What can I expect from my Yoga Retreat week?

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What is Yoga?

In simple terms, yoga is the Union of the body, the mind and the breath which creates stillness, clear thinking, and helps to abandon negative emotions such as ego, resentment, frustration and fear.

Yoga is commonly seen as a form of exercise that stretches the muscles, however it is far more than this. Yoga will energise, give positive mental focus.

How does it do this? Breath is the key to yoga practice, and helps strengthen and cleanse the body. No areas of the body will be unused throughout the week, so by the time you leave you feel wonderfully tall, lean and refreshed.

What type will be practiced?

General Hatha yoga will form most of the week’s yoga style. This involves lots of various asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing) and therefore concentration. There will also be a unique insight and practice into Diane’s training with worldwide renowned teachers Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea, David Swenson, and James D’Silva. The Yoga style is fun, refreshing, challenging, energising and healing. An amazing transformational. active week, as well as some knowledge on the resistance yoga energy series in creating permanent flexibility gains.

I don’t practice regularly, will I find it too difficult?

This week will be uniquely catered towards all levels and styles previously practiced. Most mornings will have a 90-minute energising pre-breakfast class, and most evenings a more relaxing 60-90 minute class. Yoga is about taking it at your own pace so there is no need to worry what everyone is doing.

I was thinking of coming on my own, but wondered if anyone else will be?

Retreats are such inviting, sociable places that they can offer you the opportunity to make friends easily, or equally have time alone in the comfort of your own room. The Yoga week will help introduce you to like minded people immediately and instantly help you feel at ease.

Will I have time to try out other activities whilst on holiday?

Absolutely yes. The timetable allows you to have each day free for such (change such to other) activities or to just sit by the pool and relax, and meeting up again in the evening for the relaxation and meditation class. First and foremost it is your holiday!

What experience does the teacher have as I have been to lots of yoga classes and teachers?

Diane opened Bath Yoga Studio, ten years after starting her journey as a Yoga teacher. She still leads group classes at the studio as well as being a Yoga Alliance Senior Teacher for her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course for The Academy for Yoga Training.

She has trained with some of the world’s leading Yoga teachers, including Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea and David Swenson. She is also a fully accredited Yoga Sports Coach, and has worked with Mark Webber as well as professional footballers, swimmers, triathletes and track and field athletes. Diane has written for National sports magazines and her retreats have featured in the Guardian and Sunday Times. She also happens to be a Guest Presenter for the Champneys Wellness and spa brand.

What will I need to bring? 

  • one beach towel

  • one yoga mat to practice on, and for hygiene purposes

  • a bottle of water recommended

  • it is important to re-hydrate yourself during class, where necessary

  • A journal for personal reflection during the week

  • You practice in bare feet, so no need for footwear