July 12 - 18, 2021

Course: 7 Essentials of Yoga as an Art of Living

Yoga and Meditation Course with Meditative Hiking.

This course is designed to offer you, through an intensive and deep immersion, a guide that allows you to build a solid foundation on which to establish the principles of Yoga as an Art of Living in your daily life.

An intensive course to get you started in this ancient art of yoga or to refresh and establish yourself in a more grounded way in your sadhana (daily practice).

 

Who is this course for?

For everyone, regardless of their physical condition, level of practice or age. Because the practice of yoga is for everyone.

Each day we will address and deepen one of the 7 essential pillars of the practice of yoga as an art of living.

RATES INCLUDE

All meals made with love in our vegetarian kitchen.

6 nights of accommodation (except the 'without accommodation option').

5 guided meditation sessions.

6 yoga and movement classes.

5 workshops on the 7 essentials of yoga as an art of living.

1 tea ceremony.

4 guided meditative hikes.

2 meditative long hikes of half day in Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park.

All taxes, public liability and accident insurance for activities: hiking and yoga.

SAMPLE SCHEDULE

ACTIVITIES

Yoga & Movement Classes

Yoga asana classes are for all levels of practice. The sessions combine Hatha Yoga principles and exercises, Vinyasa, movement and mobility.

There will be one yoga class per day. Yoga classes build up gradually, always offering variations for different levels of practice and individual abilities.

During the course we will cover in detail:

  • Classic Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar) and version A and B.
  • Fundamental postures of classic Hatha-Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga. They will be of great help in increasing our physical and mental endurance and flexibility.
  • Mobility and movement exercises.
  • Relaxation: We will offer simple tools to help you learn to relax and release tension and stress in your daily life (return to calmness).
  • Sequences: At the end of the course you will learn to set up your own sequences according to your possibilities and objectives.
  • Pranayama: Study of different breathing techniques and exercises to increase vital energy, improve our lungs capacity and calm our mind.

Workshops on the 7 Essentials

In the afternoons we will hold special theoretical and practical workshops where we will cover the 7 essentials of the practice of Yoga as an Art of Living. During the workshops we will also have the opportunity to share our deepest concerns, doubts and insights. Additionally, there will be time to meditate together, contemplate nature, sing mantras or meditative songs. 

The 7 essentials pillars of yoga as an art of living

  1. Conscious breathing 
  2. Exercise and movement
  3. Rest 
  4. Mindful eating 
  5. Concentration and clarity of the mind for meditation practices
  6. Cultivating joy in yourself 
  7. Cultivating universal, unconditional and unlimited love (Metta Bhavana)

Meditation

Everyday there will be guided meditation sessions, in the morning and some nights before going to sleep. The best way to start and finish the day.

We practice simple techniques that are easy to carry on at home. We use universal elements to all of us as concentration objects, such as the breath, the body sensations, sounds, etc.

Meditative Hiking

Meditative walks and hikes are esencial practices in our retreats. They are very simple and accesible for everyone. They help us to understand, through experience, our deep connection with nature.
It makes us notice in each step and in each breath, that the energy that exist inside us it is just the same as the energy that exists out there. Nature is our greatest teacher, silence and deep listening helps us enrich the experience She offers.

There will be a daily 90 minute meditative walk in nature, opening the senses and developing mindfulness.

Two days will be dedicated to meditative hiking, starting just after breakfast and coming back for a gentle yoga session. It is a perfect opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the the Ordesa National Park or surrounding areas.

Tea Ceremony

A moment of silence to connect with nature, with yourself and with the group. Sharing a bowl of “living tea” we deepen all the richness that dwells in “the way of tea” (Cha Dao).

We give ourselves the opportunity to make from something ordinary something extraordinary and full of meaning.

Satsang

In Sanskrit, Sat means truth and Sang means group or community.

Satsang is a gathering to share our concerns, questions, and our deepest insights. It is also a time to meditate together, contemplate nature and sing meditative songs or mantras.

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga is Yoga in action = finding skillfulness and integration in any action.

We bring the principles of Yoga in everything we do. We invite you to practice Karma Yoga by helping us with simple tasks of the house as fetching water from the fountain, chopping vegetables, drying dishes, etc.

DATES: July 12th – 18th, 2021.

LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

DURATION

The retreat starts on Monday, July 12th at 16h. There will be an introduction, yoga class and opening, followed by a dinner and a meditation.
The retreat finishes on Sunday, July 18th at 13h, after brunch.

FACILITATORS

Katya Rios Chavez Kalyani Casa Cuadrau

KATYA RÍOS
Yoga and Meditation

Daniel Benito

DANIEL BENITO
Mountain Guide and Meditation

PRICES, DONATIONS AND GRANTS

We want our programmes to be accessible to everyone, regardless of their financial situation.

The published rates correspond to the basic/standard retreat prices. If you are in a difficult financial situation and require financial help to attend this programme, you can find here two support options we are offering. You can select one when you make your booking.

At the end of the retreat we will open a space for donations. With your generosity you are supporting Casa Cuadrau (cooperative of social interest) and its team. You are also enabling other fellow practitioners, who are in a more difficult financial situation, to attend our programmes.

RATES PER PERSON

Types of accommodation
Rates per person
Standard shared dormitory 830 €
Shared attic (double) 870 €
Chandra double occupancy 957 €
Chandra single occupancy 1.120 €
Bhumi double occupancy 957 €
Bhumi single occupancy 1.120 €
Surya double occupancy 1.008 €
Surya single occupancy 1.170 €
Without accommodation* 690 €
*Without accommodation: it includes all the retreat activities and meals. Staying in another guest house.

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