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Join this yoga and cycling retreat full of yoga practices and connection with the nature. You will have the opportunity to enjoy wonderful cycling routes with amazing panoramic views, delicious vegetarian meals, and daily Ashtanga yoga sessions. Either you are an experienced yoga practitioner or just curious about learning new yoga techniques, you will experience the synergy of Ashtanga yoga and cycling.
During this retreat, you will stay in a beautifully restored traditional mountain cabin, situated above a small mountain meadow and chestnut forests, 200 meters from the shala. The cabin has great views over the Hibeu, a mountain on the costal side of the Picos de Europa. It has a kitchen, a large bathroom a stone built fireplace, and firewood supply. The cabin can accommodate up to four people in either privateor double(shared) rooms.
Asturias Yoga also offers a more economic camping option in 4m bell tents on a spectacular mountain ridge with views of the Picos de Europa and the Gueña valley. The tents come with comfortable mattresses, futon, bedding, and towels.
During this five-day retreat, you will begin each morning with an invigorating session of Ashtanga yoga with the resident teachers. After a rest and a wholesome vegetarian brunch, you will set out for two to three hour bike rides each day to explore the zone, on quiet roads and tracks along the fringes of the incredibly spectacular Picos de Europa National Park. The afternoon rides can be separated into two groups if anyone is looking for easier bike route options and there will also be options to walk the routes instead of cycling.
Ashtanga vinyasa yoga refers to a dynamic style of yoga whereby long series of yoga asanas (postures) are performed in a fixed sequence in combination with focused breathing. These sequences aim to open and stimulate healing in all parts of the body. During the performance of the asanas the practitioner aims to maintain internal body awareness at all times, initially through focus on the breath, and later through the contraction and retention of internal muscles, known as bhandas or locks. Ashtanga lends itself ideally to activities which require high degrees of strength, flexibility, and concentration; such as surfing, rock climbing, and mountain biking.
During the first day, you will begin with a relatively short cycle from the yoga shala to the nearby Molina canyon. Where the road ends, you will have the option of continuing by bike on technical trails or walking into a deep and little known canyon of crashing waterfalls, steep limestone walls, and fine mountain views. This excursion is 10 to 20 kilometers on road and 10 kilometers off road.
During the second day, you will enjoy a cycling excursion to El Camino Encantau, which is an ancient pilgrim route through deep forest considered to be populated by powerful spirits. Today the route passes many intricate woodcarvings of Asturian deities and a couple of traditional villages and from time to time provides dreamlike vistas of the Picos de Europa. Mainly on dirt track and empty lanes, it lends itself perfectly to mountain biking. Here you will have the option to cycle from the yoga center or drive to the start of the route. This excursion is 10 kilometers off road plus 30 extra kilometers on road if opting to cycle from the house.
During the third day, you will enjoy a cycling excursion to the Cueva de Alda, which is a huge underground cave filled with fabulous stalagmite formations, secret chambers, and underground pools. Due to its remote location and difficulty in finding the entrance, it is very little visited. You will cycle to the entrance, then explore the cave, and finally enter a special chamber with magical acoustics where you will have a chanting session accompanied by Tibetan bells and an Indian Bansuri (bamboo flute). Afterwards, you will return via a long descent on a mountain track giving great views over the Gueña valley. This excursion is 10 kilometers in total, 4 kilometers on road and 6 kilometers off road.
During the fourth day, you will enjoy a cycling excursion to the coast of Torimbia beach, following the sinuous flowing curves downward, meeting the ocean at the near deserted and wildly beautiful bay, which cannot be reached by car. Depending on the weather, you may stay for bathing, a picnic, and a sunset yoga session. From there, you will be picked up and driven back to the house. This excursion is 22 kilometers on road, if you want to return by bike.
For the final day you will follow a high altitude trail that crosses the entire Eastern Massif of the Picos de Europa. The route is 25 kilometers in total, but the last 12 kilometers are a pedaling free downhills cruise into la Hermida, where depending on the wheatear, you may take a bath in the natural hot springs. This excursion is 19 kilometers off road and 6 kilometers on road.
This retreat will take place in Asturias, Spain. The yoga shala is located in the mountain forests of the northern Spanish province of Asturias, known to the Spanish as “Paraiso Natural”. The shala lies on the borders of Spain’s largest national park, halfway between the ocean and rugged limestone peaks of the Picos de Europa, considered the most bio-diverse area in Europe. The virgin nature, the tranquility of the forest, and the presence of powerful elements, supports the deepening of this sensation. Asturias comprises spectacular geographical features, Europe’s most diverse eco-system, and traditional culture. It is a land of high mountain peaks in juxtaposition with sandy ocean beaches and sea-cliffs; verdant mountain forests, green valleys and renowned cave-aged cheeses.
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We provide three vegetarian meals per day: breakfast, lunch and a light dinner. We source our vegetables locally according to the season, use primarily organic and vegan ingredients, and provide many home-made specialties, such as sourdough bread, spicy chai, nettle pesto, mountain spring water, fresh herbs for infusions, and marmalades from our fruit trees. Meals are designed for a balanced diet, with foods that are easy to digest, kind to the environment and full of vitality. Our residential vegan and ayurvedic nutritionists assist with menu design and food preparation and are available for personalized nutrition consultations.
If you are someone who traditionally has a large appetite or prefers multiple snacks throughout the day, you may also bring your own food/snacks to supplement and use the communal kitchen for storage. The closest large supermarkets are in Cangas de Onis or Posada, both approximately 20km away. However, there are various smaller shops nearby in Benia (2km from the yoga center) and at the Campsite Picos de Europa (1km downhill from the yoga center)