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Going on a yoga retreat allows you time out of your busy life to turn inwards and focus just on you and your well-being with no distractions, people to please nor chores to do. Leave behind the To-do list and responsibilities and dive deep into a week of wellness with excellent yoga teachers, delicious food, full on sunshine, sandy beaches, coastal walks, and time to relax and indulge in what brings you great joy.
You will stay at a gorgeous little boutique hotel in the historic ‘old town’ of Denia, staying alongside local Spanish families. The hotel’s 18 double rooms are all en-suite and there will be a light-filled yoga studio onsite too.
The hotel was once a grand family home owned by a wealthy raisin merchant before being lovingly converted by the current Spanish owners into a stylish, unique hotel. The owners are an incredibly creative couple - artist, photographer, Ayurvedic chef, and interior designers - using their creativity and design skills to create a calming energy throughout the house.
All rooms are equipped with twin or double beds, hot and cold air-conditioning, hair-dryer, safety deposit, fresh towels, daily maid service, complimentary toiletries, and Wi-Fi. All rooms are available for single use for an additional cost.
This pure yoga retreat include carefully planned twice daily yoga sessions with plenty of alignment cues to keep you on track, different pranayama techniques, and daily meditations all of which will help your body relax, open, and strengthen. You will also delve into other aspects of a yoga practice so that you receive a full immersion into this fantastic, ancient system.
The class will be held in a beautiful, light-filled yoga studio at the hotel overlooking their lush courtyard patio. Here, Yoga Breaks Spain will open the huge glass doors wide to soak up the bird song and fresh air coming in from the sea.
The twice daily 90-minute yoga sessions combine the deep therapeutic stretches of Hatha with the warming flow of Vinyasa yoga together with some deeply restorative Yin yoga.
Morning sessions include simple Vinyasa sequences to warm the body, stretch the muscles, and open the joints, synchronizing breath with movement so that your practice becomes a calming, moving meditation. Evening sessions are quieter, slower, and more restorative holding postures a little longer and working with the breath to move deeper within.
During your yoga week, you’ll also explore other aspects of yoga to ensure you have a deep immersion into this ancient practice. Yoga Breaks Spain will balance your chakras, practice different pranayama techniques, visit the eight limbs of yoga, discuss injury prevention, identify, and move your life force (prana) within the body plus a whole ton of other good stuff that organically arises.
The level is suitable for keen beginners, those with a lapsed practice, and intermediate yogis. The teaching style is precise but relaxed. There’s no pressure to create perfect yoga postures, what’s more important is that you pay attention to how the yoga feels in your body. Likewise, there’s no room for ego as it’s not what this retreat is about. It doesn’t matter what other people around you are doing, just respect your body where it’s at now.
Be patient, keep practicing, and your body will open up and let you back in.
Each day begins quietly with some fresh fruits and a cup of herbal tea sipped in the courtyard whilst you slowly awaken. Then, at 8:30 a.m., you will begin a 90-minute morning yoga practice to open your bodies and senses to the day before a healthy delicious buffet breakfast or brunch where you can feast on fresh fruits, wholesome cereals, yogurts, cheeses, eggs, freshly squeezed juices, breads, jams, and honey.
In the late afternoon, you will regroup for the second yoga class to unwind from the day before a delicious vegetarian supper. On two eves, you are free to dine out at the local restaurants - the choice is wide. On one of these free eves, Yoga Breaks Spain organizes a meal at a local restaurant which you are free to join if you wish.
A 14-kilometer guided coastal walk on your first morning to get you out into nature.
Nicole qualified as a yoga teacher with an "Excellent" grade Diploma after a two-year yoga training course with FRYOG (Friends of Yoga International) and has since gone on to train with some of the yoga famous - and not so famous but equally fabulous teachers - including Shiva Rea, Liz Lark, Godfri Devereus, and Claire Missingham.
This retreat will be held in the coastal town of Denia, an hour north of Alicante, Spain. You'll be staying at a gorgeous boutique in the old town - the original historical heart of Denia - amongst delicious tapas bars, Byzantine churches, the castle, and local Spanish families. A stay here promises to deliver a taste of the real Spain.
Included in the retreat package are daily buffet breakfast or brunch after the morning class and three vegetarian suppers inspired by Ayurvedic principles. Fish is offered some nights for those that would like it. Morning fresh fruits and herbal teas are also available throughout your stay.
Yoga Breaks Spain can cater for special diets but you must let them know at time of booking so that they can advise if they are able to cater adequately for you.
During your free time, you will have options to book guided bike ride, Aerial Yoga workshop, horseback trekking, stand up paddle boarding, or sea kayaking. You could also enjoy the beach, explore the town, or relax in the courtyard with a good book and a cuppa!
Pampertastic therapies and massages are available at an additional cost.
Please book your flight to arrive at Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC). Yoga Breaks Spain offers airport transfers at selected times for an extra cost. The pickup is between 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on arrival day and arrival back on final day is for midday.
Transfers are 40 EUR per person. Flights outside of these times can be accommodated with a private taxi or public transport. Please contact Yoga Breaks Spain for details before booking flights.
If you miss the transfer service or fancy travelling with the locals, there is a regular resort 'hopper' bus that offers a regular service from and to Alicante airport to the yoga town of Denia. This service can take up to two and a half hours depending on number of stops en-route. Please ask Yoga Breaks Spain for more details.
If you wish to catch the train to Denia, you first need to take a cab to the north end of Alicante harbor where you will find the local tram service called the FGV (Ferrocarril de la Generalitat Valenciana) which calls at various towns en-route to Denia which is the end of the tram line.
Taking the tram to Denia requires one change at Benidorm but apart from that it’s a pretty easy journey, just slow that’s all.
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