Posted Jan 18, 2014

Yoga at the Retreat

Yoga is a massive topic and we get asked many questions by beginners, experienced yogis and teachers alike. Don't be shy, if you can't find the answer to your question below, or in are other FAQ sections, please write to us at
What does the daily schedule look like?
Each teacher schedules the retreat differently, depending on their yoga style and the sun rise and sun set times as well as the daytime temperatures. We normally have a good idea of what the schedule will be for each teacher so you can ask us, but we are very flexible and happy to make changes according to the needs of the individual group.
Yoga On the beach Below Yoga Rocks
On which days does the yoga start and finish?
Most people arrive for the retreat on the Saturday so they can settle in and the first class is Sunday morning. The last yoga class is normally Friday morning, leaving Friday afternoon free for absorbing your week and relaxation. Occasionally a group may do Friday afternoon and, rarer still, a Saturday morning yoga class.
What type of yoga is good for me?
There are many different styles of yoga with many different ways of teaching them. At Yoga Rocks we like to look to the similarities between styles rather than the differences! However, some styles are more suitable for some people than others, so you can write to us to see which retreat might suit you best. What's often more important than the style is the personality and experience of the teacher - our teachers are all caring, knowledgeable and supportive. We have a page about which retreat week suits?
What will I get out of the yoga retreat?
You will enjoy a peaceful yet fun and healthy holiday with like minded people in a beautiful place. However, it is not just your holiday that will be greatly enhanced by yoga but your return to your real life too. Most people go home with a new sense of well being, some good habits and a higher level of energy - in some cases this can change your life! We can't promise this but we will do our utmost so that you have a great holiday and broaden a relaxed smile at the very least.
Smiles  After a Yoga Rocks Holiday
Who is the yoga retreat for?
The retreat is for anybody who wants to come. We have guests from 0-70 years old, and from all over the world.
Are the retreats suitable for yoga beginners or people with no yoga experience?
Most yoga holidays here are aimed at all levels. Our teachers are highly experienced in working with all level groups. However occasionally, especially if a teacher is teaching two weeks, some weeks may be better for more experienced yogis. We can advise you on this.
Do I need to bring any yoga equipment? We have black yoga mats, yoga belts, yoga bolsters, blankets and cork yoga blocks for you to use. Some people prefer to bring their own mat - of course this is fine.
Is there meditation?
Some weeks there is formal sitting meditation otherwise there is pranayama (yogic breathing exercises), chanting or some form of enjoying the space between the thoughts. The atmosphere at Yoga Rocks is particularly good for finding quiet space for yourself. If you have a particular interest in meditation please contact us and we'll recommend particular retreat weeks.
What are the yoga spaces like? We have two lovely yoga spaces, one inside and one outside.They are both spacious and light with great views looking out to sea. The indoor shala is heated and air-conditioned. The shaded outdoor deck, next to the swimming pool, is bathed in the sound of the sea below and bird song. You will probably end up using both, depending on the weather and your teacher's preference.
Inside Outside Yoga Shala at Retreat
What are the class sizes? Class sizes vary, but are normally between 5 and 20.
Is there pranayama taught on the Retreat? Pranayama are yogic breathing exercises and most teachers do some form of pranayama during the week, either as separate sessions or, before or after asana practice.