HUGE thank you for a wonderful week - beautiful place, was looked after so well, room, food, transfers, cat, seaside practice, hamam and boat trip arranged, wonderful new chums, everything just ace. Oh and there was some amazing yoga too. I'll be back. Om Shanti x :) x Vanessa - Birmingham
A massive thank you to Jo, Alice and everyone at yoga holidays Turkey, had a great week doing yoga, chilling out.. And not forgetting the laughs, will definitely be back and would recommend to friends and family.. Lisa - London
I had am amazing week doing yoga with Alice and being based in Side old town. The location and accommodation were so peaceful and felt entirely safe as a lone traveller. The format of the retreat was great allowing me time to go off and explore or rest up on the beach between the two practices, I left more relaxed than I have been in a long time. The friendly and helpful environment that you create with your family made all the difference, fantastic!
My only regret was not fully understanding the transfer costs with you. I would so strongly recommend people book the transfer through you to be ensured of a peaceful start and end to their holiday. The bargain transfer I booked was a nightmare from start to end between getting lost in the middle of the night and them not being where they said they would be.
I hope your new group are all settled in. Very best wishes and thanks to you an your lovely family.
Sarah x Bath
I had the most wonderful two weeks volunteering and holidaying at your retreat. Being able to join in the two yoga classes a day was exactly what I needed to reconnect with my yoga practice.
Jo is an inspiring and thoughtful teacher always taking into account the different abilities and needs of her students. I was nursing an old wrist injury but under her sympathetic guidance I felt
able to attempt postures I had up until then avoided and would not have even considered before. I even got up intI o an arm balance for the first time. I have trained as a yoga teacher and Jo was supportive and encouraging to me to take this forward and make my dreams come true.
Yoga can be an amazing healing tool and this was for me, both on the physical and emotional levels. Doing yoga intensively like this can bring up a lot of issues for people and helps to clear out stuff we don't need and enable us to move forward. This is a safe place to allow this to happen with an authentic teacher in Jo. It can be transformational and I think it was for several of the students I met there. It's a wonderful holiday to take alone as you can be with others as much or as little as you like. And yoga poeple are always lovely! I've practiced with many teachers and Jo is one of the best. I loved her, the kind of yoga she teaches and her delivery style are really great. There's a balance between taking yourself to your edge, total relaxtion, wonderful ancient practices like pranayama/ breathing techniques and yoga nidra and lots of fun and laughter.The volunteering experience was better than I could have expected. Jo is easy going and easy to work with. It's karma yoga. I miss my therapeutic sweeping. It was a joy to work in meaningful tasks, all contributing to making visitors' holidays enjoyable. It felt very worthwhile and I hope I can spend more time there next year. Side is a wonderful place to wander ancient ruins, swim and sunbathe. The Side festival was on at the time and we had the incredible opportunity to see the Beijng Symphony Orchestra perform in the amphitheatre as well as local folk dancing and music, all free. "I cannot recommend this yoga retreat highly enough. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there and cant wait to get back next summer" Wendy - Aberdeen
“I decided that I wanted to do something good for myself, and that this should be exercising yoga and meditation during my vacation. I will never regret this decision! I have never gotten so close to myself before, both my strengths, resources, and vulnerabilities – I learnt a lot about myself during this inner journey. In addition, I learnt a lot about yoga, new techniques, and new postures – it was so fun and so rewarding! Jo’s yoga holidays in Side is fantastic, and I can’t wait to come back next year! Charlotte Reedtz, Norway”
"What a relaxing week! The garden is an oasis of cool tranquillity, the warm, clear waters of the Mediterranean are just a few steps away, and the stunning two-thousand-year-old ruins of antiquity can be seen wherever you go in the beautiful Old Town of Side. Jo and her family provided plentiful amounts of healthy and unbelievably delicious food along with a warm, friendly welcome. This is a wonderful place to escape from the strains of day-to-day life. Thank you for a fantastic holiday!" - Paul - Brentwood
"Thank you again for such a super week and being such a fantastic yoga mentor and host". Catherine - London
I have practised yoga for 12 years and I have never practised in such beautiful surroundings - looking up at the sky, trees and flowers in the courtyard definitely enhances the practice, as does the music and incense - the surroundings were really conducive to relaxation and enjoyment. Practising yoga three hours a day for seven days is a wonderful way to deepen your practise - I found that I was able to release and go deeper into poses than I ever have before. I like that Jo's classes were relaxed and flexible - tailored to the needs of the individuals in the class, and not fixed in stone - she seemed to know when we needed a more energetic or a more relaxed class.
The breakfasts were absolutely delicious and so filling that I never ate lunch... a rarity for someone who usually eats every few hours! Similarly, the dinners cooked by the lovely Wendy were a wonderful taste of authentic Turkish cooking. It was lovely to share them with Jo, Murat, Kuzey and Kaya - very welcoming hosts who all made my stay very enjoyable.
Having a yoga class in the early morning and late afternoon, and having the middle of the day and the evening free, meant that we could laze on the beach, go to amazing performances in ancient Roman amphitheatres, experience a Turkish Bath, explore the beautiful ancient town of Side and enjoy the restaurants... this is what makes this yoga holiday particularly special - it is truly a yoga 'holiday' - with enough yoga to really relax and deepen your practise, but plenty of fun and relaxing holiday experiences too - the perfect balance.
I would highly recommend Yoga Holidays Turkey to anyone who practises yoga at any level and wants a truly relaxing and enjoyable holiday experience in beautiful surroundings.
Amy S - Australia/London
Being relatively new to yoga and keen to develop my practice under expert intensive tuition, I booked a week’s retreat with Yoga Holidays Turkey. Having merely a trio of months under my crisp new leotard, I must admit I was hesitant. However, it proved to be fruitful for both my practice and my confidence and I also had a relaxing break in the sun to boot.
My choice wasn’t entirely down to whim. I liked the look and description of the practice; it’s situated on a peninsula, meaning the luxury of more than one beach to choose from; you’re falling over (and also practice amongst) ruins situated close by; email correspondence provided lots of additional information; oh, and I love a proper kebab!
I appreciate the way Jo approaches her practice according to the individual. We were all at different levels and, of course, brought individual characteristics and approaches, which Jo observed and nourished. She guided and developed within and subsequently beyond my ability, a relief given my greenness and a boost given I’m a Capricorn! I never felt as if I was pounced on or admonished for every bent elbow or sagging hip or hand that strayed from my mat. It was a nurturing and supportive approach rather than a clinical, prescriptive, one size fits all practice. Each member of the group was stretched according to their desire and ability, which was lovely to watch as well as experience. This comes from Jo’s intuition and observations, which isn’t something you can be taught. It had the effect of experiencing a bespoke tuition albeit within a close knit group who learned from and encouraged each other. Each practice was unique and captured accurately the vibe of the group on that day. Nothing about the practice felt as if it came from a step by step manual on how to do it; it came from feeling rather than thinking, which to my knowledge is how it should be.
After each morning’s practice we feasted on a sumptuous Turkish breakfast made by the adorable Wendy. We were treated to a welcome and goodbye traditional dinner, which was such a lovely way to start and end the week. I felt invited and welcomed into a family home, whilst being free to come and go as I pleased with no demands made of my time. The rooms were clean and spacious, situated a few steps from the garden, which is where I enjoyed hanging out, sipping my Turkish tea, gazing at the flowering trees whilst basking in my yoga glow. I can sense and feel that now whilst sat typing in my chilly London flat, which is testament to the gifts I received from Jo’s retreat.
In terms of practicalities, my transfer to and from the airport couldn’t have been easier so I recommend you go for that option. Side has everything you need and Jo is able to recommend the best restaurants, bars, kebab sellers, Mamat and shops, should any take your fancy. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed by the Turkish delights on offer in Side. Oh, and one final recommendation; don’t leave Side without sampling a delicious ice cream. Just ask Jo to point you in the right direction and you’ll be back every night until you leave. Namaste! Gill W - London
"Absolutely perfect holiday. Yoga Holidays Turkey is such a beautiful sanctuary – the right mix of relaxation and interaction. I felt really cared for and incredibly safe. If I needed space – there was plenty to be found in the quiet courtyard and beautiful nearby beaches and if I wanted company there was lots to be had from the kids, the cat and Jo and Murat's wonderful guests. Couldn't have asked for better ...and of course the yoga was wonderful. Thank you so much for a week of bliss! I have learned so much and I feel like a new person."
Nancy, London P.S. I'll come back.
"Thanks for a fab time with you - my holiday surpassed all my expectations and as you know I was so sad to leave you to come home, although, I am now looking forward to joining you for the teacher training in 2012 :)
All my feedback is good for my holiday with you and I soooo loved feeling I was part of your family and home during my stay with you, and the position close to the beach,bars etc was all good...............
All round fab time and I cant wait to come back, what more can I say but thank you" xx Nicky B - Devon
"Just to say thank you for a great week, I really enjoyed it and got loads out of it. We are now back at work in Bath, where it is considerably colder than it was in Turkey last week!
Hope to see you again another year." Alison, Bath
"Thank you for a truly relaxing wonderful and inspirational Yoga Holiday in a stunning setting. It normally takes me 5 days into a holiday to unwind, but I felt chilled from day one...and the stress of London office life couldn't feel further away!
You and your lovely family and the people here made me feel comfortable and welcome.
I really appreciate all your hard work and enthusiasm to make it a special holiday including your amazing massage, words of wisdom and showing us the real Turkish street food.
Marcela's teaching was hugely inspiring, so attentive to each pupil's needs; beautifully combining dynamic Vinyasa Flow, detailed allignment, meditation and theory with fun laughter and passion.
The holiday was a perfect blend of yoga, fun in the sun, sight seeing, gorgeous beaches and making new friends. It is a experience I will never forget (especially yoga at the Apollo Temple) and one I certainly wish to repeat!"
Martha Heiland-Allen, London
"Dear Jo, Let me start by saying a massive thank you for organizing one of the best holidays I have had so far. The web-page was attractive and the transaction was smooth and the information given was reassuring enough to make me book a holiday alone. Although the surroundings might be a little busy for people who want a full on retreat, for me it was idyllic as it allowed me to practice yoga & have a holiday all in one. I honestly cannot think of any way that it could be improved. It far exceeded my expectations. I only wish I could stay longer (and take your children home with me).
It was a pleasure to meet you and your wonderful family, I wish you the best of luck."
Sarah Aldugman, London
Thank you so much for two wonderful weeks of really great yoga with Marcela. All the best to you and your sweet family." Thekla Maute, Berlin
"Namaste Jo & Murat,
I am so grateful for the amazing experience I just lived. It was a great yoga holiday. I had a wonderful time with your family, the students and all the beautiful places we visited around Side.
I want to congratulate you for all your effort to make this happen, really well done. Everything that comes from the heart has a good outcome. I just want to say that the students and I could feel your heart in every aspect and this is success in itself. İ really believe that your Yoga Holidays will bring more interesting people. This was a fascinating experience and one I would love to do again." Marcela - Om Shanti (Yoga teacher)
"Dear Jo & Family
What a 'Magical Mystery Tour'!! I chose to attend the Yoga-Holidays trip with Marcela as a recommendation from a friend. I had no idea what to expect. My week stay with you in Turkey not only met my expectations, but was possibly my best ever holiday! On return to the UK, I feel energized in mind, body and spirit. Everyone is remarking on how amazing I look, both my toned body and huge smile.
YOGA: Marcela is amazing, for both beginners and advanced she guided us through a completely different routine every session to work through our entire body, breathing techniques and meditation. Marcela is so inspiring and motivating. I never thought I would have the patience or stamina to last twice daily for the week, but thanks to Marcela I've been able to attend every class and continue the good work now I'm back in the UK.
HOLIDAY: As well as the traditional Hamam and the best massage I've ever had (thanks to Jo) we enjoyed amazing food, sights, explored the ruins, markets, swam at the beach and went on an amazing private boat trip with Captain Metin. The boat tour took us up the river to the rapids and waterfalls and back to a beautiful peninsula where the fresh water river meets the Mediteranean. As well as a sunset bonfire, Captain Metin (Also a chef) freshly prepared a BBQ with fish we caught on the journey. We danced on the decks well into the night and dived off the roof into the open sea. A memory that will stay with me forever.
COMPANY: For guests travelling in groups or as a single, this holiday is perfect. The daily yoga sessions brought us all together as a group very quickly, and I know I've met some amazing people I will stay friends with for a long time. I can't remember when I last laughed so much. Jo is amazing and welcomed us into her family. She was a fantastic host who looked after every detail for us. Her husband met us at the airport and her beautiful children were so warm and a lot of fun.
For anyone interested in a holiday that will change their life (for the better) and give them warm memories for the rest of their life, this is the holiday for you. I look forward to joining Jo, her family, Captain Metin and a new group of guests next year." Jess Gywther, London
What can I say about the most wonderful, relaxing week of my life! The location was perfect, beautiful weather, good food and comfortable rooms, and of course the yoga - Marcela was a fantastic patient teacher with me(as a yoga beginner) making me feel like I could do any of the poses and helping me to do just that. Doing the early morning yoga with the birds singing and the sun rising was blissful. Thankyou very much to Jo for organising the trip and making sure we all had a good time." Becky Owen, London
Dear Jo & Murat,
Thank you for making me feel so welcome. It was lovely to be picked up at the airport by your husband, making the journey stress free. When you are only on holiday for a week the ease of travel makes a big difference.
The yoga times 7.30am and 6.30pm where perfect as it allowed a big amount of free time and I didnt feel rushed at all. All the meals were nicely cooked fresh and enjoyable.
I enjoyed the Yoga, meeting Jo Prakash the teacher what an inspiration, initially I felt it was maybe not for me, but after the 1st session I appreciated Jo's empathy adapting her classes to suit others and myself. At first I thought it was more of a workout, but it soon became clear the importance of the warm up in relation to the postures. I will certainly be taking this into my own practice, to build up my own strength and stamina. Jo is such an inspiration and a book of knowledge; obviously learnt from her own practices. Thank you Jo for sharing.
It was great to meet your lovely family, I can see you making a real success of your business, being a great team.
Wishing you great health, wealth and happiness" Barbara.
Dear Jo & Murat
This is my first Yoga holiday and it was fantastic! I didnt know what to expect but we were well taken care of. The Yoga itself was excellent. It's the perfect way to start and end each day. I learned so much in a week and improved leaps and bounds compared to my practice at home. I am learning with a greater knowledge and what it can do for my body - AND with the abilty to do things i never imagined I could do.
The location and availabilty of other activities turned out to be the perfect balance for the evening/morning yoga classes. We spent our free time at the ocean, sightseeing happily and eating great food. We had everything we needed in one spot.
Our instructor Jo was so nice to work with, she pushed us to the next level while giving us space to modify our practices to our own abilities. She was highly knowledgable and kind. We just loved her.
Jo and Murat ran the holiday wonderfully. Their attention to our cares and needs were taken seriously. They were always around checking in with us, and participating in the yoga classes alongside us. They made us feel welcome and comfortable. The entire week was a pleasure - the yoga, seaside time; a nice mixture of lounging and mindful practice.
Thank you for a great experience." Kirsten - Georgia
"As a beginner Yoga student, I was a bit concerned about my ability coming to a yoga holiday. I had never had an instuctor before, only practiced a few yoga postures on our living room floor. With those reservations going in, I am happy to say this was such a wonderful and changing experience for me.
In one week I was able to accomplish so many things. My core is noticably stronger and I went from struggling with the concept of 'crow' pose to doing not only 'crow' and a variation of 'side crow' but also 'peacock' and 'bridge' poses. While all my poses need work still, it was wonderful to see and feel the transformation in one week. Our teacher Jo Prakash is an extremely capable and motivating yoga teacher I owe her great thanks for pushing me and giving guidance on how to improve for the future.
The organisers and director of our yoga holiday deserve an equal thanks and appreciation. Kirsten and I were well taken care of by thoughtful and caring individuals and their wonderful family. Access to ancient history, beautiful beaches, shopping, delectible Turkish Cuisine, our room and a relaxing vibe made for a wonderful holiday.
Thank you for a wonderful experience and I hope to be able to come and enjoy another yoga holiday with you. Thanks Jo & Murat." Andy, Tbilsi - Georgia
"Jo has hosted a wonderful Yoga holiday and has worked hard to keep all the guests happy. She 'Bent Over Backwards' to help people have the best time. Her and Murat have both worked together to provide the best service ever to everyone and I wish them the very best with all future holidays as the totally deserve it." Jo Prakash (Yoga teacher) Luton.
Thank you for the most amazing yoga holiday!
This was something I have only dreamt about for years now, but with your help it has become a reality for me and now looking back I have learnt so much, met some amazing people, laughed, cried and captured memories I will treasure forever.
My goal was to kick start a very intermittent yoga practice into something I have the confidence and knowledge to practice daily. Marina, our teacher, was the perfect coach and teacher for me and my idea of what I want yoga to mean for me.
Your organisation was faultless from the beginning and made everything from pick up to drop off back to the airport smooth and hassle free!
This was truly a holiday!" Georgina, Utrecht, Holland
"Hey Jo, Thanks for an amazing experience; truly inspirational. I shall definitely be back for some more fun. Lots of love to you and your family." Sandra Staley, London
"Dear Jo & Murat
I feel my experience in Turkey was powerful on many levels. The physical challenge is the most obvious, however yoga's effect on a spiritual and emotional level is the most profound for me. The two week course has awakened and set in motion my meditation practice (that I once did on a daily basis 10 years ago). The practice I did focused primarily on seated meditation with asana's only necessary if there where detected blockages in the body. The ashtanga practice brings the meditation into the movement. Each time I do the modified primary sequence, I feel I squeeze out a little bit of ignorance and self deception, which leaves room for the good stuff. Alice's enthusiasm and professional manner made the two weeks well worth the price. Look forward to joining you again" Micheal Goddell, Bath, Somerset
"Hi Jo & Murat.
I wanted you to know that I really enjoyed the holiday, thank you very much.
I gained a real appreciation of what it means to practice ashtanga yoga, including the dedication required and the range of benefits of a regular practice (I made more progress in my practice on holiday, than I would have made in several months at home!).
Your passion for yoga and your belief in the physical and emotional benefits of regular practice (and retreats/holidays) shone through. I think this will be really important in the sustained success of your business.
The quality of teaching was amazing, it was great to be able to work in a small group (rather than large classes as at home).
The class schedule worked really well for me, allowing time during the day to reflect and relax.
Thanks for a lovely experience." Chris Martin, Bath, Somerset
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