2016 Events Interview Series - Part 2 - A Chat about "Yoga Banquet, Yin Yoga and Life Dharma, P

"If you can breathe you can do yoga" - Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (the father of modern yoga)

Yogini Goddess, Russelle Beardon, offers pure wisdom at Suncokret Body & Soul Retreat, Croatia, 2015

Please tell us a bit more about how your personal story has been developing since we last met...

My Personal story is one of ongoing learning, so many things I fear I could bore you! I'll try to pick one.

The variety and number of classes (12 - 16 each week) and students (around 200 every week) I have enjoyed over the last 12 months and the illuminating experience of ongoing self practice have allowed me to live one of the key messages of my teacher Ricardo Martin "practice what you teach and teach what you practice". Always learning, from my practice to share with students, and from beloved students who greatly influence my practice of yoga.

I have had tendinitis in my shoulder which restricted my practice for quite some time (10 months) but I welcomed and blessed the injury as a humbling and as a profound teaching method. My practice and teaching have deepened in relation to my knowledge and awareness of modifications.

I believe I was meant to have the injury, as I have encountered so many students with shoulder issues during my time of modified practice and been able to better understand and assist them as a result.

Again I am reminded that if you can breathe you can do yoga, that their is no hierarchy of poses and that the "perfect" pose is the one that your body can do with what you have on the day...what is appropriate and possible in the moment.

Would you care to tell us more about the programs you are offering at Suncokret in 2016?

Yin Yoga with Russelle Beardon, Suncokret Body & Soul Retreat 2015

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Yoga Banquet with Russelle Beardon at Suncokret Body & Soul Retreat, 2015

The programs of the "Yoga Banquet" and "Yearning for Yin" are again being offered as they were so very well received in 2015. The themes will be the same but the classes will be different and flavoured with whatever the participants bring with them.

What about the "Life Dharma and Perfect Imperfection" Event? What influenced or inspired the creation of this particular retreat theme and why?

The Bhagavad Gita, wow, what a text! The ancient wisdom in the text remains completely relevant, it informs, challenges and reassures. I've read it before but it just gets better!

It is indeed the inspiration for my third event offering in 2016 - Life, Dharma and Perfect Imperfection.