Spring update

Spring is here and all of a sudden we have an online yoga school! When I posted something six week ago,  we thought we could still be teaching by the sea. Unfortunately we had to stop all our in-person teaching as from 16 March, like many other businesses. However, people who normally join us for yoga still want to move, meditate and breathe and so we have started to share our Keepfit and Yoga classes online through Facebook. We began with two weekly classes, but right now we offer new classes everyday, except for Sunday. And we save all videos for later use, which means that people who previously couldn’t do yoga with us, can do yoga with us any time. We have members now in Gozo, Malta & several other countries abroad. We are truly grateful we have been able to do this and even more grateful for all the members that “show up” for yoga & fitness everyday. Ironically, I always wanted to support members in their home practice, well, now is the time! If you haven’t tried our online yoga yet, find “Yellow Rock Yoga X-tra” on Facebook. Or contact us to book a private class through Facetime, Skype or Whatsapp.

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Normally spring time is the time where we offer yoga retreats with lots of outdoor yoga. Of course all of this has stopped but hopefully next year we will be able to offer yoga on this beautiful island again. Nature is breathtaking this time of year. This is a picture of sunset at Dwejra we took recently. It is  of course exceptionally quiet at the moment on the island, and we enjoy this quietness whenever we walk the dog.

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Amazing colours……..

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Like most people, we have no idea of what to expect the next few months. At a certain point, measures will be more relaxed and at some point we can enjoy practicing outside again. Until then, we will see you online! Stay safe & stay healthy!

Namaste, Monique & Nop

Yoga & COVID-19 update

With our yoga we want to improve our health and wellbeing. Under the current circumstances, this means we have to adjust a few things in order to keep each other as safe as possible. In this post we discuss a few important things that will come into effect as from 13 March 2020.

Limited spaces and outdoor classes in Xaghra where possible

We keep a distance between students and make sure we are outdoors whenever we can. All formerly indoor classes in Victoria are now transferred to mainly outdoor yoga at Satori Centre Xaghra as from 13 March and are limited to 4 persons. This means that:

  • you will have to book your spot at least 24 hours in advance;
  • it is not always possible to attend any class you like. We will guarantee a minimum of one class per student per week though;
  • wear layers, we are outside a lot or doors are open on two sides;
  • we will not accept any drop-ins until further notice;
  • Shape & Flow on Thursdays will be from 17:00 to 18:00;
  • Fityoga on Monday is put on hold for a while, until we have found a new space indoor or outdoors for that class.

For outdoor classes in Qbajjar: everything remains the same as it was, we keep a bigger distance between the mats though.

Online and personal yoga available

If you prefer to do yoga at home, contact us about personal yoga or online yoga. We will do our utmost to help you with your yoga practice, even if you prefer to temporarily not join groups.

Taking care of safety and hygiene together

Yellow Rock Yoga is always taking care of safety and hygiene and  of course, so are you. However, we have to work together to create the safest yoga space possible. A few things to keep in mind:

  • please wash and or disinfect your hands before class. Bring your own hand sanitizer if possible;
  • we will disinfect every mat after every use, with a stronger disinfectant;
  • bring a towel or your own mat if possible to put on top of our mats;
  • all indoor classes will be without airconditioning and with natural ventilation. This means that you may want to put on an extra layer of clothing;
  • we will avoid hands-on adjustments, and we will keep a distance, avoiding shaking hands or sharing yoga hugs;
  • in case of a cold, coughing or sneezing, please do not come to yoga class or leave the yoga space to keep each other safe.

Please reach out if you have any questions or doubts about taking part in one of our yoga classes. We rely on it that with a bit of extra care from our part and your part, we can keep enjoying our yoga practice together.

Namaste, Monique & Nop

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Yoga news for 2020!

Happy new year everyone, here in Gozo, Malta and abroad! May this be a year full of health & happiness for you. A year of love and joy. A year of creative energy, friendship and love. A year of abundance!

For us  this is the third year of Yellow Rock Yoga and again this year we will aim to make you feel your best, body, mind and soul. Through yoga, meditation, workshops, retreats and you name it, we are here for you in Gozo. And also if you cannot make it to our classes in Gozo, no worries, we offer online yoga classes as well. If you have Facetime or Skype, it is possible to do yoga and meditation together. Some of our Dutch clients have been doing this ever since we left Holland in 2018!

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What’s new in 2020?

We encourage everyone to do a bit of yoga at home too. It can be helpful to have a private routine developed especially for you every few months. That is why we give a 20% discount on our single private sessions to every person with a valid Yellow Rock Yoga card. This discount also applies to our Outdoor & Meditation safaris! So if you have a valid Yellow Rock Yoga card, not only can you enjoy yoga and meditation sessions with a discount (35 euros for 5 sessions instead of 10 euros per session) but you have access to private sessions or safaris  at a lower price too! This discount also applies for members with a monthly unlimited card of course!

New winter schedule & new lessons

We have a new winter schedule with two new classes. The first new class is a Shape and Flow class by Monique on Thursdays at 17:45. We use yoga poses to shape and tone the body and flowing yoga poses as a moving meditation. It is a bit of a work-out and it is calming the mind too. This is a class with relaxing music in the background, and yes, you can still send your requests for your favorite music to Monique every week!

Another new class is a 75-minute Yin Yang class with Nop every Saturday at 9:00 in Qbajjar Bay. Yin poses are slow, passive and relaxing, Yang poses are more active and dynamic. The focus is on the restorative  Yin part, but the Yang poses will keep you warm and balanced. Read more about the benefits of Yin Yoga in earlier blogs. Find the full schedule on Schedule & rates

Custom retreats in 2020

In 2020 we will offer more custom retreats. One interesting package is our new Safari Package. You arrange your own accommodation and food, we will provide the program. In a typical Yoga Safari Package, valid for a maximum of two weeks you could find:

  • 3 x outdoor Yoga & Meditation safaris on the most beautiful spots on the island
  • Unlimited access to all of our group classes for a maximum of two weeks
  • 1 x chakra workshop
  • 1 x reiki session or mantra workshop
  • 1 x silent hiking with meditation
  • Coffee, tea and fruits included as well as one healthy lunch on one of the safari days

This package is available at just 325 euros. Create your own retreat this way or combine our One day retreats Gozo any way you like!  Of course our regular Yoga retreats by the sea will be also available as well in 2020.

We wish you a brilliant 2020!

Namaste, Monique & Nop

December is almost here! What’s new?

It is almost December again! We can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. December is a beautiful time to turn inward more to reflect and at the same time it is a beautiful time to connect to others. A time to give and a time to share. A time for gratitude and a time to relax. We are going to do all of those things the next few weeks! So what’s new in December?

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  • Meditation classes

As some of you know Monique went to Amsterdam to do an advanced meditation course. She has come back with lots of new techniques to share. Meditation is a quiet practice that can be done by anyone with lots of science-based health benefits such as:

  1. stress reduction
  2. better sleep
  3. anxiety control
  4. better blood pressure
  5. better memory and attention span
  6. getting rid of addictions
  7. pain management
  8. general wellbeing and emotional balance

Reasons enough to include two meditation classes into our weekly schedule. One on Mondays at Satori Centre Xaghra from 17:30 tot 18:30 starting the 9th of December. The other one on Tuesdays at 9:15 in Qbajjar Bay.

If you like meditation but you like to stretch out as well, try our Yin Yoga classes on Monday, Thursday and Sunday. Yin yoga has all the benefits of a meditation class as well.

  • New Certified Yin Yoga teacher!

Talking about Yin Yoga….Nop has just completed his Yin Yoga Teacher Training! Congrats to Nop and this means that you can now book your private Yin Yoga sessions with Nop and  of course you will find him guiding group Yin Yoga sessions more often!

  • Extra outdoor yoga class on Thursdays 

We have added an extra outdoor yoga class on Thursday mornings at 8:00. Nop will be teaching this class. The focus is to work on a fit body, optimal health, extra energy and on a relaxed mind. This means that we offer outdoor sessions 6 days a week now. If you haven’t tried our outdoor yoga sessions yet, this winter is an excellent moment to get a bit stronger, more flexible and healthier, while enjoying fresh air and beautiful Qbajjar Bay.

  • Personal outdoor fitness training

As most people like their outdoor fitness training to be personal, as from December Nop will be offering his outdoor fitness training only on an individual basis. Should you want to train with a friend or partner, this is still possible. Contact Nop to discuss possibilities.

  • Free and donation based sessions in December

December is the month of giving from the heart, the month of sharing. That is why we are happy to organize two free or donation-bases activities in December:

  1. Gentle Yoga & Meditation session on Sunday 1 December at Victoria Sportscomplex from 15:30 to 17:00. We do this together with Lina Vuk. Any donations will go to Gozo SPCA.
  2. Yoga & AUM-chanting sessions on 21st December from 15:00 to 17:00 in Victoria. This event will be organised together with Antje Lewerenz and several other yoga teachers on the island. Follow us on Facebook to learn more. Again, any donations wil go to Gozo SPCA.

You and your friends and/or family are most welcome!

  • Holiday schedule

We will continu our yoga classes during the holidays, however, between 23 and 29 December there will be a limited amount of classes, mainly indoors. Follow Yellow Rock Yoga Gozo on Facebook, to learn more.

We wish you a beautiful December month, with lots of love and laughter, for you and your loved ones!

Namaste, Monique & Nop

 

 

 

 

 

 

October is coming! Check the new schedule!

We cannot believe it is almost October. The weather is still beautiful, 27 degrees Celcius, and the temperature of the sea is amazing, about the same. If still feels like summer, but the summer holidays are over, schools have started again last week and high season is over for sure. For outdoor yoga October is a gorgeous time, as the temperatures are dropping a bit, but the sun is still there and your after-yoga swim is very, very rewarding! So we will keep our outdoor classes going in October like last year, but as we are moving with the sun, we will change the times a bit. See the October schedule below!

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What’s new in October?

  • We will leave the Rooftop of Calypso Hotel and do the Saturday morning Yoga by the Sea session in the Qbajjar Bay Bocce, because it is more favorable with the wind. We have had a great time on the Rooftop of Calypso Hotel thought, so thank you management and staff of Calypso Hotel, and we certainly hope to be back next year!
  • Our Tuesday, Friday and Saturday morning sessions will start at 8 a.m. instead of 7 am.
  • The Saturday outdoor class will last 75 minutes instead of 90 minutes.
  • Our Wednesday morning session will start at 9 a.m. instead of 7 a.m.
  • Monique will be gone for a week to further her studies in meditation. Nop and Lina will cover all Monique’s classes that week.
  • Nop’s Getfit classes will start at 8 am instead of at 7 a.m. and will be on Thursdays and Sundays instead of on Mondays. This will give more people a chance to do outdoor fitness during the weekend.

Please check the full schedule below and if you have a request for yoga or fitness on other times, please contact us about the possibility of private classes. It is more affordable than you might think, especially if you share a class with your partner, family members or friends. For more information, check the schedules & rates page.

October schedule for yoga

  • Mondays: 10:00 – 11:15 Yin Yoga at Gozo Sports Complex Victoria
  • Mondays: 18:30 – 19:30 Hatha Yoga at Gozo Sports Complex Victoria
  • Tuesdays: 8:00 – 9:00  Fityoga by the sea, Qbajjar Bay Bocce
  • Wednesdays: 9:00 – 10:00 Hatha Yoga by the sea, Qbajjar Bay Bocce
  • Thursdays: 9:00 – 10:15 Yin Yoga – Satori Centre in Xaghra *
  • Thursdays: 17:45 – 18:45 Hatha Yoga at Gozo Sports Complex Victoria
  • Fridays: 8:00 – 9:00 Hatha Yoga by the sea at Qbajjar Bay Bocce
  • Saturdays: 8:00 – 9:15 Fityoga by the sea, Qbajjar Bay Bocce
  • Saturdays: 12:00 – 13:00 Hatha Yoga at Gozo Sports Complex in Victoria
  • Sundays: 8:00 – 9:15 Yin Yoga by the Sea – Qbajjar Bay Bocce

October schedule for outdoor fitness

  • Thursdays: 8:00 – 9:00 GetFit with Nop, Qbajjar Batterija
  • Sunday: 8:00 – 9:00 GetFit with Nop, Qbajjar Batterija

We love to see you in one of our sessions!

Namaste, Monique & Nop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Yoga in Gozo!

Summer is finally here! To celebrate the summer and to make you feel your best, body mind and soul, we have added some extra classes. All classes will be guided by Monique, Nop or Lina, and you could find Antje on the mat as well some times! So whether you want to come to our beach and outdoor classes in Masalforn, Qbajjar, Xlendi and Xaghra, or you want to come to our comfy air-conditioned indoor classes in Victoria: we are here for you!

Summer schedule for yoga as from 22 June to 7 September 2019

  • Mondays: 10:00 – 11:15 Yin Yoga at Gozo Sports Complex Victoria – Monique
  • Mondays: 18:30 – 19:30 Hatha Yoga at Gozo Sports Complex Victoria – Nop
  • Tuesdays: 7:00 – 8:00  Fityoga by the sea, Qbajjar Batterija – Nop
  • Tuesdays: 18:30 – 19:30 Hatha Yoga at Xwejni Beach – Monique
  • Wednesdays: 7:00 – 8:00 Fityoga at Xwejni Beach – Nop
  • Wednesdays: 18:30 – 19:30 Sunset Yoga by the Sea in Xlendi – Lina
  • Thursdays: 9:00 – 10:15 Yin Yoga – Satori Centre in Xaghra – Monique
  • Thursdays: 17:45 – 18:45 Yoga for Beginners at Gozo Sports Complex Victoria – Monique
  • Thursdays: 18:30 – 19:30 Sunset Yoga at Xwejni Beach – Nop
  • Fridays: 7:00 – 8:00 Hatha Yoga by the sea at Qbajjar Batterija – Monique
  • Saturdays: 7:00 – 8:00 Rooftop Yoga at Calypso Hotel Masalforn
  • Saturdays: 7:00 – 8:30 Fityoga by the sea, Qbajjar Batterija – Nop
  • Saturdays: 12:00 – 13:00 Hatha Yoga at Gozo Sports Complex in Victoria – Monique
  • Sundays: 8:00 – 9:15 Yin on the Rocks – Salt pans behind Qbajjar Batterija – Monique

Summer schedule for outdoor fitness

  • Thursdays: 7:00 – 8:00 GetFit with Nop, Qbajjar Bay
  • Mondays: 7:00 – 8:00 GetFit with Nop, Qbajjar Bay

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Have a great summer!