kasbah_tamadot_activities.jpgkasbah.jpghotel_258_3752.jpg>Nestled 45minutes out of Marrakech in the berber village of Asni is Sir Richard Bransons Moroccan Retreat House. Overlooking the Atlas mountains it truely is a special place to retreat with a yoga lesson or massage in the spa/hamman or rejuvenate with their fabulous menu. A great day trip or a planned relaxing weekend break, it really is a healing spot in the countryside of Marrakech.
Yoga lessons are available upon request on the terrace overlooking the snow covered peaks or by the reflecting pool.


070612_massage2_hsm_1phmedium.jpgmassage-stone1-l.jpgspa_massage_masthead.jpgThere is nothing better i find than a good massage? Someone that is sensitive to know the bodies condition, ailments, energy patterns and need. Not to mention anatomy. I find sadly here in Marrakech, good therapists are scarce and professional bodywork schools where one can learn different modalities of therapy sorely meeting international standards. Trained in Swedish Massage (more relaxing strokes on superficial muscle), Esalen Technique (long lengthening strokes combining whole body), reflexology (reflex zones on hands, feet and ears patterning entire body, deep tissue, chronic release techique (slow, deep pressure on connective tissue, fascia for chronic holding patterns), sports massage (specific techniques for atheletes or injury) and hot stones (black basalt stones heated applied in massage technique) i am finding now, here in marrakech there is more and more demand in people not only visiting the red city but marrakchis living here that appreicate and call for “that space to relax, rejuvenate, restore and heal”.


3464-11.jpghome.jpgppspahero_a_1.jpgEvery now and then, good fortune, fate, good karma or whatever you wish to call it seems to come ones way. I feel this way in meeting truely exceptional people and dear friends of mine of Dar el Sadaka. Nestled in Bab Atlas, a truely original place and space which sense and care to all things, the pool with the huge giraffe sculpture overlooking, the giants house where one can imagine being a child again and sensing life through that perceptive, the layers and levels to the form, mixed with pockets of colour and care make this a paradise to all who enter. Meditation tents on lush grounds, platform yoga rooms which air breezes, or small hammans and fireplace massage rooms all make this scared space a great escape/retreat space. Dar el Sadaka hosts yoga retreats, workshops and meditation courses to name a few. Those interested in vinyasa flow yoga, jucing retreats or meditation classes can contact for more information heartofa@gmail.com or http://www.darelsadaka.com.


One of the great things i find about living here in Marrakech is the warm, sun-filled climate at least 10 months out of the year. It allows us the opportunity to take advantage and enjoy “the art of juicing”. Most streets here are lined with orange and lemon trees and it gives me great joy to see the abundance of oranges growing on them. It also inspires me to use the local produce to detox, rest the digestive system, clean the skin and allow the newly available energy (prana) to be free to go to areas in the body that may need healing, extra nutriants, oxygen and blood. Most neighbourhoods here have local juice shops and you only need tell them how you like it and they do it. Affordable juicers are available at Marjane like the brand Tauras, is good to start with or more industrial juicers at Metro. Two key factors in juicng is to always take out the pulp to allow the digestive system to shut down, and thus afford feeling hungry, and to take equal part juice followed before or after with equal part water. Many receipes are available on the internet these days offering a variety of concoctions to meet every need and taste. Coming soon to Marrakech will be the opportunity for those interested in healing the system and rejuvenation, with 3, 5 or 7 day juicing retreats including massage, body scrubing, meditation and restorative yoga.


aisha-yoga.jpgaisha-yoga1.jpgWhat comes to mind when you hear the word power? What is your understanding of prana and how can we use it to gain more energy, more clarity in our lives? Do you know yoga means ‘to join’ ‘to yoke’ ‘to make whole’. In POWER PRANA YOGA classes you will find all forms of training the body are addressed, working on cardiovascular strength, flexibility, stamina, opening the hips and upper body, and fusing the postures with the ujjayi breathing creates a fullness to the practice of yoga. As some say ‘it gets you there faster’. Many teachers and facilitators of yoga together are blending the traditional teaching methods with the modern. It truely becomes a way of livng, of thinking. As my teacher is so fond of saying ‘yoga truely begins when you leave your mat’. For more information on these dynamic classes group or private lessons, or for future retreat schedules contact heartofa@gmail.com.