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A retreat in the white isle of Ibiza

September 1, 2014 by Kelly Brooks 

By Kelly Brooks IMG_9689 Having spent the past 5 years in Ibiza following my favourite DJ's around the super clubs, coming to Ibiza on a yoga retreat was a big change for me. I’d never spent any time in the North of the island it was worlds apart from the party island I had once experienced. But now I was here for a yoga retreat. Ibiza yoga is set in the North of the island. I had never realised how peaceful and remote the north of the island was. The landscape is striking views of mountains covered with barren landscape. This part of the Balearic island has white sandy beaches and is quieter than the mayhem of clubbing in the south. IMG_9658 The taxi from the airport is a 45 - 50 euros fair which prevents you wanting to head to the clubs, if you are on a budget. Ibiza yoga offers itself as an affordable yoga holiday retreat with a beautiful setting; both villas are perfectly placed next to Benirras beach which is just a 5 minute walk. The beach has a drumming celebration every Sunday and there is a bi weekly local market selling clothes and bags amongst other things as well. IMG_9660 I shared a bed in a pagoda's for 6 nights. The pagoda's are a short walk up a rocky path from the main house, they look impressive in the hillside setting out as you drive up to the main house. The set up is very basic, with a shared outdoor toilet and shower facility but you have no need to spend time in your room. The Pagoda could get cold at night depending on the time of year. So take warm clothes in cooler periods and eye masks and ear plugs are a necessity. Don’t be confused, there are two different Ibiza Yoga villas within walking distance from each other, shared by the same company. Hotel Palmas is on the other side of the road and is the more luxurious of the two with a pool and the yoga terrace has a view of the bay. Guests at Hotel Roca are not to share the facilities or the yoga. IMG_9761 The yoga is intense because it is three hours, every morning, but it is awesome and you feel great at the end of the session. We practiced on the rooftop which is a stunning setting; it has shade but gets very warm. The yoga we practiced is similar to rocket yoga so very powerful and strong. The classes would take place from 9am-12pm which is hard to do on an empty stomach. Sometimes lunch can be up to an hour after the class, but there were always yogurts, fruit and breakfast cereal available everyday all day, along with tea and coffee. The lunch meal is the only warm meal Ibiza yoga offers so you can make your own arrangements for dinner. The teachers are internationally renowned and change throughout the season, details here. Elizabeth Grolle was our teacher for the week, she taught a strong Rocket inspired class which was awesome. She teaches around London and internationally and her website for more details or on Facebook here. The resort offers different treatments and excursions. I didn't experience any of them but the other girls did recommend the massages. I missed the welcome meeting turning up a day late so I was a little unsure of what was going on sometimes. But everyone was helpful. One of the frustrating things was the Internet wasn't working for much of the week, which was hard when I was reliant on using it for work but for other guests it wasn't an issue. It was a great place to escape too and one of the cheaper options mainly because it is a little basic. For me it was great because I came for the yoga, to strengthen myself and deepen my practice and the classes were awesome. I was also really lucky with the group of people who were there, everyone was on the same level and travelling here on my own it was a blessing to practice with such a lovely group of people who I hope I will keep in touch with when I am back in London! I feel healthy and stronger and have never practiced yoga on that level for a week before which was exactly what I wanted. I would definitely recommend this place if I you were not too bothered about the living arrangements or there is always the option to stay in Villa Roca or the luxury Villa Palma if you can afford to. Keep up to date with what’s happening in the yoga scene around London & the UK by subscribing to the om exchange newsletter here, checking out the website events section and following on Facebook and Twitter IMG_9758