JUNE 26 – JULY 6, 2017
With: Arun Deva, Ashley Fiala, Vivi Letsou
at ZEN ROCKS, Mani, Greece
HOSTED BY NYSY Academy, Athens
ARUNACHALA YOGA & AYURVEDA, Los Angeles
Arun Veda shares from the source of contemporary yoga with us: The ten basic Vinyasa Krama, or Asana Sequences, that constitute the base of all Dynamic Yoga and Therapeutic Yoga as passed on directly from TKV Krishnamachārya to the teacher of our dear Arun, Srivatsa Ramaswami. Each of the 10 mornings of the retreat, Arun will be teaching one of the ten Vinyasa Krama practices in a complete step-by-step way. This is a rare practice that Arun will be leading us through; it has been his dream to share this knowledge in a complete way, and he will be doing it in Greece this June for the first time. If you feel ready, join us in a very special and profound journey.
Vinyāsa Krama literally means the methodology of a fluid practice within set parameters. There are 10 primary and one auxiliary sequences that make up the logic and freedom of the Vinyāsa style of practice in yoga. Within this logic happens the exhilaration of a free fall! This is the possibility inherent within the flexibility of the variations. Then there is the pranayama’s, the chanting, the meditations.
So as not to get injured when the practice is not based on a sounder personal logic, the magic of Ayurveda makes sure we stay on the correct trajectory of our free fall: the health and wellbeing we are all seeking to create in our yoga. We will also practice daily living modalities from Ayurveda and study its basic principles.
Based on the teachings of Srivatsa Ramaswami as transmitted to him in over 33 years of personal practice with the legendary TKV Krishnamachārya and understood by Arun Deva over a decade of practice. Infused with the understandings of Ayurveda through Arun Deva’s over two decades of Ayurvedic practice comes this Free Fall Within Logic.
Arun Deva, Ashley Fiala and Vivi Letsou.
Arun will teach the various traditional sequences with alternate therapeutic versions where necessary. He will also teach the Ayurveda lectures and lead the traditional pranayama and meditation practices.
Ashley will assist and demonstrate as well as lead joyous kirtans.
Vivi will lead evening sangha talks drawing from the years of Buddhist studies.
Zen Rocks is perched in its own free fall method on the hills overlooking the azure sea of Mani, Greece. Right over the home of Zorba the Greek. Right over some of the best ocean for swimming in the world. And Zen Rocks is the mad genius of Vivi Letsou, a Buddhist-Anusara trained yoga teacher, pioneer of Yoga Education in Greece; and Eraj, the prescient restaurateur of Avocado Cafe, Athen’s first successful Vegetarian Restaurant.
In this unique place we will have a very rare opportunity to practice all 11 Vinyāsa Krama Yoga sequences that comprise the basis of all Vinyāsa Yoga Practice. These teachings will be infused with important secrets from Ayurveda that add knowledge and insurance to our practice as Yoga Teachers and practitioners.
Eat amazing, home cooked meals; swim in the ocean; chant and sing in the evenings and spend much time meditating on the free fall of our own lives and how to bring a healing logic to them.
Pricing & Registration:
11 days, 10 nights, pricing based on double occupancy, half board
Early registration by April 30: 2170€*
Late registration after April 30: 2460€*
*στις τιμές δεν περιλαμβάνεται ΦΠΑ 24%
The above prices include:
Transportation on morning of June 26th from Athens to Zen Rocks (conditions apply*)
Transportation on late morning of July 6th from Zen Rocks to Athens (conditions apply*)
All accommodations and home cooked meals at Zen Rocks.
One group excursion to the beach and a luxurious dinner at a taverna on the waterfront.
All yoga classes, Ayurveda lectures and evening lectures and satsangs.
* The group will leave from NYSY Yoga Studios in Athens Monday morning. You will be responsible for arriving there on time to join the group for the journey together. If you do not make the bus trip, you will be responsible for your own individual transportation with no refunds for any portion of your costs.
What is not included in the price:
Any transportation not specifically included above.
Any alcoholic beverages. This Retreat will offer beer and wine with dinner, Greek style. You must be over 21 to drink.
What is optional:
Any additional trips to the beaches of Mani are best done in the afternoons during the free time. These are optional and not included in your costs.
We recommend you arrive in Athens by Sunday June 25th. We are happy to suggest a friendly hotel close to NYSY Yoga Studio in the heart of Athens and walking distance to the Acropolis and the Plaka.
Although the meals will be primarily vegetarian, some dairy, eggs and fish may be served. If you are vegan or a strict vegetarian, please let us know so we may do our best to accommodate you. It will be impossible to do a completely gluten free preparation, so if you have a serious allergy to gluten please be advised you will be responsible for all your own food preparations.
June 26: Drive to Mani and settle in. Evening, welcome and orientation.
June 27-July 5 (9 days):
7:30-9:15AM: Morning Practice
9:15: Light morning repast: Fruits, cereals, porridge, tea/coffee
10-11:30AM: Ayurveda lecture.
1-4: Free Time
Our one group beach excursion will be on one of these days and will start after lunch and extend into the late evening.
4-6PM: Afternoon Practice
8-10PM: Satsang (led in turns by Vivi (meditation), Ashley (kirta
n), Arun (talk on yoga/tantra/ayurveda)
July 6: Morning practice. Brunch and closing circle. Drive back to Athens
About the teachers:
Arun Deva, DASc, AYT, E-RYT(500), YTRx
Arun is a graduate of the American Institute Of Ayurveda; an Ayur*yoga Therapist and a Vinyasa Krama certified yoga teacher. The founder of Arunachala Yoga & Ayurveda, Arun has the pleasure of serving both the National & State Ayurvedic Associations: NAMA & CAAM. Currently he heads NAMA’s Committee on creating Standards for Ayurvedic Yoga Therapists.
Arun teaches internationally, lectures at Conferences, writes articles for different publications, has been featured on both radio and television and has a clinic for consultations and various treatments including panchakarma and yoga therapy in Los Angeles/West Hollywood.
He also teaches the Ayurveda and Yoga modules for many Teacher Training Programs around the world and is Director of Ayurveda at LMU’s YTRx Program. Arun has presented at both the NAMA and SYTAR Conferences. Born in India, where he began his studies as a child, Arun has made his home in Los Angeles for the past 35 years.
Ashley Fiala, Certified Shraddhaa Yoga Instructor
The atmosphere in Ashley’s classes is light and friendly. She excels in her knowledge of yoga asana alignment, therapeutics, anatomy, and yoga philosophy. One aspect of Ashley’s teaching that is particularly strong is her knowledge of how the body works and how to accommodate for injuries and limitations. She operates from a place of great integrity & wisdom and makes it all look easy & fun. Ashley goes above and beyond as she teaches students of all levels and trains teachers to be their best.
Ashley dedicated 12 years of her life to studying the philosophy and alignment of Anusara Yoga becoming a certified teacher.
At this point in Ashley’s yoga studies, she is taking that foundation and expanding beyond her previous boundaries. She is currently collaborating with Doreen Madison and Danny White to expand Shraddhaa School of Yoga.
You can visit her website shraddhaaschool.com.
Vivi Letsou B.S., M.A., Certified Teacher: YOGA ALLIANCE 500 HOURS, BASIPILATES™, Creator of Abhaya Yoga
Vivi has created Abhaya Yoga—Strong Alignment, Fearless Action— seeking a path that combines a clear life philosophy, strong Yoga asana practice, and the courage to live fearlessly.
A visionary and activist for positive change, Vivi loves to share the way of Yoga and Zen, two paths she has followed for over 20 years, while a filmmaker in California. Now the director and co-founder of NYSY Academy for Yoga and Pilates, and Avocado Vegetarian Café—two bright centers in the heart of Athens, Vivi is tireless of teaching and bringing the global community closer through the practice of “Healthy Mind in Healthy Body.”
Her vision is largely inspired by Zen Buddhism and the teachings of her respected Zen master, Reb Anderson, from the San Francisco Zen Center. On the yoga-pilates path, Vivi has practiced and taught in the traditions of Ashtanga Yoga, Vinyasa, Bhakti Flow, Anusara Yoga, and BASI Pilates.
Vivi’s passion for a brave and upright way of being is contageous. She would like every Abhaya Yoga class to be a journey of self-discovery, where students recognize their own power, beauty, and potential for positive change. Hundreds of bright yogis and yoga teachers have emerged from her workshops and teacher training programs, now spreading their unique light and holding the mirror for others, making our whole planet brighter!