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Simona Brusoni
Simona Brusoni

Ashtanga yoga workshops: the art of touch for a fluid, aligned and relaxed practice. The art of touch in ashtanga yoga is a fundamental part of the teaching.

The teacher by touching you not only aligns you, but brings you to feel the change in body shape and to experience new emotions as the body like a channel empties to receive the energy of the new posture.



April 22-29, 2023


Description of the retreat 

A good adjustment during the session can be defined as “ the art of touch “

The art of touch in ashtanga yoga is a fundamental part of the teaching. The teacher by touching you not only aligns you, but brings you to feel the change in the shape of the body and to allow you to experience new emotions as the body, like a channel empties to receive the energy of the new posture.
Touch in other cases helps to give you momentum, encourages you and supports you physically, letting you feel how you can lift yourself up, carry your weight further forward or further back depending on what the Asana is asking for.

Touch allows you to feel, speaks to the body’s intelligence, its nature, while the voice speaks to your rational dimension. The most profound moment is when touch helps to overcome fears, to face Asanas we do not have the courage to do: accompanied by safe hands, we can find that that dreaded step is possible. Then without rushing we will redo the path together until each person can walk it alone.
The work will take place individually and in pairs, we will experience touching/adjusting and being touched ( adjusted )
So asking for trust and putting it back.

In the April retreat, the afternoon sessions will include three workshops conducted with the art of touch that will address three themes: alignment, fluidity and fear.
What does it mean to have an aligned and fluid practice? How to get there? First of all, a fluid practice is in alignment, in complete communion with the breath: Vinyasa builds up the Asana, promotes transitions, because Vinyasa is not only the physiological breath, but it is also and above all the fluidity that allows us to enter and exit the postures with harmony as if it were a real dance.

Not infrequently the transit from one posture to another involves flying Asanas, difficult transitions that create hesitation and fear: the art of touch in this case serves by encouraging you to ‘experience’ the shift by letting you feel which muscles and bandhas you need to use to make the transition.

In this workshop we will address challenging transitional postures such as jumping back and forth, exits as from Pujapidasana, entrances as in Junusirsasana and more. Alignment is the other essential component of the practice. To be aligned means to be open so that the energy flows smoothly and thus without getting hurt.

Touch turns out to be almost magical in this case, the teacher touching you puts you in the right alignment, the brain activates new synapses and the memory of the muscle will remember the experience and try to reproduce it when you practice on your own.

In this workshop we will look at standing postures where it is easiest to feel alignment, but also some from sitting where alignment is often overlooked.
Finally, the fears. In the practice of Ashtangayoga we not infrequently find ourselves facing Asanas that make us afraid; Yoga is precisely the path to cross fears and overcome them.

In the art of touch, the teacher, while performing the posture, holds you in her arms, supports you and accompanies you so that you can have the experience of the posture totally entrusted and relaxed; in this way you will have also had the experience of trust–which is no small thing. In this workshop, protected by the hands of the teacher, we will do the very postures that scare us such as: bridges (Urdva Danurasana), verticals (Addhomukka Vrichasana) and more.

Focus of the workshops:

Yoga is an experiential path that remains with you as a treasure to be preserved and embellished. The practice of Ashtanga Yoga moves energy through a dynamic
rhythmic, which does not include interruptions to reason, to stop and settle.

For this reason, time is needed to examine the steps, to go deeper, and to stop and look to understand and to redo if necessary. This is the purpose of the retreat

At the end of each workshop, there will be a Pranayama session: breath control will be approached gradually from deep relaxation and with postures that prepare the chest for breathing; specific breathing techniques will then be introduced.

We will close with meditation by reciting Mantra in Himalayan.

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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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The Location

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.


7 nights

6 brunches

7 vegetarian dinners

1 breakfast

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request

Yoga In Salento - ritiri yoga, corsi di yoga Lecce

Via Stazione, 116, 73010 Zollino LE, Italy


Simona Brusoni, a teacher who has dedicated her life to Yoga, fully espousing its principles and philosophy.

  • 22 years of experience
    1st in Europe to complete the 4th series of Ashtanga Yoga
    studied with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois and Lino Miele
    graduate in Yoga Therapy (Swastha Yoga)

From Dance to Yoga
After devoting herself for a long time to the study of classical and modern dance, and dance theater and making it her profession, as both a professional dancer and a dance teacher, in 2001 she approached Ashtanga Yoga, a style she studied at length first with Lino Miele and later, since 2005, with Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute in Mysore, India.

Teaching exsperiencece

In 2005 she began her experience as a yoga teacher, preceded by an intense training as assistant to Lino Miele, whom she follows in numerous retreats, seminars and workshops, in Italy and abroad. In 2009 he founded in Milan, with Lino Miele, the School of Ashtanga Yoga, in which he taught until 2016, alternating his teaching activity within the school with teaching in seminars and workshops in Italy, India and numerous European countries.

The study of Indian culture
Over the years, along with the practice of Ashtanga Yoga, which she deepens until completing its fourth series (Advanced B) and obtaining, in 2014, after twelve years of training, the certification of Lino Miele, Simona devotes herself to the study of Indian culture and, in particular, of some of the main directions of classical philosophy (Yoga, Samkhya, Vedanta), the history of the country and the artistic tradition expression of the different religious components of Indian civilization.

Iyengar Yoga and Yoga Therapy.
He also undertakes the study of the Hindi language, acquiring its rudiments. In 2013, her encounter with Iyengar Yoga led her to deepen her study of the postural dimension of yoga and to seek new ways of teaching, respecting the tradition of uninterrupted research and experimentation inaugurated by the founder and creator of Ashtanga Yoga, Shri Krishnamacharya. In 2018, he graduated in Swastha Yoga and Ayurveda (Yoga Therapy).


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