Come and join us for one week Hatha Yoga on Paros;
one of the most beautiful islands of Greece.
Greece and especially Paros has been doing very well with the virus; Paros has had almost no Corona cases and there is plenty of space, no mass tourism, so it is a safe place to go to.
Thanks to strict measurements and a very fast lock down of the whole country.
Groups will not be bigger then max. 15 persons.
There is also plenty of space in the yoga shala.
And if needed/prefered we can also do yoga outside; on the terrace or on the lawn next to the pool.
People working in tourism all had to follow special courses by the Greek Government, concerning safety and Covid-19.
And of course we stay informed about the latest rules and measurements.
We stay positive about 2021, but nothing is sure with travelling at the moment. So I decided that this year/2021 you can make a reservation without paying anything in advance. I will ask no deposit at all. I trust that you are serious about coming, and we stay in touch about last moment developments. One month prior to the start of the yoga week, I will ask you to decide and to pay. If someting changes in the last mont due to Corona, you can still cancel and come another time, without extra costs.
I try to be as flexible as possible.
Elongating the season
I offer yoga weeks from May - November. For many years I try to make the season longer and ask you to avoid the high season if possible. I honestly believe that for many reasons it is nicer out of high season. Most of all it is not busy and not so hot, and also roooms are cheaper. And now with the virus changing the world, you have another reason not to come in high season if you don't have to. To feel safer with less people and more space. Weather is beautiful on Paros more then eight months a year. With plenty of sun and about 17 - 24 degrees Celsius. Even if there are a few days with less weather, you still have fresh air and seawind, and a lot of space to enjoy and feel safe. You can also go for (guided) hikes along the coast or in the mountains and along the Byznathine Path, or visit the different villages of the island. No mass tourism, the most busy time is only one month; July 20 - August 20, and even then it is much less then for example Spain or Italy.
Personally I swim always until middle of November in the sea, and I am not a hero with cold water.
What kind of yoga?
Basic no nonsens Hatha yoga, with strong influences from Iyengar. No chanting and no preaching. Special focus on alignment, the use of props, connecting mind-breath-body, and the positive influence of yoga on the nervous system. Yoga for every-body; it does not matter if you are very stiff or very flexible, very strong or not at all, not even if you have specific limitations due to physical problems. I had a car accident myself and I have metal in my spine. I became an expert by experience for people with back problems. I recovered myself after the accident, by doing yoga and living a calm and simple live on the island. I teach small groups (also before Covid-19), so I can give enough personal attention and correction to everybody.
You work on your own personal level. Individual correction. Use of props to adapt poses to do them better and/or longer.
Every-body is different.
No bootcamp. Classes 10:00 - 12:30 and the rest of the day free to enjoy the island, the beach, the sea, the sun and the relaxed Greek lifestyle. Early birds can go for a swim or a walk before yoga class. If it is your first time to come, don't worrie about the 2 1/2 hour class, time will fly, you will see. We start and finish with a bit of breathing, inbetween we do postures/Asana's. I will also take time to explain and show what to do and what not to do, and there is room to ask questions. Before you realize it, class is over. Time flies, that's what everybody tell's me.
- Breakfast is included and will be served 8:00 - 10:00.
- Also incuded is a welcome- and goodbye-dinner with the group, to get to know each other a bit. The rest of the week you are free to eat where and with whom you want. There are plenty of nice restaurants near by, on five minutes walking distance. Many new friendships have emerged from these dinners. The Greek kitchen is very suitable for vegetarians and all restaurants use fresh and local products, many times even from their own garden. And you can taste the difference, here you can stil find real food, healthy food, very tastefull food. Aliki is a fishing village, so fresh fish, just catched today is normal.
- At the hotel there is an Asian Wok restaurant; ALIKI WOK RESTAURANT, open 18:00 - 23:00. For those days you don't want to go out or if you just want something else then Greek food.
- During the yoga week there are no restrictions for food and drinks; you can eat and drink whatever you want.
I am a yoga teacher, not a Guru or a preacher. You are the boss of your life and your body. I just hope you will enjoy your holiday, enjoy the yoga, enjoy Greece and Paros ;-)
- If you are allergic to anything, please let us know.
Sometimes people come together with friends, but this yoga holiday is also very suitable for solo travellers. If you like to travel alone, but also like to socialize sometimes a bit, here it is realy easy to make new friends. Since it is a small group of like minded people. But if you prefer to stay alone and read a book, that's fine also. Many of my clients are solo female travellers and after almost 30 years the whole village knows my cliëntele. It is quiet normal to be on your own on the beach or on a terrace and read a book. Nobody will find it strange or bother you.
Teacher Oona Giesen (born 1965) started practicing Iyengar Yoga 45 years ago, at the age of 7. She teaches yoga since 1991, so that is 30 years of teaching experience. Oona grew up with yoga thanks to her mother Jeanne Buntinx and she took her first yoga classes with her and Margriet Post when she was about 7 or 8 years old. She was trained by the founders of the Iyengar Yoga movement in the Netherlands. Her first yoga holiday, in 1973 in France, with her parents visiting Agnes Hillen-Mineur was the inspiration for what she is doing for almost 30 years now: organizing yoga holidays. With an emphasis on holidays; no bootcamp, no preaching, no worshipping and no telling you what to do, what to eat, or what to think; we are all adults. No nonsense yoga. Most important for this yoga holiday; you are there to have a good time and to feel good and hopefully even better about yourself.
After this week of yoga hopefully you will have a better understanding of your body, and of your body's possibility's and limitations, and the signals it gives you. The aim of yoga is not to perform the most difficult yoga poses. With that you can easily overdo it and cause injuries and hurt yourself. The aim of yoga is to learn to listen to your body and finding more space, strength and balance, by doing exercises. Being aware of your body during yoga allows you to expand your limits without hurting yourself. Coming to that edge of tension and then softening, rather than pushing, allows us to become more flexible. Making connection between breath, mind and body is calming down and makes you feel better with yourself.
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The yoga courses are given on Paros, one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades. The Cyclades are a group of islands in the Aegean Sea between Athens and Crete, famous for its beauty and specatculaire architecture. No building is higher than two floors and most of the houses are the typical white houses with blue doors and windows.
Aliki, where the yoga school is located, is at the still quiet and unspoiled south coast of Paros.
You will find several beautiful beaches on walking distances of the yoga school/the hotel. Some beaches are organized with umbrellas and food/drinks, some breaches are completely unorganized so you have to take your own food/drinks. You can choose, whatever you prefer.
Paros is the most central island of the Cyclades and there are several ferries (daily) to many other islands.
You will be staying in Aliki Panorama Hotel, situated only 300 meters away from the seafront, beautiful beaches and fishing village Aliki.
The hotel has 13 rooms with 31 single beds, but in some rooms we can make a double bed, if needed. Most rooms have 2 beds, some 3 or 4. Half of the rooms have balcony with seaview, the other half have a view towards some nice small Greek white houses (with the typical Cycladic style architecture), the swimming pool and the mountains.
There is a bar/restaurant with soft music, open for Asian wok food and sunset drinks, a (not to big) swimmingpool with sun terrace and a fully equiped yoga shala. We provide towels for the bathroom and the swimmingpool but not for the beach. So take your own beach towel with you, or buy one in Aliki. You don't need to bring anything with you for the yoga, just comfortable clothes to wear.
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