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Breathing into Handstands, Backbends and Acroyoga - CYoga

Borntorpet 739 92, Skinnskatteberg, Sweden 5th -11th September 2019

Expand, Nurture, Improve, Expand
Your “yoga practise/ breath”, Handstands and Backbends. Also explore the creativity and connection of AcroYoga. See how the breath makes so much accessible, rejuvenates and creates relaxed enjoyment in any challenge.

We are hosted by the world famous ‘Shambala Gatherings’ retreat centre, quietly situated in a Swedish forest surrounded by tranquil lakes. Shambala is particularly renowned for the community feel that is created when ‘strangers quickly become friends’, for the wholesome vegan food made from local and mostly homegrown organic ingredients, and its beautiful location in Nordic nature . Other features of the centre include the availability of a variety of massage treatments and the use of their sauna.

Co-run by Anastasis Tzanis and Catie Foroughi

Holiday Benefits:

• Advance your yoga practice, with a handstand, arm balance and back-bend focus
• Explore AcroYoga, structured for newcomers and intermediate students
• Experience the transformations in breathwork/ play
• Immersion into the beauty of lush Nordic nature
• Get nourished with local organic vegan cuisine

Our focus is to support you, create space for you to relax, and connect to yourself/ nature/ everyone present. There shall be at least two sessions a day, meals provided and ample time to rejuvenate and explore our beautiful location.

Our retreat centre this year, Shamabala Gatherings, is great place to rejuvenate your spirit by exploring the surrounding beautiful lush forest and lakes, enjoying the evening sauna, dipping in a tranquil lake and trying some of the in house bodywork therapies: Massage, Craniosacral Therapy, Full Body Oil Massage and Meditation Floating Tank.

All sessions are suitable for beginners to intermediate, to advanced/ embodied/professional practitioners

More about:


AcroYoga elevates the connection between you and others through movement, connection, and play. Acro in Greek means high, or elevated. Yoga in Sanskrit commonly translates to notions of union, or joining. The experience of taking flight with AcroYoga instantly dissolves fears and invites practitioners to tap into new and infinite possibilities of communication, trust, and union. By combining acrobatics, yoga, and healing arts, the practice of AcroYoga has built a community of active teachers and practitioners all over the world.

It blends three main elements:

• Solar Acrobatic Practices, that cultivate trust, empowerment and joy
• Lunar Therapeutic Practices, that cultivate listening, compassion and letting go
• Yogic Practices that cultivate breath awareness, life balance and connection

Partner Yoga:

Restorative or dynamic Partner Yoga flows connected with one or more friends. Helps you stretch deeper than you usually would, build strength in supportive way and cultivates the ability of listening, communication skills and interpersonal connection.

Thai Yoga Massage originates from Buddhist tradition and has elements of Vipassana (meditation of insight), Metta (loving kindness), Yoga & Thai Chi.

It is the application of rhythmic pressure on points & energy lines in the body, yogic stretching of muscles & joint manipulation.


3 vegan meals are provided by Shamabala daily: breakfast, lunch and dinner.

A few words from the cooks below:

“The kitchen is the heart of Shambala. We just love to make delicious vegetarian food for you. We not only use the best possible ingredients, including organic products, but we also take care of food combinations to ensure that you are in top energetic shape all throughout the retreat.

Many people have felt throughout the years, that one of the peak experiences of Shambala has been in the kitchen!

We have chosen to have an open and warm feeling in the kitchen where food is prepared amidst singing songs, laughter and creativity that comes from the navel and the heart.

On the menu selection process we inspire ourselves in the Ayurvedic tradition of food preparation and proper food combination.

Our vegan, gluten-free cuisine uses mainly organic products, and locally produced vegetables when possible.”


Depending on the arrival and departure time of the guests, the program for the first and last days will be adapted to accommodate the group:

8am – Morning Session

10am – Breakfast

11am Freetime (our favourite activities are journaling, hiking, dipping in the lake, receiving massage session, AcroYoga jamming time or just sit and watch the stillness of the lakes)

1pm Lunch

3pm Freetime

5pm – Afternoon Session

7pm – Dinner

8pm – Sauna, Kirtan, or Freetime

Check in is 4pm on 6th September check out is 3pm on 12th September

Class/ meal times can change.


The total price for the holiday is £790 when paid in full before 10th June

Price from 10th June – £850


10% off for previous attendees of our Holidays
What’s Included in The Price

Daily Yoga for 6 days
3 Vegan Meals a day
Shared accommodation (twin or triple rooms) for 6 nights
1 evening signing / Kirtan session
Sauna Access

Location & Travel information:

Shambala is situated 5 minutes from a town called Skinnskatteberg, 2 hours north of Stockholm in Sweden:
Coming by Air

The nearest airport to Shambala is Stockholm Vasteras. You can fly from all over Europe to that airport with the low fair airline From Vasteras airport, you can take a taxi to the train station in Vasteras and from there take a train to Skinnskatteberg. To view train times, visit this website

The second nearest airport is Arlanda airport. This is the main airport in Sweden. From there you can easily take a train all the way to Skinnskatteberg. Again visit for train times and information.
Coming by Train

We are fortunate to have a train station at Skinnskatteberg, a few minutes from the center. For train times, visit
Coming by Car

If you are coming from Stockholm, please take road E18 towards Oslo. After having passed through Vasteras, take a right on rute 66 towards Ludvika. After about 30kms, take a left on road 233 towards Skinnskatteberg. Right before arriving at the center of town you will see on your right a company called Team Däck, turn right at this point and follow the dirt road to Borntorpet.

If you are coming from anywhere else in Sweden, please check for maps.


Catie Foroughi is an organic vegan Yoga Coach and trained Yoga Therapist, with a core approach that anything is possible. She remains spontaneous with a highly original & integrated approach to yoga, and a dynamic connective energy. An experienced teacher, Catie developed her own formless/form of yoga – Cyoga.

“CYoga is this ‘Magic Moment of Involvement’ with Love/ Yoga; brilliance in any situation.”

Catie has a Complete Freedom approach and conducts all types of classes including one-on-one and group yoga, master classes and Yoga training intensives at some of the world’s most naturally beautiful locations. Many of the Intensives she offers and co-creates with others are backbend and handstand focused.

“Backbends are transforming and handstands are about creating the life you love.”

Anastasis started practicing Yoga in 2010, in the most unorthodox way: an Acroyoga class. He stayed devoted to the practice for 2 year, as he felt a profound impact in his stress levels. His eyes opened to the non-physical aspects of Yoga in an Anusara class with Katchie Ananda at the 1st Barcelona Yoga Conference. He has studied with guruji Andrey Lappa the founder of Universal Yoga, Patrick McKowen & Wim Hof. He owes a big part of his understanding of asana practice to Eileen Gauthier. He is also a Pilates & Buteyko method instructor.