26th july - 2nd august 2019
Overcoming the Ego : Feeling the fear, and doing it anyway!
Our trip to Norway is going to be all about exploring fear of failure, and how we can turn every failure into a positive. It’s common for many people to be afraid of trying yoga, usually because they feel they’re not strong or flexible enough, sometimes because they’re afraid of looking out of place in a yoga studio, and that fear is something we’re so used to feeling in life too. It holds us back from so much. To transform, grow and ultimately succeed, we have to experience a multitude of failures, we believe it’s how we approach them that matters!
During our week in beautiful Hemsedal, we will be practicing daily yoga, with a more dynamic morning class with Leo or Sarah, and a deeper yin practice with Amy every evening. During the day we plan to explore how we can overcome fears, and begin to let go of our restrictive ego both on and off the mat. By looking at new ways to use our bodies with balance, focus and a more relaxed attitude - we guarantee you’ll still fail - but you’ll do it amongst a group of people all facing the same challenges and supporting you through it. Expect to try balance boarding, acro yoga and slacklining! The theme of this retreat is feeling the fear, but doing it anyway, and hopefully realising that falling flat on your face isn’t as bad as you might have thought.
8.00am 90 minute energising practice with Leo
During the day, we will be working on overcoming our fears, which means spending a lot of time trying, and failing, but having a lot of fun doing so! Our workshop schedule is still being finalised, but you can expect to try various balance skills off the yoga mat, such as slacklining, balance board and skating, alongside some more practical explorations of how we can combat fear in our practice (such as acro yoga), but also our approach to life.
All workshops are encouraged, but totally voluntary. Alternatively you can spend the day time as you wish, there is sauna at the cabin available for use at any time. We can advise on other activities available nearby, if you have any questions, please contact us.
6.00pm 90 minute restorative yoga or workshop class with Amy
Leo is a multi discipline instructor specialising in balance and core stability. His journey into movement began with skating, traversed through balance board and slacklining, and has ultimately landed him on the yoga mat. He’s convinced that movement lies at the heart of everything we do, and credits yoga with providing the only element that was missing, flexibility. Leaving male ego and athletic ability at the door, yoga taught him that cardiovascular activity did not necessarily equate to flexibility, nor did it give him the space to explore his own wellbeing. For Leo one of the greatest fears he overcame through yoga was being comfortable with vulnerability.
Rather than chasing personal bests and perfection, Leo’s practice has evolved towards moving with intention; no ego, just working to your best ability. It’s clear that Leo loves to move, but he also loves to teach others how to move with fluidity and purpose. For those wanting to master the art of yoga, or obtain the ninja like balance required for slacklining, Leo understands that it takes both discipline and surrender to get the most out of our bodies.
Sarah is an Irish yogi, who after eight years working in the City as a stock broker, decided to follow her heart and pursue a life of yoga. Her own personal yoga practice became a powerful tool to help balance to the intensity of city life and she soon realised she was far more passionate about sharing this practice of mindfulness through movement than working in finance. Sarah is certified to teach various forms of yoga, having completed close to 700 hours of yoga teacher training. She is also a FRCms (Functional Range Conditioning®️ movement specialist).
Sarah’s background in the corporate world has greatly influenced her teaching. Experiencing first-hand how sitting at a desk for 10 hours a day can impact the body, has lead Sarah to be very focused on activation and building strength and mobility.
Sarah's teaching spans both ends of the spectrum, from meditation to getting people into handstands. Her classes are effective, detailed, and playful as Sarah endeavours to create a safe space to encourage and challenge you in unison.
Amy became a Graphic Designer shortly after discovering yoga 8 years ago. She attributes this discovery with giving her the faith in herself to quit her job and achieve something she had always wanted to do, but had been to afraid to try. You could say that she knows something about overcoming fear of failure, and has done so with a yoga practice as her main support.
Being a natural ‘yang’ personality with a background in marathon training and crossfit, she felt initially drawn to more athletic yoga practices such as ashtanga and vinyasa flow. Her yoga journey began as a new way to challenge her body, but became so much more than that, as she discovered the many layers of philosophy beneath the physical practice. Over the years, and following an intensive teacher training in Tantric Hatha yoga, she began to slow down and appreciate yoga, not just as a physical exercise, but as a holistic guide to being more balanced in body, and more importantly mind. She’s since trained in Reiki, began teaching therapeutic yin and continues to be fascinated with traditional yoga principles, and how they can be applied in the modern world.
from £990 per person
Included in this price:
7 nights accommodation at Fausko Cabins in Hemsedal
2 daily yoga classes
Transfers from Oslo airport, (please note, that due to the remote location, it is a 3 hour coach journey from Oslo Airport)
Flights to Oslo (from London approx £100)
You will need to bring your own yoga mat for practice
Further daytime activities or trips, which can be arranged in advance, contact us for more information
spread the cost with our payment plan