“Yoga Health Retreats: more program features, less people”
When Sue Hawkins founded Yoga Health Retreats over 13 years ago, she was one of the early pioneers of yoga retreats. Whilst the way yoga has been embraced by the world in that time has mushroomed, Sue’s approach has only changed in its depth. And with 27 years of yoga practice under her belt, she should know.
A yoga teacher (and yoga teacher trainer) who’s highly qualified (she’s registered with Yoga Alliance at the highest-level E-RYT500), Sue has studied Iyengar, Astanga, Vinyasa, Yoga Therapy, Partner Yoga and Yoga Nidra.
YOGA HEALTH RETREATS
Retreat participants know that they are in experienced hands. What stands out for them is Sue’s caring, insightful and genuine approach and facilitation. She knows that a Yoga Health Retreat is a deeply personal journey for participants, where they come out feeling revitalised, more relaxed and connected.
As a single mum in her fifties, Sue knows about the lives that people really live, not what people think they should be living. So she loves to work with ‘the real person’ in her retreats – the person that is busy juggling life’s opportunities with life’s challenges.
Yoga Health Retreats are only held in stunning locations around the globe – Bali, Byron Bay and France with more destinations to be announced in 2015.
THE RETREATS – THE NITTY GRITTY
We combine yoga with a range of Ayurveda and spa treatments, nutrition, detox and cleansing, Pilates, astrology, kinesiology, massage therapy, Reiki healing, cooking classes, traditional cultural activities specific to the destination, guided nature walks and a lot more for a complete body, mind and soul experience. All levels of experience are fully considered in the program and the style of yoga accommodates beginner to general levels of experience.
Morning yoga classes are a Vinyasa flow where we move through each posture using breath awareness to open and cleanse the body. We hold some of the postures so they bring strength, flexibility and alignment. Props are integrated throughout the class to open up the body and give support when needed. Warm up poses are done to set up a safe foundation for each student to explore the deeper asanas as we move through the practice.
The yoga sessions are taught with awareness of individual and group levels of experience so that each student can practice according to their ability, in a safe and inspirational environment. Yoga adjustments, modifications and personal attention is given in each class by our highly skilled and dedicated Yoga Health Retreat facilitators.
With regular practice of yoga and meditation you can improve concentration and still the mind, increase stamina and balance, strengthen the body and improve flexibility. A Yoga Health Retreat is a deeply immersive and supportive opportunity to completely replenish your body, mind and soul.
Add yoga to fantastic food and lovely places and you really hit the whole-person happy spot! At Yoga Health Retreats all of you is nurtured and re-energised.