We choose our team members very, very carefully selecting only those that are warm & friendly, have trained to a high standard with many years of teaching experience and have a genuine passion for what they do.
If you’re new to yoga or Pilates and wonder whether you’ll ‘fit in’, please don’t worry, our retreats attract a wide range of abilities and so classes are tailored to ensure everyone – keen beginners to advanced students – feel a sense of achievement.
Our teachers will guide you through a range of styles including classical hatha yoga, slow flow vinyasa , restorative yoga, meditation and, on some retreats, mat based Pilates. The morning classes tend to be a little more energising & uplifting to warm and open the body whereas in the evening we slow it down a little to give your body more time to relax and explore a little deeper … if that’s what you’d like to do.
Our teaching style is friendly but exact with plenty of teaching tips to help deepen your practice. You’ll be encouraged to only do what feels right in YOUR body as yoga is about what you feel – not what you do. Our bodies are all different and so we’re going to maybe look different whilst practicing so, please, don’t place any pressure on yourself.
Work with kindness towards your body, be patient, have respect and just wait for your body will open up and let you back in.
Our Yoga Teachers
Yoga Teacher & founder of Yoga Breaks in Spain. Nicole qualified with an “Excellent” grade Diploma following a 2 years of yoga training with FRYOG (Friends of Yoga International). Now with over 15 years teaching experience and further training with super inspiring yoga teachers – Meghan Currie, Shiva Rea, Claire Missingham, Liz Lark, Godfri Devereux & others who’s names you may not recognise but have been equally enlightening.
“Yoga to me is like an incredible secret that I want to share with as many people as possible. I love the endless benefits it brings into our life starting with the unlocking of physical tension that has crept into our bodies to the discovery of a deep inner peace that’s inside us all if we just allow ourselves to stop, close our eyes and turn inwards. Every time I roll out my mat I really feel like I’ve come home.”
Dionne began to practice yoga shortly after qualifying as a fitness instructor soon noticed how her body felt supple & strong and her mind calm & focused and so she wanted to explore yoga a little more. In 2014 she headed to India to begin teacher training at Aananda Yoga School in Mysore (accredited by the Yoga Alliance) where she was tutored by the incredibly knowledgeable Yogacharya Bharath Shetty. More recently Dionne returned to her Guru to complete her 500 hour Advanced teacher training.
Dionne’s teaching style is friendly, down to earth & accessible to all where the focus is on alignment, breath control and building strength & flexibility for an overall healthier body. Full of instruction and variations, there is something for everyone in Dionne´s classes. With her help and guidance you’ll be encouraged to find your own yoga path.
During a hugely rewarding 10 years at the famous Abbey Road music Studios in London, Imy realised her love of yoga was growing and she found herself wanting to become a yoga teacher and not tied to a desk. Having trained in the Sivananda method of yoga in 2001 at Grass Valley, California, Imy has never looked back. Her classes are relaxing, deeply intuitive but still challenging. Imy loves the 5 points of Sivananda – a form of Hatha Yoga – which focuses on breathing, physical exercises “asanas”, relaxation and diet – a total mind, body and soul experience. Imy also trained at Sunyoga UK, specialising in yoga for children and was fortunate enough to work a great deal on the popular ‘teenyoga’ classes in London, helping teens to relax during those transition years.
I feel blessed with the opportunity to teach yoga and love seeing students progress and transform on a mental and physical level. I completed my initial teaching training in Hatha yoga in 2008 but, following a trip to India in 2010 to deepen my understanding of yoga, I now practice Ashtanga and Hatha yoga and return to India on a regular basis to continue my studies and to learn from eminent teachers such as Ajay, Vijay Kumar and Kamal Singh with whom I completed a 200 hour teaching training in 2011.
Our Pilates Teachers
Evelin. STOTT Pilates.
Coming originally from a weight training background, training quality has always been super important to me & so I became totally hooked on Pilates when I saw how it delivered profound results through the use of correct biomechanics and body awareness.
Total body integration teaches us to move more intelligently, healthily and efficiently throughout daily life so that our bodies can become stronger & in better alignment.
Graciela studied ballet from a very young age becoming the Principal ballerina in many notable ballet companies. Graciela discovered the power of Pilates during rehabilitation for a serious knee injury & was so amazed by its ability to strengthen the body that Graciela retrained as a Pilates teacher & has become highly skilled in treating a variety of physical conditions including back problems, knee injuries, neck & shoulder pain, postural re-education, post-op recovery and injury rehabilitation whilst developing a special interest in Pilates and osteoporosis.
As a dancer & choreographer, Carolan noticed that out of all dance training, Pilates always produced the best results and so, after launching her own brand of dance fitness DVDs, classes & books, Carolan was invited to share her methods with other teachers across the World. And now having trained as a Pilates teacher at the Physical Mind Institute in New York, Carolan’s passion is to help transform your body using all her dance, fitness & Pilates knowledge and encourage you to make more mindful decisions when it comes to your health.
Abby has been teaching & practising mat & studio Pilates for over 10 years. After gaining a BA in Theatre Dance, she persued a professional dance career that took her across the World. In 2006, due to a dance injury, Abby undertook and completed training in Pilates at The Body Control Centre in London. In 2010, having retired from professional dance, she settled in Spain where she furthered her Pilates training and qualifications. Abby is currently developing her own method of integrating dance and Pilates.
Summary of Yoga Styles
Ananda Yoga uses Hatha asana and pranayama to awaken, experience, and control the subtle chakra energies. Its object is to use those energies to harmonize body, mind, and emotions, and attune with higher levels of awareness. One feature of this system is the use of silent affirmations while in the asanas as a means of working more directly and consciously with the subtle energies to achieve this attunement. Ananda Yoga is a relatively gentle, inward experience not an athletic or aerobic practice. It was developed by Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi.
Ansura Yoga® founded by John Friend in 1997 is a powerful hatha yoga system that unifies a Tantric philosophy of intrinsic Goodness with Universal Principles of Alignment. Anusara embodies an uplifting philosophy, epitomized by a “celebration of the heart,” that looks for the good in all people and all things. Consequently, students of all levels of ability and yoga experience are honored for their unique differences, limitations, and talents.
Ashtanga Yoga developed by K. Pattabhi Jois. Ashtanga is physically demanding. Participants move through a series of flows, jumping from one posture to another in order to build strength, flexibility and stamina. It is not for beginners or anyone who’s been taking a leisurely approach to fitness. Ashtanga involves challenging sequence of poses with Ujjayi Breathing and vinyasas (a flow of postures). This Yoga Style uses a system based on six series of increasing difficulty.
Bikram Yoga is named after the founder – Bikram Choudhury. Yoga is practiced in a room with a temperature of up to 100 degrees fahrenheit, thus be prepared to sweat a lot. Bikram Yoga enthusiasts perform a series of 26 Asanas, each posture is usually performed twice and held for a certain period of time.
Integral Yoga puts equal emphasis on Pranayama (Breathing Control), on Meditation, and on the Asanas (Physical Poses). This Style of Yoga was developed by Swami Satchidananda. The practice of Integral Yoga revolves around eight main goals: 1. Physical Health and strength; 2. control over all senses; 3. clear, calm and well-disciplined mind; 4. higher level of intellect; 5. strong and pliable will; 6. love and compassion; 7. purer ego, and; 8. ultimate peace and joy.
Iyengar Yoga named after B.K.S. Iyengar who is one of the best-known Yoga teachers. Iyengar’s style is noted for great attention to detail and precise alignment of postures, he also popularized the use of yoga props such as blocks and belts. This great attention to detail, posture, and alignment has also become the notable characteristics of Iyengar Yoga.
Kripalu Yoga puts great emphasis on Proper Breath, alignment, coordination of breath and movement, and “honoring the wisdom of the body” — you work according to the limits of your individual flexibility and strength. Students learn to focus on the physical and psychological reactions caused by various postures to develop their awareness of mind, body, emotion and spirit. There are three stages in Kripalu. Stage One focuses on learning the postures, proper breathing, and exploring your body’s abilities. Stage Two involves holding the postures for an extended time, developing concentration and awareness of your thoughts and emotions. Stage Three is like meditation in motion in which the movement from one posture to another arises unconsciously and spontaneously while you are in a meditative state.
Kundalini Yoga was brought to the West by Yogi Bhajan in 1969. It focuses on the controlled release of the Kundalini (serpent power) energy which is found at the base of your spine. The practice of Kundalini Yoga involves classic poses, chanting, coordination of breath and movement and Meditation. The emphasis however, is not on the Yoga Poses but on the Chanting and Breathing. Kundalini rewards Yogis with spiritual transformation and unity consciousness.
Sivananda Yoga was developed by Vishnu-devananda who wrote one of the contemporary Yoga classics, “The Complete Illustrated Book of Yoga”. This Style of Yoga focuses on the Pranayama, classic Asanas, and relaxation. It also centres on diet and positive thinking and Meditation. Sivananda Yoga practice consist twelve basic Yoga Poses that seeks to increase strength, flexibility, Proper Breathing, and Meditation.
Viniyoga is rooted from the principle practiced by Sri. T. Krishnamacharya – that is to develop practices for individual conditions and purposes. Viniyoga makes use of modified Yoga Poses that are designed to meet the specific needs of an individual and to enhance healing, flexibility and strength of joints. Viniyoga poses also intend to promote the feeling of well-being and strength.