As Joseph Pilates said, we are only as young as our spine. That makes a lot of sense when you think about it. Joe Pilates created a complete system of exercises that, along with your Pilates trainer’s eyes and years of experience, can transform your body into an efficient well oiled machine – just as it was intended to be.
Each well-crafted exercise in Pilates works to restore balance of strength to your muscles (especially if you have a muscular imbalance) and ultimately, to your posture.
Clinically or otherwise, ideal postural alignment occurs at the joints with the two bones meeting at their centre’s. Ideal postural alignment causes the least amount of musculoskeletal pain and strain.
Your body works best when it is well organised and aligned, which comes from a deep level of core strength. With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the best pilates retreats in Europe to get your body into alignment in 2019.
Fuerteventura, Spain: 7 Day Pilates and Barre Retreat, 27th April – 4th May
The complete Pilates getaway…reconnect and centre with Jo and Laerke in paradise. A week of focused, fun classes and rejuvenating meals and treatments that will leave you feeling renewed and connected.
Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a deep understanding of Pilates complimented by fun Barre classes to add a fun fitness flair to the week. Why add Barre to this amazing Pilates retreat? Fun of course! Barre compliments Pilates as a series of strengthening exercises targeting glutes, core, arms, legs. Barre also targets the muscles that run close to your bones and connect into your core and spine, which we neglect when we spend a lot of time sitting
Our beautiful retreat is set away from the hustle of every day life allowing you to decompress and immerse yourself in a location, filled with blue skies, white sand beaches and stunning volcanic vistas.
At the end of the retreat you will feel longer, leaner, more toned; feel relaxed and connected to your body and breath; you’ll be glowing from within from a week spent eating nutritious foods and island living and you’ll be more knowledgeable about how to move safely and move well.
Join us for a 5 night Yoga and Pilates retreat by the sea and immerse yourself in gorgeous sunshine, big open blue skies, fresh sea air, beach time and feast on delicious healthy food.
Plus, super experienced yoga and pilates teachers will help you open, lengthen, quieten and strengthen your body with two classes a day with time in between to explore this stunningly beautiful area with the optional biking, hiking, horse trekking or simply relax by the pool with a great book and soak up the sun’s rays.
Based at a 300 year old olive farm – now a 4* country house hotel – set in acres of orange & olive groves near the sea. This peaceful setting is the perfect base to get away from your normal routine and get a fresh perspective on life.
Whether you’re a keen beginner or have a regular yoga or Pilates practice, this retreat will meet you where you are with small groups of 12 and classes for beginners and intermediates/advanced, plus workshops to help progress & deepen your practice.
There’ll be plenty of opportunities to get outside and be in nature too with a guided hike, bike ride, horse trek, visits to the beach, take part in a Spanish cookery workshop, rest by the pool or enjoy pampering therapies.
And don’t worry, these retreats are super relaxed. So if there is a morning where you want to sleep in, please do. If there’s an afternoon you would stay longer by the pool and skip class, that’s ok! Whatever you feel you need, please do.
Fuerteventura, Spain: 7 Day Rejuvenating Yoga and Pilates Retreat, open all year round
Retreats run weekly Saturday to Saturday
Join us year round at our Surya retreat, on the sun-blessed island of Fuerteventura, with epic sand dunes rolling down into the turquoise ocean, breathtaking white-sand beaches and dramatic volcanic sunsets.
More than just a holiday, we are here to support you in your wellbeing journey, making you feel at ease from the moment you arrive. Relax and revitalise at Surya, one of Europe’s leading yoga and pilates retreats in the Canary Islands.
Stretch and strengthen your body and mind and bring yourself back into balance with a unique blend of yoga, pilates and meditation. Enjoy mouthwatering vegetarian meals, holistic massages and stunning sunsets over the volcanoes.
Our seven night Yoga and Pilates retreats run every week from Saturday to Saturday. They are designed to help reduce stress, improve fitness and vitality and most importantly take time for you. Perfect for all levels from beginner to advanced practitioners.
Life is a Journey; trust every step of the way. As we journey through life we all come across our own challenges along the way. We have so many decisions to make in life it can leave us feeling a little burnt out.
We can feel the pressure of society, as we try to fit in to a mould or a way of life where, deep down, we know we don’t belong. We can question our own self worth and struggle to know our purpose, feeling lost in the vastness of life.
We can feel disconnected from who we are, trying to find happiness from something external (a relationship, a holiday, alcohol, a new car, the next new thing).
Some of us have felt such pain and despair (of body, mind and soul) that we doubt we will ever heal and feel ourselves again. Whatever your story our job remains the same; to nurture, empower and support you on your path to reaching your full potential.
Our timetable will be perfectly balanced between exciting activities and personal time to relax, dip in the pool and catch up on ‘me time’. You are invited to try everything, however, extra personal time and long lies are also supported.
Your home for the week is a beautiful villa nestled amongst a fragrant pine forest in the beautiful North of Ibiza, a peaceful and tranquil sanctuary.
This organic and nurturing home has gardens to explore, meditative spaces to switch off, Bali style huts to relax and a beautiful pool to dip in and refresh.
Together we will discover an island of turquoise waters, hidden coves, pine tree forests, the magical Es Vedra filled with magnetic power and explore Ibiza’s best kept secrets. We will take you exploring on the beautiful island of Ibiza. Think magical picnic sunset on the beach, beautiful nature walks and a spectacular sunrise special yoga on the beach.
Anula Maiberg and James Crader are coming to Portugal for a week of Pilates and exploration of movement. If you know them, you know that this will be an incredible week and if you don’t know them…get ready for bouts of inspiration, sparks of brilliance and a smile from the universe! And don’t forget — you don’t have to be special to attend. This retreat is for very real people, just like you and me!
This retreat will fill up quickly and spaces are limited, but do know that anyone can join. We want to make this incredible experience of learning and getting up close and personal with some of the industries best teachers. Get ready for a high energy and unforgettable week.
Our home for this retreat week will be Monte Velho, a breathtaking yoga retreat venue with a stunning round yoga hall, sitting on top of the hills of Algarve’s west coast. The spaciousness of the retreat and its surroundings invite to get lost and fully immersed in nature. Adjacent to a holistic riding centre and not far from the Atlantic sea, Monte Velho feels like a world apart.
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