ADVANCED PRACTICE WEEK
with Alicia Waters & Gilda Goharian
April 30 - May 7, 2020
Rosemerryn Retreat House, Cornwall
Join myself and Gilda Goharian for two weeks of deepening into the Yoga practice. Even for seasoned teachers (sometimes especially for teachers), the practice can hit a plateau and start to feel stagnant. You might find yourself wondering, "where did the magic go?" or missing the early days when each session on your mat held so much promise and yielded so much peace. We get it! We've been there.
The good news is that plateaus aren't permanent. Often a little shift - reconnecting to your awareness, playing with new ways of moving, or simply being around a like-minded community - is all it takes to make the practice feel fresh again.
These two weeks of continuing education are designed to be just that: a refresh. A re-discovery of what made you love the Yoga practice in the first place. We'll explore some aspects of the practice that don't get a lot of "air-time" in your average studio class: mantra, chanting, yogic philosophy and lifestyle... We'll take more time with meditation and pranayama - both to experience it and then process and give meaning to those experiences. We'll approach old poses with new eyes, and incorporate some non-traditional movement (*gasp*) into our standard Vinyasa classes.
I'm getting excited just thinking about it!! Are you? Come and join us!
(may change slightly according to the needs or requests of the group)
Arrive from 2pm
4 -7pm Yoga Practice
8:30pm Welcome Circle
& Evening Meditation
7:30 - 10:30am Morning Practice
10:30 - noon Brunch
noon - 2:30pm Group Session
2:30 - 6pm Lunch & Free Time
6 - 7:30pm Evening Practice
8 - 10am Morning practice
10 - 11am Brunch
The material will be complementary and will build from one week to the next. We highly suggest attending both modules if your schedule allows, but if not they can be done independently.
Both modules will include:
- 6 dynamic morning practices with time for questions and breaking down concepts in a more workshop-style environment
- 6 slower meditative evening practices
- 5 group sessions exploring the subjects such as pranayama / mantra & meditation / sequencing / transitions
*Group sessions will include experiential learning, which give a chance to reflect and integrate the material we cover. These may include group or partner exercises, journaling, or other participatory activities.
Week One: Riding the Waves: Pranayama + Creative Sequencing
Arrival day is Tuesday November 27, departure day is Monday December 3.
We will dive deep into pranayama in this module, taking more time to explore breath work and Prana than is available in a typical studio class, and then weaving our findings into the physical practice. We will learn:
- how to get inspired with ideas for creative transitions
- how to teach creative transitions with clarity and skill
- the five movements of Prana
- how to use our knowledge of the flow of Prana to deviate from the common Vinyasa class template, building sequences that go beyond a general practice to safely approach more advanced postures
Week Two: From the Inside Out: Devotional Practices + Asana as Self-Expression
Arrival day is Monday December 3, departure day is Sunday December 9.
This module starts and ends with the heart. Together we'll delve into traditional bhakti practices like mantra, japa, chanting, and altar building to help us tap into our love for & commitment to life. We will ask what it means to approach the asana practice from the same space of devotion and appreciation, just as we would any other important relationship in our lives. We will learn:
- how to define "advanced postures" and how to approach them with enthusiasm for the journey, not the form
- how to incorporate advanced postures into your regular classes / home practice and make them exciting instead of intimidating
- the why and the how of mantra, japa, chanting, and more
- simple techniques to infuse the spirit of bhakti into your everyday life - filling your days with joy, curiosity, and reverence
Tucked away in a peaceful wood, only a short walk from the sea, this former artist’s residence is reminiscent of a slower way of life, offering plenty of space to gather as a group and for you to escape on your own when you need. The house is as charming as you could want, the gardens are serene, and the yoga studio is light and spacious - the perfect place to immerse yourself in practice away from the demands of daily life.
Price Per Week:
£850 - cozy private room, 3 spaces available
£750 - comfy shared room, 6 spaces available
£400 discount for booking both weeks! (Because we want to hang out as long as possible)
So a private room for two weeks is only £1300
And a shared room for two weeks is only £1100
- All yoga and meditation sessions listed in the schedule above
- All meals indicated in the schedule above
Sample Daily Menu
Brunch: Bircher style muesli or porridge, fresh fruit salad, roasted veggie and herb frittata, and selection of whole grain and gluten-free breads
Lunch: Winter veggie stew, green leafy salad, fresh veggies and hummus, whole fruits
Dinner: Roasted butternut squash with walnuts and goat’s cheese, Moroccan spiced lentils and saffron Basmati rice, red cabbage slaw
**we will happily cater for dietary requirements, as long as we know in advance**
- Travel to and from Rosemerryn
If you are driving, there is plenty of parking. The address is: Rosemerryn, Lamorna, Penzance, TR196BN and we will send more detailed directions closer to the retreat.
If you are not driving, the easiest way to get here is to take a train to Penzance station. From there, we will arrange to pick you up.
If you will be flying in for the week, we suggest you fly to London and get a train to Penzance as above. It is also possible to take a connecting flight on Flybe from London (usually from Heathrow airport LHR) to Newquay airport NQY. Please note that if you fly into Newquay, you will be responsible for getting to Penzance - this involves a few bus changes, so please plan to arrive early in the day.
If you are making other travel arrangements than those above, please let us know at the time of registration.
To book, e-mail Alicia with your room preference. You will hear back within 24 hours to confirm availability; if your room type is available, you will also receive a payment link.
Any questions, feel free to ask!
Terms & Conditions
Payment in full is required to reserve your space. If you need a payment plan, please contact Alicia directly.
Acceptance Policy: As this course includes continuing education for yoga teachers, preference will be given to teachers already certified with Yoga Alliance. In the case of overbooking, preference will be given to Frog Lotus Yoga graduates who have studied with Alicia previously. This course is not appropriate for beginners.
Cancellation Policy: Before October 31, your payment will be refunded, less £50 admin fee. After October 31, payments are not refundable, unless another yogi is found to take your place. Then you will receive a refund minus a £50 admin fee. Travel will not be reimbursed, so travel insurance is recommended.