Yoga Zanzibar is founded by Marisa van Vuuren. The one and only yoga alternative in Zanzibar, offering yoga retreats throughout the year since 2009.
Yoga Retreats (4)
Marisa, the founder of Yoga Zanzibar, teaches Ashtanga based and creative Vinyasa Flow with an emphasis on alignment according to the individual’s needs, flowing movements linked with an intense focus on the importance of applying the audible Ujjayi breath, dynamic fun flows with arm balances broken down in stages accessible to everyone. She focuses on initiating movements from the deep core line - the latest fascia anatomy research from Tom Myers. It focuses on movements releasing the fascia lines and preventing unnecessary tension in your body during your physical practise.
Passionate about studying and sharing the transformative qualities of yoga, Jenny combines her yoga teaching with her practice as a personal coach. She believes in the positive impact that yoga can have on people’s lives both on and off the mat. Following her early years as a gymnast, she was naturally drawn towards the physical aspects of yoga when she first discovered it in 2004. Today she teaches Creative Vinyasa Flow and Ashtanga based yoga and strives to make yoga as an art and science of living accessible to anyone simply intrigued or willing to devote to a practice.
from Italy, November 2018
from Malawi, January 2020
"Soul-filling yoga retreat"
I really enjoyed Lotta's teaching style. She was SO responsive to the students both in and out of class. She made sure we were getting what we needed and encouraged us to find our appropriate edge of pushing ourselves, but also listening to our bodies.
from Great Britain, January 2020
"It was okay."
Lotte the instructor was very good.
from Sweden, December 2019
"I had Lotta as teacher and she was/is amazing! So happy!! "
Lotta tuned into the group and fulfilled all our yoga wishes! It was a great surprise each class and got better and better! The jewel was a yin class! I’d love to come back and do yoga for Lotta! Also the location was perfect, morning shala nice and quiet and rooftop for sunset- perfect!! I can only say Namaste from my yogi heart ❤️ all thanx to Lotta!!
from Nigeria, August 2019
Diane’s yoga, the beautiful setting and hotel, the welcoming and lovely staff, the wonderful beach, and the very convenient location .
Oda Elisabeth Dahl
from Norway, August 2019
"An amazing week"
Had an amazing week in Nungwi with yoga Zanzibar. The yoga classes were really good, Diane is an excellent teacher. We were also allowed to come with suggestions for the classes. The location of the yoga classes are so good, especially in the evening with the view of the sunset and the ocean. The garden at Casa Umoja was a great place to chill out and breakfast included a plate of fresh fruit and eggs, toast and pancake. Marissa, the organizer of the retreat is the warmest and most welcoming person I’ve ever met and did everything she could to make this a lovely week. Thank you🙏🏽
from Qatar, May 2019
"Wonderful Week in Zanzibar"
Initially I was booked to stay at Casa Umoja, but I decided that I wanted to be on the beach. I upgraded to the Flame Tree Cottages and it was well worth it. The location of Flame Tree was perfect. The beach was idyllic with white powdery sand and an endless horizon that lit up at sunset. The breakfast and food at Flame Tree was delicious and seemingly light; I was really impressed with the veg curry. Everyone was friendly and helpful, and the owner Saif, was especially welcoming and gave great tips about what to do. Yoga was twice a day with Alina Grinshpoon. She was a great teacher who was knowledgeable and intuitive.
from Iraq, October 2018
"Lupita is an amazing teacher"
The yoga, the explanations, the thoughtfulness of the teacher
from Austria, July 2018
The location of zanzi yoga on the rooftop is very nice, especially during evening sessions when you can watch the sunset.
from Tanzania, July 2018
"Wonderful, peaceful and relaxing retreat."
This was my first retreat so I was a little nervous at first, but I was soon put at ease, I was collected from the Airport by Mussa, and Mussa made the one and half hour trip to Casa Umoja so entertaining, he told me all about the different parts of Zanzibar as we drove through them and we even stopped on the side of the road where he brought me a coconut to try.The Yoga was wonderful, I was a little nervous about doing two one and a half hour sessions a day but after the first few days I could feel my strength developing and I looked forward to every class. The Yoga is challenging but not over the top and our instructor Palma gave lots of variations to incorporate the different levels in the class. I even ended up extending by a couple of days I was enjoying it so much. The location for the classes are also wonderful especially the afternoon class.
from Israel, March 2018
"Wonderful time in Zanzibar "
Perfect location for a yoga retreat. Marisa is one of the best yoga theaters I have practiced with. The accommodation was very nice and the meals were very good. Will definitely go back there again.
from Switzerland, January 2018
Maree was an excellent yoga teacher, taking time to give personal advice and encouragement when needed. I’m a beginner and I’m amazed at how much progress I made both physically and mentally. I got more out of the course than I expected because she also led guided meditations every session, so it’s also a course in mindfulness. She has a wonderful personality and it shone through every day. The setting is also beautifull, you can hear and see the ocean from your mat. I was sad to leave.
from United States, December 2017
This retreat exceeded my expectations. The instructors were wonderful and the classes were perfect. The setting was amazing-who can not feel rejuvenated gazing out into the ocean and feeling the breeze. Loved it!
from DR Congo, January 2020
"Mon professeur était Lota. Je ne peux ajouter son nom"
Le professeur de yoga Lota. Elle était très attentive à chacune. Je suis une débutante et il y avait des personnes très expérimentées dans le groupe. Le rythme était bon et soutenu. Le lieu formidable. Le prof était ponctuelle et l'ambiance formidable.
from Germany, January 2020
"Schrecklich! Nie wieder! "
Der Ausblick vom Yoga Deck. Mehr gab es wirklich nicht.
Preis-Leistungsverhältnis stimmt absolut null. Viel zu überteuert für so schlechte Qualität und so eine Absteige!!
Anita Wijnker-van Klink
from Netherlands, November 2019
"Yoga Flame Tree Zanzibar"
Mooie rustige locatie met fijne kamers in mooie tuin met zwembad direct aan het strand van de Indische Oceaan in Nungwi.
Leuke yoga lessen.
from France, August 2018
"Très bon séjour "
Les cours de yoga avaient lieu dans un hôtel avec vue sur la mer. Très beau cadre. La professeur adaptait le niveau en fonction des élèves. J’ai pu bénéficier de 3 cours particuliers car aucun autre élève ne s’est présenté.
from United Arab Emirates, February 2018
"Perfect place for a yoga retreat"
The bedroom I had in Casa Umoja was really spacious and I enjoyed having the huge terrace for myself. I guess I have been lucky to get this room actually...
The fresh breakfast every morning was really good.
The yoga class happening few minutes by walk from Casa Umoja was in a really nice place. Morning yoga in the garden, under the shade. And evening yoga on the terrace, facing the sunset and the sea. Practicing yoga with the relaxing waves in a really nice experience. Maree, the yoga teacher was the best teacher I have never experienced. The rhythm of every class was really well managed. The tone of her voice is very relaxing and I liked every spiritual journey she was taking us into. Every class was different so I never get bored. It was really a pleasure to wake up every morning for this class and to end the day wth Maree as well. She brought a lot of positive thoughts in my mind. The class was well balanced between a realxing moment and a challenging effort. I discovered new postures and breathing/meditating technics that I never explored before.
The overall experience was amazing. Nungwi's beach is so beautiful and it is good to have time for personal activities between the two classes. I even managed to find some activities on a boat allowing me not to miss any yoga class.
I really recommend it !
from Luxembourg, January 2018
"C'est une professeur nome Maree que travaille pour Marissa"
Rien sauf la nature de Zanzibar
from Spain, January 2018
We had Maree Markovic as instructor and she’s just great! Highly professional and able to manage the group’s differences. Her approach is well balanced.