Welcome to Paradise - What to expect on your Yoga Retreat
Focusing on bringing the practical gifts of yoga into everything that we experience and all of our actions, this integrated yoga retreat promotes deep rest and exploration, space for contemplation and time for celebration. During the retreat we will work with a range of mutually complementary supports:
Āsana and natural movement work/playshops: We will explore how to skillfully employ yogic principles to support steady ease throughout our day and through all the stages of our lives. We will discuss rehabilitating, reinforcing and refining healthy neuromuscular patterns and efficient kinetic chains through the body for safe and effective movement in daily life and in movement activities. We will explore how to safely and nourishingly move the spine and move from the center for sustainable and efficient lifelong movement. Using play and exploration we will discover how to use movement for a whole system renewal, development and recreation.
Meditative walking and excursions: We will mindfully discover the lands and waters of wonder around Blue Spirit.
Yoga of sound and song, kirtan
Daily satsang: Working with the support of timeless teachings from the Yoga Tradition, together we can weave steady harmony into the reality of our dynamic human lives. We will utilize reference to story and symbol, and yoga texts including Yoga Sutra-s and Bhagavad Gita.
Whole Life Yoga: Yoga is balance, integration, skillfulness and efficiency. Yoga practice is about cultivating sustainable harmony. It is about bringing the practical gifts of yoga into everything that we experience and all of our actions. It is about stretching our understanding of who we are, strengthening our connection to the innate wisdom of our conscience and rehabilitating our broader human capacities while working respectfully with the realities of our individual natures and our diverse responsibilities.
Whole life Yoga helps us to train ourselves to be able to find joy in the everyday wonder of life and steadiness in the face of its inevitable challenges. It is about meeting and refining our own patterns and habits and inviting ways of being that are conducive to sustainable, integrated health and wellbeing.
On retreats with James we work with a range of mutually complementary lenses to explore yoga principles in practical application, including: principle-based asana, natural movement, meditation, kirtan singing and chanting, storytelling and interpretation, satsang talks, discussion and inquiry, nourishing high quality food and time outdoors.
Joyful Silence: At Blue Spirit, by the cleansing waves of the Pacific Ocean, we will have a wonderful opportunity to recharge, reset and re-attune to the rhythms of Nature. To deepen our opportunities for restoration and revitalization, every day from the end of the evening satsang until an appropriate point the next morning, we will cultivate joyful silence. This will usually be until after breakfast, and on some days until after lunch.
The opportunity on retreat to privilege periods of quiet can be tremendously healing. The space to be quiet frees energy to let go of things which no longer serve us and welcome in new nourishment. The cultivation of this joyful silence also allows us to listen deeply to ourselves and enjoy our practice activities with subtle clarity. Later in the days we will enjoy conscious speaking and deep listening, allowing for rich and nourishing sharing in our group activities.
Subject to change depending on the weather, tide times and the needs of the group.
Saturday, November 2nd
Dinner at 6pm and opening evening satsang at 7:30pm
Sunday November 3rd to Friday 8th
5:30-7:00: Morning meditation and movement
9:00/9:30: Morning activity/excursion*
12:00: Lunch and rest
15:00: Afternoon class: movement, meditation, satsang
17:00: Golden hour: meditation, quiet time, beach, sunset
21:00: Quiet and rest
Saturday, November 9th
Morning practices, breakfast and departure
*Provisional morning activities:
Sunday: Meditative walk with James
Monday: Group waterfall hike
Wednesday: Quiet day
James Boag is originally from Yorkshire, England, James teaches yoga and applied yoga philosophy globally. James is known for his inspiring, inclusive and engaging teaching style and his holistic approach, which weaves together multiple mutually complementary elements. These include live storytelling, a principle-based, practical and inclusive style of asana/natural movement work, meditations and kirtan, all informed by years of practical exploration and dedicated study of Sanskrit and traditional yoga texts.
James has been teaching for over twenty years, teaching yoga since 2003 and leading integrated programs on applied yoga philosophy around the world since 2009. When he was still teaching English at university in Thailand, James began studying Sanskrit. Since then he has spent many seasons in Mysore, South India, where he completed his Sanskrit MA in 2012 and where he regularly leads courses on the Bhagavad Gita and Yoga Sutra-s, working from the original Sanskrit texts, and Indian Mythology.
Whether you are brand new to yoga or have been practicing for decades, James’ classes, workshops and retreats are a great way to deepen your understanding of the bigger picture of yoga and how yoga principles can enhance our work with different yoga techniques and support us in all aspects of our lives.
I feel blessed to have participated in the invigorating spring retreat at Casa Cuadrau with James Boag. Throughout, our band of yogic warriors was invited to enjoy a wild menu of yogic activities that were suffused with invaluable lessons on how to take better care of our bodies and spirits. Our daily practice was grounded in the exploration of common asanas (but from markedly less common perspectives), sometimes wandering off on happy diversions to explore the realm of spontaneous play. Cocooned in the nurturing, easy-going environment of Casa Cuadrau, it appeared that each person’s movement practice was jolted to new life by the rich layers of symbolism, story-telling and music-making charismatically ushered in by our teacher with a vital spring freshness, and an unfailing steady energy, sincerity, playfulness and humour.
Alice E. Scotland
I have attended various weekend courses with James on the Bhagavad Gita, the Yoga Sutras and Indian mythology, as well as Kirtan and asana workshops. Learning with James is a gift. Spending time with one of the most generous teachers I know always re-sets me, balances me and helps me reconnect with my love of yoga, my curiosity for this method, my gratitude for life and my body. James is a knowledgeable teacher, an explorer in his own practice and a beautiful storyteller and singer. His knowledge of Sanskrit in particular, is grounding, eye-opening, discerning.
What he teaches, he teaches first hand. Working with him has changed my practice and, without being too dramatic, my life too, in small and very powerful ways. He has inspired me to delve deeper into true yoga, to sing, to explore the ancient texts on and off the mat, to pause, to listen more attentively, to be grateful. He has a lovely way of bringing groups together: whether people know each other or not, it is very easy to feel connected in his sessions. He speaks from experience and his stories, whether from his own life, films and songs (including Star Wars and Bob Marley), or from the Indian Gods, are applicable to everyone. I am still reaping the fruits of my last exploration and I already look forward to my next workshop with James. Time in his workshop goes fast, but the learning is deep and the echoes are lasting.
Laura G. Glasgow
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