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Exclusive Yoga and Ayurveda Introduction for Beginners

(6 days, 7 nights)

  • Yoga, pranayama and meditation (60 to 90 min) before breakfast, before lunch and before dinner
  • General introduction to Ayurveda and nutrition on the first day
  • Personal Ayurvedic nutritional consultation (90 min) for every participant
  • 3 meals per day + coffee, tea, water, fruit
  • apartment shared by 2 or 4 people

What you get from this week:

  • A 20-minute yoga routine that you can practice independently on a daily basis. Of course, many other asanas will be presented as well.
  • Enough experience with different forms of meditation to create your own daily routine.
  • From your personal Ayurvedic nutritional consultation, you will receive a list of food recommendations based on your individual constitution.
  • Basic understanding of Ayurveda and how to eat for improved health and wellbeing.

Early bird discount:

Sign up before June 30
and receive a € 100 discount!

Video

The following video shows the basis of the yoga routine that you will learn during this week.

About this week

Yoga and Ayurveda go hand in hand and complement each other. Ayurveda takes care of our physical and mental well-being through nutrition, and yoga of our mental and spiritual well-being through physical exercises. At the same time, yoga promotes a strong, healthy and flexible body. Yoga supports the Ayurvedic way and vice versa. They complement each other on the path to becoming a whole person.

Take a dive into Yoga and Ayurveda and return home with a practical 20-minute yoga routine for every day. Get familiar with different forms of meditation and breathing techniques, and experience their deeply healing and transforming effect. Get your own personal dietary program for improved health and fitness.

This is not your average yoga retreat in some big resort with 30+ participants. This is an exclusive, up-close-and-personal introduction into Yoga and Ayurveda with a maximum of 8 participants in a very quiet and beautiful part of Andalusia. Finca Ranchilles is located on 90 ha of the National Park “Sierra de Grazalema” with a big lake at walking distance.

Surrounded by semi-wild land inhabited by a herd of Andalusian horses with only trees and wildlife for company, the location is an oasis of tranquility. Perfect for escaping the busy day-to-day life and immersing yourself in the healing practice of yoga, pranayama, meditation and delicious healthy food.

“Ayurveda is the science of life and it has a very basic, simple kind of approach, which is that we are part of the universe and the universe is intelligent and the human body is part of the cosmic body.”

Deepak Chopra

Christophe is your yoga instructor. He has been practising yoga for over 25 years and loves to teach. He received his training when he lived in Germany, but since he is also fluent in French and Spanish, he also teaches in those languages.

Karen is your Ayurvedic nutritional therapist. She will take you on a journey to discover your Ayurvedic constitution, and she will teach you how you can change your diet in order to take advantage of the benefits of good nutrition to improve your health.

Yoga

Yoga is an ancient form of exercise that focuses on strength, flexibility and breathing to boost physical and mental wellbeing. The main components of yoga are postures (asanas; a series of movements designed to increase strength and flexibility) and breathing (pranayama).

Yoga is a safe and effective way to increase physical activity, especially strength, flexibility and balance. There is no age limit, on the contrary. Many people start yoga later in life and wish they had done so sooner. Christophe and Karen are good examples of this.

Karen:
“Before meeting Christophe, I had never practiced yoga but had long been wanting to. It just wasn’t very high on my list of priorities, so it didn’t happen. I thought yoga was a very quiet form of movement that would sooner put you to sleep than make you sweat. And then I met Christophe in February of 2017, and had to reconsider my prejudice.

We had gotten to know each other through our meditation practice, but Christophe waisted no time teaching me his daily yoga routine, which precedes our daily meditation. Who would have thought that yoga can actually make you sweat??!”

Unfortunately, we haven’t taken any pictures of Karen at that time, but the following shots show you a rather accurate before (simulated based on memory) and after situation. Whereby “after” is after 2 years of doing 15 to 20 minutes of yoga every day. This is to show you what only 20 minutes per day can do for you. In just a few weeks, you can already achieve very good results. Karen was 47 when she started yoga, but it’s never too late. Anybody, no matter their age, can start practising yoga and benefit from it.

Utthita-Trikonasana; this was how Karen began over 2 years ago.
Paschimottanasana; this was how Karen began over 2 years ago.
Utthita-Trikonasana; this is Karen after 2 years of daily practice.
Paschimottanasana; this is Karen after 2 years of daily practice.

Benefits of Yoga

yoga head stand– Decreases stress
– Relieves anxiety
– Reduces inflammation
– Improves heart health
– Improves quality of life
– Fights depression
– Reduces chronic pain
– Promotes sleep quality
– Improves flexibility and balance
– Helps improve breathing
– Relieves migraine
– Promotes healthy eating habits
– Increases strength
to name just a few…

Ayurveda

Ayurveda is a holistic system of health and healing that originally stems from the Indian subcontinent. It has it roots some 5000 to 6000 years ago. The word is derived from the Sanskrit words Ayur (life) and Veda (science or knowledge) and means Science of Life.

Holistic means that it considers body and mind as an inseparable unit. Which is why yoga and meditation are integral parts of Ayurveda. But equally important is our nutrition.

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”

Ayurvedic proverb

“The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects.”

Shubhra Krishan

In this Ayurvedic week, you will learn the basic concepts of Ayurveda and how you can implement it into your daily life. You will learn your Ayurvedic constitution and get a personal nutritional consultation, which will provide you with plenty of ideas and inspiration to change your diet for better health.

Practical information

For whom:

This week is designed with absolute beginners in mind. People with no (or very limited) experience with yoga and no (or hardly any) knowledge of Ayurveda.

Language:

Yoga classes are given in German.
Ayurvedic nutritional advice can also be given in English, Dutch or French if so desired.

Venue:

Finca Ranchilles, Andalucia, Spain https://www.fincariendasuelta.com

Dates week 1:

Arrival: Mon 16 Sept, 17h
Departure: Mon 23 Sept, 11h

Dates week 2:

Arrival: Thu 26 Sept, 17h
Departure: Thu 3 Oct, 11h

Preliminary daily program:

07.00 – 08.30: Tea, yoga, breathing & meditation
08.45: breakfast
12.00 – 13.00: Breathing & meditation (2nd, 4th & 6th day)
13.15: lunch
18.00 – 19:30: Yoga & meditation
19:45: light dinner

Price:

€ 1.050,- p.p. based on two sharing an apartment
€ 1.000,- p.p. based on three sharing an apartment
€ 950,- p.p. based on four sharing an apartment

Early bird discount:

Sign up before June 30 and receive a € 100 discount!

The price is all inclusive. The only other thing you have to organise and pay for is the voyage to Finca Ranchilles.
Flight to, and rental car from Malaga (about 2 hours), Cadiz (about 1,5 hours) or Sevilla (about 1,5 hours).

Day of arrival: 19.30: Getting to know each other over a joint meal
First day, 9.45 – 11.45: Introduction Ayurvedic nutrition
Afternoons: individual intakes Karen with participants (14.30 – 16.00 or 16.00 – 17.30)
Day of departure: 45 minutes of yoga & meditation followed by breakfast

On the first, third and fifth day, there will be no yoga, breathing & meditation session before lunch. This is to give you some time off after the Ayurvedic introduction (first day), and so that you have the possibility to explore the country side, visit villages or just relax around the pool (third and fifth day). After all, relaxation is an important part of Ayurveda and healthy living as well 🙂

What to bring:

We provide yoga mats and all other necessities for your yoga, breathing and meditation sessions. Bring appropriate clothing, meaning that you can easily move in it. And bear in mind that it can still be very warm in Andalucia in September! The yoga sessions take place on the vine covered terrace. Except when it rains, in which case we’ll use the big barn.

Extend your stay in beautiful Andalucia!

Participants of the first week can choose to come before the week starts to spend some time in the beautiful surroundings, and participants of the second week can choose to stay longer. Please let u know if you desire to do so, and we’ll put you in direct contact with the manager of Finca Ranchilles.

Conditions

Participation is at your own risk. Yoga isn’t very risky and if you follow the instructions, it’s even less risky. Listen to your body and your instructor and you will be fine.

Payment conditions:

We will send you an invoice for 50% of the total amount upon your reservation, and another 2 months before the course. Invoices need to be paid within 14 days.

Cancellation scheme:

Cancellation should be done by e-mail. You will receive a reply within 24 hours. If not, your email has not arrived, so please send it again.

  • Cancellation up to six weeks before the start of the course is free of charge. We’ll reimburse your advance payment.
  • For cancellations between six and two weeks before the start of the course, the participant owes 50% of the price.
  • In case of cancellation less than two weeks before the start of the course, the participant owes the full price.
  • After the start of the course, cancellation is no longer possible. Premature termination or if the participant otherwise no longer participates in the course, does not give any right to any reimbursement.
  • If you are precluded at the last minute, another person can always take your place.

If we need to cancel the course, we will of course fully reimburse everyone.

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