Make sure you have a steady foundation for your standing yoga pose, says Amy

Before entering any standing pose, says our yoga guru Amy Rogg, it is important to take time grounding your feet and building your lower body foundation, before raising your upper body off the ground.

Amy says: “Too many times I see students rushing to get to a pose without caring for their connection to the ground first. And when they come up, they are more likely to wobble and lose their balance. You wouldn’t build a house without a steady foundation or else the house would not be able to withstand the test of time. The ground is a powerful thing. It is what holds us and supports us. We are always connected to the earth the entirety of our living existence, so we might as well take our time to ground into it.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.“In doing yoga postures, the key is to root down in order to lift up. So next time you’ve placed your foot between your hands from downward dog (no matter what pose you’re coming into) make sure you take time to plant your feet fully, root down, activate your core and legs, and feel your lower body balance before you raise your arms off the ground. Maybe even close your eyes to feel your steadiness for a moment. Then slowly have the experience of raising your arms up while keeping your foundation strong.”

Amy says: “When you arrive in the pose, you will feel much more empowered in your stance, giving the upper body safety to express itself. In all, the more grounding you establish, the more confidence and calm you will feel.”

Amy and her colleague Joanne Brohmer are running a wonderful yoga retreat at the Watermill this Summer. So close your eyes and dream of beautiful Tuscany, amazing food and restorative yoga. With their students using words like ‘joy’ and ‘magical’ about them, Amy and Joanne will help you to awaken and restore your true passion and self-worth. We are sure this is going to be one of our most inspiring retreats –a sun-filled, fun-filled week where we’ll nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne’s week will run from Saturday 25 August to Saturday 1 September 2018. The theme of the retreat will be Connection’ – to yourself, to others and to nature.

Amy Rogg is a yoga teacher and movement facilitator working on transforming the human spirit through holistic arts. She is based in San Francisco, California, USA. Amy helps people to awaken and restore their passion and self-worth, inspiring them to move towards their vulnerability and authenticity. She brings people back into their innate knowledge and wisdom, through a deeper connection to their body, breath, and personal expression.

The Watermill at Posara for painting, knitting, creative writing, Italian language and yoga holidays/vacations/retreats, Tuscany, Italy.As a healer, Joanne Brohmer offers a range of modalities that helps others enter into their own depth and set their anchor deeper, where they can begin to claim and feel what has been hard to reach. She helps bring what has been blocked forward into the safe home of acceptance and embrace. She facilitates bringing others to that soft, open, vulnerable place in a way that feels safe.

Participants on our yoga retreat with Amy and Joanne enjoy SEVEN nights at the Watermill, with full board. Everything is included in the cost of the retreat: workshops, accommodation (including all linen and towels), tours, pre-dinner aperitifs, all meals and wines (including outings to charming local restaurants) and all local transportation (including transfers to Pisa airport and an excursion by train to Lucca). You get to Pisa, Italy, we do the rest! You can see a draft itinerary by clicking here.

Come and practise your yoga and meditation in the tranquil heart of rural Tuscany and let us nurture your mind, body and spirit.

Amy and Joanne H&SAmy Rogg & Joanne Brohmer
25 August to 1 September 2018 – still plenty of places
Yoga retreat
To learn more about Amy and Joanne and their course at The Watermill, please visit their Tutor Page

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