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YOGA ON RETREAT

The Yoga is specially crafted, a complete rebalance and look at the chakra system and 8 limbs to guide you back home, to your inner world of truth and wisdom. I light the incense each morning, the sun rises across the Aegean sea and we move our bodies as the light dances across the water in the distance.

During these specially curated days away, we move through 6-7 sessions.

Every morning we meet around 8am, moving through a yoga practice that incorporated meditation, pranayama, movement, balance, strength, release and stretchin.

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Josephine is really warm and welcoming and has a lovely presence when guiding and teaching. The whole experience was perfect.

- KYRA

Retreat Guest

 FIND REST, BALANCE, AND PEACE
RECONNECT WITH YOUR BREATH | MOVE YOUR BODY MINDFULLY | SHARE NOURISHING FOOD | REFLECT ON YOUR WELLNESS JOURNEY | REST DEEPLY | STRETCH AWAY TENSION | BE HELD | EXPLORE THE POWER OF SOUND

 

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MEDITATION

 

Meditation has a history that goes back thousands of years, and many meditative techniques began in Eastern traditions. The term “meditation” refers to a variety of practices that focus on mind and body integration and are used to calm the mind and enhance overall well-being. Some types of meditation involve maintaining mental focus on a particular sensation, such as breathing, a sound, a visual image, or a mantra, which is a repeated word or phrase. Other forms of meditation include the practice of mindfulness, which involves maintaining attention or awareness on the present moment without making judgments.

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Pranayama

 

Encompasses the breathing exercises which clear the physical and emotional obstacles in our body to free the breath and so the flow of prana - life energy.

Often we choose the breathing practice to enhance or support the class, for example, if we are working with the crown chakra, connecting to the divine, we might feature Kapalabhati during the practice to enhance the qualities of this spiritual focus.

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Why we focus on the breath during this retreat?

As early as the first millennium B.C., both the Tao religion of China and Hinduism placed importance on a “vital principle” that flows through the body, a kind of energy or internal breath, and viewed respiration as one of its manifestations. The Chinese call this energy qi, and Hindus call it prana (one of the key concepts of yoga).

when you are feeling calm and safe, at rest, or engaged in a pleasant social exchange, your breathing slows and deepens. You are under the influence of the parasympathetic nervous system, which produces a relaxing effect. Conversely, when you are feeling frightened, in pain, or tense and uncomfortable, your breathing speeds up and becomes shallower. The sympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body’s various reactions to stress, is now activated.

Regular practice of a slow breathing technique overtime may provide long term correction of sympathetic over-arousal. In addition, slow, deep breathing has been shown to result in melatonin production which not only promotes relaxation.  but is an essential sleep-inducing hormone which promotes parasympathetic tone and inhibits sympathetic tone

Every system in the body relies on oxygen. From cognition to digestion, effective breathing can not only provide you with a greater sense of mental clarity, it can also help you sleep better, digest food more efficiently, improve your body’s immune response, and reduce stress levels. Many people who practice yoga, especially those who focus on the practice of  Pranayama, or breath control, have been shown to regulate the sympathetic nervous system, or the part of the body that controls breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. 

TRADITIONAL HATHA YOGA AND SLOW FLOW VINYASA

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A yoga class described as ‘Hatha’ will typically involve a set of physical postures (yoga poses) and breathing techniques. These are typically practised more slowly and with more static posture holds than a Vinyasa flow or Ashtanga class. We move slowly, take deep breaths, to unlock tensions, ease injuries and melt tension away.

 

In a slow flow, you'll get a fluid practice, where postures are linked together mindfully. Josephine slows the pace, so you still get a strong practice with more somatic movement incorporated to keep the breath steady and the nervous system calm. This is a strong yet playful class. Ideally, you'll have some yoga basics under your belt, as Josephine doesn't give as many verbal queues and adjustments.

Josephine makes these classes accessible for all, offering modifications, yoga props and helpful cues.

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​YIN YOGA

 

A Yin yoga class usually consists of a series of long-held, passive floor poses that mainly work the lower part of the body – the hips, pelvis, inner thighs, and lower spine. These areas are especially rich in connective tissues. The poses are held for up to five minutes, sometimes longer. Yin is almost entirely passive, although some Yin asanas contain Yang elements. Working the fascia of the body, Josephine draws on mindfulness practices, compassion and kindness to leave you feeling held, restored and light.

YOGA NIDRA + SOUND

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"It was a brand new experience for me and I had no idea how all-encompassing it would be. A truly wonderful, immersive experience, which you feel throughout your whole body and soul. I was also surprised at the impact it had on me after the session, as I felt more in tune to all the sounds around me"

- Kate

Retreat Client

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T & C's:

  • To secure your spot, a non-refundable deposit of 20% will be required

  • Payment plans of three installments are available, please contact Josephine

  • cancellation policy will be provided when you enquire.

  • All payments must be made 2 months prior to the retreat date.

  • Covid guidelines and cancellations considered, full info when you enquire.

  • There are now many providers that will supply insurance that covers you in the case of illness.

  • If circumstances change and the retreat gets canceled, you will get a full refund including deposit.

  • Please ensure you've read the brochure and completed the booking form 

  • As previously mentioned, this is a sober retreat, once you sign the agreement booking form, if found drinking or using any drugs while at the retreat you may be asked to leave the retreat.

  • Any questions? Please email josephine@echoyogaandsound.com

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