MOVE INTO STILLNESS ASHTANGA AND YIN YOGA RETREAT WITH RíONACH O’FLYNN
11-18 May 2024
Description of the retreat
This retreat offers students of all levels the time and space to immerse themselves in yoga in a supportive and compassionate environment. Mornings will start with Ashtanga Mysore-style self-practice (except on Friday when we’ll have a full Led Primary class).
Experienced practitioners will enjoy all the guidance they need, with adjustments if desired. If you are new to the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice, you will be introduced to the system and leave the retreat with a self-practice you can take home with you. You’ll have plenty of free time during the day to enjoy the wonderful facilities at Agricola Samadhi and explore the local area.
During late afternoon classes, you will discover (if you haven’t already) just how beautifully Yin Yoga works with Ashtanga. After the dynamic, challenging, breath-fuelled and energetic flow of your morning Ashtanga practice, you can observe how your body and mind adjust to a completely different kind of challenge: the long, slow holds of Yin Yoga.
With no hierarchy of poses or sequences, Yin teaches you to be quiet, patient and let go, allowing for deep release of tension in the body and quieting the mind.
While we love to move through the asana practice, a truly authentic yoga practice is about so much more than what the body can do.
So, during the afternoons on this retreat, there will be ample time and space for Meditation, Pranayama/Breathing practice, Yoga Nidra and discussion, where you’ll learn more about the science and philosophy of yoga and why developing the Tapas, or discipline, to get on the mat is such a powerful tool for life.
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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
Ríonach has been practising yoga for over twenty-five years and teaches asana, pranayama, meditation classes, and teacher training courses from her studio in Ireland.
With a great love for yoga philosophy and the Ashtanga Vinyasa practice, she teaches it in an accessible, adaptive and non-dogmatic way, encouraging each student to develop a self-practice that works for their unique body and stage of life.
Her practice has been informed and inspired by her intensive study periods with some of the world’s leading Ashtanga teachers, including Guy Donahaye, Lino Miele, David Swenson and Richard Freeman.
Her pranayama and meditation practice has greatly benefited from her studies with Kia Naddermier.
However, the practice itself – the daily ritual of getting on the mat, moving with the breath and paying attention to what arises in body and mind – has been her greatest teacher.
Ríonach loves to share all aspects of the practice with her students so that they see that while there are extraordinary physical benefits to the practice, the real value of yoga is the calm and clarity it brings to the mind.
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