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The Ashtanga Yoga method, as a way to connect to the inner wisdom of the human body : come and discover the pleasure of letting the natural physiological movement arise … with no will.

April 4 – 18, 2020

Description of the retreat


Preventive Ashtanga Yoga is a way to connect, wonder, understand and welcome our body in its present state, discovering a new way to practice, based on feeling how our body works naturally deep inside, even in an intense postural work or movement.

The Ashtanga Yoga method is considered here as a great opportunity to connect to the inner wisdom that inhabits and manages the movements of the human body in its physiological way : when we apply the specific physical parameters that allow it to act, it then generates a global movement connecting the entire muscular system, which is natural without the interaction of the will, and optimal requiring the minimum of effort.


Teaching is for me to approach each person in a personal way, welcoming her/his own way of practicing and offering her/him alternative experiences that will allow her/him to find, to feel how to harmonise her/his work, to globalise it, to make her/him more aware of the details, so that it becomes therapeutic, … this in a both scientific and intuitive way, because both are related, interdependent and necessary.

Each class begins with a small ritual, partially guided, that allows the participants to set up and activate the elements that will allow their body to live a therapeutic experience related to their inner wisdom.

Then, if the participants practice in Mysore, by themselves, I will offer assistance and adjust them, to make them aware of certain elements that would have gone unnoticed, not only in relation to the Ashtanga method but also and above all in relation to the needs of their body.
If the course is guided, I intuitively connect to the rhythm and physical and psychic vibration of the group and guide it to an intense and conscious practice, in which everyone is taken into consideration.

The afternoons are an opportunity to understand and feel the whys and wherefores of the bodily problems that can appear in the practice, and to find simple solutions, based on the resolution of the primordial cause and the resulting effects.

Afternoons are also an opportunity to regenerate and have fun by breathing practices, relaxation postures and visual relaxation, in a spirit of self-discovery.

Before the practice, the mini-trampoline bellicon brings a unique, enjoyable and effective warm-up as a global soft bodywork towards physiological rebirth through play.





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.

For all information, call +39 0836 600284 or send an email to info@yogainsalento.com.



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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 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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