frequently-asked-questions-about-kaliyoga-italy

    FAQ - Kaliyoga - Spain

    The Basics #1

    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.
    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.

    The Basics #2

    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 it will 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.
    – we provide liquid soap in the bathrooms.
    We keep a small stock of tampons, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo and body moisturiser for sale.
    – we also have a holiday book library that you are welcome to explore and add to.

    Q. Climate
    Average temperatures: Spring 20C • Summer 30C • Autumn 20C • Winter 10C
    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 nude or 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.)

    Q. Managing your mobile 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.
    Q. Photography

    Photography is permitted, but do not assume that your fellow guests are happy to be on your camera roll. If a guest says no, please respect their privacy – even if it’s ‘only in the background’. Ask first and be sensitive.

    The Basics #3

    Q. Do bathrooms have showers or baths?

    All bathrooms have showers. There are no bath tubs.

    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. Will my valuables be safe?

    We are a trust based retreat centre in the middle of rural farmland. There are no security issues, but for your peace of mind you may leave your valuables in the manger’s safe.

    Q. What are the teepee 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 summer shower block with 2 hot showers and 2 wash basins and has 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.

    Food

    Q. Do you cater for special diets?

    We are happy to cater for vegan, gluten-free and lactose-free diets.

    Q. Do you cater for allergies?

    The kitchen is meat-free. 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.

    We will happily cater for gluten-free, lactose-free and vegan diets. If you have a serious intolerance to any other plant based ingredient, you must contact us before completeing a booking. 

    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. Is there alcohol and coffee?

    A retreat is an opportunity to regain bodily health and mindful balance. We do not serve alcohol. We do stock fresh coffee, however if you are trying to overcome dependency on caffeine, it is worth reducing consumption several days before you arrive.

    Wellbeing

    Q. Should I book holistic treatment sessions in advance?

    No need. Availability will be explained in detail on your arrival. See our list of holistic treatments here.

    Q. What holistic treatments can I have?

    Natural therapy treatments are available every day, subject to availability.

    Treatments are explained in detail at the beginning of the retreat and in your room document.

    If you need help to choose a practitioner, we are happy to guide you according to your needs.

    Q. I am recovering from a serious illness - is this retreat appropriate for me?

    A 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

    Activities

    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. Optional activities on site

    On Site
    sauna (infra red heat)
    snoozing in a hammock
    sunbathing
    walking in nature
    swimming pool
    holistic wellbeing treatments

    Q. Optional activities off site

    Horseback Riding
    There is a ranch in Lanjaron that offers guided 2 hour rides in the mountains: good for confident riders.

    There is also a local ranch that offers rides and instruction for beginners.

    English and Spanish spoken.

    By arrangement
    local thermal spa
    local sightseeing
    guided hikes
    4×4 mountain treck by Landrover

    Yoga

    Q. I'm not very flexible

    Yoga is not a set of physical goals and nobody will judge another’s lack of flexibility. All gymnasts are not yogis. 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. You are free to dress in whatever makes you feel at ease 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, using traditional yoga postures and sequencing. Beginners are always welcome.

    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, morning and evening, depending on the program.

    Q. My partner/ friend wants to come but may not want to do yoga

    Through yoga and relaxation the focus of the retreat is to gain first hand appreciation of and understanding of nature. Guests will not be coerced to attend yoga classes!

    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.

    Travel & Transfers

    Q. Distance from Airport & Local Town

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

    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. How can I get a transfer from the airport?

    To book a transfer, complete this form with your travel details. Additional information is available from the Travel Arrangements page in the main menu.

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

    You may book the return leg of your retreat during your stay with us.
    If you need to leave earlier that the check out time, we can arrange a car to take you to the airport, to the train station, or to a local bus stop.
    Please contact our logistics agent via the ‘Transfers’ button on the homepage, or via the ‘Travel Arranngements’ page in the main menu

    Q. Will I need to rent a car?
    Car hire might be useful if you are planning to do other things in the regio either before or after the retreat, but you will not need a vehicle during your stay with us.
    Q. Can I get to Kaliyoga by public bus?
    It is possible to travel by bus to Kaliyoga’s locations, however due to seasonal changes of the bus timetables we are unable to give detais here. Being undaunted by the challenges of public travel and being bi-lingual are useful skills.
    Q. Can I get to Kaliyoga by train?
    A train stops in Granada, then you can continue to Orgiva either by public bus, or book our friendly transfer service to collect you.
    Q. How do I arrange a pick-up if my flight arrival time is too late for the group transfer?

    Please add your flight itinerary to yoru booking form at least two weeks before your arrival date and we will arrange a car to meet you.
    If your booking is last minute, you will need to contact our logistics agent directly.
    Contact our logistics agent via the ‘Transfers’ button on the homepage, or via the ‘Travel Arranngements’ page in the main menu

    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 to Spain a day early, or stay in near the airport for any reason, some of our guests have previously stayed at these hotels: 
    http://www.hotel-carlosvmalaga.com/  http://www.hotelmolinalario.com/

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