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Practice Yoga Retreat

Sandra Gerhard + Alex Perez

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It is that magical time of year…

…when summer is coming to an end, the sun is still gently shining, the light is becoming more and more magical, and you feel invited to turn your senses inward again.

During this week with Sandra Gerhard, founder of the Practice Yoga Berlin yoga school, and Alex Perez, you start the morning with a 2-3h holistic yoga practice with asana, pranayama and meditation.

On two afternoons, Alex will teach workshops in which he will playfully teach inversion postures such as handstand and forearm stand, as well as balancing postures such as various birds and crows.

When we are not on the mat or doing walking meditation, you can relax, go for a walk and enjoy the sweet life. We end the day with meditation and chanting together. Villa Pravernara’s head chef Yona Whale will treat you to culinary delights - those in the know, know…

Sandra Gerhard

Sandra is an Advanced Certified Jivamukti Yoga Teacher (800+hs). She graduated in Rhinebeck, NY, in 2010, and has been teaching Jivamukti Yoga in Berlin and worldwide since then. She started her regular Ashtanga/Mysore practice in 2016.

In 2019, she decided to found her own Yoga Shala – Practice – to pass on her experiences from her own Jivamutki and Ashtanga practice. She is grateful to her teachers who guided her on this path so far.

She teaches demanding, but simple classes, without any hectic, but with a lot of fire.

Her development to become a teacher of Yoga has also been shaped by various work experiences – being an actress, a photographer as well as running an acting agency. Sandra is the mother of three children.

Alexandre Perez

Alex was born in Paris and grew up in Geneva. He discovered yoga in a park in Barcelona, since then, Alex embarked on a journey seeking the best teachings, so he could transmit yoga to his students in the most comprehensive and modern way possible. His quest led him to Bali, London, Paris, New York and San Francisco where he was able to practice and learn with teachers such as Patrick Beach, David Kyle, Jared McCann, Mathieu Boldron, Dylan Werner and many others.

Over the course of his apprenticeship, Alex developed his own way of teaching yoga, a non-rigid and modern form based on a scientific understanding of movement and of the body.

Having received his medical license, Alex uses his profound anatomical and physiological knowledge to adapt his guidance to the unique physiognomy of each of his students, herewith creating a safe environment for the practice.

Retreat includes

Not included

13-20 September 2024
VILLA Pravernara, Italy
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A typical day at Villa Pravernara:

  • 08.00 — Tea, coffee, fruit
  • 08.30 — Meditation, Pranayama
  • 09.00 — Extended Morning Practice
  • 11:00 — Brunch
  • Mid-day — Free time, optional workshops, massages, excursions
  • 15.00 — Light snack 
  • 16.00 — Afternoon Practice
  • 19.30 — Dinner

Schedule might vary slightly and is subject to change.

Arrival & Departure

Arrival day: Check-in from 16.00.
Departure day: Usually no yoga class;' 9.00 breakfast; Check out until 11.00

What to bring:

  • Yoga equipment is available at our retreat location, however, if you prefer on to practice on your own mat, bring it with you
  • Towels and bed linen are available
  • Bring a beach/pool towel
  • Comfortable clothes suitable for movement and yoga and for the seasonal weather. In the summer it is usually hot and dry, but it can be a bit chilly from March to June and occasionally in October. You can check the weather report beforehand.
  • Shoes suitable for country walks
  • Personal toiletries, eg shampoo, shower gel etc. 
  • Insect repellent
  • Cash in Euros for excursions, snacks, treatments and meals out

We’ll let you know again what’s good to bring a few days before your retreat.