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Yoga Sutra Shala provides you with excellence at every level of your yoga retreat stay.
The team have a lot of experience in running yoga retreats with several different themes in Spain and they offer you a warm homely atmosphere as well as personal attention.
The teachers have travelled the world learning from some of the most experienced yogis, in order to give you the best in yoga knowledge that the world has to offer.
Yoga Sutra Shala offers accommodation with excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. During your retreat, you will be staying at a beautiful secluded retreat center situated in Benissiva. The villa is just 30 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva.
All of the rooms have beautiful views of the mountains or the village. There are eight bedrooms, each one with an ensuite bathroom to make your stay really comfortable. Two of the rooms have their own balcony and three of the rooms have a large balcony which they share with each other. All rooms have air conditioning and central heating.
La Solana has two single beds and has lovely views of the beautiful hamlet of Benissiva. The room has a lovely ensuite bathroom as well. The beds can either be booked individually by two same-sex solo travelers wanting to share, or by two friends or family members booking at the same time. It can also be booked for single occupancy by one person. To book this room for a male and a female, please contact Yoga Sutra Shala.
Tossal Gros is a cozy room named after one of the mountains seen from its balcony. It has a comfortable double bed, beautiful views looking out to the mountains, and an ensuite bathroom. This room is perfect for a solo traveler wishing to indulge in some private time.
All double rooms can be booked by couples or by solo travelers as a private double room.
El Colomer ("The Dove House" has a lovely double bed and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It also has a nice ensuite bathroom. It is situated on the second floor.
El LLimaner has one double bed and lovely views of the village. It also has an ensuite bathroom. It is on the ground floor, so is perfect for those who find stairs challenging.
La Forada is named after the impressive arch-topped mountain visible from the balcony. It has a double bed and a shared balcony-terrace with lovely views of the Valencian mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
All twin rooms can either be booked individually by two same-sex solo travelers wanting to share, or by two friends or family members booking at the same time. To book this room for a male and a female, please contact Yoga Sutra Shala.
El Misserat has two single beds, a shared balcony, and an ensuite bathroom. It has lovely views of the surrounding mountains.
L'Albureca has two single beds, a shared balcony, and amazing views of the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
L'Umbria is a very special room. This large, luxury room has a comfortable double bed; a sitting area; a mezzanine floor; and an ensuite bathroom with a bath and a shower. It has its own balcony and lovely views of the surrounding Valencian mountains and unspoiled countryside. It is perfect for a couple or for single occupancy.
Apart from excellent yoga classes you will benefit from the most delicious and healthy meals available on any yoga retreat in the world. All of the meals served are plant-based and are freshly prepared using organic whole foods and organic produce sourced from local farms.
Add to this the lovely weather, the wonderful mountain views and the beautiful shala and you can understand why Yoga Sutra Shala is developing the reputation for giving you the best yoga retreat in the world.
Having traveled the world, the founders Namit and Maru realized that what they wanted was to be in one perfect place for experiencing inner peace and so they established Yoga Sutra Shala retreat center, where their guests can find peace within and learn to live and eat healthily.
The aim of this retreat is to teach you not only yoga to an excellent level, but also to teach you about health and nutrition with the best knowledge available in the world. As a result of the teams' combined experience, this week will be full of delicious and healthy recipes.
The health benefits of foods will be explained and you will return feeling like you have learned the best secrets of healthy cooking, living and practicing yoga.
Silence is observed in the morning until after breakfast.
Throughout these retreats, you will be focusing on different guided meditations every day in the morning and evening, to teach your mind to relax and focus on the silence within. The aim is to help you return with a more positive and happy mindset.
Each day there are morning and evening yoga classes: Yang-based in the mornings and Yin-based in the evenings - designed to slowly open up the whole body over five days so that by the last day of the retreat, every muscle of your body feels open, alive, relaxed, rejuvenated and energized.
Note that all the classes and activities are optional during your yoga retreat. Yoga Sutra Shala wants you to develop at your own pace and to enjoy your stay, become healthy in mind and body, learn how to relax and deal with stress and feel at one with yourself.
On your yoga retreats, you will be taught meditation, asana (posture), chanting, and breathing techniques (pranayama).
When you make your booking you will be asked what areas you would like to develop. Your yoga retreat will be personalized according to these wants and needs, guiding you to further yourself, whether you are a new or established student of yoga.
Your yoga retreat center is a shala - a place of refuge where you can find inner peace. Your shala will be a perfect place to escape the stresses of the modern world and develop a sense of peace, calm, well-being, and happiness.
During this retreat, there will be two guided walks in the stunning Valencian valley called La Val de La Gallinera. In summer, when the days are warmer, the guided walks take place in the early morning. During autumn and spring, they take place in the late morning.
On Sunday, there will be a welcome lunch and introductions to staff, fellow guests, and the retreat program. This is the time that many good friendships begin and you have the opportunity to orientate yourself and rest from your journey.
The first yoga and meditation class, on Sunday afternoon, provides an important foundation for you to build on for the rest of your week. To get the most out of your retreat and fully enjoy the loving and peaceful family sentiment here, come for the whole retreat.
If your available flights don't match the retreat times, you could stay a night in Alicante or Valencia before and/or after the retreat and make use of our Alicante shuttle bus transfer (the quickest, easiest, and often the cheapest way to get to and from the retreat) or use public transport from Valencia.
If you decide to come for less time, be aware that your booking and cost would be as for the whole retreat and you may miss out on certain aspects of the retreat experience.
In addition to the scheduled classes, Yoga Sutra Shala also offers private yoga classes given by the assistant teachers, at no extra cost.
You can ask for these classes if you want to:
During the retreat there will be evening workshops on themes that support your development.
Retreats start on Sunday at 2 p.m. and finish on Friday at 1 p.m. It is best to arrive in the area by Sunday morning. The retreat lasts for 6 days and 5 nights.
These yoga retreats are suitable for students of all levels including beginners, as all classes are adapted for the individual students on each particular yoga retreat. You can move at your own pace - at a pace that you enjoy and feel comfortable with.
The Vinyasa yoga taught at this yoga retreat center uses movement and flow from one posture to another to bring the student closer in awareness to the breath and to give them the experience of meditation.
Practitioners from all backgrounds can experience the benefits of meditation and inner silence by practicing at Yoga Sutra Shala.
If you are pregnant: The classes involve postures that can put pressure on the uterus. Whilst asanas help with your health, they may disturb the developing baby during pregnancy, so if you are pregnant it would be best for you to go to a retreat that specifically focuses on the parts of yoga that are designed for pregnancy and birth, such as breathing and hip opening.
Namit has a strong family tradition of yoga and has studied yoga all over the world including in his native India. His background as a leading health professional allows him to apply and explain the health benefits of nutrition and yoga scientifically and to a high level. Namit has yoga teaching qualifications from Rishikesh (the birthplace of yoga) and also from Dharamsala (the current residence of His Royal Holiness the Dalai Lama). Namit is an E-RYT 500 with Yoga Alliance & Registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals & has been teacher and mentor to yoga students since 2010.
Retreats are based at the yoga and meditation retreat centre in Benissiva, a village in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The retreat centre is surrounded by beautiful nature and mountains and is only 30 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most secluded sandy beaches, Oliva.
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Healthy and delicious plant-based, wholefood, 100% organic meals are provided, which are freshly prepared using locally grown organic fruit and vegetables. The recipes are created by health and nutrition experts Namit and Maru, the founders of Yoga Sutra Shala. All meals are based on the principles of good nutrition, health, and good taste.
No meat, fish or animal products are served. All the food is plant-based in the tradition of yoga and ahimsa (non-violence). The yoga tradition encourages the plant-based diet during the practice of meditation in order to increase the experience of peace.
Your meals at the yoga retreat centre will contain a perfect balance of beans, nuts, avocados, tofu, seeds and other excellent plant-based sources of protein, allowing you to build muscle developed from practicing the yoga postures and helping you to feel healthier than ever!
Desserts are sweetened with natural sweeteners (such as fruit or stevia). No processed sugar is used.
Special dietary requests such as gluten-free can also be catered for. The chefs will make delicious alternatives for you.
During your free time, you can go for a nature walk and admire some of the stunning views of the surrounding mountains as well as breathe in some of the lovely mountain air. You can also arrange a trip with a local taxi driver to the surrounding villages or to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva. Most people, however, like to relax by the pool, read, chat to new friends at your yoga retreat centre or listen to quiet music.
Therapists from the local villages come to the shala and offer massage treatments, which last about an hour and cost 60 EUR. Please feel free to send an inquiry to Yoga Sutra Shala if you want to find out more.
Transfer available for additional US$35 per person
Transfer available for additional US$94 per person
The nearest airport is Alicante (ALC). Yoga Sutra Shala organise a group transfer from Alicante airport to the venue and from the venue to the airport during scheduled times below:
The cost is 30 EUR each way.
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