Whether you’ve just started practicing Yoga and Pilates or you’re upping your fitness game or perhaps it’s been part of your daily routine for years, here at Healthy Options you’ll find the enthusiastic and professional style of our teachers refreshing and inspiring.
Our teachers provide a great mix of classes. Every day, we offer classes aimed at all levels which are designed to be progressive and will enable you to begin or continue your practice at home. This is one of our sources of pride – what you learn on a Healthy Options holiday will help you progress and improve even when you’re back home!
We always make sure to give you plenty of individual attention, helping you to maintain the correct alignment and technique. This means that you’ll get the maximum benefit not only during your holiday with us, but for your future practice as well.
Meet our instructors here, and check out our recently updated sample schedule to get a good idea of what your holiday will be like.
The original form of Yoga including the practice of postures (asana) and breathing exercises (pranayama), which can help prepare the body for meditation. The pace of the class is quite gentle and will involve holding various positions in stillness for a certain amount of breaths.
Linking the movements with the breath is called Vinyasa. This is one of the most popular styles of yoga and is called ‘flow’ because of the smooth way the poses run together. Attention is focused on alignment and transition between poses, leading to improved stamina and flexibility.
Blending two styles of yoga into one practice. Bringing together the benefits of the passive, restorative poses with the active, more dynamic sequences. By practicing Yin and Yang we are able to create a balance and learn about stillness in movement and the flow within the stillness.
A complimentary practice to the more active (Yang) styles of Yoga. Yin consists of a series of more passive poses held for anything up to 10 minutes. Spending a longer amount of time in each posture targets the deep connective tissue and fascia, improving flexibility and circulation, ending with a deep sense of peace and openness.
An all levels practice involving 21 poses to help increase muscle strength by slowly progressing through a range of motion of the joints. Help yourself free the tensions and emotions blocked or hidden between the joints, relieving aches and pain related to the ankles, knees, hips, back, shoulders, wrists, neck and even the fingers and toes. The focus is on warming up the joints to maintain and improve the mobility and range of motion in the joints whilst also integrating a calm and mindful breath. (Please give the teacher your email address if you would like a handout)
A more vigorous practice combining a fixed series of asana, synchronised with the breath. Starting with repetitions of Sun Salutations, followed by a standing and a seated sequence. This style emphasises both the mental and physical flexibility and strength.
Known as a form of subconscious relaxation, Nidra encourages a state of mind between sleep and wakefulness. This 30 minute class involves lying down comfortably, with the use of props in complete stillness whilst listening to the instructor guide you through a meditation. It’s said that half an hour of Yoga Nidra is equivalent to four hours of deep sleep!
‘Physical fitness is the first requisite of happiness’ – Joseph Pilates, founder of the Pilates Method. A fantastic class for beginners to Pilates but also for people of all fitness levels based on the six fundamental principles of exercise: Breathing, Centering, Concentration, Control, Flow and Precision. Working through the fundamental movements from which we will build our practice, using correct form and alignment to help gain physical and mental strength and awareness. A truly holistic approach to exercise and movement, combining body, mind and spirit.
Working our way through different sequences of exercises, we will focus our attention on the flow between each exercise, aiming to transition between each without rest whilst maintaining proper form and alignment. After each sequence we will take an active rest and recovery, working to increase flexibility through the practice and repetition of three fundamental Pilates stretches – Spine Stretch Forward, Rocking and the Spine Twist. This class incorporates Classical Pilates and HIIT Pilates.
This class is mindfully designed to help you gain all the benefits of the Pilates practice whilst being gentle on your joints, specifically limiting impact or strain on common orthopaedic ‘problem areas’ such as wrists, knees and hips. A great class for anyone recovering from surgeries or injuries, or those looking to strengthen the body to enhance sporting performance such as windsurfing, running and cycling.
Standing to seated Pilates is a fantastic modified, functional form of the original mat-based Pilates. A class which is accessible for everybody and every ability. We will flow from standing to seated doing exercises incorporating the use of bands and free weights. Weight-bearing exercise not only helps to improve balance and core strength but works to increase bone density, cardiovascular health and decreases symptoms associated with osteoporosis, osteopenia and fractures.
This class focuses on postural alignment, joint mobility, core strength and breathing incorporating a cardio element through pace and a combination of standing, floor and prop work to get your heart rate going whilst maintaining proper control and precision.
The Vagus Nerve is the bodies ‘superhighway’ for the mind-body connection, operating far below our conscious mind but essential to our holistic wellbeing. Pilates-based exercises, combining breathwork, rhythmic movement and stretches can bring consciousness to our inner bodies and improve vagal tone. This class aims to bring the body and mind back to a state of homeostasis.
Start with a Pilates warm up at the beach front, take a powerwalk along the promenade, enjoying the view, then finish back on the Wildwind lawn for a cool down and chat. This class is a sociable way to enjoy some of the basic movements Pilates has to offer, plus it will get the heart rate up!
A unique & playful class designed to condition your whole body using a Swiss ball. This is a fun, challenging ball-based fitness class that will help to develop core stability, balance and agility and test your limits! Sequences of upbeat cardio are combined with slow, controlled exercises, reshaping the body and burning calories.
Combining cardio exercise such as jumps, running and weights, with a focus on boxing moves (jabs, uppercuts etc…) for variation and fun! This exercise concept is based on training methods used by professional boxers, but without the risk of getting a black eye! No previous experience necessary.
Turn up the heat with Resistance Band Legs, Glutes & Core! Starting with a cardio warm up, sculpt, tone and strengthen the arms, glutes and core using resistance bands of differing strengths. This class focuses on control and precision of movements, all of which are low-impact. Exercises will aim to strengthen, stretch and lengthen muscles, reducing the risk of micro-tears of muscle fibres which can occur during more high-impact movements, making it safe and suitable for all and ideal for creating long, lean muscular definition. A great class for all fitness levels and remember, low-impact doesn’t mean easy!
Tune out and have fun with this interval style dance party! Designed to get your heart rate up while helping you burn lots of calories through a combination of high and low intensity moves. The best part about Zumba is that it doesn’t even feel like exercise!
This workout will challenge your whole body in one of the most effective ways to train as it involves both strength and endurance. A combination of six or more exercises using weights performed with short rest periods for either a set number of repetitions or a prescribed amount of time. This class may help you increase muscle strength, growth and tone and improve your cardio too.
Rise and shine for a high intensity bootcamp HIIT, combining military and sports training exercises for a total body blast. Drills will take place in and outside of the tent, switching between body-weight exercises, free-weights and cardiovascular conditioning. A perfect class for anyone looking to challenge their fitness, requiring the body to move quickly from different styles of training and putting demands on both mind and body to not give up! Are you up for the challenge soldier?
Have a go at some dance routines of various styles. Anything from Salsa, Latino or square dancing, to themed classes such as 90s divas, blues and rhythm or pop tunes. Use the steppers to get a good sweat on and challenge yourself to do something different that will benefit body and mind coordination. You never know, you might end up on the dance floor in town later!
Our relaxed afternoon session aims to unwind you after your day. Whether you’ve just arrived off the plane or you’ve had some active time on the water, this class will help you to connect to your body through a slow and gentle flow of stretches, targeting your whole being and leave you feeling more peaceful and calm.
These are the Yoga, Pilates and fitness instructors that will be teaching your classes in 2023. Each one of them is highly skilled, with plenty of training and experience, and all are very friendly and approachable.
In addition to the classes our team of professional and approachable instructors will also be on hand to offer regular workshops, 1-1 personalised sessions and helpful friendly advice!
View our recently updated sample schedule
Key to Healthy Option’s reputation over the past 15 years has been the provision of an incredibly broad range of Yoga, Pilates, fitness and watersports activities for you to choose from.Read on