop, giving space to explore and express the beauty of yoga in every movement and every breath.
In this workshop become more intimately rooted to the internal network of the bandhas as well as our network of core muscles tuning into the central axis of the body. Properly understanding how to engage the bandhas not only bring lightness to the body but also stability and clarity to the mind. Learn to become more closely connected to this often elusive and mysterious part of the practice of Ashtanga yoga, appropriate for all levels.
Learn the dynamics of flight. In this class experience helpful techniques accessing the sometimes- daunting flow of the Ashtanga system, the jump-back and jump-through. Even though challenging, transitioning need not be elusive to the practice, and believe it or not, the primary series prepares one to do so. Time will be taken to break down the parts and give useful tools to build inner strength and allow vinyasas to naturally become fluid and graceful. Building upon the jump through we will also experiment with jumping into and exiting out of various postures for added variety and adaptability.
Inversions and Spatial Awareness
Inversions can be both restorative, exhilarating as well as challenging. In this workshop you will be progressively lead through techniques and good practices starting from the most basic inversions working up toward more demanding inverted poses. This will be a valuable workshop in understanding how to establish good technique from the start to help guide you though greater areas of challenge as one builds more strength and awareness upside down.
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The YIS retreat centre is located in Zollino, in the heart of the Salento. Twenty minutes from both coasts and from cultural centres such as Lecce, Otranto and Gallipoli.
Our yoga retreats are also an opportunity to get together, share good moments, pamper yourself and enjoy the beauty of the Salento in a peaceful environment. Give yourself an energetic recharge through vegan and vegetarian organic food, eco-sustainable tourism and relaxation in our spaces.
Our staff are at your disposal for the entire duration of the retreat to advise you about the must–see places in the Salento, organise excursions, guided tours, gastronomic tours, transfers, rentals and anything else to make your stay enjoyable.
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Our retreats take place at Agricola Samadhi, a unique organic farmhouse because it proposes something more than just recreation.
In this charming oasis, the lifestyle revolves around well being: you can combine your stay with a SPA, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, and a wide range of massages and more.
You can regain your well being through a variety of top–level yoga classes. There is also a SPA Healing Centre and the HQ of YIS, Yoga In Salento, a European leader in yoga retreats, for years a favourite destination of the best internationally renowned teachers in the world.
An energy recharge and psycho–physical well being will be the most precious gifts of your stay that you’ll take home with you, together with the new friendships you’ve made during the retreat.
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7 vegetarian dinners
double, single or shared rooms
A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens
Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request
Laruga Glaser has been practicing Ashtanga yoga continuously for over 25 years. Starting in the beginning of her 20s, she was immediately drawn to the practice after working with other forms of yoga years prior. After establishing a committed practice she then deepened her studies traveling to Mysore, India annually to practice at KPJAYI where the late Sri K. Pattabhi Jois taught and now his grandson, R. Sharath Jois teaches.
Laruga has made more than 14 trips to Mysore and is on a mission to continue to learn and grow as a student as well as a teacher. She is one of the few in the world who have been given the distinction of being certified to teach up to Advanced B, which is not easily given and takes many years to earn.
Through it all, Laruga teaches as an act of deep sharing and love for what yoga develops in each individual, facilitating space to open, challenge, and inspire those to realize their inherent potential, and has been personally invited all over the world to do so.
In Laruga’s classes be prepared to be empowered, challenged and encouraged to grow. Taking the craft of teaching to heart, she is compelled to guide those inspired by the beauty of yoga to find the divine spark that resides in all of us.
You can find further instructional and demonstration material from Laruga on AloMoves, OmStars, Instagram and YouTube.
Mysore Program in Stockholm, Sweden, established in 2011
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