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Welcome to Ilma Yoga House where a full of love stay and best service are guaranteed. This very peaceful apartment and community is situated in a quiet natural area called the Gaasperplas, just 10 minutes by car from the famous Amsterdam city center. The first and best cause is you as a customer, so be welcome. Ilma Yoga House is a perfect place to learn and be creative.
The yoga house has a homely atmosphere with comfortable rooms that will make sure you have a pleasant stay. Sleeping arrangements can be made. Smoking is allowed only on the balcony. There are single room option and double room option.
Beautifully situated in an area called Gaasperplas, Ilma Yoga House offers serene surroundings. Gaasperplas is an artificial lake used for recreational purposes South-East of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. It was the setting for the 1982 Floriade landscape and flower show, and the Eastern end of the lake is surrounded by parks and woodlands that once formed part of the event.
The lake hosts a sailing club, canoe, windsurfing and dragon boat facilities, is popular with anglers, and has a sheltered public beach on the south shore. One of Amsterdams principle campsites is located in the area.
It is not connected to the navigable canals system, and has a prohibition against the use of motorized boats; these two factors contribute towards a good water quality and abundance of wildlife. A public slipway is available for non-motorized pleasure and fishing craft.
One of Amsterdam's metro lines terminates at the station of the same name located near the north shore of the lake.
Surrounding the the Gaasperplas area are Amsterdam, and the nearby villages of Abcoude and Weesp, AMC medical center, Ziggo dome and the Amsterdam Arena.
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At Ilma Yoga House you are welcome to prepare your own meals. If you wish, you can also order vegetarian meals.
The beautiful area the Gaasperplas used to be a flower exhibition area, the Floriade 20 years ago, now you can still enjoy the parks and the lake, all is resonating very peacefully with its surrounding, other means of recreation are; sailing, canoeing, camping, horse riding, playing tennis and surfing. For those who want to book a massage or follow a yoga-class, please feel free to do it.
For bike lovers, there are little villages close by which are Weesp and Abcoude, Loosdrecht and Vinkeveen which offer water recreation. You can also bike to Amsterdam or take the subway, for both it will take you 20 minutes to get to the center, also the Amsterdam Arena and The Heineken Music Hall are close by.
You are welcome to rent a bike at Ilma Yoga House, skeelers (a kind of inline skates), or borrow some tennis rackets to play on the court.
There are various options of massage that you can enjoy for 50 EUR per hour or 25 EUR per half an hour, such as:
Take the subway 53 from Amstel station, Duivendrecht, Dieme Zuid, or Central Station in the direction Gaasperplas. It will take approximately 20 minutes to get to the last stop of the line, which is Gaasperplas.
Get off the subway and walk downstairs. You will see a red bicycle path, go to the right and follow the path. This runs all the way until you will see a blue school on your right hand side and a tennis court on your left, continue straight on until you reach a junction. There, you have to turn left, then go straight ahead until you see a lake and small boats, than at the last block on your right you have reached block L. Your destination is Leerdamhof 471 Ilma Yoga-House!
"I needed some peace and tranquility so I decided to go on a short yoga retreat. Luckily for me I chose Ilma Yoga House. I could not have made a better choice. Ilma fetched me at the airport and since our first encounter I felt at home and at ease. Everything about Ilma and Ilma House is magical.There is a feeling of love and peace everywhere. My room was beautifully decorated and so cozy.I even had an angel blowing a kiss at me on my window sill, which I found so cute and I had a breathtaking view from my window."
"Nothing was too much for Ilma.She prepared tasty homemade salads and juices. I also enjoyed the relaxing massages and meditation sessions. She is a remarkable, kindhearted and sincere person.I will always treasure the time I spent there.It was also a very healing time for my soul."
"Thank you Ilma for making such a difference in my life .It was like being home ,away from home.Keep up the good work and good luck for the future."
May 4, 2016, BookYogaRetreats.com, edited
"I very much enjoyed my time in Amsterdam. I stayed for 7 days with Ilma in her apartment, which is about 20 metro ride away from the city center. The apartment is near a large lake and in nature. It was so calm and peaceful.I mostly made my own juice, though we went to the market together. I drank juice the entire week because that was my personal choice. Several mornings we went to the lake and did some stretches and a little meditation.I spent time in Amsterdam for several days (there are lots of fresh juice places around). I went with Ilma one day when she had an appointment and was easily able to take a bus and go to the beach and then return via the train.There is a sauna, about a 30-minute bike ride through great scenery. The lake is beautiful and I walked around it on several occasions. One day, I went to Amsterdam to a free yoga class at a studio there.It was extremely restful and relaxing for me. I spent a lot of time outdoors, and there are plenty of places to bike and walk in nature. Ilma is very warm and hospitable. She made me feel at home. The only thing that would have made it better is having more formal yoga classes and more time spent together doing meditation sessions."
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