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Gayatri Yoga welcome you in the sunny Tenerife for this therapy and Ayurveda yoga retreat. If you want to deepen your knowledge about Hatha yoga, yoga therapy, and Ayurveda, or if you are looking for an alternative to healing health problems, this is the right retreat for you. The retreat is specially tailored for your needs and all levels.
You will be accommodated in single or shared double rooms, with shared or attached bathrooms. The venue has a swimming pool, gardens, chill out zones, terrace, and free Wi-Fi. Gayatri Yoga provides bed linen.
Gayatri Yoga uses pranayama (breath control), asana (posture), meditation, yoga Nidra, and easy Ayurvedic treatments to stimulate healing benefits and to maintain a healthy body and mind. You will intensify and deepen your practice with special attention on correction both in the practical and theoretical parts.
The word yoga means union or unity. This union is described in spiritual terms as the union of individual consciousness with universal consciousness. Yoga is a means of balancing and harmonizing body, mind, and emotions. This is done by the practice of asana, pranayama, mudra, bandha, shatkarma, and meditation.
It is necessary to achieve union with the ultimate reality. The control and discipline will take you to that state when atman (individual soul) merges with paramatman (supreme soul).
Ayurveda is a self-healing system and has been practiced in India for more than 5,000 years. Yoga, Tantra, and Ayurveda are mentioned in the scriptures of the Vedas and Upanishads.
Ayurveda means knowledge of life, and its purpose is to help the individual to achieve longevity, rejuvenation, and self-realization. In proper balance, the process of physical deterioration and disease can be reduced. Ayurveda focuses not just on healing disease but even more so on prevention and maintenance of a healthy life in harmony with existence.
The ayurvedic literature is based on the Samkhya philosophy and is the source of all life. It is a science of truth as it is expressed in life. This sacred knowledge evolved from the Rishis. These seers of truth, perceived a close relationship between man and the universe, how cosmic energy manifests in all living and nonliving things.
The existence is cosmic consciousness, which manifests as male energy, shiva, purusha, and female, shakti, prakruti. The union from these two energies forms the entire universe. From the Gunas (the three humors), sattva, rajas, and tamas, the five great elements are formed: ether, air, fire, water, and earth, from them, you get the tridoshas: vata (air and ether), pitta (fire and water), kapha (water and earth).
The five elements manifest in the five senses of man, they are related to hearing, touch, vision, taste, and smell. Ayurveda regards the human body and its sensory experience as manifestations of cosmic energy expressed in the five elements. Health is possible only when the doshas are working harmoniously together.
The eight pathways (Ashtanga yoga) are not attributed to a specific style of yoga, as all yogis follow the universal laws:
The practice of yoga corrects disorders in the body, helps maintain health, and increases mental and intellectual capacity and emotional balance. Therefore, yoga therapy is used in:
Please note that Gayatri Yoga is specialized in Hatha yoga teacher training and places great importance on correction and enhancement of the trainees. If you want to develop your practice, this is the right school for you.
Make a commitment before you come that you will not be judgmental or critical, either of yourself, anyone or anything. Knowledge is within you and this course is just a door for you to learn and experience. The teachers can stimulate, motivate, and inspire you but you also have to do the work.
Tenerife is of volcanic origin and the largest of the seven Canary Islands. It is located around 300 kilometers from the African coast and about 1,300 kilometers from the Spanish mainland. It has an area of 2,034 square kilometers with the gigantic Pico del Teide rising up in the center to 3,718 meters, making it the highest point of Spain.
Tenerife is known throughout the world as the island of eternal spring. The traditional architecture of the Canary Islands takes its inspiration mainly from the traditional architecture of Andalusia and Portugal although it also has a strong personality of its own.
The small resort Tejina lies on the rocky coast in the northeast of Tenerife. It is surrounded by the foothills of the Anaga Mountains. The village and the surroundings are very rural and idyllic. The climate is extremely pleasant as temperatures do not sink below 17 degrees Celsius, even in winter.
A harvest festival is an important event and the people of Tejina have a rather unusual way to celebrate it. The festival is called ''The Hearts of Tejina'' and is held in August. Hearts are decorated with flowers, fruit, and cakes, and each heart is around 12 meters tall and weighs about 1,000 kilograms.
When the three main neighborhoods in the town bring out the hearts that they have been working on for a month, an entertaining ritual begins, in which each neighborhood mocks the others' hearts. The festivity dates back over a hundred years.
This retreat is based on the self-catering principle. As you all have different dietary habits, feel free to use the school kitchen to prepare vegetarian meals, to your choice and taste. Normally, the trainees cook together and have fun in the kitchen. Gayatri Yoga provides fruits, vegetables, and all basic foods you need, from spices to pasta.
Please note that products are not allowed in the school are meat, fish, seafood, egg, garlic, onion, coffee, alcohol, and tobacco. Please also keep the kitchen and dining room always clean.
During your free time, feel free to enjoy beautiful beaches, the volcanic scenery, and sightseeing.
From the airport, you need to take the secondary road TF-154.
From the South Airport, you need to take the highway TF-1 to the North Airport, and then the secondary road TF-154.
Please book your flights to arrive at Tenerife North Airport (TNF). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The organizer will pick you up from the airport.
You also can book your flights to Tenerife South Airport (TSF). From there, you need to catch the bus to the North Airport and the organizer will then come and pick you up there.
Please note that the pick up will be arranged only if you send an SMS or Whatsapp with the exact bus number and arrival time to the North Airport prior your arrival to Gayatri Yoga.
There are bus connections from both airports. If you catch a flight to the south and you arrive in the evening or your flight leaves early in the morning, it could be a problem to get a bus and you may need to stay overnight in the south.