“…it is not half so important to know as to feel, for if facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow.”
—Rachel Carsontriyoga once again celebrates the holiday season and coming of the new year with the well-loved ‘urban retreat’. The urban retreat brings the benefits of a yoga retreat without leaving London during the holidays.
The retreat includes traditional yoga practices led by two of triyoga’s most well-respected, senior teachers, Anna Ashby and Jean Hall. To further anchor participants in the retreat experience, Nikki Slade, resident kirtan leader at triyoga, will join Anna and Jean at different times to lead chanting, while Sarah Deco, a professional storyteller, will weave in the power of story and myth. Through their combined intention and skilful teaching/expression, a nurturing space for practice, contemplation and transformation prepares the way for an auspicious beginning to 2020.
This year’s retreat explores conscious embodiment through perceptual sensing, postural enquiry and somatic movement as doorways into the direct experience of essence of being. Drawing upon the five elements linked to the five senses – earth, water, fire, wind and space – known as the pañca mahā-bhūtas, elemental practice becomes a way to access inner wisdom and lived experience.
The retreat offers time and space to engage in traditional yoga practice along with contemporary exploration and interpretation.
Each day includes an active and restorative āsana (postural) practice, as well as praṇāyama (breath) and dhyāna (meditation). At different times during the retreat there is formal kirtan (chanting) and satsang where the focus of the retreat is experienced through personal reflection, journaling, stories and facilitated discussion. The retreat will culminate in the customary way with a celebratory kirtan led by Nikki to say farewell to 2019 and welcome in the new year. This final kirtan is open to family and friends with tickets available in advance or on the day.
During this four-day immersion, through the various practices and teachings of yoga, a transformative energy builds that offers insight and clarity. The transition from one year to the next offers an ideal opportunity to remember, reflect and consciously awaken to 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 and paid for through triyoga. Registration for the entire retreat is required to support the shared environment of the retreat. It is recommended that you attend all sessions in order to take in all aspects of the teachings, gain insights and assimilate the learning. However this is not mandatory. The retreat is open to students who have been practising yoga for at least one year. Please bring a journal.
Dates and Time: Sat, 28 December 2019 – Tue, 31 December 2019, 09:30 – 17:00.
Fees: £300. Includes Lunch every day.
Booking: Book through Triyoga.
Open to students with one year of practice.
If booking for more than one person, please do so by calling 020 7483 3344. Do not book via website or the second person will not appear on the roster.
Saturday, Dec 28th – Monday, Dec 30th
09:30-12:30 welcome/chant + active asana practice + meditation
14:00-17:00 satsang/chant + restorative/breath practice + meditation
Tuesday, Dec 31st
09:00-12:30 active asana practice + meditation
14:00 – 15:15 Final Kirtan with Nikki (open to all – register at triyoga)
This final Kirtan is open to everybody, on the retreat or not. The price for the Kirtan only is £17.
When & where
57 Jamestown Road,
Sat, 28 December 2019 - Tue, 31 December 2019, 09:30 - 17:00