Lauren teaches regularly in Montreal at
Tuesdays 5:30pm – Vinyasa Flow
Thursdays 12:15pm – Gentle Yoga
Sundays 12pm – Advanced Hatha Flow
Thursdays 7pm – Hot Vinyasa Flow
Here’s where Lauren is teaching Yoga this month:
Your Retreat includes:
Arrival in Morocco. We’ll pick you up at the airport and transfer you to our luxury home for the week. Upon your arrival at the beautiful Peacock Pavilions, you’ll have a chance to relax and unwind and enjoy an optional yoga stretch with Lauren. Once the entire group is assembled, we’ll enjoy a welcome reception with canapes, and wine. Cocktail hour will be followed by dinner at our hotel.
Start your day with Lauren’s energizing yoga class in Peacock Pavilion’s tented yoga platform. After Savasana, enjoy breakfast in the sun. Once nourished you will be transferred to the Medina for a guided tour of the sights, sounds and tastes of Marrakesh. Get ready to shop in the souks of Morocco! Explore on your own for lunch, or ask our guides for recommendations. The group will meet in the main square for dinner in town. After dinner you can enjoy a movie in the cool evening air at the outdoor cinema.
AM yoga to brighten your spirits, followed by breakfast at Peacock Pavilions. After breakfast you will have free time to lounge by the pool, stroll through acres of olive groves that surround, or just laze around. Lunch at Peacock Pavilions is included. The afternoon will feature an optional yoga workshop with Lauren or more opportunity to bask in the sunshine. The evening will begin with a henna party and cocktails, followed by a ride to town for dinner and belly dancing!
The morning routine continues with yoga and a delicious breakfast. After breakfast you can enjoy some relaxation on the grounds of Peacock Pavilions, or participate in an intensive yoga workshop with Lauren. Lunch on the premise is included. After another delicious meal, you’ll head back to the Medina to visit the Jardin Marjorelle, Jardin Gueliz, or maybe another stop at the souk to pick up some local memorabilia and test out your bargaining skills once again. Dinner will be on the main square, as a group or on your own.
For the early-risers there will be a sunrise yoga class with Lauren followed by an early breakfast. After breakfast you will visit the seaside town of Essouria. Explore on your own for lunch then join us on the beach for camel riding! After you’ve tamed your beast of burden, continue strolling through this charming town. Find you’re own gem for dinner or ask us for recommendations. The group will meet for a late-night transfer back to Marrakesh.
Time to REALLY unwind. After morning yoga and breakfast, cars will be waiting to take you to a local hammam, or spa. Enjoy traditional relaxation and hospitality as you pamper yourself Moroccan style. After rejuvenating, there will be a farewell dinner complete with wine tasting in the dining tent at Peacock Pavilions. A time to reflect and share the week’s experiences.
Before heading on your way, enjoy some yoga with Lauren and one last breakfast in style. After big hugs and teary goodbyes, transportation will be waiting to send you on the next leg of your journey.
Hold each pose for 5-8 breaths. Try all of the standing poses in sequence on one side then move to the other before hitting the floor.
A simple and all around great core strengthener! Actively push the heels back while hugging the thigh muscles to the bones. Keep the breath slow and steady here. Make sure that the neck is a continuation of a long spine by slightly tucking the chin toward the chest.
Borrowed from Budokon, this beautiful balance is splendid for so many reasons – the forward reach of the torso and extension of the back leg demand that you engage the core and lengthen the spine. Further, with open hips and a leg up, the gluteus medius is engaged, a key muscle in the pushing action of a breakaway skate.
Helps to strengthen the thighs, opens the hips, improves stamina, stretches and strengthens the groins and the adductors. This pose is great for hockey players because it will help you maintain your grounding and stability while stretching areas often problematic. If you have a recent groin pull or adductor injury, do not go to the full maximum of your Warrior. Pull out of the pose just enough so that the strain goes away. Hold only for 2-3 breaths straighten the front leg and try again for 2-3 more breaths. Keep up this method until you feel stronger.
Hugely strengthening on the back muscles, Warrior III is also a challenging balance! Find a point of focus and extend your leg back with as much gusto as the reach of your arms in front of you. If you can steady yourself in this pose for a sustained period of time off the ice, it is a guarantee that once back in the rink you’ll be falling far less.
Strengthening the shoulders is a great way to protect against dislocation when being checked into the boards. Practice dolphin with great care. Ensure that the elbows are parallel and directly under the shoulders. Go gingerly into this pose if you have rotator cuff injuries. If you’re in need of more of a calf and hamstring stretch, stay in downward facing dog instead.
Crow is a fun and all encompassing arm balance. This pose asks the body to come into a tiny ball in order to balance with the knees on the upper arms. Muscles working hard to keep you in this pose include the adductors, the groins, the upper abdominals, and the deltoids.
Here’s a delicious stretch that is strengthening too! Actively role the shoulders away from the ears and down the back. If it feels okay for your neck, extend the head back. Spread the fingers wide and press into the knuckles to take pressure off the wrists. A modification of this pose is to practice it with the knees bent and the shins at a 90 degree angle with the thighs.
Enjoy this twist to help release the back and shoulders. Let the hips stack on top of each other. If you feel strain in the lower back, keep both knees bent and together. Melt into the twist. Hold as long as you like.
Supta Baddha konasana is a great restorative hip opener. If this pose feels funky on your knees or if you have groin strain, make a larger diamond and prop up some blocks, pillows, blankets or even books under them. The longer you lay here, the more the body will relax into the stretch- grab the latest issue of your favorite sports magazine and have a read while on your back.