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Chakras is a Sanskrit word meaning for wheels of energy. The seven chakras when awakened, cause a transformation of consciousness and physical changes in the body. The body will experience ultimate health and the mind will possess a knowing not of this world. An awakened chakra spins or turns and the sensation can be felt in the body. During this retreat, you would learn not only how to awaken your chakra, but to cook healthy food great to heal and nourish your body.
Yoga Eco Oasis offers accommodation with excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. If you are a solo traveler and wish to have more privacy, good news for you, as single person supplements are available for all rooms. If you don't mind sharing with other participants, Yoga Eco Oasis can find someone of the same sex to share with.
There is also a swimming pool, which you can use and swim during your retreat. Wi-Fi is also available for the entire length of your stay. A library of books on yoga, philosophy, meditation, and travel and a library of CDs with mantras, meditation music, philosophy lectures, and classical music is also provided for you to use.
The kundalini energy that travels through the seven chakras of the body is called prana. Prana is the vital life-force energy, which is the spark of life within you. Without prana, there is no life. The visual rendering of the seven chakra symbols was achieved beyond the earthly senses and came about as a knowing from realized people who had achieved balance in the main chakras.
Kundalini or Shakti energy is known in all shamanic cultures around the world as the divinizing or spiritualizing energy in a human being. It is the dormant energy that rests at the base of the spine, waiting for the chakras to align in harmony to awaken it.
When this awakening begins, the kundalini energy activates each of the seven chakras as they are ready. The movement starts at the root chakra. Awakening and a new higher levels of consciousness are achieved as this vital energy rises through the other chakras.
Yoga means union or discipline. Yoga is particularly effective in releasing these energies. Through movement and stretches, the energy is pushed through the energy centers away from its point of concentration. Often a negative issue will come to mind as this blockage is broken up. It serves to let you know what caused the blockage in the first place, so you can mentally let it go.
Throughout these retreats, you will be focusing on different guided meditations every day in the morning and evening to teach your mind to relax and focus on silence within. The aim is to help you return with a more positive and happy mindset.
There will be different series of Yin and Yang based Vinyasa taught to you every day, with Yang every morning and Yin every evening, designed to slowly open up the whole body over five days so that by the last day of the retreat, every muscle within your body feels open, alive, relaxed, rejuvenated, and energized.
Note that all the classes are all optional during your yoga retreats. Yoga Eco Oasis wants you to develop at your own pace and they want you to enjoy your stay. They want you to enjoy your yoga retreats as much as possible, to become healthy in mind and body, to learn how to relax and deal with stress, and to learn how to feel at one with yourself.
Each morning at 08:00, there will be a meditation and yoga session while every evening, there will be a meditation session. Attendance to both of these is highly recommended as these are designed to assist in your detoxification process. During the detoxification process, blockages, and tensions held in the physical, mental, and emotional levels of the body are released. These practices help you to let go of them, to relax properly, and to sleep more comfortably.
During the day, you can relax, swim, have a therapy session, explore, and walk around the area, and even help out in the organic gardens.
At the yoga retreat center, their aim is to help you develop your health, learn relaxation techniques, and learn meditation to help you to deal with stress, improve the quality of your life, your happiness, and your sense of well-being. On your yoga retreats, you will be taught meditation, asana (posture), chanting, and breathing techniques. All classes will be optional, as they want you to enjoy your stay and develop at your own pace.
You will be asked at the beginning of each yoga retreat what areas you want to develop in. The yoga retreat will be personalized according to your wants and needs for your own development whether you are a new or established student of yoga.
Your yoga teacher will be using his highly developed teaching system during each class at the yoga retreat at Yoga Eco Oasis to teach yoga. Your yoga retreat center will be run specifically as a shala, which is a place of refuge and a place to find inner peace. Yoga Eco Oasis will be a perfect place to escape the stresses of the modern world and develop a sense of peace, calm, well-being, and happiness.
Learning to prepare healthy and delicious recipes can be an enjoyable experience. Yoga Eco Oasis will share new ingredients and many recipes to prepare meals to please your senses. During your holiday, they want to share with you a cooking experience and will prepare many recipes to sample together in a cozy, friendly atmosphere.
To prove that healthy food is not boring, they will dedicate one class a day for three days to discover new ingredients, recipes, and flavors to turn meals into a feast. When you return home, everyone will admire your new culinary proposals. You will be able to learn, to prepare, and sample typical dishes from Spanish and international cuisine to please even the most discerning gourmets.
Vegetables paste, sauces, entrees, salads, rice, pasta, soups, and a whole range of options to add to your culinary delights to help you and your guests enjoy healthy meals without giving up flavor. Besides learning new recipes, you will open your mind to new ingredients to lend a delicious flavor and nutritional balance to your meals. You will discover the richness of colors, flavors, textures, and aromas of meals that you will enjoy in a peaceful atmosphere in harmony with others.
Together, you will contribute ideas to prepare dishes that will stand out and surprise your guests. With seaweeds, dry fruits, and sprouted seeds on the menu, your dishes will gain flavor and nutritional value. For a smoother touch, you can add a dairy substitute to your meals. You will learn how to prepare a fluffy pastry mixture without refined sugar for cakes that will delight the young and grownups.
Vegan cookery can be fun and entertaining and its great variety can stimulate your imagination and provide an opportunity to learn new culinary techniques. You will take into account the changes over the last few years with regards to vegetarian cooking, whose increasing demand has raised the availability of ingredients and the expectations of guests.
Yoga Eco Oasis uses seasonal vegetables and chemical free products that are organically grown and are healthy for you and good for the environment. They obtain their produce from small local organic farmers committed to sustain and enhance the health of soil, plants, animal, and human life. This way, besides contributing to maintain a healthier environment, they obtain all the nutrients they need and avoid consuming harmful chemical residues.
You are welcome to visit some of their organic farms to see first-hand how eco-farmers tend the soil to obtain healthy natural produce with the authentic flavors you enjoyed before the introduction of pesticides when you could taste real vegetables and tomatoes.
To all the aforementioned of good ingredients, authentic flavors, good recipes, a pleasant environment, and a welcoming atmosphere and harmony, you only need another essential indispensable ingredient for good cooking, which is love.
Irazu's style has its roots in Iyengar and centered yoga systems in which each aspect of the practice is an opportunity to investigate the body, the brain, and the mind and enter a region of profound inner vision, which permits the body of light to shine from within toward the external world. Her experience includes teaching yoga to women in prison and running yoga sessions for young people in a youth custody center. She also has experience of teaching yoga to people with mental health and addiction problems in a specialized rehabilitation center in Mexico.
Since 1999, when Ana came into contact with veganism, she made a personal decision to adopt that philosophy of life. This is a philosophy that renounces food of animal origin, in search of a personal ethic in harmony with the environment without sacrificing the pleasure of tasting flavors, textures, and aromas. She later set up her own restaurant and was completely self-taught researching and creating her own culinary style.
Spain From a young age, Jose was interested in mysticism and he practiced in different Western schools looking for something that would give him inner harmony that he was seeking. He practiced mind control and meditation for many years. Jose dedicated himself to reconcile nutrition with people's spiritual side because one can hardly balance his or her energy if the physical body is not properly harmonized. He also dedicated entirely to provide students the necessary path for the body to function properly according to their biological heritage.
This retreat will take place at the Axarquia region, which is situated in the eastern most part of the province of Malaga. Competa is an inland white village in the Axarquia, which is a small region, well-known for the Andalusi legacy of Muslim rule.
The location is a privileged tourist destination surrounded by olive groves, almond trees, and a 4000 hectare wildlife reserve in Sierra Almijara, just 15 to 20 kilometers from the main tourist attractions of the Costa del Sol, including the beaches (a nudist beach is very near if required) of Torre del Mar, the famous caves of Nerja, and within striking distance of Granada, Sierra Nevada, and other places of interest.
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Healthy, delicious vegetarian, and 100% organic meals will be provided using locally grown organic fruit and vegetables on every yoga retreat. The recipes used will be created by health and nutrition experts, including Jose and Anna, the founders of Yoga Eco Oasis. Wholemeal foods will be used, as well as foods low in saturated fat during your yoga retreats. All meals are based on the principles of good nutrition, health, and good taste.
There is no meat or fish during the yoga retreats. All food served is vegetarian in the tradition of yoga and ahimsa (non-violence). The yoga tradition encourages a vegetarian diet during the practice of meditation, in order to increase the experience of peace.
Instead, your meals at the yoga retreat center will contain beans, nuts, avocados, tofu, seeds, and other vegetarian sources of protein, allowing you to build core, back, and other muscle groups that have been developed from practicing yoga postures by yogis for millennia. Other special dietary requests, such as vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and wheat free will also be catered for.
During your free time, you can go for a nature walk in the mountains and admire some of the stunning views here, as well as breathe in some of the lovely mountain air. You can also arrange a trip with the driver to the surrounding villages or to the local beach at Maro. There is also a nearby natural park that the driver can take you to if you feel like a nice walk one day. Most people, however, like to relax by the pool, read, chat to new friends at the yoga retreat center, or listen to quiet music.
Since Yoga Eco Oasis is situated on a strategic location on the Costa del Sol, they are able to organize excursions to various destinations nearby, being able to travel from the mountain snow in Sierra Nevada to the beaches on the Costa del Sol in just one hour. The following excursion proposals of interest to visitors are classified by distance from Eco Oasis.
Located on the slopes of the Almijara Mountains, five kilometers from the tourist resort town of Nerja and one kilometers from Maro, are a series of caverns called the natural cathedral of the Costa del Sol, with an area of 140,000 square meters and a maximum length of 700 meters open to the public. The most impressive feature is a huge central column 32 meters high in the Hall of Cataclysm, which is considered the tallest in the world and the world's largest stalagmite.
The show gallery is accessed by an eight-meter flight of stairs leading to the entrance hall (Sala de Vestibulo), where archaeological excavations took place and where some of the finds are now displayed. Work is currently under way to open new galleries.
This is a tourist trail for hikers to enjoy the beauty spots and clear mountain waters running under their feet. A tour with alternating gorges, where the river narrows, and pools of water. The source of the river is over 1200 meters high on the Almijara Mountain range in the heart of the natural park of the sierras of Almijara, Alhama, and Tejeda, at Piedra Sellada Mountain, although its main tributaries are 500 meters away at a location known as, La Vegeta de la Grarna.
The Chillar River maintains a fairly constant flow throughout the year even during periods of drought and runs almost entirely along a deep gorge of dolomite marble.
This is one of the wildest places of the Axarquia region of Málaga, which is within walking distance. It is a protected natural park located in an unspoilt highland region ideal for hiking and biking routes. The natural park of Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara, and Alhama has an area of 40,662 hectares covering the mountainous landscape of the sierras of Tejera and Almijara between the province of Málaga and Granada, in a northeast southeast direction towards the sea and the natural cliffs of Maro.
This is in the municipality of Rincón de la Victoria. With many spectacular galleries, it is one of the three known marine caves in the world and the only one of its kind in Europe. The cave can be reached by bus, on a bike, or as part of a pleasant walk along the seashore. Dating back to the Jurassic period, the cave is carved in a natural limestone promontory forming a cliff on the shores of the Mediterranean sea. Its name stemming from a legend about an Almoravid royal treasure hidden there.
Yoga Eco Oasis can offer massage and reflexology treatments. Treatments tend to cost around 50 EUR each. Please feel free to send an inquiry to Yoga Eco Oasis if you want to find out more.
Please book your flight to arrive at Málaga Airport (AGP). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Yoga Eco Oasis will pick you up from the airport. The scheduled collection time from Málaga Airport (AGP) is 12:00 p.m. on Sundays and on Fridays from Eco Oasis at 2 p.m. to be dropped off at 3 p.m. for flights leaving after 5 p.m. at Málaga Airport (AGP). Please inform Yoga Eco Oasis of your flight itineraries upon booking.
Airport transfer from and to Málaga Airport (AGP) after 12:00 p.m. on Sundays (arrival day) and flights departing before 5 p.m. on Friday (departure day) will not be included by Yoga Eco Oasis. If you wish to be transferred before or after the established time, they can arrange for a local driver to collect you, which normally charges at 80 EUR.
"Pasé una semana fantastica con José Antonio, Ana y Agatha en Yoga Eco Oasis. Tuvé la impresión estar en familia y aprendí millones de cosas además de relajar y de practicar asanas. Me encantó la práctica de yoga (hatha y kundalini yoga por los más "clasicos" y raja yoga e yoga nidra por los menos conocidos) como las clases de cocina consciente/vegana (nuevos ingredientes, nuevas maneras de cocinar). Y comé muy bien porque era todo muy rico! También tuvé "clases" de teoría sobre la alimentación vegana (porqué, cómo, consequencias de la alimentación típica, los medicamentos...) muy largas con explicaciones claras de José Antonio, de vídeos y de libros. Todos me ayudaron con el idioma para hablar y entender castellano, y también hablan francés así que no hubó ningún problema por esa parte."
"The retreat with Eco Oasis was fantastic - Carmen is an incredible yoga teacher!"
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"Hello Anna and Jose Antonio, Thanks to you both for a fantastic course and the most welcoming atmosphere at Eco Oasis. After this, I can improve my life through yoga. We are now cooking something from the course every day and I am still eating a vegan diet. Before the retreat, I really needed inspiration for a healthy way to live and eat and now I feel so inspired to continue on this vegan/raw path .I’m really looking forward to your upcoming activities and workshops so we have a reason to visit Spain and Andalusia again."
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"I stayed in Yoga Eco Oasis in mid-April for a week of Ashtanga and Vinyasa flow yoga, taught by the Eco Oasis fantastic manager, Carlos, and by the wonderful Ashtanga teacher, Carmen. I had an absolutely superb week filled with yoga, chanting, meditation, relaxation, and the most phenomenal food I have ever tasted! (Thanks Anna!) Carlos is so welcoming, and full of energetic positivity which quickly spread through the whole group, making everyone feel relaxed, comfortable and happy, All team are so hospitable and kind, and it is clear that they genuinely care about each and every person who visits the Eco Oasis. Thank you for such a lovely experience, one which I highly recommend to all!"
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"My experience at Yoga Retreats Eco Oasis was one of ultimate peace and calm. The centre itself is beautiful and located in the mountains of Andalucía it was the perfect escape from the chaos of central London. Fran is an amazing teacher. As I was quite new to yoga and it was my first retreat, I was a little apprehensive but he put me at ease from day 1 and I never looked back! It was lovely to spend the week with such a great bunch of people too - all like minded but from very different backgrounds. And I must also mention the food - it was delicious!! I've never eaten so well in my life! All in all, I left Yoga Eco Oasis feeling great and with a new outlook on life. I enjoy Yoga so much more because of it and would recommend it to anyone."
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"Thank you so much for such a fantastic weekend, I was very sad to leave so soon because we had such an amazing time. The best part for me was being around like minded people with whom i can be 100% myself which doesn’t happen very often in my life unfortunately. I always try to be very open minded and socialize with people who just don’t understand veganism but this weekend has taught me that I need to make more friends with like minded vegans and spend more time with people like myself. Overall the yoga retreat has taught both myself and James a lot and we will take everything we learnt and use it in our everyday lives. Its helped us change the way we live for the better, and hopefully it will help James to understand why I live the way I do a little bit more (hes getting there slowly). Ana was the STAR of the show and made cooking so much fun, we laughed and laughed the entire retrait which is the best medicine one could ever wish for so thank you so so much for the time we shared this week"
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"Eco Oasis is a very special place. A huge amount of care and attention is put into the classes and the food! I could not recommend it highly enough."
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"First of all I’d like to start with a big ‘Thank you’. I had booked my week in Cómpeta fairly spontaneously, only two weeks in advance. I’d had a bit of a rough time earlier in March and felt I needed to treat myself, to get back into shape and recharge my batteries. The Yoga and Cooking Class Retreat with Eco Oasis seemed just what I needed – and overall my expectations were exceeded. First of all, I thoroughly enjoyed with Yoga practice and all the cooking class, and the style and atmosphere in which they were taught. Our group was very small, and José Antonio took care of each visitor’s needs, which made all of us progress and develop day by day. It was so useful to have someone help you make constant adjustments and improvements. And what I learned has kept me motivated and helped me to improve my practice now that I’m back in London, both in class and at home. Food was amazing too! Anna was an absolute star! Every single dish was delicious. And it was impressive to see how much care went into it to make every meal special and healthy. I would have enjoyed my week with my group pretty much anywhere, I’m sure. But the fact that we were surrounded by beautiful mountains and had lots of sun and fresh air made the whole experience all the more enjoyable. I wish I could do it again soon, and highly recommend it!"
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