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Preventive Yoga, a way to regenerate

August 1 – 8, 2020


Description of the retreat



The concept of Preventive Yoga corresponds to a desire to protect and heal ourselves by turning our consciousness inwards to listen to our Inner Wisdom that manages the movements of our body.

By integrating preventive parameters into our Yoga practice, we allow our brain to optimise movement, integrating the entire muscular system, which is accordingly more complete and therapeutic.

Applying preventive physiological parameters optimizes movements by solicitation in synergy of the entire muscular system.
The preventive movement is therefore more global and safer than the voluntary movement imposed on the body; it also requires less effort and leads to less wear or even allows the body structure to regenerate itself, to repair itself. Naturally, the sensation of physiological movement is also more pleasant.


During the 9 workshops of this retreat, we will discover in a playful way the physiology of the movement, and how to adapt our practice according to our physical, energetic and psychic state.

During the afternoon workshops, everyone will be able to ask questions and a yogic practice, preventive / therapeutic, will be considered.

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This retreat is an opportunity to take care of yourself, with pleasure, through regenerating activities promoting awareness and letting go, health and well-being.
It is open to anyone wishing to discover how to approach Yoga to improve body awareness and health.

Bring: shawl, enough to take notes and photos; walking shoes for hiking.




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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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 per week

7  dinners per week

1 breakfast on departure day

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request

Yoga teacher and physio-massage therapist.

Madeleine started down the path of Yoga 30 years ago, when she began to study both Ashtanga Yoga and Physiotherapy simultaneously.
Discovering these two disciplines were closely interlinked, she wrote her Thesis, in 1992, on the common principles between them, while she was studying with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois at the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, in Mysore.

As a Physiotherapist, Madeleine specialised towards prevention, pursuing her interest in the natural / physiological movement guided by inner wisdom verses our will.

Her strong passion for Yoga lead her to attend over 500 days of workshop and 1000 hours of weekly classes at Ashtanga Yoga Institute Brussels (1988-2000), to study with Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore (1991-1992), with John Scott in Cornwalls, Goa and recently at YIS, as well as, punctually, with Sandra Howling and Nancy Gilgoff.

Madeleine is the founder of Ashtanga Yoga Woluwe asbl, a non-profit organisation in Brussels, where she has been teaching Ashtanga & Preventive Yoga classes, and conducting workshops since its creation in 1994. She has also completed a master’s degree in Journalism (1980), Photography (1986), a bachelor’s degree in Nursing (2006) and is a certified bellicon coach (2017).

With her knowledge, understanding and vast experience in successfully running a physiotherapy center in Brussels and teaching Ashtanga Yoga in a preventive way, Madeleine breathes calm, warmth and peace in her class.

Her biggest strength lies in her ability to adapt the practice to any level and easily connect with students.

Combining the principles of physio-massage therapy with Yoga, Madeleine provides students with clear alignment instruction, comforting hands-on adjustments, and an inviting Yoga practice.

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