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During this retreat, you will have the opportunity to delve deeper into your yoga practice while learning the techniques of Thai massage. Both disciplines complement and enrich each other, allowing for a broader experience of working in a creative way with the body and mind. You will learn the basic principles of Thai massage and some stretches and movements of this dynamic bodywork.
All ages are welcome as participants.
The accommodation options at Yoga Eco Oasis are on private and double room basis. 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 if you do not mind sharing with other participants, Yoga Eco Oasis can find someone of the same sex for you to share a room with.
This retreat will be held in Competa, Malaga, Spain. Competa is an inland white village in the Axarquia, a small region well-known for the Andalusian legacy of Muslim rule. The place is a privileged tourist destination surrounded by olive groves, almond trees, and a 4,000-hectare wildlife reserve in Sierra Almijara, just 15 to 20 kilometers away from the main tourist attractions of Costa del Sol.
Throughout the retreat, you will be focusing on different guided meditations every day in the morning and in the 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 Vinyasas taught to you every day. Yang yoga will be taught every morning and Yin yoga will be taught every evening.
This retreat will focus on the practice of yoga and meditation as well as on the teachings of Thai massage. Movement and stillness, stretching and opening, breathing and awareness, and rhythm and flow are essential elements of both yoga, meditation, and Thai massage.
The yogic principles and practices are applicable to Thai massage and likewise, many features of Thai massage leads to discover new possibilities and paths in your yoga practice. The program will offer a daily yoga and meditation practice and a good introduction to the fundamentals of Thai massage.
Thai yoga massage is a truly wonderful experience for both the giver and receiver, as energy blockages are released, boundaries dissolve, and deep healing occurs in a space of presence and meditation. It consists of a series of interactive, flowing movements, stretches, and rhythmic massage, along all the body’s energy lines and pressure points.
In a unique way, Thai massage blends elements of acupressure, yoga, reflexology, physiotherapy, meditation, energy healing, chiropractic, and Ayurveda. The often deeply meditative experience can result in a profound release from mental and physical stress.
These yoga series are designed to slowly open up your 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.
Each morning, 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, the goal is to assist you progress your health, learn meditation and relaxation techniques to help you cope with stress, improve the quality of your life and your happiness. You will be guided through meditation, chanting, breathing and asana techniques. Since Yoga Eco Oasis wants you to enjoy your stay, all classes will be optional.
At the beginning of each retreat, you will be asked what areas you want to develop. The yoga retreat will be catered according to your wants, needs and skill level, whether you are a beginner or an advanced student of yoga.
The yoga retreat center will be run specifically as 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.
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.
Maximum 10 persons.
Please bring loose clothing for practicing the yoga postures and bring a shawl for the meditation practices.
Yoga Eco Oasis have yoga mats which you are more than welcome to use. If you prefer to bring your own mat, you are welcome to do so. Please bring with you an aloe vera if you are going to sit by the pool for sun protection. An insect repellent, preferably citronella-based ones, would also be useful. In addition, if you are bringing a laptop, a travel adapter would be needed. Yoga Eco Oasis will provide towels, shampoo, and body wash.
You could spend a few days before the retreat or after the retreat in the beautiful city of Malaga. There are plenty of tourist attractions, restaurants and shops around the area that you will enjoy.
Please book your flight to arrive on Sunday, before 12 p.m., at Málaga Airport (AGP). If you wish to be transferred before or after the established time, a local driver can be arranged to collect you. The driver normally charges 80 EUR.
Yoga Eco Oasis aims that you will leave the center feeling rejuvenated and relaxed, thus drinking alcohol and smoking are prohibited in the yoga retreat center as these prevent the mind from reaching deep states of meditation.
The yoga retreat is suitable for students of all levels including beginners because all the classes are personalized. The aim is for you to move at your own pace, at a pace that you enjoy and feel comfortable at. The yoga taught at the yoga retreat center uses movement and flow from one posture to another to bring the student closer in awareness to the breath and to give you the experience of meditation.
For more information ask your questions directly to Yoga Eco Oasis who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message.
Carmen is a qualified yoga teacher with many years of teaching experience both in Spain and the UK. She has been teaching yoga and meditation in yoga retreats to over 50 groups for the past three years. She teaches integral yoga, which is a form of yoga that seeks to create a balance between the physical, psychic, and spiritual aspects of each individual. She is also a Thai massage therapist and has been teaching Thai massage training courses for over 10 years.
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.
The food at Yoga Eco Oasis are healthy, scrumptious, vegetarian, and 100% organic. Daily will be provided using locally grown organic fruit and vegetables. The meals will be created by Jose and Anna, the founders of Yoga Eco Oasis.
All meals are based on the principle of good nutrition. All the food is vegetarian, and there are no meats or fish as expected with the yoga tradition. 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 as well as breathe in some of the lovely mountain air.
You can also arrange a trip with a 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 having a nice walk.
Yoga Eco Oasis is situated on a strategic location in Costa del Sol. Therefore, they are able to organize excursions to various destinations nearby. The following excursion proposals are classified by distance from Yoga Eco Oasis.
Treasure Cave 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, 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 stemmed from a legend about an Almoravid royal treasure hidden there.
These are two of the wildest places in the Axarquia region of Málaga and is just a walk away from Yoga Eco Oasis. It is a protected natural park located in an unspoiled 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 the northeast southeast direction toward the sea and the natural cliffs of Maro.
The caves are located on the slopes of the Almijara mountains, five kilometers from the tourist resort town of Nerja and one kilometer from Maro. These are a series of caverns called the "natural cathedral of Costa del Sol," with an area of 140,000 square meters and the maximum length of 700 meters open to the public.
The most impressive feature of the caves is the huge central column, 32 meters high, in the hall of cataclysm. It is considered as 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 or the sala de vestibulo, where archaeological excavations took place and where some of the finds are now displayed. They are currently working on opening new galleries.
This is a tourist trail for hikers to enjoy the beauty spots, the clear mountain waters running under their feet, the tour with alternating gorges where the river narrows, and pools of water. The source of the river is over 1,200 meters high in the Almijara mountain range at the heart of the natural park of the sierras in 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.
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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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"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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