8 Days Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda Retreat Cyprus

  • Polis Beach, Cyprus

Cyprus Yoga Holiday

This Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation retreat will take place in a beautiful and unspoiled part of Cyprus, an area of outstanding natural beauty, steeped in the mythology of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of Love. It is an area held to have a particularly healing and sacred energy and just being in this place seems to deeply heal and uplift participants. With the support of the wisdom teachings of Yoga and Ayurveda woven into your classes, you will learn and experience much to enrich your health and your life generally. Most importantly, you will be guided toward a steady body-mind harmony that will allow you to rest in greater health, joy, and inner calm.

Highlights

  • Beach meditations
  • Yoga classes each day
  • Hatha yoga and Yin-Ayurvedic yoga
  • Yoga and Ayurveda philosophy workshops (optional)
  • Free time to explore the surroundings
  • Nutritious vegetarian meals
  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 7 days with instruction
  • English
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The retreat is set in an unspoiled part of the island, with a long beautiful beach, olive groves and fruit trees, flowers and herbs around the accommodation. Accommodation is light and spacious, with air conditioning and private bathroom, a private terrace and view across the gardens to the beach. Twin / double and single rooms are available.

The daily schedule of this retreat begins everyday with morning Hatha yoga and at the end of the day with afternoon Yin-Ayurvedic yoga. You will be guided in nurturing sunrise and sunset beach meditations. Also, you will be offered occasional optional workshops on Yoga and Ayurveda philosophy. There will be free time to enjoy walks on the long deserted beach with stunning coastal scenery, swimming in the sea, biking, hiking, boat trips, and diving. On day 6 there is no afternoon practice to allow you time to explore the surroundings, maybe by taking a trip into the Troodos mountains, or visiting some of the wonderful archaeological sites of Cyprus. You will learn and take home tools and new insights to support balance, peace of mind, and greater well-being in your daily life, after living for one week in harmony with the natural rhythms of your body and nature, as guided by the ancient teachings of yoga and Ayurveda.

There are local excursions available to the Polis museum with its interesting ancient artifacts from the local area, the lovely small town of Polis, Aphrodite's Baths and nature walks, or boat trips to the Blue Lagoon, Longer excursions for your day off may be taken to the beautiful Troodos mountains, the ancient sites in and around Polis, or on a Jeep eco tour of the Akamas Peninsula nature reserve.

  • Shama Sara Palmer

    Shama learned yoga from her yoga teacher, who taught her the power of the breathing practices of Hatha yoga. She spent a lot of time traveling around the globe to places such as India, Japan, Thailand, Italy, USA, Canada, and the Bahamas, where she learned from and practiced many healing and spiritual traditions, before managing an integrative health clinic in London. She took her teacher training course from Sivananda Ashram yoga retreat in the Bahamas.

Polis is a small town at the north-west end of the island of Cyprus, at the Centre of Chrysochous Bay, and on the edge of the Akamas peninsula nature reserve.

Be nourished by home-grown, lovingly prepared organic vegetarian foods.

  • Dive or ride a boat in the sea
  • Enjoy walks on the long deserted beach with stunning coastal scenery
  • Optional trip to a mountain village with herb garden and apothecary for a delicious vegan afternoon tea.
  • Practice biking or hiking
  • Swimming in the sea

There is a masseuse in the hotel offering a range of massages from aromatherapy to Swedish massage, to Indian head massage, at an extra cost.

  • 3 daily organic vegetarian foods
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily yoga classes (Hatha yoga and Yin - Ayurvedic yoga)
  • Sunrise and sunset beach meditations
  • Yoga and Ayurveda workshops
  • Use of the hotel pool and sunbeds, beach towels
  • Airport transfers
  • Drinks and snacks in the hotel
  • Excursions and extra-curricular activities
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please arrange your flights to Paphos International Airport (PFO). Transfers from and to this airport is available upon request.

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 28 days before arrival.

Verified BookYogaRetreats.com reviews

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    Review by Marianna Panayiotou from Great Britain

    my yoga retreat experience

    CONS Cons: The food could have been more interesting. We were definitely too many people in the room for yoga, so our poses were often compromised. I would have liked a bit more help in getting the poses right.

    PROS Pros: It was very relaxing and enjoyable. Shama was very good and knowledgeable. A great experience!

    Organizer response: Dear Marianna I hope you are well. Thank you for reviewing the 3 day Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation Retreat. I'm very happy to read that you enjoyed the weekend and found it relaxing. Yes, unfortunately the food was not so good this weekend and on other weekends it has been much tastier. I have to take some responsibility for that. I asked a lot of the chef with the Ayurveda meals and he willingly tried his best for us with unknown recipes. We have addressed this now so that he will prepare vegetarian meals for us in future to his own recipes. In the past the food has been delicious this way. We also have a larger studio room to use now for the Hatha Yoga classes and will still use the lovely room in the old Hall for our meditation and lectures etc. I have taken note of your wish that you would have liked more assistance with poses. I always give verbal alignment cues as precision alignment teaching is very important to me. Injuries can happen through hands-on adjustment and so I am cautious at first with students I don't know. However, please know I have taken your feedback on board for future weekend retreats. I hope we might see you again sometime. Love & best wishes, Shama x

    2017-Apr-05 06:20:50

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    Review by Susie Rabin from Great Britain

    Great quiet spot

    CONS Cons: Room was ok. Would have preferred not to be on the ground floor as a single woman - no safe and the window didn't lock - room didn't seem that secure. The food wasn't great. Classes were good, but there was very little feedback when people got poses wrong or didn't understand the pose (she did realise thus was an issue as this was much better on the Sunday).

    PROS Pros: Lovely location. Nice group of people. Good amount and range of sessions

    Organizer response: Dear Susie Thank you for taking time to review the Spring Detox Retreat of 2017. It was a pleasure to have you with us. I'm so sorry though that you felt uncomfortable in your room. Walton Hall Hotel is a safe secure hotel to the standards of any 4* UK hotel. I always check that everyone is happy with their room and am sorry if I did not check with you. We would certainly have found you a room where you felt secure. We have improved the meals for future retreats at Walton Hall. I asked a lot of the chef in March 2017 with Ayurvedic recipes that were unfamiliar to him. On previous retreats the food has been delicious, and we will return to his own vegetarian recipes following the Ayurvedic seasonal eating guidelines. Regarding assistance with postures during teaching, I'd like to include here a couple of reviews recently received: "I returned to my regular beachside yoga class feeling much more confident, and did a yoga workshop this weekend with a Canadian lady who was just over here for a few days teaching....... and I felt my body positioning was much better after you guidance". JH, Cyprus "After only three days, I am impressed with the striking progress seen in some of the other participants' practice. Shama is able to push her students' limits with a meditative and varied practice. I love the way she connects with everyone on a personal level, being caring and careful to the needs of each student." Lucia Garavaglia for Kindred Spirit magazine I always give verbal alignment cues and tend to focus on these in the beginning, Susie. Precise alignment for safe practice is important to me. With new students, especially beginners, safety is a priority and also that they feel comfortable and enjoy the classes without too much spotlight and over-correcting in the beginning. (Plus it is my training that hands-on alignment can sometimes cause injury so I am cautious with people I do not know very well). However, it is very important to me that participants leave feeling that their practice has progressed even after a short weekend immersion into Yoga. And so I have taken your feedback on board. Thank you again for the constructive review Susie, and I hope you might join us again, Love & best wishes, Shama x

    2017-Apr-03 07:25:42

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    Review by Jenny Harris from Great Britain

    An enjoyable experience

    PROS Pros: The whole experience

    Organizer response: Dear Jenny Thank you for reviewing the Spring Detox Retreat. It was lovely to meet you and to have you with us for the weekend. I hope you are well. We are improving the meals created by the chef for the next Spring Detox Retreat in 2018. Previously he has always made delicious food for us, but this year I did ask a little more from him with unfamiliar Ayurvedic foods. We will return to his own vegetarian recipes, following Ayurvedic seasonal guidelines in future. Love & best wishes, & I hope you can join us again sometime Shama x

    2017-Apr-03 06:02:59

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    Review by Elvira Gill from Great Britain

    Organizer response: Dear Elvira Thank you for taking the time to review this retreat. It was a pleasure to have you with us for the Spring Detox Retreat and I was happy to know it was a very enjoyable experience for you. I hope we will see you again sometime. With love & best wishes, Shama x

    2017-Apr-03 05:31:31

Testimonials

  • Review by Lucia Garavaglia
    10 out of 10

    "Shama's Yoga, Ayurveda and Meditation retreat offers a pause from the frenetic pace of the world, to take time to go deeper into yourself. After only three days, I am impressed with the striking progress seen in some of the other participants' practice. Shama is able to push her students' limits with a meditative and varied practice. I love the way she connects with everyone on a personal level, being caring and careful to the needs of each student"

    Kindred Spirit magazine, edited

  • Review by Anna
    10 out of 10

    "Hi Shama, I thoroughly enjoyed my week with you and very much appreciated energy and enthusiasm and, indeed, your passion for yoga and the Ayurvedic philosophy."

    "I learned a great deal. I have vowed 'not to keep sorting through the garbage' but to just 'throw it out', and I am attempting to put this into practice.I loved the way you taught us, in your calm manner, to meditate (a completely new practice for me and I never thought I would manage it) and I put time aside each day. Your voice comes into my head 'still the mind' and I can just go there now to my 'place'so peaceful. My resting heart rate now reduced from 68 to 63, and I am feeling calmer. I returned to my regular beachside yoga class feeling much more confident and did a yoga workshop this weekend. I felt my body positioning was much better after your guidance. "

    Love Yoga Healing website, edited

  • Review by Katie from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you very much for everything last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and thank you for all your support when I had my emotional time! I thought the location was amazing I loved it and really enjoyed getting into yoga again. The meditation and chanting were so calming, I have been humming the chanting in the morning when I wake, doing some sun salutations in my garden first thing. Long may it continue! I would really like to come to one of your workshop days and I would love to come again next year! Lots of love and a huge thank you again for such a wonderful week."

    Love Yoga Healing website, edited

  • Review by Pia Henfridsson from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Shama for the lovely week you put together for us at Cyprus. The full moon retreat was indeed an amazing mind, body, and soul yoga experience. Namaste."

    Love Yoga Healing Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Nikki Weclawek from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "I have been on two of the Cyprus retreats and taken huge amounts away from both. I always thought I did yoga prior to these retreats but I now realize I didn't really! With such a great teacher who truly cares, I have finally started to learn yoga; the mind, body, and soul kind! Thanks, Shama."

    Love Yoga Healing Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Cecilia Diana from Sweden
    10 out of 10

    "I attended the full moon retreat in May 2016. I had the chance to experience this through my friend who now lives in England and knows the talented Shama (since I live in Sweden). A retreat for body, soul, and mind, and I take many new skills, experiences, and friends with me home."

    Love Yoga Healing Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Diana Owen from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "Amazing full moon retreat in Cyprus led by Shama, a full program from dawn to dusk (nearly) going deeply into many aspects of yoga and the divine feminine. Thanks Shama for all the fun we had, the joy we shared, and the opportunity to deepen our practice in such beautiful surroundings. This was my second year on these retreats - looking forward to the next one!"

    Love Yoga Healing Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Mandy McLeod from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "Shama's dedication to and love of yoga in all its forms shines through in all of her teachings, it's a privilege to share in this. Both of the retreats I have enjoyed in Cyprus have been huge life enhancing."

    Love Yoga Healing Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Lauren from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "Dear Shama, I contacted quite a few yoga teachers when making my first enquiries, and to be completely honest you were the only person who came back to me and said you would be able to help, which I find quite hard to believe considering that the benefits of yoga during any kind of life-altering situation like that are fairly well documented. As for myself, I truly believe that learning basic beginners poses and breathing exercises helped me immeasurably during my treatment last year, both physically and mentally. I feel that they (combined with traditional medical intervention) helped to keep my immune system healthy, strong, and on track not once during my treatment was I neutropenia, which I've been told is quite rare. Physically, the exercises helped ease general joint pain and my digestive system, and the arm / shoulder ones were a great accompaniment to the general physic exercises I had been set to help improve the movement in my arm post-surgery. I also found the short relaxation exercises you taught me invaluable in being able to mentally deal with insomnia, which becomes part and parcel with all of the drugs. Post treatment, I have found the general mindset that you get from yoga to be brilliant in helping to deal with day-to-day stress: in going back to work, and also having to deal with the events of the last year. My arm is still at risk of lymphedema, and the gentle stretching that yoga encourages I have found to be the best way of helping to keep this at bay, and reducing symptoms when they start."

    Love Yoga Healing website, edited

  • Review by Karen Dodd from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "I am 58 years old, female and always loved swimming and exercise but despite being active, I gained three stone in weight over a five year period. I thought I was lazy and greedy until I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism. I had so many clothes and shoes that I couldnt wear. At the start of this year I began to practice yoga with Shama in Alveston and Wellesbourne, and it has had a big impact on my weight, my shape and my health. Before I started to practice yoga, I had mobility problems due to pain, fatigue and insomnia. I could not work for long periods at the computer or standing due to pain. The pain began as two frozen shoulders which then lead to back pain. I had stopped doing a lot of things for fear of hurting my back. Yoga has given me the confidence to start doing all the things I had stopped doing for fear of triggering pain. I had always swam a lot and for 2 years did not swim which left me feeling weak and tired. I joined Walton Hall so that I could start practicing yoga. And after just four classes, I began to realized I was sleeping all night, waking up earlier, I could now do the gardening and computer work without having to stop. Yoga has given me the ability to work and play in a way I did in my youth. I have always had a happy disposition and a spring in my step, but I lost that due to pain. Yoga over the past 6 months has really healed a lot of the problems I had been having with my body. And through the education given in class, I now know that if aches and pains arise, I have the right understanding to get rid of the pain. One of the reasons I was attracted to yoga was to manage the challenge of my only child going off to university have been able to cope with the separation very well, I know it is early days but yoga has managed my moods through recent stressful events.After yoga I sleep soundly and wake up earlier than ever before have not had the usual reactive depression to these big changes that I probably would have had in the past before I took up yoga. Shama is a gentle teacher and has helped me to maximize my potential within the limits of my body, its strengths and weaknesses. I had a few private lessons in the beginning to learn the practices in detail, and this gave me the confidence to attend more classes and improve my own practice. I now have much more strength, flexibility and general confidence. And regular yoga practice has helped my health in many ways."

    Love Yoga Healing website, edited

  • Review by Kate Findley from Great Britain
    10 out of 10

    "Hi, Shama. Thank you so much for helping me with my lower back problems. The exercises you showed me have really worked and I have much less trouble getting to sleep. I was really impressed with the way you assessed my weak areas and designed a program specifically designed for me. I really enjoy your yoga classes too. I have tried yoga several times before and you are definitely the best teacher!"

    Love Yoga Healing website, edited

  • Review by Katie
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you very much for everything last week. I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience and thank you for all your support when I had my emotional time! I thought the location was amazing. I loved it and really enjoyed getting into yoga again. The meditation and chanting were so calming, I have been humming the chanting in the morning when I wake, doing some sun salutations in my garden first thing. Long may it continue! Thank you for the Dropbox photos. They are lovely. I am not sure how to put some of the photos I took in the Dropbox but I will try. If not, I may have to wait till one of my kids can do it for me when they come home! I would really like to come to one of your workshop days and I would love to come again next year! Lots of love and a huge thank you again for such a wonderful week."

    Love Yoga Healing website, edited

Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

Love Yoga Healing offers the healing power of Hatha yoga, Ayurveda, and meditation retreats in beautiful natural settings in UK and Cyprus.

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Departure:
Saturday September 23, 2017
(8 days / 7 nights)

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