Anna Ashby, Joey Miles and special guests Nikki Slade + Sarah Deco
the middle pathway: a four day urban yoga retreat
wed 28 – sat 31 december 2016 10.00am – 5.00pm
£295 (lunch included)
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. — T. S. Eliot
Triyoga once again celebrates the holiday season and coming of the new year with the well-loved ‘urban retreat’.
The retreat includes traditional yoga practises led by two of triyoga’s most well-respected and experienced teachers, Anna Ashby and Joey Miles. Nikki Slade, resident kirtan leader at triyoga, joins Anna and Joey at times during the retreat to deepen the connection to the heart through chanting, while Sarah Deco, a professional storyteller, enhances the inner experience by weaving in the power of story and myth. Through their combined skilful teaching and expression, they hold a focused environment and nurturing space for practice, contemplation and transformation preparing the way for an auspicious beginning to 2017.
This year’s retreat focuses on ‘the middle pathway’, a term used by various philosophical traditions from Buddhism, to Taoism and Yoga, where the experience of unified awareness becomes known through the experience of the ‘centre’. A essential text of hatha yoga called the Hatha Yoga Padipika provides a direction of enquiry where the middle pathway refers to sushumna nadi, the central channel within the body through which subtle energy flows bringing about fullness of being, spontaneous joy, and the expanded state of awareness. By turning the focus inwards towards the centre, a natural result of yoga practices, this year’s retreat explores the different levels of subtle experience at the core of the hatha yoga tradition.
Each day includes an active and restorative asana practise ending with pranayama and meditation. At different times during the retreat there is formal kirtan (chanting) and satsang where the focus of the retreat is explored through personal reflection, journaling, stories and facilitated discussion. The retreat will culminate in the traditional way with a celebratory kirtan led by Nikki to say farewell to 2016 and welcome in the new year. This final kirtan is open to family and friends with tickets available in advance or on the day.
Through this 4-day immersion in the various practises and teachings of yoga, a transformative energy builds that offers insight and clarity. The transition from one year to the next offers a perfect time to remember, reflect and consciously usher in a new year.
A vegetarian lunch from the Nectar Café is included in the retreat fee. Massages and other body treatments are available during this time and can be scheduled separately through triyoga. You must register for the entire retreat in support of the retreat environment. It is recommended that you attend all the sessions, but this is not a requirement. Students must be practising yoga for at least 1 year before attending the retreat. Please bring a journal.
Wednesday 28th – Friday 30th December
0900 -1230 Welcome/Chant + Active Asana Practice + Meditation
1230 -1400 Lunch/Rest/Walk/Journal
14:00 – 17:30 Satsang/Chant + Restorative/Breath Practice + Meditation
Saturday, Dec 31st
0900 – 1200 Active Asana Practice + Meditation
1200 – 1330 Lunch/Rest/Walk/Journal
1330 – 1400 Wrap-up
1400 – 1515 Final Kirtan with Nikki (open to all – register at triyoga)
To book visit: www.triyoga.co.uk please note this retreat usually sells out so don’t leave it too late!