Join us at Villa Azul for the ultimate retreat experience. With a full programme of yoga and Pilates, and a bonus class of tai chi, you will be able to make the most of your holiday, learning from inspiring instructors who are dedicated and passionate in their chosen field. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, our instructors provide modifications and can work with a variety of levels to ensure that you get the most from your class.
Yoga & Pilates retreat schedule
Below is a typical week at Villa Azul. Please note, this schedule is subject to change and does not apply during speciality retreat weeks.
Classes offered at the retreat
Vinyasa flow yoga
Vinyasa flow is a flowing, dynamic form of yoga which involves moving from one pose to another in a constant flow, with the breath. This form of yoga builds strength and stamina.
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 (the sequence of postures set), 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.
Welcome to a wonderful, powerful path to a healthy, happy life! Kundalini yoga precisely and consciously combines breath, mudra, eye focus, mantra, body locks and postures to balance the glandular system, strengthen the nervous system, expand lung capacity and purify the blood. It brings balance to the body, mind and soul and it has the effect of uplifting the spirit.
Kundalini yoga integrates you more fully with reality and gives you a broader vision and sensitivity so that you can act more efficiently. Approach your practice with sacredness and simplicity.
Each Kundalini Yoga session or class with Frauke involves practices that cleanses leaving you feeling light, peaceful and reconnected with yourself.
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.
Tai chi chuan
Tai chi chuan is an ancient Chinese practice consisting of a rhythmic sequence of movements. It is practiced both for self-defence and for its health benefits.
At Villa Azul you can enjoy a fantastic range of classes, including yoga, Pilates, tai chi & meditation. These classes are for a variety of levels and instructors will provide modifications for beginner 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.