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Join this dynamic yoga retreat and reveal your inner power! You will enjoy the benefits of yoga through everyday breathing and dynamic yoga practices along with the Cretan therapeutic and revitalizing energy. Yoga in Crete believes that anyone deserves time for a little pampering. Τhis is the time for you to enjoy yourself, forget your worries, and get closer to your inner senses!
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The Blue Dome Hotel is a beach front luxurious complex of thirty-nine apartments in the unique village of Platanias, not far away from the picturesque city of Chania. Ideal for people who love to indulge themselves in a little pampering. Yoga in Crete guarantees memorable and comfortable accommodation and direct access to the Cretan paradise through Blue Dome’s unique surroundings, daily excursions, and hikes located nearby.
Like its color name, Blue Dome Hotel is associated with sympathy, harmony, faithfulness, friendship, confidence, and eco-friendliness. A sense of peaceful calmness surrounds you from your first moment here, while the stunning view over the sea and the comfortable apartments will delight your senses right away. The warm and amiable ambiance brings you directly into the feeling of carefree holidays. With no doubt, your stay at Blue Dome Hotel will be a truly magnificent experience!
For this retreat you can choose to share between a studio and one-bedroom apartments.
Studio apartment consists of two single beds, one convertible sofa-bed, one marble bathroom with shower, hairdryer, bath amenities, kitchenette with all necessary utensils, refrigerator, two electric plates for cooking, coffee machine, double curtains, TV with local and satellite channels, three-channel music, telephone, air conditioning unit, dining table with four chairs, dressing table, closet, safety box, and a veranda with a table and three chairs.
One-bedroom apartment consists of one bedroom with two single beds or one double bed, one living room with two convertible sofa-beds, one marble bathroom with shower or bathtub, hairdryer, bath amenities, kitchenette with all necessary utensils, refrigerator, two electric plates for cooking, coffee machine, double curtains, TV with local and satellite channels, three-channel music, telephone, two air conditioning units, dining table with four chairs, dressing table, closet, safety box, and a veranda with a table and four chairs. All one-bedroom apartments have partial or full sea view, depending on the location.
This program will let you indulge yourself to focus on your well-being, thus your day will start with a welcome circle and an introductory restorative evening yoga class in order to prepare your body and mind for the practice of the following days. After that, a special dinner buffet is organized for you, the way the Cretans like to welcome their visitors!
During the following days, you will have the chance to practice daily breathing exercises and yoga classes. This is a dedicated program to dynamic poses, with strength, detox, and therapeutic effects that will take place early in the morning at 08:00 a.m for one and a half hours. Another yoga session will be commenced at sunset for two hours, either at the hotel’s outdoor wooden deck with a great view towards the blue horizon or at the beach.
October is still a warm month for this area of Greece, however, in the case of rain, there is always the option of the indoors gym. Each day after your morning class, you can enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Throughout your stay, you can organize mini daily excursions to explore the beauties of the region or you can just relax and enjoy yourself at the pool or the beach right in front of the hotel. You can visit the old city of Chania, read a book, take a nap, walk around and enjoy the scenery.
Yoga is known for its mental and physical health benefits. It provides a routine in which you can meditate by focusing on your breathing and relaxing all of your muscles. But it can also be a great way to exercise and build up your overall fitness level and prevent future weight gain. Whether you want to strengthen your core muscles or supplement your general cardio routine, practicing Dynamic flow yoga can help improve your overall health.
Practice yoga can be part of your whole fitness regimen. Adults require 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity plus two muscle strengthening workouts each week to achieve physical fitness. Moderate aerobic activity includes things like walking, running, biking, and swimming.
Yoga combines physical strength exercises with breathing and stretching exercises, so it is not quite the same as aerobic exercise. Yoga poses can target almost any area of your body. They can strengthen your legs, increase flexibility in your arms, and improve your breath control, while at the same time they stimulate the detoxification of your body.
In this yoga retreat, the poses will be chosen for everybody, no matter your level of experience. These poses will help you to work on specific fitness goals. In each session, you will start and end with low intensity poses, while modifying asanas so they can suit to everyone’s needs, from easier to harder modification by using yoga props.
YogaWorks Yoga Alliance RYT 500 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Panos crossed yoga purely by chance and it evolved into a great love, changing his personal and professional status. He acquired a 500-hour diploma based on the YogaWorks system, a unique training inspired by Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Vini yoga. He participated in seminars given by Edwin Bergman, Jeanne Heileman, Joan Marie Hyman, Chuck Miller, Greville Henwood, and Simon Park. He is one of the creators of the Vinyasa Flow teacher training powered by BFSAcademy in Greece. His teaching method combines the intense, dynamic flow with the detailed alignment of asanas.
Your yoga retreat will take place at Blue Dome Hotel, located in front of the sea, encompassing 52 meters of the clean sandy beach. It is 100 meters from the center of Platanias village and 11 kilometers west of Chania city, Crete, Greece. The distance from the Chania International Airport and Souda harbor is approximately 18 kilometers.
This location allows you to do yoga poses, breathing practices, swimming in the crystal clear waters, lying on the sandy warm beaches, and enjoying the positive effects of photosynthesis. Staying in a location open to the Mediterranean Sea, will let you breathe the pure and refreshing oxygen! All these can leave you feeling calmer and cleaner on the inside and amazingly energetic on the outside!
Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth largest one in the Mediterranean Sea. Here, you can admire the remnants of brilliant civilizations, explore glorious beaches, impressive mountainscapes, fertile valleys, and steep gorges, and become part of the island’s rich gastronomic culture. Crete is, after all, a small universe teeming with beauties and treasures that you will probably need a lifetime to discover.
The region of Chania on the western side of the island is dominated by the impressive White Mountains and its famous national park, which occupies the largest part of the region.The Prefecture of Chania provides tourist services and activities of all kinds, satisfying all the choices. The city of Chania maintains unaltered all of its characteristics, from the time of the Venetian Rule up until today.
Wandering around the Old Town’s maze-like alleys with the beautiful Venetian mansions, the fountains, and the elaborate churches will help you discover well-preserved historical monuments. Get familiar with the city of Chania by wandering around in its streets, visiting its museums and admiring the different architectural styles presenting the historical route of the city.
Chania is a paradise for food and wine lovers. Here you can taste the famous Cretan cuisine with a glass of excellent Cretan wine. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit many wineries, where you will get to know the varieties of the Cretan terrain, the special local gastronomy and the outstanding Cretan hospitality!
During the retreat, you will be offered with daily breakfast and dinner buffet at the hotel’s bar and restaurant area. All meals are inspired by the traditional Cretan and Mediterranean cuisine which is prepared with love using ingredients by local producers.
Cretan cuisine is definitely one of the oldest and tastiest gastronomic traditions. It entails a bouquet of tastes, aromas, ingredients and techniques that have been preserved and developed until these days. The famous Cretan diet and Crete’s cuisine is not just simply food, but a whole philosophy and lifestyle. The food is not only tasty but also has plenty of health benefits.
For your meals, the chef will consume local products such as greens, vegetables, legumes, and fruits, as well as local herbs. Your dinner will be accompanied by local wine and homemade bread. You will have the chance to taste the famous kalitsounia, dakos, and stamnakathi salad with juicy olives and golden olive oil, marathopita, sfakiani pitta, and much more.
You can also try the local soothing tea, made of a herb called "diktamo" or the Cretans like to call it as "erontas", meaning love or the "malotira" tea, also called the tea of the mountains.
No other meals are included in this offer. The hotel’s front desk will be happy to assist you by proposing local restaurants and tavernas according to your preferences.
Platanias is one of the famous villages of the west coast of the island of Crete. Thus apart from enjoying the hotel’s beach and pool, you can make daily tours in the countryside, cherishing the everyday local life but also the beautiful landscape!
There are plenty of things to do and to discover. You can start with a simple walk in the village and continue along the E4 hiking path. You can visit the impeccable Lake of Kourna, the beach of Elafonisi, one of the most famous in Crete, protected by Natura 2000 or other numerous world famous coasts like Balos, Falasarna beach, and Gramvousa island.
You can visit the local museum and the historical archives centers in Chania, as well as the peaceful calmness that the Monasteries of Agia Triada, Gouverneto, Gonia, and Chrisopigi, can offer. Other activities in the area include diving, cave exploration, rock and mountain climbing, bungee-jumping, air-navigation, downhill paragliding, aqua sports, and much more.
Last but not least, the Platanias area and Chania in general, are famous for its delicious food. Wherever you are, don’t miss the opportunity to taste the local food!
Please book your flight to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request.
Traveling to Chania, you may use a bus that links the major cities of the island with all the settlements and the rest of Greece within a framework of combined transportations.
The three ports of Crete Chania, Heraklion and Rethymnon, have dozens of luxury ferry boats linking them with Greece’s largest port, Piraeus, on a daily basis. Other ship routes include the Cyclades from Heraklion; Rhodes, Karpathos, Kasos, Kithira, and Milos from the ports of Sitia, Agios Nikolaos, and Kissamos. On the south coast, maritime routes link Paleochora with Gavdos, Chora Sfakion (Sfakia), Loutro, Agia Roumeli, and Sougia.
Taxis are available at the airport and the harbor. The fares are calculated according to the distance traveled and surcharges according to the number of passengers and pieces of luggage carried. The fee for a taxi from the Chania International Airport (CHQ) to Blue Dome Hotel is about 40 EUR. The drive takes about 40 minutes.
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