Yin-Yang & Yoga Nidra Retreat

In Chinese philosophy, yin and yang describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces may actually be complementary and interdependent.

Yang yoga brings strength and heat into the body. Postures are usually dynamic and active. Sun salutations, warrior and balancing poses are all excellent examples of yang yoga. Practising in this way focuses the mind and burns away impurities by firing up the digestive and lymphatic systems. It makes you feel strong, energised and awake! 

Yin yoga is cooling and calming. Postures are held for 3-5 minutes whilst sitting or lying with a passive body. This practice lends itself to introspection and mindfulness as you’re invited to slow down, take stock and stay in posture - even when the stretch feels intense. Yin is a wonderful compliment to yang styles of yoga such as Ashtanga and ‘yang’ sports such as running, cycling and weight training.

Yoga Nidra is roughly translated as ‘yogic sleep’. The practice usually takes between 20 - 40 minutes. You lie in savasana and are guided through a meditation which takes you to a state of deep but conscious relaxation. Yoga Nidra provides space to explore all the layers of your being, reducing stress and balancing your emotions. Most people find it profoundly relaxing.

Over the course of the weekend, you’ll experience all of these complimentary practices - leaving you recalibrated, rejuvenated and just a little bit more YOU. This is your retreat and your time so please feel free to opt in or out as you see fit.

When: Friday 19th October - Sunday 21st October

Where: Haberfield Hall, Martcombe Rd, Easton-in-Gordano, Bristol, BS20 0QH

To Book:  please contact me on 07974365670 or email ruth@ruthtimmsyoga.com



4.00pm - Tea and settling in

6.00-7.00pm - Gentle Yoga

7.30pm - Dinner

9.30-10.00pm - Guided meditation


8.00am - Breakfast

10.30 - 12.00pm - Yang Yoga

1.00 - Lunch

2.30-3.00pm - Yoga Nidra

4.00-5.30pm - Yin Yoga

7.30 - Dinner

9.30-10.00pm - Guided meditation


8.00am - Breakfast

10.30 - 12.00pm - Yang and Yin Yoga

1.00 - Lunch

2.30-3.00pm - Yoga Nidra

4.00pm - Depart


Haberfield Hall is large gothic mansion surrounded by green space but only a 10 minute drive into Clifton, Bristol with all it’s beautiful Georgian architecture, shops, restaurants. The decor is best described as ‘shabby chic’ - each room is interesting and unique - a feast for the eyes! The house has a kitchen/diner and two large living rooms on the ground floor. There is a dedicated yoga studio in the garden which is lovely with lots of outdoor seating and a heated pool (weather permitting).

Bedrooms are arranged as follows:

4 large kingsize rooms - £380 (single occupancy) or £320 each for two sharing

2 small double rooms - £340 (single occupancy)

5 single dorm beds - £250 per person