Yoga retreat with private yoga sessions
You can also get private yoga lessons on holiday with Puurenkuur. The yoga teacher will fully tailor classes to your body, level and wishes. Perhaps you’ve never done yoga before and would like to discover what it’s about on a 1-2-1 level, first? Or maybe you have an injury you’re nursing? You may already be an advanced yogi and want to deepen your practice further? Or it could be that you’re seeking additional stillness on a spiritual retreat; turning your attention inwards with a tailor-made programme? With private yoga classes, you’re giving yourself the perfect yoga holiday with optimal results for body and mind!
Immersion on a yoga retreat
Private lessons on a yoga retreat allow for greater depth of practice. They grant you the peace and space to turn your attention inwards, making your yoga retreat a real spiritual journey. Readdressing the balance between body and mind, you’ll achieve relaxation through exertion. By stepping back a little from the business of your daily life, you’ll identify unhealthy habit patterns in your work, relationships or in the choices you make in daily life with regard to your health. This awareness helps you break those unhealthy patterns.
What is yoga? Physical exercise or spiritual practice
To some, yoga is a form of exercise, while to others it is a spiritual journey. Both perspectives are completely valid. According to the roots of yoga, yoga was originally more than physical exercise. It is an ancient Indian philosophy, used to balance the body and mind and thus connect with something ‘higher’. The physical postures were merely one part of this philosophy. Proper behaviour, meditation, healthy habits and breath techniques were just as important. In the Western world, we perceive yoga as exercises on a mat. Whether you interpret yoga as pure exercise or as a spiritual practice is unimportant. Its therapeutic effects remain. Concentrating on the breath as you assume the various poses leads to a meditative state whereby everyday thoughts and feelings are diminished or even banished. Doing yoga creates mental relaxation through physical exertion.
The benefits of yoga
A regular yoga practice will help improve respiration, increase concentration levels and lead to a more supple body. It helps you relax – even in stressful situations – and leaves you feeling fitter and more energised.
Which style of yoga will suit me best?
Much like fitness, ballet or football, belong under the umbrella 'sport', 'yoga' encompasses many different varieties. The best style for you is mainly a question of how dynamic you would like the class to be.
Discover which styles are for you, here.
Hatha yoga is the best known style of yoga. This classical, calm style consists of standing, sitting and lying poses (asana). Breathwork (pranayama) plays a central role in this. Thanks to its focus on the breath, hatha yoga has a meditative quality, though some of the poses can be quite intense, especially if held for longer periods. Hatha yoga is the best known style of yoga in het West, and many other styles derive from it.
Iyengar yoga focuses on executing the poses with as much precision as possible. A mixture of props such as blocks, bolsters and straps are used to help achieve the right alignment.
Power yoga / Vinyasa yoga
If you’re looking for dynamism, then power yoga (speaks for itself!) or vinyasa is the yoga for you. This style of yoga is often taught with music, and the poses flow from one to the next, fluidly.
Bikram yoga or hot flow yoga
Bikram yoga or hot flow yoga is physically demanding in a different way, as standing and lying poses are performed in a warm, humid room heated to between 34 and 40 degrees Celsius. The heat makes the body more pliable, making it easier to do the poses. But the temperature also makes you sweat a lot. This simultaneously detoxifies the body.
Kundalini yoga uses intensive movement to stoke energy. The powerful ‘breath of fire’ (whereby the navel is drawn strongly inwards) is very important in this practice.
Yin yoga is a very relaxed form of yoga. Instead of working to strengthen the muscles, it seeks to relax them. The opening poses are held for extended periods, sometimes using bolsters and blocks. The poses affect connective tissue and stimulate the meridians and organs.
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