The days will start with an energising Vinyasa Flow Yoga class and end with more mellow style of yoga: Restorative Yoga, Yin yoga, guided Meditation or Yoga Nidra practices followed by a sauna/sweat lodge session. As part of the retreat, we will also go on a couple of stunning hikes, visit a local Spanish town, experience fun surprise workshops, enjoy a flamenco dancing class, live music and AcroYoga class. We will also snuggle around a log-fire and watch movies.
Apart from this you will be nurtured with the most exquisite vegetarian cuisine. There will be a many special meals among which mulled wine and delicious Tofu Turkey prepared for Christmas day.
Suryalila is a beautiful old renovated olive farm nestled serenely in a large open valley in the foothills of the Sierra de Grazelema, consisting of eight houses that form the cortijo. In typical Spanish style there are two inner courtyards, one of which blooms with orange and lemon trees.
A striking part of the natural beauty of the property is the breathtaking vista extending in all directions: rolling hills, fields of sunflowers, and lakes. The sense of vastness and expansiveness is very uplifting.
Vidya is Suryalila’s and Frog Lotus Yoga International Director. She has studied and practiced and taught many different styles and techniques all over the world, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, Hatha and Forrest Yoga, as well as maintaining her profound love and study of Iyengar Yoga. She has studied with many talented and well-known teachers including Ana Forrest, Patricia Walden, Rodney Yee, Shiva Rea, David Swenson, Doug Swenson, Baron Baptiste, Sarah Powers, Richard Freeman, Tiffany Cruikshank, Leslie Kaminoff and many others.
Vidya was originally certified to teach Ashtanga Yoga, by Larry Schulz, in San Francisco. This led her on to taking a very inspiring Advanced Yoga Teacher Training, with Ana Forrest, in Forrest Yoga and an Advanced Yoga Teacher Training with Rodney Yee. She also completed a 200 hour training in Kundalini Yoga, at the Yogi Bhajan ashram in New Mexico and a 150hour anatomy training with Leslie Kaminoff.
Vidya has taught yoga in countless different places and situations, from an ashram in India to the most exclusive spa in the country, Canyon Ranch in The Berkshires. She continued her spiritual endeavour ceaselessly, meeting many great spiritual teachers, meditating, studying and having many profound experiences. In 1993 she met her second long-term spiritual teacher, Andrew Cohen and spent 13 years in his sanggha, doing spiritual practice, contemplating and living and growing in community. I was one of the cooks at the ashram in Massachusetts.
In March 2002 Vidya opened Frog Lotus Yoga Studio in North Adams, Massachusetts. It was a great joy and pleasure to create and direct such a beautiful space for Yoga. Around the same time as opening the studio, she designed a comprehensive Yoga Teacher Training programme that she began to teach there. In 2005 she began teaching the Yoga Teacher Training program at different exotic locations around the world.
Lidiya is a resident teacher at the beautiful Suryalila Retreat Centre in Southern Spain where she also leads Adventure & Yoga. Yoga has been a central part of Lidiya’s lifestyle since discovering the practice more than ten years ago.
Her yoga classes are vigorous and energising, and at the same time balanced with more gentle and calming sequences. Lidiya puts strong focus on breath work while drawing awareness within to inspire conscious integration of the physical body and the mind. She is an attentive teacher and aims to inspire her students to bring meditation into movement. Leading the practitioners with a feeling of strength, freedom and inner calm. Her classes usually end with singing bowls sound therapy.
Apart from vinyasa flow she teaches yin yoga, pranayama, restorative and AcroYoga classes.With her students, she loves sharing what yoga has given her – balance in life, inner wellbeing and radiant health.
Lidiya was elated to discover Frog Lotus Yoga International, a school which is influenced by Ashanga, Iyengar, and Forrest Yoga. She studied to become a vinyasa flow yoga teacher with the internationally acclaimed, Vidya Heisel. Recently she has completed a yin yoga training with Sara Powers and Thai Yoga Massage with Triple Gem School of Thai Massage.
At Suryalila Retreat Centre, we provide different levels of accommodation to suit every budget. From glamping in the olive grove to relaxing in the luxury of our deluxe doubles, we will make sure you have the experience of a lifetime! We offer a wide range of hotel accommodations to suit both independent travellers and large Yoga groups and retreats.
Our accommodation packages are all inclusive, which means that whether you are sleeping in a dorm or in our deluxe room, you will enjoy three gourmet vegetarian buffet-style meals per day and have full access to all of our beautiful common areas and facilities.
Unique Furnishings & Decorations:
Our furnishings and decorations have all been imported from Bali, India and Morocco. The Spanish farmhouse-style wooden ceilings with beams and the terracotta tiled floors blend harmoniously with the exotic Asian furniture and wall hangings. The designer decor is both soothing to the soul and delightful to the eye.
Suryalila has three Yoga halls. Ganesha Yoga Shala has a gorgeous wooden ceiling as well as a wooden floor and is filled with light from windows on both walls as well as a skylight. It also has a lovely balcony with benches for enjoying the expansive views.
The Om Dome has been dubbed the most magnificent Yoga Hall in Europe. The sacred geometry creates a cathedral-like space, which is awe-inspiring.
The Dome overlooks rolling hills, olive groves and a ruined convent. Inside, the Dome boasts underfloor heating and cooling and two long walls for practicing inversions. The walls have been beautiful decorated with colourful murals of Indian gods and Tibetan imagery. There is a state of the art sound system as well as atmospheric lighting.
You will be nurtured with the most exquisite vegetarian cuisine. There will be a many special meals among which mulled wine and delicious Tofu Turkey prepared for Christmas day.
We pride ourselves in offering sumptuous banquets of delicious gourmet vegetarian and vegan-friendly organic food. We grow as much of our food as possible and we keep our own happy chickens who provide us with eggs.
Our goal is to provide the perfect space and environment for retreats with excellent customer service, whilst creating a real sense of family style intimacy.
Our kitchen is a happy and bustling environment and the cooks are all very creative and talented. The Suryalila Kitchen specialises in gourmet international vegetarian cuisine, using the freshest seasonal, locally-sourced organic fruits and vegetables available, artfully prepared in a varied and truly eclectic international menu. Eggs are gathered daily from our own happy chickens and when the season allows you will enjoy the freshest of fruit picked from our own orchard of apricot, peach, fig and pear trees!
We regularly accommodate vegan, gluten-free, and non-dairy diets, so if you have any special dietary restrictions, just let us know!
If you are a little nervous about going vegetarian – don’t be! Our gourmet vegetarian cuisine will be one of the greatest food experiences of your life and we promise you, you will be raving about the food long after you return home!