Iyengar Yoga Workshop with Antonella
Join us at YogaOnCrete and experience lightness of body and spirit and the joy of honouring and nurturing your needs through the practice of Iyengar yoga and meditation, daily encounters with the cool, turquoise Mediterranean waters at quiet beaches, idyllic unspoilt surroundings, and wholesome, vegetarian, local food, excursions, a warm and welcoming group of people and much more! No previous experience in yoga is required for participation in the course, while more experienced students will discover tools for deepening their practice!
- Daily morning and afternoon Iyengar yoga class
- Daily meditation
- Professional and experienced yoga instructor
- 7 nights' accommodation in traditional guesthouse located near beach
- 7 breakfasts and 5 dinners included
- A round trip to the beautiful Sweet Water beach
- Linen and towels provided
The week begins with an introductory class at 6.00 p.m. on the day of arrival, and the day's programme closes with dinner. All other days begin at 8.00 a.m. with a 1.5 hour Iyengar yoga class.
After breakfast guests are free to relax and enjoy the beach and sunshine, receive a massage treatment, or explore the village and region. The second shorter (1 hour) Iyengar yoga session and 30 minute meditation in the late afternoon is followed by dinner.
The fourth day of the week is a rest day from classes; an optional excursion can be arranged, including a hike through the magnificent Aradaina gorge (approx. €25 depending on number of participants going). All breakasts and 5 dinners are offered at the house, while on two of the nights guests are free to dine out in the village restaurants (not included in the course cost; approx. €15 for a full meal including drinks). Individual excursions (e.g., hikes, boat trips) can also be arranged during the week. On the last day of each week, departure can be arranged after morning class and breakfast.
The number of guests is limited to 14, to create a warm and friendly atmosphere, and to ascertain that individual attention is given in the classes.
The classes comprise of a series of asanas (physical postures), usually sustained for some time so that the body and its necessary actions can be observed within the posture, pranayama (breathing techniques), and meditative techniques (sitting in silence, concentration techniques), through which the development of awareness of the body and mind in the present moment and deep relaxation are practiced.
Iyengar yoga was developed through the pioneering work of B.K.S. Iyengar, who freed the classical yoga postures (asanas) from their Indian mystique and with the use of props made them suitable for Westerners, who want to have a clear understanding of what happens in a yoga posture. A typical Iyengar yoga class focuses on precision of movement, correct alignment, and the study of the ‘muscle and mind’ actions and resistance necessary to enter a state of concentration. Breathing awareness is emphasized in every asana in order to deepen the experience. Through consistent practice the student overcomes physical and mental/emotional limits and develops a deep awareness of the body, power, control, patience and physical and mental harmony.
Antonella originally studied Physical Education in Italy, her native country, and thereafter worked as a professional contemporary dancer/performer for 20 years with various companies in Italy, Belgium, Holland, England and Slovenia. During her travels in Thailand, she learned Traditional Thai Massage at Wat Po in Bangkok and Chiang Mai, and has now been a practitioner for several years. In the last few years, she also studied sculpture and video and is an abstract drawing artist.
In 2000 Antonella embarked on her yoga path studying the Iyengar yoga method, in which she is a certified teacher (Intermediate Junior I). She has studied with various Senior Iyengar yoga teachers such as Cle Souren, Charles Hond, Annemieke Post, Willy Bok, Rita Polvoorde, Alexis Simon, Corine Biria, Zubin Zartostimanesh, Ramanand Patel, Christian Pisano, Rita Keller, and Devki Desai. In India, she followed summer studies with Rajiv and Swati Chianchiani at Yog-Ganga in Rajpur and at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune (RIYMI) with Geeta and Prashant Iyengar, Gulnaz Dashti, and Rajalaxmi. Travelling in California in 2013 she had the chance to follow classes with Manouso Manos and at the Yoga Tree Studio.
Also open to other styles of yoga, she followed classes in the Asthanga Vinyasa tradition with Jean Claude Garnier in Brussels and took part in a workshop with David Swenson. Additionally, Antonella studied energy healing techniques and meditation based on the teachings of Barbara Brennan with Jan Janssen for three years, receiving certification. She deepened her meditation practice with a ten day Vipassana meditation retreat and has taken part in three Tibetan meditation workshops with Lama Zuepa in Huy, Belgium.
Antonella has been teaching Iyengar yoga in Brussels, and also in workshops in Greece, Spain, Germany, and Italy, since 2004, integrating the knowledge received from other experiences and techniques that crossed her path. She loves to help students find their own expression and freedom in the limited space of an asana (pose). She is interested in exploring and deepening the integration between the induced peaceful state of mind that yoga and meditation bring, and the creativity and excitement which flow and express themselves through human artistic expression that come as its consequence.
- €570 shared non en suite accommodation (2 in a room) with use of communal bathroom.
- €660 shared en suite accommodation (3 in a room) or single non-ensuite (with use of common bathroom).
- €710 shared en suite twin or double room.
- €900 single en suite accommodation (please note that single room availability is limited).
- €490 non-participating partner sharing a room.
- €560 work-exchange option (only one place per week): about 2-3 hours’ help per day with light household tasks (e.g., washing dishes, cleaning yoga studio) that does not interfere with the attendance of all classes. Accommodation in triple room
- (all inclusive) per person per week