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8 Days Yoga and Diving Beginner Course in Dahab

  • The Bedouin Moon Hotel, Dahab, Egypt

Overview

Yoga Diving Beginner Course in Dahab

Learn to scuba dive or improve your diving with the ancient science of yoga through this yoga diving beginner course in Dahab. Dive in an ecologically responsible and sensitive way whilst enjoying the serene beauty of the coral reefs.

Highlights

  • Diving sessions
  • Daily yoga classes
  • Opportunity to explore Dahab
  • Visitation of Mount Moses or St. Katherines monastery
  • 7 nights of accommodation
  • Meditation practice
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 6 days with instruction
  • English
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If you are looking for somewhere with a relaxed and friendly setting with delicious food and great service, the Bedouin Moon Hotel will take you there.

At the Bedouin Moon Hotel all rooms are en-suite, with full control air conditioning and boast unrivalled Red Sea views across the Gulf of Aqaba or inspiring mountain landscape views. We have also upgraded all rooms recently and the new superior rooms boast larger bathrooms, larger private terraces and have been decorated with local fabrics and artwork.

The Bedouin Moon Hotel hosts a relaxed, comfortable feel and among other facilities you will find our stunning secluded swimming pool surrounded by colorful desert gardens, where you can sit back, relax, have a drink and enjoy the best views in Dahab.

Accommodation options:

Mountain view rooms

The recently refurbished mountain view rooms all offer views of the hotel mountain and hotel gardens. Each features an en-suite bathroom, private terrace or balcony, air-conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi connection.

Sea view rooms

The recently refurbished sea view rooms all offer unrivalled sea views across the Red Sea. Each features an upgraded en-suite bathroom, private sea view balcony, air-conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi connection.

The yoga diving course is completely unique and the first of its kind in the world. Pioneered by two experts in their field, Barbara Gordon and Monica Farrell, the week will give you an introduction to yoga and diving with a yogic approach to the latter. It is suitable for everybody - divers and non-divers, experienced yoga practitioners and beginners in both fields.

The yoga diving course combines techniques of hatha yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation with scuba diving in a beautiful, natural environment. Pre-dive Hatha yoga classes teach you to breathe, relax, concentrate and stretch in preparation for diving. The focus of yoga diving is to bring about inner transformations through meditative experiences of the body/mind both on land and under the sea. We combine yoga asanas and breathing with diving techniques. This approach brings us to incredible close encounters with nature and helps us feel stillness, relaxation and altered states of consciousness.

A yoga and meditation practice in the quiet of the Sinai desert and floating in the pristine blueness and living colors of the Red Sea is an experience, which cannot be compared. Combining yoga and diving allows us to experience another body-consciousness through the weightlessness achieved through diving.

Non-divers will learn diving in an open, respectful and natural way and receive a relevant PADI certification. Certified divers can markedly better their buoyancy skills and ability to observe the life undersea, as well as, increase lung capacity and improve air consumption. The course has also helped many to overcome their fear of water. All diving groups are small, so that our instructors can spend as much time with each individual as required. Many of our guests have commented that they feel incredibly looked after.

For all, yoga diving removes stress and encourages freedom from thought. Diving helps you to experience breath and movement underwater as a form of meditation. Taught together, diving and yoga can open you up to different worlds, both inner and outer.

Beginners course overview

Each day begins with an 08:00 yoga class, which teaches you to breathe properly and prepares you for the sport element of diving. Your diving instruction begins where the yoga leaves off with very gentle introduction to equipment and breathing underwater on your first dive. As a beginner you will dive in shallow, easy locations while still surrounded by the beauty of undersea life - no swimming pool work is necessary as tuition is either one to one or in a very small group with your instructor.

Relaxation and safety are the goals of your diving and skills are taught at your own pace in a relaxed manner.

  • Day 1: Arrival
  • Day 2: 8 a.m. yoga class followed by breakfast, tuition, and 2 dives
  • Day 3: 8 a.m. yoga class followed by breakfast, tuition, and 2 dives
  • Day 4: Free day
  • Day 5: 8 a.m. yoga class followed by breakfast, tuition, and 2 dives
  • Day 6: 8 a.m. yoga class followed by breakfast, tuition, and 2 dives
  • Day 7: 8 a.m. yoga class, breakfast, written exam
  • Day 8: 8 a.m. yoga class, breakfast, departure

The group also generally goes out for dinner together a couple of evenings in the week to one of Dahab's many restaurants. On your day off you can visit the famous Mount Moses and/or visit St Katherines Monastery. You can also go to snorkel at Ras Abu Galum, a small Bedouin village one hour north of Dahab up the coastline. Bedouin live there as they have done for centuries and it is still without electricity. There is wonderful snorkeling there and you can stay the night there hosted by Bedouin. There is still plenty of time for additional activities which include diving, snorkeling, camel or horse riding, desert dinner/meditation, trekking, mountaineering and wind/kite surfing.

Barbara Gordan

Barbara has been teaching yoga for over 30 years. Born in Scotland, she started her yoga studies in London and from there went to the Sivananda ashram in Val Morin Canada and studied with Swami Vishnudevananda in the Sivananda style of teaching yoga. Sivananda is a soft gentle style of yoga with emphasis on breathing and relaxation.

Barbara then returned to London and set up the Sivananda center. Since then, she has taught over a quarter of a million people yoga over the years and trained many of London's now leading teachers. She teaches yoga and runs courses all over the world and to date has certified over 300 yoga teachers.

Boris Majkic

  • Boris is a PADI instructor, IANTD technical diver and meditation practitioner. A self-named Zen diver Boris brings his meditation practice to his diving instruction.

Monica Farrell

A professional recreational and technical dive Instructor for 16 years and yoga teacher for 6 years, Monica Farrell lives and works in Dahab on the Red Sea coast. With over 5000 dives under her belt, Monica hasn't lost the feeling of what it's like to be a novice diver, and her encouragement, patience and care are traits, which our visitors comment on time after time.

Since pioneering yoga diving in 2002, Monica has spent her time between teaching the yoga diving course and promoting the benefits of yoga diving throughout the world.

Dahab is one of the Red Seas oldest diving resorts and hosts some of the most spectacular and challenging dive sites in Egypt. It is now just as popular as a budget holiday resort location for those who simply want to relax and get some sun, however with camel safaris, snorkeling trips, and desert excursions to name a few days out, theres plenty to keep you occupied too.

The yoga diving courses take place at Reef 2000 Dive Centre located at the beautiful Bedouin Moon Hotel on the northern outskirts of Dahab - a haven of natural beauty on the idyllic Red Sea Coast.

Activities
  • Camel riding/rental nearby
  • Diving
  • Hiking nearby
  • Horse riding/rental nearby
  • Massage
  • Scuba diving nearby
  • Snorkeling nearby
  • Stargazing nearby
  • Swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Balcony
  • Beach nearby
  • Garden
  • Poolside bar
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
Services
  • ATM/banking nearby
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Room cleaning
  • Wireless internet

The restaurant and pool bar are fully licensed and offer a mouth watering menu from a simple bar snack to a feast of dishes combining the best of International and Middle Eastern cuisine. A full open buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant where your eggs are prepared any way you choose and the chefs pancakes are limitless and a truly spectacular way to start your day.

The weekly Bedouin Moon pool barbeque is the best smell in Egypt and tastes even better than it smells. With an enormous selection of meats salads and dips it turns the heads of hungry meat eaters and veggies alike. The pool bar & restaurant sits at the base of the mountain and serve a selection of beers wines and spirits to the thirsty - it also has a full menu available.

Once a week we leave the pool bar & restaurant and head for the hills for a traditional Bedouin dinner in the mountains where the Bedouin cook freshly prepared food on an open fire under the moon and a million desert stars.

Activities in Dahab and excursions in and around Dahab include boat and camel safaris, quad bike riding and desert trekking. Diving, snorkeling, windsurfing, kite surfing and other water sports can all be arranged at Reef 2000 Dive Center next to the Bedouin Moon.

Excursions include trips to St Catherines monastery or Mount Sinai to watch an inspirational sunrise over the desert and mountains from the summit. Trips to the Colored Canyon, Wadi Gnai, the White Canyon or the Oasis of Ain Hudra can be arranged.

An over night trip to Cairo or a 2 day trip to Petra in Jordan will cross off a couple of the ancient wonders of the world from your list.

Our yoga and massage therapists offer tailor made holistic treatment based on your individual needs and mood. Massage is always at hand to help you unwind and relax and is on call any time from reception of the Bedouin Moon Hotel.

  • 7 nights B&B at the Bedouin Moon Hotel
  • 6 yoga classes
  • 4 days diving (2 dives per day) with full equipment and tuition
  • Transportation and return airport transfers.

Arrival by airplane

If you are looking for flights to Dahab you can fly direct to Sharm el Sheikh or Taba airport.

Arrival by bus

There are also buses available from the Sharm or Taba bus station to Dahab. You need to get a taxi to the bus station from the airport and though you may have to wait for a couple of hours, the trip is very affordable.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Sunra Yoga an inquiry.
  • Review by Tessa

    "I've had a lovely yoga week in Gozo. It turned out it was only a max of 4 students sharing a house and taking the classes twice a day. The house in Sannat was lovely, roof terrace overlooking the hills and the host of the house, Karen, also cooking us diner every night, was the most lovely lady you can imagine. The other 3 girls and I had the most amazing time together. Jon, our yoga teacher, was most willing to live up to our yoga wishes so there was a lot of individual attention.Communication wise, Sunra was not as professional as they present themselves online. It turned out this was the first time they had the yoga week on that location in Sannat and it came with a lot of unclarities. There was not enough space on the rooftop terrace to fit 4 yoga mats, the described optional trip to Comino wasn't mentioned during the week, the sunset mediation we had to ask for and arrange ourselves, half of the pictures showed online were from a different location, there were no cushions and props provided, and so on. It was in the little things, but added up. It was pretty disappointing that Barbara, the owner, started in defense when answering my email about these things that they've presented to me online differently. Although the yoga itself and the location was great, the communication from Sunra wasn't and that's something to mention."

    ""

    "Response from Sunra Yoga:"

    "Dear Tessa,"

    "I am very sorry for your disappointment with some aspects of the holiday but very pleased nonetheless that you did enjoy yourself and that you were very happy with the yoga, location and food. It was our third holiday, not the first at this venue, but it is our first summer working in Gozo so we have experienced some teething problems. In addition I have had a number of health issues and have been unable to be as hands on as I normally would. We are currently addressing all of your issues, the yoga roof space has been improved to accommodate 5 people and we have updated the itinerary to make it clear regarding the Camino trip on the day off is optional and not arranged by ourselves. Jon had been instructed to do a sunset meditation but didn’t realise it was supposed to be at the beach and instead did it on the roof, which is my mistake. After you wrote to me regarding it not being at the beach I rectified this immediately by arranging for the yoga and sunset meditation to take place the next day at the Azure Window which as I understand you all thoroughly enjoyed. Given this is my first summer working in Gozo I should’ve taken the 5pm beach yoga off the site during the summer as it is really too hot. Regarding the different pics online, it was stated that the holidays were taking place at two different locations in Gozo and pics of both were on the websites. Throughout August all were in the venue in Sannat, which was the info all guests were given upon first enquiry. Regarding props and cushions I explained that in the Sivananda system we do not use props ie blocks, straps or ropes & as far as I was concerned I felt the cushions available in the house were adequate, having used some of them myself when teaching there. Since your feedback we will be considering props for future guests unfamiliar with the Sivananda system. I’m really sorry if I came across as defensive in response to your email, but it was in no way my intention. I appreciate your honest feedback, am addressing all the issues & hope you continue with your practice."

    BookYogaRetreats.com, edited

  • Review by Maria
    10 out of 10

    "Just came home after such an amazing week in Gozo. It was fantastic. No words. It was my first experience, but I can say with 100% confidence it was unforgettable. People I met on this retreat became my souls and teachers. Beautiful place, very special atmosphere, lots of sun, lots of emotions. The best for me and reason why I chose specifically this retreat, was small groups to stay and practice yoga with. We always had attention of our lovely teacher, John and enjoyed time spent together. Anyway, I will definitely repeat it! Thank you."

    BookYogaRetreats.com, edited

  • Review by Catherine from Vienna, Austria
    8 out of 10

    "The Bedouine Moon Hotel is a really nice hotel with very beautiful rooms and a great pool area. The staff is very friendly and they read your wishes from your lips so that you already feel familiar after a few days of vacation. I also really enjoyed the morning yoga classes with our great teacher Natalie. The divesites (blue whole, murray gardens and the canyon) were fascinating and I felt really safe due to our professional diving instructor Camal from Reef2000. Although because of the political situation there a very few tourists that visit Dahab, which is very sad and brings negative business for the local people."

    BookYogaRetreats.com, edited

  • Review by Ford from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Barbara Gordon is a personable host. She's loved in the community, which she knows deeply and enjoys sharing. In yoga class, she shows precise attention to details, using adjustments to allow for the optimal alignment. Nataly Dubok taught evening classes with incredible efficiency and intelligence. Once I articulated my aims, she knew how to lead me on a fun, unique, and rewarding journey, using a vast repertoire of poses. In my ten years of practice, she's the most unpretentious yet knowledgeable yoga teacher I've met, capable of inspiring laughter, trust, coordination, and progress.I highly recommend Sunra Yoga. These ladies are talented, compassionate, and original. They genuinely want you to have a fun and worthwhile holiday."

    January 15, edited

  • Review by Annie Minns from UK
    9 out of 10

    "What an unexpected loving week, magical week. I realize how I can focus better now."

    July 2012, edited

  • Review by Sandra Jetten from USA
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you for a wonderful week full of unexpected experiences. Words can't really do it justice."

    June 2012, edited

  • Review by Kara from UK
    10 out of 10

    "Babs, Monica and everyone else, what a fabulous holiday! Thanks for my first proper yoga! Really enjoyed it and have been inspired. Magic!"

    June 2012, edited

  • Review by Simon
    10 out of 10

    "It's been a special week in so many ways Barbara and Monica have ensured that each day was in its own way something that I will carry with me."

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Claire
    10 out of 10

    "What a week! We so enjoyed it, each and every individual experience! Barbara, you are truly a beautiful person who taught me much this week, on yoga & myself I feel the yoga more when I breathe and let my body relax into it. Now I understand and will be teaching your ways within the year!"

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Dee
    10 out of 10

    "It's been a fantasy week, much relaxation and taking on new life experiences which for me is something of great value. Barbara, thanks for my gentle introduction to the art of yoga I can say it's been some time since I've felt so good within myself."

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Jeremy
    10 out of 10

    "My Sinai experience has been magical and only enhanced by losing my yoga & meditation virginity to you both. Ohm Shanti Barbara and Monica, looking forward to lots more breathing."

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Nicky
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you Barbara and Monica...for your kind eyes, generous minds & healing souls. You have taught me SO much and inspired confidence in me to live a gentler path, more self reverence, more compassion...I will remember this place of stillness and great elemental beauty...etched on my heart. For the first time in 10 years of severe ME Syndrome I feel energy!"

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Veronica
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you! Everything has been just so so fun, so chilled, so special. And I'm leaving that bit different to when I arrived (so stressed!)"

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited

  • Review by Clare and Raja
    10 out of 10

    "We've had a wonderful and inspiring time here. Thank you so much for an experience we'll never forget hope we can repeat it sometime."

    2012 Sunra Yoga website, edited