Time for silence - Yogaholiday on Island Iz, Croatia
In our Yoga-week, ´Time for Silence`, we want to try to be non-knowing. We want to empty our mind rather than fill it with new thoughts. One method to achieve this, is Yoga. Another method is Zen-Meditation. We try to combine these two methods. Aim is the inner relaxation, and through relaxation the emptying of our mind.
We basically practice two yoga forms
Hatha Yoga is a form of yoga in which we practice classical positions of yoga and energize our bodies.
Yin Yoga is a form of yoga in which we gently stretch our ligaments and tendons. There is no goal in yin yoga. Releasing goals, the mindfulness of exhalation, soothe our mind and prepare us for meditation practice.
Zazen is the meditation practice of Zen Buddhism
In the zazen the sitting is important and the concentration on the method of meditation (e.g. breath counting). Regular practice has an impact on our physical and mental well-being.
The units are for beginners and experienced. What is required is the readiness to sit still on a pillow, as well as a minimum of mobility.
8.00 – 9.30 Yoga & Meditation
11.00-16.00 Time for beach, relaxation, a journey on the island, free time for lunch
17.00-18.30 Yoga & Meditation
20.00 Open time
LOCATION: IŽ island
Iž is an island in the Zadar Archipelago within the Croatian reaches of the Adriatic Sea. It is situated between Ugljan on the north-east and Dugi Otok on the south-west and is about an hour’s ship ride from Zadar. Main activities are sailing, fishing, olive cultivation and pottery. The island is very popular amongst foreign tourists, largely due to its great beaches.
ABOUT THE TEACHER
Ben (born 1980) is certified by the American Yoga Alliance (500 RYT). He taught in Costa Rica, Germany, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Italy and Switzerland. He works for Hotels and Studios. His Yoga-Style is open. He practice a mix of Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Flow, Yin Yoga and QiGong; also involving exercises of Fascial Training or Contact Improvisation. Aim of his practice is a stabile body and a clear mind. Ben also teaches Zazen, the meditation-praxis of Zen-Buddhismus. Aim of Zazen is the sitting itself, that is free from thoughts, images or judgments. Ben practice Zazen since nine years with different teachers, as Ryushin Paul Shephard (USA) and Shodo Harada Roshi (Japan). Please visit his website for further information: timeforsilence.strikingly.com
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