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Sayulita, Mexico Retreat
February 23 - February 29
Join David Robson and Jelena Vesic for a week of traditional Ashtanga practice and workshops in beautiful Sayulita, Mexico. The schedule has been arranged to provide ample free time after practice and technique workshops to enjoy the beach and surroundings.
Once a very laid back fisherman’s village, Sayulita has become a world renowned beach destination due to its wonderful beaches, colorful Mexican streets and incredible setting amidst the lush vegetation provided by Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental.
- Sunday 23, 7:30 PM – Welcome gathering and talk: The Inner Work of Ashtanga
- Monday 24, 8:00 AM Mysore, 11 AM: The Philosophy & Practice of Vinyasa
- Tuesday 25, 8:00 AM: Mysore, 11AM: Alignment Clinic
- Wednesday 26, 8:00 AM, Mysore,
- Thursday 27, 8:00 AM, Mysore, 11 AM: Arm Balances
- Friday 28, 8:00 AM, Mysore
- Saturday 29, 8:00 AM: Led Primary
The workshops have been structured to provide a thorough examination of the fundamental workings of the Ashtanga Sadhana. The teachings are guaranteed to provide new and valuable information to all students, from beginners to advanced.
* The Inner Work of Ashtanga (1 hour)
In The Yoga Sutras, Patanjali wrote that the mind can be stilled by practice and dispassion (1.12). How does our practice on the mat actually work to still our mind? Where does dispassion fit in? This workshop will take a detailed and practical look at the technique and philosophy that can make our daily Ashtanga practice a powerful meditation.
Mysore is the traditional format for practicing Ashtanga Yoga. Led classes are a fantastic way to learn about the vinyasa, but Mysore-style is where you follow your own breath and deepen your focus and meditation skills. David leads one of the world’s largest mysore programs at his home studio.
*The Philosophy & Practice of Vinyasa
Vinyasa means moving/breathing system. More specifically, it also refers to counted movements that are done in our practices. This workshop will explore the philosophy and practice of vinyasa as it is traditionally taught in Ashtanga Yoga.
*Alignment Clinic: Staying Safe in your Practice
This workshop offers a survey of some of the classic issues that can arise in the practice of Ashtanga’s Primary and Intermediate Series. Many injuries can be avoided by understanding some key principles of alignment. By learning these simple rules and integrating them into your practice you can stay safe while continuing to do deeper into your asanas.
Arm balances show up throughout the Ashtanga sadhana. From the first jump back in the Sun Salutations, the opportunity to balance appears again and again. When we commit to these opportunities to embrace the work of arm balancing, we begin to develop strength and deepen our focus.
The retreat will take place in Hotelito de Los Sueños, which is conveniently located in a very quiet area of town, at walking distance (5 min) into town and about 2 blocks from the beach. The practice will take place at the Hotel’s rooftop yoga studio, surrounded by beautiful tropical trees.
- Single occupancy……………………….$ 1,380 USD
- Double occupancy……………….……..$ 990 USD
- Non-residential practitioner……………$ 600 USD
The rooms offered have two Queen size beds, AC, and garden or hill views. The prices are per person and include yoga tuition, 6 nights accommodation, and daily delicious and healthy full breakfast (personal power smoothie, fresh local fruit, toast, yoghurt, and some Mexican dishes.)
Sayulita is conveniently located 38 km northwest, roughly a 45 minute drive, of Puerto Vallarta´s international airport (PVR), which has dozens of direct flights to USA, Canada and Europe.
The easiest way to get to Sayulita is to arrange a shuttle directly with the Hotels reception. Upon registration, more information will be provided.
Most businesses in Sayulita will accept US currency, some Canadian as well, most likely at a lower exchange rate than the official. It is relatively easy to exchange US, Canadian and European currencies in Sayulita, or at Puerto Vallarta’s airport. ATMs are also available in town. Most established places will accept credit/debit cards, but cash is usually prefered.
Tourism is, and has been for the past two decades, Sayulita´s and the greater Bahia de Banderas´ greatest income, therefore it is quite safe for tourists. However, caution and common sense should should always be applied.
Registration and Payment:
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Contact and further information:
If you have any further doubts, requests or need any assistance regarding logistics, reservations, etc. please feel free to contact David Chavez (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will be assisting with the retreat’s organization.