Wellness – Mindfullness through Yoga & Meditation
We work with many international therapists and teachers who share their experience and passion with you.
YOGA & MEDITATION
Ancient practices of yoga and meditation are a key component to embracing a more mindful lifestyle. Coupled along with healing natural treatments and medicines, yoga and meditation allow the body to restore, improve and develop a harmony of mind, body and spirit. We cannot fully benefit from the physical treatments alone, and this is where yoga and meditation practice plays such an important role in truly overcoming our own personal shortfalls, physical imperfections, disabilities or ailments.
Yoga was initially developed so the meditative yogis could develop their physical body to enable them to sit for long hours in meditation. Yoga is about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits. The poses can be done quickly in succession, creating heat in the body through movement or more slowly to increase stamina and perfect the alignment of the pose. The poses are a constant, but the approach to them varies depending on the yoga tradition practiced.
At Plantation Villa, we work with a number of fully qualified and experienced teachers to guide your daily yoga lesson. We have expert teachers from the Western countries like Europe and the US and also teachers from India and Sri Lanka. Our teachers will be visiting us and will each be resident with us for 3-6 months along with some short term visiting teachers running specialist retreats. It does not matter whether you are a complete beginner or if you are an experienced practitioner. If you have practiced yoga before, specially in the west, you will find that the method of teaching by the Indian and Sri Lankan teachers are rather different. It is more towards the authentic form of meditative yoga. Please inform the teacher at the beginning of the class of your level and any ailments you may have such as joint aches etc. Feel free to discuss with our teacher on your likes/dislikes and any other yoga related queries you may have. Whatever your motivation, whether it is to improve your downward dog or just to get a little fitter or even slimmer, our wonderful teachers will be available and work with you during your stay with us.
We will provide two yoga classes daily – one in the morning and another in the evening. The morning class will be a little energetic and the evening class will be slower. We will also have daily mid morning guided meditation classes to help you develop your mindfulness practice.
Additionally our teachers will be conducting evening discussions on Yoga and Meditation philosophy so you gain a deeper understanding into the practice. The mindfulness principles on which yoga and meditation are based on, provides the foundation for a happy, healthy life.
MEET THE INSTRUCTORS
Bernardo has over 9 years of experience in the field of yoga, meditation and philosophy. He owns his studio in his homeland Brazil, and for the past 3 years he has been traveling the world teaching and deepening his knowledge with senior teachers. He has taught in the UK, Dubai, India, Greece, Australia and New Zealand during our International Retreats and Workshops. He is a certified Hatha (Escola de Yoga Arjavam), Kundalini (KRI), Yoga Nidra (Satyananda) and Vedic Chanting Teacher (KYM – India). He works exclusively for Plantation Villa, guiding the yoga sessions, meditations and philosophy discussions. Apart from his yogic knowledge, he is also a trained Ayurvedic therapist and shares his passion for buddhist philosophy and practice. He believes that yoga can provide the experience of integration between body, breath and mind, allowing space for self awareness and development. His classes are suitable to all types of conditions and experiences, aiming to reveal what is already well and best in you whilst providing healing for the body and mind.