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Learn Ayurveda and yoga techniques, to bring a healing balance transformation during the summer holiday in the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Ayurveda encourages us to seek experiences that are harmonizing to our senses through Ayurvedic practices which will be explained on the retreat. You can learn to minimize toxic input and maximize nourishing experiences for both body and mind. Join the retreat and learn to enhance your ability to create health and happiness in our lives and for those around you.
During the retreat, you will be staying in a large, spacious comfortable, and beautifully appointed home, only 5 minutes walk from the renowned Valley Gardens and 10 minutes walk into Harrogate.
There are 3 large shared rooms that can accommodate up to 3 people ( but usually only 2 people per room ) and 2 single rooms on site, with another single room just off site. In the house, there is a large dining room, two lounges, and spacious gardens for guests to enjoy.
16.00 : Arrivals may be earlier if you have a treatment booked)
16.30 : Welcome / Yin style and Restorative yoga / meditation
17.00 : Meditation
18.00 : Hatha flow yoga
19.30 : Dinner
Anne-Marie is committed to developing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and is a certified Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga teacher with the world renowned Chopra Centre for Well Being, California. The Chopra centre is the world leader in the field of mind / body medicine.
Anne-Marie is a professional member of the Pilates Institute and Back Care Organization (national organization to promote backs). She is also on the Register of Exercise Professionals, Level 3. Anne-Marie specializes in back problems; she is also a qualified pre/post natal Pilates and has worked with referred patients and staff in the physiotherapy department at Harrogate District Hospital.
Anne-Marie was named as one of the top Pilates instructors in the country by Harpers and Queen Magazine - Feb 2002. As well as teaching in the studio, Anne-Marie also runs yoga retreat days/weekends, Ayurvedic workshops and wellness training sessions in the community, workplace and at other retreat centers in Europe and Asia. Anne-Marie in conjunction with Dr. Martyn Speight (a leading musculo-skeletal specialist and osteopath) has bought out an internationally selling DVD - "Pilates on the Ball. The DVD is also sold and recommended by BackCare.
On retreats Anne-Marie will guide you through a unique personalised Ayurvedic / yoga style practice in the morning with a more dynamic, hatha flow class incorporating pranayama, chakra balancing and meditation. The afternoon practice will be more restorative and yin-based with meditation and yoga Nidra. In all sessions there will be an emphasis on alignment, posture and on each individual's specific needs with suitable variations given for any particular issues such as back, neck or joint issues or other health issues.
Anne-Marie's warm and welcoming teaching style, interlaced with gentle humour and fun allows you to explore all aspects of your being in a safe and nurturing environment. Anne-Marie is also a keen dancer - particularly Salsa and Argentinian Tango - and would be happy to teach a few moves if requested!
James has spent 5 years of study and training in India to teach on our Harrogate Yoga Retreats. He is a Sivananda yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic massage therapist and a Reiki master. Combined with his knowledge of Hindu Philosophy gained from 3 years of Post-graduate studies at a top Indian University, James will provide in depth teaching of all aspects of yoga and its underlying philosophy.
Due to his interest in spirituality from a young age, James journeyed to South Asia on a spiritual pilgrimage in 2007. After two years of extensive travel, he settled to live in one of India's most ancient and holy cities, Varanasi. In 2012, after three years of intensive study, James completed his post graduate degree in Indian Philosophy and Comparative Religion at Banaras Hindu University. His academic studies and personal sadhana has focused primarily on Yoga, Vedanta and Tantric traditions, including extensive personal retreat and immersion into the esoteric teachings of Kashmir Shaivism.
Chris helps host the retreats. He is a great cook and prepares most of the amazing Ayurvedic food, some of which comes from the Chopra Centre cookbook. He is also involved in Men's retreat work and is studying Psychotherapy part-time at Regent's College in London. One of Chris's long standing hobbies is Tai Chi which he is always happy to demonstrate and will teach a class if requested.
Anne-Marie is a highly qualified and experienced teacher (initially a secondary school teacher). She subsequently trained as a health education tutor, working in G.P practice with referred patients and later as an RSA YMCA exercise to music teacher Pilates and yoga teacher. Anne-Marie is committed to developing physical, mental, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and is a certified "Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga" teacher with the world renowned Chopra Centre for Well Being, California.
James spent over 5 years of study and training in India from 2007 - 2012. He is a Sivananda Hatha Yoga and Astanga Yoga teacher, as well as a Pilates teacher, Ayurvedic massage therapist and a Reiki master. James provides in depth teaching of all aspects of yoga and its underlying philosophy. He has sound understanding of Pilates and physiology with 10 years of experience in Pilates and appeared in Anne-Marie's DVD 'Pilates on the Ball'. James has a keen interest in sports, travel and music and is a grade 8 pianist and also plays the guitar and djembe drum.
Harrogate is "famous for its healing waters, this Victorian spa town oozes cosmopolitan charm, smart streets and quaint mews. Enjoy fabulous shopping, atmospheric cafs, fine restaurants and plenty of green open spaces. Browse antiques and unusual gifts in the stylish Montpellier Quarter or watch the world go by in Betty's Tea Rooms. Stroll around Harrogate, admiring its beautiful floral displays along the way. The most attractive green spots include:
The Stray, 200 acres of green lawns surrounding the town
Valley Gardens, featuring well-heads of Harrogate's famous spa water
Royal Horticultural Society Garden Harlow Carr close to lush, green pine woods
A visit to a local 4-star hotel spa / leisure complex
Browse antiques and unusual gifts in the stylish Montpellier Quarter
Dine in atmospheric cafes and fine restaurants
Enjoy fabulous shopping
Explore Harrogate's spa history at the Royal Pump Room Museum
Stroll around Harrogate
Tai chi / dance
Use of equipment: e.g. physiocacoustic sound wave chair, reviber
Visit Fountains Abbey Yorkshire's first World Heritage Site, Ripley Castle and Harewood House
Visit the Harrogate Theatre, Harrogate International Centre and the Royal Hall for concerts and ballet
Visit the Sun Collonades, Sun Pavilion in the Valley Gardens and several art galleries
Visit the Turkish baths
On this retreat, you have the opportunity to treat yourself to an Ayurvedic massage, Reiki, and also visit the Turkish bath and the local 4 star hotel spa.
You can also indulge in Aromatherapy massage (60 minutes), Reflexology (60 minutes), Hot stone full body massage, Acupuncture (60 minutes), Hypnotherapy (90 minutes), Hopi Ear candles (35 minutes).
For more information, please contact Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing.
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