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Yoga & Meditation

 
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Yoga with Fiona

Yoga can be a vital component of integrated health. When we move our bodies with conscious awareness, in yoga, we are able to tap into a deep resource of presence and energy. When we flow with each breath we can embody each moment, release stress and tension and over time develop inner strength and balance.

The yoga wasn’t the intense, pain-but-it’s-good-for-me-I -swear type of feeling I was used to, forcing my body to the extent of its physical range in order to get the most out of it. Instead, it was a place of space. Space to reflect, to heal, to actually listen to our bodies.
— Francesca Willow -Ethical Unicorn
 
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Guided Meditation

Meditation is something that will develop over time when the mind has been calmed, or focussed with practice of dharana (concentration). It is only through dharana that dhyana (meditation) will come. The traditional purpose of yogasana is to enable the body to sit in meditation. It is good for us as beginners to use a particular technique to support us in our practice, and to add in to our integrated health approach.

 
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Yoga Nidra - the sleep of the yogis

The practice of yoga nidra, (yoga sleep), is designed to take us into  the space of conscious awareness and pure presence. It adapts to the needs of the practitioner, relaxation and deep rest, healing, insight, vitality and creativity. It is perhaps one of the most important aspects of our integrated women’s health retreats and resources. The restorative power of rest cannot be underestimated.

What a fantastic retreat! As an experienced yogi, I thought the quality of the yoga classes was very high, the yoga teacher (Fiona Macleod) had so much knowledge and understanding of the practice that really came through in such a clear but gentle, understanding and loving way that i have know doubt that everyone would enjoy and benefit from her classes, whether a beginner or more advanced student.
— Alex UK