YOGA, FITNESS & THE JOY OF LIFE IN NAXOS! July 9-16
Fitness is a state of mind! Being fit in the mind means you are more accepting and resilient to life’s challenges. In Naxos we practice and harmonise our mental and physical fitness!
By attuning to the Delphic axiom of “Metron Ariston” (all things in moderation), we invite you to a Yoga Program that will mobilise all of you! It will make your body stronger, it will stretch your muscles and bring you joy and fulfilment in all aspects of your life.
Through a combination of Yoga, Gigong, Calisthenics, special Pranayamas, fast pace & meditative walking, Swimming and our fun Aqua program (related exercises in & out of the sea), we guarantee you will feel completely rejuvenated, refreshed and energised! We have created a program that utilises your own physical resources in order to advance your health in a balanced way. You follow your own body’s wisdom as it is the only coach that knows better your limits.
Our exercise field is a 3 km beach front with soft sand and crystal clear waters overlooking the sunset and the island of Paros. Our priority is your level of enjoyment and sense of control with cardiovascular fitness, physical and mental strength being the secondary objectives. We provide you with the ideas, we exercise together, we encourage you and we swim together in the water. Ultimately though, it is you who chooses the intensity, repetitions, and length of the activities. It is a great way to start the day and although it may add years to your life, it will definitely add health, pleasure and fun to your days!
The daily program starts at 07:45 with a 20 minute fast walk (according to your own pace). We continue with cleansing and invigorating pranayama (yogic breathing) to awaken and stir the energy in the body followed by callisthenics, sun salutations, Qigong or related movements. Then we move into the crystal clear morning sea for a refreshing swim and we end with specific pranayama for complete relaxation and a restful heart rate. Sometimes the program is reversed, so we begin with Aqua exercises & swimming, followed by Qigong or Syrua Namaskar and Pranayama on the sand dunes. The morning session lasts about 2 hours and ends with a deep relaxation on the perfect sandunes!
After a nutritious breakfast, the day is yours to explore the island, to swim, to rest, read and reflect.
At 19:00, we have the evening session of gentle Yoga asanas, Antigravity or Qigong which ends with Meditation at the sound of flute as the sun sets.
At night, the atmosphere is so clear that you can see the Milky Way…!
Exploring the island, Naxos has many marvellous ancient sites to admire and explore.
*The Sanctuary of Demeter (goddess of harvest) , also known as the Temple of Sangri, is a Late Archaic Greek temple probably built around 530 BC. It represents one of the earliest buildings in of Ionic order and it was completely made of local marble.
*The temple of Dionysus (5th century BC) is very near to where we stay.
*There are also three ancient Kouroi, dating back to the 8th and 6th centuries BC, who also find their home in Naxos. These represent free-standing, ancient Greek, nude young males. The kouroi from Naxos are impressive in size.
*Without any doubt, however, the Portara, or Great Door, remains the most famous archaeological presence on the island and the best to watch the sunset! This massive marble doorway stands close to the port, on an islet called Palatia or island of Ariadne and is connected to the mainland with a strip of land.
*The mountainous Naxos is filled with small villages worthy to explore!