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Earth Day Kapha Yoga Retreat in Collinsville

Laura Thomas and Anjali Desai

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian medical system and the sister science to the practice of yoga. In the Ayurvedic tradition, there are three doshas, or physical constitutions: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. All three are within us, but one is dominant in each season of the year.

Kapha is a Sanskrit word meaning “that which flourishes in water.” According to Ayurvedic principles, Kapha is connected to the spring season. With its increased moisture levels, spring tends to feel slower and heavier than other seasons. Ayurveda teaches that like increases like so, by its very nature, Kapha tends to flourish in springtime. While the gentle warmth and softness of spring is treasured by many, there is a risk. The Kapha within us can become dominant and out of balance as the season draws near, causing nasal congestion, feelings of sluggishness, lethargy and fatigue. Bloating and body aches are also common.

HAR_2017-04_Event_Spot_Yoga_Center_Retreat_ColinsvilleOn April 23, Laura Thomas RYT-500 and Anjali Desai CYT will lead a Kapha balancing Earth Day retreat at Yoga Center of Collinsville. Participants will be invited to join in practices designed to help them meet their innermost needs and connect to the earth as the Kapha season begins. Attendees will leave the retreat with a renewed energy, feeling refreshed and invigorated, ready to move forward with clarity and a new sense of balance and lightness.

The day will begin with a guided meditation and a talk on Ayurvedic principles, with an emphasis on Kapha. A Kapha Flow yoga practice will follow. The poses will be accessible to all students, even those requiring modifications or those new to yoga. At the lunch break, students can choose to spend time reflecting alone or gathering in community while enjoying a catered meal rich in foods known to alleviate excess Kapha. In the afternoon, instruction and practice of yogic breathing techniques known as pranayama will prepare attendees for a walking meditation outdoors along the Farmington River. The retreat will conclude back at the studio with a deeply restorative Yoga Nidra (guided relaxation) session and a closing circle.

Teacher Anjali Desai says, “I will be focusing on asana (poses) to help students discover their connection to the earth energy that flows all around and through us. Spring is a time of cleansing. With our poses, we will stoke the digestive fire so that students can surrender all that they have accumulated unnecessarily during the winter. They will leave more grounded and more aware that we are all connected to Mother Earth, to the whole Universe and to each other.”

Located twelve miles west of Hartford easily reached by Route 4 or Route 44, Collinsville is a beautiful historic village in Canton and is framed by the Farmington River, Sweetheart Mountain and the quaint village streets filled with restaurants, entertainment and dealers of antiques, arts and crafts. Yoga Center of Collinsville recently moved to a new, larger space in its brownstone building at 10 Front Street. It now occupies the entire top floor and offers students two well-equipped studios that can be combined into a single space for special events, as well as a dedicated room for traditional and Thai massage.

“We’re very excited to bring this experience to Collinsville,” said Yoga Center of Collinsville owner Shawn Cole. “Our newly renovated studio space, and the surrounding scenery of Collinsville, offers the perfect destination for a day retreat.”

Retreat attendance will be limited to 40 attendees. Early registration is encouraged. Yoga Center of Collinsville is located at 10 Front St in Collinsville (Canton.) The retreat runs from 11:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $150. To register, call 860-693-9642 or register online.

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