Exploring the Sacred Threads of the Ashtanga Practice

Sunday 9 October 2022, 10am to 4pm.

Emerson College, Hartfield Road, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JX 


Our day is carefully curated to offer an immersive yogic experience through practice, discussion, and time for rest, all the while surrounded by the natural beauty of the grounds of the Emerson College. This 22-acre botanic garden has beautiful ponds, lawns and flowerbeds, many rare trees and more than 100 medicinal plants.

Over the course of the day, you will be guided deeper into your own practice. We will align body and breath through led yoga practices expanded and enriched by stillness, breath work, and deep rest. There also will be plenty of time for questions, discussion, and exploration. Through focussed workshops, we will explore the sacred thread at the heart of the Ashtanga method in its traditional form (and derivative vinyasa or flow forms). We will explore the reasons this is such a uniquely beautiful way to practice, and why we feel so drawn to practice in this way.

Sumiya's unique and welcoming approach blends traditional Eastern wisdom with modern Western movement, always with a touch of Tibetan magic around the edges. All yoga sessions and talks will be informed by (but not limited to) an Ashtanga lens, and are open to everyone regardless of level or experience.

The day includes a nourishing vegetarian lunch made with biodynamic ingredients grown at the centre or locally sourced. All dishes are organic and homemade.

Spaces on this retreat are limited, as the group will be kept small and personal.


Arrive after 9.30am, ready to start at 10 am.

10:00am: Opening yoga practice, mediation, and deep guided rest

11:45am: Workshop/Yoga Q&A: The Sacred Thread of the Vinyasa System.

We explore the ways linking breath to movement creates a unique rhythm that anchors and quietens the mind, restoring balance to the body.

12.45pm: Lunch, and time to explore the grounds.

2:00pm: Workshop /Yoga Q&A: Combining Opposites to Create Harmony.

Discover how the Ashtanga sequence uses strength to move into lightness, deepens release through engagement and uses movement to enter deeper states of absorption and stillness.

3:00pm: Restorative yoga practice with time to sit.

3.45pm Closing circle.

4:00pm Depart.


Attendance costs £85 and includes lunch, tea and coffee, and all yoga, meditation and relaxation sessions and talks. A non-refundable deposit of £45 is payable on booking, with the balance payable by 9 September 2022.


countryside near emerson college


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