Yoga Sutra Shala

Yoga Sutra Shala aims to provide you with excellence at every level during your yoga retreat stay in terms of knowledge, nutrition, yoga, views and teaching.

Instructors 1

Namit Kathoria

Namit has a strong family tradition of yoga and has studied yoga all over the world including in his native India. His background as a leading health professional allows him to apply and explain the health benefits of yoga scientifically and to a high level. Namit has yoga teaching qualifications from Rishikesh in India (the birthplace of yoga) and also from Dharamsala in the Himalayas in India (the current residence of His Royal Holiness the Dalai Lama). He has also spent time deepening his own practice in the Shala of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India.

Reviews 106

Doaa Baker

from United States, May 2018

"Thank You"

I rate my experience in superlatives and clichés, but they're all true: stunning scenery, amazing food, great people, a serene atmosphere, and an overall unforgettable experience. Thank you.

Camilla Wahlfrid

from Norway, May 2018

Yoga, meditation and mountain walks in beautiful surroundings. Very knowledgebel and friendly instructors. Wonderful food. Fantastisk garden.

Fiona Peel

from Great Britain, May 2018

"A powerful, life-changing experience"

Beautiful accommodation with a very knowledgeable teacher. A perfect balance of yoga, meditation and relaxation. I really enjoyed the informal Q&A sessions with Namit on 2 evenings when we were able to ask him about nutrition, yoga and philosophy. He is a very knowledgeable man.

All the staff and volunteers worked hard and made us all so very welcome. I wouldn't hesitate to return

Natalie Besso

from United States, April 2018

"Excellent "

Everything... the lessons, the food, the nature, the accommodation, the lovely volunteers, the quiet time... and ofcourse Namit- amazing teacher.

Gosia Sztandera

from Great Britain, April 2018

"Lovely place to lift up spirit!"

I liked pretty much everything during my yoga retreat in Yoga Sutra Shala. The whole place is smoothly run and organised in a way that makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed from the arrival date. The vegetarian food is just delicious and you don’t need to be vegetarian to appreciate it.

The secluded location allows you to really wind down and recharge your batteries as you are surrounded with mountains and pure nature. I have been practising Iyengar Yoga for a couple of years but found both vinyasa and restorative yoga extremely beneficial and helpful to improve my postures. All of the teachers are very attentive and look at how you are doing postures and if needed, correct you.

Thank you once again for making my holiday very special!

Constanze Bönig

from United States, April 2018

"A realization experience "

Namit and Maru seem to have a great ability to choose their staff - from yoga instructors to cooks to manager to volunteer staff! Such a nice team with friendly vibes. Made my stay so pleasant and me feel welcome and well cared for!

Kelly Taylor

from Great Britain, April 2018

"A litttle piece of paradise "

This place over exceeded my expectations. There are beautiful gardens with hammocks for you to relax in and look over the mountains in your spare time. There are also numerous walks that you can go on. My yoga teacher was Isabel and she was fantastic. I am new to yoga and she took the time to help both me and the others in my class. She was very knowledgeable and an inspirational teacher. Depending on the weather we either used the yoga studio, or practiced out by the pool or in the gardens...what a wonderful setting! Meditation and chanting were both new to me and I enjoyed both.

The house itself is beautiful and the rooms were spacious, nicely decorated and very clean.

And then we have the food...well, what can I say? Not only is it nutritionally balanced, but thought has gone into each meal in regards to taste and it was just amazing.

Namit was very welcoming and is very knowledgeable about nutrition and yoga. I feel that I learnt lots here and also had the chance to re-energise and forget about the world. Highly recommended.

Margaret Mcenerney

from Ireland, March 2018

"Super"

The entire experience was super. The yoga was amazing the food was outstanding. The customer care excellent but low key and not fussy. The location was stunning. Personnel were really helpful. The venue was so well equipped that you had everything you could possibly desire including a sun hat

Tessa Sheridan

from Great Britain, March 2018

"A lovely place in beautiful surroundings. "

Great food and accommodation. The room, the building and the garden all lovely.

We had various teachers during the week including Isabelle and Naomi and Pippa, all very good.

Luisa Bita

from Canada, March 2018

"I would not go back"

People that come to these retreats are like-minded, and for that, I do not feel so bad for going to that retreat. Also, the volunteers are warm, kind and helpful people. Patricia, one of their volunteers, was amazing and took us on some hikes weather permitted.

Edson Ramos

from United States, February 2018

"Amazing retreat in beautiful location"

This retreat was everything I expected (hoped for) and more !

An amazing location, delicious food, great views, a peaceful environment, great classes, relaxation, meditation, a beautiful house, spacious rooms, a cozy fireplace, amazing volunteers taking good care of us (Thanks ladies!), a very interesting and mixed group of people, silence, a beautiful garden, interesting workshops - and so on and so on :-) I would definitely recommend this place ! Thanks to the Yoga Sutra Shala family !

Fred Fish

from Great Britain, February 2018

"great volunteers"

the yoga teacher i had for most of the time however was a volunteer, Isa, Who was a really good teacher. she was very helpful and nurturing in the postures. i would say in general that the volunteers really helped to give the retreat it's positive atmosphere.

Kathryn Ferguson

from Great Britain, February 2018

"Fantastic break "

The retreat is set is beautiful snow capped mountains and surrounded by abundant orange and lemon trees. I loved going for daily walks in the hills each day with the others on the retreat. Fav bits were the amazing food, the amazing people I met on the retreat, we had a wonderful, joyful group and I wasn’t expecting that so as well as lots of yoga and meditation there was a lot of laughter. My room was very comfortable and cosy. The voiunteers couldn’t have done more to make the week a good one and also taught some fantastic yoga classes. Overall it was exactly what I needed.

Viktorija Sargent

from Great Britain, February 2018

"Exactly what I needed "

This was my first yoga retreat ever, so I had no expectations. And what a treat this place was.

If you’re still hesitating - don’t, just book it and you won’t regret it.

I had an amazing experience, met loads of lovely people, tasted most delicious vegetarian dishes and practiced tons of new to me yoga poses.

Also, must mention Miguel - massage virtuoso. Best massage I ever had.

I definitely feel better version of myself after 6 days at this lovely place.

Very grateful for my experience and would suggest Yoga Sutra Shala to anyone.

Thank you and all the best!

Vxxx

Mikael Lundgren

from Norway, February 2018

"A piece of heaven!"

Everything from the staff to the food and yoga/meditations

Mark Varney-bennett

from Great Britain, February 2018

"Equilibrating"

Namit and the volunteers thoughtfully guided us through a selection of yoga and meditation sessions. There are sessions and options in the sessions to suit everyone's level. I did moon salutations for the first time in my two year experience of yoga. These were especially calming in the evening! I've learnt principles which I can use to really improve my yoga practice.

The vegan food is extremely good, the cook is sensational.

The hillside is absolutely beautiful.

Sue Leaver

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Retreat surrounded by the mountains"

The whole Yoga experience at this retreat was beyond my expectation, I have come away feeling a sense of self that I hadn’t expected, Namit is a very unique teacher and so knowledgable on the philosophy of Yoga and took us on a journey of self discovery that I will take away with me. The location, the rooms, and food were superb - thank you all at Sutra Shala I will return...

Eleanor Spring

from Netherlands, January 2018

"Truly memorable week in a stunning location"

Namit & Maru's retreat is really incredible value for money. The location is unbelievably stunning. The twice-daily yoga is well complimented by friendly volunteer staff, tasty food, and ample opportunity to hike, swim and sun bathe - and of course to speak to your fellow travelers. I definitely want to come back in a slightly warmer season, but even a January visit is well worth it.

Ania Zbyszewska

from Great Britain, January 2018

"Retreat in the hills"

Wonderful place, people, food, yoga. I will be back, and highly recommend this retreat.

Anonymous

from Netherlands, January 2018

"Great location, great food and warm hearted people"

The food is super! The people are warm hearted and Namit knows how to teach yoga in a mindful way

Anonymous

from Great Britain, December 2017

food; being picked up and taken back to airport; the meditation garden; the great bunch of people attending when i went; the lovely volunteers; the chanting and meditations; the yoga classes - particularly yin yoga, which was new to me

Amanda Townsend

from Spanish State, December 2017

"Yoga retreat"

Had an amazing time, and it was just what I needed, fantastic place and staff, Namit is a lovely, kind person along with his family and all the people who work there make you feel very welcome and cared for.

Amparo made fantastic food and I learnt so much from her food classes,

Ive left feeling inspired, motivated and with new ideas. Will certainly go back in the future.

Miranda Lo

from Great Britain, December 2017

"Yoga with love and respect. "

I love the classes and meditation session. All conducted with love and respect. My body and soul were greatly benefited. I loved the variety and amazing flavors of the vegan meals. I loved the mixed of participants and how fun was to know them.

Muriel O'connor

from Great Britain, December 2017

"An amazing experience "

Perfect location for relaxing and enjoying yoga

Melanie White

from Great Britain, December 2017

"Blissful retreat and a profound experience"

I picked this retreat based on the wonderful reviews that were left before me and I have to say I was not disappointed at all. Stop looking when you've found this retreat because I couldn't have imagined a better week spent in the Valencian countryside. Namit's style of teaching will ensure that you progress in your practice, and develop in leaps and bounds throughout the week. The volunteers that help are an absolute dream. I am a chef and the food was outstanding. The others who booked were like-minded individuals and great fun and I walked away with firm friends and the week was truly healing.

Shilpa Unalkat

from Great Britain, November 2017

Excellent venue and food also yoga teaching

Anonymous

from Thailand, November 2017

"Very quiet location, lovely accommodation and great food"

The food first and foremost. Loved the room I was sleeping in. Great character building and scenery in a sleepy town.. There is not much to do for a real active person. Wifi is sporadic and not always working - which is great if you want to 100 % disconnect but not when you need to connect with the external world at times. The yoga classes are great.

Huw Russell

from United States, October 2017

"Blissful yoga and meditation in idyllic surroundings"

Lovely atmosphere, beautiful surroundings, great food, excellent yoga and meditation.

Claudine Decary

from Canada, October 2017

"Paradise "

Everything and everyone

Johanna Pettersson

from Sweden, October 2017

"Best experience in My life!"

I've never felt so calm and mindful in my entire life. The food, the people, namit and the cooking chef and also the volunteers made this trip the best ever! Everyone was so friendly and compassionate.

The yoga was excellent, and the food was the most inspirational food I've ever tasted. I've felt really happy being there, and Namit gave me many tools to make that happiness last for a long long time!

Miriam Farrell

from United States, October 2017

Food, Yoga and Meditation was all excellent

Terryn Sesel

from Australia, October 2017

"An Enchanting Renewal "

The retreat is located in a serene valley with everyone sharing a large house which combines history, luxury, and a homely vibe. The air is fresh, the gardens are tranquil and the surrounding view in stunning. There are so many lovely places on the property to find solitude or engage with others in communal spaces. The meals are well -considered and carefully prepared with fresh local organic ingredients. The yoga classes are well- planned and have transformative themes; Namit (the teacher) uses clear instruction and from day 1 knows each individual by name and gently helps correct postures, etc. I had an unforgettable experience and have left feeling very refreshed and hopeful :)

Anonymous

from Great Britain, October 2017

"neither good or bad"

Variety of people, good accommodation, and amazing food but after 3 days, initially there was no cook and limited fruits available. As for the Yoga it was ok.

Debi Arnoni

from Canada, September 2017

"Great yoga and nutritious food in a piece of paradise "

Namit greeted each person with sincere warmth and he and everyone on his team constantly strove to make everything about our stay perfect.

He taught his own yoga flow that contained different approaches to poses and he gave detailed feedback to everyone throughout every yoga class. There were two two-hour yoga classes each day that included breathing, meditation and asanas. We were encouraged to make the retreat our own, attending as many or few classes without pressure.

Namit and the chef (I'm sorry, but I have forgotten her name) are extremely knowledgeable about nutrition and a significant part of the retreat was spent teaching us about nutritious foods and how to cook them. The food we ate was delicious, inspiring me to continue eating this way when I return home.

The place is serene and beautiful, with fig tres, almond trees, carob trees and olive trees, to name a few. We were welcomed to eat the figs and almonds fresh off the branches. It is located in a tiny village in the mountains and is the perfect place to relax and focus on being present.

Miguel, the massage therapist also has a background in chiropractic and gave me one of the best massages I have ever had. I had tension all along my back and neck and he found and released it. It was not a relaxing massage because he worked deeply into the muscles and adjusted my spine, bringing it back into alignment, but after I felt so much better. Bring an extra 60€ to treat yourself to his magic.

Anonymous

from Ireland, September 2017

"Yoga retreat in the Mountains with a true yogi :) "

I loved everything about the retreat! From the moment we arrived we were made feel at home. The volunteers and Namit were so friendly and warm. I'd never been on a yoga retreat before this but I can't imagine a better retreat existing! Namit developed a beautiful yoga program over the week where we worked on different characteristics and his diligent and precise yoga instruction is unrivalled.. . The rooms were clean, pretty and comfortable with lovely little touches like complimentary dark chocolate on arrival. Overall the food was amazing too and the cook was also highly knowledgeable in nutrition. Namit took time to answer everyone's individual questions and give advice on health issues or difficulties you were having with yoga postures or breathing. I am in awe that he can bring so much care and energy week after week to all of his retreatants. He is a very special person with a huge heart :) I would highly recommend this retreat and especially to those who love learning!!! Thanks Namit :)

Charlotte Cook

from Great Britain, August 2017

"Believe everything you read!"

From the moment you meet Namit, Maru and the team at Yoga Sutra Shala you know you have made the right choice in coming to this retreat. My twin room was clean and comfortable with air conditioning and a welcome gift (I won't spoil the surprise but it was much more than the classic 'chocolate on the pillow'!). All towels and bed linen were provided. There are plenty of places in the rest of the house, pool area and gardens to relax, socialise or if you choose to, spend some time in quiet contemplation.

I am a meat eater and I do enjoy the odd trip to the 'Golden Arches' so when I thought about spending the week only eating organic, vegetarian food I worried that I would spend most of it hungry ... I could not have been more wrong! The food was out of this world. Everyday brought new culinary delights for me to feast on and believe you and me after the morning chanting, yoga, meditation class I definitely needed a feast.

If all of this doesn't convince you that you would be getting value for money then the classes will ... after all that's the whole reason for choosing this retreat right!? All of the classes are voluntary participation and at no point did I feel I 'needed' to be there. The chanting, pranayama, yoga and meditation classes are detailed and informative (see instructor ratings), I could have filled a notebook with everything I learned! Not only this but here were also the added sessions about nutrition, guided meditation and lots more besides!

Ciara Mulhern

from Spanish State, July 2017

"Absolutely perfect"

I loved the food and everyone was just lovely

Kathryn Dornhuber

from Croatia, July 2017

"Transformative Retreat"

After the first introduction the teacher remembered everyone's name, which is indicative of the pervasive vibe of loving kindness. The rural location is beautiful, the medieval stone building was well appointed with Art, antiques and comfortable furniture.

Mandy Howell

from Great Britain, July 2017

"First experience of a Yoga retreat"

I loved the food and surroundings plus meeting new people.

Estelle Prampart

from Great Britain, June 2017

"A week in paradise"

Namit and Maru have created a little bit of paradise with view on the mountains, beautiful, tasteful and healthy food, and lots of insight into meditation and mindful yoga practice.

Martina Van Boven

from Spanish State, June 2017

"BEautm,mkmdsds;lkjdsm,mds"

The accommodation is beautiful decorated and comfortable, great organic food, creative cooking. I liked the yoga clases and meditation a lot.

Namit , Maru and the rest of the team are great people.

Erika Kibirkstyte

from Denmark, May 2017

"6 days of heaven on earth"

I was going with very little expectations as I booked the retreat almost the last minute.

1) Yoga teaching was very thorough, sincere and adjusted to personal needs. Beginners as well as more advanced could find something for them as Namit always suggested couple of variations of asanas. Moreover, he introduced us with some very useful pranayama techniques and was very open to answer any questions reg. asanas, breathing or their influence on our body and mind. I personally went with a small neck injury, so he advised me on how could I modify the practise not to injure myself. So did each of the attendees receive a couple advice on what they should work on. I believe that is what you expect from a knowledgeable teacher.

2) The food was adorable, fantastic and all other possible compliments. It was a well balanced vegetarian diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, seeds, grains etc., some being picked directly from the garden, whilst other ingredients were being bought from farmers around or organic shops. Amparo, the chef, was very creative and introduced us to so many different healthy foods and we always would get the answer either from the chef or Namit about the benefits of one or the other ingredient. Additionally, there were always plenty of teas, fruits on trees and in the kitchen. As well there were always vegan options on the menu.

3) Surroundings are just perfect for a retreat. The place is around an hour drive from Alicante airport. Villa is located in the middle of the small town in the valley. There are around 40 people constantly living in the town and most of them are local farmers, growing olives, cherries, oranges etc. There are 2 bars and one restaurant, and you can find an ATM at a nearby town some 10 min nice walk. Villa itself is a very impressive, with its own history, decorated in a very nice and cosy style. Rooms are very clean and you are provided with clean bedlinen, towels and toiletries. There is a pool, astonishing views towards the mountains and the very huge garden for walks, practising yoga or just reading a book in the shade. You can as well go for a small mountain hikes during the lunch break. There are as well plenty of books to read or music to listen to.

4) Teacher Namit is a very open person, which radiates very nice energy and not only knows a lot about yoga, meditation and nutrition, but is very happy and ready to share the knowledge, answer any of your questions. You feel very confident to ask anything you are in doubt about. Maru is as well a nice person and we very happy to have a chance to be introduced to Ashtanga yoga principles.

All in all I am very happy I chose this retreat and spend one of the most wonderful weeks in great surroundings, eating great healthy food, practising yoga and becoming more knowledgable. As well I met many wonderful people, and even made friends. Thanks to Namit and Maru for having such a nice place.

Maud Beucker Andreae

from Netherlands, March 2018

"Beautiful spot, heavenly food"

Anonymous

from Netherlands, March 2018

Beautiful place, lovely caring people, great food, very warm atmosphere. I can only reccommend!

Caroline Dibbern

from Germany, January 2018

"liebevolles Paradies "

Meine wundervolle Zeit im Yoga Sutra Shala werde ich nie vergessen.

Es ist ein wunderschöner, liebevoller und geschützter Ort, mit absolut hilfsbereiten und unterstützenden Menschen, ich habe jede Sekunde genossen und bin sehr gewachsen. Das Haus, der Pool und der Garten sind traumhaft, dazu hat man im Blick immer die wunderschöne, bergige Landschaft. Jedes einzelne Zimmer ist besonders, gemütlich und schön eingerichtet, das ganze Haus ist sehr sauber, das Essen ist einfach umwerfend gut. Dieses Retreat ist ein Geheimtip, es ist ein Geschenk. Danke!

Manon Cuixeres

from Switzerland, September 2017

"Séjour relaxant en pleine nature"

La bienveillance et l'authenticité de Namit font réellement du bien. La nourriture était extraordinaire, et Namit aime partager ses connaissances en nutrition.

Beaucoup de temps libre à disposition pour aller marcher, lire dans un des nombreux hamacs de l'énorme jardin, nager dans la belle piscine... Le lieu est enchanteur. Le yoga est de style Vinyasa, relativement intense mais accessible à tous. Les méditations guidées de Namit étaient géniales, ses cours toujours bien structurés.

Anonymous

from Spanish State, August 2017

Me gustó mucho el sitio,muy bonito.La comida estupenda,de muy alta calidad y orgánica,cocinada estupendamente.Los instructores con muchísima formación,yogis auténticos.Días magníficos

Joana Carro

from Spanish State, July 2017

"Personas así no se encuentran todos los días"

Tanto si tienes un nivel avanzado en yoga como si eres principiante, este retiro merece mucho la pena. Al final de la semana todo el mundo había hecho grandes avances, física y psíquicamente. Resulta increible ver cómo Namit y todo el equipo se vuelcan con cada grupo con tanto entusiasmo e ilusión, como si acabaran de empezar. Ha sido una auténtica maravilla contar con un profesor de yoga tan bueno y comprometido con la transmisión de sus conocimientos como Namit y una comida deliciosa hecha con tantísimo amor por Amparo, y todo esto en un sitio tan impresionante como es este valle aislado. Me llevo un gran recuerdo, me llevo un trocito de esa paz que logré allí en mi interior.

Amanda Barokh

from Great Britain, May 2018

"Magic Valencia yoga retreat "

The location was beautiful - incredible view and incredible hikes. There was a real generosity of spirit from Namit and his team. I felt that the intention behind the retreat was very kind and genuine. There was a desire to teach people how to lead healthier and happier lives.

Balvinder Nijjar

from United States, May 2018

"Relaxing week"

The teaching and the views

Emma Curley

from Great Britain, May 2018

"Excellent yoga retreat in beautiful location"

Really varied vegan food. Relaxed environment. Great instructors and volunteers. Really beautiful location. Good varied yoga and meditation. Really good place to hike from with walks up mountains or along the valley. It was cherry picking season and there were also orange groves and lots of mountain flowers. Beautiful!

Nicola Durdant-hollamby

from Great Britain, April 2018

"Exactly what I was looking for."

I wanted to have a short break from life and learn more about yoga than is possible in my weekly village hall class. The retreat fulfilled all my objectives. I liked the small-scale, personal, friendly and holistic nature of the the house and instruction. The rural location is perfect for walks either guided or solo; beautiful orange orchards, dramatic cliffs and caves and a meandering valley. The food was excellent; nutrition being of the highest importance. The meditation gardens and pool-side area are perfect for quiet reflection and relaxation. Namit, Amy and Pippa were excellent hosts and instructors and the team of volunteers delightful and helpful.

Terese Jarltoft

from Denmark, April 2018

"A life changing experience inside myself - Thank you :)"

Absolutely everything!

Anonymous

from Netherlands, February 2018

In addition to Namit's classes, which were excellent, I was also attending classes given by Isabelle, who was a great and highly professional instructor. She also created a positive and encouraging environment. Thank you very much!

Daniel D'arcangelo

from United States, December 2017

"Great experience"

The food was amazing, very healthy and organic vegetarian good through out the week. Yoga lessons were clear and good. Overal very nice experience, we will go back again.

Amy Shuh

from Canada, December 2017

"Didn't want to leave! "

YSS is a magical place.... from the daily yoga, meditation and chanting classes I had expected from the retreat.. I truly was blown away by this experience. The volunteers made our time outside of the yoga studio amazing with our guided hikes and life chats. The food and cooking sessions were remarkable and I learned a great deal about vegetarian cuisine. The facilities are comfortable and unique... breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. As well, making lifelong friends with the other participants was an unexpected outcome from this experience... doing the week with such interesting, cultured and smart people was just the icing in the cake. Thank you to Namit for running this great centre... the week spent here has brought a great deal of joy And peace to my life.

Leona Blehova

from Germany, December 2017

"Beautiful and peaceful location, great food"

Amparos cooking is amazing. We’ve had one week of the best organic vegetarian and vegan food. You learn a lot about healthy nutrition and she shares her wisdom in three workshops. Highly recommend! Especially the raw vegan sweets!

Allen Tran

from Spanish State, November 2017

"Incredible "

The incredible food spread, the magical surroundings in the valley overlooking the spectacular mountains, the nutritional aspect of the retreat to learn about healthy foods, the warm room that I stayed in that reminded me of a Spanish version of what Van Gogh would paint. The staff was so fantastic, I miss everyone!

Clarissa Pratt

from Great Britain, October 2017

"A wonderful retreat for a realignment of body and mind "

Everything

Pia Eggimann

from Switzerland, October 2017

"Loving Kindness in every detail :-)"

I like the whole package this yoga retreat offered to me: The chanting (first time in my life), Pranayama, Learning about Yoga and Yoga Philosophy in general from Namit, the tasty and healthy food made by the chef, the awesome group I shared this retreat with and the relaxed atmosphere everywhere in the beautiful house and garden.

I loved as well the cooking workshops and the hiking in the mountains.

Lisa Riley

from Great Britain, September 2017

"Great experience"

Loved the yoga, meditations and amazing food

Katrina Christopoulos

from Great Britain, September 2017

"The perfect retreat"

Everything is organised so you just have to focus on learning. Completely stress free environment with inspiring and knowledgeable instructors. The cook is also inspiring and the food was amazing. It was my first yoga retreat and was just a wonderful experience.

Anonymous

from Great Britain, July 2017

It's not often a holiday actually exceeds expectations but I can honestly say that Yoga Sutra Shala was perfect in every respect. I was nervous about going away on my own for the first time but I really shouldn't have worried at all. I could not have asked for a more welcoming, relaxing and beautiful environment and I left feeling renewed and very well cared for having had the opportunity to meet some wonderful people into the bargain. Thank you to Namit, Maru, Amparo, Johnny and all the lovely new friends I made for making this such a special experience.

Lesley Walker

from Netherlands, May 2017

"A happy yogi"

I loved my group, the location, the whole concept of attention to body, mind and soul.

Martine Bergé

from United States, April 2018

Het hele concept was top !

Anonymous

from Germany, December 2017

"Gesundheit, Genuss und Geselligkeit"

Yoga wird toll angeleitet, ...Genuss im Meditationsgarten, beim Wandern, Kochen, Essen, ...

Erholung pur, herzliche Kontakte untereinander, ich komme wieder. :)

Anonymous

from Germany, September 2017

"Life-enriching experience"

For me, the 6 days of yoga in Namit's and Maru's Shala were like paradise. My (high) expectations were exceeded strongly and I enjoyed every minute of this wonderful retreat. The shala is placed in a beautiful area in the mountains with breathtaking views over the mountains and the surrounding valley. The shala itself and the rooms are furnished lovingly and I immediately felt like home. My room had a balcony and a bathroom ensuite, two windows and air condition. It was very clean, neat and I enjoyed the welcome present very much.

The food was extremely delicious, healthy and had a huge variety of nutrients in every meal. Also, we've learnt a lot about (organic) nutrition and health during the week. The chocolate cake was amazing! <3

For me, I am only a beginner, the yoga practice was perfect. We had two classes every day and I appreciated every one of them. The instructions were very clear and understandable, Namit helped each yogi individually, gave mindful and kind advice to make the most of every practice. Namit helped me build a solid base and great alignment in the beginning to build up from. I felt that every day, I was getting stronger and enjoyed the practice even more with his support.

During free time, we went for hikes, enjoyed the nice pool, the huge garden and each others company. The group of yogis as well as the volunteers were wonderful and such great people. Thank you, Namit and Maru for this unique and wonderful time! Namaste. Caro from Germany

Myriam Baer

from Israel, September 2017

"Du solide"

L attitude de Maru etait chaleureuse et respectueuse, il est tres professionel, et ses indications pendant les meditations excellentes

Julia Ley

from Germany, August 2017

"A taste of paradise "

Beautiful house, incredible food, a warm and welcoming atmosphere that'll make you a feel at home from the first second. The hosts, Maru and Namit, do everything to make your stay really special and love to share everything they know about yoga, food, and happiness in general. If you want to get away, relax and deepen your practice in an extraordinary environment, this is the place to be.

Jose Alberto Vidaurre

from Spanish State, July 2017

"Inolvidable experiencia"

La casa e instalaciones son espectaculares. La comida excelente. El trato y la atención excelentes. Las actividades adecuadas a todos los niveles. Las relaciones entre el grupo, voluntarias e instructores muy buenas. La cocinera excelente.

Florence Desert

from Switzerland, July 2017

"A wonderful and unforgettable experience "

The secludedness and quietness of this magnificent place , the beauty in everything , the real kindness and concern of everyone , the authentic way Namit and Maru taught us yoga and meditation , the shared friendship with them, the volunteers and the group.

It reconnected me with strength and a new quality of happiness. For all that I thank you all Namit, Maru , Amparo , and the sweet volunteers ...

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Julia Munich

August 7, 2017. TripAdvisor

Feeling that one week may be too short to really get a break from work, I booked two weeks at Yoga Sutra Shala. Initially, I was a little hesitant whether that was a risky decision, seeing that I knew nothing about the place and might not like it. I knew I had made the right decision from the moment I walked through the door. The house is stunningly beautiful, the Yoga teaching breathes authenticity and sincerity, the other participants were altogether kind, funny, respectful, and interesting to talk to. The volunteers also made this a very special place. It honestly felt like paradise, the moment I thought to myself "a tea would be nice" or "something sweet would be nice now", the exact thing I had just thought about seemed to magically appear out of nowhere. It is very obvious that Namit and Maru - who also happen to be two very interesting and kind people - are really doing this because they love teaching yoga, and that they are not in it for the profit. When I missed two busses in Alicante and almost couldn't make it in time for the shuttle, Namit offered to pay for my taxi. When I decided to stay at the resort in between the two retreat for the weekend rather than go to Alicante, he let me stay for free. Where else does sth like that happen? These two weeks didnt just give me plenty to think about and helped me make positive changes in my life, I also made a ton of great new friends. I will be back.

Paola Mexico

August 15, 2017. TripAdvisor

It was an amazing experience I hope to repeat soon! I loved the yoga and meditation classes, the food, the place with the view to the mountains is just beautiful and the people are so kind. I'm very glad I decided to go and I miss it already! I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute. I felt like everything was just so pure and authentic. Love to Namit and Maru :) !

Clarisse France

August 5, 2017. TripAdvisor

I had an amazing week with Namit and Maru in July. The house is very nice, with an amazing view over the mountains, and is perfect when you look for a peaceful and quiet place to rest and meditate. The schedules were perfect and well balanced between the yoga and meditation classes and free time. Alghough I was a beginner in yoga every posture was adapted to every level and Namit and Maru are great teachers, and I surprised myself when I came home repeating some of the yoga routine I learned every morning and night. Food was excellent and we got very interesting nutrition advice. Namit knows how to create a great atmosphere, full of kindness and compassion (which is also what you will get to learn there), and thus created excellent relationships between everyone, including the volunteers. I highly recommend this place for a retreat, where I will myselfgo back undoubdtedly!

Lisa Edinburgh

August 4, 2017. TripAdvisor

You arrive to warm handshakes and smiles and leave with bigs hugs and new friends. This retreat is a very special place which I'm so glad I found. As a first time solo traveller I was a little apprehensive going alone, however everything is so well organised and thought through; from the collection at the airport to the lovely volunteers who look after you for the week, once I arrived I felt completely at ease. I had a lovely room to myself but to be honest the house and gardens are so nice I didn't want to spend much time in my room. Loved being able to have late night swims in the pool after dinner and see the bats flying over, or sit under a tree in the meditation garden with a book listening to nature. Time had little meaning here. Namit's yoga classes were very educational and inspiring and I ended the retreat very pleased at being able to do a headstand, which I have never managed before! Mealtimes need a special mention not only for the amazing veggie food, but the communal eating, nutritional facts and questions from Namit and so much laughter from the group. I would love to return to this special place and have taken so much from it back to my everyday life.

Sinead Ireland

July 31, 2017. TripAdvisor

I stayed here for 6 days, and everything was great - The other "yogis" on the retreat; the amazing volunteers; Namit; the yoga classes (even the early mornings weren't bad!); the food; the pool; the freedom to be yourself; the scenery (I recommend climbing up to "La Forada" to watch the sunrise!); silent time; reading in the hammock; and the different types of tea!! I would highly recommend this retreat to anyone who's looking for a fun and relaxing week where you get to spend a bit of time taking care of the most important person in your life - yourself!!

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