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While sailing, it is important to be always focused on the present moment. And so it is with yoga. Is the course taken still the right one or do you need to change it? Am I placing my feet correctly or do I need to rotate them a bit? Does the wind change or is it dead calm now? Am I feeling my body better compared to yesterday? Developing and having plans is right and helpful. But especially while sailing and while practicing yoga the sense of being here and now develops.
JEP VI is a Beneteau First 51, with three comfortable double cabins with private bathroom, a fully equipped kitchenette and a dining area with leather sofas, teak interior, plasma TV, and stereo. Furthermore, JEP VI is equipped with a card table with all the necessary equipment for a safe navigation. On deck, you can eat in the shade of the awning, lye in the sun, or use the dinghy to reach the fabulous Sardinian beaches.
In case unpredictable causes (Force Majeure) make Jep VI unavailable for the holiday week, Altamarea will organize the yoga and sailing week on a similar boat with the same if not higher equipment as Jep VI.
Is yoga and sailing the right holiday option for you? Yes, if you would like to experience yoga and sailing actively, would like to recharge and disconnect with the help of sea, sun, and wind. In this holiday, you will live together on a sailing boat like a team, cooking, tidying up after meals, and keeping the cabin and bathroom clean together. If the afternoon or evening is not spent swimming, sailing, or sightseeing, you will also have evening yoga sessions of 60 to 75 minutes. Relax time is guaranteed and big cleanings and final cleaning of the boat will be done by the skipper and the yoga teacher.
Often you need to be flexible and adapt to the present wind and body situation and both disciplines develop a sense for the present moment. Pulling lines, setting sails, steering the boat, and through asanas, exercises on body, breath and meditation techniques, they bring your spirit back to the present moment, obtaining clarity and strength. Yoga and sailing combines the yogic capacity to feel the body with the development of a feeling for the here and now needed for sailing.
You will wake up in a quiet bay a few laps away from the next beach where the yoga class takes place. The bravest swim, the laziest take the dinghy ashore. Should you sleep in a marina overnight then the yoga class takes place on a quiet dock. After the yoga class there is time for swimming back to the boat, you will enjoy a healthy, tasty, organic vegetarian brunch, and set sail to the next destination. Depending on the sail plan and wind conditions, the yoga class could be held in the afternoon. This is discussed in team with the skipper and the yoga teacher day by day.
Experience in yoga is not required and the yoga classes are tailored to the needs of your holiday. A yoga class usually starts with dynamic positions and continues with static and meditative exercises. By breathing exercises you will get in tune with nature and the sea around you, in order to concentrate within yourselves. Alessandra tailors the program to the needs of the group. For those who are interested an evening meditation, it can additionally be incorporated into the program. %Experience in sailing is also not required. If you are an experienced sailor, Ghego welcomes you to join running of the boat and if you have limited experience then this is a chance to participate and learn if that appeals to you.
Below you find two possible sailing routes examples that provide an idea of the area where you will sail. Although they do their best daily to make the most out of the route they must remind that they are very much dependent on the wind speed and direction. An idea of the route is very clear and the actual plan is done by the skipper and yoga instructor on a daily basis. You will begin your holiday in Cannigione, a perfect starting location and gateway to the archipelago.
Around North Sardinia and La Maddalena Archipelago 45 sea miles in total, corresponding to a sailing duration of ca. 22 Stunden (together with slipping lines mooring and anchoring).
From La Maddalena Archipelago to Corsica and back This sailing route highly depends on the wind strength. Around 45 sea miles in total, corresponding to a sailing duration of ca. 26 Stunden (together with slipping lines and mooring / anchoring).
Excursions are foreseen in the islands of La Maddalena Archipelago, where you will anchor and have time for some hiking. Some days you will pack your yoga mats and hike to some amazing spots with beautiful views and practice yoga in stunning places. Some days you will simply swim to the beach and practice there. Every week, you will stop in the stunning Lavezzi island, which is their favourite and it guarantees amazing meditation and yoga spots, as well as great day or moonlight swimming. Possible excursions include: Caprera island, La Maddalena island, Capo d'Orso, Spargi island, Razzoli island, Santa Maria island, Santo Stefano island, Santa Teresa di Gallura in Sardini; and Bonifacio, Lavezzi island, Cavallo island, Isola Piana, Rondinara beach, and Sant'Amanza beach in Corsica.
Alessandra was born and grew up close to Bologna, Italy. She studied at the University of Bologna and then continued her studies in Vienna. Upon graduation she worked first in the development cooperation sector and then for a consumer goods multinational. Eight years ago on a Sunday morning she was dragged by her housemate to the first yoga class of her lifetime, and since then she has never stopped. She began practicing yoga in the Sivananda style. At that time she was living in Southeast Asia, so she took the opportunity to explore the techniques of Buddhist meditation.
Francesco begins his navigator career in 1994 as a sailing instructor in Sardinia. During this time he travels the routes of the Mediterranean. In 1996, he crossed the Atlantic for the first time and navigates two years a variety of sailing boats between the Caribbean Sea, Venezuela, and the United States. After that follows the world tour on a Mauric 64th. Since 1998, Francesco works on yachts from 72 to 110 feet long. This work leads him to sail around the Mediterranean and to cross the Atlantic again.
There are probably few places in the world which offer better sailing environment than the Maddalena Archipelago, North Sardinia, and South Corsica. The archipelago is located on the Strait of Bonifacio, between Sardinia and Corsica. It comprises of seven main islands (and a few smaller ones) in Sardinia, a few more islands of the archipelago belonging to Corsica, France. The Italian part of the archipelago makes up one of the 23 Italian national parks. The islands of the Archipelago are all within easy reach of one another, making your journey easy through crystal clear turquoise water and consistent winds. Every day is a new adventure through stunning landscapes and waters. The sailing route of the week is between 45 and 65 nautical miles (or between 22 - 26 hours of sailing) and is customized to the group and of course the wind and weather conditions.
Alessandra and Francesco are both culinary foodies, and love to source and eat fresh produce. Only vegetarian meals are prepared in Altamarea galley, comprising of the following:
The food choice is largely based on organic products. However this cannot be guaranteed in all harbors, where they stop also in order to stock up their pantry. Fruits and vegetables are purchased from local suppliers from the region and Altamarea also makes sure to introduce to you plenty of local Sardinian specialities. Alcoholic beverages are not available on board, but can be brought or bought in Cannigione before you slip moorings and sail away.
You will be purchasing the last minute fresh produce just before the initial departure from a local supermarket, so this will give you the chance to stock up on any alcohol and snack requirements.
Please book your flights to arrive at Olbia-Costa Smeralda Airport (OLB). A common transfer of all the participants to the retreat is organized, and is comprised in the price of booking. All participants will be collected at the same time (around 3:00 p.m. on Saturday). Cannigione is 45 minutes drive from Olbia Airport.
Once you know your time of arrival and you wish to reach Cannigione by bus, Altamarea can send you the timetables of the local buses and help you find the best travel solution for you.
Alessandra and Ghego can help organize taxis, which cost on average 120 to 140 EUR one way. Please contact them for further details.
From Bonifacio, several ferries depart daily to Santa Teresa di Gallura. From Santa Teresa di Gallura take the main road (the Italian Strada Statale) 125 towards Olbia and three kilometers after Arzachena follow the sign to Cannigione. The car can be parked near the harbor in Cannigione. From the Italian ports of Genoa, Livorno, and Civitavecchia to Olbiam, take highway 125 (the Italian Strada Statale) to Arzachena, three kilometers from Arzachena follow the sign to Cannigione.
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