Tread Lighter on the earth: Therapeutic Hatha Yoga with Liz Bennett

Jul152017toJul222017

Map of Savusavu, Northern Division
Where
Savusavu, Northern Division, Fiji
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When
Saturday, 15 Jul 2017 to Saturday, 22 Jul 2017
Price
Single room: $2050 Twin share room: $1750
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Description

Bringing together a well- tuned knowledge of the body through physiotherapy and hatha yoga, Liz teaches in a diverse and deeply insightful style that encourages you to explore your body and discover your strength and stability through breath and body awareness with movement. During this retreat you will develop skills in your nervous system to feel and integrate your body, breath and mind; to move with more ease, and to nurture your lightness and power as you walk through life.

Yoga can be a marvellous therapeutic practice for improving strength and ease of movement whatever your body’s condition. If you are worried that you’re too stiff or have a dodgy hip or back – come on and join us! This retreat is particularly focused on achieving a balance of stability and mobility throughout the spine, the central support of the body. (And if you are as strong as an ox, then come along and develop a deeper awareness of your spine under her expert instruction.)

Liz Bennett is an experienced physiotherapist and yoga therapist and has a thorough understanding of what constitutes a safe and suitable practice. After five days of twice daily practice, you will enjoy a confidence and fluidity that will benefit your entire body and – as a direct consequence – your mind. There’s nothing like feeling better and stronger in your body to give your life a whole new boost. Practicing yoga in Fiji is of particular advantage as your muscles relax and luxuriate in the comfort of the warm climate.

During this retreat, Liz will be working with you on a daily basis to explore your capabilities and develop confidence and understanding of your spine. She will modify the practice for people with injuries, and develop a take-home practice that you can do on your own (she’ll even help you write it down so you won’t forget the minute you leave the yoga shala).

Liz’s practice is based on hatha yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, with influences from Feldenkrais, Clinical Pilates, Leslie Kaminoff, Gary Kraftsow, Donna Farhi, Simon Borg Olivier and Thomas Myers.

Teacher Liz Bennett is an experienced physiotherapist and yoga therapist and has a thorough understanding of what constitutes a safe and suitable practice. After five days of twice daily practice, you will enjoy a confidence and fluidity that will benefit your entire body and – as a direct consequence – your mind. There’s nothing like feeling better and stronger in your body to give your life a whole new boost. Practicing yoga in Fiji is of particular advantage as your muscles relax and luxuriate in the comfort of the warm climate.

During this retreat, Liz will be working with you on a daily basis to explore your capabilities and develop confidence and understanding of your spine. She will modify the practice for people with injuries, and develop a take-home practice that you can do on your own (she’ll even help you write it down so you won’t forget the minute you leave the yoga shala).

 Liz’s practice is based on hatha yoga in the tradition of Krishnamacharya, with influences from Feldenkrais, Clinical Pilates, Leslie Kaminoff, Gary Kraftsow, Donna Farhi, Simon Borg Olivier and Thomas Myers.

Liz Bennett has been teaching yoga and working as a physiotherapist for over 15 years. She describes her development and expertise as follows:

 

 

 

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Having my early physiotherapy career in the hospital system, then moving into private practice where I have remained, I’ve worked with people in a huge variety of settings, both in a hands on treatment capacity and teaching yoga to clients. Working in hospitals gave me invaluable insights into the management of acute and chronic conditions. Now, as a physiotherapist in private practice, I integrate detailed assessment and treatment with therapeutic exercise, applying the principles of individualised yoga. A personalised yoga practice encourages the body to heal optimally.

Creating a bridge between physiotherapy and yoga felt like a journey I was undertaking very much on my own 15 years ago. Yoga was quite alternative and I had to search for answers to the conflicts between contemporary physiotherapy, yoga and more accepted methods at the time like Pilates. The rise in popularity of yoga, the evolution of alternate physical therapies, neuroscience and of scientific research exploring the mind- body relationship has been so exciting to witness. I am absolutely inspired to be able to draw from and share these changes in the world I live in.

 My yoga teaching began at 21, when I enthusiastically started classes at the hospital for staff on site. Formal training began in Sydney, in 2004, with a three-year intensive apprenticeship with physiotherapists and yoga teachers Simon Borg Olivier and Bianca Machliss of Yoga Synergy. After teaching full time at Yoga Synergy, I moved to the Northern Beaches and undertook a Diploma of Yoga Teaching with Michael De Manincor at the Yoga Institute of Australia. I began teaching Anatomy and Physiology to yoga teacher trainees in 2006.  I provide bespoke Yoga Anatomy and Physiology modules at many Sydney yoga schools within their teacher training programs. I’m on the teaching faculty of the Enlightened Events Yoga Therapy training in Sydney and Brisbane, and deliver Leslie Kaminoff’ s Yoga Anatomy at the Yoga Institute of Australia. I run a yoga school, Yoga Essentia, at Warriewood Surf Life Saving Club, and teach students in all stages of life, from 7 to 77!

I meditate and do yoga to live life more fully, to experience compassion, and keep finding the energy for what I love. I regularly travel, mostly to India. I do aerial silk acrobatics and mountain bike for fun and connection.


Included for Single room: $2050 Twin share room: $1750

Program Includes- Return airport transfers from Savusavu to Daku Resort.- 7 nights accommodation at Daku Resort in traditional bures with private facilities.- Breakfasts, lunches and dinners.- Workshop fees.- Excursions as indicated.Program Excludes Travel / Comprehensive Travel Insurance. / Optional activities not listed on the program / Costs of a personal nature such as laundry, massages, private trips.

Schedule / Itinerary

Here’s a detailed programme of what the week offers. Please note that it may change depending on weather and group interest and energy.

Saturday
Arrive in Savusavu. Transfer from the airport to Daku Resort 10 minutes away.
5.00 Welcome meeting with Liz: what the week will be about.
6.00 Fijian welcome ceremony with kava.
6.30 Happy hour and dinner

Cocktails

Sunday
7.00  Morning juice
7:30 till 9.00 Yoga practice
9.00 Breakfast
Free morning
1.00 Lunch
4.30 – 6.00 Restorative practice
6.30 Happy hour and dinner

Partner Yoga with Adriana Cortazzo Daku Resort Fiji 1
Monday
7.00  Morning juice
7:30 till 9.00 Yoga practice
9.00 Breakfast

Morning: Trip to Savusavu Town to see local market and shops. We put you in cabs to get into town and then leave you to wander around at your own pace, and let you to take a cab (Aus$3) or walk back when you’ve had enough.
4.30 – 6.00 Restorative practice
6.30 Happy hour and dinner

At the beach

Tuesday
7.00  Morning juice
7:30 till 9.00 Yoga practice
9.00 Breakfast
Morning: Visit to waterfall – we drive about 30 minutes round the bay to a beautiful waterfall where you can swimming a fresh water pool beneath the cascade. Bring along shoes that you can wear in the water and be ready to enjoy the exhilarating beauty of nature. We’ll get back to Daku in time for a late lunch.
1.30 or thereabouts: Lunch
4.30 – 6.00 Restorative practice
6.30 Happy hour and dinner

Vuadomo waterfall 2

Wednesday
7.00  Morning juice
7.30 – 9.00 Yoga practice
9.30 Breakfast
11.30 Picnic lunch at Devodara beach. We’ll drive down the Hibiscus Highway for about 20km to the sandy beach at Devodara, where we’ll have a picnic and swim in the warm waters of the ocean and stroll along the beach fringed with palm trees. We’ll get back to Daku around 3.00.
1.00 Lunch
4.30 – 6.00 Restorative practice

6.30 Happy hour and dinner

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Thursday
7.00  Morning juice
7.30 – 9.30 Yoga practice (a slightly longer one today)
9.00 Breakfast
10.30 Snorkel trip: we will go snorkeling at a nearby snorkeling spot  and see some of Fiji’s magnificent  marine life.
1.30 Lunch
4.30 – 6.30 Village visit. Visit to a local village where you will see how Fijians live in extended family arrangements and will be entertained with a lively meke dance. And don’t worry – this is not tired old tourist stuff but a joyful embrace of their timeless culture!
6.30 Happy hour and dinner

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Friday

7.00  Morning juice
7.30 – 9.30 Yoga practice (a slightly longer one today)
9.00 Breakfast
10.30 Snorkel trip: we will go snorkeling at a nearby snorkeling spot  and see some of Fiji’s magnificent  marine life.
1.30 Lunch
6.30 Happy hour and dinner

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Saturday
7.00 onwards: breakfast and departures.