Expert tip: This is one of the most popular yoga retreats offered in Tanzania.
Come and experience the 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. Delve into the simplicity of the local Zanzibar lifestyle and indulge your senses in the vibrant colors, ambiance, and mystical atmosphere. Experience the moonlit beaches under the stars and the African drum rhythm around a beach fire. Come and leave your yogi footprints in Zanzibar.
Flame Tree Cottages is a small beach hotel with an aura of tranquility and a feeling of spaciousness with its lush tropical garden lined with coconut palms, frangipani, and banana trees. Short steps at the front lead to the beach and to the turquoise blue of the Indian Ocean.
The Zanzibar Yoga Retreats are hosted at the Flame Tree Cottages which is a hotel visited by tourists of all kinds, not only yoga practitioners. It is situated in Nungwi, the northern tip of the island, which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in Zanzibar. It faces west for perfect sighting of the setting sun. To watch the sunset with the traditional fishing dhows sailing out to the fishing ground or coming back with their catch in the foreground is magical.
Flame Tree Cottages has individually styled cottages with spacious rooms and large verandas. All rooms have en-suire facilities, air conditioners, ceiling fans, and a refrigerator. Some cottages have a sitting room.
Relax in a hammock with a good book or sunbathe in the area facing the turquoise blue ocean and white beach, or just lounge around the swimming pool in the garden. The tropical garden has a mixture of coconut palms, casuarinas trees, frangipani trees, banana trees, as well as flowerbeds full of colorful plants set amidst the lawns. %The garden view rooms enjoy a country atmosphere with a bird song. An in-house dhow (traditional wooden boat) takes people for fishing, snorkeling, and sunset sails. For trips to Mnemba Island, a picnic lunch is provided. Hammocks and loungers are distributed in the sun bathing area and in the garden around the swimming pool.
The yoga retreat holiday consists of morning and sunset yoga classes. 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.
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. There will be no yoga on Saturdays.
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.
The historic charms of Stone Town: the picture-book, palm-fringed beaches, colorful reefs, and the cultural pride that exudes from every beach hut, every temple, and every courtyard continues to lure visitors from around the world. Spend some time wandering about the old palaces, fascinating museums, characterful restaurants and bustling markets of this charming world heritage site. History and culture linger as mystically as the muezzins call in the narrow streets and coral-stone buildings.
A visit to the spice plantations will dazzle your senses with fresh spices. A unique opportunity to visit the local farms and talk to farmers who will show you the traditional spices and fruits of Zanzibar. It is fun, educational and wonderfully aromatic.
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.
Flame Tree Cottages, where in the yoga retreat will take place, is situated on the northwestern side of the Nungwi Peninsula on the north coast of Zanzibar. Nungwi is ideally situated for swimming and diving. You can see the most spectacular sunsets on this side of the island.
Breakfast will be provided. It is usually served on your own cottage veranda.
Flame Tree Cottages is within a close walk to numerous restaurants and bars. You may choose to eat lunch and dinner there.
There is a spa treatment available at Cinnamon Spa in Stone Town. With a certain package, you will be provided a 1 hour Swedish massage.
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.
Flame Tree Cotages is about 1 hour 15 minutes away.