"Reclaim Yourself" Nature Yoga Retreat in May

If you´re looking for a mountain and yoga vacation, this is the place for you!

Nature Reserve of Grazalema, Cádiz. Andalucia, Spain.
Yoga Retreat Language: English

Do you love nature and want to take a break from all the city action?

Do good to your spirit and good to the planet by joining this one of a kind retreat in the midst of the Natural Reserve Sierra de Grazalema in the Mountains of Cadiz, Andalucia.

A Unesco Biosphere reserve since 1977, it is Andalucia's first natural park and among Spain's most ecologically outstanding areas with its limestone cliffs, gullies, caves and gorges, its hundreds of endemic Mediterranean plant species and griffon vulture colonies. In fact it's been included amongst the 50 natural wonders of the world ahead of places as famous as the Grand Canyon in the US.
Spend one week with us to take your practice to a new level: improve your poses, make friends in a healthy, cooperative and non-judgemental environment and explore a part of the world filled with marvels still untouched.
Particularly good if you were already considering taking a step back to basics in order to discover and work with your body’s strengths and weaknesses, this retreat will stretch your body but also your mind.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Whether doing yoga asana or other types of physical exercise, or even only sitting, postural alignment is crucial, a lot of issues originate in it, so a lot of focus will be placed on it during our classes. Yoga is however not just asana, therefore our retreat will provide an overview of all the 8 limbs of yoga in a non() way.

What Makes us Unique
1.- You’ll get to dip a toe or two into Hatha, Vinyasa, Yin and Iyengar yoga, as well as Pranayama and various Meditation techniques.
2.- 3 vegetarian meals/day, made from local Mediterranean ingredients, are always a win.
3.- You can opt for an additional individual yoga session outside of the group session times, to help construct your ideal, personalised practice or you can just hike in the mountains, exploring this unbelievable habitat, swim in the pool, play tennis, ride on horseback.
4.- KPYI & RuaYoga commit to donate a minimum of 10% of the profit from their retreats to support environment, education and environmental education.
 

General information

INFORMATION ABOUT THE HOUSE AND ITS SURROUNDINGS

Our retreat will be located at the beautiful Grazalema house which is tucked in the middle of a Nature Reserve just outside the city of Ronda, in Andalucia. There is a big house and 6 apartments which all have access to the 5 swimming pools and the 25,000sq-meter garden around the premises. There is a lovely porch and terrace at all the houses where you can enjoy the view over the beautiful Andalucian hills. We have a separate yoga shala as well, equipped with mats and props for all our yoga-needs and our meals will be served in the big house. There is also a tennis field and several hiking trails for you to enjoy during our retreat.

BOARD INFORMATION

All of your meals are included in the retreat. We will serve you a lovely prepared buffet-style breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. On the arrival day, dinner is included and on departure day we will serve you breakfast. All the food served will be well balanced, vegetarian dishes planned by our food expert Emma to ensure that you are well taken care of during the retreat. If you have any food allergies or special requests, please let us know so we can prepare the best alternative for your needs.

INFORMATION ABOUT ROOM AND BOARD

In Grazalema house there are either single or double occupancy rooms offered. All homes are beautifully decorated and all have private bathrooms attached. There is WiFi, LED TV, AC and heaters in each room. By default you'll share a room with one other student. If you wish to opt for a single room, there will be an additional fee of GBP 130.

The retreat will begin with a full anatomical assessment, so as to target the sequences to individual quirks - spine and postural issues (spondylitis, scoliosis, hyperlordosis, etc), joint issues (arthritis, chronic knee pain) - and provide solutions around your lifestyle (eg. how to keep a healthy posture if you sit in an office chair 8h+ a day). It will also provide an introduction to breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation techniques, and meditation, and especially - the experience and knowledge to personalise your own yoga practice for years to come. Last but not least you have the chance to explore the unique nature around the place, through bushwalks, canoeing, kayaking and more.

Beginners will be offered a wonderful (re)introduction to the practice of yoga and the more advanced will have a chance to revisit and enrich their practice with perhaps a(n) new/alternate vision. Individual attention and options customised in the classroom environment will ensure you enjoy a safe yet challenging experience.

Daily schedule

06:30 Suggested wakeup time
07:00 Pranayama (15 min)
07:15 Dynamic Vinyasa Flow (75 min)
08:40 Breakfast
09:30 Free time / other activities
13:30 Lunch
14:00 Free time
15:30 Raw Vegan Smoothie & Cake Workshop (60 min)
16:30 Free time
18:00 Evening Hatha or Yin (75 min)
19:15 Yogic Meditation (15-20 min)
19:40 Dinner
This schedule is just indicative and may be subject to change. * You can schedule your one-on-one session for individual coaching during these intervals. One session per person during the retreat is included. These sessions are optional but recommended.
6 nights at a luxury resort in the nature reserve
3 wholesome veggo meals prepared with local ingredients / day
Up to 3 hours of asana practice / day
1 individually tailored session (opt., FOC)
vegan foods workshop (opt., FOC)

About the course

The retreat will begin with a full anatomical assessment, so as to tailor the sequences to target individual body quirks such as spine and postural issues (spondylitis, scoliosis, hyper-lordosis, etc), joint issues (arthritis, chronic knee pain), and provide solutions around your lifestyle (eg. how to keep a healthy posture if you sit in an office chair 8h+ a day).

It will provide also an introduction to breathing techniques (pranayama), relaxation techniques, and meditation. It will give you the experience and knowledge to personalise your own yoga practice for years to come. And it will also give you a chance to explore the unique nature around the place, through bushwalks, canoeing, kayaking and more.

LOCATIONS

Address: Calle Parche, 26 11687 El Gastor Cádiz. Spain Cádiz
Distances: 1h 20 min Jerez airport. 1 hour 30 min Sevilla airport. 1h 30 min Malaga airport

The retreat is located at Calle Parche, 26, 11687 El Gastor, Cádiz, Spain. This is 1h 20 mins from Jerez airport, 1h 30 mins from Sevilla airport, or 1h 30 mins from Malaga airport. If you wish to have an airport transfer from Malaga we are very happy to both pick you up and drop you off in time for your flight after the retreat. A transfer there and back can be arranged for GBP 40. You can also get to Grazalema House via train or bus to Ronda. Both buses and trains leave Malaga city regularly throughout the day and we can pick you up from the bus/train station in Ronda.
You can also get there via train or bus to Ronda. Both buses and trains leave Malaga city regularly throughout the day and we will pick you up from the bus/train station in Ronda for the 10 minute drive to Grazalema house.

FAQs

Are activities included in the yoga retreat? Activities are paid separate, this way you can choose the ones you prefer. Once you arrive, we'll reserve your favorite activities for you.

How can I get to the yoga retreat? The best option is to rent a car from the airport for your entire stay. It´s cheaper than a taxi and that way you can enjoy the freedom of transportation every day on the retreat.

I need a special diet, can you provide it? Of course! As long as you let us know before your arrival, we can prepare the diet you need. For example, if you are gluten intolerant, vegan, or have any other special diet needs.

Are cancellations allowed? You can cancel your reservation up to 60 days before the retreat. If you cancel after the allotted time period you'll lose the deposit or you can transfer it to another guest.

What should I bring? Bring comfortable clothing for practicing yoga, a swimsuit, beach towel, sunscreen, and a yoga mat although we provide all yoga materials.

PRICES FROM: £550. 6 nights, 7 days. Regular Price: £650

Dates: Sunday 1th May – Saturday 7th May 2016 (6 nights, 7 days)

Prices:

Very Early Bird (until 31 Dec): £550 (15% off)
Early Bird (until 14 Feb): £585 (10% off)
Regular Price: £650
Initial Deposit: £130

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Main Retreat Web Page and More Info
(*)This is not a Lucia Yoga official Retreat. It is offered by Rua and Karen using Lucia Yoga Retreat Center and facilities

You can find out more about Karen at kpyogainspiration.com Retreat, and Rua at ruayoga.com.

If you’ve got any other questions, please feel free to contact us through the enquiry forms on our websites or at rua.hvitulv(alt)icloud.com.




KAREN loves a challenge and, since she’d always excelled at all sports she’d tried, soccer included, yoga came as a natural progression. However surprisingly, or perhaps not so surprisingly, she discovered herself initially to be unprepared for yoga. She wasn’t as bendy as she’d thought, in body or mind.
Gradually though, yoga brought her in touch with her own body in a way unlike anything she’d experienced before, made her more mindful, more aware of her thoughts, actions and emotions, and less competitive. Yoga has taught her to not compare herself with others, but rather to celebrate everyone’s differences.
Today her biggest passion is to share the gift of yoga, linking Breath and Movement with Intention. She sees yoga as a way of life — something to practice both on and off the mat. She also loves to share her delicious smoothie and raw vegan cake recipes to infuse more energy and fun into the after practice.
RUA is a rather nerdy yogini and has been intermittently flirting with yoga for almost a decade, until she decided to fully dedicate herself to it in 2014. Nowadays she is striving to teach yoga the way she would have always wanted to be taught. 
Her long-term goal is to gather a new generation of yoga practitioners who think of yoga critically, not superstitiously, who want to learn to work healthily and integrate balance and sustainability in their lives; to offer a resource for those who want to approach yoga but also for those who simply want to understand yoga without practicing it; to offer a space for those who have tried and failed to get into it many times before, to try once more.
Despite exposing herself to many styles along the years (Yin, Iyengar, Ashtanga Vinyasa, a.s.o) for Rua the one size fits all approach won’t do. “Adapting yoga to suit the needs of every unique individual is where the true greatness of yoga lies” as TKV Desikachar had put it, and it’s how her classes inevitably develop.

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