NEW SUMMER TIMETABLE
Tuesdays: 7.00 pm to 8.30pm
Thursdays: 10.30am to 12.00am
Saturdays: 9.30am to 11.00am
All classes are for beginner and general level practitioners.
Private or small group classes available by arrangement.
Classes are in Colares, Sintra, Portugal.
Please email me for directions and to book into a class.
€12.00 per class or choose a monthly package:
€40.00 for 4 classes,€50.00 for 6 classes or €60.00 for 8 classes.
When enrolling in a class for the first time, please tell me of any illnesses, previous injuries and past yoga experience.
Bring your own mat if you prefer, but all equipment is provided.
Do not eat a meal for at least two hours before class. Do not drink during class.
At the beginning of every class please inform me of any recent illness or if your stressed or exhausted, and women also need to inform if you are pregnant or menstruating.
Please arrive on time. An important aspect of Iyengar yoga is the sequence of postures. Students need to arrive on time to participate in the whole sequence being taught.
Classes are taught in English although I can teach in basic Portuguese if necessary.
This Iyengar Certification Mark is an international symbol of the highest standard of training and continuing education in the Iyengar method of yoga.
The mark allows the community at large to identify who are qualified Iyengar yoga teachers. It establishes the teacher’s authenticity and dedication to the Iyengar method and is a way for Iyengar Yoga teachers throughout the world to acknowledge B.K.S Iyengar and his work.
Georgia Marnham is a qualified Iyengar Yoga teacher with broad experience, having practised Iyengar Yoga for 25 years, and taught in Australia, England, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Brazil.
She has studied with senior Iyengar teachers from many countries and on several occasions has studied at the RMYI in Pune, India with BKS Iyengar, his daughter, Geeta, and son, Prashant.
Georgia knows first-hand the ability of yoga to rehabilitate and has a strong focus on the restorative and remedial benefits of Iyengar Yoga. She uses a clear and calm style of teaching with an emphasis on poses that reflect the individual needs of each student. Classes make use of a variety of props ensuring correct alignment within the pose, so that the body feels energised and not strained, which is the hallmark of the Iyengar style.
Georgia deeply understands that the depth of yoga comes with focussing the mind and learning the art of self observation and reflection within the practice of the asanas. She has Junior Intermediate 3 level qualifications and teaches both beginner and general levels. She has three children and practised yoga through all pregnancies.
Guruji B.K.S. Iyengar (1918-2014) – thanking you for your great teaching.
“Action is movement with intelligence. The world is filled with movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.”
Guruji Bellur Krishnamachar Sundararaja (BKS) Iyengar’s style of teaching yoga is internationally respected for its sophisticated understanding of physical and mental movement, balancing strength, flexibility and endurance.
For over 70 years BKS Iyengar refined over 200 classical asanas (postures), in an ordered, safe and progressive system. The asanas focus on structural alignment with the use of props which help in minimising the risk of strain and enable Iyengar yoga to be done by people who are stiff, aged, injured or sick. All practitioners, working within their own limits to safely gain many benefits.
The regular practice of Iyengar yoga reduces stress and brings good health. Iyengar yoga aims to unite the body, mind and soul. It is firmly based on the traditional eight limbs of yoga as described by Patanjali in his Yoga Sutras.
B.K.S Iyengar’s main teachings can be found in his numerous books including Light on Yoga, Light on Pranayama, Light on the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and Light on Life.
Visit the spectacular Sintra region, near Lisbon, Portugal
Spend 5 days doing yoga on an beautiful eco-farm from only 370€
Do you need a retreat, a holiday, an exploration into yoga or a deepening of your practice? This extended weekend can be some, or all, of the above. It is located 45 minutes from Lisbon on the beautiful Quinta Ecosofia eco-farm between the foothills of the Sintra Mountains and the nearby Atlantic coastline with beautiful beaches and rugged cliffs.
Late summer is a lovely time in Portugal – warm but not too hot, outside of the busy summer months while tranquil day-to-day village life continues.
Staying at Quinta Ecosofia will give you a taste of living in harmony with nature and ecological principles, while restoring your energy with twice daily yoga classes and delicious vegetarian meals.
Designed to give you a nourishing, energising, peaceful and relaxing break from your busy life, your days can be filled with a combination of yoga, rest opportunities, dips in the natural garden pool, delicious meals and, if you like, some time to explore the local region or trips to the beach.
For regular Iyengar yoga students the retreat will give you a concentrated dose of all the benefits you already know Iyengar yoga brings you, while also helping you with your personal practice and understanding. People new to yoga are also welcome if you’re prepared to enjoy learning fast amongst already converted yoga practitioners!
Sintra was once a sanctuary for the Portuguese royalty and aristocracy. The mountain stands, out prominently between Lisbon and the Atlantic ocean and is sprinkled with historical villas and palaces. Visable from the capital city, the mountain is crowned with Pena National Palace, well know for its sweeping views and 19th century Romanticism style of architecture.
In the foothills of these mountains, on the side closest to the sea, sits Quinta Ecosophia. Nestled in the valley between the village of Colares and the region’s coastal beaches, both of which are about a 20-minute walk or short drive away.
The retreat is an opportunity to live comfortably and minimally, in a location that has been developed with as little impact as possible on the natural environment. The owners, Jon and Denise Luxton, have transformed an abandoned farm into an attractive homestead with a variety of accommodation on offer to visitors. Focusing on sustainability and nature, the well-planned gardens, eco-buildings and natural pool are built with as little impact as possible on the the surrounding environment and the result is an oasis for all who step foot on the property.
There is a variety of simple, comfortable and clean accommodation options, all providing an opportunity to stay in a dwelling built with sustainable principles.
The meals, prepared by accomplished cook Jon, are full of local flavour and fresh ingredients. All vegetarian meals have a vegan option. Fresh eggs will be provided by the hens and some vegetables grown on the farm. Besides the hens, Quinta Ecosophia is home to 2 horses, 2 dogs, a cat and a wide variety of wild birds.
Mongolian Yurt – shared
The original Mongolian Yurt offers a cosy, picturesque glamping experience situated next to the natural pool and sandy area. The beautifully painted Yurt has three doubles and one single bed. It has electrical lighting and sockets, and use of a shared outdoor solar shower and compost toilet.
Straw-Bale Cabin – shared
The Straw-Bale Cabin with a cork-lined roof has its own covered wooden deck and is situated at the top of the land from where you can hear the sea in the distance.
Accommodating up to 4 or 5 people, the cabin has a mezzanine floor with a double bed, a kitchen and indoor bathroom with a solar shower (and back-up electricity).
Perfect for a couple, or a single,the Earthship, sometimes called the “Hobbit House”, is a low energy example of solar construction. It is built from thick earth walls and a green roof with a wooden deck overlooking the garden natural pool. It has a double (pull-out) bed and an ensuite bathroom.
Grandex – shared or single occupancy
This newly built additions to the main house has a separate double bedroom, kitchenette, living room, full bathroom and an outside courtyard with views of the Sintra Palace and Moorish Castle.
Yoga Sessions with Georgia
Until I tried Iyengar yoga, I had not been that impressed by yoga. I had a damaged lower back, tight hamstrings and a stiff body. Yoga wasn’t for me! Or so I thought. But my first Iyengar yoga class, in 1992, left me with a very different opinion and I haven’t looked back. It has transformed my life!
I’ve now been teaching for nearly 20 years and I feel fulfilled and grateful to have learnt a yoga system that is so thorough and effective. I gain great pleasure from passing on the benefits of yoga to people and watching the change it brings to their body and state of mind.
I provide all the equipment used in Iyengar yoga, so you don’t need to bring anything to class, unless you prefer to use your own mat.
7.00 – 7.45 Optional Pranayama class
7.45 – 8.30 Break – in silence
8.30 – 10.45 Asana class
11.00 – 12.00 Brunch
12.00 – 17.00 Free time
(afternoon tea available at 15h30)
17.00 – 19.00 Asana class
19.00 – 20.30 Dinner
- Natural Oil Therapy
- Cranio-sacral therapy
- History Tours
- Visits to local tourist sites
- Surfing / Body boarding lessons
- Rock Climbing
Retreat price options
(incl yoga classes, meals and accommodation)
Prices are per person and in Euros
Mongolian Yurt: 370€
Strawbale Cabin: 440€
The Earthship: 480€
Grandex: 580€ as a couple or 680€ single
Above price includes:
Accommodation (4 nights), Meals (Brunch, Snacks, Dinner), and Yoga Classes (8 asana classes and 4 optional pranayama classes).
What is not included:
Airfares need to be arranged independently. Airport transfers and optional extras can be booked through Yoga Bahia at an additional cost to the basic retreat cost.