Dru Yoga with Nikki on Retreat
Keeping the body moving during a fast deepens awareness and relaxation
The Yoga offered is super gentle, and becomes progressively more horizontal as the week goes on as your energy levels fall. It maintains a fluidity not found if you grind to a halt and hibernate, as many tend to do while fasting.
The Yoga plays a very therapeutic role on the retreats. Many people would simply curl up in a ball and become as sedentary as possible. And there certainly are times in the week when that is the best attitude to hold. However, as a general rule of thumb, if the body is able to move, without strain and stress.
Moving of any form helps the process of detoxification by motivating the blood. As the blood is the major vehicle, along with the lymph, for moving toxins around and out of the system, it is important to keep this flowing. Too little movement and the blood will become a dumping ground for toxins, without being able to shed them fast enough, and will become congested, leaving you feeling drained and depressed.
However, too much exertion, and the system will very quickly run out of available energy, and slump thereafter. So a fine balance is required, that is dynamic and surprisingly inconsistent. Only you will know what that balance is as any given moment.
We clearly recognise that as the week progresses, retreatants become less able to perform the more energetic postures, and so, the sessions become progressively horizontal. However, there is as much to explore in this position as any other, and people are frequently surprised how much more relaxed they can become consciously on the floor, rather than on a sofa watching telly !
About Nikki - Sura Detox Yoga Teacher
Nikki has been studying yoga and meditation since the 1980s and is a qualified Dru Yoga teacher.
A long-term vegetarian, over the last decade she has also explored raw food, detox, juicing and superfoods combined with yoga for optimum health and happiness. “I’ve completed two retreats with Sura myself, giving me valuable insight into your detox process”, says Nikki, “ and your yoga sessions during your stay are specifically designed to support this, both on a physical, and an emotional level”.
Dru Yoga is a graceful and potent form of yoga based on soft flowing movements, controlled directed breath and visualisation. With it’s foundations in ancient yogic tradition, it works on body, mind and spirit to build a heightened feeling of positivity, rejuvenating your whole being.
We’ll be focusing on gentle stretches, twists to help release toxins from your organs, and a wonderful relaxation to leave you feeling peaceful and positive.
I’m passionate about helping people feel more connected – with their bodies, with their hearts, their Self, other people, and with this amazing planet we call home. Nikki is also a teacher at the Eden Project where she shares her love of rainforests.
I’m a great believer in the power each of us has to make positive change, and I look forward to supporting you on your retreat“ Yoga is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, no previous experience is necessary, and all equipment is provided.
To the retreat, I shall be bringing the following:
On retreat, I hope to create a space of peace, connection with the self and others on the retreat, playfulness and gentle discovery. I will use yoga postures and breathing to assist the detox process, soothe challenging physical symptoms and work with individual injuries or conditions. A time in the day to leave the chatter of the mind behind, heal and relax.
Yoga & Diet
The science of Yoga holds that the mind is formed from the essence of the food we eat. Yoga and Ayurveda the science of healing use food to balance the three characteristics of all matter of the cosmos - the gunas: tamas - putrefied or inert, rajas - stimulating or active, and satva - pure. A yoga diet should stick to a satvic diet of fresh foods that are untampered with.
For those that practice Yoga there is a natural desire to complement the good you are doing to your body with a better diet. Gradually yoga teaches us to eat nourishing foods of raw or slightly steamed vegetables, fruit and grains, nuts and seeds.
The discipline of yoga works in tandem with a good diet to help break old habits and patterns of behaviour. All the stress of modern day life can be eased with diet and specific yoga postures asanas, and combined with breathing techniques pranayama, and meditation will help cure most aliments both mentally and physically.
Fasting, like all natural cures, is based on the principle that the body itself contains the most efficient healing agents. Fasting gives the digestive system a much-needed rest and releases energy for elimination of toxins and restoring the body to health. Yoga helps the detoxifying process physically, by focusing on asanas, pranayama and relaxation techniques to help eliminate toxins from the body, but also yoga is a wonderful practise to support us holistically, on all levels: physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
Asanas (yoga postures) strengthen and tone the body, improving the flow of energy, bringing the physical systems of the body and breath into balance.
Moving with awareness of the breath we learn to still the mind for meditation.
The objective in asana work is not how far you can stretch or contort your body, but to combine stability with ease and relaxation in the mind and body.
The practice of pranayama (yogic breathing exercises) aims to lengthen, expand and extend our capacity to breathe. Through the breath, we not only calm and focus the mind but we receive life- giving oxygen and energy, as well as releasing toxins from the body. To increase the absorption of the life-force through the breath, lies at the heart of yoga.
Correct breathing has a wonderful power to soothe and revitalise a tired body, a flagging spirit, or a wild mind. The ancient sages taught that prana, the vital force circulating through us, can be cultivated and channelled through a panoply of breathing exercises. In the process, the mind is calmed, rejuvenated, and uplifted.
Pranayama and breath awareness can provide a direct link to our true nature, and who we really are. The breath serves as an important bridge between the outward, active practices of yoga like asana and the internal, surrendering practices that lead us into deeper states of meditation.
We often hold our breathing in certain stiff patterns, and do not fully use the diaphragm to breathe. This creates tension and represses the flow oxygen and carbon-dioxide within the body. On top of this, because the body, mind and breath are intrinsically linked, the inability to relax fully and let go of the breathing can be very hindering to our lives and mindset.