Pat McNulty reviews a beautifully hosted yoga holiday with flow teacher Evi Bouzaki on this blissfuly private Greek island
This was my first yoga retreat practising Hatha yoga, and it fitted perfectly with what I needed. Our flow yoga teacher Evi Bouzaki’s classes weren’t all about sitting around and breathing. There were some good, dynamic sets of sun salutations, but I really enjoyed taking the pressure off, and letting go of any expectations about what my body should be capable of, which I tend to find is always in the back of my mind during a Vinyasa or Ashtanga class. The week followed a yogic journey through the chakras which was a different approach and although I enjoyed the week on the whole, I’d probably return for a week with a different teacher. Evi’s teaching style meant that the class sometimes ebbed and flowed with the what the stronger characters in the class were interested in, and even though that was fun to explore, I prefer a teacher who’s a bit more of a leader.
‘There’s a hard-to-pin-down quality to Silver Island that’s reminiscent of childhood holidays – perhaps the sense of freedom and the playful, fun attitude of your hosts’
Without wanting to come over as the hippy dippy yogi, there’s a very special energy on Silver Island. It’s in no small part due to the laidback, open-armed welcome from Lissa and Corné. As the last retreat of the year, they had planned something special for us on the final evening, which under normal circumstances would be unlikely to have happened without a (very) liberal application of alcohol. After dinner, each guest and staff member took a hat off the wall and had an impromptu hat party in the dining room. We danced around the table to Lissa’s DJ set which spanned from Prince to the Eurythmics… There was an air guitar competition between two of the guests who played with gusto. I fell into bed, happy and tired, with the sort of joyful feeling you can only get from a good dance.