Yoga - Peace in Paradise

Yoga - Peace in Paradise

Who said your fitness journey has to be strenuous? A yoga retreat in the Caribbean offers you peace of mind to re-centre your life and explore holistic healing on our tiny rock. Experience yoga in Barbados by the sea (breathing in fresh, clean, ocean air) practice asanas and build your core muscles with internationally certified yoga/therapeutic practitioners. 

The stress of the everyday life or winter living can keep us confined for months, as a result, our mental and physical health diminishes; instead of stressing, de-stress at any of our yoga Barbados studios: Mindful Movement, Yoga Samudra, Sunshine Kula Yoga, Santosha Yoga and Bawa Yoga are exactly the retreats you need to restructure your body, mind and heart.

Mindful Movement

Mindful Movement was founded by Jasmine Evelyn in 2015. A registered yoga teacher and physiotherapist eager to extend a message of mindfulness to students and patients. Offering outdoor yoga, studio and private yoga classes in Barbados - here there is something for everyone: 

  • Barre fitness classes - a technique that incorporates the movements of classical ballet with a yoga mat work out. Notably, Barre sessions are one on one only. 
  • Also on offer are pelvic health and physiotherapy sessions to raise awareness of health issues, showing how pelvic health can be restored through pelvic physiotherapy. Offering Hatha vinyasa - a breath-synchronized movement combining poses with meditation, these classes usually occur on Saturdays from 10 - 11 am as a mixed level practice. For beginners there is a class on Saturdays 11:30 am -12:30 am providing a safe alignment-based approach, focusing on mindfulness and self-awareness. 
  • Agni Flow is also offered - a practice designed to draw on the body’s internal heat and build strength and stability through dynamic and powerful flows. Based in Christ Church Barbados, she can be contacted at [email protected]. Studio classes are $25 (drop-in) or $120 for 6 sessions.

Yoga Samudra

In Sanskrit, Yoga Samudra translates to yoga by the sea, and this idyllic spa in Barbados is perfect for rejuvenating your mind, body and spirit. For those who enjoy a natural experience, outdoor drop-in sessions are only 20 USD. However, some sessions are also available online, which means you can even practice from the comfort of your home. Yoga Samudra studio classes are also available via their progressive App. Allowing those who so choose, to download their free app and join in on sessions from wherever they are. As with most things, it is better to book in advance so the coordinator can inform of any changes or updates. 

The practitioner Jen began the yoga movement after relocating to Barbados and discovering a real need for the product on the island, at the time.  Today the studio is a favourite - well-known by residents and visitors. The flows offered at the studio include Vinyasa Flow and Restorative Bliss, taking place at the well known St. Lawrence Gap’s Castaways, in the morning with a gorgeous view of the ocean. Jen can be contacted at (246)838-2185.

For those staying on the West Coast of the island, Pamela Harris of Sunshine Kula Yoga (SKY) teaches Anusara yoga beside the sea and among the trees. Anusara yoga is a flow dedicated to moving with grace and following your heart. The focus is on overall health and wellness, perfect for persons affected by stress and injuries. With qualified trainers, you can trust you are in good hands. 

Pamela has been teaching yoga in Barbados for over twenty years and is a certified Anusara and therapeutic yoga teacher, and she is passionate about the transformational practice which she hopes will transform people’s lives and community. 

Sky has operated locally since 2012  and classes begin as early as 8:30 am. Their teaching style is ‘creative and uplifting’ with a focus on good alignment and heightening of awareness to create openings in the body, mind and heart. You experience precision and sequencing with softness and freedom of movement. Contact: [email protected].

Santosha Yoga

Santosha Yoga offers classes in multiple locations from the dreamy Sweetfield Manor in Brittons Hill to the seaside yoga across the island. Sweetfield Manor Boutique is located on one of the most beautiful hideaways, perfect for meditation and serenity. Santosha also offers SUP yoga, which takes place on the water at Carlisle bay, focusing on building core strength and stability. Open to all levels owner Steff discovered yoga in 1999 and has been committed to the practice since. 

This International teacher was raised in Canada and has also taught dance and fitness in Montreal and New York. Her work originates from combining her two passions: the ocean and yoga. She says she fell in love with SUP or paddle yoga in 2009 while in California. Teaching both kids and adults, working with Paddle Barbados, your retreat to wellness can be a family affair. Known as ‘The Mermaid’ Steff is a lover of nature and the outdoors and devotes her time and passion to the yoga movement whole-heartedly. She can be contacted at [email protected]

Bawa Yoga

‘Bawa’ means ‘sea’ in Arawak, one of the indigenous languages of Barbados. Bawa Yoga is an evolving wellness community on the island with a  focus on Ashtanga, yin and meditation practices. The trainers are eager to guide your mind, body and soul in efforts to understand how yoga can benefit you holistically.

The primary yoga trainers are Brit Nathalie Golding - Brit is a certified Yoga Alliance instructor with an exciting yet graceful teaching style. She seeks to honour her surroundings and students, combining her love for nature with her passion for movement. Nathalie’s method is one of healing and enlightenment, with slower flows and a focus on therapeutic sessions. She is a Neuro-Linguistic programming master practitioner and a Voice Dialogue facilitator and a certified Advanced Amrit Yoga Teacher trained by the renowned Yogi Amrit Desai. Nathalie blends pranayama, meditation and asanas to provoke precise actions which often cause you to release control and become more connected to yourself.  If you are eager to discover genuine peace of mind? You can contact them at [email protected]

Wherever you go for wellness, there are multiple yoga retreats and spas in Barbados for anyone seeking to cultivate balance, gain mental and physical fitness/awareness all in serene and idyllic settings. Your fitness journey does not have to be strenuous on this island; visit Mindful Movement, Yoga Samudra, Sunshine Kula Yoga, Santosha Yoga or Bawa yoga to restructure your body, heart and life.

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