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Ashtanga Yoga Retreat

JULY 6-13, 2013

The focus of this program is to grow beyond the asana practice a regular and well informed practice of Pranayama and meditation. Pranayama uses the breath and the entire respiratory system to purify and strengthen the nerves which leads to greater control of the senses and a subsequent calmer and clearer mind, not just when sitting but throughout the day, when practiced consistently for a long time. Here is the opportunity to be introduced and grow through these techniques in a supportive environment. Petra Carmichael has practiced and been trained  in these practices under one of the few remaining authorities on Pranayama, O.P. Tiwari and her teacher Paul Dallaghan. The day will open with Pranayama and meditation followed by the ashtanga practice. In the afternoon will be a workshop to further explain the practices so better understanding can come followed by sessions on restorative asanas and Pranayama, meditation and relaxation. By the end of the week you will be given your own practice and be fully ready to continue a dedicated Pranayama practice. It can only grow from there and we offer the continued support over time.

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Yoga holidays generally run Saturday to Saturday. The retreats begin on Saturday after your arrival on Silba by catamaran from Zadar at 2:30 pm and finish on Saturday after departure from Silba at 5:40 am by boat from Silba to Zadar (the tickets will be reserved for all registered). Returned ticket is 32 KN. We will wait for you and welcome you on Silba. Villa Ana is situated 10 minutes of an easy walk from the port and transportation of luggage will be organized by tractor, which is the only existing motor transportation on Silba. It is not planned to take pets on holidays. 

Payment/Cost: Rates Per Person Include the Following: 7 Nights Accommodation in Villa Ana, Daily fresh Vegeterian food (lunch, dinner), Yoga Workshop and turistic tax. Travel not included. 

FOR CROATIANS: Early birds: 540 EUR / after May 31, 2013 600 EUR 

NON-CROATIANS: Early birds: 690 EUR / after May 31, 2013 750 EUR

Booking Details: Booking Fee 250 EUR, payment after booking 400 EUR/450 EUR. Registration deadline for booking and payments is the May 31, 2013. Info and booking detalis: e-mail: petra@yogazagreb.com, phone: +38598614957


This course is open to all levels of students


The Mysore style of yoga asana practice is a particular way of teaching yoga within Ashtanga Yoga tradition as taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois in the suthern Indian city of Mysore. There are some differences in this method from the usual modern way in which yoga as taught:

  §  the class is not "led" as a whole but rather all instruction is one-on-one within the group class setting

§ students practice their own prtino of the Ashtanga sequence of asanas at their own pace

§  the teacher assists each student individually by giving physical adjustments & verbal instruction 

In Mysore style students learn the fixed order of postures using a specific movement-breathing technique called vinyasa krama. Through vinyasa, there is continuity via the breath from postures to posture. In the Ashtanga sequence, each posture builds from the previous – and prepares for successive – postures.

Each student is given their yoga routine according to their ability. Newer and more beginning students tend to have a much shorter practice than do those with more experience. As one gains more strength, stamina, flexibility and concentration, additional postures are given to the student. The sense of the word "given" in this context comes from how the practice is taught in India, where a yoga practice is something that a teacher gives to a student as a spiritual practice. In the West, people are accustomed to learning a lot of postures all at once – such as in a typical modern "led" yoga class. One advantage of the "Mysore" method is that, because it teaches yoga according to one's individual capacity, it accommodates everyone of all levels even those without any prior yoga experience; and hence the class is neither too difficult nor not advanced enough for anyone.

Postures are given, one by one in a sequential order. The structure of the class depends on the teacher being able to keep track of what every student is doing with a quick glance. If students attempt something out of sequence, the teacher is less able to help in the appropriate way. If a student has trouble with a particular posture, the teacher can offer a modification that is consistent with the intention of the practice. One by one also means that once a student is given a new posture, they practice their sequence up to that posture, then do backbends if applicable (backbending is the climax, not a part of the finishing sequence), and then wind down with the finishing sequence. In general, the next posture in the sequence should be added/taught/learned only after obtaining stability in one's last posture.
The Ashtanga vinyasa method – as is any hatha yoga practice – is intended to be a daily practice. Traditionally, practice takes place every day except for Saturdays and full & new moon days which occur about twice monthly.

The daily program on Yoga retreat at Silba island: 

7:00 am

Morning herbal tea

7:30 am

Intention and Day Opening
Breathwork-Pranayama and Meditation

8:15 am

Asana Practice:
detailed guidance in the Asanas, develop and grow a self-practice from the Ashtanga Yoga series going through in led detail and mysore style

10-11:30 am

Brunch Buffet

4:00 pm

Free time, beach, sightseeing, walks...

6:00 pm

Dinner Buffet

7:30 pm

Evening program - video, satsang, tratak,  meditation...

VILLA ANA is newly constructed villa near the sea with its own private beach and the apartments for 25 people. It has 5 apartments for 4-6 persons and two studios for two persons. More details at www.silba-apartmani.hr 

FOOD Daily fresh vegetarian meels, prepared by experienced ayurvedic cooks.Buffet style servings, two to three meals, depending on the retreat.

ISLAND OF SILBA is very environmentally clean. We have no cars, pesticides and fertilizers. The ongoing developmnet of tourism is the result of rich navy culture. Island of Silba if full with rich vegetation and beautiful little sandy or gravelled bays which are very important for a pleasant vacation in the untouched nature but also for development of nautical tourism. It is also important to say that Silba has been nominated for Nature park status. There are no roads for cars or motorcycles on Silba, so peace and quiet help you to relax and enjoy every second of your vacation. That is one of the reasons why Silba attracts tourists. The other reason is Adriatic sea because of its incredible clearness and warmness during the summer. So if you decide to spend your vacation at this beautiful island, we guarantee that you will have great time and that you will come back again next year.

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Please feel free to contact us with any questions or special requests. divya@yogazagreb.com. If you want to speak to us, email us your number and a convenient time, and we will get back to you. 

Island of Silba