Retreat: Taking Yoga into your daily life

Yoga Style: Hatha based

Teacher: Donna Gianniotis

Dates: 24 - 31 May 2014


Retreat Summary

Style: Hatha based

Programme: Two daily workshops of 1 ½ to 2 hours; alternate days of body connection and meditation

Suitability: all levels

Excursions and extras: free half hour massage; beach picnic; tapa making demonstration; visit to local village; visit to Savusavu town

Food: Chicken, fish and vegetarian.

Itinerary: Arrive Savusavu Saturday. Retreat starts Sunday morning, ends Friday evening. Depart Savusavu Saturday.

Cost: Twin share: $1550.
Single room supplement: $350
Non-participating partner: $850

Retreat Details

Retreat confirmed to go ahead.

Donna Giannotis leads a week of gentle, deeply nurturing yoga laced with the joy she brings to her classes.

Yoga literally means union. It refers to the state of connection between mind and body. When you bring that connection into your daily life, you are aware of your body throughout the day, and you start to understand and honour it in entirely new ways.

During this week in Fiji, you will learn how to re connect with your body in a way that is gentle, nurturing and strengthening. The morning classes become a foundation from which you are able to practise taking this connection into the rest of your day. The afternoon practice will be an opportunity to support you to deepen your connection with yourself.

In the first 5-10 minutes of the session, we practice body awareness, relaxation and meditation techniques in a comfortable lying down position. The physical stillness allows us to feel where we are at, establishing a gradual re-connection with ourselves and the natural rhythm of our breath and body. This part is the foundation of the practice: an opportunity for the body to let go completely, relax and renew. It builds a platform from which we can assess our quality of being, and then move on. From this place of deeper connection with ourselves we establish harmony and then go into a gentle general physical workout.

The classes will include body connection, strength and flexibility, gentle breath, meditation, learning about the energetics of the body and how to live from a place of connection.

This connection directs you to fully feeling, understanding and protecting your body as you move and exercise, and is a safe and effective way to build strength and fitness. The practice can support your body to do every day activities without straining and hardening, i.e. with more physical efficiency. It is also a joyful and playful experience of sensing and exploring your body.

Benefits include:

  • Re-connect with yourself.  Increase of body awareness
  • Learn to let go (especially nervous tension, anxiousness and raciness)
  • Deeply rest and rejuvenate
  • Release of hardness, tightness and tension
  • Improve strength, muscle tone, flexibility, and balance
  • Stress management
  • Supporting the ability to make self-honouring choices in daily life
  • Deepen your true well-being … and bring the real you to your life

This retreat is open to all levels, from the complete beginner to the more experienced.  A great way to ensure the quality of energy  is one of connection, joy and harmony.

Prices:

Prices quoted are per person twin share with private facilities at Daku Resort. Travel is not included: we are happy to advise on itineraries.

The cost of the week is $1550 twin share.
Single room supplement: $350
Non-participating partner: $850

If you have any queries, please  Contact us, or if you would like to make a booking, please fill in our booking form.

Program Includes

•    7 nights twin share accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.
•    Breakfasts, lunches and dinners are provided.
•    Services of a teacher.
•    Course fees.
•    Excursions as indicated.
•    Return airport transfers from Savusavu to Daku Resort.

Program Excludes

•    Travel
•    Comprehensive Travel Insurance.
•    Optional activities not listed on the program
•    Costs of a personal nature eg laundry, massages, private trips, bar bills
•    Meals in Nadi or taken in transit at the airport

Instructor Details

Donna Gianniotis has been teaching yoga full-time for over 11 years in Sydney and at holiday destinations such as Hayman and Lord Howe Islands. Having first discovered yoga nearly 15 years ago on a trip to India she then went on and completed her Yoga Teacher Training at Nature Care College.

After graduating at Nature Care College in 2003, she continued her ongoing studies for several years with Michael de Manincor at Yoga Sanga (now known as the Yoga Institute). Having experienced the benefits of energy healing during her own breast cancer journey in 2008, she has spent the last 6 years studying the energetics of the body and now incorporates this into her yoga teaching.

Donna teaches a gentle style of yoga that is accessible to all. The focus is on connecting to the body via “the feeling sense.” The practice is deeply nurturing and works by releasing nervous tension, anxiousness and hardness in the body so you begin to experience true harmony. Her yoga teaching is inspired by the work of Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine.

She has a broad range of teaching experience having taught in yoga studios, on teaching training courses, in corporate companies, private yoga/yoga therapy, schools, workshops and retreats.

Donna is also an Esoteric Healing practitioner and treats many conditions such as back pain, insomnia, anxiousness and emotional stress at her clinics in Sydney. For more information visit www.yogaandhealing.com.au

 

Daily Programme

Mornings will include creative, flowing asana sequences, sun salutations, and invigorating pranayama (breathing) practices, with time for deep relaxation.
Afternoons will be a gentle, individually-tailored session to restore your body using props, aiming for a fantastic boost of energy and sense of well-being.
You will also receive a free half hour spa massage.

Programme ouline:
7.00 – 8.30 morning yoga practice
8.30: healthy buffet breakfast
12 – 12.30pm meditation / body connection
12.30pm: delicious set lunch
1.30pm – 4.30 pm: spa treatments, free time, swim, local excursions
4.30pm – 5.45 pm: gentle/restorative afternoon yoga practice
7.00pm: set dinner

Daily programme details

Sat May 24  
Arrive Savusavu. Daku Resort is 10 minutes from the airstrip.
Evening: welcome ceremony.

Sun May 25
7.00 – 8.30    Morning yoga practice
8.30                   Buffet breakfast
12.30                Lunch
1.30pm – 4.30 pm: free time for massages, swimming, relaxing
4.30pm – 5.45 pm: gentle/restorative afternoon yoga practice
7. 00 pm            Dinner

Mon May 26
7.00 – 8.30      Morning yoga practice
8.30                 Buffet breakfast
12 – 12.30pm Meditation / body connection
12.30               Lunch
1.30pm – 4.30 pm: visit to Savusavu town
4.30pm – 5.45 pm: gentle/restorative afternoon yoga practice
7. 00 pm        Dinner

Tue May 27
7.00 – 8.30      Morning yoga practice
8.30                 Buffet breakfast
Free time for Spa treatments / relaxation
12.30               Lunch
1.30pm – 4.30 pm: beach outing
4.30pm – 5.45 pm: gentle/restorative afternoon yoga practice
7. 00 pm         Dinner

Wed May 28
7.00 – 8.30      Morning yoga practice
8.30                 Buffet breakfast
12 – 12.30pm Meditation / body connection
12.30               Lunch
1.30pm – 3.30 pm: free time for spa treatments, swimming, relaxing
3.30                 Tapa making demonstration
4.30pm – 5.45 pm: gentle/restorative afternoon yoga practice
6. 00 pm          Drinks in town
7.30 Option to eat in town (own expense) or return to Daku for informal dinner

Thu May 29
7.00 – 8.30      Morning yoga practice
8.30                 Buffet breakfast
Free time for massages / relaxation
12.30               Lunch
1.30pm – 3.30 pm: free time for spa treatments, swimming, relaxing
3.30 – 5.30      Village visit: a chance to see life in a traditional Fijian village, well off the beaten track
6.00 – 7.00 pm: gentle/restorative yoga practice
7. 00 pm          Dinner

Fri May 30
7.00 – 8.30      Morning yoga practice
8.30                 Buffet breakfast
12 – 12.30pm Meditation / body connection
12.30               Lunch
1.30pm – 3.30 pm: free time for spa treatments, swimming, relaxing
3.30                 Coconut demonstration: the many uses of the Tree of Life
4.30pm – 5.45 pm: gentle/restorative afternoon yoga practice
7. 00 pm          Final dinner

Sat May 31     Return to Nadi and on to international flight