Yoga + Mindfulness Retreat in Kyoto, Japan

Oct 27 to Nov 2, 2024

Yoga + Mindfulness Retreat in Kyoto, Japan
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Since our first Japan 2023 week filled up so quickly, we’ve added an overflow week. We are returning to Japan, the ‘land of the rising sun.’ This time we’ll be accompanied by our private guide during our week and led through some of the more hidden, off-the-beaten-path experiences and sacred places in and around Kyoto. On this MINDFUL MOVEMENT itinerary we’ll be exploring yoga combined with various mindfulness classes - both practices designed to lead us to a closer look into the Zen mindset of simplicity, quiet inward focus, and being present. Yoga and meditation classes will be held daily to prepare our bodies and minds. All levels are welcome, and participation is voluntary.


Daily practices will be offered in a way to relax, stimulate, and help guests grow in the mindfulness nature of the trip. Classes are open to all levels, beginner to practiced, and can range from gentle and restorative, to vinyasa flow.* In addition, yoga nidra, guided meditation and a walking meditation will be offered. We will have the rare opportunity to attend a led zen meditation as well. This week is uniquely designed to incorporate wellness practices woven throughout our activities and day trips instead of just having a daily morning yoga class. Japan’s culture lends itself to take things slower, be more mindful and intentional, and we will embrace just that as we experience the week and how we approach the itinerary.

Style and class levels will be determined and molded to fit participating students' needs, and with a small intimate retreat class size, students will be able to get personalized attention and comfortability to deeply explore their practice. Our yoga classes during our time in Japan will take place a couple of times at a centuries-old temple in town, while another day we’ll have meditation at the specially designed meditation room at our hotel, and we also will be taking a group meditation walk in the red torii gates. At the temple, we’ll enjoy the serene experience of a Japanese garden just in front of us, while we practice in a room of wood, paper, and tatami mats, where monks still meditate today. This is a very special and unique experience, one of which many tourists will never have been able to participate.

About The Host
Alison Sager

Alison Sager

This retreat will be led by our guide, Alison Sager who is certified 500-hr RYT in mindful vinyasa, movement studies and restorative yoga through New England School of Yoga Therapeutics and has completed advanced studies in the intersection of Yoga, Mindfulness, Neuroscience, Psychology, Movement Studies, and Contemplative Practice. She studied under the guidance of Bo Forbes and mindfulness teachers, Bill and Susan Morgan, founding members of the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy in Cambridge, MA USA. Her extensive background includes trainings with Leslie Kaminoff, Judith Hanson Lasater, Tom Myers, Tias Little and Chelsea Roff. She is a certified Radiant Child Yoga Teacher and certified in Eat Breathe Thrive’s Yoga, Food & Body Image Intensive.

Alison has worked privately one-on-one with clients, consulted and developed yoga and mindfulness programs for corporations and schools, and has taught group classes. She also participated in a Clinical Supervision Group in Yoga Therapy for three years from 2013 – 2016. Additionally, she has assisted trainings, online courses and workshops including at The Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health and Yoga Journal Live! New York. Her work has appeared in Organic Spa magazine. A longtime practitioner of yoga and mindfulness, Alison has an integrative, embodied approach to teaching. Her extensive background in yoga therapy enables her to tailor classes and private sessions to accommodate challenges such as anxiety, depression, chronic pain, injuries, neurological disorders, body image and disordered eating and long-term illnesses.