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8 Days 'Back to Basic' Hatha Yoga Holiday with Oona on the Greek Island Paros

Aliki Panorama Hotel, Aliki, Paros, Cyclades, South Aegean, Greece

Relaxing Yoga Holiday Greece

Come and join for a one week yoga holiday on the beautiful Greek island Paros. Aliki fishing village and yoga with Oona, the perfect combination to really unwind from your daily life and enjoy a relaxed holiday. Yoga holiday, no bootcamp, with daily classes 10:00 - 12:30. Enough time left to enjoy the sea, the sun, the relaxed Greek lifestyle. If you are an early bird, you can even first go for a swim or a walk.

This yoga retreat is taught by a highly qualified and international recognized instructor with over 25 years teaching experience and over 45 years of practicing yoga herself. This yoga week is perfect for all levels; it does not matter what level of experience with yoga you have.

With emphasis on alignment and on the connection between the mind, the body and the breath, the three pillars of yoga. Yoga for people of all ages and all body's; yoga is for ´every-body´.

Oona was chosen by 2 million member of the Luxury Travel Guide to be the best yoga holiday in Europe for 2018. She started the first yoga school on the island Paros in Greece and although she has a softer approach, you can feel the influences of B.K.S. Iyengar strongly in her classes. She broke her spine in a very bad car accident in 1998 and since then recovered herself extremely well with her yoga. In this proces she became expert by experience in managing back pain with yoga.

Meet the instructors

Oona
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Highlights

  • 7 times breakfast (buffet)
  • 6 morning yoga classes
  • Welcome and goodbye dinner
  • A well-experienced and international recognized and rewarded yoga instructor
  • Transfer to and from hotel
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Yoga styles


6 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Dutch, German, Greek
The maximum participants in the group is 12
Airport transfer included: Paros National Airport
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Accommodation

During this holiday you will stay at the Aliki Panorama Hotel. Aliki Panorama Hotel is a small family hotel with 13 rooms and 31 beds. Single rooms, double rooms (shared) and a family apartment for four people. The rooms in the front have a balcony, overlooking the village towards the sea. The rooms in the back have a view tot he mountains. There is a swimming pool with sun beds on one side, and on the other side a huge terrace, with a bar and lounge area from which you can see a beautiful sunset, and enjoy a nice drink.

The hotel is located in Aliki, a small authentic fishing village at the south coast on the beautiful Greek island Paros. The hotel is located only 3 minutes walking from the centre of the village and the beach. A bit more to the left and the right you can find more nice beaches on walking distance.

Program

The stunning and intimate island location brings a whole new level of calmness and tranquility to your yoga practice, with basic, down to earth yoga practice. Piso Aliki and Oona's yoga, the perfect combination to really unwind from your daily stress, to relax and enjoy your holiday.

This is basic, traditional Hatha yoga, suitable for everybody. No chanting, no chakra’s, no mystification. Practicing asanas (postures) in combination with breathing/meditation to get the best result. A practical course to prepare you (hopefully) to start practicing on your own as well.

Yoga classes

  • 10:00 - 12:30 daily (Sunday - Friday); so enough time left to enjoy the island, sea, the sun, the relaxed Greek lifestyle
  • Classes will start and end with 10 minutes of breathing
  • Classes will be given in English
  • Authentic down to earth yoga classes with focus on alignment of the spine, and the connection between the three pillars of yoga: the mind, the breath and the body
  • No chanting, no mystification; but down-to-earth practice
  • Props will be used (pillows, blankets and belts) to adapt the exercises to your own level
  • Small groups of maximum 12 people ensure enough personal attention and correction
  • Everybody works at his/her own level
  • Classes will be given in an open way where there is space to ask questions
  • The atmosphere is friendly and non-competitive.

Instructors

Oona Giesen

Retreat location

The yoga courses will be held on Paros, one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades in Greece. The yoga school is located only 100 meters away from the sea. The Cyclades are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea, between Athens and Crete, known for its natural beauty and spectacular architecture. Paros is also the most centrally located island of the Cyclades where ferry boats go daily to different islands. The yoga school is situated in Aliki, a small authentic fishing village on the south coast of Paros and is the perfect destination for travelers and holidaymakers who have an interest in yoga and meeting new people. The school is open all year round and offers specialized, intensive yoga courses throughout the summer months (April - October). There are several lovely beaches close by, a few tavernas, restaurants at the seaside, and beautiful sunsets to enjoy in the afternoon. No nightlife, no discotheques, just calmness, and tranquility, except for an occasional traditional village party. The stunning and intimate island location brings a whole new level of calmness and tranquility to your yoga practice with basic, down to earth yoga practice. Aliki and yoga with Oona are the perfect combinations to unwind from your daily stress, relax and enjoy a fantastic holiday.

Nearby locations

  • The center of the village - 3 minutes on foot
  • The sea - 300 meters
  • Yoga school - in the hotel

Unique features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Diving
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kitesurfing
  • Massage
  • Shopping
  • Snorkeling
  • Surfing

General

  • Beach
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga studio
  • Patio

Food

You will have a welcome- and goodbye- dinner at the hotel, specially made for the group by a private (French) cook. If you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-allergic, or have any other special diet-wishes, just let the organizer know in time and it is no problem for their cook. The other days your are free to eat anywhere you want. Aliki has several nice restaurants located at the seafront where you can enjoy lunch/dinner. You don't have to, but most of the times people go out to eat together; a great way to meat like-minded people and make new friends.

You will enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet every morning to kickstart your day with. The buffet;

  • coffee/tea/milk/Greek yoghurt
  • fresh fruits and orange juice
  • dark/white bread
  • different cereals
  • different local made marmalades
  • cheese/ham/boiled eggs

If you prefer not to eat before yoga class, you can take breakfast up to your room (with refrigerator) and save it for after the yoga class.

The hotel also has a bar where you can order fresh juices of the season (orange/watermelon/melon/banana/carrot/beetroot) and all kind of other drinks, with and without alcohol.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

The small fishing village Aliki has four nice beaches on walking distance. One beach provides sunbeds/umbrella's and has a restaurant, the other beaches are natural, and without these services. Aliki and yoga; the perfect combination to really unwind from your daily life. If you want to see more of the beautiful island, you can hire a car and go around. Oona will tell you what are nice places to visit.

You can go on a boat trip with the Rofos boat with captain Ilias on board, an experience you will never forget. You can experience swimming and snorkeling in turquoise waters and the pirate cove. Masks / snorkels are provided and light lunch and drinks are served. The boat is also suitable for people who cannot swim. This trip is optional and has an additional cost of 35 EUR p.p.

Other things to do are:

  • Scuba diving
  • Hiking over old Byzantine paths (35 EUR)
  • Wind- and kite- surfing
  • Rent your own (sailing) boat
  • Horse riding
  • Get a massage
  • Greek language lessons

What's included

  • 6 morning yoga classes (Sunday - Friday)
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 times breakfast (buffet)
  • 2 dinners (welcome and goodbye)
  • Transfer to and from the hotel

What's not included

  • Boat and airplane tickets to Paros
  • Insurance
  • Optional boat trip on the Rofos boat with snorkeling in turquoise waters (35 EUR)
  • Optional hikes (35 EUR each)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

You can fly to Athens, Mykonos or Santorini and from there take the boat to Paros. From Athens, you can also fly to Paros new airport in about 30 minutes. Both Aegean Air and Sky Express offer flights between Athens and Paros.

Once a week Astra Airlines offers a direct charter flight from Vienna to Paros.

Airport: Paros National Airport Airport transfer included: Paros National Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.

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