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This yoga and walking holidays complement each other perfectly. Walking is an aerobic exercise and is a great workout for the heart and lungs. However it may create tight muscles and tenderness in the leg joints, especially if you are not used to walking. Yoga helps to loosen the hamstrings, whilst building flexibility and strengthening muscles, a perfect compliment. Your body will be left fitter, more toned, and looking and feeling fabulous.
This yoga holiday program is suitable for beginners and for those returning to yoga after a break. The main emphasis being on a safe holiday in the sun with the beach to unwind and relax. The daily class may combine a fusion of various styles, including the most popular style, Hatha yoga. Some sessions may be offered by different instructors to give you the chance to try different styles.
First session will focus on simple, flowing movements to gently stretch and synchronize the breath with the postures. The days' class and time will vary according to the time of year, the sun, and shade. This enables the class to be taught outdoors, usually at the beach overlooking the sea and mountains. You may walk or take the transportation.
The daily class will vary according to the abilities of students present. The qualified instructor will assess the daily level of class, to allow everyone to flow at their own level that day. Hatha yoga is probably one of the most popular styles of yoga today for its relatively slow pace focusing on the postures and the breath, perfect for beginners. As classes and instructors may vary the class duration time is from 70 to 90 minutes in length. This depends on which days of the week you are attending.
Most people choose to sleep later to unwind and therefore daily yoga class can start around 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., in the afternoon around 4:30 pm, or later depending on time of year, the instructor, and summer heat. Lunch is usually taken around 1:30 p.m. unless requested early or later, especially during the hot summer months when you wish to enjoy longer beach days.
Some people enjoy taking lunch or dinner out at the local cafes by request. Dinner at the villa is served in the dining area around 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., depending on the evenings when you wish to be out late or eat earlier, in order to go out. This is by specific request. Evenings can be spent enjoying a walk in Moraira, or along the beach, gift shopping, or listening to the weekly live music shows a short stroll from the villa. Friday is the local market day with many bargains and produce.
The first walk will give you the opportunity to stretch your legs around Moraira and see how fit you are. Subsequent walks will depend upon the fitness level of the group or individuals, either locally or along the coastal path. All walks are optional and open to everyone. Whilst you dont have to be super fit, Yoga Retreats Spain do recommend you have a good reasonable level of fitness and no serious heart or mobility issues for the hill walk.
Anahita Csurilla qualified as a Hatha yoga teacher from Sivananda Yoga centre Budapest in 2010. Anahita has a master's degree in the Prana Nadi Method of natural healing and a level 4 master of competence since 2012. She has also attended Matra University of Alternative Science from 2009 to 2011 in Hungary. She also studied other forms of yoga including Vinyasa flow. Her Hatha yoga style is becoming more influenced by Therapy yoga and in her classes and workshops, she pays attention to the individual needs of her students, the chakras, and the health giving benefits with renewed energy flow.
This yoga holiday will be held in Moraira, Spain. Just 90 kilometers north of Alicante, on the coast via airport transfer, lies the pretty town of Moraira, a small beautiful port and marina town, known as the jewel of the Costa Blanca, Spain. Moraira offers lovely chill out bars and cafes, excellent boutique shopping, and delicious restaurants to suit all tastes for those wishing to sample the local cuisine.
All with an unhurried air and excellent energy, Moraira is perfect for those seeking relaxation. The family run hosted villa is located in a quiet cul de sac on an urbanization, only a short stroll to Moraira and beach. Located near to the sea, making it perfect for exploring the beautiful local coastline.
Mountains form the backdrop to the valley. The vineyards surrounding Moraira is predominantly the famous Muscatel grapes that make the sweet Spanish dessert wine, harvested around September. Moraira town hall prides itself on being awarded the annual prestigious beaches EU blue flag classification, denoting its excellent facilities and cleanliness.
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During the holiday, a variety of traditional home cooked food will be served daily, freshly prepared by the hosts. The daily meals may consist of salmon, chicken, beef mince, pasta, or rice along with fresh vegetables and salads, or a vegetarian option. There is only one daily meal option, but the hosts will always consult with everyone on arrival about their favorite foods and cook accordingly, to suit everyone in the small group.
Groups may vary and you may be the only guest. The host will keep any single guest company, should they wish, or respect their privacy for those who wish time alone. Dinner usually consists of two courses, including a dessert. Yoga Retreat Spain will try to accommodate your dietary needs, likes, and dislikes. Vegan option, however, is regrettably unable to be accommodated.
Breakfast is a 'help yourself' at a time to suit each guest. This may consist of cereals, yogurts, fresh fruit, toast, and a choice of herbal teas and coffee. Drinking water is provided. Yoga Retreats Spain only asks you to wash up your own dishes after breakfast, as it can be taken at any time to suit each person.
Yoga Retreats Spain respectfully ask you to wash up and tidy after eating or preparing any snacks, drinks, or any items of food you may have purchased during your stay, every day. This is to help keep the guest kitchen tidy at all times, out of respect for others.
After all other meals, the crockery will be taken away by the villa hosts for cleaning. This enables the hosts and you coordinate as a team, in order to move quickly together to the next activity, either walking or by car. The hosts are very much about family, teamwork, and sharing. Please note that you cannot expect for a hotel experience during your stay in the villa.
Optional activities in the summer months from June to September are kayaking and SUP boarding for hire from one of the local beaches, which is proving to be very popular. You may also try beach walking or a walk to the Cap D'Or, an eight kilometers walk to and from the villa with spectacular views.
You will need a reasonable level of fitness to climb the last one kilometer up the mountain path to the top. A drink at the beach café after the descent is the most popular activity to do after and before returning back into town.
Mini treatments are available locally in Moraira by appointment. For those who wish to have a treatment, to avoid disappointment, it is strongly suggested that these are booked at the beginning of the holiday as the studio gets very busy. There are too many treatments to list here with special offers and some prices changing weekly. Yoga Retreats Spain will direct you to the studio, just a short walk from the villa.
Please book your flight to arrive at Alicante-Elche Airport (ALC). You are responsible for confirming your own airport transfers, via mobile phone or online.