Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Santina Giardina-Chard

By November 17, 2016Retreat & Holiday

Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Santina Giardina- Chard

Dates: 9 April- 16April, 2017

Location: Krabi, Thailand Tup Kaek Sun Set Resort

Is an undiscovered paradise. Surrounding by exotic landscape and awash with natural splendor of Tupkaek Beach, Krabi province, Tup Kaek Sunset Beach Resort is nestled discreetly in next to the pristine white sand of 1km Tupkaek Beach, in the vast tropical gardens, which is the perfect retreat your bodies and mind.

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Agenda: Practice and Process

During this 7 days you will be learning to practice deeply… deeper than you have ever gone before.  I will encourage and support you explore aspects of your practice from the inside … not just the external forms.


10th April : Prana & Apana Muscular Patterns in body

Prana & Apana Patterns Muscular Patterns in body

Learn the internal patterns which open the central core of your body, and go deep. Use breath, queues and a steady pace to move through surya A and B, standing forward folds and supine and seated poses. As your breath flows, rolls and curls like waves, yoga postures relate to each other. Feel how this brings a remarkable sense of relief and clarity in your mind and body.

12th April : Journey into the Pelvic Girdle and Leg over the head

Go on a journey deep into your hips. Combine original sequencing and some old school Ashtanga to find your deepest range of movement, as well as anatomical understandings of the hip joint.  Begin with malasana (squat) and sun salutations to warm up, then move to standing poses designed to open your hips, including bird of paradise. Use vinyasas to build heat and strength along with two variations of titibasana. Along with some passive hip-openers to allow the deep internal and external rotators muscles of the hips.

14th April : Unlocking the Bandha

The bandhas are the most elusive aspect of practice. They’re subtle components of the not very well understood energetic body. What if there were a physical part of them that you could access? What if you knew what these were? Bandha understanding comes theoretically, energetically and physically. Looking at the mysterious bandhas from different points of view will absolutely help you to employ them in your practice. If you can access them, your practice will come from the inside out and be more energetic in nature.

We will look at the physical aspects of the bandhas as well as access points in the practice, and how breathing relates to creating the energetic fuel for the bandhas. All of this will be employed through practical exercises to have an experience with.

15th April : Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series- Unraveling the Seated Postures

[2016-10-19] primary series is an example of true genius in asana sequencing. From a physical perspective, each stage of the primary series is a vehicle to prepare for subsequent stages: Surya namaskara warm up the body, engage the bandhas and the breath, develop strength, and initiate a rhythm for the flowing practice to come. Standing postures develop stability and connection through the hips and legs into the earth. Seated postures create awareness of the hip joints and work to prepare the back for the intense work that will come in back bending.

This workshop will unravel the principle patterns within the seated postures, exploring how the entire Primary Series is a system of kidney twisting and squeezing. Once you decode these patterns your practice will turn off auto pilot and flow into intelligence.

Daily Schedule

You will have the opportunity to practice under guidance of Santina Giardina- Chard in a Mysore self Practice every morning and attend the afternoon workshop.

Hour Description
8.00-10.30 Self Practice ( Mysore Practice)
10.30- 11.30 Brunch
11.30-14.30 Free Time
14.30-15.00 Herbal Tea Time
15.00-17.30 Workshop (only some days)
17.30-18.30 Free Time
18.30-20.00 Dinner

Santina Giardina- Chard

Santina’s journey from suffering to liberation through yoga has led her to a deep and real study of yoga as a living practice. San has completed the primary, 2nd and 3rd series of the Ashtanga Vinyasa Series and is fully certified in the Nicky Knoff Yoga System. Through tender endurance with each asana of her advanced Ashtanga practice, San has developed an intimacy with the physiology and spirituality of our human form.

She is an authorised Gestalt therapist (Masters of Gestalt Therapy) and has extensive experience in Ayurvedic approaches to health and nutrition. Santina is known for her direct approach to teaching, her dynamic energy, rawness and compassion. She loves to work with you and nothing makes her day more than making a difference for the better. San’s commitment to a life of process, practice and courage makes rich soil from which to provide meaningful guidance. Santina augments her yoga teaching with her work as a therapist, holding a Masters of Gestalt therapy – a humanistic therapy focusing on sharpening an individual’s awareness of emotions and behaviors to bring light to what really is.

Santina also holds degrees in Law/Arts, and has attended as Assistant to Certified Ashtanga Teachers Kino McGregor and Tim Feldmann on their international retreats.

Santina focuses on energetic alignment and provides technical advice on postures and vinyasa’s according to the individuals students level of practice. Santina understands that a students practice is based upon their physical ability, therefor accommodates all levels – from the complete beginner to more accomplished students.

Each student treated like an individual in Santina’s class. Santina’s care, attention and guidance is offered to each student, with much personal attention. The number of students is limited so every student is supported in their practice and their process.

My message:

“With each breath and in every moment we are in a process of evolving from who we have been to who we are becoming. Blending yoga asana and the Gestalt Method, I work using an experiential, dialogical and integrative approach to self-discovery and embodied awareness. Through compassionate understanding, confirmation to present-moment experience and heighted awareness, we can complete what is unfinished from the past and open pathways to our emerging creative selves. Understanding how our inner processes can function to sustain disruptive patterns, as well as challenge and support the possibilities for creative problem solving, can lead to deliberate actions that transform our relationship to ourselves, to others and to life!”

Santina Giardina-Chard

My offering:

Through the the gentle unpacking of our bodies and our we develop more understanding, self-acceptance and compassion for ourselves. Through this transformational process we enabled, we are embodied and we are alive! And through much dedication and practice we are able to extend this same level of compassionate kindness to those around us and hence, we bring more Peace and Harmony into the world.

Santina Giardina-Chard



We are very happy to have you in Krabi, Thailand and be a part of this amazing Retreat with Santina, To Book your space please follow the steeps bellow:

  • Please read carefully our cancelation policy
  • Fill the application form. Click here for the application form
  • Once you completed the application form, kindly send us an email to
    [email protected] Please mention your name and the retreat you expect to attend
  • In the next 24 hours Bright Yoga Retreat will send an email confirming the space availability of the retreat of your preference
  • Submit your payment through PayPal or Bank Transfer


Deposit 835USD$
Early Bird Price 1,600 USD$ Valid from Today – 28 Feb 2017
Full Price 1,900USD$, Valid After 28 February- 1 March 2017


Your fee includes:

  • Ashtanga Yoga Retreat by the Beach, during 7 days
  • Second Level Ashtanga Authorize KPJAYI
  • Outdoor learning on the beach.
  • Enjoy swimming pool and beach front
  • This course includes accommodation at tup kaek beach Sun Set Ressort
  • Meals
  • Free Wi-Fi : 24 hrs.
  • TV
  • Hot Shower.
  • Yoga Shala Practice by the beach.
  • Free Drinking Water.

*****Important, Accommodation will be shared with another fellow participant on the retreat. In case that you prefer, Private room is available, in this case the price of the retreat will be adjusted according to the type of accommodation you choose****

Whats not included:

  • Flights and Transfer.


Get a feeling of our accommodation in Krabi, Thailand




The payment is not refundable and can not be transferred by any reason, however your investment can be move to another Yoga Retreat within a year according to the date of your payment. In order to postpone your participation in any of our retreats you need to let us know at least 31 days before the starting date. For more details about our cancellation policy please read Cancellations Specifics

Cancellation Specifics

For any participant who decided to attend

  • Cancellations received with more than 45 days before arrival date the student can postpone 100% of the payment to a different retreat within a year according to the date of your payment
  • Cancellations received 30 days before arrival date: a penalty of 50% of the retreat’s rate will be charge to the student.
  • Cancellations received within 14-29 days to the arrival date: a penalty of 75% of the retreat’s rate will be charge to the student.
  • Cancellations received within 13 days or less to the arrival date: a penalty of 100% of the retreat’s rate apply in this case.
    We regret that any cancellations within 13 days or less cannot be post-pone, in this case if the student want to attend any other course he/ she will be responsible to cover the full tuition of that course.

Please read our postponement policy to see if that may be a better option for you.

Postponement Policy

  • For any program postponed 45 days or more before the start date: 100% payment can be applied to a future retreat within a year, according to the rate and date of your payment.
  • For any program postponed 30 days before the start date: 50% payment can be applied to a future retreat within a year according to the rate and the date of your payment
  • For any program postponed between 14- 29 days before the start date: 25% payment can be applied to a future retreat within a year according to the rate and the date of your payment
  • The payment cannot be post-pone `if the cancelation take place with 13 days or less
  • Once the course has begun unfortunately no credits can be offered.

Thank you for your understanding.
For more information or any specific questions, please email us to
[email protected]