Sunday 22nd September 2019 – 10.30am to 4.30pm
Even though my next full-day yoga retreat is almost 3 months away, I am starting to “promote” it now as this will be my last full-day retreat of this year and for a while to come. I will be running a half-day retreat in December but after that I intend to take a bit of a break from running these events as I have run quite a few over the last few years so do join me if you can. Places will be limited to 24 people maximum to ensure those attending have plenty of space and are comfortable. I have already started taking bookings for this event and at the time of writing we are a third-full.
As for the day itself I am holding it around the time of the Autumn Equinox as it always feels auspicious to hold these “group” events around these times of seasonal transition. By staying close to the rhythms of nature we are reminded that we are part of a much bigger picture and we also get to benefit from the high energy around these transitions in the year particularly when we come together as a group with a shared intention.
The Autumn Equinox represents a point of balance between the Summer Solstice and the Winter Solstice. Autumn is thus a period of transition from the more “yang” and active summer months to the more “yin” and slower winter months. In itself it is a “yin” season as everything starts to slow down. All around us change is clear to see in this season: changes in weather and in nature, days become shorter, rhythms shift and we begin to move towards a more mellow, softer time, encouraging us to look inwards and reflect.
We will start our day together with a more “yang” Hatha yoga class in the morning to get our energy up and warm our bodies. A Hatha practice includes elements of flexibility, balance, strength, breathing, meditation and relaxation and is a more active practice although still accessible to all abilities. We will then take a short break for lunch together for which I would ask that you bring your own lunch with you. I will, however, be providing various teas, coffee, juices as well as biscuits and nibbles for everyone to enjoy. We have access to a kitchen so there will be a fridge there if anyone needs to keep their lunch in the fridge!
In the afternoon will explore a relaxing and restorative “yin” yoga session where the emphasis is more on deep stretching and release and is generally a more mindful practice moving slower, holding postures for longer and mostly composed of seated and supine postures. At the close of our Yin session I will be taking you on a Drum Journey Meditation which uses the rhythm and vibration of the drum to bring your whole being into alignment, this helps to remove blockages and promote healing.
At the end of the day we conclude with a sound bath where I use my various instruments, including my Gongs, Quartz Crystal and Tibetan singing bowls, my drums and chimes to transport you to a place of deep bliss and relaxation and to a new level of consciousness that helps you to disconnect and relax into yourselves. If you are unfamiliar with the concept of a sound bath then this is an immersive vibrational experience of pure sound which feels as though you are being “bathed” in sound waves and vibrations. The frequencies and sounds of the Gong and the singing bowls cannot be predicted by the mind so it slows the brainwaves into a meditative Theta State which can be a blissfully therapeutic experience. In reality though, the best way to understand it truly is to experience it!
The structure of these days has evolved over the last few years and I try to add a little something different each time so that we all keep learning and growing but in essence the whole day is structured to allow for plenty of “you” time and peace and quiet away from your otherwise busy lives. The idea is also to use the various practices available within yoga to support you during these seasonal transitions so that you leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
The cost the day is still £45 (early bird until Sunday 25th August 2019 after which point it will increase to £50) and you can find full details of what to bring, the location of the venue, contact details, terms and conditions, etc. on my dedicated yoga day page. Hope to see some of you there! ૐ