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On Polly's Yoga safari retreat, you will find yourself enveloped by the wilderness, wildlife, and warm African hospitality. This is an opportunity to observe wildlife in its natural habitat, and for your body to reconnect with nature's gentle rhythm. A mix of yoga asanas, pranayama, and meditation will take place as close to nature as possible. Enjoy sunrise yoga to sunset meditation, nature walks, and sleep outs under the star-filled African sky.
Little Garonga has three fully en-suite, thatched, and air-conditioned suites, all situated around centralized indoor and outdoor lounge areas, a swimming pool, and built-in braai or barbeque area. Each suite has its own platform deck, complete with the hammock. The camp is north-facing, allowing sunlight to stream in and its prime location affords magnificent views of the reserve.
The camp has its own host, chef, waiter, and housekeeper, so it is totally self-contained. Little Garonga has three luxury thatched suites. The Hambleden Suite sleeps up to four and is perfect for friends sharing. The Chiltern and Buckingham Suites are fully air-conditioned with their own private deck and hammock, and each sleeps two guests in comfort.
Arrive in South Africa and transfer to Little Garonga. After a delicious lunch and venue orientation, you'll head out into the bush and gather together in beautiful surrounds for a welcome circle.
Wake up to the sounds of the African savanna. The morning asana is a grounding flow, designed to help you adjust to your new environment and center yourself in the present. After breakfast, you will sit close to discuss the eight limbs of yoga, gaining tools to deepen your experience of yoga off the mat.
Spend some free time reading a book by the pool or having a massage until you head out into the reserve for a private game drive, returning after sunset for a healthy supper. You may even wish to have a luxurious bath in the bush first.
Rising early for superb game viewing, you will head off for your first early morning drive around the African wilderness. An asana posture clinic after breakfast will take your practice back to basics, deepening your anatomical and postural knowledge, and giving you the chance to explore the mythical and symbolic meaning behind some icon postures. Before dinner, you will continue your internal exploration with a Yin and yoga Nidra meditation.
An ancient fig tree provides the canopy for your morning practice. As the light beams find their way through the large leaves, you rise up and salute the sun, trusting and uplifting yourselves by drawing on your inner strength and harnessing powerful energy that flows in and around you.
After a yummy bush picnic breakfast, you will head back to the camp for a group yoga session, where you will challenge the idea of the limits you often set for yourselves and call upon your communication skills, patience, trust, and your ability to let go to discover new heights and possibilities.
The knowledgeable guides will once again take you to their favorite animal tracking spots for a spectacular morning in stunning natural surroundings. After a nourishing and hearty breakfast, you have the opportunity to explore the chakra system, how it relates to you as individuals, and discuss the ways to bring it into balance.
After lunch, you will have a Restorative practice, creating a space to deeply delve into your inner-self. You will float off for a good night’s rest after sleep-inducing yoga Nidra.
Enjoy an uplifting and heart opening practice and Anahata chakra meditation in the morning, followed by an exploration into the power of mantra, mudra, and meditation. After a lovingly prepared lunch, feel the love as the guides share their passion and fascination for the local wildlife with you on the afternoon drive. Those who wish to spend the night sleeping out under the stars will be taken to the bush den after supper.
Silence is golden and your silent meditation walk is the perfect way to connect to yourself. With the beauty of Africa as your backdrop, water can be particularly healing and nurturing, and you will head down to the river to conclude your morning meditation.
A dynamic Vinyasa flow class where you build heat and energy through self-kindness will lead into lunch. After some relaxing free time, the day will draw to a close with a sunset game drive and dinner under the stars. You will gather around the fire to close your journey together.
The therapeutic and healing asana class will provide the chance to fully relax, reflect, and remain present before setting off on your next life adventure. Focusing on the lessons, you will learn on your yoga mats how relevant these are to your everyday lives.
Find a sense of calm and balance in the daily challenges you each face in your often busy schedules. As the time comes to say goodbye, you leave the camp and continue your life’s journey, taking with you the special moments you will have shared together and the peace you have spent time cultivating in yourselves.
School of Sacred Arts Yoga Alliance RYT 200 (Yoga)
Polly’s obsession of "all things yoga" lead her to complete her RYT 200-hour training with the School of Sacred Arts in Bali and to teach what she loves. She strongly believes that yoga is for everyone and she tailors her classes to suit her student’s needs. Polly teaches yoga in and around Wandsworth, the classes are fun and challenging in a way that encourages mindfulness and kindness. With every class, Polly aims to guide her students through this process and enable the wisdom of yoga to shine through and inspire.
Little Garonga is on the 60,000 acre Makalali Conservancy, the northern tip of Greater Kruger, South Africa. Little Garonga offers a fantastic safari experience, with expert guides and trackers who are knowledgeable about the wide variety of animals on their nature reserve.
In addition to the Big Five (elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and white and black rhino), there are also cheetah, hippo, crocodiles, spotted hyenas, wild dog, and plains animals like zebras, giraffes, and several species of buck. Garonga's holistic philosophy is to offer a safari for the soul, an unhurried and intimate wildlife encounter, a time to reflect, and find inspiration in nature.
Wholesome meals are always an important part of the safari day. During this holiday, you will be served daily healthy breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Daily afternoon tea is also included. Freshly prepared dishes are enjoyed communally; breakfast can be taken on the breakfast deck, lunch inside the main lounge, and dinner either outside on the swimming pool deck by the fire or inside the main lounge.
The bush bath is an outdoor bath set overlooking the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a glass of wine and the sounds of the bush from the comfort of a warm bubble bath.
The "sleep out" is a viewing deck with a four-poster bed where guests can enjoy a private dinner overlooking a waterhole and spend the night alone in the bush.
One aromatherapy massage is included in the total cost of the retreat. One-to-one session and reflexology are also available at an additional cost.
Flights can be booked directly with the airlines or through Flight Centre (please contact Polly's Yoga for more information).The following flights with South African Airways to and from Hoedspruit Airport are recommended:
London Heathrow Terminal 2 to Johannesburg - Friday, 27th April 21:00. Johannesburg to Hoedspruit - Saturday, 28th April at 13:20
Hoedspruit to Johannesburg - Saturday, 5th May 13:55. Johannesburg to London Heathrow Terminal 2 - Sunday, 6th May at 06:25
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