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Retreat Testimonials

 

“Dear Raziya. I just wanted to thank you so, so much for a wonderful week! It was a truly memorable holiday and I’ve had such joy, and a warmth in my chest, as I was viewing all the photos today and changing my profile pictures. I’m really happy to have met the other people in the group too. I’m already looking forward to our next retreat! Thank you again – and big hugs xxx”
– Romaine

“I have had the most wonderful time, in the truest sense of the word. Thank you Raziya for introducing me to such as beautiful place and people in Turkey…the yoga, company, sights, food and overall magic of the experience has left me feeling calm and happy. It was very special; I will treasure the memories with deep gratitude for your hard work.
I am relatively new to yoga and had never been on a yoga retreat before and I found Raziya’s yoga teaching was always mindful and rejuvenating. Doing such regular practise enabled me to see how different my body can feel and respond, not just from day to day but even from morning to evening.
Raziya was also happy to incorporate asanas for specific ailments or adjust the practise if we were all feeling tired or needed energising. During one session I was headachy and tired so Raziya gave me individual asanas to try and by the end my headache had gone! I was very impressed!
I’m looking forward to developing my yoga and learning more meditative and pranayama techniques. That’s one of the things I really like about the way Raziya runs the retreat… yoga is at the heart of the retreat and she is happy to spend individual time with you to help in specific areas. But you also have time to yourself if you need it.
I made so many wonderful memories and made some lovely friends…I was so well looked after by Raziya and everything was run so smoothly that I could completely relax and be myself, which was very much what I needed. I am so excited about going back with Raziya next May.”
– Becca

“Raziya’s yoga holidays are fabulous! I have been to Faralya in Turkey twice with her, and had a wonderful time. The location, food and hospitality of the family at Faralya are very special. Raziya’s yoga retreats manage to strike the right balance. If you want a calm, tranquil break full of yoga, massage, rest and relaxation Raziya will support you in doing that. If you prefer to get out and about a bit, optional activities such as boat trips (with amazing food!), visits to the beach, shopping and even horse riding can be arranged. I have a business and work is full on. Raziya’s yoga retreats have really helped me to recharge my batteries, giving me some much-needed ‘me’ time. I’m looking forward to the next one!”
– Hilary

“Raziya’s yoga and meditation has helped me through two very difficult episodes in my life. I don’t know how I would have coped without it.
The retreats are amazing for the views, relaxation and hospitality of the host family.
Cannot praise her enough for all she has done for me. Raziya has become a true friend.”
– Louise

“We had such a beautiful week away in Turkey, the venue was set in natural surroundings ideal for peaceful relaxation, the family at Faralaya were welcoming, accommodating and very hospitable, providing great food and interesting company. Yoga twice a day was very relaxing and my body and mind really appreciated it, Raziya is a fantastic yoga teacher and her deep and diverse understanding of yoga and the body showed through in her classes. This was my first yoga retreat and I was pleased to experience a well-balanced holiday providing time between yoga for optional excursions and further forms of relaxation. Raziya is a very relaxed, warm and loving yoga teacher so this attracted a similar group of people thus enhancing the overall bliss of this week. I can confidently say that this week was one of, if not the best week, of my life so far.”
– Sam and Christine

“Raziya’s Yoga Retreats are Five Star quality experiences that reinvigorate your wellbeing, stabilise your dietary system and refresh your body and mind. Raziya has the delivery skills and experience to accommodate a wide range of Yoga abilities within a single group. I had previously attended some of her Men’s Yoga sessions in Swindon before completing my first Faralaya Retreat in May 2015. The Hotel and surrounding area is stunning being situated close to the famous Lycian Way. I was so impressed that I returned to Faralya in May 2016 with my partner and shared a beautiful experience with an amazing group of people.
A great and truly refreshing experience!”
– Phil

“Querida Raziya:
Estos últimos días pasados en el Retiro de Yoga en Faralya me han ayudado a alcanzar paz interior, armonía mental y física. Quiero agradecerte tu atención, amabilidad y cariño. Es increíble cómo el idioma no ha sido una barrera en tus clases de yoga. No necesitaba entender lo que decías con palabras porque verte realizar las asanas ya era suficiente para entender. Con tu ayuda y a través de las asanas, la respiración y la relajación conseguía calmar y centrar mi mente. La cohesión del grupo fue fácil dado que todas las personas eran agradables, respetuosas y divertidas. Y la familia que nos atendía fue muy atenta y eficiente con todos nosotros. Pronto te veré de nuevo en Swindon y espero que nos vengas a visitar tú a Galicia. Un fuerte abrazo lleno de energía positiva. Namaste”
– Loli 

“I really enjoyed your yoga retreat as it ticked all of the boxes. I loved the yoga twice a day and your teaching was informative, knowledgeable and I managed a flexibility and calm that I have not experienced before! Not once was I reluctant to attend a class, in fact I was sorry when it ended. I needed to bring myself back to myself again as I have gone through lots of changes in my busy life. As I said ‘I have unfolded in a beautiful way.
The setting was beautiful, rustic and  comfortable with beautiful views and the pool was welcome. In fact, we had the right amount of activity and me time. The chanting mantras were lovely and thank you for sharing them with me. The group was amazing and every single person was a beautiful spirit. We had fun and laughter and it was lovely to eat together, such healthy vegetarian food.
The guided walks were enjoyable and the Turkish family really went out of their way to make sure that we were happy. I loved my rose facial! I honestly felt that I had been away for much longer. I am now a fan of your retreats and will certainly aim to repeat the experience!
Hasina was a wonderful presence with her organising skills, love and photography.
I came home feeling strong, relaxed and calm and will keep this energy with me for a long time. Thank you for a wonderful experience and one which I will cherish for a long time. I know that I have made some wonderful lifelong friends.”
– Jill

“Raziya’s yoga holiday delivered a perfect blend of sensitive, professional and accessible yoga instruction for all levels and abilities, and the coastal mountain setting and friendly family run hotel staff all conspired to make our seven days a memorable and profound experience.
Someone said “the week’s yoga was a continuous melody not a rock concert”.
– Bruce

“Choosing and booking a yoga retreat from the internet can be quite a daunting task but the moment I received the email responding to my initial enquiry about Raziya’s week I knew I had made the right choice.  From that moment onwards our correspondence and subsequent telephone calls reassured me I would have a lovely week.  I have not done a lot of yoga before and her method of teaching is thorough with great attention to detail in getting each position correct before moving on to the next one.  Stretching and meditation also play a large part in the twice daily classes.
Faralya is the perfect venue too, although I have visited before.  The family looked after us all so well, with fabulous home cooked vegetarian meals.  I am actually more of a foodie than a yogi so each meal was heaven as far as I was concerned.  I don’t think I have ever eaten so much feta cheese drizzled in local honey or home made tahini in my life – and no one even had to twist my arm! ”
– Nicky

“Thank you for a wonderful yoga retreat. I am so very pleased that I was able to come along. You were amazing! It was a brilliant experience and you were terrific but it is hard to put is all down in words.
My stay at the Faralya Yoga Retreat was wonderful.  It was my first retreat and I wasn’t too sure what to expect but it far exceeded any expectations that I could possibly have had.  The location was beautiful with stunning views over the sea.  A perfectly, peaceful, tranquil place for a yoga retreat.  The family that owned the centre were lovely, genuine people and a delight.  By the time we came to leave we felt like we were leaving part of our family behind.  One of the many highlights of the day was the fabulous food, which had been mainly home grown or locally produced, then lovingly prepared for us by the family.
Our yoga sessions were something that we all looked forward to greatly. Raziya creates a happy, harmonious environment where we were able to be exactly who we are.  The classes were relaxed and filled with love and joy. She gently encouraged us and there was a perfect balance of asanas and meditation.  I especially enjoyed the Mantra Chanting, which I hadn’t done before.  Raziya is an approachable teacher with a warmth and sense of humour that relaxes everyone around her.  A brilliant experience and one that I would highly recommend – you won’t be disappointed! Missing you and all our group, it was very special.”
– Angie

“My first yoga retreat in Turkey was a life changing experience and a new beginning for me. I now view life in colour, not in black and white.  I challenge anyone with a mind and body to try yoga and not reap the benefits of regular practice”.
– Louise

“I have twice been on yoga retreat at Hotel Faralya in SW Turkey with Raziya The views are spectacular with a quality of light to rival anywhere. The Hotel and the family who run it are wonderful. We were cocooned in care and affection where nothing is too much trouble. The home cooked vegetarian food is varied and always delicious. Nihan’s mud masque and facial must not be missed. After a week of yoga twice a day with Raziya I feel stretched, supple and calm. The perfect balance of exercise, meditation and relaxation.  I return rejuvenated and ready for anything.”
– Karen

“Thank you for a wonderful yoga retreat. I am so very pleased that I was able to come along. You were amazing! It was a brilliant experience and you were terrific but it is hard to put is all down in words.
My stay at the Faralya Yoga Retreat was wonderful.  It was my first retreat and I wasn’t too sure what to expect but it far exceeded any expectations that I could possibly have had.  The location was beautiful with stunning views over the sea.  A perfectly, peaceful, tranquil place for a yoga retreat.  The family that owned the centre were lovely, genuine people and a delight.  By the time we came to leave we felt like we were leaving part of our family behind.  One of the many highlights of the day was the fabulous food, which had been mainly home grown or locally produced, then lovingly prepared for us by the family.
Our yoga sessions were something that we all looked forward to greatly. Raziya creates a happy, harmonious environment where we were able to be exactly who we are.  The classes were relaxed and filled with love and joy. She gently encouraged us and there was a perfect balance of asanas and meditation.  I especially enjoyed the Mantra Chanting, which I hadn’t done before.  Raziya is an approachable teacher with a warmth and sense of humour that relaxes everyone around her.  A brilliant experience and one that I would highly recommend – you won’t be disappointed! Missing you and all our group, it was very special.”
– Angie