On the September full moon, Sue Crow and Laura González team up to offer a yoga retreat aimed at preparing the mind, body and breath for the last days of summer. After the energy of the warm season, we are often unprepared for the changes in light, temperature and mood that occur in the Northern part of the world at this time of year. Take the time to nourish yourself and reflect on what you need. We are offering you posture workshops, pranayama practice & satsang. Tucked away in the inspiring natural settings of the Argyll countryside, Barmolloch Cottages provide a cosy hideaway to enjoy an extended weekend of yoga & relaxation in the company of like-minded people. At mealtimes we offer freshly prepared nutritious food to boost your energy levels & nourish your body to be ready for the approaching equinox and the changes that it brings. 

Prices

£350 Early Bird until 25th May

You will be asked to pay a deposit of £150 by 25th May to secure your place.

 

£400 from 25th May

Programme

Friday 13 September 

Arrival

Half-primary assisted self=practice (Sue & Laura)

Guided meditation (Sue)

Pranayama (Laura)

Buffet dinner

3pm

4 - 5.15pm

5.15 - 6pm

6 - 7pm

8pm

Saturday 14 September 

7 - 7.30am

 

7.30 - 8.30am

8.30 - 10.30am

11am

4 - 5.30pm

5.30 - 6pm

7pm

9pm

(optional) Seated meditation or intention setting or kris with Laura

Pranayama (Laura)

Assisted self-practice (Sue and Laura)

Brunch and break

Core strength workshop (Sue)

Satsang (Sue and Laura)

Dinner

Full moon reflections and celebrations

Sunday 15 September 

(optional) Seated Meditation, intention setting or kriyas with Laura

Pranayama

Assisted self-practice (Sue and Laura)

Brunch and break

Hip opening workshop (Sue)

Satsang (Sue and Laura)

Dinner

Sing along with Ronnie on guitar

7 - 7.30am

7.30 - 8.30am

8.30 - 10.30am

11am

4 - 5.30pm

5.30 - 6pm

7pm

9pm

Monday 16 September 

7 - 9am

9.30am

Assisted self-practice (Sue and Laura)

 Breakfast and departure

The Sessions
Pranayama

The breath is the link between mind and body, a powerful tool to help you make the most of your yoga practice and to enhance your life. Deepening the breath makes us more aware, attentive, focused, calms us and nourishes us. It is a very effective way to relax. Working skilfully with the breath makes us feel delightful and grounded, enhancing our connection to ourselves and purifying our body.

 

During these practice sessions we explore why breath control is an important yogic practice. Laura will introduce simple preparations, purification techniques and breath exercises that will support you and enhance your awareness, helping you to go deeper into your practice, whether that is asana, meditation or something else. We will explore the link between breath and the nervous system, how it can support situations of stress and anxiety and boost your immune system. 

Core Strength
A strong core stabilises your entire body, improves balance, alleviates the risk of back pain,

helps you to achieve an improved posture, supports better breathing & helps perform everyday movements like lifting, carrying, walking up a flight of stairs e.t.c. with greater ease.

 

Strengthening & accessing your core will benefit you on many levels, in your yoga practice & in your everyday life.

 

Without foundation & strength it is difficult to safely experience lightness. from the basic standing poses to the more demanding balancing poses, inversions & back bending poses, all require strength, balance & stability to experience the benefits.

 

In this workshop we start with a 15 minute core strengthening sequence to warm up & prepare the body, before taking a closer look at the Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara A&B) & the transitions (vinyasa - synchronising breath & movement) that string all postures (Asana) together.

 

We will then playfully explore some of the more challenging balancing poses & inversions.

Hip Opening

Hip openers can be both challenging and relaxing, they may feel somewhat uncomfortable & offer great release at the same time.

 

One of the many benefits of practising hip opening postures is stretching and working muscles that are connected to our stress response, in particular the psoas muscle, a muscle that attaches the lower (lumber) spine to the thigh (femur) bone,. The psoas muscle is stimulated when we experience stress.

Tight hips can cause strain on the lower back, legs, knees & feet.

 

We start this workshop with the Sun Salutations to prepare our body & mind for a sequence of hip opening postures that help us find space & greater mobility in our daily practice.

 

This sequence of hip opening poses is designed to help with re-alignment of the lower back, hips, legs & feet.

 

 

The food

Food is extremely important to self-care. Good food invites practice! For this retreat, we have a resident chef, Ronnie, who not only knows about nourishing the body with fresh produce, but makes it taste divine. He feeds the soul as well! 

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements as we want to make sure everyone has a fantastic experience at mealtimes.

Available all day

coffee, teas, juices, water, milk, plant milk, fruit, nuts, biscuits, cereal, yogurt, chocolate

The location

 

We will be coming together in the beautiful Argyll countryside, which is just a couple of hours away from Glasgow. Barmolloch cottages offer comfortable accommodation, stunning scenery with ancient trees; a tranquil spot of peace and quiet to rest and dedicate a bit of time to yourself and your yoga practice. You can see the venue here: https://www.barmolloch-cottages.co.uk 

The teachers

 

Sue's teaching style is intuitive, nurturing, encouraging and playful. Sue started studying with John Scott in 2011 and graduated from his teacher training programme in 2014. She continues to study with her main teachers John Scott and Manju Pattabhi Jois as often as she can.

 

Laura practices ashtanga vinyasa yoga and pranayama, which teaches her discipline, compassion, patience, and letting go, all of which she shares with her students.  Her teachers are Rosina Bonsu, Kia Naddermier, Radha Warrell and Pierre Seghir. 

What to pack

 

  • We have yoga mats, blocks and belts, but bring your own equipment if you prefer it

  • Yoga clothes

  • Layers

  • A shawl or blanket for meditation and pranayama

  • (optional) Neti pot and sutra, if you use these or want to learn

  • Outdoor shoes

  • Outdoor waterproof coat

  • Swimming Costume (there is a hot tub!)

  • Towels (you can request towels from Barmolloch for £10)

  • Toiletries

  • Any food or drink treats to enhance your meals

  • A musical instrument to jam at the singalong session

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