Brinkela Gjokaj

Mallorca, Spain

Sep 3 - 10, 2022

Asthanga Yoga Immersion Retreat

Join us for an Ashtanga immersion.

In this 7 nights and 8 days, we will go through some of the things that you don’t get to learn in a Mysore room. While we know how attached your are to your practice, we also know how much more you want to learn and explore in your practice. Together we will go deep into a focused understanding of ashtanga philosophy so that you can apply those theoretical tools in your everyday practice. 

This retreat is focused into learning as much possible, but at the same time you will be having a beautiful time away and deep relaxation.

The Ashtanga Method

Ashtanga Yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915-2009) and later by his grandson R. Sharath Jois, in Mysore, India. This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures, a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Ashtanga yoga literally means “eight-limbed yoga,” as outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. According to Patanjali, the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self consists of the following eight spiritual practices:

  • Yama – moral codes
  • Niyama – self observation
  • Asana – posture
  • Pranayama – breath control
  • Pratyahara – control of the senses
  • Dharana – concentration
  • Dhyana – meditation
  • Samadhi – enlightenment

 

The Ashtanga practice

Ashtanga Yoga is traditionally taught in the “Mysore” style and is the most impactful approach in learning and understanding the practice. The name Mysore is derived from the actual city located in Southern India where Sri K. Pattabhi Jois lived, studied, taught and raised his family for most of his life.

Mysore is as supervised self practice where the āsanas (postures) are introduced and taught, one at a time, for the student can easily memorize the sequence with both confidence and comfort, ultimately building the skills to move through the practice establishing a sense of empowerment, steadiness and calm. In class the student will advance at their own pace with the guidance of an experienced teacher.

It is recommended, when first starting to commit to at least one month minimum of 3 times per week to accelerate and deepen the learning process.

All students are welcome in Mysore class, regardless of their previous experience, age or physical condition. In fact, in Mysore the teacher can better suit the needs of those who need special attention or guidance in learning.

There will be a Led class twice a month where students will be able to understand the correct vinyasa count and come in direct contact with the flow of the practice uninterrupted.

Our Instructor

Our Story

Brinkela Gjokaj

Yoga Teacher

«I am convinced that yoga is for everyone and I am inspired when I see my students reach their goals ».

In 2014, I started practicing yoga because I needed to find my way back to the connection between body and mind. With yoga, I found a practice that fulfilled my search for physical activity that provides both strength, balance, flexibility and not least, I experienced that it gave me peace and balance in my world of thought. My journey of learning and practicing yoga has given me a will to learn further.

I focus on technique that adjust and improve each student’s yoga practice, so that you can develop at your own pace and utilize your own skills.

Everyone can do yoga, everyone can practice, welcome to join your yoga journey with me!

 

Yoga Brie

The Workshops

Philosophy | We will answer some of the most important questions. What Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga is? Where and when did it begin? Key principles and yoga practice. What is the purpose of this practice?  Who created it? Benefits of the Ashtanga practice. What are the yoga sutras? Focusing on the 8 limbs. 

Bandhas | Bandhas are a way to lock energy and of manipulating prana life force. Getting to learn the bandhas and prana what they are, how many they are, how they work together and what are the benefits.            

Pranayama | The calm of mind required for maintaining an asana can be achieved through pranayama. Pranayama refers to the regulation of breath. Inhalation and exhalation are regulated as an individual becomes aware of his/ her breathing patterns. Focusing on the breath and regulating it allows the mind to remain still. 

Lightness in your practice and how to achieve it  | Explore ways  to find lightness on the mat by bringing awareness to your breath. Everything begins and ends with the breath. Through use of the breath, connecting each movement to an inhale or exhale, flowing from one posture to the next, you bring a fluid, flowing quality to you practice. When you find ease and freedom in movement, you allow yourself to let go of rigidity and force. 

Jump through and jump back  | This is not a I can do it from the first time movement and specially for women. Here I am letting you know that it is possible to happen and for anyone. I will be showing you the way so you can do this too. First we need to understand what those movements are and break them down, get to find the key points to work on, put them together and then get to work towards success. This workshop will not be easy but it will  definitely get you closer to make this happen.

Mobility | Mobility is the ability to move freely and easily, but our daily lifestyle has made us lose that.  This class will take you through various series, which are mostly focused on active ankle and hip mobility exercises, like body weight squats, chair poses standing poses, forward folds… Not only will this class improve and increase your mobility and flexibility, it will strengthen your hips, legs and ankles, and prepare your body for many of the movements found in the Ashtanga Primary Series. 

Backbends | Backbends are difficult for everyone. They are emotional and everyone gets triggered by them. It doesn’t matter if you are super flexible or not it will still shake you up. One of the deepest lessons in the yoga practice is about brining the energy up the spine and cleansing the nervous system. Backbends thrust your full life force up through this central channel and burn through blockages along the way. In this workshop we work in depth to understand how to safely go into backbends and get to go deeper with the correct alignment for a healthy spine and mind. 

 

The Location

Where we will staying at

Balearic Retreats

Mallorca, Spain

At Balearic Retreats we aspire to offer you the ultimate getaway experience,
sharing with you our love for both yoga and the island of Mallorca. 

We work hard to create a magical atmosphere where you can focus on nothing but yourself and your practice for a week or two, surrounded by breathtaking, raw landscapes while staying in a beautiful Mediterranean villa
and eating fresh, delicious and nutritious meals cooked by our talented chefs.

Our boutique retreats are taught by an incredible selection of
globally renowned teachers from the Ashtanga Tradition.

All of our retreats cater for all levels of practice, so whether you are just beginning your yoga journey or
are an experienced practitioner wanting to advance your practice, we have the perfect experience for you.

The Program

What you will be doing during this Retreat

sep 3

Pick up from airport

Transfer to the retreat center

Informative talk: teacher presentation and retreats highlights

Dinner

sep 4

08.30 am

Mysore Practice

11:30 am

Brunch

Free time

17:00

Workshop

19:00

Dinner

sep 5

08.30 am

Mysore Practice

11:30 am

Brunch

Free time

17:00

Workshop

19:00

Dinner

sep 6

08.30 am

Mysore Practice

11:30 am

Brunch

Free time

17:00

Workshop

19:00

Dinner

sep 7

08.30 am

Mysore Practice

11:30 am

Brunch

Free time

17:00

Workshop

19:00

Dinner

sep 8

08.30 am

Mysore Practice

11:30 am

Brunch

Free time

17:00

Workshop

19:00

Dinner

sep 9

08.30 am

Mysore Practice

11:30 am

Brunch

Free time

17:00

Workshop

19:00

Dinner

sep 10

Breakfast

Goodbyes

Transfer to airport

What is included

What is not included

How to reach the location

The closest airport is Palma de Mallorca. You may book a car or taxi from outside the airport, quoting the below address to bring you directly to the estate. Total journey time if local traffic conditions permit will be approximately 30 minutes.

FAQ

This retreat needs a minimum of 12 bookings to be confirmed. 

Only when the retreat reaches confirmed. If the event organizer do not hit the minimum, the trip will be cancelled or rescheduled, and the customers will be refunded their down payments in full. Please, do not book your flight until the retreat reach the minimum bookings.

 

Guests are required to pay a deposit of GBP 250 to secure their spot. Down payments are refundable until the trip is confirmed. After the trip is confirmed, the down payment is non-refundable. The final balance is due within 60 days prior to arrival . The final balance is non-refundable after it is paid. Sorry but no refunds given, no exceptions.

Any refunds allowed will incur a 3% processing fee

Sign up by using the “sign-up” link on any of the retreat pages. You will then fill out an information form, and then payment. We then will send you an official confirmation and welcome email with a disclosure and emergency contact form to fill out and sign, as well as any pertinent travel information you may need.

Palma de Mallorca, PMI, there are a lot of international flights during the summer months.

 

The house is located 20 min driving from some of the island´s most beautiful beaches, and there are many of them! We will share with you our secret spots.

 
 

Both The Villa and The Finca are only 25min away from the airport.

Unfortunately Uber and apps like this don’t work in the island and the public transport is not very reliable during the summer months, tha’s why we recommend you to rent a car at the airport and drive to the house. It would be much cheaper than taking taxis and it would give you freedom to explore the island in the spare time.

If you would like to share the car with other guests please let us know! We’ll be happy to put you in touch.

You can also get a taxi in the main door of the airport.

We are sorry but we usually have groups that check out the day of your check-in. In order to guarantee you great cleaning conditions, we have to keep a firm 3pm check in time.

It’s always good to be familiarized with yoga before coming however it’s absolutely  no necessary to have previous experience to join a retreat. 

If you are starting your yoga journey you will be amazed of how much you learn in a week or two.

No, unless you prefer to do so. We have Manduka Pro mats so no need to have that extra weight during your trip.

 

It’s mostly warm and nice from May to October, however, and especially in the beginning and the end of the summer, it can be a bit unpredictable, with rains and chilly nights, bring some clothes to cover you.

Travel Insurance: is required and it is mandatory for all travelers.

Travel protection will help protect travelers’ investment in the trip, and to provide certain medical coverage while they are outside the USA.

If the retreat has to be postponed based on border closures then a credit for a guests’ deposit will be issued to be used for the postponement date. If the retreat happens as scheduled, but a guest decides not to attend based on any other reason than a country’s border closure, then the regular cancellation policy (stated above) will be maintained.

If travel around the world is still being disrupted as the retreat nears, the final balance due date will be postponed until a final decision is made at the 1-month mark before the start date.

At the time of this agreement, we require all guests (with or without the vaccine) to present a negative rapid test taken 24 hours before arrival date.

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