frequently asked questions about yoga retreat
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The Basics

Q. Distances?

– Malaga Airport 125km
– Granada Airport 76km
– Granada city 53km
– Nearest towns: Orgiva 2.5km / Lanjaron 7.5km
– Nearest beach: Salobreña 32km

Q. What is included in the price?

– All yoga classes
– All meals (option to dine out on half day)
– Unlimited use of the retreat facilities
– Access to natural therapy team

Q. What is NOT included in the price?

– Flights and transfers to and from Kaliyoga Retreats
 – see Getting Here
– Natural therapy sessions: therapists are paid directly by you in local currency
– Workshops are opt-in

Q. What is the price / Currency?

Our prices are in pounds, but you can pay with a credit card in a different currency.

Yoga

Q. I am not limber at all. Do I have to be really flexible to do yoga?

No. All of our classes are suitable for all levels of yoga experience, including beginners.

Q. Will the yoga class be really intense?

No. City studios can be highly competitive, but Kaliyoga’s approach is soft, gentle and calm. No one is trying to show off or out-do another person.

Q. Do I have to wear specific clothes?

There is no dress code. Everyone wears casual, comfortable clothes that allow them to relax and move freely.

Q. What kind of yoga do you teach at Kaliyoga?

Our yoga method is rooted in the teachings of Patanjali’s eight limb method, guiding students into deep awareness and somatic relaxation using traditional yoga postures and sequencing. Beginners are always welcome. Experienced yoga practitioners will enjoy connecting deeply with self.

Q. What languages do the yoga teachers speak?

Yoga instruction is given in clear, precise English with clarification in Spanish on request.

Q. How many classes per day?

1 or 2 classes each day, depending on the program.

Q. My partner/ friend wants to come but does not want to do yoga, is that OK?

Yes, your friend is welcome to attend and not do the yoga classes, though you should inform them that the focus of the retreat is primarily yoga & relaxation.

Q. Is there fresh air in the yoga studio?

Yes, the studio has large sliding doors. And there is climate control for when the doors are closed.

Q. Are there bugs or flies in the yoga studio?

No, the studio is bug-proof.
The studio is climate controlled.
In summer we often open the glass doors for fresh mountain air during practice – there are bug screens.

The Food

Q. Do you cater for special diets?

We cater for vegan and coeliac.

Q. Do you cater for allergies?

Please use the booking form to advise us of any ingredients that would cause you to have a serious allergic reaction. There’s not much we can do about olive pollen, as we are located in an olive growing area – the main pollen period is from April to June. If that is an issue for you, we recommend you consult your homeopath for a remedy before you arrive.

Q. Will I get enough protein?

Yes, our cuisine contains a balanced amount of dietary protein in vegetables, grains, seeds, legumes, nuts, avocados and some cheese (feta, mozzarella, goat’s).

Q. Is there any meat?

No. Our menu is 100% vegetarian.


Q. Will there be any alcohol?

No. Kaliyoga is alcohol-free. We respectfully ask you not to bring or consume alcohol on the premises. There are bars and restaurants in the local town that serve alcohol.

Q. What about Coffee?

Although we encourage you to give up coffee during your stay with us, this is not intended to be punitive and therefore coffee is available on request. There is no caffeine on Detox retreats.

Transport &
Transfers

Q. Will Kaliyoga arrange a car to collect me from the airport and take me back?

Yes, you can request an airport pick-up in your booking form.

Q. Should I book my return taxi before I arrive?

No, please book it during your stay at Kaliyoga.

Q. Will I need to rent a car?

No. It is better to go sightseeing before or after your retreat.

Q. Can I get to Kaliyoga by public bus?

Yes.

Q. Can I get to Kaliyoga by train?

A train stops in Granada, then you can continue to Orgiva either by public bus or a transfer by car (write to us at “travel@kaliyoga.com”)

Q. How do I arrange a pick-up if my fight arrival time is too late for the group transfer?

Please forward your flight itinerary to travel@kaliyoga.com and we will arrange a car to meet you, but kindly give us at least 24 hours notice.

Accommodation

*All bedrooms have comfy beds, quality linen and climate control. Bedrooms are cleaned every day and towels are changed mid-week.

Q. Do bathrooms have showers or baths?

All bathrooms have showers

Q. Are there hair dryers?

No, but if you bring a hairdryer you must use it on low power mode (full power will trip the fuses).

Q. Are the tepee's safe?

We are a trust based retreat centre, 2km from main roads, and we do not have security issues. For peace of mind, you may leave your valuables in the manger’s safe.

Q. What are the tepee bathrooms like?

There is an indoor bathroom with conventional loo, hot shower & wash basin is a short stroll from the tipis. Most people prefer to use the camp shower block with 2 hot showers and 2 wash basins; located near the tipis, it offers divine views of the mountains and valley.

Q. Are there mosquitos?

A few in summer, nothing serious.

Q. Are there mozzie nets in the bedrooms?

Yes.

Get the most
from your retreat!

Q. Should I book my natural therapy sessions in advance?

No need. Availability will be explained in detail on your arrival.

Q. What are the optional afternoon activities?

Natural therapies / sauna / horse riding/ local thermal spa/ local sightseeing trips/ mountain hiking or walking/ Sleeping / Snoozing in a hammock or Sunbathing.

Q. Is there horse riding?

There is a friendly horse ranch in Lanjaron with Andalucian horses that have been trained for riding in the mountains. English and Spanish are spoken.

Q. How far is the Mediterranean coast?

The costal town of Salobreña is 30 minutes drive from Kaliyoga. Our favourite beach is Playa Cantajirran which is about 45 minutes drive from Kaliyoga, near to the town of Nerja. Please ask our manager for details.

Q. Where can I jog and run?

There is a quiet tarmac road nearby and there is also an off-road circular route of about 4 km that is mostly farm track with a few stony goat paths. And there is a much longer single track route that we call Silent Valley – it’s about a10 km round trip and is mostly flat hard dirt with some gentle inclines.

Q. What are the optional free time activities?

Natural therapies, horse riding, guided hikes, raw chocolate workshop, raw food workshop.

Before your
journey begins

Q. How to prepare

Some basic preparation before you come will make a big difference to the quality of your experience. We highly recommend that you make an effort to cut down on alcohol, caffeine, sugar, tobacco, red meat and dairy. You do not need to do loads of yoga before you arrive to prepare for the yoga course. You just need to have basic fitness and a beginners mind. Even if you are an experienced yogi, you will be going back to basics to remind you of what you may have forgotten.

Q. What to bring


In summer bring light clothing, sunglasses, UV skin protection, a wrap or shawl for meditation
- in winter be sure to bring a warm jacket and slippers and gloves and a hat for cool evenings, but also bring shorts and sandals in case it’s really warm
- you can plug your iPod into the sound system in the living room
- you can connect your laptop with our free wi-fi internet
- mobile phone reception is very good here, but we ask you to use your phone sparingly and quietly away from other guests.

Q. What NOT to bring


There’s no need to bring your yoga mat, we have yoga equipment here.
– don’t bring a hair dryer (please!) as they tend to trip the fuses.
– don’t bring a clothes iron, you can borrow ours.
– don’t bring a bath towel or a pool towel, we provide both.
– don’t bring a hot water bottle/umbrella, we provide both.
– don’t bring soap, we provide home made soap.
We keep a small stock of tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and body moisturiser for sale.
– we also have a holiday-book-exchange which you are welcome to plunder.

The Extras

Q. What is Kaliyoga's typical guest profile?

We welcome all nationalities, all ages, all genders.
The balance between women & men/singles & couples varies from week to week, but generally more women than men and more singles than couples. 
The minimum age is 15. 
There is no maximum age.

Q. Staying for more than one week?

You can stay for consecutive weeks, though please note that we request that you spend any intervening Saturday night at a local B&B. This is because we always take a 24-hour break from 12 noon Saturday to Sunday whilst our crew rest before the next retreat.

Q. Late arrival / Early departure

Each retreat program has a fixed cost and duration. We encourage you to participate in the full program. There are no refunds for missed days/hours.

Q. Is there accommodation near Malaga airport?

If you need to fly in a day early or stay near the airport after the retreat course has ended, some of our guests have previously stayed at these hotels: 
http://www.hotel-carlosvmalaga.com/  http://www.hotelmolinalario.com/

Internet / Mobile phone / Digital devices / Photography

Although wi-fi is available throughout the site, we ask all guests to avoid using their devices in communal areas.  We invite you to enjoy unplugging your devices during most of your retreat. This will also support others who wish to do the same. If you do need to use your phone or portable device, please do so in the privacy of your room, or make calls outside away from others. Photography is permitted, but please be discrete and remember to ask your fellow guests whether they mind being in your photos so that everyone has a choice.
Mobile phone reception is good, but please use your phone sparingly and away from other guests.

Sauna / Swimming pool

Q. Do I need to wear a swimsuit in the pool and sauna?

Guests generally wear swimwear around the pool & hot tub, but you may go topless if you wish. The sauna accommodates up to 4 people. Swimwear is optional in the sauna – please use a towel to sit on.
Q. Is the pool heated?

The water is heated by solar piping and a passive solar cover. Water temperature varies between approx 20 – 30 degrees Celsius. (68 – 86 Fahrenheit.)

Climate

Average temperatures: Spring 20C • Summer 30C • Autumn 20C • Winter 10C

Your health

Q. I suffer from ME/ chronic fatigue/ I am recovering from a serious illness – is this retreat appropriate for me?

Kaliyoga retreat can be hugely beneficial to ME sufferers. Our excellent holistic practitioners are here to help you to explore new healing modalities. Deep relaxation whilst on retreat is essential to recovery.
NOTE: Please discuss your condition with us before you book. For certain conditions, a doctor’s authorization may be necessary. See Terms & Conditions

Digital Detox - Managing your online devices

On a yoga retreat it is good practice to switch mobile devices off or use flight-mode during mealtimes, yoga classes and at the pool. Switching off at other times can support everyone who wishes to unplug mentally from being online 24-7. When you need to make a call or connect to the web whilst on retreat, please connect in your room, or in the library, or find a quiet spot in the garden.

Useful Information

Natural therapy treatments are available every day, subject to availability. Treatments are explained in detail at the beginning of the retreat and if you want some help in choosing which therapies to have, we are happy to guide you according to your needs.

Still, need help? Have more questions?

If you have a general question about Kaliyoga that is not answered here please email us and we will add it to the FAQs in due course. If you have a question regarding a booking, give us a call.

Email: enquiry@kaliyoga.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 8123 6946

022032051 041

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