Incredible Istanbul. Sole Yoga Holidays is so excited for our very first yoga adventure in this absolutely exquisite and magical city, March 14-19, 2016. We recently visited this inspirational city and we could not wait to share this wonderful place with you! We discovered the hip and trendy neighborhood of Karaköy and knew it was perfect for our yoga holiday! In this 'hotspot' are tree-lined cafes, art galleries and stunning boutiques. It has a very European flair and it is all right outside our hotel door. We have 2 private tours of the city to cover the most historical sites & the cuisine! Istanbul is filled to the brim with sensory pleasures from the delicious spices in the markets to the gorgeous views from the waterfront. The city, although very large in scale is extremely walkable and easy to navigate. We can't wait to share this very exciting yoga holiday & city with you all.
ACCOMMODATIONS & FOOD
We found the most adorable & modern hotel right in Karaköy. The rooms have been created with plenty of attention to detail influenced by the port and sea, and crowned with the patented ‘Harbour Bed’, a design not only inspired by ships, but also constructed from shipbuilding material: iron. On top of this robust structure lies a nano-technology anti-stress mattress & luxurious 300 thread count bedding on a duck down duvet. Plus, soft hardwood flooring, and in the bath rainmaker showers surrounded by stone tiles and iron walls. Other amenities include iPod docking station, flat screen TV, antique telephone and wifi in all of the rooms. At our location is an incredible restaurant that boasts an unforgettable breakfast smorgasboard! Indulge in traditional Turkish sweet & savory favorites from cheeses & olives to homemade pastries and breads. Plus, made-to-order eggs and other healthy & filling fare. Coffee & Tea is available all-day at our cafe. One special dinner is included at our location on the rooftop terrace with a view to die for! The rest of the time you can order from our hotel or walk just steps away to the numerous cafes and restaurants. This way, you can 'taste' your way through Istanbul!
YOGA & ACTIVITIES
Enjoy twice daily invigorating warm Ashtanga Flow and Power Yoga sessions (75-90 mins) from the indoor yet, bright & gorgeous yoga room with views of the city skyline. If it is warm, we can open the skyroof and let the fresh air in! You will be inspired by the location and open-air feel of the space. Your host and instructor, Shari will guide you through daily strengthening and invigorating Ashtanga flow lessons in the morning and late afternoon. All of our yoga holidays are open to all-levels, but some yoga experience is recommended to fully enjoy the practice. We will have 2 magnificent private tours on our holiday. First, our Must-See, History Tour we will experience all of the most memorable & historical sites from the Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia to the Hippodrome and Grand Bazaar. These tour leaders are known for their incredible storymaking skills and we will be enthralled with these untold tales! It is a wonderful way to learn a bit more of the history of Istanbul (Byzantine Empire, Christianity, Ottoman Empire & Islam). Our 2nd tour combines the cuisines of both Europe & Asia! How often do you get to walk over two continents in a day? And experiencing the delicious foods in both regions! This tour includes the 'best-of' food locations from our neighborhood in European's Karaköy neighborhood and the Asian side’s Kadıköy, tied together by a Bosphorus crossing. We will sample all types of heavenly foods, yet we will be doing a lot of walking on this half-day tour to lessen the guilt and enjoy.
SOLE YOGA HOLIDAYS is so thrilled for our INCREDIBLE ISTANBUL Retreat in this magnificent city filled with sensory adventures for all yogis and travelers!
Shari, Owner & Lead Instructor of Sole Yoga Holidays
Shari has been leading yoga retreats and holidays for over 2 years in amazing locations from Belize to India to Morocco and all over her adopted and gorgeous country, Italy. She resides in Florence, Italy and teaches at Sole Yoga Florence.
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