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For the Yoga Delight retreat in autumn you will be taken to the last sunrays of the year. At this time you get to experience the vast green nature of Sintra, directly at Portugal’s Atlantic coast, while the other parts of Europe get their winter jackets out. The weather at the retreat is inviting to beach days and sunny walks.
Palm tree garden of the Lodge is a great place to relax with pool, sauna and jacuzzi. Should you have seen enough of the stunning national parks of Sintra-Cascais, you can also make a day trip to nearby Lisbon.
With palm garden, saltwater swimming pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, yoga shala, and fitness corner, the luxurious Lodge offers everything to relax after a day full of outdoor activities.
You will be staying in the double room or single room. The rooms are very simple and stylish, mainly furbished with recycled wood, and have their own mp3-dockingstations and own bathrooms. All rooms are equipped with an iPod / MP3 docking station. For a good night of sleep, all the beds are equipped with anti-allergy mattresses from “Molaflex”. In the individual decoration and harmonious furnishing of the rooms, recycled wood was used to keep the environmental impact at a minimum. Wi-Fi is also available.
You start the day with a dynamic Vinyasa flow for 90 minutes. Afterwards, a vast breakfast buffet is awaiting you. You can use the free time after breakfast as you like. In the evening, you will be gathering on the mat again. You will practice restorative Yin (3 times) and special classes (2 times). The special classes are the bonus of the retreat: here you will intensify your own practice, you can ask questions and work on postures which are difficult for you - no matter if downward dog or handstand. Your yoga experience doesn't matter, just as in all the other classes! For dinner you can either prepare your own in the kitchen or go out to one of the many restaurants nearby.
Vinyasa yoga is a Dynamic yoga style which has its roots in Ashtanga yoga. The classes start with a short meditation and warming-up exercises, which mobilizes the spine in every direction and activates the core. From here you go over into an energizing flow with variations of sun salutations and some challenging balance asanas (poses). The classes end with some restorative exercises and savasana, the final deep relaxation.
Although the Vinyasa classes follow a similar structure no class is like the other - some of the asanas and sequencing are repeated, some are different from class to class so that known and new elements are mixed.
If not stated differently the classes are for any level as there are sufficient variations for any body and level. So anyone can find their personal progress in strength, flexibility, balance and more. Just start where you are.
Yin yoga is a very still and quiet yoga style and is the counter part to the Yang practice where movements and sequences are repeated and the muscle tissue gets strengthened. In Yin yoga the poses are held over a longer period of time, usually 3 to 5 minutes, to relax the muscles. The chosen asanas focus mainly on hips and lower back as there is meant to be the root of physical and emotional tension. How deep you go into the poses and how exactly the look from the outside varies from person to person. Goal is to find an appropriate stretch for certain groups of muscles. As this is anatomically very individual there are variations and modifications for everybody.
A balanced lifestyle contains Yin as well as Yang whereby the Yang part must not necessarily be practiced in form of a yoga style like Vinyasa but can also be found in other strength building movements, for example surfing. Especially people who do a lot of challenging sports find a good counter balance in Yin yoga.
The Lodge is the only place in Europe where you can find within 50 kilometers radius 129 kilometers of breathtaking coastline, 64 surf spots, 376 kilometers bike trail, 40 climbing spots, a 100 squaremeters yoga and fitness area, a spa and 100 more sports possibilities within a radius of 50 kilometers - most of it just in front of the door. Impressive beaches and mountains scenery make up for the beautiful landscape around the national park, Sintra-Cascais, one of the most diverse and fascinating regions of Europe. Because of the imposing architecture of the 19th century and UNESCO world heritage, Sintra is also a cultural experience. The capital Lisbon is in only 30 kilometers distance.
Sintra has been a summer residence for the Portuguese Royal families from the 14th to the 20th century and thus there is several impressive royal buildings to visit. Dominating the city's center you find the Palacio Nacional, with its two famous conic chimneys. On top of the Monte de Pena you can see the fantastic 19th century Palacio da Pena from as far away as Lisbon. Surrounded by a beautiful and exotic garden, this combination of Neo-Gothic, Neo-Manueline, Neo-Islamic and Neo-Renaissance architecture is a must-see and the view of the surrounding area will blow you away.
The Lodge tries to use regionally grown products as much as possible for their food. The breakfast includes tea and coffee, various fresh breads, ham and cheese, jam and honey, fruits, and cereals. For lunch, you can create your own delicious sandwich at the breakfast buffet and receive your lunchbox containing a bottle of water or isotonic drink, fruit, and cereal bar.
The Lodge also offers an optional upgrade for your breakfast. You can choose the healthy option which includes: a shake made out of fruits, various nuts, flakes and sunflower seed, oats and whey powder or an Acai granola fruit muesli, a Chia seed honey yogurt booster, and a weedgrass mango juice.
For your free time, there are many options available at The Lodge:
Relax your tired muscles in the wood-fired sauna and chill out on the wooden deck till it’s time for the next round of sweating, and feel the warm water massaging your tired muscles, gaining new energy for the next day in the Jacuzzi. The price includes 2 visits to the sauna and Jacuzzi during spa opening hours.
Please arrive at Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS) which is closest airport to the retreat and is just 30 minutes drive away. Alternatively you may choose to arrive at Porto Airport (OPO) which is at 3 hours drive to the retreat in connection with a worthwhile city trip.
From the Lisbon airport, you can arrive at The Lodge by using the transfer service from Yoga Delight, by train or bus, or by renting a car. From the Porto airport, you can arrive at The Lodge by using the public transport or by renting a car.
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