Sensit Yoga™ Retreat on Southern Crete | with Maja Zilih | 14-21 July 2019

Sensit Yoga Retreat on Southern Crete

14-21 July 2019 with Maja Zilih

  Sensit Yoga 

Sensit Yoga Retreat is a unique experience of reaching new depths of awareness through a conscious and embodied yoga practice. Surrounded by a mesmerizing natural environment and feeling our body on a deeper level, we start to feel truly at home with ourselves.

Sensit Yoga Practice

Morning practice consists of
20-30 minutes of anatomy learning through images provided, video-viewing, awareness through subtle movement and sense of touch, and
90 minutes of a medium-paced yoga practice that embodies the thematic covered


Evening practice consists of slower, more gentle asana movements, breath practices, restorative yoga, yoga therapeutics, meditaton and deep relaxation.

Each Sensit Yoga session guides us into the exploration of our inner landscapes - muscles, bones, fascia, organs and fluids. And yet we are continuously experiencing how every single part of the body is weaved into a greater whole.

However slow or dynamic the movement, we always make sure that we move from the inner body, with sensitivity and awareness.

Listening to our inner body is called interocepetion (or Pratyahara in yogic terms). It makes our practice physically more simple, yet awareness-wise a much deeper experience. We become conscious of the support coming from the ground, as well as from particular skeletal connections and structures. This gives each person their own optimal alignment, and an experience of ease and enjoyment in moving. The accumulated tension in the musclar and fascial tissues releases into the Earth. The nervous system becomes more relaxed. When the energy that was previously invested in holding the accumulated tension gets released, the result is an energized, joyful and effortless way of being.

 

 

 Maja Zilih

Maja has been teaching yoga and meditation since 2007. Her method Sensit Yoga is a mindful and interoceptive practice that aims at expanding the awareness of all the levels of our being. The practice combines yoga asanas infusef with elements of body-mind centering, natural/primal movement, functional and strengthening exercises, tension release techniques and movements that arise for each individual in their own way. The sessions always complete with meditation and a long relaxation. Expect to be continuously invited to feel, sense and move from and through your inner body. Sometimes you follow the instructions, other times you inquire into the needs of your unique body and let it take the lead. You explore and utilize your relationship with space and gravity. You play with different ways in which you can awaken fluidity and ease not only in the body and breath but also in the mind. By becoming conscious of your deep primal inner connections you find new source of support. Your body begins to release the unnecessary tension and each movement becomes an opportunity for a total body-mind-spirit integration.

More about Maja here


  Location and getting there  

Our retreat base is located at Agios Pavlos, an area at the Southern Edge of Crete, with a majestic 180° view of the Libyan sea.

Heraklion is the Crete’s region capital city and there are direct flights to and from all major cities in Europe and the world.

A taxi or a minivan will bring you from the airport (or port) of Herakleion to the place of the retreat and take you back from the retreat place to the airport, at no extra cost. It is about a 2 hour drive.

Many participants choose to rent a car at the airport, as this enables them to move around more and visit many amazing beaches near Agios Pavlos. Those who wish to share the car rental with other participants need to tell us at least 2 weeks before the retreat. 

Heraklion is the Crete's region capital city and there are direct flights to and from major cities in Europe and the world.

Flights Vienna – Heraklion 14-21 July

You can reach the retreat location by car or taxi. You are encouraged to rent a car – eventually together with other participants – as it will help you greatly enjoy at the maximum the gorgeous and wild paradise of Southern Crete.

Car rentals from Heraklion 14-22 July

The family run hotel can be found on the southern coast of Crete, in a region of exceptional natural beauty. Rugged and unspoiled, the area offers breathtaking scenery and glorious beaches making this a very special place to visit. Overlooking the stunning bay the hotel has a fine restaurant, a relaxing café/bar, and a mini market so you don't have to leave for any of your holiday essentials.


On the high rock above the sea, there is another, night bar formed as a cave naturally inside the rock and overlooking the sea. Occasionally there are dance parties, or concerts with traditional Cretan music, African music and other. Thanks to the configuration of the cave bar acoustics and the rock surrounding it, there is no noise outside the complex.

 

  Retreat Schedule

Daily schedule *:

8:00-10:00 Sensit Yoga practice

11:30-12:30 Breakfast/brunch

19:00-20:30 Sensit Yoga practice

20:30-21:30 Dinner

 


On the first day - July 14th - there is only the evening practice 19:00-20:30

In the middle of the retreat - July 18th there is only the evening practice 19:00-20:30

On the last day - July 21st - there is only the morning practice 8:00-10:00 

 


  Cretan Cuisine 

The worldwide famous Cretan Cuisine. 

- Delicious breakfast with local products, fresh juice, fruit, yoghurt, cheese, eggs, bread and honey.

- Homemade dinner with mediterranean recipes, many choices for vegetarians or vegans and fresh fish.

                   

  Things to do | Excursions and activities 

Once you have reached this Southern edge the continent you can dive to a mesmerizing and reinvigorating landscape.

-Swim in the warm inviting waters of the beach neighbouring the hotel which is also ideal for families.

 

- Descend to one of the most amazing beaches of Crete, called St. Pavlos Sandhills, offering spectacular sunsets.

 

Take a tour of the area and rest your gaze on the long oceanic-type Triopetra beach for a swim, a walk, coffee, lunch or dinner at the fantastic taverns with a breathtaking sea view.

 

- Enjoy the sunset view from the comfort of your room or at the yoga veranda.

- Hike the beautiful gorges of Rethymno. Kourtaliotis (length: 3 km) is one of the most spectacular natural attractions of Rethymnon.The huge cliffs of the canyon reach a height of - 600 meters and are full of caves, where significant fauna species live.

Or go further to the west, to the worldwide known Samariá Gorge. A National Park of Greece and a World's Biosphere Reserve. It will take 6 hours to cross it so plan wisely. There is a boat departing from Agios Pavlos to Samaria’s sea mouth (Agia Roumeli) and you can always visit without walking the gorge to its North exist.

- Visit Beach of Preveli, also known as Lake Preveli or Phoenix. During the 60s and 70s, it was a favorite destination for hippies. On the banks of the Grand River there is a large colony of Theophrastus palm trees, which give the region a sense of an African landscape. The river, forming a large lake, 1.5km long, before emptying into the sea, has water all year round. You can walk along the river, under the shade of palm trees and other trees, and start ascending in the beautiful canyon

 

For more information on the area and the sightseeing choices you can check: http://www.cretanbeaches.com/

 


  Accommodation

The Agios Pavlos hotel provides accommodation in two complexes, one right above the sea and near the restaurant and another one on the Cavos Meliss rock on a higher panoramic spot and near the yoga platform. Usually retreat participants stay at Cavos Melissa, although depending on availability other options in the area are also considered. All rooms offer a breathtaking view of the beach or the panorama of the Libyan sea

             

  Cost 


Single room occupancy: 1350,00

Double room occupancy: 1050,00

Triple room occupancy: 820,00

These above prices include

- accommodation for 7 nights,

- two meals daily (on the first day only dinner, on the last only breakfast/brunch),

- morning coffee and very light snack before the morning practice, and

- transportation from and to the airport (about 1,5 hr taxi drive in each direction)

If 2 or more people are coming together, there is a 10% discount for both.

If one does NOT need to be picked up from and taken to the airport, the price is 80 Euros less.

If one wishes to take part in yoga, but to arrange accommodation and meals elsewhere, the price is 600 Euros.   

For discounts for the Athens Yoga members and graduates of Sensit Yoga Teacher Trainings, contact Athens Yoga Center center@athensyoga.gr

All tax included

Contact details in Vienna
+4369918365788
info@mayayoga.at

Contact details in Athens
Athens Yoga Center
Louissis Riankour 65-67
+302130383611
center@athensyoga.gr