Full Moon Yoga and Ayurveda Retreat
9th- 11th of June 2017
Join Antonia and Hsin in this Full Moon Yoga Retreat, where you will be able to deepen your practice, through both dynamic and restorative asana practices, enjoy healthy vegetarian meals and spend time in the beautiful grounds of West Lexham Manor, Norfolk. By taking time to nurture the body, the mind and the spirit you will leave with a clear mind and a true, heartfelt commitment to your deepest desires.
The time of the Full Moon brings a culmination of energy and an acknowledgement and integration of our feelings. The state of our body, mind and spirit is amplified during this time, so it is important to be in a peaceful and calm state in order to use this abundance of energy in an effective and constructive way. During the Full Moon we have an opportunity to recognize our heart’s longing and to act towards our deepest intentions. Throughout the weekend we will playfully explore the physical and subtle body through asana, mantra and meditation in order to truthfully listen to the wisdom within and clear away anything that might prevent you from acting towards the direction of your heart’s desire.
We are also very excited to have Geny Caloisi joining us in our Full Moon Retreat! Geny is an Ayurveda Consultant, who will be available to offer treatments and consultations, as well a short informative session on Ayurveda. Once the configuration of the three doshas is defined, it is easy to bring balance and health by adjusting our diet and even our yoga practice according to our own unique blueprint.
Booking in advance is highly recommended as our time together is very limited.
Antonia is passionate about constantly refining her understanding and application of the teachings of Yoga, both as a student and teacher. Her classes emphasize optimal alignment and attitude, through which students cultivate great freedom and strength, openness and steadiness, playfulness and mindfulness. Antonia’s intention is to serve her students and support them create a true transformation in their body, mind and heart.
Hsin is not only a yoga teacher but also a counsellor and Reiki Master. She believes yoga, counselling and Reiki can help people to raise self-awareness, discover the true-self and understand the meaning of life. Hsin sees that yoga is life and life is yoga and whatever happens on the mat reflects our reality. She encourages people to take the yoga practice into their life. Her classes focus on breath, alignment, moving mindfully and feeling when in the poses. Her teaching is supportive and nurturing.
After practising Yoga and meditation since her early 20s, she decided to become a Yoga teacher, learning from the source. She took her yoga teacher training in India in 2012. Her master, Lalit Kumar, was initiated by Swami Veda Bharti the disciple of His Holiness Swami Rama of the Himalayas. Furthering her studies, in 2015 she started her Ayurveda Diet and Life Style and Ayurveda Therapies diploma course with Dr Deepa Apté at the Ayurveda Pura academy.
Her Ayurveda training in London with Dr Apté was vast and in-depth. The Ayurveda studies included the history of Ayurevda its objectives and the principles as a holistic healing system. The three Doshas and their relationship with anatomy and physiology according to Ayurveda. The five elements theory and their relationship with the macro & micro cosmos. The body constitution, as per the original or balanced one, the person’s Prakriti and the current or imbalance, their Vikriti.
Geny is a creative and driven person, with excellent observation skills and a passion for communications. She is adaptive to each of her clients and invites her clients to cultivate introspection, love and compassion for oneself.
Throughout this retreat we are inviting you to listen to your body and honour its needs. Our aim is to make you feel nourished, calm, grounded and create space in your mind and heart. Although we encourage you to participate in all our sessions together, we also understand that the schedule might be a little intense if you need time to rest. We’d rather you do what you truly need, rather than feeling obliged to attend all sessions.
17.30-19.30- Asana Practice
20.30-21.00- Walking Meditation
7.00-8.00- Morning Meditation, Pranayama, Chanting
9.00- 9.45- Introduction to Ayurveda
10.30-12.30 Asana Practice
15.00-16.00 Afternoon Tea
17.30-19.30- Asana Practice
7.00-8.00- Morning Meditation, Pranayama, Chanting
10.30-12.30- Asana Practice
15.30-17.00- Closing practice
17.00-18.00 Afternoon Tea
'Ayurveda – The ancient Science of Life
Ayurveda is often referred to as the sister science to Yoga. Together both Yoga and Ayurveda offer us tools for transformation, a way of life that creates harmony, health and wellbeing on all levels.
What is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is an ancient holistic medical system from India, its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and those with health challenges can improve their health.
Ayurveda, the science of Life – Ayus means life and Veda is knowledge. Ayurveda has a rich history, originally shared as an oral tradition, Ayurveda was recorded more than 5,000 years ago but has been in practice much longer – in fact as long as life has existed Ayurveda has.
Ayurveda focuses on maintaining or restoring health on all levels, body, mind and soul by using food, yoga, massage, herbs, diet and lifestyle routines that are specificto the individual’s personal constitution. Ayurveda treats the root cause of a disease rather than just the symptoms.
How does Ayurveda work?
Ayurveda teaches us that everything living is made up of the five basic elements (or Panchamahabhutas) - space, air, fire, water and earth. These five elements combine within the human body and create the three doshas: Vata (air and space) Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (water and earth), which perform different physiological functions in the body and mind.
Each person is born with a unique combination of the doshas, whilst everybody has all three doshas, usually one or two dominate. Various dosha proportions at the timeof conception determine an individual’s Prakriti (unique constitution or blueprint) which is our true unchanging nature.
Dosha dominance in our life however is never constant, it changes with age, time of day or night and the season, etc. this is known as Vikriti (current imbalance). Ayurveda views illness or disease as caused by an imbalance in a person's physical or mental constitution and therefore seeks to gently bring a person's body and mind back into a healthy balance.
What happens at an Ayurveda consultation?
A consultation is an assessment of your current health (physical, mental, emotional) and past medical history. The aim is to find balance and develop awareness and connection to our true individual needs. So when you visit an Ayurvedic practitioner, be prepared to talk about yourself!
Because Ayurveda emphasizes balance in all areas of your life, a consultation will involve taking an extensive personal and medical history, including questions about your daily life such as diet, working conditions, exercise routines, relationships and emotional well-being.
At the consultation pulse and tongue diagnosis will determine the clients individual Prakriti (unique constitution) and Vikriti (current imbalance) This process helps the practitioner identify symptoms and potential causes of imbalance and determine a suitable therapy plan.
From here we create a unique plan of a daily routine, yoga and breathing exercises, we also look at nutrition with individualized diet advice, and, if needed, herbal remedies and Ayurvedic massage recommendations.
I draw on my experience as an Ayurvedic consultant and therapist, as well as my Yoga teaching to provide a tailored plan that will help you achieve an ideal balance. The initial consultation will last around 60-90mins long, with a short follow-up appointment of 30 minutes a week later, then usually there will be an additional follow-up 4 weeks later.
What Ayurvedic treatments are there?
Depending on what one needs to be balanced, there will be different treatments recommended by Ayurveda.
In Ayurveda we use warm pure organic oils and medicated oils. Each oil selection will be in accordance with the person’s body type. The treatments last between 30’ and 1 hour.- Geny Caloisi
How to get there:
West Lexham is in Norfolk to the east of Kings Lynn. The nearest town is Swaffham, to the South. It is close to rail and coach stops, and we strongly recommend coming here by public transport rather than driving, as there are plenty of easy links.
The nearest train station is Downham Market. Trains run from London Kings Cross to Downham Market every hour and every half hour at certain peak times. Journey times are approximately 1h 25m. Network Railcards give you a 1/3 off fares. If you are taking more than one train journey in the South of England or are travelling in a group it is well worth investigating it here.
Taxis from Downham Market:
PJ Taxis- 01366 385904 (West Lexham's taxi partner - from £34 from Downham Market to West Lexham)
Bishops Travel - 01366 324307
Platinum Cars- 01760 725366/ 07760 761504
Al's Cabs - 01760 720002
Matt's Cabs - 07882 025209
The address of the West Lexham Manor is:
Nr Kings Lynn, Norfolk
Tel:01760 755 602
Things to do in Norfolk:
During your free time you can either walk and explore the grounds of West Lexham, taking time to relax, feel the effects of the practices and journal. Alternatively, you can visit any of the following places in Norfolk.
· Castle Acre- a beautiful medieval priory and ruins which really stands proud against the local countryside and which is hauntingly beautiful. It is just about walking distance from West Lexham
· Ecotech- a center of sustainability which has the only wind turbine in the UK that you can actually climb up
· The Peddlers Way- it runs only a mile or so from West Lexham. A 46-mile National trail from near Thetford to Holme-next-the-Sea on the North Norfolk coast.
· Holkham Hall and Estate- it is the perfect English house from the Golden Age of the Grand Tour, surviving intact in its original setting
· Cromer- a fishing village with a reputation for crab fishing
· Pensthorpe- and ideal attraction for those who love nature, wildlife and the outdoors with nature trails, lakes, bird watching and stunning gardens
· Houghton Hall- another Great house designed by William Kent in 1717 and built by Britain’s first Prime Minister, Robert Walpole
· Staffham Village- a historic town with a regular Market on Saturdays and occasional Antiques Market on Sunday. This is the local hub with a fully stocked natural food shop and vibrant local community
You can find more information here.
Prices (per person in the Barn En-suites):
· £360 for a triple room
· £390 for a double room
Single rooms available on request. There is a limited availability, so please contact us for more information.
There will be 6 meals provided, all of them vegetarian and freshly prepared. If you have any food intolerances, please let us know and we can modify the menu for you.
· 4 asana practices
· 3 meditation sessions
· All meals
What’s not included:
Travel to West Lexham Manor
Ayurvedic Treatments and Consultations
If you need more information please contact us:
Antonia - firstname.lastname@example.org