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Join Lisa Valentine and Nina in this luxurious yoga retreat in the French Alps. Having lived and taught in this beautiful part of the world for the last eight years, Lisa has a deep passion to share her love of the mountains and yoga. With the combination of yoga to help support the activity of your choice, luxurious accommodation to relax in, sunshine to fill your days, you will feel life just couldn’t get any better.
During the retreat, you will be accommodated at La Chaumiere, a luxurious mountain chalet with breathtaking views in a peaceful location in Chatel. There are all the comforts you will need to relax with the comfiest of beds, crisp linen sheets, huge soft sofas, log fires, and above all, a welcoming atmosphere.
Begin your day the yogi way with a morning yoga class to warm you up ready for the day ahead. Then there’s a delicious healthy brunch, followed by your own time to do whichever activity you desire, from hiking or biking across snow-peaked mountains, wild swimming in glacial lakes or in an outdoor pool with views to astound you, or white water rafting.
If you just prefer to relax, the chalet has a sauna, an outdoor spa, and a lovely terrace with mountain views. There is also a fabulous spa in the village center with thermal waters and spa treatments.
On the early evening, you will wind down with another yoga and meditation class, followed by fabulous home cooked food. After dinner, chill out in the hot tub underneath the stars then snuggle down for a well-deserved and blissful sleep.
The morning sessions are a more dynamic practice to help you stretch, lengthen, and warm the body in preparation for a day of adventure! Special focus is on the legs in order to build stamina for those hill-walks or other activities. The evening class is gentle Yin yoga to stretch out and relax sore muscles and joints.
The sessions will vary and there will be pranayama and meditation to help you to really let go and enter a state of deep relaxation. The classes are suitable for all abilities and everyone is welcome. Lisa is practiced at adapting the class for everyone’s level. The asanas and meditation will help increase oxygen flow, balance, clarity, and promote a peaceful mind.
The yoga style that Lisa will teach is Vinyasa flow, but Yin and Restorative yoga is also offered. Vinyasa flow is a fusion of various styles of yoga. It concentrates on breath synchronized movement - one movement and one breath creating a union between the two sides, energetic in ways, and simply flowing creating a beautiful balance, leaving you feeling invigorated yet with a deep residing peace.
Lisa’s classes will lead you into a dance with your breath, body, and mind. In this style of yoga, expect to work hard and get warm as you stoke the inner fires and send energy pulsating through the body.
The retreat package includes one guided hike to local glacial lake with mindfulness and a little yoga with a picnic to replace brunch (weather permitted) is included in the price.
Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Vinyasa Yoga)
Lisa has been practicing yoga for 20 years and has just returned back from living and teaching in the French Alps. Lisa has also attended yoga workshops in London, India, and Thailand to continue her learning. She qualified in Vinyasa flow 200-hour teacher training in 2009 in Ibiza.
Nina is a yoga teacher who is also Pilates trained. She will be offering an alternative class if you prefer a slower paced session, and will also be co-teaching on the evening classes. Nina offers a total body workout to stretch, tone and elongate the muscles while working with the core, increasing balance, and improving stamina.
Chatel is a beautiful village nestled within the valleys of the Porte du Soleil area in the French Alps. It's a picturesque and traditional resort, sporting panoramic views of the infamous Mont Blanc and the Dent du midi. It is located in the region of Haute Savoie, and on the French border with Switzerland.
Ideally placed right in the middle of the Portes du Soleil, Chatel is the gateway to a marvelous summer playground. You will never forget the miles of open spaces surrounding the meadows, from where you can head off into the middle of nowhere.
Enjoy delicious, healthy homemade food which is an integral part of your yoga retreat. You will need to feel looked after and nourished with all the exercise and mountain air! The food is fresh, local, and seasonal. Included in the retreat package is delicious brunch with granola, eggs, juices and fruit, and a gourmet buffet style evening feast with organic and carefully chosen French wines. The food on the retreats is as important as the yoga. Teas, coffee, cake, and fruit bowl are also available throughout your stay.
Whether you love the thrill of downhill mountain-biking, or enjoy a spot of alpine road biking, or prefer hiking over mountain passes, or maybe even paragliding or white water rafting, there is something for everyone to do during the free time.
You can also relax in the chalet, enjoying the outdoor Jacuzzi, sauna, and pretty alpine patio with stunning views. Or you can visit the local spa for many treatments or a swim. There will be a second teacher to offer a fusion of Pilates and yoga and to ensure you get the most from your yoga holiday.
Please book your flight to arrive at Geneva Airport (GVA). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Lisa Valentine Vinyasa Flow will pick you up from the airport. Please note that arrival and departure times are within a 2-hour frame.
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