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Join Yoga Holiday Algarve for a relaxing retreat in a beautiful Portugal countryside. Twice daily yoga practice is the beating heart of this retreat. There is a variety of superb teachers who can share their knowledge and experience with you. Given the gorgeous weather of the Algarve, you have the opportunity to use the outdoor yoga platform which is surrounded by the beautiful view of the countryside and the sound of bird songs. You will leave the week feeling deeply relaxed and re-energized.
During the retreat, you will be residing at The Butterfly House and its quintas. The house is located near the sea in the East Algarve in Southern Portugal. The accommodation is surrounded by the peaceful Algarvian countryside, almond and fig orchards, with sea views on the horizon. Nearby are miles of white sand beaches and picturesque islands of the Ria Formosa.
The boutique accommodation comprises of a two- three renovated old farmhouses with extensive grounds,swimming pool, orchards, and communal areas. There is a magnificent yoga platform, overlooking the countryside, shaded with colorful sails, and fully equipped with yoga mats.
Daily yoga practice is the beating heart of your yoga holiday. The practice is held once in the morning before breakfast. There are usually two instructors per week. They will always complement each other and liaise to ensure that a balanced program is created.
Kirteen started practising yoga at home and with friends and going to regular classes and happily made more and more space in her life, seeing it as a reliable friend to help her through the ups and downs, twists and turns of life. Her classes can be dynamic flowing or slow flow, focussing on finding the meditative quality of free flowing breath and movement combined, followed by deep relaxation.
Teresa was born and raised in the Algarve and the desire to know more about life and the human dimension brought her in touch with yoga, the Indian philosophical system. Teresa's teaching method explores the different yoga techniques. She works with the asanas, pranayama, yoga nidra and dharana to develope an integral consciousness of the whole being, enabling her yoga practice to work with the physical, gross aspect, to the most subtle aspects of your personality, mind, and emotions.
The retreat will take place in a countryside region of Algarve in Portugal. The surrounding countryside is bursting with life. For most of the year, wild flowers provide a colorful background and the air is scented with orange blossom and wild herbs.
The local beach of Fuzeta is popular for stand up paddle boarding (SUP) and kite surfing. The beautiful islands of Culatra, Armona, and Farol are all accessible by ferry from the historic fishing town of Olhao, just five minutes away from the yoga center by car.
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During the retreat, you will be served 3 daily healthy and nutritious vegetarian meals. The nourishing and delicious vegetarian meals ensures that your diet works in harmony with yoga. A healthy balanced vegetarian diet is essential to a happy yoga practice. The food is lovingly prepared from seasonal ingredients which are locally sourced from nearby markets.
As well as relaxing in the extensive grounds, on one of the shaded terraces or in a hammock, you can take part in plenty of local activities such as stand up paddle boarding, nature boat trips, kite surfing, kayaking, horse riding, and dolphin watching.
To complement the yoga session, Yoga Holiday Algarve offers Ayurvedic treatments from their highly trained therapist who can advise you specifically on your constitution.
Ayurvedic medicine is a holistic healing system that originates from the Indian sub-continent. It utilizes a variety of methods to balance, relax and rejuvenate. There is an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner at the Butterfly House. After an initial consultation, the practitioner is able to offer a variety of treatments tailored to meet your needs, whether you need to address a specific issue or to unwind with a therapeutic massage.
We also offer Thai Yoga massage, which works well with the yoga lessons and has been studied extensively by our therapist in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Traditional Thai Yoga massage is a therapeutic practice with its origins in Yoga, Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It consists on a rhythmic, flowing massage, which includes a series of stretches and yoga postures associated with acupressure techniques, applied with the palms, thumbs, elbows, forearms, knees and feet, crossing points and energy lines of the body. The combination of these techniques help to unlock physical and energetic blockages, relieving pain and tensions, rebalancing posture and body alignment, restoring the natural flow of vital and self-healing energy .
Please book your flight to arrive at Faro Airport (FAO). Ryan Air and Easy Jet offer some great deals to fly to Faro. Yoga Holiday Algarve provides a cab to transfer you to the Butterfly House at an additional cost.