Women's Yoga Retreat with Eugenia and Federica
Join us at YogaOnCrete and experience the lightness of spirit and joy of honouring and nurturing the needs of your body, mind and spirit through the practice of Iyengar yoga, Hatha yoga, meditation and Body Soul Movement, daily encounters with the cool, turquoise Mediterranean waters at quiet beaches, idyllic unspoilt surroundings, and wholesome local food, excursions, a warm and welcoming group of people and much more!
In this retreat, Eugenia and Federica will be sharing their own experiences of how yoga practice has supported them as women in leading happier and more fulfilling lives. The week will begin with an opening celebratory ceremony and yoga class. Thereafter, there will be two yoga classes a day, based on the Iyengar and Hatha Flow styles, a sitting or walking meditation session, shamanic rituals, a Body Soul movement session, and discussions on yoga philosophy as applied to our experiences and concerns as women. Additionally, yoga practices that support certain periods in women's lives (menstruation, menopause) will be presented, and issues that often women in particular deal with (body image, eating disorders, self-worth and self-love, perfectionism, anxiety, being judgmental as well as being susceptible to judgment) will be raised and discussed. Our aim is to support each woman to tap into the strength and joy that lies within the softness, tenderness, nurturing nature and intuitive capacity of womanhood, in order to develop trust in our own potential and life as a whole and to celebrate the gift of this life we have been given.
"From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much for providing the environment, space and support that helped me to piece myself together! A truly magical experience and beginning of new adventures to cope. Thank you Eugenia, Federica, Joshua, Maya the Bee, and Lena - sound healing, and the Amazing YogaOnCrete Goddesses!"
Summer 2016 course participant
- Daily meditation, and Iyengar and Hatha yoga classes
- One Body Soul Movement session
- Professional and experienced yoga and movement instructors
- 7 nights' accommodation in traditional guesthouse located near beach
- 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners included
- A round trip to the beautiful Sweet Water beach
- Linen and towels provided
The week begins with an opening celebratory ceremony, in order to embrace nature in our process of learning and growing together, followed by an introductory yoga class at 6.00 p.m. on the day of arrival, and the day's programme closes with dinner.
The days will then include a morning class (usually 8.00-10.00 a.m., but may also start earlier on one day, to see the sunrise!) and an afternoon class (usually 18.30-20.00), alternating between Iyengar and Hatha yoga. On occasion we will also take the session out in nature, e.g., to greet the new day and celebrate our aliveness and connectedness to the beautiful environment with an early morning swim. On one afternoon, there will be a Body Soul Movement session, instead of the afternoon yoga class.
After breakfast, guests can relax and enjoy the beach and sunshine, receive a massage treatment, or explore the village and region. The fourth day of the week is a rest day from classes, with no yoga or movement class; an optional excursion can be arranged, including a hike through the magnificent Aradaina gorge (approx. €25 depending on number of participants going).
Five dinners are offered at the house, while on two of the nights guests are free to dine out in the village restaurants (not included in the course cost; approx. €15 for a full meal including drinks).
Individual excursions (e.g., hikes, boat trips) can also be arranged during the week at an extra cost. On the last day of each week, departure can be arranged after breakfast.
The number of guests is limited to 14, to create a warm and friendly atmosphere, that is particularly important in this course.
Iyengar yoga with Eugenia
The classes comprise of a series of asanas (physical postures), usually sustained for some time so that the body and its necessary actions can be observed within the posture, pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditative techniques (sitting in silence, concentration techniques), through which the development of awareness of the body and mind in the present moment and deep relaxation are practiced.
Iyengar yoga was developed through the pioneering work of B.K.S. Iyengar, who freed the classical yoga asanas from their Indian mystique and with the use of props made them suitable for Westerners, who want to have a clear understanding of what happens in a yoga posture. A typical Iyengar yoga class focuses on precision of movement, correct alignment, and the study of the ‘muscle and mind’ actions and resistance necessary to enter a state of concentration. Breathing awareness is emphasized in every asana in order to deepen the experience. Through consistent practice the student overcomes physical and mental/emotional limits and develops a deep awareness of the body, power, control, patience and physical and mental harmony.
Each class will start with a centering and grounding meditation. We will then focus on building the foundations for a basic series of asana (postures). The correct understanding and practice of postures thus becomes a tool for deepening one’s awareness of body, breath and mind.
Hatha-Flow Yoga with Federica
"This is Yoga to me: to discover, honour and let our divine nature unfold and shine trough life with ALL its challenges and pains, all its beauty and infinite possibilities."
Yoga is not a physical exercise, yoga is a holistic system that sees the human being as body, breath, mind/intellect/ego and spirit (atman). During this course we will explore these aspect of our Beings as a journey of self-discovery and powerful awakening. The classes will include:
- Asana: starting with the alignment-based work that will also be explored in the Iyengar yoga classes, we will find length, ease and effortlessness, in combined breath and movement sequences called Vinyasa. The different yoga sequences warm the body inside and out, developing flow, energy, strength, flexibility and grace.
-Pranayama: the science of breathing will be a fundamental tool in awakening our energy force (prana) and in understanding the connection between mind, body and emotion.
-Chanting and Meditation: devotion and stillness will be our friends in discovering our inner source of faith, compassion and gratitude.
Your Body and Soul are full of natural, spontaneous energy... vibration... intuition… and aliveness. There is no judgment or reaction, no expectation or guilt, and no past or future.
Through authentic, free movement in this 2 hour class on one of the week's afternoons, we will release the deep tension and limitations that block our freedom and vitality. We will shake off the mind’s heavy burden of past experiences and their associated judgments.
Through self expression, we will reach a new form of dialogue and union with ourselves. We will play with ourselves. We will challenge our ego and our comfort zone, light up our "story" and feel lighter. Through dancing, singing, playing, breathing and touching we will feed the parts of our body and soul that we have buried, forgotten and ignored. In short, we will reveal and awaken their natural states of being.
The class will include:
- African dance
- contact improvisation
- bioenergetics exercises
- voice work
- breathing work
- physical theater
- self expression
In this journey there is no teacher and no technique to memorize. We are not here to learn any new theories. We have collected so many theories that our minds seem to have lost their ability to be alert, silent and open to pure creation, which is what we seek to encourage during this week.
Eugenia initially studied Psychology in Athens and went on to receive an MSc in Sport Psychology in Wales. She then began practicing yoga in 2004, while studying Contemporary Dance in Scotland. She gained a Yoga Teacher qualification from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres in Spain in 2005 and in 2012 received her Iyengar yoga teaching certification.
Since then she frequently attends workshops with various teachers, such as Donna Farhi, David Swenson, Jean Claude Garnier, Caroline Boulinguez, and Angela Farmer and Viktor Van Kooten. She is currently living between Athens and Crete.
Her classes strive to create a safe and nurturing environment. The focus on the breath, as a powerful tool for developing awareness of the body and quieting the mind, is integral in her teaching, also incorporating elements of her Vipassana meditation practice.
Ultimately, her interest lies in integrating an analytical/psychological approach, emotional expression through movement and voice, and the development of awareness and connection with our spiritual essence through yoga and meditation, in light of a holistic approach to well being.
Federica is a Yoga Alliance certified instructor who has practiced and studied Mysore Ashtanga, Iyengar and other forms of yoga. With a background in professional dance, massage therapy, craniosacral therapy and shamanic healing, Federica brings to her classes and workshops a wealth of background information in the mechanics of dynamic movement, energy flow and effective healing techniques. Yet, she teaches with an attitude of playfulness, acceptance and gratitude. Federica is based in South Italy where she runs Maya Yoga.
- (all inclusive) per person per week
- €520 shared non en suite accommodation (2 in a room) with use of communal bathroom.
- €600 shared en suite accommodation (3 in a room) or single non-ensuite (with use of communal bathroom).
- €650 shared en suite twin or double room.
- €820 single en suite accommodation (please note that single room availability is limited).
- €450 non-participating partner sharing a room.
- €510 work-exchange option (only one place per week): about 2-3 hours’ help per day with light household tasks (e.g., washing dishes, cleaning yoga studio) that does not interfere with the attendance of all classes. Accommodation in triple room.