Yoga Pilates Ibiza

Ibiza, Baleares., Spain

Yoga Pilates Ibiza offers retreats with accommodation, food, and three hours of daily classes, including yoga asanas, pranayama, meditation, and Pilates.

Reviews 5

  • Sara Axelsson Sweden

    September 2017, BookMeditationRetreats

    This retreat with Opale had a great impact on me and I would say without hesitation it was one of the best retreats I ever had. And, I have had many! What I loved the most is that I had so many Aha!-moments. Many of the concepts such as bandhas and energetic alignment I have been taught many times before, but not until now did I really understand them fully! These are complex concepts that require years of practice, but Opale have the ability to explain them very well and effectively integrate them into the body work. Opale's teaching style is very matter-of-fact at the same time as it includes a lot of depth which really serves all levels in class - both beginner and intermediate. Everybody can work on their level and still learn new aspects from the teaching. I really appreciated that Opale offered a lot of contact with the group by demonstration and corrections etc. It is so helpful. You would be surprised how many teachers just let their student go on practising in bad alignment! The group size was small so there was plenty of opportunity for individual feedback.

    The yoga studio in and rooms in Ciel Azul were ok, but the whole place was poorly maintained and looked a bit run down. It serves its purpose but seriously lacks in yogic atmosphere. Make sure to get info/pics beforehand about rooms size and bed arrangements not to be disappointed.

  • Deborah Smith Great Britain

    September 2017, BookMeditationRetreats

    I felt Opale to be a wonderful teacher, well versed in many aspects of yoga and completely genuine and passionate about her subject. She was calm, consistent and patient and her classes flowed yet adapting to different students.

    The location was 5 minutes walk from the beach, which is a lovely uncommercialised area but with enough for eats and drinks.

    A very cheap nearby cafe and supermarket which the locals used.

    The indoor yoga studios were lovely.

    For me all the following negatives and overall score were balanced out by the lovely Opale.

    The accomodation was below par in certain areas i.e although clean the bathroom, for instance, was old and stained around the floor and in the bidet. The shower was old and the head actually fell off. One of the sockets didn't work meaning I changed the room around to incorporate a side light.

    Also the immediate grounds/gardens were totally unkempt and could have been maintained nicely to walk through and even contain a yoga shala!

    The accomodation seems to be a base for a group of people with particular beliefs and the flavour of the pool area seems to represent this with large effigy's of space ships and portals etc, which I found slightly disturbing.

    The cafe area around bar is never open! apart from the odd conference.

    The outdoor studio was a good 10minute walk from accomodation across the beach and through a hippie camp and although near to the lovely sea was subject to the noise of passers by and also felt a little run down.

  • Silvia Bird Great Britain

    June 2017, BookMeditationRetreats

    Opal is a truly amazing person with great energy a caring personality for her guests.

    She is accommodating in her yoga practice for beginners explain exercise well and keep the energy with more advance students .

    I have no hesitation of recommending her yoga retreat .

    The location is in a quiet beautyful part of Ibiza 35 min from Aeropirt .

  • Katelijne Tavernier Belgium

    June 2017, BookMeditationRetreats

    Opale is a beautiful woman and soul.I loved the way she teached . you really make progression during week. She has a broad knowledge . I go home with gratitude and a smile .

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    • Susie Goldring

      Organizer

      Hi Opale,

      I would love to come to another one of your retreats at some point and I feel like I finally 'got' what yoga was really about...

      The ambience and location of Ciel Azul was great- it feels a bit odd and a bit overly spiritual at first, but when you get used to it it's lovely adn all the people are lovely.

      the rooms are a little basic but the food was delicious and tasty and everyone was very accomodating about my allergy.

      The beach was perfect and the optional activities were good.

      The pool was lovely during the day and particularly and night adn overall I would like to come back.

      I would love to come to another one of your retreats at some point and I feel like I finally 'got' what yoga was really about.

    • Kyla Moore

      Organizer

      Hi Opale!

      Thank you for a great week. I loved Ciel Azul and thought the food was fabulous, plus being so close to a quiet beach was great. It was super easy to get to the prettier beaches but lovely to 'come home' to the piece and quiet of the local beach. Perfect distance to the beach.

      The room was lovely.

      I enjoyed the breakdown of the course. Surprisingly my favourite by was the mindfulness and the little bits of yogic philosophy you casually slipped into the class. I often found myself hoping I would remember what it was you said later, only to forget everything as I turned my attention to my next breath and movement. You said something very poignant about relaxing into life, not trying too hard to do the postures, just do them, and when things get tough just smile. Although you said everything in a much more graceful way. These are the lessons I really found myself reflecting upon this week at work and I have felt the week progress much better for it.

      I was very pleased with the emphasis on breathing and engaging mula Banda. Those are my favourite lessons from Pilates.

      I would like to thank you for adapting the class so effortlessly to all our individual needs. I found yoga every day too much. I cannot believe that as a woman who cycles around 30 km every day and 100 every Saturday I am still totally shattered and I skipped half the classes!

      Thank you very much for introducing me to Ibiza and answering all our queries before hand. I would definitely recommend you to friends.

    • Marina F.

      Organizer

      Hi Opale,

      Sorry for the late reply, it has been a busy week. Ibiza has some magic influence on my life. It's the second time I've been and both times some important positive events have happened shortly after...so I definitely will be coming for more!!

      I enjoyed your yoga retreat, thanks for offering it and doing what you are doing. I would also recommend it to friends should they be looking for this type of holiday.

      The preparation was good, you gave us all the details we needed and answered all the silly questions. Similarly to Kyla, I loved the accommodation and the food. I would not call the breakfast really included in the package though, as I am not sure anybody can survive the morning on just nuts and fruits. Of course there is the kitchen so we could cook etc.

      Elisabetta was wonderful wit Mark, thanks for arranging that!

      I like your style of yoga, you combine nicely the exercise and the yogic talk which I appreciate a lot.

      The timing of the classes I found not perfect as you don't really have much of the day left this way. I would suggest to do it 9-12 every day so that the rest of the day can be used to explore the island if people want to. Though the food quality in CielAzul is good, the speed of serving is very slow, maybe a buffet would work better to give people an opportunity to socialize but yet be able to do some other things on the same day.

      And thanks for your lovely homemade jam, nice touch!

    • Sara Meddings

      Organizer

      Hi Opale,

      Thank you for the video, it’s great. I have just done my first practice with it with the help of my dog.

      Would it be ok to send the link to a friend?

      Yes I very much enjoyed the week and I am thinking of coming back next year. And yes I think I got the balance about right in terms of effort and resting to manage the fatigue.

      I found the journey by plane quite tiring – not the flight itself but the queues at the airport especially on the return journey – not sure anything can be done about that and that is why I have extra days off now. (The past eight years I have not flown anywhere and instead caught the ferry to France or Spain.)

      I thought the yoga was very good and you were good at understanding how everyone was different and our different needs. I appreciated the way you encouraged us to use child pose to rest and also helped us to know when to consider re-joining the class. On the last day we were all quite tired so you adapted the plan. I had expected that perhaps the last day would actually be an easier day to help us all felt confident about continuing the practice back home. It was good to have the mindfulness at the beginning and to be mindful during the practice. I also very much liked the way you spoke about non-violence and a sense of satisfaction from whatever we were able to do – and reminded us about smiling. Oh and I liked the experiments we did to see if we were stronger when using the bandhas or when smilingm, I had not come across it before and was impressed.

      I thought it worked very well to have the yoga and then eat together.

      The yoga room was ok.It might have been nice sometimes to be outside in the shade but on the other hand it was good to have the familiarity of going to the same space and being somewhere with air conditioning.

      The location was good being only a short walk from the beach and having a pool on site so that when I was too tired to walk to the beach I could just enjoy being at the Ciel Azul.

      The room was quite nice with a balcony, comfortable bed and basic kitchen equipment – it was great to have the kettle and fridge in particular. It might be worth putting in the information in advance that the rooms had these. I very much appreciated you organising me the particular room you did – first floor with a sea view – it made a difference to my stay.

      The food was excellent – maybe the best most healthy food I have had on a holiday.

      Possibly it might be helpful to offer so we could be in contact with other participants in advance – for example it could enable people to decide to hire a car together or share a trip from the airport.

      I am not on facebook, if I was I would link to you.

      Today in Seaford, UK, it has been a glorious Ibiza day, 24 degrees, sunny and a warm sea. I have had the gift of an extra day of holiday and with yoga too.

      Thanks for everything

      Warm wishes

      Sara

    • Marianne Velde

      Organizer

      Dear Opal,

      Thanks so much for your email and the links! I will try that for sure. Today I’m heading of to the first teacher training weekend in Mannheim, so I’m a little bit exited to where it guides me J Thanks so much for good instructions, it was the perfect time to build up a bit more strength. I’m really feeling more fit now. This accident last year throws me really back. But I feel its much better. So for sure I enjoyed the week J

      What you really do perfect is, to bring the asanas to his very essence. I remember immediately what get out of my focus, when you bring me these little things back in my mind. For me it is easy to follow you, because I know most of the Sanskrit words and meanings. I think for Nav it was difficult, he is much slower. But must be also challenging for you to get such a mixed level class under one hat.

      ​​You are a wonderful teacher and I wonder if I ever come to such a state ;) I will just do the training for myself and then lets see… so many brilliant yoga teacher on the planet already ;)

      Ciel Azul is a nice place, wonderful food an nice people. They should take a little bit more care about the rooms.

      Many greatings, also from Nav

      Marianne

    • Daniela H.

      TripAdvisor website

      It was a unique yoga experience with Opale! We were a group of friends and some of them had never done yoga before and the rest were complete beginners. To start our days with an early morning yoga lesson at our home definitely blessed our time in Ibiza and gave us the spirituality to start our days with a different energy. For us is clear that

      whenever we come back to Ibiza we will call Opale again!

    • a traveler Netherlands

      TripAdvisor website

      I joined the yoga retreat with Opale this October, and it was a week to remember. Great yoga classes, an inspiring teacher, nice accommodations and good food. I loved everything about it and would highly recommend it to people looking for an affordable, authentic yoga experience on Ibiza.

    • Joanna C. United Kingdom

      TripAdvisor website

      Last year in September, I was lucky enough to have Opale teach yoga at the Ibiza yoga retreat. Opale has a wonderfully calm energy and inspirational way of teaching. I enjoyed the classes so much, I can't wait to return to Ibiza in the future for some more lessons! Thank you Opale!

    • Ellen V.

      TripAdvisor website

      With a group of seven friends, we took a yoga lesson on the beach. It was fantastic! Opale sensed just right what we were capable of (all inexperienced) and could explain it very well! Don't hesitate if you want to do yoga on the island!

    • Violeta

      Yoga Pilates Ibiza website

      I had a very nice time and I came home totally relaxed, actually I am still in the “yoga flow”, feeling less stressed any way. I came to the yoga retreat not knowing what to expect. Now looking back to last week I think it was a great holiday. I learned a lot, new things in yoga, new people, I learned more about me. I liked most the yoga on the beach. Looking at the sea and hearing the wind. The lunch was very good also and the apartment was also nice. Thanks for the lessons and for your kind energy. Opale is a very good teacher.

    • Michele Sprengers Belgium

      TripAdvisor website

      Opale is a great lady, she really understands how to guide you in yoga, Pilates, and mindfulness.Always kind and smiling, very professional, she is a beauty in heart and mind! She guides professionals, but also beginners, it is really worth trying, you can have very private lessons, even at your home. Enjoy, you will never regret it. Thank you, Opale.

    • Emmie

      Yoga Pilates Ibiza website

      Firstly thank you for a lovely few days yoga. I think my experience was slightly changed because of the pregnancy and so obviously there were a few moves/ postures I couldn't do. I really enjoyed the spiritual element of your classes- and I think for people who have been having a difficult time in life this is also a sort of therapy/ process of healing. Also very helpful to think about these things regardless of where you are in life! As we rarely have the time. I think I would be good on your website to advertise that your yoga lessons also include meditation And emphasis on spirituality as I think this made your classes very gentle (and this obviously won't suit everybody). I thought you worked through a really wide variety of poses and the classes had structure. I enjoyed this but also enjoyed the variety ex. hips one day, moving onto something else another. I liked the small size which made it personal/ special. If you had a regular base/ set up i would be strongly recommending to friends back home.

    • Joanna

      Yoga Pilates Ibiza website

      Thank you for sending the video of your practice. I thoroughly enjoyed your classes and found your informative style helpful. Although I have practiced yoga for several years I learnt a lot of things from you in terms of the philosophy and benefits of each pose. What was very helpful was when in child's pose you would mention 'Those in child's pose may be able to join from now'. This meant that I could truly relax in the pose and not have to keep looking up to choose a point to rejoin the postures. Best wishes, Joanna

    • Laura

      Yoga Pilates Ibiza website

      Dear Opale, Thank you so much for your presence. You have transformed the week in Ibiza in amazing experience We will take care of your advice and all asanas we have learned. This week, I will send to you all pictures, Have a beautiful day. Namaste. Laura

    • Paula

      Yoga Pilates Ibiza website

      Hi Opale, many apologies for the delay in responding to you. Debs and I both agreed we were so much stronger, happier and brighter for having spent the week with you. It was a journey, emotionally and physically for us both. I've had a demanding time at work since returning but I am still feeling the benefits. Debs is still struggling, however, all her friends and family are supporting her. When I arrived in Ibiza I was running on empty, as you know from my tears after our first practice. The combination of yoga, pranayama and mindfulness was challenging at times but as the week progressed so did my clarity, strength and stamina. I can't wish away my condition but I do recognise underneath there is a deep wholeness that was re-inhabited after our week and with your help put myself back Intouch with the person I know I already am. The challenge is to continue this work..I'm reading a book on mindfulness to help, it is accompanied by a cd to support me through, I think it's going to be a long but hopefully fruitful journey. Debs and I talked again this week about the feedback on the retreat here's our observation both good and bad: We both agreed you are amazing, we loved the yoga, found it challenging at times but wouldn't change the combination of yoga and mindfulness. 3 hours seemed like a lot but it flew by. Enjoyed doing the yoga in the morning, leaving the rest of the day free to enjoy the island. It was a good balance. We enjoyed practicing outdoors. Enjoyed the experience of being in the mountains but would ideally like to be by the sea. As you know I love it when we practice at the villa in Talamanca, to see and hear the ocean is a very special experience for me. Casa monte y mar felt a bit tired, it needed to be loved, cleaned and tidied up! It was a beautiful location but we both felt it needed a good old clean. We would of paid extra for a cleaner, change of towels and bed linen during the week. Breakfast - Loved the fruit and nuts in the morning. Loved the fact that we all had lunch together but found Rosie's cooking a bit heavy for lunch. The menu needed to be lighter and healthier. Debbie and I had massages down on the beach, would have been good to have someone to come to the villa. I hope all is good with you. Speak soon. Much love Paula

    • Martine Bruderer

      Yoga Pilates Ibiza website

      Ce fut pour moi, une totale découverte, cette semaine à Ibiza. Difficile, surprenante, autant physique que mentale. J'ai eu un réel plaisir et beaucoup d'enthousiasme à découvrir cette discipline avec une professionnelle telle que toi. D'ailleurs, cela m'a tellement plu que je continue à la maison et avec Maria (1x par semaine). Ma raideur est un petit peu moins raide. J'y travaille..rires. Je recherche un cours qui correspondrait à ce que tu nous as enseigné mais difficilement trouvable. Demain soir, je teste un cours, on verra bien! Une amie s'est jointe à moi, également. Pour ce qui est de Ciel Azul, cela m'a bien plu mis à part le repas du petit déjeuner où il manquait de pain frais sinon c'était parfait. Nous avons eu la chance également de pouvoir pratiquer à l'extérieur, au bord de la mer, fantastique, à continuer. Merci étalement pour les liens, cela aide beaucoup. Je te souhaite une très belle continuation ( avec le sourire) et que tes projets aboutissent comme l'enseignement du yoga aux enfants dans l'établissement scolaire de ta fille. Amicalement, Martine Bruderer.

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      For me, this week in Ibiza was a true revelation. It was hard and astonishing, both physically and mentally. It was a real pleasure and I discovered yoga with great enthusiasm thanks to you. Besides, I was so pleased that I still practice at home and with Maria (once per week). I am still stiff, but not as much as before. I am still working on it … haha. I am looking for a yoga class that would look like what you taught us, but it is quite difficult to find. Tomorrow night, I’ll try a new class let’s see! A friend joined me in my quest. Regarding Ciel Azul, I really liked it, except for the breakfast: fresh bread was missing. Apart from that, it was perfect. We were also lucky to practice outdoor, next to the see, it was fantastic. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to bond with others, it was really helpful. I wish you well (with a smile) and hope you will succeed in your projects, in particular in teaching yoga to children in your daughter’s school. Best wishes, Martine Bruderer.

    • Fabrice

      Yoga Pilates Ibiza website

      Salut Opale, Je te remercie d'abord de ton énergie lors des séances de yoga, et surtout du travail sur le lien entre le mental et le physique, c'était vraiment une magnifique découverte salvatrice pour moi, réellement! A mon retour, j'ai eu du mal à trouver un cours de yoga aussi complet et qualitatif que le tien. J'en ai enfin trouvé un d'intéressant la semaine dernière et c'est du vinyasa. Au sujet du lieu "Ciel azul", c'est plutôt agréable, assez kitch, un peu vieillot mais économique. Les repas étaient plutôt corrects, rien d'exceptionnel. La grosse lacune ce sont les petit-déjs qui paraissaient improvisés, je préfère moins de choix mais de la qualité. En revanche son emplacement est plutôt sympa, j'ai aimé à proximité la plage, Es canar, santa Eulalia et les soirées du Chirincana!! ça me semble un bon compromis car les chambres sont propres et vraiment bon marché par rapport à ce qu'on peut trouver autour. Je te remercie aussi pour nous avoir mis en relation avec ton amie masseuse et osteo, elle est très pro et nous a, à tous les trois vraiment fait du bien. Voilà ce que j'avais à dire, à priori nous nous reverrons l'année prochaine, j'ai hâte de te montrer mes progrès... Merci aussi pour tes bons plans concerts et soirées sympas!

      Je te souhaite un bon hiver, à l'an prochain, Fabrice.

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      Hi Opale! First I’d like to thank you for all the energy you put into your yoga sessions, and for your work on the link between mind and body, it was a life-saving discovery for me, really! When I came back home, I had difficulties finding a yoga class as complete and good as yours. I finally found an interesting one last week, it’s a Vinyasa class. Regarding “Ciel Azul”, it’s quite pleasant, a bit kitch, with old-fashioned interior settings, but cheap. Food was ok, nothing special. The biggest deficiency is breakfast, which looks improvised. I prefer having less options and better quality. In contrast, the location of Ciel Azul is really nice, I enjoyed staying next to the beach, as well as visiting Es canar, Santa Eulalia and spending evenings at Chirincana!! I think it is a good compromise because the rooms are clean and really cheap in comparison with what you can find in the region. Thanks as well for helping us getting in touch with your masseur friend, she is very professional and helped the three of us. That’s all I had to say, I think we will go back next year, I am eager to show you my progress… Thanks as well for all your concerts and outing tips! Wish you a nice winter; see you next year, Fabrice.

    • Steven D.

      Yoga Pilates Ibiza website

      The retreat was so inspiring, I feel privileged to have shared the experience. I wasnt sure how well I would keep up with the classes, but it was so immersive that the worries just dissolved. The practice was challenging, but never disheartening, and each day I couldnt believe how smoothly the time seemed to pass up on the deck.I really appreciated the balance you find in your work. The technical detail, the precision, and the focus on proper alignment were so useful - but all of that skill and knowledge is shared with so much warmth and so much wisdom! I felt motivated and nurtured all at the same time, and that in itself was a wonderful thing!I also know it was a turning point for me that the essence of what you teach is coming with me on the journey. I was at a class last night, and stayed with the bandhas and ujjayi breath like I never have before. I was even careful to keep my toes long!

    • Heidi

      Yoga Pilates Ibiza website

      I recently came back from a week of yoga, in Ibiza. It was really lovely and feels fully blissed out. Villa Roca has a travelers-hostel vibe. It is a white villa overlooking pine covered hills with a terrace and a spacious yoga deck that view the green hills. It is peaceful, pretty and really easy going.The people who run the place are really relaxed and friendly and look after their guests as well as giving them freedom to explore to their hearts content. You could walk in the hills, chill at the villa, have an Ayurvedic massage with lovely French Tomas or watch the sunrise, sunset and midday sunshine splendour at Benirras Beach. Feel the energy of Ibiza!The yoga was excellent. My teacher was Opale. Her teaching was incredibly thorough, precise and reflected her years of study and practice. She led us through the primary Ashtanga series in depth and detail, creating a different yoga bliss each day, depending on what we were focusing on. She is creative, and embodied all the different aspects of yoga: pranayama, philosophy, mediation and of course, asana; she showed me warm ups and poses I had never seen before. She was also really attentive to everybodys level, ability and needs. I came back having learnt so much and have passed many of her techniques onto my own students. I really enjoyed my week with her.

    • Esme Benjamin

      Yoga Pilates Ibiza website

      Our teacher Opal eased us in each morning with breathing exercises and gentle movements to wake up the muscles and joints, and we wound down again for the final hour which culminated in 20 minutes of relaxation and meditation. With a background in Iyengar yoga, which promotes the thorough study of each posture, Opal was a stickler for alignment and taught us how to perform each asana precisely (there were some that Id been doing incorrectly for months!) She was incredibly good at preparing us for the tougher poses with strengthening core and back exercises, and asking for help was welcomed. Members of the class overcame their apprehensions and pushed themselves in ways they would never have the guts to back at home.

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