The focus of this retreat is to take us beyond the practice of the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga and introduce the back-bending postures outlined at the beginning of intermediate series.
As you may well know each series of the Ashtanga yoga system has a specific focus. The primary series is known as “Yoga Chikitsa” or Yoga Therapy and is thought to therapeutically realign the musculo-skeletal system. The intermediate series is known as “Nadi Shodhana” or Purification of the Nadhis and is designed to cleanse the subtle nerve channels that run throughout the body, thereby facilitating the flow of prana. On a more physiological note, the practice of primary series or other types of modern day Hatha yoga seems to place greater emphasis on forward bending which is all well and good for a few years but has been proven to create imbalances in the body in the long term.
La Moraleda estate is over a hundred years old and covers seven hectares of land, most of which is covered by orange and avocado trees. The cultivation of the plantation is under strict ecological guidelines. Within the estate, five rural houses have been constructed and architecturally designed in the popular Andalusian style and are named after typical Andalusian trees and flowers, “Los Naranjos”, “La Jacaranda”, “La Buganvilla”, “La Madreselva” and “Los Rosales”.
They are all fully equipped with fire places, hot water, televisions, washing machines, refrigerators, bathrooms and kitchens with ovens. “Los Naranjos”, “La Jacaranda” and “La Buganvilla” share a common swimming pool and barbecue facilities. “La Madreselva” has her own individual swimming pool and barbecue facilities.
All yoga practice will take place in a large wooden shala next to the lake and fountain.
Visitors can walk freely about the estate and pick oranges and other fruit for personal consumption during their stay.
La Moraleda is only 15 minutes drive away from the spectacular lakes of “El Chorro” which offer amazing swimming, hiking and canoeing opportunities.
For more information please visit www.lamoraleda.net