I left England to come and live in Portugal one
of the things I really missed, as well as my family
and friends was my yoga teacher. After a couple
of years I was introduced to a jewel, Fiona. Her
classes are a joy, never boring, always lots of
variety, very imformative, not too much pressure
and the relaxations at the end should be bottled."
thoroughly enjoyed Fiona's one to one yoga class
in a tranquil outdoor setting at the yurt retreat.
I found Fiona to be very informative and the yoga
was perfectly tailored to my needs.'
Sarah Fishman, yoga teacher - UK
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came into my life when I was in my late 60's, when
I moved to a small quinta in central Portugal to
try to start a new life after the death of my husband.
Now I am very happy to say that meeting Fiona and
attending her wonderful yoga classes has been one
of the most important and pleasurable aspects of
my new life. After a lifetime of bad posture, stress,
high blood pressure, and aching bones and muscles,
I am slowly learning to live at peace with my body.....
gently correcting years of neglect by the calm and
gentle techniques I have learnt from yoga classes.
Adho Mukha Svanasana
thoroughly recommend the yoga classes given by Fiona.
As an older person I thought yoga would be too difficult
for me but a year on I am far more flexible and
supple than before and really enjoy the whole experience."
Dennis, Serra da Alvorge, Portugal.
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guests visiting throughout the rest of the season,
Fiona offers classes on a one-to-one
basis, or small groups. Fiona also offers pregnancy yoga classes and retreats for a minimum of three days, post natal yoga classes and retreats, mum and baby yoga and children's
classes - Fiona is a mother of two children,
Elsie 8, Myra, 3 and Aalia, 1. She lives on
site at Portugal Yurt Retreat, and teaches yoga classes
locally and for guests. Fiona was first introduced to hatha yoga
at high school in Australia, and has been been
practicing yoga for over 14
years, and started teaching friends in 2008. Fona teaches a breath led practice incorporating both vinyasa and slower asana with more focus on alignment and deep release. Her classes always include strong asana, breath awareness, pranayama and deep relaxation.
a 500 hour teacher training
( RYT Yoga Alliance) at the Byron
Yoga Centre, Byron Bay, Australia in
2009, and she has completed training to teach pregnancy and post-natal yoga. She continues her professional development when she can, including
Jivamukti Yoga workshops with internationally
aclaimed teachers Sharon
Gannon and David Life - London, in
both 2009 and 2010, a pranayama course with
Godfrey Devereaux in Lisbon, 2010.
Yoga Anatomy/ Yoga Therapy,with
we offer yoga classes for guests on a class by class
basis, please mention when you make a booking if
you are interested in yoga classes. Fiona is happy
to tailor classes to your needs. Eg- Beginners week,
alignment focus, inversions, vinyasa flow, or recovery
from injury or illness etc. If you would like to
make a booking for a yoga week, and want a specialised
week of classes, please email
with any relevant information. If you would like
to book on a yoga week, please see our yoga
was the first time I took a yoga class and it turned
out to be perfect for those with little experience
(even though some people who had been to classes
before enjoyed it just the same). Fiona would always
adjust the pace to those present (or the outside
temperature for that matter, at 40°C you don't
want to jump around a lot!). I very much appreciated
the fact that we were taught to listen to our bodies
and not force ourselves into postures out of ambition.
Like this, I realised after a while that my flexibility
and strength had increased almost unnoticed.'
Andrea - Pedrogao Pequeno, Portugal
can also offer you a number of relaxing treatments
to compliment your yoga practice with local practicioner.
These include Reiki, Aromatherapy massage, facials,
Swedish massage, Reflexology, Indian Head Massage,
and an energetic spinal realignment technique (Dorn-Breuss).
These treatments can be organised upon your arrival.
an absolute beginner I found Fiona's yoga classes
to be surprisingly beneficial. Before beginning
yoga, I had a recurring back problem and a very
stiff and inflexible neck. Over a period of time
my back became stronger and the problems less frequent
and my neck became much more flexible. Now I rarely
have problems with either.One
of the things that I particularly like about Fiona's
classes is that anyone can take part no matter what
their ability and everyone can develop at their
own pace. Fiona is always very encouraging and takes
a lot of trouble to make sure everyone knows the
correct posture and has the confidence to stretch
and challenge themselves'. Jill, Ansiao -Portugal
- finding your seat.
The Sanskrit word asana translates as 'seat' - the
practice of moving the body into shapes or postures.
Asana can also be interpreted as 'connection'; to
the ground underneath you, and to the beings and
world around you. Through the practice of asana
we can relieve our bodies of years of built up stresses
and strains, traumas and stored memories. We can
start to 'disentangle our spirits'. Our physical
body will come to feel more alive, vibrant and dynamic,
gaining in strength and flexibility. Through sustained
practice we come to learn so much about ourselves,
recognise and break through our barriers and boundaries
and find new ways of opening and releasing. These
qualities seep through into our day to day lives
- yoga 'off the mat'.
- getting to know your breath.
The practice of pranayama, generally translated
from the Sanskrit as restraining or controlling
the breath, is a practice that can really put us
in touch with the basic connection of being alive.
Our breath is what keeps us 'alive', if we did not
breathe, we would not live. Before we start to practice
many of the yogic pranayama practices we must untangle
our breath from years of habitual holding. As our
bodies hang on to unconcious memories of physical
and emotional experience, so our process of breathing
becomes unnatural as we grow through life. We all
develop habits of holding, both body and breath,
which we need to unwind and understand before we
can move on.
- being in stillness and space.
We can introduce you to two different meditation
practices if you are interested as a part of a yoga
week or single class. Meditation is something that
will develop over time when the mind has been calmed,
or focussed with practice of dharana (concentration).
It is only through dhyrana that dhyana (meditation)
will come. There are endless techniques for cultivating
dhyrana, one of which is midfulness. The traditional
purpose of yoagasana is to enable the body to sit
- non harming.
The first of the Yama's (or moral code)
in the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Ahimsa, non harming
or non violence extends into every aspect of our
lives. When we bring the quality of Ahimsa into
our day to day living, we become aware of every
interaction, physical, verbal, and psychological,
with those around us, particularly our family/ closest
loved ones. Ahimsa extends to all living creatures,
and leads the practicioner of yoga to embrace a
vegetarian/vegan lifestyle in order to avoid the
cruelty caused to living beings every day in the
dairy and meat industries. A good place to start
Ahimsa is to be aware of the ways in which we harm
ourselves, with our thoughts, inner criticisms or
dialogue. In observing this we can begin to tranform.
- withdrawing the senses.
Pratyahara is a drawing inwards, a closing
in, internalising. Closing down the outer sensory
organs and tuning in to an inner space and understanding.
Pratyahara is a quality which helps us to turn our
asana practice into something deeper. When we cultivate
pratyahara, we start to understand asana as something
other than a physical practice. Conscious relaxation
of the facial muscles, ears, nose - those muscles
around our sensory organs will start to develop
are very interested to hear from any certified teachers
who might be interested in spending a summer (2014)
in portugal - please contact
us if this interests you. We are looking for
someone to share daily classes with Fiona and help
out generally with cooking and garden/childcare
in between retreats.