Pamela and Kara invite you to join them for a Yogic Exploration of Receptivity in the breathtaking Sacred Valley of Peru. Become more receptive to your inner Self through the ancient art, science and philosophy of yoga. Pamela and Kara are both Iyengar practitioners and teachers but their individual personalities and experiences will allow you to experience a full range of yoga asana, pranayama and meditation.
By becoming more receptive we are more open to receive fully with our heart and minds the joys yoga can bring – physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually during this amazing week.
Through the progression of the week, you will not only gain more strength and flexibility in the physical body, but let go of stress, tension and negative thought patterns that you no longer need to carry.
Exploring and moving from the external to the internal landscape is truly the art of receptivity. Set your intention for healing, transformation and becoming more whole hearted in 2020. Join us in the Sacred Valley of Peru!
“Yoga does not just change the way we see things, it transforms the person who sees.” B.K.S. Iyengar
Style of Yoga
Yoga means union. The union of the individual soul with the Universal Spirit is yoga. But this is too abstract a notion to be easily understood, so for our level of understanding I say that yoga is the union of body with the mind and of mind with the soul”.
– BKS Iyengar, Tree of Yoga.
Iyengar yoga is a transformative practice using the body as capitol for the mind. The method is derived from the personal practice of BKS Iyengar who spent 80 years using his body to find and create the harmony with his mind. Tapas is self liberation through the act of will and the practice of yoga allows us to discover how we live in our bodies and therefore the world.
The practice of yoga is non-discriminatory, stiff, flexible, young, mature, in the practice of Iyengar Yoga, everyone is welcome, necessary and of value.
BKS Iyengar approach has given many the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges of contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.
The term “Iyengar Yoga” was coined by students of Mr. Iyengar to distinguish Guruji’s approach from other styles of yoga, health, and fitness to enjoy the benefits which a sustained practice can bring – the ability to face the physical, mental and emotional challenges contemporary life with strength, vitality, mobility, thoughtfulness and equanimity.
What to expect from this method of yoga?
- Instructors committed to excellence in teaching
- A safe and systematic progression of yoga postures to develop each student’s ability and skill, both within each class and from class to class.
- Sequencing that develops strength, flexibility, stamina, concentration, and alignment.
- Individual correction and knowledge of how to adjust postures for common physical problems.
- Precise use of language.
- Demonstration and teaching of specific points to develop understanding and intelligent action.
- Integration of the yoga philosophy with the practice of asana.
- Incorporation and relevance of practice into daily life.
- Ways to use yoga to ease various ailments and stress.
- Use of props, such as blankets, blocks, and straps, to facilitate learning and adjust yoga postures to individual needs.
Every retreat is unique and, as such, the itineraries are ever-changing! We finalize the itineraries about 3-6 weeks before the retreat, but after 10 years of hosting retreats, we do have a general idea of what most schedules look like.
Most retreats include one-to-two daily yoga classes. One class takes place in the morning, either just before or just after breakfast. After the first class and meal, you have free time to explore, relax, or take part in optional add-on activities. Lunch (if included in your retreat) will take place midday, during this free time. There is then, usually, an afternoon class followed by dinner. Occasionally some teachers choose to offer an evening restorative class or group gathering after dinner as well.
In addition, there is usually one dedicated “excursion day” in which we do not have scheduled yoga classes. This is a day for people to take advantage of some of the more involved tour and excursion offerings and is always a lot of fun!
- 7 Nights Accommodations
- 3 Whole Foods Meals Each Day
- Round-Trip Group Transport to/from the Airport
- Daily Yoga Practices
- Karma Yoga Service Project
- Despacho Ceremony
- Personal Retreat Time (having time to nap, explore, walk, read, and just be)
- Guided Hike to Local Waterfall
The retreat center’s name translates as “love from the ancient forest.” It is nestled in an oasis of native plants and fruit trees, nourished by a magnificent waterfall in the Sacred Valley of Peru. This lovely spot is in the Andes Mountains and home of the twelve mountains known as Apus—“luminous beings.” Those who come to the center have the opportunity to commune directly with these mountains, as well as with the local curanderos and pacos (healers), who engage with us for ritual and Despacho ceremony.
The guests at this center enjoy delicious meals with locally-grown and lovingly-prepared ingredients. Each guest room is a reflection of the Peruvian culture of the Sacred Valley. The entire center embodies kindness, love, and wholeness that seem to permeate the magical place.
Hello! My name is Pamela Nelson. I am a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at the Junior Intermediate II Level. I live in Christopher Lake, Saskatchewan on a small acreage with my family. This is my second international yoga retreat with True Nature Travels and I am so excited to be heading to Peru!
I completed my degree in Land Use and Environmental Studies and Physical Geography from the University of Saskatchewan at around the same time I started yoga and found that yoga helped me keep a deep connection to the earth and keep focused on the health of the earth and how amazing it is in the many ways it provides for us and teaches us. I started in my early 20’s, and my intention at that time was to use yoga as a way to increase flexibility after long runs or bike rides. I quickly realized how beneficial it was to not only my strength and flexibility, but also my mental well-being. I love the openness yoga brings to the body and the quietness to the mind. I have found it helps with confidence and personal self-acceptance.
Since those early years I have become a member of the Iyengar Association of Canada (IYAC) and certified at the national level. I have practiced yoga for over 25 years and taught for over 14, training exclusively in the Iyengar system. I have completed the rigorous and lengthy training program receiving my Introductory II certificate in 2010. Since then I have achieved my Intermediate Junior I and II Certification and am intending to proceed to the next level in 2019. I stay current by regularly attending Iyengar yoga classes, workshops and intensives held by senior international IY teachers, including travelling to Pune, India to study with the Iyengar family in 2013 and 2018.
I teach all level of classes including Beginner, All-levels, Intermediate, Iyengar Flow, Gentle/Restorative, Backs and Joints, Senior/Modified and Youth and Kids. I love teaching yoga in a way that is accessible to all and to continue In the Light of Guruji’s work.
“Pam is a master teacher who is able to work with all levels of ability. I leave her classes feeling refreshed and re-energized!” –Louise P.
“In Pam’s classes there is a place for everyone, regardless of your level of experience. She provides information about the poses in terms of alignment and offers modifications, while creating a space of calm. In this busy world, Pam’s classes are a chance to stretch, unwind and balance. Body, mind and spirit are served well.” -Sharon B
“I’ve lived in many communities and taken yoga, Pam is by far the best teacher I’ve had.” -Student
Her attention to proper alignment and ability to modify for all abilities has given me the knowledge and confidence to grow in my practice.” -Heather D.
Scoliosis brought the gift of curiosity to me about the inner workings of my body and the corresponding mental patterns. In my case correct boundaries in my youth had not been established, as a result, improper defence mechanisms were installed. I spent years reprogramming my response to life and from this practice came – Meet the Resistance.
It has been my experience that when we remain present for the acts of life we gain an insight to our moment of growth and we are able to institute a state of equanimity. I am an Iyengar practitioner and teacher.
“I had a most excellent experience being with Kara. She creates a safe space for introspection through a unique offering of mind-body healing. I came here to seek insight to the blockages upon my spiritual path. Time spent with Kara let me see my own shadows which I resist to examine in my psyche and emotional stress I carry into my body. Together with her I learned and went deeper into my yoga practice. She has a special skill to show others their resistance within and at the same time getting one motivated to get to work. I highly recommend her experience!” – YogiZain
“Kara is an exceptionally gifted yoga teacher and I feel very lucky to have someone like that accessible in Montreal, in particular given the small size of the classes. She is creative, passionate, dedicated and technically precise. She is like the Kino MacGregor of Iyengar! I came in with weakened core (post pregnancy) and long-standing back problems and within a couple of months, change was felt. Finally one doesn’t need to go on yoga retreats to the States – we can have it right here.” – Yulia Knoll
The Sacred Valley is a magical place for healing and adventure. Whether you feel called to get out and explore or stay in and restore, Peru is the perfect place to do so. During your retreat, you will have plenty of free time during which you can enjoy some of what Peru has to offer. Here is a selection of tours and activities that you will be able to choose from while in Peru:
- Healing bodywork and spa treatments
- Tours of the local sacred sites
- Hike to the nearby waterfall
- Coca leaf readings
- Traditional Incan ceremonies
- Explore and shop in the local villages
*Additional tours and activities are not included in the tuition price
OPTIONAL ADD-ON 2 DAY TOUR OF MACHU PICCHU
October 10-12, 2020
Shared Occupancy: $560
Single Occupancy: $600
This retreat includes the option to add-on an overnight tour of Machu Picchu to the end of your experience. Pre-registration is required.
- 2 Nights Accommodations (1 Night Aguas Calientes, 1 Night Cusco)
- Transportation (Private Transport, Bus, Train)
- Tour Guide
- Machu Picchu entrance fee
The journey will begin with a drive through the Sacred Valley, passing through several fascinating towns, villages, and sacred sites in the valley. Arriving in Ollantaytambo, a small town that still maintains its Inca architecture and offers the opportunity to visit and explore the majestic archaeological site, which overlooks the route to Machu Picchu.
Take a beautiful train ride from “Olla” along the river to the town of Aguas Calientes. Spend the night in Aguas Calientes, enjoying the quaint town along the river. Arrive in Machu Picchu the next day before sunrise to witness the illumination of the sacred ruins. Experience an unforgettable day at Machu Picchu, exploring the sacred Incan “City of Light,” learning about the sacred ruins and taking moments to sit, breathe, and experience the powerful energy of one of the most sacred sites on the planet. After the tour, you will spend a final night in Cusco and take a shuttle to the airport the following day.
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