Welcome to the Yoga With Paul March newsletter! Read + share + respond.
June was a rollercoaster of love and loss. It showed that we don’t have time to waste in this world. We have to act, practice, love, live and be grateful for every moment.
Enjoy and share the newsletter…. Namaste, Paul
Vibeka, one of our lovely yogis on the 2015 Yoga Holiday With Paul retreat, wrote this piece about her experience.
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The bustle of city life becomes a faint memory on the Yoga With Paul holiday. Imagine fruit orchards where you pick fresh figs or oranges still warm from the sun, lovingly converted farm buildings with a personal pool and twice daily yoga and meditation.
Each day is different and inspiring. Some days have yoga with music that weaves seamlessly into the practice. Each tune is selected to fit the yoga poses, and after a few sessions you start to flow with the beats. Silent mediation before each class also adds a new dimension, helping ease you into a strong, balanced yoga practice.
Poses you may have been doing for years become more open and free with Paul’s support. You’ll also learn new types of yoga, improve your breathing technique and do a bit of dancing. One person described feeling ‘high’ towards the end, as the energy and breathing of the class united and the yoga moves synchronized.
But it’s not all about the yoga. The nearest beach, easily accessible by car or bike, is not a tourist trap, allowing for pure and quiet relaxation by the sea. The retreat centre offers daily massages; the pool is a great place to catch up on a book or some rest. I came on my own and easily made holiday pals to take trips to the beach with and have bike rides.
Special note must be made about the food. The cooks varied and tasty vegetarian cuisine is a delight for foodies, and designed to energise and aid the yoga practice. Some of the favourites were cauliflower rice tabbouleh and banana bread with coconut cream.
Yoga With Paul is a great holiday to relax and improve your yoga practice at the same time. While the emphasis is on exercise and health, there is plenty of time for the beach and the evenings provide a great opportunity for a glass of wine and good conversation at the communal meal.
Share your Yoga Holiday With Paul memories in the comments!
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Need a break? The Adventure Travel Show is at Olympia, London 23 & 24 January, with a tantalising array of off-the-beaten path travel options.
With two Yoga Holiday With Paul Retreats this summer I’m not sure I have time to book a big adventure, but window-shopping is always fun, right? If nothing else, it’s important to occasionally remind ourselves what an awe-inspiring world we share 🙂
The Adventure Travel Show offers loads of inspirational and essential travel advice, specialist seminars, and speakers including explorers, adventurers, tour leaders and guidebook writers.
For those of you ready to take the holiday plunge, there is a massive array of specialist travel operators on hand to offer guidance on everything from walking and trekking to exploratory journeys, safaris, overland trips, volunteering projects and much more.
Some more words and photos from the Yoga Holiday with Paul retreat.
A little vicarious sunshine for your practice as the days get chilly!
What did you think of the mixture of Bikram, vinyasa, meditation and music?
I absolutely loved the mix of Bikram and Vinyasa- they complimented one another beautifully. I just loved the space to meditate and the music was not only fantastic overall but answered the subtle nuances everyday. Claire
How did you hear about Yoga Holiday with Paul and why did you choose it?
Paul mentioned his blog in his class at Balham HotYogaSouth. When I got home and googled it so I could subscribe to his weekly newsletter, the first thing I saw was YWP. It resonated with me so strongly that I booked it the following morning despite having had already planned another 2 holidays and not even checking with my boss if I could go! Kamila
What five words would you use to describe Yoga Holiday with Paul?
Privileged, Inspirational, Fun, Relaxing, Awesome. Su
What did you hope to learn and gain from the holiday?
I hoped to improve my Bikram practice, do a digital detox, clear my mind – basically just relax and live and enjoy every moment. Elke
What was the highlight of your holiday?
The highlight of my holiday was learning more about vinyasa yoga, it was interesting and nice to learn about a different type. Kay
How would you describe Paul as a teacher?
Paul is a very calm instructor who made you feel relaxed. His instructions were clear and detailed for example he would remind us to breathe deeply before stretching and turning. He was funny and engaging and I thoroughly enjoyed his sessions. Rung
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