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All about our One Day Retreats!

/YOGA DAY RETREATS

RETREAT VISION
Our main aim is to create a truly calming and spiritually uplifting retreat, a space for relaxation and self-reflection. I want to give you permission to be quiet and take your practice to a deeper level, fully mindful of your body, mind and spirit and ultimately leave us refreshed and smiling

WELLBEING SPECIALISTS
Each retreat we invite a different wellbeing practitioner to give a talk about their specialist topic or lead a workshop, sharing hands-on advice and take-home tips. From fasting, fermentation, foraging, healthy eating, Kombucha making, raw chocolate making, Japanese tea ceremony, weight loss, menopause and how to run injury free to name but a few.

SILENT LUNCH only on some of the day retreats or on request!
Sometimes the best cure is to find an answer from within. Turn down the volume, quieten the voice and really taste the joy of the food that has been lovingly prepared for you. I want to give you permission to be quiet whilst chewing your food. This allows the taste buds to fully engage and the food to fully digest. It will feel strange to start with, but I promise you, you will come to really appreciate the silence.

BESPOKE ONE DAY RETREAT
Your very own bespoke retreat!

An exclusive day with a select group of friends, family or colleagues. Pick a date, workshop, menu, and invite your favourite people to our beautiful private venue just outside Oxford. A usual day includes yoga/mindfulness, delicious lunch and you can choose a topic that interests you or a hands-on workshop. Flexibility on dates and advance booking is recommended to get the desired workshop. A minimum of 5 students to book a private retreat or more on some of the workshops.

VOUCHERS for YOGA classes & DAY RETREATS
If you would like to purchase a gift voucher, please email info@zenakidd-may.com. We shall personalise your voucher and send it to you ready for you to give.

SCHEDULE
This is a rough idea of the programme for the day. It can vary a little depending on numbers and the workshop.
09:45 - 10:00 Arrival for tea & introduction
10:00 - 11.30 Yoga session
12:00 - 13:00 Light vegetarian lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Workshop/Talk
15:30 - 16:00 Home time

YOGA
Our yoga studio is fully equipped & all our yoga mats are regularly washed after every session. However, do feel free to bring your equipment.
Our yoga sessions are suitable for all levels. However, if you do have a particular ailment i.e. back problem, knee issues, HBP, arthritis etc. that may impact on how you practise please let us know on our health form that will be emailed out when you book.
Prenatal students are welcome after the 2nd trimester and postnatal students are welcome after their 6-week check-up.

FOOD
Lunch and snacks are homemade, mostly organic, vegetarian, DF (we use goats, sheep and ewe only) and mostly GF. We do use nuts and seeds in our kitchen so do let us know of any allergies/intolerances.

COST range
£130 - £150 See below for costs & workshop details.

PLEASE NOTE
Number of guests are limited to 9 ideally but we may be able to accommodate 10.
Health forms must be filled and returned 3 weeks before the event.
Full payment must be made 3 weeks prior to the event.
We do provide a lunch menu to choose from which will need to be agreed before the event.
Most of our workshops take place on Thursdays and Fridays.

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Yoga Day Retreats Oxford

How can yoga change everything?

There are many aspects to yoga but largely it’s about learning how to stay in an uncomfortable place. The concept goes wherever you need it; to your relationship, work, parenting, friendships. This idea of staying present can support every aspect of your life.

Here is what I mean. Imagine yourself standing in a balance pose, like the tree for example, your teetering on one foot, ankles are aching and wobbling. You might say to yourself….’if I shift my weight a little to the left, relax my shoulders away from my ears and lift my chest, I might handle this a bit better. I might breathe better and make this situation a whole lot easier’.

And later when you are in a meeting that is hard to tolerate, you find yourself using the same principles; shifting your posture, becoming aware of your natural breath and the situation becomes a little more bearable.

This is how yoga can change everything but it doesn’t happen overnight. We must return to our mat again and again because it takes time for these principles to be part of who we are.

On the mat is where we practise.

And once we get it, even a little bit of it, life feels a little bit sweeter, more hopeful. But you will lose it if you stop practising. That’s why yoga is called a practise. You stay on the path and keep discovering new scenery.

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Looking for a natural cold remedy? get 5 tips for fighting off colds, flu & coughs.

 Healers from your kitchen!

How to protect yourself from winter coughs & colds – Natural tips you can make at home

Now, for some of you who have already had a cold/cough I realise I am too late but here are a few tips for next time!

1 – Turmeric – the Indian spice, nature’s great antibiotic, helps defend against all the bugs. Take ¼ teaspoon in water 3 x per day. Don’t believe me just try it.

2- Garlic – must be organic tho. It  helps detoxify which is one of the main causes of weakening the body.

3- Fresh Ginger & fresh lemon (organic – no wax) – I make it every morning. Squeeze half or quarter slice of lemon in hot water add chopped ginger with skin. If you do have a sore throat add a teaspoon of honey – it’s brilliant. Cleans out the liver and helps alkalise the body (I know its acid but it turns into alkaline once inside – trust me).

4- Stay off Heavy foods – stay away from them for the next month or so as much as possible. We all know what they are. Yes the carbs. Bread, pasta, wheat and dairy products. The clog up the pipes.

5- Stay off the sugar, the bugs love sugar!

Just a few ideas that I hope can help you through the winter months…

Zena @ Satya Yoga Oxford

 

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Nine tips when starting yoga

1. Find a good teacher

It is much easier to learn yoga with all its detailed and subtle physical and mental aspects from a qualified teacher, rather than from a book or video. Especially at the beginning, a teacher’s presence and ability to actually see you and respond to what you are doing is essential for building your confidence.

2. Respect your body’s inner wisdom and limitations

Do not push yourself to do anything that feels dangerous or wrong. Tell your teacher if you are pregnant or have an injury such as to the knees or spine, or any serious medical condition before the class.

3. Breathe

Breathing is central to yoga. Breathe into your whole body in the poses and relax. There is a lot to learn about healthy breathing in yoga.

4. Don’t compare yourself with others

Look inwardly to your own progress. There will always be more flexible, strong and beautiful people around in your yoga class – as in life! Yoga maybe fashionable but it is not a spectator sport or a competition.

5. Have a sense of humour!

Yoga is a quiet focused activity, but we need not to take ourselves too seriously. We may feel ungainly and stiff as we try to navigate ourselves into new postures. An inner smile and gentleness can save us from pushing ourselves to the point of strain and injury.

6. Eating and drinking

It is advisable not to eat for two hours before yoga practice and to drink only small amounts of water beforehand.

7. Make practice frequent

Little and often is more effective than occasional long sessions of yoga. Even 15 minutes a day of a few well-chosen poses can have a very positive effect on your physical, emotional and mental well-being. A regular discipline will reap more benefits, as that way the body begins to feel comfortable and familiar with the process and gradually becomes more flexible.

8. Wear loose comfortable clothing

You will stretch your body in all directions, don’t wear anything that will dig in or restrict your movement.

9. And turn your mobile OFF!

 

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