Yoga Holidays Portugal
Aroma & Sound – Eco Yoga Retreat Portugal
with Melanie – June 18 – 24.
After the success of last year I will teach again an aroma & sound Yoga Retreat in Portugal for Yoga Holidays Portugal.
Immerse yourself into the practice of yoga, while being surrounded by the beautiful rural nature, during this relaxing and rejuvenating retreat.
The days will start with a dynamic morning hatha yoga practice including pranayama (breathing techniques) and meditation.
During the day you’ll have time to rest and relax, take a massage, read a good book, explore the surroundings or swim in the reservoir.In the afternoons there will be a yin yoga or restorative yoga practise and we will explore yoga nidra, chanting, breathing and meditation together. Every day we will work with a different theme in the classes and make use of sound, mantra and essential oils in order to engage the senses and to relax body & mind. Melanie will also be offering Ayurvedic massage, foot reflexology, sound sessions and AromaTouch Treatment.
We’ll finish our days with a yummy dinner. The week will close around the fire with music, local wine and a hot tub under the stars.
The retreat is suitable for beginners as well as more advanced yoga practitioners.
Aroma | Essential oils
The aroma of Essential oils stimulate the part of the brain that affects emotion. When you breathe oil molecules they are received by the brains olfactory centre via the nostrils. Essential oils communicate to the limbic system to recall or release stored emotions and memories. The limbic system, that is responsible for the storage of emotions and memories, gets stimulated and sends information to the autonomic nervous system and activates the para-sympathetic nervous system that is responsible for homeostasis in the body, a state of well-being and balance. Using essential oils in the yoga practise can help to release tension and emotions that can appear. At the end of the retreat you will know more about the effect of the essential oils on body and mind and how to use them.
Sound is a form of energy, it consists of vibrations that we can feel and hear. Sound is a subtle form of space. What we can hear is a union of sound and space. You can reach silence with the help of sound. Silence is a part of sound. Every sound has its own effect on body and mind. During the retreat we will work with mantra’s. A mantra is a syllable, a word or a group of words that has a psychological and spiritual power. ‘Man’ – means ‘mind’or ‘thinking proces’ and ‘Tra’ – means ‘instrument’ or ‘going beyond’. So literally a mantra is an instrument to go beyond the mind and it’s thinking process.
Each day will include; (times may alter slightly with different teachers)
- 8.30am – dynamic vinyasa yoga class
- 10am – Self serve breakfast
- Morning time for walks, massage, reservoir swimming etc
- 1pm – Lunch
- Afternoon free time, walks, swimming etc
- 5.30pm – afternoon yoga, sound practices, yoga nidra and guided meditations.
- 7.30pm – evening meal
Accomodation is in one of the lovely yurts. Guests are always very pleasantly surprised by just how comfortable everything is, (despite being eco friendly) and how well our systems for water heating, electricity and heating the yurts in the cooler months works.
Take a step away from everyday life and be welcomed to this beautiful place in Portugal runned by Fiona and her family. It is the sixth year of welcoming guests to their yurts and yoga holidays. The beautiful, peaceful little valley is a truly magical place for relaxation and healing. Make some time and space to deepen your yoga practice and enjoy a relaxing, truly sustainable retreat.
The price for this retreat is €550,- it includes
- 10 yoga classes in 5 days
- 6 nights of accomodation (yurt)
- self served breakfast & delicious vegetarian lunch and dinner every day
There are also 2 karma yoga spots available. You pay €300,- and will help in the kitchen and with the dishes during the retreat.