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A life changing yoga retreat doesn't need to be expensive. On Yoga Sutra Shala's retreat, you can be sure that the quality of excellence in every aspect is constantly maintained and that a warm homely atmosphere as well as personal attention for each guest are guaranteed. Here at Yoga Sutra Shala we aim to provide you with excellence at every level during your yoga retreat stay and at a reasonable price. The aim of this retreat is to teach you not only yoga to an excellent level, but to provide you with the relaxation benefits of yoga in the best place in the world to learn them. Yoga Sutra Shala has a lot of experince in running yoga retreats with several different themes in Spain. On Yoga Sutra Shala's retreat, you can be sure that the quality of excellence in every aspect is constantly maintained and that a warm homely atmosphere as well as personal attention for each guest are guaranteed. Yoga Sutra Shala is based in the mountains of Andalucia where there is an abundance of fresh air, nature and where two of the most highly qualified yoga and meditation teachers live. The style of yoga taught on this retreat is designed to help you come to the deepest state of relaxation that we can take you.
Your yoga retreats will focus on having fun and enjoying yourself. Yoga takes the student closer to a state of relaxation and happiness and being in a state of happiness is at the heart of yoga practice. We aim to take you to the deepest state of happiness and relaxation that we can whilst you are on your yoga retreats. The classes at your retreat centre are all suitable for beginners and are taught to a very high level. Your yoga retreats will be designed to focus on the wide health benefits of yoga - offering good exercise without pushing you too far.
Yoga Sutra Shala offers accommodation with excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. If you are a solo traveller and wish to have more privacy, good news for you as single person supplements are available for all rooms. If you don't mind sharing with other participants, Yoga Sutra Shala can find someone of the same sex to share with.
Prana means the breath of life. This room has two single beds. The rooms can either be booked individually (shared option only available for female solo travellers) or by two friends booking at the same time. Prana has a shared bathroom.
Anahata means heart chakra. This room has two single beds. The rooms can either be booked individually (shared option only available for female solo travellers) or by two friends booking at the same time. Anahata has a shared bathroom.
Satya means truth. This room has two single beds with lovely views of the surrounding hills and mountains and of the gardens of your retreat centre. The beds can either be booked individually (shared option only available for female solo travellers) or by two friends booking at the same time. Satya has a shared bathroom.
Shanti means peace. This room has one double bed and has a shared bathroom. Shanti has beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. Shanti can only be booked either as a double room for partners or couples or a single occupancy room (single supplement applies).
If deluxe options suit you better, you will be accommodated in Ahimsa room. Ahimsa means non-violence. This room has a double bed and an en-suite bathroom.
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 silence within. The aim is to help you return with a more positive and happy mindset. There will be different series of yin and yang based vinyasas taught to you every day - yang every morning and yin every evening - designed to slowly open up the whole body over five days so that by the last day of the retreat, every muscle within your body feels open, alive, relaxed, rejuvenated and energized.
Note that all the classes are all optional during your yoga retreats. We want you to develop at your own pace and we want you to enjoy your stay. We want you to enjoy your yoga retreats as much as possible, to become healthy in mind and body, to learn how to relax and deal with stress and to learn how to feel at one with yourself.
At your yoga retreat centre, our aim is to help you develop your health, learn relaxation techniques and learn meditation so helping you to deal with stress, improve the quality of your life, your happiness and your sense of well-being. On your yoga retreats, you will be taught meditation, asana (posture), chanting, and breathing techniques. All classes will be optional as we want you to enjoy your stay and develop at your own pace.
You will be asked at the beginning of each yoga retreat what areas you want to develop in. Your yoga retreat will be personalized according to your wants and needs for your own development whether you are a new or established student of yoga.
Namit will be using his highly developed teaching system during each class at your yoga retreat at Yoga Sutra Shala to teach Vinyasa Yoga. Your yoga retreat centre will be run specifically as a shala - a place of refuge and a place to 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.
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 yoga scientifically and to a high level. Namit has yoga teaching qualifications from Rishikesh in India (the birthplace of yoga) and also from Dharamsala in the Himalayas in India (the current residence of His Royal Holiness the Dalai Lama). He has also spent time deepening his own practice in the Shala of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.
Maru is a KPJAYI Authorised teacher. Her interest in Yoga started a very young age when she started studying Buddhism from her mother. In 2016 she received the blessings of her guru and was authorized to teach the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga. She also adds warmth, friendliness, compassion and a positive energy that will make you grow, learn and develop your health further still as well as become more peaceful, more internalized and happier.
Retreats are based at your yoga and meditation retreat centre near the village of Sayalonga, close to Malaga in southern Spain. Malaga is located on the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain, in Andalusia. You will be picked up from the Malaga airport for the retreat center on the arrival day (for arrival before 12:00 p.m.) On the departure day, our driver Ramiro will leave from the retreat center to the airport for flights departing after 5:00 p.m. We want to make sure your retreat will be hassle free.
If these times are not convenient for you we can help you organise a local taxi from Sayalonga who knows the mountain roads here (additional cost 70 EUR paid directly to the driver) or even better you can arrive a day earlier or leave a day later and stay in a hotel in Malaga to enjoy this beautiful city.
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Healthy, delicious vegetarian, 100% organic meals will be provided using locally grown organic fruit and vegetables on every yoga retreat. The recipes used will be created by health and nutrition experts including Namit and Maru, the founders of Yoga Sutra Shala. Wholemeal foods will be used as well as foods low in saturated fat during your yoga retreats. All meals are based on the principles of good nutrition, health and good taste.
There is no meat or fish on the yoga retreats. All the food is vegetarian in the tradition of yoga and ahimsa (non-violence). The yoga tradition encourages the vegetarian diet during the practice of meditation in order to increase the experience of peace.
Instead your meals at the yoga retreat centre will contain beans, nuts, avocados, tofu, seeds and other vegetarian sources of protein, allowing you to build core, back and other muscle groups that have been developed from practicing yoga postures by yogis for millennia.
Other special dietary requests such as vegan, dairy free, gluten free, and wheat free will also be catered for.
During your free time, you can go for a nature walk in the mountains and admire some of the stunning views here 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 the local beach at Maro. There is also a nearby natural park that Ramiro can take you to if you feel like a nice walk one day. Most people, however, like to relax by the pool, read, chat to new friends at your yoga retreat centre or listen to quiet music.
There are people from the local villages who come to the shala and offer massage and reflexology treatments. Treatments tend to cost around 30 EUR each. Please feel free to send an inquiry to Yoga Sutra Shala if you want to find out more.
The closest airport is Malaga. Yoga Sutra Shala will arrange the transfer from airport to the yoga center on the arrival day as well as the transfer to the airport on the departure day. To make sure your retreat will be hassle free, transport to and from Malaga airport are included in your stay. The scheduled collection time from Malaga airport is 12.00 noon on Sundays and on Fridays from Yoga Sutra Shala at 2.00 p.m. to be dropped off at 3.00 p.m. for flights leaving after 5.00 p.m. at Malaga aiport. Please inform your flight itineraries upon booking. If you wish to be transferred before or after the established time, we can arrange for a local taxi driver who knows the mountain roads to collect you. He normally charges 70 EUR.
If you would like to spend a few days before the retreat or after the retreat in the beautiful city of Malaga, there is a lot to see there. You can rejoin Yoga Sutra Shala afterwards at the airport for transfer. Taxi, bus or train are cheap and easy to arrange between Malaga airport and city.
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