ABOUT RADIANCE RETREATS, THE YOGA & FACILITATORS
Jessie Chapman and facilitators have been sharing Radiance Retreats since 2002 in Byron Bay, Bali, New Zealand, Spain, France and Italy. Set in beautiful locations, with vibrant and delcious meals, the retreats offer a soulful blend of inspirational morning and afternoon yoga, deep rest and restoration, yoga nidra, core strength, beautiful guided walks, meditation and mindfulness practice, massage & holistic spa therapies, awe-inspiring hiking, cultural tours and a range of other healing art classes for inspiration and renewal.
About the Yoga: The retreats are based upon the foundation of inspirational morning Radiance Yoga and afternoon Restoration Yoga with Jessie Chapman and the experienced Radiance facilitators. Everyone is well cared for - from the complete beginner to the more experienced practitioner. Lots of individual attention and adjustments are given, yoga props are often used and many variations of the postures are taught so people can practice with ease and awareness. The morning Radiance Yoga practice is an inward journey of stillness and breath awareness leading into body loosening and gentle warm up sequences moving from posture to posture with breath awareness and then holding in postures longer - sitting, standing, twisting, balancing, backward bending, inverting, etc - to correct postural alignment, build stability, flexibility, strength and awareness. The afternoon Restoration Yoga Classes promote deep rest and relaxation, staying longer in yoga’s varied therapeutic postures to restore our natural energy levels, healthy and vitality.
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About Jessie & some of the Radiance facilitators:
Jessie Chapman - Yoga Teacher & Radiance Retreats Founder
Jessie began exploring yoga and yoga nidra with her mother as a teenager, which led her to attend formal yoga classes in 1991 with a family friend in northern NSW. Jessie began developing her teaching skills in 1995 with her teacher and went on to complete a 9 months full-time yoga teacher training course in 1996 before opening a Yoga Centre in northern NSW. It was whilst living Bali in 2002 that Jessie and her sister combined their mutual loves of yoga and Bali's holistic spa therapies to offer the first Radiance Retreat. Today she offers retreat in Byron Bay, Bali, New Zealand and Europe. Jessie loves being apart of the transformational yoga retreat journey and creating a space for people to deepen in yoga, relax and connect.
Jessie has studied yoga with many leading teachers in various yoga styles where she gains much insight and awareness, particularly the Iyengar Yoga method. “I remember attending my first yoga class, it was a profound and life changing experience. I fell in love with exploring the many and varied yoga postures, the physical sensation of stretching, challenging and awakening my body. My breathing improved and there was an immediate shift in my state of mind. A feeling of calm and inner peace washed over me and I knew that yoga would become a natural part of my life.”
Jessie has published 4 yoga books with HarperCollins Publishers AUS & Ulysses Press USA, including the bestelling Yoga Postures for your Body, Mind & Soul, and created the three popular Radiance Yoga DVDs for home practice.
Lee Purdie - Yoga Assistant & Yogadance Teacher
Lee assists in the yoga classes giving one-to-one adjustments in the yoga postures and she also leads some of the guided walks during the retreats. Lee is also a yogadance teacher and offers her inspirational yogadance class on some of our Byron Bay and Bali Retreats. Yogadance is a choreographed routine of yoga postures set to uplifting music that is accessible to every body and is fun, empowering and enjoyable. Lee is a certified yoga teacher and has been practicing yoga for many years. She loves the balancing affect the practice brings to all areas of her life.
Anthea Amore - Yoga Assistant, Massage & Holistic Spa Therapist
Anthea is a certified yoga teacher who gives nurturing one-to-one adjustments in the yoga classes. Anthea is also a Massage Therapist, Reiki Master and Natural Beauty Therapist and offers massage, Reiki healing & holistic spa treatments on our Byron Bay Retreats. Anthea is the author of Passion and Hungry Cook Books and designs the all-organic plant based menu for our Byron Bay Retreats.
Haydie Osborne – Yoga Assistant, Naturopath & Health Coach
Haydie is a qualified and experienced yoga teacher, naturopath and nutrition coach who assists in the yoga classes giving adjustments and individual attention. Haydie also offers the evening yoga nidra sessions, pre lunch restoration, meditation and mindfulness classes as well as leads some of the daily guided beach and nature walks. Haydie has a passion for health and nutrition and gives a talk on Healthy Eating & Lifestyle on our Byron Bay Retreats and is available for private consultations and support during the retreats.
Jacinta O'Leary - Yoga Assistant
Jacinta is a certified and experienced Iyengar Yoga teacher who adjusts and teaches yoga on some of the Radiance Retreats. Her classes cater to all levels of practice and experience with particular focus on developing the foundation of the yoga postures and correct breathing. Her classes are of great benefit to beginners as well as more experienced practitioners wanting to refine their practice combining gentle sequencing with dynamic asana work, pranayama as well as deeply restorative yoga for relaxation, healing and stillness. Jacinta also guides some of the walks and leads a mindfulness drawing class on some retreats.
Oles - Bhajans/Kirtan - Chanting
Oles has been chanting Sanskrit chants ever since he first visited India over 2 decades ago. Using his experience and training as a professional musician and music teacher he leads the chanting sessions on some of our Byron Bay Retreats. “Chanting is an ancient and important part of yoga practice. Just as music sometimes allows us to access parts of ourselves that sometimes we can’t so easily reach, chanting mantras gives us the opportunity to lose ourselves, to open up, and in doing so it can allow us to really transform ourselves.”
Kevin - Bhajans/Kirtan - Chanting
Kevin leads Bhajans and Kirtan on some of our Byron Bay and Bali retreats. With Kevin singing on guitar we're guided through simple chants in Sanskrit and English. The singing creates an elevated mental condition for practicing meditation and sitting in stillness. People feel empowered and honoured by contributing their voice. In these sessions there is also the option of sitting in stillness (or lying down) and simply absorbing the wonderful sounds.