As the sun slowly rose, birds chanted and the pink sky emanated everywhere. Surrounded by the majestic mountains of southern Andalucia in Spain, we were in Paradise. Yes, an oasis of natural wonders, charm and tranquility in Casa de Laila, a Yoga Glamping; glamourous camping spot nestled the hillside of Alhaurín el Grande.
A little paradise
Yes, a little paradise offering an intimate and coquettish glamping experience, as well as exquisite vegetarian meals. Hosting my last Yoga and Artful Living Retreat with Emily Gilchrist, yogini who I had the pleasure of meeting in Addis Abeba, Ethiopa, was a true pleasure.
Luckily we were the first group to practice at the new Caña Yoga Shala, the yoga room. The shala was artisanally hand-made under the expert guidance of Canya Viva, using more than 40,000 cañas (local bamboos), sand and natural fibers. A true architectural majesty!
Our daily activities
The 7-day progressive morning Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga program was tailored to all levels, from beginners, intermediate and advanced, to Mysore style practitioners. Coupled to morning oil pulling, Kriyas and Pranayama sequences, as taught by Sri O.P. Tiwari, Director of the Kaivalyadhama Center in Lonalva, India.
After the morning practices, we covered a relevant Sanskrit word of the Yoga Sutras that related to the topic of the daily Satsang. In the afternoons, we worked on a Yoga Art project using the Satsang reflections as an inspiration for a journal entry, as well as colorful brushstrokes on a cotton canvas, which by the end turned out to be precious works of art.
Brunch was served till noon and we had a lovely refresher before the evening session.
The evening program covered Transformational Yoga as taught by Swami Vidyanand at the SriMa International School of Transformational Yoga. Using body cleansing techniques and sound activation, the practice aims at working the four bodies including the physical, Pranic, mental, and psychic body. The session ended with a profound Yoga Nidra, a guided relaxation.
A yoga glamping
Yoga glamping suits perfectly to a yoga retreat, as it offers the best comfort in a camping-like style. It allowed us to experience yoga’s true wonders of letting go, self-observing, self-studying, self-transforming, simply cutting off all external senses and finding a space for full consciousness.
Their Moroccan-style bell tents are gorgeous, comfortable and whitely peaceful! Accompanied by a swinging hammock facing the majestic Andalucian mountains, and a little table for fun chit chatting.
After this amazing experience, I fully recommended choosing a glamping experience to complement any yoga related activities, be it any yoga retreat, spiritual gatherings, kirtans, ceremonies, relaxing vacations, meditative reading, or simply a peaceful escape away. From an amazing 7-day full program, I can say that places like Casa de Laila are a not-to-miss gem. A place where love, passion and dedication can be sensed in the air and all around.
Our hearts were full of contagious Love and Magic. Namaste!
A beautiful retreat in a magical place. Have you ever been in a retreat like this? Write us your own story or share us your comments below!