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!
We always make sure to 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.
The original form of Yoga including the practice of postures (asana) and breathing exercises (pranayama), which can help prepare the body for meditation. The pace of the class is quite gentle and will involve holding various positions in stillness for a certain amount of breaths.
Linking the movements with the breath is called Vinyasa. This is one of the most popular styles of yoga and is called ‘flow’ because of the smooth way the poses run together. Attention is focused on alignment and transition between poses, leading to improved stamina and flexibility.
Blending two styles of yoga into one practice. Bringing together the benefits of the passive, restorative poses with the active, more dynamic sequences. By practicing Yin and Yang we are able to create a balance and learn about stillness in movement and the flow within the stillness.
A complimentary practice to the more active (Yang) styles of Yoga. Yin consists of a series of more passive poses held for anything up to 10 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 peace and openness.
An all levels practice involving 21 poses to help increase muscle strength by slowly progressing through a range of motion of the joints. Help yourself free the tensions and emotions blocked or hidden between the joints, relieving aches and pain related to the ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders, wrists, neck and even the fingers and toes. The focus is on warming up the joints to maintain and improve the mobility and range of motion in the joints whilst also integrating a calm and mindful breath. (Please give the teacher your email address if you would like a handout)
This is a form of yoga that emphasizes relaxation and rejuvenation. It is a restful practice that involves holding postures for longer durations using props to support you. When the body enters a state of relaxation, the mind can also consciously relax as tension is eased from both body and mind, coupled with deep breathing to calm the nervous system.
A more vigorous practice combining a fixed series of asana, synchronised with the breath. Starting with repetitions of Sun Salutations, followed by a standing and a seated sequence. This style emphasises both the mental and physical flexibility and strength.
Known as a form of subconscious relaxation, Nidra encourages a state of mind between sleep and wakefulness. This 30 minute class involves lying down comfortably, 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!
Meditation is a state of mind, a practice to enter a highly conscious state where spiritual growth and awareness can begin. Traditionally practiced seated, the aim is to bring the body and the mind to the same place at the same time. Focussing attention on the physical, mental and energetic experience though breath work, voice activation, guided practice and silence.
‘Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness’ – Joseph Pilates, founder of the Pilates Method. A fantastic class for beginners to Pilates but also for people of all fitness levels based on the six fundamental principles of exercise: Breathing, Centering, Concentration, Control, Flow and Precision. Working through the fundamental movements from which we will build our practice, using correct form and alignment to help gain physical and mental strength and awareness. A truly holistic approach to exercise and movement, combining body, mind and spirit.
A fantastic, dynamic workout inspired by elements of Pilates and Ballet. This class focuses on low-impact, high-intensity movements designed to be a full-body, muscular endurance session. We will target each major muscle group, including arms, legs, glutes and core, fatiguing the muscles via small targeted movements, high repetitions and light weights/resistance. No prior experience of ballet or dance is required so come along, pulse to the beat and feel the burn!
This class is mindfully designed to help you gain all the benefits of the Pilates practice whilst being gentle on your joints, specifically limiting impact or strain on common orthopaedic ‘problem areas’ such as wrists, knees and hips. A great class for anyone recovering from surgeries or injuries, or those looking to strengthen the body to enhance sporting performance such as windsurfing, running and cycling.
Offering a fantastic, fresh approach to practicing Pilates, making it perfect for everyone, from total beginners to the most advanced practitioners. Incorporating the Swiss Ball brings a variety of movements with benefits with a focus on improving your balance, muscle tone and core strength. All of your muscles are required to work together to stabilise and support your movements, ensuring a total body workout every time - and it’s great fun too! So come along for a wiggle and wobble as we learn and laugh together.
This class focuses on postural alignment, joint mobility, core strength and breathing incorporating a cardio element through pace and a combination of standing, floor and prop work to get your heart rate going whilst maintaining proper control and precision.
The Vagus Nerve is the bodies ‘superhighway’ for the mind-body connection, operating far below our conscious mind but essential to our holistic wellbeing. Pilates-based exercises, combining breathwork, rhythmic movement and stretches can bring consciousness to our inner bodies and improve vagal tone. This class aims to bring the body and mind back to a state of homeostasis.
Start with a Pilates warm up at the beach front, take a powerwalk along the promenade, enjoying the view, then finish back on the Wildwind lawn for a cool down and chat. This class is a sociable way to enjoy some of the basic movements Pilates has to offer, plus it will get the heart rate up!
This high-intensity full-body circuits training includes a variety of stations/equipment to work cardio, strength, toning muscles and flexibility. Performing each exercise for a set time before moving on to the next station this fat-burning class will improve your mobility, strength and stamina. Please wear your trainers for this class.
Low impact, high burn. This mat class includes a calculated mix of exercises inspired by fitness, barre and yoga. A muscle-burning sequence of conditioning and strength-building exercises focusing on postural strength, alignment and flexibility combined with a cardio element which all together will create a long, lean, toned body. Using resistance bands, yoga straps, yoga blocks and your body weight to target every muscle in the body.
Using dumbells performing exercises inspired by Kettlebell training techniques. A high intensity work out to help you meet your toughest fitness goals. Combining functional, compound exercises that work multiple muscle groups, this full-body workout will get you lean, toned and strong.
Working some of the largest muscles in the body to create a high calorie burn. Using weights and aerobic steps for a combination of strength and high intensity explosive exercises, aimed at increasing strength and flexibility to torch fat and sculpt the lower body. Finished with slow stretch.
A unique class designed to condition your whole body using a Swiss ball. This is a fun, challenging ball-based fitness class that will help to develop core stability, balance and agility and test your limits! Sequences of balance and strengthening are combined with slow, controlled exercises, reshaping the body and burning calories.
Combining cardio exercise such as jumps, skipping, footwork and weights, with a focus on boxing moves (jabs, uppercuts etc…) for variation and fun! This exercise concept is based on training methods used by professional boxers, but without the risk of getting a black eye! No previous experience necessary.
The goal is health, fitness and fun in this pool-based class. Using the multi-directional resistance of the water, this is an all over cardio, toning and muscle conditioning class, plus, it’s a lot of fun!
This relaxed session aims to unwind you physically and mentally. Whether you’ve just arrived off the plane or you’ve had an activity driven day, this class will help you to connect to your body through a slow and gentle flow of stretches, targeting your whole being and leave you feeling more peaceful and calm.
These are the Yoga, Pilates and fitness instructors that will be teaching your classes in 2023. 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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