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Move into Stillness: Yoga & Meditation Retreat

Retreat Title: Move into Stillness: Yoga & Meditation Retreat

 Dates: March 3-10 2019

 Treat yourself to a week in beautiful Goa, where each day you’ll have the opportunity to move into stillness.

 We will begin each day with a mindfulness mediation session led by Melissa and move on to an energetic and invigorating vinyasa practice focusing on breath based movements with Jenny and Vikram.Using a combination of themes and intelligent sequencing, we’ll explore a wide variety of poses, and vinyasas.

The evening practice will be a slower Hatha/ Yin practice as the sun sets on the Arabian Sea. Breakfast and dinner is included in your retreat plan and meals are prepared locally with fresh and seasonal ingredients with vegetarian and vegan options available.

 There will be a couple of optional yoga and Ayurveda workshops during some afternoons to leave you with plenty of time to unwind at the beach, go sightseeing or partake in other local activities.

 As a native to India, Vikram takes pride in ensuring his retreat participants have the best possible experience. Throughout his many retreats in Goa, he has curated a list of the best places to visit, that are rich with Indian culture and unique to the Goa landscape. Spend an afternoon relaxing by the beach, or accompany Vikram to do some historical sight seeing, market-shopping, or visit the best restaurants Goa has to offer! Whatever you preference, this trip will have something for everyone.

 Sample day:

 7:30-8:00: Morning Meditation

8:00-9:30: Vinyasa class

10:00-11:30: Breakfast

11:30 - 5:00: Free-time/Excursions/Optional Workshop

5:00 - 6:00: Evening Yin/Hatha Class

7:00 - 8:00: Dinner

8:00 - Bed time: Free time

Accommodation and pricing

Once you have decided join us in India, a non-refundable deposit of $500 will hold your space. There is a variety of beautiful accommodations at Devarya from which you can choose. Based on availability, you can always change or upgrade your room closer to the retreat date.

 Chakra Standard Room

Double Accommodation $1200 all inclusive

Single Accommodation $1600 all inclusive

 Chakra Cottage

Double Accommodation $1400 all inclusive

Single Accommodation $2000 all inclusive

 The price mentioned above will include,

- Twice daily yoga classes

- Daily meditation class

- Daily breakfast and dinner 

- Full use of the resort amenities including two swimming pools, relaxation areas, gardens and beach access with sun loungers 

The price does not include,

-Airfare

-India visa fees

-Transfers from the airport to the resort and back

-Personal expenses/ gratuities

-Medical insurance

 Flights and Visa:

Goa is easily accessible by flight from most major Indian cities such as Delhi and Mumbai. In turn Mumbai and Delhi fly to many major cities throughout the world. 

Please plan to arrive at Devarya on March 3rd anytime post two pm.

A visa is required to enter the country of India. We suggest you look into the visa application process along with your flights when you make the decision to come. Please let us know if you have any questions about flights or the visa process.

TEACHERS:

Melissa Singh

Melissa Singh is a Culinary Nutritionist, Certified Meditation Teacher, Ashtangi and writer. She began her meditation practice in 2010 to heal after a severe concussion rendered her unable to continue playing rugby. She found respite on her meditation cushion, which ultimately allowed her to heal mind, body and soul. After years of practice, in 2015 Melissa became certified to teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction through the University of Toronto school of continuing education. She has been practicing Ashtanga yoga with David Robson since 2015, which has been her main practice. She shares her experiences, and offers health and wellness guidance as the editor and contributor to the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto Blog. Melissa also writes, teaches workshops and develops plant based recipes on her own blog melissasingh.com

Instagram: @melissasinghwellness

Jenny Lee

A former professional dancer, Jenny’s classes are inspired by the traditions of Iyengar, Ashtanga, and all forms of dance. She began pursuing yoga when injury led to the end of her journey in dance and brought her on a new and more fulfilling path.

She was first introduced to yoga through Ashtanga in 2006, and was attracted to the athleticism and dedication that felt similar to ballet. After taking numerous week long intensives, she began her offering as a teacher after studying the Fundamentals of Ashtanga Vinyasa (Downward Dog Yoga Centre/ 15’), and later that year with Moksha Yoga. Since then she has received certifications in Moksha Flow & Restorative (Octopus Garden), and studied Vinyasa, Yin & Meditation.

 While training and dancing professionally, Jenny has had the honour to tour the country with Canada’s Ballet Jörgen and The Chimera Project, studying classical and contemporary ballet under Svea Eklof Grey, Evelyn Hart, Roberto Campanella, Martin Vallee & Jennifer Foley.

Jenny hopes that her classes will bridge the gap between yoga and dance, creating a hybrid experience of body positivity, accessibility and therapeutics,while simultaneously challenging her students with diverse sequencing that reminds one not to take themselves to seriously.

Additional initiatives and passions include providing education and outreach for Eating Disorders through public speaking and charity work, after surviving her own decade long battle. She aspires to one day offer Yoga As Therapy For Eating Disorders for those who suffer and their families, to take her own practice off the mat and be of service to mental health.

Instagram: @heytutti

Vikram Jeet Singh

Vikram completed is first 400-hour teacher training certification with Moksha Yoga in Kerala, India in March 2008. Since then, he has been actively teaching at various Moksha locations in the GTA, New York, Montreal, Winnipeg and Halifax.

In December 2008, Vikram also finished a 200-hour ashtanga yoga primary series certification with David Robson of the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. Since then he has completed an additional 200 hour intermediate series intensive with David Robson. Since 2008 Vikram has been a dedicated Ashtanga practitioner, practicing Mysore style daily at the Ashtanga Yoga Centre of Toronto. Vikram has additionally studied under the guidance of Sri. Sharath Jois at the KPJAYI in Mysore India to further deepen is Ashtanga practice.

Vikram’s passion for Yoga and wellness goes beyond that mat, and into his life with the fundamental belief that yoga if much more than Asana. Growing up in India - a culture steeped in the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda - he has completed training in Ayurveda at the Kripalu Centre in Boston. He has additionally studied Ayurveda in India with various teachers, and has apprenticed with Ayurvedic doctors. Vikram teaches workshops, and assists with the Ayurvedic component of yoga teacher trainings in the GTA.

Vikram’s classes are interactive, high energy and work on the simple belief that yoga goes beyond the asanas (physical postures) and flows into one’s daily life.

Instagram: @wanderingmat

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