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You are searching for change, time to connect and heal or simply to get away for Christmas. Om Yoga Casablanca is happy to welcome you to your personal journey to unwind and relax at Om Yoga. Come and join them in Casablanca for your escape Christmas retreat in 2019! Enjoy a week of fun-filled and relaxing time away from the Christmas hype and usual celebration. You will leave the retreat feeling rejuvenated and ready to take on the New Year with your fresh perspective and 2020 vision.
Om Yoga is a beautiful studio with a pool that combines modern living with traditional Moroccan styling and artwork sourced both from the local medina and from as far as the Himalayas. There are three private rooms, one double room, and one shared female room (dorm) on the site. All rooms have private bathrooms inside the room.
You can choose any of the classes in which you would like to participate in while you are on retreat. Om Yoga Casablanca has weekly classes that include Bikram, Hot yoga, Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Pilates, Wall Yoga, Aerial Yoga, Bungee, Yin Yoga, Yin Yang yoga, Hatha yoga, Restorative, Hormonal Yoga, Alignment Yoga, Power yoga, and even Mysore Style. Please note that not all styles are offered every day of the week and can change from week to week.
There are additional extras like cooking lessons, surf lessons, and site seeing that they provide for an additional cost. Please note transportation is not included in any extra or sightseeing activities but can be arranged for you if needed. Please note that TRX, Wall, Bungee, and Aerial yoga need to be scheduled in advance (before arrival date) due to limited space.
Please note that classes are offered in both French and English. If you do not speak one or the other, please inform the instructors directly and they will be happy to make necessary adjustments.
Aerial yoga combines traditional mat yoga with postures suspended in soft fabric hammocks. With the help of gravity and the hammocks, you can playfully explore floating, fluid movements, and create space in your bodies without compressing your joints and spine. The feeling in the body is exquisite.
Ashtanga yoga is a system of yoga transmitted to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois (1915 - 2009). This method of yoga involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
The barre au sol uses the daily exercises of the dancers by using the barre for warm-ups before moving to the middle which uses traditional ballet techniques. Upon practicing the barre au sol, the body has the advantage of support surfaces and gravity plays differently on the force exerted on the muscles and joints. The position of sitting or lying down allows the students to focus attention on the alignment of the body and concentrate on parts that are difficult when done standing up.
Bikram is a wonderful 90-minute workout that improves fitness, flexibility, and balance as well as increasing mental alertness and concentration. Each session consists of 26 postures and two breathing exercises practiced in a heated room. Heat improves circulation, helps eliminate toxins, and reduces the risk of injury during stretching.
Though it can be challenging, it is open to students of all ages and levels. The Bikram method was created to help people overcome the increasing stress of modern life and was designed to prevent illness, injury but assist with weight loss, and reduce the effects of aging.
Fit flow fly was developed from Ashtanga yoga and made famous by Dice and Briohny Smith-Klein. Also called energy yoga, fit flow fly is a safe way to prepare your body for the challenge of inversions and arm balancing postures.
Hatha yoga is based on the postural practice of asanas and pranayama breathing and is open to students of all levels. It allows beginners to take the time to learn the basics at their own pace and can consist of both static postures and dynamic flows, such as the popular sun and moon salutations. The emphasis in Hatha yoga is on breathing and the fusion of mind and body.
This is a method of exercising that lengthens and stretches all the major muscle groups in the body in a balanced fashion. All exercises are performed in harmony with breathing, concentration, and movement control.
Power yoga is a series of dynamic movements designed to develop muscle strength, flexibility, and breath control. Closely modeled on the Ashtanga method, Power yoga is a vigorous fitness-based approach to the Vinyasa style. Regular practice ensures many benefits, namely the relaxation of the body and the development of balance.
Vinyasa yoga consists of various sequences of postures. Postures are combined to create a dynamic flow with focus placed on synchronizing the movement and breathing. Vinyasa develops strength and flexibility and provides a considerable cardiovascular benefit and increased fitness level to all practitioners.
It is a gentle form of yoga that is suitable for everyone and is practiced mostly on the floor. It consists of twenty postures each held for up to several minutes, during which time the focus is on breathing and meditation.
Yoga Nidra or 'yogic sleep' is a sleep-like state which yogis report to experience during their meditations. Yoga Nidra, lucid sleeping is nidraong the deepest possible states of relaxation while still maintaining full consciousness.
Multiple yoga classes would be available to you and you get to choose your schedule.
A special yoga class (Yin Yang, Nidra, and meditation) accompanied by sweet music, followed by a gathering around a healthy Christmas dinner and music.
You will have space just for you, and the daily schedule would be
My first experience in Yoga comes after 15 years of entrepreneurship in Canada. I went to a Bikram Yoga class with a discovery intention and ended up emotionally attached to the practice. The effect might be due to the 1h30 of heat in 6 months freezing city, however, I am deeply convinced that the real reason behind this connection is the similarities between the Bikram essence and the entrepreneurial spirit. The intensity and effectiveness of the Bikram class has the magical effect of washing out the brain and cleansing the heart; it is draining and energizing at the same time.
After seven beautiful years spent in Paris and Casablanca as an art journalist, I discovered yoga by meeting the man who is my husband today. Therefore, my first contact with the discipline was through Bikram. Within the practice, I could find the precision and concentration of my youth’s dance classes. Then, comes Savasana, the final meditation that adds some magic to these genuine moments of happiness. Following two years of intense practice, I gave way to the temptation of undergoing a rigorous training to be able to teach and open a yoga studio.
From an early age, yoga was part of Gabe Scally’s life. Having spent his teenage years in yoga studios in Casablanca and Montreal, Gabe has a strong understanding of the business development and management aspects of the wellness industry. Graduate of a business school, he deepens his knowledge in the world of yoga by training in Power Yoga and Yin Yang Yoga in France in 2017, and the method of Bungee Workout in 2018. He has been teaching at Om Yoga for three years. Since the summer of 2018, he has managed the studio Om Yoga Casablanca, aiming to combine a career in the wellness industry with
After studying international communication, Valérie naturally turned to a career in the business world. At age 38, she took her first yoga class at the Om Yoga studio, which she describes as a love at first sight. Two years later, she attended Hatha Yoga training with Noah Mc Kennah and took the opportunity to give her first classes in the studio. A revelation: giving lessons gives her as much pleasure as taking them! She followed that with a second training in Yin Yoga and decided to stop all other activities to focus solely on yoga. Valerie loves to dedicate her passion to beginners to whom
Ana discovers yoga as she builds her doctoral thesis to compensate for an intense intellectual life. After a degree in Philosophy, complementary studies in Antropology and Archeology, a doctorate in History of Science and a Master in Languages and Philosophies of Antiquity, she found in yoga an art of living that will mark her destiny. She has been practicing since her first Ashtanga Yoga Mysore style class. She has studied with teachers such as Nicholas Paul Evans, Elena Figarola, Radha and Pierre Seghir, and for the past ten years she has been working with her teacher Peter Sanson.
Graduate in business management and passionate about marketing and communication, Farida first worked as a consultant for many public and private Moroccan or international organizations. For more than 12 years, she headed the sales and marketing department of the multinational DHL in the Maghreb, a major participant in its growth. Citizen, passionate about ethics, Farida is involved in many causes: humanitarian, social, environmental. Her passion for dance and the arts gives her an active lifestyle and a constant search for well-being.
After 5 years of daily practice, Nadia went on her first 200-hour Hatha Yoga training in Bali. She was then trained in Aerial Yoga techniques by the Canadian Geneviève Berube, co-founder of the AirYogalates method. It is in France that she will be certified by Yoga Alliance, in Power Yoga, Core Yoga, and Yin Yoga.
Emmanuelle grew up in a family of sportsmen and for many years she immersed herself in intense practices of athletics, gymnastics and volleyball competitions. Her love for yoga grew very quickly, as well as her interest in Pilates in view of the after-effects of her competitive sports past. Thus in 2015, she followed the teachings of Gérard Arnaud 500H YTT in Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga. In 2016 it is under the teachings of Olivier Fernandez that she passed a 200H YTT of Power Yoga, Yin and Core Yoga. Follow-up of various workshops with Mathieu Boldrob, Cécile Roubaux, Tibetan Yoga, Dragon Dance
The very name Casablanca recalls the romance and drama of the classic Hollywood film that immortalized Morocco's most famous city. But the real romance of Casablanca lies in its beautiful beaches and stunning architecture, the burgeoning art and fashion industry, and the cosmopolitan and European lifestyle readily on offer. Casablanca is the country's economic and cultural capital and represents Morocco's constant evolution in the modern world.
The Om Yoga Center is close to the major tourist attractions and must-see sights, yet provides a welcome oasis from the bustle of the busy Casablanca streets. Tucked away in the winding idyllic palm tree-lined streets of Anfa, this stunning white Mediterranean style villa provides a relaxing and luxurious environment to call home for the duration of your stay.
The retreat is within walking distance to many of the sights listed above, and cycling is a wonderful way to see Casablanca. The easiest and most convenient way to travel is by taxi. Taxis are cheap and readily available. Om Yoga Casablanca can call a taxi and organize a pick up from the retreat.
Om Yogas cuisine takes the folklore and tasty ingredients of the traditional Moroccan recipes and integrates them with an original accent to a healthy diet. A menu of guests will find unique and delicious. The meals are healthy gourmet style and include vegetarian food, fresh fish, seafood, and on occasion chicken. For specific dietary requirements, please inform the desk upon your arrival.
Tucked away in the winding idyllic palm tree-lined streets of Anfa, the retreat is the perfect base to return after visiting one of the many nearby attractions including:
Transfer not provided
Mohammed V International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Mohammed V International Airport (CMN). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Om Yoga Casablanca will pick you up from the airport. Alternatively, you can fly into Rabat–Salé Airport (RBA) and get a cheaper flight. Om Yoga Casablanca does not organize the airport transfer from Rabat, but the train is very cheap and only one-hour long.
The easiest and most convenient way to travel is by taxi. Taxis are cheap and readily available.
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