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Yovedic Retreats is holding a wonderful six-day retreat bringing together Ayurvedic, yoga, and vegan principles. Their core program will mainly focus on these great methods but they will also be incorporating lots of other fun workshops too such as reiki, massages and lots of fun workshops. All of which is included in the price. The retreat will be held in the beautiful Santa Marta castle in Porto, Portugal. Guests will stay in one of the en-suite signature rooms and can enjoy the swimming pool and grounds on there stay.
Yovedic Retreats is very excited about their next retreat which will be held in a unique castle from the 12th century located in Porto, Portugal. This castle has beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Limia River. Along with the stone-paved path, between the high stone walls, amongst olive groves and ornamental tree’s you will find pure bliss with the Yovedic family.
There are 9 bedrooms all en-suites consisting of either double, twin or triple. There are three living rooms, two dining rooms, a huge kitchen, large hallways and plenty of extra space.
The gardens cover’s approximately 4.2 acres, with its most outstanding features being: the Manueline style watchtower, the dovecote and the century tunnel that leads to the fountain patio.
Not forgetting the swimming pool and the ornamental trees such as orange, lemon, olive, chestnut, fig, and walnut.
The castle is a 5-minute walk to the Limia river where you can cleanse your aura. The closest white sandy beach is Cabedelo beach where you can catch some waves and rays. There are also lots of mountain hikes and walking trails around the local area.
The retreat program itself will consist of two daily yoga and meditation classes, three delicious Sattvic vegan meals per day, an Ayurvedic detox plan, an Ayurvedic marma massage and Reiki session, an Ayurvedic workshop discovering your individual dosha where guests will also receive a personalized plan to take home including diet, herbs, lifestyle, yoga, and meditation advice.
As well as all of this, Yovedic Retreats will be holding two workshops a day which include a meditation workshop, one vegan cooking workshop, a local trek, and a music jam night to finish the retreat off on a high. Guests will also have a lot of free time between these events to relax, enjoy the surrounding nature, and have a dip in the pool.
Laura's passion for yoga started whilst traveling through India in 2016. She fell in love instantly with the open and calm feeling she experienced. Laura completed a 200-hour registered yoga teacher training course in India and is now qualified to teach Ashtanga, Hatha, Restorative, and beginners yoga. Laura has been teaching ever since in different locations around the world. Laura has put together her own unique take on Vinyasa flow using inspiration from each of the different types of yoga styles she is qualified in teaching.
Certified Ayurvedic therapist and practitioner, Halana has been brought up with alternative medicine from her mother who was an acupuncturist and homeopathist. Spreading the wealth of natural medicine, she followed in her mother's footsteps but her interests were drawn to Ayurveda. She fell in love with the philosophy and complete health system, tailored to each individual. After exploring India, she completed her studies in London with the renowned Ayurvedic and Medical doctor Dr. Deepa. She has since been practicing in London, at various retreats and working in Ayurvedic mental health care.
All meals are prepared by a vegan chef, Hunni. She trained in India, starting as a kitchen-hand in a yoga retreat. Her passion for healthy, nourishing meals meant that in no time at all, she was taking over the cooking and soon became head chef. It was in an upmarket vegan restaurant in London where she perfected her plant-based cooking skills. Hunni puts love into each meal she cooks and experiences a state of flow in the kitchen. She loves to surprise diners by the flavors that can be created using plant-based ingredients and is proud that her food is nourishing the bodies of those she feeds.
The retreat will take place in Porto, Portugal.
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The Vegan Sattvic Diet
The vegan diet can be quite daunting for anyone new to this way of eating. Whether you are simply moving from a vegetarian diet or just trying to cut down on animal products, making a few changes can make all the difference.
Attending one of our retreats will be a great stepping stone to veganism. You will experience eating a variety of delicious foods and have hands on time in our workshops learning recipes and preparing meals.
The health benefits that come from eating a good vegan diet are amazing. By eating a large variety of nutritious vitamin and mineral rich foods, you will start to feel more energised and vitalised. Your skin will appear healthier and your overall outlook on life will improve!
By consuming foods that come from plants and taking a break from our busy schedules is important. This includes preparing our meals and sitting quietly to eat. Even the most fresh, lovingly prepared dishes lose all their beneficial effects if they are eaten in a hurry or when stressed.
Ayurveda gives us the tools to become our own healer. In Ayurveda eating a sattvic diet is a way to promote, and keep, ‘Sattva’ - A clear head space of truth, contentment and stability
What is Sattvic?
The secret of a Sattvic diet is eating high Prana (life energy) foods and being more aware of how you enjoy them. Some foods can slow us down or cloud things over, making you lack enthusiasm and happiness. Prana on the plate = Prana in the mind
All foods affect our physical health, mental well-being and even our spiritual strength. Sattvic foods promote purity of both body and mind. In particular, a sattvic diet is intended to cultivate a calm, clear and compassionate mind.
Foods that decrease the energy of the body are considered Tamasic:
Tamasic foods include meat, fish, onions, garlic, mushrooms, overripe and underripe fruits and vegetables. In addition, some fermented foods like vinegar, bread, pastries, cakes, alcohol and even leftovers and stale food are considered Tamasic. Tamas is the quality of dullness or inactivity, apathy or lethargy.
Rajasic foods increase the energy of the body. These foods are hot, spicy and salty, they are irritants and stimulants. For instance, heavily spiced foods such as hot pickles and chutneys can stimulate the senses. Rajasic foods can make the mind more agitated and susceptible to temptation. The mind can become more Rajasic and this can increase the feelings of anger and hate.
Sattvic foods are soothing and nourishing. They help to sharpen your intellect and give you a greater sense of empathy. Sattvic foods are vegetarian. It is important that foods are grown naturally and that they do not contain preservatives, artificial flavours, or additives. It is important to eat local produce as other food will lose its life energy in the process of importation.
Ancient food processes are different from those that we have at this present time. Many of the ancient recommendations used then would not be relevant today.
At Yovedic Retreats we take a vegan approach to this philosophy combining fresh local plant foods with Sattvic principles. This will feed not just your body but also your mind.
A Sattvic diet generally consists of:
• Fresh, organic fruit and vegetables
• Whole grains and nuts
• Beans, lentils and legumes (small in size so easy to digest)
• Plant-based oils and milks
• Mildly sweet foods (natural, unrefined sugars) for example jaggery and molasses
• Spices such as cinnamon, basil, coriander, ginger and turmeric.
A Sattvic diet requires the kitchen to be a place of calm. It needs to have a pleasant atmosphere for food preparation. Preparing your food with mindfulness, care and love will create energetic vibrations that are absorbed by the food. The quality of your food is greatly enhanced by loving attention, including how the vegetables are cut, how the spices are ground and the way you add ingredients to the dish you are preparing.
Sitting in quiet and enjoying the meal is as important as what you eat.
“Let’s create some magic”
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