Yoga everywhere

I think travelling and yoga are my two favorite things in the world. And luckily they combine very well. After all, yoga is like a travel in itself, a way to experience and explore. 

Like the beautiful yoga retreat I went to in Italy last summer where I also combined it with a few days in Naples. That was the yoga retreat where I found my own yoga way. Or the yoga and surf retreat I went to in Portugal, amazing place, loads of fun. I'm a big fan of Ashtanga yoga, a passion I found when I went to Goa in India a few years ago. And you don't have to go to a yoga retreat to do yoga when travelling. Yoga can be done everywhere. Like at sunset on the beautiful beaches of Bali. Or you can just bring your yoga math (by one for travelling) and do it at any hotel or floor you find. 

Just do it, do yoga everywhere! 

Inhale the future, exhale the past.


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A travel and get lost experience in Martina Franca

Arriving Martina Franca in the middel of the siesta, hungry and tired after a 6 hour travel from Naples, I wasn't totally happy with the first experience of the place. 

Martina Franca in Puglia, Italy is one of those small cities where they take their siesta really serious. The area around the train station wasn't much to see and there was no taxi to find (they had siesta too). I found my self walking the two kilometres to the hotel in 35 degrees celcius and when I arrived there was no food to find (more siesta trouble).

I didn't do any research ahead of my visit to Martina Franca since I was only staying there for one night on mye way to Kaliyoga.  But a couple of hours after I arrived, finally fed,  I headed for the city center, no idea what I would find. 

What I did find was the most beautiful plaza and really really nice white narrow streets. I walked the streets for hours, getting lost all the time, just smiling and taking pictures. That is what I call a travel and get lost experience, not knowing what to expect, to just walk in random directions finding REAL beauty. Like this:

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Kaliyoga Italy: a week of bliss, strength and beauty

Olive trees, hammocks, salt water pool. Amazing food, super nice people, blissful surroundings. 3,5 hours of yoga every day! I couldn't ask for a better week then at the yoga retreat at Kaliyoga in Italy. It gave me courage, it gave me peace and most of all it gave me the need to do more yoga in my every day life. 

Kaliyoga is pretty much everything you could ask for at a yoga retreat. And more. The beautiful surroundings, the trullo's, the smiling friendly staff, the food. It was all there to support the wonderful yoga teaching and made the whole experience very complete.

The yoga teacher Tashi was just wonderful in so many ways. I loved the way her goal was to give us the tools for our self practice. I've been doing yoga for years, but I probably learnt more during my week at Kaliyoga with Tashi then in all those years. 

Thank you Tashi, Nick, Alessandra, the volunteers and my fellow retreat participants. 

Considering going to a yoga retreat? Check out Kaliyoga! It is also on the list of Top 10 yoga retreats around the world

Kaliyoga in pictures:

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Naples - rough Italy

I was told and had read so many different things about Naples before I went here, like:

  • it's filled with garbage, not nice at all
  • it's beautiful, real Italy  
  • best place in Italy (coming from Italian friend not from Naples) 
  • it's really scary 
  • you should not travel there solo as a woman  
  • and...: travelling solo as a woman is no problem, just stay away from the central station (stupid advice, as a traveller the central station is very much likely a place you have to visit)

So I had to find out for my self, what was true and what wasn't. I started of by choosing a hotel in a safe and central area because that travelling solo stuff mostly has to do with common sense. And even though Naples is a bit rougher then many of the romantic Italian cities, I never experienced anything scary (not the central station either).

So what about the garbage?  When I arrived I definitely did see more garbage on the streets than most other places. But moving in to the core parts of the city it was pretty much like any other city, not super clean, but ok. 

What I experienced in Naples was beautiful buildings, cozy narrow streets, authentic living, great food and friendly people. But Naples is a bit more rough around the edges than the average Italia city. 

This is stuff I recommend to see/do in Naples:

  • Go to see Castel dell'Ovo, the castle is pretty cool and the views from the area towards Naples also.
  • Piazzas! Oh, I love them. My favourite one was Piazza San Domenico Maggiore (have some wine and tapas at Jamon while you're there). 
  • Eat pizza! After all, it is supposed to have it's origin in Naples. And it is really amazing.
  • Stay at Hotel Piazza Bellini, a beautiful hotel in so many ways, and the garden! It is also located at another nice Piazza (Piazza Bellini). The restaurant next door La Stanza del Gusto is also worth a visit.
  • The main shopping street is Via Toledo with the normal kind of shops. A much more authentic shopping street is Via Benedetto Croce and also the streets around it.
  • Tour the narrow streets, that's when you see how people really live.
  • If it's not 35 degrees celcius, walk up to Castel Sant'Elmo for a nice view.
  • If it is 35 degrees celcius, take the boat to Capri for the day (takes 45 minutes). My pictures from Capri.
  • Enjoy the fact that the city is not over filled with other tourists ;) 

Some pics: 

 

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