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Unique Alignment Asthanga Retreat

Join Sumiya for a long weekend of yoga, meditation and yoga nidra as she guides you inwards to meet yourself on the mat.

Sumiya uses the Ashtanga Yoga sequence, to allow you to explore your own unique alignment. She believes that yoga is an ‘inside job’ and she will help you find a deeper internal connection using breath and bandhas.

Sumiya holds the retreat space in a nurturing yet lighthearted way to meet each student wherever they are at. She draws on the wisdom of her own teachers - Nancy Gilgoff and her Mum (!). Both continue to support and inspire her with much love and patience and encourage her to ‘keep it real’.

There is plenty of space around the sessions for rest, relaxation and to allow whatever comes up individually and for the group to be explored. After all, we are all in it together.

A little yoga experience is helpful for this retreat although it does not need to be in the Ashtanga method. The only requirements are a curiosity and desire to explore.



Sumiya has been practising various forms of yoga for many years. She came to Ashtanga Yoga by chance 10 years ago.

Sumiya is the founder of Love & Lentils Yoga based in Lewes, East Sussex

Love & Lentils started as Sumiya's travel blog in 2010. The idea was that if both love and lentils could be found in each place she visited, there would be enough to survive and to thrive. She did both and had a wonderful journey of exploration through Thailand, India and Sri Lanka.

Sumiya is a fully qualified yoga teacher. Her training is in ashtanga vinyasa yoga, a dynamic form of yoga that moves through a series of postures in a meditative way. She continues to practice and explore this form of yoga with her teacher Nancy Gilgoff based on Maui.

Sumiya's teaching is based on the Ashtanga Yoga method but often adopts a gentler approach as required.

Before training to teach yoga, Sumiya was (for a long time) a lawyer in London and Sydney. Through this she brings a genuine understanding of the pressures of a busy life and the importance of time out.

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Tamsin Chubb will be your yogi cook on retreat, creating a natural vegetarian diet using locally sourced, fresh organic produce. Dishes are infused with Asian and European flavours, made from scratch, using non-produced foods and natural sugars found in fruits and grains. Meal times follow Ayurvedic principles for digestion and improved sleep. Starting the day with morning tea and fruit before yoga with a hearty brunch to follow. A light lunch and early evening meal to aid better sleep and digestion. For more information on the food prepared at Little French Retreat you can visit here

Accommodation Little French Retreat

There are three double bedrooms offering single and shared accommodation. Rooms are decorated in a neutral classic style with zip and link high quality mattresses and 200 thread Egyptian cotton bed linen. With towels, shower soap and shampoo provided for each guest.
On the ground floor is a comfortable living room with wood burning stove, spacious kitchen and dinning area that leads out onto the veranda, shaded under the vines. The terraced garden offers scenic views and the perfect spot to sunset gaze every evening.
Details of the rooms can be found HERE
The retreat price is for shared accommodation, however if you wish to know single occupancy rates please enquire prior to booking.

Optional healing massage with Isa using Chinese medicine and mix of Sophrology (Breathwork), shiatsu, cupping and realigning energies. A unique experience that will inform you of which organs are energy depleted, working to cleanse these areas within the body and how to focus your attention to maintain balance ongoing. Cost is €70 for a 45 minute treatment (not included in price).


1.5hrs morning Meditation, Breathwork, Yoga practice
Time to relax
Time to relax
1.5hrs afternoon Meditation, Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra
Cycling (there are two Dutch bikes available for use)
Reading (feel free to borrow from the retreat library)
Relaxing by the log burner
Optional massage

DATES: Friday 10 May to Monday 13 May 2019.
Price: £525 per person

  • 3 nights accommodation

  • All nutritious vegetarian meals, snacks and drinks,

  • 6 yoga sessions

  • Use of yoga mats, meditation blankets and straps

  • Guided meditation and yoga nidras

CAPACITY: 6 shared occupancy with twin rooms only. Single rooms are available on request, please ask on enquiry.
GETTING HERE: For full travel details visit the website here. Airport pick up and drop off is not included but can be arranged - please ask for details
BOOK: Deposit of £125 is required. The final balance of £400 is payable by 26 April 2019 - payments are made directly through Sumiya. Please fill out the ENQUIRE HERE form below to confirm your interest.


For each guest booking our give back partners Mossy Earth will plant one tree as part of a european re-wilding programme and to help us build our own forest! Find out more here

If you have any questions or would like information on the retreat, style of yoga, travel details then please don’t hesitate to contact me, Tamsin at or +33 (0)