For the last five years I have taught an Ashtanga and Yin yoga holiday at the beautiful Yoga Rocks in Crete and every year it has been amazing. We’re planning our next yoga holiday in May – a beautiful time of the year when all the flowers are blooming and the sun is shining.
- Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow & Yin Yoga, Meditation & Pranayama, Yoga philosophy, Yoga Nidra
- Yoga Rocks in Crete
- May 7 - 14, 2016
- Cost: 850 euro
On this retreat you have the chance to rest and relax or go to deep with your yoga practice. I offer a total of four classes (five hours) of yoga each day. You could go to all classes – or you can pick and mix and go to the beach. I teach all of the classes, assisted by my husband Emil Lime who makes sure everyone is well looked after.
Mornings start with a Mysore style self practice session. You don’t any need prior knowledge of the primary series and you don’t need to know the sequence. I will teach you a short section at first (around 15-20 minutes) which you can repeat as many times as you like. Once you have remembered this sequence I will show you more poses and you can build up your practice at the right speed for you. If you already have an established self practice I can help you with advice, tips and hands on adjustments.
The second daily class is either Vinyasa Flow or a led ashtanga class, suitable for beginners but yoga teachers and advanced practitioners get a lot out of these sessions as well. I go right back to basics, looking at a different theme in depth in each class. Over the week I look at foundation, breath, bandha, dristi, alignment of the shoulders and spine, opening the hips and back bending. I also build up the sequence over the week so that on the last day we do a sanskrit counted led half primary all together. Each person will know how to make each pose safe and right for their body.
The next class is in the evening and includes yin poses (deep slow long stretches that calm the mind and open the body), yoga nidra (an exploration of different states of consciousness while lying down), pranayama (breathing exercises that work on a subtle level with the energetic body) and seated meditation. I choose the yin poses each evening to tie in with the aspect of ashtanga we will be looking at the next morning.
The final session is a 30-minute chant of 108 Gyatri mantra. This is a 4,000 year old mantra asking for light and blessings. Chanting is the oldest form of yoga and has a strong scientific basis for positively affecting the mind, body and spirit.
7:30 - 9:00 Mysore self practice
9:00 - 10:30 Led Ashtanga Basics
5:00 - 6:30 Yin and More
9:00 - 9:30 Moonlit chanting
Yoga Rocks Crete
The beaches are a short ten-minute walk away (you can hear the waves as you fall asleep). You can choose between a beach with a taverna and sun beds or a completely wild beach with absolutely nothing. The coast there is some of the most beautiful unspoilt coastline in Europe.
The food is amazing! Accommodation is good quality, comfortable and welcoming.
Phil and Helen, our hosts at Yoga Rocks, and all the staff are friendly and helpful and will go out of their way to make sure you have an amazing time.