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The aim of the teachings of yoga and meditation are to take the mind to a point of stillness, a point of silence and a point of peace. Yoga Sutra Shala has a lot of experience in running yoga retreats with several different themes in Spain. On Yoga Sutra Shala's retreat, you can be sure that the quality of excellence in every aspect is constantly maintained and that a warm homely atmosphere as well as personal attention for each guest are guaranteed. The teachers on this retreat have both travelled the world learning from the most recognized yoga and meditation teachers. The aim of this retreat is to teach you not only yoga to an excellent level, but also to teach you about meditation and spirituality with the best knowledge available in the world.
Here in the mountains with the clean air and the silence we are in the best place to help you allow your mind to come to peace. Add to this the fact that the knowledge we will share with you is the best knowledge for taking your mind to silence, meditation and spirituality and you will understand why we want this retreat to be the best retreat in the world for teaching you about yoga and meditation.
Every day you will be taught new yoga and meditation techniques for taking your mind to the deepest point of inner silence that we can help you to come to. The style of cooking we use is also based on the principles of 'ahimsa' or non-violence. This means a vegetarian, organic diet that will bring you health, good karma and nutrition to help you on this patch of yoga and meditation.
Yoga Sutra Shala offers accommodation with excellent quality, assuring that you will have a pleasant and comfortable stay. During your retreat, you will be staying at a beautiful secluded retreat centre situated in Benissiva. The villa is just 15 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva.
All of the rooms have beautiful views of the mountains or the village. There are eight bedrooms, each one with ensuite bathroom to make your stay really comfortable. Two of the rooms have their own balcony and three of the rooms have a large balcony which they share with each other. All rooms have air conditioning and central heating.
El LLimaner has cosy twin beds and has lovely views of the beautiful hamlet of Benissiva. The room has a lovely ensuite bathroom.
All double rooms can be booked by couples or single travellers as a private double room
All double rooms can be booked by couples or single travellers as a private double room.
All twin rooms can be booked individually by two same sex single travellers wanting to share or by two friends booking at the same time.
L'Umbria is a very special room. It has a double bed, an additional double bed on a mezzanine, its own balcony and lovely views of the surrounding Valencian mountains and unspoilt countryside. It is perfect for a couple, a parent and child, or for single occupancy For price list, please contact Yoga Sutra Shala.
Throughout these retreats, you will be focusing on different guided meditations every day in the morning and evening to teach your mind to relax and focus on silence within. The aim is to help you return with a more positive and happy mindset. There will be different series of yin and yang based vinyasas taught to you every day - yang every morning and yin every evening - designed to slowly open up the whole body over five days so that by the last day of the retreat, every muscle within your body feels open, alive, relaxed, rejuvenated and energized.
Note that all the classes are all optional during your yoga retreats. We want you to develop at your own pace and we want you to enjoy your stay. We want you to enjoy your yoga retreats as much as possible, to become healthy in mind and body, to learn how to relax and deal with stress and to learn how to feel at one with yourself.
At your yoga retreat centre, our aim is to help you develop your health, learn relaxation techniques and learn meditation so helping you to deal with stress, improve the quality of your life, your happiness and your sense of well-being. On your yoga retreats, you will be taught meditation, asana (posture), chanting, and breathing techniques. All classes will be optional as we want you to enjoy your stay and develop at your own pace.
You will be asked at the beginning of each yoga retreat what areas you want to develop in. Your yoga retreat will be personalized according to your wants and needs for your own development whether you are a new or established student of yoga.
Namit will be using his highly developed teaching system during each class at your yoga retreat at Yoga Sutra Shala to teach Vinyasa Yoga. Your yoga retreat centre will be run specifically as a shala - a place of refuge and a place to find inner peace. Your shala will be a perfect place to escape the stresses of the modern world and develop a sense of peace, calm, well-being and happiness.
Amparo Aranda is the chef at Yoga Sutra Shala - a Yoga Retreat Center in Benissivá (Alicante), founded and run by Namit and Maru Kathoria.
Having been born in Morocco, where she lived a great part of her life, she traveled through Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia. Motivated by a spectrum of humanistic and artistic concerns, her enthusiasm has led to her success in everything she is passionate about: Art, photography, massage therapy and of course, cookery - a family tradition!
Her interest in cooking began when, at a young age, she frequently joined her mother in the kitchen. Her fascination with living food was the trigger to change her profession and in her mid-late twenties, Amparo moved away from the world of massage therapy to indulge in the gastronomy of vegetarian food preparation.
From her personal experience with vegetarianism; macrobiotics; energy food; veganism; raw veganism and Ayurveda, she understands that the diet - beyond the physical body - directly affects the emotions and the mind.
Following this realisation, Amparo decided to broaden her field of action in the service of helping people, by what she calls “Conscious Cooking” or “Metaphysical Food Preparation”.
She discovered that the greatest possible revolution in this planetary moment is to stay healthy at all levels - physical, emotional and mental - by consuming organic products and nourishing ourselves with the good food which can sustain our bodies and maintain our energy levels.
Amparo believes that it is this that allows us to fulfill the worthy purposes of every human being through this walk of life on the wonderful Planet Earth.
Amparo will be leading Conscious Cooking workshops, where in addition to sharing specific recipes, three specific themes will be explored:
1) Why it is necessary to eat organic and balanced meals: Theory and practice with elaborate, balanced meals.
2) Living Foods: Recipes and preparation of raw vegan cheeses, water kefir, kombucha, kwass and sauerkraut.
3) Raw deserts: Elaborate, raw-vegan recipes for turrón, marzipan and delicious raw vegan sweets.
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.
Maru is a KPJAYI Authorised teacher. Her interest in Yoga started a very young age when she started studying Buddhism from her mother. In 2016 she received the blessings of her guru and was authorized to teach the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga. She also adds warmth, friendliness, compassion and a positive energy that will make you grow, learn and develop your health further still as well as become more peaceful, more internalized and happier.
Retreats are based at the yoga and meditation retreat centre in Benissiva, a village in the province of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. The retreat centre is surrounded by 8 beautiful mountains and it is situated in complete silence. The retreat center is only 15 minutes drive to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva.
Healthy, delicious vegetarian, 100% organic meals will be provided using locally grown organic fruit and vegetables on every yoga retreat. The recipes used will be created by health and nutrition experts including Namit and Maru, the founders of Yoga Sutra Shala. Wholemeal foods will be used as well as foods low in saturated fat during your yoga retreats. All meals are based on the principles of good nutrition, health and good taste.
There is no meat or fish on the yoga retreats. All the food is vegetarian in the tradition of yoga and ahimsa (non-violence). The yoga tradition encourages the vegetarian diet during the practice of meditation in order to increase the experience of peace.
Instead your meals at the yoga retreat centre will contain beans, nuts, avocados, tofu, seeds and other vegetarian sources of protein, allowing you to build core, back and other muscle groups that have been developed from practicing yoga postures by yogis for millennia.
Other special dietary requests such as vegan, dairy free, and wheat free will also be catered for. Gluten free and lactose free diets as well as other allergies can also be catered for. Our chefs will make delicious alternatives for you.
During your free time, you can go for a nature walk and admire some of the stunning views of the surrounding mountains as well as breathe in some of the lovely mountain air. You can also arrange a trip with a local taxi driver to the surrounding villages or to one of Valencia's most beautiful and secluded beaches, Oliva. Most people, however, like to relax by the pool, read, chat to new friends at your yoga retreat centre or listen to quiet music.
There are people from the local villages who come to the shala and offer deep tissue massage. Treatments tend to cost around 60 EUR each. Please feel free to send an inquiry to Yoga Sutra Shala if you want to find out more.
The nearest airport is Alicante (ALC). Yoga Sutra Shala can help you organizer a transfer from Alicante airport to the venue and from the venue to the airport during scheduled times below:
The cost is 30 EUR each way.
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