Iyengar Yoga Weekend Retreat

Friday, April 1 – Sunday, April 3, 2022

 

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.

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, April 1
3:00 pm     Arrive and settle in to your cabin
4:30           Meet and Greet 
5:00           Introduction to Iyengar yoga/philosophy Q & A
6:00           Dinner – enjoy the patio, forest breeze and fresh spring air
7:30           Restorative Yoga for Restful Sleep

Saturday, April 2
7:00           Pranayama (yogic breathing)
7:30           Asana practice (physical yoga)
9:00           Breakfast
10:30        Hike the forest
11:30         Asana practice
12:30 pm   Lunch and free time
Book a massage, chill on the patio, or curl up with a good book
3:30          Meditation and discussion
5:30          Dinner
7:00          Restorative asana practice

Sunday, April 3
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, April 1, 2022 @ 3:00 pm – Sunday, April 3, 2022 @ 1:30 pm
2022-04-01T15:00:00-04:00
2022-04-03T13:30:00-04:00
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)

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

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.

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, April 1
3:00 pm     Arrive and settle in to your cabin
4:30           Meet and Greet 
5:00           Introduction to Iyengar yoga/philosophy Q & A
6:00           Dinner – enjoy the patio, forest breeze and fresh spring air
7:30           Restorative Yoga for Restful Sleep

Saturday, April 2
7:00           Pranayama (yogic breathing)
7:30           Asana practice (physical yoga)
9:00           Breakfast
10:30        Hike the forest
11:30         Asana practice
12:30 pm   Lunch and free time
Book a massage, chill on the patio, or curl up with a good book
3:30          Meditation and discussion
5:30          Dinner
7:00          Restorative asana practice

Sunday, April 3
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