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Retreat Sessions

With so many yoga styles available, are you wandering which one suits you better ?

Discover in this section the types of yoga, exclusive activities and talks we will be bringing this Summer that will make this retreat unique.

Friday, July 2

Hatha and Nada Yoga

Hatha yoga is in general the practice of asana (postures) and Nada means vibration, sound. The session combines active and passive practice of asana while sound/ vibrations are produced from singing bowls and gongs.
First part is dedicated to a gentle, supported and comfortable practice using props to assist on the steadiness of the poses. This practice aims to activate the body focused on the mobility of the spine, using seated and reclined positions. At the same time, the singing bowls vibrations will be synchronised with the practice of postures. On the second half, we will be focused on a passive experience. Participants are invited to lay down in a comfortable posture: the body and mind relax while the sound  of the Gings and cymbals are played.

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Gil Araujo

Yoga Instructor

Saturday, July 3

Meditation and Breathing Exercises

Meditation practice helps to increase concentration and clarity of mind. You will be guided to gradually focus inwards through breath awareness practice to calm the busy mind and access your inner world. Yogic breathing exercises are called Pranayama in Sanskrit. Practicing Pranayama involves conscious and deliberate regulation of the breath to influence the flow of Prana (energy, life force) in your body. You don’t need to have prior experience in meditation or breathing exercises to join this session. 

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Margarida Luz

Yoga Instructor

Saturday, July 3

Flow & Restore

A delicious session to soften and relax muscles. It starts with gentle movements to release the areas of tension in your body and prepare for deep relaxation. Some props are used, like bolsters, blankets, and blocks to support your body in passive poses. This session is a wonderful blend of gentle yoga, restorative postures and breathwork. Recommended if recently you are experiencing insomnia, extreme fatigue and stress.

Sue Lardner

Yoga Instructor

Sunday, July 4

Self-Massage Techniques

To end the retreat on a high note, you will take home a series of techniques and tips for self myofascial massage using yoga blocks and massage balls. We will provide you with step-by-step instruction to release sore spots associated with aching and stiffness in parts of the body as neck, shoulder and lower back.  

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Margarida and Sandi

July 2 and 3

Trataka and Drawing Breath

Trataka is a kriya, or a cleansing exercise. It is performed by steadily gazing at a candle flame without blinking. If practiced on a regular basis helps to purify vision, and serves as a remedy to all types of eye related problems. The practice also assists the development of concentration and it promotes good sleep patterns.

Drawing your breath is a mindful technique that brings the monkey mind attention back to the body and the breath. The guided practice to observe and draw the breath will help to explore different elements of the breathing patterns. Conscious breathing can improve your focus, helps increase positive thoughts, resilience and self-esteem.

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Margarida Luz

Yoga Instructor

Saturday, July 3

Aqua Yoga

This session is composed of yoga asanas (postures), the same way as traditionally we do on the mat, but practiced inside the swimming pool, enjoying the Water Element. According to the Vedic philosophy of the Chakras, the water element is the element that governs the second chakra, the sacral chakra. In this chakra are the energies of our emotions, creativity and sexuality, so this practice also invites us to bring more fluidity into these areas of our lives. As Aqua Yoga is a low-impact practice, the pool environment eases muscles and joints’ relaxation. Practitioners focus should be kept on body balance and alignment. And, like every yoga practice, the sequence on the water works on the subtle energies of breathing and concentration, relaxing the body, mind and spirit.

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Juliana Moreschi

Yoga Instructor

Saturday, July 3

Talk: Healthy Eating Habits

Healthy eating does not have to be boring, complicated or expensive.

In this talk, Catarina will provide simple and practical tools for you to incorporate healthy eating habits on a daily basis and ditch restrictive diets.

You will also learn how to achieve your goals, eat mindfully and understand common myths and misconceptions about healthy eating.

Finally, you will have an unique opportunity to share your experience and be mentored by Catarina.

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Catarina Rodrigues

Health Coach

Saturday, July 3

Ashtanga Vinyasa

Ashtanga is a very dynamic and athletic style of yoga that emphasises the combined use of movement and breath. Practitioners are guided through a set sequence of postures each time based on the traditional Primary Series. A regular practice of Ashtanga helps the mind to be clearer, the body to be stronger and more flexible. It also prepares the practitioner to become independent and build their own self-practice. Suitable for all levels. Variations of postures and the use of props will be suggested to support your practice.

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Margarida Luz

Yoga Instructor

Saturday, July 3

Mindful Emotional Release

Transform negative thoughts, feelings, and memories that may be holding you back with this mindful practice that uses essential oils combined with intention and awareness.

It can help you profoundly connect with what you truly want in your life, clear emotions or thoughts that no longer serve you, and help with any resistance you have to fulfil your life ambitions or goals.

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Sandi Manhão

Wellness Advisor

Sunday, July 4

Vinyasa Flow

This will be a fun and dynamic session done outdoors at a local scenic spot and it aims to develop body strength with focus on movement combined with breath.

Vinyasa is a so-called contemporary style of yoga, and the sequence is often based on the continued flow of postures. It might involve sun salutations, standing and seated postures, arm balances, backbends, with a strong emphasis on breath awareness. Even if you are new to yoga is worth a try as the flow of postures help to increase energy and improve stamina.

Juliana Moreschi

Yoga Instructor