Natalia Dogru has been practicing yoga since 2005. She is one of the certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers in Turkey. She has yoga studios in Bodrum and Russia. She graduated from Ekaterinburg Iyengar Yoga Teachers course from 2007 to 2009.
Gillian was interested in yoga for many years and from seeing and feeling the benefits of her own body, she decided to do her teacher training Level 1 which she did at Santosha Yoga, Lisburn, North Ireland under Paddy Hamill. She qualified in December 2015, 200 hours, registered yoga school. She also has an online Pilates Trainer Diploma qualified in May 2015. She had found it beneficial and enjoyable to combine both Pilates and yoga together.
Lyn is a dedicated and patient-focused healthcare professional with 20+ years’ experience in Addiction Programme development, Clinical Management, Personal Recovery, and Team Leadership. Lyn obtained her Bachelors Degree in Addiction Management from the University of Kent at Canterbury. Lyn has been extremely fortunate throughout her career and has worked with some of the most renowned professionals in the field of addiction including Dr Max Glatt who set up the very first Addiction Treatment Programme in the UK.
Dr. Clemency Jacques is a counseling psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society and the healthcare professional council, with over 10 years experience working in a group and 1:1 setting with mental illness and addiction. She gained her doctorate at City University and continues with training courses, learning skills to add to her existing professional training. A recovering addict herself, she is currently working at the Priory and East London NHS Trust as a psychotherapist.
Prior to becoming a teacher, Apoorvaa spent her early years practicing yoga as her grandfather’s dedicated student. After his demise, a voice within her led her to look beyond the physical benefits of yoga and pursue the peace and mental clarity that lie at its core. Traditional yoga is an inherently meditative-the essence of what she learned from her journey of exploring yoga sutras and completing her TTC in an ashram in Trimbak, India.
from Australia, May 2018
"Be treated like royalty whilst recharging the body and soul"
Michelle, Ali and Jane were attentive to my every need. They provided me with insights into the local people, places and things in an engaging and thoughtful manner. Food and drink were always on offer whilst beautiful surroundings encouraged privacy and down time. This cozy boutique style resort provided me with a comfortable bed and stylish ensuite. Excellent daily room service ensured my room remained clean and replenlished.The vegetarian menu was delicious and the unique dishes provided insights for future meals. A highlight of my trip was the yoga sessions twice daily with Natalia, an experienced and professional yoga instructor, who was inspiring, knowledgeable and supportive in her yoga practice. This was much appreciated by this Yoga novice. Her thoughtful instruction has iimproved my technique and inspired me to increase my practice at home. Additional treats such as a Turkish bath house experience, a boat cruise to nearby Greek islands and beautial essential bath oils complimented a wonderful experience.
The beautiful beachfront dotted by nearby Greek islands was a 2 minute walk a way from which you could walk into the local village and marina. An offer of a bicycle or lift was always on offer to get to other nearby destinations.Thank you to the gang at Azure Wellness Retreat.Your ability to treat me like a king whilst making me feel completely at home will be an enduring memory. I am already planning my return for next year.
from United Kingdom, October 2017
"A wonderful holiday and yoga experience"
Michelle and Ali are wonderful hosts who really make you feel at home and can't do enough for you. They were always on hand to offer you a drink or give advice on places to visit. The food was always delicious and a good opportunity to try some dishes and food I'd never eaten before. The accommodation, rooms, pool area and garden were relaxing and comfortable to spend time in. Turgetreis is a nice town and the hotel is about 50 metres from the beach which is lovely to walk along and watch the sun set. I'd recommend visiting the busy market in Turgetreis on a Saturday and the local Turkish baths.
The yoga instructor is fantastic! Really experienced and patient and I learnt so much and really felt the benefit of the classes with her
Siv Moeller Christoffersen
from Denmark, August 2017
"The best retreat I have been to"
Professionel yoga lessons - the instruktur Natalia is fantastic.
Absolutely amazing healthy food.
Fresh juice everyday after yoga.
The hotel is 3 minutes walk from the beach.
Its a calm and beautiful area with a view on the mountain top. The sunset is worth waiting for.
A very clean and new renovated hotel with a nice pool area.
The hostes Michelle and Ali are very lovely people. They bring out a warm and relaxing atmosphere and really makes an effort for you to have all you need to enjoy your holiday. They made me feel comfortable from the minute I arrived and I was very well looked after. I will recommend this retreat to anyone that would like to treat themselves with a yoga retreat - couples, group and single travellers. Also for first time single travelers.
from Turkey, August 2017
"A perfect place to find peace "
Simplicity. Peace. Wonderful people with an excellent service
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I spent a week at Azure with a bunch of friends and honestly, it was exactly what I needed. I went as part of a body positive yoga retreat - some time to learn yoga and reconnect with my body. The whole experience was amazing.
Our hosts Michelle and Ali were so welcoming and lovely. Michelle cooks absolutely incredible vegetarian food, and one of them was always on hand for a chat or to fix you a cup of tea.
The rooms are all newly redecorated, each with personal touches. They are clean and neat, with everything you need for a short gettaway. The air conditioning is top notch, although September really was the perfect time to go - not too hot.
Morning and evening yoga classes were great, and the teacher was really good at adapting to the many different levels of those taking part. Azure also has a lovely pool area, so we spent our days swimming and sun tanning, and generally just relaxing at this little slice of heaven.
Azure is situated away from hustle and bustle, but just a short (cheap) taxi ride into town. And a stone's throw from the sea.
Would definitely recommend a visit to the nearby hammam (Michelle and Ali can sort this for you) and to nearby marina Gumusluc for good shopping and eating.
All in all, I had a wonderful time and will be coming back next year for more relaxation and rejuvenation. Thank you!!!
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I had a wonderful time at Azure. Everything from start to finish was just perfect. Jayne was fantastic and so helpful with my booking. Ali and Michelle were the best hosts I could have had. The food was first class. The yoga was adapted so everyone could get involved. But the best thing was the friends that I made. I felt like I was in a safe environment free from stress and judgement. I had fun, I laughed until my jaw hurt. It was the perfect break I needed. If you need to press the reset button I couldn't recommend Azure Wellness Retreat highly enough!
Claire Louise Clark
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Just got back to UK after a fabulous 7 day stay at the retreat. Accommodation was lovely and clean with air conditioning in room if needed. The yoga was twice daily and wow Natalia was so knowledgeable and taught me so much in a week, she has inspired me to carry on with the iyengar style of practice.
Michelle and Ali were just amazing from the moment I arrived and so welcoming. The meals provided were all freshly prepared and cooked and explained, they were delicious every single meal. Three meals were provided every day, and fabulous freshly made fruit and vegetable juices after our yoga. The food really exceeded my expectations.
The place itself is so peaceful and once you've done your yoga then ate you are free to do what you want with your day. They provided a hamamm at a local spa which was a great experience and a boat trip for a day, visiting surrounding islands and beaches.
The beach is literally a two minute walk and so easy to go have a swim in the sea which I loved, or it was great just to laze by the pool on the terrace.I really had an all round amazing holiday. I will definitely return. Thank you Azure �