A virtual day retreat to explore the breath and nourish the nervous system

17 May 2020

Cost £35

Teachers Lara Stapleton & Rory Viggers & Tania Brown

Holiday Expired

About the virtual retreat

In the absence of being able to retreat to all our amazing locations around the world right now we wanted to bring virtual retreats from our homes to yours. This is an opportunity to connect with our YOAS teachers and the wider YOAS community. We can’t wait to see you (virtually) on the mat.

Following the overwhelming success of our two virtual retreats so far we have lined up four more of our wonderful teachers for an immersive day retreat to explore the breath and nourish the nervous system. The structure of the day retreat will be as outlined below (on UK time):

8.30am - 10am - Breath, being, expansion and beyond with Lara
11am - 12.30pm - Nourishing flow with Tania
3pm - 4.30pm - Go deeper through stillness, align and breathe with Rory
6pm - 7pm - Transform with the breath with Aimee


Breath, being, expansion and beyond with Lara: 8.30am - 10am

Lara will begin the retreat with a short guided meditation setting intentions towards moving into expansion both inwardly and outwardly. You will then be guided on the ground away from ‘doing’ movement but rather sensing and feeling into ‘being’ movement, opening up sensory awareness and neurological pathways in the body, expanding lung tissue and allowing the vital life force within to flow with ease. Somatic movements on the ground invite spirals, rotations, circular and sliding gliding exercises to reduce myo-fascial holding and bringing a new found vitality and radiance to your inner and outer structures.
We will explore the essence of the breath through pranayama and soft gentle asana, inviting a spirit of curiosity into your practice by moving naturally and organically and allowing you to get in contact with your true inner nature.

Nourishing flow with Tania: 11am - 12.30pm

Tania will guide you through a nourishing vinyasa flow class with emphasis placed on harmonising the movements of the body and the breath in creative sequences. Short meditations and breathing techniques will be included in a class open to all levels. Tania's experienced teaching style will give options to suit all, allowing the YOAS community to flow together – to breathe and enjoy!


Go deeper through stillness, align and breathe with Rory: 3pm - 4.30pm

The afternoon class with Rory will take you through refined slow movements to access space and stillness. By going slow, the brain and body have time to work together. This is deeply nourishing for the nervous system. Take time to become intimate with the breath in the poses, experience more freedom in the body, more freedom in the mind, more freedom in yourself. Connect intent, alignment and breath in a practise to open you up to new depths and nuances on your yoga mat. 


Transform with the breath with Aimee: 6pm - 7pm

Aimee will close the retreat with an hour focused on conscious Breathwork. You will discover your unique breath pattern and learn how to access a fuller breath. Aimee will then guide you through a variety of breath techniques to help you feel calm and relaxed and she will also offer you some breath exercises for a better nights sleep.

How it works

Please make a booking for the day retreat though our website. All classes will be live streamed through Zoom. If you don't already have it, download the Zoom app on your computer here: zoom.us/download (choose 'Zoom Client for Meetings') or your phone (in the App Store or Google Play).

Once you have made a booking we will send further details and instructions on how to use Zoom a couple of days beforehand.

Links to access each class will be sent the night before the retreat. You will be able to join each class 10 minutes beforehand on the day.

You will need enough space to roll out your mat and to be able to stretch your arms above your head. If you have yoga props please have them to hand. Here are the things you will need:

  • Yoga mat
  • Blanket or meditation shawl
  • Firm cushion or yoga block to sit on
  • A yoga belt - or a dressing gown cord works well
  • Yoga bolster or a couple of pillows
  • Notepad and pen

We look forward to connecting with you all and practicing together once again. Thank you for being part of our amazing community.

Client Reviews

And after a day of yoga, connection, breathing, meditation and chanting, last night I had the best, deepest, longest sleep I've had since the lockdown started - so that alone would have made it worthwhile! The whole day was a lovely experience.
I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you and all the instructors for a fabulous day of breathing, meditation and yoga.  I feel uplifted happy of heart and prepared to embrace the now with compassion and love.
Thank you all for your beautiful teaching and for creating such a mindful and joyful flow through the day. A gift! It was a wonderful idea and if you do another one I’d love to take part!
I am so grateful that Wendy and her lovely teachers took the time to provide us with such an incredible virtual retreat. The classes were a perfect balance of the best aspects of yoga and I learned so much from your teachers' knowledge and experience. The classes were woven with philosophical and spiritual teachings and practice that left me feeling revitalised and restored in my body and mind. So grateful for this opportunity. What a perfect day - thank you so much YOAS!
I actually felt it was almost one to one, but with the wonderful feeling of everyone being together and able to chat with the class at the beginning gave it a very friendly feel. Thank you for organising the whole day - just brilliant!
A really wonderful day, the online retreat is a great idea, thank you.
I loved it, a fantastic way to ground myself during these challenging times. Thank you for organising it. Looking forward to the next one.

A virtual day retreat to explore the breath and nourish the nervous system, 17 May 2020


£35 per home
Includes 4 classes throughout the day.

Travel Arrangements

From our homes to yours.