Posts tagged ‘Retreat’

Episode 53: Reaching, Ribs, and Relaxation

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photo credit Tiffany Sankary

This is a live class from a summer intensive taught in July of 2016. Class begins with developmental movement warm-ups focused on waking up the side body. This warm up prepares you for the active asanas that are done in the last half of class.

Just under two hours, you may need to carve out some time on a Saturday afternoon for this one. The first hour of this class could be done alone as a gentle restorative class to wake up the torso.

Props needed: 1-2 blankets, 2 blocks

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Crete Retreat with Sarah B. Yoga and Cat Murcek

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Join yoga teachers Sarah Baumert and Cat Murcek for a week of yoga at the far edge of Crete. Yoga on Crete offers an idyllic house retreat in one of the loveliest parts of all the Greek Islands. Treat yourself to some yoga in the sun at a time when the weather in Chora Sfakion is just perfect. Look forward to twice daily practices of asana, meditation, and breathing exercises, walks to the beach, hikes to see the views, delicious meals prepared in-house, and a warm and welcoming community.

Sunday May 24th – Sunday May 31st

Yoga on Crete in Chora Sfakion, Crete, Greece

Earlybird Rate: $1295

After March 15th: $1395

For registration contact Sarah info@sarahbyoga.com

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These 7 days will allow you the opportunity to detach from daily stress and establish a daily practice of yoga, meditation, and bodily awareness. Grow confidence in your personal yoga practice and share a sense of community during these consecutive days of asana and dialogue. A daily experience at this retreat may include: Yin/Restorative yoga to prepare for meditation sessions, active asana practice, experiential anatomy, discussion, shared meals, personal time for integration and reflection.

Hosted by Sarah Baumert of Sarah B. Yoga, known for her thorough and diverse methods of instruction, her dedication to holding space for individuals’ personal discovery and her investment in building personal relationships with her students. Sarah will be joined by Cat Murcek. Cat loves teaching to all ages and ability levels and strives to help her students discover new-ness in every class. We are both excited to share our knowledge with new and continuing students during this week long yoga retreat in the sunshine and support of Yoga on Crete’s pristine eco-friendly environment.

What’s Included:

  • 2 daily practices
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals (7 breakfasts and 5 dinners)
  • One return boat trip to Sweet Water beach
  • Linens and bath towels (a limited number of beach towels are available for use)

What’s Not Included:

  • Massage treatment. Choose from Holistic massage, Cranio-sacral treatment, and Reflexology with Ginger compress treatment, with Federica.
  • All lunches and 2 dinners out per week.
  • Flights to Crete.
  • Transfers to Chora Sfakion.
  • Additional excursions to beaches (if you would like to explore other beaches that are not at a walking distance from the village, you should budget approximately 5 – 20 EURO per trip – depending on whether boat or taxi ride is shared with other guests).

 

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Housing: Accommodation is offered in our lovely traditional stone house. Rooms are designed in a natural combination of old and new and are spacious and comfortable. Rooms are allocated on a first come first served basis (there is a limited availability of rooms, and single rooms in particular). The house is a 5 minutes walking distance to the village centre and beach, but also pleasantly secluded. The garden at the front and the private olive grove at the back blend in with the landscape and offer options for places to rest.

Food: The Cretan diet is renowned for its macrobiotic qualities, but also for its great variety of delicious flavors. More than the pure, fresh ingredients themselves, it is the fact that cooking is traditionally performed almost like a ritual, with love, and always in the prospect of offering the food to others, that makes the Cretan cuisine so special. Our cook embodies this spirit, preparing two nutritious lacto-vegetarian meals a day, using local, and wherever possible, organic products (grown in our own garden!).

The village restaurants, only a short walk away, offer a wide range of local dishes, including fresh fish and game.

Location: Chora (pronounced “Hora”) Sfakion or Sfakia, the capital of the municipality of Sfakia, is located on the south-west coast of Crete. The landscape of the region is particularly dramatic. The mountains in this part of Crete meet the sea, with steep slopes towering over the beaches. The road from the north of the island threads through breathtaking mountains and small villages to reach the port village of Sfakia. A sense of peacefulness radiates from the dry mountains and the sunset skies.

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“Sarah’s caring personality and dedication to her craft made me feel welcome and well-centered within minutes of arrival at the retreat.  In class, her calm demeanor and choice of descriptive words helped me settle into all the poses.   Her class sequencing  demonstrates her awareness of the musculoskeletal system and movement of the body.  I know this because she has unique ways of getting my body to access sensations held deep within.  Having the opportunity to experience her gifted style of teaching twice a day was delightful!” – Laura