Rediscover the beauty and depth of Ashtanga Vinyasa, while opening your heart to the southern Italian sky.
Ashtanga yoga retreat
with Ty Landrum
30 July – 6 August, 2022
6 August – 13 August, 2022
Description of the retreat
THE DANCE OF SHIVA
The Dance of Siva is one of the crowing jewels of Tantric iconography. More than an image of divine revelry, it encodes one of the most potent teachings about the nature of the mind. It symbolizes the natural unfoldment of psychical phenomena, from the early formation of thought and feeling to the pivotal moment of dissolution that graces us with the opportunity for insight. By decoding this symbology, and contemplating the reality that it represents, we learn to see the inner turnings of our minds in an altogether different and more revealing light, as spontaneous movements of an ecstatic play of consciousness. And we learn to appreciate even the most caustic emotional episodes as poignant opportunities for seeing through our delusions and touching the sublime center of who we are.
In the Dance of Siva retreat, we look closely at this compelling piece of Tantric philosophy, and we uncover the internal scope of practice that it implies, only to rediscover the role of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in cultivating the kind of contemplative awakening that exposes us to true and lasting insight. More specifically, we rediscover how the rhythmic flow of breath and attention through an intelligent sequence of postural forms can support the unfoldment of revelatory experience, and we continue the thread with chanting, pranayama and guided visualizations of the subtle body.
Through these explorations, we reconnect to the Tantric roots of Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga. And we learn to use the practice for the purpose for which it was originally designed—to bring awareness down into the depths of embodied experience, and touch something unspeakably sweet and refined—a kind of quiet bliss, emanating from the center of our being, and suffusing every moment of our lives. And we come to appreciate the practice as an opportunity to participate with blistering clarity in the unfoldment of something absolutely divine—the internal revelry of our own experience—which gradually reveals itself as Siva’s Dance.
This retreat will involve a mix of morning Mysore and guided asana classes, followed by pranayama, chanting, philosophy, and a series of afternoon workshops lovingly designed to illumine our theme. The afternoon workshops will be balanced between practical technique (on breath, bandha, postural alignment, adaptation, sequencing, and the like) and reflective mythology. The last half of each afternoon session will be devoted to the mythology of the Siva cycle, so that will be a strong part of the retreat.
This is designed to be a two week experience! The second week will build on the first, and there will be no repetition of content. You are highly encouraged to come for both weeks, but one week stays are also allowed, if circumstances demand it. There are no requirements of technical proficiency, and open-minded beginners are absolutely welcome to attend.
6 days with an international teacher
6 morning sessions
3 afternoon in-depth classes
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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
Ty Landrum is the director of the Yoga Workshop in Boulder, Colorado. He teaches Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga as he learned it from his teachers, Mary Taylor and Richard Freeman. With a PhD in Philosophy, Ty has a special touch for explaining the theory of yoga with color and creativity. His passion as a teacher is to share the brilliance of the Ashtanga Vinyasa method with anyone who wants to learn.
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