Healing Power of Nature Yoga Retreat in South Turkey (10% off)

When: 29 Apr 2017 - 6 May 2017 (Sat - Sat, 7 nights)
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Yazdan Raees

"Yazdan was introduced to Transcendental Meditation by his father as a young child. At the age of 17, he left Iran for India where he learned Sudarshan Kriya as taught by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and started his regular Yoga practice with master Akshar. After five years Yazdan left for Turkey and studied Hatha Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation with David Cornwell (Advayta School), in Cihangir Yoga. He started practicing Ashtanga Vinyasa Krama with Ken the Rolfer in Istanbul and continued his practice with Mark Darby, Shankara Darby and Ron Reid in Toronto and Vijay Amar in Goa. In Iran he studied practical philosophy with his teacher Dr. Mohammad Ahyaee, In Toronto continued his Meditation studies with Bhante Debongshi (Buddhananda Bhikkhu) and in India studied Yoga philosophy with Dr. Ganesh Rao. Yazdan feels blessed to practice and serve at Vipassana Meditation courses in India, Nepal, Iran and Canada. He is a member of the Society of Osteopaths of Canada and studied Osteopathic Manual Therapy at National Academy of Osteopathy in Toronto. In India Yazdan learned Ayurvedic Abhyanga from Dr. Shashirekha and currently he continues his education in the field of Botanical Medicine through National University of Medical Sciences."

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Erin AirOut

Erin has dedicated herself to studying the nature of consciousness and practising the art of living. She began her Yogic and mystical tradition exploration at a very young age. Studying Cognitive Science and Artificial Intelligence at University of Toronto, she simultaneously began a Yoga teacher training. She learned Transcendental Meditation from a student of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and practised TM diligently for six years. She continues extensive and on-going training in Yoga and Meditation. Erin sits and serves in Vipassana meditation courses as taught by S.N. Goenka in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin. She maintains five precepts and two hours of meditation daily. She serves with a strong and dedicated team at Dhammanjali Meditation Centre and studies Paryatti with Venerable Bhante Debongshi. In pursuit of a life-long dream, she recently became a student at Chung Wah Kung Fu Systems under the supervision of Master Lee Chi Wai, a 31st generation Shaolin Temple warrior monk disciple.
Erin’s career pursuits are in both Culinary Arts and Agroecology. She is also an experienced and passionate urban farmer, permaculture forest gardener, and promotes the fundamentals of health that start with plant-based food-medicine.
Erin expresses herself through visual arts, folk crafts, and music. Her musical passion is experienced through ancient ritual and folk songs spanning many traditions, purposes, and cultures. She sings in many languages and plays percussion. Additionally, she continues the lifelong incremental study of Vedic Chanting and facilitates Sanskrit chanting workshops. Erin’s mission is spreading health, kindness, compassion, and peace. See more photos and other events by this presenter

Marija Drezgic

Born in Serbia, Marija Drezgic studied English Language and Literature at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia after which she obtained a master's degree in Archaeology from Koç University in Istanbul. The focus of her research was on the diverse religious beliefs and practices of the ancient world. For her master's thesis, she studied occult practices of the Late Roman Empire. She spent three years in Turkey, studying archaeology and working as an English teacher. After obtaining her degree, she went further east. She spent close to two years in Nepal, India, and Sri Lanka studying yoga and meditation, giving yoga classes, working for an adventure company and travelling around familiarizing herself with the fascinating cultures of the South Asia. She can communicate fluently in five modern languages and has good knowledge of Latin.

Marija began her Yoga practice while attending University, and was inspired to continue and deepen her learning journey. She studied yoga and meditation from gifted teachers form Serbia, Turkey, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and the USA. She completed her teacher training with the Indian Association for Yoga and Meditation in Rishikesh, India, after which she started giving yoga classes in India and Nepal. Apart from regular daily classes, Marija has lead several retreats and numerous workshops across Europe.

Hatha Yoga is Marija’s area of focus with an alignment-based teaching style. From her own experience as a practitioner, she came to realize that without proper alignment and without proper understanding of functional anatomy and movement processes, one can access only a small portion of the endless benefits available in the yoga asana practice. Marija is a self-proclaimed “anatomy geek” and emphasizes the importance of understanding the reasoning behind the specifics of the postures. She appreciates the art and skill of adjusting students and loves using props.
Apart from teaching yoga postures, Marija consistently incorporates meditation into her classes, whether as a separate practice at the end of the class, or by guiding students to approach their asanas with a meditative state of mind while being mindful of the breath. She endeavors to assist every practitioner in understanding that the key difference between bending forward to tie your shoe laces and doing Uttanasana is found in the meditative, breath-focused mind.

“My moto in class (and in life) is play with it: play with your stretch, play with your muscles, your balance, your mind, your ego. Just play with it and see where it takes you”. –M.D. See more photos and other events by this presenter