On Thursday 27 June I travelled with a friend to Sardinia to experience: "Sardinia" Yoga," in the North of the Island at Porto Cervo, and its 4 star hotel, The Grand Hotel.
We decided to stay for 4 nights, giving us 3 days of yoga and relaxation. You can pick and choose your dates and the length of your stay. The normal yoga week runs from a Saturday to Saturday, so we met 4 teachers and 2 groups of fellow yogis.
We had to arrange our own flights and flew from Gatwick to Olbia, on Easy Jet. Sardinia Yoga arranged the rest, including transfers, accomodation and breakfast and brunch. Bottled water was provided free of charge and was in the room on arrival.
Friday was our first day of Yoga. Yoga began at 8am till 10am, just after a very light breakfast.
My first teacher was Olga Kumaran a wonderful spiritual teacher who taught a strong vinyasa class. This consisted of numerous powerful sun salutations and variations, a great hip opening sequence with pigeon pose, cow face pose legs, and double pigeon, and some strong inversions including handstand and the wheel/crab. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the relaxation at the end! Particularly so as, while in Savasana, Olga massaged the back of our necks, temples and foreheads with scented oils - A beautiful touch.
Vinyasa Yoga took place on the lower yoga deck, (there were 2 decks). The wooden decks were painted white, and the whole deck was covered in a white awning/voil to protect us from the warm rays of the sun. Mats, belts and blocks were also provided.
Then came a buffet brunch: lovely food and juices, ranging from melon, pineapple and grapes, to mozerella and basil salads drizzled in oil; to scrambled eggs and meats, quiches, rice dishes and cheeses and breads. Something for vegetarians and vegans and meat eaters too. The teachers and other yogis all sat together at this time.
The rest of the day was ours to explore the island, lounge by the beautiful pool and bar, and do our own thing.
On the second day I joined the vinyasa class again, with Olga. Later, we arranged with another teacher Dan Gelbium, who was going to teach the Hatha class from Saturday, to give us a group workshop on opening the hips. This was arranged for 4pm and was 60 Euros, shared between the 6 of us that attended. Dan used his own hatha yoga techniques, consisting of fine movements, to increase the body's openness and flexibility. A very informative and different class - highly recommended.
My final teacher was Jennifer Ellis, who was very welcoming and peaceful. Again this was a strong vinyasa class. She had some lovely individual touches like lifting the front toes up and back heel up in parvottanasana, intensifying the stretches to the hamstrings and calves; and a well crafted warrior sequence.
We arranged another workshop with Dan; this time on opening the shoulders. Again, lovely soft and flowing movements were used to realign and create space in the body. This was very powerful workshop and really did me good.
So the good things: The yoga and teaching were very good; the hotel and rooms were lovely, comfortable and secure. The weather was warm and sunny at 30 degrees everyday. The pool was quiet and relaxing. The food was delicious and plentiful. The local restaurant Hivaoa was delicious, friendly and highly recommended too.
What was not so good for me was that there were other hotel guests, who were not involved in yoga, staying at the hotel. They were a little bit loud in the evenings, but luckily I had packed my earplugs. This wouldn't be a problem if you were looking to stay up late and party and hang with the cool crowd.
By the end of the long weekend, I left feeling happy, relaxed, healthy and strong; and I would love to visit again very soon.
The cost, without spending money, for 4 nights, was £475 per person for bed, breakfast and brunch and 2 hours of yoga a day. 30 Euros per person each way, for taxi transfers to the hotel from the airport at Olbia. Flights were around £160 return per person.
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