YOGA RETREAT week at Oia, Santorini, Greece - 19TH to 26th OCtober 2019
WITH DIANE LEE
£1299 Single (Limited) - £1049 Twin
Santorini, one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea, was devastated by a volcanic eruption, which has shaped the cliff edges. With whitewashed, houses the retreat is just outside one of its’ two main principal towns, Oia.
Up to twice daily Yoga Practices for 90-mins
Outdoor Pool, Bar & Restaurant
Room facilities: Private patio or terrace
Wi-Fi & Internet, W/C–shower, Fridge, Hair Dryer
Massage treatments – additional cost
Direct flights from London Gatwick (not included)
Transfers 25 minutes from resort (not included)
Excursions, Hiking on the Caldera cliff, a wonderful walk with breath-taking views, diving, canoeing, volcano hot springs excursion, sunsets, wineries, 30-45 minutes’ walk to Oia town centre.
Only 8 rooms left available.
To Book call Diane on 07946 663464
WHAT CAN I EXPECT FROM MY YOGA RETREAT WEEK?
WHAT IS YOGA?
In simple terms, yoga is the Union of the body, the mind and the breath which creates stillness, clear thinking, and helps to abandon negative emotions such as ego, resentment, frustration and fear.
Yoga is commonly seen as a form of exercise that stretches the muscles, however it is far more than this. Yoga will energise, give positive mental focus.
How does it do this? Breath is the key to yoga practice, and helps strengthen and cleanse the body. No areas of the body will be unused throughout the week, so by the time you leave you feel wonderfully tall, lean and refreshed.
WHAT TYPE WILL BE PRACTICED?
General Hatha yoga will form most of the week’s yoga style. This involves lots of various asanas (postures), Pranayama (breathing) and therefore concentration. There will also be a unique insight and practice into Diane’s training with worldwide renowned teachers Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea, David Swenson, and James D’Silva. The Yoga style is fun, refreshing, challenging, energising and healing. An amazing transformational. active week, as well as some knowledge on the resistance yoga energy series in creating permanent flexibility gains.
I DON’T PRACTICE REGULARLY, WILL I FIND IT TOO DIFFICULT?
This week will be uniquely catered towards all levels and styles previously practiced. Most mornings will have a 90-minute energising pre-breakfast class, and most evenings a more relaxing 60-90 minute class. Yoga is about taking it at your own pace so there is no need to worry what everyone is doing.
I WAS THINKING OF COMING ON MY OWN, BUT WONDERED IF ANYONE ELSE WILL BE?
Retreats are such inviting, sociable places that they can offer you the opportunity to make friends easily, or equally have time alone in the comfort of your own room. The Yoga week will help introduce you to like minded people immediately and instantly help you feel at ease.
WILL I HAVE TIME TO TRY OUT OTHER ACTIVITIES WHILST ON HOLIDAY?
Absolutely yes. The timetable allows you to have each day free for such (change such to other) activities or to just sit by the pool and relax, and meeting up again in the evening for the relaxation and meditation class. First and foremost it is your holiday!
WHAT EXPERIENCE DOES THE TEACHER HAVE AS I HAVE BEEN TO LOTS OF YOGA CLASSES AND TEACHERS?
Diane opened Bath Yoga Studio, ten years after starting her journey as a Yoga teacher. She still leads group classes at the studio as well as being a Yoga Alliance Senior Teacher for her 200-Hour Hatha Yoga Teacher Training course for The Academy for Yoga Training.
She has trained with some of the world’s leading Yoga teachers, including Ana Forrest, Shiva Rea and David Swenson. She is also a fully accredited Yoga Sports Coach, and has worked with Mark Webber as well as professional footballers, swimmers, triathletes and track and field athletes. Diane has written for National sports magazines and her retreats have featured in the Guardian and Sunday Times. She also happens to be a Guest Presenter for the Champneys Wellness and spa brand.
WHAT WILL I NEED TO BRING?
ONE BEACH TOWEL
ONE YOGA MAT TO PRACTICE ON, AND FOR HYGIENE PURPOSES
A BOTTLE OF WATER RECOMMENDED
IT IS IMPORTANT TO RE-HYDRATE YOURSELF DURING CLASS, WHERE NECESSARY
A JOURNAL FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION DURING THE WEEK
YOU PRACTICE IN BARE FEET, SO NO NEED FOR FOOTWEAR
The benefits of going on a Yoga retreat
Retreats always seem quite indulgent don’t they? A bit extravagant maybe.
But by taking yourself away on a health or Yoga retreat, alone or with someone else, you may be doing more for your health than you realise.
“When you take a holiday with Yoga practice as the cornerstone, you immerse yourself in an experience that is designed to connect you with yourself and fulfil you, first. Because it’s okay, even recommended, to be the centre of your own life!”
Here are some of the many benefits that going on a health or Yoga retreat can bring:
Taking time out just for you
Being away from your usual routine can enable you to evaluate your life if stress is causing a problem. Being able to step away from the hustle and bustle of every day life and put your health and wellbeing at centre stage is vital in keeping us healthy when we return.
A big reason to go on a Yoga retreat is to be conscious of the moment you’re in and increase mindfulness without needing to put anybody else first. That’s not selfish, as it’s important to realise sometimes we just need a few days to put our own physical and mental health first.
In everyday life, we can also find ourselves living in the future as we plan ahead, or in the past, as we reflect on what has happened to us. On a retreat, you can finally just ‘be’.
It’s often advised on health retreats to take a break away from our phones, tablets and lap tops. These devices are a constant stream of communication from many sources including social media and work. To disconnect from them for a few days can mean more effectively relaxing and reconnecting with your own mind and body without the intrusion of anything else.
Working on your own development
A retreat will enable you to work on your inner world as well as your outer reality. Its not quite the same as going on a standard holiday.
Relaxation sessions that you take during your retreat will help you find out what makes you relax, discover new ways to de-stress and recognise signs of stress. These are tools that you can keep and come back to when you are at home.
If you find it impossible to silence your mind and you’re always thinking of the next thing you need to do then a retreat gives you a great opportunity to stop over thinking it all. Use your retreat to turn off all the noise from your own voice and open yourself to a more positive way of thinking.
Meditation is often part of a retreat programme, and you can speak to your teacher about helping you to harness your thoughts.
Practising Yoga or relaxation is more intense
On a retreat, you will immerse yourself into a deeper practice, as the environment and sessions are more regular and up to twice a day. If you struggle to find time to practice Yoga in your everyday life then the benefit of going on a Yoga retreat is being able to practice with a great teacher every day without distraction. Even the most seasoned Yoga practitioner can deepen their practice on retreat and aim to reach the next level.
Yoga is more than just poses, and going on retreat can teach you more about the philosophy, feelings and types of Yoga. You’ll be given a chance to connect more deeply with yourself through Yoga practice and understand more about this ancient art.
It’s beneficial to your health
One of the most surprising benefits of going on retreat are the benefits that your health can reap.
According to a study published in the BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine Journal; retreats including Yoga, Meditation, Qi Gong , breathing techniques and exercise can all improve conditions ranging from heart problems, mental health issues and cancer.
The length of time of these benefits, although not conclusive, ranged from immediate to five years later.
Meeting new people!
One of the nicest things about going on a retreat is meeting like-minded people who are there for the same things as you are and who share the same interests and values. You are surrounded by the good vibes and positive energy of the group and your experience is reinforced.
Finally, every retreat is a totally different experience. Just because you have been on a Yoga retreat before doesn’t mean ‘you’ve done it’. Each place and group of people is different and unique and creates a special, unique experience.