Pandemic, lockdown, working from home: if you’re feeling fed up, you should know you’re not alone. For a year and a half now, our reality has become quite stressful, and there’s only so much uncertainty and fear a person can take.
As the summer approaches, it isn’t surprising that more and more people are looking for brief escapes from their pandemic-enforced routine. Relaxation and mindfulness are what we need, and what better place is there to find peace than somewhere on the Greek islands? Greece is an ideal destination; it promises safety, tranquility and relaxation.
Building on this natural advantage, Fotini Bitrou and her husband Petros have created the perfect environment for those wishing to reconnect with themselves in a safe, post-lockdown environment. A qualified yoga instructor with years of practical knowledge in her field, Fotini works with her husband to offer participants in her yoga retreats some amazing all-embracing Greek island experiences.
For this summer, Fotini has chosen five fantastic destinations in Greece where her yoga retreats will take place. They’re all taking place in June, as she believes that the first month of the summer is the best time for such activities, given that the islands are less crowded and yet the weather is still great and the sea is still inviting.
The appeal of these retreats lies in the fact that these are not simply yoga programs held in a hotel gym. Instead, they are holistic experiences where attendees have the opportunity to really get to know the island they visit.
The yoga classes take place twice a day, once in the morning and once in the late afternoon, the second session timed so that the end of the class coincides with the sunset. Between the two classes, there are organized trips around the island to help visitors explore local history, discover the natural beauty of the countryside and the beaches, and, of course, try the local cuisine.
In fact, it’s hard to think of a better place for such retreats; the Greek summer is an experience in itself, an idea and a state of mind, something which fits perfectly with the practice of yoga.
Aegina is a destination that’s well-suited for a three-day retreat. Located just a few miles from the port of Piraeus, this island is easily accessible and the best choice for a quick escape from Athens.
Aegina has been the inspiration for the many artists who have lived and worked there. Its rich history (during the Greek Revolution, it served as the nascent country’s de facto capital) and the impressive variations in its landscape add to its charm, and its relaxed pace of life offers a refreshing break from most daily routines.
Crystal waters, golden sands, the famed Simos Beach and the clear, blue sky of Elafonisos create a stunning setting for an early summer yoga retreat. The natural beauty of the island is well known: the connecting beaches of Simos and Sarakiniko are often found on lists of the world’s most beautiful beaches.
In the island’s picturesque village, the visitors have the chance to enjoy delicious local treats and fresh fish. The island is easily accessible from the Peloponnese, which lies just 500 meters across the water. It is a fairy tale of a place, ideal for meditation and yoga.
On this island south of the Peloponnese, white and blue dominate. The dazzling white of the houses and the azure hues of the sky and the sea, along with the beautiful natural landscape, create a wondrous world. On Kythira, the element of water is all-important, not only thanks to the island’s splendid beaches, but also because of the enticing waterfalls of Fonissa and Neraida.
Kythira Town is one of the most beautiful island capitals in Greece, and visitors will certainly enjoy its many little shops, a fine archaeological museum and amazing views from the castle atop the town. The island of Kythira is an ideal place for relaxation and rejuvenation.
Ikaria might just be one of the world’s best yoga retreat destinations. Life there follows a different pace, as if time itself had stopped. It’s not surprising that the island of Ikaria is listed among the five places in the world where people live the longest. What better place, then, to go for a yoga retreat?
Local festivals are part of the island’s cultural heritage, bringing locals and visitors together under the spell of traditional music, food and wine, giving another dimension to the sense of community. The island’s beautiful beaches and amazing cuisine are part of the unique features of this island.
When seen from above, Astypalea looks like a butterfly, which is why this island is often referred to as the “Butterfly of the Aegean.” Located within the Dodecanese but near the eastern edge of the Cyclades, this little gem is one of Greece’s most beautiful islands and offers its visitors a unique cultural experience.
You will have the opportunity to do yoga in the shadow of Astypalea’s beautiful Venetian castle, which offers breath-taking views of the Aegean. The relaxed atmosphere of the island and its people, along with its rich tradition, history and gastronomic tradition offer everything you might need during your yoga retreat.
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