Bryan is the creator of Power Yoga and world-wide known for his authentic and powerful style of teaching yoga. Although Power Yoga has now become a generic term usually used to describe a vigorous yoga class, Bryan’s Power Yoga has much more depth and nuance. This depth and nuance come from 40 years of experience. As many of you already know, a retreat with Bryan is always a unique experience that makes you want to come back every year.
Find out more about Bryan and Power Yoga: www.poweryoga.com
This year Bryan will come back to Italy for his retreat. Many of you asked for Italy as a desired destination and here we go! We picked the beautiful island of Sardinia, not only famous for its crystal clear and pristine waters but also for its culinary traditions. Those are also one of the secrets behind the people from the so-called blue zone. A region in the world where people are claimed to live longer than average. Let’s find out together their secrets and practice Yoga together on this beautiful sweet island!
Most of the days, two classes of yoga will be offered in a way to relax and stimulate. Classes are open to all levels and are always finished by a sweet meditation. In Bryan’s Power Yoga you will find different types of classes from gentle to vigorous, from yin to restorative classes. Bryan’s definition of Power lies not only in the masculine qualities of strength (yang) but also with in the feminine qualities of gentleness (yin) and real health comes from a proper balance.
A beautiful start in the day are Bryan’s beloved silent morning walks. This time we will either explore together the hills which are close to the sea and easy to reach. Or we will walk along the turquoise Mediterranean coast which is only a 5 minute walk away.
The hotel also offers a colorful garden area, a tennis court, a basketball court and a boccia area. The pool area and a whirlpool provide a total relaxation experience with a panoramic view of the Gulf of Cannigione. Different kinds of body massages can be arranged upon your requests. If you want to explore more and if you always wanted to see the “rich and famous” of the hippest place of Sardinia: The marina of the super yachts, stunning white sandy beaches and posh boutiques of Porto Cervo are only a 15 minute car drive away!
One time we will go on a fantastic boat trip to the La Maddalena Archipelago National Park. This area embraces 180 kilometers of coast and includes more than 60 islands big and small, of granite and schist, sculpted by wind and currents. Thanks to the many coves, there are countless landing points; the colors of the sea are unique, as are the rocks, sculpted like natural monuments. Let’s jump into the Mediterranean together!
Another optional event will be a traditional wine tasting in one of the beautiful old villages nearby. You will have the possibility to enjoy the delicious wines of Sardinia and learn more about Cannonau and Vermentino which are the most famous. The best companions for those special wines will be served as well, such as Pani carasau. This thin, incredibly crispy bread is probably the most well known Sardinian bread outside of the island. And some of the traditional Sardinian charcuterie will be there as well for the meat-lovers.
We will be staying in Hotel Airone in Baja Sardinia, a small hotel surrounded by nature just steps away from the well-known Costa Smeralda. Nestled between the lush greenery of the large surrounding park and overlooking the Gulf of Cannigione, the hotel is a haven of nature, combined with breathtaking views. It will offer a total relaxation experience just steps away from the magnificent beaches of the Costa Smeralda. One sandy beach can be reached in a 5 minute walk from the hotel, many more beaches can be reached in a 15 minute walking distance or 5 minutes by hotel shuttle.
Designed as a small and charming village, the hotel consists of a central nucleus and other buildings designed as annexes overlooking the central square, the large pool, or the park. The hotel offers an ambiance of serenity, peace, and stunning sunsets. The rooms are decorated in typical warm Sardinian colours and decors, detailed in style and most of them either with pool or sea view. The deluxe rooms offer a coffee machine as well as a tea maker with a Damman tea choice.
Waking up with or after the sunrise and an optional morning walk you will enjoy a healthy breakfast followed by an inspiring yoga session. Some of us might want to jump directly into the pool afterwards. A delicious lunch with antipasti, various pasta and more Italian specialities from our chef awaits you and in the afternoon you’ll have time to relax by the pool, the Jacuzzi or enjoy a massage.
Maybe you want to play tennis or explore the different beautiful beaches nearby. In the late afternoon let’s get ready for the second Yoga session, which could be the special “LSD”, long-slow and deep class or “The wall”. After a shower you will have a fantastic dinner on the terrace with sea view. In the evenings we simply enjoy the group energy, the laughter and deep conversations. And if you have the wish to go dancing, feel free to explore the nightlife of Porto Cervo and dance through the night.
* all meals are optional of vegetarian, vegan, special dietary restrictions can be accommodated, please let us know
Besides the basic packing and travel needs, here are a few things to think about bringing with you: