Win Island Yoga Retreat

This summer two South African yogis, Lara Boshoff and Theresa Moodie, will be co-hosting the first yoga and well-being retreat of its kind on the beautiful island of Corsica. Imagine 5 days and 4 nights of morning Vinyasa flow classes, hikes through the magnificent countryside, healthy vegetarian meals, holistic body treatments and evening yoga sessions to rest, relax and rejuvenate!

Destination Namaste is giving one lucky person the chance to win a spot on this amazing retreat worth R16 000. 

TO ENTER, simply tell us how yoga has made a difference in your life in the comment section at the bottom of this post, then follow the link, https://www.gleam.io/fb/mAsZH

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Close to Porto-Vecchio, in the South of Corsica, we will welcome you into a luxury, cosy, modern villa, 10 km away from some of Corsica’s most beautiful beaches, with hiking trails at your doorstep.

This villa has a beautiful terrace overlooking the valley of Figari, where you can enjoy your breakfast in serenity, with pure nature, and the scent of the mysterious ‘maquis’  around you.

All daily holistic meals, picnics on the beach, beverages, indoor/outdoor yoga classes, holistic treatments, hikes, outings and shuttle services from Figari airport are included.

Flights and other activities such as horseback riding, kite-surfing, kayaking, diving and paddle-boarding, are not included but can also be organised upon request. With an interest of providing an intimate, exclusive experience for all our guests, places are limited and we will only accept a maximum of 10 people.

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An idea of what a day with us could look like:

  • Gentle wake up
  • Morning yoga class – 90 minutes indoors or outdoors (weather permitting)
  • Breakfast is served
  • Hike, walk, swim around the island
  • Lunch is served
  • Afternoon quiet time / holistic treatment
  • Introduction to the Philosophy of Yoga
  • Short break
  • Evening Yoga Class
  • Dinner is served

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Prize to the value of 900 euros, all inclusive meals, accommodation and holistic treatments. Please note, this prize excludes flights. Competition closes: 29 February 2016

Contact: Email: destination.namaste@gmail.com
Website: www.destiantionnamaste.com

Photo credit: blog.goalmap.com

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22 Comments
  • Katherine Hyman

    February 12, 2016 at 8:54 am Reply

    My first yoga class was over 6 years ago but I started to consistently deepen my practice in 2013 as a means to over come grief and trauma. Through my daily practice I continue to transform into my best possible self. Yoga has helped me to have confidence, develop a greater level of self-awareness and simply to be kind. Through my practice I have realized the power of intention setting and of course the pure joy of playing upside down. I just love knowing everyday I can come to my mat and start again. Practice and all is coming.

  • Sheri Goldberg

    February 12, 2016 at 9:01 am Reply

    I practiced Yoga for the very first time whilst on Honeymoon in Bali last year and it’ll be a memory and experience I will treasure for the rest of my life. Imagine the scene… picturesque Nusa Dua, one incredible Balinese Yoga instructor, my husband and I in a serene setting in the middle of nature. It was and is one of the absolute best memories and it made me take up Yoga on my return back to Cape Town. Yoga is the only form of exercise that I have ever done that has allowed me to completely switch off from the outside world and focus on myself. It’s incredible and I understand why Yoga fans get hooked for life. It’s not only a form of exercise but a way of life and it has certainly impacted my life in the best way possible.

  • NICOLE JANE ANDREWS

    February 12, 2016 at 9:12 am Reply

    I started yoga to get into better shape; but it is now so much more than that for me! I look forward to each and every class 🙂 I feel healthier and stronger than ever before. As someone who has suffered with anxiety for many years, it calms and relaxes me like I can’t believe. A class at the end of the day washes all my work stress away.

  • Magdalena Mroz

    February 12, 2016 at 10:22 am Reply

    Yoga has been such a blessing in my life because it keeps me centered and focused amidst a life of constant stress and the hustle and bustle of living in the city. I love yoga because it keeps me sane and I always see such a difference in my behaviour when I stop doing yoga; I become less patient and lose my cool much easier. So to say that yoga is a life-saver is a big understatement, because to me, yoga gives me a better quality life. 🙂

  • Alex Royal

    February 12, 2016 at 10:30 am Reply

    YOGA, it’s made me appreciate and enjoy the small beautiful things in this fast crazy life.

  • Anastasia Dellis

    February 12, 2016 at 2:37 pm Reply

    Yoga means union to me.
    Union of my body, mind and soul.
    Union with all living beings.
    Union to this incredible universe and higher consciousness.

    I arrived on my yoga mat for the first time, with a broken heart and very long list of childhood/ teenage issues, like most, I was there mainly for physical benefits.
    I soon realised the powerful emotional and physical healing benefits of my beautiful practice .

    I will forever be grateful for every life lesson I receive whenever I show up on my mat, continuously growing and evolving into the best version of myself. Body, mind and soul.

  • Nicol Lee Bergins

    February 12, 2016 at 4:33 pm Reply

    Wow what an amazing giveaway.
    I started yoga a few years ago and since then it has changed my life for the better. Stress levels go down, my mind is clear to think about the things that are important in life and to let go of the things I have no power in changing and accepting them. I must say yoga is my go to exercise. It’s a hard one to explain to people who do not do yoga but it is all round healing for my mind, body and spirit.

  • Helien

    February 13, 2016 at 4:52 pm Reply

    Yoga has been the most calming and gentle guide in times of uncertainty and change. Now that I am, yet again, at a crossroad serenity and clarity from yoga will show the way.

  • Larissa Lach

    February 14, 2016 at 1:36 am Reply

    Yoga brings me into my body. And every time I engage, it reminds me of the value of the present moment….and that is all there is.

  • Jacqueline Fadda

    February 14, 2016 at 2:05 am Reply

    I have been practicing yoga for over 30 years. It helped me enormously with the birth of my three children. I healed rapidly from a back operation and in general all my health issues have been aided by yoga. The major advantage for me over the years has been the peace and quiet that follows the practice of yoga and meditation. The inner turmoil disappears.

  • Blanché Carstens

    February 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm Reply

    My very good friend Lisa, arrived back from London about 3 years ago and whenever I called her she was always saying…..I just got home from “yoga” . I was like.. why are you even doing yoga, it’s soooo boring, worst workout ever I thought to myself. She was like have you tried yoga before? Why don’t you join me for a class sometime. Like they….the rest is history. After my first class I was completely hooked:-). Yoga has changed my life in so many ways, however the biggest changes for me is my awareness & my new ability to observe my thoughts and emotions and understand that I am neither. This realization has been both profound and liberating! The ability to notice what I am feeling or when I start getting anxious, judgemental etc. as well as the things I say about myself and about others is really helpful as I can take corrective action asap. Yoga has also helped me appreciate my body by realizing that my body is the vessel which allows me to feel awesome as well as do pretty amazing poses. There is nothing better than seeing gradual improvements and then finally mastering a posture. Yoga has helped to listen to my body and show it love & kindness and because I can show this to myself, I can easily extend this to others as well. I definitely feel like yoga has helped me be the best version of myself and I constantly look forward to my time on my mat! #Namaste

  • Blanché Carstens

    February 16, 2016 at 5:22 pm Reply

    My very good friend Lisa, arrived back from London about 3 years ago and whenever I called her she was always saying…..I just got home from “yoga” . I was like.. why are you even doing yoga, it’s soooo boring, worst workout ever I thought to myself. She was like have you tried yoga before? Why don’t you join me for a class sometime. Like they….the rest is history. After my first class I was completely hooked:-). Yoga has changed my life in so many ways, however the biggest changes for me is my awareness & my new ability to observe my thoughts and emotions and understand that I am neither. This realization has been both profound and liberating! The ability to notice what I am feeling or when I start getting anxious, judgmental etc. as well as the things I say about myself and about others is really helpful as I can take corrective action asap. Yoga has also helped me appreciate my body by realizing that my body is the vessel which allows me to feel awesome as well as do pretty amazing poses. There is nothing better than seeing gradual improvements and then finally mastering a posture. Yoga has helped to listen to my body and show it love & kindness and because I can show this to myself, I can easily extend this to others as well. I definitely feel like yoga has helped me be the best version of myself and I constantly look forward to my time on my mat! #Namaste

  • Margaret Gallagher

    February 18, 2016 at 12:39 am Reply

    Yoga has made a complete difference to my lifestyle overall fitness happiness each day
    I’ve never felt as calm and peaceful by meditating each day practicing mindfulness I have experienced greater acceptance of who I am and where I want to go and also more accepting of others

    Truely changed my whole lofe

  • Lauren Frank

    February 19, 2016 at 9:12 am Reply

    Yoga helps me to gain more control over my anxiety and depression and allows me to become more aware of where my issues lie. By practicing yoga, It ensures that I take the time to be alone with my body and mind which is almost impossible these days.

    Besides the connection it has with healing my thought processes it is a great workout! I loooove the way it makes my body feel ❤

    I would do anything to be able to experience a retreat like this, it will definitely help me to get on the right track again.

  • Dania P

    February 19, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply

    Yoga is a challenge for me.
    I first did yoga more than 14 years ago, and since then, have had an on-again-off-again relationship with it…For me, it is a mental, emotional and physical challenge. My legs quiver, my arms tremble, and my mind wanders. I recently started at an outdoor yoga class. The first time, staring up at the sky – my mind thinking about everything I had to do that day and my heart bleeding over a boy – all I felt that we did was roll around and stretch a bit.
    However, I couldn’t walk for three days thereafter…
    It made me stop and reconsider the benefits to my body, it made me remember how – over the 14 years, no matter how difficult I found it, I have always reaped deep and lasting physical advantages from attending yoga.
    It made me go back, and then back again.
    And now, slowly after a few months, I am learning to still my mind; to put aside the emotions, to breathe in the wide open sky, to breathe out my angst and worry, to apply the meditations of yoga to my life – to live in truth and clarity. Slowly, I am getting stronger and yet more supple. And while there are days when the effort seems to much, slowly I am starting to recognise how yoga offers a stillness in the chaos of life and lends a moment of absolute perspective in a frantic day.

  • Nina Carelse

    February 20, 2016 at 1:11 pm Reply

    ” You are not your ego”.

    This is what yoga means to me.

    Moving away from western ideals and fast paced of living and becoming more grounded. Grounded in practice and in love for others and yourself. Love for knowing your own limitations and strengths and for letting the ego go.

    Being happy enjoying the silence with others, but content with enjoying the silence

    P.S. Whilst this post was a self reflective one, the word “I” was avoided.. Yoga is a journey which has to be personalized but the journey is not an isolated one.

    Let us humble ourselves.

    Wishing all the yogi’s best of luck!! X

  • Alix Rother

    February 21, 2016 at 11:15 am Reply

    In 2013 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) which came as a big shock to me as I have always lead a healthy and active lifestyle. All of a sudden I was gaining weight, breaking out and falling into a depression. Aspects in my life that I once had so much control over were slipping out of my hands. I couldn’t sleep, my stress levels were high, I ate terribly and I lost motivation to exercise. I started sabotaging myself, which only worsened my PCOS. Finally, after a lot of work and help from friends and family, I got back to my active self. I started taking yoga as a way to force myself to sit down, relax and focus on mindfulness. Yoga has helped me to not only take back control of myself, but also to balance my hormones by destressing my body. I have a much better mindset and outlook on life. My body has returned itself back to normal and I can reassure myself that I am far from any of the health consequences that PCOS brings about. I contribute the mending of friendships that took a toll during that awful year after diagnosis, to yoga. Yoga is now part of my active lifestyle and better flexibility has put itself on my list of goals! I’m looking forward to exploring more styles of yoga and gaining more peacefulness within myself while I continue to kick PCOS in the butt!

  • Emily van der Merwe

    February 23, 2016 at 8:02 am Reply

    Yoga has saved me, like it has for so many others like me. It teaches me to be better everyday: more loving and accepting of myself, and more patient with others. Yoga is not a way to escape reality – it helps me to deal with whatever I experience in a more real way. It teaches me everyday to be more present.

  • Michelle Cory

    February 23, 2016 at 9:58 am Reply

    Dear Yoga,
    Thank you for teaching me to love myself:
    I love my arms, because I use them for hugs, and to reach for the sky.
    I love my feet, because the waves and sand run through my toes at the beach.
    I love my lips, because they let me blow kisses.
    I love my spine, because it let’s me stand tall and proud.
    I love my legs, because they keep me grounded.
    I love my face, because it lights up when I smile.
    I love my butt, because it will always be the perfect backup.
    I love my ribs, because the keep my heart safe.
    I love my fingers, because the entangle in yours.
    I love my stomach, because it nourishes me.
    I love my back, because I can turn it on things I don’t like.
    I love my lungs, because they let me breath in the beauty of this world.
    I love my knees, because the help me get down.
    I love myself, because I’m beautiful, just like you.
    (Poem originally from Jamal Brown)

  • Karen

    February 23, 2016 at 10:19 am Reply

    Before I found yoga, I was a short tempered, irritable, unfocussed, out of shape and basically a bitch. It took my life falling apart as a result of my lack of mindfulness to finally get me onto my mat for real – and not just a Monday’s exercise routine… but once I did, it was completely transformative. I owe my ‘getting to know me’ to yoga, to being intuitive, and to giving myself a break. I took my head out the sand and started to see certain things for what they were and questioned more. Yoga makes me real.

  • Natasha Fernandes

    February 24, 2016 at 3:17 pm Reply

    Namaste, My first love was always dance and then I found yoga… I remember doing my first yoga class about 16 years ago when I was still living in the hustle and bustle of London life. My friend’s housemate was teaching an informal class at her home and I had no idea what to expect, but it was the beginning of a whole new world for me. As soon as I step onto my mat to practice it’s like I’m transported into another place & time where my focus is only on the breath, the movement, the peace, the now. Just pure bliss! Om shanti…

  • Maria Sayde

    March 1, 2016 at 7:41 am Reply

    ​Maria is a yoga teacher and creative arts therapist. Maria studied psychology at York university and in 2013 she moved to New York City to specialize in art therapy. While living in New York, Maria decided to try a yoga class to see what all the ‘hype’ was about, that decision would changed her life forever! Amazed at how the practice alleviated the stresses of school and of being far from home, and helped her achieve a much needed personal balance, she began tapping into all forms of yoga and meditation.

    After completing her Art Therapy certification in NYC and returning to Toronto, she continued her passion for yoga and completed the 200hr yoga teacher training in Toronto.

    Yoga has been a part of Maria’s life for over three years now, and her practice has helped her grow stronger, more flexible, and fearless, both on and off the mat. Yoga inspires her to live each moment more mindfully. Her laid back style of teaching is very fluid in movement and sequencing. She see’s yoga as a dance of mindful flow and breath.

    To Maria, being fearless is freedom. The freedom she feels when she practices yoga and meditation. Freedom from judgement, freedom from question, freedom from the consumption our mind and body intake on a daily basis. To Maria yoga is poetry, it sings songs of morality and life, and flows energy of love and spirit. In times of grief and despair, anger and confusion, joy and passion, yoga is always freeing.

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