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New Launch Brings World-Class Yoga Retreats to South Africa

September 1, 2011

South Africa Yoga retreats to combine international instructors, vegetarian meals and tranquil surroundings in unique locations.

In what is thought to be a first for the South African tourism industry, South Africa Yoga, (, launched recently. The company will combine the top-level yoga instruction and nutritional excellence of European retreats with a distinctly African experience whilst also supporting local communities. Bookings are now open for the inaugural series of retreats in February and March 2012 at Keble Estate, a historic farm in the Eastern Free State. The first instructor-in-residence will be Carri Uranga, a Philadelphia-based, RYT-certified yoga instructor who has previously worked at retreats in Spain, Italy and Peru. Thereafter, South Africa Yoga will seek out other beautiful and off-the-beaten track locations around South Africa for future retreats.

South Africa Yoga’s retreats combine four key elements, namely: world-class yoga instruction, community investment, healthy diet and unique natural surroundings. Retreats typically follow a structured six-day programme of Vinyasa-style Yoga. The small size of the retreats mean that they are suitable for those new to yoga as well as experienced yogis looking to explore their practice on a deeper level. Priced from £395 per person per week, (approximately R4,350 or US$640), including all yoga, accommodation and meals, the retreats offer excellent value for money.

The 2012 retreat programme, commencing Friday, 17 February 2012 will be held on a secluded 310-hectare farm ringed by sandstone mountains in the Eastern Free State, approximately four hours from Johannesburg or two hours from Bloemfontein. Guests will have plenty of free time to relax in the spectacular natural surroundings or to explore the diverse attractions of the area, which include rock art, historic towns and hiking trails.

South Africa Yoga is the brainchild of Monique Mann, a South African born yogi and management consultant, who has spent the past seven years living, working and travelling throughout Europe. After attending a number of leading retreats in Europe, Monique realised the benefits and balance that yoga holidays can bring to today’s busy professionals. In launching South Africa Yoga in partnership with her husband, also a keen yogi, she hopes to bring these benefits to South Africans and international visitors alike, whilst benefiting the communities where the retreats will be held through employment, financial investment and practical support.

Commenting on today’s launch, Monique Mann said:

South Africa Yoga combines my two passions – Yoga and South Africa. We will create an environment in which people from all around the globe can escape the stresses of everyday life, gain insight and clarity in unique surroundings whilst getting fit and eating healthily. We are delighted to be supporting a number of local not-for-profit organisations – not only financially, but also practically through our planned volunteer days.

Carri Uranga, 2012 programme instructor, added:

I believe this is a truly unique venture and I look forward to immersing myself in the peaceful serene environment. Practicing in a traditional class-room setting is great, but when one can surround themselves & practice in nature – well, that’s a whole different level. Sometimes we need to disconnect in order to reconnect!


2012 programme now open for booking. Further information is available at:

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