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Join Yvonne Martin, a qualified yoga teacher, for a relaxing yoga retreat in Curaçao. Yoga has a soothing effect and strengthens the mind. The body experiences breathing and consciousness differently after doing yoga. In combination with breathing, the yoga posture works on the consciousness level and the human equilibrium.
There is a maximum for four persons to stay at the yoga center. You can share a room with bathroom or make a reservation for a single room.
Exercise based on body postures leads to a deep relaxation of the body that in turn ensures a greater degree of awareness of one's body. Yoga is also a spiritual journey that gives people the space to discover their own possibilities in a way that is best suited to them.
Meditation places the body and mind in a state of deep tranquility. During meditation, breathing becomes calmer and as a result the level of lactic acid in the blood reduces. This provides greater stability of the autonomic nervous system and lowers tension.
Breathing therapy is a combination of breathing and yoga postures. In order to assist you during treatment, breathing is carefully observed and advice is offered on different ways to improve your breathing.
During this holiday you will enjoy hiking tours and walking meditation sessions.
Yvonne Martin graduated for the Higher Education for Human Resource Management in 1993. Before starting this study, she has worked in different segments within the healthcare since the mid 70's. Yvonne did mediation work in three important sectors of the labor market, services and care industry, and government.
Curaçao is the ideal holiday island for a good rest, not only by the sea. There are many areas with no one in sight. Stay for a while at the Yoga Centrum Curaçao to relax. Curaçao is the largest island of the Netherlands Antilles and is one of the most important Caribbean islands. The island is 61 kilometers long between its two furthest points and between five and 14 kilometers wide.
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You will be served three vegetarian meals a day. Tea, coffee, and water are available throughout the retreat. There are also good restaurants nearby.
At the urgent request of the National Parks of the Netherlands Antilles Foundation, the island government purchased the former Savonet, Zorgvlied, Knip, and Zevenbergen plantations in the late 1960's. These four plantations were merged, now forming Christoffel Park, with adjoining Knip hills. Nature lovers won’t believe their eyes. You can drive through Christoffel Park, up to the foot of Mt. Christoffel.
For those whose cars are not in great shape, no need to worry. If the car can’t make it up the hill, there’s a jeep available daily to haul your car out of the park.
The many land houses comprise one of the important, if not the most important, architectural heritage of the island. Curaçao’s land houses played an important role in the island’s history and are unique. Examples of landhouses include Landhuis Brievengat, Landhuis Daniel, Dokterstuin, Jan Kock, Zeelandia, Chocolobo, Papaya, Groot Santa Martha, Rooi Catootje, Savonet, and Knip. Most of the land houses can be toured, an appointment may be required.
The flora on Curaçao are limited due to the climate. On Westpunt, there are many hills and unique types of trees and an abundance of orchids. There are 500 species of plants. There is an extremely large diversity of cacti. The characteristic divi-divi tree, with its double, feather-like leaves, always grows in the direction of the wind. Of course, Curaçao also has its well-known palm trees.
The Curaçao deer or white-tailed deer is unique to the island. Curaçao also has some 16 species of lizards, eight of which are indigenous.
Curaçao was created from volcanic limestone on which coral has grown for centuries. It can easily be seen during a first dive. You will immediately encounter the magnificent coral reefs along the coastline. No wonder that scuba diving is now one of the most popular sports on Curaçao. Fortunately, there’s also plenty of time to relax and enjoy the breathtaking undersea world, with 60 million year old flora and fauna.
Many consider Curaçao a highly attractive diving paradise. Diving appointments are easy to organize. The average price amounts 40 USD per dive including all the equipment. Of course, there is the possibility to follow diving lessons.
Wherever you stay on Curaçao, the azure blue sea is always nearby. You can swim at any hour of the day but never swim on the rugged northeast side of the island. Curaçao has a diversety of beaches with each their own charm.
Curaçao does not have long beaches that extend for kilometers, but a large number of small beaches. Most beaches have free admission. Only a few ask for a contribution for maintenance. Beaches can be found at nearly all the hotels and various private beaches are also open for tourists.
For instance, beaches for free are Santa Martha, Playa Kenepa, Barbara Beach, Santa Cruz, Daaibooibeach, Playa Kalki, and Playa Boca Sami. These beaches lie in a radius of 10 to 20 kilometers from the yoga center.
You can enjoy the rich and varied history of Willemstad. Under leadership of an architect or historian, weekly guided tours are made by Otrabanda, a part of Willemstad. Also the natural world harbor, Saint Annabay, is a visit more than worth. There is an excursion to make and climb the unique fosfor rich table mountain.
You can book an additional cost Ayurvedic massages or breathing therapy sessions. A total body massage of 90 minutes includes also the skull and face and allows you to experience the relaxation from your whole self. The price of the Ayurvedic massage is 70 USD per session and of the breathing therapy 45 USD per session.
Please book your flight to arrive at Curaçao International Airport (CUR). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoga Centrum Curaçao will pick you up from the airport.
"My friend and me took a yoga class during our stay in Curacao. Our navigation system lead us a bit wrong, but we found the place in the end. Yvonne practiced Hatha-yoga with us and it was a nice experience to practice yoga in the middle of a caribbean island :) Thank you for this class!!!!"
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"It is amazing that this type of individual yoga retreat exists. Yvonne has two pleasant rooms for visiting yoga students to stay, adjacent to her spacious yoga studio. I was the only student staying at Yoga Centrum, and I do not think that this is unusual. On a couple of occasions one of Yvonnes regular students attended the morning yoga session, but for most of my week it was just Yvonne and me practicing yoga together in the morning and in the afternoon.Yvonne leads one through a gentle intelligent series of asanas in each of the sessions. But the emphasis is less on the physical aspect of the asanas themselves, and more on the kind of mind/body balance that a practice integrating asanas, pranayama and meditation can manifest. This is probably not the right yoga retreat for someone looking to master the next big impressive pose.A retreat at Yoga Centrum is more suited to the student who views a yoga practice as a vehicle for shedding the ego, than someone for whom yoga is yet another ego-based pursuit. The caveat here is that, assuming you are the only student, Yvonne can probably tailor your retreat to your interests. I learned as much from the time I spent with Yvonne off the mat, going for a walk to see turtles, or having tea after dinner, or watching birds in the garden, than I did during the yoga sessions themselves. This would not be possible at a typical yoga retreat with more students.It was hard to leave after a week spent with this lovely person (and three wonderful dogs). But even in this there was an opportunity for learning and practicing yoga in experiencing a sense of utter letting go."
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"If you're looking for a chance to stray from the touristy path on your visit to Curacao, I highly recommend yoga time with Yvonne. She picked my husband and me up at the cruise terminal and whisked us off to a tranquil beach for some good stretching and swimming. Yvonne is a wonderful instructor and the location was just beautiful. We couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, serene excursion. We wished we could have stayed longer!"
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"If you're looking for a chance to stray from the touristy path on your visit to Curacao, I highly recommend yoga time with Yvonne. "
"She picked my husband and me up at the cruise terminal and whisked us off to a tranquil beach for some good stretching and swimming. Yvonne is a wonderful instructor and the location was just beautiful. We couldn't have asked for a more peaceful, serene excursion."
"Prepare yourself to discover the most amazing Yoga Centrum in Banda Abou. I'm a student of this Yoga Centrum for about four years and I'm still enjoying the way Yvonne, my yoga instructor, teaches me. She's a welcoming person, a wonderful teacher. At her Centrum you can enjoy the quietness and the peace of the nature. You'll also find some beaches not far from the Yoga Centrum where you can do some watersports as canoeing, kayaking, sailing, and swimming after finishing yoga lessons. What a great decision."
"I am living in Curacao part of the year. When I am there I take my yoga classes at Yvonne's Yoga studio. It is very relaxing to be there, the surroundings are very peaceful. Yvonne is a welcoming person and a great teacher, and she tailors the classes to the need of each student."
"We moved from the US to Curacao and lived on the island for three years. I had the opportunity to begin my yoga experience at Yoga Centrum with Yvonne. She is wonderful! And she was kind enough to teach the classes in English which really helped me understand the poses. I now have a love for yoga because of Yvonne!"