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Yin meets Yang: A 4-Day Yoga Retreat in the Swiss Mountains

Our world consists of the polarities of Yin and Yang, and they merge harmoniously, as symbolized in the Yin and Yang sign.

The combination of Yin and Yang Yoga is unique. Yin represents the resting, female energy - Yang the active, male energy. Our everyday life is often dominated by the Yang principle: working, performing, speed, rhythm, being active... Relaxation, a soft and intuitive approach, recharging our energies are often neglected. 

During these four days we aim to bring the energies and power of Yin and Yang into harmony. In Yang Yoga, we strengthen our physical and mental concentration, building up strength and flexibility through active and attentive movement sequences. In Yin Yoga, we experience the feminine, passive, strengthening and meditative aspect of movement. In a meditative practice, Yin Yoga primarily stimulates the fascia tissue, which connects everything in our body, down to the smallest cell. Yin Yoga helps us to step out of the stress and worries of everyday life and to bring body and mind back into balance and harmony: inner strength combined with outer flexibility.
When Yin and Yang are balanced within us again, satisfaction and joy can accompany our everyday life.

To participate in this retreat, basic knowledge of yoga is recommended. The classes will be conducted in German or English.

The Yin & Yang Yoga Retreat will be offered from Thursday afternoon, July 25, to Sunday noon, July 28, 2019 at the Karunahaus in Unterwasser in the valley of Toggenburg, Switzerland.


Teacher
Stefania Maria Bernet came into contact with meditation and pranayama already in her childhood, thanks to her first teacher Selvarajan Yesudian. She cultivates a regular, disciplined Asana practice for more than 10 years.
Stefania completed her first yoga teacher training at Bikram Yoga College of India. Guided by an open heart and a curious mind she studied to become a Medical Yoga Coach at the German Medical School in Berlin, and attended numerous immersions with her long-standing Hatha Yoga teachers Stephen Thomas and Noah McKenna. She also completed a 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training with Carol Murphy and further education in Pranayama and meditation with Shri O.P. Tiwari in the Kaivalyadhama lineage.
Stefania teaches mainly in Europe as well as America and Asia. She loves the various practices that guide people back to body, breath and heart. In her teaching, she values healthy alignment of the body, as well as a heartfelt and kind inner attitude.
Stefania is also a professional Actress and Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner. For more information please also visit her website www.pranastation.ch


Accommodation
The Karunahaus is situated in the hills above the small village of Unterwasser in the valley of Toggenburg, close to nature at the foot of Mount Säntis at 1068 m.a.s.l. From here, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Churfirsten mountains and the valley. The large terrace, various outdoor seating areas and shady trees invite you to enjoy the peace and quiet outdoors. Guests can also use the organic swimming pond, which is perfectly integrated into nature. A spacious barrel sauna can be used for a fee.
The guest rooms are bright, simple and functionally furnished. Shared toilets and showers are located on the floor.
The Karunahaus offers a fresh, rich vegetarian cuisine with mainly organic products, most from the region. The house is non-smoking and alcohol-free.
To find out more please visit www.karunahaus.ch


Program (changes may apply)

Thursday, July 25, 2019:
till 2:30 pm: arrival / check-in as from 2:00 pm
3:00 pm: Opening Circle
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm: Yin & Yang Yoga 
6:30 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm to 9 pm approx.: Meditation (with introduction)

Friday, July 26, 2019:
7:00 am to 7:30 am: guided, meditative walk in silence
afterwards till 9:30 am: Yang Yoga
10:30 am: Brunch     
afterwards free time (relaxing and resting, swimming in the organic pond, Sauna, hiking etc.) 
4:00 pm: Tea and small snacks
4:30 to 6:00 pm: Yin Yoga
6:30 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm: Meditation (optional)

Saturday, July 27, 2019:
7:00 to 9:00 am: Yang Yoga
10:00 am: Brunch     
afterwards free time (relaxing, swimming in the organic pond, Sauna etc.) 
optional: guided hike
4:00 pm: Tea and small snacks
4:30 to 6:00 pm: Yin Yoga
6:30 pm: Dinner
8:00 pm to 9 pm approx.: Meditation (optional)

Sunday, July 28, 2019: 
7:00 am to 7:30 am: guided, meditative walk in silence
afterwards till 9 am approx: Yin & Yang Yoga & Closing Circle
10:30 am: Brunch     
afterwards (until 12 noon latest): check-out and individual departure


Price per person
CHF 650.- with accommodation in a shared room 
CHF 690.- with accommodation in a two bed room
CHF 790.- with accommodation in a single room (limited number)

Included in these prices are
•  3 overnight stays in the selected room category 
•  half board (brunch and dinner)
•  tea and snacks in the afternoon
•  tap water and fruits at any time
•  approx. 15 hours of Yoga
•  one guided hike
•  use of the organic swimming pond
•  WLAN in the entire house

Not included are
•  trip to/from Karunahaus 
•  drinks and snacks from the house bar
•  use of the barrel sauna (CHF 50.- per use, will be divided among the number of sauna visitors)
•  visitor’s tax (CHF 3.- per person and day), payable in cash to Karunahaus before departure

Travel / Transfer
The Karunahaus is easily accessible by car from Zurich wihtin 90 minutes or by public transportation. See how to get there here...
For participants arriving by post bus, a free transfer from the bus stop 'Post' in Unterwasser to the Karunahaus will be organised.


Booking and further Terms
For all questions and to book please email Valérie Lutz at valerie@yoga-to-go.ch


Upon receipt of your registration, yoga-to-go will confirm your participation, and the registration is binding from that date on.
At the same time, you will be invoiced a non-refundable deposit of CHF 200.- per person which is due within 10 days.
The remainder is due by June 1, 2019. 

A minimum of 8 participants is needed for the retreat to take place.

Changes in the daily schedule may apply.

Insurance is your own responsibility. The facilitator/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the company/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

This retreat will be organized and accompanied by yoga-to-go Valérie Lutz in cooperation with Karunahaus.The General Terms and Conditions (AGB) of yoga-to-go apply. These will be sent to the participants upon registration.