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Yoga Retreat Portugal

Yoga Retreats in Tavira 2018

Iyengar Yoga – for all bodies and all levels.

Our yoga retreats next summer will take place at the stunning location Tavira  the East side of Algarve, warm weather and waters.
Annett (Danish) lives in Portugal. She has been teaching Iyengar yoga for more than 19 years as well as organising her retreats here  since 2011 and running her regular group classes. She is a well experienced  teacher and her teaching is clear, dynamic with good attention to details and alignment.  She will combine a well structured class and body alignment in her own warm teaching style.
“Kind Words”
“Annett is an amazing teacher, she’s very precise, very attentive to each person and difficulties and she’s also cautious to prepare our bodies to the asanas with avoiding any injury and to help us to progress in the best conditions. She is a real professional. It was a pleasure to learn from her knowledge.” Aurélie

The practice of yoga is an ideal way to balance the stresses of modern day living, helping us to stay healthy and young. Practicing yoga regularly can be challenging for most people having a busy schedule. But when you’re on a retreat, you’ll have 2 classes offered a day, which will ensure your progress and you will feel the positive effects more quickly. Yoga nourishes the organic body through the practice of asanas (postures), brings clarity to the mind, and keeps the body strong, supple and heathy.
Yoga is for all bodies and all levels, yes and we teach our retreats on a general level, in a way that also beginners with some knowledge of yoga can participate and enjoy a yoga retreat for the first time as well as the more advanced student.
The groups are small and therefore the time to enjoy  our personal attention to each student, so all students benefit and can work on their individual challenges. For beginners the aim is to make you well versed on the important basics while the more advanced yogi/ini are assisted in evolving and working on their individual practice.
The classes are taught in English/ dansk.

During your retreat we will start the morning with a tea, nuts and fruits before the two hour dynamic morning asana practice followed by a good healthy breakfast, tea and juices served out on the terrace. In the afternoon you will have a 1.5hr restorative class followed by a delicious vegetarian dinner four of the evenings.

8 Days Yoga | Paddle Surfing Retreat Colares | Cascais

Paddle Surf classes in Cascais Bay.

Stand-up paddle boarding appears to be growing in popularity here in Portugal next to surf. If you opt for the package including paddle surf and new to it, here is what to know.

That’s why if you have yet to experience the wonderful act of standing on water paddling quietly along the stunning coast line to experience firsthand this magical act of walking on water.

Yoga | Paddle surfing package HERE


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Is where the Paddle surfing lessons will take place, in the bay of Cascais as the other years. You will have a transport taking and bringing your back for the 3 Paddle surfing lessons included in the packages. Formerly a small local fishing village,  which remains local, set on the waterfront, it is connected by a string of smaller urban beaches to the next town Estoril. You can walk the whole way along the sea (paredão), stop at various beaches either soak in the lifestyle with a bica (coffee) or take a lunch/dinner at the beach restaurants where fresh fish and seafood are served.
There are plenty of cultural activities in the area, museums. In the narrow cobble stoned walking streets and the town’s squares you will find open air fairs and shops.

What to expect on your Paddle session:

1. Stand-up paddleboarding is beginner friendly.
First off, if you’ve never been on a stand-up paddleboard, don’t be discouraged. Paddle boards are extremely stable and built for you to balance on them. Your instructor will know how to get you up on the board and show you the proper ways to paddle for momentum, how to stop, and how to turn.

2. You’ll work your CORE, CORE, and MORE CORE.
Expect to engage your CORE! Your abdominals are essential to proper paddling and avoiding any discomfort in your lower back. By engaging the muscular energy in your core, you’ll not only tone your muscles but will find a deeper sense of strength inside you.

3. It’s truly a full-body experience.
You’ll work your legs, your feet and your arms. Your feet are your central connection to your board, so think about Tadasana “mountain pose” where your feet are your roots. You engage your legs for even more stability, so make sure to put a slight bend in the knees, and avoid stiffening up the lower half of your body. Be relaxed. The act of paddling comes from the core but you use your arms to create moment with every paddle stroke.

4. It’s relaxing.
Ending a class in Savasana on the stand-up paddleboard is nothing short of amazing. Imagine, for a moment, lying quietly on your back, floating with movement of the water with fingers dangling in the water and a warm breeze brushing over your body as you listen to the sounds of birds chirping and water lapping the nearest shore.

5. You’ll wash away your fear.
Expect to fall in! Why? Because we have the opportunity to play, and with playfulness comes the ability to let go of our fears and try something daring. The great part about falling in the water is it’s refreshing and makes you feel alive.

You truly connect with yourself and nature in moments where you’re able to let go of anything outside of that moment. So enjoy, feel alive, feel refreshed and get on a board this summer! You won’t be disappointed you tried it!

 

 

Reasons to Go on a Yoga Retreat

10 Reasons to Go on a Yoga Retreat
1. You’ll take your yoga to the next level.

Practicing yoga regularly can be challenging if you have a busy schedule. But when you’re on a retreat, you’ll have 2 classes offered a day, which will ensure your progress and you will see the positive effects more quickly.

 2. You’ll get a new perspective.

Going to a new place creates an opportunity to see the world, and yourself, in a new light. Experiencing the unknown is an accelerated way to grow and learn. Getting away from busy and noisy cities to listen to the birds, sea and your breathing again.

 3. You’ll “actually” meditate.

When you have extended free time, it’s a lot easier to meditate. No cell phone buzzing or boss reminding you about deadlines. On retreats, it feels a lot more natural to breath deeply and be present in the moment. Yoga is meditation!

 4. You’ll detox digitally.

One of my favorite things about a retreat is shutting off my technology. While lots of resorts have wifi, you don’t feel the need to constantly update facebook or call friends. It feels good to unplug!

 5. You’ll relax and de-stress.

Sometimes we have to be far from home to give ourselves the permission to truly relax. Being on a retreat allows you to listen to your body, rest when you need it, and de-stress.

 6. You’ll eat well without having to cook.

If your retreat is all inclusive, you get three healthy and delicious meals a day without the need to find recipes, go grocery shopping, prepare the food, or clean up. Getting the nutrition you need has never been easier. All the work is done for you, to enjoy!

 7. You’ll replace old habits.

The best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a new healthy one. When you get out of your regular routine for a week, you can replace unhealthy habits with conscious new behaviors that support you in being your best self.

 8. You’ll make new friends.

Undeniably, you will meet individuals with similar interests. Even if you go alone (which most people do), you have a chance to make friends with people from around the world who you might know for the rest of your life.

 9. You’ll appreciate home.

While a week in paradise is always nice, we often come home with a refreshed appreciation for life. You feel happier, healthier, and re-energized to jump back into your routine with new vigor.

 10. Because you deserve it!

BKS Iyengar said “Life means to be living. Problems will always be there.  When they arise navigate through them with yoga- don’t take a break.”  It is a lifestyle.
The key to happiness is deciding what you really want and making it happen.

 You deserve to invest in yourself!

Why Flexibility Is Important to Your Health

There are many reasons why having a flexible body is essential to our health and well-being. As a young child I was very flexible because I was a gymnast and dancer. Both gymnastics and dance require extreme stretching of muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They also work aggressively on the mobility of joints. I could do the splits every which way amongst many other things.

When I went to college I focused only on cardio. I ran, did the elliptical, jumped rope, and rollerbladed. Sometimes after my workouts I stretched mildly but not often enough. By the time I graduated at twenty-two, I noticed I was far from being able to do the splits. Then over that summer, not quite clear about the meaning of my newfound flexibility deficits, I attempted a back handspring. The back handspring was successful through completion, but I cracked my right elbow when my hands hit the ground. Though my brain recalled exactly what to do, I had neither malleable enough muscles nor mobile enough joints to absorb the shock of the trick.

Three years later, when I was twenty-five, I took my first yoga class. As a novice to yoga I was quick to learn thanks to my gymnastics and dance backgrounds. Low and behold however, I soon discovered that I could neither do cow face arms nor double lotus. My body was imbalanced. While perfectly capable of doing many simple and complex postures, I was also unable to do many asanas.

At that juncture, I realized that flexibility is one of the first things to go as our bodies enter adulthood and continue to age (assuming we are not dealing with an illness). In order to remain flexible, we constantly need to be on top of stretching via yoga and/or other body opening efforts. Athletes especially need to be conscientious about stretching to avoid injury, which is why so many pros like Lamar Odom, Hope Solo, LeBron James, Baron Davis, Blake Griffin, J.L. Lewis, and Justin Gimelstob are now doing yoga. As a yogi for the past fifteen years, I have conquered many of my former flexibility limitations but not all them. Maintaining and enhancing one’s flexibility is a life-long process.

Flexibility Helps To:

1. Prevent everyday injury including: muscle and disc strains that occur when turning over in bed or getting out of bed; shoulder tweaks that result from doing tasks on the job that involve lifting or reaching; back aches due to transitioning to standing from sitting, bending down to pick something up, or even walking up and down the stairs.

2. Improve your posture

3. Lengthen your muscles for a longer leaner look.

4. Make playing with your kids and babies easier and less injurious (remember that touch football game during which you overstretched you hamstrings?)

5.  Allow you to feel more free, open, calm, content, and confident from the inside out.

6. Spread prana (life force) into your cells, which invigorates your spirit.

7. Make cardio activity a lot lighter and easier

8. Enhance sports performance (i.e. better arm and shoulder extension and rotation for swimmers and basketball players, longer strides for runners, deeper knee bends and hip flexion for skiers) as well as to parry blows that come with strong athletic endeavors

9. Travel more comfortably because of the ability to sit in many different positions and do things with your body in confined spaces you otherwise could not do

10. Need I say get through the Kama Sutra?

By Julie Wilcox

Yoga with Chronic Back Pain

Evidence That Iyengar Yoga Can Ease Your Chronic Back Pain

This Health Alert is intended for readers interested in learning about the prevention, diagnosis, and management of back pain.

Ready to try something new for your back pain? Iyengar yoga may be the way to go.

There’s nothing new in the world of exercises for back pain, correct? Not exactly. In fact, there’s more evidence that yoga—specifically, Iyengar yoga—can help alleviate chronic back pain.

There are many schools or types of yoga. Iyengar yoga (named for its developer, B.K.S. Iyengar) features precise alignment and props such as blankets, bolsters, and chairs. The props help people who are less flexible and/or are injured achieve the correct yoga poses. The attention to alignment helps prevent further injury.

Iyengar yoga teachers are trained with a premium on knowledge and a stepladder of increasing levels of accreditation. Even at the entry level, certified teachers undergo a rigorous education program that includes in-depth knowledge of anatomy and physiology, and demonstrated expertise in teaching.

In the first randomized trial of Iyengar yoga and back pain, 60 participants were placed in either a yoga group or an educational group. Both programs lasted 16 weeks. Participants had experienced low back pain for an average of 11.2 years, and 48% used pain medication. At the end of the study and at a three-month follow-up, those in the yoga group had significant reductions in pain intensity, functional disability (including spinal range of motion), and use of pain medication. The results compare favorably with results obtained with physical therapy.

To read the full article http://www.johnshopkinshealthalerts.com/alerts/back_pain_osteoporosis/JohnsHopkinsHealthAlertsBackPainOsteoporosis_496-1.html

Evidência que Iyengar Yoga pode aliviar as dores crónicas de costas

Esta informação sobre a saúde é destinada a leitores interessados em conhecer métodos de prevenção das dores de costas.

Está pronto para tentar um novo método contra dores de costas? O “Iyengar Yoga” pode ser o seu alívio.

Não há nada de novo no mundo dos exercícios contra dores de costas!? Não é verdade, porque há evidência que o Yoga, e mais especificamente o Iyengar Yoga ajudam a aliviar dores crónicas de costas.

Há um grande número de conceitos ou tipos de Yoga. A ideia do Iyengar Yoga(nome segundo o mentor, B.K.S. Iyengar) baseia-se no alinhamento preciso da postura com “ajudas externas” como mantas, almofadas e cadeiras. Estes meios auxiliares ajudam aquelas pessoas que têm menos flexibilidade ou lesões, a atingir a posição correcta de yoga. A atenção para o alinhamento evita as possíveis dores no futuro.

A formação dos instrutores de Iyengar Yoga contém um sistema rigoroso de diferentes níveis de conhecimento e certificação. Mesmo no nível inicial, os instrutores submetem-se a um programa intensivo de aprendizagem que inclui o conhecimento profundo da anatomia e fisiologia bem como a prova de competência didáctica.

Na primeira experiência aleatória (Iyengar Yoga e dores de costas) 60 participantes foram divididos num programa de yoga e num programa educativo durante 16 semanas. Os participantes tinham tido problemas ou dores lombares, em média, durante 11,2 anos e 48 % deles até usavam medicação. No final do estudo bem como no reexame depois de 3 meses, demonstrou-se claramente que os do programa de Yoga tinham reduções significativas da intensidade das dores, da incapacidade funcional (incluíndo o aumento da amplitude de movimentos da coluna vertebral), e do uso da medicação. Estes resultados são ainda melhores do que os obtidos através de uma fisioterapia.

Caso queira ler o artigo completo (em inglês): http://www.johnshopkinshealthalerts.com/alerts/back_pain_osteoporosis/JohnsHopkinsHealthAlertsBackPainOsteoporosis_496-1.html

Hello world!

Iyengar yoga has arrived to Lisbon and soon there will be more info about the new studio in Lisbon. Until then you may have your Iyengar yoga classes in Cascais, only 20km from Lisbon, please see under time table.

The blog is under development, so please have patience and see you soon.

Namaste

Annett Mottlau