Gambia yoga review by Karen Calder

Gambia yoga review – I have been lucky enough to run 2 yoga retreats in this little gem of an eco-lodge. The place and the people had such an effect on me that on my first visit I cried when I left!

The accommodation is wonderful, simple, comfortable and spotless.

The Yoga Shala is beautiful with open sides that make the most of the stunning gardens, birds and sunshine. On our first morning, each mat had flowers, a lovely touch from Ben and Manny who looked after the Shala, putting the mats out and away for us every day and keeping everything clean and tidy. The food was absolutely first class and nothing was too much trouble for the staff who smiled constantly.

It’s not all yoga!

Gambia Yoga Shala
Outside looking in on our Yoga practice
Gambia yoga review | The downward dog
Practising the downward dog
Its not all yoga at this Gambia retreat
Its not all yoga!

Do as much or little as you like

We visited the local school, met again by the most open smiles. Drummed (badly!) in spite of the noble efforts of Bunja who played with his band a couple of nights later, a fabulous night of laughter and dancing. We walked to the beach, swam in the sea, saw the ladies farms,  fishing boats, pelicans, Mangroves, oyster beds, beautiful sunsets and sunrises. 

Setting up yoga shala
Setting up
Yoga practise
Navasana boat pose

Meditation & being mindful

It is a place in which you can just sit and watch and within moments you will see something beautiful, incredible finches in every imaginable colour, flowers and lizards. I spent hours just watching it all go by – the best possible meditation.

Drum lessons
Drumming lesson with Bunja were so much fun!
Group photo
Group Photo | The fab fourteen

I have never felt so relaxed in a new environment. Gambia time makes the Spanish ‘Manana’ seem urgent but this is exactly what’s needed on a yoga retreat.

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For details of Karens other yoga retreats visit her website. 😀🧘🏽‍♂️

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