Iyengar Yoga Retreat… in Sifnos island

This retreat is especially designed to revive body, mind and soul,
through an intense Iyengar Yoga workshop with our beloved and inspiring certified teacher Zoi Gaitanidou (Junior Intermediate III).

Iyengar is a form of hatha yoga in which the focus is on detail, precision and the structural alignment of the body, gained through the development of asanas. It is considered to be a powerful tool for relieving the stress of modern life, in turn helping to promote overall physical and spiritual well-being.

In contrast to other yoga styles, in Iyengar the asanas can not be performed quickly and mechanically. Time is required to get correctly into a posture and find stability. Only then it is possible to hold the position and deepen in its essence, obtaining in full the benefits it has to offer.

Taking under consideration that every body is different and every one has different strong and weak points, B.K.S Iyengar developed the use of props to support and help students perform the asanas correctly, minimising the risk of injury or strain. Belts, blocks and blankets make the postures accessible to all body types and ages.

Between the morning and evening yoga classes there will be plenty of free time to relax and enjoy the island. We will have the opportunity to swim in the crystal clear water, relax on beautiful sandy beaches or wonder off to explore the island through the numerous amazing paths.

“Yoga allows you to find a new kind of freedom that you may not have known ever existed”

B.K.S Iyengar

All you need to know about this retreat

Sifnos is an island of 74 square km and belongs to the western Cyclades.

The island is surrounded by crystal clear waters that take all the imaginable shades of blue.
There are many small taverns by the sea, serving fresh fish and lots of local delicacies.
The shade of the tamarisk trees, offers a relaxing hideaway during the day.

There are many cute little villages, with traditional white houses, churches, pottery workshops and windmills scattered all over.

From the very first moment you arrive on the island, you will feel the relaxing atmosphere and energy inviting you to surrender to an unforgettable experience.

The island has more than 100 km of professionally marked trails, one of the largest trail networks in the Aegean.
Together we will explore some of the (19 in total) beautiful trails, combined with a swim in a secluded bay, experiencing the island in a completely different and unexpected way.

Our schedule for the week includes many activities including daily yoga practice, meditation sessions and trekking tours, but also plenty of free time for everyone to enjoy this unique island depending on their needs and preferences.

Friday 26/6
Arrival – free day

Saturday 27/6-Tuesday 30/6
07.00 yoga practice
09:00 breakfast
10:00 free time/excursions
18:30 yoga practice
20:30 dinner

Wednesday 1/7
Departure – free day

* small changes may occur depending on the conditions

Our classes will take place on the beautiful yoga deck of Verina Terra Hotel.

Set amidst ancient olive trees and with the sea just a few steps away, Verina Terra at Platys Gialos is an exclusive boutique Greek hotel complex comprised of 4 apartments, 4 double rooms and 2 separate suites.
Please contact us for more information and reservations as soon as possible, in order to ensure availability.

In any case there are more accommodation options nearby, so please let us know if you need assistance in finding the best option for you.

160€ per person

2 iyengar yoga classes per day
meditation & pranayama sessions
trekking tours/other creative activities

15€ per day for a delicious and healthy buffet

not included:
Accommodation (depends on your choice)
Airfare and Boat transfer
Personal expenses
Travel insurance
vat 24%

There are 3-4 boat trips from Athens to Sifnos per day, taking about 2-3 hours depending on the type of boat.
Take a look at openseas.gr or viva.gr to find the routes more convenient for you, or contact us for assistance.

In order to register for our retreat in the island of Sifnos please send us an email at info@lucreativestudio.gr with subject ‘iyengar yoga retreat

Please mention the following information:
– full name
– contact telephone number
– type of accommodation needed (single, shared, camping)

We will then send you a confirmation email with all necessary information, as well as a short medical questionnaire to fill out.
You will be requested to make a deposit of 50€ to secure your place.

comfortable clothes, hat, walking shoes and sunblock.

the instructors

Zoi Gaitanidou is an experienced and inspiring Iyengar yoga teacher practicing for over 15 years.
She has attended classes at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), which is the centre from which she received her certification of Junior Intermediate III. She continues to enrich her knowledge and deepen her practice through workshops with senior teachers worldwide.

Marilou started practicing yoga at 2002 guided by her beloved Leda Shantala, one of the first yoga teachers in Greece. She completed her first Yoga Teacher Training at Sivananda Vedanta Centre in 2010 and the Advanced Teacher Training at Ghyta Yoga School in 2013. She was naturally drawn to the Iyengar way, which she has been practicing over the last years with Zoi.