EvePadmasana'90, yoga retreat

What is a yoga intensive?

We educators typically call yoga exercise golf courses which run over many days ‘intensives’, yet what does that indicate? Are they truly extreme? Is that a dispute in terms?

Another word that’s made use of these days for this sort of course is ‘immersion’. I assume that’s a much better expression. Intensive brings up the sense of extreme or extreme initiative. Immersion is a lot more like diving in and steeping yourself in the content.

We’ve just completed a week of very early morning lessons at the Yoga Shed for 15 pupils. For the first time I arranged our annual January golf course to be a mix of reflection and also yoga. My coworker, Michael Hollingworth, and also I educated in tandem. The yoga exercise series supported the mindfulness reflection as well as the mindfulness enhanced the asana work.

As I had not presented the course in this manner before, Michael and I functioned very closely together to make the two sessions segue as flawlessly as possible. I kept the number and kind of postures marginal. Michael kept the meditation training clear and also simple.

The Yoga Dropped Demanding – was it intense?

Well, as Michael told the pupils, paraphrasing the Bard, ‘there is absolutely nothing either good or bad however believing makes it so.’ For Alexa, that emerged at 4:30 am to drive a distance to get to the Shed, her encounter could possibly be called extreme. For the two teenagers which had break the temptation to sleep in, setting an alarm system while on college holidays could claimed to be intense.

Overall however, the group delighted in the stunning equilibrium of posture as well as repose. We started with a hr of asanas, followed by an hour of conversation and also meditation.

The point regarding doing 5 two-hour sessions straight is the potential for the resulting advantages to be advancing. The wheels may be stiff and supply a rugged journey in the initial few days. But remarkably, the track acquires smoother, the travel much more enjoyable with the constant professional receiveing many gifts.

What presents are readily available? For my component, at the minute, I really feel relaxed as well as am enjoying a formerly elusive sense of flexibility. Those qualities probably won’t last, I recognize from encounter. As well as the greedier I am about holding on to them, the quicker they will fly away.

That’s why we call mindfulness reflection and also the doing of asanas practices. The presents that build up from the techniques are merely eye-catching goodies. The over-and-over practice is the key.

And the constancy of practising is what could be intense.

Or not.

Here’s a gift for you: the series of positions from the first day of our Intensive. The purpose? To lay foundations for the reflection to comply with as well as for every one of the week. Thus the focus on standing poses.

Day One:


Urdhva Hastasana

½ Uttanasana at wall

Trikonasana x2

Virabhadrasana 1 x2

Adho mukha svanasana

Virabhadrasana 2 x2

Prasarita padottanasana



Bharadavajasana at wall x2

Jatara Parivartanasana x5

Supta padangusthasana 1 & 2

Viparita Karani

Legs on Chair with bolster