Samacitta
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  Monica Marini  Yoga Teacher will be teaching on our next Samacitta Retreat  8 to 15   June, 2019  at a private masseria in Puglia - a divine venue set in the Puglian countryside of Italy, near to Lecce - with trulli-style bedrooms, all with their own luxury bathrooms - set within extensive private grounds and gardens including a beautiful wooden decked yoga shala space, infinity pool, outside cinema and a tennis court.   Monica has been practicing, studying and developing her understanding of yoga for more than 20 years.   She has developed a uniquely, creative teaching style and approach to practice for people of all yoga levels from beginners to the more advanced student. Known as   YogaMorphic  , Monica’s practice offers focused, caring guidance towards a safe, yet dynamic practice.  With focus on the therapeutic application of asana (physical posture) and pranayama (breath regulation) for an integrated experience of the body-mind and using principles of Vinyasa Krama (effective and safe sequencing) to inform the asana sequencing - the result is a strong and energising practice.  Her approach to the postural practice of Hatha Yoga is infused with the clarity and precision of the Iyengar method to offer students the opportunity to experience for themselves how Yoga can restore physical and mental wellbeing.  Monica is currently teaching regular classes in Canterbury, Herne Bay & Whitstable, Kent, where she lives. See more information on  www.yogamorphic.com .    “My favourite teachers are all the people who attend my classes. Through them and for them my reasons to learn remain strong. With gratitude”

Monica Marini Yoga Teacher will be teaching on our next Samacitta Retreat 8 to 15 June, 2019 at a private masseria in Puglia - a divine venue set in the Puglian countryside of Italy, near to Lecce - with trulli-style bedrooms, all with their own luxury bathrooms - set within extensive private grounds and gardens including a beautiful wooden decked yoga shala space, infinity pool, outside cinema and a tennis court.

Monica has been practicing, studying and developing her understanding of yoga for more than 20 years.

She has developed a uniquely, creative teaching style and approach to practice for people of all yoga levels from beginners to the more advanced student. Known as YogaMorphic, Monica’s practice offers focused, caring guidance towards a safe, yet dynamic practice.

With focus on the therapeutic application of asana (physical posture) and pranayama (breath regulation) for an integrated experience of the body-mind and using principles of Vinyasa Krama (effective and safe sequencing) to inform the asana sequencing - the result is a strong and energising practice.

Her approach to the postural practice of Hatha Yoga is infused with the clarity and precision of the Iyengar method to offer students the opportunity to experience for themselves how Yoga can restore physical and mental wellbeing.

Monica is currently teaching regular classes in Canterbury, Herne Bay & Whitstable, Kent, where she lives. See more information on www.yogamorphic.com.

“My favourite teachers are all the people who attend my classes. Through them and for them my reasons to learn remain strong. With gratitude”

About Monica:
I love her powerful teaching, she makes every class a joyful experience.
She guides every student with a great care from their current level, to the next level - developing your yoga practice.
She is a perfect and sensitive observer.
Under her guidance, I trust myself more.
My yoga practice has improved considerably since I started training with Monica.
~Susanne K, on Retreat in Puglia, June 2018
  Katrina Johnston  Bodyworker & Yoga Teacher &  Founder  of  Samacitta Retreats ~ see full BIO    here    Growing up in Hong Kong and Singapore, & living in Bali, India, Scotland & UK and now in Puglia, South Italy, Katrina has had a fascination with the bodymind and with movement and the art of touch since childhood when Buddhist practice and daily tai chi practice was all around her, although, she did not come to the yoga mat or come to believe in the power in her own hands until she was in her 30s.  Katrina trained in AyurYogic bodywork in 2007 and later in 2008 in AyurBalance massage at Rasovai Ayurveda in Goa. Teaching originates from Pune master teacher Kusum Modak who combined ayurvedic massage techniques with Iyengar yogic stretching.  In 2011 she trained in Esalen® massage from the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. It is a combination of various techniques – it’s influences being the movement of the Pacific Ocean, sensory awareness, Swedish massage, oriental medicine and the meridians, meditation, Gestalt practice and the deeper work borrowed from Ida Rolf’s teachings and neural somatic integration and Trager’s passive movement - to awaken the body/mind. In 2015 she completed a Tula®️ bodywork workshop to rewaken her hands, after a period of not giving sessions.  Today, in her  Samacitta®  bodywork Katrina offers presence and skilful touch that is in fact a meditation of the body, using long strokes, compressions, deep tissue work, subtle work and myofascial release, creating a free-flow, intuitive session, which is a mix of all the trainings she has completed and that is unique each time to both giver and receiver, that both re-aligns & liberates & restores back to balance and connection.  Becoming a  hatha yoga teacher  ran parallel to Katrina's bodywork practice. Beginning with philosophy and coming to the mat later - in her 30s - and spurred on by triumph over adversity that required a change in mental attitude and in all action so that ultimately despair turned into gratitude and life took a turn for the better. Little by little the new emerged. It was after completing a juice fast in Portugal in 2009 that was affiliated to the Sivananda lineage/ashram in Madurai - and being inspired by the fact that the owner had recovered from a near-fatal accident through the power of Sivananda yoga - that Katrina decided to do a Sivananda yoga teacher training for strength and self-development so that ultimately she could teach. She did not teach yoga straightaway, teaching only after many more workshops, practice and experimental training in different yoga styles, though she has always returned to traditional hatha teaching as her foundation. Katrina is currently teaching adults beginner/intermediate level hatha yoga at the local school in Puglia, - where she is based - and teaches yoga on 2-day/weekend retreats for private clients with homes in Puglia. She is accredited and certified through YAUK.

Katrina Johnston Bodyworker & Yoga Teacher & Founder of Samacitta Retreats ~ see full BIO here

Growing up in Hong Kong and Singapore, & living in Bali, India, Scotland & UK and now in Puglia, South Italy, Katrina has had a fascination with the bodymind and with movement and the art of touch since childhood when Buddhist practice and daily tai chi practice was all around her, although, she did not come to the yoga mat or come to believe in the power in her own hands until she was in her 30s.

Katrina trained in AyurYogic bodywork in 2007 and later in 2008 in AyurBalance massage at Rasovai Ayurveda in Goa. Teaching originates from Pune master teacher Kusum Modak who combined ayurvedic massage techniques with Iyengar yogic stretching.

In 2011 she trained in Esalen® massage from the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California. It is a combination of various techniques – it’s influences being the movement of the Pacific Ocean, sensory awareness, Swedish massage, oriental medicine and the meridians, meditation, Gestalt practice and the deeper work borrowed from Ida Rolf’s teachings and neural somatic integration and Trager’s passive movement - to awaken the body/mind. In 2015 she completed a Tula®️ bodywork workshop to rewaken her hands, after a period of not giving sessions.

Today, in her Samacitta® bodywork Katrina offers presence and skilful touch that is in fact a meditation of the body, using long strokes, compressions, deep tissue work, subtle work and myofascial release, creating a free-flow, intuitive session, which is a mix of all the trainings she has completed and that is unique each time to both giver and receiver, that both re-aligns & liberates & restores back to balance and connection.

Becoming a hatha yoga teacher ran parallel to Katrina's bodywork practice. Beginning with philosophy and coming to the mat later - in her 30s - and spurred on by triumph over adversity that required a change in mental attitude and in all action so that ultimately despair turned into gratitude and life took a turn for the better. Little by little the new emerged. It was after completing a juice fast in Portugal in 2009 that was affiliated to the Sivananda lineage/ashram in Madurai - and being inspired by the fact that the owner had recovered from a near-fatal accident through the power of Sivananda yoga - that Katrina decided to do a Sivananda yoga teacher training for strength and self-development so that ultimately she could teach. She did not teach yoga straightaway, teaching only after many more workshops, practice and experimental training in different yoga styles, though she has always returned to traditional hatha teaching as her foundation. Katrina is currently teaching adults beginner/intermediate level hatha yoga at the local school in Puglia, - where she is based - and teaches yoga on 2-day/weekend retreats for private clients with homes in Puglia. She is accredited and certified through YAUK.