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RETREAT// Yoga vacasions with Bryan Kest, Antalya, Turkey

Retreats are just that! We leave our "normal," everyday life and enrich ourselves with an exotic, earthy adventure. I like to describe our retreats as vigorously spiritual and totally amazing in every way. Just ask someone who has attended. My personal mission is to see to it that you have an amazing "trip!"

There will be no prerequisite requirements for those attending other than an open mind and an adventurous spirit, although it would be informative for you to have taken at least a few classes with me to see that you jive with my teaching style. You can easily take some of my classes online right here on this site from the library of classes.

Also, I want everyone to leave this retreat feeling amazing: calm, peaceful, open and strong. Email to sign up.

About Bryan Kest:

Bryan has been involved with yoga practice since he was 15 years old starting in Hawaii around 1978/9 with David Williams, the first person to bring Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga to the USA. He started sharing his new found experience almost immediately through his excitement and deep affinity with yoga thought. Through the years of study, practice and sharing he has acquired a certain amount of experience and understanding that he brings into this program, which include almost 3 decades of practice but also over 17,000 classes he has instructed. He has had successes and has made mistakes, helped people and hurt people, all of which will be laid out for us to examine and learn from.

Bryan's Perspective:

All true wellness and health come from a calm and peaceful mind. A calm and peaceful mind is

• Less dominated by habits and addictive behavior.
• Less reactive to outer situations (less stress).
• More centered and objective.
• More accepting of life and its fluctuations.
• More in tune with the body breath, feelings and intuition.

So, the poses naturally need to be infused with a purpose and meaning which brings insight and energy to an otherwise mundane physical practice of poses, or eastern calisthenics. In this way, the poses become asana or "meditation in motion." As we excel in this practice, our yoga begins to transcend the yoga room and permeates our life. In other words, a strong physical practice needs to be grounded in a strong mental practice.