YOGA RETREATS

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9-Day Yoga Retreat in Phuket, Thailand, 23-31 January 2022

JOIN US IF YOU WANT TO:

  • Boost your immune system, by optimising your physical, mental and emotional health

  • Develop a powerful yoga practice, to become more resilient to personal and environmental challenges

 

  • Rejuvenate and strengthen your body, to restore it to its natural balance and to help remove accumulated stress

  • Find better ways to achieve your goals and dreams, while doing less and being less stressed, anxious or tired

 

  • Enhance intuitive abilities to navigate daily challenges more easily so you never feel totally overwhelmed, even when you're under pressure

  • Develop your ability to come back to your breath and to be more present, instead of chasing negative thoughts

 

  • Recover from post-Covid rut and trauma, by learning new skills to tackle motivation and using existing ones to nurture a new project

 

  • Discard self-limiting beliefs; unleash new opportunities and potential, with increased wisdom and confidence

 

  • Distance yourself from unbalanced dynamics in personal and professional relationships; become more aware of why and how our social networks shape us

 

  • Give procrastination a kick in the backside, by gathering  strength and focus to take positive action and do what you wanted to do yesterday, for NOW is the time to do it

  • Enjoy beautiful beaches, great accommodation, hot weather; eat delicious food, rest, meet wonderful people...

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Daily schedule
  • 08:00 - 09:30 - Breakfast
  • 09:30 - 11:00 - Ashtanga or Hatha yoga with Alo
  • 12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch
  • 16:00 - 17:00 - Holistic Health Coaching (1-to-1, on request)
  • 17:00 - 18:30 - Hatha or Yin yoga with Viktoria
  • 19:00 - 20:30 - Dinner

Your Facilitators

Alo Raptopoulos - Lead teacher (Hatha, Ashtanga & Iyengar) and director at Yoga Enlights
Alo completed a 500 hour certified Teacher Training Course (TTC) at Aum Yoga School in North Goa (India), with its founder Omprakash Gaur. Prior to this, she trained for 12 years with other great and well-known teachers in London, like Stewart Gilchrist, Sharon Scott... Her spiritual journey has been a catalyst for guiding and inspiring others on their own path to yoga. Alo's a Holistic Health consultant and a university lecturer, trained in Trauma-Informed yoga practices and various kinds of therapies. She also uses energy work to help her tune into the students' needs and meet those needs effectively. Alo loves to empower them with practical, yet, powerful tools to feel and live better. See reviews (click on 'Most recent' at the top): https://www.facebook.com/Yogaenlights/reviews/

"Alo is a fantastic yoga teacher and yogi! Attentive to the needs of everybody in the class. I went on her retreat in Turkey and had a wonderful time. Alo is caring and passionate about yoga and its benefits, and I have taken away a lot of knowledge to help me in my own practice." Mel

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"What an amazing experience I had at Yoga Enlights' Morocco Yoga Retreat. The venue was awesome and being a very intermittent beginner I was slightly nervous that everyone would put me to shame, but the opposite was true cos Alo held us all, throughout each session and I felt wonderful. By the end of the retreat I felt healthier, eaten gorgeous vegan food, met wonderful new friends and experienced Morocco's beautiful souks, shops and beaches. BRILLIANT! Thank you." Emily

Viktoria Ilina - Yoga teacher (Hatha & Yin) & co-facilitator
Viktoria is a yoga instructor from St Petersburg (Russia), with deep love for dynamic and relaxing yoga sequences that can both energise and inspire students. She's been teaching yoga since 2017, after completing a Hatha Teacher Training with Vishnu-Sharan Shukla in St Petersburg. She then went to India in 2018 to practise Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in Mysore, at Badri's school - one of T. Krishnamachar's successors. Later, Viktoria did a Yin Yoga TTC with a student of Paul Grilley and only Yin TTC instructor in Russia. For Viktoria, yoga is like therapy. She loves to play with movement, explore creative headspace and help students feel good about themselves, and comfortable in their own bodies.
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Why is this retreat needed?

Do your body and immune system feel depleted in some way? Could your health and lifestyle generally do with an upgrade?

Do you often feel stressed, overly tired or anxious, possibly affected by ongoing personal and/or collective challenges?

Has your motivation taken a dip and you need a rest to reconnect with your heart's purpose and move forward?

Humanity is going through pivotal times. That is not exactly news. Yet some of us may still expect that ‘business as usual’ - in any area of our lives, not just business, of course - is going to cut it. Yet most of us know by now... It won’t.

 

Certain past behaviours, beliefs or mental programming we were accustomed to (the conventional, conditioned, 3-dimentional, i.e. limited ways of looking at things) no longer work in today's world. We need to reinvent ourselves.

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This can indeed feel challenging, but no one has to do it all alone. We have a choice, even if recent events have made it clear that we only have control over ourselves. Which action we will take to adapt gracefully to change?

The “3D box” is not just the four walls most of us were confined to for 18 months, or that unfulfilling job that never makes us feel valued. It is the overall way we tend to perceive ourselves and others, and act accordingly.

Do you sometimes sell yourself short, or play small ? That's '3D'. Are you currently settling for something you already know doesn't work for you, the wrong job or relationship? That's '3D'. Do you tend to live in your head and 'think' your way through life, relying primarily on your mind to navigate its challenges? What if you could drop into your heart instead, and learn new methods to co-create the change you've been wishing for, ‘knowing’ (not just, believing) that it IS possible? Are you ready to make that bold step into the 5th Dimension?

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"Shifting from 3D to 5D" means undertaking a process of assisted transformation which will allow for what you once thought impossible to become possible. "5D" is the vibrational shift and state of mind that enable us to trust and thrive, as opposed to doubt and survive. You may be/feel very successful in some ways, but are you genuinely at peace in all areas of your life? This retreat has the potential to help you reduce or bridge the gap between the life you currently have and the life you truly want. And it will give you some tools to co-create (in Charles Eisenstein's words): "the more beautiful world our hearts know is possible".

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How do we help make that shift?
We teach you advanced practices to restore and revitalise weakened or disconnected body and mind, with many of us still affected by confinement, illness, isolation, stress, change, debts, loss, grief... We also raise your awareness of and ability to challenge limiting, unconscious beliefs we tend to hold about ourselves (e.g. what we 'think' we can, or can't do...) and why our lives are often the products of such beliefs. You will learn new and empowering techniques to let go of what no longer serves you, and to nurture the authentic version of yourself that can lead to your goals.

We will guide you through this transformational, fun and healing process. We will take you on a journey where you'll be diving intensely into the mind-body practice that is yoga (3 types of yoga, 2 classes a day). When you commit to deepening your practice in a fiercely determined way, your energy's frequency rises and vibrational shifts take place at a much accelerated pace. This can trigger unexpected changes of circumstances for balance is naturally restored; not just physically but emotionally, mentally, financially, ecologically and possibly, spiritually, if we can embrace the possibility that everything happens FOR us rather than TO us. Join us to reconnect with nature, others and yourself.
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"Yoga Enlight's retreat was a wonderful experience. I fully intend to keep attending yoga and my ability to meditate has improved. RE breathing in yoga: I have found this very helpful with my asthma and COPD.

It was a beautiful venue and I met some interesting people, some of whom I will remain in contact with.

It was a learning curve sharing a house with people I had not known previously and there were some benefits.

The food provided was nutritional and beautifully presented. I am not a vegetarian but did not miss meat." Jane

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Accommodation

You will be staying in Kata, in a beautiful Thai-style pool villa with swimming pool and sea views. Self-contained, stylish and quiet, the private villa. It is located on Kata Hill, behind the Big Buddha. It overlooks the hill at the bottom of which you can see the famous Kata beach. Taxi services and a small convenience store can both be found across the road. We are only a 45-minute drive to Phuket airport where we will pick you up.

The accommodation consists of single, double and 3 beds-dorm rooms. There is a large, beautiful open plan kitchen and living room for communal area and a terrific outdoor yoga shala, overlooking the valley and facing Kata beach. Cool down by the swimming pool, enjoy table tennis or relax in the huge garden. The villa is set on land of 600 square meters and offers more than 300 square meters of internal areas.

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Location

Phuket is a southern province of Thailand. It is located off the west coast and in the Andaman Sea. It's the country's largest island, but there are another 32 smaller islands off its coast. Phuket is among the world’s finest beach destinations, with its fine and white sands, nodding palm trees, glittering seas and lively towns. Aside from visiting the attractions of the biggest island, you can take a speedboat trip to the many nearby smaller islands, including the famous Koh Phi Phi, or enjoy a cruise around the mystical Phang Nga Bay. Phuket has more than 30 amazing beaches to choose from, Kata and Karon being among the most beautiful ones.

Within walking distance, you can:

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Packages and availability

  • Private Single Room with single bed: £650

  • Private Double Room with Queen Double bed and ensuite bathroom: £650 per person

  • Shared Double Room with 2 single beds: £620 per person

  • Shared Triple Room with 3 single beds: £590 per person

 What's included?

  • Welcome and closing ceremonies

  • 2 x 90-minute yoga, daily - Hatha, Ashtanga or Yin

  • Holistic Health Coaching - Book your 1-to-1 slot in advance

  • 8 nights’ accommodation at private villa, with swimming pool and outdoor yoga deck with sea view

  • 3 x vegan and/or vegetarian meals, daily (select when booking)

  • Creative self-expression strongly encouraged: music impro, dance, poetry, juggling, story-telling...

  • Transportation to and from Phuket (not Bangkok) airport

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What's not included?

  • Flights to and from Phuket

  • Transport during the retreat

  • Outdoor adventures/activities (boat trips, surfing, local visits and excursions...)

  • Yoga mats - To reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection, we do regret that yoga mats cannot be provided at this time.

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Flights & THAI PASS

You can fly to Bangkok and then to Phuket from there, or you can fly directly to Phuket International Airport (HKT). Flying from Europe? Finnair airlines currently offer reasonably priced flights. Until 31 December 21, Finnair allows you to change your travel dates as many times as you need, at no extra charge. After that, you can still make one additional change, but you may have to pay extra if new flights are more expensive. https://www.finnair.com/en/safe-travel-during-coronavirus/ticket-changes. Try to book your flights early for fees are likely to keep rising over winter.

Thailand has reopened to tourism. However, citizens of countries not yet on the list of the 63 low-risk country group, currently eligible for exemption from quarantine still face travel restrictions. You could still enter Phuket via the Living in the Blue Zone Sandbox scheme, but would need to stay in a SHA hotel for 7 days on arrival.

To enter Thailand, you need to be fully vaccinated and hold a valid Tourist visa. You'll need to submit it with with proof of return flights, Vaccination certificate and Covid-19 travel insurance when applying for the Thai "Pass". Please, ensure you do so well ahead of departure. Info: https://thaiest.com/blog/certificate-of-entry-coe-thailand

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