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8 Day Rejuvenating Iyengar Yoga Holiday in Adrasan
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Onuncu Köy Hotel, Adrasan, Deniz Mahallesi, Deniz Cd. no 169, 07370 Kumluca/Antalya, Turkey

Yoga Holiday Week in Turkey

Heliotrope Yoga Holidays provide rejuvenating yoga holidays at a lovely venue in Turkey selected for its tranquility, atmosphere, and beauty. During this holiday week, experienced, qualified Iyengar yoga teachers will guide you through a week that will bring the benefits of yoga to a sharper focus for those newer to yoga, and will offer the more experienced the chance to go deeper into their practice. There are chances for you to join excursions, relaxing completely, or simply spend time with diverse groups of lovely people. Come join this holiday!

Meet the instructors

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Highlights

  • Use of yoga equipment
  • 6 morning yoga sessions
  • 5 late afternoon yoga sessions
  • Free use of swimming pool and grounds
  • Daily vegetarian breakfast, brunch, and dinner
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • Plenty of free time

Skill level

  • Beginner

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction
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Accommodation

Onuncu Koy is a beautifully situated hotel in the sleepy seaside village of Adrasan a 90-minute drive from Antalya airport on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast. With spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and the sea, this is an ideal place to unwind and immerse yourself in a week of yoga.

It is about 20 minutes' walk from the picturesque Adrasan beach and features a stylish swimming pool, peaceful gardens with lots of places to relax, and a rooftop eating area with stunning views.

Onuncu Koy, which means the 'tenth village' after a famous Turkish novel, is centered around the pool. The kitchen/dining area is next to the pool so refreshment is never far away.

Rooms

The rooms are comfortable and clean, with en-suite bathrooms and air-conditioning. Most rooms have balconies, many with spectacular views out to the sea. You can choose a shared or private room, both with ensuite bathroom.

Yoga studio

Onuncu Koy has an indoor wooden-floored yoga studio on its grounds with views out to the mountains and the sea. The studio can hold up to 20 people.

Program

Sample schedule

  • 07:00 Tea, and if you need it, fruit and yoghurt/honey is available to provide some fuel for the yoga class to come
  • 08:00 2-2.5 hours of yoga lesson instructed by an experienced teacher (possibly earlier in summer to beat the heat)
  • 10:30 Hearty breakfast buffet
  • 11:30 Free time. On most days there will be an optional excursion to one of the local places of interest. Or walk around the nearby area. Or take a dip in the swimming pool. You can also just chill in the shade of the garden with a book and some freshly squeezed fruit juice.
  • 17:30 1.5 hours of yoga class (generally relaxation/pranayama). On a boat trip day, this will not take place.
  • 19:30 Three-course delicious, healthy meal eaten under the evening skies
  • Evening Relax, chat, read, take a moonlit walk. Or curl up in bed and read a book. A day at Heliotrope can be tiring.

Yoga Teachers For Each Week

There will be different yoga teachers for each week, please find the name of the teachers below:

  • Diana Penny and Indira Lopez-Bassols (Sep 20-27, 2020)
  • Ros Bell (Sep 27-Oct 4, 2020)
  • Edgar Stringer and Lydia Holmes (Oct 11-18, 2020)

Iyengar Yoga

Iyengar yoga is basically a form of Hatha Yoga, a system of Indian philosophy that has been around for at least two and a half thousand years. It is named after B.K.S. Iyengar who developed a rigorous and detailed approach to the practice and teaching of yoga.

He devoted his life to teaching and has also published a number of influential books, several of which are considered classics, especially ‘Light On Yoga’ first published in 1966.

This book is a systematic guide to two hundred different yoga positions (known as asanas) with inspiring and educational photos of Iyengar doing all the poses himself. It also gives a good introduction to the whole eightfold (or ‘eight-limbed’) philosophy of yoga, in which the physical postures that are the best-known aspect of yoga, are just one of the eight aspects of the whole subject. The other ‘limbs’ are concerned with ethics, personal conduct, breath control, withdrawal of the senses, and the various stages of meditation leading to eventual enlightenment (samadhi).

Light On Yoga

B.K.S. Iyengar’s system of yoga is characterised by an intelligent and scientific approach to the asana practice. This does not mean, as is popularly misunderstood, that Iyengar yoga focuses wholly on the ‘physical’ side of the whole philosophy, but that through the focussed and disciplined practice of the asanas, the body and mind are prepared in order to progress toward the higher goals of yoga.

Iyengar yoga is also characterised by the use of a range of yoga props. These are used to help us practice the poses safely and to get maximum health benefits from them. They can act as guides to alignment and can be very educational. The most basic of these is a ‘sticky’ mat which helps the feet grip, and can also be used as a cushion between a hard floor and bony parts of the body.

Other yoga props that are commonly used include wooden blocks, cotton belts, bolsters, foam blocks, blankets, and chairs. At Heliotrope, they are equipped with a good range of such yoga props. Iyengar students work towards doing postures with no props but their use is especially important for those who come to yoga with stiffness or injuries (quite a few of us!).

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga has many benefits and can benefit anybody. Here are some of the benefits of yoga:

Strength and Flexibility

Yoga poses strengthen and stretch muscles and ligaments. They also encourage a full range of movement from our joints.

Posture and Grace

The alignment of our musculoskeletal system that occurs during accurate asana work corrects bad postural habits, helping us move more efficiently and gracefully.

Poise and Balance

Balance is something that can improve through practice! The practice of certain yoga asanas improves our balance, poise, and steadiness, helping us move better, and leaving us less vulnerable to injury through falling as we get older.

Calmness and mental clarity

During yoga practice a great deal of concentration is required on the alignment of the body and control of the breath. This concentration stills the fluctuations of the mind and guides the practitioner towards a state of being in the present moment, fully focussed on the detailed work they are striving towards with their body. This ability to be ‘in the present’ develops with continued practice and can make life outside of yoga practice less distracted and more joyful.

Cleansing and regulation of bodily systems

Practicing a range of yoga asanas has a profound effect on the lymphatic, immune, digestive, reproductive, respiratory, and endocrine systems, ensuring that they function efficiently. Improved health and resistance to disease can be achieved by continued practice. This is a benefit of yoga that is starting to be recognised by conventional medical science.

On a Heliotrope Yoga Holiday, they want you to come away feeling transformed by a rejuvenating week spent with them. Those who have done little or no yoga before will gain an insight into the benefits that yoga can bring, and those who are more experienced will have the chance to spend some quality time doing yoga in beautiful natural surroundings, away from the distractions of everyday life.

Instructors

Edgar Stringer

Lydia Holmes

Diana Penny

Indira Lopez-Bassols

Ros Bell

Retreat location

Onuncu Koy is situated in the very spread-out village of Adrasan. It is a handy combination of being pretty quiet and peaceful but at the same time, there are places in the immediate area that you can walk to; a couple of shops within five minutes. Walking to the sea is a pleasant twenty-minute stroll and upon arriving at the beach there are several shops, cafes, and restaurants to take in the stunning views of Adrasan bay.

Onuncu Koy is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, stunning turquoise seas, rugged mountains as well as being the home of many impressive historical ruins mostly dating back since Roman times and before.

Distances

  • Adrasan beach - 20 minutes walking distance
  • Antalya Airport - 90 minutes driving

Unique features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Swimming pool (outdoor)

General

  • Dining area
  • Garden
  • Yoga studio

Services

  • Wireless internet

Food

Tasty, healthy food is a vital part of Heliotrope Yoga Holiday's philosophy. Turkish cuisine is an incredibly rich and diverse tradition, which will surprise those whose idea of Turkish food is limited to kebabs and the like. Turkey is perhaps one of the easiest countries in which to eat healthy, vegetarian food, as many traditional dishes are both!

Meals are prepared using fresh, local produce by talented chefs. This is a very fertile area, with a large range of fruit and vegetables grown within a twenty-mile radius. If you don't already know Turkish cuisine's richness then this is an ideal opportunity to learn. Once a week fresh, newly caught local fish is served for those who want it.

Breakfast

On a typical day, your first meal of the day consists of a plentiful and healthy take on traditional Turkish breakfast. Turks like to eat tomatoes, cucumber, various cheeses, boiled eggs, and olives with soft white bread for breakfast. Nuts, fresh seasonal fruit (the area is rich with citrus fruits, figs, and pomegranates), dried fruits, and delicious local honey and jams are also provided. The breakfast will be accompanied by Turkish tea or fresh coffee. Herb teas and freshly squeezed fruit juices will also be available.

Dinner

This is eaten under the star-laden evening skies. Your dinner is typically comprised of the following:

Mercimek Corbası (Turkish Lentil Soup)

A delicious lentil soup with an unusual flavour.

Roka ve Turp Salatasi (Rocket and Radish Salad)

Grated white fresh radish, mixed with fresh rocket dressed with extra virgin olive oil and lemon from the garden.

Antalya Piyazi (Beans a la Antalya)

This cold meze is made with white flageolet beans and tahini sauce with garlic, vinegar, and extra virgin olive oil. Simple and delicious.

Coban Salatasi (Shepherd’s salad)

Fresh, plump tomatoes are mixed with Turkish peppers, red onions, cucumber, fresh lemon juice, pomegranate extract, and extra virgin olive oil. Laced with thinly sliced parsley from the garden.

Imam Bayildi (The Imam Has Fainted)

The general belief among food aficionados in Turkey is that the Imam (religious leader) fainted when he first tasted this dish because it was so delicious! A whole aubergine is lightly fried and filled with sweet onions, tomatoes, and herbs before being cooked in its own juices.

Asure

A very traditional and seasonal dessert traditionally consisting of 41 ingredients including dried fruits, nuts, and grains. It is slow-cooked and then served cold with pomegranate and sesame seeds. The healthiest dessert you will ever taste!

The hotel has alcoholic drinks (beer, wine, spirits) available.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

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

Things to do (optional)

Excursions are optional and cost anywhere between 6 GBP and 40 GBP each.

Boat trips

It's the most popular of all Heliotrope excursions. This part of Mediterranean Turkey is known as the turquoise coast; the clear seas are stunning colours. The boat tours stay near the rugged coastline which, for now at least, is almost completely undeveloped. Explore the beautiful coast with it’s hidden, turquoise bays, dramatic cliffs, and secret beaches. Over the course of the day, you will stop off several times to swim as well as receiving simple but delicious food and refreshments on the boat. This is the longest of the excursions Heliotrope organise so on this day you don't have a yoga class in the evening.

Olympos

Olympos was one of the great Lycian city sites and today it is obvious why they would have chosen such a spectacular location. A steep-sided valley leads down to the picturesque beach. Through the center of the valley runs a river and to the sides of this are scattered parts of the ruined city that you walk through on your way to the beach.

Fire Mountain (Yanartas)

In Turkish, this unique place is called 'Yanartas' (translates as ‘burning stone’). It is a mountain with a rich mythological heritage. Halfway up the mountain flames burst from the earth, a result of the escaping gases' reaction with the air. This is a particularly beautiful sight at night and so one evening you can set out after dinner to experience one of the quirkiest natural phenomena you’ll ever see. Turkish people tend to bring wine and chat the night away sitting by the fires.

Adrasan (Beach and River Cafes)

Adrasan is a sleepy spread-out village set next to a long, sweeping bay with a large sandy beach surrounded by evergreen-forested mountains. It is also home to the delightful river cafes - a series of cafes built on top of a wide, shallow river in such a way that you are sitting just above the water.

Phaselis (Ruins and Beaches)

Pine forests and beautiful turquoise bays surround this well-preserved Lycian city. This is a truly peaceful place. Magnificent bays invite a cooling swim, and a clamber to the top of the amphitheater offers great views. The area is under strict preservation restrictions to protect its clean, bright waters and invigorating air.

Kumluca Market

The nearby town of Kumluca is well worth visiting on market day. This is a fantastically fertile area for the growing of fresh produce (especially tomatoes, citrus fruits, olives, pomegranates, and a whole gamut of vegetables). On Fridays, people come together to sell their produces and, as well as fruits and vegetables, one can find all sorts of locally produced honey, nuts, tahini, etc.

Walks

When the season permits, there is a range of picturesque walks around the area. Local guides are available to take small groups on some of the more challenging ones, such as the mountainous walk from Olympos to Adrasan.

The now popular Lycian Way stretches 480 km all the way from Antalya to Fethiye. It takes in the full range of the beauty of the Lycian region from secluded beaches to mountaintops, dramatic gorges to ancient sites. Its path goes right through the area.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 6 times 2-2.5 hours morning yoga class
  • 5 times 1.5-2 hours late afternoon class (often relaxation/pranayama)
  • 3 daily vegetarian food (at Onuncu Koy this includes a very light (pre-yoga) breakfast, a large (post-yoga) open-buffet brunch, and a large open-buffet evening meal)
  • Use of a range of yoga equipment including mats, and the yoga space
  • Use of the swimming-pool and grounds

What's not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excursions

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Antalya Airport (AYT). Transfer from and to the airport is not included.

The best way of getting to the holiday venue is to fly to Antalya airport, which is about 4 hours direct from London airports if you are coming from the UK. Besides direct flights, flying via Istanbul can be a good option.

Once you have found a possible flight(s) that suits you, it is a good idea to check with Heliotrope as they can advise as to whether there are other customers traveling on these flights.

Please be aware that many of the charter flights to Antalya arrive pretty late at night. This is not a problem as far as transfers are concerned as they are used to providing full 24-hour service. Antalya Airport is about 1 hour and 40 minutes away from the venue.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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