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Here at Yoga Sutra Shala we aim to provide you with excellence at every level during your yoga retreat stay. Yoga Sutra Shala has a lot of experince 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. Both the teachers have travelled the world learning from the most experienced yogis in order to give you the best in yoga knowledge that the world has to offer. Both teachers have also studied nutrition to a very high level in order to give you the most delicious and healthy meals available on any yoga retreat in the world.
Prana in Sanskrit is described as the breath of life. On this retreat not only will you learn other aspects of yoga to help you deal with stress, but we will also focus on pranayama or breath control. Ancient yogis knew that when we are stressed, our breath moves out of our control. They devised techniques that became known as pranayama or breath control. By doing so they learnt to calm the body and the mind, effectively bringing stillness to the mind. In this retreat we will teach pranayama techniques to you to help you learn to deal with life's stresses. We will also teach you meditation, asana practice and other aspects of yoga to help you live a more calm daily life.
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.
La Solana has two single beds and has lovely views of the beautiful hamlet of Benissiva. The room has a lovely ensuite bathroom as well. The beds can either be booked individually by two same-sex solo travellers wanting to share, or by two friends or family members booking at the same time. It can also be booked for single occupancy by one person. To book this room for a male and a female, please contact Yoga Sutra Shala.
Tossal Gros is a cosy room named after one of the mountains seen from it's balcony. It has a comfortable double bed, beautiful views looking out to the mountains and an ensuite bathroom. This room is perfect for a solo traveller wishing to indulge in some private time.
All double rooms can be booked by couples or by solo travellers as a private double room.
El Colomer ("The Dove House" has a lovely double bed and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. It also has a nice ensuite bathroom. It is situated on the second floor.
El LLimaner has one double bed and lovely views of the village. It also has an ensuite bathroom. It is on the ground floor, so is perfect for those who find stairs challenging.
La Forada is named after the impressive arch-topped mountain visible from the balcony. It has a double bed and a shared balcony-terrace with lovely views of the Valencian mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
All twin rooms can either be booked individually by two same-sex solo travellers wanting to share, or by two friends or family members booking at the same time. To book this room for a male and a female, please contact Yoga Sutra Shala.
El Misserat has two single beds, a shared balcony and an ensuite bathroom. It has lovely views of the surrounding mountains.
L'Albureca has two single beds, a shared balcony and amazing views of the mountains. It also has an ensuite bathroom.
L'Umbria is a very special room. This large, luxury room has a comfortable double bed; a sitting area; mezzanine floor; and an ensuite bathroom with a bath and a shower. It has its own balcony and lovely views of the surrounding Valencian mountains and unspoilt countryside. It is perfect for a couple or for single occupancy.
We observe silence in the morning until after breakfast.
Silence time in the evening after yoga until dinner
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.
During this retreat, there will be 2 guided walks (on Mondays and Tuesdays). You will be taken to the beautiful mountain called La Forada in the stunning Valencian valley called La Vall de La Gallinera. In summer, when the days are warmer, the guided walks will take place in early morning. During autumn and spring, they will take place in late morning. During winter season, midday is the best time to do the guided walks and catch the sun.
Our experience of guests arriving late leads us to strongly advise you to come for the 6 days (5 nights), Sunday to Friday:
On the Sunday we have a Welcome lunch and introductions to staff, fellow guests and the retreat program: This is the time that many good friendships begin and you have the opportunity to orientate yourself and rest from your journey.
The first yoga and meditation class, on Sunday afternoon, provides the important foundation for you to build on for the rest of your week.
To get the most out of your retreat and fully enjoy the loving and peaceful family sentiment here, come for the whole retreat.
If your available flights don't match the retreat times, you could stay a night in Alicante or Valencia before and/or after the retreat and make use of our Alicante shuttle bus transfer (the quickest, easiest and often the cheapest way to get to and from the retreat) or use public transport from Valencia.
If you decide to come for less time, be aware that your booking and cost would be as for the whole retreat and you may miss out on certain aspects of the retreat experience.
In addition to the scheduled classes, Yoga Sutra Shala also offers private yoga classes to any guests that want them. The private yoga classes will be offered for free by the assistant teachers.
You can ask for these classes if you want to:
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). Namit is a Registered Senior Teacher with Yoga Alliance Professionals and has been teacher and mentor to yoga students since 2010.
Yoga flowed into Joe’s life in early 2012. After healing a broken foot, Joe was looking to find a new way to bring balance into his life. He completed his 200 hour teacher training in Vinyassa/Hatha at White Lotus in California to further his own personal practice. Joe has been studying & practising Yin Yoga regularly with his teacher & mentor Samantha Akers, owner of TheraYoga, since 2016. He completed his Level 1 Yin training in October 2017 and has been teaching Yin ever since. Joe happily lives part time in Northern California, where he teaches yoga, farms/gardens & does freelance writing.
Marlene is a Yoga teacher from Austria with a passion for languages, creative writing & philosophy. She had been practising Yoga for around 5 years when she had the desire to deepen her knowledge & decided to become a certified Yoga teacher to be able to accompany people on their way to self-realization. The teaching that she received in her training was Hatha-based but she also practices styles like Vinyasa & Ashtanga Yoga. She puts a focus on philosophy &psychological aspects of yoga & loves implementing mantra singing & music in her sequences.
More than 5 years ago Stefanie followed the calling of her heart & left Germany to move to Peru. She worked for 10 years at a hospital with brain injured patients & during this time, she always searched for deeper reasons for sickness & pain & holistic ways for healing them. Yoga has been an important part of her own healing journey. Stefanie loves to share her experiences in order to give her students the opportunity to connect body, mind, heart & spirit and explore new parts of themselves. She has been teaching yoga for 5 years in different yoga centres in Cusco/Peru & in Thailand.
Pauline is a passionate yoga teacher & life-artist from Berlin, Germany. Since completing her yoga teacher training in Thailand she has been teaching yoga around Southeast Asia. Her personal path in recent years has drawn her more into a deep appreciation of meditation & exploring & expanding inner awareness. Encouraging others to reconnect to themselves & everything around them in a more loving, present, & meaningful way is her core motivation & inspiration in teaching. Besides yoga, Pauline also loves contemporary dance, cooking, languages and spending time in nature.
Leonie has been practicing yoga & meditation for 30 years & is delighted to bring her love of the practice to guests at Yoga Sutra Shala. Each class she offers combines her spiritual practice, athletic abilities & 20 of teaching experience to create an oasis of calm where students can strengthen & stretch their bodies while relaxing & rejuvenating their minds. She has travelled extensively, studying with advanced practitioners from India to California. She also teaches self-defense, vegan cooking & mindfulness workshops & is the back-country editor for a human powered adventure magazine.
Chardé began her yoga journey solely as a workout whilst attending college almost 10 years ago, but found the mental benefits and meditation practice encouraged her to be an avid student and then a teacher. Having completed her Vinyasa Yoga teacher training in 2017, Chardé set off travelling and teaching yoga in rural Cambodia, southern France and Serbia. For Chardé, yoga class provides space where she feels compassion, empowerment, strength, peace and an ease in life and she enjoys sharing this with others.
Josie’s yoga journey began as a teenager attending classes with her mum in the UK. Intrigued by this mysterious bendy practise she went on to pursue opportunities to experience teachers from a range of styles in India, Morocco, Bali, Thailand & the UK. It was a bit later in life, after many years working in the city, when seeking a means to find more mental balance & a safe way to strengthen and care for her body, that her connection to the practise really deepened. She completed her teacher training in Hatha yoga in Mexico & since then has been teaching in Mexico & the UK.
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 plant-based, 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 plant-based in the tradition of yoga and ahimsa (non-violence). The yoga tradition encourages the plant-based 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 plant-based 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.
Therapists from the local villages come to the shala and offer massage treatments, which last about an hour and cost 60 EUR. Please feel free to send an inquiry to Yoga Sutra Shala if you want to find out more.
Transfer available for additional US$34 per person
The nearest airport is Alicante (ALC). Yoga Sutra Shala can help you organize 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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