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Recharge and rejuvenate with Mahala Yoga on this yoga and wellness spa retreat to the stunningly beautiful and blissfully quiet Greek island of Amorgos. You will be practicing a blend of Yin yoga and Vinyasa flow yoga with some powerful meditation sessions while overlooking the small harbor town and bay of Aegialis. Mahala Yoga guarantees you a warm and friendly welcome and relaxing escape from it all.
Accommodation comes as a choice of an airy, clean, and comfortable superior classic or superior modern room, each with a balcony or terrace and ocean views, tastefully decorated and furnished with everything you'd expect, including a flat screen TV, direct dial telephone, designer bed linen, bath robes and pool towels, slippers, and Wi-Fi.
The hotel is so far removed from the demands of 21st century living, Mahala Yoga challenges you to do anything other than reinvigorate and renew.
Handmade forged iron beds, classic line furniture, and designer linens set the mood. The guests enjoy breath-taking views of Aegiali port and Nikouria Island from the room's veranda.
These rooms feature state-of-the-art facilities in a minimal Cycladic design mentality and present a subtle, elegant, and modern comfort. Enjoy the splendid view of the Aegean from your private balcony.
Mahala Wall is the Mahala Yoga founder and Chief Executive Officer, yoga teacher, massage and alternative therapist, retreat host, and mother. With over 14 years of various yoga, holistic therapy, and hosting experience under her belt, you can expect a complete overhaul of your body and mind in Mahala's tune-up yoga classes and on her retreats, which are suitable for any level of fitness.
Dirish comes from a creative arts background and injects his creativity into his classes. His work has been described as inspiring, rejuvenating, mindful, and dynamic. He is a teacher in Vinyasa flow, Yin and Yang, Shakti dance, and he also leads gong meditations. He continues to expand his practice and teaching skills with regular expeditions to Los Angeles and India. Dirish's teaching focuses on the breath and alignment, bringing you to a state of inner peace and still point in your practice.
Amorgos is the easternmost island of the Greek Cyclades group with around 1,900 friendly inhabitants who are mainly spread out between two small port towns at either end of the island and a few picturesque mountain villages in between.
There's no airport, meaning the island if only accessible by ferry, and the fact that it's naturally covered in thriving, medicinal wild flowers, herbs, and plants all surrounded by crystal clear water which makes it the perfect location for a deeply-relaxing escape.
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The Ambrosia Gallery Restaurant is where you will have your Greek and / or continental style breakfast with organic ingredients from the hotel garden and your plentiful vegetarian and vegan dinners. It boasts uninterrupted and enchanting views out over the bay to the mountains of Aegialis, making meal times a but of a magical experience, a secret haven of peace and tranquility.
Group excursions of ancient Amorgos are available and can be arranged and booked with the hotel reception team. It is also possible to hire a car to explore the island. Fancy a dip in the tempting turquiose waters? The sandy beaches are only a stone's throw away from the hotel.
After your swim and before you can relax on the beach, you can have a lazy-lunch at one of the unique beachfront restaurants where you can sample the local and traditional Greek dishes on offer and constantly changing mountain-framed view of the bay. Here are also a few extra activities you can enjoy:
This monastery was built upon the ruins of an ancient water oracle and was dedicated to god Apollo. You can still see the water running in the church.
Learn traditional Greek and Amorgian recipes, easily done at home upon return. This activity costs 35 EUR per person including lunch from the dishes prepared during class.
Including a visit to the 1000-year old monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa, which was built in the cliffs 300 meters above the sea.
This activity costs 15 EUR per person.
Learn about the world famous local herbs of Amorgos and its medicinal and cosmetic properties. This activity costs 25 EUR per person.
Visit the villages of Tholaria, Langada, and Potamos for 15 EUR per person.
Chora has picturesque valleys, 40 churches, and 12 windmills on the surrounding hills. This tour costs 35 EUR per person.
Guests have unrestricted access to the spa facilities, meaning unlimited use of the indoor pool, hammam, Jacuzzi, sauna, and gym. In addition to the 30-minute massage that's included as standard with your retreat booking, a further 10% discount is available for you to use on other treatments that you can book directly with the spa upon arrival, so you can really indulge, lose yourself, and make the most of this therapeutic hideaway.
After detoxifying steam bath, your skin is carefully covered with savon noir, based on olive oil and rich in vitamin E. In continuation, an energizing kessa glove exfoliation that leaves your body feeling vibrant and pure.
An aromatic blend of fresh Amorgian herbs mixed with organic local products such as honey, virgin olive oil, thyme, and wild sage.
An exclusive exfoliation that combines alum stone, firming astringent effects with the nourishing and replenishing properties of honey and royal jelly.
A powerful massage to support anti-cellulite treatments.
According to your state of mind and mood, you will choose an essential oil from the local distillery which will be blended to natural body oil. It is a soothing massage for all senses that regulates and balances the body and mind.
This very special therapy will make your feel focused, alert, and deeply rested. The whole body will feel the benefits of this exploring and realigning nervous system. Perfect to combine with all other body treatments.
Escape from stress and relax with a beneficial massage for feet and legs. Foot massage is part of the holistic massage and it is recommended to everybody in order to find mental and physical balance and wellnesss. Enjoy a short break after a tiring day.
An energetic massage offering the ultimate relaxation. Deeply soothed senses and absolute emotional rejuvenation. A full-body masse using organic essential oils. The procedure of this treatment is a synergy of foot reflexology techniques, Shiatsu, Californian, and Ayurvedic massage. It is a very flexible massage, tailor-made for your needs.
Your energy pathways will unblock. Any distress, anxiety, or tension will be immediately reduced, effecting all levels including mental, emotional, and sensorial.
A relaxing massage that contains using hot stones. It solves the muscle tension, discharges from stress, and helps towards the detoxification of the body, relieves from pain, improves blood circulation, and leads to peace of mind.
A massage therapy inspired by the South East Asian tradition, with aromatic pouches immersed into spicy cocktail and perfumed oil. A unique relaxing experience that makes your body smooth and glowing.
Enjoy a full body relaxing massage with the beneficial properties of aromatherapy combined with Shea Butter, the homonymous tree that grows in the savannahs of Africa. It gives deep hydration and nutrition to your skin while travelling your senses into a magical world of scents of your choice.
A deeply relaxing massage starting up from the head down to the feet. It relaxes the muscles that are in tension because of stress. It increases the blood and lymph circulation and releases the toxins from muscles.
This ancient massage technique has been handed down through the centuries. Based on the application of pressure along the energy lines of the body together with the stretching of the muscles, Thai massage stimulates energy flow and eases muscles, replacing tension and stress with a feeling of energy and peace.
Transfer from and to this airport is available upon request. You can fly-in to either Athens International Airport (ATH) or Naxos Island National Airport (JNX). Arriving into Athens is the lower priced of the two possible routes and offers you the opportunity to, maybe, arrange a bonus stop-over in Athens and explore the city this way.
Naxos is the higher priced of the two possible routes, reducing ferry travel time to three and a half hours, ideal if you are not up for the adventure of getting to Amorgos from Athens, but it is quite tricky to get the Amorgos-Naxos ferry and Naxos flights to sync up.
First and foremost, you will need to be at the port of Piraeus, Athens, no later than 16:30, on Tuesday, April 5 - the ferry departs for Amorgos at 17:30, and if you miss the boat you will have to wait 24 hours for the next one. Your transfer coach will collect you when you disembark on Amorgos.
"Mahala is a naturally tuned-in yoga teacher. She instinctively knows and feels the energy and mood of the class and tailors the sequences and postures accordingly. I have been practicing yoga for more than seven years now and never felt such a connection to a teacher before. I am so happy to have found her and recommend her to all my friends and my husband now comes every week too! I feel that my understanding of yoga has deepened and listening to my body and trusting it with guidance from Mahala has been wonderful. Not only that, my body has never been in better shape with more definition and core strength than ever before. If you want a yoga class to be more than just physical and a spiritual, energetic, positive experience, Mahala's classes are for you."
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"During my first class with Mahala, I burst into laughter in the middle of my very first tree pose. Why haven't I started this before? What took me so long to start appreciating my body, my mind and my breath? The whole is bigger than the sum of its parts. I thought I understood the meaning of this until I started doing yoga with Mahala. Some people feel the effects of yoga faster than others. I was one of those who felt it fast. Yoga practice made me proud of my body and love every single part of it. And the more I loved it, the more I aware I became - of it's details, of it's changes, of it's beauty... of what it really held inside. My soul. If this body is the place that my soul calls home, I thought to myself one day, I'd better make it a brilliant one. Master your body to ease the path for your mind to do what it really wants to do. You might want to start by balancing out a tree pose. But trust me, you will grow far beyond the tree you were expecting to see."
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"I first met Mahala nine months ago. I only did two classes with her before I decided to go on a yoga retreat to India with her! We had a fantastic time in Goa last autumn with a group of her yoga students and I have also since been to the wonderful island of Amorgos on another retreat with Mahala. I love Mahala's classes because she inspires me to go further. Mahala always says "just try and move a millimetre more" and I find I can move a couple of centimetres more! When I start to learn a pose I always think "I'll never be able to do that" but with Mahala's encouragement I find that each week I improve a little more."
"Yoga is changing my life for the better. I feel stronger, calmer, happier, more flexible, more confident, have better posture and sleep better. This inspires me to carry on. I have not felt so committed to any exercise programme before and this is due to Mahala's encouragement and supervision. We also have a lot of fun and laughter in the class! I recommend Mahala wholeheartedly and am so glad I met her."
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