8 Days Budget Yoga Holidays in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Budget Yoga Holiday in Zanzibar

Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered Tanzania.

Delve into the simplicity of the local Zanzibar lifestyle and indulge your senses in the vibrant colors, ambience, and mystical atmosphere. Experience the moonlit beaches under the stars and the African drum rhythm around a beach fire. Embark on a journey of tranquility and serenity through Yoga in Zanzibar with pristine white beaches, turquoise blue ocean, riveting palm trees, and breathtaking sunsets. Yoga Zanzibar invites you to take the time and space to reconnect your true self and your playfulness. We offer you a relaxing yet joyful journey towards discovering your inner self. Allow yourself to escape for 8 days in the comforting and calming surroundings of Zanzibar.

Retreat highlights

  • 12 yoga classes
  • Explore exotic Zanzibar
  • Suitable for all levels and variations given accordingly
  • Pranayama breathing techniques
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Idyllic beach

Yoga styles


7 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English

Airport transfer available:
Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (US$50 per person)

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Accommodation

Set in a garden just a few meters away from the beach. Casa Umoja guesthouse is surrounded by a big tropical garden which invites to relax and enjoy the pleasures of the island. Our entrance gate is a few steps away from the white sandy beach and the blue ocean.

Casa Umoja is a one storey house with 5 rooms. Additionally we offer 4 bungalows which are embedded in our spacious tropical garden. Well decorated rooms each with its private verandah, shower/wc, fans, cold/warm water, breakfast and much more.

While guests will stay at Casa Umoja, the yoga classes will take place at Flame Tree Cottages. Casa Umoja is situated next to Flame Tree Cottages, just not right on the beach front like Flame Tree Cottages.

Please note that there is NO ATM in Nungwi Village. There is only ATM’s in Stone Town.

Program

This yoga holiday consists of 12 yoga classes (Dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow). The yoga classes are suitable for all levels and modifications are given accordingly.

The yoga takes place at Flame Tree Cottages. Casa Umoja, the accommodation, is situated next to Flame Tree Cottages, just not right on the beach front like Flame Tree Cottages.

The yoga holiday consists of morning and sunset yoga classes in Flame Tree Cottages. The duration of a yoga session is 1 hour and 30 minutes. It also includes a yoga booklet which contains yoga topics which we informally discuss to deepen our understanding of yoga. You can spend the rest of the day either relaxing, getting massaged, strolling barefoot on the beach, swimming, diving, snorkeling or taking a Dhow sailing cruise. Please note that there will be no yoga on Saturdays.

Dynamic Hatha based on Ashtanga & Vinyasa Flow

The yoga classes are vibrant and include pranayama (breathing techniques), sun and moon salutations, as well as a dynamic flowing sequence of asanas (postures) bringing awareness into mindfulness and energy flow, followed by relaxation and a short meditation. The classes are suitable for all levels and variations given accordingly. Yoga groups are small which allows personal attention and adjustment.

Outdoor sea view yoga studio

Morning yoga sessions will take place in Under-the-Tree yoga studio with a beautiful sea view. Sunset yoga, on the other hand, takes place on the rooftop overlooking the ocean with the most spectacular sunsets.

Pranayama (breathing techniques)

Yoga is defined as a union between the soul and the body. As such, the breath is seen as the fundamental link between our physical and mental aspects. Yogic breathing exercises or pranayama teaches one how to re-energize the body and control the mind by regulating the flow of Prana (life force). We will practice Ujjayi Breathing (victorious breath), Kapalabhati (cleansing breath), and Analoma Viloma (alternate nostril breathing).

Concentration/Meditation

Meditation, like sleep, cannot be taught. It comes by itself in its own time. But if you follow the right steps to begin with, you can speed up your progress considerably. We will practice a short meditation session of 8-10 minutes after each yoga session. Some of the meditations will be guided meditations on the 7 chakras.

Instructors

Marisa van Vuuren
World Yoga Alliance (Ashtanga Yoga, Kundalini Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga)
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.

Retreat location

Zanzibar can be described as both mysterious and romantic. It is also the evocation of exotic, an archipelago nestled in the Indian Ocean which is 37 km off shore from Tanazania. It is a destination that is not only mysterious but legendary as well.

From this remote outpost, at the hub of the monsoon trading routes, history was enacted, journeys of discovery were planned, Sultanate empires were established, and the first medieval global village was founded. Zanzibar retains the imprint of its historic legacy in the tumbling streets of Stone Town, in the Arabic-inflected Swahili language and the rare antiques of the bazaars and markets.

The haloes of idyllic beach that adorn the islands coast and the fragrant spice plantations that blossom in the interior make Zanzibar the ultimate Indian Ocean destination and the jewel in East Africas crown.

Food

Breakfast will be provided by Casa Umoja.

Exclusions

Meals like lunch and dinner will be additionally paid for whether it is in the hotel or elsewhere.

What's included

  • 7 nights accommodation at Casa Umoja with daily breakfast
  • 12 yoga classes for all level (no yoga classes on Saturdays)

What's not included

  • Any other activity not included in the given itinerary, amenities, or accommodations are to be paid for additionally.

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Transport from the Abeid Amani Karume International Airport to hotel is about 1 hour 15 minute drive, and it costs 50 USD one way. Please contact Yoga Zanzibar for more information.

Airport: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport Airport transfer available: Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (US$50 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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Availability

This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.

 

Low season
  • April 1 - May 31

 

High season
  • December 18 - January 10

 

Standard season
  • The rest of the year

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