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Join Marilou for this fantastic week-long Pranayama and Ashtanga Yoga retreat! This is an opportunity to find balance, connection and deepen your practice amidst the beautiful nature and culture of Yoga in Salento.

Marilou Van Hoek

13 – 20 May 2023


Description of the retreat

Kriyas, Pranayama and Ashtanga Yoga – are the Heart of my Teachings.

These are the yogic tools that we will apply to support and deepen our connections to our very essence. Whatever our paths may be. Really diving into deepening our practice, can do wonders for the spirits.

We will open the mornings with yogic practices: meditation, chanting, kriyas, pranayama and asana based on Ashtanga Yoga (Led or Mysore style). You will receive individual guidance and adjustments which is the traditional way to transmit understanding of Ashtanga Yoga.

The afternoon sessions are dedicated to the Philosophy, Pranayama and Ashtanga Yoga and certain topics to discuss, playfully explore asanas and Q&A to deepen understanding of your practice and yoga.

Our Daily Routine:

7.00: Wake up with Tea 

7.30 – 8.30 6x Kriyas and Pranayama

8.30 – 10.30: 6x Ashtanga Yoga Practice

10.30: Brunch


16.30 – 18.30: 4x Afternoon Practice and Workshop on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Thursday

Around 18.30: Dinner

20.30 – 21.15: 4x Meditation on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

What is included:

7 nights accommodation

6 Brunches

7 Vegetarian Dinners

1 Breakfast (on day of check out)

6 Morning Practices: Kriyas, Pranayama, Ashtanga Yoga (Mysore/ Led Class)

4 Afternoon Workshops

4 Evening Meditations

Ritiro di pilates con Emanuele Specchio
Ritiro di pilates con Emanuele Specchio
Ritiro di pilates con Emanuele Specchio

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The YIS retreat centre is located in Zollino, in the heart of the Salento. Twenty minutes from both coasts and from cultural centres such as Lecce, Otranto and Gallipoli.

Our yoga retreats are also an opportunity to get together, share good moments, pamper yourself and enjoy the beauty of the Salento in a peaceful environment. Give yourself an energetic recharge through vegan and vegetarian organic food, eco-sustainable tourism and relaxation in our spaces.

Our staff are at your disposal for the entire duration of the retreat to advise you about the must–see places in the Salento, organise excursions, guided tours, gastronomic tours, transfers, rentals and anything else to make your stay enjoyable.

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The Location

Our retreats take place at Agricola Samadhi, a unique organic farmhouse because it proposes something more than just recreation.

In this charming oasis, the lifestyle revolves around well being: you can combine your stay with a SPA, Ayurvedic consultations and treatments, and a wide range of massages and more.

You can regain your well being through a variety of top–level yoga classes. There is also a SPA Healing Centre and the HQ of YIS, Yoga In Salento, a European leader in yoga retreats, for years a favourite destination of the best internationally renowned teachers in the world.

An energy recharge and psycho–physical well being will be the most precious gifts of your stay that you’ll take home with you, together with the new friendships you’ve made during the retreat.


7 nights

6 brunches

7 vegetarian dinners

1 breakfast

double, single or shared rooms

A very wide swimming pool and beautiful gardens

Spa Healing Center. Treatments and massages on request

Yoga In Salento - ritiri yoga, corsi di yoga Lecce

Via Stazione, 116, 73010 Zollino LE, Italy


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Born in the Philippines, Marilou came to the Netherlands in her early teens. She feels blessed with the best of both worlds: East and West. Ever since she came in contact with yoga she has developed a passion for Ashtanga Yoga and Pranayama, which she applies both in her classes and her everyday life.Besides her daily practice she continues to study regularly to deepen her knowledge and understanding of yoga philosophy, chanting and meditation etcShe feels greatly indebted to her inspiring teachers: Katiza Satya, Paul Dallaghan and Pranayama Master Sri O.P. Tiwariji, head of the Kaivalyadham Research Institute near Mumbai, India.Marilou has been studying and travelling back and forth in the ashram of her teacher in India since 7 years now as her yoga journey continues.
Currently participating on a 3-year Pranayama Teacher Training in Kaivalyadham Yoga Institute with Sri Sudhir Tiwari and assisting him with his Pranayama Teacher Training in Amsterdam.
With love and passion, Marilou offers a variety of yoga classes, workshops, runs yoga retreats in Holland and in Europe and holds an RYS-200 Hours Qualification to teach Ashtanga Yoga Teacher Training.Marilou sees yoga as a quest for spirituality and awareness. It not only provides a stable basis for everyday life, but a lot of fun too. She loves inspiring her students with her passion. She is fun and inspirational, allowing space for growth both on and off the mat.

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