|Made just a little more bearable, by having some decent food about the place.|
And if you've had half an eye on current affairs, it would be hard not to despair at the goings on of the world, and the general feeling that we are backsliding towards worse times rather than progressing towards better ones.
Thankfully, I'm not here to detail any more of those rather depressing events.
Moreover, any observer of human progress, would soon identify that our perceived gains and losses are not something we can so easily tally up, as if numbers on a balance sheet.
Sometimes, I do almost feel that practising and teaching yoga are rather esoteric activities. Removed from the real world, not doing much actual good, just a bit self indulgent, and otherworldly.
But if you go back to the original root of Yoga, and its philosophy, it is not, despite the current projected internet image, all about toned young lovelies, making beautiful shapes in their tight leggings.
Nor is it, merely a physical workout that enables one to become fitter, stronger, and more flexible.
- Although it does undoubtedly help with those things...
The first principles of the eight limbs of Yoga - in its ancient Sanskrit rooted form are thus..
- Yama - or non violence, avoiding, where possible, bad deeds in all their forms towards the outside world.
Whether in word or action.
Thats not about moralising, or judging others for their life choices, but developing your own personal code of ethics that sit right, and align with your own values.
and - Niyama which could broadly be described as non violence towards oneself, or exercising self- care. Doing what's right for you, within the above ethical framework.
So perhaps avoiding over eating, or overworking, making sure you we get enough rest, and sufficient exercise... And looking after ourselves and nourishing our spirits in ways, which we feel fulfilling.
The second two Asana and Pranayama do aid us with the above, in addition to feeding into what follows.
So Asana is predominantly the physical conditioning of the body through those shapes, and stretches, that we perform sequentially with our corporeal body.
Yoga, doesn't recognise that separate mind body duality, such as has been prevelant in the west throughout the last few centuries,
It suggests, and makes a reality, that both have to be in good order, for the whole to function well.
And that both need to be well integrated for a healthy, balanced, life well lived.
And then we have Pranayama - structured. observed, and controlled breathing exercises, which again allow us to experience the reality of the mind, body and breath being united, and joined as a whole..
All of this is experiential, it has to be done to be felt.
You could read hundreds of books about the theory of yoga, but without the practice, it is all fairly meaningless.
So I needed to remind myself of all this, whilst I go about promoting something as seemingly indulgent, and 'non - essential' as the weekend yoga retreat that I am offering this Spring
Yes it will be lovely, the venue is fabulous, and the system of yoga teaching is recognised world wide as one of the most well thought out, and rigorous methods - accessible to everyone, but also safely progressive to a high level ...
(I'm somewhere in that mass headstand shot on the front page, from our annual convention a couple of years back)
Everybody gets to work (yes - sometimes quite hard) and make advancements at their own pace, but safely within their own abilities.
Everyone should go home feeling like they've gained something-
(other than just a few pounds from all the yummy food)
And of course the food has to be important, to feel fully nutured, and nourished.
We are very literally made of what we eat..
Luckily your teacher also happens to run a small organically principled vegetable farm, just down the road - in fact, excitingly it is visible from the yurt campsite.
Plus we have a couple of very talented local cooks on hand, who will be transforming all this fresh produce, and other locallly sourced ingredients into delicious meals throughout the weekend.
Indeed, I have a slight suspicion, that some of last years attendees almost saw the whole weekend as a foodie event - with a bit of stretching in between to make room for the next delicious meal...
Anyhow, there won't be a questionare as to motivations for attending.
But if people do go home, feeling good about themselves, in their bodies, and in better spirits too, then that has to be a job well done.
Their well-being will positively enhance their interactions with the world, and affect all the things that they do.
Like the ripples spreading out from a pebble falling in a pond..
The four further principals of yoga, do fall within the more esoteric, and personal field.
I'm not about the business of interfering in other peoples belief systems or practices. And nor does the Iyengar system of teaching generally seek so to do ...
Theyre more about personal life goals and inner journeying, which is certainly outside the remit of my teaching scope..
But if you are interested they are detailed more here
Below is a more general overview of what you could expect from the weekend that we are offering :
Following on from the success, and all round enjoyment of the retreat that we held here last September.
I am pleased, and excited, to be able to offer a Spring Iyengar Yoga Retreat for 2018.
From 4pm on Friday 27th, up to and including, the evening of Sunday 29th April.
Come and fully immerse yourself, in a programme of in depth Asana and Pranayama.
At hunger hill Retreat Space, and Yurt campsite.
This superb, rurally situated studio, is purpose built, and fully equipped for yoga practice.
|In case you were worried that this was only suitable for women - there's one chap booked in already.|
Arrive and be wonderfully well fed, and nourished, from the very beginning.
Our accomodation is right alongside open heath land, for walks from the door, and just a short drive, or bike ride to local beaches.
Heathland walking , with far reaching views , straight from the campsite.
Weston Mouth, not too far away, on East Devons Jurassic coast.
We will be providing a fully catered event, featuring gloriously fresh, local produce, from Fresh and Green Vegetables.
Nobody goes home empty stomached... Here a good helping of the famous Fresh and Green salad. Served with the freshest eggs from our flock of free range hens.
Accommodation is in cosy, beautifully furnished, wood fire heated yurts, at the campsite alongside the studio.
This weekend will be suitable for anyone with some yoga experience.
And is especially designed for those who wish to deepen their understanding and practice of Iyengar Yoga, in a friendly, and supportive atmosphere.
Expect to be challenged, but not forced to go beyond safe limits. Alternative ways of working, supports and adaptations are given where the full pose is not yet achievable.
Always remembering that yoga is supposed to be good for you, not that you are supposed to be good at it ..
Your teacher has completed five years of teacher training, has been running regular local classes for over 18 years, and is certificated to junior intermediate level 3 under the Iyengar system.
OK , maybe East Devon scenery doesnt have quite the same drama as this, but we're still aiming high in Iyengar Yoga, with our bodily extension and alignment.
We aim that you leave feeling totally relaxed, but also rejuvenated, well fed, and inspired to integrate more beneficial yoga into your daily life.
There will be plenty of time, between the three daily classes, to explore the local countryside and coast, or you can just relax, and enjoy the fabulous surroundings …
There are few places more enchanting that the Devon countryside in Springtime, so come and enjoy a weekend of welcoming, and healthful indulgence.
It might be dry and warm enough to practice outside, but we are fully prepared to deal with April showers too...
£260 Price includes all classes, from Friday evening onwards, delicious, locally sourced vegetarian food,
and three nights accommodation in fully furnished yurts that sleep up to four people.
Class size is limited to twelve people, so that individual attention can be given at all times.
For further details, and to reserve a place, please contact me via email on firstname.lastname@example.org