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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.
Casa Umoja, where you will be staying is situated in Nungwi at the Northen coast of Zanzibar, the spice island in the Indian Ocean, East Africa. They offer five well decorated rooms and also two bandas in tradition style. Each has its private verandah, shower/wc, fans, mosquito nets, cold/warm water, and much more. Their spacious tropical garden invites you to relax and enjoy the pleasures of the island. The yoga will take place at Flame Tree Cottages, a 3-minute walk away from Casa Umoja.
The yoga retreat 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. There will be no yoga on Saturdays.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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 Tanzania. 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 its idyllic beach and the fragrant spice plantations make Zanzibar the ultimate Indian Ocean destination and the jewel in East Africas crown.
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Breakfast will be provided by Casa Umoja.
Meals like lunch and dinner will be additionally paid for whether it is in the hotel or elsewhere.
You will be flying into and out of Zanzibar International Airport located in Kisauni.
For 50 USD, the organizer can arrange a one-way airport transfer.
Casa Umoja is about 1 hour 15 minutes away.
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