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I went on the yoga holiday that Tamara ran in the Maldives in 2016. It was one of the best holidays I have ever been on. The location, the Barefoot Eco Hotel, was very well chosen – it offered everything that I find important when travelling, including very open-minded, warm and friendly local staff, healthy food options, sustainable tourism and an eco-friendly infrastructure. It is located on Hanimaadhoo, one of the first Maldivian Islands that are inhabited by locals and have been opened up for tourism two years ago. That means one is not separated from Maldivians on an Island that exclusively hosts Western tourists, but you can go to the village and mingle with the extremely welcoming locals during your yoga free hours. The yoga lessons were fantastic, just perfect for a holiday – we received a lot of caring attention for a wide variety of special needs. The lessons were sufficiently challenging for those who wanted to develop their practice, but there was no pressure in this regard. I particularly appreciated Tamara’s very thoughtful instructions. I also very much benefitted from her deep insight into the way bodies work, their impact on the mind, the varied shapes and forms that injuries can take, and her alertness to the remedial aspects of yoga. She and Sarah, who taught together with Tamara on this holiday, were a great team. Sarah’s lessons were very uplifting and activated a self-detached energy in me. Both teachers were very considerate and had a very kind and caring presence throughout. The holiday was not only inspirational while I was there, it also helped me to expand my daily practice subsequently – and as it was a the beginning of December, it helped me to get through the usual end of year madness much more light-heartedly – or as Tamara and Sarah put it with a cooler head and warmer heart :-). Strongly recommended!
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Tamara and Sarah are excellent Iyengar yoga teachers. Our trip to the Maldives with approx 5 hours of yoga per day was both challenging and inspirational. I feel that I have improved my yoga practice so much in just one week. In addition the pranayama sessions were a new experience for me and very relaxing. The location on Hanimaadhou island in the Maldives was perfect for this yoga week, with opportunities to experience water sports if you do wish. I personally am now a convert to snorkelling , but equally if you prefer the beach then this island always seems quiet and perfect for relaxing in the sun. I would highly suggest recommend a yoga holiday with Tamara whatever the location, but this Maldives yoga holiday just had so many hidden bonuses. Thank you Tamara and Sarah for being such great teachers.