The Surya programme is the reflection of 10+ years of careful planning and refining. Believing in the complementary nature of yoga and Pilates, we have crafted a calendar that emphasizes experimentation and progression. Combining taster courses, specialist weeks and teacher training modules alongside mediation, therapies and workshop intensives, we are confident all levels practitioner will find a programme to suit their needs.
Lead by Rachel Blunt and Jo Dobernowsky, our inspired team will share their knowledge and passions with you so you can feel supported and encouraged, whatever your level. The diverse and full weekly schedule (over 21 classroom hours) is delivered at a pace that allows you to do it all and still have ample time for additional therapies and exploration, or be more selective and just relax– we know it’s your holiday, you decide. Find out more about the classes.
A bright, open wooden floored yoga shala is an inviting space in which to deepen your practice and offers a true immersion into mindful movement. Pure bliss.
For the Pilates lovers, our apparatus studio allows you to schedule private sessions with our expert teachers, this careful one to one tuition allowing time to focus on your personal needs and to elevate your private practice.
Classes offered at the retreat
Vinyasa flow yoga
Hatha yoga focuses on relaxing the body and the mind through deep stretching and abdominal breathing. Our classes on arrival day and early in the week will have a basis in Hatha yoga.
Ashtanga yoga is a dynamic, powerful form of yoga. There is a set sequence of postures, each posture designed to prepare the body for the next pose. Asthanga yoga focuses on movement with the breath. Power Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga have their origins in Asthanga yoga. In the classes you will follow Series 1 (a set sequence of postures), and learn about bandhas and Ujjayi breath, a relaxed diaphragmatic style of breathing. The classes are appropriate for all levels, however those with injuries, or pregnancy should consult the instructor before taking part in ashtanga yoga.
The primary physical focus of Pilates is on building core strength to improve alignment, posture and overall strength. It was originally developed by Joseph Pilates to aid rehabilitation after injury. Our team of experts are classically trained but have also trained in the progressive approach, so can expertly teach to all levels and inspire you on the next step of your Pilates adventure. This is much more than gym class, this is a chance to experience Pilates in its true form and to use the practice to help you build fluid graceful movement, from the core to prevent injury and improve all aspects of your physical practice.
Meditation has many different forms and ways to approach the practice. It generally involves a stilling and quietening of the mind that is deeply relaxing and promotes health and healing.You will experience several types of meditation, from cleansing to breath focused meditations, to help promote stillness and mindfulness. These are optional practices available over the course of the week.
At Azulfit Surya Retreat you can enjoy a fantastic range of classes, including yoga, Pilates & meditation. These classes are for a variety of levels and instructors will provide modifications for beginner, intermediate and advanced students. However, if you have a particular condition/injury or are pregnant, we can not guarantee that all classes will be suitable for you. We recommend contacting us in advance to discuss your needs. If you are interested in a specific practice we recommend you join one of our speciality retreats.