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Join Valentina Parmigiani on this week-long Vinyasa Krama yoga immersion. Learn joyful flow, find space within and reconnect with yourself, as you practice with an amazing teacher in an inspiring location. Valentina is passionate about yoga and her warm and inclusive classes are perfect for all levels of practitioner. Whatever your level, this is an opportunity to awaken your enthusiasm, move, chant, and be happy and free.
Surya Retreat has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, beautifully decorated rooms from and lots of comfy chill-out areas. You can relax with a book in the garden, have a dip in the pool, chat with your fellow guests in the bright open lounge or Spanish courtyard or sit and enjoy the view to the sea from the terrace. Our eco-friendly villa is powered by solar panels and a wastewater management system to feed the gardens. If you are there in season you will taste some of the delicious fruits and vegetables grown in the Azul garden.
Bright and beautiful cabin with lots of light. Sweeping vistas of Mt Escanfraga and the coast. Two twin beds. Shared shower and bathroom in lovely custom built communal bathroom and shower area, off pool. Short walk to shower block, situated just behind cabin.
Private room with single bed, private bathroom with shower. Pool view with a large window. This beautiful room is off a lovely, cosy lounge, with a lovely wood burning stove. Beautiful private chillout terrace off lounge.
Private room with double bed, shared bathroom. Bright and beautiful room. Off main courtyard.
Private room with double bed, private bath. Garden view. This room is off the lounge, with a lovely stove. Beautiful private chillout terrace for the apartment.
Bright and beautiful cabin with lots of light. Two twin beds. Shared shower and bathroom in lovely custom built communal bathroom and shower area, off pool.
Suite with large ensuite bath, deluxe bed and beautiful shower and tub. Off main courtyard.
Private room with double bed + single bed, large bright private bath. Private garden terrace with lovely seating. Bright and beautiful room. Off main courtyard.
In this week, you will learn and practice the primary series of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, through guided class and the "self practice system", in order to bring home a concrete practical knowledge of the sequence.
Valentina will also teach the "Moon Sequence" of Matthew Sweeney as a complementary instrument to learn with the Primary series.
You will explore how to adapt your body with variations to improve the asana (pose), investigate breath techniques to better feel the power and the benefits of the Vinyasa. The "Vinyasa", or movement between asanas, encourages the blood to circulate properly in the body, while the deep breathing supplies a rich source of pure air, oxygenating the blood and allowing the removal of unwanted toxins through the lungs.
"My approach, as though by my teacher Matthew Sweeney, is to practice yoga as an holistic experience: asana, pranayama and meditation will be combined to help the student to experience the multiple aspect of the beauty of yoga." - Valentina
To attend the week we require a minimum of 6 months of yoga practice.
Injuries or special needs with their modified versions of the pose, will be explained also during the afternoon workshops. You will learn the Primary series through Navasana.
The Astanga Yoga method taught by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois focuses first on the practice of asanas in order to establish health, to correct imbalances, and to strengthen the system, thus stabilizing the body and mind.
Through the discipline of asana practice, done consistently over time, we are able to bring ‘sthira’ (stability) to the body and citta (the mental fluctuations).
The method of asana practice prescribed by Shri K. Pattabhi Jois was taught to him by his teacher, Shri T. Krishnamacharya.
Internal heat is produced, and is described as burning up the impurities in the body, the toxins are liberated from the tissues by each asana. The sweat that results also serves to remove toxins through the skin. ‘Drsti,’ or steady gazing in different places during each vinyasa and asana, is an important element of the practice, which over time facilitates dhyana (meditation), having a profound effect on the steadiness of the mind. When all of these elements are incorporated into the practice, having been learned correctly under the guidance of a qualified teacher, we are able to purify and strengthen the system, making the body light and strong, and the mind calm and peaceful. We are then able to realize the full benefits of the practice and dive deeply into the ocean of yoga.
If look at our body as a divine instrument to reach the deep superhuman energy underneath our muscles...Ashtanga yoga practice it's an amazing way to experience that.
We will breathe and stretch deeply, and invite harmony and a fresh energy to our body and mind.
This week promises to be an incredible and inspirational week of blissful practice, lead by the abundantly experienced and open hearted Valentina.
This retreat includes morning and afternoon yoga classes in our beautiful yoga shala at Surya Retreat or on our beautiful outdoor open air yoga deck. The classes are led by Valentina, offering you the perfect opportunity to develop your practice (or try yoga for the first time) in an immersive experience. She is highly experienced and attuned to the needs of her students.
Surya Retreat is located in the village of Villaverde. The retreat is only ten minutes drive from the beach in the beautiful and typically Canarian village of Villaverde. With amazing volcanic scenery and incredible vistas of the ocean and Lanzarote, this is the perfect respite from the busy day to day. The villa is also conveniently located for those wishing to get out and explore the island. There are walking paths and a bus stop close by and transfers are provided from the villa to the beach and Corralejo once per week
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During this retreat, you will be served daily brunch and five delicious vegetarian evening meals.
Included in this special week is one-hour full body massage - the perfect way to relax, enjoy the wonderful therapies. You can book additional treatments, including massages, beauty treatments and complementary therapies, to make sure you go home rested and pampered. For more information on the spa treatments and complementary therapies, please send an inquiry to Azul Yoga & Pilates Retreat.
You can book your flight to come directly to Fuerteventura airport (FUE). For a wider choice of flights, you can fly to Lanzarote Arrecife airport (ACE) and take the 20-minute ferry crossing to Fuerteventura.
The last ferry crossing to Corralejo from Playa Blanca, Lanzarote is at 19:00 so please make sure your flight arrives by 16:00 if travelling with luggage.
Shared transfers from the airport can be arranged for guests arriving at similar times to keep your costs down.
Coming by public transport is not recommended as you will need to take three buses to get to Villa Azul (bus number 3 to Puerto del Rosario, changing to the number 6 to Corralejo then the number 8 to Villaverde).