'Grounded Presence' Yoga & Yoga Therapy Retreat Spain
Institute (30-hr credit). This retreat is open to all: yoga students, yoga teachers, and yoga therapists (in training).
On this retreat with yoga therapist Montserrat G. Mukherjee and yoga teacher and psychologist Suze Retera, you get to explore a range of practices that allow you to release tension and trauma in a safe and grounded way.
Tension and traumatic experience settle in the body and are often experienced as physical sensations. In an effort to escape these sensations, dissociation can become a to go to state, which is often an obstacle in cognitive therapy, but also in the functioning of people in daily life.
Physical practices are a very effective tool to release access tension, facilitate are more grounded state and create awareness around dissociation which plays an important part in any healing process.
On this retreat, Suze will explain the way tension settles in the body, looking at the nervous system, but also at the fascia and certain muscles. You will learn how different physical practices can facilitate the release of this tension and create embodiment an the physical and mental effects of different movement modalities.
These include moving beyond the common restorative and meditative yoga practices and applying the physical practice to create mobility, functional strength, tension release, balance, and a grounded state.
Montserrat G. Mukherjee will bring the Yoga Therapy applications of these practices, over-seeing the manifestation of our own self-work on to our teachings with clients and students in a safe, therapeutic setting.
Montserrat and Suze share a wealth of experience, passion for the teachings they have to offer, and a good dose of humor. They will guide you every step of the way during this retreat with practices including yoga therapy, yoga asana, breath work, yoga nidra, and a variety of lectures.
In your free time, you can enjoy the beautiful retreat center, go for walks in nature, explore the area, or enjoy some time alone with a book. Throughout the week you will not only be nourished by the practices, but also by the 3 delicious, home-cooked vegetarian meals you get to enjoy each day.
Enjoy a week-long retreat while receiving all the teachings of the 'Yoga Therapy for safe Tension Release & Embodiment through a Physical Approach' module that is part of the Yoga Therapy Training of The Yoga Therapy
Yoga Style: Yoga Therapy, Yoga Nidra, Vinyasa Yoga, functional strength and flexibility
Explore meditation practices and breathwork
Study with two senior teachers
Relate and apply your practice to your daily life
Receive 30-hrs credit towards the Yoga Therapy Training
Enjoy a week of deepening practices to take care of yourself and serve others
Stay at a beautiful eco-resort
Enjoy healthy home-cooked vegetarian meals
On this retreat, we will explore a broad range of practices. Besides yoga asana, meditation and breath work, we include lectures and the practices described below:
Yoga nidra is also known as yogic sleep. This profound practice offers you the clarifying benefits of deep meditation, the restorative power of restful sleep and allow you nourish and heal yourself on a physical, mental and emotional level.
Yoga Therapy & The Pancha Maya Koshas:
Yoga Therapy Practical Applications and Inspiration for the 5 human layers/ dimensions:
Yoga Therapy focuses not only on the physical body, but also on the breath, sleep, digestion, our thoughts, our emotions, and our beliefs. Only when we can introduce new patterns and “undo” old destructive habits in these areas, we can start the process of healing and repair, from the deepest layers within ourselves.
Inspired by the “Joint-freeing” series of Mukunda Stiles, father of Structural Yoga Therapy and the Pawanmukhthsana series of the Bihar School of Yoga, this is a beautiful, slow practice with the breath, which allows full motion of the joints in combination with deep breathing, suitable for everyone but specially healing for students suffering from physical and emotional exhaustion.
Functional Range Conditioning
Healthy joints are the starting point of any constructive physical practice. Instead of passive range of motion or uncontrolled flexibility which often creates injuries, we focus on body awareness and expanding the controlled range of motion of the joints which benefits any other physical activity you choose.
During the retreat, you get to stay at Suryalila, a beautifully renovated old olive farm consisting of eight houses that form the Cortijo. In typical Spanish style, there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees.
The property sits on 45 acres of land and is still a working olive farm with 350 olive trees. Organic vegetables and fruits are grown in the gardens.
Suryalila is situated serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazalema. This majestic mountain range can be seen looming large on the horizon behind Suryalila. A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking view extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes.
The houses on the property are all artfully and tastefully furnished and decorated with careful attention to detail. Every room is uniquely beautiful with impeccable Feng Shui
The room options differ from a triple room to double rooms with a shared bathroom or a single room with private or shared bathroom. For the complete room descriptions, please visit the booking page.