Yoga Retreat in Spain

Andalusian Retreat

with Mark Ansari and Raquel Salvador

Come and join us for 7 days of yoga, delicious vegetarian food and relaxation at the best time of year to visit southern Spain away from the tourist hoards and extreme temperatures of mid-summer. You will experience traditional Andalusian country living but still be only 13km from central Malaga and the beach.

The morning sessions will be based on the primary series of ashtanga vinyasa yoga with an introduction to the intermediate series as well. This will be structured in a way that makes the practice accessible to all levels of ability from beginners to existing teachers who wish to deepen their understanding and practice.

The afternoon sessions will be focused on the many other aspects of hatha yoga with emphasis on the yamas and niyamas and how to integrate them into daily life and will include meditation, pranayama, yin yoga, yoga nidra and ayurveda.

During your free time on the retreat, there will be opportunities to:

– Go hiking on spectacular mountain trails stating right next to the Cortijo.
– Visit Malaga city to see monuments of great cultural interest such as the Cathedral, the Citadel, the Castle of Gibralfaro and the Roman Theatre.
– Visit museums including the Arts and Popular Customs, the Centre for Contemporary Arts, the Museo-Aula del Mar Aquarium and the Picasso Museum with its Casa Natal. Other places to visit are the Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta, the Taurino Museum, the Bishop’s Palace, the Central Market Atarazanas, the Shrine of Our Lady of Victory or the Botanical Gardens.
– Visit various beaches along the Costa del Sol and the Playa de Malagueta (Malaga beach).
– Go on horse riding trips in the mountains.
– Take mule cart trips around the extensive grounds.

Mark and Raquel have over 40 years combined teaching experience and specialise in yoga teacher training courses and retreats in exotic locations throughout the world.

Practicing yoga is much more than the postures. Learning to integrate the full “on and off the mat” practice including observing the five Yamas and Niyamas—yoga’s guide on social and personal ethics— in your daily life can transform you and your yoga practice. Our thoughts, actions, decisions, interactions with others, our daily routines, our surroundings, everything can reflect the extent of our yoga practice. Only by such inclusive and integrated practice can the ultimate goal of this ancient system  be realised: bringing our bodies, minds and spirits into harmony to make us free from the bondage and miseries of life.

The practice of the Yamas and Niyamas definitely inspires us to remember that yoga is a way of life — not just something we do for 90 minutes three times a week on a rectangular mat. In fact if they are interwoven in every fabric of our life, every moment becomes sadhana (spiritual practice). They add the necessary juice to our practice. Without them, the rest of the eight limbs may become empty, mechanical and boring techniques.

Our aim:

We aim to enable you to take yoga off the mat and into all aspects of your life, as a process of self-healing whilst you learn to be responsible for your own equanimity and joy. In that, yoga moves beyond the body and becomes an inner journey. Our vision is to empower you, so that you can truly live who you are.

Date: Saturday 28th September – Friday 4th October 2019

Price: 700 euros

Includes:

Yoga classes and talks (approx. 4 hours per day)

Accommodation in twin bedded rooms or single (supplement of 120 euros applies)

3 vegetarian meals per day (Green smoothie breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Does not include flights or transfers to or from the airport.

Sample timetable:

8.30am Breakfast

9am-11am Ashtanga yoga (all levels)

1pm Lunch

5pm-7pm Talks on how to apply yoga philosophy into daily life, meditation, pranayama, yin yoga, yoga nidra, ayurveda etc)

7.30pm Dinner

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Travel to and from the venue:

La Huerta is only 13km from Malaga airport or main bus and train station.

There is a village a short walk away with a few shops and some very nice restaurants and cafes but if you wish to go further afield or to the beach you will need to rent a car from the airport. (Please contact us directly for special deals on car hire)

Taxis from the airport or city centre will cost about 25 to 30 euros one way.

Venue:

La Huerta

A group of typical 150 year old Andalusian cottages completely restored, consisting of 7 independent cottages which retain the architecture and charm of the original buildings, offering all the comforts of today in one of the most charming places of rural tourism in Malaga province.

La Huerta is located in a privileged rural environment, surrounded by an organic farm. It is a place to enjoy the tranquility and relaxation of the countryside but is just 13 km from Malaga city the beach and the airport.

For more information go to: www.casasruraleslahuerta.es/english/houses-malaga.html

Message us now to book your space or email us at InspiraYogaUK@gmail.com for more information!

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