Yoga Classes

Sunflower Retreats Holidays yoga classes are suitable for beginners as well as more practiced yogis.

Best yoga classes ever. I learned so much!

Claire, 2006

We practice in a stunning location on a hilltop, blending-in perfectly with the setting. Our yoga style is non-competitive with a down-to-earth approach, created by Sunflower Retreats founders and followed by all our guest yoga instructors. Our way of choosing our yoga teachers is unique: we expect them to be humble, genuine, non-judgmental and spiritual in their approach to their teaching, as all true yogis should be.

Our teachers teach a variety of Hatha yoga methods such as Iyengar, Kundalini, Satyananda, Sivananda, Vinyasa Flow, Anusara, Astanga and Yin Yoga.

Classes are held in English, on Friday through Tuesday from 08.00 to 09.30, before breakfast, with some yoga classes throughout the week outdoors in spectacular surroundings when the weather is suitable. Morning classes sometimes start at 08.30 early or late in the season.

Optional Extra Yoga Classes

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For those who would like the opportunity to practice more yoga, optional one-hour afternoon yoga and meditation classes are available Friday, Monday and Tuesday and cost €10.

We also offer a two-hour workshop each Saturday, in yoga, meditation and other related subjects costing €20 per person. We'll cover subjects such as Yoga Nidra, Yin Yoga, Chakra meditation & balancing.

Our yoga deck

Outdoor yoga classes take place on our platform which is located in an oasis of green inside the village walls. It's a beautiful and serene environment, with dappled sunlight and the sound of birdsong all around.

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The yoga room was lovely and so was the platform outside in the garden. Truly a magic environment for yoga. I didn’t want to leave!

A. Jordan, Ireland, 2012

Our yoga studios

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When we choose to practise yoga indoors, we use our own professionally designed and restored 40 square-metre studio, which has a wooden floor, a fresh water spring and an ancient cave as a bathroom.

For larger groups, we also have a 50 square-metre professional yoga studio which has panoramic views, coconut carpeting and central heating for the winter months.

Our yoga classes are attended only by our guests; we don't include visitors.

What Our Yoga Holidays Cover

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The classes taught cover the physical teachings of Hatha yoga with emphasis on the spiritual aspects of the yoga tradition. We emphasise that yoga is not a sport and that it's important to not be competitive with yourself or others. Each yoga class is a holistic practice - a time to connect to your body, mind and inner self.
(Read more about Hatha yoga »)

Your yoga class includes:

■  Asanas (physical movements)

■  Pranayama (breathing practices)

■  Meditation (stilling and calming of the mind and inner self)

■  Relaxation (complete mind, body relaxation)

Individual Yoga Lessons

This has been the most magical and fulfilling holiday I have ever given myself. I have learnt the true essence of yoga.

Terri, USA, 2003

Individual tuition is also available, with one-to-one yoga lessons in Asana, Pranayama, Meditation and Relaxation. These private classes, with the yoga teacher of the week, are great for people who would like to deepen their yoga practice or work on a yoga routine for their individual requirements.

Sunflower Retreats' Yoga Teaching Team

All of our teachers are required to have undertaken no less than two years training so that we do not rely on 'fast-track' yoga certification.

Julie Bolitho-Lee, yoga teacher

Julie Bolitho-Lee returns to Casperia toteach from August 13th thru' September 9th.

Julie began practicing yoga in 2004 when she was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at the age of nineteen and she realised a disconnect existed between her mind, body and spirit. While originally from northern Michigan in the United States, she has lived in Oxfordshire, England since 2007.

Julie's yoga practice flourished after discovering Kripalu yoga; a form of yoga that utilises meditation, breath-work (pranayama), yoga postures (asanas) and relaxation to help develop an integrated mind, body and spirit. Kripalu yoga emphasises following the flow of Prana, or 'life-force energy', compassionate self-acceptance, observing the activity of the mind without judgment, and taking what is learned into daily life. It can range from gentle to vigorous, and can be practiced by, as well as benefit, anyone.

Furthermore, Julie is a trained aerial yoga teacher and Thai yoga massage practitioner. She greatly enjoys sharing the practice of Thai massage, both in offering it to clients and teaching them how to offer it to others. She has further interests in Acroyoga and Partner Yoga.

Julie was trained by Devarshi Steven Hartman, Megha Nancy Buttenheim, and Jovinna Chan at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the United States. She has a BA from Alma College and a Master's degree in Literature and Medicine from King's College London. She is also a 2005 Truman Scholar and an internationally published poet.

Julie has a passion for teaching and aims to bring love and offer grace to all of her students.

Kate Williams, yoga teacher

“Yoga to me is a thread that weaves through every aspect of my life. It is the reminder to take care of my body, to pay attention to my life-force energy – my prana - and to continually develop my mind.”

We welcome Kate Williams, to our team to teach with us from September 10th to 23rd.

Kate was 19 when she went to her first yoga class, with no idea what to expect. She was lucky enough to be blessed with a Hatha teacher who not only helped her to work with the various physical problems she had, including hypermobility and tendinitis, but to also connect the dots between her mind, her body and her breath.

She says "This simple and holistic union is such an ancient concept but one rarely considered in western culture. Teaching yoga is a great privilege because it allows me to share some of the incredible things I have learned and will continue to learn for the rest of my life. My wish is to make it more accessible to people and to break down some of the misconceptions of what yoga is and who can do it. The answer to the latter of course, is everyone."

"While I love the creativity and flow of sequencing postures in Vinyasa, my preferred method of teaching keeps returning back to Hatha. Here, we can really take the time to tune into ourselves on a deeper level, gently and mindfully building our practice, working with our own bodies to the principle of ahimsa - non-harm and compassion."

Kate works with students of all ages and ability, including people with particular injuries and health conditions. She is also a lifelong musician and writer who loves to travel. She says "I am fascinated by our relationship with sound and its power to heal, and hope to explore this more in the future, and maybe incorporate it into my yoga.""

Daniele Piserchia, yoga teacher

“I take each experience or encounter as a gift, a chance that is given to me so that I can grow and bring more light to this body, to this soul, to the world. Teaching is part of my service.”

Daniele Piserchia, from Italy, returns to teach throughout October this year.

Daniele has been a daily practitioner and teacher of Daoist yoga know as Sundao for three years. His background includes intensive training at the prestigious mountain Buddhist monastery called Magoksa in Gong Ju, South Korea.

Daniele has also studied many holistic spiritual methodologies and various approaches to meditation and channelling and brings his own unique wealth of knowledge and experience to his classes and lectures.

Daniele’s in depth understanding of Daoist Yoga along with his creative talent and personable charm makes his classes a very healing and rejuvenating experience.

Daniele has a passion for the Yoga science and has regularly attended yoga and meditation classes at Sunflower Retreats in Casperia as he also has also worked, in the past, as General PR and Retreat Manager at the centre.

Daniele is an articulate and knowledgeable teacher whose authenticity makes him accessible to students.

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Lucy Bremner, yoga teacher

Lucy Bremner, co-founder of Sunflower Retreats, from London, has been a holistic practitioner in the UK and worldwide since 1988. She specialises in a wide range of body work, therapies and energy and spiritual balancing treatments such as Chakra Balancing and Reiki.

Lucy was drawn to the practice of Hatha Yoga and the yoga philosophy while studying holistic therapies professionally in London in 1989. In the late 80's and early 90's, then in her twenties, she travelled independently in Nepal, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Bali, Australia, New Zealand, Sudan and the USA, where she broadened her studies of yoga, Eastern philosophy and the healing arts, including the American Indian tradition and philosophy.

Lucy Bremner practises hatha yoga

Lucy is a qualified Holistic Therapist and international yoga teacher, accredited with a distinction in her final examinations with Friends of Yoga - a society and examination body for yoga in the UK and India which is recognised by Yoga Alliance as an international yoga school. Over the last twenty years she helped hundreds of people with healing therapies and with yoga instruction, either through her yoga classes and treatments, or through all she has coordinated in the yoga and healing section at Sunflower Retreats' centre in Casperia. Her interests also include Shamanism, Astrology, art and the study of the sacred and divine feminine.

Lucy offers one-to-one healing yoga sessions for those looking for a transformational healing experience of yoga. Her yoga classes also include oracle card readings to help you find your life path and help with any questions you may have. Private classes are available most weeks within the season. To book in advance of your retreat, please email: mail@sunflowerretreats.com

Lucy's yoga classes are holistic and grounding, fusing the elements of Ying and Yang, yoga asanas and practices to bring balance (union) to the body, mind, emotions and spirit. She loves to share and communicate the ancient knowledge of Western and Eastern traditions through the healing power of yoga and meditation, both in her classes and her treatments. She is a gentle teacher, encouraging and supportive in her teaching and holistic therapy work.

A mother of two children born by natural childbirth methods, she also teaches pregnancy yoga and preparation for natural birth.

You can read more about Lucy and her philosophy on her web site www.healingthedivinefeminine.com »

Lucy will lead yoga sessions at Sunflower Retreats on weeks when there are no guest teachers, however she and her husband Alan may not always be at the Retreat Centre during your week. (Don't worry, our staff are fabulous too!). Lucy also teaches the 2 year part-time Yoga Teacher Training courses at Sunflower Retreats.

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