Whether you’ve just started practicing Yoga and Pilates or you’re upping your fitness game or perhaps it’s been part of your daily routine for years, here at Healthy Options you’ll find the enthusiastic and professional style of our teachers refreshing and inspiring.
Our teachers provide a great mix of classes. Every day, we offer classes aimed at all levels which are designed to be progressive and will enable you to begin or continue your practice at home. This is one of our sources of pride – what you learn on a Healthy Options holiday will help you progress and improve even when you’re back home!
Class sizes are small, so we can give you plenty of individual attention, helping you to maintain the correct alignment and technique. This means that you’ll get the maximum benefit not only during your holiday with us, but for your future practice as well.
All classes are given in both centres, you can check out the sample schedules for Vassiliki and Syvota here.
Hatha Yoga is an old system which includes the practice of yoga postures (asana) and breathing exercises (pranayama) which can also help prepare the body for meditation. The pace of the class is quite slow and will involve holding various postures for a certain amount of breaths, but may also include some fluid movement during the practice.
Flow Yoga links the movements with the breath. It’s one of the most popular styles of yoga and is called ‘flow’ because of the smooth way the poses run together. In this dynamic practice attention is focused on the journey and transitions between the various postures (vinyasa). Through the use of creative sequencing, the posture becomes better aligned which leads to improved stamina, strength and flexibility.
Restorative yoga is a type of yoga known for its relaxing, calming and healing effect. As well as being popular with people who may be recovering from an illness or injury, restorative yoga is considered an ideal anecdote for hectic and stressful modern lifestyles. This mat based practise involves the use of props such as bolsters, blocks and straps. Spending a long time in each posture allows the muscles to relax deeply promoting calmness and recovery.
Technique classes focus on how to advance your practice by paying attention in great detail to alignment and posture. One goal of these classes is to enable you to attain confidence when continuing and progressing your own practice when you return home after your holiday. This makes the benefits of the Healthy Options technique classes last long after your holiday with us has become a warm memory.
Technique classes are offered at both beginner and improver/intermediate level.
This calming and rejuvenating class is held at the end of each day and will help you unwind. Yoga Nidra is a form of subconscious relaxation and encourages a state of mind between sleep and wakefulness. This 30-minute class involves lying down with the use of props in complete stillness whilst listening to the instructor guide you through a meditation. It’s said that half an hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to four hours of deep sleep!
Yin Yoga is a complimentary practise to the more active styles of Yoga. It consists of a series of passive poses held for anything up to 5 minutes. Spending a longer amount of time in each posture targets the deep connective tissue and fascia, improving flexibility and circulation, ending with a deep sense of openness.
The five basic principles of Pilates are; breathing, pelvic placement, rib cage placement, scapular movement and stabilisation and head and neck placement. This mat based class will help you develop core muscles and stability and has been proven to be an excellent form of exercise for improving posture and inner strength.
Our Pilates teachers offer mat-based classes that are suitable for all levels, from complete beginners to those looking to further their practice.
Yamuna body rolling is not described as exercise, but movement. It helps get rid of aches and pains and restores a natural balanced posture. This is the successor to foam rolling, working to realign the body through self massage by sinking into the differently textured balls to elongate the muscles and increase the range of motion around the joints.
Body Sculpt is the ultimate class designed to strengthen and tone each and every muscle, head to toe. Body Sculpt uses equipment, including a variety of dumbbells, bodyweight exercises and Swiss balls . The upbeat rhythm of the music maximises the fun as well as the challenge!
Exercises are performed in the pool to music, you’ll get a full, intense workout with reduced stress on your muscles and joints. These classes help target aerobic endurance and muscular toning while also giving you a boost in confidence in the water and is therefore even suited to non- swimmers!
Suitable for all levels, this class is useful for tweaking your stroke or breathing technique and obtaining training tips and programs from Amy. Also for unconfident swimmers working on anything from first strokes, putting the head underwater or venturing into the deep end!
This highly useful piece of equipment adds an extra challenge by forcing you to exercise on an unstable surface. Not only is this a pretty intensive workout for your core, Swiss ball helps improve your body awareness, posture and balance.
These are the Yoga, Pilates and fitness instructors that will be teaching your classes in 2020. Each one of them is highly skilled, with plenty of training and experience, and all are very friendly and approachable.
In addition to the classes our team of professional and approachable instructors will also be on hand to offer regular workshops, 1-1 personalised sessions and helpful friendly advice!
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