7 Days Svastha Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga Retreat in Murcia, Spain

Svastha Yoga Retreat Spain

This retreat offers a therapeutic yoga approach to starting or building on your home practice. The word “Svastha” in Sanskrit literally means “to stay as yourself” and refers to the state of optimal health and balance in body and mind. Rather than a ‘standardized’ style of yoga, Svastha Yoga offers an integrated approach, whereas each individual’s unique requirements and goals are honored.

Meet the instructors

Oskar
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Highlights

  • Twice daily meditations
  • Morning and evening yoga sessions
  • Daily workshops on a variety of subjects
  • Yoga platform nestled into the side of the mountain & beautiful meditation log-cabin
  • 6 nights accommodation in beautiful surroundings and eco-friendly
  • Massage and other treatments available on request
  • Daily breakfasts, lunches, dinners, juices
  • Use of beautiful swimming pool

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
The maximum participants in the group is 11
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Spa
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Outdoor shower

Accommodation is provided in beautifully furnished 5-metre bell tents. Nestled amongst the lemon and orange groves, the bell tents are simple but sumptuous, with electricity and comfortable beds. Each tent can sleep up to three people. Crisp bed linen and pool towels are provided. There are solar hot and cold powered showers facilities. Internet access is available. There is a small shop on site for all those little essentials you might need.

Program

Your Rustic Retreats journey

Ease into each day gently with easy silent sitting, then moving into a steady measured Vinyasa based practice, linking breath to movement creating a wonderfully energized balanced state of being to carry you through your day wearing a comfortable open smile. The morning practice will be designed to increase strength and flexibility within a functional range of movement without over taxing the central nervous system. Options will be given for different body types, health issues and abilities.

Instruction is given verbally and by demonstration. There is very little hands on adjustment, as touch by another often distracts the focus and keeps the attention to the surface of the body not the deeper structures. This keeps the practice in active (self) control, not passive. This encourages exploration of sensation, it also avoids injury and is more productive to correct non beneficial movement habits.

The evening practice will be designed to promote total relaxation, getting more quality from the hours of sleep during the night. We work the opposite way to the morning, warm up, start strong briefly, slowing down to longer breath based holds using props, and more attention to alignment for support and comfort. Finally stillness, and deep relaxation.

Sample daily timetable

  • 07.30 - 08.00 : Pranayama or morning meditation
  • 08.00 - 09.30 : Morning Yoga practice
  • 09:30 - 10.15 : Breakfast buffet
  • 11:00 - 13.00 : Workshop (practical/theoretical) or free time
  • 13:00 - 15.00 : Lunch
  • 15.00 - 19.00 : Free time
  • 19.00 - 20.30 : Evening Yoga practice
  • 20.30 - 21.00 : Meditation or yoga nidra
  • 21.00 - 22.00 : Evening meal

Times will vary slightly on each retreat. There is one workshop a day, it may be in the morning or afternoon. There is also the option to visit local markets on Wednesday and Sunday

Style of yoga to be taught

We will be exploring the gentle therapeutic Vinyasa techniques as taught by Krishnamacharya in his later life to his students AG Mohan, Indra Mohan, and his own son and student Desikachar. There will be asana (posture), Vinyasa (movement with breath), pranayama (breathing exercises), dharana (focused concentration “meditation” ) most of which will be explored and discussed through both ‘traditional’ practice modalities and in context of contemporary sciences, including attention to healthy movement patterns and the action of certain aspects of practice on the central nervous system. Keeping the distraction of sensations minimal so you can really observe the affects of practice for yourself.

This approach is open to all levels of practitioner, all body types, and all ages. It is a very good way to develop a daily home practice that heals and nurtures when you need it, helps to maintain feelings of joy and well-being. Keeps you aware of self and your interactions with others. Lastly, keeps the fun in your practice.

Good physical and mental health comes from finding an easy balance between our internal experience and our external perceptions with a pinch of humour.

Workshop 1 - Pranayama Introduction

An introduction to pranayama (breathing) exercises we will be using during the weeks practice. We will discuss variations to try, and look at what will work and what will not work for each one of you as an individual so you get the best from your Pranayama practice over the week, and have something to take home to build on.

Workshop 2 - Breath & Bandha: Anatomy & Physiology

We will take an overview of the anatomy and physiology of breathing. We will also take this opportunity to introduce the concept of “Bandhas” which are the internal locks often referred to in asana practices of all yoga styles.

Workshop 3 - Breath & Bandha: subtleties of practice

Today we will practice using our Bandhas in Pranayama and some Asana.

Workshop 4 - An Introduction to Using The Yoga Sutras As a Practice Tool (Chanting)

We will be taking a brief look at The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali which is one of the ancient texts attributed to the development of the philosophical aspects of Yoga. We will be using some of the verses in the text from the first chapter for chanting which is the traditional way to learn the text, but also has other physical benefits too. The verses we will be using will be provided.

Workshop 5 - Walking Meditation:

Here we go off on a tangent using a very useful Buddhist technique for building mindfulness, and silencing the constant chatter of the mind. This will be based in the “Mahasi” style of Vipassana Meditation Techniques.

Instructors

Oskar Nery
Oskar's interest in yoga & meditation started in the late 1960s when his mother had him practice Hatha Yoga with her. By the mid 1990s he was introduced to Astanga Vinyasa (Mysore) by a friend. He studied with different teachers from India, SE Asia, Australia, America & Europe. Oskar paid special attention to the study of Physiology and Anatomy, particularly for movement and rehabilitation after injury. He also studied Sports & Remedial Massage, Thai Massage, Chavutti Thirumal (Indian Rope massage from Kerala), level 1&2 Reiki.

Location

Rustic Retreats is nestled in the foothills of the Sierra Espuna Mountains, southern Spain. This beautiful site has so much to offer to so many, they have an organic vegetable garden, fresh mountain spring water, solar power throughout, a beautiful swimming pool, earth-bag dome, stunning yoga platform on the side of the mountain, hammocks, orange and lemon trees, a tailor made pinewood meditation / relaxation cabin with views across the valley, outdoor showers so you can shower under the stars, and so much more. Totally off grid, zero light pollution. Stunning surroundings, beautiful, and simple accommodation are part of the Rustic Retreats charming environment.

Food

Stimulate all your senses whilst you absorb the bright colors, beautiful textures, tantalizing flavors, and sublime aromas of the fresh food served at Rustic Retreats. The chef will create a myriad of fresh, healthy vegetarian meals to tantalize your pallet, all using the ripest, freshest, seasonal ingredients that are locally produced either from their very own organic garden and vegetable patch or from the local market and farmers.

Varieties of fruit are growing freely on the site such as lemons, oranges, almonds, pomegranate, and carob to name but a few. All vegetarian meals are lovingly prepared by a trained chef in the outdoor kitchen and are served 'al fresco' whenever possible. All meals are included in the price. The meals have been so popular with the clients that they are looking at producing a recipe book for next season.

Example menu:

  • Start the day with a fruit smoothie or refreshing mint tea.
  • Breakfast baby spinach omelet, cereals, fruit and French toast.
  • Lunch bell pepper frittata, bean and yogurt salad, and pumpkin bread.
  • Evening meal squash and zucchini casserole with wild rice and lemon tart.

Exclusions

All day snack menu is available but cost is not included in the price. Alcohol is available at a small extra charge.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • Lactose Free
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Play plenty of board games
  • Relax or read books on the hammocks, shaded terrace, and sun loungers
  • Take a dip in the swimming pool
  • Use the outdoor shower block to literally shower under the stars
  • Take a hike in the surrounding mountains
  • Contemplate life in the beautiful wooden meditation cabin

What's included

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • All meals, including daily breakfast, lunch, dinner, and juice
  • Bed linen
  • Daily workshops, talks and mountain walks
  • Meditations twice daily
  • Stunning yoga platform nestled into the side of the mountain
  • Towels
  • Use of beautiful swimming pool
  • Yoga mats
  • Yoga practice twice daily

What's not included

  • Airport transfers
  • Flights
  • Alcohol and snack menu (small extra charge)

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Fly into to Alicante, then it's a 2-hour train journey (6 EUR) through the beautiful Spanish countryside down to Totana station where Rustic Retreats will collect you.

Arrival by train

Arrive at Totana station where Rustic Retreats will collect you.

Arrival by taxi

You can get a taxi from the airport which would cost 170 EUR and upwards. Also, there are car hire options at the airport.


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