Shiva Shakti

Aug 8 - 11 2019

Yoga, Mantra and Music Retreat

On waking up in this stunning location, we will do a blissful sunrise sadhana in the Yoga Yurt. The spacious yurt has wooden floors, a traditional wood burning stove and is surrounded by green fields and ancient forest. Moving through beautiful sequencing and creative namaskars, we will explore Shiva ~ Shakti inspired Elemental Vinyasa. These soulful practices create a sense of connection, openness and vibrancy, leaving you feeling lovingly uplifted and alive. In the afternoons, we will surrender to a more restorative, yin practice; meditation, sound bath and yoga nidra, allowing your being to rest, renew and rejuvenate.

In your free time, walk in the beautiful countryside and woodland, relax with friends in the stunning spaces in our Victorian home or indulge in a luxurious massage. You may also choose to visit the sacred Celtic pilgrimage site of Glastonbury Tor, the heart chakra of the world. In the evenings, we will enjoy a delicious dinner together and an outdoor fire circle.
On Saturday afternoon, we will experience live performance of Indian mantra, mudra and kirtan by Antarma and Aloka. This authentically talented couple share ancient Sanskrit shlokas and original lyrics, accompanied by the guitar, harmonium and drums. Antarma and Aloka ‘bring hearts together’ with African and Brazilian Djembe beats, ecstatic dance, hip hop and reggae rhythms. They have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, Chelsea Theatre, The British Film Institute and worldwide events and festivals.

Practitioner: Heidi Pascual

Heidi Pascual

 
My yoga journey began in 2009 and since that time, my soul journey has been beautifully transformed. I have a successful full-time career, sharing Vinyasa Flow Yoga classes, workshops, festivals, worldwide retreats and yoga community. My yoga journey expanded spontaneously and rapidly, unfolding with many enriching experiences, colourful travels, beautiful friendships and soul growth.
 
My twenties were dedicated to exploring our exquisite world in the wild of Africa, the colour of South America and Costa Rica, the exotic tropics of Asia, the culture of India, Sri Lanka and the Himalaya of Nepal. Experiencing the beauty of our world from sunrise to sunset, I fell head over heels, enamoured with life. I married my Peruvian husband in the Andes of Peru and returned home after a decade of discovery. I found life distant and disconnected on my return to the U.K, as if the world had lost its colour. It was then that I discovered yoga. My thirties have been a very different kind of journey, an inner journey. The path of yoga lights the way to our inner world: an ocean without depths, bliss beyond beauty, an expanse without horizon and love’s forever open arms.
 
As a writer and teacher of Literature, I am innately inspired by language and art; therefore creative narrative, classical yoga texts and mythic story infuse my choreography. My love of nature and beauty, movement and music, culture and tradition are expressed through practice of yoga and these elements inspire my sequencing.
These creative qualities are woven within precise alignment of classical asana. Flowing transitions between dynamic and static asana, guided by the rhythm of the breath, creates a graceful dance of breath and movement, gently returning to an inner space of stillness and serenity. I design each class with a balance of alignment, yoga assists, form and flow; pranayama, Indian philosophy and meditation.
 
Tapas has burned brightly and I have completed a thousand hours of training: Triyoga teacher training diploma, London (390 hours); Vinyasa Flow Yoga teacher training with Claire Missingham (200 hours); pre and postnatal teacher training with Katy Appleton (95 hours); advanced teacher training with Sianna Sherman, Berlin (300 hour). My time in India allowed authentic insight into the history, tradition and practice of yoga. ‘The better you practice, the brighter the flame’ ~ BKS Iyengar.

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