In his workshops and online classes Eyal covers different aspects of Iyengar Yoga. Eyal sees the practice as a lab that enables one to study one's own body and mind. Hence the emphasizes on explorative and innovative approach to the practice.
Location: Bab Zouina, near Marrakesh and the Atlas Mountains, Morocco
The retreat is intended for people who studied yoga for at least 2 years and are interested to study Iyengar Yoga. No experience in meditation is required.
The retreats in Bab Zouina, already become a tradition, but for September 2024 we offer a special retreat that combines Iyengar Yoga with Insight meditation and the study of the Buddhist Dharma.
I strongly believe in the great value of this combination. I regularly participate (as a student) in Vipassana retreats (in the Insight meditation tradition) where I combine self-practice of yoga with sitting and walking meditation sessions. This has a tremendous positive effect on my mind and body!
The practice of Asana & Pranayama quiets the mind and opens the body for the sitting sessions; while the extended sessions of meditation and the Noble Silence, create an intense concentration which, in turn, contributes to the practice of yoga.
I recommend having this experience. Registration is open!
Lila is a senior Insight Meditation and Buddhist Dharma teacher. Since 2004 She has led Vipassana retreats worldwide and spiritual journeys in remote, spiritual corners of the globe. More about Lila.
Eyal studied and practiced Iyengar Yoga for more than 40 years and Buddhist meditation for the last 20 years.
We both believe that the combination of Iyengar Yoga and Insight Meditation is very effective for creating a positive transformation of body & mind.
Bab Zouina is a little heaven in which the birds are continuously singing among the trees and the blooming flowers. It has a swimming pool, Hammam (traditional Turkish bath), and a tennis court.
The yoga hall in Bab Zouina has a capacity of 30 students and it is equipped with all the necessary props (chairs, wall-ropes, and so on). Karim, the owner, is a wonderful host and also an Iyengar Yoga practitioner.
On the first day, there will be optional excursions in the surroundings of Bab Zouina and, after the retreat, an optional 3-day trek in the Atlas Mountains.
On the first day (12th) we’ll start with a morning practice of meditation and asanas, from 06:30 to 9:30, and have an introductory talk at 20:00. The rest of the day is free, with (optional) excursions to Marrakesh and to nearby sites (Anima Gardens, Berber Market, camel rides, and so on), or leisure time at the pool, Hammam or massage.
To allow for increased silence and concentration we’ll observe Nobel Silence from the evening of the 12th and until the evening of the 17th. We’ll also lock our phones in a safe and avoid any kind of distracting stimuli. In addition, It is recommended to avoid reading and writing. We will be available for emergency calls (more details, later). During those 5 days, the schedule will be quite intense combining yoga and meditation sessions as well as talks about yoga and Buddhism.
On the 18th the program will continue, but we’ll allow talking and do some sessions in which we’ll get to know each other and share our experience. We’ll also have some free time for the pool, Hamam and leisure.
If you want to extend your stay, you can book a Riad (a traditional guest house) in Marrakesh. Karim can organize a guided tour of the city.
The planned daily schedule is as follows (we’ll be flexible with this and we may change the timings as the retreat proceeds):
|Price per participant (in euros)
|Double room, shared bathroom
|Double room, private bathroom
|Single room, shared bathroom
|Single room, private bathroom
The above price includes:
Karim will organize the excursions, the Hammam, and the massage (these are not included in the price, but are very affordable).
The price of the (optional) 3-day trek (September 19-21) in the Atlas Mountains will range between 350 € and 450 € depending on the number of participants. The full amount is due by late July. More details about the trek will be sent to the registrants at a later time.
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