• 22 March – 1 April 2024

    Easter Yoga Retreat in Málaga

    Free choice of dates

Yoga holidays in Malaga, Spain

AT THE HOTEL BALCÓN DE CÓMPETA

Easter retreat: 22 March – 1 April 2024

You can choose the date of arrival and departure (minimum 2 nights).
With Swami Santoshananda, Swami Vasudevananda, Swami Dayananda

Relax and enjoy the practice of yoga in the heart of the Malaga mountains and with incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea. Meditative walks, fresh and healthy vegetarian meals and everything you need for an unforgettable holiday.
Beginners welcome!

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Programme

 

Friday 22 to Sunday 24 March

Rest and relaxation

Without regular relaxation, body and mind are overloaded and can no longer function properly.

Deep relaxation occurs on three levels – physical, mental and spiritual – and is the most natural way to recharge the batteries.

Practice

  • Feeling gravity in the relaxation posture
  • Observe muscle reactions, improve flexibility
  • Align your spine better
  • Release tension and learn to make minimal effort when holding the posture

Talks

  • Overcoming stress with yoga
  • The interaction of body and mind for radiant health
  • Positive thinking and meditation to overcome mental stressors
  • Mindfulness, concentration and meditation

Monday 25 to Friday 29 March

Recharge and enjoy

The practice of Yoga by the sea, the fresh and healthy food and the positive environment of the retreat will help you to recharge and relax deeper.

Practice

  • Asana variations to expand body and mind
  • Conscious breathing to increase vital energy
  • Holding asanas: gentle resistance training for the cardiovascular system
  • Flexibility of shoulders, back and hips
  • Asanas: the perfect combination of posture, breathing and body awareness

Talks/Workshops

  • The joy of devotional singing
  • Inspiring spiritual stories from East and West
  • Meditation: Simple steps to inner silence
  • The Self, inherent in all beings, who knows Reality

Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April

Reflecting and Meditating

“Meditation acts as a powerful tonic. It is very helpful in controlling various emotions and impulses.Meditation develops strong and pure thoughts.”- Swami Sivananda

Practice

  • Holding the posture – the meditative experience in asana
  • Meditative asana practice with a focus on deep breathing and body awareness
  • The next step in the meditation posture
  • Balancing postures to improve coordination
  • Stretching and energy flow in the asanas

Talks/Workshops

  • Introduction to meditation: physical, mental and philosophical basics
  • Beneficial effects of meditation on mind, nerves and organs
  • The experience of meditation
  • Ancient wisdom in modern life

Teachers

Swami Santoshananda

Swami Santoshananda

Swami Santoshananda has served in many Sivananda Yoga Centres of Europe and is currently director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Madrid.

Swami Vasudevananda

Swami Vasudevananda

Swami Vasudevananda is co-director of the Sivananda Yoga Center Munich. Since many years he shares his love for yoga by teaching in the Sivananda Yoga Centers in Europe and in the Teachers Training courses with lots of inspiration and humour

Swami Dayananda

Swami Dayananda

Swami Dayananda has been many years director of the Sivananda Center in Buenos Aires (Argentina) Teaches the Sivananda Teachers' Training Courses in South America and Spain.

Further Training for Yoga Teachers: Expand Your Asana

Friday, 22 March - Monday, 25 March 2024

With European Swamis and staff

Part 1: From Shoulderstand to Forward bend

With the new Sivananda Asana-Adjustment-Manual
Look here at a PDF extract of the manual

With certificate of participation for 33 training units (45 min each)

 

Registration FURTHER TRAINING

Details further training program

Expert and creative handling of mistakes, limitations, adaptations and variations in the asanas.
The ancient Hatha Yoga texts do not mention the sequence in which asanas are to be practised, nor do they say which corrections are to be applied. Possibly these aspects were developed directly during the yoga class. Swami Vishnudevananda was a brilliant example of this tradition.
This further training course was devised during a three-week retreat of senior instructors of the Sivananda Yoga Ashrams and Centres:
Verbalizing the various reasons for techniques with which Swami Vishnudevananda taught asanas and pranayama and definition of the most important asana corrections.
Focus on asana corrections for typical students’ errors or limitations.

  • Typical beginner mistakes: Developing appropriate verbal instructions to correct these mistakes. Additional physical corrections to the extent necessary.
  • Typical limitations of a beginner: Training observational skills to recognize lack of mobility, muscle length and muscle strength. How to help the students to accept these limitations and cope with them better.
  • Preparatory variations or exercises: Individual guidance of the student according to his/her needs.
  • Making progress in the basic pose: Verbal instruction and physical support to improve muscle length, muscle strength and mobility.
  • Improving the basic pose through advanced variations: Developing advanced variations for a deeper experience of the basic pose.

 

Rates

Rates further training 22-25 March

Further education cost: €210
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
In Hotel Balcon de Competa
(Price per night)
Single with balcony: €63
Single without balcony: €59
Superior double with balcony: €54
Double with balcony: €52
Double without balcony: €48
Bungalow for 2 people: €52
Bungalow for 3 people: €48

Daily schedule

Arrival day, Friday 22 March (arrival between 2 and 3:30 pm)

  • 4 – 5:45 pm Asana and pranayama class
  • 6 pm Vegetarian dinner
  • 8 – 9:30 pm Evening meditation, mantra chanting and course meeting

Thursday and Friday, 23 and 24 March

  • 6 – 7:30 am Morning meditation, mantra chanting, talk
  • 8 – 9:45 am Asana and pranayama class
  • 10 am Vegetarian brunch
  • 12 – 2:15 pm Course lecture
  • 4 – 5:45 pm Asana and pranayama class
  • 6 pm Vegetarian dinner
  • 8 – 9:30 pm Evening meditation, mantra chanting, talk

Last day, Saturday, 25 March

  • 6 – 7:30 am Morning meditation, mantra chanting, talk
  • 8 – 9:45 am Asana and pranayama class
  • 10 am Vegetarian brunch
  • 11:30 am – 1 pm Course lecture/workshop and leave-taking
  • Departure from 1:30 pm or continue your special Yoga Easter program.

Individual programmes are subject to change or cancellation.

MORNING: Start the day in contemplative silence during morning meditation, enjoy group mantra chanting and a spiritual reading. Twice a week and weather permitting, meditation takes place as a silent walk in the beautiful surrounding nature. This is followed by the first session of asanas (yoga postures) with toning exercises on the outdoor platform or in the hall. Afterwards a full breakfast/lunch awaits you.

DURING THE DAY you have the possibility to participate in a workshop, or talk to one of the yoga teachers. If you wish and the weather permits, you can go for a swim in the Mediterranean Sea (the nearest beach is 18km away) or stay in the hotel's swimming pool and solarium. It is also possible to go on excursions of about 2 hours to the most beautiful spots in the region.

IN THE AFTERNOON we will offer lectures or yoga workshops on interesting topics related to health and yoga. In the afternoon asana class, your body finds its optimal flexibility. Observe how the breath is slowing down, and the mind tunes in to the lightness of the yoga practice. Afterwards dinner is already prepared.

EVENING: Come to the evening meditation and enjoy group meditation, mantra chanting and an interesting talk. You will retire for the day feeling fulfilled, inspired, and ready for a restful night's sleep in the comfortable rooms of the hotel.

The daily programme

SIVANANDA YOGA RETREATS IN CÓMPETA (MALAGA)

6:30 – 7:45 am Morning meditation, mantra chanting, talk
Occasionally the morning meditation takes the form of a silent walk in nature.
8:30 – 10:00 am Asanas and pranayama
10:30 am Vegetarian brunch
From 12:00 am Time for walks or excursions to the most beautiful places in the area.
1:30 pm Snack
2:30 – 3:30 pm Lecture or workshop
4:00 – 5:30 pm Asanas ad pranayama
6:00 pm Vegetarian dinner
8:00 – 9:30 pm Meditation, mantra chanting, talk
Occasionally meditation takes the form of a silent walk in nature.

Attendance to all activities is highly recommended. Programme subject to change.
We will have time for a walk in the surroundings or an excursion to the most beautiful places in the area, such as the beaches of the Costa del Sol, the city of Nerja etc. More information here

  • "Yoga is a natural method of eating, sleeping, breathing and exercising".
    ~ Swami Vishnudevananda

Hotel Balcón de Cómpeta

A WINDOW TO THE BEST OF THE AXARQUÍA

Surrounded by white houses, flowered balconies, narrow winding streets, vineyards and in the background the Almijara mountain range and the blue colour of the Mediterranean. The rooms and bungalows of the Hotel and Apartments Balcón de Cómpeta are located in one of the most beloved villages of Malaga. It is Cómpeta, in the region of La Axarquía, located only 18 km from the coast and less than 50 km from the city of Malaga.

 

The hotel

The Hotel Balcón de Cómpeta is located in the town of Cómpeta, in the foothills of the Almijara mountain range, in the heart of La Axarquía.
It has a wonderful outdoor swimming pool and solarium, tennis court, free parking and WIFI, terraces with views of the mountains and an indoor/outdoor restaurant. The cosy gardens invite you to relax and stroll.

The restaurant has its own name, Maria, and offers an exquisite vegetarian buffet menu with fresh local ingredients.

Cycling, hiking and horseback riding are possible in the surrounding area. The Hotel Balcon de Competa is close to several picturesque hiking trails and is situated 15 km from the mountains of Tejeda and Alhama and 18 km from the wonderful beaches of the Costa del Sol (Malaga).

https://www.hotel-competa.com/en/

Rooms

All rooms feature hot and cold air-conditioning, and extraordinary views of the surrounding mountains, the hotel swimming pool or the beautiful town of Cómpeta. All of them include a private bathroom with bathtub and hairdryer, and free WIFI.

There are also 8 wooden bungalows in the gardens of the estate. Double or triple rooms with kitchen and bathroom, for a more integrated experience in nature. WIFI is also available in these huts.
 
Check-in: from 2 to 4 pm
At 4 pm you can join the yoga class.
If you will arrive after 4 pm, please inform the hotel.
 
Check-out: 12 pm (a luggage storage room is available in case you check-out later than 12 pm).

Single room

Single room

Rooms for individual use have a classic and elegant decor, and include a bathroom with a bathtub. In addition, everything you need for a comfortable stay in the hotel: free WIFI, telephone, air conditioning.

Double room

Double room

It has a functional, contemporary and elegant decor. With a maximum capacity for three people, it can be equipped with a double bed or two single beds, depending on availability, as well as the possibility of adding an extra bed. It also has a private bathroom with bathtub. It has everything you need for a comfortable stay: free WIFI, telephone, air conditioning...

Bungalows

Bungalows

The bungalows, which offer magnificent panoramic views of the Sierras de Tejeda Natural Park, are 23 square metres in size. Decorated in a rustic style, they come equipped with a bedroom with two single beds, a kitchen integrated in the living room, where there is a double sofa bed, and a bathroom with shower. Free Wifi is available.

Meals

AT THE MARIA RESTAURANT

The vegetarian buffet menus offer a healthy and balanced diet.

Two vegetarian meals and a snack are served daily, following yogic principles.

The ingredients are fresh and mostly locally produced. The menus have been designed in close cooperation with the Sivananda Yoga Centres.

The hotel accommodates vegan and gluten-free diets by offering suitable alternatives.

The hotel cannot cater for other individual dietary preferences.

How to get to Cómpeta

HOW TO GET TO CÓMPETA, MALAGA (ANDALUSIA)

By plane

You can fly to Malaga International Airport. There is a direct taxi service from the airport to the Hotel Balcón de Cómpeta (50 km). The price is 80€ each way (per ride). You can share the journey with other people from the retreat.

DECEMBER RETREAT: Possibility to travel in a group direct flight Munich-Malaga (LH1832 departing December 5th); and Malaga to Munich: LH1833 Departing December 10th

 

 

By rail

Direct AVE train to Malaga from Madrid (2 hours and a half). From the train station you can request a shared taxi service to the hotel or travel to Cómpeta by bus. Check this link for more information

By car

You can rent a car in Malaga (50km) or come by private car from anywhere in Spain. These are the coordinates:

Hotel Balcon de Cómpeta

C San Antonio, 75, 29754 Cómpeta, Málaga (Spain)

Cómpeta and its surroundings

 

Cómpeta is a typical Andalusian village situated on the southern foothills of the Almijara mountain range, a bridge between La Axarquía in Malaga and the Apujarra in Granada. It forms an elegant picture of white houses spilling over the gentle undulations of the landscape and decorated with leafy geraniums and colourful gardens.

 

Situated at an altitude of 650m and with a mild microclimate with 325 days of sunshine a year, you can enjoy walks through the village and the stunning views of the Axarquia and the Mediterranean Sea (18km away).

 

Cómpeta is nicknamed the “Cornisa de la Costa del Sol” due to its privileged location. Its territory extends through the Natural Park of the Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama, with its extraordinary landscape heritage surrounded by olive trees, avocado groves and vineyards.

Find out here the temperature today in Cómpeta.

Excursions

During the day you can relax in the hotel gardens and swimming pools or go on 2-3 hour excursions.
Here are some suggestions:

Costa del Sol

Costa del Sol

The eastern Costa del Sol has some of the best beaches in Spain, awarded the blue flag by the European Environment Agency.
These beaches are just over 30 minutes by car (ask for our taxi service) and are a real paradise for visitors. Calm waters and moderate temperatures to enjoy the sun and the sea breeze.
More information about the beaches

The Mudejar route

The Mudejar route

As a result of the passage of the Arabs through the Axarquia region of Malaga, this route was born where you can appreciate the heritage of our ancestors. This 40-kilometre route runs through the municipalities of Arenas, Árchez, Salares, Sedella and Canillas de Aceituno. A visit that will take you back in time.

The Oil and Mountains Route

The Oil and Mountains Route

This route starts in Riogordo and is characterised by the impressive changes in the landscape. It is an area that attracts all eyes as it divides the mountains. This whole area is especially recommended for those who want to enjoy outdoor sports. Above all, its olive oil, made in the traditional way in the oil mills from the olive trees of the verdial and hojiblanca varieties.

The village of Nerja

The village of Nerja

29 km from the hotel is the coastal village of Nerja and its famous cave. It was officially declared an Asset of Cultural Interest in 2006. The cave of Nerja is located in Maro, a district of the Spanish municipality of Nerja (Malaga). It is of historical and natural interest for its archaeological remains, which include some cave paintings, and for the speleothem formations: stalactites and stalagmites that cover the ceilings and walls.

Málaga Yoga retreat rates

Rates valid until 1 October, 2024

Plan your yoga holiday according to your own schedule.

Minimum stay: 2 nights

The programme starts at 4 pm with the yoga class.

 

Your room will be available from 2 pm onwards.

You must vacate your room by noon on the day of departure. The holiday programme ends at 2 pm at the latest and there will be a safe place where you can leave your luggage.

 

Daily rates Yoga part

Yoga (2 yoga clases, 2 meditation and 1 lecture or hiking): €60

Accommodation and meals per  person /day

Single with balcony: €63
Single without balcony: €59
Superior double with balcony: €54
Double with balcony: €52
Double without balcony: €48
Bungalow for 2 people: €52
Bungalow for 3 people: €48

 

Includes accommodation, two meals, a snack, water and infusions. VAT included.

Possibility of spending the day without sleeping in the hotel: 33€ per person and day (includes 2 meals, snack and use of facilities).

All rates include VAT

 

WHAT TO BRING

A meditation cushion is recommended for meditation sessions and lectures. A meditation shawl is also useful.

To practice the yoga postures you will need a non-slip yoga mat. You might need a blanket to cover yourself at the end of the yoga class during the final relaxation.

All equipment can also be purchased at the hotel upon arrival, in our yoga shop.

For your stay, bring comfortable clothes, walking shoes, water bottle, swimming costume, sun cream and towel for the pool. Glasses wearers should bring a hard case for safe storage during yoga classes.

How to register

To book your yoga holiday in Malaga please complete the online registration form. The booking is valid with the payment of the yoga part (by credit card or bank transfer). The hotel will contact you to arrange the booking of the room. If you wish to share a taxi from Malaga to Competa, or share a room, we will try to coordinate your stay with other people staying on the same dates.

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