Option 2 - Ashtanga and Workshops
Ashtanga Primary and Beyond. Arrive Saturday Sunday 16th and depart Sunday 23rd.
Hotel/Venue: Porto del Fino
Deposit: £250 (non-refundable)
Teachers: Tania Shillam, Lisa Lischak
Guest Teacher: Sensei Kiros Tzannes (who has studied Ashtanga with Kristina Karitinou)
Included: airport transfers, accommodation with breakfast, our arrival evening meal in the hotel, a Sunday trip to Potomos Market followed by group lunch at Milopotomos, all classes and workshops, group farewell meal in Kapsali bay.
Not Included: Flights, travel insurance, daily meals, optional car or motorbike hire, taxi fares.
Hotel and venue
Our hotel will also be our yoga venue. Porto del Fino (www.portodelfino.gr) has a large balcony with stunning views of the bay where we will practice surrounded by hillside and forest, the Chora castle to our right and the small chapel of Agios Ioannis on-the-rock behind us. In the morning with the sunrise it's perfect for our salutations to the sun. in the evening with the cooling sun, we can practice on the balcony or by the infinity pool.
Rooms and Cost
You have a choice of 1. a room to yourself, 2. a shared double room or 3. a shared apartment. These are the costs: Single £800; Shared Double £750 (Each); Shared Apartment £780 (Each).
All rooms have a balcony with a table and chairs and a sea view. If you want to share a room, the beds are separate beds (but shown pushed together in the website pictures). The apartment option has an extra little sitting room which doesn't have a sea view. It is extra space, though. Porto del Fino is a hotel, not self-catering. There are kettles in the rooms and breakfast is provided.
The price includes: airport transfers, accommodation with breakfast, our arrival evening meal in the hotel, a trip to Milopotomos for lunch, all classes and workshops, group farewell meal in Kapsali bay.
The price doesn't include: flights, daily meals, holiday insurance, optional car hire.
"Our afternoon workshops will allow us to indulge in deepening our studies into yogic philosophy and asana technique.
"We will examine some of the gems of yogic vedanta philosophy and how they can be understood within the broader context of our modern often frenetic lifestyles, as well how they can be internalised to provide a source of real meaningful comfort and respite during the high as well low points of our day-to-day lives.
"We will break down into easily accessible stepping stones some of the trickier poses from the Intermediate Series of Ashtanga, including the Eka/Dwi Pada Sirsasana poses (one or both leg(s) behind head) and the Tittbhasana (Firefly) sequence of poses, the Mayurasanas (feathered and regular (aka forearm stand!) peacock versions) and beyond!
"We will also explore alternative variants of and entrances into/exits from the poses from outside the Ashtanga system. All levels of experience and familiarity with the poses will be both supported and challenged".
Workshops: Splits and Backbends; Leg Behind Head; Inversions; Arm Balances; Philosophy. A lot of time will be spent on drills and preparations so it doesn’t matter if we get to the final splits/leg behind head or not. Lisa says you can also ‘Watchasana’!
If you want help with the rest of the flight booking, I have been consulting with Ealing Broadway Flight Centre and the ever patient Eleanor Docarragal, International Travel Consultant. If you want her help to book your flights, her email is email@example.com and her number is 0208 840 9179. The address is 71 The Mall, Ealing, next to the North Star and opposite the crossing from the station.
The flights shown here are suggestions. You might want to drive from Athens and use the ferries.