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Yoga Retreats

The ancient practice of yoga offers well-known health and relaxation benefits for all ages and abilities to counteract the stresses and strains of modern day life. There’s a wide range of different yoga practices to choose from to improve flexibility, muscle strength, respiration and cardio health, mental and physical well-being as well as weight loss and even protection against injury. Whatever the yoga discipline which suits your needs, we’ve got the yoga holiday to suit you.

Hatha

Hatha yoga focuses on improving posture and breathing techniques to channel the body’s vital energy source. In Sanskrit, Hatha means to force. With hundreds of poses like the well-known downward-facing dog, the practice includes breathing exercises, stretching poses and meditation and has shown to relieve stress and ease pain as well as have positive effects on emotional and mental well-being.  

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Vinyasa

Vinyasa or ‘flow’ yoga offers more of a cardio experience than Hatha as poses are linked together with breath control in a flowing sequence of corresponding movements. With longer holds in position, participants can really experience the dynamic flow and benefit from improved energy levels and muscle strength, relaxation and lowered stress levels.  

Iyengar

Iyengar

Iyengar yoga is suitable for all types of people, abilities and levels of fitness as individuals use supports or ‘props’ to progress in their practice of postures safely and at their own pace. This type of yoga focuses on three aspects - alignment, sequencing and timing. Beginners can work on simple asana (postures) before learning breath control and more complex holds to increase vitality, flexibility, strength and self-confidence. 

Yin

Popular with beginners and experienced yogis, Yin Yoga is a slow-paced and more meditative style of yoga. Similar to principles in traditional Chinese medicine based on ‘chi’ or life force running through the body, this relaxing yoga works on releasing blockages so your energy flows freely. Holding asanas (postures) for longer periods of time than other styles, Yin Yoga focuses on stretching and lengthening your ligaments, joints and fascia helping to reduce stress and anxiety and improve circulation and flexibility. 

Restorative

Suitable for all levels, restorative yoga harnesses the power of rest so it’s all about slowing down and holding asanas for a longer duration using props like yoga blocks or blankets. Focusing on deep relaxation, the asanas emphasise the meditative aspect of yoga. You may be holding a few postures from 5-20 minutes over the course of a session. 

Trapeze

Trapeze Yoga is a fun practice combining yoga postures and aerial acrobatics for a complete workout. With the use of a yoga trapeze or harness, students can learn to flip and flow through aerial yoga sequences and inversions (being upside down) whilst being supported. Yoga Trapeze inversions use gravity to create length in the spine. As a full body fitness route, it’s great for back pain, core strength, functional upper body strength, balance and flexibility.  

Ashtanga

Of the various yoga practices, Ashtanga is known for being the most athletic and dynamic. Founded in India in the 1940s, Ashtanga demands fitness, flexibility and focus practicing a modern series of choreographed asanas or yoga poses often jumping from one to the next. It is recommended to have some experience of another Yoga technique before trying this faster and more complex form of practice. 

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