Yoga for daily life: Postures to open your heart

Tightness around the chest and shoulders is often put down to the stress and tension of daily life, but it can also be the body’s natural defence against our hearts getting hurt. Heart-opening postures can help to gently open your heart through yoga – to new loves, life experiences and feelings of happiness and wellbeing.

Featured posture

Setu-Bhandu (bridge pose). As well as being a beautiful heart-opening posture, this also strengthens the spine, improves spinal flexibility and stimulates the thyroid gland. For the ultimate in restorative healing, use a block underneath your lower spine (just where the top of your buttocks start) to work with the adrenals and deeply relax the body.

  1. Lie on your back, knees bent, feet parallel
  2. Lift hips up
  3. Interlace fingers behind your back, drawing your shoulder blades together
  4. Lift the hips higher
  5. Draw the chest toward the chin
  6. Release the hands and peel the spine back to the mat
  7. Rest, allowing the knees to come together

After practicing heart-opening postures like this, you will feel lighter, brighter and more receptive to the beautiful things around you – especially to love!

Why not try Anusara yoga, which is a yoga philosophy completely dedicated to opening the heart? Make sure you focus on your breath when undertaking any posture or practice, for the breath will tell you all you need to know… when you learn to listen.

“Get Glowing” Yoga, Energy & Natural Rejuvenation

Ibiza has magical energy – so learn how to Get Glowing and raise your vibration with  Larah, Susie, Shambala, Faye & Team as they welcome you to for an Ibizan energy infusion this springtime. Learn how to listen to your heart, tune in to your needs and energise your body and soul, with empowering Vinyasa yoga and breath work to get your energy flowing,  rebalancing massages with reiki and reflexology and 1:1 Wellbeing Coaching sessions support you recognise energy drains and map out practical strategies to maintain your positive energy back in reality.  Explore your energy-system with chakra opening meditations and  visualisations with Larah, whilst Susie supports you to invoke an exciting pranic-flow.  Morning juices are nutritionally designed and the fresh, seasonal, wheat, sugar and dairy free cuisine is laced with superfoods to boost your wellbeing.    Book direct with us and… for 2015 receive, as well as a massage, either a reflexology session OR a heaven facial!

Glow on the outside as well as within –  refresh your skin, boost circulation and invigorate your lymphatic system with natural salt & clay scrubs as we whisk you to a secluded turquoise cove for natural cleansing and healing rituals. Then, relax deeply into the softer autumn sun in the zen tranquility of our stunning retreat villa on a pine-covered hill, helping you come back to your essence and tune out the energy-zapping responsibilities, so that you can tune back in and breathe…Workshops include MET (Tapping) with Shambala, VoicEssence with Laor, Self-healing and Reiki with Faye and a Kundalini yoga experience to raise your vibrations with Trish as well as a magical cliff-top surprise.

* 4 Night Retreats – £865 / €1,095 twin-sharing en-suite & £1,165 /€1,395 single-occupancy en-suite
* 5 Night Retreats -£995 / €1,245 twin-sharing en-suite & £1,265 /€1,495 single-occupancy en-suite
* 6 Night Retreats – £1,195 / €1,395 twin-sharing en-suite / £1,495 – €1,795 single-occupancy en-suite

Susie & Larah’s intelligent yoga guidance will reawaken your passion for life: Susie’s precision asana adjustments are complemented by Larah’s deep visualizations and energetic healing, refreshing your life force with grounded inspiration and energetic awareness – enhancing your body-mind connection and building your confidence on and off the mat. Take time and space to  connect again to your inner-most wishes and needs.”

Get Glowing and learn to appreciate your whole self, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Rest amidst the many Morrocan-inspired arches of Can Amonita retreat villa –  cool off in the stunning lap pool siesta or chillax on the deck by the buddha-pond,  swim in turquoise waters of nearby Benirras beach.  Marvel at magical sunsets on your final evening, experience Ibiza’s natural beauty to rejuvenate your inspiration.

Delicious nourishment beckons you to delight in enlightening conscious cuisine, seasonal, fresh, locally sourced and as organic as possible.  Wheat, sugar and dairy free.

Yoga is taught – in the fresh smiling mornings on the yoga deck amidst the pines.

Price: 4 nights retreat from 865gbp sharing all inclusive of accommodation, conscious cuisine, teas & waters & fruit, 1:1 yoga to design your back-to-life practice, Wellbeing Coaching, morning awaken & energise yoga, MET emotional freedom technique with Shambala, Reiki and self-healing workshop with Faye, Meditations and visualisations for Opening the Chakras, evening mind-body workshops, beach trips, natural swimming &  aaaaahwesome sunset experiences in Ibiza’s magical nature. Want to stay longer?  b & b with pleasure  depending on availability.  For more information & to book: enquire here now.



Yoga & Horse-riding in Ibiza

February & March 2015 – It is the perfect time to explore Ibiza’s magical countryside, with the stunning views from being, close-to-nature, part of nature, on horse-back OR on foot.  Mother nature calms us, heals us and provides the space and the stunning settings for new life perspectives, bringing about a natural feeling of wellbeing.  And, with yoga and breath work each morning, you will reconnect your head and your heart, experience new levels of enjoyment in the saddle and a deeper connection to and feeling for your horse.  For individuals, friends and mothers and daughters who want to share a special experience.You can also dd horse-riding to either the Just Stop! or Get Glowing Retreats.

You do not need to be yoga or horse-riding experts! This retreat is open to ALL levels, and is an opportunity to, disconnect from stress and pressures, to enjoy the space and time to breathe deep and reconnect with nature – and each other – to bond and become closer, whilst developing a yoga practice to complement your everyday life with techniques to strengthen body and mind.  Open your lungs to the salty purifying sea air with a long beach walk and pine-scented cliff-top sunset hike.  Relax and let go with a massage on arrival and a Bowen session with Lizzy to bring your body, mind and energy back into balance.  Nourish yourself with delicious vegetarian soul-food and enjoy 2 evenings of free time to adventure into some of Ibiza’s most atmospheric evening eateries.

With Ibiza Retreats’ mind-body-spirit concierge service to connect you with optional treatments & therapies from reflexology to acupuncture and facials.  Our team will help you tailor-make your time by tuning you into  the most special places to discover….  you can go with the flow and totally relax

Price: from 695 gbp sharing 899 euros

Please read here for further information!

* 1 x extra night b&b can be arranged with pleasure – at 120 euros for 2 x people sharing.


Pure Yoga Holidays 2015

Dive in to our Ibizan flow yoga holiday this summer-time.  Retreat into Ibiza’s spiritual heartland with 4 of Ibiza’s finest yoga teachers and enjoy the personalized support of Ibiza Retreats´ Susie Howell and Larah Davis, with Arun Eden-Lewis and Nora Belton, combining over 70 years of yogic knowledge and experience.    Learn how to develop your own yoga flow, reconnect with your inner-wisdom and deepen your practice and understanding, with plenty of time to chillax and soak up the summer vibes.  Let us guide you through a refreshing exploration of the 8 limbs of real yoga – Ibiza style, and move beyond the asanas to create a truly holistic practice that enables you to open and strengthen body & mind.  Remove limitations and find your rhythm and flow for life.  This revitalizing and relaxing yoga holiday is set in a stunning zen-ashram retreat villa, with all home comforts so you can luxuriate in the tranquility, swim in the Balinese lap-pool, siesta in the shade of the trees.  All rooms en-suite from 995 GBP sharing. 

Ibiza Retreats signature Ibiza Yoga Holiday offers Dynamic Morning Vinyasa Flow Yoga practices, balanced with time to chill-out at the beach, shop at the hippy markets, massage and pamper with treatments, swim in turquoise seas or siesta by the stunning lap-pool or shake a tail feather or two if the mood of the moment takes you!

Embrace the Free Spirit of Ibiza and learn how to go with YOUR flow – on and off the mat.

Make the most of our mind-body-spirit concierge service to find the hidden gems… beaches…  coves…   sparkling cliff-top sunsets…

If you wish, enjoy optional evening workshops, for deepening your practice, focus on pranayama, meditation, live music kirtan with mantras under the stars, mudras & bhandas, restorative yoga and self-healing massage.  Each guest receives a 1:1 yoga & holistic wellness consultation at the beginning for us to understand your needs…. so we can support you to develop confidence on – and off – the mat.   Conscious yogic cuisine brunches & 4 x suppers (vegetarian, wheat & dairy free yet utterly delicious!) is balanced with some light & lively nights out to celebrate life IF you feel you want to let your hair down with your newly restored energy!

Massage aches & pains away with an a la carte menu of pool-side treatments & therapies.

Treat yourself to a gorgeous Ibiza-yoga-flow, be spontaneous and do what feels good on and off the mat with some of the island’s finest teachers coming together to give you a mind-opening, heart-wowing time. Enquire here now.