July 26 - 31, 2022

Course: 8 Branches/ Limbs of Yoga

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 for your sadhana (daily practice) in a comprehensive way.

An intensive course to start or deepen in this ancient practice where we will study the theory and practice of the 8 branches (or limbs) of the tree of Yoga.

The precepts of this ancient yoga science and practice were first compiled and explained by Patanjali Maharishi some 2,000 years ago. He wrote down the Raja Yoga system in sutras or short aphorisms. In the second chapter of the Raja Yoga Sutras, Sadhana Pada, Patanjali mentions the specific practices that lead to a state of superconsciousness or liberation. He also indicates the 8 limbs of yoga (ashtanga yoga), as practices to attain liberation/enlightenment.

Yamas: universal principles
Niyamas: individual precepts
Asanas: yoga postures
Pranayama: breath control
Pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses
Dharana: concentration
Dhyana: meditation
Samadhi: liberation

 

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.

We will cover the 8 branches of the tree of Yoga and how to apply them in our daily lives. 

RATES INCLUDE

All meals made with love in our vegetarian kitchen.

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

Guided meditation sessions.

5 yoga and movement classes.

2 yoga asana workshops.

1 tea ceremony.

3 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: 8 branches of the tree of yoga

We will have 2 special workshops where we will cover 8 branches of the tree of yoga. 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 8 branches of the tree of yoga

  1. Yamas: universal principles
  2. Niyamas: individual precepts
  3. Asanas: yoga postures
  4. Pranayama: breath control
  5. Pratyahara: withdrawal of the senses
  6. Dharana: concentration
  7. Dhyana: meditation
  8. Samadhi: liberation

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 26 -31, 2022.

LEVELS: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced

DURATION

The retreat starts on Tuesday, July 26th at 16h. There will be an introduction, yoga class and opening, followed by a dinner and a meditation.
The retreat finishes on Sunday, July 31st 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 777 €
Attic double occupancy 807 €
Attic single occupancy 897 €
Chandra double occupancy 887 €
Chandra single occupancy 1.025 €
Bhumi double occupancy 887 €
Bhumi single occupancy 1.025 €
Surya double occupancy 925 €
Surya single occupancy 1.055 €
Without accommodation* 665 €
*Without accommodation: it includes all the retreat activities and meals. Staying in another guest house.

BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT

Bring a friend and you both get 8% discount for sharing the accommodation.

BOOKINGS

You will be able to book on 1st of February, 2022.

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