Yoga Retreats in Spain:
Yoga Sutra Shala

Sayalonga, Andalucía, Spain

Dates: March 29th to July 31st, 2015

Cost: 599 euros to 1098 euros

Here at Yoga Sutra Shala we aim to provide you with excellence at every level during your yoga retreat stay as well as providing you with the feeling of being at home. Both your teachers have travelled the world learning from the most experienced yogis in order to give you the best in yoga knowledge that the world has to offer. Both teachers have also studied nutrition to a very high level in order to give you the most delicious and healthy meals available on any yoga retreat in the world. All of the food we give you is vegetarian, wholemeal, fresh, organic where possible and sourced from local farms. Add to this the weather, the mountain views and the beautiful shala and you can understand why we are developing the reputation for giving you the best yoga retreat in the world. Our experience after travelling the world was that we could not find the one perfect place for finding inner peace so we established Yoga Sutra Shala to be the perfect place for finding peace within yourself, for learning to live and eat healthily and yet feeling as if you have a special home away from home.

The Yoga Sutra Shala has been running yoga retreats in Spain for 2 years.

Instructor Name and Bio:

Namit Kathoria

Namit's teaching style is designed to help each student gain what he or she individually wants to achieve from their yoga. Namit has a strong family tradition of yoga and has studied yoga all over the world including in his native India. He has also travelled throughout North and South America and Europe learning from recognized teachers and constantly developing his teaching style. His background as a leading health professional allows him to apply and explain the health benefits of yoga at every level. As a result his yoga retreats are some of the most respected, traditional and original yoga retreats in the world.

Your teacher is commited to being focused towards what you want to achieve from your yoga.

He has studied both yoga and health to a very high level and has used all of his knowledge to found his highly respected system of teaching yoga which he uses at the workshops at Yoga Sutra Shala. He writes regularly about yoga and health for ezine articles. 

Namit started studying yoga and meditation as a child from his mother and maternal uncles and pranayama (techniques for breath control) from his father. Having a maternal family from the Himalayas, he was always been deeply inspired to receive greater teachings about yoga. He was steeped deeply in the philosophy of yoga by his maternal grandmother who later introduced him to a Nepalese yogi staying in India. The Nepalese yogi passed onto him the foundations of the yoga system which Namit has now developed himself and which he now teaches himself to his students.

As well as having a strong family background in yoga, Namit has yoga teaching qualifications from Rishikesh in India (the birthplace of yoga) and also from Dharamsala in the Himalayas in India (the current residence of His Royal Holiness the Dalai Lama). Namit has spent time teaching advanced yoga in Dharamsala, India. He has also spent time deepening his own practice in the Shala of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois (the founder of Ashtanga Yoga) in Mysore, India.

He has travelled as well in Europe and the Americas learning different teaching styles of yoga and adding techniques from these to his own teaching style.

Namit is a registered advanced level yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance UK and has taught yoga regularly in Leicester, UK before moving to Spain.

He has studied life sciences including Pharmacy at King's College London and Clinical Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast where he graduated to Masters Degree level. He has worked in roles advising on the use of medication in various specialities such as Neurology and Cardiology at some of the largest hospital teaching trusts in the UK including the Oxford University Trust ORH. He worked as well as the first Pharmacist Advisor to the national NHS Direct service. As such Namit has a very deep knowledge of the body and how it functions optimally. He has also studied the health benefits of yoga as part of his teacher training in India. As a result he has made his classes very health orientated.

After studying health sciences, Namit studied management at Masters Degree level at De Montfort University Leicester in order to establish Yoga Sutra Shala and follow his dream of teaching people to be healthy.

As well as yoga, Namit teaches Tai Chi, Qi Gong and Kung Fu and has learnt from masters across the world including both Northern and Southern China.

Second Instructor name and bio:

Maru Ortiz
Maru's interest in Yoga started a very young age when she started studying Buddhism from her mother. Her interest in the mind and the body took her to a desire to teach yoga and the pursuit of teaching brought her to many knowledgeable yogis.
 In the west she studied with the founders of Jivamukti Yoga, Sharon Gannon and David Life as well as advanced teachers of Jivamukti Yoga including Rafael Cervantes. She has also learnt from some of the most recognised Ashtanga Yoga teachers including Michael Gannon, Rolf Naujokat, David Swenson and Kino MacGregor. As well as this, she has allowed herself to deepen her study of Buddhism as she has grown in her practice.

Later travelling to the East she spent over a year learning from the Jois family (founders of Ashtanga Yoga) in India allowing her to deepen her own practice and teaching. This is where she met Namit. She became the main teacher of Ashtanga Yoga in Ganesha Yoga Shala in Mexico before joining Namit in Spain to help him teach Yoga at Yoga Sutra Shala.

 Over the years Maru has studied from many internationally respected teachers of Ashtanga Yoga allowing her to add ideas and teaching methods to her system of teaching. Her energy and enthusiasm continue to fill her students and others with a deep love for the practice of yoga.
 During her long stays in India, Maru studied philosophy, meditation, chanting and breathing techniques too from various masters allowing her to contribute towards making Yoga Sutra Shala a place to experience a complete system of yoga which includes health, spiritual and mental benefits.

Above all, her happiness helps to create a happy atmosphere in her classes.
 She holds a bachelors degree from Fundación Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, Mexico, one of the most recognised universities in the country.
 Maru adds not only intelligence to the teaching system of yoga that you will experience at Yoga Sutra Shala, but also warmth, friendliness, fun, compassion and a positive energy that will make you want to keep coming 

back to your yoga retreat centre to grow, learn and develop your health further still as well as become more peaceful, more internalized and happier.

Primary type of yoga: Vinyasa Yoga
Secondary types of yoga: Hatha Yoga, Ashtanga Yoga

Included in the cost:

- Transport from Malaga airport

- 3 mostly organic vegetarian meals a day

- yoga and meditation classes

- use of the pool and accommodation.

Items not included in the cost:

- Flights to Malaga airport

- massages.

Sample Daily Schedule:
8.00am to 8.15am Meditation (self-guided)
9.00am Light Breakfast
10.00am to 10.15am Chanting Class
 10.15am to 11.45am Morning Vinyasa Yoga Class
 11.45am to 12pm Question and Answer Session
1pm Lunch Break
The lunch break includes free time for nature walks, swimming, reading, self-practice, silence and time to oneself
 Early Evening
5.00pm to 6.00pm Evening Worskhop Class
 6.00pm to 6.15pm Pranayama Class
 6.15pm to 6.30pm Meditation Class
 6.30pm to 6.45pm Question and Answer Session
7.30pm Dinner
The evening workshop class covers topics such as nutrition, inversions, backbends, balancing postures, hip opening exercises, shoulder opening exercises, vinyasa flow, aspects of meditation, aspects of breathing techniques (pranayama), chanting, aspects of philosophy, chakras, vegan cooking and so forth according to the needs and wants of the student group you are with and according to the topic of the particular retreat that is running. Note that the workshops at your retreat centre can even be focussed towards a particular posture you want to move towards learning. At Yoga Sutra Shala, the system of teaching is based upon personalising the classes and workshops towards your needs and desires to help you learn and develop as you want.

Note that all the classes and workshops are all optional during your yoga retreats. We want you to develop at your own pace and we want you to enjoy your stay. We want you to enjoy your yoga retreats as much as possible, to become healthy in mind and body, to learn how to relax and deal with stress and to learn how to feel at one with yourself.

Are Non-Yoga partners welcome: Yes

 Is there childminding available: Yes

Food and Drink

What is included and what type of food is it: Vegetarian, whole foods, mostly organic, locally sourced fruit and vegetables.

All delicious and prepared by our Andalucian vegan chef.

Do they serve alcohol at this retreat: No

Size: What is the maximum number of participants: 10

Instructions for getting there:  We arrange transport from your Malaga Hotel or from Malaga airport.


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