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9 Days Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation Retreat in a Renaissance Palazzo in Venice, Italy

9 Days Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and Meditation Retreat in a Renaissance Palazzo in Venice, Italy

  • Centro Yoga Namastè, San Polo, 2177, 30125 Venezia, Venice, Italy

Yoga Retreat Italy

A Venice yoga retreat will surely recharge and replenish you on all levels. You will stretch your body, relax your mind, nourish your soul and stay in the most beautiful city in the world: Venezia. Nestled in a Renaissance palace located in the heart of the famous lagoon, you will feel like you have stepped out of your busy chaotic life and welcomed in space and comfort to relax and revitalize.

Highlights

  • Daily pranayama lesson
  • Relaxing meditation session
  • Daily Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Healthy and invigorating detox
  • Mediterranean diet program
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Breakfasts and lunches
  • Airport transfers
  • 9 days with instruction
  • English
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You will stay in a Venetian palace (15th century) that will give you the perfect chance to relax in total tranquility surrounded by calm canals and a lush garden.

Enjoy luxurious Campo San Polo accommodations and the laguna’s-round sunny weather. The standard of accommodation is extremely comfortable, the spacious rooms feature natural wood decor, and quality designer furniture.

Ashtanga Vinyasa

Ashtanga Vinyasa is an ancient yoga system codified by Pattabhi Jois. Vinyasa means breath synchronized with movement. Vinyasa produces heat, maintains the flow of energy in the spinal column, purifies the body, and supports blood flow, aiding in the elimination of toxins. The practice of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga increases the strength and flexibility of the body and leads to greater mental focus.

These are the four jewels of Ashtanga: Ujjayi (deep resonant breath), Bandha (control of the parts of the body), Dristhi (gaze), and Vinyasa (the awareness of being present in movement when the latter is united with the breath).

Meditation

Vipassana is a form of meditation known in Buddhism. It is sometimes integrated within yoga practice. When practicing it, participants can expect to get a stretched and relaxed body, but also a better mind and replenished soul.

Pranayama

Pranayama is control of Breath. Prana is breath or vital energy in the body. On subtle levels, prana represents the pranic energy responsible for life or life force, and ayama means control. So pranayama is control of breath. On a physical level by using pranayama techniques, you can utilize and strengthen the whole range of your respiratory organs. You explore the lower, middle, and upper parts of the breath and regulate the inhalation, retention, and exhalation of the breath.

A regular pranayama practice can stimulate the parasympathetic system, countering the overstimulation your bodies go through during the fight or flight response. The breathing patterns are also very closely linked to your emotional states. You will breathe in a different way when you are angry, when you are excited, tired, or when you are nervous.

However, it works the other way too. You can calm or energize yourselves by changing your breathing patterns. Even by just taking time out to consciously to become more aware of your breath you can help to start to alter your emotional states.

Enjoy walks and discover in the nearby area.

  • Alice Micheli

    Alice is an Italian biologist specialized in nutrition. She has practiced Hatha yoga since 2007. 200 RYS certified Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga teacher and 200 RYS therapy Hatha yoga teacher. She taught at Krishna Village - Australia. In India she taught Hatha yoga and Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, in this country she attended Satsang classes for self-realization and meditation. At the moment she lives in Italy, where she leads yoga and meditation classes.

Founded in the 5th century and spread over 118 small islands, Venice became a major maritime power in the 10th century. The whole city is an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building contains works by some of the world's greatest artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Tintoretto, Veronese, and others.

Healthy and organic food is part of the retreat experience. Breakfast and lunch will be served at the Centro Yoga Namaste. The cuisine is simple, delicious, and based on Mediterranean diet, using fresh ingredients from the local market. The Mediterranean diet respects seasonal cycles, the territory, and local products. UNESCO recognized the Mediterranean diet as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2010.

See three major sights in one square

Standing in the middle of the magnificent piazza San Marco is an experience in itself, Basilica di San Marco, often seen as the living testimony of Venice’s links with Byzantium, Palazzo del Doge, once Venice’s political and judicial hub and Torre dell’Orologio, a clock tower built between 1496 and 1506, that are, not just the square’s, but some of the city’s main attractions.

Get around in a gondola

No trip to Venice would be complete without a punt down one of the city’s picturesque waterways in an iconic gondola.

Tour the Venetian masters of art

From the late Middle Ages until the mid 18th century, artists of the highest caliber left their mark all over the city and works by Venice’s grand masters Titian, Tintoretto, Canaletto, and Tiepolo can still be viewed in situ today.

Get a taste for true Venetian cuisine and drink like a Venetian

Try traditional dishes from the Veneto like polenta e osei, risotto alla trevisana, bigoli co’arna, or freshwater lagoon fish done in saor and a strong selection of Venetian antipasti, including raw sea food. Venice drinks contributes its own specialties: the spritz.

Also flowing freely into Venetian glasses are prosecco and discover the wine cellars that only the locals know about together with a healthy dose of chicchetti (Venice’s version of tapas) - on a covert wine tour of Venice with worldwide city-tour specialists Urban Adventures.

Get a bird’s-eye view of Venice

At almost 99 meters (325 feet), the Campanile is the city’s tallest building, originally built between 888 and 912. The view is superb, taking in the Lido, the whole lagoon and (on a sunny day) the Dolomites in the distance.

Take a trip down the Grand Canal

The best way to take in the Grand Canal is on board a vaporetto (Venice’s ubiquitous waterbus). The canal is three and a half kilometers (two-mile) trip from the railway station to San Marco provides a superb introduction to the city. The palazzi are undeniably splendid but they were first and foremost solid commercial enterprises and their designs are as practical as they are eye-catching.

Be seduced by the contemporary art scene

Venice has a contemporary art scene that lives up to its glorious art history.

Experience (well-played) Vivaldi in Venice

For many, experiencing Vivaldi in Venice is an absolute must. Cool down with a delicious gelato.

Eat seafood you’ve never seen before

The lagoon city has a long and glorious culinary tradition based on fresh seafood.

Slip on a mask and join the Carnevale

Carnevale, the world’s largest and most famous masked party, has existed since the Middle Ages, but it came into its own in the 18th century.

  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Daily Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga classes
  • Daily breakfasts and lunches with local and organic products
  • Daily pranayama lesson
  • Healthy and invigorating detox
  • Mediterranean diet program
  • Relaxing meditation session
  • Subscription fee to the Centro Yoga Namaste association
  • Walks and discover in the nearby area
  • Additional activities
  • Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Personal expenses

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE). You can book Alilaguna water shuttle to Rialto landing stage (approximately 60 minutes) or ACTV bus 5 to Piazzale Roma (approximately 30 minutes) and then Vaporetto (lines 1, 2) to Rialto Mercato landing stage or to Rialto landing stage. You can take water-taxi.

Arrival by train

Santa Lucia station is located in the city center.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.