Maine Yoga Retreats for up to 11 participants are a result of the years of personal and facilitated retreats we have taken and led since 1980.
We have found that the format of yoga poses, sitting meditation, the direct path of self-inquiry, silence and unstructured time in the natural world creates an environment conducive to dropping the details of daily life and revealing the simple peace of our unencumbered being. Yoga practice promotes physical, mental and spiritual health. Emphasis is placed on developing strength, endurance, balance and alignment through awareness of the body’s sensations and the breath. The classes are appropriate for the novice and experienced practitioner.
Yin Yoga is a perfect complement to the dynamic and muscular (yang) styles of yoga that emphasize internal heat, and the lengthening and contracting of our muscles. Yin Yoga generally targets connective tissue in the joints and works safely on the areas that are most too-often ignored (ligaments, joints). Your body learns to lets go of tension we rarely notice, while still working at your edge resulting in a healthy range of motion, inner focus, healing, and balance. Restorative Poses and Pranayama offer deep rest and the cultivation of a refined attunement to stillness and quietude.
Self-Inquiry is an opportunity to awaken to the truth of who we are. The embodied recognition and experience of long-held patterns of conditioned behavior lifts the veil that keeps us from peace of our true nature.
Meditation periods are approximately 30 minutes and draw on the Vipassana and non-dual traditions. Guidance will be offered in breath awareness and in open attention with the focus to relax and simply be with what is, as it is, without manipulation, so that we may come to rest in the natural state of awareness.
Unstructured Time allows for walking the woodland paths, napping, taking a wood-fired sauna, a swim in the spring-fed, crystal clear secluded pond, or for doing nothing.
A container of shared silence is maintained during the yoga retreat, except during the sessions. Silence is restful, being the mirror of our natural state. This silent community creates a supportive environment in which to surrender to the inner silence, allowing us to question our conditioned beliefs and surrender to the truth of our being. The morning after arrival participants are asked to refrain from social conversation with one another during meals and free-time. We call this “social silence.” This social silence ends after the morning session of the last day. To read more about silent retreat you may go here.
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