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7 Days Stress Relief and Digital Detox Yoga Holiday in La Habana, Cuba

Private House, San Lazaro y M, Vedado, La Habana, Cuba

Stress Free Yoga Holiday Cuba

Stress continues to be a major problem in the lives of most people, 77% of people regularly "experience physical symptoms caused by stress" - according to Forbes. Do you want to discover the real Cuba while melting your stress away? Imagine hanging out with a marvelous group of people in harmony, a relaxing afternoon of Hatha yoga practice with Ludisis, while watching the sun sets on the horizon into the water. The sky, at sunset, shows beautiful ranges of blues that interlace between the soft clouds and a homemade aroma is felt from the delicious dinner prepared by Lucia, your local chef. Come, enjoy your life!

Meet the instructors

Ludisis Caridad
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Highlights

  • Authentic yoga practices
  • Get insider secrets and history of Cuba
  • Walking tour of Old Havana and non-touristic neighborhoods
  • Be more relaxed and refreshed than you’ve ever been
  • Explore Cuba with a local Cuban tour guide
  • Learn how to make your own tobacco
  • 6 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, Spanish, English
The maximum participants in the group is 8
Airport transfer available:
José Martí International Airport (US$28 per person)
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Steam room
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Concierge desk
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga studio
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Child care
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Newspapers
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance

In Havana, the private house is located very close to the main cultural and historical sites of the city, the colorful life of Havana gives it a familiar and vintage style. In Vinales Valley, the casa particular is located in the middle of the mountains of the valley where you can enjoy the best sunsets and practice yoga from the terrace on the roof of the house.

In both accommodations, Yalorde Yoga provides personalized assistance and all the services you need to make your stay during the retreat a wonderful one. The accommodations are local owned houses and are the best way to experience Cuba and support Cuban Families.

Program

Day 1: Welcome to Cuba

Today you will arrive in Cuba and Ludisis will pick you up at the José Martí International Airport (HAV). You will be transferred to Casa Particular (a guest house). The transfer will take around 35 minutes. Upon arrival, your local hosts will warmly welcome you and show you your room. Then in the afternoon, you will have a welcome ceremony in which, you will meet the other participants and will have dinner together at a local eatery (privately owned restaurant).

Day 2: Havana, a city of history and traditions

Today, in the morning, you will be invited for a relaxing session of Hatha yoga that will prepare you for the rest of the activities of the day. Your local hosts will prepare a delicious breakfast in which you will be delighted with tropical fruits such as guava or papaya.

Immerse yourself in the culture and history of the Cuban capital! Today, you will make a walking tour of Old Havana in English. Old Havana is one of the fifteen municipalities of the province of Havana. You will enter into its historic center which, together with its system of fortifications, was declared a World Heritage Site in 1982 by UNESCO. The historical center of Havana has 3370 buildings, most with a great environmental and patrimonial value.

Walking through this city of Intramuros, you will know its most characteristic symbols such as El Capitolio, El Templete, La Giraldilla, and El Castillo de Los Tres Reyes del Morro, the latter was inaugurated in 1630 and is the symbol that welcomes the city to those who arrive it by sea. You will also appreciate the five main squares that define the physiognomy of the old city: Armas, Plaza de San Francisco de Assis, Plaza de la Catedral, Plaza Vieja, and Plaza del Cristo.

In addition to visiting historical sites, you will a visit non-tourist neighborhoods to learn about the life of the locals, learn about the Cuban currency, and the peculiar lively and boisterous life of the Habaneros. Finally, you will finish the day with an exciting Cuban salsa class.

Day 3: Behind the Cuban tobacco route in the Valley of Viñales

Valley of Viñales is located in the Western most of Cuban provinces, its main attraction for tourists is its natural beauty. Today, you will visit one of Cuba's natural cathedral called "Pinar del Rio". The province is not only famous for the Viñales Valley, to Unesco world cultural landscape, but also for growing the best tobacco in the world.

In the natural park, you will be amazed at the unique mogotes, hillocks of limestone, honeycombed with cavities, and with a nearly flat top. Here in Viñales, you will get to know the Cuban tobacco growing process, where farmers transmit their secrets from fathers to sons. At the end of the day, you will have a session of silent meditation surrounded by the majestic mountains of Viñales Valley, meet your inner being and fill yourself with the purity that the valley offers you.

Day 4: Relief stress in Viñales Valley

Today you can take optional excursions to Cayo Jutia or just spend time in the stunning Viñales Valley. Morning Hatha yoga and meditation in the middle of nature are some of the activities that you can enjoy today.

Day 5: Enjoy Havana like a local

After breakfast, you will embark a trip to Havana in a tourist public bus. The Afro-Cuban religion or Santeria came to the island when the Africans are brought to Cuba as slaves. In Cuba, this belief was syncretized and in the present is one of the most popular beliefs in Cuba. Today, you will visit a temple of local practitioners who will teach you their rituals, ceremonies, and the characteristics of each deity.

Afterward, you can enjoy salsa dance lessons with a local expert in Havana will make you feel happy and relax. An Afro-Cuban or Cuban salsa dance workshop of your choice is included this afternoon. At night one of the most important shows in the country brings you artists from the winner of several Grammys "Buena Vista Social Club".

Day 6: Day tour to Varadero Beach

This morning, you are going to the most beautiful beach in Cuba: Varadero. Enjoy an excursion to Bacunayagua Bridget. Lunch will be in a typical paladar restaurant.

Day 7: Hasta Luego Cuba

Today, you start your day with a morning yoga session followed by breakfast and check out.

Included excursions

  • Old Havana walking tour with Ludisis Mones
  • Day excursion to Varadero Beach in public tourist bus
  • Tobacco interactive workshop in Viñales Valley
  • Afro Cuban culture or Santería workshops and a visit to real local Yoruba temple
  • Excursion to a non-touristy neighborhood in Havana with Ludisis Mones
  • Two Cuban salsa dancing lessons

Instructors

Ludisis Caridad Mones Castellanos

Retreat location

Set in the rich culture and beauty of Cuba, "the Pearl of the Caribbean". You will have the opportunity to explore Havana, Varadero, and Viñales.

Food

The breakfast includes exotic tropical fruits, omelet, natural juices, fresh bread, homemade jams, Cuban desserts, milk and the best coffee in the world: Cuba's! In Trinidad, your hostesses Lisandra and Sonia will cook delicious traditional food from the Santi Spiritus region, without a doubt this will be a great opportunity to enter their kitchen and learn how to prepare some of these delicious dishes.

If you prefer vegetarian food, please letYalorde Yogas know when you make your reservation and they will provide vegetarian dishes. Among the dishes that you will enjoy at this retreat are:

Vegetarians

  • Fried Rice with Sautéed Vegetables (Arroz Frito Con Verduras Salteadas)
  • Diced fresh Cuban pumpkin with an herb and onion dressing (Calabaza Fresca con un aderezo de hierbas y cebolla)
  • Stuffed tomatoes filled with sautéed vegetables (Tomatoes Rellenos De Verduras Salteadas)
  • Sweet corn fritter (Buñuelos de maíz dulce)
  • Potato cake filled with seasonal vegetables (Pastel de papa Relleno de vegetables)
  • Tamales

Regular food

  • Ropa vieja (Cuban-style shredded beef)
  • Congris
  • Mojo-Marinated Pork Shoulder Roast (Pernil Roast With Mojo)
  • Cuban-Style Chicken Stew (Fricassee de Pollo)
  • Fish with Escabeche Sauce (Pickled Fish)
  • Ajiaco
  • Yucca with Mojo sauce

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for

  • Vegetarian
  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Seafood

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Seafood
  • Fruitarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Two hours Hatha yoga private class with Ludisis Mones - 50 CUC

What's included

  • 6 nights beautiful accommodation in Cuban Casas Particulares
  • Daily relaxing Hatha yoga sessions with Ludisis
  • Transportation in public tourist bus to and from Havana, Viñales, and Varadero
  • Walking tour of Old Havana and non-touristic neighborhoods with the local Ludisis
  • Tobacco workshop in which you can learn from the farmer the cultivation process and how to roll Cuban tobacco with your hands
  • A visit to Afro Cuban temples and workshops
  • 2 salsa lessons with a local expert
  • Deepening bonds with a Cuban Family
  • 7 breakfasts lovingly prepared by a local staff
  • Excursion to Bacunayagua Bridget "the tallest Bridget of Cuba"

What's not included

  • Flights tickets and any visas required
  • Meals
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Availability

Arrival: Friday August 23, 2019
Departure: Thursday August 29, 2019

Holiday information

This yoga holiday requires a minimum of three people.

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