Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Tanzania.
Escape into a tranquil and serene paradise that will not only let you practice yoga in peace, but also help you explore your true and inner self. This yoga retreat offers you pristine white beaches, a vast turquoise blue ocean, palm trees, and breathtaking sunsets. Discover the simplicity of the local Zanzibar lifestyle and indulge your senses in the vibrant colors, ambience, and mystical atmosphere. Through this package, 8 days of undisturbed peace will be given in to you not only a calming, but also comforting environment. Come and leave your yogi footprints in exotically beautiful Zanzibar.
The rooms within the Z Hotel, which is where you will be accommodated, aim to offer the guest luxury, comfort, and contemporary design. Each guest room comes with travertine marble floors imported from Turkey, Italian designer bathroom suites, crisp cotton bed linen from Egypt, and bespoke furniture exclusive to the Z Hotel made from locally sourced coconut wood. They will provide single and shared rooms prepared for your convenience during your stay.
Each bedroom has French doors, set in the floor to ceiling glass which lead onto a balcony with views over their landscaped tropical garden and out across the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean to the magnificent Zanzibari sunset on the distant horizon.
The yoga will take place at Flame Tree Cottages which is about 8 minutes walk on the beach from Z Hotel to Flame Tree Cottages.
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.
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 its idyllic beach and the fragrant spice plantations make Zanzibar the ultimate Indian Ocean destination and the jewel in East Africas crown.
Breakfast will be provided by the Z Hotel.
Meals like lunch and dinner will be additionally paid for whether it is in the hotel or elsewhere.
Excursions to Stone Town and throughout Zanzibar are also available with a wealth of history waiting to be discovered. Much of this can be found in the islands capital, Stone Town. Guests wishing to explore more of the island will find an array of excursions on offer including visits to Jozani Forest home to the endangered Red Colobus Monkey Spice Tours, Prison Island Excursion, and Mnarani Turtle Sanctuary.
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.
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