As a result of Covid-19 this mini retreat takes place from 16 - 18 October 2020
The Garuda Method - the intelligent way to exercise
Garuda takes its name from a mythological sacred Indian bird that can change shape according to its function. It is the perfect image for the Garuda Method which inspires an intuitive way to exercise the body using movement rooted in yoga, Pilates and dance to help you create greater ease of movement. It has all the benefits of a cardiovascular workout while stretching the mind and the body.
We will start the day with an energising Garuda class with Aimee, followed by a healthy breakfast. Fill the rest of your day relaxing, hiking and riding. In the afternoon we will wind down with meditative restorative class followed by a culinary journey from the internationally renowned kitchen.
Friday, 16 October 2020
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Workshop Garuda Foundation Matwork
Garuda takes its name from an Indian mythological sacred bird that can change shape according to its function: an image inspiring a more intelligent and intuitive way to exercise the body. Garuda is a test of mental strength as well as physical, demanding total concentration during the exercises. Movements start first by isolating individual muscles, then move on to the myofascial lines they belong to. All of the exercises are systematically devised to bring your mind back into exercise.
Saturday, 17 October 2020
7.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
Workshop Garuda Yoga/Seated & Standing
Taken from the Seated & Standing syllabuses, Garuda Yoga focuses on strength, stability, balance and joint mobility. The movements heal and rejuvenate, working intensely within the fascial lines of the body. At the same time the limbs are constantly challenged through functional training, complex moves commit the core to support the frame.
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Workshop Garuda Chakra
Chakra or wheel is the defining word that aligns our newly produced form rollers with the workouts we have created in opening, lengthening and strengthening our form. The word aptly described as the energetic wheel, allows us to challenge ourselves whilst engaging our mental and physical prowess.
James D’Silva; the creator of Garuda, has incorporated the repertoire and cleverly devised the movement material in making it as simple or advanced as the practitioner would require it. Chakra is the wheel of discovery, the energetic wheel that engages your physical, mental and spiritual well-being.
Sunday, 18 October 2020
7.30 a.m. – 10.30 a.m.
Workshop Garuda Graha
Innovation has been the guiding force for the brick repertoire. Graha is the house that builds and maintains us, hence the functionality of the brick, challenging and fortifying us with a whole new repertoire.
We are thrilled to announce that the Hotel Vitznauerhof, together with Yoga meets Weggis, will host the first Garuda Method retreat in Switzerland.
The itinerary of the retreat includes daily classes with Aimee Challies (Garuda Master Trainer / U.K.). In addition, you will have time left to savour the delights of the hotel spa and discover the surrounding breathtaking countryside, renowned throughout the world for its spectacular beauty.
We will start the day with an energising Garuda class with Aimee, followed by a healthy breakfast. Fill the rest of your morning with relaxing, hiking and riding. In the afternoon, we will wind down in a meditative restorative class followed by a culinary journey from the internationally renowned kitchen.
Join us and put your mind back in touch with your body, start experiencing what Garuda can do for you and make life-long friends.
The Garuda Method is an intelligent way to exercise.
The Garuda Method was developed by James d'Silva. He was a professional dancer and developed the method adopting Pilates, yoga, GYROTONIC®, Feldenkrais and Alexander Technique influences, generating a unique, holistic and enjoyable style of movement and exercise. The method utilises mats & props, the barre as well as specially developed Garuda apparatus.
Garuda inspires a more intuitive way to exercise the body using movement rooted in yoga, Pilates and dance to help you create greater ease of movement. It has all the benefits of a cardiovascular workout while stretching the mind and the body.
My passion for movement began as a young, aspiring ballet student, evolving into professional qualifications in classical ballet and contemporary dance. My initial training was in Pilates. Since then I've continued teaching / studying Pilates, Yoga and other movement modalities, for over 16 years, in London, Europe, Australia and NZ. Since 2011 I have had the privilege of ongoing Garuda training with James. The rhythmic and fluid aspects of Garuda resonated instantly with my dance background. It has played a huge part in my professional development and I particularly enjoy the teacher training components as a master trainer. My teaching career has covered NZ, Australia, UK and Europe; training all ages/backgrounds, from professional ballet dancers to elite athletes. I have been fortunate to work alongside medical and sports professionals and have acquired vast experience in post-surgical care, woman's health and other pre/post rehab and elite fitness areas.
DISCOVER A WORLD OF RELAXATION AND ENJOYMENT IN THE HEART OF SWITZERLAND.
At the Hotel Vitznauerhof you can find total relaxation! Located on the water with a dreamy garden. A place that touches deeply. A refreshing attitude to life.
Between the Workshops you can visit the excellent spa area to escape into a world of absolute serenity. Allow yourself to embrace the moment and experience complete peace of mind or maybe you long to be outdoors in the fresh air then you are in the right spot; Lake Lucerne is the perfect spot for a tranquil walk along the lakeside or a hike to the nearby Mount Rigi.
If you like to book a treatment during your stay: