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6 Days Cycling and Yoga Retreat in Asturias, Spain

  • Los Quintanales, Avin, Asturias, 33556, Spain

6 Days Cycling and Yoga Retreat in Asturias, Spain

  • Los Quintanales, Avin, Asturias, 33556, Spain

Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Spain

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.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga classes
  • Daily wonderful cycling trails
  • Explore beautiful nature sites on each trail
  • Bath in natural hot springs and beach
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily vegetarian meals
  • 5 days with instruction
  • Spanish, English
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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 yoga

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.

Day 1

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.

Day 2

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.

Day 3

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.

Day 4

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.

Day 5

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.

  • Excursion to La Molina canyon
  • Excursion to El Camin Encatau
  • Excursion to Cueva de Alda
  • Excursion to the beach of Torimbia
  • Excursion to the Eastern Massif
  • Simon

    Taatva Rishikesh Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)

    Born in 1971, Simon’s fascination with yoga began in 2000 upon completing a solo journey on a bicycle from his native Ireland to India. After exploring various styles and traditions, he found Ashtanga to be what he was most inspired to practice and teach, initially due to its obvious benefits for surfing, biking, and rock climbing, and subsequently due to understanding it as a path to meditation. He has published a novel based on yoga philosophy, In Darkness the Seed of Light.

  • Alysia Simeone

    Taatva Yoga Rishikesh Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Ashtanga Yoga)

    Alysia Simeone (1990 WA State) is an Ashtanga yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT 500) and Ayurvedic practitioner. As part of her degree in Ethnomedicine, she spent 2011 to 2012 in Nepal and India, learning primarily under the tutorship of Ayurvedic doctor and obstetrics and gynecology, Sarita Shrestha. She is a member of the American Herbalists Guild and prepares various medicines in the house. She is also a phenomenal cook and can prepare feasts foraged from the surrounding mountain meadows and forests.

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.

During this retreat, you will be served three daily vegetarian and delicious meals and herbal teas. You may also enjoyocal herbal preparations and traditional Ayurvedic medicines for an additional cost. Asturias Yoga has directly selected all of the Ayurvedic formulas based on their purity, originality, and integrity.

  • Daily 2 or 3 hour bike rides
  • 3 nutritious vegetarian meals per day
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • 1 chanting session at Cueva de Alda
  • 1 daily Ashtanga yoga class

Driving directions from Avin

  • Avin is on the AS 114 halfway between Cangas de Onis and Arenas der Cabrales.
  • In Avin, follow the small road to the side of “Camping Picos de Europa” up the steep concrete road for one kilometer until you come to a fork.
  • From there take a right on the gravel track and continue for another kilometer until you reach some abandoned buildings. The house is the one on the end at the right.

Arrival by airplane

  • The nearest airports are Oviedo (Asturias) airport, and Santander.
  • If driving or car rental is not possible, buses and trains are available to take from either airport that arrive close to the AsturiasYoga center.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

  • H
    Review by Anonymous

    Retiro perfecto para aprendre ashtanga y pasarlo bien

    PROS Pros: El retiro está bien planificado y organizado. Todas las actividades están muy bien pensadas para la práctica y el aprendizaje en pocos días de la modalidad Ashtanga. Las excursiones en bici impresionantes y a la medida de la forma física de los participantes. Todo se complementa muy bien y los profesores son muy profesionales, a la vez que exquisitos en el trato y la atención hacia los participantes.

    2017-Aug-21 15:09:31

  • A
    Review by Alicia Marieges from Spanish State

    2017-Sep-04 14:26:01

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    Review by Alicia Lamarca from Spanish State

    2017-Aug-28 15:52:54

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    Review by Anonymous

    Idyllischer Yogaschala mitten in den Bergen

    PROS Pros: Mir gefiel besonders, dass neben Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga auch Vipassana Meditation praktiziert wird und viele Outdooraktivitäten wie Klettern und Radfahren angeboten werden.

    2017-Jul-14 16:58:39

  • A
    Review by Ana Prado from Spanish State

    2017-Jul-13 07:47:41

  • E
    Review by Esme Cooney from Great Britain

    Fantastic and beautiful

    CONS Cons: My bed was a bit too soft for me.

    PROS Pros: I really enjoyed having time to focus on my practice, have learned so much in 5 days! The hosts are very experienced and knowledgeable teachers who were approachable and generous with their time. I had a lot of individual advice/adjustments during practice and workshops. I also learned more about the meditation and the philosophy of yoga, I feel more resilient in my day to day life since attending the retreat. As an added bonus the teachers have a real in depth knowledge of the local area which is full of beauty and wildlife, they did daily visits to mountains/caves/rivers all totally unspoiled- it was amazing. Being a meat eater I was worried about getting hungry on a vegetarian diet however the menu had been considered nutritionally for our activity levels. The food was delicious and filling, it was all home prepared and local, grown on sight or foraged. You get a lot for your money on this retreat.

    2017-Jun-20 18:51:27

  • K
    Review by Kate Ciblik from Great Britain

    Awesome experience - highly recommended

    2017-Jun-16 08:39:48

  • C
    Review by Claudia Rehklau from Germany

    Sehr autentisches Yogaseminar

    CONS Cons: Das einzige, was für meinen Geschmack besser sein könnte ist die Küche. Das bezieht sich nicht auf das Essen, sondern auf die Ausstattung und Sauberkeit und Aufgeräumtheit.

    PROS Pros: Aly und Simon leiten angenehm, gekonnt, professionell durch die Yoga-Meditationsstunden. Die Gruppen sind sehr klein, und da beide anwesend sind, können Asanas gezeigt und gleichzeitig erklärt werden. Außerdem kortigieren sie individuell die Haltungen. Beide sind exzellent in den Asanas, und auch gute Lehrer. In den täglichen workshops werden Übungen gezeigt, die zu schwierigen Asanas hinführen. Mit ihrer Hilfestellung kann man Asanas selber erleben, die man allein nicht könnte. Die Tage sind sehr ausgefüllt, wie es meiner Meinung nach in einem Retreat auch sein sollte. Am späten Nachmittag kleine Ausflüge. Mir gefiel mein Zelt, es befindet sich ein pasr Meter entfernt vom Haus, mit schönem Blick, es ist bequem und wasserdicht. Ich fand es die passende Retreat-Unterkunft.

    2017-May-20 07:02:42

  • Review by a traveler
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Aly,"

    "Apologies for such a lengthy delay! A draft had been sitting in my outbox for months it seems."

    "Asturias Yoga gave me not only a fantastic grounding and insight into the practice of Ashtanga asana and practice but also into breathwork, meditation and much more. Aly and Simon have created a beautiful world away from the distractions and pace of life back in London and I left feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. It was a privilege to spend a week in such a special place. My practice came on significantly over the week and their teaching gave me confidence that I'd not been able to find through solo or group practice at home. The food was wonderful, the space is enchanting and the surrounding landscape is like no other - abundant with forests, mountains and rugged coastline. We went for walks and to a cave during downtime from practice which complimented the overall experience really well. I'd recommend them to anyone looking to develop their yoga practice and to those seeking a general reset and a new perspective - it was a truly wonderful experience!"

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  • Review by Katarzyna Ciblik, Shyam Antyah
    10 out of 10

    "Peaceful, Loving and Harmonious"

    "Arriving at the Yoga Shala, we were mesmerised by its remoteness from the hordes of the rest of the world and the peaceful surroundings. We were greeted very warmly by 2 volunteers, Cale and Zara and shown to our room. We then were greeted by the lovely Aly, who made us welcomed into her world. Our first yoga practice began shortly after and that is where we saw Simon for the first time. That first encounter reassured us that we were at the right place."

    "We had daily practices and workshops covering the 8 limbs of Yoga as well as Ayurveda. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner were provided daily and we really enjoyed helping in the kitchen. The atmosphere was very relaxed and pleasant and there was so much positive energy in the air all the time. We stayed in the house next to the Shala but tents are also available and look very nice. In the evenings, we would have talks and each was in a different place with a different topic."

    "On our last day, Simon and Aly took us to the beach where we did some mountain climbing and had lunch. We came home stronger in our bodies and minds. The warmth and kindness of Simon and Aly is our best memory we take away from this experience!"

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Testimonials

  • Review by Fay Lodge from England

    "Simon and Aly live on the edge of the beautiful Picos de Europa, surrounded by nature and tranquility, the perfect place for a yoga retreat. The retreat was five days in length and offered a semi-structured day starting with meditation and a led ashtanga yoga practice (gradually moving to practicing Mysore as the week progressed). We then enjoyed breakfast before taking part in a thorough yoga workshop which worked through all the asanas step by step, allowing us to make adjustments and improve our postures. Lunch was followed by yoga Nidra and then time was available to enjoy the gorgeous surroundings as the group wished. We were privileged to go on a walk led by Aly and Simon to visit a local cave where we spent some time exploring, meditating, and feeling the energy resonate around us. In the evenings, lectures were held on different aspects of yoga and Ayurveda. The food was plentiful and delicious throughout the week, being totally vegetarian (sometimes vegan) and with much produce from their garden. We also enjoyed food foraged from the surrounding woodland, learning all the time! Aly gave everyone on the retreat an Ayurveda consultation, providing information, advice, and some treatments as required. Aly and Simon are very knowledgeable on many topics, easy to talk to and happy to answer questions. I cannot recommended this retreat more. I loved my time here and the sense of well being I got. I can't wait to return! "

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  • Review by Molly from United States

    "Words don't describe the magic that this place brings by not only the people that surround it and are pulled to it, but the energy that each star, rock, tree, leaf, and cow bell leave on your heart after landing here. I spent a short time in this new found home. Aly and Simon are two strong spirits that will comfort you in a way that you can completely be yourself while there."

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  • Review by Tom and Emma from United Kingdom

    "Simon and Ally were great hosts, we only stayed a week but had a brilliant time. The area they live in is absolutely beautiful, lots to explore with mountains, beaches, and lovely Spanish towns. We had shared interest of yoga and rock climbing and the guys really helped us out with our yoga practice and took us to some good climbing spots."

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  • Review by Constance from Australia

    "I had such an amazing experience with Simon. It was exactly the experience that I needed without me knowing that. It's a place where you can really allow yourself to be free and relax. First of all the surroundings are magnificent. Mossy green hills, old chestnuts, distant mountains, and as I learned- food everywhere! It was great living in a self sufficient household. I learned a lot about foraging, cooking, and yoga. I now try to do yoga everyday and want to explore that path further. Thank you Simon for opening that door, and all the others that open after it as well. I think the great thing about staying with Simon is he allows it to be an individual experience. I think everyone who stays will get something different out of it, but after my three weeks there, I felt a different part of myself had developed. It was hard to leave. I hope to return one day, sit around the fire baking potatoes and talking about anything and everything! Thanks again Simon."

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  • Review by Julia from United States

    "My retreat at Asturias Yoga was a truly amazing experience. Aly and Simon are phenomenal teachers and they live in a breathtakingly beautiful place. The mountain views that we saw on our bike rides are images that I will carry with me forever. Both Simon and Aly are talented cyclists as well as gifted yoga teachers. I had practiced yoga for a few years before coming to their retreat, but their adjustments to my poses really helped me sink deeper into them and experience yoga in a whole new way. I loved drinking tea with herbs from the garden, and the food was delicious. Asturias holds a special place in my heart and I can't wait to go back. I would highly recommend Asturias Yoga for a retreat."

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Asturias Yoga offers yoga holidays for individuals or groups in Asturias, Spain, which integrate the tradition of Ayurveda into daily life.

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