October 20 – 27, 2018
Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga &
Yamuna Bodyrolling Retreat
with GINGI LEE
A week to indulge in daily yoga practices, bodyrolling, organic food, massage therapies and relaxing with Shala yogis in a beautiful, peaceful corner of Southern Italy.
Yoga & Bodyrolling Classes
The morning classes will take the form of a dynamic ashtanga practice with Gingi Lee, assisted by Kath Roberts. The group will be divided in to Mysore practitioners and those at beginners or intermediate level who will benefit from a structured led class.
On four afternoons there will also be early evening restorative practices for the whole group which will include Yamuna Bodyrolling, as well as elements of meditation and pranayama. Yamuna Bodyrolling is a unique form of therapeutic work, which reorganizes the mechanics of the body, elongating muscles, releasing the spine and improving overall alignment. It is the perfect compliment to yoga and can have a profound impact on the flexibility and functionality of our bodies. Moreover, Bodyrolling facilitates a deeper understanding of anatomy and empowers us to heal and restructure ourselves. All students will need to bring a black Yamuna ball and a silver ball in order to participate in the afternoon Bodyrolling sessions. These can be ordered online here or purchased at the Shala for a reduced price. Read more about Bodyrolling on our Blog.
GINGI LEE – BIO:
Co-Director, Senior Ashtanga Yoga & Yamuna Bodyrolling Teacher
Co-director of the Shala, Gingi founded the studio in 1997 as one of London’s first dedicated ashtanga yoga centre. He has been teaching yoga for over 25 years and is one of the country’s most senior Ashtanga yoga teachers.
Gingi began studying and teaching martial arts in the 1980s with his father, Sensei Richard Taibong Lee. During an early trip to India, Gingi came into contact with yoga and spent many years returning to India to study and devote himself to the discipline. For two years he apprenticed with the late Derek Ireland after completing a teacher training course in Goa. He subsequently went to Mysore to continue his studies with Sri K Pattabhi Jois and then attended a two-year teacher training course with Graeme Northfield of Australia. Additionally, Gingi has more recently certified in Yamuna Bodyrolling, a form of remedial work which he has been interested in for many years and which he now incorporates into some of his teachings.
For 25 years, Gingi has focused his energy on teaching at his centre in South London, alongside hosting yoga holidays and workshops abroad, including combined retreats with his contemporaries John Scott and Kristina Ireland. He has played a key role in popularising ashtanga yoga in the UK and has taught, trained and inspired many British yoga teachers. More recently he has established the Shala School of Yoga teacher training programme with co-teachers Mark Kan and Norman Blair. Gingi is a well-respected teacher who has remained at the forefront of the ashtanga yoga community. His teaching is characterised by sensitivity, warmth and a deep commitment to the practice.