Namaste yogis and yoginis!
Namaste yogis and yoginis!
Happy summer, yogis and yoginis!
First, let me tell you how humbled and heartened I am by the many positive responses I’ve received regarding my November Deepen Your Practice yoga retreat. What an amazingly beautiful yoga community we have, and what a great opportunity it will be to deepen your ties to your community and your own practice for a week in India! I know it isn’t possible for everyone to make the trip, but you will all be there in spirit.
For those who have been considering the trip, or who have asked, here is some clarification on the pricing. (And if you have had trouble accessing the Ashok Tree website, they have had technical difficulties recently, so try it again – or you can email or contact me through the form below regarding booking or any questions. Sorry for any inconvenience!)
Early bird pricing, which lasts until the end of July, is as follows:
Such great deals, don’t miss out!
Answers to a few other FAQs:
Q: What airport should I fly into?
A: Ground transport from Chennai (airport code MAA) is included in the retreat package. Bangalore (BLR) is also nearby, and transport can be arranged for a nominal fee.
Q: Do I need a visa for India?
A: Yes, you do, and it’s quite simple. You can get a 30-day e-visa online just a few days before you travel. You present the print-out for your approved visa upon arrival at the airport in India. (There is even a special queue for these visas at immigration, which is generally much shorter than the regular one!)
Any other questions or concerns about travel to India? Give me a shout.
No more excuses now, I’ll see you on the mat in India!
Happy summer, yogis and yoginis! Greetings from Cambodia!
After an all-too-short but very sweet few weeks of classes in midcoast Maine, I am back in Cambodia, teaching in Siem Reap. While I miss the beautiful, long Maine summer days, I’m enjoying this opportunity to gain experience teaching at a retreat center — particularly leading up to the retreat that I will be leading in November in India to which I am very pleased to invite you.
Enjoy sadhana, authentic practices in the home of yoga, and sangha, a beautiful community of fellow yogis. This will be a week to truly Deepen Your Yoga Practice and find the alignment between mind, body, and spirit. Imagine getting to practice Hatha Yoga, Prana Kriya Yoga, and Meditation every day for a week, in a place where the rest of the world just falls away and you can fully relax.
The retreat will take place at the ashram where I did my yoga training in South India, Ashok Tree, a beautiful retreat center set in a friendly village just outside of the pilgrimage town of Tiruvannamalai and adjacent to Mount Arunachala; it is a hidden gem that I would love to share with you. In between morning and evening yoga classes, you will have the opportunity to visit the 9th-century temple in town, climb Mt Arunachala, visit other local sites of interest, relax on the grounds, or get a treatment at the on-site Ayurvedic clinic. I can guarantee that the hardest part of the week will be when you have to leave.
The 7-day retreat package includes 6 nights of lodging, 3 delicious vegetarian meals per day (the food here is truly amazing – all fresh, local and organic!), daily yoga and meditation classes, airport transfer from Chennai, one Ayurvedic massage, and local tours. A selection of rooms are available – standard or deluxe, single or double, etc. – and prices range between £350-£525.
Full details and booking are here. Feel free to contact me with any questions through the form below.
This is going to be a very special week at a very special place and I do hope you can join me to deepen your practice.
Namaste! I’m so pleased to be able to announce the dates for my upcoming retreat in Tiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, South India: November 12-18, 2017.
Imagine awakening to the sun rising over holy Mount Arunachala, followed by a nice invigorating morning yoga practice, and then a delicious healthy breakfast. And that’s just the start. Local treks and tours and/or ayurvedic treatments at the on-site clinic fill the day. More yoga and meditation practices, more scrumptious food, and social activities round out the evenings; and a beautiful, remote, and peaceful location in nature make this the ideal retreat environment. 7 days to rest, rejuvenate, and return to your practice. 6 nights to return to your self. 0 regrets. Infinite benefits.
Booking details soon to follow. Contact me with any questions or for further information.
Om shanti shanti shanti
Happy Spring and almost Summer! Let’s welcome the sun on the mat!
I’m so pleased to announce a spate of classes and workshops that I’ll be running over the next few weeks at Thomaston Yoga Studio.
Thursday evening Yoga & Meditation, 7pm – May 18, 25, June 1, 8
Unwind from the workday with gentle yoga and meditation. In yoga, the asanas (postures) are meant to strengthen and detoxify the body in order to maintain optimal health and to prepare for meditation. We will begin the class with a basic hatha-based sequence to stretch and tone the body, connect with the breath, and quiet the mind. The class will conclude with a guided meditation as we tune into our inner experience and deepen our connection with ourselves – and, ultimately, with each other. This class is open to everyone, beginner to advanced practitioner; no experience of yoga or meditation is necessary.
Saturday, May 27, Hatha Sun Salutation I, 8:30-10:30am
Hatha is a strong and supportive practice that balances out right and left sides of the body. In this workshop we will begin very gently with stretches and simple asanas to stretch and warm-up the body, working up to the Himalayan hatha series 1 sun salutation, a complete practice in itself, which will strengthen and tone the body using the breath. We will finish with restorative poses and a nice relaxation. Do you want to get your summer started with strength and balance? I’ll see you on the mat.
Saturday, June 3, Prana Kriya Yoga, 8:30-10:30am
Not your usual sun salute and vinyasa fare, Prana Kriya combines specific movements, or kriyas, with the breath to energize and stimulate the mind and body. This is a fun practice that emphasizes the breath and its coordination with the body. It is by turns slow and meditative, and physical and dynamic. Still, it is suitable for all levels and everyone is highly encouraged to sample this special practice if you haven’t experienced it before.
All classes and workshops will be at Thomaston Yoga Studio, on Main Street in Thomaston.
Classes are $15 and workshops $25.
Contact me by email or over Facebook for more information or to register.
I’ll see you on the mat!
Finally, the answers to all your questions!
WHAT IS YOGA?
Wow, where has this summer gone? Suddenly it’s August and time for a Yoga Mala! YES!!!
Join me and Kristi Williamson on Tuesday, August 9, 6pm at the Dancing Elephant as we complete 108 salutes to the late-summer sun. We’ll perform this in 4 sets with breaks in between, so don’t worry if that triple digit number is intimidating. Yes, it is physically intense, no doubt. But the collective energy will build through the process and culminate in a lovely relaxation with live music, meditation, and refreshments to follow.
It will be a very special evening, and I’m getting very excited for it. 108 rounds of breathing in unison … Ahhhh… I highly encourage you to come and challenge yourself, experience the power of this group practice, and step outside of the typical class context for a magical evening of sweat and sangha!
Note, this will be in place of my Tuesday evening 5:30 vinyasa flow class, and begins at 6pm. The Mala (108 sun salutations) will take approximately 2 hours, with the last half hour devoted to music, chanting, and meditation. Give your practice a boost, experience the community of local yogis, and send your spirit soaring.
This is an event not to be missed! See you on the mat. Om.