Born in 1971, Simon’s fascination with yoga began in 2000 upon completing a solo journey on a bicycle from his native Ireland to India. After exploring various styles and traditions, he found Ashtanga to be what he was most inspired to practice and teach, initially due to its obvious benefits for surfing, biking, and rock climbing, and subsequently due to understanding it as a path to meditation. He has published a novel based on yoga philosophy, In Darkness the Seed of Light.
Taatva Rishikesh Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Alysia Simeone (1990, Washington) is an Ashtanga yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT 500) and Ayurvedic practitioner. She teaches Ashtanga primarily in the Asturias Yoga Shala, but as well enjoys traveling to give clases workshops in various other corners of the world. Alysia was introduced to yoga through her scholastic studies in Ayurveda. As part of her degree in Ethnomedicine, she spent 2011 to 2012 in Nepal and India, learning primarily under the tutorship of Ayurvedic doctor and obstetrics and gynecology, Sarita Shrestha.
Taatva Yoga Rishikesh Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
from Great Britain, November 2017
"An utterly transformative week"
I had never visited Asturias and this was one reason for choosing this retreat. I was instantly stunned by the awe and beauty of The Picos de Europa: the perfect setting for meditation. Before starting the retreat, I did not really feel that Ashtanga was for me as the few classes I had attended always felt rushed and lacked the calm of Hatha. However, after 2 days of Simon's excellent instruction, I learned how deep and meditative it can be when practiced Mysore style. I was pleased with my physical progress but amazed by the psychological changes. It was incredibly uplifting and brought a new perspective to my world view.
The food was wonderful. It was so lovely to be able to eat the most delicious gluten-free vegetarian/vegan food without hassle and be inspired with new ideas.
Everybody involved in the retreat: Simon, Alyson, the hotel owners and the nutritionist and cook who prepared our lunch were all incredibly helpful and welcoming.
Our group was a nice mix of people from various parts of Europe and with the addition of the local team, it made for a great intercambio. It was a mixed ability group and we all took joy in each other's progress in the workshops.
The afternoon walks in the mountains and visit to a caves were mind-blowing. This retreat exceeded my expectations in every way and, all being well, I will return next year. I feel rejuvenated and revitalised.
This is not a spa retreat: if you put in the focus and effort you will reap the rewards.
from Great Britain, June 2017
"Fantastic and beautiful "
I really enjoyed having time to focus on my practice, have learned so much in 5 days! The hosts are very experienced and knowledgeable teachers who were approachable and generous with their time. I had a lot of individual advice/adjustments during practice and workshops. I also learned more about the meditation and the philosophy of yoga, I feel more resilient in my day to day life since attending the retreat. As an added bonus the teachers have a real in depth knowledge of the local area which is full of beauty and wildlife, they did daily visits to mountains/caves/rivers all totally unspoiled- it was amazing. Being a meat eater I was worried about getting hungry on a vegetarian diet however the menu had been considered nutritionally for our activity levels. The food was delicious and filling, it was all home prepared and local, grown on sight or foraged. You get a lot for your money on this retreat.
from Spanish State, August 2017
"Retiro perfecto para aprendre ashtanga y pasarlo bien"
El retiro está bien planificado y organizado. Todas las actividades están muy bien pensadas para la práctica y el aprendizaje en pocos días de la modalidad Ashtanga. Las excursiones en bici impresionantes y a la medida de la forma física de los participantes. Todo se complementa muy bien y los profesores son muy profesionales, a la vez que exquisitos en el trato y la atención hacia los participantes.
from Spanish State, July 2017
"Idyllischer Yogaschala mitten in den Bergen"
Mir gefiel besonders, dass neben Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga auch Vipassana Meditation praktiziert wird und viele Outdooraktivitäten wie Klettern und Radfahren angeboten werden.
from Germany, May 2017
"Sehr autentisches Yogaseminar"
Aly und Simon leiten angenehm, gekonnt, professionell durch die Yoga-Meditationsstunden. Die Gruppen sind sehr klein, und da beide anwesend sind, können Asanas gezeigt und gleichzeitig erklärt werden. Außerdem kortigieren sie individuell die Haltungen. Beide sind exzellent in den Asanas, und auch gute Lehrer. In den täglichen workshops werden Übungen gezeigt, die zu schwierigen Asanas hinführen. Mit ihrer Hilfestellung kann man Asanas selber erleben, die man allein nicht könnte.
Die Tage sind sehr ausgefüllt, wie es meiner Meinung nach in einem Retreat auch sein sollte. Am späten Nachmittag kleine Ausflüge.
Mir gefiel mein Zelt, es befindet sich ein pasr Meter entfernt vom Haus, mit schönem Blick, es ist bequem und wasserdicht. Ich fand es die passende Retreat-Unterkunft.
Fay Lodge England
Asturias Yoga website
Simon and Aly live on the edge of the beautiful Picos de Europa, surrounded by nature and tranquility, the perfect place for a yoga retreat. The retreat was five days in length and offered a semi-structured day starting with meditation and a led ashtanga yoga practice (gradually moving to practicing Mysore as the week progressed). We then enjoyed breakfast before taking part in a thorough yoga workshop which worked through all the asanas step by step, allowing us to make adjustments and improve our postures. Lunch was followed by yoga Nidra and then time was available to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings as the group wished. We were privileged to go on a walk led by Aly and Simon to visit a local cave where we spent some time exploring, meditating, and feeling the energy resonate around us. In the evenings, lectures were held on different aspects of yoga and Ayurveda. The food was plentiful and delicious throughout the week, being totally vegetarian (sometimes vegan) and with much produce from their garden. We also enjoyed food foraged from the surrounding woodland, learning all the time! Aly gave everyone on the retreat an Ayurveda consultation, providing information, advice, and some treatments as required. Aly and Simon are very knowledgeable on many topics, easy to talk to and happy to answer questions. I cannot recommended this retreat more. I loved my time here and the sense of well being I got. I can't wait to return!
Asturias Yoga website
Words don't describe the magic that this place brings by not only the people that surround it and are pulled to it, but the energy that each star, rock, tree, leaf, and cow bell leave on your heart after landing here. I spent a short time in this new found home. Aly and Simon are two strong spirits that will comfort you in a way that you can completely be yourself while there.
Tom and Emma UK
Asturias Yoga website
Simon and Ally were great hosts, we only stayed a week but had a brilliant time. The area they live in is absolutely beautiful, lots to explore with mountains, beaches, and lovely Spanish towns. We had shared interest of yoga and rock climbing and the guys really helped us out with our yoga practice and took us to some good climbing spots.
Asturias Yoga website
I had such an amazing experience with Simon. It was exactly the experience that I needed without me knowing that. It's a place where you can really allow yourself to be free and relax. First of all the surroundings are magnificent. Mossy green hills, old chestnuts, distant mountains, and as I learned- food everywhere! It was great living in a self sufficient household. I learned a lot about foraging, cooking, and yoga. I now try to do yoga everyday and want to explore that path further. Thank you Simon for opening that door, and all the others that open after it as well. I think the great thing about staying with Simon is he allows it to be an individual experience. I think everyone who stays will get something different out of it, but after my three weeks there, I felt a different part of myself had developed. It was hard to leave. I hope to return one day, sit around the fire baking potatoes and talking about anything and everything! Thanks again Simon.
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