Tuesday, April 8, 2008

YOGA RETREAT in Morocco October 1st-8th, 2008

This is a yoga retreat and not just another holiday.
For those who wish to deepen the practice and learn more about yoga than you can get from just weekly classes... And we’ll have fun too!

Yoga - practiced daily, you will really feel the difference.

Due to demand, I have decided to run a retreat this autumn.

Each day, there will be practices of Asana, Meditation, Pranayama and some investigation into dharma & yogic teachings and how we can practice yoga both on and off the yoga mat. We’ll keep a part of each day in silence. You will enjoy this.
We will spend the last day as a holiday to relax and enjoy other activities offered there before coming back to London.

It may be a nice idea to book a 2-week holiday to spend a few more days in Morocco afterwards, either at the venue or traveling around this amazing country. (If you would like to stay at the venue after the 8th, please contact the venue directly to book your room).

There are only 2 places left.

Date: October 1st – 8th 2008
Venue: Surfmaroc in Taghazout, Morocco
Cost: £690 p.p. (based on 2 people sharing) for 7 nights / 8 days.
It includes: accommodation, all the meals, transport from/to Agadir airport,
1 x meditation/pranayama session, 2 x yoga asana sessions/day.
Flights and travel insurance not included.
Single supplement available for £150

Deposit: £250 deposit to secure your place.*
Cheque made payable to Aki Omori and send it to:
Aki Omori, Flat 10, 27 Bassett Road, London W10 6LB UK
(Please notify Aki prior to posting the cheque.)
*As the retreat date is approaching, the payment is now required in full.
It can be made either by cheque or be paid directly into Aki’s account.
Please contact Aki for the account details.

About the venue:
The venue, Surfmaroc is located in a small quiet fishing village of Taghazout, about an hour from Agadir in northern Morocco.
It offers beautiful Killer's Bay apartments and a lovely yoga space with the views of the ocean and mountains. For more pics of the accommodation.
They serve delicious, nutritious vegetarian meals.
There are many activities like surfing, walking, horse riding and other excursions for very Moroccan experiences offered at little extra cost. (i.e. £2 - £20)

About the flight:
Many companies fly directly from Gatwick to Agadir.
They are inexpensive this time of the year less than or around £200 for return.
Some of the cheap flights run on 7 or 14 nights basis and will be good if you are planning a 2 week holiday in Morocco.

For flight information and other FAQ

*About the deposit:
Please note that the deposit is non-refundable after June 30th.
Before June 30th, £150 will be refunded.
If you can find somebody else to take your space then all of the deposit will be refunded.

**About the retreat:
The week will be a precious time we take aside to retreat from our habitual ways of doing too much, being “on missions” or cluttering our minds with 'un-witnessed' thoughts. Instead, we'll make space within (and without) to be quiet, so we can meet who we really are when we allow ourselves to "be".
Daily practice of Yoga will help us through the process.
As I always say, it will be light & open-hearted and fun but at the same time, very profound & brave...
I would like this week to be something like that and it usually is on my retreats.
All that in the beautiful location of the Moroccan seaside.

Restorative Yoga workshops 2008 / 2009

I am running a series of workshops on Restorative Yoga in and out of London. Please see the details bellow.
Please contact the venue/organizer for booking and other enquiries.
If you have any question about the restorative yoga, you can contact me directly.

Special Yoga Centre: Thursday 27th March 2008
(Kensal Rise, London)
Booking & Enquiry: 020-8968-1900

Somerset: Friday 28th & Sat 29th March 2008
(Bruton, Somerset)
Booking & Enquiry: 07985-013085 (Uma)

Special Yoga Centre: Thursday 24th April 2008
(Kensal Rise, London)
Booking & Enquiry: 020-8968-1900

Special Yoga Centre: Thursday 15th May 2008
(Kensal Rise, London)
Booking & Enquiry: 020-8968-1900

Special Yoga Centre: Thursday 19th June 2008
(Kensal Rise, London)
Booking & Enquiry: 020-8968-1900

Triyoga: Friday 29th June 2008
(Primrose Hill, London)
Booking & Enquiry: 020-7483-3344

British Wheel of Yoga: Sat 28th February 2009
Details to be added when ready.

Yoga is now very popular everywhere and people are benefiting greatly from this ancient art and wisdom in all aspects of their lives. However, the current trend of the practice sometimes can be just a continuation of our habitual way which is another “self-improvement project”, a kind of pressure we put ourselves under.
The life styles we lead are often so busy and tend to deplete us of our energy. In order to get healthy we add yoga classes to our already busy schedule.

Of course yoga is beneficial, but striving in yoga practice is not always helpful when what we really need is to rest, relax and recharge. A lot of us find it difficult to find the time for deep relaxation and rest or worse still; we find it hard to give ourselves permission to rest and do nothing! Because “we are not supposed to!!” This pattern creates a vicious circle and will contribute toward decline in health in the long run.
We keep running on empty until we can no longer continue, reaching the point of sickness, emotional or mental break down.

What we really need to learn is how to rest when we need to, so we can carry on and enjoy our lives with good health.

Restorative Yoga practice will allow you to continue with your yoga practice without further depletion of the energy - and restore the energy that was lost.
"Restorative postures are adaptations of classic yoga postures during the practice of which you are passively supported by props, such as chairs, blankets or bolsters. Because you are supported, you do not have to use energy to get energy. Because the passive action reaches deep into the nervous system, the practice of these postures can dismantle chronic tension patterns, improve immune function, and bring the body and mind back to their original state of equilibrium." (Donna Farhi)

It is a beautiful practice of stillness and insight, which brings rich landscape of experiencing our inner-self.

Workshop 1: Introduction to Restorative Yoga
These are 2 hour lead classes to experience the Restorative Yoga. (They are not paired so you only need to take one of them – unless of course you wish to repeat.)
They are open to all levels of experience in Yoga including the beginners and those suffering from some physical conditions that are not able to participate in ordinary Asana practice.
Especially recommended for people who suffer from stress or fatigue.
If the case is severe, please contact Aki prior to the booking.

Workshop 2: Restorative Yoga for Teachers (Somerset workshop only)
For teachers who wish to learn how to practice restorative yoga in order both to include in their existing practice and to teach their students.
Attending one of the introductory sessions prior to attending this workshop is strongly recommended, as it will help you understand the nature of the practice better.

About Aki Omori:
Aki is a dedicated teacher who has studied with some of the world's greatest teachers. She encourages her students to recognize the subtler elements of their yoga practice by cultivating inner awareness.
She studied Restorative Yoga mainly with Judith Lasater, the leading teacher in this practice, and Donna Farhi.
Having realized its benefits, she now teaches Restorative Yoga extensively and leads workshops and courses across England.

Next Retreat / Workshop


September Friday 19th - Sunday 21st SOLD OUT

A weekend in Surrey

Limited space available.

Please email me for details.


September 29th - October 6th

Suleyman's Garden, Turkey SOLD OUT

Next Workshop

Friday 12th September @ Triyoga Primrose Hill

"Adventure in Primitive Reflexes"


Book Here

Next Class

Friday 6:15-7:30 Restorative Yoga

@ Triyoga Primrose Hill