THE ART OF BALANCE2019-04-26T18:07:59+00:00
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YOGA, REIKI & SOUND RETREAT

The Art of Balance

‘ Life is a balance of holding on and letting go ‘ – Rumi

Life is all about bringing balance and connecting with your own nature – that’s what this retreat is all about. Wake up in the magical French Alps at an altitude of 1250 metres and start your day with a cleansing tea and meditation before moving into a dynamic and energising yoga practice to get your body moving, becoming closer to your own sensations and reconnecting to yourself using the Ashtanga philosophy, principles and practice to guide us.

We will connect to your own nature by being in nature, surrounded by mountains, forest and breathtaking views. You will feel nourished from delicious vegetarian food (Vegan & GF Available), breathing in the fresh mountain air, partaking in wonderful outdoor activities and having lots of opportunity to rest and rebalance at the chalet. On the evenings we will slow down, restore and harmonise your inner energy with a Yin practice where we will release tension from your body and mind through pranayama, meditation and a beautiful slow yin yoga practice to open up space in the body via the connective tissues, massaging the internal organs and stimulating the energy flow through the Chinese meridian system whilst sending healing vibrations to every cell in your body from our Himalayan singing bowls. We aim to leave you feeling fully relaxed, rejuvenated and new tools to help you maintain balance in your life and your yoga practice.
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YOGA

Styles of Yoga

Yoga

Ashtanga Yoga is a powerful practice linking postures and full rhythmic breathing. Throughout the practice deep internal heat is created which purifies the body on a cellular level whilst enhancing levels of concentration, relaxing the mind and internal energy locks strengthen the nervous system. Whether you are a Beginner or Advanced student, this retreat will enable you to understand and feel the subtleties and the meaning behind the practice, the postures and the philosophy.

Yin Yoga is a slow and soft style of yoga which allows you to stretch and nourish the deeper connective tissues such as ligaments, bones and joints which are harder to target in more dynamic (yang) styles of yoga. We will incorporate the Chinese meridian system where there will be a focus on organ health and the energetic body. The practice will be accompanied by our Nepalese singing bowls so that the sound and vibrations will enter your body at a cellular level to calm your body and mind and promote healing.

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Singing Bowl Therapy

Singing Bowls helps the body generate a positive flow of energy and offers vibrations ion a cellular level into the body which stimulates the blood vessels, lymph, nerves, veins and muscles to open up blockages and loosening tension in the body, relaxing the body and releasing pain. They can helps with stress, depression, insomnia, menstrual pain, ear problems, sinusitis etc and offer a sense of peace and calm.

Chakra Balancing involves the bowls being placed around the body and played in a particular sequence to naturally cause chakras to self-correct. The sound waves, run through the body correcting frequencies to the unbalanced chakras, bringing them back to normal functioning. Chakra balancing can be deeply relaxing and helps with many modern-day issues like stress, insomnia and offering the opportunity to take some much-needed time out to rebalance your energies.

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Reiki

Reiki is the Japanese word for universal life force. By channeling energy from the universe (generally through the hands), It can be a deep relaxation technique that reduces stress and promotes healing. Reiki re-activates the body’s natural energy system, bringing you back into balance on every level, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

REIKI DRUMMING for healing and meditation is an ancient practice and goes back thousands of years, the power of sound over the body and spirit is well known in tribal cultures. Scientific research confirms that drumming (even for short periods) can influence brain activity, bringing you into the meditative alpha state and can reduce stress. Study also shows that drumming can increase the production of the body’s natural painkillers and can therefore help control pain and enhance healing.

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A LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN

Location

We have teamed up with Icebreaker chalets to offer you their flagship alpine accommodation which sits at an altitude of 1250 metres in beautiful Les Coches, part of the magnificent Paradiski valley surrounded by mountains, forest and stunning views including distant views of Mont Blanc herself! You won’t have to lift a finger as we have a professional chef who will prepare nutritious and creative vegetarian meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We have some fantastic optional activities that we hope you will enjoy including either taking a chairlift or hiking to the mountain tops for the most breathtaking views, swimming in the freshness of the alpine lakes, trip to the local market, white water rafting (extra charge), taking a stroll for coffee or additional workshops (yoga/reiki/sound healing) however if you would just like to stay at the chalet and chill…. this is also perfect!

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RETREAT

Itinerary

Check in is from 2pm which means you can enjoy the chalet or local area before we begin our welcome and introductions at 5pm.

Friday 5th July 2019

  • ARRIVAL DAY
  • 17:00 -18:00 Welcome and Introductions
  • 18:00 -19:30 Intro to Yin Yoga, the Chinese Meridian System and practice working with the Kidney and Urinary Bladder organs and meridian lines
  • 19:30 – 21:00 Dinner
  • 21.00 – 22:00 Guided Meditation & Reiki Drumming

Saturday 6th July 2019

  • 07:00 – 07:30 Silent morning hot water with lemon/ginger
  • 07:30 – 09:30 Morning Meditation and Ashtanga Exploration
  • 09:30 – 11:00 Shower & Breakfast
  • 11:00 – 16:00 Hike to Le lac des Pierres Blanches for stunning views, philosophy workshop & lunch
  • 16:00 – 17:00 Free time to relax/jacuzzi/sauna
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Yin Yoga Practice Introducing Liver and Gallbladder Organs and Meridian lines
  • 19:00 – 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 – 22:00 Individual Chakra Balance Sessions and Relaxation

Sunday 7th July 2019

  • 07:00 – 07:30 Silent morning hot water with lemon/ginger
  • 07:30 – 09:30 Morning meditation and Ashtanga Exploration
  • 09:30 – 11:00 Shower & Breakfast
  • 11:00 – 15:00 Trip to Alpine Lake for swimming, paddle boarding or relaxing including workshop and lunch
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
  • 15:00 – 17:00 Free time to relax/jacuzzi/sauna
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Yin Yoga Practice Introducing the Stomach, Spleen organs and Meridian lines
  • 19:00 – 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 – 21:30 Reiki Infused Sound Bath

Monday 8th July 2019

  • 05:30 – 07:30 Sunrise Meditation and Ashtanga Exploration
  • 07:30 – 09:00 Shower & Breakfast
  • 09:00 – 17:00 Forest walk and explore local area including lunch or optional spa day (45€)
  • 17:00 – 19:00 Yin Yoga Practice Introducing the Heart, Lungs and Intestines Organs and Meridian lines
  • 19:00 – 20:30 Dinner
  • 20:30 – 21:30 Bonfire Ceremony

Tuesday 9th July 2019

  • DEPARTURE DAY
  • 07:00 – 07:30 Silent morning hot water with lemon/ginger
  • 07:30 – 09:30 Morning meditation and Ashtanga Exploration
  • 09:30 – 11:00 Shower & Breakfast
  • 11:00 – 12:00 Closing Circle
  • Noon – Check out

We can help you to arrange transfers to/from Geneva airport (approx 2.15h traffic dependant) – you just need to send us your flight details. If you self drive we would absolutely recommend stopping off in beautiful Annecy on your way to/from your retreat. If you would like to extend your stay please enquire about staying at the chalet on a B&B or half board option

THE TEACHERS

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You will have the care and attention from two yoga teachers and a reiki/reiki drumming practitioner who will take you on a wonderful yogic journey and leaving you feeling fully refreshed, deeply relaxed and rejuvenated.

YOGA

Jessi

‘For me – Yoga can restore confidence, ligntess and a sense of freedom.’
Touched by Ashtanga Yoga more than 10 years ago, Jessica was always supported by this practice during changes and trials of her life. By realizing the stability brought by Yoga, Jessica decided to go further her learning.
Thirsty for knowledge, she’s constantly inspired and has trained with traditional masters and teachers including Paul Dallaghan who certifed her. Jessi has continued her learning with world renowned David Swenson, Maty Ezraty and Richard Freeman which enables her to create transformational Ashtanga, Iyenger and Vinyassa sequences that cultivate curiosity, sensitivity and humour to raise the level of awareness. She focuses on the understanding of practice rather than the number of postures and uses Yoga as a tool to feel the subtleties of the physical and energetical bodies.
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YOGA

Natalie Bradshaw

Yoga has changed my life. For years I have suffered with Adrenal Fatigue and positive RO antibody which is an autoimmune disease. That combined with being a workaholic in the corporate world often meant doing 13-hour days. I used all my energy up at work that I often had nothing left for me. I was regularly bed bound on evenings and weekends and dependent on coffee to get me from A to B, but the direct result of this was insomnia and I was in a vicious circle. I had dipped in and out of yoga for 15 years however as my physical and mental health was deteriorating I became more and more interested in how to heal myself so I started to develop a regular yoga practice and invite holistic healing into my life. Within weeks my life started to dramatically change. I knew very quickly that I wanted to learn more and I wanted to help other people so I completed my 200-hour Yoga Teacher certification. But it hasn’t stopped there… I have continued to learn and specialize in other aspects of Yoga and Healing and I believe I will always be a student craving to learn more so that I can share with you lovely people.

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REIKI & SOUND

James Bradshaw

Working in the fire and rescue service was my dream job and after making the difficult decision to leave after 12 years service I lost my way a little. I missed helping other people and felt something was missing. I proceeded to spend another 12 years building up my own renovations and maintenance company and whilst really enjoying meeting new people and the practical side of working with my hands and being creative I still felt I had more to offer. I started going to yoga classes to help with a back injury and saw that a Reiki Level 1 course was happening so I signed up. It was very powerful and I had a real connection with the energy. I found it very calming and I very quickly received feedback on how I had helped others with personal issues or physical ailments. I then studied and completed Reiki 2, further progressing to Reiki Drumming and am now a singing bowl therapy practitioner and perform gong baths. Working with energy and sound is fascinating and I love seeing the impact it can have on peoples lives.

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Book Your Next Retreat!

£795 for 5 days/4nights in shared room ( private rooms available – please contact for price )

£150 non-refundable deposit to secure booking. Remainder to be paid 8 weeks before arrival.

NOT INCLUDED :

  • Flights
  • Transfers
  • Optional chair lift ( €10 )
  • White water rafting, mountain bike hire, chair lift, treatments
  • Other optional activities EG: Spa, White water rafting, Mountain biking, Horse riding, Trip to Italy

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO READ THE TERMS & CONDITIONS

If you would like a full detailed document for this retreat, please contact us and we will send you a copy by email.

We hope you can join us!

Namaste x

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