Meet Our Yoga Retreats Malaga Team
Everything started when i was in Goa, India in a yoga retreat and experienced how all participants were having a great time relaxing and practicing yoga in a more intimate and open space instead of in a yoga studio.
After having a traditional ashtanga yoga school in the Netherlands Erik and i moved to Spain.
Our passion for yoga and our desire to help people to improve their quality of life impulsed us to create the yoga retreats in Malaga.
Thanks to a friend we came to Benalmadena, and the destiny help us to find Pauline and Idamor*, who opened the doors of their house in a perfect location in the middle of Benalmadena pueblo to set our Yoga Retreats Malaga.
Soon we realized that short retreats were a good option for people with a busy schedule, and with the need of a healthy break or to discover more about yoga and meditation.
Additionally Nico (my son) who was combining his administration studies with the practice of yoga joined us in the retreat as a yin yoga teacher.
Nowadays he is teaching most of the yoga lessons , Erik is giving the meditation sessions, the massages and managing the retreat from the moment you arrive and I am organizing the logistics before the yogis arrive, specials yoga workshops, dharma talks and online yoga teaching.
Finally, Masayo, a chef from Japan who is in love with Spain became our main yoga-chef and create a fusion vegan cuisine with ingredients from Andalucia with an oriental touch.
It is a true honor to be part of a family working together in the yoga retreat to take care of the participants.
His approach to yoga is one that honors the need of self-actualization and union with your body. Therefore, his classes focus a lot on the proper use of the breath; while maintaining a focused mind.
Nico has studied yoga since 2012 and has began teaching since 2016. He draws much inspiration from teachers such as Pattabhi Jois, Sharath Jois and Alan Watts; by combining both physical exercise and intellectual inquiry.
He is also a seasoned and passionate musician having played for many Art Of Living events. So you can expect to also hear live music after your yoga classes.
His life motto “one must first empty ones cup before it can be filled with something new”
He currently also works for various Yoga studios throughout Costa del Sol and is fast becoming one of the most acclaimed teachers in the region, and many of the participants in the retreat agree that the yoga classes with him are fantastic!
She has more than 20 years of experience working as a cook and later as head chef in various restaurants and hotels.
Masayo’s cooking is the perfect blend of the east and the west, and her strict control over every ingredient used ensures that the food is always delicious and healthy.
Her most popular dish during the retreat is her famous vegetarian sushi. That is right, No Fish Sushi! She is also, well versed in western cuisine, so you will have a wide selection of foods to choose from.
Masayo is currently living her dream of learning Flamenco singing. So when she is not cooking you will find her practicing her singing and learning Spanish.
Thanks to Masayo we are able to say that you will have the best cooking of any retreat in the whole of Costa Del Sol.
She will be taking care of all your delicious and healthy meals during the Retreat. Not only surprising you with vegetarian sushis, but with a fusion of the spanish cousine, and special japanese touch!
He together with Migui founded Yoga Retreats Malaga in 2014
Until now, He learned that Yoga is for everyone and that Yoga is an inner practice that you can do all your life, and what gives you benefits in and outside the mat.
Every morning for more than 8 years he has practiced Ashtanga Yoga and his life changed in a positive way the last years. He studied with different teachers in different parts of the world, in Europe, Asia and the United States of America. He went to Mysore, India to practice and study with Sharath Jois. In New York and Mallorca he practiced with Eddie Stern, in the Netherlands he practiced and did workshops with Clayton Horton, Mariela Cruz, Gibran Gonzalez, Max Czenszak, Nuno Vintem and many others. In the Netherlands he teached Hatha, Vinyasa and Ashtanga Yoga and Meditation. Now he is really happy to be part of the team of Malaga Yoga Retreats in one of the most beautiful places in Spain: Benalmadena Pueblo. Additionally to his yoga practice, he got the highest certifications of Ayurveda massage and Ayurveda cooking at the ADHN institute Gokulam in India. He gives the massages at the yoga retreats . The organic/vegetarian meals are in good hands with Erik and Masayo at the retreat. He makes the most delicious meals with the right balance between nutrients and vitamins and he advises the participants about healthy vegetarian food and drinks. He always wants the best for the participants, and he invites you to come and visit one of their beautiful places in Malaga-Spain, where together with Nico and Masayo will offer you a healthy holiday with yoga and meditation that you will always remember.
His motto is that Yoga is your own practice , no ego and no showing off, everybody is equal, young or old, flexible or stiff we all can do it!
He will take care of everything you need during the Yoga Retreat, as well as extra meditation sessions, Ayurveda massages and relax massages.
Migui, co founder of Yoga Retreats Malaga, is best known for her sense of humor, generosity, and positivism. She is a devoted yoga student, yoga teacher, and lover of her family. She primarily practices the Ashtanga Yoga method, as taught by Sri K. Patabhi Jois, and has inspired many students in their journey to have a daily yoga practice. Her youthful appearance is a proof to the many benefits of yoga.
She will be assisting in the Retreat in some yoga workshops or chanting sessions when required, as well as managing the organization of the Retreats before you arrive.
Her classes range from beginner to advanced, all levels, all ages! She has a lot of experience giving adjustments or modifications according to the needs of the student, and she gives specific tools to her students, depending on their body type and their life style to grow in their own practice.
In 2003, Miguidet moved from Venezuela to the Netherlands. Having a career as an accountant, she started to practice yoga to relieve the stress.
Soon she decided to dedicate most of her time to study the discipline of yoga. In 2006 she was teaching her first yoga class, since then she has been concentrated in the practice, study and sharing her love and passion of yoga.
Miguidet is a Yoga Alliance Certified Teacher RYS from the Yoga Institute Houston, USA, and completed a teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga in the Parthman Niketan, Risikesh, India, where she also studied Indian Philosophy in the Punab Paschim Institute. She has studied Ashtanga yoga with Sharath Jois and Saraswati in Mysore India, and with other Ashtanga-certified and authorized teachers: Eddie Stern, David Swenson, Manju Jois, Max Czenszak, Clayton Horton, Mariela Cruz and many others.
She also traveled to many countries in Europe and Asia where she followed different courses and workshops in other forms of yoga; Iyengar, Sivananda, and Yin yoga. Additionally she has studied Karmapa Meditation from the Karma Kagyu School of Tibetan Buddhism and Kundalini Meditation. In 2009, she founded the first Ashtanga Yoga studio in Groningen, The Netherlands. Later, in 2013, she founded the traditional Ashtanga yoga school in The Hague, where she organized many different workshops for international senior teachers.
Every year , she continues studying, practicing and developing her personal practice. In 2016 she stayed for two (2) months in Mysore, India studying with her teacher Sharath at the Kpjayi.
For her, it is a privilege to be in sunny Andalucia and to share her love and dedication for the practice of yoga, as an instrument to keep the body in good shape, and to be a better person. As Sharath said in an interview in LA Yoga , may 2016. Referring to the meaning of Yoga:
It’s not just physical, it’s overall how to keep your own well-being, and keeping others’ well-being.
Some of my yoga journey you can see here
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