' Flowing Hatha & Yin Yang Yoga | Footsteps Eco-lodge Gambia

Flowing Hatha & Yin Yang Yoga

7 day retreat | November 12th - 19th 2018

Flowing Hatha & Yin Yang Yoga

Introducing Bella

Bella's yogic path has led her from a tea estate in Sri Lanka where she was born and where she spent her early years surrounded by eastern philosophies and spiritual practices, to the present day as an adopted 'Brightonian', coming to this vibrant city to visit friends in between her travels, and never leaving.

She experienced her first yoga class in 2000 and she's not looked back since, subsequently spending the last 17 years dedicating herself to developing her spiritual practice both on and off the mat.

She is registered with Yoga Alliance UK having completed her training with Allie Hill and teaches full-time in Brighton and the Sussex area where she is a popular instructor within the local community. She has taught at the Brighton Yoga Festival for the last 2 years as well as regularly donating her teaching skills to charities and local events.

Bella teaches Hatha and Vinyasa flow, as well as more meditative Yin and restorative practices. Her classes are creative and playful with an emphasis on strengthening the body, calming the mind and staying centred because as she says: "nothing is more precious than being in this present moment, fully alive, fully aware".

Her teaching is compassionate and honest, always inviting students to be curious in their practice, weaving inspirational quotes and yogic texts into her classes, yet always relating to the bigger picture by encouraging students to be in harmony with themselves not just on their mats but also in their lives.

Added to this is her contagious energy and deep passion for sharing the benefits of yoga with all ability levels, no matter what age, size or experience so students leave her classes feeling inspired and alive!

About the retreat:

This retreat is open to all levels as modifications and variations will be given throughout so beginners as well as those with a more skilled practice will be safely challenged.

Each class will be an eclectic hatha experience, with a focus on the fundamentals of a structurally sound yoga practice. Precise alignment in standing, seated and reclined poses are woven together by a slow flow, and each session focuses on a unique foundational movement pattern and is sequenced to steadily build those movement patterns into more challenging asana.

The morning classes will start with centering and pranayama (breath work) to cleanse, ground and energise us, before moving into a deeper, invigorating combination of hatha and vinyasa flow yoga.

Flowing Hatha & Yin Yang Yoga

With a sense of playfulness and exploration, each student on their individual level will work on improving flexibility, strength, stamina and balance, delving deeper into postures empowered by their breath.

The late afternoon sessions will be a yin-yang practice, a more explorative and workshop-style class, bringing into balance the passive and active aspects of yoga with energising yet restorative asana, holding postures longer to allow a deeper release both in the mind and body.


  • 2 yoga sessions per day
  • Healthy breakfast daily
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 7 dinners - all dietary requirements catered for
  • Yoga facilities (shala / blocks / mats / towels)
  • Use of lodge facilities (guests can help themselves to fruit growing in the grounds!)


  • Flights
  • Airport transfers (available at £25 one way, 1 hour from Banjul airport)
  • Insurance
  • Lunch and drinks
  • Any treatments and excursions.

Price for 7 days:

(shared roundhouse)*
(single roundhouse)*

(*) unless stated otherwise. All en-suite.


Contact Ben for information and bookings.

  • Would you like to get away for a Yoga Holiday in the sun?
  • Are you a yoga teacher interested in running a holiday at Footsteps?

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Other activities

Guided or not?

Most activities going out include a guide. We advise you take a guide with you so you can get the most out of your trip. There are tours you can do without a guide and when in doubt we will gladly advise you.

Like a local?

Most activities going out include a private taxi, though some trips can be done by bush taxi. Depending on the route you can use this local means of transport. If available, the price mentioned includes the bush taxi instead of a private taxi.


Birding and fishing can be prepaid while booking your stay through our website, but all of our activities can also be prepaid after you have booked by contacting David.

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Call Dodou in The Gambia:

+220 773 2060

(9 am - 5 pm)

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