Yoga & Detox Weekend
About The Retreat
YOGA PRACTICE & DIET:
Morning classes start at 08.00am, evening practices begin at 20.00pm.
Style of yoga being taught is hatha vinyasa, accessible by all levels of participants.
Full board detox diet is carefully made of fresh, organic fruits, vegetables and nuts.
IOANNA - THE TEACHER:
Ioanna has completed studies in Sociology, Dance and Cultural Management. She is hatha yoga teacher, teaching in both dynamic and restorative/therapeutic styles. For the last 10 years she has been teaching a variety of yoga classes. She has led gentle hatha classes, dynamic vinyasa yoga practice, restorative and yin yoga, yoga for pregnancy and other subjects in two main studios in Athens. Her lessons reflect her view of yoga as a means to develop a strong body, open mind and courageous heart through an energetic flow with grace, alignment and balanced breath. She has completed numerous trainings and workshops on yoga by dedicated teachers from Europe, USA and India. Her joy is to help people of all ages develop strength, vitality, and good health, and a joyful attitude in life. She loves to move; nevertheless she finds peace in stillness.
ELEFTHERIA'S MANSION - THE ACCOMODATION:
A beautiful private house, situated just 10 minutes walk by Aeginas' port, is going to host this retreat.
AEGINA - THE PLACE:
The island of Aegina is truly charming; its wide horizons are suffused with Attic light, where sunshine-filled days are passed in the sea, on the beaches, and enjoying the atmosphere of the lively taverns, cafés and nightlife. Thankfully not a victim of mass tourism, Aegina is the perfect destination for the traveler who yearns to experience some reality of the country he is visiting.
The island has a special place in Greek mythology and history. The myth has it that the island took its name from the most beautiful of the twenty daughters of Asopos, the river god, who eloped with Zeus to the then deserted island. In historical terms, there is evidence that the island was inhabited from as early as 3500 B.C. The island enjoyed strong economic and social growth between around 900 B.C. and 480 B.C., including minting the first coins anywhere in Greece during the 7th. B.C. In more modern times, Aegina was briefly the first “capital” of modern Greece from 1827–1829. Zorba the Greek was written here by the famous author Katzantzakis, who chose Aegina as his home from 1931 to 1946 – contributing to the aura of its intellectual, artistic and cultural life. He wrote, in 1933: "Divine are the days here…".
There are several good sandy beaches on the island from which you can delight in the clean and crystal clear waters. Beach life can be simply enjoyed by finding a quiet spot for you, your towel and a book. Otherwise, grab a bed with umbrella somewhere more organized where drinks and snacks can be delivered to you whilst you recline.
As well as the attraction of the beaches there are many beautiful walks and interesting places to visit such as:
- the temple of Aphaia built at the time of the Parthenon, and some would say, its rival, with its own attractive museum.
- the charming museum at the ancient site of Colonna.
- the Greek Orthodox monastery of "Chrissoleontissa" perched high in the center of the island.
- the valley at the foot of Aegina's highest mountain topped with the remains of a sanctuary to Hellanios Zeus and a tiny chapel - with 1,000 year-old olive trees.
- Agios Nektarios church, the second largest church in the Balkans.
… and many other delights and curiosities which we will be happy to help you discover for yourself.
HOW TO GET TO THE ISLAND:
Aegina is the closest island to the port of Pireaus, on the mainland. Visitors must arrive by boat, but the journey is short (between 40 and 80 minutes, depending on which boat) and an enjoyable part of your holiday experience.
* Please let us know if you need assistance in booking your flight or renting a shared car.