During this yoga holiday you will learn how to use yoga and meditation to increase your energy level step by step.
We will focus on increasing your energy, improve your concentration, flexibility, strength and relaxation through yoga exercises, breathing techniques, meditations and relaxation exercises.
Focus Yoga & Meditation Sessions
In this Yoga Retreat we'll work on:
The philosophy, history, background of yoga and meditation.
Pranayama (breathing exercises) and basic techniques for better breathing.
The main yoga poses and variations of these exercises.
The sun salutation with different flow variations for more energy and a complete workout.
A set of yoga exercises and workouts that you can continue with when you are at home.
Relaxation techniques for stress reduction and better sleep.
Different types of meditations and tips on how to meditate at home.
We give you lifestyle tips for a different mindset: nutrition tips, habits that help to increase your energy level. Tricks to better cope with stress and anger and to look differently at life.
We will still send a few weeks after our retreat practical tips, exercises and meditations.
Yoga & Meditation in Nature
We will do when possible our yoga and meditation sessions outside. The old farm has beautiful tropical gardens with enough shade from the old palm trees. We will take you to the mountains and to the beach to do our yoga sessions.
Outdoor sessions add a different dimension to your practice and pare yoga down to its original link with nature. Yoga means ‘union,’ and when it’s practiced outdoors it seems like the union with nature, humanity, and the universe is truly felt.
Many aspects of yoga are in fact about being in the moment and at one with nature or the universe. That’s why so many asanas reflect animals and nature. By putting your body into the shape of a tree or a dog, by exploring the graceful wings of a bird or the fluidity of the Sun Salute, by breathing with the same cyclical sense as the tides or with an ocean sound, you evoke a sense of harmony, timelessness, and connection to the universe.
Outdoors offers another level to focus on—the smell of nature, such as the ocean, pine, grass. When you start to smell the outdoors, it’s as if nature wants us to be present and breathe deeply.
Additional activities & workshops
In addition to the yoga and meditation sessions, you can also participate in a number of other activities. Participation is always voluntary. The following workshops and activities are included in the price.
We go to a beautiful beach for a yoga and meditation session. The perfect natural surroundings make an ideal location for an early morning yoga practice. What better way to get the ultimate mind, body experience than by performing yoga on the beach? Imagine listening to the sound of waves, smelling saltwater and feeling the gentle touch of sand. No music is necessary because nature provides it own unique sounds, allowing one to relax while practicing asanas.
Together with our Chef , we have compiled a cooking workshop. You will learn to make the most delicious fruit and fruit patés. Examples that we do in the workshop: how to make your own vegan milk, chocolate and jam. Our chefs is experts in the field of vegetarian and vegan cuisine and while share their passion about healthy eating with you.
Walking meditation - silent walk
In the area you can do amazing hikes. We are surrounded by this beautiful landscape of mountains with views over a lake and the ocean. For anyone who would like to experience an breathtaking hike in complete tranquility we organize a special walking meditation.
A walking meditation is a form of meditation in action. In walking meditation we use the experience of walking as our focus. We become mindful of our experience while walking, and try to keep our awareness involved with the experience of walking. A walking meditation is an excellent way of developing our ability to take awareness into our ordinary lives. During the walk you will experience everything around you very intense. The colors, sounds, the sun and the wind. It is a very pleasant and special experience. During the our walk we will stop under these thousand year old olive tress and do a special yoga session.
After this beautiful tour we enjoy a delicious picnic.
In addition to the activities mentioned, there's plenty of room for doing nothing or to read a good book in one of the hammocks in the beautiful tropical gardens. From the farm you can do several hikes in the area, or you can visit one of the famous whitewashed villages , go to the beach, visit Malaga or plan an activity like kayaking or horse riding. More on the surroundings you will find under 'the finca and the surroundings'.
Daily sample itinerary
A typical day on our Viva La Vida Retreat
9:00 Nice yogi breakfast
10:00 - 11:30 Yoga & Meditation Session
11:30 -12: 30 Relax in the beautiful tropical garden
12:30 - 13:30 A fantastic healthy lunch
13:30- 17: 00 You-time, massages, siesta, swim, sunbathe, read & reflect….or explore!
17:00: 19:00 Yoga & Meditation Session or Special workshop
19:30: Supper beneath the stars
20:30 Workshop or Relaxation
*This is a sample schedule and may still change. Participation in activities is voluntary.