Jul 24 2022 - Jul 22 2022

Iyengar Yoga Weekend Retreat

Cultivation of the opposite

Enjoy this immersion in the beautiful Yoga style known as Iyengar, named after it’s founder.

“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known ever existed.”  – BKS Iyengar

This is a weekend to explore Iyengar yoga asana (postures), pranayama (breathing exercises), and restoratives (just like it sounds – relax:) within the theme of “Cultivation of the opposite”.  In this past year of covid chaos, emotions have been allover.  This weekend will focus on yoga teachings which encourage, “When disturbed by negative thoughts, cultivate the opposite mental attitude”.  Cultivating the opposite, means that we will work in a dynamic way to promote stillness in the mind, body and breath. The practice will be creative and organic but also structured and methodical, using the concepts of being active and passive in the physical practice, along with the concepts of action and counteraction to create a sense of balance and equanimity.  
As we work on cultivating the opposite, we start to recognize how we automatically react to life events and cultivate a more conscious way to respond to ourselves and others both on and off of the mat.  This intentional practce enhances our awareness and consciousness and teaches us that we can choose how we respond to things we cannot control.  When we can learn to reframe the way we see ourselves, we can experience the essence of living in our own true nature. 
Asana and Pranayama provide great tools to cultivate awareness of opposites both in our practice and our daily lives. No experience is necessary to begin this practice.

Iyengar Yoga was created by world-renowned yogi BKS Iyengar, who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the world in 2004.  He was one of the first teachers to introduce yoga to the West, and there are now hundreds of centres around the world where Iyengar yoga is taught. 

The Iyengar method places special focus on developing strength, endurance and correct body alignment – in addition to flexibility and relaxation. Standing poses unique to this system of yoga build strong legs, increase general vitality and improve circulation, coordination and balance.

Certified Iyengar Yoga teachers are extremely well trained. Teacher training is rigorous and spans a three to five year period in which teachers follow a program based on the standards set by B.K.S. Iyengar.

Lori Berenz, your teacher for the weekend, has studied with Iyengar and his senior teachers since 1998.

The Iyengar Method

Iyengar Yoga emphasizes precision of alignment in the yoga poses. Why is this important? People tend to stretch from their more flexible areas and rely on their better-developed muscles for strength, thus reinforcing postural habits. Iyengar Yoga encourages weak parts to strengthen and stiff areas to release, thus awakening and realigning the whole body. As the body moves into better alignment, less muscular work is required and relaxation increases naturally. Poses are individualized to each person’s body type and special physical needs by teachers well trained in anatomy and physiology. To address these needs, props such as blocks, bolsters, blankets and belts are commonly used in yoga classes to help gain physical alignment.

There is no particular physical ability or experience with Yoga required.  Because of the strict observation of physical alignment in every posture, many people find Iyengar is the best Yoga style to strengthen their body and get comfortable in Yoga.


Friday 22nd July
Arrive and settle into your cabin
Meet and Greet
Introduction to Iyengar yoga/philosophy Q & A
Dinner - enjoy the patio, forest breeze and fresh summer air
Restorative Yoga for Restful Sleep
Saturday 23rd July
Pranayama (yogic breathing)
Asana practice (physical yoga)
Hike the forest
Asana practice
Lunch and free time
Restorative asana practice
Sunday 24th July
Pranayama (yogic breathing)
Asana practice (physical yoga)
Breakfast & then pack up your cabin
Philosophy discussion  Q & A

Meet Your Facilitator

Lori Berenz

Lori is a Level 3 Certified Iyengar yoga teacher and the Director of Yoga Journey, Collingwood. She has been studying with Senior Iyengar yoga teachers since 1998 and continues to study with the Iyengar family at RIMYI (Iyengar Institute) in Pune, India on a regular basis.  Lori participates in national teacher training programs and national teacher assessments. Lori is an active committee member in the Iyengar Yoga Association of Canada.

Level 3 Certified Iyengar yoga teacher

Book Your Retreat

Sunday July 24
Friday July 22
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$575 + HST for shared accommodation (up to 3 - 4 people in a cabin)

$650 + HST Semi-private (just 2 people in your cabin)

$825 + HST Private cabin (just you in a cabin)


Shared - Cabin will be shared with up to 3 other guests of the same gender. If you are booking for just yourself, depending on the retreat, we will match you with other guests of the same gender.

Semi-private - Cabin will be shared with the 1 other person you are registering with. If booking alone, we will try to match you with someone of the same gender.

Private - Cabin for one person, not sharing with others.

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Please Note: This Retreat has now finished. See our upcoming retreats here.