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6 Days New Year Yoga Retreat Spain

  • Finca Tisalaya, Camino Tisalaya #1, La Vegueta, Tinajo, Las Palmas, Canary Islands, Lanzarote 35560, Spain

Overview

Meditation and Yoga Holiday Spain

Welcome the New Year in a beautiful volcanic setting of the Canary Islands. This yoga and massage retreat in Spain will give you the chance to start the year a little differently, having fun, and most of all, relaxed and renewed! Reset your energies, find time to rest and balance with daily yoga practices, and learn the wonderful technique of Californian massage.

Highlights

  • Daily Yin yoga classes
  • Morning meditation sessions
  • Introduction to Californian massage
  • Time to explore Lanzarote island
  • 6 days accommodation
  • Daily healthy meals
  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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During this retreat, you will stay in a shared room. The space available includes a house, a loft, a studio, and a cellar bedroom.

Cellar bedroom

The cellar, facing south, has a courtyard inhabited by a centennial araucaria tree, a solarium, and a terrace surrounding that part of the house. It has a spacious double bed room with bathroom, spacious and well equipped kitchen, and a living room with two single beds.

Casa Tisalaya

For groups of six people, the house is the best option. It has two floors and is the best preserved wing. It has three bedrooms, a family room, a kitchen, two bathrooms, a wooden room with large windows, two terraces, a wood oven, a barbecue grill, private parking, and individual entrance.

Loft

The loft is a spacious room with sofa bed, a bathroom, a kitchenette, and a loft with a futon for two guests. It is ideal for short stays.

Studio

The studio is located on the first floor and it is accessed by a volcano stone staircase. It has a spacious room with wooden floors and ceilings, volcanoes window view, bathroom, living room, kitchen, and a terrace. It is ideal for couples that look for intimacy.

This retreat will give you time of stillness, meditation, and a deeply relaxing practice of Yin yoga. During this retreat, you will start every morning with a meditation session and will take part in two daily Ying yoga practices. You will also be able to learn the Californian massage technique during daily workshops.

You will start with a dynamic practice to refresh and activate the body. Whilst the evenings will allow for a time of stillness, meditation, and the deeply relaxing practice of yin yoga. You will also enjoy the ecological vegetarian meals specially prepared by your wonderful hosts Siona and Joan and have free time to explore the island to visit some of the true hidden gems of Lanzarote.

Yin yoga

The practice of Yin yoga is similar to a more yang style of yoga as far as encouraging a connection between breath, body, and mind but with a completely different focus; directing the attention to the connective tissues of the body such as ligaments, tendons, bones, and joints, which are normally not exercised in the more active approach to asana.

The practice is suitable for people of all ages and experience in yoga, and is the perfect complement for more yang-type activities which focus more on building inner heat, stretching, and strengthening the muscles.

Physical benefits

Yin yoga is in general mainly aimed at stimulating the lower body and areas surrounding the hips, pelvis, and spine. It is also different in the fact that postures are maintained for much longer periods of time. Although at first glance the practice may appear more passive, it offers to practitioners another degree of challenge where holding the postures from anywhere between one to five minutes it opens up the chance to take a first step towards meditation.

Physiologically, the benefits of yin yoga aim to stimulate the deepest tissues in the body, for example within the joints such as fascia, connective tissue, and bones. These tissues need a lighter, more moderate pressure to open and slowly liberate bodily and subsequently, emotional tensions often stored deep inside these areas of the body.

Mental benefits

According to Chinese philosophy, harmony and health can be found when all yin and yang aspects in life are in balance. Every aspect of life includes both yin and yang elements and you need both. The practice of yin yoga provides students a very valuable space to complement what is today an extremely active lifestyle (yang) and have the chance to observe and connect with their deeper, more hidden side (yin), where you stop and stay still for a while, and really come back to the present moment.

Yin yoga has its roots in traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy that incorporates the study of the body’s energy channels known as meridians connecting the different organs of the body with our outer body and inner emotions. Holding the yin postures for longer periods attracts energy towards the meridians, allowing the body to free any blocked energy, whilst regenerating and strengthening certain areas as well as improving circulation.

The practice, which is so deeply rooted in ancient wisdom and philosophy, also has the very valuable benefit of training the mind. Whilst inhabiting your body more mindfully, you can achieve a lasting feeling of great well-being that spreads way beyond the exercise itself.

  • Amanda Dawn

    In 2008, yoga became a permanent part of her life. She completed her first teacher training in Thailand, an experience that completely changed the direction of her life. She moved to Barcelona to deepen her practice and knowledge and began to explore Vinyassa, Ashtanga, Rocket, and her real passion; Yin yoga.

  • Xavier Gil

    Xavier is a specialist in Californian massage certified in 2011 as a masseur by the Esalen Institute in San Francisco, USA. Xavier graduated in psychology with the University of Barcelona in 1995 and began his career as a therapist by studying massage therapy and advanced sports and therapeutic massage at the ITASE center in 2007, Barcelona.

This retreat will take place at Finca Tisalaya, in Lanzarote, Spain. This former agricultural settlement is in the protected area of La Geria, half-way between the softer northern landscapes of the Canary island and the powerful contours of the south.

This beautiful place to relax, invites you to enjoy the volcanic nature and recharge. The facilities combine tradition and modernity with organic farming, renewable energy, rural house with personal growth activities, a Feng Shui center, and alternative therapies.

In this unique setting, the extreme shapes and colors irradiate the energy and great beauty of the volcanoes whilst offering an incredible sense of peace and stillness. It is a place of rest and open space, to soak up in an unique environment of virgin lava rock formations, caves, hidden tracks, and centenary vineyards.

Lanzarote

Lanzarote is an island to discover the forces of nature in its pure state without artifice. The fire of volcanoes, the air of the trade winds, the Atlantic Ocean, the sand, the land sculpted by the lava flows, and real temples outdoors where you can savor the silence and live in another space-time.

Tisalaya

The area is located halfway between the north softness and the south strength of the Island, near the wildest beaches. It offers a unique environment with badlands, caves, trails, ancient cellars, and a few kilometers away from the center, the Virgin of the Volcanoes in Mancha Blanca.

Nearby places

  • Cueva de los Naturalistas, 1.4 kilometers
  • La Santa beach, 12.8 kilometers
  • Timanfaya National Park, 14.7 kilometers
Activities
  • Hiking nearby
  • Massage
  • Swimming nearby
General
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Beach nearby
  • Café nearby
  • Dinning area
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Studio
  • Terrace
Services
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

During this retreat, you will be served three daily ecological and vegetarian meals specially prepared by the hosts, Siona and Joan.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirements are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
(If you have special dietary requirements its a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation)

During your free time, you may explore the lava flow sculpted land walking through nature in its pure state and savor the silence in another space-time. Be seduced by a unique environment with caves, trails, and ancient cellars. You may also admire the beauty of Tisalaya volcano at the center of Lanzarote. This natural outdoor monument has small volcanic cinder cones capped by semicircles of stone where the famous vineyards of Malvasia are grown.

  • 1 daily morning meditation session
  • 2 daily Yin yoga classes
  • 3 daily vegetarian meals
  • 6 days accommodation
  • Introduction to Californian massage workshops
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers

Driving directions from Orzola

  • Take the LZ-1 towards Haria, Teguise, and Arrecife.
  • Take the detour to Teguise.
  • Take the LZ-30 road towards Yaiza.
  • In the "Monumento al campesino" roundabout go straight to Masdache.
  • At the end of Masdache turn right to La Vegueta direction.
  • Turn to LZ-58 highway.
  • About three kilometers left, take a ground way. The house is at 300 meters.

Driving directions from Playa Blanca

  • Take the LZ-2 road to Yaiza.
  • In Uga, take the detour to Teguise for the LZ-30.
  • When arriving at Masdache, take the turnoff to the left towards La Vegueta through the LZ-58 highway.
  • About three kilometers to the left, take the ground way. The house is at 300 meters.

Driving directions from Lanzarote Airport (ACE)

  • Follow San Bartolome and "Monumento al campesino" signs to by the LZ-20.
  • In the "Monumento al campesino" roundabout, turn left and take the LZ-30 highway to Masdache and La Geria.
  • At five kilometers, at the exit of Masdache, turn right towards La Vegueta by the LZ-58 highway.
  • About three kilometers left, take the ground way. The house is at 300 meters.

Arrival by plane

  • Please book your flight to arrive at Lanzarote Airport (ACE)
  • Review by Angels Ferrer Rovira
    10 out of 10

    "Asistir a una clase de Amanda es sinónimo de enamorarse del yoga. El entusiasmo que transmite con cada postura, con cada explicación, y la atención personalizada que dedica a cada uno de los que estamos allí presentes hace que te sientas especial en cada momento y que vivas cada minuto con dedicación, al máximo. Las clases de Amanda, su cariño y su sonrisa permanentes han sido clave para mi proceso de entender que el yoga es esa práctica que extiende más allá de esterilla, toda una forma de vida. ¡Gracias, Amanda! Ambos estilos de yoga me encantan. Son totalmente diferentes, pero me parecen totalmente complementarias. Me gusta ver, especialmente, cómo el yin yoga me puede ayudar un montón con el yoga más dinámico, abriendo muchas articulaciones que, de la otra manera, me costaría un poquito más. O así lo percibo, por lo menos. Además, me gustó mucho cómo lo organizó Amanda esta vez (quizá el año pasado también fue así, pero yo non era tan consciente), de vivir una misma postura en estilo yang y en estilo yin el mismo día... Se podía ver la diferencia y observar cómo se perciben de diferentes en el cuerpo en cada momento. Si el año pasado volví contentísima, este año he vuelto con la sensación ya no que había comenzado el año con un grupo majísimo, sino que había empezado el año con amigos. Realmente creo que dáis un montón y eso se nota. Caláis en la gente... creáis impacto, y eso me encanta. ¡Gracias por todo, de verdad!"

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  • Review by Diana Navarro Garriga
    10 out of 10

    "Es curioso, pero al segundo día ya te sientes parte de un equipo, de una familia, y esa sensación me encanta. Y es gracias a toda esa energía positiva que fluye que vuelvo a casa renovada, llena y rebosante de alegría. Desde que conocí a Amanda en Mallorca, creo que no hay nada mejor manera de empezar el día que una práctica de yoga para despertarse, tomar conciencia y poner a punto cuerpo y mente. El yin yoga me cuesta practicarlo, aunque poco a poco me voy sintiendo mucho más cómoda. Reconozco que me aporta mucho y que no sé por qué pero las tres campanitas del final me hacen siempre esgrimir una lágrima, a veces de felicidad, a veces de tristeza, a veces de consuelo, siempre mágico y revelador para mí. Por otra parte, me encantó la sesión de Nidra. Sentí cosas que no puedo explicar con palabras Y agradezco mucho la creatividad de Amanda en cada práctica. Se nota que disfruta porque lo transmite, y que todas y cada una de las sesiones las hace desde el corazón. Sólo así puedo entender que haciendo lo mismo, sea cada vez diferente. Gratitud infinita hacia vosotros que lo hacéis posible los retiros de yoga; a Siona y Joan por ser unos anfitriones tan hospitalarios y generosos; a la casa que es relinda y con una ubicación privilegiada (pese a que he de reconocer que al principio me sentía incómoda porque no entendía ese paisaje tan árido y pedregoso); a las Canarias por habernos brindado un entorno tan bello; a los gatitos que siempre hacen mucha compañía ¡y a todos los camaradas! ¡De todos me llevo un precioso regalo!"

    Essence Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Vicente Sanchez Cuenca
    10 out of 10

    "En ese pequeño tiempo del retiro se crean unos recuerdos y sensaciones que te van cargando de energía semana a semana, de tal manera que se crea una sana adicción a los retiros. Es una energía que se retroalimenta porque sabes que en breve hay otro retiro donde das paz a la mente, energía al alma y todo tu ser se reorganiza. Vuestros retiros son lo mejor que me ha pasado a nivel de desarrollo mental, físico y espiritual. Las clases de Amanda son inmejorables. Su voz, sus palabras, su tono, las asanas, frases, la vida que transmite en sus clases se me quedan grabadas en la psique formando parte de mi, acompañándome después en cada práctica que hago incluso fuera de ella. El yoga que comparte Amanda me da la vida. Gracias, muchas gracias."

    Essence Yoga website, edited

Barcelona, Spain

Amanda is an English yoga teacher based in Barcelona, Spain. Through Essence Yoga she shares a drop of her essence offering yin yoga classes, meditation, massage, and yoga retreats.

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6 days / 5 nights

Availability

Arrival: Friday December 30, 2016
Departure: Wednesday January 4, 2017

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 50 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve before November 20, 2016.

Special discount

If you have already participated in a retreat with Essence Yoga you are eligible for a special discount of 100 EUR per person.

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