Learn Matthew Sweeney's moon sequence, find space within and reconnect with yourself, as you practice with an amazing teacher in an inspiring location. This retreat will leave you balanced, strengthened and restored.
Learn Matthew Sweeney's Moon Sequence
Along with invigorating vinyasa based in the Ashtanga yoga primary series, you will also have the opportunity to learn The Moon Sequence, designed by Valentina's Mentor, Matthew Sweeney. Valentina is one of the few teachers officially certified to teach this incredible sequence.
The Moon Sequence starts as a gentle vinyasa flow and moves slowly deeper into opening the hips and relaxing the nervous system. It will help bring awareness and a deep balance to the body in areas often neglected in a fast Vinyasa class.
(This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in studying with Matthew himself, as this sequence is a pre-requisite for his courses).
We will learn and discover:
- Learn the sequence, and how to develop a self-practice at home
- Learn and explore asana (pose) variations for our specific body
- Learn and discover a deeper connection with our practice, beyond asana
- Discover and experience breath techniques to better feel the power and the benefits of the Vinyasa, or movement between asanas
- Learn deep breathing to supply a rich source of pure air, to oxygenate the blood and assist in detoxification
- Ways to use the vinyasa to improve our circulation for increased health and energy
Why The Moon Sequence is beneficial:
- It takes pressure off the shoulders and upper body
- Develops balance for those who have shoulder issues or created imbalance from over focus on the jumping through
- Develops strength and flexibility in the lower body, the hips
- Promotes a soft and stable abdomen and core
- Offers alternatives where needed to avoid injury
- boosts confidence in your practice and boosts energy levels
My approach, as though by my teacher Matthew Sweeney, is to practice yoga as an holistic experience:
...asana, pranayama and meditation will be combined to help everyone to experience the multiple aspects of the beauty of yoga.- Valentina
This week promises to be an incredible and inspirational week of blissful practice, lead by the abundantly experienced and open hearted Valentina.
Twice daily yoga classes including meditation, asana and Moon Sequence practices. This retreat includes morning and afternoon yoga classes in our beautiful yoga shala at Surya Retreat or on our beautiful outdoor open air yoga deck. The classes are led by Valentina, offering you the perfect opportunity to develop your practice in an immersive experience. She is highly experienced and attuned to the needs of her students.
My experience of the retreat with Valentina's classes was one of transformation
My experience of the retreat with Valentina’s classes was one of transformation which had an overwhelmingly positive effect on my life, and continues to do so.
Valentina clearly explains the workings, benefits and magic of yoga – both the physical and the psychological – in a way that makes sense and is accessible for everyone. She is also incredibly patient with a kind heart, so there’s definitely nothing to worry about if you’re a newbie. I couldn’t touch my toes in my first class!
If you’re a more advanced practitioner, Valentina adapts her style of teaching accordingly by carefully and intuitively helping each person on the mat to progress at their own pace. Her adjustments are also excellent and she assisted me comfortably into asanas I never thought possible!
Valentina’s popularity as a teacher I am sure, is down to a wonderful balance of expertise and practical knowledge alongside unbridled kindness and passion - a rare combination.
To attend the week we ask a minimum of 6 months of yoga practice.
Injuries or special needs with their modified versions of the pose, will be explained also during the afternoon workshops.
If look at our body as a divine instrument to reach the deep superhuman energy underneath our muscles...Ashtanga yoga practice is an amazing way to experience that. We will breathe and stretch deeply, and invite harmony and a fresh energy to our body and mind.
One of the most fascinating things about this process is the inclusion and balance...
between the traditional Ashtanga practice and offering alternatives as necessary. It is a delicate balance, and I have learned to offer my opinions on what is appropriate, and also to listen to my student’s opinions more and more. It is a co-created process. - Matthew Sweeney
Valentina has been practicing yoga and studying for many years. She is certified in dynamic, flowing yoga of both Ashtanga and Jivamukti styles and has also received a special authorization from Matthew Sweeney to teach the moon sequence.
Valentina's passion for yoga and her desire to learn have lead her to study alongside some of the finest yogis in the world, including Master Jitendra Das, Sharon Gannon and David Life, as well as many pilgrimages to India and Sri Lanka. This diverse and detailed experience, along with her open heart and compassionate personality, make her an inspiring and much sought after teacher.
Valentina is one of Azulfit's leading teachers and is well known for her fun, challenging and inspiring classes. She teaches with love and connects with each and every student as her warm, open demeanor and intuition allows her to really see and feel what each student needs.
Classes with Valentina will improve agility, muscle tone, strength, flexibility and breath control, whilst connecting the body and mind. She strongly believes in yoga as a way of life, which can only be learned through experience, and is always happy to share her passion for yoga with others.
|Saturday||Arrivals||Welcome restorative practice|
Introduction to the week
Moon Sequence led class
Theory about Moon Sequence and Ashtanga yoga
Moon Sequence led class
Workshop on standing postures
Assisted self practice
Workshop on sitting postures
Pranayama and meditation
|Wednesday||Self practice (Mysore style)||Workshop on back bends and finishing sequence|
|Thursday||Self practice||Rest Afternoon|
|Moon sequence led class|
Morning classes are 2 hours, afternoons are focused workshops and also include yoga theory.
This special retreat week takes place at Surya Retreat in Fuerteventura. The retreat is beautifully situated nestled amongst the volcanoes with views to the sea. Offering different levels of accommodation to suit all budgets, we are sure to have the perfect place for you to rest, relax and enjoy the rejuvenating effects of this special week.
Massage, beauty & complementary therapies
Included in this special week is a one hour full body massage - the perfect way to relax. You can book additional treatments, including massages, beauty treatments and complementary therapies, to make sure you go home rested and pampered. See the massages and spa treatments.
- Seven nights accommodation
- All classes as listed above
- Daily brunch, light lunch and five delicious vegetarian evening meals
- One hour full body therapeutic massage
- All equipment (mats, belts, etc.)
There is a 100 euro supplement to our normal prices for the week for the additional class program and workshops.