Mindful Yoga Training Retreat

March 17-23, 2019.

Nøsen Fjellhotel, Valdres

In this week-long training retreat, we will immerse in a mindful and compassionate approach to yoga practice. This is both an educational retreat in applied Mindful yoga as well as a time for personal development and transformation. Mindful yoga is inspired by the work of Jon Kabat-Zinn, bridging Western science and psychology with the ancient traditions of Buddhist yoga and Hatha yoga, offering a therapeutic approach to yoga asana. Using modern research, we can document the beneficial effects of attention training and loving-kindness techniques in working with common psychological and emotional disorders, as well as in developing positive mental states and the interruption of negative habits.

 

For teachers, this is an opportunity to get hands-on knowledge about how to integrate and teach mindfulness and compassion into yoga practice. For those on a personal path of yoga or mindfulness, it is an opportunity to experience the benefits of a week-long immersion in mindfulness, compassion, and yoga, while learning tools for greater transformation towards inner peace and well-being.

 

This retreat is open to anyone interested, and is of special interest for yoga teachers and MBSR/mindfulness instructors.  It can count as the second module of the 100 hr training program in Mindful yoga through Oslo Yoga, and represents 50 hrs of teaching time. In this week-long retreat we will be emphasizing the practical application of the theory that is explored in the first module. Module 1 and module 2 can be taken in any order, or independently.

Topics explored:

 

Asana practice

  • Bringing healing elements into practice
  • Integrating the breath into practice
  • Cooling and Heating, Tension and Release
  • Performance vs self-discovery

 

Mindfulness

  • Sitting meditation and Moving meditation
  • Focused meditation and Open meditation
  • How to teach mindfulness meditation
  • Self-kindness and Compassion meditations

 

Applied Psychology

  • How to meet with difficulty
  • Cultivating positive mental states
  • Transforming negative habits
  • Finding greater wholeness and well-being

Philosophy

  • Common elements of Buddhist and Yoga/Sankhya philosophy
  • 8-fold path of Buddhism and 8 limbs of Yoga sutras
  • Bramaviharas; The four qualities of Wise Love
  • Integrating philosophy into classes and practice

Structuring classes

  • How to sequence and structure Mindful yoga classes
  • Working with asanas; which to use when and why
  • Exploring different styles of yoga
  • Blending different styles to create a Mindful yoga class

 

Retreat Schedule:
March 17th – 23rd

 

Sunday 17th

  • 15:00 – 18:00     Arrive for registration
  • 18:00 – 19:00     Dinner
  • 19:00 – 21:30     First session

Sample Day, 18th- 22rd

  • 07:30 - 08:30     Morning class
  • 08:30 – 09:30    Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 12:30     Session
  • 12:30 – 13:30    Lunch
  • 13:30 – 15:30    Break
  • 15:30 - 18:00     Session
  • 18:00 – 19:00    Dinner
  • 19:30 - 21:00     Evening class/talk

Saturday 23th

  • 07:30 - 08:30     Morning class
  • 08:30 – 09:30    Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 12:30     Session
  • 12:30 – 13:30    Lunch
  • 13:30 –              Depart

Price:

Early-Bird:              kr. 8,500 (before Jan 17th )
Regular Price:        kr. 9,500   (after Jan 17th)

Standard room price for shared room.
Single room at extra cost