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8 Days Yoga and Beach Holiday in Turkey

  • Gul Sokak No 50, Side, Turkey

Overview

Yoga Holidays Turkey

Join Jo at her unique and inspiring yoga holidays that have a great reputation of stepping you into your bliss. Established 9 years ago the perfect combination of Jo’s breath-centered yoga, mindfulness, meditation, superb location just a stroll from the Mediterranean, chilled vibe and plenty of free time make for a truly relaxing, life enriching holiday experience that keeps our guests returning year after year.

Move in a way that feels great

Eight yoga sessions per week and Jo’s yoga style encourage you to move in a way that feels great in your own unique body which naturally gets you feeling radiantly healthy, free, creative and happy. Classes are kept small to allow Jo to connect with everyone, give advice and encouragement, offering you the confidence to grow your own yoga practice, in a relaxed, fun environment suitable for everyone.

Highlights

  • 2 traditional Turkish dinners
  • Golden beach is just a stroll away
  • 5 morning yoga sessions and 4 evening yoga sessions
  • Free unlimited tea, coffee and herbal teas and a fridge
  • No single room supplement for private en-suite room
  • Open buffet style breakfast/brunch
  • Plenty options for free time
  • 7 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner

  • 4 days with instruction
  • English
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Our family runs Pansiyon which just a few steps from the warm seas with miles of beautiful golden beaches to swim and relax and get a great suntan. The old town also has plenty of shops and cafes for you to sit and soak up the rich Turkish culture...so truly something for everyone!

Our yoga retreat Turkey is set in the Antik Town of Side it is very authentic and full of Turkish Culture and history, with miles of beaches, friendly cafes, sea view and harbor-side restaurants and cultural places of interest, all within walking distance.

The rooms

We have 10 en-suite rooms (with no added single supplement). Our rooms are simple comfortable and are clean all with newly refurbished en-suite shower rooms. We provide a daily maid service and free Wifi internet connection for the duration of your stay. All rooms have outside seating area and some offer a shared terrace. We have double rooms for couples and twin rooms for students traveling with a friend.

Yoga location

This year we have added a wonderful indoor Yoga Studio. Yoga is practiced in our studio and in our courtyard garden; an oasis of Mediterranean flowers, plants and fruit trees.

Your first yoga practice of your yoga holidays in Turkey will be on Monday morning and the final practice will be on Friday evening. Below is the sample itinerary for each day. Class times may very slightly depending on the time of the season.

7.45 a.m.

Yoga practice: Asana (yoga postures) Pranayama (breath work) relaxation.

9.30 a.m.

Breakfast: Buffet style, including: cereal, muesli, yogurt, dried fuits, fresh fruits, local bread, cheese, vegetables, eggs, olives, honey, jam, tahini and (occasionally) pancakes! The rest of the day is yours to explore this fabulous area of Turkey.

Relax on one of the golden beaches just a short stroll walk away. Indulge in a holistic treatment or Turkish bath (Hammam) for a deeper relaxation. Visit the busy markets of nearby Manavgat, take a boat trip along the river or just chill-lax on the beanbags in our peaceful gardens.

You will also have a choice to enjoy optional assisted-self yoga practice.

6.00 p.m.

Yoga practice: the evening sessions have more a relaxed workshop vibe, offering the opportunity to explore all the many varied and fascinating aspects of Yoga. This could include; focusing on certain postures or areas of the body, breathing practices, mantra, deep relaxation, meditation or Yoga Nidra.

8.00 p.m.

On your first and last night join us for a welcome/farewell dinner, with traditional home-cooked Turkish food. The other evenings you are free to choose from the wide variety of restaurants and cafes in Side. There is something for everyone here: traditional Turkish, locally caught fish restaurants, Turkish pizza (pide) and not forgetting the original Turkish kebab!

Jo Ozden

Join Jo at her unique and inspiring yoga holidays that have a great reputation of stepping you into your bliss and shredding away layers of resistance that will empower and ignite your true potential, freedom and happiness. This potent holiday combination of Jos breath-centered yoga, mindfulness, meditation, location, fun, chilled vibe and plenty of free time makes for a truly relaxing, life enriching holiday experience.

During your stay, you will deepen your self-awareness and yoga practice more than you ever thought possible and you will soon start to feel and notice the wonderful effects Jos yoga style has on your mental and physical body bringing you back to balance and your wonderful true authentic self. Classes are kept small to allow Jo to connect with everyone, give advice and encouragement, offering YOU the confidence to Grow YOUR own yoga practice, in a relaxed, fun environment suitable for everyone.

Side (meaning pomegranate) is a resort town on the southern coast of Turkey, near the town of Manavgat, 75 km from Antalya. Surrounded by stunning ruins, including the waterside Temple of Apollo and a well preserved Roman amphitheatre, which still hosts colorful performances, Side is one of the best known classical sites in Turkey. Side's natural geography made it the most important place in Pamphylia from the Mediterranean to Mount Taurus. This location also made Side, Turkey one of the most important trade centers of its time. Today, the ancient city of Side is situated on a small north-south peninsula about 1 km long and 400 km across. Side is one of the Turkish Mediterranean's most attractive and Historical resorts.

Getting there

Our yoga Turkey courses start on a Monday and end on a Friday as flights from the majority of UK airports fly out on a Saturday & Sunday. Our nearest airport is Antalya Airport. Travel time approx 3hr 50 minutes from the UK. You will need to book your own flights. Please note that if it is not possible to get a flight on a Saturday or Sunday, then please do contact me to check availability for you to arrive on another day. We do our very best to accommodate everyone.

Upon entry at the airport, you will need to pay 10 visa entry fee. You should produce your passport and 10 fee at passport control. If you choose our private transfer service, a member from Yoga Holidays Turkey will be at the airport to greet you and give you a safe comfortable direct transfer in your own private transfer mini-bus for a journey of only 55 minutes.

We would like to suggest the following airlines:

www.easyjet.com. Fly from London Gatwick from May through October.

www.flythomascook.com. Year round charter flights from Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, and most other UK airports in the summer. Bookable on-line only.

www.firstchoice.co.uk. Summer season only from Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham. Bookable on-line.

www.goldtrail.co.uk (onur air) Summer season charter flights from some UK airports. Bookable on-line.

www.thomson.co.uk. Flights from London Gatwick, Luton, Stanstead, Bristol, Bournmouth, Cardiff, Glasgow, Manchester, Doncaster Sheffield, East Midlands & Birmingham, Newcastle.

Flights via Istanbul

www.easyjet.com Year round flights from Luton to Istanbul. Regular connections from Istanbul to Antalya, with Turkish Airlines, Onur Air, Sun-express and others. Bookable on-line.

www.fpqs.com (Pegasus airlines). Year round flights to Antalya via Istanbul. Bookable on-line.

Activities
  • Diving nearby
  • Bicycling
General
  • En-suite shower room
  • Garden
  • Terrace
  • Seating area
Services
  • Daily maid service
  • Wifi internet connection

Free time, options, and extra activities

Below are some options for your free time and extra activities during yoga holiday Turkey. Some of these options may include additional costs. If you have any inquiry or you would like to make further arrangements, you can do so by contacting organizer. Simply click on the Contact Organizer button to send a message to Yoga Holidays Turkey.

Side is a lot of things to do, from lovely walks along the beautiful turquoise Mediterranean beaches, to visiting one of Side many historical sites all within walking distance to our centre. We can organize your own private boat trip with our very own Captain Metin along the beautiful blue Manavgat river, laze on the decks taking in many a beautiful site, stopping for a BBQ on the deserted beach. A fab day out.

Bicycling

You can hire bicycles for the duration of your stay to explore Side and the surrounding areas a great way to get around.

Diving

If diving is your thing, there is a diving school offering daily dives and can be booked just a short stroll away at the beautiful harbor.

Excursion

Take a trip in to mountains for a real Turkish experience, visit a village family, mosque and many a wonderful site. You also can take a gentle walk to visit many of the historical sites. Walking around Side is magical it really feels like a step back in time. The roads are strewn with roman columns, ruins and a lovely museum to help you put all the history together. With its beautiful amphitheater that is still in working order hosting concerts opera and ballet. Or simply stroll to the golden beaches under a minute away and soak up the sunshine and bathe in the warm turquoise sea.

Turkish bath & spa treatments

Experience one of the most traditional methods of bathing in an authentic Turkish Hammam. A totally pampering, relaxing experience to prepare your skin for that fabulous holiday tan. Relax in a warm room and feel the stresses of everyday life drift away. You will experience a full body scrub with an exfoliating glove whilst you relax on the warm marble table. The olive soap soft massage is a relaxing and wonderful experience, this will be followed with a full body massage, leaving you wonderfully clean and totally relaxed a great way to start your holiday. A full brochure on all excursions will be available for the duration of your stay at our Turkey yoga retreat.

  • Single room with en suite shower room. Double and twin rooms available.
  • 5 morning sessions (the fifth morning session is optional self practice) and 4 evening yoga sessions.
  • Open buffet style breakfast / brunch.
  • 24 Hr free unlimited tea and coffee making facilities.
  • 2 traditional delicious Turkish Dinners freshly prepared by our Turkish cook.
  • Free Wi-Fi Internet connection.
  • Free use of yoga mat (but we recommend you bring a yoga towel to place on top of the mat).
  • Free use of blocks, bolsters and meditation cushions.
  • Plenty of free time to explore or simply laze on the golden beaches
  • Transfers
  • Travel insurance
For information about the booking conditions, please send Yoga Holidays Turkey an inquiry.
  • Review by Georgia Grandison
    10 out of 10

    "Had a fantastic relaxing week! If anyone is looking for a yoga holiday, I would recommend this one as Jo is a great teacher and the settings are just lovely! A great holiday if you want to travel alone as Side is such a safe place to be, everything is so cheap, and you get to meet some great people."

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  • Review by Julie Woloshin Oseku
    10 out of 10

    "I have recently returned from a two-week stay at Yoga Holidays Turkey to help balance my life while going through a major transitional period in which I left the comfort of my well-paid career to take up my dream of self-employment. As a yoga instructor, Jo is skilled and knowledgeable and able to guide any level of yogis in their practice. Her yoga stands out from that of others because her passion and soul for all that yoga is can be felt in each practice, which helps transform the minds, souls, and bodies of those open for it. I took the opportunity for a one-on-one session with Jo. Using a combination of personal development coaching and mentoring (due to my particular needs), Jo designed a tailor-made program for my self-practice at home to help me maintain and build on the work that I had done with the group. She was able to adapt her style to my personality and challenge me to practice mindfulness off the mat as well as on it. Jo, with her passion for yoga and love to empower those who practice with her, helped guide me to let go and find my balance to allow myself to transform my life to become the person I want to be. I look forward to returning next year to join Jo, her beautiful family, and another group of inspiring individuals to take a moment away from the yang of life and find their place of yin. Namaste! "

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  • Review by Nicola Hilton
    10 out of 10

    "Wow! What an amazing week we've just had with Jo in Side. Completely exceeded our expectations. Our first yoga holiday as a couple and first time to turkey. Jo made us so welcome and so at ease. Welcoming us into her home and her gorgeous family life. A lovely insight into life in this village. Nothing was too much bother. Her yoga caters for everyone can be as dynamic or as relaxing as you all want it to be. She reads the mood and the ability so well. Her lovely positive, upbeat, caring nature leaves you feeling completely safe and chilled and totally relaxed. A proper holiday away from it all! Big thanks Jo."

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  • Review by Sally Wyatt
    10 out of 10

    "Warm , friendly atmosphere, and a slice of utopia - from the moment that I stepped off the plane from my chaotic hectic stressed up world I was made to feel welcome. The venue is a tiny piece of utopia with a courtyard full of trees decorated with hearts and ribbons - where I was greeted with warmth and smiles. I loved the morning and evening. I have dyspraxia and so often find instructions hard to comprehend but Jo showed patience and humor and had enabled me to start to think more about listening to my body and it's needed and look at giving myself more time to relax - I have been using the breathing exercises since and I can honestly say that this is changing my life. I will come again and recommend it to my friends."

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  • Review by Renee Ahlstedt
    10 out of 10

    "Jo thank you to you and your beautiful family for a lovely, lovely break! I had an amazing time and I am blessed to have been able to share your yoga practice. You have given me a lot to think about over such a short period of time, of what sort of teacher I want to be and what yoga really is for me. Thank you a million times over. Hope to see you all again soon. Namaste."

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  • Review by Greg Hickman
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you again for such an amazing experience. It has helped to open me up and am now allowing the good back into my life. If there is a magical place on earth, Ozden Pansiyon it is. "

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  • Review by Kathryn from Manchester, England
    10 out of 10

    "My second visit to Side and what a special place it is. Practicing yoga in the shala was peaceful with vibrant colors from the garden, full of laughter, always warm and welcoming. Jo is an amazing teacher as she instinctively assesses what each person needs in their practice and she has many pearls of wisdom that she shares with the class. I felt totally relaxed and rejuvenated and felt that I progressed in my yoga both in mind and body. I know it will become an annual pilgrimage!"

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  • Review by Chris Brodie from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "Had the most fantastic time. Arrived a very rusty, cranky, and stiff beginner and left more relaxed and happier than I’ve felt in years. Jo is the most intuitive and supportive teacher and without her, I would not have progressed as much as I did. The accommodation is comfortable, bright, and a very relaxing place to be. The food makes you feel healthy on the inside as well the outside. I would recommend this holiday to anyone wanting to get some headspace and improve their physical and mental health. I don’t think words can do justice to what you do."

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  • Review by Claire Halliday from Scotland
    10 out of 10

    "Spent my first holiday in 3 years at this beautiful place. Was a holiday for the mind, body, and soul. Cannot recommend this place enough – so much so I am already planning a return trip in October. Jo and her family really do welcome you with open arms and hearts. The yoga is amazing and the food is superb. The beach is on the doorstep. I love this place!"

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  • Review by Sheena
    10 out of 10

    "Thank you immensely for a truly wonderful week of total unadulterated mindfulness and chill-laxin’! Jo – you are a legend, mentor, wise owl, and fabulous."

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  • Review by George from Holland
    10 out of 10

    "Just wanted to say thank you again for an amazing holiday. The fact that you are able to offer this amazing opportunity to people like me is a credit to your vision, ability, hospitality, and passion for what you do, which is so much more than just a job!"

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  • Review by Marcela
    10 out of 10

    "I want to congratulate Jo for all your effort to make this happen, really well done. Everything that comes from the heart has a good outcome. I just want to say that the students and I could feel your heart in every aspect and this is a success in itself. This was a fascinating experience and one I would love to do again."

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  • Review by Lorna
    10 out of 10

    "I just had the most amazing week here. Jo is a breath of fresh air; I hadn’t practiced in around 10 years and I thought I’m in for it but Jo is so open minded. The rules are: there are no rules… go with the breath-centered Jo’s flow. This place is freakin awesome! Never felt so happy in I don’t know how long."

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  • Review by Steve Harris
    10 out of 10

    "Having booked to go on this Yoga Holiday with my wife, I was expecting to spend a fair amount of time on my own whilst she was attempting to find inner peace. Needless to say the time alone wasn't exactly something I was looking forward to. However, I was pleasantly surprised.I was part of a group that consisted of 7 practising yogi's and no other non-practising partners. At no stage did I felt left out, everyone, including Jo and her family made me feel welcome and part of the group. Anyone looking to go on a yoga holiday as a non-practising partner has nothing to worry about when booking a "Yoga Holidays Turkey" vacation. There is plenty to do whilst your partner is doing their thing. Jo, I'd like to thank you for a lovely time, welcoming me into your home with your family and please pass on a message to Kaya for me... brush up on your UNO Skills young man, because when I see you next, I will be bringing my A game."

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  • Review by Judith
    10 out of 10

    "I have just finished 5 weeks of volunteering at Yoga Holidays Turkey. I loved every minute of it Excellent company, fantastic yoga, a comfy bed, great food, and satisfying karma yoga! You couldn't want for anymore! The work was easy and straightforward and can be carried out in your own time pretty much. There is enough free time each day to go to the beach and have your own space. Side is a wonderful place to live. There are many many great restaurants, bars, and shops close by all at reasonable prices. Being able to practice yoga twice a day, 4 days a week was awesome and has made a huge difference to my own yoga practice. Thanks to Jo and her gorgeous family - husband Murat, children Kuzey and Kaya - for putting up with me for 5 weeks! I also met some wonderful yogis and shared lots of laughs and a few tears. Yoga Holidays Turkey is a wonderful place to be whether volunteering or on holiday. I have done both and will be back for more yoga goodness as soon as I can!"

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  • Review by Eveline from New York
    10 out of 10

    "Honestly, I can’t tell you how happy I am that Hannah and myself spent the week at your place. It gave us so much more than we hoped for and expected. Besides a nice relaxing holiday, it also completely reconnected us, gave me so many insights, made yoga part of my life and also very happy to have gotten to know you, Murat, and your kids. Such a nice family, and really like your children! You really deserve it, and made it happen yourself. You are really a great person Jo, and I think you give more than you even realise. And I really wish you well in continuing the path of caring for yourself and taking the time for yourself."

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  • Review by Renee from London, UK
    9 out of 10

    "My trip was amazing. Just the right combination of yoga, sun, relaxation and meeting some wonderful people. As a trainee yoga teacher myself I really got a lot from the holiday and from being able to do Jo's yoga practice. Very lovely warm teacher which made me think about what sort of teacher I want to be and an amazingly friendly and warm environment to be staying in! Loved it. Definitely will be going back as soon as I can! "

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  • Review by Charlotte Reedtz from Norway
    10 out of 10

    "I decided that I wanted to do something good for myself, and that this should be exercising yoga and meditation during my vacation. I will never regret this decision! I have never gotten so close to myself before, both my strengths, resources, and vulnerabilities – I learnt a lot about myself during this inner journey. In addition, I learnt a lot about yoga, new techniques, and new postures – it was so fun and so rewarding! Jo’s yoga holidays in Side is fantastic, and I can’t wait to come back next year!"

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  • Review by Paul from Brentwood
    9 out of 10

    "What a relaxing week! The garden is an oasis of cool tranquillity, the warm, clear waters of the Mediterranean are just a few steps away, and the stunning two-thousand-year-old ruins of antiquity can be seen wherever you go in the beautiful Old Town of Side. Jo and her family provided plentiful amounts of healthy and unbelievably delicious food along with a warm, friendly welcome. This is a wonderful place to escape from the strains of day-to-day life. Thank you for a fantastic holiday!"

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  • Review by Nancy from London, UK
    9 out of 10

    "Absolutely perfect holiday. Yoga Holidays Turkey is such a beautiful sanctuary – the right mix of relaxation and interaction. I felt really cared for and incredibly safe. If I needed space – there was plenty to be found in the quiet courtyard and beautiful nearby beaches and if I wanted company there was lots to be had from the kids, the cat and Jo and Murat's wonderful guests. Couldn't have asked for better ...and of course the yoga was wonderful. Thank you so much for a week of bliss! I have learned so much and I feel like a new person."

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