Past Retreat / Event

Iyengar Yoga Weekend Retreat

Friday, September 24 – Sunday, September 26, 2021

 

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

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.  His style is based on the eight-limbed path of astanga yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar (1918 to 2014) was one of the world’s leading teachers of yoga and the author of the bestselling yoga book of all time, Light on Yoga. He has taught cultural icons and world leaders, and trained thousands of teachers who have taken his modernization and refinement of yoga to every corner of the world.  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.

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.

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

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.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Sept 24
3:00 pm     Arrive and settle in to your cabin
4:30           Meet and Greet in the studio
5:00           Introduction to Iyengar yoga/philosophy Q & A
6:00           Dinner – enjoy the patio, forest breeze and fresh summer air
7:30           Restorative Yoga for Restful Sleep

Saturday, Sept 25
7:00           Pranayama (yogic breathing)
7:30           Asana practice (physical yoga)
9:00           Breakfast & free time
11:00         Asana practice
12:30 pm   Lunch and free time
Book a massage, chill on the patio, have a nap
3:00          Guided hike – explore the forest & beautiful fall colours
5:30          Dinner
7:00          Restorative asana practice

Sunday, Sept 26
7:00 am     Pranayama (yogic breathing)
7:30           Asana practice (physical yoga)
9:00           Breakfast & then pack up your cabin
10:30         Philosophy discussion  Q & A
12:00 pm    Lunch

Meet Your Teacher

Lori Berenz 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.

Over the years, Lori’s love of yoga inspired her to focus on teaching yoga and leave behind her corporate career of fifteen years in the field of Human Resources Management. She understands the challenges of balancing family, career and trying to implement yogic practices into a modern lifestyle. Yoga has given Lori numerous benefits and has transformed every aspect of her life. Lori is truly grateful for the gift of yoga and is passionate about the continuous learning it provides.

As a teacher, Lori draws from her own personal experiences to work with each individual student at a level that is appropriate for them. Through detailed instruction and personal attention, Lori encourages each student to challenge themselves so that they can reap the benefits of a robust yoga asana and pranayama practice. Lori regularly attends workshops, Pranayama and Sadhana intensives to hone and deepen her understanding and learning.

Registration Details

Date:
Friday, September 24, 2021 @ 3:00 pm – Sunday, September 26, 2021 @ 1:30 pm
2021-09-24T15:00:00-04:00
2021-09-26T13:30:00-04:00
Cost:

Tuition

$465 + HST for shared accommodation (up to 3 – 4 people in a cabin)

$565 + HST Semi-private (just 2 people in your cabin)

$725 + HST Private cabin (just you in a cabin) SOLD OUT

With social distancing protocols in place, you will need to book semi-private or private accommodation if you are attending as a single.  If you are coming with someone you can share with please book semi-private (2 ppl) or shared (3 – 4 ppl) accordingly.  Max group size will be determined by the gathering limits allowed at the time of the retreat.

For more information about our COVID-19 protocols click here.

Please be in touch with any questions or help to register 866-609-1793 or email [email protected]

 

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

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.  His style is based on the eight-limbed path of astanga yoga. B.K.S. Iyengar (1918 to 2014) was one of the world’s leading teachers of yoga and the author of the bestselling yoga book of all time, Light on Yoga. He has taught cultural icons and world leaders, and trained thousands of teachers who have taken his modernization and refinement of yoga to every corner of the world.  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.

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.

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

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.

Weekend Schedule

Friday, Sept 24
3:00 pm     Arrive and settle in to your cabin
4:30           Meet and Greet in the studio
5:00           Introduction to Iyengar yoga/philosophy Q & A
6:00           Dinner – enjoy the patio, forest breeze and fresh summer air
7:30           Restorative Yoga for Restful Sleep

Saturday, Sept 25
7:00           Pranayama (yogic breathing)
7:30           Asana practice (physical yoga)
9:00           Breakfast & free time
11:00         Asana practice
12:30 pm   Lunch and free time
Book a massage, chill on the patio, have a nap
3:00          Guided hike – explore the forest & beautiful fall colours
5:30          Dinner
7:00          Restorative asana practice

Sunday, Sept 26
7:00 am     Pranayama (yogic breathing)
7:30           Asana practice (physical yoga)
9:00           Breakfast & then pack up your cabin
10:30         Philosophy discussion  Q & A
12:00 pm    Lunch