Flowing Vinyasa Yoga with Shamita Ray
A former dancer and choreographer, Shamita started practising Iyengar yoga as a means to increase flexibility and complement dance training.
A chance wandering into an Ashtanga class one day turned what was, until then, a mere hobby, into a lifelong passion, rivalling her love for dance. She went on to study with international teachers, including David Swenson, with whom she completed Ashtanga teacher training, and Lara Baumann, with whom she completed 500 hour teacher training.
Ever curious to explore other, diverse styles of yoga, she has also completed Advanced Teacher Training with Ana Forrest, and most recently, completed an intensive meditation teacher training with Sally Kempton.
On this retreat, Shamita will be offering two yoga sessions per day. The morning session will commence with pranayama (breathing techniques), which will lead into a flowing, dynamic yoga practice that combines the precision and alignment of Iyengar, with the breath and dynamism of Ashtanga.
Using her background as a dancer, Shamita will create imaginative sequences which move seamlessly from one posture to the next, in a dance-like flow of breath and movement.
Practitioners will be encouraged to challenge themselves to discover what their bodies are truly capable of, while maintaining a sense of humour and playfulness throughout.
The evening session will follow a 'workshop style' format exploring a different theme each day to ignite your curiosity, and encourage you to deepen your practice.
Examples of things we will explore will be arm balances, inversions and backbends - feel free to suggest some more themes you would like to work on!
The evening session will always finish with a blissful relaxation and meditation.
This retreat will be suitable for practitioners of abilities from the relative newcomer to the seasoned yogi, and children are welcome.
Anyone wishing to try out Shamita's classes beforehand would be most welcome to come to one of her many studio classes in London, listed at www.shamitaray.webs.com
Hi Debbie, Just a belated email to say how fantastic the yoga holiday was at Grenadine Lodge. The lodge was idyllic and the people running it lovely. The 12 island tour was amazing too. I already knew I would enjoy Shamita’s classes and they didn’t disappoint! I'm very keen to go again next year if Shamita runs another either at the same location or elsewhere...Thanks for all your help , Sarah - June 2016
I just wanted to let you know that our stay at Grenadine Lodge was wonderful. It was a charming hotel with the most helpful staff I have ever met anywhere. The yoga was fabulous; Shanita was an excellent teacher. All in all it was a wonderful holiday. Thank you so much . Pamela - June 2016