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Yoga for daily life: Purifying Breath Techniques

The essence of yoga is really all about purification. Keeping the body pure and healthy through the physical asanas, detoxifying the mind of negative thoughts and emotions and creating space in the breath for this ‘prana’ or life force energy to flow.

Featured breathing technique

Nadi Shodhan. We introduce this gently purifying ‘pranayama’ (breath) technique to help clear out blocked energy channels in the body, which in turn calms the mind. ‘Nadi’ means subtle energy channel and ‘Shodhan’ represents cleaning and purification. This can be done anytime of the day, not just on the yoga mat – we suggest two to three times daily to really experience the benefits.

  1. Sit comfortably with your spine long and shoulders relaxed
  2. Place the tip of the index finger and middle finger of the right hand between the eyebrows, the ring finger and little finger on the left nostril, thumb on the right
  3. Press your thumb down on the right nostril and breathe out gently through the left
  4. Now breathe in from the left nostril, close the left nostril gently and breathe out from the right
  5. Breathe in from the right nostril and exhale from the left. This is one round – try nine
Other benefits of purifying breath techniques?

Our minds have a tendency to regret or glorify the past or get anxious about the future. This helps us to stay present. It helps harmonise the left and right hemispheres of the brain, which correlate to the logical and emotional sides of our personalities. This breath technique prepares the body and mind for meditation, so try a short meditation afterwards.

Retreat of the Week – Ibiza Energy Retreat with Coco Bliss

Dancing Shakti at Es Vedra with Coco Bliss

Retreat: Penecost Ibiza Energy Retreat with Coco Bliss

About: Reload yourself with vitalizing yoga, calming meditation, refreshing walks, relaxing massage and energetic dance at the magical island Ibiza!!

Swim in the eco-pool and lose yourself in the bohemian charm of this rustic retreat centre and the surrounding countryside. And let the lovely Coco lead you through a journey of the body, mind and spirit!

Dates: Thursday 24th – Tuesday 29th May

Location: A 400 year old renovated finca in the North of the island. One of the most beautiful and tranquil places!

Price: €599 per person (based on 2 sharing)

What’s included? *5 nights accommodation * Full board – delicious vegetarian cuisine * All classes and workshops*

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Retreat of the Week – Dynamic Yoga Recharge @ Formentera Yoga

Retreat: Weekend Beach Recalibration via Dynamic Yoga Recharge 2012 Formentera Beach House

Date: 19th – 23rd April

Price: €775 sharing or €995 for a private room.

Includes: *Private 4 star seaview accommodation * delicious healthy evening meals * all sunrise and sunset yoga * room service *mats, blocks and straps * sunrise silent walks*

About: Join Jax for this yoga immersion that helps you to become more sensitively aware of SENSATION to re-calibrate neuro muscular pathways to practice yoga with integrity. You can’t feel your body through habit, and if you can’t feel your body like your lower back or hips because they have become numb with de-sensitive actions you certainly won’t feel the trauma in your lower spine when practicing upwards dogs or sun salutations, and this will be why Yoga perhaps is always uncomfortable for you. This immersion awakens you to the SENSATIONS of your body, making yoga blissful and teaches you how to practice action with INTEGRITY and not just action any old way.

Quite possibly a LIFE CHANGING holiday for most that attend!

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Retreat of the Week! Easter special at Formentera Yoga…

Join Jax and the team at Formentera Beach Yoga for this yoga immersion that helps you to become more sensitively aware of SENSATION to re-calibrate neuro muscular pathways to practice yoga with integrity…

You can’t feel your body through habit, and if you can’t feel your body like your lower back or hips because they have become numb with de-sensitive actions you certainly won’t feel the trauma in your lower spine when practicing upwards dogs or sun salutations, and this will be why Yoga perhaps is always uncomfortable for you. This immersion awakens you to the SENSATIONS of your body, making yoga blissful and teaches you how to practice action with INTEGRITY and not just action any old way.

Date: 6th – 9th April

Duration: 4 days

Location: Formentera Beach Club

Price: From €775 for shared accommodation

Includes: * Private 4 star seaview accommodation * delicious healthy evening meals * all sunrise and sunset yoga * room service *mats, blocks and straps * sunrise silent walks *

 

Summer Solstice and 3 Summer Retreats

es vedra

Summer Solstice – the longest day of the year. Where will you be spending it today? We will be taking a picnic and watching the sunset from Es Vedra.

Also known as Midsummer the Summer Solstice gets its name from the Latin for sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still). The Sun reaches its most Northerly point and momentarily stands still before starting its journey South in the sky again until it reaches its most Southerly point – Winter Solstice, before repeating the cycle. This is basically how we get our seasons.

The Summer Solstice is the time when the Sun is at its highest or most northerly point in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere and when we receive the most hours of daylight. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere it is the reverse, so you will be having a Winter Solstice.

It’s not actually the Sun that moves North or South over the seasons although it may appear so. It’s the Earths axial tilt that causes the Sun to change position in the sky as the Earth orbits the Sun throughout the year.

Retreat in Ibiza this summer on one of our recommended retreats below.

Sunset Mountain 7 day Yoga Retreat with Lena Tancredi

Friday 8th July to Friday 15th July

This retreat centre is set deep in nature on one of the highest points on the Island of Ibiza, with stunning views and an abundance of fresh natural energy.

The yoga taught is classical Hatha Yoga allowing you to deepen you practive along with chanting, meditation, ayurvedic massage and an array of extra therapies to choose from.

Cost from €610 including

  • Accommodation for 7 nights
  • 2 Yoga sessions per a day
  • Drinks and Meals
  • Theory classes
  • Transfer from the airport to the retreat

6 Day Yoga in the Village with James DeMaria

Sunday July 3rd  to Friday July 8th

In the beautiful village of San Juan With fresh mountain air and beautiful sunsets. Yoga in the Village retreat is specifically an opportunity to deepen your yoga practice. Suitable for all yogic levels.

Other dates throughout the year available.

Cost €280

5 Day Just Stop Retreat with Larah Davis and Rebekah Fensome

Sunday July 31st to Thursday 4th August

A 5 day all-inclusive retreat in the heart of Ibiza´s nature located at a beautiful healing arts country farmhouse near San Miguel. Close to the clear waters of Benirras beach. Relax around the bio-pool , take daily yoga, meditation and breath work classes, get pampered with your choice of healing treatments. This is your retreat tailor made by a team of wellbeing experts.

Cost £790 (+ optional extras)

For more information email Cheryl on the enquiry button below or call 648914706.
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