If you want to find the secrets of the universe think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration
Nada yoga is a powerful spiritual path
which combines the therapeutic principles of Yoga and Sound
in one complete approach, where our whole existence
is purified through the strong effect the vibrations
of the sounds we focus on have on our being.
BENEFITS OF NADA YOGA
• reduction of stress and anxiety •
• mental & emotional clarity •
• deep relaxation, feeling of happiness and well being •
• stimulation of the immune system •
Human emotions have their immediate expression through sound,
and it is often the repression of the sound of the emotions that creates emotional blockages.
Conversely, sound can be used to unlock the blocked emotions and release them with ease and grace.
For the few days that we will share on this beautiful island our practice will include
a combination of yoga classes and meditations focusing on sound,
with the purpose to restore vibratory frequencies of the body, mind, and soul that are out-of-harmony.
About the island
about the island...
Anafi is a small island situated on the south eastern side of Cyclades, close to Santorini.
Due to its small size and few inhabitants, Anafi remains a pure island, untouched by mass tourism.
It has only one village and numerous crystal beaches around its coastline.
Chora, the capital village, is constructed on the mountain slopes and offers a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea, as well as unforgettable sunsets and sunrises.
The village is built on the ruins of a venetian castle, with the distinct Cycladic architecture of small white houses and blue window frames, decorated by colorful flowers.
Isolated in its simplicity, Anafi is the ideal location for this alternative retreat.
hiking we can do...
The best way to get to know Anafi, is through the amazing trekking trails.
Many tours will be organised during our stay in order to explore this very special island.
Starting from Hora, the main village, we will wonder off and discover breathtaking sights and virgin beaches of unspeakable beauty.
The highlight will be the exciting hike to the gigantic rock of Kalamos, the second largest solid rock in the Mediterranean after Gibraltar. This rocky formation, in the eastern edge of the island, is particularly renowned to the experienced climbers and mountaineers.
The trek has an approximate duration of 90 minutes in an ascent of 461 meters.
An old monastery lies at the top with a 360-degree view of the sea and the surrounding islands in the horizon.
The excursion will begin at early dawn in order to reach the top in time for a silent meditation during sunrise, an undoubtedly unforgettable experience.
There are many options for accommodation either close to Roukounas beach or on the traditional Cycladic village.
Morning classes will take place during sunrise, on a quiet spot at Roukounas beach.
The evening classes will take place during sunset on an amazing roof in the main village.
In Roukounas, there are only 3 double rooms and one larger room for 4 people, just above the family Tavern which is a few meters from the beach. The rooms are simple and cute, with a nice view of the garden and sea.
* Something we consider important is that there is no phone and wifi connection in the whole area of Roukounas.
Guest who choose to stay here, must be prepared to disconnect and detox from phones and screens for a few days.
For those who prefer or have obligations between the classes, there are many more options for accommodation in the village, where most rooms have wifi and great phone signal.
how to get there...
You can come to Anafi by boat either from Athens (8-12 hours depending on the boat) or from Santorini (about 1hour and 30minutes)
* Athens – Anafi
Friday 3/9 at 18.00 arriving Saturday 4/9 at 6.30
Same boat goes through Santorini at dawn (about 4.00-5.00am)
* Anafi – Athens
Thursday 9/9 at 23.50 arriving Friday 10/9 at about 11.00
Please contact us for suggestions and advice for you travelling arrangements.
Anafi remains a pure island,
still untouched by mass tourism
with one small traditional village and amazing trekking trails
leading to the most beautiful unexplored beaches.
The clear landscape and the endless view of the horizon
offer the ideal environment for our retreat.
All you need to know
This retreat will take place in the beginning of September
From Saturday 3th until Thursday 8th of September 2021
Our daily schedule...
Arrival – free day for resting and adjusting
19.30-21.00 Meeting Circle – Short meditation
Sunday 4/9 – Wednesday 7/9
06.30-8.00 yoga practice
10.00-19.00 free time
19.30-21.00 yoga practice
6.00-8.00 last yoga practice
11.00-18.00 free time
18.00-20.00 closing circle
about the classes...
A unique combination of traditional Hatha Yoga and Jivamukti method will characterise this years end of the summer retreat with Polyxeni Aklidi.
Polixeni will guide us through a dynamic flow, which will prepare and heat the body within the rhythm of the breath. The intention of our practice will be the focus of the mind and the calmness that derives when we become aware of our body and our breath. We will try to find ease and lightness even in the most demanding moments of asana practice.
Special emphasis will be given to music, sounds and mantra, as well as references to Indian philosophy and poetry.
On the other hand in the classes led by Marilou we will have the opportunity to insist on some poses, paying closer attention to alignment and all necessary adjustments in order to ensure a safe practice.
When we coordinate movement with the breath, paying attention to the sensations in the body,
completely feeling the experience without any judgment or expectations,
respecting our boundaries with self-compassion and kindness,
yoga becomes a mindful exercise in itself and it becomes a meditative practice.
The class is open to all levels including students who have made their first steps in the practice and would like to look deeper into awareness and focus of mind. Variations and adjustments will be given when needed, as always.
*The Jivamukti Yoga method was created by Sharron Gannon and David Life.
It is influenced from the traditional practice of Astanga, the spiritual teachings of Shri Brahmananda Sarasvati and Swami Nirmalananda, as well as from the american experimental art scene of the 80s.
Participation cost: 160€
* Special price for our students and guests from previous retreats 100€
What is included:
Morning meditaion & pranayama sessions on the beach
Morning and evening yoga practice with a breathtaking view of the sea and sunset
Silent trekking tours through amazing paths
Transportation to/from the port
There is an option for a healthy and delicious breakfast at 30€ per person for all 5 days.
Prices vary depending on your choice of accommodation.
Most are 40€ per night for a double room
The price per person one way is 35€ and if you like to book a cabin the price is 63€
Since the maximum of people per group is 12, we advise you to book as early as possible.
To do so, please send us an email with the subject Yoga Retreat September 2022 at firstname.lastname@example.org and don’t forget to mention
– your name
– your phone number
You will receive a confirmation email, with a short medical questionnaire to fill in and a back account in order to send a small deposit of 30€ to finalise your reservation.
In case of cancellation less than 20 days before the starting date, the deposit is not refundable.
What to bring...
yoga mat, meditation blanket or large towel, hat, sunglasses, comfortable clothes and walking shoes.
music instruments are more than welcome
photo credits Arez Metta
Polyxeni’s love for yoga and acting lead her to travel around the world from Brazil to India, Costa Rica, the United States and the UK, where she had the opportunity to connect with important teachers and also to share her knowledge and inspiration on the way. Although she has been studying extensively and completed many teacher trainings within various and diverse yoga traditions, in 2015 she became aquatinted with Jivamukti method, which offered her the possibility to combine elements that inspire her, like philosophy, poetry, music, asanas and the breath.
She completed her Jivamukti teacher training in Costa Rica, with Sharon Gannon, David Life and Yogeswari.
She is grateful for the time she spent with Sri Prem Baba in Rishikesh India, with Tyohar in PachaMama in Costa Rica and all the simple people who know the ways of nature in the forests of Central Brazil.
She has been an assistant instructor for the 200hr teacher trainings of Swaha Yoga Centre, Evergreen Studios, Feldenkrais Centre and HotAshram.
She cherishes having the opportunity to share her yoga practice, combining asana, meditation, chanting, yogic philosophy, poetry and literature in order to inspire people to live with more awareness and love for themselves and other sentient beings.
Marilou started practicing yoga from an early age with different yoga instructors in Greece and abroad. In 2006 she started working at Shantom, where she also participated in theoretical and practical workshops with Leda Shantala.
In 2010 she received her first Yoga Teacher Training Diploma (RYT 200hr) from Sivananda Vedanta Centre and in 2013 she completed the Advanced Teacher Training Course (RYT 500hr) in Ghyta Yoga School with Michalis Filinis (both centers accredited by the Yoga Alliance International).
She was naturally drawn to the Iyengar way, which she has been practicing over the last years with Zoi Gaitanidou at Yoga Summit.
She also continues to enrich her knowledge participating in classes and workshops on different yoga styles with many inspiring teachers (Alessandro Ortona, Ephrat Michelson, Ana Forrest, Angela Farmer, Constantinos Giannetakis).taking classes and participating in workshops with many inspiring instructors.
Her classes focus also on detail, precision and the structural alignment of the body, always with respect to individual boundaries and limitations.