Do you want to learn yoga or to develop your yoga practice with a yoga retreat in Spain?
Come to La Crisalida Retreats to find balance, strength and flexibility through our varied yoga classes with our fantastic teachers. Enjoy your practice outside on our stunning yoga terrace or indoors in our yoga studio. Through regular yoga practice you start to develop inner peace, connecting with the authentic you.
Our yoga programme may vary each week, but we usually offer two yoga classes each day, every day of the week. Each of our yoga teachers are highly trained and experienced and they each offer different styles of classes. Some classes are more of a workshop style, where we might focus on alignment for particular asanas. Others classes are more general practice, where we work with the whole body and a wide range of asanas. Our teachers cover many styles including Yin, Hatha, Hatha flow, Anusara and Kundalini, so you have the opportunity to try styles that you might not have experienced before.
Some classes are 90 minutes (at least one per day) and some are 60 minutes. We offer classes for either “all levels”, or “intermediate”. You are welcome to attend all classes, however intermediate classes are stronger and may include some more challenging asanas. Intermediate classes are designed for people who are more practiced at yoga. Each week we also offer one yoga nidra, designed to relax your body and connect body, mind and spirit, plus a guided visualisation. Meditation sessions are also available most days of the week.
We currently have five teachers leading the yoga classes at La Crisalida each week.
Lisa combines mindfulness in her classes to encourage you to become present in the yoga asana and in the moment. Lisa first took up yoga many years ago to help relieve lower back problems, build core strength and to find a release from stress. Lisa has been practicing yoga for more than 15 years. She trained with the Mindful Yoga Academy (Alicante, registered Yoga Alliance UK and USA), with Sarah Powers (Insight Yoga) and is also qualified in therapeutic yoga. Lisa is one of the owners of La Crisalida Retreats.
Ana’s yoga journey started fifteen years ago. She shares that the first time she came out of a yoga class, she felt so different, as if she had gotten in contact with an asleep part of herself. Since that moment yoga has been an important part of her life. After practicing with different teachers, trying different styles, and having experienced a real turn in her own life thanks to yoga, she decided to do a Yoga Teacher Training in Germany with Yoga Vidya in 2011, being trained in the Sivananda style, with Hatha Yoga based classes including pranayama (breathing elements). Since then, she has taught in Germany and the Canary Islands and is now here at La Crisalida, Ana is also one of our mentors.
Veronika stepped on the path of yoga seven years ago and it took her on an incredible journey of self-discovery and healing. Inspired to share this gift with as many people as possible, she trained to become a teacher with Simon Low and Eija Tervonen at The Yoga Academy and first started teaching in the UK, in London. During her journey with yoga Veronika has travelled around the globe and trained with several teachers, including Dylan Werner and Shiva Rae. Influenced by her teachers and nature, her goal is to hold a supportive space in which students can inquire into themselves and deepen their journey into yoga. Veronika is also one of our mentors.
Raphaela teaches varied styles of yoga, with heart and passion. Over her many years of teaching and practice Raphaela has trained with many teachers including Amrita Yoga (Kerala), Integral Yoga (Tao Prajñananda-Ananda Vir Kaur), Om Shree Om Yoga Children (Christine McArdle), Kundalini Yoga (Ambrosio Martínes-Andrea Märtens), Therapeutic yoga (Gisela Vázquez), Anusara Yoga (Gisela Vázquez), Sridaiva Yoga (John Friend) and Yoga history & Philosophy (Carlos Pomeda). Outside from La Crisalida, Raphaela teaches workshops in childrens yoga, mantra and vibrational gong meditation and is a Reiki master.
Cristina encourages you to feel and be totally aware of tensions and mental attitudes, emotions, and any thoughts that block us from living our lives with an open heart during her yoga classes. Cristina studied with the yoga school in Sadhana Valencia. She has also practiced many different styles of yoga, in particular Iyengar and Sivananda, and throughout more than 10 years of practising and teaching has developed her own style of yoga.
Experience different styles of yoga across each week, with our talented teachers. Allow yourself to calm down and unwind through daily yoga practice in our tranquil surroundings.
Although all our teachers offer different yoga styles, one common thread is we all want to encourage you to experience becoming fully present in your body, and to practice with a calm mind.
Yin, mindful hatha yoga and yoga-lates with Lisa
In her mindful hatha yoga classes Lisa aims to strengthen and stretch, to improve flexibility in all areas of the body and mind. Lisa uses mindfulness in her Hatha classes to become present in the yoga pose and in the moment. She also offers yin yoga (link to yin on blog http://lcr.8wdev.co.uk/yoga/what-is-yin-yoga/) classes each week; yin is a deep style of yoga that works to release the connective tissue in the body. Asanas are held for up to five minutes and work on moving energy through the meridians in the body. Lisa also offers one yoga-lates class each week, focusing on core and mat work, using a combination of pilates and yoga, with some upbeat music.
Shivananda yoga with Ana
Ana’s focus in her classes is on training the mind to be present during the practice, using elements like the breath and bringing your attention back again and again, to your body. Ana uses techniques from the Taoist Yoga tradition (like the inner smile) or works with more subtle energies by using the Bija Mantras (mantras associated to the chakras), that are very powerful but simple to practice, to learn and to integrate in your daily practice. Ana loves to share her knowledge in her classes and does this with a warm Spanish enthusiasm and temperament and a lovely smile.
Hatha flow with Veronika
Veronika’s classes will inspire you to delve deeper in your yoga practice and keep discovering the benefits it can bring in all areas of your life. Her sequences are focused on correct alignment and infused with powerful, fluid elements from Yang Yoga and restorative, meditative elements from Yin Yoga and Yoga Nidra that help you to cultivate lasting strength, flexibility, inner and outer awareness and immense energy.
Kundalini, Anusara, Vinyasa and Hatha yoga with Raphaela
In her Hatha classes Raphaela includes pranayama, which allows you to sink deeper into the poses and to quieten your mind. In Anusara yoga, Raphaela provides in-depth guidelines in the principles of alignment – this is a more workshop based class focusing on certain asanas. Raphaela also teaches Vinyasa Yoga – a smooth flowing movement from one asana (pose) to another. Once per week Raphaela leads a Kundalini class, which uses breath and movement to activate and raise the energy or prana in our body.
Hatha yoga with Cristina
In Cristina´s hatha yoga classes, you are encouraged to find a deep connection within each asana encouraging a meditative state. She believes that in each asana we find the totality of life. Pranayama helps you to focus on your breathing and to be aware of what is the resistance of the mind, to enable you to become present and aware. Classes start with a warm up and focus on the breath to prepare the body and mind. Cristina teaches some flowing sequences and proper alignment of the body especially the spine, and uses props, when necessary to hold the asanas for a few breaths. Gentle corrections are made when necessary.
Each teacher looks after the individual as well as the wellbeing of the whole group. Individual adjustments are offered, where appropriate and possible.
Common yoga questions
I have not done much yoga before and am concerned that I will not be able to keep up in the classes. Can you reassure me?A.
If you are new to yoga then this is a safe environment in which to try it out. Our approach to yoga is based upon listening to your body. To us, yoga is not about achievement or looking “good” (standing on your head, putting your feet behind your neck or attaining difficult poses). Yoga is a personal journey and as such is part of the holistic approach to achieving and maintaining health. Most classes are generally suitable for beginners, with more advanced suggestions given to those who practice yoga more regularly. We also offer intermediate level classes, these are stronger and designed to provide more challenge to people who are more practiced at yoga. If you go to any class and prefer not to do something, then you are welcome to rest and join in when you feel ready. Have a chat with your yoga instructor.
I have a back problem, or other injury, can I join in?A.
Yoga is great for helping to reconnect to your body, which is important after injury. We ask that you tell us in advance of your retreat, if you have any major health issues, and then speak to each of the yoga teachers before your first class with them. Some yoga classes may be less suitable, depending upon the type of injury that you have, so please speak to one of our mentors when you arrive. All our teachers are highly trained and can offer alternative asanas during most classes. Developing a regular yoga practice is great for building back (and core) strength, so can help to prevent back ache in the longer term. If you need any further information then please contact us.
I usually practice Astanga or Bikram yoga, do you offer these styles?A.
No, the main style of yoga practiced at the retreat is Hatha. We do offer hatha flow classes (linking flowing movements and sequences) and some vinyasa classes, depending upon the availability of the teachers.
Can I go to any yoga class or other activity, without signing up?A.
Yes, just turn up to the classes or activities you want to participate in – you do not normally need to sign up.
How many people are usually in a class?A.
The number of people attending the retreat varies, and sometimes not everyone comes to every yoga class. When the retreat is full, there are usually around 20 people in each class, although sometimes this number is much lower.
Can I book a private class?A.
Yes, you can book a private yoga class with any of our teachers. Ask at reception and a time can be arranged. Private classes are usually 60 minutes long, for one or two guests, and there is an extra charge, payable locally. You can choose to focus on specific asanas, to go deeper into your practice, ask for help designing your own practice for when you go home, whatever you like.
I have a regular yoga practice, is this retreat suitable for me?A.
If you want some dedicated time to practice yoga daily, then our retreat is a great place to visit. We offer a range of classes designed for different levels – some classes are intermediate level, which will include more challenging yoga asanas or sequences. Other classes are suitable for all-levels, so there might be some beginners present. In these classes, most of our teachers give instructions beginner level upwards, so there are instructions for people who are more practiced, so they can be more challenged.