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This week the approach to practice will focus on listening.




Description of the retreat

This week the approach to practice will focus on listening. No longer a struggle with your body and your blocks, imposing a “must do” but an abandonment and a flow where, by losing your shape, you will be able to welcome the asanas in a different way. And the moment it is ready to let go, everything comes.


  • SUNDAY-THURSDAY: Mysore class 
  • FRIDAY: led primary class
  • 3 AFTERNOONS: in –depth class

First class “Ashtanga Yoga and the art of abandonment”:
In this theoretical-practical study, an approach to practice will be explained where you can learn to lose your rigid physical, mental and emotional patterns by rediscovering a fluid and free movement from superstructures. The exasperation of the thrust only leads to a grounding of one’s shape. Asanas require not having a fixed one. We should learn to be water that flows from one posture to another without getting caged in it.

Second study: “Back Bending”
In this theoretical-practical study, we will first introduce useful concepts to understand the correct dynamics of the buckles and then apply them to a series created specifically to approach them.

Finally, the link between buckles and emotions will be explained.

Third insight: “the subtle energies”
In this theoretical study we would introduce the world of subtle energies by explaining the profound connection between them and our practice. There is a world more hidden than the simple musculoskeletal-articular structure capable of revolutionizing the concept of movement.

Retreat open to all levels

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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 In Salento - ritiri yoga, corsi di yoga Lecce

Via Stazione, 116, 73010 Zollino LE, Italy

Riccardo Gherardi began practicing Hatha Yoga in 2005 with maestro Giorgio Furlan. In 2007 he approached Ashtanga Yoga attending the school of Lino Miele and subsequently, for many years, practiced under the guidance of the teacher Tina Pizzimenti and Gabriele Severini.

His approach to practice changes a lot over time. It goes from an extreme study of alignment and movement to a more natural abandonment to an energy flow in which to cultivate the art of flowing like water without having form or structure. This approach has ultimately led him to regularly practice the entire “Advanced b”.

He is authorized to teach by Manju Pattabhi Jois in 2009, and then participates in his second series Teacher Training. His training continues with Mark and Joanne Darby who will help change his view of the practice.

Always interested in the various forms of energy and their application, he experiments with Vipassana meditation and studies in depth the Pranic Healing and Quantum Touch. This passion of his also finds an application in Ashtanga Yoga, where he carries out a teaching centered precisely on the subtle energies and on the search for a balance between Yin and Yang, also through a vision of asanas as a tool to face, through emotional release, fears and blocks that prevent our evolution as living beings.

Over the years, having had the good fortune to meet and practice with various experienced teachers, he had the opportunity to experiment with different approaches that helped define his personal teaching method, while remaining faithful to the tradition handed down by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois.

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