The Secret to Hormonal Health is in your Gut
We support, empower and help you re-evaluate important aspects of your life, including your ability to relax and take care of yourself, your diet and your relationship with your body. During the retreat you will learn how to re-balance your hormonal, nervous and endocrine systems.
We’ll give you self-nurturing meditation sessions and yoga classes to make you feel fully present and not over-stimulated. You will also learn how balanced hormones and optimal gut health contribute to overall health and weight control. There will be ample opportunity for massage and healing treatments to inspire your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being.
The yoga brought me back into myself completely and the nutrition advice was all science based, not hippy floaty. And I loved the food! The calmer and healthier I am, the better for everyone at home – what’s not to love? Jackie, Clare & Polly, UK
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“The unique retreat helping women find answers to menopause misery”
by BBC Woman’s Hour producer Georgina Hewes. Read the article here
Rebecca Jones, our in-house nutritionist supporting you the whole week
A great deal of research and testing shows that hormonal health – from teenagers to mid-life women and beyond – can be helped by balancing blood sugar and supporting the adrenal glands. So, throughout this week we will be offering you a diet of slow-burning nourishment that achieves precisely that.
We will be utilising intelligent nutrition by mixing complete protein with high-quality fats in combination with wholesome vegetables to help reduce hot flushing, balance your energy and support your sleep. Herbal helpers also can play a role in restoring balance and nourishing the body. Some you will know e.g. nettle and others you may not that are more exotic.
To regain balance in your hormone levels you may need to support your daily elimination through detoxification. This also reduces stress levels. We have compiled a program of soothing techniques to help tired adrenals, frazzled brains, and sluggish livers, to enable you to have all the tools to continue your journey into balance after you return home.
The food at Kaliyoga is light, gluten free, vegan/coeliac friendly, deeply nourishing and health promoting for the gut and weight management and yet absolutely delicious.
The menu during this week is designed to enhance your wellbeing and balance your hormones. You will also learn about natural food supplements that offer support before, during and after. With three generous meals per day you will not go hungry and we are happy to work around most dietary issues.
Yoga and Meditation led by Lelly Aldworth
Under the expert guidance of our in-house teachers Lely and Arantza, you will acquire tools and confidence to build a yoga practice that you can take home. Our yoga method can be applied to all styles of yoga, rather than focusing solely on stretching and shape-making. Physical stability and strength are balanced with mindful tranquility, so, rather than trying to perfect the external shapes of yoga, your yoga experience becomes a meditation in motion.
In the mornings there will be a 2-hour yoga class, preceded by a guided half-hour meditation and in the evenings 1.5 hours. The week culminates with a fun partner yoga session on Friday evening and a self-practice session on Saturday morning.
Because we teach yoga as mindfulness rather than exercise, we do not grade you in terms of your ability. Everyone is welcome, whether novice or experienced.
Time for Self-Care
You are welcome to sunbathe by the pool, read in a hammock, catch up on some guilt-free sleep, or go for a walk in the beautiful Alpujarra mountains (we have walking maps, or a walking guide can be arranged). If you want to sleep in and miss a yoga class, that’s fine too.
Our Therapeutic Treatment Team
Our hand-picked holistic therapists are available every afternoon to attend to your needs. They can help you to free yourself from whatever might be holding you back; and most importantly of all, the powerful combination of yoga classes and holistic therapy sessions re-connects elements of yourself that may have floated away without you even realising.
Wednesday: Half Day
After morning yoga we serve a hearty brunch at 11 am, then you are free to do as you please. Options for the day could be a trip to the picturesque Alpujarra village of Pampaneira and waterfall nearby (3800 feet / 1000 metres above sea level). Or you could visit the Alhambra Palace in Granada. If you would prefer to dine out on Wednesday evening, we can arrange a taxi to the local town of Orgiva (10 min). Alternatively, learn some new skills in a kitchen workshop and enjoy eating the result at supper (space limited to 8 people).
Evening talks / Things to Do and See
On two evenings we have informative talks; one from our nutritional therapist who will inspire you to re-boot your daily diet once you get home with nourishing, energising and balancing foods and on another we explore how you can create a more holistic and balancing lifestyle for this special.
Summary of what’s included
This week is an opportunity to understand hormonal change, why hormones play such a central role in how our lives, and how to manage the onset of puberty, childbirth, and menopause with skill and understanding.
• Six nights accommodation
• Ten yoga classes; a self-practice session; guided meditations
• Goody bag
• Three deeply nourishing whole food meals per day, designed to support the menopause with menus; recipes to take home.
• Daily cleansing techniques to detox the body
• Daily superfood supplements, tinctures & health teas to support you throughout the week
• An informative talk on hormone balancing and how to deal with menopausal symptoms
• Dedicated nutritionist supporting you the whole week – Rebecca Jones : [email protected]
• A workshop on fermentation for optimal gut health – making sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kvass
• Cleansing instructions – how to perform skin brushing / Epsom salt bathing/ clay packing/ olive oil pulling/ liver packing
• Fact sheets about herbs & supplements that are good for hormonal balance, soothing anxiety, promoting good sleep, developing strong bones
Kaliyoga is located outside the market town of Orgiva, home to whole food & hippy shops, cafes and a bustling outdoor market. There is also horse riding, great mountain walks through ancient white stone villages, beautiful beaches (35 mins drive) and paragliding for the adventurous. We are 50 minutes by car from the Alhambra Palace in Granada with its Gypsy Flamenco quarter, crowned with glittering white snowfields in the high sierra.