Vinyasa Yoga – what is it?

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Last week we started taking a deeper look at the different types of yoga, we started off with Hatha and this week is vinyasa.

Vinyasa is one of the most popular styles of yoga and is favored by beginners and seasoned yogis alike! Vinyasa simply means ‘breath-synchronised movement’. Vinyasa flow means moving from asana to asana (pose to pose) and linking each pose with an inhale and an exhale. The flow of movement is continuous and smooth which helps you stay present during your class.

There are no rules when it comes to vinyasa, no set sequence that the teacher must stick to so you’ll never be bored as each session is different.

The great thing about vinyasa is that it can be pretty challenging and you’ll often be pushed to the limits, the continuous sequence of vinyasa gets your heart pumping too, so it’s a pretty good form of cardio!

Next week we’ll be getting a better understanding of ashtanga yoga.

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Hatha Yoga – what exactly is it?

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If you’re just starting out on your yoga journey it might seem like there are lots of different types of yoga and trying to decide which one to start with can be a bit of a minefield. So, over the next few weeks we will be sharing some bite size information about all the different types of yoga – a bit about their history, why they’re great and what you’ll get from them!

Hatha Yoga

The word “hatha” can be translated in a few different ways: as “wilful” or “forceful,” and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to calm and align your mind, body and spirit.

In the western world of yoga that most of us are used to hatha is usually used to describe gentle, basic yoga classes without a flow between poses. These type of classes will be filled with slower paced stretches and basic breathing exercises.

Hatha classes are a good place to start your yoga journey – you can work on your alignment, learn some great relaxation techniques and build up your strength and flexibility. But bear in mind that it shouldn’t be ‘easy’ – you should still challenge yourself physically and mentally in the class.

Jessica joins us in Cala d’Or, Mallorca!

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We asked one of our wonderful yoga teachers, Jessica to fill us in on the week she just spent in Mallorca at the end of May!

What was a typical morning like for you during your week with Cala d’Or yoga?

I would go to the gym early before the 8am class so that I could enjoy the space and do a HIIT circuit, then I’d grab a quick coffee before heading off to teach.

What was guests’ favourite restaurant in the area?

We had a beautiful tapas evening at a restaurant which was hidden just off Main Street – all the food looked amazing and the portions were super generous!

Where is your favourite secret spot?

I didn’t venture too far but the rocks to the left of the beach have what seems like a built in deck  chair – which was a perfect little reading spot.

What is the best way to while away a few hours after morning yoga and brunch?

The weather was just beautiful and I got through 4 books down at the beach – I can’t personally think of anything better than that when I’m away! Also mid-afternoon just when you’re starting to feel a little peckish someone comes and sells fresh pineapple, coconut and watermelon to your sunbed – just perfect!

Favourite moment of the trip?

Meeting a whole new group of beautiful, easy going, happy yogis in such a beautiful setting!

What should a guest never forget to bring?

A little top to put over your yoga vest on the bottom deck – sometimes at the very end of the class in savasana it gets cool. Other than that you don’t need to stress over anything and should you forget anything Cala d’Or shops totally have your back!

Any special memories from this particular trip?

Wendy stole all my laughs this trip – totally new to yoga and completely falling in love with child pose, Wendy if you read this we want you there every year, you were great fun!


If this sounds like your idea of heaven then take a look at our website and get in contact about booking your place with us!

Hatha Yoga – what is it?!

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If you’re just starting out on your yoga journey it might seem like there are lots of different types of yoga and trying to decide which one to start with can be a bit of a minefield.

So, over the next few weeks we will be sharing some bite size information about all the different types of yoga – a bit about their history, why they’re great and what you’ll get from them!

Lets start off with Hatha yoga…

The word “hatha” can be translated in a few different ways: as “wilful” or “forceful,” and as “sun” (ha) and “moon” (tha), the yoga of balance. Hatha practices are designed to calm and align your mind, body and spirit.

In the western world of yoga that most of us are used to hatha is usually used to describe gentle, basic yoga classes without a flow between poses. These type of classes will be filled with slower paced stretches and basic breathing exercises.

Hatha classes are a good place to start your yoga journey – you can work on your alignment, learn some great relaxation techniques and build up your strength and flexibility. But bear in mind that it shouldn’t be ‘easy’ – you should still challenge yourself physically and mentally in the class.

What’s your favourite type of yoga? Let us know in the comments section below!

Join us in Sardinia!

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Sardinia Yoga opens its doors for the first time in 2017 tomorrow to a fresh new group of yogis and we couldn’t be more excited!

This will be our seventh year in Sardinia and we are once again based at the Grand Hotel in Porto Cervo – a fabulous family-owned beach front hotel in the north of this stunning island. The hotel has a pool, spa, gym and beautiful gardens and you’re mere steps away from the beautiful beach!

There’s usually about 25 yogis at any time across two different yoga classes and we now offer a choice of vinyassa flow and gentle hatha yoga every morning. Followed by a wonderful brunch shared by all the yogis and the teachers and get to know each other in an informal setting. The rest of the day is then yours to do as you wish – whether that be relax by the pool and get some sun or adventure off into the town and explore everything that the beautiful town of Porto Cervo has to offer!

You may only be there for a few days but we can promise you’ll leave with  memories to last you a life time!  So what are you waiting for? To book your spot in paradise or to find out more information just visit our website! We will be in Sardinia from 20 May to 27 July and 19 August to 30 September.

Time to pound the pavements

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This week, we’ve got something a little different here on the blog, Sardinia Yoga’s Amy shares her top tips to get you running again and enjoying the fresh (almost summery!!) air!

‘Don’t know about you but as soon as it gets cold it’s pretty unlikely that I’ll be out running. I tend to find that in the winter a lot of my exercise revolves around indoor activities like the gym or getting sweaty in a deliciously hot yoga studio. But there’s no hiding from it, spring is officially here so it’s time to pound those pavements once more!

After so long away from running though, it can feel like a bit of a daunting task, so here’s some tips to help get you back out there with confidence!

*Set a goal – is it 5k you want to get to? 10, half a marathon, a full marathon? Whatever it may be, set your intention and think about how you can get yourself there.

*Stretch! Stretching, stretching and more stretching! Obviously here at Sardinia Yoga we’re all about the stretching. Make sure you warm up those muscles before you get started. Stretching helps to lubricate your joints and muscles and gets the blood pumping round your body. Make sure you spend at least 5 minutes before you get started stretching yourself out and hold each stretch for at least 15 seconds! And don’t forget – the same goes for the end of your run to avoid injury!

*Start slowly – if you’re really feeling the effects of being away from running for so long try starting off with a brisk walk and then some slow jogging before you build yourself up to a full blown run.

*Get some proper running trainers – visit a specialist running shop and they can help you find the right trainers that will give you the support your ankles need!

*Recovery is so important, give yourself rest days, drink plenty of water and fill your body with the fuel it needs!

*Lastly, be patient and don’t let it dishearten you if you’re not quite where you were before those running shoes got packed away last winter – you’ll get there, just give it time!

*Remember, we aren’t medical professionals here at Sardinia Yoga so do seek medical advice if you’re injured or for a quick MOT before you start running again.’

Meet Georgia…

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We’re excited to introduce you to Georgia, one of our amazing teachers here at Sardinia Yoga

Before taking a more spiritual path and becoming a yoga teacher Georgia worked for many years in the fashion industry as a stylist. She had been practicing yoga since the age of 17 and so decided to take the plunge and in travelled to India in 2013 and achieved a 200 hour certificate in Ashtanga Vinyasa. Since this she has also achieved qualifications in Yin Yoga studying under Norman Blair and the Yoga People and Georgia is also trained in Mandela Yoga, a form of yoga which incorporates the elements into practice.

Georgia’s teaching style is always evolving and changing, it weaves different disciplines into a creative and mindful flow designed to deepen the mind body connection and become more present. With a focus on breath awareness, alignment and fluidity of movement and her classes are always challenging but adaptable to all levels. Combining an anatomical focus with energetic guidance throughout to an encouraging playlist, keeping things fun with a sense of exploration and humour!

Georgia will be joining us in Croatia to teach from the 20th May, if you’d like to book your place here or at any of our other beautiful venues please don’t hesitate to contact us!