Yoga Weekend - Cognac, France - Spring 2020

If you thought that yoga was all about bending and twisting your body into odd shapes, it’s time to think again! Yoga is much more. In simple terms, it is about caring for your body, mind and breath. The century-old practice of hatha yoga includes physical exercises (asanas) that seek to relax and still the body, breath work (pranayama) to focus the mind, relaxation to quieten the body and mind, and meditation to centre the spirit.

About the Programme

During your days with us, you will be introduced to hatha yoga practices which help relax and still the body, quieten the mind and centre the spirit. Practicing yoga is like a break from our usual mind status.  Like a holiday, it refreshes us.  Yoga practice helps us to move from distress to de-stress, from dis-ease to ease, from passion to compassion, from human doing to human being.

The programme is provisional and may be adjusted slightly in order to provide the best possible experience to all participants.

The all-inclusive cost of this Yoga Weekend is €599 per person sharing. The cost covers accommodation, all sessions, all meals, wine and other beverages and all guided outings.  Yoga mats are also provided.  If you wish to reserve your own private room, you may do so at an additional cost.  Please be aware this is subject to availability so please make your preferences known when reserving your place.  We are delighted to offer an Early Bird 10% discount if you book by 14th February 2020.

About the Teacher

Our instructor, Lynda, is a RYT200 qualified yoga teacher registered with Yoga Alliance, with 5 years of successful teaching experience.  Having practised yoga for 15 years, Lynda studied to become a teacher in 2014 with Zenways London. She was taught by Julian Daizan Skinner,the founder of Zenways and the first Englishman to train at a Japanese monastery to become a Roshi, or Zen master, in the rigorous Rinzai tradition of Zen. Zenways yoga works with your body, mind and energy to create improved wellbeing, vitality and awareness, and a deep sense of your connection with all things and your true relationship with the universe.

Lynda would describe her own yoga practice as calm and fun, and she makes time each day to be aware of the connection between her breath, mind and body. Working with a curated mix of yin yoga, hatha yoga, breath work, yoga nidra and meditation. Lynda’s classes provide a warm safe environment in which to practice, grow and share yoga with others. Students can expect to experience a balance of calm and space to connect with themselves within an atmosphere of creativity and fun. In her quest to expand and complement her teaching, Lynda is currently studying to become an acupressure therapist and occasionally incorporates this into her classes.

Lynda teaches weekly in her local village in France where she has lived for the past 8 years. She enjoys a calm and peaceful way of life with her husband on their small farm, growing a wealth of organic vegetables, as well as keeping goats, chickens, dogs and cats.

About the Venue

Perched on a hilltop overlooking the rolling Cognac countryside, Chez Perot stands restful and serene. This period property is a hidden gem, surrounded by ancient trees and gardens which in spring yieldflowers, fruit and vegetables. The interior of the house is a sensitive mélange of country comfort and luxurious modernity with large bedrooms, stylish furniture and an ample contemporary kitchen including an original bread oven. The grounds lend themselves to long walks and restful relaxation under the wisteria.

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