Holidays are a wonderful time to retreat and take a step back from the hustle and bustle of the modern day world. They are a good time to relax with your family and get that crucial bonding that the ever-active 21st-century lifestyle has left your family unable to manage. Yet, they are also a good time for you to work on YOU. 

Do you find yourself slipping and being lost in the activities and everyday routine of work? Well, the holidays could also be the perfect time to go on that soul search you have been meaning to for a long time now and reconnect with your true self. Do you simply look to spend your time rejuvenating on a “me-trip”? Well, holidays are perfect for that too.

If you are a woman aged 40 or more and are looking for such a holiday, or know someone who fits this category, then this article is just for you!

What we are offering you.

If you are looking to soul search during the holidays, then what better way to do this than with yoga? A yoga retreat offers you all you could ever be looking for, and more, in one smooth package. Are you simply looking to rest and enjoy yourself this holiday? Well, a yoga retreat is a perfect place for that.

What you stand to gain.

  • Relaxation.

Regardless of what type, holidays always provide an opportunity for relaxation, and a yoga retreat is no different. You get to really kick back and relax and forget about all your worries. Not only does the schedule of a yoga retreat leave you with the opportunity to relax, but even the locations chosen for these retreats are usually serene and relaxing.

  • Visit beautiful places.

It’s almost a law that locations for yoga retreats are located in some of the most beautiful and nature-endowed places in the world. From Costa Rica to India, and more, wherever your location would be, it is sure to be BEAUTIFUL!

  • Socialisation.

This is another thing you stand to gain on a yoga retreat: you get to mingle. Most of the time, people find that they hardly get to meet new people, and when they do, the entire meeting is in most cases, business related. A yoga retreat is a perfect way to fix this. Without the pressure of work and the need to appear and stay professional, a yoga retreat provides you with the chance to simply be yourself and relate with people. And who knows, maybe from there you could even make some lifetime friends!

  • Yoga.

And this I would say is the coup de grace: YOGA. A yoga vacation gives you the entire benefit of yoga, and yes, I mean everything. From the physical to the mental, from the emotional to the spiritual; you’d get it all. Every single thing that yoga offers, you stand the chance to get it on a yoga retreat. And believe me when I say yoga offers A LOT.

Planning to go on a yoga retreat this coming holiday? Then contact us at Sunflower Retreats for all the information you might need for choosing the retreat and location best suited for you. We look forward to hearing from you and wish you a safe and happy holiday!

A Women’s Wellness Retreat for Your Spouse

Being a woman is not an easy thing sometimes. Between struggling to find one’s ground in this so-called ‘man’s world’, pursuing career and personal goals, raising a family, and having to look radiant while putting all these together, things could quite easily get overwhelming and drive one off the edge. And that’s just scratching the surface too.

Considering how much value women add to society, much of which is often overlooked, unfortunately, one would think our women deserve a break. And not just any break either. Having to spend a good part of their lives for others ─ be it spouse, kids or work, women need a break that is just for them: This is what we offer.

Wellness retreat for women

Let’s face it ─ no one can fully understand what a woman is going through except another woman. You might be a considerate and understanding man, but that’s only half of what it takes. You need to live the life to understand the life. This is where a women’s retreat comes in. Made exclusively for women, your spouse gets to spend quality time with people who understand exactly what she is going through in a way you naturally couldn’t. She can finally get that much-needed rest, support from people who have gone through the same or similar situations to the one she is going through, and even make some female friends too. 

Yet there is much more to be gained from a wellness retreat like this.

Other benefits of the women wellness retreat?

The freedom

There is a level of freedom that comes with being surrounded by others of your gender ─ freedom to dress as you like, talk as you like, and just simply be yourself. The women wellness retreat offers your spouse just this.  

The safety

Here’s another thing women stand to gain ─ safety. It has been proven time and time again that women tend to feel safer around other women, and who doesn’t want that for their spouse? The feeling of safety also makes it easy to simply kick-back and relax, without a care in the world, and this makes the retreat even more fulfilling.

The experience

Getting the chance to meet with like-minded people always has the potential of creating some life-changing experiences. Being a retreat created just for women, it is not unusual to find people who have made long-lasting friendships and even business partnerships from such retreats.

The health benefits

This is what brings the ‘wellness’ into the women’s wellness retreat. All the other benefits are all well and good, but it is not wellness retreat if this isn’t present. With quality, healthy meals and well-planned exercises and other activities like yoga, the women’s wellness retreat is designed to improve both mental and physical health, and the outcome is always evident, leaving the woman looking refreshed and fit.

Your woman deserves the best you can offer. She deserves your love, your affection and also your understanding. Whenever you discover she needs that quality “ME” time, surprise her. A women’s wellness retreat is the perfect option. Visit Sunflowerretreats today to find out more.


It usually comes as a surprise to some people to hear that there are different types of yoga. They see the poses and think that is all there is to it. This cannot be further from the truth. Yoga is a very broad discipline with several other disciplines stemming from it. Some are quite similar to others, and could even be mistaken as the same by novices. Others, on the other hand, are significantly different.

This article will be talking about one of such disciplines, what it offers, and how to go about practicing it.

Vinyasa Flow Yoga

Vinyasa flow is one of the several types or schools of yoga. This type of yoga includes synchronisation of movements and breath. This style of yoga is characterised by it’s rhythmic and smooth transition from one pose to another.

While Vinyasa yoga is a whole school or discipline of yoga on its own, this doesn’t mean it is a stand-alone practice. Under Vinyasa yoga are other forms of yoga like Power and Baptiste yoga, all of which have varying levels of intensity and benefits.

Why Practice Vinyasa Yoga

Vinyasa yoga offers a number of benefits over regular yoga, and below are just a few of these benefits:

Its variety.

When it comes to Vinyasa yoga, there is a variety of options to choose from, all of which have varying effects and benefits, more so than regular yoga. 

While different yoga poses have varying effects on various parts of the body, regular yoga already has a fair amount of variety. Vinyasa yoga however takes this to a different level, seeing as there are many styles of Vinyasa. You would find slow paced styles and faster ones. Some requiring more flexibility, and others requiring more advanced levels of balance. Regardless which you would be practicing, there is always something to gain.

Its dynamicity

This is another advantage of Vinyasa yoga. While different yoga poses build strength, flexibility or balance, it is not very common to find poses that build all three at the same time. Due to the dynamicity of Vinyasa yoga (having to transition from one pose to the other), achieving all three is almost a certainty.

Add to the above the other benefits of yoga, and you have one style you must include to your yoga routine.

All You Need To Get Started On Vinyasa Yoga.

Before you get started however, below is a list of things you need to note:

  • Get an instructor.
    As it is with every activity requiring a level of skill, it is important to have an instructor to guide you. This doesn’t mean you cannot practice Vinyasa without an instructor present. What it means is that you need to have at least someone to start you off. Someone who can show you exactly how it should be done, and correct you when you are getting things wrong. Obviously, the person need to know exactly what he/she is doing.

  • Perfect the basics
    When practicing without an instructor, it is important that you do not rush the process. Make sure to pay attention to your form and breathe as you should. Take the time to actually pay attention to what you are doing and correct yourself. Don’t be in a rush to advance.

  • Don’t take on more than you can handle
    Are you still a beginner? Then start small and work your way from there. Don’t risk more advanced moves if you aren’t ready, and be brutally honest when asking yourself if you are ready or not. Getting injured never helps your progress.

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A Yoga Holiday IN Europe

Is finding the perfect spot for that long deserved vacation proving to be a bit more work than you expected? Have you visited all the holiday hot spots you can think of and now think you have experienced it all? Do you simply want to try something different, but have no idea where to start?

Well, you needn’t worry. We’ve got you covered at Sunflower Retreats. Here you will find all the information you need on holidays and beautiful vacation locations from around the world. In fact, we’ve got one for you to start!

Welcome to Europe

If you are the kind of person that prefers a more veritable location for a holiday, then you need not look any further. Europe is just perfect for you. 

Home to a variety of countries with different cultures, languages, and lifestyles, Europe is one of the best places to start when looking for the next perfect spot for that big vacation. And the reason is not far-fetched… It’s got everything you need.

What’s so special about Europe?

Where tourism is concerned, Europe has one big advantage: it offers you almost everything. In Europe, almost every sort of tourism is possible. From business to recreation, sports to cultural tourism, there is just an infinity of options to choose from; and while you might not want to spend your holiday on a business tour, this doesn’t make this fact any less impressive.

Some impressive places to visit in Europe

Here’s one absolute truth; no amount of description can really do Europe justice. You need not take it from me - all you need do is check it out yourself. Below are a few hot spots in Europe and what makes them special.

Rome - Home to one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it is hardly any surprise that Rome is one of the most popular tourist centers in the world. From the Colosseum to St. Peter's Basilica, there is much to be seen in Rome that you can never find anywhere else in the world. This is a perfect destination for lovers of the ancient world and everything mythological.

London - A mix of the modern and classic, London is a perfect destination for a grand holiday. From the Big Ben (London’s giant clock) to the London tower, London is filled with grand structures you sure wouldn’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Iceland - Looking for a more nature-rich location? Well, Europe’s got you covered, visit the absolutely enchanting Iceland. Home to some of the most fascinating landscapes in the world, this location is like land pulled out of a fairytale. Visit the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, Selfoss, Hellnar, or any of the other wonders in this land, and you will know EXACTLY what we mean.

Does Europe sound fascinating already? Well, there’s more: The locations mentioned above are just a few of the several wonderful locations to choose from. To find out more, contact our specialists at Sunflower Retreats to help you find the perfect vacation spot for you.

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Holistic Holiday? Try Mal Pais

There are holidays, and then there are holidays. Some are bland and boring, and basically are just like every other day; except with just a little less stress. And then there are the ones that you are sure to remember for a long, long time. Now THOSE are the real holidays.

And when it comes to memorable holidays, Holistic Holidays are quite high up on the list.

What Are Holistic Holidays?

Think holidays with a pinch of perfection. Holistic Holidays are a gift to the soul. Generally speaking, a holistic holiday is usually a journey, in most cases a cruise to some exotic part of the world. Does that sound delightful to you? Well you’re surely going to love what comes next:

Unlike other forms of vacations or holidays, on Holistic Holidays, the fun doesn’t start when you get to your destination, IT STARTS THE VERY MOMENT YOU BEGIN THE JOURNEY.

What’s So Special About That?

If you think you know how to have a good time on your holidays, then you’re about to be introduced to a whole new level of fun. After all, how many things do you know are more fun than a five star cruise?! There is more to enjoy on a Holistic Holiday than just the cruise, however. Below are just a few of them.

  • The journey. As stated earlier, in a Holistic Holiday, the fun starts the very moment the journey begins. You can bet there would be no dull moments on this trip.
    The cruise is designed with comfort and pleasure in mind. Picture this: a luxurious ship, a cruise to an exotic location, and absolutely no heartbreaks. Could the holiday ever get better? Well here’s the good news. It can!

  • The food. If you thought Holistic Holidays sounded fun before, then you haven’t seen anything yet. With all the fun you are sure to have on the journey, you are definitely going to work up an appetite. In this case, that’s a good thing. With all the delicacies prepared for the cruise, being famished has never been better. 
    Now get this; all the meals on the cruise are healthy. Enriching your health is the major reason for a Holistic Holiday after all; and eating healthy has never been better than this!

  • The destination. This is the holy grail of it all. If the journey was great but the destination was a let-down, that would be a great disappointment now, wouldn’t it? Well, you need not fear. Locations for Holistic Holidays are usually among the most beautiful places in the world. With a Holistic Holiday, you are sure to not only enjoy the trip, or the vacation, but BOTH!

Why Mal Pais?

That’s simple; It’s one of the most beautiful places you can find. From beaches to scenery and all there is in between, Mal Pais ranks there among the best that the earth has got to offer. Located in the amazing Republic of Costa Rica, one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Mal Pais is a popular tourist center. With so many people from all over the world visiting Mal Pais all year round, don’t you want to witness exactly what keeps them returning?

Go on a Holistic Holiday in Mal Pais today. Click here for more information.

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