Wednesday, September 25, 2013

New Year's Eve Retreat - Dec 27th - Dec 31st

Dear Students,

We would like to invite you to Love Ashtanga Yoga New Year's retreat in Beautiful Vila Nova de Milfontes. We will be teaching traditional Mysore Style every morning at Herdade do Freixial in a very nice Yoga Shala facing Rio Mira. The view is stunning and the room is very comfortable. After Yoga our guest chef Julie Haleen* from USA will be serving amazing healthy, organic and nutritious breakfast. She will also be serving one more meal a day. Besides Yoga and healthy food students will have the opportunity to engage in outside activities such as Surfing, Hiking, Horse Back Riding etc. or simply take rest and enjoy the peace and tranquility typical from the area. The retreat is not residential so you will have to find your own housing, we can suggest the following places for you: (surf camp and surfing school) (where the Yoga Shala is) (very close from the Yoga Shala) (a nice walk away) (close but you would need a car or bicycle) (camping) (hotel by the beach and village) (many other options for housing) (nice guest house)

airbnbmilfontes (If you want to rent a house search here)

In case you don´t like any of those send us a message and we can try to help you out.

We are still planing this event and more information will be posted soon, if you want to come and spend the new year with us, please send us an email to:  

We will host a new year's eve party at our house with food and "Sweat Lodge" and all the Yogis are welcome. There will be no class on the 1st of January 2014 since it is New Moon Day, Join us for a new beginning.


Tarik & Lea

Julie Haleen began practicing Ashtanga Yoga in Upstate NY in 2002 under the instruction of Lea Marie Perfetti nd has since then practiced with Nancy Gilgoff and Sharath Jois.  After moving to Portland OR in 2005, Julie began to explore a career in cooking, with a focus on organic, local and sustainable cuisine.  As a graduate of the Good Keuken professional school of French and Italian cooking, Julie works as a private chef with emphasis on healthy living.  

Ashtanga Yoga, Surfing and Nutrition - Weekend programs

Autumn Weekend Teaching Schedule in Vila Nova de Milfontes, Alentejo - Portugal

We will be teaching Mysore Style classes on specific weekends at the Herdade do Freixial during the autumn months (weekday Mysore classes can be arranged upon request).  All students are encouraged to come down and practice, and then enjoy the beautiful surroundings and empty beaches that the area offers. As you already know, surfing is always an option after yoga is over ;) and the weather should still be warm and the beaches empty.  This autumn we are also planing a few walks on the Rota Vicentina and edible mushroom gathering, with experienced guides.


We will offer breakfast after class at the Herdade, as we did during the summer, as well as a campfire and dinner at our house on Saturday night.   The food will always be vegetarian, organic and local when possible.


Weekend Dates (Morning Mysore program can be extended on week days upon request):


October: 5 / 6 - 19 / 20


November 16 / 17


November 30 / December 1


December 14 / 15


Please reserve your weekend at least 1 week before.


Price: Yoga Saturday and Sunday, 2 breakfasts, and Saturday dinner - 60 euros.

Just Yoga, Saturday and Sunday - 30 euros.



We can make recommendations for places to stay in the area, in all price ranges. During the off-season months the accommodations are much more affordable.
Lea and Tarik

Ashtanga Yoga Studies - Course

  Location: CDO-Centro de Dança de Oeiras in Algés-Portugal.

Duration: 32hours total hours of class time (practical and theoretical) divided into 4 weekends, during the months of October, November and December 2013.

Home studies: Students are expected to study around 2 hours a day at home (asana practice included).

  • To know the history, origin and characteristics of Ashtanga Yoga. 
  • To pronounce and chant both the Opening and Closing Mantras and to understand its meaning.
  • Understand the practice of Bandhas and Dristhis as well as their numbers, names and when to practice them.
  • To understand the practice of Vinyasa and know their numbers for each Asana.
  • Practice basic Pranayama correctly.
  • Memorize the Yoga Sutras opening prayer
  • To develop correct intention and discipline to practice alone.
  • To know the sânscrit name of the primary series Asanas as well as their meanings, benefits and effects.
  • Chant correctly the first Chapter of the Yogasutras; with the help of the book.
October 12 / 13
8h00: Yoga Sutras de Patanjali
8h30: Mysore Style*
10h00: Pranayama / Conference
November 9 / 10
8h00: Yoga Sutras de Patanjali
8h30: Mysore Style*
10h00: Pranayama / Conference
November 23 / 24
8h00: Yoga Sutras de Patanjali
8h30: Mysore Style*
10h00: Pranayama / Conference
December 7 / 8
8h00: Yoga Sutras de Patanjali
8h30: Mysore Style*
10h00: Pranayama / Conference
* Mysore Style classes are open for any student (they can pay a drop-in fee) but may not attend the chanting or other classes.
Yoga Mala - Sri K Pattabhi Jois
Material provided:
CD/file recording of the Yoga Sutras and Primary series led Class to practice at home.
Mysore style class drop-in (open for any student): 15€
Course fee total: 200€
All students interested in participating in this course should send us an email by the 1st of October with the subject: ASHTANGA YOGA COURSE and answer the following questions: 
1- How experienced are you? How long and with whom have you been practicing? (no longer than 150 words)
2- Why would you like to take part on this course?
If you have any questions or doubts please write us directly and we will try to clear it up.

Blessings, Lea & Tarik