Ashtanga for body & mind

This Intermediate Retreat is held between the 18 and 21 of July 2019 in the deep forest of Sweden. It is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to deepen their practice, because it will be tailored to the individual and will work more closely with techniques, tools and 'tricks'. These will be taught in a way that can be easily absorbed by the student and applied to create progress in one's personal practice even after they have left the retreat. We will explore how to progress safely and effectively within our Asana practice. Time-tested methods and insights will be shared to bring the practitioner to the next level in his/her practice. We will work on the body as an integrated system, whereby we will train ourselves to see weak linkages within the practice and how addressing certain aspects of the practice create ripple effects through all other aspects. The purpose of the retreat is to have fun exploring our practice, deepening our relationship with ourselves and learning from each other. We will also explore how we can bring the asana practice and the other aspects of yoga into life to ignite a process of self-transformation. 

The Intermediate Retreat includes 1 theory class a day, alongside 1 practice class and 1 workshop. You will be going deeper into alignment, and also progressions. Focus will be on how to progress quickly, safely and effectively within the practice. It will cover hip-opening, back-bending and inversions. The retreat will finish with an Acro Yoga to have fun and bond.

Are you looking for the Ashtanga Beginners Retreat? Click here!

The schedule

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Intermediate level

Intermediate: 1-2 years of practice.

Practice during the retreat

We will mix ashtanga yoga, with meditation, breathwork and a fun Acro Yoga session. Below you can read more about each practice.

Ashtanga

Ashtanga is a dynamic yoga style and is often described as one of the more physical demanding styles. What is typical with ashtanga is that you practice the asanas (poses) in a set series, where the breath is synchronised with a flowing movement, which is called vinyasa. Usually an Ashtanga practice begins with five repetitions of Surya Namaskara A and five repetitions of Surya Namaskara B, followed by a standing sequence. Following this the practitioner begins one of six series, followed by what is called the closing sequence. There are six series and each student has to master the serie before moving on to the next one. During this beginners retreat the classes will be led and we will focus on the primary series. Ashtanga yoga is, like mentioned earlier, a more physical yoga style but it is not about performance - it is about tuning into the connection between your body, mind and spirit. Ashtanga brings many advantages to the practitioner: increase flexibility, increase strength and blod circulation, makes you feel more energised, cleanse muscles and organs from waste, calms the nervous system and decrease stress levels.

During this retreat the classes will be between 90 and 120 minutes long.

Meditation

A daily silent sitting is an invaluable tool to have in a world that is increasingly distracted and simultaneously more demanding. As practitioners of silent meditation for many years, we understand its importance in our overall sense of well-being. Meditation is really very simple, and really all we need is to practice it. We will explore a few easy techniques of meditation that can be practiced anywhere and are perfect for the beginner meditator.

Breathwork

The word Pranayama literally translates to "Controlling the Life Force". This life force, or our inherent vitality can be increased through proper breathing, The science of yoga strongly believes that the breath and our state of mind are closely interlinked. The deeper and longer, our normal rate of breathing, the more peaceful and tranquil our mind is. Apart from that there are a whole host of physical benefits that come from an increased breathing capacity. Through this retreat we will explore some foundational Pranayama techniques that are safe and effective for beginners to practice daily. These morning sessions will leave you feeling vital, invigorated and at peace. 

* If you have any injuries or diseases, physical or psychological, we encourage you to discuss your participation in this retreat with your doctor/nurse/therapist prior to your submission. You are also welcome to contact us regarding your questions/thoughts.

Our teacher, Rohil Jethmalani

Rohil grow up in India and began his journey into yoga by coming into contact with meditation 7 years ago. In a quest to find his true Self, he visited many masters and guides from different parts of the country. Soon the realization dawned that the real Guru is within, and other masters are simply mirrors. A year later he began to complement his meditation practice with Ashtanga-vinyasa. He has spent long periods of time over the past few years with his teacher, Ajay Kumar (sthalam8) learning Ashtanga in the traditional Mysore-style. Soon afterwards he began to teach, feeling the need to share the sacred practices that have brought about so much peace and fulfilment in his personal journey.

His unique style of teaching goes beyond simply the physical practice. The nurturing, yet challenging environment created in his classes pushes his students to tap into their inner potential. His intention is to bring about lasting inner transformation through asana practice. He believes that yoga is not simply a physical practice and strives to highlight the philosophies that underlie these rich and sacred traditions. Using yoga as not only a tool for physical transformation, but also to effect deeper mental and spiritual change.

For more details about Rohil please visit his Instagram account: Shivatman_yoga

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Student testimonials

“Rohil is not only hilarious - he is also very challenging and intensely inspiring! He has a lot of knowledge within asana, philosophy and anatomy - and he is so skilled in sharing and adapting the level depending on who he speaks to. That, together with his very calming and soothing presence you get a very special yoga experience. I encourage anyone and everyone to attend his retreats!” - Molly, Sweden

What is included in the price?

This retreat is held between the 11 - 14 of July 2019 (3 nights) and offers 18 spots. The price covers accommodation (dormitory, multiple bedrooms or private cabin), bed linens and towels, vegan/vegetarian home cooked food (breakfast, lunch and dinner), 5 ashtanga classes, 2 alignment classes, theory, one Acro yoga workshop, daily meditation sessions and breathwork sessions, yoga props (mats, bolsters, blocks etc), time for exploring yourself and the surrounding nature of Bergslagskanalen and quality time in the sauna and outdoor jacuzzi.

The price is split between our different housing alternatives:

  • Dormitory, with shared bathroom: 420 € / 4,200 SEK per person (7 spots)

  • Two double rooms, with shared bathroom: 460 € / 4,600 SEK per person (5 spots)

  • One cabin with a private bathroom: 4,900 SEK per person

    (2 spots - suits friends/couples)

  • Without accommodation: 300€ / 3,000 SEK (4 spots)

Terms of payment: The registration is binding. The registration fee (1,000 SEK) guarantees you a spot on the course and info on how to pay the registration fee is received at the confirmation email. The registration feed will have to be transfered within 48 hours from the time your booking has been confirmed by Asphyttan Metta House per email. The remaining amount is paid via invoice, which is sent through email 30 days before the course starts. If you end up on the waitlist, no registration fee will be charged.

Cancellation Policy: The registration fee is not paid back regardless of when cancellation takes place. This also applies when changing the course. The remaining amount is repaid if cancellation is made no later than 15 days before the start of the course. If cancellation is made later than 15 days before the start of the course, the remaining amount is only paid again if a replacement can fill your place, or when presenting a medical certificate.

Info about Asphyttan Metta House

Asphyttan Metta House is a retreat center in the beautiful area of Asphyttan, Bergslagen - 10 k south of Filipstad. The people who run this place is called Philippa and Simon. Their dream is to invite more people to practice yoga, meditation and explore their inner wisdom and creativity.

 

Find this place

The retreats is held at Asphyttan Metta House - 10 k south of Filipstad, Värmland, Sweden. If you go by car, please type in "Asphyttan Metta House" into your GPS/Google Maps and you will easily find us.

• By train/bus: 

You can catch a train or bus to “Kristinehamn Resecentrum” or “Karlstad Centralstation”. You can get here by jumping on to bus nr 400 to Filipstad (the bus travels between Karlstad and Kristinehamn, and passes Filipstad on the way). We will offer one pick up and one drop of on the day of check-in/check-out - either from Kristinehamn or Filipstad. The car has 7 spots.