We know that you put your mind, body, and spirit into your teaching. And sometimes this dedication comes at a cost. That is why we will be running this retreat a little differently this year.
All yoga sessions will be practical meridian yoga workshops to improve your ability to teach for individual needs. Yes, there will be lots of yoga, but every workshop will be focused on the skills you need to help people get more from your classes and the yoga you teach.
There will be more teachers and trainers involved across all sessions to foster personal and professional development and self-care routines. And students will be given to opportunity to assist and learn in a more inclusive program. Here are just a few of the things we have planned this year:
Immerse yourself in the yoga that you love, Japanese Meridian Yoga Therapy. Restore balance to your body and get yourself in the right place, with a little help from your teachers and mentors, to be well enough to help others with their post-isolation health issues.
Personal & Professional Growth
COTY Yoga Retreats are designed to support you, our graduate teachers, and students to foster personal and professional development.
Change can only occur if we make space for it in our lives. We need that break from familiar surroundings, family, and work. Our retreats offer a chance to change – all you need to do is make the space in your busy life and come along.
Our Daoist theory of Yin and Yang can be applied to everything in our lives and the laws reinforce the idea of ever-changing, ever-transforming energy and the concept of changing the old to make new. This theory is the underlying principle of our retreats, whether it’s applied to our yoga practice, macrobiotic whole food, breath work, the season, the timing for activities, or supporting therapies such as massage and mindfulness techniques. This gives you the best chance of taking that breath out and allowing for positive supportive energy and change.
Remember, you are what lies in the place between Yin and Yang. You are the pause where the change is found and this retreat is the pause you need to do it.
The yoga, balance, and breath of energy
This year our focus is on recognition of the postures and movements. What elements you are using and how the energy can be harnessed for a therapeutic result. How to recognise the energetic dynamics of the season and how to adapt your classes to suit. Learn to optimise the natural ebb and flow of energy during a class. How to recognise what is working and what is not. If your clients are ready for the yoga you are about to teach, and if not, what to teach instead.
This year you will have more choice, decide what you want to do (or not). Whether it is a morning yoga jog, cold shower, body scrub, or relaxing under a tree, you can decide what feels right for you and your retreat goals.
A yoga teacher’s only experience designed to support our graduate teachers and current students of Japanese Remedial Yoga.
Day 1 Friday
Arrive at your leisure from 3 pm.
Welcome. An orientation discussion to ensure you get the most out of YOUR Retreat. A chance to tell us your expectations set your goals for the retreat and your professional teaching year ahead.
Change Your Spirit Yoga Session to unlock your mind and refocus on new ways to look at your teaching and your practice. Improve your understanding of how to teach with mindfulness, self-awareness with body-balance yoga, and proprioceptive techniques.
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Light Supper. The food we eat affects more than just our stomach. It can influence how we feel, move, and see the world around us. All the food over the weekend will support your digestion without being overloaded to make sure you get the most out of your retreat. (Special dietary needs? Let us know when you book)
Mindfulness & Focus through Breath Control. Explore the power of focused inhalations combined with intention setting and the results gained from a complete exhalation. Advanced breathing techniques that you can incorporate into your everyday classes. Learn how to extending and control the empty and the full pause to maximise their benefits.
Day 2 Saturday
Greet the day with Japanese Chanting or your Beloved Sleep-in
Invigorating Yoga Stretch & Jog
To make the most of our daily energy we wake up with the sun and then get out there with our toes in the grass and enjoy the break-out feeling of the changing season. Warm-up with a series of Elemental Stretches, a daily practice to optimise general health and wellbeing. Then it’s time for the breath-controlled yoga-jog before you wake up your biggest organ with a skin scrub, river swim/dunk and invigorating (cold) shower!
Elemental Stretches Workshop
Alternatively, you can join a Elemental Stretch Workshop. A practical workshop to explore morning partner-assisted stretches and balances.
Wholefood Medicines that will help you tap into your energy, clear out stagnation in the digestive system and promote more alkaline blood to nourish muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Morning Teaching Master Class to feel confident in your class selection. Each master class will focus on what is appropriate for the day. As an RYT teacher, you need to be adaptable and the yoga must be appropriate to who you are teaching and when you are teaching it. Discuss how you make those decisions and find the right balance between your yoga content and the way you share it with others.
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Breakfast – All your meals this weekend will be selected to balance and detoxify the liver and digestive system without making you feel like you are missing out. Ideas flow more freely with a clear, happy liver. With food that is not only seasonally balanced but amounts to equal the amount that you need to feel healthy. Do you take in enough to balance what you give out?
Interactive Tutorial – What is Static Remedial Diagnosis?
One of our most popular sessions last year, we have decided to bring it back. This session will discuss how you can diagnose yourself and your clients in a variety of static positions using the meridians to locate structural imbalances and the yoga to help correct them.
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Lunch Mindful eating is the key to improving your digestion and enjoying the great food that will not have you wanting for anything else (till dinner time anyway).
Balance & Adjust Master Class. A session designed to explore the moves you may not know so well and how to get the most out of them in your classes. We will be exploring a range of seasonal meridian-specific asanas, static and dynamic movements and discussing how to use them to improve your ability to achieve your class outcomes.
Our focus will be on correcting alignment, shifting muscle memory, and establishing the new feeling of being balanced.
Rest up & Relax Before the end of the day we encourage a reflective time to give you time to take advantage of our self-pamper station for a foot or hand scrub or simply take time to sit and see watch the world go by – be at peace with it all.
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Dinner. You don’t need to starve yourself to detox. Enjoy a meal of organic whole foods that will satisfy your hunger and your body requirements for stress-free digestion and a stress-free you.
Oriental Therapies & Healing. We will be encouraging you to give and receive Shiatsu. It doesn’t matter if you have never done it before. It’s fun to follow along and enjoy its giving qualities. We use Japanese Shiatsu to balance the sides of the body and reinforce the balance established throughout the day. Release tension held throughout the body, especially through the shoulder and hip areas. The gentle yet effective meridian massage will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated and improve the blood circulation to further detox the body.
Open Forum RYT Session A chance to ask all those questions you have in a group of yoga teachers and therapists. Where everyone’s input is welcome. A safe space to learn together, to share your experiences, classes, and ideas. (We always hope to have this around the open fire if weather permits)
Day 3 Sunday
Join in on the morning chant to help you focus and set your goals for the day.
Japanese Meridian Meditation. Self-Focusing techniques still promote creativity and get in touch with your lifeforce.
Or sleep-ins are good too.
It is always easier the second day as you realise just how good it felt the day before. Wake your muscles and joints up with Elemental Stretches then take in the scenery of the beautiful bush setting with our breath-controlled yoga-jog to kick-start our metabolism.
When you have the blood pumping, you can invigorate your skin with a scrub and rid yourself of toxins with a quick dip in the water.
Wholefood Medicines to help your body continue to expel toxins and help clear your eyesight and mind of clutter.
Morning Yoga where we will solidify the information that you have learnt in the previous morning session with some strong Japanese meridian yoga and some content you may not have tried before.
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Breakfast. We know that you will be hungry and enjoy a great breakfast to balance your input/output. Feel the changes that your body has already made.
Brush up on your Dynamic Therapy Yoga
How do you decide what moves will help your clients. This session will discuss how you can diagnose your clients in a variety of dynamic postures and using the meridians to locate structural and functional imbalances. This valuable skill will support you as a teacher to identify personal and client imbalances through active body movements. You will also learn how to teach Remedial Yoga Therapy (RYT) asanas and how to incorporate them into your class or use the therapy asanas for individual remedial therapy. Adjustment movements, partner work and RYT adjustment moves will cover:
Meditation in Action One of the basic methods for developing mindfulness is a “walking meditation.” This ancient practice involves focusing on the physical experience of walking, paying attention to the specific components of each step. Buddhist monks have been doing it for centuries and understand the potential of calming the mind through purposeful walking. Practice the slow extended breath and pauses practiced in the earlier sessions.
Macrobiotic Vegetarian Lunch It’s not the last supper but it will be your last meal on retreat. Don’t rush it and enjoy another great spring meal together.
Partner Assisted Stretch & Adjust Master Class
Stretch as you have never stretched before, now the left and right side of the body is in balance and the spinal tensions have changed. Explore your body’s new range of movement as we take time to stretch and move further than you ever have before. Learn PNF stretching to improve your range of motion or as a technique for your client’s benefits. In this session, we will be deconstructing the prime gallbladder moves and discussing how we use this process to improve practical focusing techniques and your teaching goals and session outcomes.
Head back home with
A happier, healthier you – strong and balanced and equipped to help your client feel the same