Frequently Asked Questions
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What is online yoga?
Online Yoga is similar to a regular yoga class but is accessed through a video link from your phone, laptop or device.
What will an online yoga class feel like?
You may experience an online yoga class to feel quite comfortable and accesable as you will be able to follow the class at your own pace in the comfort of your home or wherever you choose to practice. With no pressure from being in a room full of people you may have a more personal and valuable experience.
Others may find an online yoga class to be more challenging as it requires a certain amount of focus to stay connected with a screen rather than a teacher standing in front of you.
Why should I join an online yoga class?
Online classes are acessable and tend to be much cheaper than an in person class. They take up less time and money than travelling to a yoga studio.
What type of people join the online classes?
Many different types of people choose to practice online including advanced practitioners, beginners, young people, elderly people, people with young children, individuals recovering from an injury and so on. It is recommended that if you are very disconnected to your body and have little trust for your movement that you seek an in person class so that the teacher can give you extra support.
Can I keep my camera / sound off?
You are more than welcome to protect your privacy and turn off your camera and sound.
Please note that no postural feedback can be given this way.
Can I keep my camera/sound on?
You are more than welcome to keep your camera on so that feedback can be given. If the class is very full you may not receive individual feedback. Please turn off your sound during the class to insure the class is peaceful with just Sarah`s voice and music.
If you are accepted into the class before the start time, feel free to chat with friends or with Sarah in a respectful and calm way.
What equipment do I need?
At the very minimum, a comfortable floor is nessessary. We advise you to use a yoga mat and can help to choose one if you do not have one. Other sports/pilates mats can be use in the meantime.
If you are invested in your yoga journey we advise purchasing a pair of yoga blocks and a yoga strap. These will help you to access many postures that your body may not be ready for without. Please inquire if you need any advice on which items to buy.
What should I wear?
Comfortable clothing, that allows freedom of movement is the best.
Avoid anything with buttons, embelishments or annoying straps.
What happens if I get injured during an online class?
We are not responsible for any physical or mental health issues that may arise during an online class.
What is a Retreat ?
A retreat is an experience focused around self reflection, health and wellness. Unlike a regular holiday, the days are planned to support your body and mind, allowing time for rest, reflection and inquiry. We welcome everyone to join the retreat but ask that you come with interests that align with the nature of the experience.
Why should I join a retreat?
A retreat allows you to take a different perspective. To look at your life from a new angle and to reflect on what you truly need to grow and thrive. Wherever you are on your yoga journey, you should join a retreat to learn more about yourself, about yoga, about life. Retreats are also wonderful ways to see a new country and it is recommended that you bring an adventurous mind.
What type of people join retreats?
Many walks of life join retreats, not just yogis.
I am new to yoga, will this be a suitable experience for me?
I`ve been practicing yoga for many years, will I find this experience inspiring?
I am elderly. Can I join?
I am pregnant. Can I join?
I have an injury/medical condition. Can I join?
I would like to come with my children. Can they join?
Is the retreat dog friendly?
What type of yoga will we practice?
Am I obligated to follow the itinary during the retreat?
I have a lot of energy and would like to know what other activities I can join?
What will the food be like?
I have allergies/ dietary requirements. Can I be accomodated?
I am a fussy eater. Is there lots of choice?
I usually eat a lot of food. Will I be hungry?
How do I get to the retreat venues?
If you are arriving by plane, you have the option of landing in Biarritz Airport which is a 1 hour transfer to the venues or Bordeaux Airport which is 1 hour 30 minutes transfer to the venues. The closest train station is Dax ; from there it is a 45-minute transfer to the Moliets. Many companies offer private or group transfers. Please let us know if you need help with your travel arrangements.
Driving your own car or renting one on arrival will allow you more freedom to discover the further surroundings. There is space to park at the venues. We will communicate the exact address of the venues by email after you booking is confirmed.
When can I check in and check out ?
For Villa Hau`Oli check-in time is from 16:00 PM Sunday and Check-out time is 11:00am Sunday.
If your travel arrangements are outside of these times, let us know and we`ll do our best to help.
What type of food will we eat ?
The food will be plant-based, made with local organic produce that will provide you with enough energy to move your body and cleanse your soul. Brunch will be served in a buffet style, meaning you can choose your portions sizes. and dinner will be served as a 3 courses meal. If you are not used to a plant-based diet, you are welcome to visit the local shops to buy anything you feel you need, however we are confident you will not be left hungry! Unfortunately we ask you not to cook with meat in the kitchen to respect other guests.
If you are privately booking the retreat for your group or family, we are happy to talk about other options.
What will the Yoga classes be like?
Throughout the week you will experience the methods of Jivamukti Yoga & Restorative Yoga. The morning practice will be an energising Vinyasa sequence of themed Jivamukti Open. If you are new to Yoga you will be offered postural adaptations with the help of Yoga props, as well as queued moments to pause and rest. The advanced practitioner will be given new challenges and creative sequences.
The evening classes will be more restorative and slow paced with elements of traditional Hatha and Yin Yoga. During this time you will have the opportunity to focus more on alignment and the deeper purposes of each posture.
You can read the full class descriptions here.
Can I arrange for a private lesson during the week?
Yes, please make a request upon booking.
Do I have to attend all classes/sessions?
You are completely free during the retreat to choose how you spend your time. If for any reason you don`t want to attend a class, Satsang, ceremony or meal you don`t have to. Please note there will be no reimbursements for anything missed.
If you are going to be late, please let us know as soon as possible.
What languages are spoken ?
English and / or French.
Yoga classes will be taught in the language that suits the majority of the group, however individual guidance will be given in the
Can I come with my family / with my young children ?
This is possible if the retreat is booked privately for your group of family. Sarah has over 300 hours of teaching experience with children. We are also able to add a childrens bed in a double room and adapt the meals to suit young ones.
I am elderly. Will this be a suitable experience for me?
We welcome everyone without judgement ! Please talk to us about your current health situation and anything you would require from us. Sarah is currently teaching classes for age 65+ and is experienced in offering adaptations for all body types.
Please note that for the upcoming Villa Hau`Oli Retreat the group so far consists of more advanced practitioners and the classes have been pre-planned accordingly.
Can I bring my pet?
Pets are unfortunately not permitted in the venues.
What other activities can we participate in?
Throughout the week, we will practice daily morning meditation.
In the evenings we will come together for Satsang, a ceremony or Sound Bath.
In addition, you can schedule Surf Lessons with Surfing Courant d`Huchet Surf School.
We cannot gaurauntee last minute bookings will be available, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like schedule
In addition, their are plenty of other activities available in the area such as wellness treatments, massage, Reiki, Golf, skateboarding, horseriding, Stand Up Paddle boarding etc. We encourage you to book these by yourself , although we are happy to offer recommandations or guidance.
You can access many beautiful areas near by bike foot and bike.
You may find the schedule to be already be enough. You will need time to adjust to the new surroundings, new routine and potentially new climate. Resting and knowing your own body is very important in avoiding getting sick or injured.
What should I bring?
May to October tend to be dry and warm but there is always the chance of wetter/colder weather, as well as very hot days. With this in mind, please make sure you check the forecast before & bring the correct clothing. The region can be unpredictable so it`s best to bring something for all conditions.
In addition, you will benefit from bringing, comfortable Yoga clothing that allows you to move freely, swimwear and beach towel, suncream, mosquito repellant and reusable water bottle, your usual toiletries, a book and / or journal, walking shoes and / or sandals, a camera, sunglasses and / or sun hat...
There are plenty of shops in the village if you forget anything.
Towels, bedding, reusable snack box and all Yoga equipment are included for the week.
Yoga Classes with Sarah
for non-retreat students
When can I book a Yoga Class?
Sarah offers Yoga classes all year round in Moliets and near by towns. Please get in contact and let her know your availability. During the summer, Moliets can be very busy so it is better to book your classes well in advanced.
Where are the classes?
Private classes will take place at your home or rented vacation property. Sarah will arrive at your address 10 minutes before the start of the class time to set up the equipment. In the summer, scheduled group classes will take place in a reserved outside area. The location will be sent with booking confirmation.
How do I book a Yoga class?
Please send you name, phone number, email, desired class and preferred date / time to email@example.com or on the contact page. You can also call or text +33 7 55 95 88 74. You will receive a confirmation email or text with all the information you need. Online payment details will be communicated but cash is also accepted. If you are paying in cash, please bring the correct amount to the class.
What do I need to bring?
Please wear comfortable clothing that will allow you to move freely. In the summer months, be sure to wear dry clothing (no wet swimwear) and bring a towel, water, sunscreen and mosquito repellant (unless the class in inside) You don`t need to bring any equipment as it will all be provided for you, however if you prefer using your own mat, you are welcome to bring it.
I`ve never practiced Yoga before. What will my first class be like?
During you first Yoga class we will work very slowly through simple postures as the basic breathing techniques and alignments are introduced. If you are joining an open group class, you will be offered props to help you into certain postures and moments to pause and rest.
I am pregnant . May I join your classes?
Women who are established in Yoga prior to their pregnancy and are well-connected with their bodies will not be discouraged to take part in the classes. You are fully responsible for your own body and your own practice. We encourage you to listen to your body and your baby at all times. Pregnant women are advised to practice private classes to ensure full attention can be given.
What types of Yoga do you teach?
Traditional Hatha Yoga, Hatha Vinyasa, Vinyasa Flow, Jivamukti Yoga, Yin Yoga.
You can also book classes in Meditation and Pranayama (breathing).