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Akasha Wellness Retreat

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187 str Principala,
Sat Pestera, Moieciu 507136 Romania
+40 (0) 733 274 242 https://www.akasharetreat.com

Akasha Wellness Retreat is a brand new retreat just opened in the mountains of Transylvania in Romania. Located at 1,500 metres above sea level, the views across the valleys are spectacular.

Founded by the dynamic mother and daughter duo, Daniela and Irina Railneau, and opened in November 2016, Akasha Wellness Retreat is the realisation of a dream for them, a dream in which you can share.

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Main lounge upstairs (top); hallway decoration (bottom left); yoga studio (bottom middle) and winter view.

“We realised there is more to life than cities. That’s the bottom line. We realised we wanted to live in symbiosis with nature, far from the crowds, pollution and coldness of city life. That’s when we decided to give up the so called comforts of our life in London, move to rural Romania & create a space that was in line with our personal & spiritual values. In our “previous lives” we were doctors, business & finance professionals with hardly any time to step on our yoga mat once a week or so.

One day, our practice of yoga & meditation literally changed our lives, we became healthier & happier and that’s what we ultimately believe everyone can do. Mind, body & soul interconnect, all it’s needed is space & time to just R/E.LAX.

AKASHA came to us as a natural progression after travelling the world in search of places with the same real life connection to tradition, unspoiled natural abundance, organic produce & above all, a place where meditation & yoga is an integrated part of daily life & a community that supports it.

And so, we begun building the concept of AKASHA and like us, it turns out, there are others. Talented yoga instructors, volunteers & community members that all believe in our mission.”

~ from the Akasha website.

A Mountain Hideaway with Stunning Views

Akasha is perched high up in the Transylvanian mountains, in the charming rural village of Pestera. Affording absolutely breathtaking views of the rolling green (or white, in winter!) hills dotted with villages, you can easily enter into a blissful meditative state just taking it all in from the balcony. In the warmer months, take a walk up the country roads, either with friends or accompanied by one of the friendly retreat dogs. You will meet smiling farmers on the way to market in the horse and cart, and local villages who will be happy if you learn a few words of greeting in Romanian.

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View across the mountains from a nearby village

Yoga

Akasha Wellness Retreat is a boutique retreat centre with capacity for a maximum of 20 guests. So you will get the full and personalised attention of the yoga teachers and therapists during your stay.

Hatha Yoga includes the practice of asanas (yoga postures) and pranayama (yoga breathing exercises), which help bring peace to the mind and body, preparing the body for deeper spiritual practices such as meditation.

Yin Yoga is a slow-paced style of yoga in which poses are held for five minutes or longer. Even though it is passive, yin yoga can be quite challenging due to the long holds, particularly if your body is not used to it. The purpose is to apply moderate stress to the connective tissue – the tendons, fascia and ligaments – with the aim of increasing circulation in the joints and improving flexibility.

Ashtanga Yoga brought to the modern world by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois. The resident teacher will lead students through one or more of the ashtanga series, Each being a set sequence of asanas, always in the same order. It is typically fast-paced, vigorous and physically challenging.

Accommodation

The R/E.TREAT accommodates a maximum of 20 guests at one time in 10 boutique bedrooms. Each of our guest bedrooms is special to us and each has handmade decor items, a blend of modern romantic with natural elements from within our environment.

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Some of the beautifully appointed rooms at Akasha

Sacred Cacao Ceremony & Yoga combination results in a deep connection between the brain and the heart as raw cacao increases blood flow and tissue oxygenation. By combining yoga & cacao we are guided on a journey of heart opening with greater clarity and focus of the mind. Ceremonial cacao is an ancient plant medicine, a wisdom keeper, a teacher and facilitator.

What’s on Offer at the 6 Day All Inclusive Retreat

Akasha provides all Yoga Mats & Props so you just need to bring an open mind.Yoga classes are designed to suit all levels including beginners.

Weather in the mountains can be unpredictable if you plan to go walking in nature please bring warm clothing & waterproof shoes.

Morning Practice consists of 90 minutes of yoga asana & pranayama and 30 minutes sitting meditation or chanting. Morning practice is followed by a daily chakra balancing juice before breakfast. Evening Practice consists of 60 minutes of yoga and pranayama and 30 minutes sitting meditation.

Optional Evening Group Activities include Movie Nights, Group Games, Hang Out Nights, Live Musicians both Local Folk & Kirtan Chanting Nights.

During Free Time & Spa Therapies you are free to spend your time as you want to, Massage Therapies and Salt Baths are booked & paid for separately please see our Spa Menu.

Optional Yoga & Meditation Workshops. Daily we have a workshop dedicated to improving practice which is booked & paid for separately for those that want to further their practice or maybe set a personal practice flow this may include Yoga Alignment Workshop, Acroyoga, Kundalini or Thai Massage Workshop.

A Digital Detox is in place at Akasha to allow your mind to disconnect from the overload of digital communications and listen more deeply to life, connect with others on the retreat and live in the present moment. Guests can access a computer for use during the retreat. On Departure Day we will gladly provide Wifi access to get in touch with your friends & family or to share your photos on social media.

Every morning until breakfast time and one full morning until noon we practice a silent retreat, this is a powerful tool to connect with yourself, pick a good book and explore the true benefits of being on R/E.TREAT. This is YOUR time.

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Dining room sideboard (left); outdoor jacuzzi (centre) and wellness spa (right)

Optional Activities whilst at AKASHA R/E.TREAT are:

  • DIY Corner: Make your own Mandala Paintings, Dreamcatcher, Art. We encourage you to be creative during R/E.TREAT and maybe explore skills you never knew you had.
  • Skiing in the winter we can assist with transport to the nearest skiing slope 30min away.
  • Horse Riding with local trained horses
  • Hiking in the mountains and local valleys
  • Nutrition & Lifestyle Medical Screening with the Resident Medical Advisor.

To find out more, read this article about my stay at Akasha (this was just before Akasha was officially launched to the world) and book in for your retreat, visit the Akasha website.

Akasha is offering all Global Yogi readers a discount of €100 on all bookings made by December 31st 2016. CODE: theglobalyogi. Book your retreat on their website and enter the code to receive your discount.

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