Yoga & Meditation
Yoga & Meditation
We believe yoga is best practiced around sunrise or sunset and our rooftop Yoga platform overlooking the shimmering Arabian Sea is a pretty good place to practice. As many of our guests surf in the early mornings we have daily Vinyasa Flow style classes at 5.15pm and for the yogis out there we also offer more focused and slightly more energetic Yoga sessions morning classes three times a week.
Your Yoga Teachers
From October 2016 to May 2017
Hayley came to yoga from a holistic background having worked as a massage therapist. She has a very hands on approach to Yoga, concentrating on alignment whilst encouraging you to find your own path. She discovered yoga whilst living in New Zealand, starting with Ashtanga, having practiced many different styles, she really relates to the discipline and the core strengthening elements of the Ashtanga Vinyasa style.
Teaching felt like the natural progression and so she travelled to India to train in Ashtanga, Vinyasa flow, Rocket and Yin yoga and is now a 400 hour certified Yoga Alliance teacher.
Amanda started her yoga journey in Colorado where she found Vinyasa and fell in love. The last few years she has been traveling the world with her mat practicing as many styles as she can find. She has recently obtained her teacher-training certificate in Rishikesh, India at the heart of it all. Certified in Hatha and Vinyasa she combines the two creating a flow intended for gaining strength and improving flexibility. She is passionate about focusing on combining breath with movement in order to unite the mind with the body and soul.
Jess came to yoga through her passion and exploration of healing and holistic practices. Already a massage therapist and reiki practitioner Jess’s desire to gain and share knowledge on the wisdom and science of hatha yoga led her to teaching training at the Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham ashram here in Varkala. Jess provides a supportive and positive space for exploration, nourishment, strengthening and empowerment.
Here is our schedule:
|8.00am – 9.15am||Yin||Vinyasa Flow||Vinyasa Flow||Slow Flow||Yin||Vinyasa Flow||Vinyasa Flow|
|4.30pm – 5.00pm||Pranayama||Meditation||Pranayama||Pranayama||Meditation||Pranayama||Meditation|
|5pm – 6.15pm||Vinyasa Flow||Yin||Vinyasa Flow||Slow Flow||Vinyasa Flow||Slow Flow||Yin|
Sunset Yoga class — every evening except Weds
Our evening flow sessions will be physically energising, working with breath based movements to build heat in the body getting to grips with the asana practice (physical postures). Our classes will include various traditional yoga techniques to help you connect with the true essence of yoga aiming to leave you feeling invigorated and uplifted.
1hr 15mins — £5.50
Morning class — 3 days a week
Our morning sessions are a Yin style restorative class that will be the perfect balance to the vinyasa flow of the evening, we will work restoratively, sitting in our postures for up to 5 minutes to work deep into the connective tissue and loosen physical and emotional tension within the body.
One on One Yoga class
Private classes are a great way to really take your practice to the next level. Whether it’s your first yoga experience, or if you’re a seasoned practitioner who wants to develop the finer details of each asana, one on one classes gives us the time to deepen your practice or to simply organise those wavering limbs!
While asanas (postures) sort out our bodies, pranayama (breathing exercises) sort out our minds. During the Pranayama classes you will be guided through specific breathing exercises to channel your “Prana” (or life force), and by bringing awareness to the breath can increase your lung capacity. Through these exercises the mind is rejuvenated, stilled and uplifted. You always have the option of giving the class a go on a “drop in” basis but for those visiting us for longer we’d recommend a few regular classes to really get to grips with the technique and all it’s rewards and benefits.
More and more people are turning to meditation to help calm and still the mind in today’s busy lives. Though sometimes thought to be “boring” or “difficult”, the meditation class will guide you through accessible techniques to help calm and organise our thoughts and help explore a mindful approach to our day. With the help of sound, light, and sometimes even movement the techniques are designed to quieten the senses. Curious? Dive into the practice for a week or drop in for a taster session. We know you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
Please see here for prices.
Who would benefit from the our classes?
Totally new and experienced yogis. Students will be able to work to their own capabilities and take what they want from the classes.
What you will take home
A basic understanding of the fundamentals of a Hatha based yoga practice. Upon finishing the retreat you will have established a set of postures that you can put together into your own sequence that suits your lifestyle at home. You will also have the tools to start a meditation and pranayama practice using breathing techniques. Above all you will take home a relaxed, rejuvenated and revitalised body and mind.
If you know that you want to practice yoga with us we offer a significant discount if you you pay for a Yoga Week or a Soul Week before arrival.
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