Yoga holidays and retreats
Some commonly asked questions about yoga at Sol
Who comes on your yoga holidays?
People come from all backgrounds. A large percentage of guests are women, which reflects the fact that more women than men practise yoga. Our guests come from many different backgrounds: lawyers, doctors, teachers, mothers, students, business people, retired, in between jobs etc. What is most important is that they are all just really lovely people!
Many of our guests travel alone and some guests come with friends or partners. Some of our guests come with a non-participating partner who can still enjoy the great food and ambience of our yoga holidays.
The cost for non-participating partners is £350.
What age range are your guests?
Anything between 25 to 70 years old. Our youngest guest was 17 years old and our oldest 73. The largest age range is between 28 -55.
What level of Yoga experience do I need to have?
Our guests range from total beginners to the experienced practitioner, from the stiff to the super flexible. Yoga is a personal journey and you will be given adjustments to suit your current level. Our yoga holidays and retreats are a great way to experience yoga for the first time or for the more experienced it's an opportunity to deepen their practise.
Are the teachers experienced?
Our teachers have had extensive training and teaching experience. They are certified by their respective organisations (British Iyengar Association, British wheel of yoga etc.)
What type of Yoga is taught?
The Spirit of Life Centre is an Iyengar yoga centre. We offer Iyengar yoga holidays, (Iyengar yoga is one of the most popular forms of Hatha yoga). We also host yoga weeks with guest teachers from other Hatha yoga traditions such as Ashtanga, Sivananda and Viniyoga.
How many classes are there?
There are 10 classes during the week (asana, pranayama and meditation classes). Some of the classes are more physical and vigourous and some are more recuperative and relaxing.
Do I have to attend all the classes?
No! All the classes are optional. After all, this is a holiday not a boot camp! We are quite happy if you decide to sleep in or spend more time on the beach in the afternoon. A big part of yoga is listening to your body’s needs and a holiday is also about rest and recharging.
Do I have to bring any equipment with me?
No, the yoga studio is fully equipped. We have yoga mats and other yoga props available. Some guests prefer to bring their own mat however. You can buy your own personal mat when you arrive.
Do I have to be up at the crack of dawn?
No. The morning class usually starts at a very civilised 8.00 - 8.30 a.m. and on a couple of days towards the end of the week the morning classes start at 10.00 a.m. - so plenty of time for a lie in after enjoying the local tavernas the night before. Some of our teachers run optional early morning meditation classes as well.
The different styles of yoga
A style of Yoga developed by B.K.S.Iyenger. Iyengar yoga was first taught in Britain since the 1960’s and has since become the most established form of Yoga in the west. It is very well known for its precise postures and use of props to aid the student in understanding and improving their poses.
Ashtanga Yoga is the style of yoga taught by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga yoga is an energetic, aerobic style of yoga that incorporates flowing poses (vinyasa) and strong breathing. It is characterised by the heat that is generated in the practitioner.
VINIYOGA is a comprehensive and authentic transmission of yoga evolved by Gary Kraftsow, Founder and Director of the American Viniyoga Institute, from the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and T.K.V. Desikachar in Madras, India.
Follows a fixed structure, that includes the postures (asanas), meditation and instruction on healthy living such as diet. Started by Swami Vishnu Devananda, he named this yoga style after his Himalayan master Swami Sivananda before moving to the west.