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Join Free Spirit Travel on this yoga retreat in picturesque Greece. Take time to ease your tensions by practicing yoga with a view of the golden sandy beach. You will be guided by experienced yoga instructor who will be with you every step of the way to achieve that balance and harmony in your mind, body, and soul.
The rooms are simply furnished Cretan style, all have air conditioning and en-suite facilities. They are in the area immediately behind the venue and while they do not have sea views, it takes only a few steps to be actually on the beach. All of the rooms at this venue (upstairs and downstairs) are along the side of the building, none face the sea.
There are three upstairs rooms which share a balcony and which carry a superior room supplement. Please note this is a taverna and not a hotel. Rooms and furnishings are appropriate to that. All rooms have a fridge and a kettle.
Sun loungers and beach umbrellas are provided free of charge and there are comfortable chairs and a settee on the veranda above the beach for relaxing. You are also welcome to use the yoga space at any times that it is not being used for teaching.
In this retreat, Shamita will be offering two yoga sessions per day. Yoga will take place at 7:30 a.m. and at 6:00 p.m. on the yoga deck overlooking the beach with its sea views. This venue is fully equipped for up to 25 yoga students, however, most groups are limited to 15 to 20 participants.
There will be no yoga on Thursday so that the group can travel further afield if they wish, there are fantastic walks and gorges to explore and you can either arrange official walks, or you can go off and explore on your own.
There will also be an option of a boat trip. Adventurous groups can travel to the other side of the island in one evening and have their class on the huge beach. This can be followed with dinner at the beachside taverna.
The morning session will commence with pranayama (breathing techniques), which will lead into a flowing, dynamic yoga practice that combines the precision and alignment of Iyengar, with the breath and dynamism of Ashtanga.
Using her background as a dancer, Shamita will create imaginative sequences which move seamlessly from one posture to the next, in a dance-like flow of breath and movement. Practitioners will be encouraged to challenge themselves to discover what their bodies are truly capable of, while maintaining a sense of humor and playfulness throughout.
The evening session will follow a 'workshop style' format exploring a different theme each day to ignite your curiosity, and encourage you to deepen your practice.
Examples of things you will explore could be a relaxing Yin session, or an invigorating arm balance and inversions workout - feel free to suggest more themes you would like to work on! The evening session will always finish with a blissful relaxation and meditation.
This retreat will be suitable for practitioners of abilities from the relative newcomer to the seasoned yogi.
A former dancer and choreographer, Shamita started practicing Iyengar yoga as a means to increase flexibility and complement dance training. A chance wandering into an Ashtanga class one day turned what was, until then, a mere hobby, into a lifelong passion, rivaling her love for dance. She went on to study with David Swenson, with whom she completed Ashtanga teacher training, and Lara Baumann, with whom she completed 500-hour teacher training.
This yoga retreat will take place on the edge of Kastelli by the Mavros Molos Beach, in Crete, Greece. Kissamos, also known as Kastelli, is a small town which mostly sells tractors to the local farming community. There is, however, a network of cobbled streets where you can find shops and cafes leading to an area which overlooks the sea where there are traditional Cretan fish restaurants.
The yoga venue is on the very outskirts of the small town. There, the sea is clean, warm, and shallow, making it easy for swimming with a long quiet strand of golden sandy beach. The beach is called Mavros Molos and the yoga space is above the beach looking out to the sea.
There is a tiny supermarket close by and a small boutique selling clothes. A short walk takes you to the small central village area with its cafes and shops - avoid the main road at the top of the village as this is the area where they sell tractors and industrial goods to the farmers!
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Daily large vegetarian breakfast and five group evening meals are included in the cost of your holiday. Your hosts Mike and Maria own the beachside taverna. They will be feeding you after the morning yoga class and on selected evening during the week.
Maria is a fantastic cook and during the week there will be the option of attending a cookery class where you will be taught how to prepare traditional Greek vegetarian meals - which you will then eat!
Apart from sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and yoga, you can visit ancient ruins, take a day cruise, explore the Venetian town of Chania, walk gorges, or just be still and enjoy the ocean.
Maria, your host, is a fantastic cook and during the week, there will be the option of attending a cookery class where you will be taught how to prepare traditional Greek vegetarian meals. - which you will then eat!
There will also be an optional excursion to the organic olive oil mill at Astrikas. This is world's famous olive oil which you can purchase on site if you wish. It is fantastic and includes both organic lemon olive oil and organic orange olive oil.
There will also be an option of a boat trip on Thursday when there is no yoga class.
Heraklion International Airport
Transfer not provided
Chania International Airport ("Ioannis Daskalogiannis")
Transfer not provided
Please book your flights to arrive at Chania International Airport (CHQ). The transfers are not included in the cost, however, Free Spirit Travel will be teaming people up to share taxis to the venue. The transfer from Chania Airport takes approximately 35 minutes.
You can also fly to Heraklion International Airport (HER). Please note that if you are arriving at Heraklion Airport, you must arrive in the afternoon if you wish to take the bus to Chania. Free Spirit Travel can arrange a taxi to collect you from Chania bus station or you can take the bus to Kissamos.
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