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) Alysia teaches Ashtanga yoga through the framework of bringing breath and movement into union. Her classes facilitate the somatic experience of grace, a state of harmony within the body-mind complex. Before Ashtanga, Alysia studied extensively classical piano and ballet, performing in both for over a decade. Her first immersion into Indian culture and transition to the physical and cultural practices of Yoga and Ayurveda took place in 2008. Since then, she has devoted all of her continued education (in school settings, ashrams and daily life) to furthering he
Taatva Yoga Rishikesh Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)
Ása graduated in 2012 with a degree in herbal medicine, and since then has had a particular interest in female health during pregnancy and birth. She was very inspired by the effect it had on her own pregnancies, birth, and also the aftercare of baby and mother. She works closely with a support group of homebirth in Asturias (Dar a luz en casa Asturias) giving workshops and talks. Ása says that her aim is to offer alternative practical advice to inspire the use of safe and common medicinal plants during the most transformational time in a woman's life.
Fay Lodge RM, NMP, BMidwifery, MSc I started my training to become a midwife at Manchester University in 2007 and quickly found my passion was for promoting and enabling normality during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period. I fully believe that by empowering women to trust in themselves and their bodies’capabilities, they can achieve a fulfilling birth experience that is more likely to follow a natural course without the need for medical intervention.I believe through the use of antenatal education, preparation and empowerment women can enjoy this most most powerful and special time
I have been working in outdoors adventure activities for over ten years, first as a snowboard and skiing instructor and then gaining qualifications in climbing and water sports at an outdoor activity centre. It has been more than seven years since I started climbing. In 2016 I gained the Climbing Wall Award (CWA) and soon afterwards completed the Single Pitch Award (SPA). I teach people how to tie knots and belay safely, as well as good footwork, movement and technique, putting a strong emphasis on safety and good practice and allowing people to gain confidence in their own abilities.
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 Germany, June 2018
"Everyone was just so nice and welcoming."
Everyone was just so nice and all of them where so welcoming and warm-hearted.
I felt so relaxed and I really want to go back
from France, May 2018
"Learn a lot in Asturias yoga"
The quality of the teaching. We went through the whole sequence one by one and could ask all we needed to.
from Spain, 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 Spain, 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.