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Review: Yoga at Amante

Stretches and breakfast

You don't often find yourself hailing a cab at 8:30am, sober, setting off for the day with your work-out gear on in Ibiza, but there we were, ready to embark on a relaxing morning of yoga in the sun and I was pretty darn excited about it.

On arrival to Amante Beach Club we were greeted by the peaceful bay of Sol d'en Serra and the tranquil setting of the club bar; it was beautifully silent, the sun was already beaming and it was the perfect place for a morning of mindfulness. Ruth, our teacher, came downstairs and introduced herself to the class. Once we had taken in our breathtaking surroundings we chose our mats and settled down to begin.

Positioned on the top of a cliff overlooking the bay, the class is a 90 minute guided practice through Hatha yoga and is suitable for all levels and experience. Ruth can teach in English and Spanish; she has over 8 years experience as a yoga teacher so it's safe to say she is well equipped to guide you through confidently - even if you are a first timer.

Ruth was an amazing teacher - warm, friendly and very in tune with her students. I really took to her hands on approach and appreciated her help throughout. Keeping a strong focus on breathing techniques and body alignment, Ruth took us through a series of poses covering the basics of Hatha yoga. For those that don't know, Hatha yoga refers to a set of sequences and physical exercises (known as asanas or postures) designed to align your skin, muscles, and bones.

After the yoga session we were invited to help ourselves to the healthy breakfast buffet. A few more 'wows' later and we were tucking into the delicious food and juices that were on offer: wholemeal croissants, yoghurt, granola, freshly chopped fresh fruit...I could go on.

The classes run through from Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 10:30am and breakfast is included in the €30 – the landscape of course comes free.

We were a large group of girls, 8 with one extra on the day, and the staff at Amante were so helpful and accommodating throughout. It's a perfect way to spend a morning and I would highly recommend making it down if you can – it's a popular class so booking in advance is required!

There's something that can be said for taking a moment out of your (presumably) nightlife focused stay on the island to just getting back in touch with yourself. It's a beautiful island and we should appreciate everything it offers from partying to peacefulness (even if it does mean getting up at 8am on a Monday – it's WELL worth it).


WORDS | Bronwen Palmer Hughes

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