EMBODYING THE PRACTICE - LETTING GO

A weeklong Retreat with Julie Martin at Satsanga Retreat in Goa, India

Teachers

Julie Martin

Date

Sunday, 21 January 2018 to Saturday, 27 January 2018

Location

Satsanga Retreat Goa
India
Goa IN

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Description

Using the power of an embodied practice, this week is an opportunity to look at what causes our patterns, mental, emotional, physical.  They are all intimately intertwined and until we understand this and allow ourselves to look with curiosity and observe our stories then we will remained stuck in our “replay” mode.  Aren’t we looking for a sense of “Aliveness” in our everyday lives? Then we need to let go of our preconceived ideas in order to receive that.  

Using Julie’s unique form of asana and movement, Sacred Dance, Creative Writing and Somatic Meditation, we will travel on a journey of self discovery.  Peeling away layers of self perception to  create space internally and externally, explore the hows and whys and drop the unnecessary patterns along the way.  Sometimes just taking a moment to pause, breathe, listen and then observe allows us to see what we are holding on to or what we have decided is still a limitation even though it is something from our past that no longer exists.  

For Julie, all practices must be somatic, with awareness, with feeling and investigation. Embodied. We will move through asana as an exploration, dance with the emotional waves and pulses, let our stories unfold in our bodies, on paper and in release.  

This will be a full immersion and all the wonderful comforts of Satsanga Retreat Centre and Julie’s careful guidance will allow you to let go of everything that no longer serves you and begin again, with new clarity, tools for re-programming and a deeper connection to who you really are.   

 

Price

£850 for double shared occupancy

£1150 for single

 

About The Instructors

Julie Martin wants you to think outside the box, get off your mat, shake up the old dogmas and find freedom to unfold into the beauty of a yoga practice that emerges from the inside.  With over 25 years of experience and an international following of students and teachers alike, Julie’s greatest aim is to inspire.  Her particular passion for human movement means continual investigation of new anatomical approaches, working with natural movement, range of motion, integrated stability and letting go of some of the old asana myths in order to move with the body and not against it.  The practice is always an enquiry, a somatic exploration of sensation, movement and stillness.  

15 years ago Julie set up Brahmani Yoga in Goa, India after teaching in Brighton, UK  for over 8 years.  The largest motivation for the yoga centre was to create a community that could join together each winter season and practice without judgement, learn to let everything evolve and be totally inclusive to all yogis.  What grew out of that is an international reputation especially in training teachers to challenge the “norms” of the yoga world when they no longer work for us.  Julie’s work as a teacher trainer leaves students inspired and empowered.   

She encourages people to find their own pace, fluidity and strength in a structure that is only a "suggestion". No longer asking people to get "into" a pose, but if stillness arises in a moment then space is given to pause, feel and sense.

“Coming from a dance background and starting an asana practice to save my knees (which it did) I was initially so thankful for the practice.  But as I moved over into the deeper world of yoga and teaching it (25 years ago) I was soon riddled with injuries. I had to rethink how this method that had initially "saved" my body was now the source of pain and injury and why everyone in the midst of it was so intent on a "right way" to do the practice. So I stepped away from the strict methodology (which lost me students in some cases) and worked on combining information from modern anatomy and fascia research, including some of my dance knowledge, with natural movement and letting people find their own alignment instead of forcing ideas of what anything should look like. For me it's about allowing students to find a somatic practice that nurtures and heals the body and mind.”

Your yoga practice should invite you into relationship with your self, your body, your mind and emotions.  This is not Instagram yoga or circus skills class.  This is moving through layers, feeling, experiencing and observing process, moving towards stillness, moving towards self.  

The practice is not in the asana, it is in the awareness - Julie Martin

 

Sample Timetable:

7.00 - 8.00 Meditation

8.30 - 10.30 Asana Flow practice

10.30 - 11.00 Tea Break

11.00 - 12.30 Brunch

12.30 - 14.00 Free time

14.00 - 15.30 Creative Writing/Movement exploration

15.30 - 16.00 Snack Break

16.00 - 18.30 Sacred Dance

18.30-19.30 Dinner