Ashtanga Yoga Retreat
with Ashley Ahrens
5th - 11th September 2020
About the Retreat
Spend a week with Ashley to deepen your connection with your Yoga practice, immersed in the beautiful countryside of Puglia, Italy This is the first Ashtanga focused retreat Ashley is offering. She is extremely excited to bring this as an immersion to her existing students, of Ashtanga or otherwise and any new students who are welcomed with open arms!
We will start our days with a led Ashtanga Primary Series, practitioners are encouraged to join in the session for as much as they want, completing the closing sequence by themselves if they choose to skip out on any of it! Practice will be followed by an energising and colourful breakfast, thoughtfully prepared by the onsite chefs.
During the day we have the choice to relax on the private grounds surrounded by olive groves and vineyards, enjoy the outdoor pool, and explore the nearby historical towns and beaches. Late afternoons will be spent either practicing Yin and Restorative Yoga with Pranayama (breathing) and meditation - a perfect compliment to the Yang of the dynamic Ashtanga system - or workshopping techniques for more complicated postures and exploring 2nd series, offering an open Q & A to everyone. In the evenings we will enjoy a delicious vegetarian/vegan dinner together.
We are situated just a short drive from the stunning Adriatic Coastline, Trulli houses are dotted along the roads of the countryside, and UNESCO sites are close if you wish to explore outside of the villa. Taxis and car rentals are relatively inexpensive. All nourishing vegetarian/vegan meals are included in your stay.
6 nights accommodation
2 delicious vegetarian/vegan meals daily, to include breakfast/brunch and evening dinner
Light snacks and refreshments including, a selection of teas, coffee, water & fruit
Wi fi internet connection
Daily morning led Ashtanga Primary series
Yin & Restorative yoga
Pranayama & meditation
What's not included?
Transport to/from the retreat centre ( YogApulia can help organise local taxis, this will be an additional cost paid direct to the taxi driver)
Massages available to book seperatly
More about Ashley
Ashley is a London UK based, Canadian born Advanced 450 Hour UK/North America Yoga Alliance Certified Instructor for Sattva, Hatha, Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Yin & Sattva Restorative yoga. She has seven years and thousands of hours of international teaching experience. She teaches a regular class schedule in London & offers workshops and international retreats open to anyone!
Ashley started taking Yoga classes in 2010 at the Sattva School of Yoga in Edmonton, Canada. After experiencing several devastating family losses, a friend recommended she try yoga to address her grief. She agreed to give yoga a try, and was completely shocked by the profound effects the practice had on her mental & physical wellbeing. She wishes to share this life changing practice with anyone wanting to make positive changes in their lives. She believes the only prerequisite for establishing a yoga practice is the desire for change.
Ashley has a Genetics degree specializing in Cancer, with a minor in Psychology and Anatomy. Her classes are strong, supportive and inclusive. She places a great deal of emphasis on connecting deep within your own body, using the breath as a tool to distract the mind, and fascial tissue lines of awareness to understand postures on a very personal level, all to tap into your inner potential and true Self. Ashley teaches from a place of inspiration of multiple lineages of yoga, her main teachers are Rameen Peyrow & Jade Ponech (Sattva Yoga), Keshava Murthy, Hamish Hendry, Louise Newton & Corrie Ananda Preece (Ashtanga Yoga), Emi Tull, Mark Kan, Ambra Vallo (Dharma Yoga).
Accommodation and Facilities
Our retreat centre is set in 2.5 acres of grounds in a valley filled with olive and almond groves.
Accommodation consists of seven twin rooms all with private ensuite bathroom. All rooms have been renovated to a high standard using locally sourced materials, to create a luxurious yet simple and understated feel. A large outdoor courtyard provides the main communal eating space, and several outdoor terraces offer a place to relax in the sun or the shade.
Situated at the heart of the complex, the swimming pool acts like a colourful meeting point – with the blue water combining with the green olive trees and the red soil.
Food plays a central role in both our yoga practice and life. We believe food should be varied, unprocessed and nourishing to promote energy and wellbeing. The food we serve is predominantly plant based with some vegetarian options. All produce we source and grow at YogApulia is local, seasonal and organic wherever possible.
Refreshments are also available throughout the day and include tea, coffee, water & fruit.
The international airport at Brindisi is approximately 40 minutes drive away and Bari is further to the north approximately 55 minutes drive. Hiring a car in Puglia is relatively inexpensive and provides a great way to explore the surrounding countryside, local historical towns and beaches. Both Bari and Brindisi airports have a large selection of hire car companies including Avis and Hertz. It is recommended to book a car before your arrival. Alternatively, we can arrange a taxi to collect you on your arrival.
Please contact Ashley to book your space at firstname.lastname@example.org